Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked this up a few weeks back, having never had this before. The bottle label is different than the one shown here and the packaged date was from 4/24 of this year as well. With so many hoppy beers from Sierra Nevada, I was wondering what would make this different and unique from the others. While certainly not their best offering, the freshness and easygoing nature of this combined with the recessed nature of the alcohol made this a clear winner in my book.
Nice deep amber hue to this pour, with a fluffy head that held its own. There was a fair amount of lacing to be seen as well and a good presence of carbonation from start to finish in both appearance to to the taste. The hops were floral and piney up front as the wetness kicked in after it. Not a "hop bomb" by any means and not a lot of burn either - the freshness is the defining aspect of this beer as it gave this a nice brightness while the caramel malt and light hints of lemon zest and orange served as reminder that this was an IPA. A bit o sticky resin lingered after everything went down, but wasn't as present as in their flagship Pale Ale.
Even though I split this with a friend, I could have polished this off by myself. While not a session beer, this felt like one from start to finish and I'll probably give it a go in the near future. Different from it's northern hemisphere counterparts, any fan of IPA or Sierra Nevada or even the "Enjoy by" from Stone will love what they've done here. This went down so easily and had a great balance to it, which is something that I don't feel is the case with many IPA's. This stood out for all the right reasons!
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 21:15:46 | More by JerzDevl2000
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