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Harvest | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 734 |  Reviews: 281
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. one of my favorite fall releases. brown ale brewed with maple syrup, just right for a chilly Adirondack evening. deep brown to red on the pour, a faint caramel glow in the light, and an inch of khaki colored head with decent retention that produces ring lacing each sip. nose is caramel malt based, with a hint of dry cocoa and an unmistakable maple sweetness. the sugar contrasts with the almost bitter malt really well in the flavor, as the rich grains drive the flavor until the finish, where a warm maple vanilla complex gently rounds out the taste. its not overly sweet, and as such a real drinkable. a sixer of this is no problem. medium bodied for a brown, and carbonated just enough. this is a patient beer through too, and improves as it warms a little. probably my favorite beer from long trail, and its beers like this that make fall my favorite season to be a beer lover.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking brown color, it had good clarity to it along with a nice thin white head on top. The smell of the beer gave off some autumn spice along with some roasted nutty aromas. The taste of the beer wasn't too bad either, it had a semi-sweet roasted quality to it along with a dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was on the lighter side even for a darker brew, the carbonation wasn't too overpowering and the finish had a light tingle to it. Overall this beer wasn't too bad.

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Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from halfP1NT. Before the review: the bottle says "Brown Ale" not red not amber.

Pours copper colored. Very clear. Only a little foam and not much retention or lacing.

Smell is very complex and interesting. It must be my mind wanting to smell maple syrup but I really thought I did. Then after some closer inspection I found some brown ale aromas such as nutty and biscuity aromas mixed with a touch of roast and chocolate, both subtle.

Flavor is of a very light brown ale. I see no signs of an amber here. A fair amount of bitterness for the alcohol content shows up. Light roast, some chocolate, and some biscuit are noticeable. Bitter dry aftertaste.

Body is light, mildly carbonated, but a touch chalky and dry. Drinkable? Yes but I'm not sure what it would go well with.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal beer right here from a good brewery. The best part about it is the appearance as its a nice hearty, fall color. Lacking a little bit on the smell but the taste has all the usual fall spices in these seasonals. Very drinkable and balanced with a nice body to it. Along with the lack of smell, there's also a lack of carbonation I thought, which would have improved the score. Good overall though.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a small beige head that never completely faded away and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toasted malts as well as nuts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather nutty and has flavors of biscuit and toasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable, especially with its low alcohol content.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany capped with a modest head that leaves some streaky lacing

Smell: Toasted brown bread, hazelnuts and a touch of maple

Taste: Toasted brown bread with overripe banana; a touch of maple adds sweetness to the mid-palate; nutskin bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: More interesting than I thought it would be, I find this to be a decent presentation of what is usually a boring style

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not flat, but not really carbonated...

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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear russet body is topped by a creamy, light tan head that drops fairly quickly but holds an exceptional collar and light surface coating, and leaves some nice lace as well. The aroma is gently fruity, lightly chocolatey and somewhat nutty. The body is light with a very fine & gentle carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor starts with some fruitiness (summer berries, very light cherry), mellows into a toasty & nutty maltiness, and then turns lightly cocoa-ish character. It finishes with a softly fluttering bitterness and lingering biscuity & nutty character. Light, and far from rich, but full of character that keeps it interesting. Exceptionally drinkable.

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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Bentley pub auburn, for some reason seems they put it on nitro, cause why not, everything is better on nitro right?!! (I'm being very sarcastic), but not as nitro as other beers so maybe a nitro CO2 blend?

Bottom of keg then topped off with fresh keg so could be interesting. Nice creamy 1 finger head when it all settles after lots of foam and some waterfall effect, fades slowly with lots of notched lacing, clear auburn mahogany red color.

Nose toasty reddish malts, coppery reddish malts, hint of earthy spicy hops, all somewhat drowned out by the creamy nitro aroma.

Taste is also muted thanks to the nitro, initial creamy nitro, such a waste, very little bubbles and carbonation. Finally some caramel toasty reddish malts, little biscuit and juicy malt character, little caramel. Mild spicy hops, as well as yeast flavor, little bready. Finish is drier with more spicy hop bitterness, little sticky, grassy hop too, light caramel malts.

Mouth is bit creamy, very small bubble and lower carb.

