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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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BA SCORE
91
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2,777 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,777
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Foamy, solid four-finger head. Sloooow to recede. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. With some strain, I can detect a faint haze. Otherwise, this is a lovely copper-amber color. Gorgeous.

As expected, a beautiful (if mild) fresh hop aroma. Light crystal malt in the background. Seems to be balanced.

More hoppy than the smell would suggest; the malt only shows up on the initial sip. The rest is bitter, culminating in the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. This is one for the hop-heads. The body is full and round; light on the carbonation regardless of the head. An easy, if somewhat high in alcohol, APA to drink...could pass for an IPA easily.

smcolw, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

A careful pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that just barely exceeds the rim of my glass. The head leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides with a varied, canyon / crevasse like surface. The beer is a cellar, reddish amber hue and shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite citrus like with a nice hit of candied orange peel, ample lychee and a bit of piquant citrus zest. There also seems to be something that is a bit like a old, rubber bike tire-tube; this last is a bit faint, but I can't shake it and it seems to mix in with an herbal aromatic that is a mix of grass, slight hemp and pine sap.

Soft on the mouth, despite being pretty well carbonated. The beer has a lightness to it that makes it quite easily quaffed. A touch of warming alcohol lets you know this beer has some strength, but it is almost hidden underneath the resinous hop character and bitterness that dominates the finish. This has a nice, almost buttery, malt character to it. Perhaps toffee is a better descriptor as it is certainly not diacetyl, this is also accented by the creamy mouthfeel that this beer has. The citrus hop notes are probably the most dominant flavor (though the herbal notes are right up there) and lean towards flavors reminiscent of orange zest, tangelo and grapefruit. The more earthy, green side of the hops show up as flavors of pine, bitter herbs, some touches of hemp oil, perhaps some slight menthol. This is easily described as a hop dominated beer, the hops don't reach overwhelming levels though, despite that the malt character barely plays a perceptible role here. The malt certainly contributes to the mouthfeel and structure of this brew, and does influence some soft flavors in the middle of each sip.

At first I thought this beer might be a bit too light in heft, but it quickly picked up a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it that somehow reminds me of a cask ale, despite the carbonation; I think this is a side effect of the hops somehow, though I am not entirely sure. This is quite a nice beer, somehow at first blush I would not guess that I liked this beer, but the sum of its parts definitely forms a greater whole that I am digging a bit more than I would have guessed.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, May 23, 2008
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

MarkyMOD, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

24 oz. Sierra bomber, shared with my dad on 5/23/08,

A: Pours a medium amber into a pint glass, with a medium cap of off-white foam, abundant sticky lacing.

S: Very floral, grass, caramel, honeysuckle.

T: On the first sip I noticed a striking difference in comparison with regular Harvest Ale. The beer starts with a much more direct pine bitterness than its brother, the difference in the age of the hops when used is clearly shown. Malt is almost brown ale dark, toffee sweet. Light amount of white grapefruit in the aftertaste which in turn is dominated by the recognizable floral wet hop profile.

M: Full of resin, very stimulating on the tongue, medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: Another very tasty and interesting beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada. My dad said, "Yeah, it's pretty good." Dirt cheap when compared with other special releases out there, I'd definitely have it again.

Halcyondays, May 24, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: nice orange color with a fluffy 2" head that falls to a merangue like layer that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits are most prominent with a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit slices, hints of orange, and a soft fruit sweetness comes up late. Bitterness is bold but not overbearing at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers the longest over the grapefruits and caramels.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. This beer is a bit different than the hop harvest which I prefer, but definitely a tasty beer.

Gavage, May 21, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

06/05/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 24oz bottle with some kind of code (not sure if it's a freshness code) next to the bar code. Poured into my Stone Ruination 20oz glass.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour. A good 1/8th of an inch remains for the duration. Good patchy lace remains afterwards.

Smell- Very light smelling fruity and sugary hop scent. Maybe a slight touch of toasted malt. Not very assertive.

Taste- Reminds me a bit of an ESB. Very hoppy with a grassy and bitter aftertaste. Sweet and pine with lemony flavored hops. Sweet at first and becomes just plain bitter..in a good way.
Malt play second fiddle here for sure with a very light toasted caramel showing.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation with a lasting...and lasting grassy bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite a fine brew. Hoppy for sure and worth seeking out.

GClarkage, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

oriolesfan4, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Arrived with a finger of foamy medium-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles and good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool mintiness like spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite, but unlike the usual citrus flavor, this was slightly grassy and minty. On the mint front, the finish had a definite minty cleanliness. Seek this out!

