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RATINGS: 1429   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Pours a very clear medium amber with a tall frothy off-white head. Very sweet, slightly flowery hop aroma. Extremely smooth, there’s nothing like a fresh harvest IPA. The malt character isn’t too powerful with just a light refreshing sweetness at first that lingers into the bold but tingling and satisfying hop finish. Slightly bitter, and very floral. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutch23mp (267) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
very much on par just a great hop taste without going over board. Appearance is tops med red with a head that is long lasting and full. Winner!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
22oz bottle–pours a big foamy light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is sweet citrus-lemon/pine/grapefruit hops, some medium malt-cardboard. Taste is medium malt-cardboard/caramel then pine/grapefruit/herbal hops. Mid to aftertaste some alcohol. Then half way through some aspirin/tannins come out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Bottled. Very nice and unique tasting IPA. Nice work from Sierra Nevada. Pours a nice copper colour, solid medium head and decent lacing. Grapefruit aroma with a little sweetness. Very nice blend of hoppy resin and spice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4310) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Pours amber into a shaker. Fluffy off-white head with excellent retention leaves spider lacing as it recedes. Resin and mild grapefruit from front to back. A little thin.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8395) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2008
A very enjoyable hoppy brew. Hoppy citrus aroma, yes like an APA. Lots and lots of foam in my cup, that cushioned the mouthfeel and the hops were so pleasant and easily drinkable. Great summer refreshment.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2008
pours brilliant copper color with a big of white head. taste is similar to snpa, but more bitter. i must say, i expected more out of this beer... but i do love the oversized stubby bottle...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle 24 fl. oz. A hazy, copper color with thick, off-white head. Nice longevity. Powerful, resiny hop aroma with a light malty backbone. Medium body with a soft texture and long lasting, dry bitter finish. Fairly sweet caramel flavor is followed by a crisp, hoppy, soapy bitterness. Although very flavorful and nicely balanced, i agree this one does not taste as fresh as the regular harvest ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
New Zealand hops have a bad reputation among many brewers, and this beer shows me why. The bitterness is rough and bracing. The flavor is somewhat catty and earthy. I like a little pine-sol but this is too much. Its not that its horrible, its a well made beer you would expect from SN, but its just not that good. The idea that this beer is in the top 90% percentile of IPAs is beyond absurd. A for effort, C for crappy hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Standard brass-amber color with a thin, but firm head. Aroma that has a minty-grass, light herbalness to it--understated, but nice. Flavor is similar to chinook hops, with nice bitterness, but with the complexity of mintiness and perhaps some lemony herbalness. I am guessing they used Green Bullet hops. Interesting and enjoyable.


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