Like last week's Juggernaut Fall Seasonal "wet hop" Red Ale, newly released Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale shares the same fresh-picked, un-dried "wet" Cascade hops from Yakima Valley, but with Centennial hops too for a brawnier beer with no frou-frou.
- lemon scented, bold 'n hoppy, super crisp 'n bitter with a touch of pine Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA) 6.7% ABV
This beer is "hop" off the presses, literally. Introducing Sierra Nevada's 2010 – and freshly renamed – Northern Hemisphere brew ripe from the prime 2-month Yakima hop picking season.
When you uncap the bottle, the first thing you smell is lemon. Bring it to your mouth and the crisp carbonation slaps you in the face, followed by a Bitter Hoppy hit, and a Pine pinnacle. Swirl it around on your tongue and you may catch a Loafy flavor, but the Sweetness doesn't last more than a second.
The head is fluffy and the color is a stunning burnt orange red. Pair it with a block of cheddar and call it a night.
(Consider this your bold beer to get you through the sugar-soaked holidays.)
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