The idea behind this beer series is to use fresh hops, hops that were picked the week before the beer was brewed. Sierra Nevada does this in the fall with Harvest Ale, because that's when the hop harvest is. Well, they then went and did it again in the Spring, using hops harvested in New Zealand, flying the fresh dried hops up here to the US. What you have isn't an overly fantastic ale that will impress you, but it is a tasty, fresh ale that leaves you feeling like you've had a good beer. The flavor was kind of dry, and the IBU's were noticeble (66 according to the website) but not off the charts like Stone or others. Of course, with those Kiwi ingredients in me, plus the alcohol, I have the urge to beat a hotel clerk with a telephone.
Reviewed: August 09, 2009