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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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Reviews: 1,332
Hads: 2,961
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 86
Gots: 175 | 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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Photo of JohnL9013
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, but does have a fresh hop undertone. The hops aren't nearly as up-front as I would like them to be. The bitterness, like the Torpedo, IMO, a little overdone, and lingers quite a lot. The roasted malts are great and spot-on, but not what I came here to taste. I would get it again if I saw it on tap, but otherwise, I wouldn't buy or recommend this beer. It lacks balance, as well as the intense aromatic qualities I expect from an American IPA, especially a wet-hopped one.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this was from a bomber bottled on 4/27/15.

poured a dark amber with a nice frothy thick retaining head. the smell of this was almost nonexistent. it's not that it smelled bad, it's that the smell was minimal. if the smell were unpleasant i would rate it lower but if it had a pleasing evident smell i'd rate it higher.

this has a pleasant caramel malt taste to it. it is certainly an ipa but it has a malt flavor to it. this beer goes down smooth but it is a little thick.

not a bad beer but far from perfect, i would prefer torpedo or hop hunter to this but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint of this on draft. Look and smell was quite average, nothing really stood out. Just characteristic of any other decent IPA. The taste is what set this apart. Sweet and floral yet well balanced. I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of kitch
2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

2015 version. A 22oz bomber with a packaged date of 27th April 2015 i.e. day 99 for this 100-day IPA and poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear amber ice tea colour with a big three finger off white cream head that lasts a long long time and leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma: Its all quite light as nothing stands out. Just some light caramel malts and maybe just a bit of apple, pear and pine.

Taste: For an IPA, this is rather malt driven. Initially sweet caramel and candied sugar followed by slightly bready, buscuity malt. It finishes with some floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I prefer SN’s other IPA offerings over this one as the malt is overpowering here. The aromas were also a little light for me.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(22oz bomber 4-27-15, revisited) Not sure what it is but this is many steps down from the other Harvest varieties. For me it was very malt forward which isn't bad, but not what I look for in an IPA. There is also a mustiness that just doesn't belong. Freshness perhaps?

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Photo of RockAZ
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 batch, bottled 60 days before opening. Not what I was expecting, instead is malty, biscuity IPA with plenty of the more subtle hops, weak hops imho. I don't like this beer very much, but still glad to see SN doing this project with far away hops. Well carbonated, cloudy amber in color, firm bubbles and lacing. I just think there is too much malt presence for my preferred styles of IPAs, not a West Coast style, that is for sure and usually I love fresh hops beers. SN did put a lot of hops in this, but as I said, they are bland hops, they don't really punch out the aromas (to me), and of course they do provide bittering so this is an IPA. Maybe you will like it.

Just read some of the other reviews and one guy nailed it - nice beer but "surprisingly dead nose". Thats exactly how I feel about this years batch.

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Photo of leantom
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this was very different from what I expected. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear, light brown with an adequate head. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation is also quite good, with small bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S: Definitely not what I was expecting. Nothing like a West Coast IPA. Hops only impart mild grassy/floral scents, and these are eclipsed by a strong caramel malt background. Beer smells of toffee and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, which is somewhat disappointing. Grass is somewhat more pungent, but it really doesn't make the beer taste any better. Caramel and brown sugar coat the palate, and mild grass lingers on after consumption. Alright.

F: Smooth and crisp. Good.

O: An OK beer. Prefer SN's other IPA's to this one, as those are more focused on hops.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured center from 1 pint 8 oz bomber into a snifter. A lot of pressure released as I cracked the cap. Dark copper color with two fingers of thick dark egg shell white head of mixed size bubbles. Slowly receding head that leaves thick soapy lace. Thick retention, numerous streams of slowly rising bubbles across the entire glass.

Green vegetal hop aroma with toffee notes.

T: Buttery body with toffee. Dry lime hop finish that sticks to the palate well after swallowing.

F: Zippy citrus mouthfeel and a dry ginger ale type finish. A little heavy in the stomach over time and drinkability is reduced for me.

O: I'm not big into IPA's so this isn't something I'd reach for continuously. A little on the simple side for me but still well brewed.