Overall meh. Seems like the base beer wouldn't be too bad, but the nitro just kills it.

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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/7/07 at Picasso’s Pub in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light orange color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity & spicy with light malts, citrus and nutmeg.

T: The taste is bready and very sweet with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, citrus and wheat. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is sweet. At the risk of being redundant, it’s the heavy sweetness that detracts from this beer in my opinion.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

D: Tasty but too sweet for me, goes down easy, not too filling, it’s a decent beer to stick with but only if you’re ok with the sweetness and you want something with just a mild kick. Personally, I wouldn’t drink too much of it, but I can see why other might.

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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Long Trail Brewing Company (Bridgewater's Corner, VT) on 9/26/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of frothy white colored head. Creamy retention on this that throws a foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass that then quickly slides down. The aroma is very freshly floral and green smelling, with some light notes of caramel, cocoa, and roasted nuttiness emerging up underneath the hops. This is pleasant enough in the nose I guess but seems a bit understated.

Hops levels are a bit high here in the taste, with a moderately bitter green feel that sticks right up front. Some light chocolate and caramel notes pull up the back, as does some roasted character that trails some nuttiness into the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with a generally easy feel on the tongue that is keeping this drinking well throughout the duration of the glass.

While I little too green tasting at first, this actually balanced out nicely as it warmed, and the earthy hop character coupled with the easy feeling body made for a decent thirst quenching experience. Nothing mind-blowing here but this was a decent drinking Brown Ale for the fall season.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is extraordinarily impressive. From a 12 oz bottle, the foam was four fingers thick. Sticky off-white lace. The color of the brew is a dark amber.

The aroma is similar to Belgian style abbey ales. There are very strong farm/barnyard aromas in the initial pour. The smell mellows out quickly to an alcohol warmth with light bitterness and a dry malt neutral smell.

This flavorful ale has a nice complex character. While high in carbonation, this brew has toasty crystal malt. The hop is present, fresh and subtle.

The aftertaste is excellent with a buttery malt flavor that is beautifully counter-balanced with a sharp hop balance. Worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "Take a Hike!"; "A malt forward Barn Ale with a hint of Vermont maple syrup in the kettle. Hang up the wheat scythe and celebrate the season's sweet bounty."; "Harvest comes once a year, so raise a glass and celebrate the growing season!"

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a solid pour, creating a dense finger of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty, yes, but not as sweet as the label led me to expect. It had a kind of buckwheat-like tang to it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste definitely had notes of maple syrup with a slight smokiness. Mmmm. It is a cold, damp, rainy day today and this helps to take off some of the chill. I really liked the way that they showed restraint in producing this as it could have been a sugary bomb, but the finish was actually semi-dry. It had an inherent sweetness, sure, but the yeast really did their job. I am surprised that the ABV is not higher as a result.

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4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck with a bottled on date clearly marked. A blurb about using 17 different malt and hop varieties.

Appearance: Deep reddish chestnut in colour with a tight tiny-bubbled lace, which does well to stick all over.

Smell: Hints of toffee, toasted malt and semi sweet floral hop.

Taste: Medium to full bodied with a lightly moderate carbonation that makes for a smooth malty mouth feel. Toasted malt, caramel/toffee and a mellow fruitiness are the core characteristics. Hops send a quick biting bitterness; it goes away as soon as it comes leaving a mildly sweet herbal finish amongst a grain and a healthy dose of residual sweetness.

Notes: A fall seasonal sure to please the hard core ale drinkers. Serve at cellar temp and it is to die for. A smorgasbord for the senses to make for a truly great brew.

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegman's enjoyed chilled from a mug.

The color is deep bronze with a light parchment colored cap with 2 fingers depth. The bead is fine and retention is very good. The smell is pleasant with toasted grain and light herbal notes with slight vegetal tinge and hint of fruit with mild caramel element in the nose. The feel is thin, but not overly so considering the strength - more of a dry aspect than lack of depth with moderately high carbonation and gentle grainy textures.

The flavor is good with nice toasted grain and honey type sweetness with a light herbal element with nice caramel and light corn pop elements with slight biscuit in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this and would get it again, it has nice flavor and is pretty drinkable considering the low abv and I like the honey in this as it adds to the dry body.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 734 ratings
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