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

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Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,725
Reviews:
603
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
264
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice looking, golden orange beer with a one finger satin white head that refuses to fizzle away.

Not much aroma. Bitter grapefruit rind and pine resin.

Flavor is kind of bland. Very bitter and dry throughout. Lots of grapefruit pith and orange rind upfront with even more bitter notes of pine resin mid palate. On the very tail end of the finish you get some biscuity and caramelly malt taste but it's very faint. Alcoholic and hot at times. They either need to dial down the hops here or crank up the malt bill, this is off balance.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and very light in body. 6.7% Abv really comes through and detracts from the feel with a hot, unpleasant alcoholic note at times.

Overall Comments: I feel that while ESBs are supposed to be bitter, they are also supposed to be thirst quenching - and this one was overtly hoppy, dry, bitter and alcoholic without much malt flavor. Rather off balance and bland, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gruves33
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lastmango
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange with a frothy two finger white head. Aroma is floral hops. Moderate lacing. Not noticing any bready aroma as others have. Taste is initially sweet malt taken over quickly by piney hops. Not as hoppy or bitter as I expected. I have had IPAs that were more bitter than this ESB. Moderate body and carbonation. Overall, much better than expected.

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

Photo of JeffGuilly
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AJmon13
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pale orange. Translucent, well-filtered, with a large fluffy head.

Smells of American hops and English malt. Medium strength hops for an IPA, very tangy and sharp and intense for an ESB. A bit faint for the ABV, but still pleasurable.

Tastes... a bit faint at first, but I grew to like it quite a bit. Taste is sharp hops and toffee barley up front, a little bit of peat and more hops in the middle, and then a finish of green hops and... vanishment. I can see how people may be disappointed in this. The body is a bit thin, and the finish is quite abrupt. Overall, however, it's pretty good. And for the price it is borderline excellent.

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

As a Harvest Ale, I would expect the malt to dominate the pallet and aroma. While malt does dominate the flavor, there is a surprisingly pleasant mild hop aroma. Hops in the flavor are excellent. They don't overtake the caramel malt flavor, but balance the whole flavor profile very well! It tastes like a caramelized American pale ale.

I would definitely buy this again for any occasion.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ErikFort
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclone
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warpig372
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Gregf51
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frykid
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an Americanized version of the classic ESB, which is to say it's over-hopped & lacks balance in the malt / hop ratio. It isn't too abrasive with the hops & it has a good body, but the malt profile is a letdown

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Photo of LeftHanded666
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kaunshelly
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a hint of burgundy, plenty of carbonation. Smells strongly of hops, but a mild variety. Tastes bitter, mostly of hops. The malt isn't boring but a bit one dimensional. One of those lighter beers that surprises with a well crafted body. Some alcohol in the after taste, but it's a clean flavor and finishes very balanced.

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

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,725 ratings.
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