Review – Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest
From Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Like our Celebration Ale, the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked then shipped immediately to Chico for brewing so that they retain their peak aromatics and flavors. To ensure the freshest hops possible, we went to the added expense of flying these hops from New Zealand to Chico so we could brew with them the week after they were picked.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – 2nd Annual Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale – 24 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.6.7% abv.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a fluffy 1/2 inch tan head.
Aroma: Herbal, earthy resinous hops.
Taste: More herbal earthiness, some rock sugar like sweetness, and some citrus flavors such as lemon or orange.
Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied.
Overall: The closer you can get this to when it is released the better. I tried this last year, and it was near cardbord status (Because it was sold past its prime at the retailer). This beer is meant to showoff some great hopping skills, and this brew does just that.