slowrunner77 (11258) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"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. 2009 release-price goes way up (nearly $10) still good but not quite worth the coin good, but not overly impressive in subsequent releases. "
JohnnyJ (5485) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Clear golden amber, with a white head. Grassy hops, some bitterness, earthy, bready malt, light citrus, and light caramel. Pretty dry, nice drinkable and tasty.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Grassy hops and malt aroma and taste with a creamy palate and well balanced.
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice light hop floral aroma. Orange-dirty brown in color. A simple pale ale in intensity, this is good, but really seemed similar to the flagship pale ale to me. Had on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente!