Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
They should rename this beer "steady heady," as its sturdiness keeps it consistent for a long time. The copper-orange beer beneath is a beautiful sight. A slight haze is dotted with carbonation. To me, that's a perfect looking beer.
Notably cliched for this one, but fresh, and surprisingly more muted than I'd have assumed. Just a whiff of citrus - can't really make out much else.
Holy Hoppenfeffer! Big in the mouth, but oddly almost like a subdued summer barleywine. A gripping bitterness of dry grapefruit and pineapple, just a bit of spiciness like cinnamon or nutmeg. Didn't really open up at all until it came to room temp - revealed some crackery malt at that point.
It almost seems like hops for the sake of hops though. They're there and big, but they don't necessarily add the varied characteristics I'd expect in a SN beer.
Since I started this pour, I waited for the flavors to pop - and waited, until they finally did at the end of the first long pint. Still, not enough for me to enjoy it fully - consistently, but just underwhelming for SN.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 03:19:12 | More by mdcrouser
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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