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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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 chilly460
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy amber orange in color with a creamy 1 finger off white head that leaves basically no lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malt and toasted grain. Get more citrus in the hop profile, grapefruit and orange peel. Grassy hops as well at times.

T - Get the hop profile up front, but different then the nose. Herbal and grassy hops dominate, then moving to a solid grainy malt profile. Floral hops on the backend.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light carbonation, a light body. Expected a bit heavier body for a "fall" beer.

O - Overall a very nice session beer, enough complexity to make it interesting, good robust flavors.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an autumnal rusty-colored leaf, while a slight, off-white head sits above the liquid. Dots and rounded bleeps and bloops of lace splatter the glass.

This is a hopped-up, fresh, clean, breezy aroma that would never be mistaken for an English ESB. Reminds me of Three Floyds' "ESB" (Lord Admiral Nelson) and several non-"ESB" beers by Surly maybe. Just a super-fragrant, fruity, clean (that word again) hop-centric nose. Simple, a bit vinous, and with only the slightest hint of grain, and that also being clean and straightforward. No bigness or heaviness in sight (smell).

Taste is nearly astringent in its bitterness. A nice bitterness, for sure, being a meeting point between citrus peel (lemon, lime), and a super-earthy, not harsh but strained sort of graininess, and the most bitter nut flavor. I like, but unlike all higher gravity Southern Tier bombers, could never fully enjoy a bomber size of THIS, which is why I'm glad it comes in 12 oz. bottles.

Nice smooth yet bubbly, tickling, generously carbonated texture. Between the astringent citrus finish and the feel, it takes me back to that standard of U.S. standards, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, in the feel department, and in some ways taste, too.

Funny, this one pleases on every level although falls behind just a couple steps where Southern Tier usually excels: taste. Just a little too one-dimensional. And who the hell called this an ESB? Someone at Southern Tier? Really? Do I need to crawl to their website to find out? Nah, I won't bother, but it's not an ESB even though it's bitter. But quite good for what it is, whatever it is. (Somewhere between an American west coast amber and pale ale hybrid? Far away from England, that's for sure.)

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer appeared a nice reddish brown color, kind of typical of an ESB that produced an oatmeal color head that dissipated into a small thin cap that lasted throughout the beer.

The beer gave off a nice caramel malt aroma with some hints of hops in the background.

The taste of the beer was mostly malty, upfront, with some bitterness at the end. Kind of what I expected from a higher ABV ESB.

The beer had a medium feel, it was smooth and the beer seemed a bit under carbonated, but I suppose that is more typical of the style. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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