Harvest AleNovember 1, 2011 Lakewood, NY
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Available: AK, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, WA, WI, VT
The Southern Tier Brewing Company has been producing Harvest Ale as its autumn seasonal release since 2003. Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order… in fact, we throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick.
Original gravity: 1058
Straw color with a lively head of foam and a big floral hop nose with oatmeal biscuits and tart orange fruit. The citrus fruit builds in the mouth, with bitter hops and juicy malt. The long, quenching finish offers more ripe orange fruit, a powerful, resinous hop bitterness and succulent grain. A fine, refreshing beer.
- Roger Protz
The beer looks nice—a bright honey-colored liquid under a thin, lacy cap of foam. The aroma is alluringly hoppy, with vibrant lime and gooseberry notes. The bitterness is relatively gentle but very precise, a good foil for the flinty dry malt center. The beer rides that mineral quality out to a clean finish. This is a very tasty pale ale with an elegant, drinkable structure. Make yourself a shrimp quesadilla and don’t stint on the chilies.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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