Sierra Nevada Harvest Wild Hop IPA - Neomexicanus Varietal

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  1. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey

    From Facebook: "We are PUMPED about our Harvest Wild Hop IPA, out today. This is the first beer to introduce the American native Neomexicanus Medusa hop to the national stage. Nicknamed for its multi-headed cones, this hop is as gnarly as it sounds."

    (From Sierra Nevada's Website)

    Taste an all-new hop native to the western wilds.
    Available December 2014.

    A few years back, we caught wind of rogue hop heads in the Southwest who began collecting some of the wild hops they found while scrambling down hillsides near their home in New Mexico. These bizarre, multi-headed, native U.S. cones have a flavor like nothing we’ve tasted, and for the first time, we’re showcasing their unusual melon, apricot and citrus aromas and flavors in our beer. Neomexicanus is the literal wild card in our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.
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  2. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Been looking forward to this because it's Sierra Nevada but even more so because of the hop from New Mexico.
  3. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey

    I think the Harvest series has been a little hit or miss... a lot of variation in the series in terms of quality. That being said, I'm always in to get a bottle, because when it's good, it's REALLY good
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  4. bleakies

    bleakies Maven (1,319) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    Far out. Every brew in this series has been well worth the money.

    (Though opinion on this point varies. Heh.)
  5. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Pooh-Bah (1,907) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    When you say variation in terms of quality, what do you mean? There I those that I have preferred over others, but I haven't found any that I viewed as a low quality product. Taste is subjective, quality is a bit more objective. Not being a dick, just wasn't sure if there was a beer that I missed that was bad.
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  6. Redneckwine

    Redneckwine Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2013 Washington

    Wet and wild, just how I like my... Hops. Yeah, hops.
  7. sukhoi584th

    sukhoi584th Aspirant (256) Jun 20, 2010 California

    So is this out today, or in 2+ weeks?
  8. Duckworths

    Duckworths Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 North Carolina

    I liked this a lot when I tried it at the brewery in Chico a couple weeks ago.
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Looking forward to this one.
  10. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2009 Connecticut

    All of these beers have been awesome in my opinion. The single hop being the best. Pulled a lot of berry from that one. Very unique hop.
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  11. BillManley

    BillManley Pundit (825) Jul 2, 2008 North Carolina

    It's available at the brewery in California and at the Torpedo Room in Berkeley, but should be working its way onto store shelves within the next two weeks. So, I guess the answer to your question is Yes.
  12. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    Is this the "Wet & Wild IPA" at the taproom?
  13. WiscoTerr

    WiscoTerr Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2014 Colorado

    Can't wait to try this. Been pretty happy with this series overall, and was very impressed with the the wet hop #4. I especially can't complain on any of these at 4.99 a bottle.
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  14. tkdchampxi

    tkdchampxi Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2010 New Jersey

    I don't think any have been a "low quality product" from a craftsmanship standpoint. I just mean some have been great, and others have been less than average from a taste standpoint.
  15. derailment

    derailment Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2010 Ohio

    Wow, I just had a chance to try this beer and really liked it! Not being big on descriptors, the first thing that came to mind when I swirled the glass was the memory of an aroma from a beer I had back in the early 80's. Can't remember which one, but the aroma brought back some wonderful but forgotten memories. Really crisp and cleansing unlike beers that utilize Euro hops. Well done SN and hats off to Todd for developing another tool for the brewing industry!
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  16. GameOfBeers

    GameOfBeers Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I want this!!!
  17. SCW

    SCW Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2004 New York

    Bill - just tried this on tap the other night - phenomenal stuff. As a matter of fact, it was so good that I persuaded three of my friends with me to order it as well, and we all had multiple glasses.

    Thank you for the innovative and delicious brew.

  18. BillManley

    BillManley Pundit (825) Jul 2, 2008 North Carolina

    Wow! Thanks for the feedback.
    The Neomexicanus varietal(s) have really knocked my socks off from a flavor perspective. I can't think of another similar hop and with such a cool back story, how can you not love it? As these hops mature a bit (from a growing perspective) I hope we'll see this grow in scale and popularity. I also hope in future years they growers can get the alpha up, because it takes a LOT of hops to get a great aroma with this year's crop at 2.4% alpha acid!

    We're already brewing with the first experimental hop for 2015. I'm really looking forward to this next one as well. I think this will be the first commercial use, so I have high hopes.

    I appreciate the kind words (and I love seeing you on the boards)


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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    “…because it takes a LOT of hops to get a great aroma with this year's crop at 2.4% alpha acid!”

    Bill, I know that it takes a lot of low alpha acid hops to achieve IPA bitterness levels. Is there a correlation between alpha acid level and aromatics (i.e., essential oil amounts)? Do you need to add more low alpha acid hops for the end of boil/dry hop addtions?


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  20. rather

    rather Initiate (0) May 31, 2013 California

    tried my first bottle the other night and it tastes great. I can't imagine how the hops will be if growers can get aa up
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