Sticking with the trend of non-Oktoberfest seasonals, tonight’s review is Souther Tier Harvest Ale. This one actually marks a couple of surprising firsts for BTB: my first review of an Extra Special Bitter (ESB) style beer, and my first review of a Southern Tier beer. An ESB is an English style of beer that is essentially a stronger Bitter that is marked by it’s balance of hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness.
Southern Tier Harvest Ale pours a crystal-clear burnt amber with 2 fingers of frothy, sticky head that leaves some spotty lacing on the way out. I really like Southern Tier’s packaging too. Modern and classy I would say, although it is lacking a bit in information. Citrusy hops burst out to meet me as I pour before I can even snap my pic. Further inspection reveals sharp grapefruity hops backed by solid bready malt. Very balanced in the taste, as you might expect from an ESB. A solid dose of those citrusy hops is worked in well with a sturdy, slightly toasty malt backbone. Hops leave a sharp bitter aftertaste that is not at all unpleasant. Mouthfeel is unremarkable in a good way. Medium body and moderate carbonation fits the style well.
Overall Southern Tier Harvest Ale is another fall seasonal that’s on the hoppy side, is very solid and very drinkable, and definitely worth picking up.
Look: 9/10 Smell: 9/10 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 9/10