Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by John on 10-19-2003

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600
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1,722
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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 -2.8%
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 -7.7%
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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Photo of CowsCanBark
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, dark gold with a two finger tan-white head. The head is actually retaining quite well, leaving sticky, soppy residue on my glass. A very quality looking beer, for sure.

Smell: The first smell that whiffs into my nostrils is a strong scent of slightly spicy hops, followed by an almost equally strong malt backing. It is also very sweet smelling, almost like caramel, with a mild alcohol emittance. Overall, it's just very malty and hoppy.

Taste: Ah, the smell did not disappoint! Upon my first sip, I am greeted with a fairly strong and bitter hop kick, followed by that oh-so-recognizable malt that I was smelling. The hops are definitely very piney and just a little flowery, with notes of alcohol much stronger than it smelled. I may detect some citrus and cinnamon/nutmeg, but I'm not entirely certain. Regardless, it's delicious!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel goes along very well with the taste. It is a medium-light bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is not overly thick or heavy, it's pretty great when compared to the taste profile.

Overall: This is just a great beer overall, a beer that would have no problem with both hops lovers and malt lovers. The almost perfect blend of flowery and spicy hops paired with the sweet, caramel-like malt is just awesome. Highly recommended for ANY fan of craft beer!

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear copper with watery white head

aroma- I love this aroma- so much going on! I get some chocolate candies with flower pedal and citrus hops

taste- toasty and crisp. caramel malt with an almost chocolatey character, hops with crisp floral, pine and citrus, finishes with a nice swirl of sweet grain and murky tropical fruit, trails into subtle floral and citrus notes

feel- crisp yet hearty. booze is there but not powerful. This 6.7% brew is near perfect for a crisp fall day

Well I'd place this pretty high on my fall brew list. Some real nice malt complexity with a crisp hop profile. I like the beefed ESB style as an interpretation of a fall brew
cheers

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - clear light copper with a short but lacy head.
S - bready hops with a subtle grassy smell.
T - as malty as it hoppy, which is to say, it's balanced but not bold. The little touch of spice in the aftertaste is pleasant.
M - light to moderate bodied with carbonation on the low side.
D - easy drinking and I could have more than one.

original 10-4-2011
revisited 9-24-2013

This beer has improved since the last time I had it.
It is more hopped than I previously remembered.
Good stuff, I like ESB with a bit more kick and this has it now.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOB 09/05/13

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with 2 fingers of head that lasts for a good while before receding to a decent sized cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: A vey good mix of malt and hops. Some fruity, citrusy, and lightly piney hops combine nicely with a bit of sweetness from the malts. Definitely on the hoppy side for an ESB

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrus, floral, and pine notes from the hops and goes into a light sweet malt presence. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Americanized ESB anyone? On the high end for both hoppiness and alcohol in terms of the style, but it works very well in the context of the beer. It makes for a great fall seasonal brew, as it has the slightly higher abv and the maltiness to go with it. ST does a great job "imperializing" some regular styles, and this is no exception

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Photo of Brezzy24
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazy bright copper color with a frothy white head

S- bright citrusy hops combined with a bit of citrus harvest and a bit of grassy woodsy smell

T- great balance of citrus/floral hops and bready sweet malt, a bit of caramel and sweet fruitiness, finishes somewhat dry with a bit of cracker crispness

M- medium body, low carbonation, slightly creamy finish

O- this one had some great balance and was very drinkable, just solid overall

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear golden amber color with white head

Smell - citrus , caramel, pine

Taste - carmel malts, citrus aftertaste from the hops

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, faint carbonation, slightly sweet and slightly bitter, easy drinking beverage

Overall - this was a decent beer that I'm glad to have tried, even if it isn't true to the ESB style IMO

Price Point - $1.67/12 oz single

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE- COPPER WITH GOOD FOAM WITH A OFF WHITE COLOR
SMELL- SMELL OF PUMPKIN, LITTLE GRASSY, AND SOME PINE SMELL
TASTE-HOP TASTE WITH A DRY AFTERTASTE
MOUTHFEEL- HOP FEEL BUT NOT OVERPOWERING
OVERALL- LIKE THIS BEER. THE HOP AFTERTASTE TURN TO A DRY NO TASTE AFTER ABOUT A MINUTE

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with foamy, white head. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy and herbal hops, some fruit and spices. Body is medium and tangy. Fresh herbal hops dominate the palate with bready and caramel malts provide some balance. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice brew.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Psyched to see this one is out. One of my favorite fall seasonals. Looks the color of autumn. Don't get a huge smell but it could be my dry nostrils. Anyway, I love the taste of this ESB. It's definitely hop forward for an ESB, and that makes it stand out. It's not an IPA, but the hops and light malt flavor really work here. Getting an earthy flavor along with slight citrus hops. I'm loving Southern Tier's six packs lately.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter while watching some Zoolander.

