Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

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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592
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1,688
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3.91
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
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Photo of kkosmoski
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 50F into a Dogfish off-centered pint glass. A very clear light golden color in the glass with an airy white head of about two fingers after a vigorous pour. Foam clings to the side of the glass as it settles down. Smell is of sweet taffey, light toast, and pungeant earthy hops with some citrus mixed in. Flavors start of with a pithy, citrus bitterness along with some sweetness - maybe candied orange peel, and remain on the sweet side until the finish. It ends with a subdued grapefruit bitterness coupled with a very delicate grainy touch. Mouthfeel is quite full and sticky with a relaxed carbonation. Drinkability is very good with a great balance between malt and hops and a moderate abv. A very nice fall brew from Southern Tier that displays very fresh ingredients from the recent harvest.

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Photo of Kraken
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer merchant tossed me this as a freebie, Thanks Brian!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz pint glass. Robust pour yields a bright white fluffy head 2 fingers in size. Head has great staying power and leaves a very a nice lace on the glass.

Nose- Wow nose me surprised. I am greeted by a bounty of Grapefruit and citrus hops. Not what I was expecting.

Taste- yum. Very impressive. Mellow carbonation for the size of the head. Bitter almost from the get-go followed by a nice whack of grapefruit and citrus hops, leading into a more pronounced hop astringency. Very minimal malt profile. Long dry finish. Very good.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation adds an initial creaminess to the beer. Slightly oily.

Drinkability- Very high. This packs a ton flavor into a light ridiculously sessionable beer.

Unfortunately this one sample beer I was provided with is the last of it breed at the bottle shop. Seek out, very nice.

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Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear, golden-orange harvest color with a fuzzy lid of fine white.

Lightly sweet biscuity malts accompany a solid load of hops. It brings some light, fresh lemony citrus, with a bunch of grassy-earthiness and bitter, rindy-pinyness. Really nice feel to this one (I would've thought Great Lakes if I didn't know better); it's medium bodied and has a light oily slickness to it. Goes down very smooth with a perfect amount of lightly sharp, crisp, and tingly carbonation.

This is a damn solid beer. One of the best non-imperial offering's I've had from ST.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden brew whose light color took me by surprise as I had expected something amber/orange-ish. Thin white head but with decent structure and lace. There is a distinct yet mild hop aroma - a bit citrusy, and a bit tea-like by turns. I also catch a faint and pleasant whiff of autumn leaves, perhaps just a fancy. The flavors are much the same with a nice creamy mouth feel and light-to-medium body. This beer has October written all over it - September if you live up north.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12-ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... Been searching for this one for a while, glad to have finally found it...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a light-golden hue with a minimal head that soon receded and deposited a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Sensational aroma, strong and assertive, bursting with hops and grains..
Taste: Strong, hoppy taste... This one borders an ESB and an APA, strongly resembling anything brewed from Sierra Nevada... A slight bitterness in the end is tempered with an overwhelming display of hops up front...
Great stuff... Recommended...

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How I wish ST would make more beers with this level of alcohol. Their high gravity beers just wear me out, but as this beer clearly shows, they are quite capable of making very good lower alcohol ales.

The beer pours a surprisingly lighter gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get the anticipated citrus with some underlying sweet malt. On the palate this beer is absolutely delicious. The beer is remarkably well balanced, with very nice use of the wet hops IMO. Not only does the beer have a nice hoppy bitterness, but the wet hops give the beer an extra added dimension of flavor as well. In addition to the citrus, there's some underlying earthiness as well that is quite nice. The beer is slightly sweet from the malt, but that sweetness is nicely countered by the hoppy bitterness. This beer is medium bodied and is a joy to drink. It's the kind of beer I could see myself just gulping down if I wasn't careful.

This beer was very popular at Mahaffey's last night and I can see why. Just an excellent harvest ale from ST.

Edit from 9/7/12. Tried again, and was reminded quite vividly that this beer differs from year to year. The current version is decent, but pales in comparison to the beer I sampled back in 2008 (unfortunately).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden amber hue with some small yet steady bubble. Very faint foam that sticks around for just a little bit . The aroma is a mix of herbal and citrus hops and some toasted caramel breads. The taste starts with lots of orange zest that slowly gives way to soft English caramels and toffee. Just o be overtaken by the herbal and orange hoppy finish. The start is hoppy, then mixes a little with the malt bill. Then finishes hoppy again. The hops are a little too bright, almost metallic tasting. But still a nice Amrican version of an ESB.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Color was a light golden amber with a white one finger head. Aroma was slightly sweet, but yet bitter. Sometimes I could smell creamy or vanilla, and sometimes a bit of berry fruit, but usually bitterness. Taste was bitter, reminded me of pine but not over poweringly so. Felt reasonably good in the mouth, coated nicely and not excess carbonation to deal with. Very easy to drink, could do a few in a sitting.

