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

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Ratings:
1,724
Reviews:
601
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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52
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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of hops forward with some earth, pine, and herbal notes coming through. Slight caramel and toffee in there as well. Hops take center stage in the flavor as well, though not to the extent that they had in the nose. Really nice body and carbonation well nice bitterness. Really smooth and a great fall beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a strong pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.

O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with burst of pale and grassy hops up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty but a bit on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better hoppy beers out there but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a light to medium copper in color and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness.

T: This beer is very well balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness with pine/resin and citrus hops flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fade pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and is very easy to drink - slightly too strong to be sessionable but from a taste/smell perspective I want to have several of these. For some reason, this seems like a great beer for an early fall cool evening.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of billab914
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I keep stocked pretty much as long as it last on the shelves. This might be my favorite harvest ale, something that I look forward to each year.

Pours a light gold color with a modest amount of head. Good clarity and overall a very nice looking beer. Hop aroma is fantastic, I love the smell of this beer. A lot of sweet citrus aroma that is very appealing. Taste is also very good, lots of sweet citrus hops up front with some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy finish. Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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 russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours aneffervvescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassyness & pineyness, a touch of grainyness & appleskins

T: Pineyness, caramel, woody hops & lemons up front. Some red apple skin as this warms along with much grassyness & lemony hops & dryness. Finishes crisp, dry & with nice woody & herbal hops signature with a kiss of orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced, purists will probably want little more malt profile

Drinks too easy, a nice if not totally true-to-style ESB

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy harvest gold with small and medium-sized particulates (yeast? hop flecks?). The beer is crowned with a beautiful, richly creamy, cream-colored head that displays a moonscape surface, stays humped in the center as it slowly descends and leaves a nice amount of soapy lace behind.

The sweet citrus peel nose is fabulous and is more Cascade (dry-hopped with) than Styrian Goldings (brewed with). If enough of those two varieties of hop are used to make an APA/IPA, I'm gonna like it. It smells like a combination of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Great nose, it's as simple as that.

The flavor is exceptional as well. Are all Southern Tier beers this good? I've had two now and have been impressed by both. There's plenty of malt, as evidenced by the substantial mouthfeel, but there isn't an abundance of malt-derived flavor. A little light caramel perhaps, but it's overpowered by the hops. The amount of hoppiness, and the body for that matter, don't tread into IPA territory, but they're generous for the style.

The Styrian Goldings have freer rein on the palate than they did in the nose, but that tangy, grapefruit pithy, Cascade bite is still present and accounted for. Well-supported hops just can't be beat and this beer shows off its hop profile with pride. Each mouthful starts out sweet and with a nod toward balance, but quickly becomes hoppy-bitter with an explosion of flavor and a long, lingering, lightly coating finish.

Harvest Ale is another winner from Southern Tier. Given the name and the autumnal color scheme on the label, I thought I was popping open an Oktoberfest. What a great surprise; hops are always welcome. This is an excellent APA and is yet another beer that I'd love to have access to. A big Thank You to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some ring/spotty lace on the glass; relatively clear with a copper amber color.

Strong hoppy, bitter smell--very floral.

Very good entry as an ESB: Lots of bitterness, good starting malt flavors. Spot on body but with a lower level of a carbonation. Long lasting aftertaste of peppery hop bitterness.

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Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up over the last couple weeks and had never had it before which was shocking to be honest. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/03/2008.

We have a gusher! Foamed out all over the place with a deep off white foam that just would not stop coming. Had to do three pours to get the whole bottle out, but a nice and hazy amber color was present right away with a rich lacing and foamy presence.

The aroma was particulary hoppy. Rich notes of very bright citrus tones, lots of tangerine, lemon, and orange. Touches of pineapple as well, all very bright and light in the air. The flavor though was where its at. Huge notes of pineapple and orange, rich, sweet, and terribly fresh, this was a hop heads hoppy harvest ale. Delicate and light, a little bit thin on the feel, but still more then adequate. Smooth, delicous, and very sessionable.

Overall this was a very, very good beer. Rich and loaded with hoppy goodness. Easy to session and a joy to drink, I will most certainly have this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up at Wegman's -I enjoyed this on tap before and wanted to try in the bottle -enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is resplendent tarnished golden with good clarity/visible carbonation and thick white cap with copious lace stickage. The smell is herbal spice with some hop fruitiness and yeast esters augmenting with slight apple notes and mild sweet toasted malt. The feel is balanced well with hops giving a bite up front relaxing into a slight sweet tinge of malt with moderate carbonation and semi-dry finish with low alcohol in the feel.

The taste has some pine hop flavors with herbs and slight grassy tinges with a light dried fruit element from the yeast. The malt flavor is mostly dry with slight toastiness you may expect in a pale beer with some nice caramel accents and the hops become citrus as the finish arrives with some light lemon and possibly a hint of grapefruit. The malt and yeast anchor the beer with some very gentle pear and pine returns in the hop flavor as it warms. The overall take is a good Pale ale or ESB as it is listed here with plenty of drinkability a very quaffable brew to my taste.

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

A – Nice maple amber body with a tall, creamy white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Round, leafy, herbal hop character. Sweet caramel malt. Soft, almost scotch-like note add an earthy booziness.

T – Malt up front with an oat sweetness. Broad, bitter, resiny, but not overpoweringly aggressive, hop character through the center with a touch of nuttiness. Bitter, semi-sweet warmth on the finish.

M – Medium body. Ok-to-low carbonation. Nice residual alpha bitterness.

O – Very drinkable with a nice hop character for a fall seasonal.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Stag Head's ST event. Have had this a few times before but never reviewed it.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, and floral hops. Was really surprised how much citrus and hops came through, but I liked it a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, light lime, pine hops, fruity malts, light bready and caramel malts. Very nice and hoppy again, but not much bitterness at all.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice beer. I was surprised how hoppy it was for an ESB; it was hoppier than HopSun ironically. Load of citrus to it, would love to have it again.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,724 ratings.
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