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Photo of raiderob
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into pint glass.ice tea like color brownish foamy head with nice lingering lacing .caramel aromas and freshness you can taste...Prost❗

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Photo of silverevo9
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid head with with a nice floral hop smell. Very good IPA, very well done. Very sweet malty taste. Could repetitively drink these all day. The color has a beautiful reddish hue. Love the bitterness at the end, not to prickly, sort of smooth. I'm really digging this, pairs nicely with a sardine bread type dish. Food pairing sheds different flavors from this. I will be purchasing again, really enjoying this one. Great Brew!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a growler from TBG.

A - Clear amber with orange highlights, three finger head moves to a creamy lace.

S - Pale malts, biscuit, pine.

T - True to the nose, very bready, hints of lemon.

M - Medium low carbonation, heft is a touch above average. Finishes somewhat dry.

O - Very clean, balanced. Can't agrue with that.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. 2nd of 5 beers. Pkgd 4/27/15. Darker in color, crimson or Amber with a HUGE head that does not dissipate easily. Smells spicy and floral. Taste is intense hops but clean and well balanced.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a creamy light tan head that slightly settles to a thick layer that hangs around and leaves thick rings of lacing.

S: Toffee sweetness, maybe even a hint of dark fruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and a little pine.

T: Pine, citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit pith, and a little tangerine, tropical fruit, passion fruit and hints of pineapple and mango, peppery spice, herbal notes, and some bready toffee sweetness.

M: A little towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one gets much better as it warms, releasing all the New Zealand hop character I love. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Bone53
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful light copper color with a two finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Floral and herbal/subtle spice, caramel, fig. Light yet somewhat complex aromas

Taste: Sweetness from the malt upfront (caramel and candied sugar) and floral hops mid palate and throughout the finish. Perhaps a slight citrus note in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down fine, cant detect much if any alcohol, but it the carbonation and bitterness is on the high side

Overall: This isnt something thatll blow you away with hops, but rather has a pleasant balance with the malt. Its clean and still tastes somewhat fresh two months after bottling. Knock the carbonation and bitterness down a notch and id enjoy this even more. Good job SN!

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Photo of Taybeh
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to my usual stores a few days late this year and this was already sold out, so figured I'd have to pass on it this year, but finally found one bottled on 4/27 at a place off the beaten track. Always look forward to both the hemisphere offerings, so even though it's about 6 weeks old, still looking forward to this one...into a tulip

a: massive khaki 3 finger head that leaves a ton of lacing, beautiful deep reddish amber color with a bit of haze

s: mild spices and flowery notes, herbs and even some mintiness, a kiss of fruity citrus, some caramel, fig, and bread fresh from the oven...not too big, but what you get is nice

t & m: follows the nose but better...pretty bready and smooth on the front, then juicy in the middle, and some moderate but compelling herbal bittersweetness on the end. Lose the spiciness I got on the nose. Delicious and very smooth. Moderate carbonation, dries out a little on the end but not too much. Nice clean finish. Would be even better with a bit more something: wet dank, bitter, or some bite. As with every year, this one is a pleasure to drink.

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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 SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what happened here. I expected bright fresh hops and I am not getting any. Smells like a lager. Taste is dull and all I get is bitterness. Maybe this beer was beat up by the liquor store? Date on bottle is 4/27/15. nb

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Photo of Irbycp
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint glass. Very heady but dissapates fairly quickly. Super lacy as you drink. Carbonation is perfect. Beer looks like apple cider- in a good way. Very pleasant medium feel. A bit too bitter for me on the finish, but otherwise a very good IPA.

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Photo of socraticerratic
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amber hue, with a healthy, frothy, caramel head; 2-3 inches. Crazy lacing! Magnificent feel-- perfect carbonation and incredibly smooth. A Refreshing bevy .. Wonderfully executed on all counts Sierra Nevada. Find it fresh and you won't be disappointed

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24oz Bomber bottled on 04/24/14.
A - Pours a beautiful pale, cherry color with two finger head. Very good head retention.

