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

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop AleSierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

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Ratings: 2399
Reviews: 1275
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%

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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:
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 Mikecap


3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a medium amber with a thin whitish foam head that fades quickly, solid lacing on the sides of a standard pint glass.

Smell: Fresh west coast hops, lots of pine and grassy earthiness, citrus fruits, I get some tangerine and lemon.

Taste: Nice piney hop bitterness and some lemon and grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness, more than I expected but typical of a SN offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and solid hop bitterness. Definitely a bitter IPA, not malty by any means.

Overall: Good beer if you like hoppy and bitter IPAs. Could use a bit more balance but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 22:29:57 | More by Mikecap
Photo of lostinfla


3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured oversize bottle into a large beer stein . Late summer buy and it's been in my stock for several weeks so I may not have the freshest taste going here...

This one was a little surprising to me as I expected a more pilsner style , especially with the focus on the summer hops, but it turned out to be a heavier, darker fall style brew. Poured a medium dark amber with a bright orange, thick head to match. Big thick suds and a great pine and citrus rind aroma.
Taste matched the color with big full malts and a bittersweet finish.
I had a hard time getting my head around this one as it was so much different than expected. Carbonation was great and the mouthfeel was typical Sierra.

Was a good change, not sure I'd grab another.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:36:03 | More by lostinfla
Photo of Mrappinin


3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The twenty thirteen brew, having been released in summer it has sat on the shelf for about three months before I revised but here it goes: pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thin head that lingers the whole time. Smell of heavy pine and hemp, may have been more complex on a fresher date. Big hop flavor, not super citrus more on the piney spicy side with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. A nice sweet malty backbone at the very end. Hops dominate but the malty sweetness at the end as a bonus. Have had this a few times, this being the first review. I imagine the caramal l malts to have more of a part in this brew when fresher but a solid brew still and for the price still totally worth it!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:13:07 | More by Mrappinin
Photo of Deeps


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford. A pretty, nice, solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. A little bit more bitter than the average IPA but not over the top. Pretty well balanced otherwise. Definitely would recommend to someone looking to get into IPAs or who is just in the mood for an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2013 00:28:32 | More by Deeps
Photo of Omnium


3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice golden amber color, two fingers of soapy head, little head.
S - Big Pine and some citrus zest.
T - Obscenely assertive pine bitterness, some citrus zest, big fresh bready malt, but the bitterness is wayyyy too much to be palatable/enjoyable.
M - Lingering bitterness...
O - Was severely disappointed in this compared to northern hemisphere, the IBU's are so abrasive its unwelcoming.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:51:53 | More by Omnium
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours dark copper/orange with a finger of off white head. Semi-opaque.

S - I don't get a strong aroma from this, and nothing dominates. Mainly I get sweet citrus and caramel hops.

T - A really delicious flavor profile. Grapefruit, pine/floral hops, balanced out with sweet caramel. I love the hop profile on this one, and the mild hop bitterness is offset by the sweet caramel. Really fantastic IPA.

M - A nice full-bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of chewiness. Goes down silky smooth despite moderate carbonation. Caramel and grapefruit linger for a good amount of time in the mouth, and I find myself smacking a lot to get the most out of the delicious aftertaste.

O - Sierra Nevada has never failed to impress me. This is my first wet/fresh hopped beer, and it's fantastic. The NZ hops add a different dimension than I'm used to, and the caramel sweetness perfectly balances the grapefruit and piney bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:15:44 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 8 fl oz. bottle, with a freshness code printed on the side. Vintage 2013. I bought this on a recent trip to Iowa from Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids. I've never seen this beer available in my area in Illinois. Super stoked to have landed this bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under three fingers of creamy fluffy tan / khaki colored head. Body is a bright burnt sienna orange color. Lots of very very very fine sediment floating around the glass. Thin delicate rings of lacing. Beautiful.

