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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%

Brewed by:
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 Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice and clingy tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is a bit disappointing. Some nice grassy hop smell but not very strong. The taste is of a nice honey pale malt with a grassy semi-fresh hop flavor. The hops are not big and bold like their normal Harvest but still have a fresh taste to them. I would say that SNPA has a more noticable hop presence. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation. The finish is quite good, nicely balance, with a perfect subtle grassy hop bitterness. Though not as good as the other hop oriented offerings, this one has great balance and a nice, yet subtle, fresh hop flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:18:22 | More by Gmann
Photo of toreysan


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - it pours a very nice burnt orange color. great frothy head with medium lacing.

s - smells of fresh hops and citrus

t - this is very subtle and non offensive considering the fresh hops which is probably from the New Zealand hops. its not aggressive, nice amount of citrus finishes a little fruity.

m - mouthfeel is alright. good amount of carbonation, nice and light in the mouth.

d - this beer is easy to drink, a good buy when its around.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:29:35 | More by toreysan
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally able to find the harvest ale releases here in Central Texas!

Anyway, this brew pours a deep copper color with an awesome amount of head. As expected from SN, a nice lacing is left on the glass as it's being consumed.

By far, my favorite thing about this brew is the aroma. Sierra Nevada's claim about drying and transporting the hops to get them into the brew kettle from the S. Hemisphere is definitely backed up by the ultra fresh aroma this brew has. It reminds me of cracking opened a fresh package of hops when making a homebrew. The aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and grass notes along with some caramel.

The taste starts off with a dose of sweetness from the caramel malt which is followed by a nice, oily like flavor from the hops. The hop flavor of this brew is indeed quite complex, as it goes from the oily flavor to the citrus like flavors you get in the nose of this beer which rides until the end with a touch of alcohol in the finish that nicely accompanies the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel would be best described as "medium" in this brew, not outstanding, but plenty of malt to keep it full bodied yet it doesn't overwhelm the palate at any point. A little creaminess, especially in the beginning from the big head the beer pours from is there as well.

Overall, this a great beer. Okay, maybe even better than great. So, why don't I even give it a even higher rating? Well, this brew tastes much like a cross between SN's ESB & their Celebration Ale, both of which I love. That said, this beer could maybe stand just a bit more "everything" for it to be a special harvest release. However, it's still an awesome brew, but at $4.25 / 24oz., I will buy it on a limited basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 00:53:00 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 23:05:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of far333


3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apricot copper colored with a full inch high head of dimpled off-white foam.

Aroma of light brown sugar and sweet malt, some resinous citrus hops.

Flavor of sweet malt, quickly morphing to mild citrus hops, tea leaves, and a spicy finish. Not too complex, not overly hoppy.

Full and round mouthfeel, very creamy. Decent drinkability, but not as hoppy as expected based on other Harvest Ale releases.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:30:02 | More by far333
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC...

Orange in hue, relatively clear. A gigantic, pillowy head with a sticky lacing. Great aromas from the hops varietals used. Sort of soft on the palate, but a bit thick and viscous, almost syrupy in spots. Flavor was good, but not awe-inspiring. I was hoping it would have been a bit more snappy.

I don't know. Not terrible, but not stellar. A good offering but I am a bit nonplussed by it.


Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 20:24:59 | More by goindownsouth
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle

A: Clear copper under a huge white head. Good retention and great lace.

S: Hoppy, but not too in your face. Citrus and tangy, not getting a lot of malt.

T: Again, not too aggressive but hoppy nonetheless. Citrus, bit of caramel malt, decent bitterness. Pretty good.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit over carbonated in my opinion. Good drinkability, easy to go down, no real bad features. Not as impressed as I am with the regular version, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 23:41:40 | More by NCSUdo
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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small cap of bone white foam.

Smell: Predominately leafy, floral hop aroma with notes of honeysuckle and jasmine with a few drops of gooey resin.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit sweet. Then you get a hit of leaves, flowers, and dried herbs. Coarse ground black pepper. Medium bitternes. Finishes dry and decidedly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty beer. The best thing to come oughta New Zealand since those hobbit movies.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 18:25:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Redwood21


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amazing. te head is so sticky and long lasting, looks so creamy. and the body is a beautiful red amber color. so delicious. for an apa heck yes this is awesome.

S: It is not a strong aroma, and i wish it was, there is a sweet aroma, but very faded maybe with some bitter aroma

T: very very easy to enjoy its sweet with a dry finish that leaves your tongue feeling like it has been tarted. it has an almost grape finish with an obvious hop back bone. if there is some grape its not the show, its more a back throat hint. it is hard to get too in depth, when you drink this beer you immediately feel the style is perfected but you aren't knocked off your socks that may be backwards talk but oh well.

very good, a must try if you like SNPA, this is better

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 03:42:13 | More by Redwood21
Photo of JBogan


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium golden/orange with a very thick slightly off white head which left excellent lacing in my glass.

