Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -26.1%
I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada. I had no idea they made another beers… let alone three or four other beers! Heck, they could make ten others. I was just aware of their regular Sierra Nevada, and their Torpedo that I discovered while in Kentucky for Thunder Over Louisville. But I wasn’t aware of the Harvest. Let alone that the harvest was a series of beers.
The beer pours out like an IPA… smells like an IPA. This beer better tastes like an IPA.
The beer is VERY smooth on the front of the palate. It then starts to get carbonated about halfway through, then smacks your mouth with bitterness toward the end of the swallow. Then you wait… you wait for the bitter aftertaste to leave. But it doesn’t. And that’s okay… The bitter aftertaste is what I expect from an IPA.
The beer doesn’t have a big ABV, but that’s okay. Not all beers need a big ABV to be good. Having had the regular Sierra Nevada, I still think that one is better… but still, this beer is good. I just can’t get over that aftertaste. Maybe one of the longest aftertastes I have ever experienced. Good stuff!
06-17-2011 04:13:20 | More by rickyleepotts
3/5 rDev -26.1%
At Tylers in Durham. I had high hopes after Northen Hemisphere which was fantastic, but this was a letdown. A big letdown. It doesnt smell like much. Alot of balanc. no real hops to be found. The dominant flavor was bitterness, but thats even a stretch. It just seemed a bit light compared to its northern counterpart.
06-11-2012 19:41:34 | More by VncentLIFE
3.03/5 rDev -25.4%
I'm a little surprised to see where this beer sits ratings-wise on this site. It had some nice aroma, but that's where the majority of the hop-character in this beer seemed confined to me. It was very malty and not very hoppy in flavor for an IPA. OK, but not going out of your way (to say New Zealand) for.
Color was nice; this beer was a pretty rich amber gold color and was clear and brilliant with good head formation. Aroma was lightly floral and citrus hop notes, which set high expectations for what I might get from the taste. And this was disappointing...far more malty than hoppy, the hop aroma gave way to not much bitterness, nor any of the citrus or floral notes I was hoping for. Mouthfeel was reasonably crisp. All-in-all the beer was enjoyable, although all the maltiness unbalanced by much hop in this beer made it less drinkable than other high quality IPAs.
I'd weakly recommend this beer.
One final thought - at least part of craft beer's appeal is its local-ness and the assemblage of somewhat humble ingredients into something great. While I know other brewers (DFH for instance) have procured exotic ingredients for their beers, somehow jetting to New Zealand and jetting back with a plane-load of hops a week later seems somehow at odds with what got craft beer to where it is to me. Not condemnation, just my thought.
Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub in St. Francis.
06-04-2008 19:01:54 | More by BeerBelcher
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -24.9%
decent head out of the 24 oz. bottle that is very long lasting. The color is a pleasing red-orange but there is almost no aroma at all. This seemed odd considering the very hop-forward flavor and the whole concept of the beer. The hops are quite bright and intense the instant the beer is in your mouth but the flavor seems to almost disappear within a few instants. There is very little mouthfeel and a very bitter aftertaste from the large amount of hops.
05-27-2008 23:26:43 | More by maestrotmbg
3.05/5 rDev -24.9%
2011 edition. Bottled: Apr 22, 2011 (I believe)
A: Pours a rusty copper ale with excellent clarity. Single on two fingers of peanut head falls over several minutes to a thick quilt of the same which clings to the sides as a sheeted lace product.
S: Floral and soapy hops are at the forefront here. Plenty of grapefruit rinds are backed up with a light, crystal malt profile. The malts are biscuity and dry. Smells: okay.
T: Malt is the first thing I taste: sweet, caramels and hints of oxidation (cardboard). this is quickly and assertively overtaken by bittering hops and low intensity flavoring hops. Some resiny flavors, but not very inspired IMO. Finish has a hint of corn on it.
M: Medium body with quite hi carbonation. Wish the carb was a little lower. Finish is dry.
O: I've had this in previous years, I don't believe this year's batch is up to par. This one is one dimensional in the hop profile (bitter and resiny). The malt is oxidized (cardboard). The beer has potential, but this year is not quite as good.
07-01-2011 15:18:05 | More by harrymel
3.08/5 rDev -24.1%
Aromas are of juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.
