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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 falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with huge pillowy off white head. Great retention and lacing

Smell is big on pine and tangerine. A bit nondescript though. It's very nice, but I was expecting more

Taste is a big pungent hit of pine resin. Quick hit of citrus before a clean bitter finish

Mouthfeel is sticky. Nice malty chewiness to the body despite a completely hop-centric flavor profile

Overall a very nice brew. SN with another solid beer. I would expect no less.

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Photo of lighthabit
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear lightish red/brown. bit of pineapple is the first thing to hit my nose, then clean earthy grassy aroma. great head dies to decent layer, awesome thick clingy lacing. hops are very present, but not terribly bitter, and grass, too. bit of citrus, but not much. bitters up just a bit as it warms. would like just a bit more malt backbone, but that's just me. later on it picks a bit of sense you're on a farm - not in a bad way, just seems about as non-metropolitan as you can get. good effort on sn's part trying something different.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a copper-amber with a thin, frothy head. Beautiful herbal/floral hop aroma. Caramel malts also in the nose. Caramel malts up front in the flavor. Hops star to come out in the middle: very tea-like, with floral notes. Some toastiness develops in the finish along with a bitterness that grows like a "slow burn" of some chiles. I almost pick up some watermelon flavors; not sure if it's the yeast or a character derived from the hops. Solid mouthfeel all around. Good carb and not thick or sticky. Very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of Rdc67
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty! Not too "piney". Great mouth feel and color. Pours a nice thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while. My palate isn't very developed yet. I usually prefer stouts and porters but this one will be had again. From a 16 oz. bottle, served in a pint glass.

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

Bottle Poured into a 16oz

Appearance: reddish amber with a solid off-white head

Aroma: Smells pretty hoppy, floral, earthy, hoppy, lemony, piney. The hops definitely cut thorough on this.

Taste: lemony, citrusy, hoppy, sweet caramel-like malt blended nicely with spices.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a dry finish

Overall: This is a very well balanced IPA. The hops are blended nicely with the sweet malt. I would love to see an Imperial version of this one. It's strong in flavor, but it's lacking in alcohol intensity, but the complexity on the taste makes up for that.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into tulip

appearance: cloudy burnt amber orange, 1 finger white head, lot's of lacing

smell: earthy, hay, sweet malt, orange peels, exotic herbal hops dominate, subdued floral notes make a quick appearance, some caramel, and some lemon zest and coriander on the backend

taste: An initial floral, earthy, piney dominance gives way to a few quick notes of grapefruit, and orange peel, then subdues very quick and leaves your tongue with a thick resiny coat of piney bitterness. Very well balanced, the lingering bitterness is not as harsh as the initial taste and smell would suggest, making this a highly drinkable beer. Drinks sort of like a bitter pale ale.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, surprisingly thick, full bodied feel

overall: Honestly this may be my favorite beer all time from Sierra Nevada. Very well balanced, and rather unique as I got some exotic hop flavors that I haven't quite tasted before. I would buy this again if I saw it, a damn good beer that beat my expectations.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bomber to tulip glass, color is a clear copper with an off white head that lasts and leave moderate lacing.

S: Smells of nothing but hops, strong citrus hop with a slight pine finish.

T: The taste is a little deceiving it's the exact opposite of the smell with A LOT more pine hop than citrus.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, with a very dry finish.

O: A very good showcase of each hop variety used in this beer. Will definitely be getting this one again and would recommend to any hop head.

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

Appearance: It has a nice deep orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, some citrus and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some floral hops, citrus, piney hops and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of masonacoats
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - really nice copper-red with small off-white head. Decent head retention and nice lacing

S - toasty malt with floral and earthy hop notes

T - follows the nose but with added lemony hop notes; finishes a little flat

M - good body: not too creamy, not thin. Slightly low carbonation for my taste

O - very good beer but falls just a little short of what I expect from SN

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

Pumped like a dump trump at a demolition site, Raul likes this well and good. It isn't "mind blowing" like Ava Gardner in a corset, but it is solid like a Eva Green lap dance. Raul likes it and he may even buy some for his mama!

Get it, my children. Seek it. Devour it.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours amber with a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent lacing

S-Hoppy, pine and hint of citrus

T-Very hop forward as expected. Piney with just a hint of citrus and spicy. A slight caramel malt backbone. It reminded me of Celebration to be honest.

