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RATINGS: 1535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This ale marks our journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere. Our task was daunting-we needed to get the hops picked, dried, flown halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week’s time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents an intriguing floral-citrus aroma leading to layers of fresh-hop spiciness. Enjoy!


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2008
24 oz. bottle. pours hazy copper with a large beige head that sticks around for a while. Smells very floral and grassy. Tastes like icredible amounts of hops packed into one beer. Very bitter, with hints of grass, grains, some citrus, and some pine. Some sweetness in the aftertaste. Excellent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2487) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
24 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy orange caramel with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of floral notes, lemon honey tea, citrus and pine. Taste is hoppy with a floral and citrus presence. Tangy, yet piney.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8860) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2008
On Tap at the Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia in company of Loz, Casey and Traci, on my fortieth birthday 16-11-08. Pours mid amber with a white head. Some fresh green hops and a good sweet thrusting honey bite start proceedings. There is some dryness and a sumptuous crisp and quite stinging hoppy bite on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Sweet, thick and malty with further hops showing, lovely stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2008
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoCaliente (5) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - NOV 30, 2008 does not count
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
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....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2008
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6101) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2008
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.


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