FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extra points for the conceptual awesomeness of this beer. I drank a bomber of this with a bowl of chili, it was a great choice. Also, I was fully expecting my pee to make the toilet flush the other way around, very disappointing! But seriously, there is something... authentic about the hop flavor here, not surprising though, considering the source.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 24 oz. bottle. White head with a copper hue. Some mild pine on the aroma. Kind of thin on the body. Some light caramel malt and hops. Flavor doesn’t hang long. OK.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was strolling through one of my favorite out - of town travels beer stores [bev mo] and this over sized Harvest bottle jumps out at me! At first i thought it was an old fall Harvest, and then i read the Southern Hemisphere, and started to remember reading about the New Zealand charter flights and what not. I hid the bottle behind some other bottles as my arms where already full with other nuggets! On with the review!
The aroma isn’t’ quite what i thought it might be but it’s OK.
Color a dark amber.
Creamy head that leaves a lace and dwindles to a thin ring.
The taste is very much to my liking, [OK subjective] there was a lot of negative Internet vibe as i raced home to gather further research on my recent acquisition. People think this has been advertised or implied as more than what it is. It is actually mild, but if you let it, it is VERY full of flavors. and great bitters even a mild bitter after-taste.
I would LOVE to be able to have this and the fall version available on a regular basis, these are versatile session, dinner, evening, on the porch great ales.
Thank you Sierra Nevada!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz bottle from BevMo: Sunset amber color with a huge fluffy white head. Light sweet fruity nose. Flavor starts caramel sweet followed by citrusy, piney hops. Spicy, peppery, dry orange rind finish. Medium body is tangy with moderate carbonation.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Floral grassy aroma sits atop a rocky and fluffy white head. Amber body, very clear. Tantalizingly hoppy, lots of juicy citrus, some spicy zing of lemons on the swallow. nice light caramel malt base. Very nice - I like this more than the basic Harvest.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color with an off-white foamy head. Flavor: Medium bodied, with strong hops notes and a hint of pine.
bwbeall812 (27) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Poured copper with beige head and well maintained lacing. Lots of piney resin and bitter grapefruit. Super refreshing and a good buy.