M-Thick and chewy

D-Very drinkable even given it is fairly hoppy

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this as it was another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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

Pours a brilliant clear as can be copper orange. Three finger tall white fluffy head. Got to be careful pouring this one.

Smells of lemon, peppery, slightly piney and tropical fruits. There's a sweetness quality from a bready malt backbone. Slightly floral notes.

Taste hits at first with that bite of the hop. Dry and bitter with some of that piney, floral, lemon, and pepper. Highly drinkable even though it's a touch unbalanced. The fact it's slightly harsh with it's hop bite makes this one stand out. There's a sweet malty backbone that mixes well with the sticky piney hop notes. Overall, I've had this before and I know I'll have it again. I try it every year, and I'd suggest to any hop lover out there it's a must try. Although not the hop bomb as other extreme ipa's, this does make up for it in it's fresh hop bite. A hot summer night makes this the perfect beer for the occasion.

I could see having this beer with some thai, spicy wings or pizza. It's kind of like that perfect beer that doesn't get in way of the taste of the food and the food won't get in the way of the beer's taste.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale features fresh hops from New Zealand, where the annual fall hop harvest occurs during our spring. Brewing this beer is no easy task; we get fresh hops picked, dried, and shipped halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week's time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents intriguing floral citrus, and fruity aromas and fresh-hop spiciness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA with New Zealand grown hops. Released in 24oz. bottles once annually in March.

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle to a tulip snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden cream head of a creamy froth consistency, medium thick consistency. Body color is an amber-orange with a very mild haziness. Mellow carbonation. Retention is very nice and lacing is medium, draped. Solid appearance overall. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of moderate floral, citrusy and lemony blends of hops, followed by a mild pale biscuity malt backbone with a touch of mild sweetness. Bitterness is moderate, potency is medium. There are a lot of delicate hop characters- mostly bright, floral and citrusy characters, although a touch more herbal and less sharp than in traditional west-coast IPAs. Smells very inviting. 4.25

(Taste) Mellow sweetness from a mild biscuity malt follows through with a mild resinous and floral hop blend, less bright in aromatics and more sharply bitter than the aroma gave off. Clean, mildly dry finish. The flavor is not as invigorating or energetic as the aroma predicted, but the end result is still very pleasant and drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Light, drinkable body with a very mellow carbonation, slick profile with a mild bitterness for a good balance. Body is light/medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. The low carbonation and mild body showcases this beer's delicate flavors and demonstrates great balance and high drinkability. 4.25

(Overall) Despite an intimidating 24 ounce bottle size, this beer shows itself off to be a highly drinkable, very flavorful and uniquely-hopped harvest IPA with a bright, balanced floral and citrusy hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Paired with very mellow carbonation and a light body, this is a great beer worth every drop the bottle gives you. It's a great buy for the low price. 4.25

Vertical Notes:

2012 Harvest (1 Year, 2 months old):

Head is slightly less creamy and more frothy, although retention and color is equally solid. Aroma has a more pronounced malt character with a pronounced mineral character, smells much like a traditional British Pale Ale, oddly close to the target for a New Zealand-influenced beer. The flavor has lost a lot of the hop character and bitterness it had- the malt bill is thus front-and-center, with a bold hard water profile and a mineral-like flavor. Bitterness is a bit too shallow and the balance is slightly sweet, yielding a more heavy malted profile, and a cloying one for most. It's not a great aging choice, especially since the main focus is the fragile hop bouquet of the Southern Hemisphere and not particularly the simple malt profile. I recommend having this as young as possible.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh (6 Months Maximum)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Southern Hemisphere Harvest

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Deep cinnamon copper, off white head that leaves a film, lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued, but spicy, woody, and laced with citrus.

Taste: A very clean, almost crisp IPA. Spicy wood notes mingle with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Lemon rinds come in and offer a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, semi-dry.

Overall: Damn, this is very nice. Good wood, hop, citrus notes. Refreshing.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouts a deep copper red with one finger off white head. Beautiful pour. Aroma is raw hops, very floral, pine, and candy sweetness. Up front floral flavor with a bit of pine. Strong malt backbone here, with hints of caramel sweetness. Ends dry and bitter, with some funk I am not sure I’m a fan of. Leaves a lingering feel that you just ate a hop pellet. Light to medium slick mouthfeel, adequate carbonation. Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from th24 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a copper color with ruby hues. Two finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a very nice intricate lacing down the sides. Very nice. Smells like grass and bananas and a little citrusy in the finish. I get pine first and a some grapefruit grapefruit citrus on the palate. It's pretty good!! Medium carbonation and a light to medium body. Refreshing...I am drinking this after work but it would be awesome on a hot day when you want to relax.

