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

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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2,813 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 69
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 2,813 | Reviews: 1,310 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable hoppy brew. Hoppy citrus aroma, yes like an APA. Lots and lots of foam in my cup, that cushioned the mouthfeel and the hops were so pleasant and easily drinkable. Great summer refreshment. New Zealand makes the best beers in the Australian continental region, despite being a tenth of the population, is it the hops?

Sammy, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy copper with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, herbal hops, and alcohol. There is a fairly high amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the mouthfeel is off and the bitterness is quite high which lessens the drinkability in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright amber/copper with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of fresh citrus hops dominate alongside a little bit of spice and some caramel malt aroma.

T: Fresh wet hops for sure. Nothing particularly special compared with the other fresh-hop ales; maybe this just means that I like Northern Hemisphere hops a lot more.

M: Nice, smooth, and dry. Good work here.

D: A little bit dry overall; something I don't normally mind, but with the hop taste not being particularly overassertive, not something I keep reaching back for.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +23.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, May 27, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured very cloudy light amber in color with a finger sized off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus, floral and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is very well balanced between malts and hops; there are flavors of citrus and pine resin from the hops and caramel and toffee from the malts. The hop bitterness is not overpowering in any way.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate; there is a amount of carbonation along with a mild amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is packed with flavors of hops and isn't that difficult to drink because it's not overly bitter. I definitely want to try this again because the fresh hops impart a unique flavor.

metter98, Aug 24, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a bounteous head that leaves plenty of lace around the glass

Smell: Orange, pineapple and apricot; floral and fragrant

Taste: Starts out with plenty of fruit, with pineapple dominating until mid-palate, when the citrus and apricot become more prominent; subtle undertones of resinous bitterness and caramel malt; after the swallow, the floral sweetness provides a underpinning to the bitter and malty flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyable, with lovely fragrant floral elements and a nice balancing element of bitter flavor

brentk56, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With extreme cleanliness and signature smooth bitterness of grapefruit-flavored hops, Sierra Nevada's Sourthen Hemisphere Fresh Hop Harvest Ale exhibits all of what's best about their classic Pale Ale except with IPA proportions and scale that puts that hop intensity squarely in the forefront.

Bright copper in color and with the typical dry-hopped haze, the beer exhibits active carbonation, building a very froathy off-white head that retains and laces very impressively. The appearance may be the epitome of IPA's.

The fresh aroma of red grapefruits, light pine resin, and the everso floral character of freshly picked herbs and wild grasses all swirl into an intense boquet of hops. Backed by the support of lightly caramel malts give the impression of graham crackers.

Flavors closely mimic those of aroma. Sweet caramel, bread, and malt strike first shorly before the soft acidity of grapefruit, lemon grass, and orange zest begin to take over at mid palate. Citrusy hops fade into a strengthening bitterness that always resides on the smoother side of bitterness and refraining from harshness or bite. Low on esters and other spice, the beer's maltiness supports the hops wonderfully while ushering in just enough sweetness to add complexity and richness. A beautiful beer.

Creamy and rich early, the beer has a medium-full texture that subsides considerably at mid palate and allowing for a crisp, clean, and drying bitterness late- ushering in the next sip.

This beer is all of what's best about their original Pale Ale, just scaled up to appease the more discriminating beer drinker. Amazing beer and price-pointed to move! Hat's off to Sierra Nevada!

BEERchitect, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light orangey color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of medium dry floral hops is pleasant enough. Taste is also dominated by floral hops with a floral undertones and a caramel malt backbone that is quite hidden in the mix. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done though I was expecting a more prominent roles for the hops.

Phyl21ca, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing kumquat with lemony amber highlights. Although there's no coral red, the beer looks like a sunset in a glass. The head is a masterpiece as well. Not so much the khaki coloring, but the combination of creamy stickiness, the mounds of glassine bubbles and the wealth of fantastic looking lace. Wow, what a looker!

For a fresh hop ale (not amazingly fresh at this point, I know), the nose isn't as pungent as it could be. It's still a treat for the nostrils. A small-moderate amount of caramel malt rounds out what smells like mostly pale malt. The hops are citrus fruity first and earthy-spicy second.

