Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

In American IPA, Hops, Reviews, Wet Hopping on October 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

It’s that time again…Fresh from the hop fields!  This wet hop ale was brewed with hops that have been added to the brew kettle within 24 hours of being picked, therefore, there is no need to dry them, as with most hops used in brewing.  I got this beer as fresh as possible, within hours of delivery at Steins Deli, along with a delicious sandwich!  Here’s my review:

Pours out of the bottle a beautiful sunset orange with some reddish and amber highlights, with a huge topping of creamy, off white foam.

The aroma is complex and definitely fresh smelling.  Malt, biscuit, pine, fruits, orange zest and a lemony grassy note.

The beer is creamy and starts off with a tangerine fruitiness with sweet malt upfront and a bubbly and bitter center that fades to an herbal and earthy hop finish, with some leafy green grass qualities with a lasting bitter citrus rind twang of a finish.

This is a very fresh tasting American IPA, but isn’t as bitter or intense as I expected.  The hops taste fresh but do not completely dominate the brew.  Very good sipper, I suggest pairing with some slightly spicy dry rubbed ribs, a good burger, or step it up with grilled pork chop with a fruity sauce.  Again don’t worry about the weight of the sauce, the carbonation of the beer will stand up.

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 6.7%

Cheers!

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