Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Nice balance. Lots of citrus hops, which were very similar to West Coast hops, but slightly different. Plenty of malt to back things up. This IPA ranks right up there with some DIPAs.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium orange with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left good lacing. The aroma was light to moderate caramel malt and a little grain, and lots of citrus (lemon, lime, orange and mostly grapefruit) hops. The intensity of the aroma went in and out though. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, grapefruit and other citrus hops and some floral hops that reminded me of roses. The medium body was sort of oily and juicy with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
blipp (6200) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours orange copper with an off white head. Sweet citric and floral aroma with some nice spicy hop notes coming through. Smooth body. The flavor is well balanced, floral, spicy and grassy. Very nice.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle.Yum! Great deep amber color and light bright head. Wonderful fruity hoppy light pine nose. Top half of glass is light fruity hoppy crisp. Last drink peppery and round. Spicy. At $4.49 a pop I’ve got to go stock up on a couple of these.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge head on a bronze-amber body, grassy, woody hops with a hint of spiciness. Warm, inviting, heavy with a dry, pure, bitterness that lasts a long time. Heady, some alcohol apparent. Really fresh and nice, a bit too heavy for a springtime ale. Overall, a well done beer.
JFGrind (1848) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unique idea, using hops from New Zealand to make a strong Sierra Nevada IPA. Its the style the brewery does best, and Southern Hemisphere Harvest is no exception. Strong C-hops, well backed by caramel malts. At four bucks a bottle its a great value, too.
LearninBeer (381) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2010 Big head, excellent lacing, big hop aroma, flowers, pine and citrus. The color is an orange/copper and cloudy. The initial flavor is creamy, back of the tongue bitter the hops just roll in your mouth, very nice.
10/14/2010 - Having a 2009 edition; Aroma - very good 7; Appearance - Cloudy copper/orange 3; Taste - A little flat some bitter 6; Palate - The body is medium, texture creamy, carbonation average, finish bitter & long 4; Overall 17, still fricking good.
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich coppery color with thick frothy off-white head and intense lacing. Aroma is very resinous, citrusy and earty. To me, this smelled like a fresh Bigfoot, but without all of the intense alcohol and maltiness. Taste is intense hoppy with a huge citrus profile and with a nice caramel backbone. Very well balanced, it’s like Celebration Ale and Bigfoot combined.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24oz - 2008 Version - Poured a dark orangish amber in color with a small white head that stuck around. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong of citrus and pine hops along with a fair amount of malty sweetness. Flavor is not as intense, but still filed with lots of hops. Slightly sweet and malty initially, but definitely hoppy and medium bitter in the middle and finish. I like this one...
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pleasant aroma, piney, deep, almost soapy. This is quite a bitter beer. I mean there is a nice light sweet body, little bit nutty, caramel. But for the most part, some very bitter, piney, resinous flavors persist.
EithCubes (5024) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Bottle. Have been waiting some time for this, hope it’s as good as it would have been two months ago. Lovely hop aroma, heavy citrus and pine, light resin and lychee. Wood and earth with some caramel and more of that lovely SN breadiness. Amber pour with a fluffy, rocky, steady, spoonable large beige head. Bittersweet taste, a bit candyish. Doesn’t really dry out all that much, though does finish with warm bread and a strong bit of spice. Sweaty, woody tones under the dulled citrus are what make this work. Earthy hops and caramel with light pine. Faintest hint of peach, similarly light black pepper and black tea leaves. Smooth light body but not watery. Balanced and classy, well worth the wait.