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Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest AleSierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jmoore50 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 304
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark copper amber color with a full fast rising thick off white head. Smells like a veracious blend of hops and malts. The malt tones come through in a rich way. I remember drinking this when it first came out and had much more hop dominance. Now there is a beautiful blend between the two. I am very glad I had one a bit ago and again now. I can really tell the difference a couple moths can make in the hops. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - This one is a nice, orangish-brown in color with a beautiful off-white head that showed great retention and left lacing on the inside of the glass. The foam finally settled in little pits on top of the liquid which was very cool-looking.

Smell - The hops are sharp but balanced here at the smell and the malt is rich and filled with caramel notes. Together they work in perfect harmony together. There's a lot of earthy greenish kind of smells too which gives this an old-fashioned kind of aroma.

Tasty - This really does have an earthy, wholesome quality. It's greener even then I thought from the nose and the hops find their way rightly to the taste. It's very hop-forward but shows a high-class malt base to support the big floral flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied ale with a surprisingly bitter character throughout. The carbonation is modest and not tingly.

Drinkability - You really feel like you are drinking a quality, hand-crafted beer when sipping on this wonderful ale. I'm a big fan of SN anyway but now I'm really sold.

Note: I very much enjoy fresh produce and natural, ugami-esque flavors. I can easily see how someone would not be as appreciative of this ale if it's not your thing but for me I just loved it.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange-amber with a thick white head.

S- Earthy, leafy hops, pomegranite, pear, red apple skins.

T- Cranberry and pomegranite fruitiness, and resinous hop quality. Well balanced with just the right bitter kick into the finish.

M- Great carbonation, medium body.

D- A wonderful beer, my favorite of the harvest ales series. Shame it's overpriced.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bottle in a pint glass. Amber color, thick off-white head, tons of lacing. Mostly a floral aroma, tiny bit of citrus. Both pine and grapefruit taste, fairly substantial malt. Chewy and filling. Nice beer, one that would always satisfy my IPA yearnings

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz brown bottle with 2009 on the label.

Faint haze on this ruddy amber colored brew, good head retention as expected. Light floral, citrusy and herbal hops aroma. Some mild esters and bready malt in the nose as well. Big rolling smoothness off of the medium body, a little crisp bite there as well. Alcohol is noticeable throughout, mild but a little estery and definitely warming. Hops come across a little coarse with some citric rind and pine which both linger in the after taste. Malt is a toasty, nutty with a kiss of caramel though hops stay on top from start to finish. Finishes bitter with a breath of alcohol.

Good all around, not for the faint of hops ... looking forward to try it every year to see if the hops and malt change subtly.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle. $5.99 at WFM in lower Manhattan, NYC, NY. Pours a nice rich shade of darker amber, on the clear side, but a tad murky. The yead is also rich and frothy, slowly, slowly receding and turning to near merainge, and then leaving the proverbial "gobs" of thick and intricate lace, sheeting and general intrigue. Nice looking beer. Resin infused, cascade hop nose, a treat for the nostrils. Hoppy AIPA, cascades in command and a delight on the tongue and palate. What can be said, more quality and quite enjoyable ale from the folks at SN. Hopefully this will be widely and constantly available.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber orange color. The smell is strong citrus hops, but there is also some caramel malt in there as well. The flavor is about like the aroma, with a strong hop flavor that is balanced nicely with a strong malt backbone. A very balanced IPA that is very easy to drink. An exceptional beer made even better when you realize the lengths that SN went to in order to grow all of the ingredients that went into it.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a short, thick white head. Long lasting with sticky lacing. Fresh, crisp pine and grapefruit nose. Citrus zest and a little cedar for good measure. Earthy toast in terms of malt. Solid mouthfeel, nice balance between the carbonation and oily hops. Long aftertaste. Beautiful hop wallop up front. Cascade wave. Grapefruit and bitter lemon and orange with a heap of resiny bite. Just awesome. Nice malt back of biscuits and toast. Fresh strong hop taste without being veggie or tilting into the DIPA category. Could drink this all day. Great beer.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I admit, I am by no means an unbiased reviewer of anything from Sierra Nevada. I love nearly everything they've produced. This beer pours a beautiful, rich amber, with a fluffly, sticky head. Smells wonderful, if somewhat subdued. Citrus, florals, and grass. Taste is incredibly refreshing. Crisp citrus, fruity (almost reminds me of the yellow fruit loops) - satisfyingly sour and sweet, with a grassy layer on top. There is also a strong earthy element that I can't quite put a finger on. It is rich, complex and very satisfying. The mouthfeel is flawless, and this beer is incredibly drinkable. Is there a better brewery out there for consistently producing solid and delicious pales and IPAs? A hop-lovers go-to favorite!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Expected this to be super awesome. Can't really recommend this, being that its $10 for a 24 oz. You can get the 24oz of the regular Harvest for $5. This beer isn't twice as good as the standard Harvest Ale.

