Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Harvest AleHarvest Ale

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

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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Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear, burnt-orange with a foamy white head.

Citric hops, pine/grassy as well, with a nice toffee, biscuit malt backing in the nose and palate.

Medium body, with prickly, scrubbing carbonation.

An enjoyable beer, a bit hop-forward for the style, but still well balanced overall.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. DOB 07/31/12.

A: a light orange hue. bright white, very bubbly head. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: a very floral hop aroma jumps out at me. i think i smell rye. a little fruity. lots going on here.

T: chewy and grainy. a little bit of black pepper. hints of vanilla. a lot of bitterness behind this grain. solid complexity.

M: moderate carbonation on a medium body.

D: diverse flavors and aromas makes this pretty enjoyable. nice to have a fall seasonal that isnt an oktoberfest. the hop presence is significant, as is the malt diversity.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet (DOB: 7/10/14)

A: Slightly hazy bronze body with a one finger white head that stays for just a bit. No lacing.

S: Very easy drinking with a quick hop punch that is just there for a second or two. Otherwise, it is just a smooth ESB.

T: I've been thinking of only pumpkin beers for the fall, so I was surprised to not get any pumpkin or spices at all. This is more like the falling leaves,

M: Nice smooth carbonation, that seems like it might be rough but stays velvety throughout.

O: This is definitely on the higher end of ABV for an ESB, which helps the flavors out a lot. Good, but I went in with wrong expectations (pumpkin beer). That is why they need to label a style outside of Harvest, Special Ale and Seasonal.

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Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of robebo44
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 briandaube
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dgherm
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this baby. After seeing a number of threads on the forum with people seeking this beer out, I bought a sixer of this on a recent beer run. After buying it, I was dissapointed to see on this website it was classified as a ESB. I like ESBs but Harvest to me means a hoppy APA or IPA.

Guess what, this a nice hoppy brew. Mine poured a bright yellow orange, with a foamy white head. Faint lacing remained on the glass as I worked may down the glass. The smell was of bitter hops.
Nice sharp hop bite was evident in taste. Nicely carbonated. I could gulp down a few of these in session.

Nice hoppy beer to enjoy as the days become cooler. I'll be looking for this beer again next year.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A shimmering golden blonde, with a finger-tall creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a nice sticky sheet of lacing behind

S: Fresh grapefruit, grass clippings, hints of pine, and a touch of caramel.

T + M: A big citrus profile, mostly a grapefruit flavour like in the aroma. Nice and juicy flavouring. Some hints of caramel... smooth and slightly sweet, with a little sparkle of carbonation. Good stuff.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this one... I don't know if I would say it makes me think of Oktoberfest, but that's quite alright. A very tasty brew that I'll be sure to pick up more of.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of yesyouam
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Harvest Ale is a hazy golden ale with a fluffy white pillow of a head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. There are small particles near the bottom of the glass. The aroma is fresh and fruity. It yields powerful pine resin, tangerine and grapefruit. There is a slight starchy malt presence in the nose. It is soft and medium bodied in the mouth. There is barely any fizziness and the finish is dry. The bitterness is not as intense as the aroma suggested it would be. Still, the hops are pronounced with the same elements as the aroma. It is juicy and fruity and fresh and bitter. The balance in the flavor is a bit on the treble side, which makes this focus primarily on the bright, lemon peel quality and not on any spice or rumble. It's simple. This is an excellent session ale! Where did that 6-pack go?
(rated Oct 30, 2007)

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3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12. Deep golden color & crystal clear appearance. White, small bubbled, froth. Head texture is close with good retention. Caramel malts, fruits – apricots-, slightly piney & floral aromas to the nose. Sweet malty upfront. Dry bitterness & resins linger into the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Gentle astringency. Easy drinkability.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Ultimate
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jp32
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper penny in color with a huge white fluffy head on top.

Aroma is very well balanced between caramel malt sweetness and a mild hop tartness.

The flavor is more hop forward than the aroma led on. Citrus hops dominate the flavor with subtle hints of pine. Very herbal (I'm not saying mediciney, but close) in the finish.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium bodied.

A decent beer, but much hoppier than I was expecting. Being called "harvest ale" with an orange label I was expecting something much maltier, but I suppose that's what I get for judging a book by its cover in the first place.

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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 hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent ESB, although without the hop focus for which I'd hoped given Southern Tier's proclivity (which I greatly appreciate). Not a completely standard ESB, but definitely focused on caramelized malts.

Pours a near-iridescent coppered amber with limited white head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramelized malts. The flavour starts with the sweet caramelization but transitions into a pleasant bitterness in the body and finish. Although I can't pick out specific varietals, pleased this is an ESB that has met more than just bittering hops.

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Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Chingringo
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MikeWard
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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