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
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
304
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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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 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 hellomcfly
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a large billowing tan head. Nice, sticky lacing. A nice flowery and herbal aroma form the hops is present in the nose. Taste is all about the hops. A nice mix of flowery, citrus, piney notes.The mouthfeel is interesting to me. I find it to be on the light side of medium bodied. It's silky smooth with just enough carbonation to be crisp. Very drinkable.

An enjoyable beer for sure. I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada's harvest series as well as celebration and this one is no exception. Not my favorite so far but definitely good.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz, 2009 "1st Release", etc. Nice looking label, poured into a nonic.

This beer looks beautiful in the glass, a bright clear copper/amber with a massive, dense light tan head. Sticky, clumpy rings of lacing and great retention maintaining a consistent finger thick head. Aroma is very strong, yet restrained. Floral hops dominate but not particularly harsh like some other IPAs, balanced with some light caramel malt sweetness. Medium body with light carbonation, very creamy and smooth, with a clean, dry hoppy finish. Flavor starts with caramel malt and mild graininess before the floral and light citrus hop flavors take over and linger through the finish with a resin-y texture. A nice, balanced IPA, I enjoyed this more than this year's Anniversary and like the idea of an "Estate" beer, but this is a one time purchase at the price of $10/bottle.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2009 version. I poured this beer into a weizen glass because I think it looks awesoem. The beer is a deep copper with ruby highlights. There is an off white head which has good retention and lacing. Looks pretty damn sexy. There isn't much malts in the nose, but I can smell the hops. The hops aren't quite centennial or cascade, because there is a spiciness that comes through more than I would expect with the floral/fruity aroma. The beer has a large hop flavour and a caramel backbone. Some of the breadiness comes out as well, but the main flavours is the spiciness and floral/citrus notes from the hops. There is an odd hop resin/harshness that comes from the wet hops. I think the chinook comes through more than I expected, which is okay in my book.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a nice bite from the carbonation. I could easily drink a few of these. All around, this beer is tasty, but just doesn't scream on my palate. Just a great balanced beer.

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

This is another solid American IPA from Sierra Nevada. Amber pour with the thick white head. Biggest difference between this and the other releases is the aroma, which is a bit fresher, more hop oils, like freshly grown and watered hops. Taste is similar to the others but a bit sharper -- but still not noticeable "better" that SN's other releases; seems to have a bit more of a sweet citrusy taste followed by a nice bitterness.

Still a great brew, but there not a lot there to separate it from the already standout pack of SN IPAs.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/25/2009 and poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark reddish orange with an enormous 2.5 finger head. Retention is excellent, and the glass is coated with lacing.

The hops in the nose are very floral with pine needles and a touch of citrus. The semi balancing malt is caramel in character. The pine and floral presence is surprisingly powerful. It's like walking through a dense pine forest while starving to death. You're so hungry you begin to eat pine needles, pine cones, pine sap, and random flowers. You have to eat these things in order to stay alive, but they also happen to smell very good, so in addition to nourishment, these items are providing you with an enjoyable bouquet of aromas. It's a slightly lose-win situation, because these items are not fit for human consumption, but they smell really fantastic. There's a low level of sweetness and no evident alcohol. The malt becomes more prominent as the beer warms to room temperature and toasted notes become apparent.

The beer has a high moderate level of bitterness with some astringency. The hops impart pine, citrus, and herbal notes. The caramel malt is slightly toasted and provides some sweetness which tries but fails to balance the bitterness. Some alcohol is evident at first, and it becomes stronger with warming.

I like the idea behind this beer. If society crumbles in the wake of a massive war or alien invasion (ideally not an occupying invasion), mankind must be able to gather our wits about us and wall ourselves within a compound, using the land to grow beer ingredients (and possibly food). With the release of this beer, Sierra Nevada has shown that they have what it takes to accomplish this on a small scale. Hopefully the soil will still be fit for planting barley and hops in this imminent post apocalyptic era.

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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 DNICE555
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bomber poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Very excited to try this beer.

A: Prettyyy, Prettyyyy, Prettyy good amber color, gave it a rough pour and got a nice 3 finger head, very nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops, some pine, possibly some grapefruit. Strong aroma that really fills up my nostrils... I like it.

T: Very unique taste. Pleasant amount of hops, with citrus, floral, and pine notes. Slight bitterness that catches the tongue. Haven't really had anything like it... but this isss a tasty beverage.

