According to the label, the hops are used in brewing the day after they are picked assuring freshness. The freshness of the hops was apparent from the aroma as soon as I opened this beer. Early in the summer I tried Sierra Nevada - Southern Hemisphere Harvest and found that to be a great beer because of the fresh hops used. Both of these beers are just incredible.
Wet Hop Ale poured amber with a great, creamy tan head that had excellent retention.
The aroma was laced with sweet, fruity hops, however, the notes were like comparing fresh herbs to dried as it was not concentrated but well rounded.
Where the hops shine was in the flavor as the freshness comes through. It is difficult to describe as the hops just seemed more aromomatic and open.
The base beer was also very good as the caramel, vanilla flavors went well with hops. The sweetness complimented the fruity hop notes. Also, this did finish with a clean cirtus bitterness.
This was a medium body beer with a medium amount of carbonation.
Overall I have really liked the two Sierra Nevada Harvest seasonal beers I have tried. I found both to be very smooth to drink as the flavors just seem to blend very well and the fresh hops was more than just a marketing ploy.