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Photo of TonyT
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass
Purchased a six pack from Southern Tier Brewery

A- A nice gold color with one finger head. Very little lacing.

S- Nice moderate hoppy smell with hints of grapefruit. The floral smell is more prevalent than the malts. An ESB that reminds me of a Calli IPA.

T- Very crisp, with a hoppy and citrus taste coming through. The hops don't blow you away, but have a hoppy IPA dryness character. Not over malted, allowing the hops to linger. The hop taste still stays with you, the farther down the beer.

M- Hops hit in the front and continue throughout the finish as the malts come through, allowing for a surprising smooth finish.

D- With the 5.2% ABV and the crispness, this is definitely a drinkable beer.

I should have bought a case of this, when I was at the brewery...

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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright clear straw gold color with a nice white head and spotty lacing every where down my glass.

S- Some nice hops and a definte pepper spice. Not at all what I was expecting but I like it.

T- Nice and hoppy. A bit of citrus, spice and hops all of which are balanced by some malts.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.

D- A nice hoppy brew and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of corey0212
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mostly-clear golden/yellow color, smallish soapy white head fades out really quickly, leaves a ring of various sized bubbles around the glass, a few patches of lacing. Smell is wayyyy hoppy! Juicy grapefruit on the nose, some pineapple, and a soft doughy sweetness. Very hop-forward taste, but it isn't quite as explosive as the nose would suggest, and that's a good thing. Slight piney taste, and all very expertly balanced with the sweet malt. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, and a just-right amount of lingering hop bitterness. 5.20 ABV?!! Fantastic drinkability here. I'm picking up a case of this, without a doubt. This is the kind of beer you'd want to drink outside, leaves burning, with the hot and sticky summer just a distant memory. Love this!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Fairly pale yellow color. Poured with a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. Looks kind of like a macro.

S: Fresh hops. Is this really an ESB? This is almost like an IPA light.The hops smell so good what else do you need.

T: Starts off with a nice mix of hops and grains. The taste really reminds me of brewday and I love that. So I love this. In fact if you homebrew take the taste and smell in the air and this is that beer. Really great. Don't know about ESB though.

M: Medium body. Very crisp.

D: This beer is great. Tons of taste and low ABV. This is the kind of beer I want to have a keg of. Really well done by southern tier. I know they have a reputation for their big beers but this one is worth trying.

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Photo of abankovich
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep golden yellow color. The aroma is something I wouldn't normally expect from a beer dubbed "harvest ale"... it is very hop forward. True to style it is not, but I love the nose on this beer. Some mild spice is hidden beneath the hop characteristics. A huge hop pungency hits at the onset of the taste followed by a very smooth malt sweetness across the middle. The hops finish on the tail end with the bitterness. Some good spice characteristics are also mixed subtly throughout. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an easy drinkability and it feels like it would fill me up after a few of them.

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Photo of UA8
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive decided to review this beer after drinking it straight from the bottle rather than from a glass. The bottle seems to keep the flavors and fragrances of the beer more concentrated for some reason here it very noticeable. although i know this maybe somewhat of a faux pas oh well.

On first consumption out of a glass I found the beer to be a tad overly bitter and lacking in complexity of flavors. After having one from the bottle Im happy to say the beer is quite tasty. it has a real fresh from the fields fall "harvest" taste to it. The flavors that I found most prevalent were citrus followed by some cantaloupe and finishing with a nice bitter hop.

I have to say i really enjoy this beer and would recommend it to others. I would describe it as medium hoped refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the New Trader BIF. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy, straw, yellow color. A smooth pour increadibly, produced two and half fingers of pure white, frothy head, that hung around forever, and left huge rings of thick lace.

A: Nice grassy hops and earthy malts. Spicey, not as hoppy as I expected, but somewhat balanced.

