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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,746 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 62
Gots: 104 | 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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fatmcb1

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Copper appearance with an off white 1 finger head that dissipates and leaves a ring. Average lacing.

Piney, earth hops dominate with caramel in the background.

Fresh, citrusy hops dominate up front, with a strong caramel malt in the middle to balance the beer. Oily hops linger on. A pretty balanced IPA.

Highly carbonated, with a medium body, and very sticky.

I enjoyed this beer, and the aromatic hops were exceptional. However, taste and mouthfeel were average. I would have toned down the carbonation a little, and used less malt.

07-14-2011 23:28:36 | More by fatmcb1
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claspada

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%

Aromas are of juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.

The taste follows the nose with light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malts but mostly it's about the citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering hop bitterness, a little too much for my liking. I was hoping for more of that white wine New Zealand hoppines but I get the typical Sierra C-hopping with a distinct lack of proper white fruit aromas. The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, decent good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.

Overall this is a decent beer, but it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other Sierra Nevada offerings and because of the price point, really not worth the extra dollars in my opinion. Worth a go I guess just to say that you tried it and but Sierra needs to do a better job of differentiating theses 22 oz offerings from their original pale ale.

07-14-2011 17:09:43 | More by claspada
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Copper colored, nice head on this one. Aromatic hops in the nose. Assertively hoppy taste bordering on the overly bitter, nice pine notes in there. Malt backs things up, booze is well hidden. Finish is long and lingering but stops just short of overstaying its welcome for me. I liked this one, and as another reviewer said, the price is right too. Not my top choice in the IPA dept. but certainly a quality beer. Prefer a little more subtlety and balance myself..too each his own though.

07-11-2011 21:29:13 | More by tobelerone
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

A: deep copper body, solid 2 finger head, decent lacing

S: citrus, floral, pine, light whiff of spices

T: light sweet malt, firm piney/earthy floral/lemon grass, long slow bitter finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily mouth

O: I was surprised at the interesting flavors in this
Sierra Nevada experimental offering. I will seek it
out again, that is for certain. Goes down with ease.

VERY NICE, WORTH SEEKING OUT!

07-11-2011 12:47:26 | More by BeerLover99
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Two plus fingers worth of bit airy batter-like light tan colored head with a rocky top... Excellent retention... The color is a dense copperish amber... Loaded with medium sized quick paced swirling carbonation...

S - Hop forward, but not overpowering... An array of citrus, flowers, and grass greet the nose... Some bready malts and faint caramel... Also, a very subtle spiciness...

T - The malts (mostly bready with a touch of sweetness) start things off but quickly fades and gives way to a brisk hoppiness... The hops are bitter and slightly pungent... Piney and earthy... Perhaps a hint of pepper on the finish... The bitterness lingers for a bit...

M - Creamy lushness to start... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Sleek... Clean... Crisp...

D - A very nice offering from Sierra Nevada... The best way to sum this one up is a hop forward offering with and outstanding mouthfeel... Much better than average, but not outstanding... Extra credit given for the value... At sub $5 per bomber, you really can't go wrong...

07-10-2011 01:53:05 | More by philbe311
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Serving Type - 24oz 2011 bottle

APpearance - Dark tan, brown, very nice 1 inch foamy, creamy head. Tons of lacing. Looks really nice.

Smell - Fresh, wet, grassy hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some sugars and spices.

Taste - Bitter, sweet, grassy and floral hops are the main flavor. A sweet orange kick mixed with the malts and some yeast. Very complex and unique compaired to other wet hop beers.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a thin coating on tounge of hops and malts. Dry, and bitter finish left in mouth. Alcohol isnt all that present.

Overall - Very nice and tasty. This beer has more to offer then wet harvest hops which sets it apart from the others. Easy to drink, and good price for it also.

07-09-2011 00:40:35 | More by wvsabbath
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chodinheaven

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%

Hazy orange or copper color with a nice head that sticks around in patches. Nice legs. The aroma is pleasant and sharp at the same time: Fresh citrus and pine hops mostly, and also some floral notes float up. Hop oils are definitely present in the scent. Barley adds a nice backing to it.

This beer is perfectly balanced in the taste. The barley and caramel-like malts are oh-so-smooth and the piney hops are perfectly bitter. Slightly resiny with the hop oils coming through the whole taste, but not too in your face. The hop bitterness and smidgeon of citrus and grapefruit could not complement the malts better. This is the taste of fresh hops. Very complex, but clean and not at all heavy-handed. Same with the malts. I've had other IPAs that have a big barley and caramel malt taste, but they end up taking over the whole taste profile. This is the closest to perfection, as far as balance goes, in an IPA that I've had. I've always believed that Sierra Nevada is one of the most consistent breweries in the U.S. and this is a testament to that.

07-07-2011 01:53:47 | More by chodinheaven
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Southern Hemisphere 2011 pours a glorious burnt orange amber color. It is completely clear and carries a very nice sized head of foam that is the color of old parchment. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is a nice mix of floral and citrusy hops mixed with a biscuity malt character. It has plenty of sweetness and really accentuates the fruity character of the hops such as orange and peach.

