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Old 11-24-2008, 10:22 PM   #11
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considering the conventional wisdom that says hops must be dried properly to avoid hop flavors, this beer really surprised me

i think this beer has the best, fullest, most complete hop flavor profile of any IPA i have tried, and is just AMAZING

if you havent tried it yet, do it, its worth the six bucks for the 24 ounces

i really, really loved the southern hemisphere harvest, but i think this one is even better!
I paid $2.99 all taxes included for a 24 oz bottle yesterday.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:44 PM   #12
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I'm enjoying this as I type, so my tasting notes are fresh:

Attractive coppery orange with an off-white, rocky head. The head is dense and resinous, full of prominent citrusy hop aroma. Initial malt sweetness in the forefront, fading to an assertive but balanced hop bitterness. Lingering hop flavor with heavy notes of citrus and pine, exactly what I would expect from freshly picked hops.

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:01 AM   #13
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ok, everyone can stop rubbing it in my face that i paid six bucks for it

its the only place ive seen it, and they're prices arent great, but they are as cheap as i can get around here

i also bought it the first day the store had it- its already gone down a buck since then

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:28 AM   #14
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And $6 isn't bad for something you're enjoying. Don't feel bad.

I saw it in the store the other day but already had my hands full* so I bypassed it. I think I'll pick it up next time. Glad someone mentioned it & gave it some commentary. I'll also agree with the nod to Bells. I'm new to the midwest beer scene & Bells has become my favorite of what's available out here.


*with Bells' winter white, 2 Schlafly oak aged porters, Triple Karmeliet and Southern Tier Cuvee #1

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:52 PM   #15
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Its us IL peeps. I paid $4.99 per bottle out here. Enjoyed the last one I had last night while loading up my ebay turbo lister with a bunch of stuff and listening to tunes while the wife went out with friends. Hell of a friday night!

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Old 11-30-2008, 03:07 AM   #16
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I spotted this today and was happy to pay about $5/bottle. It's got great color, and it's an OK beer, but I was expecting something a lot more amazing. I grow hops and love to crush them and inhale deeply when they're ripe. I LOVE hops. This stuff doesn't smell all that hoppy compared to other beers I've had recently, and it tastes even less hoppy. I was thinking it would be differently hoppy compared to the various IPAs I drink, but hoppy nonetheless, and was looking forward to learning something new about hop flavors. It's just not there. It's a good beer, but I'm disappointed. I am, however, happy to get a couple 24 oz. bottles for my own brews.

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Old 11-30-2008, 03:16 AM   #17
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It's what I'm drinking now. Paid $3.40 per 24 ounce for 4 of them today.

Nice and hoppy in my opinion. Not quite the "Bite" of a dry hop. This fresh hop really seems to bring a lot of flavor/aroma with it without the astringency I sometimes get with dry hopping with pellets.

I like it.

I like it a lot.

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I just got the harvest wet hop (red bottle, below) at the Party Source.

Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Harvest Ale
Good deal. That was the first place I checked and they didn't carry it but said they would contact their distributer.

EDIT: I was just there and all they have now is the Southern Hemisphere. The shelf label that holds that spot just says SN "Harvest Ale" so they must just stick which ever one they get in that spot.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:11 AM   #19
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Hi gunnar, as a hop grower I would be interested in checking out a commercial brew that you feel has a great hop character. And as a brewer I would be very interested in any recipes that you feel the same about.

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I spotted this today and was happy to pay about $5/bottle. It's got great color, and it's an OK beer, but I was expecting something a lot more amazing. I grow hops and love to crush them and inhale deeply when they're ripe. I LOVE hops. This stuff doesn't smell all that hoppy compared to other beers I've had recently, and it tastes even less hoppy. I was thinking it would be differently hoppy compared to the various IPAs I drink, but hoppy nonetheless, and was looking forward to learning something new about hop flavors. It's just not there. It's a good beer, but I'm disappointed. I am, however, happy to get a couple 24 oz. bottles for my own brews.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:26 PM   #20
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You guys P!ss me off. I've been trying to get this for weeks at my nearby store, and finally got someone who knows what's going on to try and get it, and now it's out of season...

Seems I'll have to wait another full year to sample it.

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