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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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91
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2,695 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,695
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 60
Gots: 90 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,695 | Reviews: 1,306 | Display Reviews Only:
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avisong

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-16-2012 04:31:56 | More by avisong
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Steimie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-15-2012 22:31:53 | More by Steimie
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carteravebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-15-2012 21:16:15 | More by carteravebrew
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-15-2012 18:32:26 | More by jlordi12
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-15-2012 13:35:14 | More by vrbulldog22
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Solidly copper-red. Very clear, Head is two fingers, white, retains well and leaves good lacing.
S- The aroma is pleasant with bright citrus aromas with a hint of candy sugar in there. A bit of caramel as well.
T- Almost rounded this one up to 4.5. Citrus and a bit of tropical fruit, with a fairly sugary underpinning.
M- Pretty full bodied for the style. Carbonation is low. Dry finish.
O- A good IPA. Quite drinkable and very interesting with complex hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:13:00 | More by jsprain1
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large 4 finger head with excellent retention on a cloudy, amber and crimson body.

S: earthy and herbal hops with the mustiness of the fresh hops nicely represented. mild orange, pear and grapefruit citrus notes.

T: fairly bitter, mostly from pine, resin and earthy notes. caramel malts notes in the background. This one becomes thin in the finish with pine/grassy bitterness lingering late.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one but the bitterness was a little much. Aroma was nice, borderline 4 to 4.5 rating. A nice one to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:28:10 | More by kylehay2004
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-14-2012 17:58:56 | More by BrewtalAlement
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MikeConklin

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-14-2012 02:13:00 | More by MikeConklin
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I traveled to opposite end of the world with a shaker pint.

Appearance- The bottle artwork is not the only good looking thing about this beer! A frothy and white finger-width cap covers completely and has real staying power. The lid is incredibly craggy and icing-like.

The body has a luminous, transparent bronze body. The highlights are almost amber in appearance. More carbonation in the glass than I expected, but it is not hurting anything!

Smell- There is less here than I would like. It is clean with some citrus undertones, mainly grapefruits. There is a little resin and some soapiness. Beyond that, not much else is going on.

Taste- The front of this one is all bitterness, resin, and a kiss of grapefruit. The back end has some bitterness and while I wait for the drink to fade, some cereal-like notes show for the malt.

I really wanted the flavor hops to stand out more. Without them, the soapy quality and the dull malts have to try to help out, and they do not.

Mouth feel- I like the feel of this one. It has nice heft for an IPA, a bigger medium body. It is pretty easy to drink as well. I was expecting more carbonation, I am glad it had the courtesy to hang back.

Overall- Despite the soft nature of all the flavors that should make this one stand out, this beer is still easy to drink. And it is good. The clean nature of the beer and the obvious signs a well-crafted beer are not lost on me.

The amount of effort they put into the bottle and artwork should translate a little better to the flavor side of things.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:52:00 | More by Pintofbrown
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-14-2012 01:48:03 | More by DonFrap
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Zbrown2307

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-13-2012 22:07:26 | More by Zbrown2307
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Steasy66

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into 20oz glass
A- Amber with generous white head.
S- A bit lacking to be honest, not much here
T- Hint of citrus, a bit onion/garlic, very sweet, a bit of bitterness, nothing spectacular.
M- A bit thick given the ABV, decent carbonation.
O- Really lacking in the nose, weird hop flavors, not very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:46:32 | More by Steasy66
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2012 bottle.

A: Clear reddish-amber pour. Enormous fluffy off-white head. Fades very, very slowly, almost refuses to disappear entirely. Leaves excellent lacework behind when it finally does.

S: Lots of pine and resin. A bit of grapefruit and just a hint of caramel follows.

T: Pine, resin and then some grapefruit. Fresh and bitter. Some caramel comes to the rescue, balancing it pretty decently. Lingering pine and resin bitterness in the finish and long into the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation and almost astringent mouthfeel. Drying aftertaste.

