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Harvest – Southern Tier Brewing

 

 

It’s that time of the year again!  Football is in full swing, pumpkin beers have been released, and here in Southern Louisiana, we’re finally down to the low 80’s!  We don’t really have a fall, everything is mostly green year round, but hey… I can grab a fall seasonal ale and pretend!

This year I was in a funk after trying several fall seasonal ales.  I just couldn’t find one that fit what I was looking for, until I picked up a six pack of Southern Tier’s Harvest Ale!  Harvest is an ESB (Extra Special Bitter – bitter is an english term for pale ale.)  I think one thing I really like about this beer is that it’s not your typical fall ale.  It’s neither a pumpkin ale, nor is it an Oktoberfest, but they’ve taken one of my favorite styles, the pale ale, and turned it into a great fall seasonal.

From the Brewery:

Our 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 years 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 Harvests 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.

AVAILABILITY: Release begins in September

Harvest pours a very clear light copper color,  with sparkling orange highlights. It’s topped by an appealing layer of  white head with nice lacing.

The aroma presents itself as a very well balanced mix of malt and hops. Some subtle citrus, along with notes of piney hops combine nicely with a bit of sweetness from the malts.  There’s a robust caramel malt body in there as well, and a nice hint of spice.

Harvest has a very pleasing taste, it’s a balancing showcase between the caramel roasted malts and the piny earthy hops.  Harvest hits you up front with IPA like hops, and ends very dry with a clean bitterness.

Harvest has a medium mouthfeel, with fairly aggressive carbonation, and a very dry, but pleasant finish.

 
  It’s that time of the year again!  Football is in full swing, pumpkin beers have been released, and here in Southern Louisiana, we’re finally down to the low 80’s!  We don’t really have a fall, everything is mostly green year round, but hey… I can grab a fall seasonal ale and pretend! This year I was in a funk after trying several fall seasonal ales.  I just couldn’t find one that fit what I was looking for, until I picked up a six pack of Southern Tier’s Harvest Ale!  Harvest is an ESB (Extra Special Bitter – bitter is an english term for pale ale.)  I think one thing I really like about this beer is that it’s not your typical fall ale.  It’s neither a pumpkin ale, nor is it an Oktoberfest, but they’ve taken one of my favorite styles, the pale ale, and turned it into a great fall seasonal.

From the Brewery: Our 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 years 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 Harvests 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. AVAILABILITY: Release begins in September

Harvest pours a very clear light copper color,  with sparkling orange highlights. It’s topped by an appealing layer of  white head with nice lacing. The aroma presents itself as a very well balanced mix of malt and hops. Some subtle citrus, along with notes of piney hops combine nicely with a bit of sweetness from the malts.  There’s a robust caramel malt body in there as well, and a nice hint of spice. Harvest has a very pleasing taste, it’s a balancing showcase between the caramel roasted malts and the piny earthy hops.  Harvest hits you up front with IPA like hops, and ends very dry with a clean bitterness. Harvest has a medium mouthfeel, with fairly aggressive carbonation, and a very dry, but pleasant finish.

Harvest


Appearance – 82%


Smell – 85%


Taste – 90%


Mouthfeel – 89%



87%

Excellent!

Harvest is a very drinkable, well balanced ESB. It’s hoppy up front, and has a very clean, dry finish on the back end. One of my favorite Fall seasonal beers for sure, be sure to give it a try if you get the chance!

User Rating: 4.59 ( 2 votes)

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