In fact, depending on my mood, I go back and forth as to which of these is better.

Its the story you already know. Looks beautiful, tastes hoppy and zippy, like SN always does for the most part. Can't say that being the "Estate Ale" makes this any better than the regular Harvest is the bottom line. Where it kind of suffers is that it seems to be all non proprietary hops. Tough to pay this kind of price for something that tastes a generation behind hops wise at times. Don't get me wrong, SNPA4life here. But $10 a bottle? Come on man.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint a light clear brown with a very thick and frothy white head. Great retention and lacing. The smell is of a strong floral scent. There's also a sweet hint mixed in. The taste is interesting. You can almost taste the "green" in the hops. Kinda like that smell of freshly cut grass. The taste balances well into a nice light sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little high in carbonation, but there is no alcohol appearance.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a big lucious copper amber hue with a two finger thicket of cream khaki head. Billowing above the rim of Gulden Draak chalice. Lacing is fine and even a very nice coating covers the glass. Aroma is full of fresh hops herbal mint, grass, floral tones. Homegrown fresh cascades go well with the estate grown barley, sweet mild caramel tones blend well with the hop bitterness to achieve some nice balance. A very straight forward hopped up offering from Sierra Nevada, basically more of what they do so well. This doesn't surpass the Anniversary Ale or Torpedo enough to justify the 9.99 price tag, but all the effort and costs of harvesting your own grain and the malting process would. Not cost effective to brew like this but really cool. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice flowing hop bitterness sticking around. Incredibly drinkable the 24 ounces disappears way too quickly, I wish I had a case of this stuff. Only 12 bottles made it into the Ohio Valley thanks to a certain sales rep that passed through Steubenville this past week. We also heavy a steady supply of Kellerweiss and Torpedo now.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the Brick Store to compare with the bottle version.

Pours a clear copper color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts and herbal hops with light amounts of citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors up front with a certain graininess are joined by herbal and leafy hop flavors. These flavors carry through to the mildly bitter ending and are joined by light citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors on the way.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the glass without a problem.

Overall I thought the bottle version had a bit more going on and was actually disappointed that the tap version was so lackluster comparatively. That being said, it is being compared to an already great beer. Either version is worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear reddish hint to an orange glowing body with a sea of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. There is a thick creamy tan head that last as a big thick cloud and some sticky lacing that remains on the glass with each sip.
S- The green herbal hops have a soft slightly sweet malt flavor and a honey malt depth to it.
T- This beer has a honey malt sweetness that supports the full green herbal hops flavor. The hops have an interesting depth of flavor that is slightly fruity, more like watermelon, and a green cinnamon spice to them in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish that makes this beer more crisp in the body.
D- This beer has full hop flavor with the right balance of sweetness and bitterness and a good unique depth to the hops aswell. The malt really does a nice job of supporting the hops and this is very quaftable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this on my Asheville trip, but I don't remember what store it was from. Notes are good.

The color is a deep hazed amber with a reddish flair to it that's almost brown until held to the light. An off-white head remains just over one finger tall for most of its time in the glass, leaving pretty chunky lacing with legs about halfway to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma offers a good balance of hops and malts, which I've come to expect from SN. Light pine and citrus hops notes mingle with bready malts offering a touch of sweetness.
The flavor offers the same, with malts and hops coming out even from the start. This isn't a big, dramatic beer, just a good one with ample hops, malts and yeast and plenty of flavor. A little bit of nuttiness comes through toward the middle.
The mouthfeel starts off with a crisp bite that leads to ample smoothness. Moderate to slightly higher carbonation makes for it a bit more refreshing, but it also lends itself to a spritzy feel that detracts slightly.
Overall this is a very nice beer, and another I'm glad I tried from a strong brewery.

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Photo of racer2k
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 24oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Amber / Copper color with thick cake batter colored head which leaves behind plenty of lacing as the head recedes. A nice layer of thin foam sits on top of this beer

S- The smell of freshly harvested hops, citrus, pine and a slight malty character. A balance of sweet and malty aromas.

T- This beer brings is a characteristic fresh hoppy beer taste which begins sweet and finishes malty. There is a very nice hop resiny character to this beer. The wet hops are excellent!

M - Moderate carbonation and mouth feel which is very creamy and resiny from the hops. This is an excellent beer!

D - Wet hopped IPAs have been one of my favorites for several years and Sierra Nevada seems to lead way each year.

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Photo of rickmick
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beer!

