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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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1,335 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,335
Hads: 2,966
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 87
Gots: 178 | 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:
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: 1,335 | Hads: 2,966
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at the store today as we didn't get any in NH last year, Sold!

Pours a deep golden copper color with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Floral citrus minty hops dominate the aroma, but hints of caramel and bread peak through. Taste is slightly bitter with citrus and mint, hints of caramel and a bit of a mineral taste in there as well. Crisp bubbly carbonation, resinous slick sticky mouthfeel, medium body bit of a dry finish. Nice drinker, needs more aroma hops, but easy to drink. Great value at 4.49 for 24oz.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit milder than the Fresh Hop "regular". Pours a light golden brown, slight haze yet clean. Huge head that rocked up a bit and left really nice lacing.
Mild hops aroma, more citrus and herbs than pine. Malt is tucked away. Some caramel hits, but it's weak.

Hops seem a bit tired. The flavor is there with mild citrus, but it just doesn't last long. Alcohol is prevalent towards the end, and malt never gets a clear shot. Yet, it is refreshing and does have nice hops. Would like to see more balance and/or complexity with hops-malt-yeast.

*I love the label stating "...journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere". yeah, just half the planet. It's kind of a big place. Yes, I know the hops are from NZ...then why not say that? A hemisphere is pretty large.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale

Appearance: Copper in color with a small off white head and some lacing.

Smell: Notably fruity and floral nose, inviting to say the least.

Taste: Nice juicy hop taste, alittle spicy as well. Not overly bitter, with a solid malt backing which makes it drink alot smoother. Hops borderline on tropical fruit like mango. Well balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some chewy malt action.

Drinkability: This years batch is very good. I recommend picking up a bottle or two.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear copper coloring with a chunky, fluffy, slightly yellowish-white head. The nose has a descent balance of citrus and hops aromas, and the hops are slightly subdued. Subdued is not the word for the flavors. Grapefruit tastes explode on the tongue, and the hops are actually balancing the citrus sweet flavors in this case. Hops are a dry flavor with some peppery highlights, and it does a good job of bringing some sharpness to the round, sweet and tart grapefruit flavors. The beer is slightly dry and very crisp in mouth, and it has a very subtle aftertaste of hops. The finish is surprisingly quick. I was actually expecting a lingerer for this brew with all the aromas and flavors, but it vanishes in mouth. Very tasty brew, and the quick finish makes this a fairly easy drinker.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip that a finger finger head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the nose is a good balance between the malts and the hops, none seem to over power the other. After a couple whiffs I got a little booze hanging around.

T: I like the nice crispy bitterness that hits the palate right away then the malts show their face in the middle of the sip. I also got some citrus fruits that mixed in well in the overall flavor of the beer.

M: medium bodied with great bubbly carbonation that accents the taste.

D: really enjoyed this beer, been getting into PA's, IPA's, and DIPA's lately. Good offering from sierra nevada

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Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition: Sierra Nevada's first ever release of their fresh hopped harvest ale using hops from the southern hemisphere (New Zealand).

A stunningly brilliant looking beer. A peach-hued off white head clings to nearly every part of the glass. Despite thinning it remains dense in patches and will never loose its creamy texture. A solid, consistent tone of blood orange makes for one dazzling pint when held up to the light. Beer lovers feast your eyes on that glow!

The aroma is gracefully timid to spite that it is a blossoming bouquet of scents. Almost potpourris like, it is a flowery, lightly effervescent smell that exhumes crisp malt and tangy hops. To spite that the hops were shipped from the other side of the world, and that the beer was shipped from the other side of the continent, the hops still smell like they were picked right in my backyard. It is a smell my senses do, in fact, associate with that early fall day we harvest our own hop crop.

The body is almost creamy. It is blissfully smooth with but a crackling bitterness on the finish. It's a sort of vinous bitterness that is both light and airy and that seems to kick off the palate to lift itself away into aftertaste. Quite a turn from the usual tongue scrubbing alpha acids. It is a gentle (hop) giant.

Twenty four ounces is the minimum I could see myself drinking of this; and I don't want to hear anything about the 6.7% - this is a session beer dammit! The flavour is wonderfully balanced with both the nicely toasted, caramel smothered malts and sweltering with orange, finely coated with pine, hops. To sum it up: delicious.

I was told to expect something a little spicier with these New Zealand hops, and I can't say I got that at all. What I did taste was something quite similar to their Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, although a little more refined. The idea of importing hops from the southern hemisphere to brew a fresh hoped beer out of season was ingenious, but the beer itself was immaculate, and that is what truly impressed me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice deep orange/amber colour with an inch or so of thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

S - Lots of hops: earthy with some citrus. Smells of a good, hoppy IPA.

T - An intense, crisp and earthy hop flavour with some pine and citrus. Bitter, yet smooth.

M - medium body, slightly chewy.

D - A great hoppy ale. Drank a bomber and could easily drink another.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass (Squatters) a very nice clouldy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy slightly tan head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice touch of malts, and citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice APA, highly recommended, thanks Joe.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. Nice aroma of moderate hoppiness, malt and spice. On the palate the beer is very nice and easy to drink. It's very well balanced with some nice bitterness showing through. The beer comes across on the dry side, but not overly so. It's also pretty light tasting and the alcohol is well disguised. Drinkabilty is exceptional.

This is a beer I could happily drink all night. Another winnner from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle earthy, yet spicy hop.

The taste featured an herbal, spicy hop and a soft grainy malt. Good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a unique APA. Very spicy and herbal.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 27, 2015. Opened June 12, 2015

Surprisingly dead nose. Pleasantly malt forward body for an IPA win a firm woody-bitter finish, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium to dark orange amber, nice two finger white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. A great presentation. Piney and herbal fresh hop aroma with a hint of malt. Creamy and medium bodied. Nice hops up front with a modicum of malt support. The finish is piney, herbal hops, slight earthiness with a quiet malt base, which presents the hops nicely. I like sweeter malt bodies on IPAs, but this seems nearly perfectly balanced. A very nice IPA. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of dark citrus (plum/fig), alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an average bitterness level for a APA. Tastes of fresh hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, citrus, alcohol, and slight caramel. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.