Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,723
Reviews:
600
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
264
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rilesmiles
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kvanwhy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Brewlinson
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmaskell33
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 jams1220
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dlmvh5150
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DASA10
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MrUse
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pens1967
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jtk21351
2.94/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hoss76
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moodyxc9
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 guzzleacoldone
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Cheers

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,723 ratings.
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