daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. copper pour, white head. Aroma is pine, grass, some grapefuit peel and you can smell the bitterness. And indeed this one is pretty bitter. Very bold hop flavors with pine dominating the front and a very slight balance of malt are overshadowed by the bitter finish. well done beer, but not my style.
SoCaliente (5) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sierra Nevada enjoys an inflated reputation for its beers.
The Southern Hemisphere Harvest comes overloaded with CO2, which both reminds of a bad pub keg draught and hides the flavor.
Yet, if you let this beer sweat and warm up thus letting the CO2 escape, the great flavor steps out.
Once out, the flavor dances on the tongue and gets close to Stone Ruination IPA.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft poured at papago... hazed copper color capped by a creamy tan head. loads of foamy lacing are left on the glass as this one disappears. this smells green... yup, green. also, musty, dirty, earthy, grass, faint citrus, resin and caramel. the flavor is really leafy and dry mixed with touches of caramel, earth and pine. there’s a mild bitterness on the finish but, other than that the finish kinda dies off. medium body. mineral/gritty mouth feel, creamy-ish texture and a parching/dehydrating quality which earns a bonus from me....
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the HobNob in Brevard, NC. Best Sierra beer to date. Insanely drinkable IPA. Pours a fller copper color. Hops are piney somewhat resiny sticky. Carmel mallts balance thing out nicely but hops still forcibly make their presence known. Loved this beer
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
24oz bottle pours a dark orange amber with an large, lasting white head. Aromas are pretty weak, some citrus, some grass and pine, but mostly I get honey. Flavors are ....ok, Hops, malt, citrus, Its a balanced beer with a decent palate. Nothing special for me perhaps I will have to try it sooner next year. Chances are it has faded quite a bit.
JaBier (5739) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 24oz bottle. Pours amber with a huge head. Aroma is of citrus hop and a small bit of honey sweetness. Flavor is mostly hops, with a nice malt balance. Hop bite is more pronounced when fresh, so I better finish off my last bottle quick! UPDATED 6/14/09: Tried a fresh bottle and it’s much more crisp. Upping the flavor to 8 and the overall to 16.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at J. Gumbo’s in Indianapolis. Pours orange/amber with little head. Nose is slightly hoppy, pine & citrus. Taste is caramel backbone with lots of hop bitterness and flavor, earthy, and piny with a strong resiny presence. Tasty beer.
marcus (7822) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This amber ale poured with a rich beige head and a hoppy aroma. This is a seriously bitter beer, but with a nice caramel malt base, so it’s fairly balanced. Some carbonation and a lot of pine and grapefruit.
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber, 6/29/08. Loved the Fall Harvest, excited to try the spring version. Lovely golden color, nice head. Very strong pine aroma. Perfectly balanced, bitter up front, piney, spicy hops dominating but smooth and sweet on the finish. Some grapefruit notes in there for sure. Paired beautifully with some Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar. I think I prefer the Fall harvest, though it’s nice that this one has a bit of a spicy kick.