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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: 1,749 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery gold color. Kind of citrine. Incredible fluffy head and lacing. Looks outstanding. 5.0

Tangy English hops with some aromatic spruce notes. European malts aren't too musty, nor that toasted. Hoppy aggressive. Plus plus. 4.0

Tangy orange/pine crossup with some evident toast to the grains. A little too spanky in the finish. Lots of leafy green hop flavor, which is nice. Actually, the malts don't hold up so well. Almost English IPA-like in profile. 3.5

Pretty slick and easy in the body. The carb is subdued, which I like in an English ale. Can't fault the mouthfeel here. Bona fide. 4.0

A good bitter, and a reminder that it's a great style to drink in the fall. 4.0

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Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange pour with a fizzy white foam. Minimal retention and slight lacing. Clear with visible carbonation.

S - Scents of grains, earthy spices, and a minor hop profile. Has a smell of oak and cashews.

T - First sip was a little tart of citrus. Flavors ranged from fresh malt to a slightly bitter finsih. Quite a robust ESB.

M - Felt a bit heavy, and after one of these I was ready to move on. Minimal carbonation, and a lingering malt flavor.

O - Decent, and an interesting fall seasonal. But I would take Pumking over this anytime. This is a decent pub beer on a cool autumn night.

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Photo of JJStorm
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jameyp
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium-Dark amber. Head is thin white foam. Lasts well and leaves some lacing.
S- Some bready, biscuit, and light sugar cookie malt aroma with some pleasant orange peel hops.
T- Big juicy orange flavor. There's a good malt base that balances sweetness and depth of flavor. That said the hops take over and are the big flavors. Finishes with a big ol kick of citrus.
M- Sweet at first but dries out near the finish. Medium-full body for style.
O- A tasty and well rounded beer. Definitely one to keep on my seasonal radar.

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Photo of kindbill
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy pumpkin orange with a huge pillow of sticky white head. Head retention is awesome. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Sweet lemon-bread and alcohol esters, burnt oranges. Definitely not a typical ESB smell.

T: Follows nose with a malty lemon and orange taste. The malts are definitely sweet, but are kept in check by the bittering of the hops.

M: Long and lingering malty-lemon aftertaste, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness is also medium.

O: This is a fantastic autumn ale to break up my pumpkin and oktoberfest binge. Definitely on the verge of being an IPA, but who cares about the style if it's a good beer?

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Photo of Garlicjosh
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Aleforme
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Redstar137
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mcsauter82
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Ommy
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest Ale pours nicely golden brown with a thin head, though that may be my fault since I was distracted while pouring it. It is clear and has a bright white ring of head.

On the nose I get some resinous hop character with some slight roasted notes.

The taste is the exact opposite. I mostly taste toasty malt characteristics, and on the end some slight resinous hops. I must say though that these two are very balanced, not neither are too overpowering, they just come at different times. There is also a tiny bit of sweetness on the finish, which really compliments and tames the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Overall this is a well balanced beer that can surprise you when you notice a different taste hiding amongst the others.

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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of gigoat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of patburke36
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jivex5k
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house becker glass, glowing a solid, toasty orange color. It held a one finger head of active white bubbles that showed okay retention to leave a film for the remainder of the tasting. Lacing was minimal. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared light. The nose spoke of big grassy and grapefruit hops, apricot, orange flesh sweetness, dried autumn leaves, pale toasted malts, fried turkey skin, and chalky barley. Our first impression was that the beer is very heavy, but nicely crisp. The flavoring opened up with light banana esters, cinnamon, brown sugar sweetness, and salty sunflower seeds. The malts really didn’t come in until the peak, where pales and caramels were show to mix with light pumpkin spice and big grassy, fruity, and citric hops. This balance here was nice. We finished with the hops dominating, adding sweetness over an even lemon peel and raw grain sourness and bitterness. There were final passion fruit sugars to cut. The aftertastes breathed of clove, toasty metallic grain, mild booze, multigrain bread, oily and bittering raw walnut, and those same big citric hops. The body was full and heavy, and the carbonation was very high. The mouth was initially prickled and puckered before an eventual toasty dryness set in all around the mouth. Slurp and smack were nice, but there was below-average cream or froth. The abv was fine, and the beer was relatively easy drinking.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the fresh aroma. The hops were beautiful and the malts crisp and unique. This showed great complexity, preparing us for a lighter beer than what was delivered. It was pretty heavy, and appropriate for an autumn evening, but certainly not after a hearty meal, as you might be too full to move.

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Photo of Ozurr
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours clear with a light, golden-amber color and one finger of head. The hops are definitely present on the nose and come through as a light, lemon-orange note. Nice nose for a style that usually doesn't come through for me in this area.

The body is fairly light with a medium-firm mouthfeel and the taste is pretty balanced, crisp, and refreshing. There is a nice herbal and biscuity flavor on the front of the palate. This develops at mid-palate as hops come in and takes on notes reminiscent of tea and honey. Unfortunately, at the back of the palate the flavor dies on me a bit and finishes a little thin. The finish is still slightly dry, though this beer is by no means bitter.

I don't expect a powerhouse of flavor with this style. All I look for is balance and this beer definitely has that. It is a good example of the style, though I probably wouldn't buy it again simply because ESBs are not a style I enjoy regularly.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Nicked
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The kind of beer you'd want after a breezy mid-Fall Sunday spent raking leaves with your family and/or good friends. Throw in a firepit or bonfire that evening and I could session this brew all day and all night.

A - Very much what I'd expect from a beer called "Harvest Seasonal Ale". Beautiful copper/amber hue. Little head retention, but then again I drank mine from a stein.

S - Here's where stuff gets interesting. Boom! Hits you with a snootful of citrus hops.

T - The nose carries over to the taste. However, the citrus hops are supported and balanced by a solid malt backbone. Notes of citrus and caramel malt dominates. Each sip is cleansed by the citrusy hop character leaving me ready for another sip.

M - Another reviewer said the mouthfeel was slick - he or she was spot on!

O - Great brew! Going to session this during Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season! In fact, I'm ready for another...

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours rather clear golden orange with a two finger off white head.

S- very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of pine, citrus. This smells like and all citra pale ale. Grapefruit and lemon. Slight pilsner malt smell.

T- A very hoppy beer. This beer has a slight bitterness. A juicy and fresh hop profile. There is a ton of citrus. Orange, lemon, papaya. There is a touch of pine and some slight onion notes. Malt profile is fairly simple. slight breaddyness and some pilsner notes but nothing complex.

M- Drinks fairly easy. A light feel. A refreshing hop flavor keeps it interesting. A clean palate.

O- This is an awesome beer. This is actually pretty close to 3F zombie dust in both taste and quality. I highly recommend this one, make sure to get it fresh.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,749 ratings
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