Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by John on 10-19-2003

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Photo of Ale_Lover
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A premium British style beer bursting with malt flavours and citric notes from what seems to be a unique blend of hops which dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon. Southern Tier is a very high quality brewery and Harvest Ale is no exception. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy deep amber with moderate foamy head. Potent fragrant aroma of pine and citrus hops. Grapefruit hop heavy up front with a thick sweet fall finish.

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Photo of Fee
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting beer - a good ESB. Not a lot of smell to it, but well hopped with a little bitterness as would be expected. Smooth, not very strong in either direction - happy or bitter. It's a bit dry.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean caramel amber body with a tight little foamy off white head. Good retention.
Nose presents with some slightly floral slightly spicy hops and earthy dusty malts.
Starts off with the malts stepping forward slightly sweet and kind of earthy again. Bitter finish builds through spicy hops into a long American finish.
Thin but sticky with a lasting finish.
I don't drink ESBs that often, but this is enjoyable and refreshing.
Thanks to @TongoRad for sending this along in that box of his!

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking, golden orange beer with a one finger satin white head that refuses to fizzle away.

Not much aroma. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin.

Flavor is kind of bland. Very bitter and dry throughout. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind upfront with even more bitter notes of pine resin mid palate. On the very tail end of the finish you get some biscuity and caramelly malt taste but it's very faint. Alcoholic and hot at times. They either need to dial down the hops here or crank up the malt bill, this is off balance.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and very light in body. 6.7% Abv really comes through and detracts from the feel with a hot, unpleasant alcoholic note at times.

Overall Comments: I feel that while ESBs are supposed to be bitter, they are also supposed to be thirst quenching - and this one was overtly hoppy, dry, bitter and alcoholic without much malt flavor. Rather off balance and bland, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange with a frothy two finger white head. Aroma is floral hops. Moderate lacing. Not noticing any bready aroma as others have. Taste is initially sweet malt taken over quickly by piney hops. Not as hoppy or bitter as I expected. I have had IPAs that were more bitter than this ESB. Moderate body and carbonation. Overall, much better than expected.

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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange. Translucent, well-filtered, with a large fluffy head.

Smells of American hops and English malt. Medium strength hops for an IPA, very tangy and sharp and intense for an ESB. A bit faint for the ABV, but still pleasurable.

Tastes... a bit faint at first, but I grew to like it quite a bit. Taste is sharp hops and toffee barley up front, a little bit of peat and more hops in the middle, and then a finish of green hops and... vanishment. I can see how people may be disappointed in this. The body is a bit thin, and the finish is quite abrupt. Overall, however, it's pretty good. And for the price it is borderline excellent.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Harvest Ale, I would expect the malt to dominate the pallet and aroma. While malt does dominate the flavor, there is a surprisingly pleasant mild hop aroma. Hops in the flavor are excellent. They don't overtake the caramel malt flavor, but balance the whole flavor profile very well! It tastes like a caramelized American pale ale.

I would definitely buy this again for any occasion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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 Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a hint of burgundy, plenty of carbonation. Smells strongly of hops, but a mild variety. Tastes bitter, mostly of hops. The malt isn't boring but a bit one dimensional. One of those lighter beers that surprises with a well crafted body. Some alcohol in the after taste, but it's a clean flavor and finishes very balanced.

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Photo of matcris
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Burnt orange/amber. Small bubbles rising. Half finger of quickly dissipating off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Slight astringency... something in between varnish and pineapple. If I use my imagination some orange.
TASTE: Much better than aroma. Citrus and some pine. Still some astringency but a nice caramel malt cuts it and a nice little bit of bitterness as well.
FEEL: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mildly sticky but largely dry, especially through the finish.
OVERALL: Not a big fan of the aroma, smells old/muted. Taste, much better, nice easy pale ale with just enough bite to give it a bit of balance.

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Photo of Raime
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest Ale.

This was another addition I picked up from the revamped singles section at one of my local craft stores. Usually southern tier makes some pretty good beers but I have no idea what to expect with this one to be quite honest. I've been slacking on drinking lately so let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a can style glass because I'm too lazy to grab a pint. Brew pours a hazy amber as I had anticipated with a small head that doesn't form to much more than a quarter of a finger in height. Doesn't stick around for very long either and dies down to a moderately thick cloud formation amongst the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate as is usual. Lacing was rather minimal.

Smell - The smell is dominated by spicy and earthy hop components though thankfully they don't come across as onion or garlic like. At least not yet. Seems almost Simcoe in terms of specifics. Malt level is very present as well and even slightly toasted. Not a huge nose but simple and straight to the point.

Taste - It really follows the nose to an almost exact tee although it has a few new editions. The hops remain very earthy and vegetable like with the addition of some fresh melon and a bit of honeydew. Malts are ever present but they really take a back seat to the hop aspects. The flavor profile does take on a bit of a catty like nature but it isn't as bad as say a Lagubitas Equinox in terms of piss scents. Juicy green flavor overall.

Feel - The body however was a bit lacking. It is mostly watery with a massive dosage of carbonation. The flavors remain much the same as it sits in the mouth and it swallows rather easily with a moderate level of bitterness.

Overall - Nothing earth shattering and I'm not exactly the biggest fan of the flavors presented here in general, but in terms of earthy hop character this was one of the better beers. I could surely drink it again, but I doubt I would buy it again since there are better brews for cheaper. Try it for yourself and come to your let conclusion.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a beautiful copper color with a fluffy off white head that has great retention and lacing. The smell is mostly sweet bready malt with spicy floral hops. Taste is much the same with moderate bitterness. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Overall I would not seek this out again, but it's alright.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ESB pours a nice clear and luminous medium copper, with a nice head of off white bubbles that fades to a thick bubbled ring, thin layer, and spotty lacing. Nose of caramel malts, floral and herbal hops, and light grains on the background. Flavors exceed the nose with solid caramel malts to the front, followed by moderately bitter herbal hops to the mid and floral hops and light honey to the rear. Medium carbonation keeps it lively with a medium dry finish. Solid for the style.


