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Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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

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: 1,744 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of Tarvismonroe
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Citrus aromas and taste. Moderately carbonated and somewhat bitter, but surprisingly tasty.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Vetbidder
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice see through darker amber color with a decent white head from tap. Citrus edge on the nose of this malty brew. Not knowing what I was drinking exactly, I called the flavor IPAish with a spicy twist. Well carbonated and medium/thin in fell. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Adam1993
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear copper/amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2" white head that soon recedes to an island of foam on the surface and leaves a ring of large bubbled lacing around the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small legs of lacing on the side of the glass and the lacing persists for quite a while.

The aromas include include caramel malt backed up a mixture of piney and grassy hops, along with some floral character and a bit of orange zest.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the floral, piney, grassy, orange zest showing up over the top of hop bitterness. The barely noticeable caramel malt sweetness and softens the bitterness just a bit but doesn't really stand out in any other way.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and on the smooth side with some finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the bitterness recedes temporarily to let the hop flavors show through more cleanly. But then as they start to fade the bitterness re-emerges in the back of the palate along with that bit of malt sweetness. The ending is dry as the sweetness and bitterness simply disappear.

On the whole a very enjoyable and drinkable beer that I'll be happy to have again. There's lots of balance and complexity here. The bitter is definitely present but not at all unpleasant and the other flavors all play nicely with each other.

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Photo of antman27
2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of CJake
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What should you know about this "special ale" It's an IPA. Lots of hops. Definitely not what I was expecting when I poured it. If you like IPA I'm sure you'll like it, but it's no ale.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewc1885
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theBubba
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

What's in a name? Or a label, for that matter. Here's one all dressed up in fall colors suggesting a pumpkin ale or perhaps an Oktoberfest. There's no description on the label (unless you think "Special Ale" means something). But pop the cap and take a whiff. No fair Southern Tier. Another over hopped IPA in sheep's clothing. Nothing here that suggests a harvest unless it's a hop harvest. Buyer beware.

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Photo of nater919
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MMOSNN
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OatmattStout
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really tasty ESB. True to style with a nice amount of bitterness in the end but not over the top. really nice full mouthfeel. Some typical fruity notes. This one is just really good and I've tried most available ESB's near me.

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Photo of JPVanderbilt
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is an IPA. Looks like an IPA, taste like an IPA, and it's a fairly good IPA. Yet it's classified as an Extra Special Bitter, huh? Taste is citrus, grapefruit, pine, fresh, tasty. Good IPA.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Harvest Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 07/12/17" and sampled on 08/16/17
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking glass of beer: clear deep-amber/copper colored body beneath a two-finger thick head of foamy off-white that seems to hold well. The aroma is fresh and clean displaying a combination of lightly caramelish malt and softly piney and grassy hops. The flavor follows, and it's fairly subdued and basic for a seasonal beer but I appreciate that because it's highly drinkable. There's some light citrus to it as well, mainly orange, and because the caramelish and lightly toasty malt isn't overdone it works really well. The malt is just lightly sweetish and a median bitterness balances it, leaving a dollop of sweet malt to fade in the finish as softly piney and spicy hop notes rise. I was really expecting something different, a more amped up version, and I kind of remember it being a bit fuller in the past, but this is perfect. Looking back there's some very nice lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Well done! Superbly balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Ob512316
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: amber with a continuous medium sized white head.
Smell: pine and citrus with a hint of Carmel
Taste: Pine and citrus at first, then caramel, toffee, buterscotch
Feel: Sold, not too week not too strong
Overall: outstanding beer.

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

Reviewed from notes. This beer was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy but almost transparent orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipates within less than a minute leaving some decent foamy lacing. The smell had rich English malts that seem to be slightly roasted in a sense. There is a decent nuttiness coming out as well. The taste was roasty, malty and nutty with a delicate toasty bready note on the backend. There was no aftertaste but a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable quality to it. The carbonation was fairly smooth which is good for they style and for me. Overall, good ESB that I would have again.

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Photo of Satorn
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
1.87/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Ale_Lover
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A premium British style beer bursting with malt flavours and citric notes from what seems to be a unique blend of hops which dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon. Southern Tier is a very high quality brewery and Harvest Ale is no exception. Two thumbs up.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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