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:
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Added by Jmoore50 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great looking beer, has that SNPA appearance of amber and copper, good 3/4" white head. Aroma is the usual C hops, not sure if any were used as finishing/aroma/dry hops, but it still gives off a familiar vibe.

Tastes good, just like SNPA but with more hops, less caramel ratio. The price is twice as expensive as other harvests though, hard to justify purchasing this when the others are just as good and half the price. Only if you like to pay for local stuff I guess can you justify it.

More gimmicky than most SN beers, even though it is pretty much the same as almost all their hoppy offerings.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Estate Homegrown Ale a couple days ago for $12.22 at Boyne Country Provisions. I bought this beer with the intention of reviewing this for my 700th review since it seemed to be the nicest bottle that store had that I haven't reviewed before. I knew this beer came out in September so I just assumed it was this years release and for some reason I didn't even look at the date on the back, then when I got home and went to put it in the fridge I noticed it was a 2012 vintage, I was a little pissed with myself and was prepared for the worst, then I looked online and found out that due to bad weather Sierra Nevada's crop got wiped out and a Black IPA would take the place of this beer. Lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml waxed bottle.into a snifter.

A- The label looks really nice, it's classy, detailed, and it was dipped in some thick green wax that made it a little hard to open. It poured a darker murky orange color that took on more of brighter orange and ruby color that was almost blood orange colored when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thick ring and left lots of rings of lacing behind. This was a very nice looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a nice amount of hops upfront that impart some earthy, spicy and piney aromas, but it's the citrus hops that seem to stick out the most. Up next come some lightly toasted malts with some bready, grainy and biscuit like aromas followed by some fruity aromas that have a slight apricot and nectarine aroma to them. This beer had a really nice aroma that I couldn't stop smelling.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of hops up front imparting all the nice hoppy aspects that I got in the aroma with the tropical and citrus hops seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the nectarine and apricot flavors followed by some bready, grainy, and lightly toasted biscuit malt flavors that balance out the hops perfectly. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a citrus hop, apricot and malty aftertaste. This was a really nice tasting beer that had all the aspects I liked from the aroma.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, clean, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it could have used just a little more carbonation.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought it was a great example of the style, it had everything that I look for in the style and the balance was just awesome. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, drinking a whole 750ml bottle to myself is no problem. I liked just about everything the most and I liked the slightly lower carbonation the least. I would for sure get this again even though it's a little pricey and I hope the weather turns out ok next year so I can try this beer fresh as it's intended. I would recommend this to just about anyone. All in all I'm pretty happy with this beer, it's got some nice juicy hops with just enough malts to back them up, what's not to like. I'm real impressed how well this beer held up with a year of age, I know Sierra Nevada can make some hoppy beers that stay hoppy for a while and this was one great example of that and I think some of that is due to the wax on the bottle, it was super thick and when i took the cap off the I could see residue towards the crown of the cap and it looked like it could have very easily went bad if it wasn't for the wax protecting it, I'm now sold on waxing beers. Good job guys, this is one kick ass beer and I hope to try it fresh next year, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost three fingers of head on a hazy deep amber colored body. Beautiful.
The aroma is faint with some lemon and honey.
A bold taste: lemon and grapefruit bitterness all over the place with some malt sweetness in the background... way in the back. The bitter finish is long lasting too.
A crisp texture with moderate carbonation.
A wonderfully bold IPA, could use some work in the aroma area though.

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Photo of IronLover
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Weathered copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a huge white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Sticky sweet caramel and toasted malt aromas with fresh spicy and pine hops aromas on top of ripe citrus grapefruit hops beneath. Medium bodied with an oily smooth feel that subdues the carbonation. Spicy hop flavors up front with ripe grapefruit flavors in tow. Pine hop flavors intensify from the middle to the end. A strong sweet caramel malt backbone throughout. Finished with some boozy notes and a lingering pine hop bitterness. Lots of different flavors and aromas with solid maltiness and a great feel.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into my RR tulip

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber. Off White head retains throughout with nice lacing.

Smell: Intense pine but tempered off by some sweet malt. Resiny grapefruit and slight lemon.

Taste: Grapefruit and toffee malt. Similiar to taste. A little off balanced but still tastes very fresh. Lots of citrusy pine.

Mouthfeel: Dryer finish than I was expecting. Medium bodied overall.

Overall: A tad overpriced IMO but still worth trying. Would love this one on tap.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a somewhat hazy dark amber with a thick, fine-bubbled pale tan head. Strongly hoppy aroma has fruity and powdery hints, and promises a truly worthy IPA. Flavor is SERIOUSLY hoppy - like drinking a liquid pine tree! Yet bitterness is minimal, and it has some subtle fruity and honey notes. Texture has plenty of fizz and body, and finish is tingly and quite hoppy. Recommended!!

