Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.69/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
We pour a beer the color of terra cotta. It holds an off-white head of chunky bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving thick sheets and patterns of lacing as it eventually goes. There is a thick haze, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears mild. The aroma gives sickly sweet nectary hops, light grapefruit citrus, mild metallic adjuncts, baked apple sugars, buttery diacetyls, brown sugar sweets, and brown and caramel malts. With warmth comes light but fusel booze and warm vinyl plastics. Our first impression is that the hops are nicely bitter, standing hard against the darker background of malts. As we sip, heavy pale and caramel malts hit first, with citric and herbal hops, moderate soapy bitterness, flashes of brown sugar, and burnt butter. The malts continue their strength to the peak, with light leathers, bittered pales, sweet caramels, toast and roast, and dark cherry fruitiness. The end comes with phenolic plastics, black pepper booze, more of an adjuncty and metallic malt, brown apple sweetness, and those same bright, herbal and grapefruit hops. The aftertaste breathes of those same bitter hops, grassy malts, chalky yeast, chalky pale grains, cooked brown sugars, and big metallics. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium to full. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to the sip, with a coating left all around the mouth. This gives way to a light pucker, and chalky astringency far down on the hard palate. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer was richness of flavoring, and full, hearty glug to the feel. From the start of things, the look is inviting, but the aroma tapers off into metallics, adjuncts, and overpowering maltiness. This actually plays well into the flavoring, as the strong grain base is enough to balance the dark, bittering Pacific hop varietals. Thus, the flavoring remains robust and interesting throughout, helping in large part to make this guy a success.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2013 02:12:36 | More by TheBrewo
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3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a New Belgium Ranger IPA pint glass.
A: Deep amber body. White, rocky head. Cratered as it slowly receded, leaving a nice heavy lace no t he glass, with a substantial head layer remnant on the beer surface.
S: A very outdoorsy botanical scent dominates, smells like hay and pine. Citrusy scents complement the main aroma.
T: Hoppy...the pine and straw dominate the flavor. Bitterness suppresses the sweetness of the malts all the way through. The malts are there, just well hidden. One dimensional.
M: Very thick, syrupy texture. Carbonation is not excessive, seems well matched to the mouthfeel. Despite the seemingly heavy character, is surpassingly crisp.
O: Not a terribly complex beer. But that's okay for this brew, because going in this is a hopped up brew and on that...it delivers with a purpose. This is a nice brew to sit back and enjoy on a mild spring day. The hops used impart a very spring like character and make this a really neat beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 04:27:18 | More by Badger6
4.04/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Amber in color with a slight yellow tint to the head.
S: Orange/general citrus are the strongest notes in the nose, along with a little grass, also bit floral.
T: Citrus peel, orange, pine, floral notes.
M: Pleasantly light body, without sacrificing flavor, drinkable, refreshing, smoothish.
O: The aroma is definitely more NZ hoppy than the flavor, which makes the flavor a bit disappointing. Recommended, though I wish it had more of a NZ hop character in all respects.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2014 21:54:29 | More by BierJager89
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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