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RATINGS: 1797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor- bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor and aroma that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year- once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features "wet" or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the bine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Rating #800:
Amber in colour with a dense tan head. Aroma perfectly balanced between hops and malt, favouring a perfumey hop character. Medium-bodied; Definate hop flavour balanced by malt and caramel. Aftertaste clean despite all the hops. Overasll, a good beer, but not the best APA i've ever had! I had this on draught at Siné in Arlington, Virginia on 23-November-2003.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2009 Tap @ Barclay’s (8 4 8 4 17). Dark amber color with a foamy off-white head. A wonderful aromatic hop nose with sweet berries and floral notes. Bursting with flavor, this pale ale has a hint of spice to compliment the balanced malt and hops. Bottle (6 5 6 3 16). A rich amber color with a foamy off-white head. A bread and earthy malt aroma with a fruity hop finish. Not nearly as fresh and elegant as the tap version I originally had.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
haddon90 (1490) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Rating #300 is a special one for me. I've been searching for this beer since I've been on this site and finally found it thanks to Jeremy (jgb9348)! Full bodied, deep copper color with a nice hoppy lacing tan head. Very strong hop presence in the aroma. Strong hoppy taste! A typical Sierra Nevada hoppy brew! I really enjoyed it. Some fruit in the flavor as well. Very well balanced, and the best Pale Ale I've had. Borderline to an IPA in my opinion. A definite must have!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
I could hardly believe my eyes when i saw this in Grand Forks,they can't get Bigfoot but they managed to procure this one.Brownish/red color,small head that had a decent staying power.The aroma was citrus and hops,very floral.Mildly sweet taste with a generous hop presence and citrus,grapefruit and possibly lemon,the brew turned to bitter,sweet in the middle and at the end of the tasting.The after taste was grapefruit and hops and medium bitter,very interesting brew.,and a brew that would be nice to have around more often.I guess the reall person to Thank is the lady who owns the dist.in Red Lake Falls who managed to provide this to the bar.It's nice to see a fine brew show up once in awhile,and this lady seems to be searching for those brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Bottled by Hopsrus. I was suprised that the brew had a decent amount of carbonation after bottling from a keg. Poured an light amber carmel hue. Aroma was not what i was expecting-more spicy/malt/pine thing going on. This brew is all about the fresh hops, piney piney piney!!! Very dry finish with lingering fresh "green" hops. It seems to me that they use cascade and chinook hops for this one-very dry and piney! For some reason, this reminded me of Stone Pale due to its nice balance of crystal malts and piney hops. Thanks again Hopsrus(john)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
Great stuff. Orange-amber. Big hoppy nose, expected it to be so, but actually surprised by the intensity. Flavor is aggressive, sharp, hoppy, young, and very fresh. Lots of pine, a bit of perfume. Nice malts as well, finishing well. Slightly sweet, nice creamy palate. Bold, aggressive, damn good stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
This elixir pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and hoppy with notes of grapefruit and pine and a touch of malt for balance. The flavor is slightly sweet but mostly bitter, piney and hoppy with a touch of citrus and a subtle maltiness. THe finish is bitter and piney. Medium bodied, slightly tingly and relatively smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Draft. I wasn't sure quite what to expect, but Sierra Nevada didn't let me down. This draft beauty was brown with amber highlights and a medium white head. Nice bracing hoppy aroma, slightly sweet with plenty of citrus and pine. Roasted malt flavor with a delicious assertive hop character and bitter finish. Medium body with creamy carbonation. An excellent APA. With the assertive hop profile, at first taste, I almost thought that they might have poured the Stone PA instead which was the next tap over. But this definitely showed its own character and flavors as I went along.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2003
Bottled by the one and only hopsrus: Pours an amber copper color with a half inch of off-white head which leaves a thin sticky lace as it subsides. Very fresh floral hop aroma fills the room. Body is nicely caramely sweet with plenty of hoppy twang toward the finish. Incredibly smooth and balanced. An abundance of crystal malt and fresh hops. This is a great APA and I never thought I have the luxury of enjoying this in the comfort of my own home. Thank you hopsrus!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 Draft: Very clear and deep red-rust with a nice head. Very toasted and roasted malts with a sweet side. Light nutty flavors, too. "Quenchy" hops with a decent bitterness in the finish. Very tasty and easily enjoyed. RERATE (2007 version): Chestnut-amber hue. Foamy, lasting off-white head. Fresh, "green" nose, with a "cakiness" to it, too. Crisp and sharp mouthfeel, but it also had an interesting soft and creamy side to it, too, mainly in the middle. Malts were full of bread dough (only a mild sweetness) and dark grains. Hops were sharp and snappy, with black pepper, evergreen and bitter citrus (orange rind). Healthy amount of drying bitterness. Good stuff! 2009: Toasty, cracker-like malts. Zingy, green and grassy hops. Snappy, tasty beer.


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