Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
4.48/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 24oz bottle with a packaged on date of 4/24/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - blood orange with swirling carbonation. A frothy off-white head, almost beige that leaves sticky streaks and globs of lacing!
Smell - another pleasing aroma from a SN beer! A blend of citrus and stone fruits; some pine and floral detectable along with some sourdough.
Taste - bitter, spicy hops; an assortment of fruit flavors, grapefruit, mango, some pineapple; a hearty malt backbone that keeps this from becoming too hop forward. This is great!
Feel - a beer with layers; it has some outstanding qualities (complex flavors, bitter finish, malt backbone to add balance)! Medium body, smooth and hard to put down!
Overall - perhaps I've been brainwashed by SN, as I seem to love everything that they brew; or perhaps they just have a great thing going!
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 01:48:03 | More by DenverHopHead
More User Reviews:
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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