Harvest Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Harvest AleHarvest Ale
1,740 Ratings
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

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

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Ratings: 1,740 |  Reviews: 610
Photo of timmy2b
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ksimons
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-poured into a chalice, is a clear golden orange with a thin layer of lacing around the top

S-a pine hop smell with a bit of malts and spice

T-taste starts off pretty bitter and then sort of mellows out due to the malts.

M-light refreshing body, moderate carbonation, with a smooth dry finish

D-I can see this being very drinkable, not my favorite style, but not bad either

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Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Yancey82
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves some great lacing.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malts and floral hops.

Taste: Roasted, bready malts with a pretty decent amount of hops. It's unique for sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium heaviness and a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, not very much of an aftertaste.

This is an interesting fall seasonal. It's not my personal favourite, but I can't really see too much to fault with it. Give it a shot.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of RBCBrams17
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a pint glass, it has a nice amber color body with a small 1" white head that layed down quickly to a thin lace. The smell has some pine notes. The taste has a nice pine/hop taste up front then finishes with a bitter taste. The hop and the malt are well balanced in this one. This has a great mouth feel, and overall is pretty good beer. Very nice fall beer.

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Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brystmar
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: light gold with tons of frothy head. Massive carbonation bubbles up from the bottom. Generous amounts of lace adorn the sides of my glass.

S: hops up front, malt, citrus & tropical fruits too.

T: from the name & wheat pics on the bottle I expected this to be a wit, so I was obv surprised when it showed itself to be somewhere between a pilsner an an IPA. Hops up front again as this beer is bitter start to finish. I typically don't enjoy very bitter beers but this is quite pleasant.

M: smooth, light, & oily with lots of carbonation.

D: easy drinking, could throw back a few of these.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger foamy white head. The head lingers to a one-finger ring leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is citrus, floral hops, and bready malts.

T - The taste starts sweet with orange, peach, grapefruit along with a decent amount of sweet malts. The sweet juiciness gives way to earthy hops. The hops provide a perfect balance to the beer. The finish has a light bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - A very strong ESB. The flavors are perfectly balanced. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of MKrauss
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: mid-afternoon relaxation following another ugly soccer loss... APPEARANCE: mostly clear, orange amber body (I have the right bottle, but no WAY is this ruby, as the above summary states!) that offers reasonable effervescence... head is off-white, thick, and palpable... lacing forms appropriately,, almost like coral...a good-looking pint... AROMA: no doubt East Kent Golding, with that floral, lavender and lemon... spicy enough to also have Tettnanger or Spaltz... the fruitiness is strong for an ESB.. some clove and thyme work their way in, for a full, pleasing array... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, with a sizzle at the start and a strong, lasting malty finish... active and engaging, some froth too, and unlike many ESBs with lesser character... TASTE: a good, roasted quality sits in the throat, with mild caramel developing an ever-present sweetness that pervades the whole of the experience; the hop profile is decidedly balanced too, though undercut by the malts, with citrus, flower, fruit and earthiness smoothed together in a drinkable blend that begs for pub fare or a game to watch...OVERALL: What must be the "Harvest" quality is the label itself--this is a wonderful approximation of the British standard with enough character to set itself slightly apart from the predictable; at 6.7% ABV deceptively sessionable... sweet and smooth--another success from Southern Tier...

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 bschmidt_37
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Harvest Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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