JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 edition;24 oz bottle. Pours a wonderful burnt orange, rustic color with amazing head, and significant lacing. Great aromas, not as intense as I anticipated, but an abundace of pine with a slight citrus was exceptional. The flavor was extremely unique and wonderful. It had had a somewhat complex core of caramel matls upfront, with a bready finish. Then almost immediately, the hops explode and take over your palate with extremely fresh/bitter notes, with a nice flavor profile of hop reminants...the oily effect of the resins and residues are obvious. The finish is bitter and long, as expected. The IBUís are there, just not as much as it "could be" for my liking. If it were 10% more bitter, especially on the finish, it would be an extraordinary beer. Still is extaordinary in my book. The absolute best Sierra Nevada brew Iíve had...and the best edition thus far (2007).
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Caponeís. Clear orange/ruby color. Sweet caramel malt nicely balances the pine hops. Taste was a bit fruity; like a caramel apple, with the fresh hops oozing. Nice crisp and bitter finish.
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 24ozíer. 2007 11th edition. The stuff is definitely floral and green in the taste, but I donít see whats the big deal, being "wet hopped" and all. Medium pine aroma with breadish malt and a touch of citrus. Definitely a pleasing appearance though, deep amber and plenty of lacing. Mediocre but enjoyable, the finish is the only shining star in my book. Fresh bitterness lingers for a long time. I like it better than your typical SN Pale Ale.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24oz. Pours a filtered, bronze, amberish color with a nice milky white head. Great lacing. Aroma is piney hops - very piney- with a nice malt balance. Some grapefruit in there too. Freshness is apparent - I donít think Iíd be able to blindly figure out this was a wet hopped beer but knowing the background of this the difference is noticeable and nice. Smooth, balanced, nicely bitter taste. Piney. Semi-creamy mouthfeel. Kind of reminds me of a less bitter, more aromatic, and more drinkable Celebration ale. This is a winner all around.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz bottle. Poured an orange color. Smell was subdued, light malt with some hops. Taste was fairly straight forward. Nicely balanced with more bittering flavors than flavor hops. Not very floral or citrusy but still nice. ends on a nice bitter note. Not my favorite but worth a try.
cheap (4525) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Has a mild sweet strong ale aroma that seems like itís gonna kick. Ever so slightly darker than the ubiquitous pale yellow beer. Tea froth head. Barely any carbonation. First taste is quite bitter and unrefined. Each sip leaves a bitter bite on the back of my throat. Much more than expected. Could qualify as an IPA, then oh, I see that it is! I thought this was a fest beer from the label. Perfumy aftertaste. Overall, a little too much for my girlie taste buds. Bitter lingering medicinal finish.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
crystal clear orange amber with a nice white head that settles into a thin film. ok lacing. aroma......wow...just great fresh green hops. green almost piney hoppiness and grapefruit hint of caramel. a hint of cattiness. nice bittersweet caramel backbone leads you into the green piney grapefruit hoppy goodness that is to come. bittersweet grapefruit finish with a nice dose of caramel and pine. medium body. lively carbonation with a nice smooth mouth feel. well done. by far my favorite beer from this brewer.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice fluffy head, with pretty transparent caramel color. That is caramel/gold Iíd say. A nice hop smell with a slight hint of malts. Love the malt smell, but to tell you the truth I think they held back on the aroma hops. I do not know if they dry hopped this, but when I dry hopped a batch of brew it seemed to have the same effects, as far as lacking on the hop aroma, as I didnít think it would. I have heard Sierra Nevada dry hops a lot. The hops are pleasant and smell nice. Very hoppy taste. The hops are very ripe and fresh tasting. The hops are nice and bitter, not off or anything. The I.P.A.s are supposed to have a very hoppy taste, but I could use some malt taste in this beer. The beer is inbetween thin and creamy. Not a great palate, but average. For a Harvest Ale, I was hoping for a well rounded knock my socks of beer, all I got was an average I.P.A.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24 oz fat-shaped bottle. Pours a clear (not cloudy) dark amber color with a huge off-white foamy head... and nice lacing, i.e. thick chunks of foam that stick to the sides of the glass. Very pretty. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, bready, fresh... with a little bit of maple sweetness. Has a specific autumn-ish smell that I canít pinpoint, but it smells wonderful. Strong hop flavor... not overly bitter, well-balanced and smooth. Good brew. =)
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sierra Nevadaís Harvest Ale poured a crystal clear copper with moderate carbonation slowly creeps to the surface. A two finger extremely creamy and sticky white head formed on the pour. It was strange but the pour almost created a cascade effect, short lived but cool. Leaves big clumpy lacing.
At first the aroma has a tough time fighting through the incredibly creamy head. When it subsides I get a little better idea of what Iím in for. Up front comes dripping pine sap with a squeeze of unsweetened grapefruit and lingering hop resin. After some warming a solid caramel backbone comes through to even things out a bit.
Smooth caramel malt lays a perfect canvas for the true showcase of this beer, the hops. Fresh vibrant hops come across the palate creating a variety of flavors None overpowering the last and all in perfect harmony. Unsweetened grapefruit is swept aside by sweetened grapefruit and orange. The resiny somewhat leathery hops come through toward the middle easing out the citrus and leading into a lingering pine sap finish. An excellent fresh hopped pale ale.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that keeps things lively without running its course too quick. Bitterness wasnít much at first but piles on itself sip after sip.
I canít hardly drink this beer fast enough. Itís sip after sip without a problem. If Iím not careful it will be gulp after gulp.
After reading reviews on Harvest Ale in the past I always hoped it would be bottled. Finally, the time is here. Itís too bad a brew like this canít be produced all year because I would buy it by the case.