Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
24oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.
Appearance: Free pour yields a 2+ inch fluffy bonewhite head that dissipates steadily and rockily, leaving thick streaks of lacing. Pours a clear reddish orange and leaves streaks and spots of lacing everywhere.
Smell: Right away this beer puts its money where its mouth is. It promises ultra fresh, "wet" Cascade and Centennial hops, and delivers layer upon layer of hop aroma: piny, dank, citrus, candied tropical fruit; endless depth. Smells fresher and hoppier than actual hops.
You can't overstate how spot-on this smells for an American IPA. It's got numerous varieties of citrus smell (orange, tangerine, slight grapefruit), thick and pungent, almost vegetal. No booziness at all. Really just perfect.
Taste: Bitter, oily and resinous hops, piny and dank. Smooth and subtle malt backbone lets the hops shine. Hop flavor is mainly pine and pungency, with some slight vegetal (but not in a bad "brewing flaw" way; tastes like hops sometimes smell) and citrus flavors. Light crystal malt sweetness, and occasionally some breadiness in the finish, but usually just thick resinous hops and bitterness.
The flavor isn't as expansive as the aroma, but it is as potent. The 6.7% isn't apparent at all, though perhaps the high alcohol content is helping to heighten the impact of the hops.
This beer is direct and satisfying. Only hop lovers need apply.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Ample but unobtrusive carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Smooth, approaching both creamy and juicy but not really getting to either. Works really well with the flavor.
Overall: This beer provides an excellent hop fix. It would be worth running out to the store and buying fresh at $10/bottle, but I got this for $5 (AKA would be a $15 6pack or a $10 4pack), which obviously I would say is a great deal.
What is there to say about this beer? The label talks a big game about fresh ingredients, and makes like rushing these not-yet-dried hops to from Yakima, WA to Chico, CA to make this beer is a big deal. Then it delivers deep, powerful hop aroma and flavor exactly as advertised. If you like that sort of thing, you should be buying this beer.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2011 02:57:56 | More by Pahn
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