Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jmoore50 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 304 | Ratings: 389
Photo of blackbearywheat
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice Golden Brown Color
Excellent balance. Very Drinkable
Definatley One of My NEW Top 5.
Noticed on other reviews People are Paying $10.99+.
IF anyone is interested and are in the area of SALEM,MASS ***I picked mine up @
Market Wine & Spirits
$7.95+ This is a great price I will definatley be going back to stock up on this one!

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Photo of xpoweruser
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Amber color. Hazy with some sediment. Off-white fluffy head that sticks around and leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Extremely fresh floral hops. Tons of pine and some citrus, amazing. Some sweet malts come though.

Taste: Extremely fresh! Nice strong hop bite, lots of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Bitterness lingers on the palate, a little dry. Nice sweet malts come though, bready, some caramel, a little fruity. Nice balance between the hops and malts, but the hops are a bit more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, slight creaminess and crisp. Perfect carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Incredible beer! Fresh aroma, fresh taste, everything just comes together perfectly. Top- notch brew!

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Photo of Gavilan
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bit pricey compared to other Sierra Nevada offerings but I'm looking forward to this one. The fact that they grew their own barley and hops says a lot about their commitment to craft brewing.

A. Beautiful deep amber color with a fluffy off-white head.

S. Strong piney/grapefruit resiny...the signature Sierra Nevada profile.

T. Intense spicy fresh hop flavor with the malt definetly playing a backup role (nothing wrong with that!). Love the bitterness in the back.

M. Love the bubbly carbonation.

D. I can certainly have a few!

Another great effort by a brewery that continues to define IPA.

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Estate
Copper color
Great head, Creamy with a great fresh grass aroma.
Crisp clean round hops good balance
Soft finish yet lingers
Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. They have done something special here.
$10.99 24oz bottle
Staples Corner Liquors, Crofton Md

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Photo of STLbeerwriter
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hi, everyone -- first-time reviewer, long-time listener. Felt compelled to write about what's hands down the best beer I've tasted in the past six months, and probably the entire year.

Appearance: Poured from 24 oz bomber into a Founders pint glass. A pillowlike, creamy head of small bubbles, which eventually gives way to a thin surface foam that leaves sticky lacing throughout. Beer is an almost-clear amber-copper-reddish hue.

Smell: A full nose of citrusy hops, some wet earth and bready malts. A pretty unique aroma that keeps things interesting throughout the drink, and as it warms up.

Taste: This is where it really gets special. The sense of terroir that the brewery is trying to highlight truly shines here, with a distinct fresh hop flavor that makes itself present on the back of the tongue. It's dank and grassy and floral. Enough of a malt profile to give it a toasty balance without letting any sweetness interfere with the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin and goes down easy, but also velvety, almost casklike, with a lingering hop bite.

Drinkability: Very much so. No alcohol burn and not so hoppy that it destroys your tastebuds. This is very sessionable -- maybe next year the brewery will release some 12 oz bottles?

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Photo of BrewBra
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a minute to get the wax seal off but once that was done and the cap was off, Wow!
Poured out a fantastic amber color with nice lacing, the aroma is outstanding, I notice citrus notes.
Over all excellent mouth feel and super drinkable.
This is a great beer.

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Photo of MCfunkyJ
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you can get your hand on this I would recommend letting it sit for a few months longer. I has this brew fresh off the line.

I drank about 14 ($7.99/24oz bottle) out of a case of 24 sent to my local Whole Foods.

That should tell you how good it is.

"Harvest Ale is one of the world's only estate-made beers, brewed with 100% all-natural, hops and barley grown on-site at the brewery in Chico, CA." - Sierra Nevada's Website

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Photo of magine
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a a pint glass.

Pours a amber color brew with a huge chunky tan head that is very sticky - and has great lacing -very sticky. Great (and man do I mean great)looking brew.

Brew smells of barley hops, grassy, earthy - very balanced smell.

This brew is very smooth, excellent hop balance and the barley flavor really shines through. The grassy earthy, biscuit flavors are great. A very well made brew. Smooth finish, somewhat dry. Excellent aftertaste.

The brew is very drinkable, and the alcohol is masked nicely. This is a very stellar brew. This may be the best pale American IPA I have had. Yet another world class brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BrewMichigan
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll have to review this from memory. I split this with my Brother in-law and Father in-law. 2010 Estate ale in a small tulip style glass.

A- A pretty orange-ish hue, perfect for IPA in my opinion

S- A lot of citrus with a possible hint of pine.

