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RATINGS: 1460   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 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!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
swanmann (604) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 The bottle poured jewel-like amber with fluffy tan head, good lacing. Smells strongly of citrus rinds and grass, lemons. Great hops, sharp bitterness, with a smooth malt profile and a full body. Itís a beautiful beer. 2010 EDITION: Clear and rich amber orange with plenty of tan foam. It smells phenomenal; orange cleaner, dank buds, caramel. Fantastic IPA flavors; I would say bold and "American" style up front, when still chilled, but warming into more "English" style, a bit more balanced with malty sweetness relieving that acid attack. Brewed or bottled 4/23. GIMMEí MORE. Oh yeah, and ITíS MY BIRTHDAY SO ITíS RIGHT ON!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerman007 (8) - Mountian View, California, USA - JUL 16, 2008 does not count
This beer taste’s excellent!!! One of Sierra Nevada’s best!! The hops are incredibly fresh and the flavor is absolutely amazing! One of my new favorites, I still love Boont amber ale the best, anything from Anderson Vally Brewing or Mendocino Brewing Company for that matter, but this is some good stuff! Good Job Sierra Nevada!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rohash (47) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2009
24 oz Bottle, Wow is also my first impression. Pours a deep orange color with a nice frothy head. Strong scent of citrusy hops. The taste is even better, very hoppy yet not overly bitter, citrusy, slightly sweet. Has a delicious long lingering aftertaste. Pretty strong at 6.7 % but no alcohol taste. Iíve never given a beer a perfect score before but this is my new favorite. Outstanding.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2012 1 pint 8 ounces. Poured a lofty head that I could have walked on. Red hue in appearance and clear as can be. Hop profile outstanding. Full body.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
This is the best new beer I have tried in a year! The only beer that came surprising close to "outstanding" was this years version of Celebration Ale. The color of these beer wonderful and it is bottle conditioned, so you can just see the lees on the bottom. Fresh hop ales (like Bertís) often surprise me, but often have a background flavor of chlorophyll or mint that I just donít like. Sierra Nevada hit this beer on the head! The aroma is out of this world. The flavor is awesome, bitterness is balanced beautifully against a moderately malty IPA. These are clearly American hops, cascade and others, but they were grown in New Zealand! Thank God good hops are being grown somewhere besides the US PNW and the Noble hop regions of Europe. The hop gods have certainly blessed this beer ... I am in love! My nearest comparison in blind taste test might be Two Hearted Ale (which is probably a bit more caramel) and I KNOW that this beer is much better than that great beer! Not everything Sierra Nevada makes is a winner, but this beer is the beer to beat in its category! Somebody prove me wrong :-)

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ambroze (22) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2008
@ Flying Saucer in Nashville, TN - This is a great beer. I thought I’ve had their best beer until I tasted this one. This has to be the best beer I’ve had by Sierra Nevada. It has a very sweet and fruitful taste that is very clean and crisp. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 2nd release 2009. Appearance: The pour produced a tall thick and pillowy foam head. It is light tan in color and has great retention. It keeps a nice one finger thick cap all the way down the glass and as I drink, it leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. Under this head is a deep rich amber colored liquid. The beer is not totally clear as I noticed that there is a very fine yeast particle haze in it. Smell: The aroma has a citrus like hop character with some pine notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of raw grain and even some fruity/estery/yeasty notes. Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sturdy base of bready malty sweetness with a touch of raw grain. Hop flavor is the focus here though, and they add an assertive yet well balanced bitterness and solid citrus (lemon and orange rind and pith) sweet spicy herbal and mild pine like flavor notes. The finish has a long slow bitter hop fade. Its palate has a nice lively feel with plenty of soft carbonation and a good solid medium body. Notes: This beer is absolutely outstanding. I really enjoyed the play between malt sweetness and the solid hop bitterness.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichardHFish (11) - - AUG 7, 2011
Totally amazing, this beer is great. The use of the Kiwi hops is brilliant! Poured into a tulip glass, the colour is a deep amber with large, fluffy and super long lasting head. The aroma is almost purely of Kiwi hops, with some pine. Tropical fruit, some stone fruit as well come through strongly, with mostly passion fruit. The taste is superb, bitter and definitely hop driven but with some malt sweetness to balance. Truely a great beer! The palate is wonderful, the alcohol provides a great depth. One of the best beers I have tried, definitely a top shelf beer!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - FEB 26, 2012
Birra davvero molto molto buona! ipa allo stato puro! Molto morbida e cremosa! Sapore buonissimo!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Excellent appearance. Deep and orange, with a full meringue like hop head, fluffy and thick. Delicious spicyness of hops, with an overwhelming suggestion of freshness, as the label explicitly states. Delicious hops, but not overwhelming. There is no hint anywhere throughout an entire 24oz bottle that this is a bottled beer. Totally clean and deliciously fresh. After drinking a 24oz bottle of this, I poured myself a mug of the amazing Smuttynose IPA-- and it tasted noticeably less fresh (too polite to say stale-- still a great beer, though). Easily, easily the best Sierra Nevada Iíve had. A superb brew and an excellent value as I found it priced. Update and rerate-- bought 8 more bottles of this beer and will be buying as many more as I can find. Too bad this is a seasonal. Easily one of the 5 best beers Iíve EVER had and a very close second best IPA ever, behind Dogfish Head 60 from the tap run through the re-hopper.


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