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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Reviews: 1,328
Hads: 2,935
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 81
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Reviews: 1,328 | Hads: 2,935
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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? (333 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (619 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an unreal brew, something so special to have a fresh hop ale in the spring months. the freshness of this beer is top notch. it pours a darker copper share, nice and clear, with an excitable off white head an inch high. the nose is citrusy hops, really juicy, but also plenty bitter, and the pale malt profile is just right as balance. the hops really shine in the flavor, and there is some pineapple type of tropical complex that I seem to always get from hops from new Zealand, although I am largely unfamiliar with these specific varietals. this beer oozes sierra Nevada quality, it is just a work of art. every bit as delicious as the northern, this is a beer I could happily drink every single day. the feel rocks, its soft and creamy, almost cask like, but well carbonated and very refreshing. the color is darker but the body is light, and I find 6.7% abv to be exactly what I like in an ipa I am going to drink all day. I just wish this was available all the time, its everything I want in a beer and nothing I don't, an exceptional product from sierra Nevada, who in many ways is still the kind of hop. I am going to buy more today! (1,145 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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! (1,667 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch from the bottle. It pours a clear auburn hue; once in the glass it's topped by a sustaining bone-colored cap. Hops are strong on the nose, herbal and earthy in character, faintly fruity and tropical, more malty and bready as it warms. On the tongue it's a harmonious blend of malts and hops, initially earthy and herbal, then bready and malty. Flavors of tropical fruit and bitter orange peel are faintly detected before a firm herbal bitterness picks up in the finish. It's medium-bodied, light yet substantial, and drying from start to finish. Another solid if somewhat underwhelming batch of this beer. (616 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (2,054 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry citrus, mostly grapefruit, and bready caramel malt. The taste is mostly in-line with the aroma - big citrus hops, a bit of edgy pine, and more caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and kind of airy, and it finishes dry, the piney, fruity hops predominating.

A pretty good IPA, even if the citrus components' hemispherical origins are lost on me. And the retail cost of the bomber form of this beer is a bit outlandish - I saw it at a grocery store for 9 bucks. Good thing I found it on tap, on a cheap pint night... (706 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange hue with flecks of ruby. It had a foamy, off-white, two finger head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very hoppy and grassy. It had a nice floral nose.

T - It tasted of citrus and hop bitterness. There were sweet flavors from the roasted malt. It also had a spicy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a really good APA. It is one of the hoppier APAs that I've had. (438 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of fluffy, off white head. As it slowly settles, it leaves thick, sticky lace. The body is a slightly hazy, reddish copper color.

S - Strong, medicinal, pine hop aroma. A robust malt backbone with notes of caramel and toast.

T - Sweet, thick caramel malt up front with spicy pine hops. A wave of mouth coating bitterness washes over the palate in the middle, fading to slightly fruity yeast notes in the finish. Lingering caramel malt and hop bitterness and some slight tobacco notes.

M - Syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I expected a more complex hop profile than I got with this one. There is a strong hop note balancing the huge malt backbone, but the hops are one dimensional; pine and bitterness. The thick, malty body makes this beer seem bigger than it is and the sweet finish keeps it from being a session beer. A decent, drinkable beer, but I was hoping for something more. (928 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thumb of cream-colored froth on top, which leaves some thick lacing as it dies away. The nose is citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, and raisins. Didn't see that last one coming, but I'm not really gonna argue here. The taste is loaded with hops, showcasing pine and sharp grapefruit flavors. The malt backbone of caramel and toffee comes through pretty well too. The body is, at best, a light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. A solid IPA from the venerable brewery out Californey way. (600 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. We opened this during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head. There is a pretty good amount of head that sticks around throughout the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fresh citrus peel hops. The citrus notes remind me of tangerine.

Taste: Bitter hops with notes of citrus peel and grass. There is a good amount of sweet malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is bitter from the hops and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fresh hops in this beer have a very nice flavor. The hops and malt balance each other well, but the hops are the star. I would definitely have another. (774 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 24 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Nice of SN to squeeze a couple extra oz in there for the price.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Fantastic looking retention from this guy, that lasts almost the whole way through the duration of the glass. Lacing is massive and sticky. The aroma is fresh, earthy esters and spices, some tingling hop bitterness, citrus, and some sweet malts way in the back.

The taste is fresh, mellow, earthy hops with an underlying subtle bitterness underneath it. All of that is balanced nicely by a backbone of silky caramel sweetness, and a tingle of citrus for some additional liveliness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel, creamy carbonation and a dry fin. Very easygoing.

I like what SN did with this. It's of course not the full blown hop explosian that the regular Harvest is but is instead a very nice counterpart to that style and beautifully shows another side of a diffrent type of fresh hops experience. What it does have in common is a great taste and big drinkibility. I'm sold! (1,099 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, along with caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty malt character to provide a nice balance.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening. (680 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven

A: Clear golden reddish slight brown color with decent head

M: Fresh light lower alpha hops, slight malt and touch of sweetness, slightly piney and very slight citrus

T: Fresh hop bite, again starts with lower alpha hops though, some crystal malts but mostly hops and pale malts, a little alcohol, the fresh hop bite picks up as it goes and gets pretty bitter, some nice pine and citrus starting to come in stronger

M: Semi light on the tongue, could use a bit more carbonation (hard to call since its on tap)

F: Very bitter, it gets very hoppy on the finish with some pine and citrus, very fresh hoppy taste which fades semi quickly to a semi dry clean finish

Final thoughts: A nice IPA, lots of fresh hop taste, starts light bitterness with low alpha hops, then gets a huge fresh bitter hop bite at the end. Could have used a little more dark malts IMO, but I'm a malty IPA kinda person. (927 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark orangey amber in the Crooked Line tulip. The usual SN professional-strength head and fine carbonation. Smells like apples, lemons, and marmalade. Very attractive with a long-lasting foam. Some fruit and sweet malt to start. Pears and Schweppes Bitter Lemon.

This is all about the hops, which I find are Southern Cross, Pacifica and Motueka from New Zealand. They are all new varieties to me, but it's a bitter blend. Spicy and on the acidic side. Almost severely woody, like it was strained through leaf mold. Drinkable enough, but not a brew to gulp. Medium body. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego. (636 characters)

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