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Harvest | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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270 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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Photo of packetknife
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tapped at Pool Factory in Manchester, CT for the Fall. Make sure you ask them to not give you the iced and dripping glasses which seem to be their only consistent feature. Reasonable amber tone with an off-white head that held and smeared. Heavy malting on the nose with something that reminds me of old wet cedar. The malts hit solidly on the tongue fading and giving way to hoppiness at the back of your tongue. There was a certain aftertaste that was slightly heavy (like it was heated or something) that didn't bode well. Good carbonation and somewhat chewable, well overwall. Drinkable but I suspect it'd be better if the Factory itself was better.

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Photo of EPseja
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours an attractive crystal clear medium amber color with a head that can't quite get up where it should be, but doesn't seem to disappear either. Not much lacing to speak of though.

S - Gently roasted malts and a hint of clean hoppiness. Notes of vanilla and hazelnut as well. Slight wet newspaper undertones. A wisp of chocolate.

T - Nothing strikes the tongue immediately off the bat, but a nice, clean, medium bodied maltiness finally steps forward in the middle. A nuttiness becomes apparent as the beer slips to the back, and a medium-dry hoppiness finishes out the mouthful. Decently balanced. Very clean tasting, like all of the Long Trail line. Gotta love the wonderful Vermont water.

M - Very watery and alive entering the mouth. Slight foaming that never really calms down. Fast, tingly finish. Could be a smoother swallow. Nothing special in the mouthfeel of this one.

D - Aside from the over-effervescent mouthfeel, the gentle and balanced tastes in this beer make it easy to drink up. A decent, but decidedly pedestrian offer from Long Trail.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Harvest. Nothing could be more appropriate right now than this brew, at the end of Summer 2005. Looking forward to reviewing this.

Appearance- As the style suggests, this is a red/amber ale. It pours exactly as such, crystal clear, with a beautiful two finger crown. A substantial sticky lacing follows, as the thin soapy mat rests on top. Very clean looking.

Smell- Mmm... an appetizing roasted malt character comes first, perfect for Fall... this is a different roastiness than the Oktoberfest biers this year. I'm guessing Vienna malts with a little Crystal for color. Aromas from the great outdoors come to mind.

Taste- Clean, pure taste with an exceptionally long finish. The malts are nutty and drying, and the hops come later with their delicate bitterness. Very well balanced, and I emphasize again how much this "tastes" like Fall. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth and just slightly prickly in the mouth, this one goes down too easily. The texture is so nice and easy, certainly not watery but not too beefy either. After finishing this bottle on nearly an empty stomach, there is absolutely no trace of the alcohol's effects, guaranteeing that this will be a session brew this fall. Another win for Long Trail. Cheers!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a light coating of head that falls to barely coat the brew. The nose is moderately buttery with a caramel base behind it. The flavor is also slightly buttery without a whole lot more going for it. The body is moderate with a light carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking brew, but I'm not overly keen on the flavors or aroma. IT might work better as a scottish. I expect at least some hop in a harvest ale.

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Photo of clvand0
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of caramel malts and some American hops with some butterscotch. The flavor has a lot to be desired. It's slightly drying and the flavor just isn't very interesting. There is some caramel malt and some hop character, but it just doesn't meld well and it doesn't have what I want to taste. The body is sligthly thin and the drinkability is ok.

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Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting concept as they harvest Long Trail ingredients, 17 malts and hops used in their other beers are combined for this one.
Pours a clear, deep mahogany, topped with a two finger foamy off-white head, leaves rings of lacing with webs connecting them.
Nice clear aroma, fruity with floral and bread notes.
A bit sweet, bread, flowers, biscuits and tea all come out in the taste, almost a cherry taste develops with warming.
Medium bodied and smooth, a real standout amoung the fall/oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of alexgash
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper-amber with a small, off-khaki head. Smells of toasted caramel malt, some nuttiness, slight maple syrup sweetness, and a small hop spice. Roasty-bitter hop twinkle of flavor up front. Toasted, caramelly malt mid-palate that grows breadier and sweeter into the yeasty, lightly bitter finish. Not bad. Light-medium body, with a crisp, dry feel. A nice session beer.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a reddish-amber, clear brew with a two finger foamy head that died down to a fair amount of lacing that diminished as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was of medium-bodied malts, overlaid with some nice bitter aromatic hops. Very nice.

The taste was of medium malts and bitter hops, and it was crisp and dry. A very good brew. Mouthfeel was a little watery, but overall it was nice.

