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RATINGS: 1500   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of spicy, floral, and citrus hops with a touch of sweet malt and caramel. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and a spicy grassy hoppy finish. Very good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle pours copper color with off white head. Has a grassy spicy aroma. Mouthfeel is medium. Has a spicy grassy hop profile with some malt balance on the back side. Not my favorite since I prefer a more citrusy character to my hop ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 10, 2008
24 oz bottle from Hollingshead Deli; Nose of citrus and floral hops; copper with a medium beige head; flavor of caramel, light bitterness, lemon, and light spices; finish light bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimhilt (2458) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly and leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor starts almost sweet but like any IPA the hops are here but not overpowering. Slight bitter, lingering finish. $2.99 for a 24oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma also $4.25 for same bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nik925 (770) - USA - JUN 9, 2008
I loved S.N. Fresh Hop, so I was really excited for this one... it missed the mark. Worth drinking, and interesting to see how Washington Hops stack up against others, but the recipe needs work for next years release.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep amber golden with a small dense head that shows decent retention and some slight lacing. Smell is dominated by citrus and pine hops with a strong aroma of grapefruit and pine resin. Faint malt sweetness present as well. Big pine hop kick up front which gives way to a slightly sweet malt background with some light fruits in there as well. Hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and a bit sticky with hop resin. This one has fairly high drinkability but the bitterness is pretty strong. Still, one of Sierra’s best efforts.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Aroma is a bold fresh hop scent with light citrus tones. Color is a light amber gold with light carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is very bitter and hoppy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp almost sharp feel. Finish comes in bitter, then citrus with just a hint of malt. After taste is a rough bitterness. I’m a little disappointed, its just all bitterness with no other characteristics to balance it out. There original Harvest Fresh Hop Ale was much better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Clear copper to amber colored pour, nice off white head with some very sticky lacing. Nose is citrus and grassy hops, sweet malts, lemony. Wow this has a very nice aroma. Flavor does not dissapointNice balance of citrus and floral, firm bitterness, lots of citrus peel, malt stands up well but is subdued compared to the hops. Finish begins to lean toward a grassy bitterness perhaps a touch of plastic, but not enough to be unpleasant. Body is smooth with medium carbonation. A very nice beer on a hot sticky night in Chicago. .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6172) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2008
bottle, golden orange color, malty citrus nose, citrus hop flavor with a nice bready caramel finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Pours gold/red with a medium white head. Nose is heavily balanced towards floral hops with a hint of biscuit. The flavor is predominately floral and grassy hops, with some grapefruit hops, and a nice malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter. Quite good.


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