Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joshuadlight:
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Split a 24oz bottle with my brother.
Beautiful soft amber colored brew topped with a double layered head. There are larger fizzy type bubbles topped by frothy creamy type bubbles. Looks awesome. Tons of grassy and pine hops scream loudly in the aroma. This is a lot hoppier than I was expecting. I don't know what to make of styles anymore. This is not a balanced beer in my opinion. I don't know if it was an isolated bottle, but I had this right before a Ballast Point IPA, and this one was by far the most bitter. Anyway, tons of hop flavor.
I found it a tad too fizzy in the mouth, but it was overall an enjoyable experience.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2009 13:58:11 | More by joshuadlight
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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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