Harvest | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States | website

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 andrewinski1
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark amber/brown. There is a short lived head that is light tan.

The aroma has nice brown sugar and molasses with some vegetable hop aroma as well. Some bread crust is noted also. This is very welcoming for a brown ale.

The taste starts out with a mild malt/grassy hop blend. The start is about an even balance, this turns into a nice caramelly/bread dough finish that hints at sweetness while still being dry.

This is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is soft. I like this one. It's nothing special, but I'm apt to buy it again as it is a solid brown ale from a solid brewery at a reasonable price.

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

Harvest opens with a yeasty, malty aroma, like rising wheat dough and toast crust, but with layers of delicate sugars dancing on the surface, including tender pink grapefruit, light rose petal, fig, pear, and just a touch of maple syrup. A more solid orange and apricot layer rises just above this, but by and large the bready grain flavors take center stage, reminiscent of wheat fields after a rainstorm. As a whole the nose is good, but slightly light on sugars, and for a beer brewed with maple syrup, the actual maple syrup notes are very light--light enough that I'm not sure I would have known they were there, were it not printed on the label, and would have attributed the aromas to brown sugar.

On the tongue, Harvest opens with a grain-based movement, being full of wheat stalks, whole wheat toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette. The sugars come in later, and while they do bring some sweetness to the brew in the form of brown sugars, light vanilla, some caramel, and the faintest hint of maple syrup, the grains still win out handily. In fact, there's even a slight tobacco layer near the bottom of the figurative well, and this alone creates more attention than the maple syrup. The aftertaste does bear a few more berry notes, as well as wheat stalks and brown sugars, and lingers for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, I like this as a friendly and accessible summer beer, being lighter on flavors without sacrificing nuance. However, for a Fall beer (Harvest only being brewed September to November), I would like a bit more sugary punch to accompany the already-present and excellent layer of grains and breads.

There's obviously a large difference between the reviews of this beer posted by regular users and those posted by The Bros. According to the one Bro review, the reviewed bottle apparently contained "A blurb about using 17 different malt and hop varieties." However, a quick check of Long Trail's website reveals only five malt and hop varieties: Two-Row, Wheat, Amber, Nugget, and Mt. Hood. I'm not sure if the recipe changed, or if a review was posted incorrectly.

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Photo of obywan59
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear brown to orange-brown with a light tan 3 finger head that leaves good lacing.

Nutty aromas of roasted malt and coffee.

Seemed lightly tart at first, but was balanced by sweet malt after it settled down. Toasted malt and coffee flavor with light bitterness.

Light bodied with light peppery feel and a bit of warmth in the throat.

Nicely done. Should be a crowd pleaser. Normally I prefer more substantial beers, but this is a nice change of pace. It would make a good session beer.

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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 JRed
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent brown with white head that fades. Aroma of toffee, light brown sugar, and slight nutty. Tastes of toffee, light brown sugar, subtle cola, and light cinnamon, nutty and caramel towards the finish. Medium carbonation with light body.

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Photo of bloomlax33
5/5  rDev +36.6%
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 BeefyMee
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful rusted brown color. Bright and clear. Weak head, couldn't force more than a finger out of it.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee. Some buttery grains as well.

T: Predominantly sweet but with just enough roastiness to keep it from being cloying. Minimal hop presence. Like a biscuit covered in brown sugar.

M: Pretty freakin awesome. Chewy and lively with no unwanted residue left on the palate.

The always solid Long Trail makes a great fall seasonal here.

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Photo of BigBry
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at D'Arcy McGee's, in Buffalo. I wish wait staff would offer the local draft choices when asked for a tap list (I can see the Bud/Bud Light tap handles - I am looking for something different).
Poured a reddish brown color, with a small off white head. Head quickly dissipates, no real lacing.
Smell is on the sweet side, mostly caramel and some light note of coffee. Some toasted nuttiness.
Brown sugar, caramel malt. Sweet flavor and mouthfeel.
A bit lighter in all aspects (color, flavor, body) than expected from a Brown Ale. Still enjoyable though.

Note to Self: Ranked #42 of 150 Top English Brown Ales when I tried it

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep ruby, clear, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Some spices, roasted malt and a little bit of caramel, some nuts.

T-Nice mix of roasted malt and spices. Decent nuttiness in there. Some bitterness is present as well.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation a little heavy for a Brown Ale.

O-I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn't going in expecting much and found the beer enjoyable. Wont say I'd get it again but was worth a try.

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Photo of vande
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
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 JustinAniello
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with a thick head. Subsides to a light lacing.

S - Roasted malts take up the forefront with floral notes. Toffee lingers in the background. A subtle sweetness also comes to the nose.

T - Toffee and malts is first in the taste. coffee rounds out the end. The mild sweetness from the aroma comes in nicely in the flavor.

M - Light with while feeling slightly fizzy. Feels crisp, nice for the style.

O - Pretty decent beer, could use a little less carbonation and heavier flavor. Pretty good fall beer though.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red body with a foamy white head.

Smell is dominated by malt with hints of floral hops, toffee, caramel and a bit bready.