I tried this beer a couple years back at an SN event in Philly and remembered it being fairly unique. After taking a sip I am reminded of the interesting hop character that is citrusy, floral and slightly spicy all at once. Flavors of orange, peach, some pine and a bit of white pepper all mingle on my tongue. The malt backbone is bready with a nice hit of caramel as well. The beer is dry overall, but does have a good amount of sweetness to it.

The texture of this beer is pretty damn fantastic. The body is on the lighter end of medium and it has a very nice smooth and airy texture that is punctuated by the carbonation. The finish is long and dry, with a pleasant hop bitterness lingering on my tongue.

This beer is much less in-your-face than a lot of harvest ales and I have to say I really like that aspect of it. It is very hoppy for sure, but it instead of punching you in the face with hops, it just provides you with very fresh and dank hop flavors. It has been a few months, but I would have to say this is far better than their estate fresh hop ale.

07-06-2011 11:42:10 | More by zoso1967
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zrab11

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Pours a Nice orangish color with a nice thick 2 finger head. Really nice lacing

S- Has a fresh smell to it with some nice hoppy citrus notes

T- Has a Delicious citrus fruity flavor right off the bat then finish's with a tiny bit of bite to make this a nice balanced beer

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a great beer. Really loved the floral and cirtus notes. And just alittle bite at the end, gave this beer just something alittle different which i liked. Would like to get this again!

07-05-2011 19:16:38 | More by zrab11
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whatthehull

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Tasted June 11th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a deep transparent copper, one finger off white head and nice lacing

S - sweet malt, flowers, citrus and tropical fruits, slight yeast, huge sweet malt, some wheat, grass, wood and a zest to the nose

T - simple yet, awesome! hops! Nice citrus, pine, very fresh, a bit of pungent hops, sweet malts, pineapple, mango, bitter sweet, slight floral, grass, nice yeast and some sugar. Very bitter!

M - chewy, silky, nice acidity, long finish and great balance

D - if you like or don't like hops, this is where it's at for an ipa. 4 of 5 on drinkability

Final thought - sierra Nevada always puts out an awesome seasonal. Light ABV at 6.3% but the $5 for a 24oz is awesome

07-05-2011 17:05:47 | More by whatthehull
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kralmatej

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Amber/red/gold color; active carbonation; creamy, thick head; excellent head retention; a little cloudy.

Hoppy, crisp, citrusy, smells heavy/thick; dry smell.

M: Bitter and dry, a little bready. Nice summer beer. Extremely hoppy and bitter, but nice. ..ultimately leaves a little something to be desired, lacks complexity, depth of flavor.

07-04-2011 20:02:23 | More by kralmatej
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RickS95

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

Looks like most good IPAs. A little darker than a pale ale, sort of a soft orange/copper. The head is thick and craterous with lacing as it slowly dissipates.

The scent is all flowery, citrusy hops.

Taste is same as scent, though the citrus can be more or less defined at grapefruit. As you drink it and your nose moves farther into the glass, the pine scent comes through.

For an IPA, it's exceptionally smooth. You get all the way through til deep in the swallow before the bitterness makes it's mark.

Another stellar example from Sierra Nevada. Just the right balance of sweet malt to counter the 66 IBUs.

07-04-2011 03:47:04 | More by RickS95
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Pours a deep orange amber, with very puffy, off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a lot of good lacing. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Very good looking beer.

S - Tons of piney, grassy hops. a bit of a biscuity, malty backbone, with hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well.

T - Wow, very good. It starts ever so bittersweet before a big wallop of piney hops. It's interesting how it fades so seamlessly before popping you with it. Very nice.

M - Leaves the mouth feeling dry, but goes down very smooth, decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I was really impressed by this beer. I think Sierra Nevada did a great job of bringing somewhat of a fall presentation to this beer while giving it a very unique IPA taste. Well done

07-02-2011 00:43:40 | More by BeerBuckeye
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber colored and has three inches of beige head.

S - Initially, I get fresh citrus. I also notice some caramel malt.

T - It has a solid malt backbone. The hops aren't overpowering. The finish is dry.

M - Dry and chalky

O - It is a mild IPA. It caught me by surprise in a time of big IPA's. It's a nice simple IPA.

07-01-2011 20:25:15 | More by buschbeer
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harrymel

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%

2011 edition. Bottled: Apr 22, 2011 (I believe)

A: Pours a rusty copper ale with excellent clarity. Single on two fingers of peanut head falls over several minutes to a thick quilt of the same which clings to the sides as a sheeted lace product.

S: Floral and soapy hops are at the forefront here. Plenty of grapefruit rinds are backed up with a light, crystal malt profile. The malts are biscuity and dry. Smells: okay.

T: Malt is the first thing I taste: sweet, caramels and hints of oxidation (cardboard). this is quickly and assertively overtaken by bittering hops and low intensity flavoring hops. Some resiny flavors, but not very inspired IMO. Finish has a hint of corn on it.