S - Smell is of fresh earthy leafy New Zealand hop goodness. Some pine, some floral, some herbal, grapefruit, peach, blood orange, earthiness, wood, and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy caramel malts, lots of fresh earthy pine hops, grapefruit, blood orange, lemongrass. Not an overwhelming hop bomb; nicely balanced hops & malts.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, medium full bodied, with some bitter citric grapefruit hop resins lingering on the palate alongside some dry caramel breadiness.

Overall, it definitely exceeded my expectations. This might be one of the best beers I've had from Sierra Nevada yet. Smooth, creamy, nice carbonation, huge hop flavor, and remarkably well-balanced. Definitely recommended for IPA enthusiasts.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:01:10 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Murrhey


3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt, 8oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger white head with relatively low retention. Sticky white lacing and peaks in the head. It's riding atop a semi-hazy orange body with surprisingly dormant carbonation. Looks ok.

S- Bitter, slightly floral. Hoppy with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Bitter hops and malty. Some citrus notes and a good malt backbone balance out the punch.

M- Wet and medium bodied.

O- Pretty nice brew, good New Zealand hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:07:23 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Flounder57


4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Candied orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grassy hops, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above with a tea like flavor similar to fresh hops and dry hopping. Nice malt background and mellow hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, hoppy, herbal, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and delicious.

Overall: Fresh hops tock. This beer truly represents those characteristics. I can't wait to try out the Northern version later this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:38:27 | More by Flounder57
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 release breaking in my new DFH IPA glass. Pours a clear golden-orange with a massive fluffy white head that barely fades at all, and leaves tons of sticky delicate lacing when it finally does. Smell is big aromatic hops; juicy citrus, leafy/herbal/minty, soft pine and citrus rind, nutty and spicy alcohol and malt, some caramel malt too. Taste is clean caramel malt at first, then blown away by all sorts of hops. Crisp leaf, spicy herbal and mint, juicy citrus and fruit, pine, and then a good bite of bitterness at the end. Finish is slightly sticky, with hints of the malt hanging around, but mostly it's bitterness. A hell of an IPA, just like its Northern Hemisphere Harvest sister; a must-try for hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:17:27 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of scotorum


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 24 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Nearly clear deep amber with an inch plus white head which hung on for awhile before receding to a surface foam film and some lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Excellent rich balance between malt and hops. 66 IBUs are noticed but are not overpowering.

m: Moderate body with a clean finish.

o: An excellent fall IPA, although far from SN's most reasonably priced at almost $3 per 12 ounces. Certainly a better buy as a sixpack. Perhaps even better if an IPA lover can find Torpedo for closer to $1 per 12 oz. bottle. Here you are apparently paying for the two added New Zealand imported hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:45:26 | More by scotorum
Photo of admiral


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good quality beer with lost of flavour and hops

Aroma: pine needles, malt and spice

Taste: Pine needles, spice, lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus and malt

An excellent beer with a big hop punch and base, with some nice malt flavours coming through to support it

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 09:31:04 | More by admiral
Photo of powerss13


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Medium cloudy amber; very light head and good lacing

S: Definitely get a woody aroma; get a great fresh hop aroma; little grassy notes

T: Strong bitter flavor with a woodiness to it; get a good yeast/bready flavor; Light and dry finish

MF: Body is light on the palate; dry hop flavor sticks to tongue after finish

O: Stellar beer; grab one if you see one. I could drink this one year round, unfortunately it is only available seasonally.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 15:07:17 | More by powerss13
Photo of NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like the label design. Made it an easy sell if it wasn't already.

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber. Light tan head faded a bit quickly with some lacing.

I didn't love the nose. It was a bit understated overall, dominated by pine, with some citrus and also a tiny bit of something I can best describe as an 'earthy funk.'

Tasted out of this world. Amazing balance. Pungent, woody hops dancing above a bready malt base, held together with the piney resin. Finished clean with the grapefruity citrus emerging. Outstanding.

