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 bloomlax33
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had an opportunity to have this beer the past two years while vacationing in Vermont. We went to Long Trail and they had this and all of their beers on tap. The color was a nice amber color with a sweet smell. The taste was amazing....it finishes off with a subtle hint of maple syrup. I have had this in bottles, we brought home a case, and it is very good from the bottle too. If you get up there, go to the brewing company and taste it all...the Good Night Irene was even better.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.97/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a brilliant clear light bronze color with some deep burnt orange hue a frothy,tight 1/2 finger well retained head atop,somewhat muted aromas some caramel and butter with an underlying light roastiness not much hop presence to it.Flavors tend to be on the malty side the hops provide some earthiness mainly starts out somewhat sweet and buttery like caramel corn almost with a defient toatiness underneath the earthiness finishes this beer out in a drying finish.Not a bad brew seems to be pretty basic in the amber category I personally would have liked a more hop presence in a harvest ale but this is a quaffing ale. Thanks to Sam and Jeff from Red White And Brew in Florence for reccomending this beer. It is yet another enjoyable that they have steered me toward

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, my favorite in the Long Trail family. Let this one sit for a while after taking it out of the fridge, or else you're depriving yourself of the true greatness of this beer. Flavors/aromas galore. A great seasonal and a great ale overall.

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Photo of ACD
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

One of the better fall beers! Smooth with a hint of maple. Easy drinking and a nice change from all of the pumpkin infused beers. If you like brown ale and like a hint of fall flavor. You can't go wrong with this brew!

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Photo of letsgopens
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite of the Long Trail 'Survival Pack', this Amber Ale pours a nice copper/orange amber with some attractive golden/orange highlights. The off-white head is average but despite a harsh pour it fades rather quickly and leaves a thin ring of lace behind upon tasting.

The nose is full and robust for the style with lots of roasty caramel and nutty, toasted brown bread. A slight fruit character, possibly black cherry, and a hint of floral, slightly spicy hops and mild lemon zest. Despite the fact that the aroma is dominated by malt, there is a distinct brightness.

Roasty and full flavored but still refreshing. Clean and well balanced with earthy caramel and brown bread. A buttery character gives way for some spicy hops. Brown sugar and a mild cider quality. Complex with a lingering toasty finish.

Medium bodied and very smooth with just enough lively, fine textured carbonation to lighten up the mouthfeel. Velvety and very clean. Pleasant and lingering with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is outstanding with a low ABV and a taste that's hard to get tired of. Really exceptional and a fantastic way to ring in the fall.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark amber/brown body that leaves a large full two finger white head that lasts a good minute. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. No lacing is around the sides of the glass.

S: great combination of brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and a short roasty nutty aroma.

T: all of the previously mentioned ingredients combined perfectly.

M: medium and leaves a slight stickiness, not bad, nutty aftertaste and finish

O: its just as I remembered it and makes me glad I got some this year. This is very drinkable, in fact, I'll go out on a limb and say this is probably one of most drinkable browns on the market.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear deep amber colored brew is topped by a thin beige head. It reduces to a film in about a minute. Lacing is adequate. Nice aroma of malted grains and hops. Something sweet as well, like cinamon bread. I think this beer deserves a category of its own. 17 malt and hop varities? I don't think any other amber ales could claim that. It's a really nice tasting beer. Medium to full in body. This beer has layers of subtleties. A firm maltiness. A slight caramel malt addition. Graininess. A noticeable bitterness. And a sweet "sugar cookie-like" doughiness. A nicely layered tasty beverage.

Gotta give props to pbrian for sending this one my way.

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Photo of Naugled
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light chestnut brown crystal clear body, well carbonated, but a thin tan head. A very good looking beer.

Roasty caramel malt forward nose.

Chocolate notes in the flavor as well as the roasty caramel.

Medium thin mouth feel with great balance.

A very drinkable beer that surprised me. I did not expect to like this so much. One of the best harvest beers I've sampled this season.

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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 stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a small amount of white head.
Smells very malty with almost a smoked or peated aroma. Smells quite good. Taste is mellow with a smooth feel. Malts hit the palate and please the tastebuds. The malts add a nice characterstic to this beer and really make this beer. Flowery hops are present and add to this tasty brew. I really enjoyed this beer and will try to get it again. The aftertaste is very malty and pleasing. Delicious!

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I must say I was shocked by this beer, didn't expect much. Poured brownish auburn with a big thick lasting head. I loved the smell, had hints of honey. The mouthfeel was wonderfully fluid and mouth coating. The blend of flavors is quite impressive (honey, woodsy, roasty). Very drinkable and quenching brew. Highly recommended!

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Photo of pbrian
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, my first fall beer of the season. Life is good. Looks beautiful in the glass - clear reddish amber with thick sticky head. Toasty, nutty aromas with small amounts of flowery hops. Malt profile is deep and complex, toasted and biscuity with some nuttiness. Drier overall but a little sweetness coats the mouth. Nice beer.

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Photo of notown
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Poured a deep red / light brown with a thick white head.

Aroma subtle with a nice hint of malt and an even more subtle hop aroma.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy drinking.

I enjoyed this beer very much, too bad I picked up a single.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tribute to "American Gothic" on label. Red with orange highlight body, topped by a foamy off-white head with settles into a Guinness-like topper. Nice lacing.

A toasty malt nose, with a little candy in the background, some herbs, and an occassional smokey trace.

Good depth to the malty taste,toast and nuts and a bit of chocolate. A variety of fruits also, with some grapefruity hops riding on top to add a twang.

Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely improves as it warms.