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop is an outstanding APA. Since Sierra Nevada has a habit of brewing wonderfully delicious beer and since I love their (Northern Hemisphere) Fresh Hop Ale, the fact that this one is lip-smackingly tasty was almost a foregone conclusion. The hops can't have faded much because 66 IBUs seems... just about right.

The word that keeps coming to mind is 'seamless'. As my taste buds probe the beer from all angles, they find nothing but expertly crafted ale. The toasted breadiness of the malt provides just enough flavor and sweetness, stepping politely aside for the hops to grab the spotlight. Just as the brewers intended.

The well-chosen hops includes Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka (formerly 'B' Saaz) and New Zealand Southern Cross. The result is a wonderful mix of white grapefruit and orange zest, lemongrass, spruce tips and a pinch of white pepper. It's a good thing the bottle contains 24 ounces because I'm enjoying this one immensely.

Why can't all breweries create mouthfeels this luscious? It's incredibly creamy and supple and lightly tingly and... well, it's damn near perfect. Are we sure this isn't an IPA?

What a stroke of brilliance! Shipping hops from the Southern Hemisphere in order to brew a fresh hop ale during the Northern Hemisphere's spring. Since Sierra Nevada calls this 2008 release 'inaugural', it's obvious that they intend to brew it annually. Hallelujah! Hopheads rejoice.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large 4 finger head with excellent retention on a cloudy, amber and crimson body.

S: earthy and herbal hops with the mustiness of the fresh hops nicely represented. mild orange, pear and grapefruit citrus notes.

T: fairly bitter, mostly from pine, resin and earthy notes. caramel malts notes in the background. This one becomes thin in the finish with pine/grassy bitterness lingering late.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one but the bitterness was a little much. Aroma was nice, borderline 4 to 4.5 rating. A nice one to try.

kylehay2004, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

jaydoc, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see these hit the shelves this time of year. A beer that is affordable and that you can always, always count on. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/28/2010.

The pour was amazing, rich amber in color with a great clarity to it and a large, two inch head of white foam that would not quit. Even letting it settle still left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep resiny hops. Lots of piney aromas here, touches of sweet citrus, balanced as it warms with hints of rich biscuit like touches that lie just below the surface. Each sip is clean, crisp, and very well recieved with a sessionability that is simply outstanding. Long drawn out finish is wet, then dry, clean and nearly perfect, making you return over and over again.

Overall you really cannot go wrong with this one. Just a solid nearly perfect pale all around.

mikesgroove, May 30, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with a dense white head. Rather heavy on the citrus peel aromas, particularly orange. A nice floral quality along with a hint of pine in the background. A touch of sweet malt is also there. A bit of bready malt up front, quickly followed by orange peel and a solid floral and perfume quality. A moderate bitterness on the finish.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a copper colored brew with a nice strong thick white head on top. The lacing was very sticky and clung to the glass for dear life with every sip. The smell of this brew is very piny and citrusy, the fresh hops really smell fresh in this brew. The taste of the beer is a lot like the smell, big hop flavors with a good malty sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel had a nice oily feel to it with a good carbonation to it also. Overall it's another damn good IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Knapp85, Sep 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small cap of bone white foam.

Smell: Predominately leafy, floral hop aroma with notes of honeysuckle and jasmine with a few drops of gooey resin.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit sweet. Then you get a hit of leaves, flowers, and dried herbs. Coarse ground black pepper. Medium bitternes. Finishes dry and decidedly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty beer. The best thing to come oughta New Zealand since those hobbit movies.

ChainGangGuy, May 15, 2008
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, May 31, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 1st Street Draft House in W-S,came in a 12oz nonic a a clear copper with a tight clingy 1/2 white head.Citrus and pine wich wasnt unexpected dominate the nose along with a whif of caramel malt,a nice shot of fresh resiny hop really hits on the palate lingering into a biscuity slightly sweet malt base and then the hop profile shows through into a piney finish.I had this in the bottle and found it to be kinda boreing on tap the hop profile showed through much more.

oberon, Jun 09, 2008
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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