M: Smoooth with a dry finish. Fair amount of carbonation with a medium body.

D: Not my favorite harvest ale from Sierra Nevada but a solid beer with a very cool concept behind it.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle into a pint glass

P: Sunshine-infused copper with 2 fingers of off-white foam that looks dense and impressively thick & creamy, with some big soapy bubbles right on top. Shows really good retention before it evaporates to a thin halo with some beautiful notches of lace left behind after each swallow. Looks really nice!

A: Floral hops just leap out of the glass and almost give you the impression that whole flowers were added to the brew kettle instead of whole hops. Also some big citrus & pine notes from the hops that are almost matched in terms of strength by the toasted barley and caramel. If it tastes anything like it smells, I'm going to really like it!

T: And that notion has been confirmed. Its got that signature Sierra Nevada taste to it with juicy citrus fruits right upfront blended with sappy pine notes that put this firmly on the 'bitter' side of the IPA spectrum. Toasted malt follows right behind with a sweet, bready character that also brings some caramel to the table that tries to balance things out. But, the hoppy bitterness wins out easily thanks to an earthy bitterness and some woody notes that override any attempts to provide some substantial sweetness to this one. Finishes with a hop-driven floral presence and a spicy, piney kick that leaves the tongue saturated in hop oil to leave a loooong aftertaste. I wish this rating system had a 4.25, cause that is what I want to give it. But, I gave it the score I did because it becomes a little tiresome after 3/4 of the bottle.

M: Boy, I really can't imagine the mouthfeel of this beer being any better than this! Its a notch above medium-bodied with a really smooth, sticky, rich, mouth-coating feel that features a soft, plush creaminess that just blankets the tongue with flavor. Perfection!

Notes: Big props go out to Sierra Nevada for growing their own ingredients and using them to brew one of the world's only estate ales! Seriously, how f-ing cool is that! This is a very well-made beer that is definitely geared towards the hop-heads, but still manages to maintain some semblance of balance in the profile and features a fantastic mouthfeel that only adds to the enjoyability factor. Very enjoyable! Recommended

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Photo of AleWynch
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber pour with 3 finger head to start, excellent lacing, into Duvel tulip.

S: Pine, new leather, pineapple, cedar, hint of crabapple

T: Lemony grapefruit, nice hop but edgy, nice caramel finish notes - well balanced.

M: Clean, little soapy on the tongue but not in a bad way...

D: Very drinkable, but the price is a formidable obstacle. Still, happy to support the idea/effort - glad we tried it.

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

Finally showed up in town... I've been eagerly anticipating this one. However, this one comes with a bit of a sticker shock at $9.99 for a 24 ounce bottle.

Pours a bright and clear gold color, with a nice fluffy white head.

Aromas are light, but pleasant. Some resiny fresh hops, hard candies, and a little pineapple.

Taste is also subtle, but nice. Clean and full flavored. Soft and cream malts are up front, beer then settles into a general grainy sweetness. Finish is crisp and a little dry, with some resin and pine hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Thick, but not at all heavy.

Drinkability is quite good. This reminds me a bit of a very good British IPA. But with an American twist. A bit subtle, with nice malt flavors, but then the hops kick in just enough to make their presence known. Very nice beer, but the price tag keeps me from buying this one again. I'll grab a sixer of Torpedo or Pale instead... still... kudos to Sierra for a great concept, and an excellent beer. Give it a try!

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 (1st Release) 24 ounce bottle

A: Pours a darker color of brown with a deep reddish hue. Great off white head and some killer lacing to close it out.

S: Kind of mild over all, some pine resin and earthy tone actions.

T: You get a kick of the hop in the front with a rounded malt flavor in the back. Hops are present and noticeable, without be too overdramatic.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a tad over. Sticky, OK carbonation, ABV blends well.

D: Good IPA through and through for the most part, and I really like the estate aspect of the deal. Don't see why I shouldn't recommend this one... so come and get it while its still fresh.

Cheers!

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Photo of callmemickey
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at City Beer Store San Fran

A: Deep copper-amber body. Hearty off-white cap. Good retention and lacing. Looks very solid.

S: Light citrus and floral hops. Light grainy-malt. Not particularly intense or pungent.