Smelled of hops and citrus, perhaps orange or grapefruit.

Tasted a bit weaker than the scent led me to believe. Not weak tasting overall, just not as strong as I was expecting after taking a few sniffs.

Mouthfeel was good but not amazing. It was pretty smooth, with maybe a tad less carbonation than I'd like.

If you're familiar with SN's other offerings you could do a blind taste test and easily pick this out as one of their brews. It didn't have quite the piney presence as some of their other beers, yet it looked and had the same body and overall "thumbprint" that almost all of their other beers have. I'll enjoy this again if available, a very nice and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 01:31:58 | More by JBogan
Photo of Murchmac


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Sierra offering.

Pours a beautiful dark golden orange. Like a pumpkin with a fake tan.

Smells really crips, fresh, earthy. Almost can smell that freshly waxed brazilian.

Tastes very sweet, hoppy, damp, both citrusy and piney. You can smell it on your tastebuds.

Worth the effort. Sierra has come up with something very good and very worth the effort. Peter Jackson approves.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 05:19:31 | More by Murchmac
Photo of mnapier


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Service Glassware, 12oz Tulip.

Appearance, is burnt orange & dense with a medium khaki foamy head, that dissolves into a light haze of lace.
To the nose, it wafts with a grapefruit citrus nose along with some pine, some earth tones, and a slight roasted-ness.
Sipping on this I detect the previously mentioned grapefruit and pine hop forwardness that dances through out my tongue, some essence of caramel as well.
Mouthfeel, is balanced.

I want some pineapple and pork


Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:55:56 | More by mnapier
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and clear, a beautiful shade of copper. Thick three finger head with a rocky look to it. Good lacing and retention. Smell is great, of fresh hops with a touch of caramel. Taste is about the same, it packs a nice hop punch to it but does have a semi-sweet malt background. Leaves a pleasant but bitter and oily aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall a good beer. The only thing I did not like about this beer was that it didnt differentiate itself much from other offerings from the company. Lets just say I could not pick this one out blindfolded from probably 3-4 other SN products.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 00:50:56 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of firkinhophead


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a thick rocky head of foam. Outstanding lacing clings in a sheet all the way down the glass. A bit of chill haze clears up as it warms.

Aroma is musky citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and bready malts.

Taste is intensely hoppy, with bright resiny pine, grapefruit peel. Bitterness is big upfront, with some bisuity, caramel malts coming through in the middle. Finish is sharp grapefruit, but juicy, and seems to actually kick the salivary glands into gear, leaving you smacking your tongue. A bit of gingerbread spice comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. More balanced as it warms. Drinkability depends on your tolerance for hop bite. I like it. A lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:32:00 | More by firkinhophead
Photo of AChamberlain


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange gold with soft off white head. I would have liked it a bit more "red", but very nice.

S - Floral and grassy. Unique, is this what New Zealand smells like.

T - Bitter, great bitterness. Fairly aggressive hopwise, but overall well balanced.

M - Perfect body.

D - A very drinkable, a bit too strong to session, but I wouldn't let that stop me.

I really enjoyed this beer, almost as much as Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:12:53 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of smanders


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

I was very interested in sampling this ale as I have not tried New Zealand Motueka or New Zealand Southern Cross hops before. I was not disappointed. I only hope I can find the other two Harvest Series selections: Chico Estate and Wet Hop Harvest.

(A) - clear, caramel color. Thick head. Lots of effervescence.

(S) - lots o' hops, light, fruity, fresh.

(T) - smooth texture, spicy with a hint of citrus.

(M)l - almost creamy, not heavy. Halfway through the glass it still had a one finger head and was bubbling away.

(D) - High. A wonderful beer to enjoy after mowing the lawn or while watching a ballgame. Very refreshing.

This is a very nice American Pale Ale that I would like to share with friends if I could find it in a case. I'd also be interested in sampling it from the tap as I'm sure it would only improve the experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 21:23:39 | More by smanders
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:21:36 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of flexabull


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

I like the concept behind this one. Hopefully this unique beer will live up to Sierra Nevada's high standards... I have a sneaking suspicion it will.

Pours a bright clear dark gold color with with a nice full white head.

