RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
This is the best new beer I have tried in a year! The only beer that came surprising close to "outstanding" was this years version of Celebration Ale. The color of these beer wonderful and it is bottle conditioned, so you can just see the lees on the bottom. Fresh hop ales (like Berts) often surprise me, but often have a background flavor of chlorophyll or mint that I just dont like. Sierra Nevada hit this beer on the head! The aroma is out of this world. The flavor is awesome, bitterness is balanced beautifully against a moderately malty IPA. These are clearly American hops, cascade and others, but they were grown in New Zealand! Thank God good hops are being grown somewhere besides the US PNW and the Noble hop regions of Europe. The hop gods have certainly blessed this beer ... I am in love! My nearest comparison in blind taste test might be Two Hearted Ale (which is probably a bit more caramel) and I KNOW that this beer is much better than that great beer! Not everything Sierra Nevada makes is a winner, but this beer is the beer to beat in its category! Somebody prove me wrong :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Pours a hazy amber with half-finger off white head that lasts well into the beer. Aroma of tea and floral hops. Flavor malty tea and caramel with biting floral piney hops in the finish. NIce creamy mouthfeel, lasting bitterness on tongue. Not my favorite hops, but an adequate alternative during the shortage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Went out on a limb and hoped that this would be dicernable from any of their other products since I was a bit shhok down since my side by side of their porter and stout. "Duff dry..Duff ice..Duff Dark" I was not dissapointed. A fresh hop bomb with all the bloomonpine forest in the nose and the hop on the cheeks. A lasting hoperiffic deep golden luxry. Each time I was sharing the bottle and each time there was not enough in it. My advice to you dear reader is to buy two of them and lock yourself away until both are empty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
bottle poursa sligthy hazy burnt orange colour with a bubbly off white head with some lacing. aroma is great fantastic fresh hop aroma fo good sweet citrus, behind the hops is a good amount of caramel mlat. but the clenleness of the hops shines through. flavour si a good clean bitter hop grapefruit and touches of other citrus, the malt comes hrough micely but lets the hops have the main stage. very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Pours from a 24 oz. bottle a cloudy gold body with a fluffy tan head. Big grapefruit kick up front followed by a long dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10767) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle... Thinkin Bout Thirteen Hours O Drinkin (tew man wrecking crew)... Clear amber ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Good, long lasting retention. The aroma provides a bundle of fresh, juicy, English and/or Willamette hops with lots of black tea. Medium to full-bodied and fatty with soft carbonation. Toffee and fresh lupulin. Mildly astringent, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
24oz. Bottle: Aroma of floral hops with notes of pine, grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Poured deep amber/dark orange in color with a large, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, caramel malts, resin, pine, and a little pepper. Medium body. Creamy, easy-drinking texture. Average carbonation. Lightly bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Pours a hazy ruby orange body with a nice even off white head. Aroma has notes of pine, carambola, maple bark, and with a very slight hint of witch hazel. Taste is of a pepper malt, tamarind, and a touch of kiwi (just for kicks). Not sweet at all, well balanced, and just the right amount of bitterness for it to linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Nice pour, having a clear body the color of a shiny penny with a rocky off-white head that leaves loads of lacing. Its got a caramelly aroma topped with tropical fruit, lemon zest, and a touch of pine. The flavor is quite spicy, the hoppy bitterness easily overriding the malty backbone. Nice prolonged peppery, bitter finish. I like.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2008
I thought this was a very good hop up beer with a clean and refreshing flavor and a nice amber pour,flavors of citrus and a nice floral aroma.CHEERS!

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