A: Attractive clear copper color with good lacing. She is a beauty.

S: Mostly piney hops but there is definitely malts thrown back there too.

T: Hop forward but well-balanced by bready earthy malts. Hops bring a piney taste with some citrus - nice. The perfect balance is what makes this beer fantastic.

M: Dry finish with the slightest bitterness lasting. Medium bodied.

O: A spectacular fall seasonal especially when you're tired of oktoberfests and pumpkin beers. This is a necessity every year.

This is true to the ESB style, just a more hop forward representation - as is customary for American beers.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a true amber. Brilliant clarity with a jillion bubbles dancing int he pour until they finally settle down. Scant head that fell fast to some loose bubbles and a film on top.

Nose is perfect. Citrus spice and hop herbal. There's a little floral, some yeast and a nice spice. Malt is grainy and deep. Touch of caramel and a doughy sweetness.

Taste is fat with flavor. Malt is full and rich but not heavy. Citrus lightens the body and the spice is courteous and gives the palate some interest. The sweetness is light but promising. There's nice hop bitter and a deep earthy dryness that compliment each other perfectly. The sweetness is held back and it seems to want to flourish but the hops and the bread won't let it. Bubbles tickle the back of the throat lightly in the crisp dry finish. The spice tingles int he aftertaste as the citrus stays light and really lets the malt shine. Earthy, round, full malt without heaviness.

Ample, amenable, friendly, tasty, and fat. This is a great ESB that you could sip all day and never tire of the immense flavor. Southern Tier has done a good thing here. You could have a few of these.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a rustic looking orange, with some haze. Almost copper. 1 inch head, with some good lacing down the glass.

Smells very fresh and hoppy- cut grass, some spiciness, herbal, with some citrus as well.

Tastes very same. A very earthy ale, as to expected from the Harvest moniker. Some bready and toasty malts differentiate it from other Harvest ales, as this more closely approximates an ESB. Clean but earthy at the same time.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

A most excellent seasonal from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice amber gold color, big two finger fluffy white head, nice lacing around the glass.
S - Outstandingly fresh aroma, big pine hop aroma a mild dankness as well, some nice earthy undertones, fresh baked bread, a touch of spice, faint pepper.
T - Very clean and crisp refreshing flavor, nice smooth malt up front then some mild bitterness in the middle, very earthy hop tone and blends together on the finish. Love the fresh bright hop flavor here, you get the pine and grassy flavor with some grapefruit in the back.
M - Refreshing through and through, fades a little faster than you want, but you could definitely down a few.
O - A fall seasonal favorite, excellent brew, though its shelf life is extremely short, found that out last year, so if you dont plan on drinking what you have of it fast, stick to a smaller quantity.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. DOB 7/16/13.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with an average white head. Not a lot of visible carbonation. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Hoppiness is the first thing I notice as it has a nice piney aroma. Earthy quality as well. Malts come through to add a touch of carmel sweetness.

T: Starts off with a nice hop bitterness, then transitions into a medium malt body that is again overtaken by the bitter. Lingers in the aftertaste with hops and sweet malts. The hop is fairly high for the style but just barely overpowers the malts.

M: Somewhat low carbonation, resinous mouthfeel that is a bit sticky upon finish. Warming quality to it.

Overall quite an extreme ESB that lingers in IPA territory. I'm a hophead so thats no issue for me.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite southern tier offerings. Whenever this is on tap somewhere that I am, I am getting it. Perfect malty flavor you would expect in a harvest beer. Nice bitterness for the style, comes across very nicely and not overpowering. The malt flavor is what keeps me coming back...nice and roasty, but not smokey.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of 57md
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a nice hoppy nose. The flavor profile and body are a bit thin, however.