The taste follows the nose with light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malts but mostly it's about the citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering hop bitterness, a little too much for my liking. I was hoping for more of that white wine New Zealand hoppines but I get the typical Sierra C-hopping with a distinct lack of proper white fruit aromas. The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, decent good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.
Overall this is a decent beer, but it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other Sierra Nevada offerings and because of the price point, really not worth the extra dollars in my opinion. Worth a go I guess just to say that you tried it and but Sierra needs to do a better job of differentiating theses 22 oz offerings from their original pale ale.
07-14-2011 17:09:43 | More by claspada
3.08/5 rDev -24.1%
Pours a dark copper, nearly amber color with a big fluffy white head which sticks to the top of the glass and all the way down. Smell is really grassy and full of pine. Very earthy aroma. The taste is bitter up front with a strong caramel finish. Honestly, a little too much caramel tasting malt for me. Even a little alcohol on the finish. The bitterness is not very flavorful, just bitter. This beer smells a lot better than it tastes. Overall - probably wouldn't buy again. I have no problem finishing it, and it is enjoyable to drink, but there are much better options out there. I'll take Torpedo for half the price.
05-21-2011 00:05:38 | More by atowle25
3.1/5 rDev -23.6%
For me, SN produces some of the best and some of the worst beer in America. This one falls squarely in the middle and is, in fact, a rather predictable AIPA. The color is a welcoming light amber, with loads of bubbles and a vanishing fritzy head. In other words, not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. Plenty of grapefruit and tart citrus in the nose, some notes of caramel and a wee bit of toasted grains, with some high-leaping bubbles to land on your nose. In other words... not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. There's a nice bite from the fizz (pleasant on a hot evening) and a strong blow of hops/citrus/grapefruit from beginning to end in the taste, with some malt density to add gravity and body. In other words... uh... um... well, it's not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. I will note that the malt content is rather high for this style, I think, which probably saved it from being a total dud for me.
Worth the $5 to give it a try but not worth repeating.
07-09-2010 17:00:18 | More by gfreed
3.1/5 rDev -23.6%
poured into tulip. from notes
A - Nice copper/amber colour with fluffy white head
S - Some piney hops, lemon zest, some pepper. Nothing too exciting
T - Odd, not what I was expecting. The 'fresh hops' tasted not fresh even though this bottle was new. I did pick up the citric zest of orange and lemon rind, some spiciness. Sort of disappointing, was expecting a 'juicier' taste.
M - Very thin and almost watery. Above average carbonation
D - I think this one is easy enough to drink but there are way better fresh hop choices out there. I may be in the minority here, but that's what I think!
01-11-2011 16:40:49 | More by OakedCanuck
3.13/5 rDev -22.9%
I have liked this much more in prior years. 2010 is an off-year.
A - Pours a deep reddish amber with scant retention and lace.
S - I am getting a very pungent grassy and vegetal hop. Malt is subdued. Not betterthan average,
T - Huh, the taste is not fully melded; it seems to have a segmented palette. Lots of bitterness at the end, and not the best flavor coming from the hop.
M - IPA. Good.
D - I would say that almost all of SN's regular hoppy offerings are better: Pale Ale, Estate, Torpedo, and Celebration...
07-18-2010 18:57:39 | More by ktrillionaire
3.13/5 rDev -22.9%
2011 batch poured into imperial pint
A- Orange almost amber... Very large yellowish white head, foamy and light... Great lacing
S- Smells sweet as soon as it hits the nose, much like a biscuit smothered in honey, some dank aroma on the back end with a very grassy and earthy hop presence first... DMS noticeable in a tiny amount
T/M- Tastes more bitter than nose alludes... Starts light bitterness, then gets a touch sweet, then very grassy, then more bitter which lingers on the sides tongue... a bit harsh for the flavor depth. To me it's just too dirty and earthy which is what you get in a wet hopped beer, but not my fancy... Medium body and pretty crisp carbonation, but too astringent on tongue
O- Average... Not enough flavor and bitterness is harsh for the profile... again, i'm not a wet hop guy, but this is alright
06-14-2011 00:05:48 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
Decanted a bottle of the 2008 vintage (in case there are others later...). Clear pale amber, rocky off-white head laces the glass nicely. Initial aroma is fresh, bitey, piney, and in fact quite malty. First sip is a big bitter wallop; develops quickly into a mouthful of aggressive, "dirty", Cascade-type hop flavor, with a prominent grapefruit component. Towards the end of each sip the bitterness sneaks back in along with a crisp, Alt-type maltiness.