T - This beer was just all-around nearly perfect. Was bitter but smooth. Caramel flavors were there but didn't dominate. Hops were very present but laid the way for a nice malty finish. I wish I could have this every week.

M - Not so sweet you couldn't drink but had a nice mouth feel.

D - I could drink a couple in a night easily, but at 10 bucks a bottle, I'll have to go with something else. If this was around 5-6 a bottle, I might buy a case. Absolutely wonderful beer.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark amber with an inch or so of head. The thick foam slowly settles to a nice ring. Clear with lots of tiny floaties. I'm not sure what it is but it remains suspended while drinking. Very fresh mildly hoppy scent. I also get some citrus and a little spruce. Taste is wonderfully mild and fruity. Almost a little tea like. Very little aftertaste, clean finish. Very little carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. It's a great drinking beer. If it wasn't pricey I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle marked it as their "1st Release". Cool.

My pour resulted in two fingers' worth of rocky ecru head with good retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with a slight haziness. The nose had an earthy pine/floral scent. Mouthfeel was medium with a minty (spearmint? peppermint?) flavor accompanying that of the piney hops. Wow! What hops variety did they harvest, anyway? Finish was zesty in its minty, hoppy bite. Terroir, indeed.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a 12oz pint-style glass.

A: Deep, clear reddish-amber body topped with a finger of dense tan foam; good retention, lots of lace. Beautiful, rich-looking beer.

S: Hard to pick much up at first from a full pour into a wide glass; what aroma there is is pure, fresh, floral hops.

T: Huge hop kick up front (mainly floral, some pine), followed by some nice toasty malt in the middle and a glorious wave of hop bitterness on the finish - this is what in IPA should taste like: big, fresh, balanced, and thoroughly hoppy without being single-minded. Delicious.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of soft carbonation, resinous without being too sticky. Very nice.

D: Fantastic - bitter enough to cleanse the palate, and tasty enough to make me want more; if Prime 16 didn't exempt this beer from their happy hour pricing, I might get in trouble with it.

Notes: Just an awesome IPA through and through. I don't know whether the beer's "terroir" had much to do with this, but there's no denying that this this is a superb example of the American IPA style. More please!


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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 rabsten
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From last night's beer tasting over at Rich Ireland's house. Pours flat/matte amber with fluffy, slightly white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing striations. Mild, fresh hop aroma. Lavender and grass. Very subtle sweet malt balances the large hop presence in the palate. Clean finish. Drinkable indeed.

Even at $10+ for a 24oz bottle, this beer is worth the expense. Grab one if you see it. Our friends in Chico have a real winner here.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- reddish gold, hazy and lively. Gorgeous white head that dissipates but leaves behind nice lacing.

Smell- sweet and hoppy. Delish!

Taste- awesome! Hoppy and syrupy with the right balance of everything. The alcohol heat is there, but it is covered with sweetness. It's remarkably good.

Mouf- good :)

drinkability- mmm

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale is a wonderful experience. It poured dark copper with a massive head, and it left a spider web of thick lace on the glass. It was a perfect looking glass of beer.

The smell and taste exploded citric hoppiness and caramel maltiness. It was remarkably well balanced. The feel was thick bready and chewy.

Out on the deck on a late-summer afternoon, Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale provided "happy." This is the kind of beer that demonstrates how good life can be.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 bottle poured into a DFH glass.
The appearance was a clear amber with a nice off white two finger head. The lacing was big and sticky.

The aroma was piney and citrusy hops with fruity hints.

This beer really stands out to me in taste. The hops are right up front and stay there throughout. It has a nice citrusy taste and is mixed with grapefruit. The caramel malt is subtle but present. It's very bitter but still smooth.

It has a good amount of carbonation which mixes well with the alcohol to bight the tongue. It has a creamy mouthful, but a dry hoppy finish.

I could definitely down a couple of these if they didn't cost ten bucks a bomber. I split it with my girlfriend, but ended up stealing hers when she drank it to slow. I might have to agree with the guy that said the northern hemisphere one was just as good and half the price.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Specs several days ago and decided to give it a go. At first I was bitching why does SN limited releases always have to be IPA's! Anyway on to the review.

I popped the top and was immediatly hit by a wafe of piney hoppiness love. Poured into my pint glass and it poured a nice coppery hue with a light tan lacey head that slowly went away.

At first sniff I was impressed. Scents of citrusy peach followed by pine hit the olfactory nerve. At 2nd sniff a slight alcohol smell was detected.

It was love at first taste. As this fine elixer hit the taste buds flavors of citrus peach and orange rind hit the palate first. This was followed by a hint of smooth malt flavor which was immediately followed by hop love. The flavor of hops hit the palate and slowly rose to 10,000 ft and helf for a lovely lingering hoppy taste. Which slowly dissapated and left a nice pine after taste.

