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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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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 76
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,311
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a semi-hazy, deep golden color. One finger, slightly tan head. Mostly frothy with good retention and lacing.

S- Scent is not that dominant, almost somewhat under the radar. Mostly floral and pine hops, but an underlying malt base is slightly detectable as a sweet scent.

T- Drinks more like an APA, than an IPA. Lots of malty characteristics mixed in with a solid hop profile. Hops bitterness most present on the front and back ends of the drink, malts rule the middle.

M- Smooth and thick. A little on the high side for carbonation levels. Little to no alcohol burn, but slight heat on the back end. A very sessionable beer.

Overall, this is a solid beer that only lacks in the scent department. Nothing special in the taste category, but still not bad. Great value for a larger format bottle.

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

Hazy copper colour, nearly two fingers of white head, lots of lace here. Smell is hoppy, pine and citrus fruit, tangerine and pineapple with a little lemon, fairly big biscuity and malty presence as well. Taste is of bitter hop, drying tropical fruit and citrus flavours, grapefruit and pineapple, really big malt presence here as well that balances out the hop and never making it seem harshly bitter. Medium carbonation, medium body, fairly slick and resinous. Nice hoppy pale ale, never quite feels like an IPA though it makes an admirable APA, enjoyable stuff here.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beer pours amber verging towards red. Clean white two finger head showed up with moderate retention. Lacing is pretty thin. The color is really nice in this beer.

S- Clean pine and a little honey. The end of the nose is citrus and sweet. Not nearly as powerful on the nose as on the palate, but the hop flavor is present. Not bad at all.

T- Rich sweet, caramel malty body that does a great job of standing up to the hops. Speaking of hops, there is plenty of hop character present with this beer. Piney, and danky with subtle hints of pineapple. A little orange zest and grapefruit at the very end, but the predominate overall flavor is pine and dank. Finish is moderately bitter, but not harsh. Really good flavor.

M- Perfect. Smooth and velvety. Worked great for this beer.

O- Really awesome. Hops are great. I love it. Just enough balance to keep the hops from running wild, while still letting them shine. I really like this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Appearance: Amber color, filtered, a little lacing on the glass

Aroma: Earthy hops are what I picked up on mostly

Taste: Not a strong grain taste, but great hop and citrus flavors... especially at the end

Mouthfeel: Great medium mouthfeel, good carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable IPA

Overall: Loved drinking this IPA... perfect for a summer beer

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disagreeing respectfully with the beer enthusiast below me, I find this brew to be a perfect summer beer. But that might just be my personal taste for palate ruining IPAs. The malts in this beer balance the piney mint hops perfectly and just refresh my after working a long day in the midst of a hot summer.

A- A gorgeous amber that pours with a creamy off white 1 to 2 finger head

S- Hop and malt converge into one unique smell; slightest alcohol tinge.

M- Medium to full mouthfeel, goes down smooth

Overall this is a solid IPA however i can't recollect whether i enjoyed the Northern Hemisphere more. Either way another good one from trustworthy sierra nevada.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copied from Hatchman

From my personal opinion however: The malts are in perfect harmony with the hoppiness. Neither is too strong. Additionally, I feel this is a better Fall beer than a Summer beer. Agree with the light on the pine. Disagree on "very light malt", I think it has a moderate amount. Agree with the mouthfeel. Agree with the price and taste. Well worth the price of the bomber I got.


A- Murky copper, looks like it has something too offer you. Great head, very thick, lightly tanned, two finger, lumpy and lingers. The biege head tells me this beer has something to offer.

S- Citrus, hops, very light malt. Smell is just a tad "low" on strength that it could be.

T- Bursting with flavor. Tastes stronger than the smell would dictate. Citrus, hops, lots of orange, light on the pine, very low on the grapefruit. Stronger citrus and a tad lighter hops than an APA/IPA. Much lighter than a double/imperial IPA, but at 100 degree summer temps, this beer works. Just the right amount of malt, biscuity and tasty. Taste is really strong for a $4 24 ounce beer. Strange that the label really raves on the New Zealand hops, but I taste a bit more malt and citrus than the label hints at. But it works.

M- A tad heavy on the carbonation, but could be because it was too cold when served. I was excited to try it so I stuck it in the freezer for a quick chill. But thick, heavy feel. You can almost chew this beer.

D- I REALLY like this beer. This is seriously one of the best beers for the money for the summer. I like a lightly citrus beer with a lot of hops and a great taste and very refreshing without being weak or watered down or too citrus/lemony. This beer is the perfect summer beer. I'm going back for more. A must try for any beer fanatic. And it doesn't even cost that much.

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

A: Dark golden orange, nice big fluffy white head.

S: Sweet citrusy hops, very rich and earthy.

T/M: Delicious, rich, and very sweet. Lots of earthy, ripe hops up front. Very smooth, with a nice rounded sweetness on the followthrough.

O: A really good harvest ale, hoppy and sweet with a rough, earthy quality.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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