T: Improved over the nose. I don't know if the problem is a lack of hops or low yield in alpha acids from the hops that they did use. Mostly floral, and light lemon-grapefruit notes.

M: Light-medium bodied. A little more carbonation than ideal. Clean finish.

D: Pretty solid. I like the idea of the project, but the price doesn't work when compared with Chico IPA, the original Harvest, and Celebration.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a fluffy, frothy 2 finger off-white head, great retention and good lace.

S: Heavy floral pine, Christmas tree, cedar-box, grapefruit, passionfruit.

T: White grapefruit, lemon rind, and bitter orange initially. Some earthy hop notes too, giving a rustic feel. Sweet caramel in the finish, almost sugary, with a nice floral hop component at the end too.

M: Creamy, frothy from the carbonation, medium-bodied, like a beer shake.

D: A real nice effort from Sierra Nevada. In the end, it doesn't stand out from all the other Harvest Ales and when they are half the price I think I'll go with them in the future. I liked the idea though, and this beer is worth it to try for that reason.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 31st and consumed on September 22nd.

A- Pours a clear copperish-amber color in my Allagash stemmed glass. A dense, slightly tan head leaves lots of sticky lacing as it settles to a thick, foamy layer that hovers over the beer for a long time.

S- An intensely hoppy aroma. Earthy notes of pine resin that you might smell while hiking in the mountains meets that signature Sierra Nevada yeast that gives the aroma a corse, almost grainy undercurrent. Pithy notes of citrus fruit with the rind rest under the surface. Very little malt backing to provide any sweetness.

T- Loads of hop flavor coupled with a hard hop bitterness makes any balancing malts almost indiscernible, save for a dry and bitter finish that finally leaves a little bit of malty sweetness on the palate after the bitterness subsides.

M- As with all the beers in this series, the feel is full-bodied and slightly oily. Lively but soft carbonation provides some life to the texture.

D- Very drinkable stuff considering just how hop-heavy this beer is. The 6.7% ABV makes this even easier to enjoy.

Another excellent Harvest Ale in the series. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear from a 24 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Tawny bronze in color and with an inch of off white foam. Yes, there may be a hint of green in there indeed. Offers decent retention and lacing though nothing over the top.

Immediate blast of bright fresh hops on the nose upon the initial pour subside quickly, allowing some light malts to sneak into the party. Bit of smoke and orange oil blend with some hops that are oddly more earthen than citric, even offering a hint of chocolate.

Rather unique in flavor as the freshness of the hops is quite evident and offers a spicy floral finish. Bitterness is initially rather light considering though it becomes more evident as the beer warms yielding a long though simple finish. Lots of pine and light citrus on the tongue. Nice feel and drink as the bitterness builds but never overwhelms.

In the end this brew is rather full bodied in texture, offers a dense hop nose and is a bit atypical for an IPA given the richness of the mouthfeel yet is somewhat drying. I prefer the cleaner finish and greater clarity on the nose of the Southern Hemisphere at a better price.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively dark copper color for an IPA. Lots of tiny little bubbles rise from the bottom of my glass, and never stop. The head is remarkable, probably the brightest white head I have ever seen. It's pillowy and has a terrific fluffy texture to it. The crazy lacing looks like it's caked on. In addition, it retains a small ring of 1/8 inch head forever. Appearance just can't get any better than this.

A lot of caramel and toffee up front in the aroma. Some citrus is there too for sure, but not as much as I would have expected from a fresh hop Sierra Nevada offering. Herbal and earthy notes are lurking as well. I wish the hop aroma was more pungeant.

A very well rounded flavor profile. The malt actually plays a giant role in this beer, which is a departure from most hoppy Sierra Nevada offerings. Caramel and toffee, along with toasted grain are the main flavors, and they are quite clean and pleasant. Some citrusy tones mix with a slight bit of grapefruit before moving more into a herbal/earthy raw type of bitterness to finish up. Let this beer warm a bit, it starts to open up really well.

I'm loving the feel of this beer. The thickness is spot on, being slightly chewy yet remaining refreshing. Good carbonation levels keep things bright while somehow retaining a velvety texture.

Overall I think this is a good example of an estate ale. Sierra Nevada has managed to showcase the malt and to some extent, the hops. I wish the fresh nature of the hops was a little more apparent, but I dug the malty flavors a lot. I probably won't buy more than a couple of these a year at the pricepoint, but it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a bottle two days back. At $10, there was definite sticker shock, but I was intrigued by the concept and had to try it.

