Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale 2009
This ale from our friends at Sierra Nevada is an American Pale Ale which boasts the fusion of New Zealand hops with North American malt. It smells delicious coming out of the bottle with a sweet hoppy aroma hitting the nose first. Its copper to orange in color and has a great head that sticks around. There are lovely citrus tones with honey, orange peel and sweet bread that I notice as I dig my nose deeper into the beer. It smells as though it’s going to be a nice sweet ale, and I’m pumped to get a taste.
Wow! What a delicious full-bodied American Pale Ale! This beer gives you so many complex flavors when it initially hits the mouth, you get excited after just the first taste! The hops have a different characteristic to them for sure, and I’m guessing that is the New Zealand hops that they appropriately brought my attention to before I even cracked this bad boy bomber. Honey and sweet cream overtones blend nicely with the American Malt, and a delicious bitterness sneaks up for the great aftertaste!
This beer is refreshing, yet finishes rather dry and I love that combination. I’d love this beer on a patio in 80 degree weather with a great plate of cheese, or maybe as a pairing with some light fish and a salad. I suggest picking up this beer immediately and giving it a try! For those who have already tried it, what do you think? Am I raving too much? Do you notice the difference in the New Zealand hops? Rock ‘n roll!