973: Sierra Nevada Harvest

Name: Sierra Nevada Harvest
Brewery: Sierra Nevada
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Chico, California
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 6.7%
First Brewed: 1996

Tasting Notes
Southern Hemisphere has a beautiful orange-tinged hop nose, very fragrant and slightly herby, and melding with caramelly malt. Sweet and malty up front, then very clean bitterness takes over. Big flavors on the palate, but not heavy. Long bitter finish, but fresh and elegant.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada. I had no idea they made another beers… let alone three or four other beers! Heck, they could make ten others. I was just aware of their regular Sierra Nevada, and their Torpedo that I discovered while in Kentucky for Thunder Over Louisville. But I wasn’t aware of the Harvest. Let alone that the harvest was a series of beers.

The beer pours out like an IPA… smells like an IPA. This beer better tastes like an IPA.

The beer is VERY smooth on the front of the palate. It then starts to get carbonated about halfway through, then smacks your mouth with bitterness toward the end of the swallow. Then you wait… you wait for the bitter aftertaste to leave. But it doesn’t. And that’s okay… The bitter aftertaste is what I expect from an IPA.

The beer doesn’t have a big ABV, but that’s okay. Not all beers need a big ABV to be good. Having had the regular Sierra Nevada, I still think that one is better… but still, this beer is good. I just can’t get over that aftertaste. Maybe one of the longest aftertastes I have ever experienced. Good stuff!

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
So Ricky says that we have two IPAs in a row, one last night and another one tonight.  Not sure I would have known that without tasting it if he hadn’t told me.  Tonight’s beer does kind of look like an IPA, but IPAs also look like reds, or sometimes almost like wheats or brown ales… it’s the taste and smell that differentiates them, and this one doesn’t really smell like an IPA.  It does have a bit of smell to it… well, and on my second smell, I actually can tell a little bit that it’s an IPA.  Anyway, the color is a very dark golden color.  It’s thick, but I can still see light through the glass.  It’s got probably about an average amount of head when poured.

First taste… yep, definitely an IPA.  But it’s kind of just an average IPA.  I like it, but I like IPAs in general.  I don’t really know how to describe it other than hoppy.  If you’ve tasted an IPA, you’ve tasted this beer.  It’s really just kind of the average IPA taste, nothing special.  I mean, don’t get me wrong – I do like it.  But as far as IPAs go, it’s not really all that special.  I would buy it again, but only if it’s not too pricey.  I rated it a 3, the same as the beer yesterday, but yesterday’s was better… like this might be a 2.9 and yesterday’s was a 3.3, because it had more flavor.  It’s good because it’s an IPA, but it’s just that… an average IPA.

Rating: 3/5

972 bottles of beer on the wall…

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