By about halfway through the double-size bottle, I feel like this is just a somewhat strong version of the typical American pale ale. The huge floral attack of the New Zealand hops is pretty good, but after that it's nothing particularly special.
09-15-2008 04:27:59 | More by PeatReek
3.15/5 rDev -22.4%
Poured into a standard pint glass.
A - Bright, vibrant orange coloration, decent two tip head, excellent retention and lacing.
S - Pleasant grapefruit aroma with a kiss of fresh hops. Near the end however a strange fishy smell makes an appearance.
T - Very sweet fruity body with a low bitterness and a slight hint of pine. Disappointingly bland, I was expecting some more flavors to be present.
M - Oily light body, medium carbonation level, leaves a syrupy coating on the palate.
D - Not bad at all, but fairly boring. I doubt I'd seek this one out anytime soon. I suppose it's worth a try if you find it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.
05-20-2008 15:40:16 | More by PhageLab
3.18/5 rDev -21.7%
A - Coppery orange with a cream head that leaves little lacing.
S - Not getting much here. A bit of malt. Not really any hops. Not what I was hoping for with a fresh hop ale.
T - Sort of metallic. Some malt. The hops come through at the end. Citrus and piny. It's ok.
M - Good body and carbonation. Pretty much the best part of the beer.
D - Very drinkable. The only problem is that it's not very good.
I'm not going to lie. I was hoping for more here. But it's better than a Budweiser.
08-10-2009 03:51:45 | More by infestaxion
3.18/5 rDev -21.7%
Pours coppery/amber with off white head that recedes fairly quickly, with some decent lacing left behind.
Aroma is suprisingly subdued, I was expecting far more hop aroma. The hop aroma smells citrusy and sweet, with more malt sweetness and just a hint of alcohol in the nose.
Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor of hops dominates everything else, creating a nearly oily mouthfeel. Something rugged about the flavor, maybe in the rush some insects were left in the hops. Bitterness levels are on par with their pale ale, maybe slightly more bitterness, but its hard to tell under all the oily hop flavor. Somewhat drying quality to the finish keeps the oily mouthfeel in check.
Fairly interesting, not really sure what I think about it after the first try though. Certainly not wowed, but not entirely dissappointed either. If it's fair to compare, I loved the other Harvest version, this one, not so much.
Edit: I try not to read reviews before I try the beer, and after reviewing this one I read mattcrill's review, and maybe I'm having the same issue with this beer, but don't quite have the palate to discern the problem....but something just a bit off with this one.
05-25-2008 01:32:37 | More by BrewMonkey
3.2/5 rDev -21.2%
*review from notes on 7/17/10*
Bottled on date: 4/26/10
2010 bottle / 24oz
Pours a darker amber / rust colored body with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some lacing on my pint glass. The nose has some grassy / floral qualities, thought they are not as pronounced as I would expect given the style. Floral and earthy hops are at the forefront of the taste, not a whole lot of malt balance in this but the hops aren't overpowering either. Medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation.
From my experience these fresh hop ales are really hit and miss. Although freshness is often paramount, I have had some with a couple months on them that are still really good. Others, including this one, are just average IPAs.
01-23-2011 21:24:06 | More by prdstmnky
3.21/5 rDev -20.9%
bomber into tulip.
A: a bright copper body. clear. head is bright white and frothy. retention is good and lacing is exceptional.
S: hop aroma is good, not over the top. a little bit of lemon and black pepper.
T: very malty. too malty. there is a hop presence on this thing, but it really isn't that great for aipa. a bit of citrus is all I can really pick out.
M: average carb on a medium body.
D: good, but not great. I have had better hoppy beers from SN.
05-26-2013 02:52:07 | More by Jimmys
3.23/5 rDev -20.4%
First time I had this SN, tasted alongside the Northern Hemisphere ale.
Not sure if this suffered due to a lack of freshness, but it was a pale imitation of the Northern Hemisphere, which I loved. Hoppiness was not there, and it was lacking in carbonation. not bad, but a little disappointing.
02-13-2011 02:32:20 | More by smorris291
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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