Harvest | Long Trail Brewing Co.

273 Reviews

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The culmination of a long growing season, the autumn harvest comes once a year. We mark the end of summer with the release our seasonal brown ale, Harvest. Vermont maple syrup added during the brewing process yields a lasting sweetness on the palate that's guaranteed to warm your soul.

Raise a glass and enjoy the spirit of the season. Pairs well with wood-splitting, leaf-raking and pumpkin carving.

In celebration of the autumn harvest we’ve brewed this brown ale with locally harvested Vermont ingredients... a truly unique Taste of Vermont!

13 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

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Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 715
Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, lots of dark breads. Taste is bready malts, nuts, light maple, hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of jettjon
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass, dark chestnut body and brown-tan head of very dense foam. Nose of toast—toasted bread, toasted malt, and a hint of roasted nuts. Flavor follows nose, dominated by toasted malt with some slight sweetness balancing things and a burnt malt bitter finish. Mouth is chewy and a little bit foamy. Overall, a nice toasted malt porter-ish beverage. Enjoyable, would try again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky brown with a thin head.

Aroma: a bit of that maple syrup. Toasted malts. Having trouble smelling much of anything.

Taste: again, the syrup is most notable. Notes of toffee, brown sugar, caramel.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown mahogany body with a nougat colored head. Smells of maple, butterscotch, syrup, spicy hops and some alcohol. Tastes malty with milk chocolate, coffee and caramel. Creamy with a splash of bitterness from hops. Balanced, with an ale character that reminds me of why I love brown ales. Love this beer. After one bottle, it's officially in my go-to catalog.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a deep mahogany color with an off white head with good retention and lacing
S-toffee, toasted caramel, biscuit, coffee
T-lots of caramel, followed by toasted biscuit, toffee, and dry finish with bitterness providing balance but not lending a lot to the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-really great fall beer that is sessional and different

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hannaford,
Reddish brown color with a smallish but long lasting creamy of white head. Caramel dark sugar and a hint of cherry and chocolate on the nose. Flavor follows the aroma and adds a touch of bitter butterscotch. Not bad

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Not much head, no lace.
S: This is the perfect smell to come home to on a brisk New England fall day. Touches of maple and toasty, warm malts. Toffee and caramel as well.
T: A bit thin on flavor overall. Drinks drier than sweeter. Has all the expected flavors, nutty, caramel, toffee. Has the faintest hint of maple once again, though its not sweet like syrup.
F: Pretty light, almost thin body. Pretty easy drinking overall, carbonation is low-medium. Could use a little more body though.
O: I'll probably drink this on Thanksgiving, That's the vibe I get from this. Its not a hop bomb or anything like that, just a nice easy drinker with interesting flavors. Its very warm and cozy.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apparently this has been around for a while, though I have honestly probably passed it up multiple times due to Long Trail's repertoire being rather boring. Now that the design is new, I saw this and decided to grab a single. Marketing worked on me once again! Drat. Oh well, time to sink my teeth into this maple syrup-infused English-style brown.

Pours a deep copper/brown color with some crème brûlée-like highlights and an initially thick head of off-white/khaki-ish foam that eventually sinks to a finger-and-a-half with a murky surface tension and minimal lace. Just about on par for the style, though the clarity is pretty brilliant and tips the scales towards greatness for this one.

Nose is very maple syrup forward; almost like smelling a stack of pancakes with the pat of butter on top! Slight chocolate wheat malt, biscuity breadiness and stale coffee on top. Evocative nose but not incredible by any means, and it does lean a little bit towards being one-note. A bit nutty like an English porter, but without the roast character. Slight grassy hop, but nothing out of the ordinary at all in that realm.

Flavor is pretty rounded and chewy with nutty and biscuity malt aspects followed by a palate-covering sweetness from the maple flavor and a slight bitter wash of leafy hops (likely Goldings/Fuggles) in the finish, helping to balance the palate. Some definite caramel and toffee notes come out as the beer warms. Feel is lightly-carbonated and a bit heavier than expected at the "session" strength this occupies, but it does the job pretty well, I suppose. Slick and coating with a residual sweetness that I can see being tough for some people to accept.

I like it, for sure; it's a bit comforting to have a semi-traditional English brown ale made by a New England brewery without pretense and with a bit of "local" flavor seeping in. Would I want a whole sixer? Probably not, but I'm sure some people would enjoy pounding these with friends more than I would, so who am I to say? Make sure you enjoy maple and chilly, brisk weather, as this is redolent of the former and reminds me of the latter very heavily.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that disapated quickly.

This beer smells like coffee grounds.

The initial taste is a little bitter, but in the middle it is deep and smokey and has a heavy Coffey taste. I am not going to say that you can taste the maple syrup just because the bottle says it's in there, but there is a sweet finish to this beer that is almost chocolatey.

The mouth feel is somehow smooth in spite of the high carbonation.

Overall this is a heavy, beer with some really interesting flavors. I was surprised to find it on an Octoberfest table to begin with, but I wasn't expecting this ale to be so similar to a porter.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Smells of coffee and chocolate, strong but inviting. Tastes of wheat with a bit of chocolate. Beer is light/medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and very drinkable for a heavier beer. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A little bit of the maple syrup comes through on first taste, but some lingering, cloying sweetness remains. Watery mouthfeel. Light brown in color, with no head and light carbonation. To me the maple detracts from what might have been a nice brown ale..

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a dark brown, clear with ruby highlights. Minimal head. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is well balanced, not sure I pick up the maple without being tols on the label. Thinner bodied.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep clean ruby with nice head of tan suds. Very little lace, though.