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Nice citrus hop aroma with earthy floral notes, grapefruit and pine. Subtle caramel malt presence.

Intense bitter earthy hops up front along with some sweet citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango, orange and lemon peel along with some pine needle and floral notes. Decent malt backbone provides a nice balance without diminishing the bitterness of the hops. Smooth and creamy mid palate with slight alcohol warmth, making this beer very quaffable. Slightly sweet bone dry finish.

corby112, May 14, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is floral hops, citrusy tangerine, and light herbs.
Taste is very yeasty, hoppy, citrus, lime, lemons, orange, with honey and zesty herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, with standouts of lime and grapefruit clinging to the palate.

weeare138, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

This looks sublime - just what an APA should look like. Slightly hazy body, with a beautiful burnished golden colouring. Thick, creamy head of off-white, peppered with small pancake bubbles. Lacing is heavy and sticky. Just beautiful, and exactly what a Pale Ale should be.

Nose is also excellent, with a really nice hit of floral hops. Citrus, pine and dust on the nose, with a slightly sweet cinnamon, bready character. Very pleasant.

Good burst of hop bitterness on the palate, but it's not too heavy. It's a sustained flavour which permeates from the front to the back, rather than an intense, puckering hit. Perhaps a little more sweetness would have been welcome at the front or the end, because the hops rule the palate from start to finish. It leaves the beer rather refreshing and drinkable, but it also means it's a little one-dimensional. I guess that's kind of the point though - this is a beer to showcase hops. Feel is good; clean and crisp, but with almost a silky texture.

This is a very good beer, with plenty of great Kiwi hop characters. As an Antipodean myself, it's a shame I have to come up here to get it.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at Mad Mex in Philly

People are calling this a pale ale? This should up with the best of the IPA's in my book. The appearance is a golden amber bodyw ith white head. The hop profile in the aroma and flavor is a deeply floral and perfume-y fruit with sharp citrus juice and peel around the edges. This is all hops, yet maintains some balance - unlike others that go go over the top - meaning it's loaded with deliciously bitter hop flavor while still being quite drinkable.

Find this while you can!

tempest, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

Poured a nice orange color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is crisp fruity citrus hops and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and somewhat hoppy. Lighter tasting than I thought it would be based on the aroma. It could use a stronger malt backbone. It had a bitter finish and I have drank many ESBs that tasted about the same. Not a pae to me. To much bitterness for a Pale.

barleywinefiend, May 18, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2009; coming in a 24 Fl. Oz. brown bottle, this bottle seems to belong to the "2nd Release" for this special ale, as specified on the front label, served faintly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber hue, almost 100% clear, coming with very low carbonation and a pillowy beige frothy head that lingers well and only reluctantly settles to a thin cap to last throughout the drink, leaving dirty lacing behind.
S: at the first sniff, the "Kiwi hops" used here seem to ring a bell of English Goldings hops, in line with that orangey citric aroma; also at presence are hints of light earthy-floral notes, hawthorn fruits, a touch of prunes, longan-fruits, on a par with a decent backbone of caramely, honey-ish and lightly biscuity malts. Not terribly complex, I must say. But the fresh hops liven up the overall nose somewhat, which cannot to be ignored.
T: delicious... the hop-malt juice tastes like really enticing longan-fruit tea flavoured with jasmine, while hints of caramel, dried orange peels, white grapes, and bitter guava simultaneously develop on the palate, followed by a super-soothing flow of hoppiness along with soft, almost tea-stem-ish tannins rubbing the deep ends of the tongue... Throughout the drink, bitterness is kept at a very soft level, but fresh hops do make a vivid impact in the form of "chewy" palate which serves to lengthen the whole hop enjoyment way past the flavour has settled. Also, consistently a decent sour edge of fruits (I suspect coming from both hops and yeasts) pairs with the flavour just seamlessly.
M&D: the carbonation is very very soft indeed, without unwanted artificial CO2, and the body stays decently moderate as far as the alc. is taken into account. All in all, this is a delicious pale ale designed to quaff.

wl0307, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

2009 edition, pours darker amber, with a dull reddish glow, long lasting typical khaki head, ever so slowly shrinks to a thick ring, and film, leaving nice thicksheeting/lace. Refroths upon a gently swirl. Fruity sweet and hopped up nose. Pleasantly hopped up ale. Hops emit tropical fruit notes and resinous goodness. Enough malt aas an undercoating, but the drying and pungent hops are the story here. Yet more quality and quite worthy brew from SN

Billolick, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Lovely idea, I think this one is a nice addition to the SN lineup. Pours amber with a nice orange tint to it. Nice head with quite a bit of lacing. Very light herbal smelling hops on the nose and bit of earthiness. Light malt profile, wich is perfectly fine with the delicate nature of the fresh hops. Taste is very nice. Quite a bit of herbal character from the fresh hops but perhaps not as much as there other harvest ale, and a nice piney and spicy finish. Gentle biscuity malt on the finish. The mouthfeel is relatively light, but not thin. Very drinkable a delightful spring surprise.

