Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale

In American IPA, Dry Hopping, Hops, Reviews, Wet Hopping on March 23, 2010 at 6:54 am

This is a wet hop American IPA.  Wet hopping is somewhat of a rarity as it is very time sensitive.  Dry hopping is something which is done more often in beer, where dried (usually in pellet form) hops are added to steep in the fermented bee.  This adds hop aroma.  Hops are added during the boil of the ingredients at different stages: for bittering, flavor and aroma.  The less time the hops boil, the more they move from bittering to aroma.  Wet hopping uses freshly picked and undried hop cones to be added to the beer while being fermented.  Sierra Nevada ships Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima valley in Washington to Chico, CA where they add them to the beer for a fresh, green hop flavor and aroma.

Here’s my review:

Pours a clear light amber with orange highlights and a frothy, off-white head that leaves a sticky lace around the inside of the glass.

Smells of sweet pine, with grassy notes and some citrus.  There is some malt on back with bready notes.

The first sip reveals green pine flavors, tart grapefruit and floral hops on the back with a bitter but bright finish, and a touch of malt in the background.

This beer has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel and has a medium to full body.

The bittering from the hops is dead on perfect.  It’s not too much, a perfect amount for a good hop bite in the back with great fresh hops up front.

This beer is extremely drinkable, and it delivers awesome hop flavors.  A must drink for hop-heads.  The balance definitely favors the hops, but malt is not this beer’s focus.  The Harvest and “wet hop” promises, and the taste delivers.

My suggestion: this will go great with some lamb or ribs. Make sure to drink it fresh.  Don’t let all that hard work to deliver it fresh to you go to waste.

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.7%


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