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Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Harvest Ale:

Dark iced tea colored pour yields a nice head that settles down quickly to almost naught. Lots of flavor going on here…polygrain, polynut, and a spicy hop bite that carries it along throughout. Very quaffable fall seasonal that is always welcome…and a great brew to have around to introduce your more adventurous macro-swilling friends to the dark side.


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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Fresh date on label.
It pours a tan/cordovan with a smallish off-white head and some patchy and trailing lace.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malt and brown bread.
It's not as malty as one would expect after reading on the label about all the malts used in the brewing.
There's a light caramel sweetness and a taste of fresh marble rye, along with the essence of brown bread.
A sweet lime-like bitterness is matched by a taste of hard water and faint metallic tang.
This is a flavorful brew despite the fact that it is low in alcohol.
Nice stuff to quell spicy chili.

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Photo of drjones633
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours out with a good sized head for a bottled beer. The color is a dark amber with a slight copper tone. Lacings are present on the glass.

The taste is malty and very smooth. With its medium body and not to over powering bitters, this makesa very drinkable beer.

It has a flavor that reminds me of a cool morning in New England.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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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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 ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the deep copper brew. Head somewhat short-lived, but great lacing. Well-balanced aroma with caramel malts and mild hops character. Taste follows the nose, with a little less depth of malt character than I expected. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is great. A nice seasonal from the guys at Long Trail, worth getting if you see it.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a very sweet and fruity smelling malt aroma that refreshes. The taste is good. It has a sweet, yet slightly dry malty flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine harvest brew. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of biernuss
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly imported from Vermont, this ale pours a nice dark amber color with a nice thick head with nice lacing. The smell was nothing spectacular but the intial sip left a nice smokey taste. The flavor is very subtle and not overpowering in anyway. This ale is quite smooth and very drinkable.

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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 ColForbin
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long Trail Harvest Ale advertises itself as containing 17 varieties of malt and hops. I am sampling from a 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 8/13/04 (so the beer is about 2 weeks old).

Long Trail Harvest pours a clear deep amber with a thin white head. Several columns of fine bubbles rise throughout the beer. The aroma is bready and nutty, with a small amount of floral hops. Taste is mainly toasted, nutty malt, with perhaps some oats in there as well. It is slightly tart and slightly bitter. This beer is medium bodied, slightly slick, with fine, light carbonation and a bone-dry finish. This is a very refreshing, very drinkable session beer.

Using all of the malt and hops from their other beers is kind of a gimmick, but they pull it off.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, dark amber hue, under a shortish, off-white head.
Aroma:herbal and malty, not showing any hops, dry, and, well, interesting, in that it's relatively shy, but betrays certain character.
Taste: that dry malty profile continues through the flavor, never touching sweet, yet sometimes showing a fruity side, cherries, berries, and banana, even.
Medium to full bodied, with a decent finish that ends rather dryly, though the flavor still slingers. Hops were never detected in action here, as if banished from the proceedings.
All in all, a very intriguing brew, drinkable, enjoyable, but not my type at all.
Takes a little something extra.
Thanks to rabidawg for it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely done amber ale...pours a deep cherry wood....nose is caramel candy sweet...body is medium...mouthfeel slightly charged up...some real nice caramel flavors along with a decidedly nutty taste profile...hops provide a slightly spicy finish....some bitterness emerges on the long finish...

Not a super flavorfull beer....taste profile is subtle but nice....well done amber...there are better ambers around but this is solid....I don't think I would seek it out again though...

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Photo of littlebibs
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice seasonal beer, very drinkable, many hidden smokey
"jinx" like flavors, some slight butterscotch lingers on a dry aftertast, some floral tones, even tasted some berry in this inbetween it all, adds up to a memorable Fall "harvest"

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Photo of BigPapaLager
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice offering from Long Trail. Dark amber in color with decent head, receding slowly. Coming right at me are the spices and the hops. I want to open the window to let the October New England night air in here. I will drink this again as it is available all around here.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer cascades from the bottle in the form of a limpid dark copper color, the head is modest in size, bubbly in texture, and a light tan color, the lace is a covering sheet. Nice malt nose, caramel and fresh, sweet start with a rather thin top. Finish is crisply acidic; hops are resplendent in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste, and a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very similar to the bottled version, with a touch less diacetyl through the flavor. The butterscotch isn't so overwhelming. Pleasant toasty caramel maltiness, with mild herbal hopping in the finish. The beer still retains that signature Long Trail coarseness and grainy finish, but it's a bit better on tap.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 700 ratings.
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