RATINGS: 1541   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle and served in my GI IPA tulip: Hazy deep golden/amber hue with a lasting frothy head and very nice lace work on the glass. The aroma has notes of catty, resiny and citric hop along with caramel and bready malts, green tea and mint. The taste is not as hoppy as expected, very balanced between the hops and malt with a kick of hop spice and citrus on the finish. The mouth feel is sharp and crisp but is a tad to metallic and astringent for the flavor profile. All in all a solid brew but I was left wanting more from the brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5703) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On tap at the Bocktown, nice place! Just a tad darker than the ubiquitous pale yellow american lager. Creamy quarter inch head that does not fade. The aroma is just plain old good beer, no sign of floral hops or pine. A little pale ale bitter but certainly not like an IPA. Very little carbonation if any can be detected but there is this slight fizz between the tongue and the roof of the mouth if you look for it. Ropey at times and perhaps even a touch of leather on the taste. Finish is all ale with its medium lasting bitter linger. I would have never suspected this was an IPA, more on the general pale ale side of things.

   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 (10989) - 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.

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