Harvest Ale

New York
United States
Harvest Ale Southern Tier Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Southern Tier's celebration of the change of the seasons, a deeply comforting ale to usher in the sunset as the evenings get cooler. In salutation to that special moment in time when the year's harvest is a gracious cornucopia before us, we take a combination of English hops, cracked barley, and hard work to brew a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Let Harvest's deep ruby color take you away to a bright autumn mountainside where a warm sweater, a good beer, and the gratitude for the seasons are all you need.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty with venison, stews, aged cheeses, macaroni and cheese, roasted game.

Profile

ABV: 
6.7%
IBUs: 
65
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Southern Tier heralds autumn with its annual release of Harvest Ale, a decidedly American take on the British classic – Extra Special Bitter. Southern Tier has never been bashful when it comes to hops and this beer is no exception. The nose brims with notes of pine, orange peel and hints of pineapple, yet some malt manages to fight its way through. Pete enjoyed the substantial orange zest and pineapple, but thought the toasty and light caramel corn-like malt helped tame the dominating hop aromas. Crowned by a dense, creamy white head, Harvest pours a brilliantly clear, deep golden that Lee likened to “sparkly, honeyed nectar.” Not unexpectedly, hop bitterness and flavor are up front, yet there is plenty of malt to keep things in balance. Tim was taken by the marriage of caramel, fresh baked bread and lime zest. He deemed the beer crisp and refreshing though it packs a hefty 6.7 percent ABV. In Harvest Ale, the folks at Southern Tier have yet another winner in their impressive lineup. Whether you prefer a “traditional” British Extra Special Bitter or your tastes lean toward the more assertive American upstarts, make it a point to seek this one out. As the weather cools and days start to shorten, this beer should be a mainstay in any properly-stocked beer fridge.