Monday, October 12, 2009

Sierra Nevada 13th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Web Stuff: Created in 1996, Harvest Ale features Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops—the same day they are picked—to our brewery in Chico where our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak.

What do you taste?  The labels says "unmatched aromatics of pine and citrus with layers of spicy-sweet notes that hop fanatics like us dream of all year."  First of all, Columbus Brewing Company's Bodhi double IPA is the most aromatic beer that I've had to date and I'll let you know if I find one that matches or passes it.  All beer labels are prone to hyperbole, so we'll move on.  It's pretty good but not great.  Lots of hops of course.  The aftertaste is bitter and lingers a little too long.  The natural thing to do is to compare it to the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale from this spring.  There's no comparison, the Southern Hemisphere Ale blows it away.  If you can still find it, grab it.  It's a great beer.

Cost: $4.99 for 24 oz.
Grade: B
Cost Adjusted Grade: B

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