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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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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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HopDaddyo

Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the pine/barky undertone and citrus aftermouth. Reminds me of pinion fire in the red rocks of Arizona. Good buzz from a pint. Let it air. This is a food beer. Pair with mesquite BBQ or rich mole sauce over fresh tamales. Drink with plenty of Indian flute in the background.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2013 22:16:20 | More by HopDaddyo
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Florida9

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Exceedingly clear copper in color. Forms a large bubbly head, but is still quite stable. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Nice aroma. Piney, spicy hops with some toasted caramel malts in the background.

T: Starts off with the strong flavor of toasted malts. Strong pine and pine resin hoppiness. Finishes with more caramel and toasty malts and a lingering bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate-to-heavy piney bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Apparently I liked this one much more in growler form than bottle as I thought this was a very good beer this time around. Great hoppiness, but still quite balanced.

Serving type: growler

10-30-2011 02:25:05 | More by Florida9
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hippityhophead24

Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color. Reminds me of a pretty golden sundown. Thick frothy two finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: floral, citrus, and pine notes. Slight malt and spice notes as well. Not the greatest aroma from a beer.

Taste: A little sweet and citrusy on the front. Has a little kick in the middle that lingers for a while. Sweet caramel notes and bitterness follows.

Mouth feel: Has a great mouth feel. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Good for a hot day. However I do get some oil residue from the hops.

Overall: Great beer for a hot day. Nice full hop flavors through out the whole beer. Nice color.

Glassware: growler into snifter

Serving type: growler

08-14-2011 03:23:12 | More by hippityhophead24
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chinchill

South Carolina

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

Appearance: clear amber in color with an ample multi-density head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: earthy and floral hop aroma with a significant medium toasted malt component. 6.7% ABV is evident.

Taste: immediate hop hit; hoppy throughout but with a detectable malt backbone in mid-taste. Turns more piney, grapefruity and bitter in the finish. Unique hop profile: must be the fresh NZ hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Crisp throughout with very mild bite up front and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very good, certainly, but not up with the Northern Hemisphere version.

Serving type: growler

06-29-2011 03:16:51 | More by chinchill
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ebby82

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass with a nice frothy head. Lots of lacing as well. A clear golden color.

Aroma is pretty much straight hops. A very nice smell.

The tastes is excellent, not a whole lot of malt presence, yet the hop bitterness isn't overwhelming. Very smooth and drinkable, a really nice, almost light IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 16:50:16 | More by ebby82
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler purchased at Green's - Piney Grove location in Columbia.

A: Clear, dark orange amber with a nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Floral and mild piney hops.

T&M: More malty sweet than I remember from last year's bottle that I reviewed. Very well balanced though. Mild citrus and floral hops that finish semi-dry.

The malts really mellow the bitterness to make this a really drinkable IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2010 17:55:04 | More by cdizinno
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

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
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Badger6

Virginia

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
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BierJager89

California

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
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

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

Appearance
Honey and amber with a medium thick head. Good lacing
Smell
Prominent hops come forward; malt and floral aromas are also present
Taste
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

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:45:06 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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bmwats

Louisiana

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
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PolarBear3

Australia

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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JasonLovesBeer

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
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57md

Pennsylvania

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
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goldendenizen

California

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
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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Mikecap

Louisiana

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
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lostinfla

Florida

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
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Mrappinin

Virginia

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
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Deeps

Massachusetts

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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Omnium

Pennsylvania

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
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

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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mfnmbvp

Illinois

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
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Murrhey

Montana

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
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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