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Photo of Rschis16
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, poured into a chalice.

Small head even after a moderately heavy pour. Patchy remains on top but leaves nice rings of lacing after each sip. Opaque, hazy dull amber in color. Smells of clean citrus hops, oranges, and bready malts.

California hops and all they represent in this beer. A perfectly bitter bite, not overbearing at all and at the same time very upfront, leaving behind a lingering hoppy and barley aftertaste that begs for another sip. Citrus hops and orange rind play off each other, combining with a very nice malt bill that balances the beer superbly. A dry mouthfeel and finish, giving a lightly crisp and refreshing quality to this one. A hint of booze on the breath. This beer is a testament to how some IPAs do age very well, keeping intact a fresh hop taste and never losing that balance. Or perhaps the couple years mellowed out the hops to the point that two years of age is the perfect age to drink this one. All the flavors are there and still taste fresh. Looking forward to a 2011 vintage if there is one...

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Photo of OutFox
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure which vintage I had of this. The bottle has a different label than pictured and the top is covered in green wax. No bottled on date.

A - Poured into my Petrus glass. Deep deep amber in color and very hazy. Quite attractive. Off color almost tan head that retains quite well and leaves flawless lacing on the glass.

S - SMells of toasted malt that is slightly sweet and then the hops hit the background. Not really like any IPA Ive smelled lately.

T - Wow, this was good. Sweet malt is the forefront, almost sort of candied sugar. There are some hops there but not a lot. Its got the citrus tones but not the bitterness. Really good.

M - Rich and pretty heavily bodied. Really lingers on the palate well.

O - Really good beer. I mean solid, probably the best thing Ive had from Sierra in a long time. The head is great, the color is beautiful, the taste is very very good and overall I was really suprised. Well done Sierra, keep these kind of beers up!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Estate poured out as a really nice looking copper color the head was thick and very foamy. The lacing left of the glass was very good too. The smell of the beer was very hoppy with some cirtus and grains in the mix. The taste was bitter from the hops and had a nice sweetness as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and leaves a dry mouth kind of feeling. Overall this was probably one my first favorite IPA's that really sparked my intrest in the whole style. Very enjoyable beer for sure.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while, today seemed like the right day.

a - opened and filled my captain lawrenece taster tulip. Deep rich amber with steady carbonation and a generous frothy head. Standard IPA lacing that clung to the edge of the glass.

s - at first opens with a powerful sweetness. A bit syrupy with a strong malt presence. The hops have surely faded in this 2 year old brew. Still smells nice, but maybe a bit out of style.

t - again hops are hiding and this is a sweet malt bouqet. Maole syrup, brown sugar, tasty, but not really IPA-ish. Perhaps more barleywine like.

m - medium to full bodied, leaves a tad of bitterness, but mostly sweet.

o - overall, this is probably not a great beer to sit on. I saw it on shelves last year when the 2010 came out. The 2010 is waxed so I figured let me pick up both and open them together. I will open the other next. It is still pretty tasty, but the hops arw virtually gone. The malt is nice and has a real pleasant sweetness. If you are looking for a nice hoppy IPA, this one has outgrown those flavors, but enjoyable, none-the-less.

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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 codsmith
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very nice amber, with an incredibly nice creamy white fluffy head that stays around through most of the beer

Smell - a sweet malty aroma really comes through, with no aroma hops present in the beer

Taste - The sweet malt flavor kicks off the beginning of the beer and the hops appear towards the end with a mild bitterness, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing with the perfect amount of carbonation, but does come off a little sweet after finishing the bottle

Drinkability - A very drinkable, year-round beer that would be a good starter to the night, but probably wouldn't have more than 1 in a night. I would drink it again and even recommend it to others

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Photo of JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice orangish copper color. There is some sediment floating around that is visible. It has a big 3-finger fluffy off-white head on it. The head left great lacing on the glass.

S - Smells sweet, piney, and a bit fruity. There are some notes of toasted malts as well. The hop presence here is good, and I'm getting some notes of caramel.

T - Right away I am getting some very nice bitter hoppiness, and some nice malty sweetness in the background. There is a good amount of alcohol head and hop bitterness in the finish. The hops stick in the mouth for a while, and the aftertaste is actually reminding me of a good red ale. There is a bit of a roasty quality here, as well as a bit of fruitiness. The flavor is nice and refreshing.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. There is a nice hop bitterness bitterness that hangs around in the mouth for a while. There is a nice amount of alcohol heat at the end that I did not expect. I think this is a good mouthfeel for this beer.

D - This has very good drinkability. It is very easy to drink, and I think it is quite refreshing. The flavor is good, and leaves you wanting more. I like this beer, and I would like to try one that is really fresh, but I know that'll never happen. Overall though, I really like this beer.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful copper/amber color that is crystal clear. The fluffy, off white head is thick and recedes slowly, leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fresh, grassy, fruity hops. Lots of grapefruit, pungent earthy tones, sweet grass, some pine and a hint of malt/toastiness in the background.

