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: 1,328
Hads: 2,938
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 165 | 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 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. (505 characters)

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 (374 characters)

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. (271 characters)

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. (440 characters)

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. (1,102 characters)

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)

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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. (437 characters)

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. (450 characters)

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. (657 characters)

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: (432 characters)

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. (1,433 characters)

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. (729 characters)

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. (400 characters)

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. (524 characters)

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! (1,145 characters)

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 per usual from Sierra Nevada. (364 characters)

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. (692 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - copper with white head that dissipates to a wispy cap.

Smell - earthy, floral hop aroma. Nice.

Taste - bitter hops balanced by a great malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - medium body with lively carbonation.

Overall - the NZ hops really shine in this well crafted beer. (281 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a good amount of head and it doesn't look likes it's going anywhere for a while. The head is off-white/very light beige with hints of yellow. The body is a hazy dark amber/honey which glows orange when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing is left behind as should be evinced by the head retention. Lace and foam stick to the side of the glass after a second pour.

Nose- Not exactly sure what temperature this is at- I had to put it in the freezer. Right now, I'm not getting much from the nose except a very subtle but typical IPA aroma- citrus, pine, and soap. There are hints at other fruits- tropical and peach. Just a smidge of caramel in there too. More citrus and pine is coming out.

Taste- Lots of fresh woody and pine bitterness start this off with an undercurrent of grapefruit. I certainly have not had these type of hops before. There's a certain sweet quality (almost winelike) to the woodiness and bitterness that I can't define. Lots of earwax with this one. This will be very pleasurable for the hophead. Pine, resin, wood, and earwax are the dominant notes of this beer and they don't really let much else in. This mellows out to some extent and citrus notes begin to show themselves. Mostly orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with a little bit of smoothness and the right amount of zip.

Drinkability- This beer makes you pause but not in a bad way. The freshness and uniqueness of the hops make you stop and give your palate a break. No sign of alcohol. This becomes a little more sessionable as you drink it.

Overall- Between a B+ and A- or a solid 4. (1,633 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance:(4) Pours a transparent amber with a towering, 3 fingers tall off white head. The head has great retention and coats the sides of the glass with lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (3.75) Earthy, herbal and somewhat fruity hops are in the forefront of the aroma; grapefruit, grass and a low key kiwi presence. The hop aromatics are buffeted by a slightly sweet bread-y malt backbone. As with most Sierra Nevada beers, their trade mark yeast strain, "Chico" acts as a liaison between the juicy hops and the sweet malts. Very balanced, albeit subtle nose.

Taste: (4) Very similar to the nose. Herbal, fruity hops right out the gate; grapefruit, pine resin, light melon and kiwi. Some clean yeast esters towards the middle of the taste before you're greeted by a sizable, slightly sweet and chewy malt backbone. The beer finishes dry and moderately bitter with lingering notes of resinous, tropical hops and biscuit like malt.

Mouthfeel: (4) Robust, full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4) A very balanced and very drinkable IPA that showcases the tropical, fruity characteristics of the New Zealand hop varietals, Southern Cross and Motueka. The beer definitely doesn't stray too far from the herbal, earthy format of most Sierra Nevada beers.
I wish they would release this in a 6 pack format. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to be reminded of what a truly balanced IPA tastes like. (1,490 characters)

Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Southern Hemisphere seems to get better each year. This one, poured out of the usual 24oz bomber, is DEElicious! Pours a beautiful amber with assertive lacing. Not much on the nose, but after several sips a balanced bitterness arrives.

A chewy IPA, I'd say, a superb brew. So fresh you wanna slap it. (Someone mighta used that before, maybe Adirondack Brewing Co.) I think the Newzies' hops are coming into their own, and this is why SH Harvest continues to rise. Cheers! (477 characters)

Photo of Segelstrom
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - poured very clear into tumbler to a nice golden hue

S - not heavy on hops nor malt. kind of non descript

T - nothing special but still a decent beer

M - didn't start out so good while real cold but improved as beer approached room temp

O - OK for the try but not going to become one of my goto beers (307 characters)

Photo of evanforbeer
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an ambery orange with nice off-white head

Smell- fairly mild, floral soap, mint, subdued hops

Taste- layers of complexity smack the palate- nice hop bite up front with citrus, orange, pine resin. Wave of earthy/herbal notes, hop spice, and biscuity malt very present. finishes with more orange, mint, and piney/earthy hop resin

Feel- medium bodied, zesty and sticky on the palate

Another fantastic fresh hop ale from SN. There seems to be a bit more body and bite
on this then the Northern Hemisphere (from what I remember). The subdued aroma is quickly corrected by the surprising complex and rich flavor profile that follows (637 characters)

Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My local beer guy talked this beer up so much that I couldn't help but buy it.

A - Really nice head that is very porous and foams very high with great lacing.

S - Sour. There is also a big soapy note that comes off bad. Slight pale malt character, not getting any hops. I don't think that an IPA has to reek of hops, but some suggestion as to the hop profile would be nice.

T - Nice minerally bitterness. Very vice balance between malts and hops, both being very mild. The hop character is subdued, almost just to the bitterness, but there are some floral and fruity elements.

M - Solid medium body and light carbonation.

I was hoping that with the kiwi hops, this beer would be more complex, but the hops are a little subdued. Solid beer overall though. (759 characters)

Photo of dc_cupcake
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Harvest ale from Sierra Nevada. It comes in a different looking bottle that's one pint with eight additional ounces. Most of the time I'd say that's a great, with this beer I'd say that's amazingly great and awesome!

You feel manly when you pour this, especially if someone else opened it for you. The bottle is thick and heavy, the beer looks fresh and healthy. The head and lacing is rampantly creamy with an orange copper tint. The beer is a deep amber, almost red, and looks full and clean.

The smell was a bit faded, but I'll acquaint that to the smell of burnt bread from the cafe I'm unfortunately sitting in. If it were my way, I'd be sitting on the sail ship on the bottle's label. With pirates and cannons, drinking straight out of the bottle, tilting it in that weird, cocky way that suburban people drink a Coors Light longneck. Kidding! I would never. But seriously, the smell. The aromatic qualities of this adult beverage were of a faint fresh hop lemon and bread carmel. It opens up a bit with warmth. Let 'er sit a bit cowboy, don't suck it down like you do your Fanta.

Taste, ah yes taste. Wonderfully balanced and a relief. I must say, recent weeks have presented a number of overly hopped and awkward beers. It's damn near drawn me away from the style. It seems long are the days of the brown ale, the saison, the pils and the stout. All people want is extremely hopped extraordinarily fuck my taste buds for 3 days gagillion IBU IPAs. You know why they put hops in the beer? It's because bitter is the new sweet and sweet is the sour. Or something like that.

I appreciated the taste, a well balanced pale ale. Hoppy, malty, medium-heavy mouthfeel, oh so drinkable and lovely. Would do many more, but I took the last one!

Overall, I loved it. I love the special things they are doing at SN and I love how size hasn't diminished passion. They love what they do, and they show that profits can be a good thing. Like shipping fresh hops from NZ on a turbocharged pirate ship to be brewed in Chico in a week's notice. A'hoy bitches! (2,064 characters)

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.