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RATINGS: 1484   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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!

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 24 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Hey, they must have made it "normal" strength so we would all just drink it fresh. I too choose the Goose Island IPA tulip, and find a deep copper color with a sponge cake tan head. In just a few minutes of sitting before me, waves of lovely piny hops and malts have been wafting to my nose. Tasting finds that grassy knoll of fresh cut hop flowers with a hidden assassin waiting to blow the head off some taste buds. Citrus is actually lessened in the mouth. SN’s web site lists the hops used as "Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross," which are apparently all based on German noble breeds, and this beer has that in spades. The concentration of hops and its freshness gives the impression of SNPA hopping style, with a matching press of caramel and crystal malts above and beyond the call of the IPA style. A rock-solid "hops across the water" beer that must be enjoyed NOW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (732) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2014
From a bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a creamy thick foam head, laces well, floral aroma, fruit flavours with a slightly tart finish, full bodied with a resin finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2550) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Draught at The Euston Tap, London on 4 Aug 2012. Poured a clear, deep amber, with a dense off white head. Aroma of big floral hops, citrus and slight herbal notes. Juicy fruit flavours, with some candy sugar and peppery hop. Finish was tinned fruit, brown sugar and resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppingHop (6) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
Just had a second go with this lovely beer after 2013 version of this. Just as good as first one. This IPA has been set as a very good standard of IPA in my tasting notes. Pleasant lingering of citrusy and hoppy with a gentle kick at the first sip. Gotta love this bottle anytime of year over a fine tune!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alberti92 (26) - - NOV 27, 2014
Pours a rich amber colour with delicate aromatic hops and roasted malts. Like the aroma, the hop bitterness is very delicate and has a tropical fruit lingering flavour. On the palate it is medium bodied with a smooth and delicate lingering bitter finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Great fresh beer with really fresh hops. Really nice floral aroma and nice blend of malts. I think I tasted a bit of spice as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raoul_duke (37) - - NOV 13, 2014
1 pint 8 oz bottle, packaged 9/24/14. More red than traditional ipa. Small head. Aroma is a bit indistinct, with citrus and hop noticeable. Taste is totally adequate, with little aftertaste and not much flavor the front. Very clean finish. Reminds me of a hoppier Budweiser honestly. There is nothing wrong with it, just not much character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sebilinz (600) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle Hazy golden to amber Body with nice White head. Aroma is earthy with some herbs and pines. Taste is pines and malts. Aftertaste is bitter balanced by some malt sweetness. I think the bottle was a little bit to old will rerate when I get a fresher one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cunningham (4882) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 11, 2014
Appearance: Hazy dark golden color with a big off white head that leaves a fine lacing.
Aroma: Citric/grapefruit hoppy, flowery and tropical fruity
Palate: Medium (+) body. Slightly sweet and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Lovely fresh grapefruit, flowery, bready and tropical fruity.
Overall impression: Lovely tasty ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4709) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle: 2014: Thanks Hackobock: Served in a Chouffe glass: Cloudy hazy orange amber with a medium sized creamy head. Aromas of hops, malts, some exotic fruits, some caramel, herbal flowers and some creamy fruits. Flavours of bitters, malts, creamy fruits, peach, apricot, some grapefruit, some caramel, herb and some grassy tints. There’s even a light lacto tint... Aftertaste is bitter, grassy, fruity, some malts and grapefruit. Low carbo, creamy (close to silky) mouthfeel and texture and a good medium bodied. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"Sierra Nevada dual beer tasting Abby, Ben & I had a 24 oz. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale "fresh hop ale" (Spring 2008 release) side by side with a Sierra Nevada 12th release Harvest Ale "wet hop ale" (fall 2008 release). Although they were significantly different in character, we each had a hard time deciding which was better. The concensus was that the wet hop ale was smoother, with a better mouthfeel, and the fresh hop ale was more bitter & slightly more aromatic. All 3 of us gave a slight edge to the 12th release wet hop ale, scored as follows... Ben 12th Ann. Wet Hop B SH Fresh Hop B Abby 12th Ann. Wet Hop B+ SH Fresh Hop B Chris 12th Ann. Wet Hop B+ (ever so close to an A-) SH Fresh Hops B So...both were good beers for hopheads...the fall release wet hop ale averaging a B+, and the fresh hop ale getting a B from each of us. The scores I gave were particularly high considering I’m not a HUGE Sierra Nevada Fan. There is a common thread in all their regular beers that make them seem very unspectacular...but I am finding that many of their seasonals & special releases are a whole ’nother story. "

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