Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
4.6/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served from a bottle. Not sure what size, fat, maybe 16 oz?
Wow. This beer is a shocker for me. It's extremely good. Pours a honey amber in crystal clear barware with a confident pillowy fluff head 2" in height, settles slowly and clings well to the glass. The smell is reserved and subdued, with only the faintest hint of citrus and grass on the nose.
Taste. Holy mecca of beer. Amazing hops taste of black currant, raspberry jam and slight green banana peel with only the gentleness of noble bitterness from the hops. This beer was very heavily hopped using either extremely late additions, whirlpooling or dry hopping. It has incredible hops flavor with only the softest hops bitter from the noble NZ hops. Holy crap. I love it. All the flavor and 1/8th of the bitter of a hops bomb. I'm in love.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2012 01:30:16 | More by Aiptasia
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3.99/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy bright, golden-amber with a large, bubbly white head that eventually fades down a respectable, creamy cap. Tons of lacing left behind foreshadows the hoppiness of this ale.
S: This isn't insanely fresh on my end, with this particular bottle being about a month old, but the nose is still quite nice, albeit a little reserved in nature, I think. Some grapefruit up front and pine resin underneath. Malts aren't really prominent here.
T: Malt is more prominent on the palate than it was in the nose. An initial hint of bready sweetness is short-lived before it's pushed out of the way by a wave of grapefruit, closely followed by strong Earthy notes of pine resin, grass, and a strong spice that I can't quite decipher... just know that there's some spice going on here. Finish is fairly bitter, bordering pungent, but delightful.
M: Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful. A medium to medium-full body with an exuberant, yet controlled, carbonation. Velvety, but slightly sticky in the finish. Hop oils coat the tongue.
O: Even without being super-fresh, this beer was highly enjoyable and offered a wonderful, although contained, bouquet of hop flavors. Some caramel and pale malts offer just a hint of bready sweetness that keep this balanced and palatable. The mouthfeel was superb and kept this extremely drinkable. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for another great offering.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:50:22 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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