A: This doesn't really look like an IPA, it's just so deep in its reddish amber hues that I'd mistake it for something else. There's a dense off-white head with rather excellent retention lacework is pretty stellar too.

S: The nose is rather muted, with some hop bitterness, a little astringent in character, and a fair bit of caramel malt. Hop character is primarily citrus peel-like,Disappointingly, there really isn't much character on the nose.

T: Opens with a mild bitterness that's mostly citrus/orange in character with a mildly chalky character. Bitterness is a little too low, though the flavor is OK. Way more sweetness than is needed, and this just amplifies the need for more bitterness here. Sweet caramel, almost syrup-like. Rather disappointing. Sweet on the finish with a touch of bitterness

M: Medium in body with medium carbonation, this is way sweeter than it needs to be, and could use plenty more bittering hops.

D: At $10 a bottle, I feel burned here. Ouch. While I could drink it all, it's not really worthy.
*Edit: I poured out the last 6-8oz of this beer. I just didn't enjoy it too much, it had nothing that I was looking for.

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

a very clean, copper color with an off white head that holds well and leaves vey nice lace. actually, don't want to get too redundant, so i'll say this about this very tasty, very clean hoppy(ish) beer: "terroir" isn't usually a term associated with beer, but here, it is more than valid, and i believe that anyone who has been to chico knows it and anyone who hasn't can experience their gorgeous place through the unique and genuine smells and tastes in this beer. it's really nice. amazing as a matter of fact. a step in the right direction that would be crucial for beer lovers. we've got a brewery here in va that is doing the same thing, and it's also amazing. shout out to full nelson in a can!!! amazing. love it. more.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep copper with a fluffy creamy head and incredible lacing. great retention! just beautiful!

i did not get much scent, mainly light floral and citrus hops and deep malts

nice light hop bitterness that starts out light and progresses into more bitterness as you swallow leaving a nice light bitter pine aftertaste. malts are quite hidden actually. not as big as i expected but balanced.

perfect carbonation, great body, and super easy to drink

i could drink this up and down but the price was a bit high. i love this but for 66% less i can get the southern hemi (which i prefer over this) and the regular harvest ale. i am glad i was able to try this and monster kudos to SN what they put into making this. it was a treat to drink.

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

Truly an enjoyable beer!

Pours a clear copper color with a big, fluffy tan head. Beers that look this good help me understand why appearance counts. It looks like a solid brew.

I get a nice floral hoppiness as I bring the glass in close, and the taste follows through on the promise. Not as intense as a DIPA, nor should it be, but a solid pine resin flavor that goes well with the citrus of the aroma. Dry, slightly bitter finish, but exceptionally smooth until then.

If this beer were the same price as the wet hop harvest ale from last year, I would be buying cases of the stuff right now. As it stands, I am just happy to be sampling the first bottling of this effort.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Pehlman for sharing and allowing me to pour this fresh brewed beer into my tulip glass.

A: Poured a very deep copper color with fluffy oat hued head and cob web-like lacing.

S: Vegetative aromas up front that reminded me of some sort of spinach leaf. I was also able to pick up some pine-like and sweet malt character, but that vegetative smell dominated this aspect of the beer.

T: Broccoli and spinach upfront, sweet malt in the middle, and extremely hard bitter finish. A palate wrecker to say the least and was at times, hard to even drink.

M: Kind of a surprise, but this beer was full bodied and had a creamy/oily feel. Nice.

D: The over top bitterness was heavy on the palate, but flavor wise, this brew had a nice flavor profile that enjoyed for most of my glass.

Overall: Not a bad beer and something I would probably consume again...but I was a little let down to be honest. Cheers!

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Photo of largadeer
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Pours a very dark but perfectly clear amber. Sierra Nevada can't seem to restrain themselves with the dark malts. A small white head retains nicely. The nose is caramel, mineral, toast and c-hops. Very light hop aroma here. The taste is caramelly, semi-sweet, toasty and nutty with a subtle but fresh floral hop character. Medium-bodied with a semi-crisp finish. This is a decent beer that probably would have been a hell of a lot better with a simpler malt bill. Hardly worth the $10 they're asking for it.

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Sierra Nevada Estate Brewers Harvest Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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