Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA – Southern Hemisphere Harvest
The boys and girls from Chico continue their expansive foray into the hoppy beer genre with another year of Fresh Hop IPA. This example using hops from New Zealand.
The result is an exceptionally smooth and easily drinkable IPA that isn’t overly bitter. The hops are very much present, however, and you won’t forget that they’re there. For the seasoned beer snob, it’s a delightful journey into the flavors of hops that I suspect we don’t get too frequently here. Casual drinkers might be put off by the hop heavy flavors, but a managable ABV make it a good gateway beer.
I’m scoring it 3.5/5 for solid drinkabilty and taste, but it’s an unfortunate victim of heavy competition in a very crowded segment of powerful west coast IPAs. Don’t expect to be blown away, but definitely try it if you happen across it.