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 Shefus
1.71/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured this awful beverage from a bottle into my mouth, you could taste the nasty rubbing alcohol that Vermont has to offer, since on the bottle they use local Vermont ingredients the only thing I could think taste worse is the Longtrail unfiltered IAP. Very very bad!

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Photo of bkrihak
1.94/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember this beer being better earlier this decade however it has fallen flat on its face. Nice Brown color but a little lacking in the nose. Taste was your classic Brown Ale flavor but it leaves the palate quickly and the best way to describe is watered down. If you're looking for a good seasonal try elsewhere.

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Photo of Stringth
2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love every other LT beer I've had both from both tap and bottle. What the hell happened here? The local ingredients idea got me, so I bought a 12 pack. Calculated risk but ultimately bad move. A month later I'm downing the last one, only because it's the last beer in the fridge.

The color is great but the head was consistently little to none.

Smell wasn't bad, just not much to it at all.

Taste was plain sub-par. Very "lite", remarkably unremarkable for an LT beer, with a slightly bitter finish.

Bad batch? Warmed-up/cooled down too much between the brewery and my casa? And what about all the folks that really liked it? It wasn't offensive but the complete lack of interesting smell/flavor/taste was sure a bummer. A mystery to me.

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Photo of beernut
2.21/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap. Poured an almost clear reddish color with a foamy white head that didn't last too long very little lacing. Aroma was that of roasted malt with what I thought was a hint of coffee. Carbonation was good through-out. Taste (to me) was malty hazelnut, I hate hazelnut, I cannot stand the taste and the smell of it. Since I hate it, I can say I wasn't impressed with this beer, I know it has received some good reviews but I'm sorry, I just didn't enjoy it. I would probably try it again, I was drinking a few Ofests before I had this, maybe that had an effect on my taste buds.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.37/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear brown with next to nil head. No lacing to mention. The Aroma smells of light toffee, caramel, and a touch of hop spice. Flavor is very thin. Notes of some toffee and caramel, maybe a bit of cocoa peaks through in the front but fades off very quickly to not much of a flavor at all. Thin mouthfeel, watery, not much carbonation. I didn't enjoy this beer very much.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass this appears a pale amber/red with slight carbonation rising slowly. The head dissipates into a thin microfoam. This beer is crystal clear. It smells like a typical harvest ale, slightly spicy, a little pumpkin smelling, and unfortunately a little bit like corn water. The taste isn't completely bad with hints of toffee or caramel, but that corny taste bled through. The mouthfeel is a lot like a macro lager, kind of tingly and thin. I wont be getting this beer again...

Think 3/4 busch light mixed with 1/4 post road pumpkin ale. Not enough good to outweigh the bad.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.43/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass while watching the Steelers/Ravens game. I'll talk about football if I damn well please.

A: Heartening deep brown/amber color with a unexpectedly weak, bubbly off-white head that fizzled out as quickly as the Steelers offensive line.

S: Bready with hint of musty turf, like what Ben Roethlisberger was used to smelling today. Except for the hints of molasses and slight vegetative/grassy hop notes. No, wait, the grassiness applies (unless they use turf in Baltimore).

T: As disappointing as Pittsburgh's performance today. Starts bready with an odd yeasty must and, like the day of the average Steelers fan, has a bitter finish. Bitterness increases as this thing warms, until the malty/bready notes are overwhelmed and sacked. A little sweet molasses goes nowhere but gets mired like Rashard Mendenhall in the Ravens D-line.

Slight buttery note that tastes as rancid as Troy Polamalu's game.

M: Watery and light with light carbonation reminiscent of little bits of turf prickling one's tongue. Again, Ben Roethlisberger will know what I'm talking about.

O: Damn, Long Trail, I expected a good, competitive brown ale and this is what I get? Watery and tastes strange. Your (good vs bad beer) record is now 2-3. I want to like you since you're a New England staple, but you're going to need to do better than this.

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Photo of GJ40
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Nikki's in NP, RI.

A - Copper colored with good clarity but very little head.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of alcohol.

T - Surprisingly tart and dry. A slight roasted malt flavor as well. Not what I expected. It's dated 08/04/08 (which I assume is the brew date) so it shouldn't be bad.

M - Moderate carbonation and a bit thin.

D - Not one I'd pursue again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, Fall '07 arrival, served in a chilled pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber color, what little bit of a beige head there was quickly faded to a ring with some light clouds of foam, hit or miss spots of lace.

S - some malt aroma with a slight earthiness.

T - some malt flavor with a slight earthiness.

M - thin, light body with weak carbonation.

D - good 'beer pong' brew, drink it fast and get it over with!

Final Note: the 'Farmer Bears' on the bottle label were cute, but there wasn't a *label cuteness* catagory in the review.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color, with a white head. In the aroma, roasty malt, sweet lager like notes, and a very small hop. In the taste, small hop and a roasty malt, quite balanced. A small hop bite and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry malty, and small hop in the aftertaste. Light for a harvest, somewhat lager like in the aroma. Balanced and decent session.

