Beer Review: SIERRA NEVADA HARVEST WILD HOP IPA

Beer Review: SIERRA NEVADA HARVEST WILD HOP IPA

From the esteemed Sierra Nevada Brewing comes the grand finale of their 2014 Harvest series – the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wild Hop IPA. This particular concoction boasts the inclusion of Neomexicanus, a wild hop indigenous to the U.S. known for imparting distinctive melon and apricot aromas, accompanied by a floral undertone and a flavor reminiscent of citrus.

Appearance

The Sierra Nevada Harvest Wild Hop IPA presents itself in a 750 ml. bottle, graciously poured into a pint glass, showcasing a clear amber gold hue crowned with a substantial beige head.

Aroma

Upon the olfactory encounter, one is greeted by a blend of pine, citrus pith, and toasted malt, creating an aromatic profile that sparks anticipation.

Taste

In the realm of flavor, the experience takes an interesting turn. Rusty metallic hops take the forefront, accompanied by a robust presence of citrus bitter hops and dry malt. It’s a journey through sturdy bitterness with a hint of an elusive metallic quality.

Mouthfeel

The beer, housed in a full-bodied constitution, maintains an average carbonation level, contributing to an overall drinking experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Overall

Despite the pedigree of Sierra Nevada and their track record with hoppy offerings, the Harvest Wild Hop IPA falls short of personal enjoyment. While the endeavor to incorporate Neomexicanus is commendable, the final product appears to miss the mark. A subtle rustiness and skunky essence permeate the tasting experience, not necessarily due to mishandling or flaws, but rather as inherent characteristics. It stands as an intriguing experiment but failed to resonate positively on a subjective palate. In a lineup of Sierra Nevada’s hop-centric creations, this particular brew may not emerge as a shining star for every enthusiast.