This is very sessionable but the key to an ESB for me is the mutual co-existence between the malt and hop flavors. There is not enough of a malt backbone here to make me happy.

Update September 2015: I'm not sure if ST tweaked this recipe in recent years but it is much more full-flavored now with a body worthy of a high-end ESB.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden copper colored beer. Decent he's retention.

Strong citrusy hop aroma. Very striking and surprising. Some roasted malt aroma.

Very citrusy, Very tea-like flavor. Very different than I thought it would be.

Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with a very dry, bitter finish.

Overall, a very odd beer for me. Not sure really what style to compare it to. There is a lot going on. Very complex beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date reads 07/31/2012. Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

A - Pours a coppery orange color with a fair amount of bubbles and a nice one finger of white foam head. Some nice lacing on the glass on the way down.

S - Smells like what I'd imagine a hopped up spiced pumpkin beer might smell like. Some pine hops. Dry malts. Vague fresh cinnamon. Some gourd. Some other kind of spice which I'm not sure about.

T - Nice hop bitterness in the foreground, with a dry malty finish. Green apples. Maybe some pear. Nicely balanced, but I was hoping for a little bit stronger of a hop bite. With 4 hops and 2 malts (as the bottle says) I still feel this beer is more forward on the malts.

M - Mouth feel is good, the beer is very dry though which isn't my favorite. Not resinous, but still sticky and bitter tasting hops lingering around.

Overall, a decent beer from Southern Tier. They usually don't disappoint, and this was above what I was expecting for sure. Got this 6 pack from my local beer store for $2.99 also, so I don't really see how you could go wrong with that deal.

Southern Tier Harvest Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of caulfield
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden
Smell-floral hops, a small tiny bit of pine, an earthiness
Taste- A nice blend of hops with malts. There a slight caramel taste.
Mouthfeel- true to style, a nice bite
Overall- A great ESB which will please hopheads, but is balanced an smooth. A well blended beer. I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden brown to medium copper, very little action on the inside…light tanned head formed, but quickly dissipated…(2.75/5)

Smell: Floral hops, bitter tones…grassy malts…smells nice, but sort of narrow in aroma…mild pine somewhere in there…(2.75/5)

Taste: Very malty, balanced and easy to drink…cereal, sweet, citrus and grassy flavors…floral hops balance out the malt beginning and actually linger longer than any other flavor…bitter aftertaste that does last…(3.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Bitter…little carbonation explosion in my mouth…kinda feels like a cheaper beer…a very flavored water (if that makes sense)…bitter aftertaste…(2/5)

Overall: This is a beer I would take to a fire on a cool evening and totally enjoy…the malt and hops balance each other very well creating a flavorful beer without being too robust and only for the microbrew lover…a good tasting, commercial beer…(3/5)

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle. This is a review from notes from a few days back.

Appearance: A nice orange ale with an awesome head that lasted a good while and left a nice lacing all along the glass as I drank.

Smell: A kind of musty earthy smell with a floral touch to it. Fairly strong and not offensive.

Taste: Largely floral flavor with pine-y hops and a nice light malt flavor to it. Not actually particularly bitter all things considered.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light actually. Almost too light. Smooth going down with moderate carbonation.

I rather enjoyed this beer, it was surprisingly light (for better or for worse, in this instance I actually preferred it light but I could see it being a put off) and pretty well balanced. This was a presumably slightly older bottle as "Harvest" is pretty out now but it was still good. Was surprised to see that this was an ESB for a Fall seasonal calling itself Harvest. Guess I missed that "Special Ale" above.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A russet orange beer with a murky glow when held to the light. The thin, off white head quickly drops from rocky to creamy while leaving rings of lace on the tulip glass.

Earthy and caramel with tea and a background of toasted white bread. Some floral hops, pineapple and a hint of grapefruit can also be found.

Biscuity up front with pine hop bitterness in the middle, lingering through to the finish. Reminiscent of sun tea and overall earthy with a well-balanced profile.

The alcohol is surprisingly higher than expected in this full-bodied beer with a cottony texture and light carbonation.

An easy drinking beer as a wind-down from a day of work. This one is just right for a cool, wet autumn evening.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,722 ratings.
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