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.
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.