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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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2,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 2848
Reviews: 1435
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of mmclaughlin38

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with a frothy, creamy 2 finger head. Great, citrus, hoppy aroma. Mild malty backbone. Well balanced and delicious. Very smooth, drinkable with a light mouthfeel. It's a dangerous 6.7%, but drinks easier. Overall, really pleased.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:13:33 | More by mmclaughlin38
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on draft at Three Penny Tap Room in Montpelier, VT.
Nice light amber color and 1.5 fingers of white head. Moderate lacing.
Aromas are floral hops, some sweetness and moderate dank grain.
Taste was delicious, very nice balance of bitterness and floral hops.
Mouthfeel was thin, slippery and quenching.
Overall, I was very much impressed by this IPA. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 00:55:41 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. sierra Nevada shaker.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is nice and hoppy and fresh! taste is just amazingly fresh and hoppy and good. very impressive! medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a great fresh hop IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 23:01:11 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Celtics17


4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice caramel-amber, foreshadowing a nice malt balance, with a tan head that leaves lots of lace. Really beautiful.

Smell is peppery, grassy, and citrusy. Lots of caramel maltiness in the smell

Taste has lots of grassy, grapefruity, earthy hops mixed perfectly with some sweet caramelly malt. The finish is clean, with only a little bit of lingering bitterness that doesn't stay long, and leaves you wanting another sip. A few more tastes leave me with a nut aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:48:59 | More by Celtics17
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a nice caramel-amber, foreshadowing a nice malt balance, with a tan head that leaves lots of lace. Really beautiful.

Smell is peppery, grassy, and citrusy. Lots of caramel maltiness in the smell, as well. It's really not a hop knockout, but it really smells delicious. Smells like balance.

Taste delivers on the balance. It's got lots of grassy, grapefruity, earthy hops mixed perfectly with some sweet caramelly malt. The finish is clean, with only a little bit of lingering bitterness that doesn't stay long, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is moderate - perfect and expected for the style.

Overall, it's a really great, balanced hoppy beer. It's definitely hop-forward, but not at all a hop-bomb, which is refreshing. Overall, the hops are almost evenly balanced by the malts, and the hops only barely win out on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:31:52 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- a dark amber with a white frothy head that stands firm throughout.

Smell- very earthy/piney with some citrus...faint smell of alcohol in the background.

Taste- kicks out with a strong orangey/grapefruit taste, which is then immediately kicked back by a malty finish that leaves an extremely bounced taste.

Mouthfeel- this beer's mouthfeel is the perfect combination of creamy silkiness with refreshing juiciness that I search for in my IPAs. Wish my mouth always felt like this.

Overall- This is a beer that defines the word "balance" when it comes to the American IPA. Although this is made by Sierra Nevada, you definitely can not call it a West Coast-style IPA, so hop heads should not go to this beer looking for their "hop-fix". This is a very good beer that I would definitely like to find a few more of while I can.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:55:25 | More by TYLY22
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear ruby red color with a huge white head. It looks almost like a cranberry juice.

The aroma has sweet grapefruit, orange peel, tons of sweet caramel malt and breadiness, along with lots of pine, grassy note, very green.

The flavor follows a hint of orange and grapefruit peel in the front, and then it rolls onto a sugary caramel sweetness. It's quite chewy and really gives the beer tons of body. It then smacks with a deep rich green pine, resin, slight earthiness. It lingers for a while, but it's great that the sweetness hits before it to balance it slightly.

This beer is basically a red IPA/amber ale. Still extremely drinkable and simple, but hoppy and tasty (and cheap at $4.50 for a bomber).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:30:04 | More by dar482
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North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish amber with a nice big foamy white head.

The smell is citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is slightly bitter, with some spicy flavors, followed by some earthy grassy hops. The tongue is coated with a bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is very wet.

A decent IPA, was expecting a bit more though.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:36:42 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Flounder57


4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Piney, grassy, citrusy, bready, caramel , citrusy, and floral.

