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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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 79
Gots: 158 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Reviews by dgallina:
Photo of dgallina
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives in a chunky 24 ounce brown bottle. Clearly marked as the 1st release of 2008.

The beer is clear golden-tan in the glass. Displays a few fingers of foam initially, though that quickly devolves into a creamy off-white sheen. Excellent lace retention on the glass. Very fresh, though not raw, aroma. The hops exhibit blended herbal, citrus, and pine tones. Flavor displays a nice balance of toasted malt and fresh hop notes. Tastes as it smells, with a bitter fruity finish. Body is rich, creamy, and filling; tending towards slippery oiliness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zaktcc
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24oz Bomber bottled on 04/24/14.
A - Pours a beautiful pale, cherry color with two finger head. Very good head retention.

S - Pleasant aroma. Fairly complex mixture of aromas ranging from a variety of hop scents to mild hints of citrus. Overall fairly floral and bitter smell.

T - A great blend of hops and malt. Fairly sweet caramel/toffee flavor initially, finishing with the bitterness of the hops.

M - Very enjoyable feel. Medium bodied, with a creamy, very smooth feel to the mouth; almost a frothy consistency. Perfect amount of carbonation; present but vaguely noticeable. One of the best feeling beers I've had.

O - So far my favorite beer Sierra Nevada has to offer. Very complex and well-balanced beer. Definitely will look forward to having again in the future.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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 wesbrownyeah
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.89/5  rDev -4%
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
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 orbitalr0x
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 24oz 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
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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 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 generallee
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
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 merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed amber orange body with a sturdy beige head of about two inches in height. Excellent retention and enormous sticky lacing.

Aroma begins with an earthy grassy hoppiness that is quickly joined by grapefruit and pine accents. A hint of toasted caramel lurks underneath.

Medium body and carbonation with an assertive hop bite.

Taste features a dominant hops bitterness that is a bit drying. As in most fresh hop ales, the most prominent feature is an earthy, leafy,grassy, herbal bitterness and it is well executed here. Caramel maltiness is so understated that it seems an afterthought. Citrus rind and pine notes are also picked up throughout and join in at the finish.

A very well done fresh hop ale. Very similar in profile to a regular SNPA but the fresh hop profile comes through well enough to distinguish this one.

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

2009 edition, pours darker amber, with a dull reddish glow, long lasting typical khaki head, ever so slowly shrinks to a thick ring, and film, leaving nice thicksheeting/lace. Refroths upon a gently swirl. Fruity sweet and hopped up nose. Pleasantly hopped up ale. Hops emit tropical fruit notes and resinous goodness. Enough malt aas an undercoating, but the drying and pungent hops are the story here. Yet more quality and quite worthy brew from SN

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is dominated by citrus and bread notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of bready malt along with some caramel malt. The hop flavors I get are orange and pine, with orange being the most prevalent. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Northern Hemi Harvest so I had to try this one. The Northern is definitely better, but this one's a pretty decent experience.

It's a beautiful beer, like all of the SN fresh hop beers. Ridiculously huge, fluffy, oily head that no one else comes even close to.

Hop flavor is like a cross between citrus and lots of pine, along with more floral 'noble' characteristics. The flavor is somewhere between an AIPA and a hoppy pilsner. For reference, New Belgium Shift tastes similar and it is a pale lager made with NZ hops.

Pretty good, well worth seeking out while it's around.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. I have to say the bottle design is worth the price of admission - a brilliant label sporting a 19th century-style map that at once conjures up the naval adventures of Cook, Robinson Crusoe and Jack Aubrey.

Poured into a nonic. A lovely dark-amber brew with a billowing creamy head that leaves brilliant patches of lace. Excellent retention. First rate.

The first whiff is of the fresh cones of west coast-style hops (we'll call them "Pacific" hops since they are from NZ), which give a delightful tropical aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, mango, grapefruit, coconut. Very pleasant.

A nice IPA, sweet and malty at first, before the tropical hop flavors sink in. The finish is surprisingly dry and bitter, with the hops losing some of their complexity. Still, a solid brew.

