DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2007
24 oz fat-shaped bottle. Pours a clear (not cloudy) dark amber color with a huge off-white foamy head... and nice lacing, i.e. thick chunks of foam that stick to the sides of the glass. Very pretty. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, bready, fresh... with a little bit of maple sweetness. Has a specific autumn-ish smell that I can’t pinpoint, but it smells wonderful. Strong hop flavor... not overly bitter, well-balanced and smooth. Good brew. =) joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Ale poured a crystal clear copper with moderate carbonation slowly creeps to the surface. A two finger extremely creamy and sticky white head formed on the pour. It was strange but the pour almost created a cascade effect, short lived but cool. Leaves big clumpy lacing.
At first the aroma has a tough time fighting through the incredibly creamy head. When it subsides I get a little better idea of what I’m in for. Up front comes dripping pine sap with a squeeze of unsweetened grapefruit and lingering hop resin. After some warming a solid caramel backbone comes through to even things out a bit.
Smooth caramel malt lays a perfect canvas for the true showcase of this beer, the hops. Fresh vibrant hops come across the palate creating a variety of flavors None overpowering the last and all in perfect harmony. Unsweetened grapefruit is swept aside by sweetened grapefruit and orange. The resiny somewhat leathery hops come through toward the middle easing out the citrus and leading into a lingering pine sap finish. An excellent fresh hopped pale ale.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that keeps things lively without running its course too quick. Bitterness wasn’t much at first but piles on itself sip after sip.
I can’t hardly drink this beer fast enough. It’s sip after sip without a problem. If I’m not careful it will be gulp after gulp.
After reading reviews on Harvest Ale in the past I always hoped it would be bottled. Finally, the time is here. It’s too bad a brew like this can’t be produced all year because I would buy it by the case.
10/9/07 Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2007
This beer smells green. Copper colored IPA with a huge fluffy head and lots of sticky lace. The aroma is full of wonderful fresh hops with hints of tangerine and grapefruit. Moderate pine. Nice thick mouthfeel in this citrusy wonder of a brew. Improves more as it warms. Sticky and piney and bitter. Wonderful stuff. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Pours copper w/ a full, thick froth. Superb hangtime reducing slowly to a full fluffy ring and island spatter. Aromas of fresh, bright, crispy hops. Nice! Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Abundant citrus rind tempered by a dense caramel malt component. Beautifully balanced this specimen is exceptional. The finish is long and thirsty. Overall: I really like the sharpness of the hops. The balance is supreme. Highly recommended. kegoguinness (46) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2007
draft. This one has a nice alcohol warming (though not real high in ABV) but is smooth at the same time. A tough trick but SN pulls it off. There is a nice balance also of malt sweet and non-overpowering hops. This is not a west coast hop bomb but a more balanced treat for the tongue. My draft was served a little warm for the style, which I think impacts my rating. I would like to try this again when it is a bit cooler. Seems to have washed out some potential crispness that I like in a celebration or pale ale.
nearbeer (5662) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 24 oz, 11th edition-2007. Clear amber-orange with a huge sticky head that lasts; frosting everywhere. Initial aroma is nothing but fresh herb-citrus hop, but some rich sweet caramel peeks through later. Flavors of orange, honey, resin, grapefruit, granola cereal, bittersweet grasses. Wow - the light-medium body is oily and just about the smoothest ever. Surprisingly not very tingly or dry. Even though you can really taste the overboard hops, this beer has no harshness and somehow almost seems in balance. drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 I thought this is a Pale Ale, no?
Wow, the aroma is the best ever! Smells like really good fragrant ganja. Deep amber and clear. Really nice bitterness and a mouthful of hop flavor. Clean tasting, light, refreshing. Whatever style this is, it’s awesome.
[tasted next to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (Bottle)]
The Harvest is darker in color, and way more fragrant. I love the regular Pale but it actually tastes stale next to the Harvest. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured a bright amber-copper color with a white-tan head. Floral, fresh, grassy hop aroma. Flavor a favorable amalgam of fruity and spicy hops with bready and sweet malts. Chewy, grubbin’ full bodied mouth feel and finish that sets this brew apart from most of the other fresh hops beers of late. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2007
24oz Bottle: 11th Anniversary - Pours a clear orange, copper with a few fingers of light tan head. The aroma is soft citrus with a hint of pine. The hops have a noticeably green smell you would expect. A mellow citrus and some toffee lead the taste with an overall smooth, balanced character. This beer improved as it got cooler. Overall it is very good, while not exceptional or as good as I remember the draft versions from years past. Am I glad I have three more bottles? Heck yeah! luvcasks (178) - USA - OCT 7, 2007
11th Anniversary - Harvest Ale
Looks like a classic Celebration or Pale Ale from the past with a head similar as well.
Not a huge aroma.. smells of pine, floral notes and some toasty maltyness
Taste is just a little odd seems mixed up with the toasty malt notes competing with flavors of pine and some citrus. What throws this thing off for me is the tea like astringency.
If this is meant to show-case the fresh-hop flavors there is a lot lost in translation... the aroma is not impressive and the astringency is very distracting
Sorry... I have to say atleast the 24oz bottled version for 2007 is a big disappointment