Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NedShakeshaft:
4.34/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I really like the label design. Made it an easy sell if it wasn't already.
Poured a slightly hazy medium amber. Light tan head faded a bit quickly with some lacing.
I didn't love the nose. It was a bit understated overall, dominated by pine, with some citrus and also a tiny bit of something I can best describe as an 'earthy funk.'
Tasted out of this world. Amazing balance. Pungent, woody hops dancing above a bready malt base, held together with the piney resin. Finished clean with the grapefruity citrus emerging. Outstanding.
Some alcohol taste lingers in the mouth (it is 6.7% after all). It's about medium bodied for the IPA style. Easy enough to pound until the alcohol catches up.
Outstanding value. It will be one of my go-to's as long as it's around.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2013 01:24:25 | More by NedShakeshaft
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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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