Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of rich golden almond into our Great Lakes pint glasses. A solid two to three finger head billows up, composed of creamy, soapy sand colored bubbles, showing excellent retention as it boils away like a thick stew. Lacing is cratered and honeycombed. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be pervasively active. The aroma is biscuity and toasty, giving a forwardness to the pale, amber, rye, caramel, and deeper red malt notes. Balance comes in the form of piney, citric, and dirty earthen hop freshness, pencil lead, wet moss, sweet maple sugars, roasted red apple sweetness, tinny metallics, lemon tea tannins, phenolic plastics, and wheat bready yeastiness. Booze seeps out with warmth, with a suggest of nutmeg and gingerbread spiciness. Our first impression is that the hops explode in the flavoring, giving a massive bitterness of west coast power to start, with a sweeter transition through the finish, for a nice and clean sip. The taste begins with huge floral, piney, and bitterly earthen hops, burnt buttery diacetyls, bitter grassy sappiness, lemon and grapefruity rind, roasty caramel malt saltiness, sweet maple bark and apple crumble sugars, and wet aluminum. All the fruitiness of the beer is contained within the middle, with macerated strawberry, cherry, and blackberry twang, sweet booziness, white sugar, continued grainy wash of sticky caramels, hard plastics, piney hop blend, and burnt pale maltiness. The end comes with lighter maple sugars, tree sap, green herbal hops, strength of amber, rye, caramel, and red malt graininess, black pepper, spicy booziness, powdery pollen florals, and graham cracker sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of phenolic clove, black pepper spice, fusel ethanol, twiggy resins, green grassiness, melted plastics, crispy pale, metallic red malts, funky brie rind, hairspray bitters, raw honeys, woodsy mustiness, vinyl plastics, and overripe honeydew melon fruitiness. The body is thick and full, with carbonation landing in the medium column. Each sip gives great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. Pull is hard to the mustache, sucking you into the glass with as the wave recedes back. The mouth is initially left coated and sugary, but this quickly dives into tannic and chalky astringent dryness that touches every corner of the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks a bit slower than your average IPA, but still nicely.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavoring, which is helped along by that full and robust pull to the mouthfeel. We were actually disappointed on the first sniff of this one, as we felt the malts were somewhat overpowering to what we figured would be a bright hop-filled nose. The taste, on the other hand, brings a whole new perspective to it, as it should. The grain bill was wildly complex, sparring intensely with its unexpectedly bittered hoppy counterparts. Not sure why we were so surprised to have a bitter IPA from a classically west coast-centric brewery, but I guess the nose just got us thinking down an initially divergent path. This is one heavy, malty, and hoppy beer, and with all of the right components in eventual unison, most beer fans will find something they like about this guy. This, coupled with the Southern Hemisphere, is a really fun and tasty idea for a series, and they absolutely nail it.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 02:12:55 | More by TheBrewo
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