Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.
A – a hazy, deep, russet gold with a sand-colored two-finger head that lasted what seemed like an eternity. Epic lacing once the head dwindled, but at first the head held together too tightly to even leave any lacing at all. (A good thing)
S – Equal parts grassy west coast hops and doughy malt. Aroma nice and strong, but nothing to really knock the socks off.
T – Wow! Floral, resinous hop bite followed almost immediately by a huge blast of sweet, biscuit malt. Caramel flavor present in the malt as well. Some citrus/bitter fruit esters from the yeast. What’s amazing here is how well balanced everything is and how long that balance carries, which is all the way through the aftertaste. Finishes “wet”, with the slightest bit of alcohol heat coming through. Just stunning.
M – Full bodied to the point of bordering on “chewy”, with aggressive carbonation which accents the flavors perfectly. A slam dunk.
O – What a beer! Enough hops for hop heads, and enough malt and alcohol for lovers of “stronger” beers. Flavors, while not incredibly complex, are RICH. I might have a hard time enjoying boring one-note hop bombs with dry finishes after drinking this flavor and mouth feel giant. This is without a doubt my favorite IPA I have sampled. Will be a staple.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2012 00:20:55 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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