Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our celebration of the change of the seasons, a deeply comforting ale to usher in the sunset as the evenings get cooler. In salutation to that special moment in time when the year’s harvest is a gracious cornucopia before us, we brew a classic ESB. Harvest is brewed with a combination of fresh English hops, cracked barley, and hard work. This is a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Harvest’s deep ruby color envokes a bright autumn mountainside where a warm sweater, a good beer, and the gratitude for the seasons are all you need.

Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,802
Reviews:
617
Ratings:
1,767
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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58
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279
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Ratings: 1,767 |  Reviews: 617
Photo of MoMaMe
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this straight from the bottle, so I didn't get a good look at the color.

Smell is fragrant, reminiscent of apricots.
Taste: Nice balance of a malt beginning mingled with earthy hops and fruit that finishes with a strong, bitter, pine.

A very pleasant beer with a distinct taste that I will definitely get again!

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Photo of BilleGibbons
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, DOB 07/16/18... poured into a nonic)

L: crystal-clear pale amber liquid; tall, frothy off-white foam, with great retention, collapsing slowly into rocky beauty... laced like a champ - crusty, jagged - also kept a creamy cap

S: spicy-zesty grapefruit, fresh-cut grass; hearty golden bready undertone, lightly doughy... hops seem to have an American tone

T: potent blend of floral-citrus hops and delicately-toasty, lightly-caramel maltiness... finish is dry and mildly spicy, aftertaste sports a hint of caramel and grassy, vaguely menthol/tea-like hops, and later more of the toasty, grainy, granola character of the malt... rather flavorful, rather balanced

F: dextrinous, resinous textures; light-medium bodied, with an extended finish; mild warmth building in the chest and throat... perhaps best to drink without food? maybe ok if the food is light, not greasy

O: wouldn't mistake it for a true UK pale, but it gets as close to an ideal American version as one would hope for... bought a single bottle, but it sold me on a sixer

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Burnt orange with a lot of clarity and a medium light tan head that sticks around and leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
S - Piney hops along with notes of spices and bready malt along with notes of caramel. The smell isn't exactly strong though.
T - Follows the nose with piney hops up front followed by notes of spices and a bready malt backbone. Notes of caramel can be found throughout as well.
F - medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Crisp and smooth
O - I wasn't really sure what to expect from this one, but I've come away pleasantly surprised. While it's probably not the best representation of an ESB, this is one of my favorite beers I've had during the Fall season - it provides just the right amount of spices and notes of caramel along with bitter hops and a bready malt character that truly mixes with the Fall season. Well done Southern Tier.

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Photo of chiefz1
1.64/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnDon
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry, this is NOT an ESB. Way too citrusy/piney and bitter for the style (also it's on the very high edge of the ABV range). You can't throw a bunch of American hops into an ESB and claim it's the same thing. At least Heavy Seas has the honesty to call their version imperial, which may be an oxymoron, but you at least know what you're getting...although if I'm being honest with myself, did I really expect anything different from Southern Tier?

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Photo of Branlott42
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the side of the label: "DOB 07/17/18 01:02AM"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a lighter brown with hints of orange. It is slightly hazy but there are no suspended solids. The head is a short slightly off-white cap with a creamy texture, good retention, and good lacing.

Aroma: There is a pretty strong grapefruit aroma with a touch of pine. There is a light scent of grain husk or wheat flour.

Taste: There is a slightly tangy grapefruit rind flavor mixed with a bitter pine character. There is just a bit of alcohol flavor in the mix. It is very heavy on hop flavor which dominates as a pine bough.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-light body with subtle carbonation and very good bitterness.

Overall: The flavor and aroma of the hops are very nice, but it greatly overshadows the character of the malt. There is no real malt flavor. The key highlight of this beer is the freshness and presentation of the hops because they are in force. If you are looking for a hoppy beer then this will work. If you are looking for a great ESB then you will likely be disappointed. I think that the hops are fantastic and I would drink it again based on that merit alone, but I would never pick this up to show a person what an ESB tastes like.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

091318 GVRW draught

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'd ben seeing this lately and confused by the name, especially since it's been sitting next to the Pumking most of that time. "What is a harvest ale?" I wondered, and the packaging doesn't really give an explanation. My wife ended up getting a bottle we split and after an inconclusive nose-test and much hoppier than I was expecting taste, I said "What is this beer?" And finally had the sense to look it up. It's bitter cause it's an ESB! Of course. Now I get you, harvest ale. Anyway, after figuring out WTH it was I found it quite enjoyable. Hoppy, malty, kind of festbier-ish.

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Photo of eluvah
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of izraelc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite beer seasons of the year. Fall beers are great. As is this one. Pours a nice golden orange. Has a nice thick foam. Has a nice hop presence but with a malty bready character. Good balance. Perfect for a cool September afternoon.

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Photo of Bm1
1.67/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of deansellers
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bdiiorio
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ckaire69
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kell50
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NyBeerBro
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has an interesting piney taste that starts bitter with a crisp, dry finish.....

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Photo of Tarvismonroe
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Citrus aromas and taste. Moderately carbonated and somewhat bitter, but surprisingly tasty.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,767 ratings