Aromas are fresh hop citrus like. Mostly I smell oranges, some earthiness, pine, and some floral and spicy notes.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Some fairly strong malt flavors, hard candies, sweet creaminess, and a brewed tea like note as well. Hops are not overpowering, but still provide a nice balance to the malts. Mostly a sharp bitter, floral, spicy, and mineral like bite. Finish is very crisp and sharp, it leaves a bitter hop taste lingering in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a snappy feel to it, nice carbonation, and an overall full feeling.

Drinkability is good. This harvest ale to me falls more into the pale ale realm, while the fall harvest ale seems much more american IPA like. This is a nice unique easy drinking brew. Not a great beer, but a very good one that is well worth trying. I would have no problem drinking this one again. All in all... it's just a tasty beer that won't blow you away, or bog you down with huge bitterness or high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 18:44:22 | More by flexabull
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3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange/red 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 03:06:13 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with a thick off white head that takes a long time to settle as a film on top of the beer. It laces the glass alot on the way down. The aroma is of some nice roasted malts and a ton of piney and citrisy hops. The taste is mainly of piney bitter hops. It is an excellent taste for a Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is really fresh and crisp. The drinkablilty is good for this beer. It is definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 21:14:53 | More by erosier
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was excited to see this one at From the Vine the other day. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass a golden color with plenty of rich white head on top of the glistening body. Retention was very high with plenty of lacing sticking around. Aroma was incredibly fresh in the beginning of May. Plenty of earthy hops that smelled like they were picked just today. Hints of citrus intertwine with the biscuity malt. Taste is grapefruit with other citrus. Pale malt sweetens up the drink with every sip. Finish is not very bitter but surprisingly sweet. Mouth feel was very light and smooth. I did not find any problem polishing off this 24 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 17:06:25 | More by genog
Photo of prototypic


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring 2008 Release

Appearance: It's golden brown in color and is very clear. Head is vanilla in color and an impressive three fingers deep. Retention was excellent and heavy web of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: It's fresh, grainy, and earthy. Very nice scent for a spring release. Hops are strong and unique in character. They're a bit piney, but feature a minty like aroma. There are some light citrus grapefruit and orange notes. A mix of pale and caramel malts appears to be present. It's a bit sweet and biscuity.

Taste: Grapefruit and other citrus flavors are sweet and a little bitter initially. Caramel and pale malts are sweet and flavorful. Hops provide a bitter taste that skews it in that direction. It's a unique hop flavor that's unlike any I've tried before. It does have a slight mint flavor which is an unexpected, yet welcome surprise. There is a yeasty flavor that lingers into the aftertaste. Finishes a little sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very easy to drink. Carbonation is somewhat light and it lacks that crisp bite I was hoping for. Nonetheless, it is light and goes down easy. Drinkability is very good. It's not quite as high as some of Sierra Nevada's other releases, but it's still high. This 24 oz. bottle is disappearing pretty quickly.

Southern Hemisphere is a unique twist to the Harvest Ale releases. I don't think it's quite as good as the Fall release, but it's not too far behind. It lacks the crisp bite and ultra-smooth mouthfeel of that version. But, this is a very good beer that's certainly a welcome addition to the spring lineup. Hopefully, they'll keep this on the roster. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 05:52:14 | More by prototypic
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Pours a reddish-copper color with a nice head of foam. Decent carbonation.

Aroma: Fresh and citrusy. Smooth biscuit notes stand out. Hops are decent in this.

Taste: Smooth and biscuity. Fresh hops impart a very nice bitterness. Hops are piney/citrusy here.

Mouthfeel: Dryness/bitterness with a decent biscuit note. Tasty.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Not too bitter. The dryness can be a tad bit too much but it doesn't affect the flavor adversely.

Verdict: A very drinkable pale ale in the Harvest series. I feel that it's a bit too dry but other than that, I would recommend picking it up.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:45:16 | More by Brad007
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle- 7% ABV. Poured a clearish bright amber into a Sierra imperial pint glass. Fluffy white 2 fingers of froth.
Very earthy aroma, with hints of mushroom, spice and salt water ocean air (really).
Many different hop dimensions on this one...very intersting. Spicy, mineraly, with that classic Sierra citrus taste. Long lasting hop flavor...very enjoyably and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 13:13:11 | More by RustyDiamond
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish light amber color with big 2+ finger creamy head; sticky thick lace.

Big hop smells, lots of woodsy pine, gets spicier and grainier as it warms; with grapefruity citrus and perfumy floral bursts.

Nice rich hop flavors blend together over a caramel backdrop. Orange, grapefruit, hint of lime, light caramalts.

Pretty rich, but not as oily as some fresh hop beers, moderate-heavy mouthfeel with a good (avg - slt. above avg) dose of carbonation. Maybe not quite as good as the regular Harvest, but damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:19:09 | More by BeerZack
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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