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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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2,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008)
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Reviews by dauss:
Photo of dauss
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: like a giant Sierra Nevada bottle. 24oz. of goodness. No freshness date or stamp. 2008

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy amber color with hues of gold and copper. Giant rocky cream head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Getting a huge whiff of hops. Slight woody character with A mish mash of hop varietys from New Zealand that I am unfamaliar with. Slight notes of malt behind all the hops.

Taste: Lightly citrusy and lightly piney hop flavor with nice clean and long lasting bitterness. Malt pushes through the hops with balance and notes of alcohol in the finish. Dry and hoppy.

Notes: Another winner from Sierra Nevada. A bold and interesting APA with hops not normally found in American brews. The most smoothest and longest lasting bitter beer I've had in a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 1st Street Draft House in W-S,came in a 12oz nonic a a clear copper with a tight clingy 1/2 white head.Citrus and pine wich wasnt unexpected dominate the nose along with a whif of caramel malt,a nice shot of fresh resiny hop really hits on the palate lingering into a biscuity slightly sweet malt base and then the hop profile shows through into a piney finish.I had this in the bottle and found it to be kinda boreing on tap the hop profile showed through much more.

Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage from a 24 oz. big guy.

A: A hard pour into a medium-size wine glass results in a bouyant 2-finger head that is an off-white/beige color. The color of the body is a light copper with golden hues. The carbonation bubbles look yummy and crisp. Wow, there is some exquisite head retention to this puppy; it took two to three minutes for the creaminess to return to the body. The lacing is sticky, frothy, and thick, and looks like a canvas that was sprayed with a full paintbrush by a vigorous flick of the wrist.

S: Sweet caramel-ly malt is the first smell to jump out at me and proves to be the dominant aroma over the life of the beer. That is accompanied by some mellow orange flavors and some mango, papaya, and kiwi. I am somewhat surprised that I am not smelling the hop extravaganza that I thought would be in this beer.

T: There is a bitter hop bite right away on the middle of my tongue and then the caramel-ly sweetness takes over. There really is a good balance between the two flavors, with a bitter grapefruit hop taste and the sweet malt taking turns leading on the dance floor. As it warms, the bitterness of the fresh hops becomes more apparent.

M: Relatively full and creamy for an hopped-up beer, but it still has the characteristic puckering bitterness from the hop bite. Mmm-hmm, this is a good feeler.

D: In terms of sessionability, I would say this is a winner, even at 6.7% a.b.v. I had a 24 oz. bottle and enjoyed it, but despite it being a really solid A.P.A., it just did not scream "repeat buy" to me at $5.99 a bottle.

Photo of brewdogmrb
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale (or as us in the know call it "SNSHHFHA," pronounced, obviously "sin-shif-haa") is a blast of hopped goodness from one of the originators of the Craft Beer movement, Chico, CA's Sierra Nevada. It's no secret that these guys make great beer, and besides having perhaps the greatest, most consistent and sessionable beers you'll find in most decent bars, they often bring the ruckus with shit like this. SNSHHFHA comes as a blessing to North Americans from the "down under" New Zealanders who are slowly claiming a larger and larger percentage of the world's market for Hops, providing loads of Organic hops at reasonable prices (and delicious varietals at that).

This beer, available for the first time in bombers, is pretty much all over the place by this point. I picked up a bottle of this before a radio show I do sometimes and it treated me quite nicely. Pours a beautiful dark gold color with a huge head and a very refreshing amount of carbonation. This is a balanced beer, not an over the top Hop Monster, and with a relatively low < 7%ABV, a very drinkable beer indeed. There's a lot of good malt, a lot of good hop spice, flavor, and aroma, and Sierra Nevada succeeds again in the realm of highly quaffable session beers which aren't boring, bland, or shallow. This is a truly great beer for Summertime when you want something a little on the darker side of a Pale Ale or Lager. Enjoy it while it's around.

Photo of Zakk
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Edition. A shining copper color with a fluffy beige head. Subtle yet solid aroma that's piney and earthy. A very well balanced beer, less bitter than I remember last year's being. Notes of pine and dark berry fruit early on in the glass. As it warms, it becomes a little more chocolaty. A medium body offers a comforting creaminess. A beer to look forward to. Well worth picking up.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ccapurso
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale.

A- Very nice amber-gold appearance with mild foamy head, thick tight lacing sticks to the glass top to bottom.

S- Smell is of fresh cut hops, malts, and a mild hint of alcohol esters.

