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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop AleSierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

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Ratings: 2399
Reviews: 1275
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008)
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Photo of GinjaSlice


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: a little cloudy dark orange amber with good off white head and ok lacing
S: smells kinda odd to me, kind of a little spicy and piney with some malt at the end
T: taste is what makes this beer, its very well balanced and super easy to drink. Got a nice spicy and hop taste to it with some sweet malt lingering and a great slightly bitter after taste
M: good mouthfeel but i suck at reviewing mouthfeel

O: for taste is probably in my top 10 wish it was easier to find as its a great price and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 22:18:09 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of Badger6


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a New Belgium Ranger IPA pint glass.

A: Deep amber body. White, rocky head. Cratered as it slowly receded, leaving a nice heavy lace no t he glass, with a substantial head layer remnant on the beer surface.

S: A very outdoorsy botanical scent dominates, smells like hay and pine. Citrusy scents complement the main aroma.

T: Hoppy...the pine and straw dominate the flavor. Bitterness suppresses the sweetness of the malts all the way through. The malts are there, just well hidden. One dimensional.

M: Very thick, syrupy texture. Carbonation is not excessive, seems well matched to the mouthfeel. Despite the seemingly heavy character, is surpassingly crisp.

O: Not a terribly complex beer. But that's okay for this brew, because going in this is a hopped up brew and on that...it delivers with a purpose. This is a nice brew to sit back and enjoy on a mild spring day. The hops used impart a very spring like character and make this a really neat beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 04:27:18 | More by Badger6
Photo of BierJager89


4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color with a slight yellow tint to the head.

S: Orange/general citrus are the strongest notes in the nose, along with a little grass, also bit floral.

T: Citrus peel, orange, pine, floral notes.

M: Pleasantly light body, without sacrificing flavor, drinkable, refreshing, smoothish.

O: The aroma is definitely more NZ hoppy than the flavor, which makes the flavor a bit disappointing. Recommended, though I wish it had more of a NZ hop character in all respects.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 21:54:29 | More by BierJager89
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey and amber with a medium thick head. Good lacing
Prominent hops come forward; malt and floral aromas are also present
Citrus and fruit mingle underneath the firm malt notes. It is only slightly bitter, the hops instead imparting more flavor than bitterness. Lingers for a while after its finished


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:45:06 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a DH IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 3 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving dry sticky residue behind as it does. Leaves a thick head on the surface that never fully dissipates. Thick persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Pine straw, hay, and lemon zest.

T: Hops... prominent. Not much else.

M: Very crisp hop character. A bit of a thick syrupy texture. Lightly bitter hop lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark hue, persistent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is fresh hops and hay accentuated with a little lemon citrus. Pure hops... not much else. Crisp and pure. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 05:32:15 | More by bmwats
Photo of PolarBear3


3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden honey colour with nice frothy white head that laces well

S - Slight toffee malts with a little floral hops but nothing substantial

T - Sweet toffee, caramel malts, hint of burnt orange peel, lemon and sweet candy

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Aromas are very disappointing but makes up for it with flavours. A great refreshing ale that is a joy to drink. Well balanced and it goes down very well

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 08:33:46 | More by PolarBear3
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright copper orange with fluffy head.

S: A mixture of floral and tropical hops and sweet caramel malts. A really hoppy pale ale or a really malty IPA?

T: Primarily floral hops with pineapple and mandarin orange as well. Creamy, toffee-like malts that carry the hops through to nearly the end before dropping off just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

M: Full bodied for a pale ale, quite nice.

O: Very happy with this beer, there was no bitterness or wood but plenty of floral and citrus. A great combo!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 06:54:50 | More by JasonLovesBeer
Photo of goldendenizen


4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden brown. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S: Mainly malt. Cant pick up much fresh hops. Maybe my nose is out of whack.

T: Home run, TD, or slam dunk. You choose. LOVE the fresh hop flavor profile. Malt is perfectly situated to support this taste bud delight. Finish is hop, bitter, zero syrup sugar bomb.

M: Great carbonation. Not oily at all. Great work SNBC.

O: A definite go to. I wish they sold these in six or twelve packs. Definitely a fresh hop forward ale. The unsung hero is the quality malt which buttresses the hops profile. Thank you SNBC!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:27:13 | More by goldendenizen
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.
6.7%, 2013

A - The beautiful clear bronzed orange-colored beer is topped by a massive, plush off-white cap of foam that plateaus to a lumpy pile of foam, coating the glass with a heavy veil of lace - absolutely perfect looking!

S - The perfumy aroma is pungent, however delicate, with a hop burst both floral and fruity in nature, laced with citrusy pineapple and sweet melon rind trailing off into sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Juicy pineapple chunk and balled honeydew melon give Southern Hemisphere Harvest a tropical fruitiness contrasted by a flutter of elegant floral notes, gently propelled by a breeze of caramel malt sweetness for exceptional balance.