Taste is a wonderful balance between sweet malts, toastiness, caramel, fruit, floral, earth and bitterness. It begins with malt and toastiness accented by floral flavors. Midway through hop bitterness steps in as well as earthy/pine flavors. Towards the finish there is caramel, hints of toffee, sweet grass and lingering hop fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with below average carbonation.

Overall this is a very good beer, well balanced and rather complex for the style. Easy drinkability and a smooth mouthfeel contribute to it's deliciousness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh pine hops. In the taste, fresh hops, quite pine like, also sweet to dry. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fresh hop aftertaste. Nice big hops, and fresh too, but mostly in the nose.

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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 aepb1
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper body, clear, big fluffy white head

S- Citrusy hops, floral, piney huge hop nose. Very inviting!

T- Wow balance! Very big malt presence for an IPA. Hops there, just well-balanced

M- Medium bodied, sticky

D- A nice deviation from a normal IPA, good

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Photo of OSUCowboy26
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer as part of a pick 6 this weekend and I was duly impressed. The appearance was a rich amber color with good head retention. The smell was bright with notes of citrus and hops. The flavor was crisp with a great hop flavor. Great Job from the brewers at Sierra Nevada, they nailed this one. Definitely recommend giving this a try.

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Photo of rmdunlap85
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clear deep copper/amber color with an off-white head that maintains a nice lacing. It looks very enticing to drink.

S: Very strong smell of hops, that is almost the entire scent of the beer with some pine and grass.

T: Citrusy hops, maybe some grapefruit specifically. It has some pretty big flavor here.

M: Feels nice, not a lot of carbonation, smooth.

O: I drank this beer along with some leftover Thanksgiving food and it paired very nicely with the turkey flavors. Drinks very nicely.

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Photo of curly31989
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This poured an amber color with a two finger white head. I loved the color. It reminded me of Christmas lights.

S- This smelled of fresh hops and pine.

T- Lots of fresh hops with a good bitterness note.

M- Great carbonation that goes down smooth and lends itself drinkability. It really reminds me of the Celebration Ale. Personally, these all seem really similar but they're all great beers worth drinking.

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

This stuff is great is great!

Pours with low foam, a brownish amber with an orange glow in the light.

aroma is a little low malty with some hoppishness. Fresh smelling though.

nice sharp bitterness with a side tongue bitter going. Good carbonation.
good malt balance.

I"m not sure if I'm just being susceptible to persuasion of the local grown barley or what, but this does seem to have a different taste, and i like it.
If if wasn't so expensive, I'd get a lot more.
and even still, I'm willing to contribute to the experiment, as i like the direction this is heading. [plus it does taste pretty dang good]

I'd like to taste this back to back with the "regular" IPA.

I'm a big fan of sierra Nevada, and a huge fan of their hoppy stuff, and a huge fan of their harvest series, and this is good stuff

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Photo of PBoegel
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Estate poured into a Sierra Nevada Tulip pint.

There is not a tremendous amount to say about this beer. It is part of a sea of sameness that is Sierra Torpedo, Celebration and Northern Hemisphere Harvest. Truth is there is nothing terribly wrong with that at all, just a note of the beers in itself.

There are without question subtle differences between these beers, but they are just that subtle.

This is wonderfully drinkable, with a good balanced nose of pine and sweet biscuity malt and a slightly citrus spice flavor with a good dose of malt balance and bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. So easy to things a bit jumbled with all these different estate beers--might be easier to name them on BA after the color of the label (or wax, I suppose, now) rather than what it says on the bottle. Anyway, on to the review.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a very slightly-hazed burnt orange to copper color with a nice white head. Head is about two fingers to begin though it recedes with time to a few bubbles on top of the brew. Pretty good lacing. The nose is nice with a great green fresh-hop character along with strong notes of citrus and pine. A bit of bitter citrus peel and zest.

The taste isn't as overtly hoppy as the nose. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and green hops, although the elegant notes of orange and grapefruit aren't there in as much of an abundance. There is some resiny pine. Good overall body and carbonation. Another solid fresh-hop beer from those who pioneered the style.

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

Accidentally bought this the other week - neglecting to check out the 2009 date.

Pours with respectable tan, sticky-looking head over a very cloudy amber/orange/brown body - this just looks like Fall. Plenty of lacing coats the glass.

Surprisingly pungeant aromas of thick pine forest, toffee, and a touch of grapefruit.

Flavors are also BIG. Leading more with the citric/grapefruit-to-orange hoppy bite. Pretty juicy and tight on that palate. Sharp enough finish with a really good level of carbonation. Slightly too much bitterness in the aftertaste.

Surprisingly good drinkability. A year of aging did nothing to mute this one.

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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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