Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2012 bottling. Bought it 2 days ago and have stored it in the fridge ever since. Poured from a large bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a hazy orange-apricot color with a mammoth frothy head that has some really good retention. Getting lots of piny, floral, and citrus notes on the nose.
Medium body and slick mouthfeel. The taste is much sweeter and the hops far less assertive than I anticipated. There are sweet flavors of toast and marmalade on the front of the tongue. The hops come in quickly and spice things up nicely to keep it from getting cloying. Flavors of grapefruit come in around mid-palate. It's pretty well-balanced and the sweetness never does die out completely. The finish is fairly dry and some nice flowery, citrus-like bitterness lingers, along with a little fruity sweetness.
Overall, an excellent beer, but not one I will buy again. By no means do I think this is a bad beer, but I have tried enough IPAs to realize that my personal preference is for those with very little detectable sweetness. I will have to try the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. From what I've read, I think that one will suit my palate a bit better. Still, this one was a nice beer and by no means a disappointment.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 23:47:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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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