Taste: You pick up more grapefruit and tangerine in the taste to go with the bready, pale, and caramel malts. Nice hoppy pine and fresh grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a nice mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Nothing better than an IPA with fresh hops. Very delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:36:11 | More by Flounder57
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New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Settles into a frothy cap. Good lacing. Not the hop bomb I thought it would be. Faint citrus, pine, grassiness and hints of malt on the nose. Bitter hop notes throughout the palate with spiciness mid-palate that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted fresh-hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:17:19 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Ysgard


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Immediately notice its darker than most good IPAs these days. Laces nicely, better than average.

A solid citrus aroma and a burnt toffee aroma. A touch of biscuit.

A specifically crystal malt flavor, really subtle yet very at odds with fresh hoppiness. Overrode and muddled the aromatic hops. The overall bitterness profile however was really nice. It might just be me that really can't do hops with crystal malt anymore, so dirty tasting.

The mouthfeel was incredibly silky smooth and drinkable with a reasonable 1/2" head without really babying the pour.

I can't complain that this was a bad beer, its so much nicer than many. Just hate that dark caramel flavor when I expect grassy bright hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:06:05 | More by Ysgard
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District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice.

Unremarkable. An above average brew that I will not seek out again.

A – Pours a clear dark amber with a one-finger off-white rocky head. Very nice lacing.

S – Some piney aroma but generally lacking.

T – Malty with resin-like bitterness, but not a hop bomb. A very herbal tasting IPA.

MF – Crisp, medium bodied with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:27:42 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of BigCheese


3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I ran a marathon today so I rewarded myself with the rare bomber

A: Bright red copper. Clear Unfiltered. Big white head. Head thins out quick. Does leave some decent lacing.

S: Some earthy hops, floral and spicey, some english red malts in scent, toffee.Not overly pungent.

T: Spicey, earthy, hops up front. Nice toasted biscuit malt character. Its balanced. Totally not what I was expecting. Finish is slightly piney, mostly floral and earthy hops, resin flavors too. As it warms it gets a bit more grapefruit-y. Much more flavorful than nose. Clean, no yeast.

M: Nice full body, medium carbonation, good chew. Very flavorful sessionable brew.

O: Not what I was expecting. Kind of like a red ipa or a rye. Taste is more cascade than centennial I'd say. Well balanced, and very tastey brew. More of a beer drinkers beer than a hop heads beer. Which is good if youre going solo on a bomber. The price is right. Its kinda the ultimate session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:18:17 | More by BigCheese
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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a clear amber/ruby color. There was a generous head which retained for a reasonable amount of time, giving way to a thin film which left inconsistent but pleasant lacing on the side of the glass. The color on this is fantastic. I love the ruby hints.

S - What you would expect from a fresh west coast IPA, although not as strong. I really had to dig a little to pick up the tropical fruit. I was looking for pine, so what little I detected may have been mental.

T - This surprised me, and not in a great way. I expected flavors to pop out at me. Instead the pine and citrus flavors that I expected based on the smell were subtle and understated. The bitterness and earthiness that are not my favorite qualities in an IPA dominated. Tasted more East Coast to me - almost a dead ringer for Finest Kind.

M - Very nice.

O - What can I say, my expectations were very high and this one threw me a curveball. Not a bad beer by any means, but not special in my eyes. Looking forward to the spring (as I always do) to try out the Southern Hemisphere.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:18:12 | More by Andrew041180
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

N Hemisphere is a clear, red/amber color. Pours a small, dense and creamy tan head that has okay retention and leaves heavy lacing.Has a overall faint smell consisting of bread and dank/resinous hops.

Taste starts with prickly resinous hops, then a lot of dankness, with a bitter orange/bread/lemon finish, bready/resinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light, feels thin and watery, with high carbonation.

Actually kinda dissapointed with this one, to mouthfeel is just SOOOO thin it really takes away from the beer in my opinion, theres also not too much overall aroma which I think SN usually does a good job with both.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:38:42 | More by JG-90
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/24. Consumed on 10/25.

A - Visually appealing. Red with a slight orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white/beige billowy head. Head decreased but did not dissipate. Strong carbonation. Left defined band of lacing on sides of glass.

S - Mildly fragrant. Black tea, apple, and a slight hint of tropical fruit.

T - Somewhat complex flavor palate, but lacking in intensity. Black tea, rye, lemon, tobacco, and spice. Somewhat stronger backbone for an malt IPA. Lasting tart bitterness.

M - Very nice. Carbonation appropriate and enhances beer. Nice tingle in mouth and luxurious foaming. Beer is filling though.

