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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

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Added by Jmoore50 on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wspscott
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: Dark orange in color with a thick fluffy white head (looks like marshmellow fluff), lots of lace.
S: Lots of citrus, a little bit of spice, some floral sweetness
T: A wave of hoppiness hits in the front, but it doesn't come across as super bitter, the taste doesn't match the aroma, it seems much more spicy vs. citrus. The taste really lingers becoming more bitter. As it warms up, a little bit of earth/dirt becomes apparent.
M: High carbonation and some oily hops, the hops really cover/coat my mouth.
D: A nice IPA, given they grew/malted their own barley, I wish there were more malt characteristics here. Good not great beer, I will probably buy next year's version just to see if they make changes, but I won't buy another one of this year's version. Worth trying.

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Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I see a clear copper colored brew with a big chewy grey-tan colored head and solid lacing. The aroma has a light, nutty orange citrus edge. This is a mid-bodied brew with a somewhat creamy feel. Lots of blended grass and citrus/pine hops with a cereal and barley base that is pretty enjoyable with clover and honey notes. Drinkability is good and this is another fine offering from SN but not the most memorable of the group.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle on 12/28/09

A - pours a hazy burnt orange with a little bit of foam

S - citrus hops jumpout at you at first with a malty backbone

T - nice lemon and orange hoppiness up front with an earthy bitter finish

M - crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation

D - very flavorful, could drink alot of this one

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Photo of atsprings
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass a crisp bubbly dark orange with a nice khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops in front of sweet malts. The taste is an interesting blend of citrus hops with sweet pale malts and slight sweet fruits. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This one impressive for the effort that went into it, but not as good as their other IPAs.

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

Poured from 24oz 1st edition browner into a 14 oz pint glass (twice).

A: Got about two fingers of off-white head. The body was a reddish amber color with good lacing.

S: Citrusy hop aroma, yeasty and some sort of candied fruit. Kind of a semi-sweet skittles candy.

T: Mild mouthfeel. Slight hop aftertaste - fruity, not bitter. Very clean palette with those candied fruits and some bready malts.

M: Good hop finish.

D: Reminiscent of their Celebration Ale.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge SN fan and was excited to find this at my local liquor store. A bit pricey, but for an amazing brewery, I figured I'd buy a couple.

Served in a Duvel tulip

A: Beautiful deep amber with mahogany hues. Succulent 2 inch, fluffy white head that lasts for quite a while. Carbonation is perfect, not too powerful and not too weak. Looks just like a beer should, seductive and inviting. Picture perfect for me.

S: Not a ton of aroma. I do get some definite cascade hops with a hint of grapefruit and some pine. The malts are there with some caramel sweetness and some faint breadiness.

T: Solid tasting brew with a nice blend of hop and malt balance. I taste mostly cascades with citrusy grapefruit character going to a more piney flavor. A bit earthy as well. The hops aren't that strong for an IPA. The malts are a bit more exciting with some nice light caramel flavors and a hint of breadiness. Just enough malty sweetness to keep it interesting. I would like a bit more flavors from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied. Smooth, crisp and finishes clean. Classic Sierra Nevada.

D: This was an excellent beer. I like the idea of an "Estate" ale. I would definitely buy it again, but unfortunately the 10 dollar price tag brings down the drinkability just a touch. If this were 6 bucks, I'd give it a 4-4.5. Despite this I'd buy it again. Can't wait to try next year's batch.

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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 wardough
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a decent IPA. Although this is not my favorite IPA, Sierra Nevada wins cool points by growing their own barley and hops. Very neat.

A: A nice copper color poured into my glass. A decent head that dwindles down to a tight lacing.
S: Not a ton of hops. Caramel, light citrus.
T: A really nice taste. Sweet, bitter, sweet, and then bitter again with a nice dry aftertaste.
M: Very smooth on the tongue.
D: Honestly, not being a hop bomb, I could drink these all day long!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a nonik glass. After it settles, the beer is a lovely copper color, a tad hazy, with a dense 3-quarters inch head on top, very persistent. Fresh citrus, resinous hops fill out the nose, very bright and perfumy. Hops are by far the dominant flavor, with a very high bitterness, and a load of grassy, dry pine-needle taste, carrying through to a forcibly dry finish.There's little else here. It's a good hop-bomb, certainly, but it's really nothing but a hop bomb.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Red-amber in color, pours with a dense butterscotch head. Even carbonation and nice sticky lacing.

S - Very bright hop notes - lots of grapefruit and flowers. Absent of the astringent character I generally associate with an IPA smell.

T - The first thing I notice is cleanliness - SA beers always have that crisp, 'spring water' taste and I notice it here even more than anywhere else. The hop flavor is well balanced and even with a clean finish, but the taste isn't very complex.

MF/D - The bright flavor and easy finish make this one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, in terms of a "session beer" type of drinkability. For an IPA, I'm not so sure this is a good thing.

