Harvest Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #26
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,301
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Reviews:
631
Ratings:
1,168
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 22, 2022
Added:
Oct 19, 2003
Wants:
  59
Gots:
  278
SCORE
86
Very Good
Harvest AleHarvest Ale
Notes: 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.
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Rated by Mikedwyer1230 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very smooth, strong bitter
In the English style but more hops
Nov 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2022
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Rated by mpk2020 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From bottle
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by johnny_c from New York

Feb 16, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear medium orange-amber, with one finger of off-white head.

Smell is light caramel, bread, floral and fruity hop aromas. A faint hint of piney/solventy booziness as it warms, especially from the open bottle.

Tastes of pine, green onion, molasses, brown bread, with slight fruitiness. Moderate lingering bitterness + some light tang (as with rye or sourdough bread crust).

Feel is light-medium and smooth, with fine carbonation tingle coming in on the latter half.

The label now calls this an "Autumn IPA". I can (sort of) see that, if I squint just right. Apparently, ESBs don't sell that well? Perhaps the old-old label (pictured above) was the best descriptor : " Harvest Ale". In any event, it's a fine seasonal offering, that I've been enjoying since first encountering it many years ago, and expect to continue to do so, as long as STBC continues to brew it. Give it a try!. :)
Sep 03, 2021
 
Rated: 3.87 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear, bright crimson appearance with a small, off white head and good lacing. Spicy hop aroma with some citrus underneath. Hops turn more floral and herbal in the taste, accompanied by some cracker-like malts. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. First impression, erroneously, was that the palate was a bit too thin; but there is a good firm body if you give it a chance. "Harvest" = "Octoberfest"? Sounds reasonable, but not here. Think more bitter and less sweet maltiness.
Oct 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Microtron from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I always look forward to the new fall line up of independent craft brewers. Looks like either Southern Tier changed marketing or the formula. It still tastes great. I will tip my hat to the Andrew and the gang in Lakewood another home run. It is not super hoppy like the 2x ipa. Easy drinking on the porch enjoying the season
Sep 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.85 by Danzifer from Ohio

Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice clear light amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight hop and barley hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced hop and barley flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good English Bitter
Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 7/14/20
Consumed 8/5/20
Label reads "Harvest Autumn IPA"; this may be a different beer? I dunno, most reviews say it tastes like an IPA anyway and the ABV is right, so I'm just going to review...

Pop the top and you're hit with a smoky blast of dank hops. Damn; was not expecting that at all. Haven't smoked any pot in months and all of a sudden I'm getting the itch again. Well done, jerks! Anyway, we've got a clear deep golden copper body that is rather Autumn-esque in that it looks like a dying leaf. There's little blotches of lace, but nothing significant. Looks decent enough. Smell is, as noted, very dank with some fruity notes hanging out on the margins. Kinda smells like something from SweetWater Brewing's 420 line. Picking up a little peach flavored tea through the haze. Tastes... not at all like expected. It's a little more malt-forward than the nose implies. The hop presence is more piney and earthy. There's a mild lingering bitterness combined with a dry, just hit the pipe finish. It's nice enough, but I'm not bowled over by it. Might just be me; a symptom of having drank too many beers, especially IPAs, and becoming a bit jaded to the style. I'll give them this, though: at least it's not a gimmicky, additive-laced shit show. That's becoming harder and harder to come by.
Aug 06, 2020
 
Rated: 3.48 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by alexandergartley from New York

Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Zylod from West Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This is ok beer. But it’s nothing like a bitter. It’s an ipa. I’m seeing this a lot lately, in the US beer market, I pick up a beer labeled a style and it turns out to be a ipa. I hope US brewers will learn at some point, there is more to beer than dumping in a load of hops and calling it good. This is an ok beer but as the marketed style it’s a zero. It’s disappointing more drinkers are not calling it out.
Nov 02, 2019
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Harvest Ale brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.70%. This English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew. The lacing stick well to the side of the glass. Really digging the copper color of this brew. The smell is Rich with hop bitterness mixed with mirror roasted goodness. So far harvest ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste , it is Bold with flavors. You pick on a nice amount of grains and malts , in the taste of this brew. The hop bitterness is a nice touch to this brew. The body of Harvest Ale is a medium to heavy, buy not to heavy. This brew goes down nice an smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, Crisp, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Harvest Ale a solid 4 out of 5.00. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Southern Tier Brewing Company did a real nice job with this English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB).
Oct 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by Eychung from New York

Oct 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.52 by Wellgoose12 from New York

Oct 22, 2019
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Rated by mghtg6 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tastes like an IPA to me, but I like it a lot.
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by williepep from New York

1.57/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
It claims to be an English Bitter but it is way too hoppy for this style. More like an American Pale or IPA. Nose is hoppy, cannot smeill much malt. Color is a pallid tan. Thin mouth feel. Taste is quite dry, not very malty. Unimpressed. Very disappointed.
Sep 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Sep 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.17 by Jaxlion82 from Florida

Sep 03, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by generalraider from New Jersey

Aug 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Great looking beer on the pour - deep amber hue with pillowy head and nice lacing. Nice aroma and interesting crisp flavor but has a piney bitter finish. Decent beer for the Fall.
Aug 23, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear golden amber pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head... nice lacing.

S: Grains and hops. Grass and pine.

T/F: Lightly toasted malts and harvest grains... earthy with a strong bitter hop presence. Pine forward... grass and medicinal notes. Earthy... smooth carbonation. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

O: A fun hoppy ESB... one of the better fall seasonals I've had this year.
Mar 03, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a medium tarnish orange with moderate head. Smell is very nice. Slightly sweet, grassy then some grapefruit. Taste is bitter hops and some pine.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by jpkand from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Kind of meh. A nice transition beer between summer and fall. Good looking beer, nice hoppy character but maybe it lingers a bit too long and overrides some other flavors. just not totally doing it for me I guess.
Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by MoMaMe from Maryland

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!
Nov 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.24 by BilleGibbons from Pennsylvania

Nov 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

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
Oct 22, 2018
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.
Oct 21, 2018
 
Rated: 1.64 by chiefz1 from New York

Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by alexsergio from New York

Oct 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.68 by KurtisCarman from Ohio

Oct 11, 2018
Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1799 ratings