Some alcohol taste lingers in the mouth (it is 6.7% after all). It's about medium bodied for the IPA style. Easy enough to pound until the alcohol catches up.

Outstanding value. It will be one of my go-to's as long as it's around.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:24:25 | More by NedShakeshaft
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 23, 2013

Beer is clear amber in colour. The pour results in a large cream coloured head. Good retention, and lots of lace left as it fades.

The smell is hoppy, focused on grassy scents. Slight tropical scents. Resin. Biscuity malt scents are strong.

Taste is better than the nose. Grass, light fruits- a bit tropical, a bit of pine. Moderately bitter. Some biscuit and caramel. Pretty good flavour.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily, a bit of a toasted feel.

Overall, pretty good. Perhaps it is different a bit fresher, but this tastes like a UK/American hybrid to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:24:27 | More by jrenihan
Photo of labattblueribbon

New York

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great hop foundation with fruity mouth and aftertaste. prefect balance of hop in the finish. incredibly easy to drink, i loved this one. sierra nevada can hit and miss but this is up there as one of my favorites recently. similar maybe to ithaca flower power if i had to compare. bottom line, MUST TRY for any hophead or beer enthusiast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 19:55:05 | More by labattblueribbon
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a small to moderate sized light-tan head with okay retention. Has an orange/brown color that is more golden in the light. No noticable floaters. Leaves heavy lacing. Smell is pine, tangerine, bread, and lemon. Gives off a powerful aroma that you can easily smell with the beer a couple feet away, awesome.

Taste starts with sweet tangerine and lemon, then comes bread, ending in pine and a bit of grapefruit. Has a tangerine/pine aftertaste with a bit of breadiness. Pretty average carbonation and mouthfeel for an IPA, perhaps just a bit on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 18:22:28 | More by JG-90
Photo of Mojo


4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into snifter glass

A - Pours up deep amber with a fluffy one finger head, leaves a retention ring, and decent lacing.

S - Pine, pine, and more pine. Love the nose on this.

T - Nice citrus flavor with a yummy sort of rye finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.

M - Pleasant aftertaste. Medium thick

O - Why did I only buy one bottle of this??? I could drink this every day.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:14:12 | More by Mojo
Photo of Brenden


4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is an unpolished bronze, orange-brown kind of color. It's pretty deep with some brightness despite the darker color and moderate opacity. The pretty clean, nearly white head reaches three fingers. It maintains a rocky full half finger densely for the duration, leaving behind some heavy webbing at the top of the glass and some patchy legging the rest of the way.
The smell is pretty fragrant with some pine and floral bitterness as well as a bit of citrus, maybe a touch spicy, along with a good deal of breadiness and caramel from malts.
The taste gives more of the pine with pith, citrus also coming out with a note of rind too. Caramel comes through most strongly from the malts. Floral notes pull out in a lingering, slightly drier finish.
The body is semi-dry all the way through. It has good smoothness and crispness working together.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:04:19 | More by Brenden
Photo of HopDaddyo


4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the pine/barky undertone and citrus aftermouth. Reminds me of pinion fire in the red rocks of Arizona. Good buzz from a pint. Let it air. This is a food beer. Pair with mesquite BBQ or rich mole sauce over fresh tamales. Drink with plenty of Indian flute in the background.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2013 22:16:20 | More by HopDaddyo
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Burnt Orange..light creamy head

S-Oily hoppiness....leans more toward pine...

T-Light caramel matiness...some bready notes as well....hops somewhat different than expected from the nose....sure there's some mild pine here but also a light peach like fruitiness along with some even lighter tropical fruit notes...floral impression...nothing real assertive but it comes together nicely...

M-Medium bodied....not particularly bitter or dry...

