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

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Reviews:
600
Ratings:
1,722
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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52
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264
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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier Harvest is, in my opinion, a tad bright and sunny for a fall-themed beer; a little more depth in colour might have been a little more becoming. Although its tone, it must be noted, is not without a little pumpkin blush. Its head is thin but waxy and as result tacks on a lacing so adhesive I'm starting to doubt even water's ability to pry it off.

Something about this aroma makes it come across as very hearty, which is probably the most appropriate characteristic for a harvest ale. The malt base seems rather substantial (and nourishing) as it exhumes the scent of fresh-baked bread, hot out of the over cookies and mounds of toffee. The hops, too, are in exceedingly ample supply.

In fact, it's hard to say what I appreciate more. This has the blessing of being both heartily malty and also incessantly hoppy. The malts are so thick and chewy and pleasantly sweet, like rich pastry. The hops, supposedly English varieties, are wickedly zesty. A great deal of American qualities are also tasted, fresh pine and candied grapefruit. They may call it an English ESB but there's no fooling, this is as hoppy and ballsy as any American IPA.

The mouthfeel isn't as sensational as the beer on the whole but it need not be. It does its job. Its light, clipping bitterness provides a little snip on the palate and lightly lingers with a pleasant earthy fruitiness all the while staying unimaginably quenching and quaffable. Why didn't I buy more of this? Even with no shortage of good IPA's on the market, including this brewery's own, your damn right I'm wishing this was available year round!

If Southern Tier wants us to understand one thing about themselves it's that they can brew fantastic beers tremendously well. Apart from a couple lackluster offerings in their year-round lineup - which is to be expected - this brewery is responsible for a number of my favourite stouts and hop bombs. If they keep slugging out more of these first-rate ales I'm going to be needing more fingers (and maybe toes) to count all of my favourites on.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How I wish ST would make more beers with this level of alcohol. Their high gravity beers just wear me out, but as this beer clearly shows, they are quite capable of making very good lower alcohol ales.

The beer pours a surprisingly lighter gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the anticipated citrus with some underlying sweet malt. On the palate this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is remarkably well balanced, with very nice use of the wet hops IMO. Not only does the beer have a nice hoppy bitterness, but the wet hops give the beer an extra added dimension of flavor as well. In addition to the citrus, there's some underlying earthiness as well that is quite nice. The beer is slightly sweet from the malt, but that sweetness is nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness. This beer is medium bodied and is a joy to drink. It's the kind of beer I could see myself just gulping down if I wasn't careful.

This beer was very popular at Mahaffey's last night and I can see why. Just an excellent harvest ale from ST.

Edit from 9/7/12. Tried again, and was reminded quite vividly that this beer differs from year to year. The current version is decent, but pales in comparison to the beer I sampled back in 2008 (unfortunately).

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2014 edition. Sampled on August 9, 2014.

It does not look bad with its orange-amber pour and modest of-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma tends to be more hopped up than I expect from an autumn brew. Citrus and floral hops mainly. A modest breadiness.

The body is medium.

The taste begins briefly with a breaded, toasted malt sensation bu the bitter hops take over in short order. Lingering bitter bite. It was not bad.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, seethru gold body that is gives off a little head that dies quickly. A mild fruit aroma of apple and pear along with some citric, tealike hop notes. Smooth and medium-bodied with fruit notes ranging from pear to citric (orange, banana (lightly)). Contains some graininess and sweet malt sensations that are balanced for a pleasant drinking experience as it passes the tongue and contains a grat, prickly dry backbite. I must say that this didn't remind me of an ESB at all as the hops are much more dominant than anything else (a mislabeled IPA?). Still, another good beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Clear orange copper pour with a small and airy white head. Really nice citrusy aroma. Very light flavor that has piney hops balanced out by a nice grainy caramel malt.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color like the color of a penny with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is some malt, a hint of caramel and some citrusy hops with a touch of mint leaves in the background as well.

T- The taste is pretty damn solid. A perfect balance of malty goodness and hop bitterness. Pretty darn drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Southern Tier Harvest is a wonderful fall seasonal that is definitely worth a try. This comes out the right time of year because it is a perfect football beer. Recommended!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with huge frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for several minutes before it was gone.

