Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Sierra Nevada - Southern Hemisphere Harvest
It's been awhile since I last visited a Sierra Nevada. I have to be honest, it was probably because the last time, I thought that is was a little unspectacular. I just felt that there wasn't very much flavor to hang my hat on. Now, after a year or so, I've decided to tackle them again, this time trying out there Southern Hemisphere Harvest...an Ale made with Hops shipped (hmmm, I don't know) over from New Zealand. Here what the website had to say:
Our newest addition to our Harvest family is Southern Hemisphere Harvest. This is the first time we know of that an American brewer has put out a beer with fresh-picked hops from the southern hemisphere. The inaugural ale will debut in late April and will feature fresh Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross hops, all from New Zealand.
Like our Celebration Ale, the fresh hops in this beer are dried right after being picked then shipped immediately to Chico for brewing so that they retain their peak aromatics and flavors. To ensure the freshest hops possible, we went to the added expense of flying these hops from New Zealand to Chico so we could brew with them the week after they were picked.
Alcohol content: 6.7% by volume
Malts: Pale & Caramel
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Yeast: Top-fermenting Ale Yeast
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Bitterness units: 66
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka & New Zealand Southern Cross
What can I say. Once again, it appears that Sierra Nevada has once again produced an Ale with very little personality. That said, the fact that we're dealing with ingredients shipped over from New Zealand doesn't seemed to have had an effect on the beer. It tastes fine...that's the problem...it's just fine. The Hops is tame, the finish is tame and the beer is tame. Everything seems to scream "Market to as many people as possible".
7.5/10 - A Safe Bet. Bring it to a friends BBQ. He will still like you tomorrow.
Posted by RallyPoint/6 at 5:13 PM