O-Not a real assertive IPA but unique enough and a real good drinker...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:54:42 | More by ZAP
Photo of screamking


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 8 oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Pours dark amber, close to light brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Lacing hanging all over. The aroma notes are lemon peel, slight tropical notes, brown sugar, black pepper, a little woodsy pine. Lots of bitterness in the taste. It's all balanced very well, it almost tastes liked a sugar cookie that's been baked too long. It's a lot different than the major citrusy hopped beers always coming out. This is insanely drinkable and at a incredible price. I need to pick up a lot more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:18:08 | More by screamking
Photo of Farewell_Transmission


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice head after an aggressive pour. Nice color to the beer.

s. Nice light smell, hints of citrus.

t. Nice smooth bitter finish. This beer will go great on a nice hot day. Has a great aftertaste, which is very light.

m. Nice mouth feel.

O. I hope to buy many more bottles of this beer, as it seem readily available, and it has a great price.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:40:50 | More by Farewell_Transmission
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an elegant and deep copper color with a supremely fat head of off beige foam that fell as slow as molasses and left webby lace all over the glass. Had a few bubbles coming up from the bottom and was just a beautiful sight. Left a thick cap. Nose is bashful. It's gentle hop floral,tangerine and citrus. A touch of lemon, some caramel malt,faint spice and light pine. Some hearty bread under that. Smells truly inviting. Taste is orange up front followed by a quick bitter and a silky bready wave rides the palate to an herbal and grassy finish. It has plenty of resin and that lingers for a while as does the bread. It's not as sweet on the palate as on the nose. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and a bit chewy. On the palate you might at first think it a little bland compared to more intensely fruity ipa's but this one has a light sweet pine that keeps pace with the orange rind and an expansive bitter.

This was a unique and very well made beer. It was completely about the hops and hop characteristics and each of them was well stated and full. It had a confident and presumptive malt character that never let the bitter steal the show. The malt was not terribly sweet and that was a big highlight in the drink. The spices were more intense as the beer warmed. Finished dry and with a touch of earthy grain. This was a potent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 15:38:05 | More by utopiajane
Photo of falloutsnow


3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 2013 edition, "3113215:16" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere showcases largely bitter and herbal/woodsy New Zealand hop varieties and downplays the caramel malt base. While this is a fairly solid bitter IPA, the bitterness heavily overshadows the fruitiness or maltiness that would otherwise complement it, minimizing my interest in and the complexity of the beer. It's lacking the interesting malt and yeast byproducts as in the English style or the intense hoppy-fruitiness from the American re-imaginging. Interesting to try, I suppose, but I don't feel compelled to seek this out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige colored foam, with above average retention lasting somewhat over two minutes. Head falls to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that remains for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is substantial, with waves and honeycombs of lacing adorning the insides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent (10-20% opacity) dark amber brown color, light bringing out a brighter orange-caramel brown hue. Carbonation is visible, slighty sparse and moderately fast in moving along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is different than expected, of fairly modest floral hop scents, slight fruit-like esters, and a notable caramel malt sweetness rather than the complex explosion I was expecting. Not unappetizing, but not particularly bold or complex for an IPA with 67 IBUs and usage of Motueka hops.

Dominated by bittering hops and a floral and woodsy hop flavor, the beer does showcase the Southern Hemisphere (well, New Zealand) hops, but to a large extent avoids complexities of the malt and yeast by overwhelming them with bittering hops. Front of palate is of quite floral and woodsy hop flavors with some caramel sweetness provided by the malts and a bit tea-like. Mid-palate of earthy, woodsy hops with a mild pine resin character, a touch of grapefruit rind and fruit-like yeast esters, and a muddied caramel malt sweetness and tea-like flavor subsumed by all this. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness along with lesser floral and woodsy hop characters and a caramel malt presence that barely makes itself known over the bitterness. Aftertaste is of spicy, sharp hop bitterness with a mild caramelized malt sugar undertone.

Beer's body is medium in weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a soft, comfortably foamy mouthfeel that drinks easily. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 04:29:14 | More by falloutsnow
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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