I would recommend this one to an IPA lover who doesn't want there palate destroyed. Seems pretty sessionable for 6.7% abv. I really enjoyed this brew.

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

taster: very smooth, hoppy but sweet, well balanced, delicious. I want more! 4.75 but need more to rate.
1/2 pint: a little watery, wanted more flavor - hence a 4.25

Shared a taster on-tap as part of four flights at the brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, USA. Then ordered a half pint later. Yum! As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out in a light ruby color with a bit of orange.

The aroma is super dank fresh hops, a bit of pine, tropical fruit, some sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is of caramel sweetness up front with some grapefruit and citrus, then there’s a piney, herbal, resin bitterness with a hint of grapefruit that follows. The beer is actually really

The beer is very easy drinking, yet follows with that dense rich bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is quite silky. The finish on this one is really herbal and earthy. The hops are quite interesting and remind me a bit of Chinook. The bitterness really does linger and is a bit too strong, but the beer is also well balanced.

This beer is a pleasant surprise. It also is a great value as its Sierra Nevada. I would buy this bomber again over some beers I prefer.

Bonus: I infused this beer in a jar with fresh papaya and lime peel. On the infused, you just get tons and tons of lime peel on the aroma. The carbonation has unfortunately gone away, but you do get papaya and lime in the flavor. The bitterness and lime peel compliments really well. The sweetness of the papaya gives this beer a beautiful fruity tinge.

I only used half the beer to infuse and the other half to review. After reviewing the original bottle (which I held with a wine stopper in the bottle for an hour, so it held the carbonation), I poured it into the infused to recarbonate the dead infused one.

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Photo of Philousa
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rusty copper color with a rocky tan head with a small amount of lacing. The color is mesmerizing. Spicy, earthy hops provide the bulk of the aroma with toasted biscuit and a little bit of grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is smooth and malt dominated, starting with cream and fluffy wonder bread, followed by toasted, then burnt biscuit, then come the bitter, barky hops with a good amount of linger in them. Feel is middling, very appropriate for the style, and finish is balanced.

This is one flavorful IPA without overkill on hops. I never thought I'd like having a malty IPA until I tried this. It's slightly spicy and earthy, which is what makes this brew unique. I'll be seeking this out in the spring every year.

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Photo of RevRaymer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I find it hard to say that a beer is perfect but this one comes really close. It pours a smooth copper color with a nice head. The smell is wonderful and the feel is light and crisp. The taste is refreshing, smooth, and very well balanced. Great flavor of fresh hops but their is not a particular flavor that overwhelms all the others.

This is just a delightful spring, early summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: ruby red, crystal clear with a nice loose foamy head that stuck around the whole time.

s: House Sierra Nevada yeast and Cascade hop profile. Not too strong. Still smells nice, just nothing too different.

t: A really balance between hops and malt here. Nothing dominates the other. Bitterness is mild. You can taste some pils/ bready malt at the end, kind of like the finish on a pilsner. A very "beery" flavor.

mf: medium carbonation, medium to full body, as are most sierra nevada beers. Making you feel full fast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy off-white head, high retention with soapy and clear lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma includes big notes of fresh grass and pine. Taste has a very satisfying bitter bite with some citrus/grapefruit notes, some sweet caramel malt in the background. Quite delicious...as per usual from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden copper, with lots of haze. 2 inch fluffy foamy head, good lacing.

Smells earthy and dank, some grass, grapefruit, and orange.

Similar flavor, but more complex. The hop flavor can only be described as "the good kind of dirty"- very earthy, dank, and resinous, with black and white pepper, grapefruit, passionfruit, grass, and pine. Very crisp and dry.

Full body, creamy but dry mouthfeel, well carbonated. Quite drinkable. Lingering bitterness as well as lingering tingliness on the lips and tongue.

A lot of earthy flavors in this one that really work. The mouthfeel has this crazy tingliness that I love and don't see often.

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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.