Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by smanders:
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I was very interested in sampling this ale as I have not tried New Zealand Motueka or New Zealand Southern Cross hops before. I was not disappointed. I only hope I can find the other two Harvest Series selections: Chico Estate and Wet Hop Harvest.
(A) - clear, caramel color. Thick head. Lots of effervescence.
(S) - lots o' hops, light, fruity, fresh.
(T) - smooth texture, spicy with a hint of citrus.
(M)l - almost creamy, not heavy. Halfway through the glass it still had a one finger head and was bubbling away.
(D) - High. A wonderful beer to enjoy after mowing the lawn or while watching a ballgame. Very refreshing.
This is a very nice American Pale Ale that I would like to share with friends if I could find it in a case. I'd also be interested in sampling it from the tap as I'm sure it would only improve the experience.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2008 21:23:39 | More by smanders
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3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy bright, golden-amber with a large, bubbly white head that eventually fades down a respectable, creamy cap. Tons of lacing left behind foreshadows the hoppiness of this ale.
S: This isn't insanely fresh on my end, with this particular bottle being about a month old, but the nose is still quite nice, albeit a little reserved in nature, I think. Some grapefruit up front and pine resin underneath. Malts aren't really prominent here.
T: Malt is more prominent on the palate than it was in the nose. An initial hint of bready sweetness is short-lived before it's pushed out of the way by a wave of grapefruit, closely followed by strong Earthy notes of pine resin, grass, and a strong spice that I can't quite decipher... just know that there's some spice going on here. Finish is fairly bitter, bordering pungent, but delightful.
M: Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful. A medium to medium-full body with an exuberant, yet controlled, carbonation. Velvety, but slightly sticky in the finish. Hop oils coat the tongue.
O: Even without being super-fresh, this beer was highly enjoyable and offered a wonderful, although contained, bouquet of hop flavors. Some caramel and pale malts offer just a hint of bready sweetness that keep this balanced and palatable. The mouthfeel was superb and kept this extremely drinkable. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for another great offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:50:22 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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