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Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale
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3.84/5
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1,744 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

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Added by John on 10-19-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,857
Reviews:
610
Ratings:
1,744
pDev:
11.98%
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Harvest Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 07/12/17" and sampled on 08/16/17
$2.17 @ Giant Eagle, Indiana, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice looking glass of beer: clear deep-amber/copper colored body beneath a two-finger thick head of foamy off-white that seems to hold well. The aroma is fresh and clean displaying a combination of lightly caramelish malt and softly piney and grassy hops. The flavor follows, and it's fairly subdued and basic for a seasonal beer but I appreciate that because it's highly drinkable. There's some light citrus to it as well, mainly orange, and because the caramelish and lightly toasty malt isn't overdone it works really well. The malt is just lightly sweetish and a median bitterness balances it, leaving a dollop of sweet malt to fade in the finish as softly piney and spicy hop notes rise. I was really expecting something different, a more amped up version, and I kind of remember it being a bit fuller in the past, but this is perfect. Looking back there's some very nice lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Medium-light in body and gently crisp. Well done! Superbly balanced and quite drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

No style indicated on the label other than Fall "seasonal", so I was surprised to find the beer is like a strong pale ale or ESB rather than a marzen. Not surprised by the flavor, however, since there is plenty of earthy and spicy hop aroma. There also some citrus in the nose, but the flavor veers more towards the citrus side, and leaves a moderately bitter grapefruit aftertaste.

A nice orange-amber with a lasting off-white head.

O - a bold and flavorful Fall seasonal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a light to medium copper in color and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall

S: Light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops with a light amount of caramel malt sweetness.

T: This beer is very well balanced between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness with pine/resin and citrus hops flavors. Light amounts of bitterness that fade pretty quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very enjoyable and is very easy to drink - slightly too strong to be sessionable but from a taste/smell perspective I want to have several of these. For some reason, this seems like a great beer for an early fall cool evening.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most Southern Tier beers are way to sweet for me, but the last couple I tried were much better. Hopefully this one is just as tasty.

Pours a creamy and fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace. The beer is a mostly clear orange slightly toasted golden color.

The nose brings hops right away, with some citrus and pine, and a little tropical fruit, nectarine, orange, and some light musty wet hop resin. There is also a very light malty backbone, but not much for the nose.

Taste brings more of a malty backbone to start. It has a nice crystal and possibly Munich malt flavors, slightly creamy, a nice malty flavor. WIth that comes some spicy hops, fresh hops again with more light musty hop resin, a little pine but almost no citrus now. It has a decent bitterness with a touch of astringency, and some light fruits from the hops, this time more of a peach flavor. It's lightly sweet but not too much. As it finishes it dries even more, and the malts disappear quickly leaving the finish a little flat. The astringency also comes out a little more and gets a little heavy, with a gritty almost cotton mouth feel, and the hop flavors are gone, just the bitter astringent taste.

The mouth starts medium bodied, but gets somewhat gritty and cotton mouth dry on the finish, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability goes down a but with that lingering astringent bitterness and cotton mouth finish. Other than the finish it goes down smoothly and drinks pretty well.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with burst of pale and grassy hops up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in to provide a good balance. The malt character is hearty but a bit on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better hoppy beers out there but this is still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Macgregor's in Canadaigua,poured a deep gold with moderate head that didnt stay around to quickly aromas of pine and some citruisy (mainly lemon) notes as well.Taste up front was very piney and resiny but as I drank more the biscuity malt backbone showed itself more really balancing this one out lightly sweet just enough to tame the hops a little.Seemed a tad thin at first not sure if its just me that picked that up,anyways a very good beer from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head and some good ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings a good amount of hops forward with some earth, pine, and herbal notes coming through. Slight caramel and toffee in there as well. Hops take center stage in the flavor as well, though not to the extent that they had in the nose. Really nice body and carbonation well nice bitterness. Really smooth and a great fall beer.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A perfectly clear, copper colored body topped by a dense head of white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A warm aroma of toasted malt with some light, pine hops and a hint of red apple.

T - Toasted bread notes of sweet malt up front with a bit of toffee. More bready grain in the middle as some musty hop flavor begins to appear. The hop flavor continues to intensify through the finish as sweet, toasted malt and toffee reach a peak. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the malt and lingers in the aftertaste with the musty hop flavor and toasted malt that dries out as it slowly fades away.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, this ESB manages to hit all the right notes and it remains quite drinkable despite being a significantly stronger than average example of the style. Interestingly it has a somewhat American hop aroma, but the hops turn a bit more musty and British in the flavor. The malt character is well done as well; there is a huge note of toasted malt with just the right amount of sweetness to keep it form becoming burnt tasting and cloying in the finish as it has a tendency to do in some drier beers. I would happily recommend this beer and drink it again.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of billab914
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I keep stocked pretty much as long as it last on the shelves. This might be my favorite harvest ale, something that I look forward to each year.

Pours a light gold color with a modest amount of head. Good clarity and overall a very nice looking beer. Hop aroma is fantastic, I love the smell of this beer. A lot of sweet citrus aroma that is very appealing. Taste is also very good, lots of sweet citrus hops up front with some bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy finish. Very drinkable, I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Nice maple amber body with a tall, creamy white head. Nice lace and retention.

S – Round, leafy, herbal hop character. Sweet caramel malt. Soft, almost scotch-like note add an earthy booziness.

T – Malt up front with an oat sweetness. Broad, bitter, resiny, but not overpoweringly aggressive, hop character through the center with a touch of nuttiness. Bitter, semi-sweet warmth on the finish.

M – Medium body. Ok-to-low carbonation. Nice residual alpha bitterness.

O – Very drinkable with a nice hop character for a fall seasonal.

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Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that leaves some ring/spotty lace on the glass; relatively clear with a copper amber color.

Strong hoppy, bitter smell--very floral.

Very good entry as an ESB: Lots of bitterness, good starting malt flavors. Spot on body but with a lower level of a carbonation. Long lasting aftertaste of peppery hop bitterness.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours aneffervvescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grassyness & pineyness, a touch of grainyness & appleskins

T: Pineyness, caramel, woody hops & lemons up front. Some red apple skin as this warms along with much grassyness & lemony hops & dryness. Finishes crisp, dry & with nice woody & herbal hops signature with a kiss of orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced, purists will probably want little more malt profile

Drinks too easy, a nice if not totally true-to-style ESB

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Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Handed across the bar a clear, dark copper-gold body (looks like brewed tea), with a thin coating of white suds. Standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pale malts with some soundly bready and biscuit-hinted notes to it and sweetish touch of golden syrup, maybe an infinitesimal bit of light caramel. Modestly spicy, fruity as well.

Taste: Bready, biscuity maltiness given a thin drizzle of treacle for a kiss of sweetness. Earthy, spicy hops with some dried lemon peel. Moderate bitterness. Some late fruitiness with a rebound of sugar for a hint of candied apple. Bittersweet, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harvest Ale is an enjoyable, quaffable brew for early Sunday morning drinking.

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Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,744 ratings
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