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Jun162013

SIERRA NEVADA HARVEST 2012 (NTH)

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest 2012. What makes this beer different is the use of “wet hops”.

According to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co website “wet hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours.” So, that's not to be confused with “fresh hops” which are “the freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest.”

They go on further to claim “because hops are incredibly perishable, using hops 'wet,' or un-dried, preserves all of the precious oils and resins for a unique drinking experience.”

I’m surprised that last statement got past the legal team. Marketing aside let’s get to the beer…

You can tell from its appearance it’s going to be tasty. Orange / amber in colour with a foamy head that retains for a considerable period.

There are caramel and bready malt aromas mixed with citrusy hop aromas. The initial flavours are of grapefruit and pine, followed by a bready malt flavour with a bitter finish that lingers.

At 6.7% ABV it’s strong enough to carry the robust flavours but doesn’t suffer from the cloying, syrupy, bitter-sweet flavours beers over 7% often seem to have. Like other Sierra Nevada beers the recipe is simple but effective : Two-row Pale and Caramel malts, Centennial for bittering and Cascade / Centennial for flavour and aroma.

Unfortunately, really hoppy beers don’t seem to travel well, often losing their hop flavour and aroma. This is the second time I’ve tried a bottle of this beer, and whilst better than the first, it still seem a bit lacking.

I get the impression the hop flavours have diminished, making it taste more malty than it should. Given how much they bang on about how the wet hops “preserves all of the precious oils and resins”, I’m not getting any of those oils or resins, such as that found in the Feral Hop Hog.

I tend to agree with another reviewer that said it’s a bit of a mix between American and English IPA. It has English earthy malt flavours mixed with American citrusy hop flavours. Overall it’s well balanced and surprisingly easy to drink.

 

8/10

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