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Photo of saminadams
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown,color is nice.
Not much for the nose.
Didn't get much of a head,in a pint glass
Kind of watered down,slight smokey taste
Next time someone says oh I''l drink what ever,they get this.
Like a lot of the Long Trail line,here's the but
I'll pass on this one next time

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Long Trail- Harvest Ale

Appearance- ruby red with a thick creamy head. Heavy lacing of the glass.
Smell- Not much going on here slight caramel malt.
Taste- Caramel/ molasses malt with a touch of earthy/ leafy hops.
Mouhfeel- Very bland and watery. The flavor doesn't really settle in until after the swallow.

Overall- A blah Amber. Not worth the $10 price for a 6er. Doesn't do it for me!!

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Photo of FACSman
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Beautiful amber color with light head low carbonation

Smell - About right for an Amber Ale (Brown ale according to bottle??) Slightly malty with minimal hop nose.

Taste - Nothing to write home about predominantly malty, although even that is not very prononced. Very little hop on the tounge.

Mouthfeel - Really falls apart here. Really light for a 'harvest' ale. I was really expecting something with a bit more body. This beers was thin and utterly lacking. about the same mouthfeel as a budmilcoors.

Drinkability - Modestly drinkable, if I had to.

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Photo of mempath
2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

whoa....it must have changed since the brothers have reviewed it!

pours a decent dark amber-brown with a flatish head and some sparse lacing.

nose has a decent, sweet malty smell.

taste...not bad at all, but...not good or great....something smokey/burnt that i usually like, but not here. like some sort of morphed/mutated Shiner... (?)

mouthfeel is a bit thin. if i want thin and good and a bit burnt, i'll have a yuengling porter

drinkable. probably better with food. that would make it more drinkable.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The best part of the harvest ale was the apperance and smell. After that, it was all downhill.

The color was caramel in color with a reddish hue. There was very little foam when poured and no lace.

The taste was bitter, with a sour aftertaste. The flavor of caramel was weak with whatever spices it had.

Sorry, but I had to eighty-six it after a couple of sip's.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was good...a light brown with a thick white head, which lasted the entire drink of the beer. The smell was absent...even when first opened. Dont get me wrong...it had a smell, but the first smell was of a beer that was left out on the table all night...not impressed. Nonetheless, I kept on, as anyone with an open mind (and open beer) would do. The taste was pretty good...a real fall flavour of nut and maybe a hint of apple. Easy beer to drink; smooth with a pleasant flavour. I would call this an average beer. Nothing to write home about...although I am writing to you about it...hmm.

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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 micromaniac129
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bark amber with a little head that doen't linger very long. Carbonation is very low.
There is a slight malt aroma, not much at all.
There is little in way of taste. Some roasted malt notes can be picked up on the first sip with some yeasty bread notes at the end.
This beer feels thin and watery with some coarseness when you drink it. This beer is drinkable but it lacks character.
This beer needs more roasted malts and should be brown or a deep amber if is going to be a brown ale.Could also use a bit more carbonation to help keep the head afloat.

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours with small head and a brown-amber body.

Smell- Nose is dominated by a sweet caramel smell, not overly strong.

Taste- Smooth on the palate, Im having difficulty identifying what it tastes like, its rather non-descript. Notes of wheaty sweetness and dark flavors.

Mouthfeel- Fairly watery, not a palate filling beer.

Drinkability- A decent beer, nothing spectacular.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on July 11, 2011.

A: Clear, reddish brown. Not much head.

S: Sweet malt, but no roastiness. Pretty subdued.

T: Toffee and toasted malt with a hint of metal on the finish. Not a lot going on, and what is is pretty shy.

M: Thin to medium.

O: This beer is pretty dull. I like to give extra points to beer with abv below 5, but a higher abv might have helped here.

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Photo of devinoconnor
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This Harvest Beer doesn't feel that bountiful. A bit thin for a fall beer, but nonetheless drinkable and goes down easy. Compared to other brewery's fall specials, this one isn't one I'd run back to, but if someone offers me up one I'm not going to say no. It's just average, for me.

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Photo of weeare138
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a semi transparent dark amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Tiny spts of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, roasted grains a d caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with a standout of brown sugar...hmm. Not very complex but maybe that's what they wanted.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, and a bit thin on the finish. Not my favorite offering from Long Trail.

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Photo of vande
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - a thinner looking brown with a short head that quickly disappears, leaving only the slightest trace of its presence...

s - bits and pieces...and i mean bits and pieces of toffee, roasted malt, slight nuttiness...but on the lighter side

t - similar to the smell here... the beer is somewhat light on the flavor provile, yet leaves an interestingly enough pleasant after taste.. strange..

m - light, thin -- more so than what i'd expect out of a solid brown ale...

o - not bad, not great.. there's a lot of brown ales out there i'd drink before grabbin another LTBC Harvest, but I'm glad to have tried it...

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Photo of riversider76
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber red. Not much head,and almost no lacing. Smell is weak, sweet nalts mainly. Body is thin with some carbionation. Taste was just alright. Watery malt, with a hint of spice in the finish. This beer was not awful, but I would not buy it again.

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