Lowe1983 (1656) - 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. 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. 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). 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. hapjydeuce (1005) - 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.
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. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2007
24 oz bottle. Poured an orange color. Smell was subdued, light malt with some hops. Taste was fairly straight forward. Nicely balanced with more bittering flavors than flavor hops. Not very floral or citrusy but still nice. ends on a nice bitter note. Not my favorite but worth a try. cheap (6201) - CHINA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Has a mild sweet strong ale aroma that seems like it’s gonna kick. Ever so slightly darker than the ubiquitous pale yellow beer. Tea froth head. Barely any carbonation. First taste is quite bitter and unrefined. Each sip leaves a bitter bite on the back of my throat. Much more than expected. Could qualify as an IPA, then oh, I see that it is! I thought this was a fest beer from the label. Perfumy aftertaste. Overall, a little too much for my girlie taste buds. Bitter lingering medicinal finish. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2007
crystal clear orange amber with a nice white head that settles into a thin film. ok lacing. aroma......wow...just great fresh green hops. green almost piney hoppiness and grapefruit hint of caramel. a hint of cattiness. nice bittersweet caramel backbone leads you into the green piney grapefruit hoppy goodness that is to come. bittersweet grapefruit finish with a nice dose of caramel and pine. medium body. lively carbonation with a nice smooth mouth feel. well done. by far my favorite beer from this brewer. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2007
A nice fluffy head, with pretty transparent caramel color. That is caramel/gold I’d say. A nice hop smell with a slight hint of malts. Love the malt smell, but to tell you the truth I think they held back on the aroma hops. I do not know if they dry hopped this, but when I dry hopped a batch of brew it seemed to have the same effects, as far as lacking on the hop aroma, as I didn’t think it would. I have heard Sierra Nevada dry hops a lot. The hops are pleasant and smell nice. Very hoppy taste. The hops are very ripe and fresh tasting. The hops are nice and bitter, not off or anything. The I.P.A.s are supposed to have a very hoppy taste, but I could use some malt taste in this beer. The beer is inbetween thin and creamy. Not a great palate, but average. For a Harvest Ale, I was hoping for a well rounded knock my socks of beer, all I got was an average I.P.A.