O - In a blind taste test, I would not call this an IPA... perhaps a cross between a Rye and a Pale Ale. Somewhat boring. Not unpleasant in any way, but the smell and taste which I consider most important are not wholly remarkable. Cheers to those who think highly of this beer, but I will not repeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:40:02 | More by Duane_Opfer
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New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip glass, half a bottle at a time.

Beautiful appearance. Slightly hazy and reddish brown in color. Massive, pillowy, fluffy, off-white head on this one. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass. The head just sits in top of the beer throughout the duration of it. Love it!

Pleasant aroma, not overpowering. Grassy, floral, and resinous hops. Bitter taste that coats the whole mouth, but well balanced with a smooth caramel backbone.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Goes down way too easily.

Overall, this is an expertly crafted beer with a simple concept. I love everything about it... the shorter, fatter, 24 oz bottle as opposed to your typical 22 oz bomber, great label art, fresh hops with great malt balance, and excellent drinkability. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:59:26 | More by Jacobob10
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a golden copper color…Nicely transparent, a very clean looking brew with little bubble action inside…head is full of tiny bubbles and is about a pinky finger thick…it’s an off white color…a nice, polished looking brew…(4/5)

Smell: Hmm…I’m first getting some piney bite, with a bit of peppery/rye…there’s a definite sharpness to this brew…malts are earthy and lightly pale/sweet…the more I smell, the stronger the hoppy influence on my nose is…it’s not overly bitter, though I’m detecting some solid grassy/earthy tones…there’s also a light perfuminess happening here…nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmm (again)…this thing is very yummy! Piney, earthy, grassy bite and bitterness right off the bat, followed closely by a earthy/peppery/rye malt…very well balanced…thankfully it’s not overly grassy as the nose predicts, it’s definitely dry hopped…rich, creamy flavor…a very drinkable brew…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…carbonation is low to medium…it does fluff up bringing some piney bite and grassy bitterness to the palate…mildly creamy and rich, this brew settles on the palate fantastically…there’s a bitterness that stays into the after taste, but it’s by no means a palate wrecker…leaves me wanting more…(4/5)

Overall: Yum! This is a great brew…I love drinking fresh, hoppy beer and this definitely meets those two categories…Sierra Nevada is so smart for making a seasonal brew comprised of Northern Hemisphere grown hops…very balanced and full of flavorful, yet not overly bitter hops…I wish this came in a six pack, ‘cause I’d scoop one up in a heart beat…as it is, a bomber or two of this brew is well worth the purchase…perfect for hanging out with friends or chillin’ on the couch, Sierra Nevada strikes again! (4.25/5)


Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:12:50 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of laglocal


4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass (24oz bomber)

A: Slightly amberish for a pale, this poured a great white/off white head that retained then dissipated slowly leaving elegant lacing down the glass. The quality of hops is evident.

S: Hops forward with a bit of grain. Maybe just a hint of malt.

T: Just delicious. Hops are obviously the centerpoint of this brew but the malt is there, and this beer is extremely balanced and delicious. Almost a creamy aspect to it, which is not how I ever thought I would describe a pale. Drinkable as all hell but worth savoring, I have already mentally committed to going back to get more of this.

M: Excellent carbonation, could literally drink this all day. Finish lingers and hops build in your palate gradually as you work your way through this gorgeous tasty brew

Overally, this is truly one of the best hop experiences I have had, maybe its placebo but there is something just so damn delicious about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:02:12 | More by laglocal
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been aching to try this since I first heard it would be coming out. Enjoyed Southern Hemisphere a lot. But it was not out for very long, I assume because the delivery of fresh New Zealand hops used to make it was limited. This one is made with brand spankin' new Cali hops allegedly less than a day off the vine!

Bottled on day 267 of 2013. Thanks for the math challenge SN. Let's see, 30 days hath September...Why not just put the friggin' date on there? After a couple of minutes of mental calculations, during which x number of my brain cells probably died from the strain (if not, they were made stronger, right?) I am thinking it's somewhere around Sept. 24th. Now it's time to kill a few more cells with alcohol. At least they will die with smiles on their little celly faces.

