Sierra Nevada – Harvest – Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop IPA (USA)

Sierra Nevada’s Harvest Fresh Hop IPA turns the tables on the current Southern Hemisphere trend. Whilst, increasingly, Southern Hemisphere breweries try to emulate  the hop-packed flavours of American-style IPA’s, this American IPA uses fresh New Zealand grown hops to create a more smooth yet complex brew.

 

Sierra Nevada Harvest - Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop IPA ..... it's a bit of a mouthful!
Sierra Nevada Harvest – Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop IPA ….. it’s a bit of a mouthful!

 

I’m a fan of the the Sierra Nevada brewery, its beers are full of taste and character and this member of its Harvest series is no different. Colour-wise it reminds me of my last beer, the Young’s Special London Ale, a beautiful orangey-brown. The aroma is fresh and floral as you’d expect with an IPA. The surprise comes with the taste. Unlike the beefed-up IPA’s, like Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, this one is more subtle. The taste is hard to put your finger on, but the blend of Southern Cross, Pacifica, and Motueka hops makes for a fresh and exciting brew. There’s a characteristic bitter citrus finish, just enough to bring you back for more ….. but beware, weighing in at 6.7%, it’s not beer for guzzling ……. unless you like that kind of thing!

 

Here’s another American pale, Neil Young, with ‘Harvest Moon’ …….

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Sierra Nevada – Harvest – Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop IPA (USA)”

  1. Question – please check out the Three Tuns brewery – I had some in Norton last week – anyway the question is “is it the oldest licensed brewery in England?” Listened to Leave in Silence last night and had a frozen pasty for lunch today

  2. I reckon the Three Tuns has been brewing on the same site in Shropshire since 1642 so it probably is the oldest licensed brewery, not just in England, but in the whole of Britain. Also, if you continue to eat frozen pasties without defrosting them you are indeed likely to Leave in Silence

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