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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Pale Ale
6.70 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 17 4 8 0
24oz Bottle
Binny's Orland

Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale poured a crystal clear copper with moderate carbonation slowly creeps to the surface. A two finger extremely creamy and sticky white head formed on the pour. It was strange but the pour almost created a cascade effect, short lived but cool. Leaves big clumpy lacing.

At first the aroma has a tough time fighting through the incredibly creamy head. When it subsides I get a little better idea of what I'm in for. Up front comes dripping pine sap with a squeeze of unsweetened grapefruit and lingering hop resin. After some warming a solid caramel backbone comes through to even things out a bit.

Smooth caramel malt lays a perfect canvas for the true showcase of this beer, the hops. Fresh vibrant hops come across the palate creating a variety of flavors None overpowering the last and all in perfect harmony. Unsweetened grapefruit is swept aside by sweetened grapefruit and orange. The resiny somewhat leathery hops come through toward the middle easing out the citrus and leading into a lingering pine sap finish. An excellent fresh hopped pale ale.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that keeps things lively without running its course too quick. Bitterness wasn't much at first but piles on itself sip after sip.

I can't hardly drink this beer fast enough. It's sip after sip without a problem. If I'm not careful it will be gulp after gulp.

After reading reviews on Harvest Ale in the past I always hoped it would be bottled. Finally, the time is here. It's too bad a brew like this can't be produced all year because I would buy it by the case.


Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 10/18/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
This 24oz bottle is about as fresh as they come around these parts. It came off the rail from the brewery yesterday and was brought to the liquor store yesterday where I purchased it. Didn't get around to enjoying it last night as I was in the process of moving. This is the 13th yearly release of this wet hopped brew.

Pours a clear deep amber with some small bubbles rising to the top and a bubbly foam white head of a finger or two. A little lacing is left on the walls of the glass as the foam settles but not much.

Bitter hops are abundant. Lemon and lots of sticky bitter pine fill the nose with a fresh vegetative note. Very fresh for sure. No time to keep smelling, time to drink.

Smooth malty body with a nice smooth light caramel flavor. Great hop character comes through next with lots of bitterness from the fresh hops. Plenty of bitter pine and light lemon. Hint of vegetative flavor comes through to show how fresh these hops where when SN made this brew. Flavor is crisp and the brew is easy to drink with plenty of flavor. Very nice fresh hopped brew.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 10-10-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Pours a copper tone with a good finger of eggshell colored foam. Very good lacing.

Good dose of toasted malts, and bread/biscuit aromas. Citrus and pine hops in abundance, inching into IPA territory.

Taste is close to the aroma plus a nice bitterness in the finish. Malt and sweet upfront but quickly washed away with some bitterness.

This is a really easy beer to sit back and drink, it’s crisp and refreshing.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 11/23/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2008
12th Release, 24 oz. bottle. Good thing, too.

Pours a brilliant copper with a forever-lasting cream head. [sarcasm] Hmm, fresh hops, never thought they'd add to head retention... [/sarcasm] Aroma of bready malts, hops - and more hops. Earthy, leafy hops.

Starts out with a rather well balanced tea and pale malt flavor with hops all around like vines on a building - bitter at the base, slightly coarse leafiness in the middle, and citrus/pine on the roof. You can barely see the building, but it's there, at least enough to support the hops. Spiciness in the middle. Bitterness grows towards the finish, in a resinous, bracing hoppiness, little left in the way of malt. Just enough body to keep it from being either too thick or too thin.

Very nice example - doesn't have the pretzel-like qualities (I'll explain that to you over a Brown's Harvest Ale some September and you'll understand) of the finest fresh hop ales on tap, but for a bottled version it's pretty stellar.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 10/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 2008
Color is dark copper/amber. Darker than I expected actually. Foam retention is big after it settles down. Fresh hops are there, as expected, and they stand out quite a bit from the first pour. Taste is just hops, hops, hops. Decent bitterness, but not overwhelming. Malts show up at the very end and fade qucikly. Feel is in the middle, and a bit sticky/oily.

Overall, this is a very very good fresh hop ale. No complaints at all about it, as it delivers exactly what you expect, with perhaps slightly less bitterness than others in the style.

Served In: Other

Review by coldchill on 01/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 0
Pours a beautiful dark copper with a nice head of tiny bubbles. Nice hop aroma doesn't dissapoint.

Hops are nicely balanced between the piney and citrus ends of the spectrum. There is a sneaky sweetness that goes almost unnoticed.

This is a really good, well balanced ale. 24oz. disappears easier than a 12oz of BMC.

Served In: Other

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - I think this is the first beer I have ever had out of a 24oz bottle. Pours a nice copper colored body. Huge, light tan head stands almost two inches tall. Good retention.

S - When I popped the cap off I could already smell the fresh hops. Tons of fresh, earthy hop tones here. Herbal tea notes. Light pale and caramel malt backdrop.

T - Tons of wet hop flavor, herbal and earthy in nature. Has that tea-like flavor to it. Not up front and bitter like many fresh hop ales that I love though (read Town Hall Fresh Hop). Light pale and caramel malts provide the backbone here.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth.

D - This beer is easy going down and I do love wet-hopped beers. Definitely worth picking up.

Served In: Other

Review by tavernjef on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 17 4 10 0
Deep dark copper color, brilliantly glowing but deeper centered and quite clear with some slow bubbly activity within. Huge roofing of lightly parched white starchy tight foam. Keeps its consistency for great length and leaves massive amounts of shelf sized sheets of lace. Gorgeous looking ale!

Nicely clean, dark, oily, fresh hop aroma of soft piney grapefruit and a bit of leafy freshness. Barely there toasted malts hang low underneath.

Nice balance on the taste buds to start things off, solid hop tones are soothed throughout the entire length of the palate with a nice softly fluffy and delicate natured citrus and pine. Partially oiled with superbly balanced bitterness and pithy squeezed bite of grapefruit. Again, some partailly oiled woody resin of soft pine and bark create a bit of extra texture and taste. Dryness is fair and soft with affectionate woody notes. And bringing it all together is a well held toasted malty backing keeping a freshly crispness and grabbing toastyness to its character.

Body is about medium, smooth, soft, and kinda oily, well, in the middle anyways, gets fluffy and bittered with grapefruit and pin enotes as it rounds out the finish late with very well timed toasted ascents. Its the overall texture of it that I really like. It has a unique sodtness to it that really smacks of well-crafted, fresh brewing.

This stuff is now one of my favs from SN. Glad I finally can get it in bottles, 24oz even! as its been a hard find here for years.
Yummy solid stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

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