This beer is the counterpart to the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, using fresh-picked New Zealand hops shipped directly to Sierra Nevada. It uses Southern Cross, Pacifica, and Motueka hops which tend to give a more herbal and floral character than North American hops.
The beer pours caramel to deep red in color, with a nice frothy head and great retention. There's a sweet malt base with a good hop aroma but more spicy than floral in my opinion.
The taste is hoppy as well, but I think the biscuit-ness of malt muddles the flavor a bit. The hops are mostly present on the back end and especially on the finish.
Yet another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. I know sometimes people look to the new breweries in the state or the fancy new offerings, but try not to overlook Sierra Nevada. They're big, they've been here a while, but they still put out some of the best beers and some of the best beer values around.