Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.84/5
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Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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:
#18,030
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
1,768
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,768 |  Reviews: 618
Reviews by Deerslayer210:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got about a finger of bone-white head with low retention from the pour. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The nose was spicy and citrusy, specifically, cinnamon and orange zest and I was put in mind of potpourri, plus my mouth started watering. The mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and I got a really tangy orange flavor in the mouth. The finish was more piney and lingeringly hoppy. Shazam! Boy, was this a good beer. I really recommend it.

My my. Some of these historical reviews have me SMH. Today is the occasion of New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713), Su, 21 October 2018 & I am revisiting this beer as part of the bigger day.

From the Bottle: "Seasonal"; "Special Ale"; "Why the hell not?"

Indeed. I often ask myself the very same question. First, I am met with utter, abject silence broken only by the Pop! of the cap or a Crack! & Glug. It will be the former in this instance.

I Pop!ped the cap & began a very slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. Once I had accomplished this feat, I felt like it needed a little help, so I conducted a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention. I was rewarded with loads of sticky lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite malty, more towards biscuity with a hint of caramel, underlain by a light whiff of hops. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite pleasant & the Style guide mentions that it is often served Cask-Conditioned. This actually tasted kind of like it had been so conditioned. It was very subtle, quite biscuity & dry with very faint hops, perhaps English varieties like East Kent Goldings or Fuggles. The carmel that I noted on the nose did not translate into its taste. In thinking about it more closely, I realized that it reminded me of Old Speckled Hen! This was definitely an English-style beer. Its mellow flavors lent themselves well to this cool, crisp Fall morning as I contemplated going in to work & having the opportunity to read the Sunday paper. Finish was semi-dry to dry, but it could be considered solidly as either. It finished with a mild bitterness to remind me that it was not completely malt-driven. Nice!

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an Americanized version of the classic ESB, which is to say it's over-hopped & lacks balance in the malt / hop ratio. It isn't too abrasive with the hops & it has a good body, but the malt profile is a letdown

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Photo of theBubba
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What's in a name? Or a label, for that matter. Here's one all dressed up in fall colors suggesting a pumpkin ale or perhaps an Oktoberfest. There's no description on the label (unless you think "Special Ale" means something). But pop the cap and take a whiff. No fair Southern Tier. Another over hopped IPA in sheep's clothing. Nothing here that suggests a harvest unless it's a hop harvest. Buyer beware.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed across the bar a clear, dark copper-gold body (looks like brewed tea), with a thin coating of white suds. Standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts with some soundly bready and biscuit-hinted notes to it and sweetish touch of golden syrup, maybe an infinitesimal bit of light caramel. Modestly spicy, fruity as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness given a thin drizzle of treacle for a kiss of sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops with some dried lemon peel. Moderate bitterness. Some late fruitiness with a rebound of sugar for a hint of candied apple. Bittersweet, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harvest Ale is an enjoyable, quaffable brew for early Sunday morning drinking.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Macgregor's in Canadaigua,poured a deep gold with moderate head that didnt stay around to quickly aromas of pine and some citruisy (mainly lemon) notes as well.Taste up front was very piney and resiny but as I drank more the biscuity malt backbone showed itself more really balancing this one out lightly sweet just enough to tame the hops a little.Seemed a tad thin at first not sure if its just me that picked that up,anyways a very good beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of aszatk01
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of MadScientist
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A light golden color with excellent clarity. The head is long lasting, white and very thin.

S: Pine and citrus hops are in the front at a moderate level with a moderate malt aroma that is somewhat caramel and biscuit. There is a light fruity ester and some grassy notes.

T: Moderately strong hops bitterness and moderate hops flavor which is pineapple and citrus. The mat is supportive but not a strong player with moderately-light malt flavors. The balance is bitter and the finish medium-dry with some hops bitterness lingering into the after taste.

M: A crisp, medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: An clearly American take on the ESB while staying fairly true to style. A bit more malt flavor would be needed for the style but I don't care I like it just the way it is.

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Photo of SRoseGR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a light golden yellow with a small white head on top. Good clarity overall. Looks like a fall sunset. Aromas start with crisp, slightly toasted grains and caramel. Herbal, somewhat resinous hops are there with a slight citric aroma as well. Mildly fruity.

First sip brings crisp, somewhat toasted caramel grain malt upfront along with a mildly fruity flavor. It moves into herbal, earthy hops that kick in the bitterness midway through. Flows down with a touch of spiciness and a clean, crisp finish that's slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter and more drinkable side with a really nice creaminess that goes all the way through each sip. Overall, a refreshing brew with a nice hoppy bite that goes down easy. I could see a six pack of this going very well with a crisp fall evening. Thanks to afterexile for the chance to sample this one.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of pengs68
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: It has a bright golden color with a slight chill haze and a small creamy white head. It fades to just a very thin covering that still makes some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a hop filled nose with piney/citrus notes and a hint of caramel and toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a good malty backbone with light toasted notes as well as a mild almost fruity sweetness. This is balanced by good bitterness from the hops which add some piney/citrus notes. In the finish I picked up more of a herbal tea like hop flavor that slowly fades off the tongue. It has a solid medium body with good carbonation and a slightly slick texture.

Notes: I wasn't expecting a ESB for a harvest beer but it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bellce0
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at a Southern Tier tasting that I attended last night, courtesy of Mike & Co. over at Nikki's Liquors in N. Providence.

It pours a nice, clear, pale golden color with a great off-white creamy head that tends to linger around, decorating the glass with lacing as the beer dwindles down to nothing. Aroma is of fresh, citrusy, fruity hops...smells VERY clean. Taste is more hops. The flavor, however, is more piney than citrusy/fruity as the smell indicates. Very light malts, but the hops take center stage bigtime, along with a grainy flavor. Very much like an easy drinking IPA. I could easily imagine myself enjoying this beer all weekend out in the hot New England summer weather. Very crisp, nice bite, and ends pretty dry but not too astringent. Drinkable? Abso-frickin-lutely...A fine fine example of an APA.

Southern Tier continues to impress.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Hop-forward ale with just enough toasted malt with touches of caramel in the back-end to give it some foundation. Drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of Soste87
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,768 ratings