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2008
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

A 24 oz bottle purchased at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in NYC.

A: The pale ale is a robust amber color, highlighted by brilliant marmalade orange tones. A decent head arose on first pour, exceeding 2 fingers and leaving thick patches all around the glass.

S: The fresh hop aroma is sublime. Citrus aromas are fresh and wet, mingling with touches of pine. The malts are an equal match to the hops, adding caramel biscuits to the proceedings.

T: The ale is a nicely balanced pale, sharing equally in the hop and malt categories. The first flavors are the hops, soft and subtle in their citrus and herbs. Principally, herbal tobacco flavors are the taste du jour. They leave a long finish, flicking at the tastebuds long after the sip is gone. Throughout the glass, the hops are nicely paired with a caramel biscuit backbone. The malts never take over but nicely support the hops throughout.

M: Solid mouthfeel. I often forget how good freshly harvested hops are and to have them in May is great. The hop bitterness nicely grabs the tastebuds.

D: The ale has a moderate alcohol level, greatly increasing the drinkability. I think that this ale will no hold up well over time, so dig in to it now.

akorsak, May 27, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

(Served in an Imperial nonic)

A- This beer has a deep amber body that is crystal clear with a strong slow carbonation supporting a lumpy yellowish-white head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft musty pineapple weed smell with a faint peppery watermellon hint in the background. The hops have interesting depth but are not huge.

T- The mellow flavor of green hops have a floral and piney quality with a light orange flavor. There is a nice light caramel malt flavor followed by a soft bittern hop finish. As the beer warms a bit the bitterness lingers after the finish with a pale malt note supporting it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and a faint alcohol heat note as the beer warms.

D- This beer has nice hops with an interesting nose and a good support by the malt flavors. The bitterness nicely finished the beer but was not a dominating force.

rhoadsrage, May 30, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

My choice for 4th of July, a big ass pale ale with fresh hops from New Zealand. On to the beer:

Clean-bodied orange amber, thick, sticky, persistent head on top. The beer greets the nose with herbal and flowery aromas. It definitely has a strong perfumy, flowery smell too. A bit of crackery malt on the side. Lots of hop goodness to taste. Slightly herbal at the beginning with a crackery malt base, the beer begins to get spicy in the hop department. A hint of peach emerges. Smooth and oily in texture.

Not as sharp as the domestic harvest ale, but still full of hops with enough of a malt backback to support it. A good one.

DoubleJ, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Clear amber to red colored ale with a good tan colored head. Quite a dark shade seems more red to me.

Smell is a little sweet with a warm floral hop aroma. Little bit of citrus aroma but this is mostly floral and mildly herbal in aroma. Little bit spicy smelling and a lemon aroma this is no North Western pine and grapefruit beer.

Taste starts out mildly sweet and woody with a stout herbal hop bite on the back of the tongue. Spicy and herbal with a little bit of butter and caramel in the taste. Hop bitterness intensifies and quickly goes in to English IPA territory. Intensely herbal hop bite, but it doesn't get harsh just intense in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a strong flavored Pale ale and is really a herbal IPA taste wise. Enjoyable and not a dumbed down beer. Only strike against drinkability is the strong flavor that might not be to everyone's taste.

Zorro, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly and leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor starts almost sweet but like any IPA the hops are here but not overpowering. Slight bitter, lingering finish. $2.99 for a 24oz bottle from Yankee Spirits South Attleboro, Ma also $4.25 for same bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

2nd release

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger full/thick creamy head. Leaves some well defined lace rings. Color is a clear dark golden bronze.

Aroma: Sweet floral hops. Bready malts. A big mixture of citrus. The citrus notes are quite sweet.

Taste: Very hoppy. All floral hops here. It is like eating a flower. A touch of booze is present and a combination of citrus, but the citrus isn't very defined.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. A little creamy. Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves one of they driest after tastes I have ever had.

Overall, this 24 oz bottle took me a bit to finish, but eventually, it was gone. A lot of hops in this thing. I'd have it again, but I'd prefer only 12 or 16 oz.

mothman, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Apr 22, 2014
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.