Mouthfeel was almost spot on. Not to thin and def. not thick and syrupy. Felt like velvet.

This brew is def. a session IPA. I could drink this all day!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Owl Club Roseville.

A - Pours copper with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipates moderately and leaves slight lacing.

S/T - Caramel, grapefruit, citrus, and bittering hops. Just amazing overall. Really delicious.

M - Full bodied and hop dominated and lightly dry.

D - Fantastic, cannot say much to improve it other than the appearance (maybe some carafoam for retention).

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Photo of Resto3
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. Lovely color almost red, thick lasting head and great hop aroma.

Bitter at first sip but opens up nicely and you then get the malty back ground and taste.

I really anjoyed this beer. I wish I have another when I was done with it.

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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 Traquairlover
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24-oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear amber with a huge 4 finger bone white head. The lacing that it leaves behind as the head recedes is phenomenal. Once it has settled, the head remains as a somewhat thick layer of foam on the surface, bubbling in the middle and around the edge of the glass.

S= Fresh pine and slight hints of caramel bring to mind the Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Very fresh smelling. Also some slight hints of spun sugar.

T = This is a very hoppy, yet very sweet malt based beer at the same time. The hops are very strong and the bitterness from them is always present, but there is so much complexity of flavor here and there is also a honeybun like base sweetness that keeps it grounded. I really like Sierra Nevada and this is one of their finest ever offerings.

M = Possibly one of the most creamy mouthfeels I've experienced in an AIPA. Very luxurious, creamy feel, medium body, great mouthcoating. It's from a bottle but it almost is like a cask ale.

D = I am actually not a huge fan of AIPAs, but this one just goes down so well and quickly, that I have to rate it highly.

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

Notes from 3/16/10 tasting; 22-oz bomber poured to tall lager glass.

A--clear reddish-copper, big light brown head, very light and foamy, remained as irregular mountain, awesome lacing

S--sweet citrus hoppy smell, honey, maybe oatmeal

T--bursting with fresh citrus hops, sweet finish, very little bitterness

M--dry and fruity, medium carbonation, tiny bit watery and thin

D--great, just a little strong to drink 1 after the other

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Photo of Spidey13
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper/orange color with a fluffy white head. The nose is very nice - super hoppy with sweet citrus notes and some caramel from the malt.

The flavor starts very bready followed by a whole lot of spicy hop flavors. The bitterness isn't quite as powerful as I thought it would be but, in my opinion, that's a good thing. Mouthfeel is medium with somewhat low carbonation.

This is a really good fresh hop ale, which I would expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oddly enough (or maybe not so oddly), the bottle date code on this particular bottle indicates that my beer was bottle on the same day, on the same line, only 38 minutes after the beer that the last guy to review this beer reviewed. To be more specific, August 31, 2009, line #2 at 7:43 AM. Since we're both in the Chicago area, I guess it makes sense that we would find bottles made at roughly the same time. Either way, coincidence or not, it seems like things were going quite well on line #2 on August 31:

APPEAREANCE: Poured somewhat opaque, but not necessarily cloudy, and not from yeast. Orange in color with a reasonably thick head that quickly dissipated. Thick, layered lacing covers a good 70% of the glass all the way down.

SMELL: Strong, floral aroma hit's the nose hard upon first whiff. The smell is intense, but not complicated.

TASTE: There is something very Christmassy about the Estate Brewers Harvest Ale. The piney flavor is, of course, part of that, but I've tasted other piney beers and there seems to be something more to this that I can't quite put my finger on. Citrus (especially orange) notes, along with a mild malty flavor serve to push Estate more towards the sweet side. Additionally, the floral aroma translates into solid, sweet, floral flavors that finish with a hint of a bitter after taste. Unlike the simple and straightforward smell, the flavors all add up to a complex, yet nicely balanced beer.

FEEL: Up front, the Estate Ale feels almost like water, but as it sit in your mouth for a moment it livens up and starts to dance around on your tongue. Just like the taste, the feel is a little bit unusual, but unusual in a good way.

OVERALL: Fantastic beer, extremely drinkable, but not necessarily a beer I would drink on a regular basis. The Estate Ale seems like something to be saved (and savored) for a special occasion. This beer, particularly the 24 oz. bottle, is begging to be shared with a long lost friend during a long, meaningful and hopeful conversation. It is an excellent expression of Sierra's personality as a company - and I wish I had bought two...I don't want this beer to end.

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