O: Yum, great fresh hop beer. Good hop flavor and bitterness along with decent balance. Sierra Nevada never seems to disappoint. Another solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 04:01:53 | More by Dope
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-13-2012 01:56:38 | More by Hopstout
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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

Served on-tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed deep amber-orange color with an off-white/tan head of about one finger. The head had a medium level of retention, fading to give a good amount of lacing.

Smell – A citrus hop aroma was heavy and most prevalent. Mixed with this aroma there was some spice aromas as well as some sweeter aromas of caramel and tropical fruits. While the hop aroma was largely citrus of nature, there were some other lighter hop aromas of a floral and earthy nature as well.

Taste – Throughout the taste there was a good hop flavor base of citrus nature. With the citrus hop base, the taste began a bit on the sweeter side; a malty base with sweeter citrus and some brown sugar and caramel notes. Toward the middle of the taste the sweetness faded a bit, giving way to more hop flavors of an earthy nature. These flavors dried the beer’s taste out a bit and in the end when they were mixed with a floral hop flavor that came to the tongue, created a rather soothing hop flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of this beer was on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the medium side. Both were fitting for the brew and created a good drinking feel.

Overall –This was a nice beer. While not quite as diverse and robust in the hop flavor as it’s Northern Hemisphere counterpart, it had nice characteristics with a good flavor blend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 00:37:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-12-2012 19:19:52 | More by MacStinson
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-12-2012 01:40:12 | More by Chugs13
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wesvt

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-11-2012 20:39:54 | More by wesvt
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Tylers in Durham. I had high hopes after Northen Hemisphere which was fantastic, but this was a letdown. A big letdown. It doesnt smell like much. Alot of balanc. no real hops to be found. The dominant flavor was bitterness, but thats even a stretch. It just seemed a bit light compared to its northern counterpart.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2012 19:41:34 | More by VncentLIFE
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jtd335

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-11-2012 13:14:18 | More by jtd335
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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009
A large oddly shaped 24oz. bottle properly chilled. Poured into a pint glass. A large second batch addition to the label makes me wonder is this the second batch from the second year or just denoting that its the second time SN flew hops over from New Zealand?

Appearance- A nice cloudy amber into a typically nice APA. The body clears to reveal a clear body and yields a frothy head with some retention and a lot of lace.

Smell- The first smell I picked up was pine resin, a really surprise. Its like an typical West Coast style hopping. Then a musty hoppiness and then biscuit and caramel malts. No real citrus or floral/sweet fruit notes.

Taste- A real shocker, a lot of mustiness and sour resin. Not at all what I was expecting. The malt profile was just as states in the smell. However the hops are all over the place. A strong sheer bitterness akin to chewing on a toothpick.

Mouthfeel- Moderate with an appropriate carbonation. Very dry, almost parching feel.

Drinkability- Okay so I had the privileged of drinking beer for 6 months in New Zealand and I can tell you that something was lost in the translation and the hops. ---> Sweet and Succulent Hops were traded for something sour and piney. If your after NZ hops, this isn't your beer.

2012 vintage

I must apologize for my saddened inner Kiwi hop lover. I was able to get a much fresher bottle and I must say it does take me back. The scores have now been corrected.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:19:53 | More by TubaManJack
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-11-2012 03:07:30 | More by JoshuaGoins
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours golden orange with a thick, biege white head. The head dissipates very slowly. Lacing is left behind on the glass as the head dissipates. Some bubbles can be seen rising along the side of the glass and up from the bottom. Fresh citrus, piney, and floral hops as well as sweet malts hit the nose up front. It smells resinous and grassy. Bright hops are forward in the taste and are balanced by the just as forward sweet malts. Juicy citrus and resinous pine are well balanced here. It has a mild spiciness as well. The flavors are very bold and pleasing. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The beer is smooth. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer with great flavor and drinkability. Sierra Nevada once again has another winner with this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:09:40 | More by acevenom
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rjpetrizzo


4/5  rDev -1.5%

06-11-2012 00:43:39 | More by rjpetrizzo
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.