S - Pleasant aroma. Fairly complex mixture of aromas ranging from a variety of hop scents to mild hints of citrus. Overall fairly floral and bitter smell.

T - A great blend of hops and malt. Fairly sweet caramel/toffee flavor initially, finishing with the bitterness of the hops.

M - Very enjoyable feel. Medium bodied, with a creamy, very smooth feel to the mouth; almost a frothy consistency. Perfect amount of carbonation; present but vaguely noticeable. One of the best feeling beers I've had.

O - So far my favorite beer Sierra Nevada has to offer. Very complex and well-balanced beer. Definitely will look forward to having again in the future.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bomber bottle on 04/27/15 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale-ruby with 1 finger of head

Smell: Foral hop notes with some cracker malt

Taste: Mix of herbal hop flavors with more malt than I expected. Finish is earthy with some peppery hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a crisp finish

Overall: Not as good as I remember previous releases. Nice hop flavor, but it really felt more like a hoppy amber than an IPA. Regardless, a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and full cream colored head that takes a long while to dissipate but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides. The beer is a very clean and clear copper. The texture is pretty nice to look at.

The beer smell is very good and sweeter than usual. The smell certainly has a mixture of different hop notes. The notes range from bitter pine hop note to citrus and a more dank hop note; not to mention some obvious dry hopping. The beer smell also has a strong malt smell to it and works well with the more subdued hop notes. The malt comes off a sweet caramel and bready note that is pretty good. MY only issue is that the notes are subdued.

The beer taste is better than the taste with a nice sweet malt and dank hop notes. The malt notes are caramel and bready. The beer has a nice bitter dank hop aftertaste that is pretty good. The hops are fairly bitter and dank with less variation than the smell but the coherence works..

The mouthfeel is pretty decent. The beer has a very smooth feel because of the carbonation even though the carbonation isn't very biting. The beer does feel thicker than a usual IPA though and that detracts from the beer a bit.

Overall, a pretty good offering from Sierra Nevada and worth getting again if you can. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Mikus
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Man... missed out by not having a smart phone for this one. Guy at the bottle shop told me that these were just in. Broke my cardinal rule of checking dates on IPAs... however, I guess that this one is still within the acceptable window (107 days since bottled)... I guess you always wonder what could have been. In his defense, I haven't seen it there, so... Anyways, here goes. Poured from a bomber ($7.99) into my snifter. Rich amber hue with a small head (lacing galore) with a unique lemon meringue hue. Really had to work for the aroma, and was able to detect some hints of citrus, almost like lemon peel, and a bit of booze as well. Crisp bitterness on the taste, nice clean (Sierra Nevada style) aftertaste. Would have to imagine that some of the hop flavor has faded. Great, continual carbonation and a nice light mouthfeel. Excellent after 4 hours in the yard, quite refreshing. Overall, there were some unique aromas and flavors going on, and I think that I will definitely want to try this around May next year.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler, poured into a nonic pint. The nose is pretty malty, fair amount of citrus. Clear amber-orange. Good amount of head, and a TON of lacing, the glass is coated. The flavor is outstanding...citrus, floral, and pine. Good good, love these from SN every season.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stated 2014 on the bomber.

A - Pours out super clear ambersh orange with a frothy three finger off white head that leaves incredible lacing around the glass.

S - Floral, citrusy, fruity, raisin, fig, caramel, sweet and malty. Complex and Beautiful!

T - Sweet, floral, caramely, gratefruit/citrus, fruity esters, lemon zest, bitterness. Very well balanced!

M - Medium bodied and super soft in the mouth, almost frouthy. Carbonation is perfect on this, which really makes it a pleasure to drink outright.

O - Can I say I love this beer! I had it on tap at a local bar and it grabbed my attention like no other beer that I have had thus far. I enjoyed it so much, I went on a wild goose chase looking for it at all the local beer stores with no avail, I asked a beer store if they would get it on the next shipment and sure enough it came in! I will be picking more of this up, that is for sure. The beer has so much to offer, and yet it is so smooth with a perfect blend of flavors and aromas. Its balance has no offensive flavors to speak of. If you want an excellent fresh hop ale look no further, this is a must get cheers!

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