Taste is on par with the aroma, very strong malt presence with hints of toffee, caramel, floral hops and some citrus fruit, maybe grapefruit. Very smooth and a small bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, almost light bodied and nicely carbonated. Very crisp, clean and goes down very smooth.

Overall a very smooth and drinkable beer. Taste is very well balanced and isn't very filling. Another solid beer from long trail. Highly recommended to malt lovers.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a crystal mug, the beer had a clear brown color with a weak off white head about one finger high. It dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell is of malt, maple syrup , bread.
Tasting the beer the flavors are pretty much representing the smell, no surprises.
Overall a more medium to light bodied beer, very drinkable, but not much out of the ordinary. Good brew!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark clear brown color with a thin layer of white head.

Toasty malts and a bit of hazelnut in the aroma. Rich with hints of toffee in the background and a little bit of dry cocoa. The flavor is a lot like the aroma would indicate. Nutty with toasty malts and hints of bitter cocoa.

The body is light with good carbonation. Overall this is probably the star of the variety pack right now. Not to say any of the others are bad.

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Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown color. Ruby red hues come through when you hold it up to the light. The half inch cream colored head settled to almost nothing after only a minute or two. Little to no lacing left behind as it's consumed.

Pretty mild aroma of amber malts and a touch of roasted almonds. Not getting much in the way of the maple syrup.

Nice toasted malt flavor up front, but it fades rather quickly. This beer taste a bit better as it warms, but I'm still left wanting a bit more.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to low carbonation.

Not bad overall, but it's a bit too tame for a fall beer IMO.

Morey's Bottom Line: I'd happily sip on this again, but the money won't be coming out of my wallet, as there are many superior options as far as Fall seasonals go. I'd like to see a little more in the way of maple syrup in the one.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.43/5  rDev -33.6%
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 B967ierhunter177
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, Coke brown with bold orange in the light. No head or lacing. The aroma is nuts with dark roasted malt. The flavor has notes of burnt toast, nuts, and a hint of root beer leading to a roasted nut finish. The mouthfeel is light. Long Trail Harvest is a good beer, perfect for a fall evening. Recommended.

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Photo of beyah
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep reddish brown with slight head and long lasting lacing

Smell - Toasted malt a slight bit of maple syrup and floral hops.

Taste - Medium body, light carbonation. Nutty, toasted malt, maple and very restrained floral hops, almost a bit too sweet finish for my taste.

Mouthfeel - A bit confusing, slick but not hardly any carbonation, similar to a glass of milk.
I am a big fan of Long Trail, Double Bag, Ale and IPA, while this beer is good it is not in the same league.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a variety pack at my local liqueur store.

Appearance: reddish, brown coloring with a nice clarity to it. The head of the beer was an off white and dissipated quickly, however it did leave a white ring on the edge of the beer that stayed around.

Taste: The main players in the beer were the Barley and roasted malts, they brought a nice nutty flavor to the beer. The hops was not evident in the beer, and the maple syrup brought a nice mild caramel noted to the beer.

It is very drinkable

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Photo of tzieser
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 7/21/11.

a: clear dark mahogany color with a thick beige white head that sticks to the glass.

s: sweet malty smell. notes of biscuits/bread and caramel. no hops detected.

t: great malt flavor. sweet caramel malts with noticeable bread flavor. a tad bit of grassy hops are there that add a soft bitterness. maple syrup flavor is extremely subtle and almost unnoticeable. well balanced and highly drinkabile. is this a new addition to the recipe? i don't remember it saying "brown ale brewed with maple syrup" before.

m: smooth mouthfeel;

i buy this beer every season and i'm never let down. this is one well balanced brown ale! recommended.

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

Deep reddish-brown color. Nutty, slightly smoky nose that also has a hint of the maple syrup used... this beer really smells like autumn to me. Crisp, well-balanced taste, dominated by fresh malt. A very sessionable beer that has some complexity to it. No fireworks, but this is really pleasant stuff for a fall day.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight white head, nice lacing down the glass. Dark, deep rich, colour. Nutty on the palate, almondy mouthfeel. Only problem is, a bit watery. Body a bit thin, but you can drink a bunch of these in one sitting. Very smooth, nothing offensive. Crisp and brisk. A good fall beer, would be even better with some hazelnuts! Nothing to shy away from, but nothing overly special, either. I think, however, pretty good stab at the style.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass on 8/14/11 this yields a crimson brownish color under a well kept white head. A moderate aroma carries notes of sweet toasted nut malt and perhaps a bit of vanilla cream or lactate. A crisp and mild toasted malt background quenches the palate with notes of mild coffee, roasted nut, and toffee. A very drinkable brown ale that really does express its flavors best nearest a cellar temperature.

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Photo of fdw3
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a white head that retains moderately well. Smells of roasted malt with plenty of bread; very little hop aroma. Taste is earthy and of roasted malts, but is surprisingly weak. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected with carbonation being low.

Lighter than most brown ales and less flavorful, but would be pretty refreshing when you aren't craving something real complex. I typically like more flavor than this and, in comparison to other brown ales, it feels a little underwhelming overall.

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Harvest from Long Trail Brewing Co.
3.66 out of 5 based on 693 ratings.
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