M - Beginning almost creamy, Southern Hemisphere Harvest has a pleasing medium body with a thoughtful level of bitterness putting the perfect cap on this balanced, smooth fresh hop IPA.

O - The gorgeous label of Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest sets the tone of this sophisticated and complex wet-hop IPA, begging for attention through careful consideration. It's fresh hops do the same with undercurrents of sweet caramel dribbled over pineapple and honeydew melon with a bouquet of delicate floral notes throughout. Bitter but balanced, this IPA is appealing across the board - another hoppy Sierra Nevada success!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:57:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of lostinfla


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured oversize bottle into a large beer stein . Late summer buy and it's been in my stock for several weeks so I may not have the freshest taste going here...

This one was a little surprising to me as I expected a more pilsner style , especially with the focus on the summer hops, but it turned out to be a heavier, darker fall style brew. Poured a medium dark amber with a bright orange, thick head to match. Big thick suds and a great pine and citrus rind aroma.
Taste matched the color with big full malts and a bittersweet finish.
I had a hard time getting my head around this one as it was so much different than expected. Carbonation was great and the mouthfeel was typical Sierra.

Was a good change, not sure I'd grab another.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:36:03 | More by lostinfla
Photo of Mrappinin


3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The twenty thirteen brew, having been released in summer it has sat on the shelf for about three months before I revised but here it goes: pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thin head that lingers the whole time. Smell of heavy pine and hemp, may have been more complex on a fresher date. Big hop flavor, not super citrus more on the piney spicy side with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. A nice sweet malty backbone at the very end. Hops dominate but the malty sweetness at the end as a bonus. Have had this a few times, this being the first review. I imagine the caramal l malts to have more of a part in this brew when fresher but a solid brew still and for the price still totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:13:07 | More by Mrappinin
Photo of Omnium


3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice golden amber color, two fingers of soapy head, little head.
S - Big Pine and some citrus zest.
T - Obscenely assertive pine bitterness, some citrus zest, big fresh bready malt, but the bitterness is wayyyy too much to be palatable/enjoyable.
M - Lingering bitterness...
O - Was severely disappointed in this compared to northern hemisphere, the IBU's are so abrasive its unwelcoming.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:51:53 | More by Omnium
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours dark copper/orange with a finger of off white head. Semi-opaque.

S - I don't get a strong aroma from this, and nothing dominates. Mainly I get sweet citrus and caramel hops.

T - A really delicious flavor profile. Grapefruit, pine/floral hops, balanced out with sweet caramel. I love the hop profile on this one, and the mild hop bitterness is offset by the sweet caramel. Really fantastic IPA.

M - A nice full-bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of chewiness. Goes down silky smooth despite moderate carbonation. Caramel and grapefruit linger for a good amount of time in the mouth, and I find myself smacking a lot to get the most out of the delicious aftertaste.

O - Sierra Nevada has never failed to impress me. This is my first wet/fresh hopped beer, and it's fantastic. The NZ hops add a different dimension than I'm used to, and the caramel sweetness perfectly balances the grapefruit and piney bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:15:44 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 8 fl oz. bottle, with a freshness code printed on the side. Vintage 2013. I bought this on a recent trip to Iowa from Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids. I've never seen this beer available in my area in Illinois. Super stoked to have landed this bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under three fingers of creamy fluffy tan / khaki colored head. Body is a bright burnt sienna orange color. Lots of very very very fine sediment floating around the glass. Thin delicate rings of lacing. Beautiful.

S - Smell is of fresh earthy leafy New Zealand hop goodness. Some pine, some floral, some herbal, grapefruit, peach, blood orange, earthiness, wood, and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy caramel malts, lots of fresh earthy pine hops, grapefruit, blood orange, lemongrass. Not an overwhelming hop bomb; nicely balanced hops & malts.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, medium full bodied, with some bitter citric grapefruit hop resins lingering on the palate alongside some dry caramel breadiness.

Overall, it definitely exceeded my expectations. This might be one of the best beers I've had from Sierra Nevada yet. Smooth, creamy, nice carbonation, huge hop flavor, and remarkably well-balanced. Definitely recommended for IPA enthusiasts.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:01:10 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Murrhey


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt, 8oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger white head with relatively low retention. Sticky white lacing and peaks in the head. It's riding atop a semi-hazy orange body with surprisingly dormant carbonation. Looks ok.

S- Bitter, slightly floral. Hoppy with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Bitter hops and malty. Some citrus notes and a good malt backbone balance out the punch.

M- Wet and medium bodied.

O- Pretty nice brew, good New Zealand hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:07:23 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Flounder57


4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Candied orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grassy hops, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above with a tea like flavor similar to fresh hops and dry hopping. Nice malt background and mellow hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, hoppy, herbal, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and delicious.

