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Harvest | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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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 woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good session type beer. Pours a dark brown color with a lot of light coming through. Ruby highlights throughout. Tan head, average retention and some lacing.

Aroma and flavor of malt and a little toffee (or was that the maple syrup?). Fairly tasty and a little sweet. A little nutty flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I could drink a lot of this in a session. Not bad at all!!!!

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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 BWED
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Pretty deep brown, with some ruby highlights shining through the edges. Head is light brown and fairly dense. Retains at a quarter inch. A bit of lacing.

S- Roasty, and a little nutty.

T- Nutty flavor comes out more than in the smell. Still quite roasty, and just a little sweetness.

M- Medium-light body. Lighter than I was expecting. The finish has a roasty dryness. Fine carbonation.

O- I'd like just a little more body on this one, and the roast was a little too over the top. However, solid, and a great drink for a cool night.

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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 dacrza1
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: September 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint...OCCASION: O's bust open a 10-3 lead in Game One of the ALDS... APPEARANCE: intimidatingly dark mahogany body; swiftly descending off-white head; flat, inconsistent up top... AROMA: thick, intense, sweet syrupy punch that encompasses a beautifully smoky embrace; hickory also mates with flattened hops to approximate a brown ale/porter mash-up ... PALATE: weighty, rather flat cola mouthfeel; teeth must withstand some energy, but the warmth sits idly on the tongue--heavy.....TASTE: sweet and malty with the syrup and smoke mitigating a rather uneventful flavor; a bit of biscuit late, but not what the aroma promises... OVERALL: Autumnal, yes--but the allure of its scent doesn't measure up when sipped; low alcohol content makes it sessionable--with toffee and gritty malts, good for (a couple of) night caps....

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Photo of hophugger
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice deep brown color. Head is decent with minimal lacing. Aroma is light with some maple and malt sweetness coming through to tingle the nose. Interestingly enough, the malt sweetness and maple are not too overpowering like I would have expected. Nice balance with an ever so slight bitterness back. Sweet but not too sweet. Do I get a few hints of brown sugar, coffee?

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Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear and deep ruby-tinted brown. There a short-lived fizzy white head that still manages to leave some lacing. The aroma is malt-oriented, with some nice light dark fruit, a nice nutty quality. The taste is great, especially for a low ABV beer. It has a robust malt profile, with the nutty quality dominating, supported by some nice roasted undertones and a good earthy hops quality. The body has a nice weight a little carbonation. A great fall session ale.

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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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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 HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear; dark brown with ruby accents; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin ring; moderate lacing;

S: coffee; roasted malt;

T: a little muted up front; coffee and roasted grain come in quickly and stay through the finish; mild bitterness from mid-palate to the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; carbonation was on the prickly side;

O: a little thin, but nice flavor; would match well with a lot of food;

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Photo of illpass78
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola color with almost no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: This beer has a wheaty, almost rye-ish smell to it with a big malt presence up front.

Taste: This beer has an enjoyable, mild flavor, with lots of malt and a touch of syrup. It has that somewhat wheat or rye-like taste alluded to in the nose. I don't know if there's any wheat or rye in the grain bill, but the taste has notes reminiscent of it.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with a nice autumnal depth.

Overall: Pretty terrific autumn offering from Long Trail. I love the mild flavors and approachability of this beer. One of New England's better fall seasonals, for fans of brown ales with a little nuance.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +6%

12 oz.

Pours a deep, clear amber brown, slightly off-white film for a head that retains indefinitely.

Smells of rich caramel and buttered biscuit malt, slight coppery notes, and walnut.

Tastes of buttered biscuit malt with a hint of coppery sugar and some mild dry non-bitter hop.

Medium body with fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A decent enough brown with a nice flavor and average body. Nothing special, but nothing really to complain about and drinks very easy. Also very sessionable at its strength while remaining flavorable. Worth looking into and viable as a go-to brew for people looking for a darker session ale.

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Photo of HuskyHawk
4/5  rDev +9%

Tremendous low abv brown ale. Pours medium brown with a off white head. Great nutty, grape nut like flavors in this. But there are enough hops to provide a clean and dry finish. The smell is rich like fresh toast and cereal. This is super sessionable. I could drink this all day on a nice fall day.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 12/4

Pours bright dark amber, just a hint of light gets through. Malty nose, some caramel. Bready and nutty. Maple, malt taste, thin. Light carbonation. A little sweet, nice balance with the maple and the nut brown flavors. Good autumn beer, admittedly I waited too long to enjoy this year,

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Chestnut brown color with red highlights depending on the light. A quick fading, 1-finger head left some lacing as it shrunk to a film.

S- Full roasted malt profile. Sweet and bitter. Some light hops.

T- Lots of malt; caramel, toffee, roasted smokiness.

M- Clean sip and finish. Nice carbonation and feel. It's body belies its 4.4% abv.

O- I'll look for this again this season.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint glass. Label art shows Jake the bear taking a break from a hard day's work posing with his wife, Martha.

A: Brown and ruby colored. Small head. Good lacing.

S: Roasty and smokey.

T: Follows the nose. Nutty and packed with flavor. Can't believe the abv is 4.4%.

M: Medium bodied with a nice dry finish.

O: I know rating Long Trail beers lower is the cool thing to do but it's current rating is criminal. This is a quintessential Autumn beer and is disrespected. Delicious and perfect for the season.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Ricochet
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with little head and faint lace but sticky. See through ruby brown, almost like a cola. Blunt brown impression. This smelled like burnt grains and alcohol much in the way of some of the browns I've had.

Chewy, tasty, pub style in a bottle. Creamy slight vanilla wash, full taste. Not much to say other than, I'd get this one again. It's a standard brown.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a brown copper color with a one finger white head that fades rather fast. Upon fading it leaves only a very light level of lacing along with a rather persistent film on the top of the brew.

Smell – The nose is rather light. It consists mainly of a light caramel and bready aroma. Mixed with these are some aromas of a roasted nut and a light herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste with notes of roasted malt mixed within. As the taste advances from there, the roasted notes grow a bit stronger while a wave of caramel and light honey sweetness come to the tongue. The caramel soon starts to fade more toward the end with a nut taste entering the tongue. This when mixed with the roasted malt and bready flavors leaves a rather dry roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little below average in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both the body and the carbonation give it a crisper feel on the tongue, which while good for the drinkability is not so good for the roasted and caramel flavors.

Overall – An alright beer overall, but nothing to shout home about.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown in color with an off white head. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Roatsed malts, hops and carmel. Very faint sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, smooth but thick. Taste has some nutty quailities, malts, and carmel. Faint hops. The brewer claims that it is brewed with maple syrup, but I do not taste that fresh maple syrup taste(true syrup, not the sugared up store bought crap).

Overall: Decent brew, I belive that the nutty characteristics of the beer reflect the maple syrup, making for a more subtle flavor. I would have this one again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz. bottle no. 083112-2393. Sampled on October 3, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking medium to dark amber-mahogany brown with a thin but long lasting head.

The aroma is not extraordinary but it does bring out some light nutty characters with a clean, crisp hoppy note.

The body is medium and kind of smooth.

The taste has the slightest bite right away with a nutty, albeit soapy malt character at first that perks up a tad with the slow hop finish. Pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of BeerLover99
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny amber, trace khaki head, very little lacing

S: caramel, toffee, malt

T: caramel, nutty, malt, light semi-dry earthy finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry smooth mouth

O: Fine intro American Brown Ale, needs to be bumped
up in body and ABV. Prefer mine around 6 ABV.
Still would recommend to newbies.


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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
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