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RATINGS: 1458   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 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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Objectively speaking: Another well-crafted pale ale from Sierra Nevada
I like: Never exaggerated crystal malt proportions. Perfectly clean. Growing reserves of lingering bitterness in the finish. Aromatic floral and earthy hops.
I dislike: Frankly not all that different from their other pale ales. Relatively simple, just going from A to B. Did not feel as fresh as the regular harvest ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Medium golden/orange in color Nice sized dirty looking head. Spiced pine hop aroma. A little dry. Flavor is peppery hops up front. Good malt presence for balance. Finish is bitter pine and grapefruit peel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13393) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2008
Bottle - thanks to Sune. Clar dark amber - offwhite head. Resin, grassy, let knækbrød, light roasted, vegetables. High hop bitterness. A bit one dimentioned.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 3, 2008
On Tap at Toronado San Diego. Pours with an amber body topped by a thin head wtih some lacing. It’s slightly sweet adn hoppy with a touch of malt and notes of pine. Medium bodied, tingly and a touch dry.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
2008 - 24 oz bottle. Mostly clear amber orange with large frothy head. Citrusy piney hop aromas over carmelized malt sweetness. Hop flavor is enormous - citrusy piney and floral. A moderate malt sweetness supports the hops well and beer is nicely balanced. Finish is fairly dry with some residual hop bitterness. Gives Bell’s Hopslam a run for the money.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
24oz. bottle (short and squat, unlike bombers - almost like a malt liquor bottle). The beer pours a clear orange with highlights of gold and subtle hints of rouge. The foam pours up thick and tan in color, but doesn’t last long and consists of relatively large bubbles (almost soapy looking). The aroma is spicy and earthy with hops. There is a little bit of bitter grapefruit in there and a decent bit of balancing, sweet, crystal malt. The flavor follows the aroma: bitter and earthy with a firm crystal malt sweetness. There are touches of breadiness and sweet breakfast cereal in the maltiness, too. As the bitterness grows, the bitter citrus/grapefruit and spice grow rather strong. At mid-palate, the beer is quite bitter and dry, and the residual sweetness begins to fade. The finish is dry and spicy, and burps are quite strong with the taste/odor of hops. The mouthfeel has a subtle sting from carbonation - the bubbles are quite evident and the sensation is strengthened by the dry, bitter hoppiness. Overall, a very bitter IPA - quite nice, but a little bit too spicy/catty in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle-1st Release 2008: Deep copper/amber pour with stable tan head. The aroma has some bready caramel malts and light orangey citrus hop notes. Mouthfeel has some prickly carbonation, which mellows eventually. The flavor has a very nice flowery hop presence that mingles very well with the caramelized malt back. The hop flavors in the finish become more resiny and spicy with residual pepper flavors left on the tongue, enticing you to take another sip. A well made & spicy/balanced IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Poured a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head, nce retention. Aroma had a very strong pine like hop profile. Inital fllavor was very hoppy and was balanced out buy a sweet bread-like malt presence. Finish was smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
bottle, from carolina crew get together, brought by emacgee & aubreya. Good aroma, sweet. Citrusy, wet autumn leaves, caramel. Lite brownish orange color, good head, minor lacing. Bitter sweet flavor, like aroma. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Nice one from SN. Could drink it all day long. Aroma had nice blend going on, flavor a bit more one sided, but very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DragonsHead (140) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Very nice. One of the best things I’ve seen from sierra in years. The story of the hops, and the build up almost ruined it for me though. It’s very smooth with a harsh, hoppy backend. Very well balanced though.


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