T: Just a little dissapointing here. Grassy hops at first with a touch of lemon. Than the sweet, earthy malts took over. A little metallic. Finishes bitter and spicy.

M&D: Light body. High amount of carbonation makes for a tingley mouthfeel. 5.2% ABV and the light nature of the beer make for a good drinkability. Overall, I could have a few of these out in the yard, but just ok for the style. Skal.

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Photo of getalife2k5
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straw colored with a nice think head that just floats on top with ring around the glass that firmly hangs on. smells fruity; apple, pineapple, orange & papaya with a hint of pine. grapefruit citrusy and very smooth. there's some kind of malty sweetness that gives it a nice, well-rounded body. some nice bitterness that lingers momentarily. i've had this on tap and it was much more bitter. surprisingly flavorful and hoppy for the light color. proof that you can't judge a beer by it's appearance.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Miketd. Thanks!
Pours yellowish gold with a lasting white head. Lighter than expected and looks much like a lager. Smell is grassy, earthy hoppiness, and mildly so. Taste is somewhat mild, and not very "green" or spicy like I like fresh hop beers. Melon and tea flavored hops mostly with some earthiness and mild bitterness. A bit watery and muted flavorwise, but this is very drinkable with no offensive qualities. Decent Pale.

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Photo of BBeerL
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow color with average carbonation.

Upfront clean smooth malt. Followed and aggressive bright hop finish

The hops are piney and citrusy, and go very well will the light esb features of this beer. A great beer overall to bad it is a seasonal thing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear, golden yellow color with a decent stark-white head. Flowery hop aromas and then a floral taste as well. Some maltiness in the back, bitterness, nice beer. I wouldn't have suspected this is an ESB. Thanks to vwcraig for including this on a recent trade.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow gold body, good clarity, fine carbonation, topped by a level three finger thick slab of off-white micro bubbles. Good lacing.

Assertive but not overpowering aroma of pine and citrus.

Nice solid malt foundation lays across the tongue. Agressive hops quickly converge and seize control. Heavy on pine, juicy citrus there but taking a backseat. Finishes relatively clean for the agressiveness of the hop attack.

Somewhat smooth, somewhat prickly, overall a good mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability.

Bitter yes, though I'm not sure I'd call this an ESB. IPA aspects as well. Possibly akin to Troegs Hopback Amber ? Whatever, ST Harvest Ale made a solid everyday beer for me between the Octoberfests of Sept. and Oct. and Thanksgiving (when SNCA took over).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jerc: Poured a deep hazy dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. Taste is also dominated by some bitter green hops with some floral notes. Body is full with some limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well done for the style and something that I wish was available more readily around me.

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

Anything by Southern Tier that I have not had a chance to try yet is an immediate purchase for me at this point. After being blown away by their imperial series and impressed by everything else (except the raspberry brew), I am all for trying another production.

Pours a crystal clear straw gold with a nice white head that has some staying power. Nose is perfumed floral hops in abundance, but not shoving it all down, errr...up your nose. Flavor has a nice balance to it, though it is a bit hop forward. Mild bitter tone there. More than mild, but not overly pronounced leafy character as well. Feel has a pretty full carbonation to it and a decent liquid body. A definite fall time brew. Even though it is still summer weather, I drink this on and feel like fall is almost on me. Another good one by ST.

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

Poured clear pale gold with a big coarse white head that laced the glass nicely. Aroma is hoppy in a fresh and inviting way. Taste is fresh and invigorating, with just enough hops for me, and a nice bracingly bitter finish.

I have a feeling this one might not age or travel well. But here in Upstate NY it tastes really good.

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Photo of jackorain
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice straw yellow color crystal clear. Stark white head. Struggled to get a i inch head form an aggressive pour. But decent retention

S-citrus hops, tengerine, grapefruit, biscuit malt very nice

T-Very nice bitterness up front. grapefruit and tangerine from the nose. Biscuit malt, a touch of sweetness, like simple syrup. A really nice apa

M-Medium body, great mouth coatingquality. Seems like a,little wheat malt malt ahs added some body here.

D- great I wish I had more

Overall-An apa that drinks like a little America ipa. Fantastic freah hops throughout. Top nothc brew

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. Aromas that are hoppy, with a small grapefruity presence. In the taste, a fresh hop taste, and a nice malty backing. A smooth mouthfeel and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Nice fresh hop, yet looks like a pilsner. A good crossover from summer to fall.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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