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RATINGS: 1514   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 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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Pours hazy amber with big off white head. Aromas of pine and citrus. Slightly sweet flavor with moderate hop bitterness balanced nicely by the malt. Has that typical Sierra Nevada flavor. Very nice. Medium body with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I will definately have this again. One of the top brews by SN.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Pour was an attractive, rich copper color with an off-white, two finger tall head that produced sheets of lacing. The aroma was citrus, floral hops, pine hops, very little malt and some sort of spicy, almost peppery aroma that was slightly off-putting. The flavor followed suit with the flavor of olive oil somehow coming through. The mouthfeel was average and the finish was expectedly bone dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle. Orange/copper color with a substantial frothy off-white head. Sheets of lacing. Bright orangey and floral fresh hop aromas. Caramel malt flavor infused with a rich dose of fresh hop--citrus and tea--with a minty finish. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. This got me excited about fresh hopped ales again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kodos (205) - USA - JUN 22, 2008
Nice long lasting head on the pour, slight lacing. spicy/piney nose typical of the style. Well balanced sweetness with a bitter finish. Interesting but not too far from the regular Pale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Clear amber pour with nice sized off-white head. Grass and floral hoppy nose. Nice fresh citrus up front with a little grassy flavor that really brings the fresh hoppy flaovr into tact. Good balance between hops and malt that lead to a clean dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (904) - 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 (2436) - 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 (5538) - 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!


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