Beer Review: Sierra Nevada Harvest Newly Developed Hop IPA

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I have always been a fan of Sierra Nevada’s Harvest series which is a rotating series of beers they release and in 2015 the Harvest series explored diverse hopping methods including single hop, fresh hop, wet hop and wild hop beers. This is the newly developed hop variety which showcases some brand new hops: 472, 05256, 431, and 06300. Newly Developed Hop IPA comes in at 6.5%.

Appearance: Golden amber color with a 1 and a half finger head. Some real nice lacing, slightly murky look to the beer.

Nose: Nice earthy, citrus, orange, lemon/lime. You get some aromas from the Sierra Nevada house yeast which you can pick up in just about any of their beers. The orange aroma on this beer is the most pronounced and quite enjoyable.

Taste/Mouth: I was surprised by the taste as the nose wasn’t huge and I was a little disappointed it wasn’t more aromatic. I will say though the taste is huge. Lots of citrus and orange which carries over from the nose and some tangerine as well. Some nice earthy and woody notes in it as well. I can definitely get the coconut as well which they mention in their tasting notes. Very different, as expected, with some brand new experimental hops. Finished pretty dry and bitter.

Availability: Brewed once as part of the harvest series. Price is solid as usual for Sierra Nevada bombers, think it was around $6 and easy to get.

Overall: I will always buy the beers from this series as Sierra releases them. Can’t beat the price and the quality is always there as well. Just another IPA to add to Sierra Nevada’s long list of solid beers in their catalog. Hope to see some of these hops used again in future beers.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

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Got a whole lot of backed up reviews I got to get out. Up first from Oregon’s Deschutes is their experimental IPA Hop Henge. Hop Henge comes in at 9.2% ABV and 95 IBUs.

Nose: Pine, resin, onion, hop nuggets, citrus, grapefruit. Really get the smell of hop nuggets in your hand fresh out of a bag. Super fresh smelling, getting some earthy tones in there as well. Really pleasant nose with lots of elements.

Appearance: Hazy light copper color with a 1 finger head and some great sticky lacing as your drink it down.

Taste/Mouth: Grassy, earthy and piney are right up front. It has a dry mouthfeel throughout with a dry and bitter finish. Its very bitter throughout with some nice citrus, especially grapefruit flavors coming through. Taste and feel are a little disappointing after the really nice nose this beer has, still drinkable and enjoyable though.

Price/Availability: Seasonal release and at $6 for a bomber this is one I grab every time I see it on the shelf for sure.

Overall: Price is right and this is a solid drinkable beer. Nose is really great and the taste leaves a bit to be desired but it is drinkable for 9.2%. Again, this is a beer I will purchase every year at $6 and be very happy each time!

Grade: B+