Overall: Fresh hops tock. This beer truly represents those characteristics. I can't wait to try out the Northern version later this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:38:27 | More by Flounder57
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 release breaking in my new DFH IPA glass. Pours a clear golden-orange with a massive fluffy white head that barely fades at all, and leaves tons of sticky delicate lacing when it finally does. Smell is big aromatic hops; juicy citrus, leafy/herbal/minty, soft pine and citrus rind, nutty and spicy alcohol and malt, some caramel malt too. Taste is clean caramel malt at first, then blown away by all sorts of hops. Crisp leaf, spicy herbal and mint, juicy citrus and fruit, pine, and then a good bite of bitterness at the end. Finish is slightly sticky, with hints of the malt hanging around, but mostly it's bitterness. A hell of an IPA, just like its Northern Hemisphere Harvest sister; a must-try for hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:17:27 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 24 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Nearly clear deep amber with an inch plus white head which hung on for awhile before receding to a surface foam film and some lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Excellent rich balance between malt and hops. 66 IBUs are noticed but are not overpowering.

m: Moderate body with a clean finish.

o: An excellent fall IPA, although far from SN's most reasonably priced at almost $3 per 12 ounces. Certainly a better buy as a sixpack. Perhaps even better if an IPA lover can find Torpedo for closer to $1 per 12 oz. bottle. Here you are apparently paying for the two added New Zealand imported hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:45:26 | More by scotorum
Photo of admiral


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good quality beer with lost of flavour and hops

Aroma: pine needles, malt and spice

Taste: Pine needles, spice, lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus and malt

An excellent beer with a big hop punch and base, with some nice malt flavours coming through to support it

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 09:31:04 | More by admiral
Photo of powerss13


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Medium cloudy amber; very light head and good lacing

S: Definitely get a woody aroma; get a great fresh hop aroma; little grassy notes

T: Strong bitter flavor with a woodiness to it; get a good yeast/bready flavor; Light and dry finish

MF: Body is light on the palate; dry hop flavor sticks to tongue after finish

O: Stellar beer; grab one if you see one. I could drink this one year round, unfortunately it is only available seasonally.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 15:07:17 | More by powerss13
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Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like the label design. Made it an easy sell if it wasn't already.

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber. Light tan head faded a bit quickly with some lacing.

I didn't love the nose. It was a bit understated overall, dominated by pine, with some citrus and also a tiny bit of something I can best describe as an 'earthy funk.'

Tasted out of this world. Amazing balance. Pungent, woody hops dancing above a bready malt base, held together with the piney resin. Finished clean with the grapefruity citrus emerging. Outstanding.

Some alcohol taste lingers in the mouth (it is 6.7% after all). It's about medium bodied for the IPA style. Easy enough to pound until the alcohol catches up.

Outstanding value. It will be one of my go-to's as long as it's around.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:24:25 | More by NedShakeshaft
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Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 23, 2013

Beer is clear amber in colour. The pour results in a large cream coloured head. Good retention, and lots of lace left as it fades.

The smell is hoppy, focused on grassy scents. Slight tropical scents. Resin. Biscuity malt scents are strong.

Taste is better than the nose. Grass, light fruits- a bit tropical, a bit of pine. Moderately bitter. Some biscuit and caramel. Pretty good flavour.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily, a bit of a toasted feel.

Overall, pretty good. Perhaps it is different a bit fresher, but this tastes like a UK/American hybrid to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:24:27 | More by jrenihan
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New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a small to moderate sized light-tan head with okay retention. Has an orange/brown color that is more golden in the light. No noticable floaters. Leaves heavy lacing. Smell is pine, tangerine, bread, and lemon. Gives off a powerful aroma that you can easily smell with the beer a couple feet away, awesome.

Taste starts with sweet tangerine and lemon, then comes bread, ending in pine and a bit of grapefruit. Has a tangerine/pine aftertaste with a bit of breadiness. Pretty average carbonation and mouthfeel for an IPA, perhaps just a bit on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 18:22:28 | More by JG-90
Photo of Mojo


4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into snifter glass

A - Pours up deep amber with a fluffy one finger head, leaves a retention ring, and decent lacing.

S - Pine, pine, and more pine. Love the nose on this.

T - Nice citrus flavor with a yummy sort of rye finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.

M - Pleasant aftertaste. Medium thick

O - Why did I only buy one bottle of this??? I could drink this every day.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:14:12 | More by Mojo
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is an unpolished bronze, orange-brown kind of color. It's pretty deep with some brightness despite the darker color and moderate opacity. The pretty clean, nearly white head reaches three fingers. It maintains a rocky full half finger densely for the duration, leaving behind some heavy webbing at the top of the glass and some patchy legging the rest of the way.
The smell is pretty fragrant with some pine and floral bitterness as well as a bit of citrus, maybe a touch spicy, along with a good deal of breadiness and caramel from malts.
The taste gives more of the pine with pith, citrus also coming out with a note of rind too. Caramel comes through most strongly from the malts. Floral notes pull out in a lingering, slightly drier finish.
The body is semi-dry all the way through. It has good smoothness and crispness working together.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:04:19 | More by Brenden
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,399 ratings.