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RATINGS: 1376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Spring   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GraveAtSea (130) - Lublin, POLAND - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. Color: amber, a bit hazy, nice. Big dirty white foam, staying a long time, lacing glass. Aroma: Mild and soft. White fruits, lychees, fresh hop cone, white wine - moscatel, melon. Taste: mainly white fruits, lychees, yellow melon, hop cones a bit caramel and herbs. Good bitterness, not too much strong. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Nice, very drinkable beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerd16 (131) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Malty malty and more malt. Doesnít smell or taste highly hopped. Just a poorly balanced malt-fest....with medium bitterness. If there was any citrus there it must have been eaten by the malt monster. Its only saviour comes in the fact that it has a wonderful facade with an off white 2-finger head and a silky mouth-feel coming from soft steadfast carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flygrade (10) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Stats: Fresh Hop Ale / American IPA / 6.7% / IBU: 66 A: Strong forest-like aroma, hops & spruce, woody. A: Amber/Dark Orange in color with frothy off-white every-lasting head that sits about a 1/4 inch thick on top of the beer. T: Intense hoppy bitterness up front. Surprisingly sweet despite the bitterness. Fresh New Zealand hops mixed with American malt provides a unique caramel spruce flavor. P: Medium bodied, slick, average carbonation, lingering hops. O: Nice hoppy brew. Best enjoyed on a mid-autumn day in a small New England town while raking fallen leaves into a pile for neighborhood children to jump in and destroy! 24 oz. bottle, drank while surfing the internet after lazily laying around the house all day. Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato Malts: Pale and Caramel Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (568) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Matching Beer Advocate rating. Donít remember it much. Still need to try the Northern.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small white head leaving decent lacing down the glass. Smells of a little grassiness with a slight citrus/tropical fruit aroma. Taste is very one dimensional. Very astringent earthy bitterness overpowers everything else and no other flavors really stand out. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A huge miss from a usually solid brewer. Iíll try another next year a little fresher, but this was so bad, I donít think itíll help much.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm_Warning (72) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
Currently drinking whilst typing. On draft in Benson & Blakes. Sweet smooth toffee and caramel on the nose with a floral and earthy hop blend. Appears as a rusty orange amber colour vessel with a thick pillow like off white head which sustains well. Flavour is of grassy and floral hops which blend perfectly with the sweet caramel and toffee flavours from the malts, slightly spicy with gentle bitterness. Velvety smooth on the tongue with slight tingles from the spicy hops, full bodied with a lively looking carbonation which is actually very smooth. Overall, with its lower level of bitterness (in comparison to the Northern Hop Harvest), smoother textures and drinkability, this one is a real Titan! Absolutely wonderful, go get some! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
JKaranka (35) - Cardiff, WALES - SEP 25, 2013
Malty and spicey aroma, some hops. Colour is light brown, slightly muddy. Taste-wise it isnít great. Very malty and sweet, with some not very clear spicy flavours from the hops. Very sweet, very malty, very thick to the palate. Bitterness isnít very clean, and lasts for a long while. I could barely drink this one (and Iím ok with both IPAs and milds). Itís pretty much thick and trickly, with some awful hops in. No apparent NZ hop character, so if you taste it and you donít get tropical fruit or white wine, do not worry; I didnít get it either.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiercepanda (449) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
A cloudy reddish brown beer with a creamy off white head. The aroma and flavor are both dank, resiny pine hops with a decent maltiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dasdan (234) - BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2013
Large bottle from the shop of our hotel in Yosemite US. Harvest 2013. Dark copper body with a beige rocky head. Nice hops, fruity and a lot of bitterness. A little sweet in the beginning but with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xenon (72) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Not bad. Bought on a whim. Tastes really bitter, which sierra nevada usually does. The hops are there, but maybe I like them in more quantity? It basically tastes like taking the standard pale ale and upgrading it to an IPA. I didnít notice the difference in the hop profile. Malts are much more pronounced than the standard pale ale though, which is good. Sorta nutty. Still pretty good though


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