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Photo of HamdenHector
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger light khaki head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: earthy, floral, toffee;

T: earthy up front; floral from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness build to moderate in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I could drink this all day;

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an eggshell-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Initial impression is resinous bite, but quickly followed by a slight malty sweetness. Overall, the hops win out. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel. Finish is dry, with briefly lingering hops bitterness. Quite refreshing, but more bitter than I was expecting.

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Photo of classixIII
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shiny copper, minimal foam diappeared qiuckly
Nice but faint aroma sweet hoppy
Very smooth, citrus taste just the right hop flavor and bitterness.
Pretty good stuff!

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Photo of jp32
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper penny in color with a huge white fluffy head on top.

Aroma is very well balanced between caramel malt sweetness and a mild hop tartness.

The flavor is more hop forward than the aroma led on. Citrus hops dominate the flavor with subtle hints of pine. Very herbal (I'm not saying mediciney, but close) in the finish.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium bodied.

A decent beer, but much hoppier than I was expecting. Being called "harvest ale" with an orange label I was expecting something much maltier, but I suppose that's what I get for judging a book by its cover in the first place.

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Photo of MNJR
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Crisp, with a nice bitterness. Excellent ESB with a bit more sharp carbonation than British versions. The malt is substantial and present, but in the background, and the "4 varieties of hops" shine through. Not as thick/creamy/rich as some in the style, but I liked the bold flavor balanced with the crispness and lightness of the body. Nice malt backbone with spiky hops. You have one, and want another, which is always a good sign in my book. Very good beer.

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Photo of chicagoish
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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: A little lacking. I was expecting more malty with a touch of hops. None of that

Taste/Mouth feel: A bet watery for me. It doesn't go either way. It is smooth and easy to drink, but I was expecting more flavor. More Bitterness

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Photo of hopsputin
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: clear burnt caramel color with loads of sediment floating around in here. 1.5 finger solid white head

s: juicy pineapple, strawberries, toffee, a slight herbal hint in there as well. ends with a cracker-like aroma

t: pineapple and a strong tea-like bitterness upfront. pineapple and a mild onion-garlic flavor follow. behind that is a little bit of the toffee i picked in the aroma as well as a nice doughy/crackery flavor

m: medium mouthfeel with carbonation is a bit high for an ESB (but low for an APA which I'm seeing this as)

o: drinks more like an APA than an ESB to me. its got a sharp, yet smooth earthy bitterness in here. when i purchased it, i thought it would be a bit more malt-forward. its pretty drinkable though, but is missing that sweetness that I enjoy in an ESB

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Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark golden color.

The beer is floral, spicy, and grassy. Toasty malts and chewy bread come in the middle. The finish offers bitterness of herbaceous and grassy.

A balanced and good food beer for the style.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a one-finger ring leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, floral hops, and bready malts.

T - The taste starts sweet with orange, peach, grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweet malts. The sweet juiciness gives way to earthy hops. The hops provide a perfect balance to the beer. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - A very strong ESB. The flavors are perfectly balanced. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. Threshold beer glass.

S: Citrus, floral, resin. For a purported ESB, getting very little in the way of yeast esters or malts. There is a little clean pale malt lurking in the background.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber, with two fingers of very foamy, sudsy eggshell/light tan head and very active carbonation. Very nice retention of 1/8 inch of sandy foam. Outrageously excellent lacing.

T: Complex, earthy and hoppy arrival. Hops on the tongue are far more earthy and subdued than on the nose. There are some ale yeast esters here on the palate. A dry, bitter, earthy, complex malt bill presents across the middle with not a hint of sweetness. It turns then to a lingering earthy and slightly medicinal finish.

M: Lighter end of mid-weight; good ale mouthfeel, solid carbonation is not overdone, with a lingering slickness. The lingering slickness is maybe the only thing I don't like about this beer.

O: I love Sam Adams Boston Ale, and Great Lakes Burning River, and this reminds me of the both of them. Citrus hops on the nose, with ale yeast esters, earthy bitter hops and complex malt on the palate and a fluffy mouthfeel. Very nice, and perfect for the season (but really perfect for any time of year). Not really what I think of as an ESB; more like an American Stock Ale; this is a hard one to categorize, but it is my favorite style of ale.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: mid-afternoon relaxation following another ugly soccer loss... APPEARANCE: mostly clear, orange amber body (I have the right bottle, but no WAY is this ruby, as the above summary states!) that offers reasonable effervescence... head is off-white, thick, and palpable... lacing forms appropriately,, almost like coral...a good-looking pint... AROMA: no doubt East Kent Golding, with that floral, lavender and lemon... spicy enough to also have Tettnanger or Spaltz... the fruitiness is strong for an ESB.. some clove and thyme work their way in, for a full, pleasing array... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, with a sizzle at the start and a strong, lasting malty finish... active and engaging, some froth too, and unlike many ESBs with lesser character... TASTE: a good, roasted quality sits in the throat, with mild caramel developing an ever-present sweetness that pervades the whole of the experience; the hop profile is decidedly balanced too, though undercut by the malts, with citrus, flower, fruit and earthiness smoothed together in a drinkable blend that begs for pub fare or a game to watch...OVERALL: What must be the "Harvest" quality is the label itself--this is a wonderful approximation of the British standard with enough character to set itself slightly apart from the predictable; at 6.7% ABV deceptively sessionable... sweet and smooth--another success from Southern Tier...

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