Poured from the 24 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Beautiful deep clear amber, topped by an enormous frothy offwhite head which dissipated very slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate pine.

t: Hops forward but not powerfully so at first, they kind of creep up on you, and then the bitterness lingers not just on the tongue but all over the mouth. Definitely picking up grassiness from the wet hops after a few sips. The lingering bitterness gives the sense of a higher alcohol level than is really the case.

m: Light to moderate, sexy silky smooth.

o: A very drinkable brew and an interesting flavor experience. I will be looking for more of this. Normally I might not enjoy the vegetal tinge to the taste, but it is modest here, and makes you think you might actually be drinking something healthy. Plus you get a lot of palate clout for the money. Seems near perfect for an autumn beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 03:02:52 | More by scotorum
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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang tulip.

The lacing on this beer is fantastic! If Picasso worked in head foam, it would look like this. It has an excellent citrus and hop aroma almost as if you are at the farm itself. A light, semi-airy mouth feel makes this American IPA extraordinary. Sierra Nevada hit a homerun with this one and I would prefer this one over its Southern hemisphere counterpart. I will.definitely go buy 1or 2 more bottles before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:05:42 | More by tbryan5
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass: first wet hop IPA of the season for myself.

A: Gorgeous clear amber with excellent lacing and a wonderful head with nice retention.

S: Not too strong of a smell unfortunately but from what I can get, I like. Smell is floral and citrusy.

T: Floral, Piney, grassy, some citrus and spicy. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium bodied a bit creamy yet crisp. Incredibly smooth.

O: One hell of a good IPA. I prefer this over southern hemisphere. A must try at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:27:42 | More by Givemebeer
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into pint.

Appearance- Copper, pretty clear, nice white head good lacing.

Aroma- Fresh pine, herbal, very different type of hop smell but the hops are dominate. Its woodsy and earthy as well with a caramel malt backbone.

Taste- Pine, grass, woods, its like a forest in the the best way. good firm bitterenss but balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium bodies, good carbonation.

Overall- First time trying and its great. So fresh and so tasty. Gonna look forward to this from now on.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 05:08:28 | More by LI_PO12
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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a nice deep copper color with think head.

S: Earthy hops are what i get more than anything. Big delicious hops.

T: The taste follows right along with the smell. It delivers big bright grapefruit/piney hop flavor without being overpoweringly bitter. Decently complex, great malt counterpoint to the hops. Sweet caramel and some honey at the very end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Another great one from Sierra Nevada. This beer delivers for those wanting big hop flavor but is so well balanced and supremely drinkable. This one ranks up there with my favorite IPA's of the year.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:27:09 | More by Thezapper
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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up more than half head and looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is an off-white with hints of yellow and beige while the body is a medium amber which looks a pale to medium amber in the light. While this beer is slow to dissipate, there is already substantial lacing.

Nose- Starts off with lots of pine (but not a harsh pine, a very warm pine) that moves into slight citrus notes with grapefruit being at the forefront. Light notes of orange and lemon interject themselves to form a very sunny and inviting aroma. This bodes well for this particular Sierra Nevada beer. Some hints of tropical fruit but nothing defined. Maybe papaya. Bottle seems to display some caramel and honey.

Taste- This is a flood of all kinds of hops with pine and resin pushing to the front. This is evened out with a good amount of caramel and malt in the middle while flavors of grapefruit, some tropical notes, and other citrus notes hang around the edges. Definite spice from the obviously fresh hops. A little sticky, a little bitter but this is to be expected. However, all of this is incredibly well rounded and the spice finish seems to wrap it all up into a nice, complete package. There is a bit of linger but it speaks of clean evergreen forests and does not annoy me like many pine heavy beers. The matchstick is minor- which I think is key. Some might say the presence is lacking but this is one tasty beer that seems to have no faults. Very good and a solid beer- can't believe it's taken me so long to try it. The mix of resin and caramel really defines this beer and smooths out the finish which veers toward pine and matchstick. Definitely better than Southern Hemisphere overall but lacks the presence of that beer.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a slight note of syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitive Sierra Nevada- incredibly easygoing. Great price for a fresh hop beer as well.

Overall- Very good to almost great beer. It doesn't amaze but wins one over with its simplicity and great balance. A must try, especially if you like fresh hop IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:46:21 | More by artoolemomo
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