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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 10-19-2003

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Reviews: 597 | Ratings: 1,712
Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2014 edition. Sampled on August 9, 2014.

It does not look bad with its orange-amber pour and modest of-white head. Great clarity.

The aroma tends to be more hopped up than I expect from an autumn brew. Citrus and floral hops mainly. A modest breadiness.

The body is medium.

The taste begins briefly with a breaded, toasted malt sensation bu the bitter hops take over in short order. Lingering bitter bite. It was not bad.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer all around ! I look forward to this every year and never hesitate to pick up a sixer every fall . . . hands down one of my favorite fall brews. This is an interesting one because although it holds on to it's ESB roots and at it's heart it is an English bitter it has also collided with a hoppy ipa. So . . . in short it's a hoppy ESB.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought online from CraftBeerCo

Poured an orange copper colour with a little haze. Light creamy head poured thick and meringue like then faded slowly to nice firm layer... very sparse carbonation drifts very slowly to surface... very little lacing...

Aroma - Strong biscuity malts, lightly toasted bread, light honey sweetness, some caramel, good juicy fruitiness (apples, apricots and some pears), lots of grassy notes, peppery hops, strong nuttiness, sea salt traces, some leathery traces...

Taste - Spicy / grassy hops to the fore, light toffee sweetness, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light figs), biscuity maltiness, definite toasty bread, can't really make out any oats, faint metallic notes, light floral / perfume traces, salty...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty quaffable

Overall - A decent excellent example of an ESB although my bottle wasn't too fresh... would like to try a fresher bottle as this would be a good sessionable ale

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at severna park taphouse from notes

A-Pours a medium caramely amber. Medium frothy creamy off-white head, fairly lasting.

S-Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, nice sweetness; citrus/orange grapefruit, toasty.

T-Tasty and flavorful. Citrus. Piney grapefruity finish.

M-Mouthfeel has a medium body. Balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little oily. A little creamy. Soft. Moderate dry finish.

O-Overall a well-made beer again by Southern Tier

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Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear deep golden with a lingering cream head.

Floral hops and toasted malt dominate the aroma, with a hint of resin and citrus closing things out.

Flavor reveals resin and pine at the forefront, on a backbone of lightly toasted malt. The finish is moderately bitter. A touch of citrus adds intrigue.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch on the high side. There's light alcohol warmth.

Fairly moderate in aroma and flavor, with nice citrus underpinnings. Not the best of the fresh hopped beers, but a decent brew.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper colored, very fine carbonation, minimal bubbles on top. There's a heavy citrus and pine smell, sharp but pleasing. A dry tasting beer, bitter but with just enough malty sweetness not to make you pucker. Not overly complex in terms of its flavors. There's a grassy/vegetable flavor, and some caramel notes, too. For an ESB, it is light in its body. Very drinkable, especially late in the year.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pungent citrus hoppy resinous tones permeate throughout this beer. It is tremendously hop forward. The smell reminds me of opening a hop bag before I pour the contents into boiling wort. This is very crisp but not too dry. The hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Substantially bitter and very refreshing.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P- Als of Hampden

A- copper color with poor head and average lacing. head dissipates rapidly. clear and highlighted.

S- piney caramel hops/malts mixture is nice on the nose.

F- Pine hops an sweet caramel malts. The pine over rides the caramel but it has a nice undertone of floral flavors as well.

M- hops and light bodied. simple

O- not a bad ESB...I have had a few and this is just above average. good beer.

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Photo of Hopscat
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber , clear with small off head that settles to ring with patches of foam.
Nose is cracker malts and pine floral hops.
Taste follows with caramel and crackers followed in the middle with hops bite and lingering hops bitterness in a nice way.
mouthfeel is about right
Good seasonal warmer

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent ESB, although without the hop focus for which I'd hoped given Southern Tier's proclivity (which I greatly appreciate). Not a completely standard ESB, but definitely focused on caramelized malts.

Pours a near-iridescent coppered amber with limited white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramelized malts. The flavour starts with the sweet caramelization but transitions into a pleasant bitterness in the body and finish. Although I can't pick out specific varietals, pleased this is an ESB that has met more than just bittering hops.

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Photo of BWED
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle found at an ultimate tournament, poured into a tumbler

A- Bronze body, well-filtered. White head retains at a low level, but leaves some pretty good lacing.

S- Earthy hop character, with a subtle sweet bread malt aroma. This is a very pleasant aroma, especially for this time of year. It really smells like a fruitful harvest.

T- Grain and sweetness. Earth, hop is mild, but not bitter.

M- Pretty light body. Slight bitter in the middle, but the finish is mild.

O- Very solid beer. Great, fitting aroma.

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Photo of chillwinston
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark golden color, no head retention.

S: Floral, bright hops but with a strong alcohol smell and not much else.

T: Very dry with resinous floral hops. Again, strong taste of alcohol and very one dimensional.

M: Light bodied. Oily. Low carbonation.

O: I guess I had something else in mind when I saw "Harvest Ale" written on the six pack. Reminded me of a run-of-the-mill IPA. Similar to Harpoon IPA. However, the strong alcohol bite turned me off. I like Southern Tier's other offering but I can not recommend this.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden color with a slight amber hue. Excellent clarity. The head settles after a little while. Lacing sticks to the glass in thin sheets.

