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

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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
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the highest rank of beers using the name "harvest ale", it is honourable and worthy to do so. Very drinkable hoppy grapefruit and floral aroma and apple juice/pineapple juice taste. Amber with white head.

Bottle two and a third years later, decent aroma, taste, appearance. Hoppy, like a pale with more on the wheat side.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a clear copper orange with a 1 inch puffy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap. Very thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down in a very tight pattern. Smell is of fresh herbal and citrus zest hops with some caramel malt/biscuit notes. Taste is of herbal and citrus zest hops with a solid sweet malt backbone. Mild hop bitterness quickly fades after each sip. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good ESB from Southern Tier. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i reckon this is far better on tap than in the bottle, but nevertheless, it pours a mostly clear pumpkin ale color with a khaki head thick as hell and about an inch tall. the nose is a little bland, maybe my bottle is a little older than is optimal, but it smells like wheat and pale malt, with fresh hops on the floral side. the flavor is a little sweet, caramely from the malt but still a little bitter and fruity from some generous hop additions. a little light on the carbonation i thought, but with a nice round medium body and a smooth feel from start to finish. this is a highly drinkable fall beer, despite its higer abv, id gladly down a 6er. its somehow filling and refreshing at the same time, everything a fall beer should be, and nothing that it shouldnt. much prefered on tap though.

edit: this ages pretty well, just had a bottle from a year ago, and its a lot more developed, honey notes and still the hops are good. not a bad one to let sit a little while.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Harvest ale pours out as a deep amber color with a yellowish colored head on top. The heads a little foamy and kind of leaves a little lacing. The smell of the beer is a little sweet and has a decent amount of caramel on the nose. Theres a little bit of hops in there too to counter the sweetness. The taste is also a little sweet but has a good backbone of malts and some spices also. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and has a medium body. Overall it's a nice drinkable brew that I'd probably drink again.

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Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is light copper in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of pine resin hops dominate the nose.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between malty and bitter flavors; there are also some notes of citrus and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink and goes down very smoothly.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

A delicious and hoppy Harvest Ale that makes for a seamless transition from zestier and drier IPA's of summer and into a the richer and fuller flavors of fall.

This August-releases ale pour a deep amber color with strans of orange and gold perpherating the edges. A light and creamy white foam builds on top of the beer and proves to withstand the session very well while trailing with mild lace on the glass. A very appealing and nearly-brightly clear beer.

A mix of zesty hops and musty fruit mingle about the nose, all with the underpinning of light caramel and biscuit malt. The hoppy aromas of tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit also carry a 'leafy' green character from the leaves of hops. This somewhat grassy character gives an herbal roundness that makes these aromas somewhat of a standout.

Fortified sweetness also sets the flavor profile apart from the stles of IPAs and take the shape of mild caramel, corn sugar, and confectioner's sugar. While milder in balance, the malt character allows for the hop forward lupulin character to shine. Oranges, ruby red grapefruit, nectarines, apprictos, pineapple, and freshly cut grasses deliver a plethera of hop flavor and with the herbal musty notes that round the citrus bitterness while rejecting any vegital flavor. The beer goes from an early balance of malty sweetness, to a well balance mid palate, and then with hop bitter dominance in finish. That's a lot of procession for a taste to go through with only a variety of two types of malts and two types of hops!

Medium bodied early as the impression of malt sweetness and creamy carbonation weighs on the tongue, but the richness gives way to the drying effect of alcohol and hop resins going into finish. Slightly warming and with a zesty, snappy bitterness late, the beer finishes very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Hop intensity allows for an extended finish, and carrying only the most modest hint of caramel into aftertaste. A highly drinkable beer that whets the whistle on these hot autumn days, but satisfying for cooler nights as well.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Forced to make notes due to an outlier rating:

Bready and buttery, with not much going on hop-wise and a lackluster balance. Shallow and simple. Some might even call it plain.

There's no harmony of texture to taste and it's not a gestalt beer, nor does it boast any intricacy, nuance, or subtlety of note. Drinkable but underwhelming.

C

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear copper color with a half finger of fluffy off white head that fades away quickly leaving just a ring around the pour.

Smell: The malt is the first thing I notices. Just a bit bready with a hint of caramel. There is a mild but very nice citrus hop component to the smell as well.

Taste: The taste is well balanced as well, just like the smell. The hops are the dominant flavor, but there is plenty of malt to even things out. Citrus peel hops with a bready caramel malt undertone. The finish is bitter from the citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with a lot of fluffy, smooth carbonation and a finish that is quite dry.

Overall: This one is really easy to drink. The balance between the malt and hops is very well done. I'd definitely have more in the future.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a deep hazy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter green hops with some floral notes. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style and something that I wish was available more readily around me.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a two-finger, head of khaki colored foam. It was very bubbly and left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled very floral. There were some mild caramel aromas, but not much else.

T - Interesting flavor. Starts like an IPA and ends like an ESB. Good burnt toast maltiness with a caramel kick. It had a bitter hop bite with a citrusy flavor.

M - It was sharp and very crisp. A medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting brew. Again, it tastes like an IPA but by the end it tastes like an ESB.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pine, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; with a great malt/hop bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB! Great malt/hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV level. Definitely one of the best ESBs I have had. Highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bruery chalice.

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a very clear golden orange.

Aroma: A very fruity and hoppy nose. Sweet mangoes and pineapple with some orange juice. Earthy pine hops. Some bready malts show. Diggin this one already.

Taste: A lot more bready malts show here. Lots of hop resin. Very juicy hops. Pine for sure. A big citrus blend with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out. Pretty solid esb.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but creamy. Earthy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, a very nice offering from ST. Pretty drinkable. I really like the fruit flavors in this one.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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