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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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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (USA)

No one really does American style pale ales like the Americans. A few years ago I would have disputed the fact that Americans could even make beer. Sierra Nevada started brewing in 1980, and on the strength of this Pale Ale, I’d say they’re pretty good at it.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Last great American ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Last great American ale

This is a real beaut of a pale, deep gold in colour, with fruit and caramel on the nose. There’s great citrus rind and grapefruit flavours and as it warms, wonderful caramelised sugar undertones. Well worth a 6-pack next time you’re at the drive -thru liquor store.

Here’s Lou Reed with ‘Last Great American Whale’ dedicated to all the anti-CSG protesters out at Bentley and other places around the world, looking out for the environment.  Get the message. Spread the word.