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RATINGS: 1489   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 weekís 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (824) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
24 oz. bottle. Poured light copper with off-white head. Spectacular lacing. Sweet, floral nose with touches of pine and citrus frutis. Nice balance. Smooth with spicy bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 [2008 bottle 6.22.08] Pours a hazy glowing amber with a fantastic fluffy foamy beige head that floats around like an iceberg and leaves crazy sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. Sweet honey, slightly toasty, caramel malt aroma with some of the greenest hops Iíve ever smelled. Salty, piney and a touch of toasty honey in the flavor. Really reminds me of Surly Furious but with way more malt balance. Medium/light body with some stickiness and prickly carbonation. A winner... and it is even better out of the tap! 9.5.9.4.17 . . . . . . . . . [2009 bottle 6.26.09] wow... what the hell happened... completely different beer it seems like... 6.3.5.3.11. . . . . . . . . . [2010 bottle, 6.11.10] Gorgeous pour, robust clear glowing amber with a very sticky frothy foamy cream colored head. Aroma is nice but not nearly as hoppy as the 08 which was freaking amazing, toasty biscuity hint of caramel, hint of pine, more fruity soapy. Flavor follows, more like an amber ale, toffee, biscuit, waxy caramel, soapy piney, nutty, lightly piney. Long almost buttery toasty lasting aftertaste with medium bitterness. Medium bodied, waxy with sizzling but fluffy carbonation. Seems like a different beer. 7.4.7.4.14

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
One of the best IPAs period. It seems like a lot of IPAs try to the point of not being able to be consumed more than once in a sitting, not the case here. The aroam takes on a very nice fresh hop quality, with citrus as well. Itís appearance is a orange color with a nice head (white). Itís flavor is hop infused with very fresh citrusy and piney hops. The best quality about this is itís drinkability, many instances I canít have more than 1 or 2 IPAs (12oz), but with this one I can drink 2 or more (24oz) bottles. Very good, very smooth, not watered down, just very well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Wow! This beer is awesome. Itís genius lies in itís balance. Whatever you are looking for in a beer, itís probably here. Looks- Clear, orange color Smells- Floral with earthy tones, little malt Tastes- Hop flavor is all over the place, tasting much like the aroma. There is enough toasty sweetness to balance it and make it drinkable. The hops are not overbearing, I cringe at over-hopped beers, but this is not one. Feels- Soft, gentle mouthfeel, so easy to drink, but watch it! A 24 oz bottle knocked me on my butt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5407) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Bottle. Hazed over amber pour with a bubbly, rocky tan head. Aroma is wet hops, resinous pine and orange peel with a strong caramel malt backbone. Taste is equally hoppy and vibrant. Resinous hop oils blend with citrus peel, conifers and caramel, and a touch of spice. Body is surprisingly chewy while retaining its slickness. Medium-full overall. The carbonation rounds this out while not being intrusive. The finish is capped off by more mouth-watering hop flavors. Lots of pine and citrus, some thick and chewy caramel and soft spice. Very tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Poured a hazed dark orange-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is of fresh citrus and earthy hops with a sweet malty base. Nice mix of malt and citrus and floral/herbal hops. The beer dries out a good bit and quickly. Moderately bitter finish. Light-medium bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Thanks to the Canalís in Princetonís committment to bringing in more and more top quality craft brews, I was able to find this with relative ease. Pours a rich deep amber with tangering highlites with a pretty thick light khaki head and sheets of clingy lacing. Big floral, citrus aroma. More generous helpings of citrus in the flavors - who put hops in my grapefruit juice? Just enough maltiness to balance the aggressive but never overwhelming hop presence. Rich velvety texture and a flavorful, citrusy and mildly bitter and moderately dry finish. A great brew from a legacy craft brewery that shows it can still hold its own with the big boys down the Coast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3583) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2008
I saw this in California and thought that Iíd better be able to get this in Chicago, or Iíd be pretty pissed at my broheims at Sierra Nevada. Then, I found it at Binnyís in Glen Ellen. Pours a cloudy red-orange with a nice off-white head. Awesome Lacing! Great hop aroma. Lots of pine and citrus in the flavor, combined with a great bready malt balance. Finish is bitter, as it should be. Great Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
24 oz. bottle. Brilliant copper color with a significant off-white head. Floral/fruity hop aroma over a lightly roasted caramel. Near medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is smacking good fruity/citrus hop over a bready malty flavor. Seems quite well balanced. Finishes reasonably bitter. Drinks smoothly and easily. Killer ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3450) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2008
Hazy amber,lasting beige head.Fresh hop/light sweet malt nose. Light sweet malt start, long strong hop bitterness.Great balance Another great offering from Sierra Nevada


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