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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: 2398
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 57md


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is copper in color with a finger of off-white head that left nice lacing behind. There is a heavier dose of malt than in most West-coast IPAs, but the hops remain the feature of this show. This is almost as tasty as its cousin the Northern Hemisphere version.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2013 01:40:06 | More by 57md
Photo of Mikecap


3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a medium amber with a thin whitish foam head that fades quickly, solid lacing on the sides of a standard pint glass.

Smell: Fresh west coast hops, lots of pine and grassy earthiness, citrus fruits, I get some tangerine and lemon.

Taste: Nice piney hop bitterness and some lemon and grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness, more than I expected but typical of a SN offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and solid hop bitterness. Definitely a bitter IPA, not malty by any means.

Overall: Good beer if you like hoppy and bitter IPAs. Could use a bit more balance but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 22:29:57 | More by Mikecap
Photo of Deeps


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford. A pretty, nice, solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. A little bit more bitter than the average IPA but not over the top. Pretty well balanced otherwise. Definitely would recommend to someone looking to get into IPAs or who is just in the mood for an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 00:28:32 | More by Deeps
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New York

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great hop foundation with fruity mouth and aftertaste. prefect balance of hop in the finish. incredibly easy to drink, i loved this one. sierra nevada can hit and miss but this is up there as one of my favorites recently. similar maybe to ithaca flower power if i had to compare. bottom line, MUST TRY for any hophead or beer enthusiast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 19:55:05 | More by labattblueribbon
Photo of RaulMondesi


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

Pumped like a dump trump at a demolition site, Raul likes this well and good. It isn't "mind blowing" like Ava Gardner in a corset, but it is solid like a Eva Green lap dance. Raul likes it and he may even buy some for his mama!

Get it, my children. Seek it. Devour it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 23:46:27 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours amber with a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent lacing

S-Hoppy, pine and hint of citrus

T-Very hop forward as expected. Piney with just a hint of citrus and spicy. A slight caramel malt backbone. It reminded me of Celebration to be honest.

M-Thick and chewy

D-Very drinkable even given it is fairly hoppy

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this as it was another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 13:56:47 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Rosanne


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

taster: very smooth, hoppy but sweet, well balanced, delicious. I want more! 4.75 but need more to rate.
1/2 pint: a little watery, wanted more flavor - hence a 4.25

Shared a taster on-tap as part of four flights at the brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, USA. Then ordered a half pint later. Yum! As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 07:43:05 | More by Rosanne
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy off-white head, high retention with soapy and clear lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma includes big notes of fresh grass and pine. Taste has a very satisfying bitter bite with some citrus/grapefruit notes, some sweet caramel malt in the background. Quite delicious...as per usual from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2013 03:45:40 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of barczar


3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden with a frothy cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Almost lacquer-like aromas emerge initially, with skunky and catty notes complementing citrus and resin. There's a touch of onion and caramel malt.

Flavor is decidedly resiny and bready mid palate, finishing decidedly bitter. That amarillo umami character is present, and mint surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency.

Somewhat lacking in aroma hops, but the flavoring hops were interesting. Bittering hops definitely dominate. It's a little too bitter for my liking, but the mint finish helps. And the bitterness isn't as offputting as some.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 02:43:02 | More by barczar
Photo of BierStein711


4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught into Guinness pint, four finger off-white head.

Cloudy straw gold body!

Smells of wet hops and hemp!

Tastes of pine, resin, wet hops, herbs, cloves, and much more in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and dry

Overall, this is a beer that is very delicious and rewarding. I would not get a six pack though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 05:07:46 | More by BierStein711
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an oddly dry IPA. The malt presence isn't too strong - I couldn't really detect any sort of sweetness. Hops weren't pungent & and it was noticeably a wet-hopped beer. The hope profile was definitely unique, likely due to the hop selections. All in all I wasn't overly thrilled with it, but it's unique and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 02:32:12 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of ninaturner


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber color, filtered, a little lacing on the glass

Aroma: Earthy hops are what I picked up on mostly

Taste: Not a strong grain taste, but great hop and citrus flavors... especially at the end

Mouthfeel: Great medium mouthfeel, good carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable IPA

Overall: Loved drinking this IPA... perfect for a summer beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 00:21:32 | More by ninaturner
Photo of jethrodium


3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper small off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy hops, some light grapefruit, white wine grape, caramel, and a light dankness. Taste has a bit of sweetness with some caramel, earthiness, a light mineral note, dank hops, and white wine grape. The finish has a decent bitterness to it with a lingering dankness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 19:49:49 | More by jethrodium
Photo of dmadsen


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Had on tap at Grumpy's Northeast. Asked the bartender what it was as I hadn't heard of it like a champ he offered a sample and it was all over. Had a pint. Floral, complex, dark and bitter, but a great balance. Nice finish. Copper color. Great head. Expected more for the nose but frankly, with the taste who cares?
Highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2012 03:07:26 | More by dmadsen
Photo of Darkmagus82


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

Served on-tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed deep amber-orange color with an off-white/tan head of about one finger. The head had a medium level of retention, fading to give a good amount of lacing.

Smell – A citrus hop aroma was heavy and most prevalent. Mixed with this aroma there was some spice aromas as well as some sweeter aromas of caramel and tropical fruits. While the hop aroma was largely citrus of nature, there were some other lighter hop aromas of a floral and earthy nature as well.

