Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SilentSabre:
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured a lovely copper orange colour with a nice, fluffy, two-finger off-white head that stays around for while. This looks very nice.
Big floral hops on the nose, but also has a nice caramel, sweet malt nuance as well.
Hop bitterness is right up front, but not as assertive as I was prepared for. Finishes with a nice biscuity malt; very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly carbonated.
Generally not a fan of the American style "pine sap" IPA's, but this sounded intriguing to me when I first read the concept of this beer and I'm pleased with my decision to buy some. While the type of hop profile one would expect to encounter in this one is certainly there, it is a bit muted and a bit diluted with whatever hop varietal from New Zealand is in there. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will look for it again.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2010 23:06:48 | More by SilentSabre
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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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