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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,723
Reviews:
601
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
264
For Trade:
0
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Photo of JonIrabagon
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Peg2009
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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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Photo of Robalypse
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Opaque, copper body with a light, wet, bubbly, cream colored head.

Smell:
Smells very “clean,” almost soapy like Fels-Naptha, with a strong scent of grapefruit, hops, and bit of peach. Powerful and unusual but pleasant.

Mouthfeel:
Light and fresh, mild carbonation.

Taste:
In line with the smell, there’s a potent taste of wheat and grapefruit up front, strong, quality hops and light malt on the back end. A floral bitterness that lingers a long time after a gulp.

Overall:
This is definitely a quality beer, but the powerful and distinct flavor is ALMOST too much for my pallet. The flavor doesn’t seem quite in line with what I would expect from the name. Rather than being a fall/seasonal beer, it has more of a spring or summer vibe. It is quite refreshing which would make it a great beer for a warm summer night. That said, I bought a six pack and took weeks to get through it because it just wasn’t something I wanted to taste regularly. Skirts the novelty realm a little too closely to make it something I would want to revisit often, but it is definitely worth picking up a bottle.

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Photo of CamM
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of RobDB
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass

Appearance- A hazy yellowish red color with a half finger of white head that dissipates to a thin surface layer. A decent amount of carbonation streaming from the bottom to the top.

Smell- A huge wheat malt backbone with that sour Souther Tier hops smell.

Taste- A smoked wheat/corn flavor hits the front of the tounge followed by the tart(grapefruit/pine) dry hop finish. The smokey flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation that makes it a pretty drinkable mouthfeel.

Overall- The cloying smoke flavor is not for me, but it is an average to above average beer depending on how much you like some smoke in your beer.

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Photo of dgp207
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of coolhandbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZCoale
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of supermodified
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of dasunder
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/17/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, pine, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity and balance; with a great malt/hop bitterness balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB! Great malt/hop flavor balance and complexity; and extremely smooth to drink for the ABV level. Definitely one of the best ESBs I have had. Highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of akylles
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Damian74
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i reckon this is far better on tap than in the bottle, but nevertheless, it pours a mostly clear pumpkin ale color with a khaki head thick as hell and about an inch tall. the nose is a little bland, maybe my bottle is a little older than is optimal, but it smells like wheat and pale malt, with fresh hops on the floral side. the flavor is a little sweet, caramely from the malt but still a little bitter and fruity from some generous hop additions. a little light on the carbonation i thought, but with a nice round medium body and a smooth feel from start to finish. this is a highly drinkable fall beer, despite its higer abv, id gladly down a 6er. its somehow filling and refreshing at the same time, everything a fall beer should be, and nothing that it shouldnt. much prefered on tap though.

edit: this ages pretty well, just had a bottle from a year ago, and its a lot more developed, honey notes and still the hops are good. not a bad one to let sit a little while.

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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of athenmonk
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy bright copper color with a frothy white head with good retention and a bit of good lace

S- bright citrusy hops combined with a bit of fruitiness, biscuity malt, 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

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Photo of Freggs
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of rolive
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ironwill54
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LiquorsInc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,723 ratings.
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