Taste – Throughout the taste there was a good hop flavor base of citrus nature. With the citrus hop base, the taste began a bit on the sweeter side; a malty base with sweeter citrus and some brown sugar and caramel notes. Toward the middle of the taste the sweetness faded a bit, giving way to more hop flavors of an earthy nature. These flavors dried the beer’s taste out a bit and in the end when they were mixed with a floral hop flavor that came to the tongue, created a rather soothing hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of this beer was on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the medium side. Both were fitting for the brew and created a good drinking feel.

Overall –This was a nice beer. While not quite as diverse and robust in the hop flavor as it’s Northern Hemisphere counterpart, it had nice characteristics with a good flavor blend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 19:41:34 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been pursuing this beer for quite a while to knock off the top 100 beers of fame. I just happened to run across this at my local bar as part of a Chouffe event. They listed it as just Harvest, and I was excited to learn that it was Sourthern.

I've never had New Zealand hops to my knowledge. But, they add a lot of complexity to the IPA style. You get peppery, and almost savory quality to the beer. I like how this beer works. It is different from the normal IPA.

I think it is great that a different offering would get such great reviews by other BA's.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 02:30:53 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/amber color you could see through the glass, a nice finger of off white head at the top, and a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Nice citrus notes with slight hint of brown sugar, nice wet hop aroma that was pleasant, very nice smell on this brew, makes me think of spring.

T: Nice mixture of hops and malts, a nice note of citrus with smooth floral notes, a well balanced taste.

M: Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth.

O: A great brew, I enjoyed this beer thoroughly, had it on tap at the Stirling Hotel in Stirling NJ, Great beer and great food.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 21:44:13 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Gatch


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Light, golden-yellow in color with a fluffy, off-white head.

S: Sweet, sugary malt. Very subtle hops. Marijuana butter?

T: Surprisingly sweet malt up front with an earthy, slightly fruity hop finish. You can immediately discern the difference in hop character between compared to Northern Hemisphere. New Zealand hops have a unique flavor and aroma. Not strong up front but finishes with a sweet, syrupy, almost skunky/marijuana flavor.

M: Medium carbonation gives it a good tingle. Balanced with unique flavors for an IPA.

O: An enjoyable experience of which I would gladly drink again but not seek out. I'm glad I tried it but the flavors become too cloying and there isn't enough to remember this beer by.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 02:39:54 | More by Gatch
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid IPA from the Sierra Nevada folks. Nice addition to their special lineup, although it falls a little short compared to the Northern Hemisphere.

Pours a dark golden brown, with a finger of "fizzy" head. Carbonation is light. Hoppy aroma with notes of cherry, sugar and a little spice. Caramel notes as well.

Taste is hoppy, and a little sweet. Not quite as smooth as the Northern or Torpedo. Hops taste almost sour. Sugary finish and a little bitter.

Worth a try, but I'd rather down the Northern, Estate, Celebration and the Torpedo over this. But again, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 22:49:48 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of DCon


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $6. Tapped from the Handle that is hard to read but HARVEST is at large & the Sierra Nevada symbol is above it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very nice citrus and floral aroma from the beginning. Has this newly "wet hopped" aroma that I'm still getting used to. Does have almost a dry hopped aroma or one very similar to an APA. Might be a pattern with this Wet Hop IPA style.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. Has a reddish copper/dark amber colored body that has good clarity. Leaves rings of thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a VERY fresh hop flavor that is more light-medium then other IPA's. Clean and nice citrus flavors hit the mouth after this. Can tell there is a good amount of malt used because of sweetness also. Has a dryer finish than usual and I don't mind one bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a very awesome hop finish but has this dry characteristic that is very positive! Haven't had this type of hop presence ever!

Overall Impression- A very nice brew from Sierra Nevada! The only other Wet Hopped IPA I've had was Founder's Harvest and this one rivals it! I knew this one would be awesome because of Sierra Nevada's reputation with their hops used in all of their brews.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 21:57:00 | More by DCon
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.

t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 19:27:24 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Jerone


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark reddish amber with a few bubbles and a creamy white head that stays around for while, great lacing as well.

S - Smells of pine and some citrus, like a strong IPA, I can't smell any malts through the hops.

T - Starts out a bit citrusy (grapefruit) then goes to pine and leaves a nice bitterness in your mouth that reminds you of being outside with a bunch of pine trees and flowers.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and sticks, it's also nice when you get a bit of that creamy head.

O - A very good beer, I would recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 18:05:03 | More by Jerone
Photo of Durge


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT this IPA just made my day. A deep copper color with light yellow-orange edges and a honorable light brownish head that holds pretty well. Lacing is solid throughout. The aroma tells you this will meet all your IPA needs with those lovable pine/floral hop combinations and maybe a wheaty overtone to take the sweetness out of it. The flavor marries well to the lead of the aroma, a bright citrus hop mellowed by edible pine and some trace hints of pumpkin I think, though that may be a stretch. This stuff is solidly mid-bodied with a effervescent feel that quenches supremely, goes down way to easily and delivers a nice dose of hop goodness. A classic, highly drinkable west coaster!

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 02:02:50 | More by Durge
Photo of BeerLover99


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep copper body, solid 2 finger head, decent lacing

S: citrus, floral, pine, light whiff of spices

T: light sweet malt, firm piney/earthy floral/lemon grass, long slow bitter finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily mouth

O: I was surprised at the interesting flavors in this
Sierra Nevada experimental offering. I will seek it
out again, that is for certain. Goes down with ease.


Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 12:47:26 | More by BeerLover99
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,398 ratings.