highibus (755) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at 1702 poured a nice amber color with thin white head. excelent lacing in the glass. nice flavor balance of malt to hops, arom is slightly muted due to cold temp. nice lingering hop finish.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz bottle of the 2008 first release. Pours a light copper with a creamy beige head. The smell of hops rise from the surface as herbal with some pine and lemongrass accompanied by doughy caramel malts. Smooth slick body. The doughy caramel and toffee malts interweave with citrus, lemongrass, grapefruit, herbal and grassy hops. Finishes bitter with herbal hops and spice lingering. I’d be able to drink a lot of these.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 2008 inaugural release, 24 oz. bottle, sampled in a imperial pint glass. The Sierra Nevada website has a wealth of information about this latest release in the Harvest Ale series, like the varieties of New Zealand hops that are being utilized (Pacific Hallertau, Motueka and Southern Cross).
L: Cloudy tarnished copper with golden highlights towards the bottom of the glass, beige head of frothy, fluffy foam that slowly dissipated into a nice creamy crown. Plentiful amount of swiss cheese-like lace rings the brim of the glass. Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is one attractive looking, taste inducing APA, everything screams quality.
S: The first hop smells I notice is a sweet citrus and berry fruitiness, followed by orange blossoms, earthy herbs and pine oil. Further whiffs bring out a light hop spiciness and lemongrass. At the edges is traces of caramel and sweet breads, the malts take a backseat to the hops, but definitely bring a delectable framing to the hop scents. The more I take this in, the more my mouth waters for a taste.
F&T: Heavenly, luxuriously airy and creamy mouthfeel, silky smooth, oily on the tongue with a mild hop prickliness. Sweet hop tastes of strawberries and oranges in the beginning, then woody herbs, oily grapefruit and lemon peels, evergreen needles and lemongrass. Towards the end of the taste brings out flavors of herbal hop oils and a drying Saaz-like spiciness. The malts play a supporting role, adding a little sweetness to hop tastes, sugary caramel and toasted, grainy bread. Semi-dry finish, a tempting dryness that makes you want to take another sip. I had to restrain myself from gulping this down, thats just how delicious I found this to be.
Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale showcases the brewing skills at Sierra Nevada, another first tier beer from this California brewery. I am looking forward to trying the upcoming releases this late summer and early fall in the Harvest Ale series, must tries for anyone who loves the taste of hop infused beers.
markwise (4786) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I did not like this beer. It had the dry aroma of latex gloves and a taste to match. It poured a golden amber color with a small white head. I could detect notes of sour orange with citrus flavors, but there was an overpowering latex flavor to it with a hop bite at the finish.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24oz bottle. Deep golden color with a large rocky white head. Soft herbal hop aroma with candied citrus accents. Acrid, floral hop bitterness with a minty herbaceous character. Some caramel, biscuit underneath hop flavors. Ruddy, spicy hoppiness in the finish, with a heavy lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008, First Release Bottle. A really pretty beer, pours with a largish, tight, off-white head covereing a chill hazed amber body with lots of fine lacing. Aroma of apricot, tangarine, caramel. Bitter fresh hop taste with some light malt. It is plenty bitter towards the finish with a light alcohol presence. Lively bubbles and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Solid IPA overall.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-copper pour with a big off-white head that fades to great lacing. Wet pine aroma with a healthy amount of orange peel. Loads of pine, grapefruit, and orange peel flavor. Nutty, toasty, sweet malts. Little bit of black pepper. Oily medium-full body.
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.