EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER (ESB)
Southern Tier "Harvest"
Although Southern Tier bills it as an English-style Extra Special Bitter, this ale out of Lakewood, New York, shouts out its American pedigree through its not-so-subtle hop dominance. It pours a fall-themed orange color with aromas of hoppy grapefruit, resinous pine and caramel, with enough of a solid malt backbone to allow the hops to melt into the malt. While Harvest Ale may be bigger than most ESBs, it's still an easy-drinking session beer, with a bonus of hop notes lingering well after the sip.