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: Three Floyds Broo Doo Harvest Ale

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As promised another Three Floyds beer review. First was their session and now I have their harvest ale, Broo Doo. As I was excited about Yum Yum when I came across Broo Doo I immediately snatched it up and was very excited to give it a try. This time of year in general is one of my favorite times of the year for beer. Everyone is releasing their fresh hop, wet hops and also their darker beers for the winter season like barrel aged beers and lots of limited releases. Broo Doo comes in at 7% ABV and 80 IBUs.

Appearance: Hazy light copper color with a 1 finger head and some great lacing. Very strange artwork for this 3F release…

Nose: Hops and hops and hops. Smells so fresh, light a handful of hop nuggets. Sticky resiny and dank. Pineapple, tropical fruits, mango, some pine and just an altogether awesome showcase of fresh wet hops.

Taste/Mouth: Really delicious. Lots of fruit from the nose coming over to the taste. Pineapple and tropical fruit with the pine and resin as well. Clean and sticky mouth at the same time. Really great taste and feel on this one. Can’t find a single thing I don’t like about it.

Price/Availability: Little high as usual but a little better at $12 a bomber. Fall availability.

Overall: Damn this is one dank, delicious harvest ale. Definitely one of the best I have ever had, and I have had a lot of them and a lot of good ones. Three Floyds absolutely killing this style and all the competition.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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Sierra continues to put out more seasonal stuff that I feel like I have to drink and review, with their constant release of great seasonal beers it is really restricting my ability to review other breweries! Either way I am back with the review of another Sierra beer, this one is a real mouthful. This is the second in their series of five releases showcasing different hopped IPAs (fresh, wet, wild and single hop) it is their Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA. It features Southern Cross, Pacifica, and Motueka hops picked in New Zealand dried and shipped to the brewery within 7 days. Southern Hemisphere Harvest comes in at 6.7% ABV and 67 IBUs.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Nice deep copper color, slightly hazy with a creamy white 1-2 finger head that left sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose: Floral, earthy and citrus fruit up front. Get some malt sweetness in the nose as well as a bit of the typical Sierra house yeast smell. Earthy hop definitely domination this but the unique fresh hop smell is definitely apparent.

Taste/Mouth: Spicy and earthy hop bitterness definitely dominate upfront. Biscuit malt presence big in the mouth as well. Finishes dry and with some pine bitterness. The hop taste is pretty mild and balanced well with the malt as Sierra IPAs often are. You also get the Sierra yeast taste as you get with most beers and the malt bill appears to be similar to many other Sierra IPAs. That being said it was a pretty enjoyable and different tasting IPA.

Availability/Price: It is available in the Spring for the hop harvest in New Zealand, bottled in May to be specific. Really good price as usual from Sierra at around $5 for the bomber. This is released every year in May I believe.

Overall: Pretty good seasonal release from Sierra, will definitely probably purchase one every year. Love the idea, Sierra is always pushing the envelope and using their huge pull in the industry to be able to do such awesome things with beer. The beer itself doesn’t blow me away but it is definitely something new and different. For the price it is definitely worth buying and getting to try, also feel like buying a beer like this will let Sierra know that people like the one-off stuff like this they do and hopefully they will do more!

Grade: B+