While probably inspired by an Octoberfest, that is just a starting point. This brew forges it's own path. Probably my favorite Long Trail.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love this beer. it was at the latest sampling session, and it was just marvelous. smooth creamy malts just melt into you as you throw it back. not that alcoholic malty taste, but a nice clean sweet maltiness that just makes you tingle

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Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark coppery with a thin beige head.

Aroma is malty - almost like toasted whole wheat bread with hints of hop & sweetness. A nicely complex brew - flavors of cocoa, toast, nuts, some fruitiness, and a decent amount of hop bitterness combine to keep your entire mouth interested. A beer that's perfectly suited to its release - you can practically taste & smell fallen leaves on a Vermont lane. Stupidly poetic, yes, but that's the image the flavor of this one conjures up. A fall favorite, and one of Long Trail's better efforts.

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Photo of necoadam
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/13/04. 17 varieties of malts and hops used to create this beer. Sounds good to me.

Pours out a deep copper color with a shade of gold in there. Light carbonation can be seen with turns into lacing afterwards. Smell was nice. Toasted malts, caramel, nutty aromas, and some light hops are in the background to balance it out. Taste was good. Pretty much the same as the nose but with a little more hop bitterness comes up in the end. Some nice toffee and toasted flavors show up in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was light to medium. Mouthfeel got a little ding because it was a little bit watery in the aftertaste. But other than that, a top 3 fall seasonal for me. Just goes down too fast.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. I picked up a 6 pack of the Harvest directly from the Long Trail brewery in VT this past weekend. Bottled on date clearly marked on the bottom right label for 9/28/04. This beer is about 2 weeks old and tastes very, very fresh.

As with most Long Trail labels, this is great scene with their classic bear mascot theme. LT claims " This beer is so darn smooth, even the locals are excited!" There is no question that this is a malt heavy, smooth brew that is very drinkable.

Appearance is reddish brown color. Lacings stick and stay on the glass.

Aroma of toasted and roasted malts.

Tastes nutty with toasted malt flavors and a slight caramel sweetness intertwined. There is also a mini hop snap, but the overall mouthful centers on a malt presence.

Excellent drinkability with light carbonation and a medium body.

This is a great Fall session beer from a VT brewery. I look forward to most of this breweries seasonals every year and this one is no exception.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red/brown, almost chestnut like, 1" off-white head, little retention

S - Earthy hops up front, sweet breads, smoky

T - Just as with the smell earthy, mild floral hops, toasty malts, sweet bread, slight smokiness

M - Medium body, low carbonation, almost creamy

Perfect autumn session beer, I can already imagine the leaves and that autumn smell in the air.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guess I'll be the first to review the 2003 edition.

Appearance: Wow. Very highly carbonated, with clingy bubbles that stick to the side of my pint glass. Small but tenacious head that sits at a rolling boil until the fizziness calms. Way, way too carbonated, knocking appearance down a full half point. Otherwise things look great, with a deep ruby-chestnut color and sparkling clarity.

Smell: Very soft, although the carbonation continues to belch all the malty and hoppy goodness of this brew. This is truly a mutt, as no particular hop iteration shines through, nor does any specific malt characteristic makes itself know. Very well balanced in a communist sort of way, with equal standing to all ingredients, whether big or small. Definite woodiness balanced by a soft, floral fruitiness. Slight earthy nuttiness, but only as a backdrop. Lots to smell here.

Taste: Very smooth, although even after ten minutes the carbonation is still far too much. Sharp crispness to the tongue, followed by a mouth-filling creaminess. Hops pucker my tongue and squeeze my mouth, with a clean and refreshing greenness fighting through the finish. Malty goodness hits sweet up front, chased slowly down the trail by the aforementioned hops. Finishes dry with a lingering green hop flavor.

Notes: I truly wish this weren't so carbonated, but it's still the beast fall seasonal I've had. Certainly my favorite of Long Trail's offerings. You won't be disappointed with this one, although the greenness might stand for some mellowing.

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Photo of ps42
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail continues to impress me with their Harvest Ale. It is a brown ale that pours a deep amber color. Its aroma is pretty ordinary, with faint hints of caramel malts and hops. It doesn't prepare you for the taste at all.

Once you taste it though, you'll be a believer. It is a slightly sweet brown ale, with a subtle caramel flavor behind the more prevalent taste of Vermont grown hops. Its quite simple in character, but this simplicity and balance are its greatest strengths. It has a medium body and terrific mouthfeel. I had a hard time not drinking the entire six pack all at once. This is really a phenomenal beer, from a great little brewery. If you get the chance to try it, don't pass it up. You won't regret it.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Harvest ale pours a clear dark copper color with a frothy off white head on top. The foam fades to a nice ring around the beer leaving a fair amount of netted lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma is full of malty esters with notes of nuts, brown sugar and flowery hops mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate. The flavor is a well balanced combination of caramel malt, nuts, and chocolate(?) with some flowery hops kicking in near the end to balance out all the hops. A malty taste with a mild bitterness is left behind.

This is an easy drinking tasty beer. It almost reminds me of a mild brown ale. I've got to go get another one now that my glass is empty!

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Not something that I will order more than one of per autumn, but damnit if it's not a great example of what it is: a roasted, smoky fall offering that's something other than "pumpkin". Hint of maple; not sweet, not too bitter. Well done. Drink one on a cold night around the fire.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

soapy head dissipates quickly. deep amber-brown color. a very nice looking brown ale. smells of chocolate and roasted malt typical of a traditional brown. very balanced, some floral hop to go along with the roasted malt, coffee, choc notes. light-med bodied. easy drinking. perfect campfire beer for autumn.

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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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