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: 1,723 |  Reviews: 601
Photo of CraftBeerGuild
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of conundrum2k
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Shiny copper, minimal foam diappeared qiuckly
Nice but faint aroma sweet hoppy
Very smooth, citrus taste just the right hop flavor and bitterness.
Pretty good stuff!

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Photo of UnderStageMan
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper penny in color with a huge white fluffy head on top.

Aroma is very well balanced between caramel malt sweetness and a mild hop tartness.

The flavor is more hop forward than the aroma led on. Citrus hops dominate the flavor with subtle hints of pine. Very herbal (I'm not saying mediciney, but close) in the finish.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium bodied.

A decent beer, but much hoppier than I was expecting. Being called "harvest ale" with an orange label I was expecting something much maltier, but I suppose that's what I get for judging a book by its cover in the first place.

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

Photo of MNJR
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer. Crisp, with a nice bitterness. Excellent ESB with a bit more sharp carbonation than British versions. The malt is substantial and present, but in the background, and the "4 varieties of hops" shine through. Not as thick/creamy/rich as some in the style, but I liked the bold flavor balanced with the crispness and lightness of the body. Nice malt backbone with spiky hops. You have one, and want another, which is always a good sign in my book. Very good beer.

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

Photo of chicagoish
2.63/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a bright golden color with a slight chill haze and a small creamy white head. It fades to just a very thin covering that still makes some nice lace on the glass.

Smell: A little lacking. I was expecting more malty with a touch of hops. None of that

Taste/Mouth feel: A bet watery for me. It doesn't go either way. It is smooth and easy to drink, but I was expecting more flavor. More Bitterness

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopsputin
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: clear burnt caramel color with loads of sediment floating around in here. 1.5 finger solid white head

s: juicy pineapple, strawberries, toffee, a slight herbal hint in there as well. ends with a cracker-like aroma

t: pineapple and a strong tea-like bitterness upfront. pineapple and a mild onion-garlic flavor follow. behind that is a little bit of the toffee i picked in the aroma as well as a nice doughy/crackery flavor

m: medium mouthfeel with carbonation is a bit high for an ESB (but low for an APA which I'm seeing this as)

o: drinks more like an APA than an ESB to me. its got a sharp, yet smooth earthy bitterness in here. when i purchased it, i thought it would be a bit more malt-forward. its pretty drinkable though, but is missing that sweetness that I enjoy in an ESB

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Photo of Brams
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyg
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bit of a kick with a peppery finish worth a try

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Photo of chillin
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark golden color.

The beer is floral, spicy, and grassy. Toasty malts and chewy bread come in the middle. The finish offers bitterness of herbaceous and grassy.

A balanced and good food beer for the style.

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Photo of Orny18
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a one-finger ring leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, floral hops, and bready malts.

T - The taste starts sweet with orange, peach, grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweet malts. The sweet juiciness gives way to earthy hops. The hops provide a perfect balance to the beer. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - A very strong ESB. The flavors are perfectly balanced. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. Threshold beer glass.

S: Citrus, floral, resin. For a purported ESB, getting very little in the way of yeast esters or malts. There is a little clean pale malt lurking in the background.

A: Pours a crystal clear amber, with two fingers of very foamy, sudsy eggshell/light tan head and very active carbonation. Very nice retention of 1/8 inch of sandy foam. Outrageously excellent lacing.

T: Complex, earthy and hoppy arrival. Hops on the tongue are far more earthy and subdued than on the nose. There are some ale yeast esters here on the palate. A dry, bitter, earthy, complex malt bill presents across the middle with not a hint of sweetness. It turns then to a lingering earthy and slightly medicinal finish.

M: Lighter end of mid-weight; good ale mouthfeel, solid carbonation is not overdone, with a lingering slickness. The lingering slickness is maybe the only thing I don't like about this beer.

O: I love Sam Adams Boston Ale, and Great Lakes Burning River, and this reminds me of the both of them. Citrus hops on the nose, with ale yeast esters, earthy bitter hops and complex malt on the palate and a fluffy mouthfeel. Very nice, and perfect for the season (but really perfect for any time of year). Not really what I think of as an ESB; more like an American Stock Ale; this is a hard one to categorize, but it is my favorite style of ale.

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Photo of fosters9
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of merock1402
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: mid-afternoon relaxation following another ugly soccer loss... APPEARANCE: mostly clear, orange amber body (I have the right bottle, but no WAY is this ruby, as the above summary states!) that offers reasonable effervescence... head is off-white, thick, and palpable... lacing forms appropriately,, almost like coral...a good-looking pint... AROMA: no doubt East Kent Golding, with that floral, lavender and lemon... spicy enough to also have Tettnanger or Spaltz... the fruitiness is strong for an ESB.. some clove and thyme work their way in, for a full, pleasing array... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, with a sizzle at the start and a strong, lasting malty finish... active and engaging, some froth too, and unlike many ESBs with lesser character... TASTE: a good, roasted quality sits in the throat, with mild caramel developing an ever-present sweetness that pervades the whole of the experience; the hop profile is decidedly balanced too, though undercut by the malts, with citrus, flower, fruit and earthiness smoothed together in a drinkable blend that begs for pub fare or a game to watch...OVERALL: What must be the "Harvest" quality is the label itself--this is a wonderful approximation of the British standard with enough character to set itself slightly apart from the predictable; at 6.7% ABV deceptively sessionable... sweet and smooth--another success from Southern Tier...

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Photo of Prue
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkQ617
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a mug. Color is a translucent orange-copper with an off-white head. Flavor was a nice bitter toffee and malt...a little light, but good. Aroma was nice and somewhat hoppy. Mouthfeel was nice for the genre, fairly smooth. Good stuff.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,723 ratings.
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