I think this is a really fun idea and a good beer. It's not a great beer, but I'm really interested to see them try to grapple with the idea of an Estate beer. I would recommend this more for the idea and experience than the taste itself, which is interesting, and different, but not amazing.

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Photo of hardy008
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger off white head which leaves some lacing. The smell is citrus and floral hops. The taste is bitter, with some sweetness from the malt backbone. Grapefruit and orange flavors are the stongest. Dry and sticky are the best way to describe the mouthfeel, medium bodied, with good carbonation. A good beer, but I wish it came in a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of scottg
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a pint glas.

An estate beer brewed in the US!

Pours a clear light copper coppor with a two finger cloudlike off white head that lasts throughout the entire beer leaving patch lacing down the glass- beautiful looking beer. Aromas of strong grapefruit and light pine with some earthy honey. Up front flavor of grapefruit leads to a grainy, biscuit malt profile with a resiny pine finish with some bitter lemon rind and a pucker aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

A solid beer from a great brewery. I'm looking forward to future releases from the estate series.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st Release - 2009 Vintage.

Roasted butternut squash done with an extra douse of cinnamon. This certainly looks nice. I bet you could market a line of candles in this colour and they'd sell exceptionally well, especially at fall time. Clarity is appreciated but not as much as the clumpy mound of head. Skiers would love this thing - it is hilly and snow white, like the Sierra Nevada's themselves. How appropriate for an estate ale to even *look* like the place it was brewed?!

I won't lie: I expected Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale to have more hop punch than this. And that, to me, seemed like a fair assumption given that their Harvest Wet Hop ale, the Anniversary Ales, the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop and the regular old Harvest Ale are all gratifyingly (sometimes gluttonously) hoppy. I understand they released a 'wet hop' version of this estate ale but did they save all cones for that one?

The taste isn't doing me any better. Once again, sniff after sniff and sip after sip I anticipate candied grapefruit, spiked citrus juice and resinous pine but I am left with only little impression of any of those things. The malts are decent but also leave much to be desired. Toffee squares, honey-laced pastry and dry unsalted crackers make for a nice tasting beer, just not the outstanding kind I've come to expect from this brewery.

Don't be mistaken, these 24 ounces will be no chore to finish. This is, if nothing else, a good drinking, refreshing, relatively flavourful ale. All of Sierra Nevada's beers are at least that. Actually his really isn't all that much different from their other ales. Whether that is because they seem to recycle a similar recipe between half a dozen or so of their offerings or whether that is the very essence of the term 'terroir' is an open question...

This beer is meant to illustrate terroir; it's intended to be a taste of the brewery, literally, of the land upon which it is situated. Whether you approach beer with well-intended health and/or environmental motivations or whether you just drink it for the gratification of physical appetite, Estate Ale covers all bases. This was definitely good and commendable (if not unprecedented) but here's hoping the second release is a little bit better.

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Photo of beer2day
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy deep orange color with well spaced 2-finger medium cream head. Nice retention and sparse, but thick lacing.

Extremely malty bready nose for a beer this hopped-up. Slight vegetable twinge to the nose.

Very clean hit. Floral tastes come in midway and yield to a clean hop finish.

Lots of malt body here. Almost too much so, drowning out what could be a very good hop presence.

Heaviness of the body brings this down a bit.

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Photo of Geuzedad
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Riik3
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of irishpride
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half finger tan head atop an amber slightly hazy brew, some cloudy ribbons of head and a ring. Carbonation is slow and lazy, minor lace. Smell is citrus, aromatic Earl Grey tea, lavender - very nice. Taste begins with a citrus, grapefruit punch that gives way to a barley malt finish but it's a bit one-sided with bitterness and astringency coming to the fore. Medium body, sufficiently refreshing but a little bit gassy. ABV at 6.7 per cent is reasonably well handled. This is a first edition for Sierra Nevada and it's not bad ... my feeling is that it will only get better after this years edition.

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Photo of Morgoth
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

I poured this one from a 24oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep amber color with a 1.5" yellow/tan head. The head retained well and left lots of lace stickage all over my glass.

S= Smelled of hops for sure, mostly with pine and floral notes. The malt was detectable but not very strong as compared to the hops. Alcohol very evident especially as this beer warmed.

T= Like the aroma this was definitely hop forward. To my palatte this was very piney with less in the way of citrus and floral notes (though all were present to some extent). Very dry bitterness seemed a bit rough around the edges. The malt base was there but seemed a little husky and overwhelmed by the hops...could have used more malt sweetness IMO. Finish was bitter and showed some alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium body with a crisp carbonation feel. A bit dry.

D= A solid effort and unique because of the ingredients all being grown by SN. This tasted a lot like Celebration Ale to me. Not my favorite SN hop delivery vehicle but a worthy one nevertheless.

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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