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RATINGS: 1541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 weeks 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!

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2009
From a 24 oz bottle at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh NC this gem from Sierra Nevada poured a hazy orange color with a foamy head. Aroma of hops, citrus and flowers. A nice hoppy grapefruit flavor provides this IPA with another great brew in the Sierra Nevada line-up. Carbonation is just right and the finish dry and bitter. I could certainly drink more of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2009
Bottle, courtesy of Blankboy. Cloudy hazy rusty orange, creamy white head. Interesting herbal earthy hop aroma - neat. Taste - hoppy, herbal tea like, almost minty, piney. Medium body, a bit watery. A neat take on an IPA, I liked it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
happy to try this brew!! ... new zealand ehh? .. has that fresh hoppy piney aroma .. very nevada .. smooth and still aggressive .. nice hop oils .. i like it ..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gogaterz (20) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
A beautiful orange color with very nice cream colored head. A great hoppy aroma and flavor. A nice "earthy" flavor. A very clean finsh with almost no aftertaste. It is a great beer. Wish it was available year round.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Orange color and looks about the same as Celebration or the regular Harvest Ale. Nice green hoppy smell. The taste seems to follow with a nice fresh hoppy flavor that is kinda grassy. This is very similar to the other Harvest Ale which I happen to prefer. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-07-2008 03:37:47

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle from Lighthouse Beverage Surf City NC 6/27/08: Orange hazy amber w/ a lasting dark cream colored head. Fruity and floral with grassy hops and caramel and toasted malts that help balance the aroma. Some bready notes as it warms and also becomes herbal. The flavor seeemed clean and grassy/herbal hops to me with a moderate caramel and toasted malt profile. The finish is semi dry, herbal hoppy; Toasted and bready malt flavors up front, but the finsh also has a lingering, pleasant bitterness that carries over into the aftertaste. Dry m/f, lighter medium body, medium carbonation. Not a whole lot different than the North American Harvest Ale, aside from the hop profile. Instead of being lightly citrusy and floral, it seems more herbal and grassy. Still tasty and clean though!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1220) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2009
A strawberry-fruitniess mixed in with the hops, oramge. little cloudy body with losting head. Slightly harsh mix of hops and greenness wiht enough caramel present to approach balance, but i like it a little rough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2009
I would much rather keep my carbon footprint in mind and pick up Averys "Ale to the Chief." Very similar. Thick, off-white head, amber color, decent retention, decorative lacing. Balanced malty/hoppy aroma, iced tea? Medium carbonation. Caramel spice, medium hop, bitter finish. Delicious and right on style.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle. Clear, foamy, medium brown body with very nice attractive lacing. Nose=smells like Homebrew HQ, hops in the freezer, very clean, not too sweet, perfect hops, almost minty on the back end. Light straw and hay. Very nicely done. An excellent beer, even for me, someone who isnt a hophead"

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Poured into my jimmy johns cup. Rich dark amber color with monster creamy beige head. Nose is apricots, canned pears, pine, grapefruit, and sunflower seeds. Taste is pretty much the same. Mouthfeel is actually kind of thin but highly quaffable for 6.7%. Finish is medium. Lots of interesting new flavors but I get a medicinal astringent finish that is off putting.


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