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RATINGS: 1884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor- bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor and aroma that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year- once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features "wet" or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the bine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking.

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3.8
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2007
24 Oz 2007 Bottle. Musky, pungent aroma, dank with cold lemongrass soup, spiced tea, and waxy hop resins. Subdued and wet. Pours a clear, standard amber, rimmed with rocky and separating maple foam. Flavor rushes into a much more delicate and explosive flavor profile. Rich grasses, sweet pines, and fragrant, burgeoning citrus rinds, and candied flower heads. Sweet, sticky, and round. Light peppery bouquet. Malt works in nicely, with some toothy Munich caramels, lightly toasted seeds, and washing, warm bready sugars. Clean, with bits of mineral residue. Back end holds a more bitter tendency, but bright with Meyer lemon reduction, candied lavender and a brief interlude of higher, soapy alcohols. Sprightly, fresh and balanced. Aroma weighed down from the wet hops, I’m imagining, but the flavor expectedly delightful. Maybe a nip thin for an IPA, but yet so drinkable.

3.9
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 24oz. Appearance is amber with white head. Aroma is hoppy with plent of pine and some citrus. Very fresh. Hoppy bitter pine taste. Carbonated and creamy mouthfeel.

3.5
jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2007 Bottle. Aroma was very potent. Nice floral smell and a scent of must. The flavor was strong and very up front. The hops were really all over the place and at times seemed like a hop mess. It is an intresting beer and though it may have some flaws I did enjoy it.

3.7
SoylentBlack (148) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Is pretty tasty... bitter, but not over the top. Good to see Sierra taking some pride in the process again.

3.9
Lowe1983 (1632) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2007
2007 version. Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus and pine hops with a decent backround of caramel malts. Pretty strong bittering hop flavor with the citrur and pine hops and caramel malts. Pretty bitter finish with a lingering flavor. This is a pretty good brew if you like bittering hops.

3.5
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 2007 bottle. Dark gold/amber body, medium dense eggshell head with good retention, piney/spicy nose. Starts dry, with leafy resiny spicy hops and slight breadiness, sweetens slightly as it warms, very bitter finish.

4.4
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
2007 edition;24 oz bottle. Pours a wonderful burnt orange, rustic color with amazing head, and significant lacing. Great aromas, not as intense as I anticipated, but an abundace of pine with a slight citrus was exceptional. The flavor was extremely unique and wonderful. It had had a somewhat complex core of caramel matls upfront, with a bready finish. Then almost immediately, the hops explode and take over your palate with extremely fresh/bitter notes, with a nice flavor profile of hop reminants...the oily effect of the resins and residues are obvious. The finish is bitter and long, as expected. The IBU’s are there, just not as much as it "could be" for my liking. If it were 10% more bitter, especially on the finish, it would be an extraordinary beer. Still is extaordinary in my book. The absolute best Sierra Nevada brew I’ve had...and the best edition thus far (2007).

4
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2007
On tap at Capone’s. Clear orange/ruby color. Sweet caramel malt nicely balances the pine hops. Taste was a bit fruity; like a caramel apple, with the fresh hops oozing. Nice crisp and bitter finish.

3.8
hapjydeuce (1002) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
The 24oz’er. 2007 11th edition. The stuff is definitely floral and green in the taste, but I don’t see whats the big deal, being "wet hopped" and all. Medium pine aroma with breadish malt and a touch of citrus. Definitely a pleasing appearance though, deep amber and plenty of lacing. Mediocre but enjoyable, the finish is the only shining star in my book. Fresh bitterness lingers for a long time. I like it better than your typical SN Pale Ale.

4
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2007
24oz. Pours a filtered, bronze, amberish color with a nice milky white head. Great lacing. Aroma is piney hops - very piney- with a nice malt balance. Some grapefruit in there too. Freshness is apparent - I don’t think I’d be able to blindly figure out this was a wet hopped beer but knowing the background of this the difference is noticeable and nice. Smooth, balanced, nicely bitter taste. Piney. Semi-creamy mouthfeel. Kind of reminds me of a less bitter, more aromatic, and more drinkable Celebration ale. This is a winner all around.


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