Smell - hops, citrus notes, pine, caramel and malts.

Taste & Mouth - there is an average amount of carbonation; and the beer has a nice medium to full bodied taste. Lots of hops and malts at first followed by floral notes and a nuttiness. The beer finishes with a nice balance of hops and malts and a bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another above average beer by Southern Tier. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a lucid pale orange with a thin ½ finger sandy-beige colored head that quickly fell to a sparse, whispy covering with no visible lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: fresh grapefruit, oranges with a beautiful bright fresh citrusy nature.

T: very bitter, flowery with some dried grapefruit and pale oranges. A light grassiness is also detected as well some light dried toasted grains. The finish finds a bitter citric and grassy hopping on the fade that lingered about for a few seconds before fading every so slightly. Overall a massively hopped ale, but was slight on complexity.

M: light, oily slicky, bitter and dry.

D: Overall a light bodied but heavily hopped beer that be limited in multiples unless you are a major hophead. Liked it, but not one I would consider session material.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a clear light yellow gold with a 1 finger head of foam with some lacing.

The smell has a big fresh hop nose to it. I also get a light graininess.

The taste..well that surprised me. The fresh hop nose that I got is here in the taste but the supporting cast of grain, bready/earthy malt, and nice fruity flavours offsets it and brings it more in to style. Nice. The more sips I take, the less I notice the hop presence and I'm digging it.

Close to medium bodied with a light carbonation, this one is growing on me fast. Drinkability for me is huge on this one. What a delightful brew!

Bottom line: Yum! I had my doubts when I took my first whiff but my first taste *told* me that this is a well crafted ESB. Look, my glass is empty already. Bummer.

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

A: Poured a hazy gold color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Nose is a nice fresh hop scent that balances the malt aroma nicely. A bit biscuity and some light citrus. T

T: The taste is good. It has a lightly bitter and earthiness flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with bread and light citrus.

M: The mouthfeel is good. It is a lighter bodied beer with good carbonation.

O: Good, easy to drink

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 12oz bottle poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a light coppery-amber color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and lacing.

Noticeable hoppiness hit the nose first, then a nice grainy malt scent wafted in. The hops were also the prominent feature on the tongue, but the malts were there to provide support and balance.

The body was crisp and smooth with the hops lingering on the back for bit. Drinkability was good, you could too easily drink several of these. Overall, a pretty good brew, certainly worth trying if you see it.

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

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer has a clear deep orange body with tiny bubbles popping off at the base and gliding to the surface. There is a bubble beige head that fades after a bit.
S- The green spicy hops blend with a dry toasted malt aroma. There are some citrus qualities to the hops as the beer opens up.
T- The spicy green hops are pungent with a slight bitterness that lingers after each sip. The pale malt has a slight green bean taste to it and is softer than the hops.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a big fizzy scrubbing finish and a soft alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a big spicy hop flavor that is supported by some interesting pale malt flavors. The green bean flavor is a bit odd. The hops and malt just don't seem to work together but on their own they are not bad.

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

A-Light gold with good head.

S-Citrus hops, some pine hops. Grassy.

T-Citrus hops, some pine. Hop foward. Not very hoppy. Tastes like an IPA.

M-Medium body. Refreshing.

D-Strong taste but still pretty easy to imbibe. I'm a fan.

Tastes like a good harvest this year.

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear deep golden with a lingering cream head.

Floral hops and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a hint of resin and citrus closing things out.

Flavor reveals resin and pine at the forefront, on a backbone of lightly toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter. A touch of citrus adds intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's light alcohol warmth.

Fairly moderate in aroma and flavor, with nice citrus underpinnings. Not the best of the fresh hopped beers, but a decent brew.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear darker coppery amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt, light fruits notes, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with toffee and fruit notes.

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Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant amber pour crowned by a 1” sudsy and clingy white foam collar that recedes at a moderate pace. S: Resin, pine and grass. T: A hop forward beer with a firm, bready malt backbone. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: Very clean and smooth bitter with some noticeable bitterness.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: hops and citrus

Taste: mild malt start, earth, hops, pine, and tangerine

Mouthfeel:smooth, light body, a mixed semi-sweet start followed by a bitter body that becomes more bitter as you drink it.

Drinkability: I found myself liking this beer more and more after the initial shock of the hops. I do like the hoppiness and the slight fruit taste. I could have two or so but certainly not a six. Very enjoyable for the style.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, hoppy, malty aroma. Different than I expected.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, resin, and possibly a little citrus. Not a classical ESB flavor - more hops than you'd expect - but a nice flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable version of an ESB.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice dark amber, not too dark but little head due to old beer for a holiday season.

S - Smells pretty nice, with an abundance of hops and malts that play together it smells like a party in my glass.

T - Wow almost reminds me of a 2xIPA version of an Oktoberfest. With slight grain and caramel malt along side of some citrus hops, I am enjoying this brew.

M - Medium to light and very drinkable.

D - Wow it seems that ST has got it right on this one. With a nice malt backing the hops it almost makes it as drinkable as 2XIPA but not as much since it is old. Will have to try next years fresh batch.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" off-white head, which laces quite well. A cloudy (poured in the whole thing) slightly orangey amber brew, with a reasonably balanced aroma tending toward the hops side just a tad. Taste has a good malt base, and plenty of hops bitterness, although not very delicate in that aspect. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good, and could improve if the bitterness was a bit more artistic and not as much head-on bitter. An enjoyable brew, for sure.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint; consumed 10/10/08, finally found my notes

Pours a golden orange with a large, fluffy white cap. Prominent lacing left all over the place. A small amount of tiny bubbles push through the golden orange body.

Strong tangerine and grapefruit hop presence with a touch of honey. Also get some notes of apple and pear. Very bright, leaps out of the glass.

A hop head's harvest ale. Grapefruit and tangerine, honey, and spicy floral hops leave a little bite on the back end. Crisp and clean, bitter finish. Earthy malts hold their own and add just a touch of sweetness.

Light-medium bodied, carbonation is right on point.

Easily sessionable. A breeze to drink.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber hue with some small yet steady bubble. Very faint foam that sticks around for just a little bit . The aroma is a mix of herbal and citrus hops and some toasted caramel breads. The taste starts with lots of orange zest that slowly gives way to soft English caramels and toffee. Just o be overtaken by the herbal and orange hoppy finish. The start is hoppy, then mixes a little with the malt bill. Then finishes hoppy again. The hops are a little too bright, almost metallic tasting. But still a nice Amrican version of an ESB.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 6-pack of the 2007 offering purchased at The Village Pump, College Park MD for $8.99

A: A crystal clear yellowish-orange brew that looks fairly light, steady stream of carbonation contributing to a thick, beautiful head that leaves a nice lace as it subsides slowly

S: Hops. This is my first wet hop beer and i think i can tell the difference between a "regular" hop and a wet hopped beer. There's a fairly strong citrus aroma but with a twist - there's some grassy notes in there

T: The balance is in favor of the hops but the grassy characteristics do add to the brew. This is a *very* tasty beer, difficult to put down

M: The carbonation feels good but the stand-out part is the thick, persistent, resiny taste. Thoroughly enjoyable

D: Excellent. I find it difficult to put the glass down. A thirst quencher that doubles up as a sipper, depending on what you are in the mood for.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Very nice color.

Aroma is full of citrusy hops that dominate the nose. Very nice choice of hops for this beer.

Taste is full of citrusy hop aroma once again that unearths a very mellow bitterness underneath with a feel of biscuity malt. Very nice and subtle.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus hops and biscuit flavor. A bit sweet towards the end. Otherwise, seems balanced.

Very nice for the style and easy to drink on a cold fall day. Certainly worth a try.

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

Pale and hazy golden. Light and fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty full. Cascade like grapefruit aroma mixed in with some light toffeeish malt. Firm malt base of toffee and caramel. Bright and exuberant hop flavor. Resiny and spicy and a little of that garlic/onion character. Medium bodied at best and creamy. Solid beer.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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