Pours with a thick head, that hangs around for a while. Lots of lacing. Sniffing the beer doesn't reveal a lot of scent...but... once you taste and inhale, there is a beautiful fresh note of grassy hops. The only way I can describe the freshness of the hops is that the note is strong, but not in the way a note is deep or overbearing. Its unique, and the work that Sierra Nevada put into this brew can be detected and appreciated. The mouthfeel is nice, if a little on the thinner side. Nice, mild carbonation. I could drink this all night, and its not terribly strong in alcohol nor does it wreck havoc on the palate.

People have complained about the price, but I paid 5.99 for a bomber in NJ.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this beer on Tap at City Beer SF - Thanks Beth!!!

Let me start by saying to me all sierra nevads beers have the same finish and that the torpedo is a bit over-rated.

Then I had this beer Brewer's Estate Harvest.

What made this beer great was the fact that it tasted FRESH as if the beer was brewed yesterday and the taste was just - slick and earthy without that typicle sierra aftertaste (although you kew it was sierra). A breakthrough beer for Sierra Nevada.

Without a doubt the best beer made by SN.

The way it coated my mouth was the most impressive aspect of this beer.

$10 a wee bit high for any 22oz bomber but well worth the experience to have a higher standard in the rhelm of SN. After the pint on tap - I had to grab a bomber $10 or not.

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Photo of mudbug
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This took me a while to hunt down, seems it's disappearing fast off the shelves even at 10 bucks a pop.
Nice slightly hazy orange with a fine head that sticks around.
Smell is fresh hops, let me restate, Very fresh hops, wonderful.
Taste is incredibly crisp west coast IPA, slight malt backbone, but oh those hops, WOW.
Kudos to Sierra Nevada for going though the hassle of making one of the only estate brews out there, it shows a love of the craft which has few peers.

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Photo of ipa247
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A - healthly two fingers of sticky eggshell colored foam. falls down to half its height, while maintaining a big pillowy mound in the center of the glass. color is a nice reddish copper.

S - faint piney hops, also a nice

T - bitter pine from the hops, immediately joined by some citrus...lemon zest and orange tang. lots of caramel from the malts, finishes with more bitterness. lots of character for an APA.

M - sticky and loads of carbonation. lingering bitterness.

D - had this on tap a few weeks ago, and liked it a bit more...but this still holds up. very unique citrus notes...wont have a problem finishing this bottle tonight.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why is it that Sierra Nevada stuff so rarely fails to look anything other than amazing? The mouth just waters looking at this: a toasted off-white head, which retains well and leaves plenty of lace streaks and strips as it slowly diminishes to a quarter-inch layer. The color is coppery sienna. The head never totally dies.

Hops are mostly flowery and seep into the nostrils like a delicate perfume instead of the citrus rind bulldozer of other IPAs. As this is the dominant feature, the malt tends to wander in the background, although they're fine, kind of nutty/husky and with only light caramel character. A fresh, buoyant aroma, very much how I'd imagine such a beer (with the ingredients grown on the brewing premises. I think "estate" is a term adapted from wine-world, but I wouldn't really know. I'm kind of ignorant in that realm and should probably educate myself, but for now there's way too much beer in the world to bother.).

Lots of spicy character in the flavor, with cinnamon and allspice coming to mind, and lots of pine and mild mint elements in the background and through into the finish. Malt remains a firm base that lets the hops do their thing on top. Even though it's hop-forward, balance is excellent. And whereas some other S.N. IPAs and pale ales have a harsher carbonation than I prefer, this one is smooth and gentle, yet there's sufficient vibrancy too. Gives the flavors a really pleasing tone.

What's not to like here? I feel like most S.N. stuff in this stylistic range only varies in small increments--it's amazing how many different kinds of beer they've done in this vein--but it's a testament to the subtle touch they have as brewers, and impressive that most every one is nothing less than impressive. Seek this out. (And I totally dig the bottle's 24 ounces, and rightly so; who could drink just one 12-ouncer of this?)

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Photo of nkersten
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep orangish golden with a two finger head with a vigorous pour. Some pretty big floaters too, hops maybe?? Lacing is amazing, will probably last the entire 22 oz glass.
S- Sweet smelling malt with lots of citrus hops. A bit of bubble gum when it was fresh. Could use a little more aroma hops.
T- This one ranks with best wet hop beers I have had, but average when compared to average IPAs and DIPAs. Pineapple, mango, bubble gum and a bit of alcohol balanced with some light malt flavor. Very hop forward as an IPA should be. Not too sweet, some alcohol in the finish.
M- Well carbonated and medium body.
D- Good, but not the most drinkable IPA i have had. A little bit more bitter then most fresh hop brews. The balance could be slightly better but this is by no means a bad beer. One of my favorite brews from SN.

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Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 389 ratings