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RATINGS: 1480   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Poured from the bottle amber in color with a beige head. Aroma is sweet malt and a floral and citrus hops. Flavor starts out with a maltiness then the citrus hops kick in to provide a great tasting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Bottle pours a crystal clear orange amber with a big lasting head and lots of clingy lace. The aroma is of bready and sweet malt along with some very notable hops. The flavor is starts out sweet and fruity to be followed by some decent hops for a gradual balance. The palate is wet and quenches any thirst. Overall, very well designed and built.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Nice copper color pour with a nicely lacing white head. Floral hoppy aroma dominates, but there is also pine and citrus, and some maltiness. Good hoppy flavor, lots of pine and grapefruit balanced with sweeter malts. Very refreshing, easy drinking IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Tap @ Flying Saucer. Pours a clear orange amber with a thin creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is pine/resin, citrus, and light floral. Flavor is a nice hoppy bite, with more pine and citrus. Sierra Nevada just seems to know how to make highly drinkable IPA’s that work very well for me, good stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2008
I got this just to try, and found it to be a really nice beer. Copper color topped by a great head that laced very nicely on the glass. Hoppiness is there and very healthy, but you can also get the malt. A very well balanced offering from SN. Well worth the price, and one where I can finish the bottle with little effort!

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2008 Pours a copper color with a thick foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is floral, oats and malts but not all that exciting. Smooth citrus hoppy flavor combined with a solid caramel malt base make for a good tasting beer however. Nice hop bitterness. Very solid.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hoplover (166) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Oh my Lord! This is great! The fresh hop brew pours a beautiful clear reddish orange with a darker off white head that sticks around till the fat lady sings. The head gives off this most interesting aroma. A little nutty aroma, a little flowery, and it smells like grapefruit! Wow! This keeps getting better! The flavor is very intense but not harsh with too much bitterness. The bitterness is there but it’s smoothed out by the malts used..... gotta be some medium roasted malts that gives the reddish hue. By the way, it leaves a oh so delicate lace in its trails..... a wonderful sight indeed. A little alcohol warmth ( which is nice ). Definently my favoite IPA or close... very close. The fresh hops give a wonderful complexity to the brew. My first wet hop ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Darkened orangey amber pour. Huge, pillowy whiteish head. Very sticky stuff. Mild piney aroma, some citrus peels and caramel. Sweet upfront. Mild bitterness, a very fresh, springy pine sap and floral mingling. Light on the lemon, heavy on the grapefruit and the brown sugar. Nice balancing act. Medium density body. Finishes clean and smooth with a fleeting bite. Nice. Good session IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1721) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Pours amber/copper, with a white head. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, caramel, and some malt. Flavor is surprisingly mild, with hops, caramel, malt, and a crisp finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Nice dark amber color with good lacing. Aroma is not very strong, surprisingly. It reminds one of dry autumn leaves. Excellent balance in the flavor between the vegetal hops and lightly sweet malt.


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