Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
BA SCORE
72.5%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 1,736 ratings
Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,162
Reviews:
609
Ratings:
1,736
Liked:
1,259
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
11.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
267
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,736 |  Reviews: 609
Photo of DCHritz
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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 zrroot
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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 Alphakitty
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffGuilly
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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 +13.8%
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 Chackman151
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ErikFort
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclone
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warpig372
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gregf51
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.5% out of 100 with 1,736 ratings
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