Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Sierra Nevada 2012 Southern Hemisphere First Harvest (USA)
Sierra Nevada 2012 Southern Hemisphere First Harvest Fresh Hop Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewery
This is Sierra Nevada's version of a first harvest or a fresh hop ale. The hops in question are from New Zealand and are shipped to California within a week of being picked. Sierra Nevada are a hugely popular brewery in the United States and as the brewery has grown it seems more and more of their beers are making their way over to Australia and other countries too.
Being a fan of their pale ale I was quite excited to try this one.
Immediately once the beer had been poured - a knock-out of hop aromas were present. Exotic fruit and banana were sitting on a back bone of malt. The beer was a slightly opaque golden liquid with an off-white head. You could get the banana more on tasting along with a ridiculous amount of bitterness. The beer had a good medium body but the bitterness was intense. Overall the beer was okay but it seems like Sierra Nevada have gone overboard on the bittering hops on this one.