S: Floral and perfumey hops with hints of blond tobacco. Pithy. Biscuit, toast, grain, and just a dab of caramel.

T: Dry malt base lays a foundation of grain, toast, biscuit, and even a slight woody impression. Sharp floral and oily hop bitterness. Fleeting citrus notes. Hops have a bit of an herbal, spicy bite toward the back end. Dry finish of shortbread and floral hop oils.

M: Light bodied. Watered down creaminess. Brisk carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: Not a bad stab at the style. Hops have a little more bite than I'd expect, and the malt base stays a little safe and simple. They're well in the ballpark of what the style should be though, and it's still enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly rusty golden yellow with some subtle chill haze and a half finger of fluffy white foam.

Spicy, bready, toast, and some earthy undertones.

Caramel, toasty, spicy, earthy/grassy, and a gentle bitterness.

Medium-bodied, light-medium carbonation, grassy/earthy, spicy, bitter.

Overall, this was a nice example of the style and worth a go, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with some nice lacing.
S - A balance of hops and malts but not very bold.
T - Crisp pine and citrus hops with carmel malts and spice. Bitter.
M - Medium body and a dry finish
O - Liking hop flavor makes me like this one. its close to an IPA.

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Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear amber, with some visible carbonation. Thick white head with nice retention leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- nice and hoppy. Citrus-y goodness abounds.

T- a little hop forward, but nicely balanced out by the malt bill. There is a nice blend of the flavors.

M-nice and light on the palette. A slight bite on the initial sip.

O- it's not really an ESB in the English beer sense but it is quite good and well worth trying as a seasonal.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest has a thin, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of citrus (pineapple?), white bread, and sweetness, and the taste is of grapefruit, hop bitterness, citrus rind, white bread crust, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and a little slick, and Southern Tier Harvest finishes mostly dry, sweet, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this really does not fit the E.S.B. style, that I can see, but it is still tasty. It’s worth checking out.


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Photo of sniper061
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Souther tier brewery has another wonderful beer on tap. Nice grapefruit hoppiness that seems to make for a wonderful fall beer. I actually thought it would be a little more bitter than what it was, maybe just because of the food I was eating with it. It is a great go to beer for the fall.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep bronze and quite clear body, with a simple one finger off white head that is slightly creamy capping the top.

Nose is light toast, some faint grainy quality, but not much else for an ESB. Rather closed and muted.

First palate is quite warm with a mild caramel sense. Pine like hop bitter finish, and not nearly enough sensing caramel warmth. Moderate carbonation, with a large prickly feeling almost seltzery that's a little jarring. Lingering American sensing hop bitterness that stays put but doesn't seem true to style.

Overall it doesn't really remind me of a bitter, but it's still an ok brew for drinking.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with a very carbonated off white head, leaving a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Smell is probably this beer's best feature -- just that typical great fall hoppy aroma with a nice grapefruit twist. I didn't think the taste was all that bitter for an ESB; this was actually very easy to drink. Very well balanced. In addition to the citrus-y taste, I also detected a sweet caramel undertone. Think this would be a great Thanksgiving Day session beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of mild hops, some malts. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, some bitterness, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very drinkable, and solid beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to copper, head is light tan, big bubbles and froth, about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is subtle, but surprisingly very good malt profile and mild bitter note, Some caramely notes and stronger citrusy bitterness comes through later.

Taste is very nice strong bitter profile, a touch of caramel malt provides nice sweetness and some stronger, higher presence hops make this a unique brew. Hops are not overdone, but provide good balance to the touch of sweetness.

MOuthfeel is strongest on the tongue from the lingering bitterness, good carbonation and lasting flavors.

Overall, a very well done strong bitter style ale; the scent is subtle and flavors are pleasant and easy drinking; nice fall/winter style ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clean yet robust copper coloring gives way to a load of bubble through the center. The head was fizzy and had an overly carbonated look but it collared to a nice frothy thickness.

The scent is well balanced from malts to hop. Barley an grain mix well with not only a piney floral hop scent but I get some fruity grapefruit and tangerines.

The flavors, too, are well balanced. The hops seem to take over near the end but a blend of barley, grain, toast, florals, and fruits lead their way in. The end is piney and a tinge bitter and lends to feel.

Overall, I always seem to like what Southern Tier is doing and this is another example of a well made and well balanced ale.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a medium golden amber with two fingers of foamy white head that fades quickly, leaving splotchy lacing in its wake.

Smell: Pine, some oak, and some nice spiciness up front. This is followed by some sweet malt, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Spicy up front with a load of pine and fresh hops, followed by some lemon and grapefuit, a bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, nice bitterness and carbonation. Goes down easily.

Overall: Yet another good beer from Southern Tier. Haven't had anything from these guys that I don't like!

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Photo of scotorum
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Crystal clear amber with an inch tall white head which receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Nothing much

t: Hops forward over light malt backbone. Enough hops to register easily but not enough to linger on the tongue very long. Actually more hoppy and less malty than any other ESB I have ever had. An American take no doubt.

m: Light. Darker color is the only hint that this is not a summer IPA.

o: Pretty good as a fall IPA, but too many other good ones out there to search this one out again.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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