T- Medium complexities of various hop varities make the taste unique. Malty kicks in the end of the beer followed my musky thick hop oil at the finish. Great overall hop bitterness from beginning to end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is medium with a oil feel and low carbonated finish. Nice balance for easy drinking. Drinkable for all occations.

Photo of tbryan5
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from th24 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a copper color with ruby hues. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice intricate lacing down the sides. Very nice. Smells like grass and bananas and a little citrusy in the finish. I get pine first and a some grapefruit grapefruit citrus on the palate. It's pretty good!! Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Refreshing...I am drinking this after work but it would be awesome on a hot day when you want to relax.

I would recommend this one to an IPA lover who doesn't want there palate destroyed. Seems pretty sessionable for 6.7% abv. I really enjoyed this brew.

Photo of sgoodship
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife picked up a 24 fl.oz bottle for me when she was shopping. I'd never really noticed this brew before but I will from now on.

A: Murky amber liquid with fine bubbles rising. Craggy off-white head. Fantastic head retention and lovely fine lacing.

S: Surprising amount of maltiness with a nice blast of fresh grassy and piney hops.

T: The sweet malt brediness hits you first. Then, there is a bit of a fresh hop bite in the middle. The finish delivers caramel but is accompanied by a good hop bite. It's really hard to read the hop profile because this brew is insanely balanced. Big hop and big malt. Aftertaste is really bitter. Just right for making you want to jump right back in.

M: Very smooth. The huge amount of maltiness makes this hoppy beer feel like silk.

D: Love it. It's pretty big for an APA. Malty and hoppy but I'd say although there is balance, my takeaway is that this is a very hoppy beer. I'm looking forward to my next one. How does Sierra Nevada do it?

Photo of beergod82
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 24oz bottle...love this bottle size! Pours into my glass a vibrant copper orange with a creamy two fingers of off white head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas begin with a mild caramel malt along with fruity aromas as well. The hops kick in with floral and spicy notes that take main stage. There's sort of a dirty, earthy aspect here as well. Mild pine resin accents. Pretty good, but it doesn't match the original Harvest.

First sip brings sweet malt upfront with a mild caramel and fruit accent that quickly gives way to the hops. The hops bring lots of pine along with a dirty, earthy spiciness as well. Green resins flow down with a big bitterness that envelops the palate and lingers on after each sip. Overall, a tasty fresh hop brew, its just the hops here don't particularly appeal to me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a solid creaminess from the steady carbonation, making this an easy drinking beer overall. Overall, I'd grab that original Harvest before this as I'm not a huge fan of the New Zealand hops apparently. Still, I'm glad I grabbed a bottle and gave this one a try.

Photo of rwinzing
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this and have been enjoying them slowly. I am a fan of fresh hopped beers. I enjoyed this beer from a stemmed vessel.

A - Poured into stemmed vessel down middle of the glass. It was a moderate to dark amber with a very small light head.

S - The presence of hops is up front in the aroma. It had a piney smell to me. Not sure what hops were used but a very positive smell.

T - Nice taste can taste the hops through out. Finish was nice but not as balanced as I would have liked. Fished bitter from the fresh hops but good

M - I am still new to rating mouth feel. A bit of a bite

D - I could enjoy multiple of these in a session.

Photo of Drunkenass
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. The beer was a clear amber color with a thick ivory head and abundant lacing. Mostly floral aroma, also citrus and sweet malt. Pine taste, a little grapefruit, a little caramel. Pretty hoppy, great beer to drink.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 2nd release 2009.

Appearance: The pour produced a tall thick and pillowy foam head. It is light tan in color and has great retention. It keeps a nice one finger thick cap all the way down the glass and as I drink, it leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. Under this head is a deep rich amber colored liquid. The beer is not totally clear as I noticed that there is a very fine yeast particle haze in it.

Smell: The aroma has a citrus like hop character with some pine notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of raw grain and even some fruity/estery/yeasty notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sturdy base of bready malty sweetness with a touch of raw grain. Hop flavor is the focus here though, and they add an assertive yet well balanced bitterness and solid citrus (lemon and orange rind and pith) sweet spicy herbal and mild pine like flavor notes. The finish has a long slow bitter hop fade. Its palate has a nice lively feel with plenty of soft carbonation and a good solid medium body.

Notes: This beer is absolutely outstanding. I really enjoyed the play between malt sweetness and the solid hop bitterness.

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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