Medium bodied, creamy, slightly more aggressive carbonation than I'd like.

Hops aren't as potent to the taste as they were for the nose, but this is still an impressive brew, flavorful, good body to it and a great collectable bottle to boot!

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

Opened 24 Ounce bottle of 2008/First Release and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a foamy head of 1", atop a light clear copper colored brew. Leaves heavy lace on glass.

Smell is of hops and a bit of pineapple citrus. Taste has an earthiness to it, yet very clean and really crisp on the palate, notes of pineapple and slight lemony goodness finish out this beer. It does feel a bit hot on the back of palate, but all in all not a bad brew.

Photo of bsp77
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange, which formed a very nice foamy head that left lots of lacing. Most impressive head/lacing I have seen from a bottled beer in the Pale Ale/IPA spectrum.

Smell: Semi-sweet toasted malts, grains, and floral/citrus hops. While it definitely smells good, I would have expected it to be stronger.

Taste: Semi-sweet, somewhat grainy malts juxtaposed with a very strong hop taste of citrus and pine. Bitterness is moderate and more evident at the end, when it takes on a more spicy tone. I love a beer that can have a strong hop taste without overdoing the bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very smooth with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. That's all I have to say here, except I wish I had more than one bottle.

Style wise, this is a conundrum. Seems to be halfway between an American Pale Ale and a Double IPA. Seems like that would mean an American IPA, but it's not - too grainy, too smooth, too hoppy without the accompanying bitterness. Seems to be a Double Pale Ale if that means anything. Oh well, it is damn good whatever it is.

Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very strong IPA, borderline Imperial. Pours clear and oily gold with a puffy white head. Thick lacing. Crisp, clean aroma of pine, mango, pineapple, and oranges. Taste is very citrus, with more grapefruit. Some soapy hop flavors, as well as pepper and wood. Loved it.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark ruby/amber colo with a nice big one finger light yellow head an lots of light white lacing. Nose is very light on this sadly. There's some light hoppiness but the malt dominates.

Taste on the other hand is all hops! Nice rich bitterness but well balanced with a light sweetness. It's very smooth and rich with light caramel notes.

Photo of ironlung
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this on tap at the Rogue ales public house in San Francisco. Since then I have shared a couple bottles with friends. Reviewing on just such an occasion.

A: Since we are tasting side by side with the Chico estate I can say it looks a little lighter in color and the head isin't a fluffy.

S: Smells like a fresh IPA. Nice citrus spice notes come through.

T: Spicy hops backed with a perfect malt yummy!

M: Perfectly balanced! Another solid harvest ale from Sierra Nevada. I like how their flexin' their muscles.

D: Very high. Starting to disappear in a couple areas i frequent in N.& So.Cal. Think I'll be saying bye to this one until next year.

Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked and poured from 24oz bottle into Harp pint glass. Firm pour yielded very minimal head (sub one finger). Minimal lacing. Color is nice golden amber. Nose is very floral, light citrus hops. Light citrus hops on the palate, carbonation is very fine and contributes greatly to the taste. Very balanced, definite malt presence, bitter and slightly dry finish. Very Nice Beverage!

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

The 2010 release of Southern Hemisphere Harvest carries all of the aromas associated with a good hoppy beer: light toasted grains laced with grapefruit and pine, all atop a layer of brown sugar. The aromas aren't as strong as I was expecting--though they still rank a seven on a ten-point scale--but they are finely nuanced.

On the tongue, the hops come out of far more strength, beginning light, but building into a mouth-puckering (66 IBUs) deliciousness only a few seconds later. The hops are fresh and delicate in flavor, bringing grapefruit rind and pine notes, and easily dominate the brew. A good counter of brown sugars help tame the hops, and the malts bring a toasted grain-and-bread undercurrent. The aftertaste is predominantly hops, and lingers on the tongue for quite some time, lightly buzzing the soft palate. Mouthfeel is a cream-smooth medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is delicious beer, intended for hopheads, and hitting all the right notes in that category.

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