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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%


Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale

In American IPA, Hops, Reviews, Wet Hopping on October 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

You can tell I’m behind in my posts.  The Northern Hemisphere Harvest is out, and I’m just getting to the Southern Hemisphere Harvest from half a year ago.  Well after reading this you can go try the one that’s out now, and look forward to the next release of Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale. Here’s my review:

The beer is copper colored with a tight creamy off white head and very sticky lace.

It is very herbal and floral to the smell.  There are notes of lemon and grapefruit, with orange peel.  Overall, very fresh smelling with some caramel and biscuit.

Upfront the beer is malty, with some grain, and then a citrusy grapefruit burst in the center with a grassy bitter finish.  It has a resiny stick, and is highly quaffable.  The fine balance of biscuity malt and bittersweet citrus makes it intriguing and delicious.  Grab a bottle when it comes out this spring!

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.7%


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%