Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
BA SCORE
72.5%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 1,736 ratings
Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,162
Reviews:
609
Ratings:
1,736
Liked:
1,259
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
11.98%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
267
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,736 |  Reviews: 609
Photo of frykid
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3/5  rDev -21.9%
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 +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kaunshelly
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of forshamegetit
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. DOB 7/26/17, so under 2 months old. had several times in the past, first review rather than just a rating.

copper/pale orange body, good off white head leaving very good lacing.

Not much on the nose. it does have a not unpleasant aroma, but i cant put my finger on what it is.

taste is a balance of hops and malt, as it should be with an ESB. hops seem to win out. It's certainly not Fullers ESB, but i it's not bad.

Mouth is around medium, finish is slightly bitter and a faint sourness.

overall, a pleasant enough drink.

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Photo of fitz284
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KrissyKat6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kvanwhy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Burnt orange/amber. Small bubbles rising. Half finger of quickly dissipating off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Slight astringency... something in between varnish and pineapple. If I use my imagination some orange.
TASTE: Much better than aroma. Citrus and some pine. Still some astringency but a nice caramel malt cuts it and a nice little bit of bitterness as well.
FEEL: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mildly sticky but largely dry, especially through the finish.
OVERALL: Not a big fan of the aroma, smells old/muted. Taste, much better, nice easy pale ale with just enough bite to give it a bit of balance.

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Photo of Brewlinson
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmaskell33
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Raime
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Harvest Ale.

This was another addition I picked up from the revamped singles section at one of my local craft stores. Usually southern tier makes some pretty good beers but I have no idea what to expect with this one to be quite honest. I've been slacking on drinking lately so let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a can style glass because I'm too lazy to grab a pint. Brew pours a hazy amber as I had anticipated with a small head that doesn't form to much more than a quarter of a finger in height. Doesn't stick around for very long either and dies down to a moderately thick cloud formation amongst the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate as is usual. Lacing was rather minimal.

Smell - The smell is dominated by spicy and earthy hop components though thankfully they don't come across as onion or garlic like. At least not yet. Seems almost Simcoe in terms of specifics. Malt level is very present as well and even slightly toasted. Not a huge nose but simple and straight to the point.

Taste - It really follows the nose to an almost exact tee although it has a few new editions. The hops remain very earthy and vegetable like with the addition of some fresh melon and a bit of honeydew. Malts are ever present but they really take a back seat to the hop aspects. The flavor profile does take on a bit of a catty like nature but it isn't as bad as say a Lagubitas Equinox in terms of piss scents. Juicy green flavor overall.

Feel - The body however was a bit lacking. It is mostly watery with a massive dosage of carbonation. The flavors remain much the same as it sits in the mouth and it swallows rather easily with a moderate level of bitterness.

Overall - Nothing earth shattering and I'm not exactly the biggest fan of the flavors presented here in general, but in terms of earthy hop character this was one of the better beers. I could surely drink it again, but I doubt I would buy it again since there are better brews for cheaper. Try it for yourself and come to your let conclusion.

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Photo of jams1220
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dlmvh5150
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DASA10
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.5% out of 100 with 1,736 ratings
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