Aroma: Bittersweet chocolate, roasty coffee, maple syrup. Quite nice!

Taste: Echoing the bittersweet chocolate, with some coffee notes. Finishes a tad bitter with some hops in there. A very nice brown ale, and one I’d gladly return to.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. The color is a dark ruby red with a thick, creamy milk-white head and lacing that took a long time to dissipate. The smell is mostly bready malt with maple and perhaps just a whiff of dark fruit. The taste is primarily a roasted malt. There's a slight maple sweetness but not enough to really make this beer interesting. This is a lightly carbonated ale that is very drinkable given its low ABV. This ale would be better if there were more of a maple flavor.

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Photo of drtth
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear brown color with a slight reddish tinge and a 1/4" tan head that soon recedes to leave a small ring and part of the surface visible. Sipping creates lots of small scattered patches of lacing. The ring persists for a very long time, as does a thin, irregular island of foam being fed by the nucleation point.

The aromas are both a complex and an interesting mix, with just a bit of maple syrup in there. There's a bit of nutty and biscuity character here, along with some light, subtle chocolate and toasted malt.

The flavors include the light toastiness, some chocolate, some biscuit and hints of maple syrup sweetness mixed in with just a small touch of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and there's some light prickly carbonation. The finish is medium in length and winds up dry and faintly bitter in a way that invites another sip.

This is a nicely drinkable beer which I've enjoyed and expect I'll be looking to have again. It seems to be much of what an English Brown should be, lots of subtle flavors, a flavor combination that grows more enjoyable over time and a beer that one could have several of during an evening chatting with friends.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Very dark clear ruby, black unless seen through light. Finger thick white head receded quickly to nearly nothing, with similar lack of lacing.

s; Roasty caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose followed by a balancing mild hop bite. Sweetish finish

m: Medium good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: A decent porterlike autumn brew, extremely sessionable and yet tasty enough, especially as it warms.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, but dark brown, with a head that starts with orange highlights but quickly fades to a straight off-white, that persists and laces up nicely.

S - A hit of floral hops, with a maple touch and a hint of bread. Great nose for a brown.

T - This is an English Brown first and foremost, so the malt is nice bread and toast, there is a subtle but present bittering hop in the close, and the sum is pleasant. The maple note is primarily a background note.

M - Brisk carbonation, but not overly aggressive. Very mild close. Quite drinkable.

O - Overall, I like it. A pleasant, very easy drinker. And the maple is just there enough to add an extra depth to the very traditional notes this beer is hitting otherwise.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep/dark brown with a thick white head
Smells roasty and of tobacco. More like a brown ale than a "harvest" ale
Taste is right on par with the nose
Feel is as it should be. Good carbonation and good coating of the taste buds
Overall this was a very pleasant surprise. Came in a mixed case and I'd drink this shit over and over!

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Photo of EastCoastMinnesotan
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A great break from all of the pumpkin beers on the market. Made a point of picking up a six pack while on the east coast since it's not available back home. Very sessionable. One of my favorite east coast breweries. Make sure you visit the taproom/restaurant if you're in Vermont - you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent fall beer and a much better substitute than most October choices. It has a brown, sort of subtle red look to it, it looked like fall to me. Nothing outstanding but would buy again as it sells well for us.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Certainly has that autumnal vibe going on - yeasty, leafy smell and flavor come across a bit, with just a hint of toasted malt and woodsy yeast. Smooth, clean, well-balanced...and kinda bland. No strong flavors, or any particularly notable attributes. Seems to be like they were aiming for what Anchor Steam's Autumn Red was, only less of that "fall flavor." Kinda one of those beers that doesn't inspire me to even write a review, and what I really want to say as far as description goes is, "It tastes like beer..."

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Photo of twosheds
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with medium tan head.

Smells like maple, roasted malts, and some coffee.

Has a nice roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee. The added maple syrup seems too keep it just sweet enough.

This is a great fall beer that tastes like a fall beer without having to be loaded with pumpkin pie spices. It's subtle, but something about it goes well wit the season.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a ruby brown with a moderate head, mostly dissipating fairly shortly. Pleasant to the nose. The tongue is tickled by the very light maltiness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of brureview
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light cola color in a Stone imperial pint glass with a 2F head.

Not clear- not quite opaque.

Nice aroma: toffee ( from the honey addition?) fruit aroma.

Plum, a hint of coffee, and fruit in the taste which develops with warming.

Great finish- the coffee lingers on the back of my tongue. The light hoppy finish rounds out the light bodied beer.

Overall: a lot of beer in this 4.4%. Great flavor, and finish. I have been drinking more Long Trail beers.
I particularly enjoy their their combining drinkability and full flavor. Excellent brewery and beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled July 1st 2015.

Pretty looker! Deep walnut red body, with a good amount of clarity. Slow rising fine carbonation and almost space galaxy like scene. Head is creamy off tan and makes a simple two fingers. Whipped up like appearance, moderate rentention and good fine bubbles in the make up as well. Real nice looking brown!

Classic toasty nutty aromas. Slightly muted toffee but great brown bread crust action. Nice dry grains as well, but not into powder and flour territory. Deep bouquet. Mild bitterness of nut as well.

Palate takes a much tuned down approach. Light wet malts and more flour grain feels and flavors. Powdery brown bread crust, and some odd fruity esters that have nearly turned sour but not infected. Twinge manages a bit of acrid like grain but not heavily, with an interesting hop angle that comes out somewhere between floral and small earth tones.

Not bad, could be argued a bit old, but still much to enjoy here, just a little odd.

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