M: Medium body with quite hi carbonation. Wish the carb was a little lower. Finish is dry.

O: I've had this in previous years, I don't believe this year's batch is up to par. This one is one dimensional in the hop profile (bitter and resiny). The malt is oxidized (cardboard). The beer has potential, but this year is not quite as good.

07-01-2011 15:18:05 | More by harrymel
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, caramel, malts, hops,

taste: nice hop flavor with caramel malt backbone,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a well balanced american IPA. enjoyed drinking this one and I think you will too.

Cheers,
the CPJ

06-30-2011 18:23:00 | More by THECPJ
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: clear amber in color with an ample multi-density head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: earthy and floral hop aroma with a significant medium toasted malt component. 6.7% ABV is evident.

Taste: immediate hop hit; hoppy throughout but with a detectable malt backbone in mid-taste. Turns more piney, grapefruity and bitter in the finish. Unique hop profile: must be the fresh NZ hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Crisp throughout with very mild bite up front and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very good, certainly, but not up with the Northern Hemisphere version.

06-29-2011 03:16:51 | More by chinchill
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

22oz bottle, 2011 bottle (passed on the 2008 bottle at an unnamed local store)

A: Deep reddish amber color, half a finger of thick, white, resilient head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet and sticky, lots of resiny pine hops with ample caramel malts and a bit of a breadiness around too.

T: Bitter and sweet hop flavors here, loving the strength of them. Not as much malt to pick up on here, but you'll enjoy the pine and citrus.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky finish.

O: Enjoyable, hoppy, readily available (during early summer) beer. I might not drink this one all the time but I anticipate picking it up again next year.

06-28-2011 04:52:50 | More by AwYeh
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obrike

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Another good looking beer from SN...dark amber/orange...fluffy head, leaving excellent lacing throughout the drink.

Sharp hoppy pine scent upfront...a bit of sweet malt as it warms. Smells fresh. Clean.

Interesting...a bit more bitter than I expected. The piney hops overwhelm the malt, making this one a little one-sided as far as what I look for in a balanced IPA. I like it...but it did not blow me away. The carbonation was also quite prickly, but I found my self reaching for another sip almost immediately after the last. A little dry, but quite drinkable.

Another solid effort from Sierra Nevada.

06-28-2011 00:18:05 | More by obrike
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Haven't really gone into the Sierra Nevada harvest ales too much but for a low price and 24oz, easily worth giving it a shot.

A- Pours out into my pint glass with a light amber body. White head builds up to a nice, big size with a cool creamy texture. Spotty, thick lace patches.

S- Hops right out of the bottle. A nice herbal and floral quality with citrus and fruit hints as well.

T- Once again predominantly hoppy with a heavy herbal feel, floral, citrus zest/fruit and earthy hints also there. Finishes out with a nice bread flavor and some malt as well. A bit of residual sweetness.

MF- Creamy moderate body with high carbonation. Finishes somewhat bitter.

A nice IPA with a hop profile that you certainly don't come across every day, nothing like the West or East coast IPAs of today. It is heavily herbal and floral but still drinks well, give it a shot.

06-27-2011 02:37:41 | More by cbutova
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Light golden yellow color, good white head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving good lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, but nice balanced fresh hops and not in your face hops. Floral and citrus hops are the most present, with some pine hops as well

Taste: Again, very hoppy, not a whole lot of bitterness, so it gives you a nice refreshing fresh feeling, to help the "fresh hop" name. Floral and citrus hops dominate, with some piney hops in the background. Well balanced too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation that is well mixed to give a smooth feel

Overall: Excellent, worth the price. This feels very appropriate for the summer. Very refreshing.

06-26-2011 20:16:14 | More by MadCat
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JMad

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

I drank this from a tall pub glass...

The beer is a cloudy copper color with orange-redd hues and a foamy, creamy tan head that left lots of lacing. Smells of cedar, pine and spicy hops with some caramel malt underneath. Bitter and spicy, piney and peppery hops followed by some smooth fruity/ bready flavors and a long bitter finish. Feels rich and thick, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Another wonderful harvest ale from SN, this is an awesome beer.

06-26-2011 00:09:44 | More by JMad
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AlleywayRover

Nebraska

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Look: Deep Amber Color with an off-white head. Slight lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma: cascade hops and an earthy, slightly floral nose.

Taste: Slight malt off the top that quickly goes to cascade hop citrus. The bitterness really really lingers.

Mouthfeel: very smooth. Very slight carbonation. Finishes very dry with the hops.

06-25-2011 03:15:12 | More by AlleywayRover
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

2011 bomber poured into a rose tulip
A: dark orange/burnt red with a 2 finger white head. Lacing is left as the beer is consumed.
S: earthy and grassy tones with a tinge of pine. Really cannot decipher since my allergies are acting up
T: initial sweet malt but then a punch of pineapple and citrusy hit the tongue. After the harvest is swallowed, bitterness lingers and your tongue is left in a euphoric state wanting more!
M: silky with moderate carbonation. Very drying aftertaste from the fresh hopping. Delicious!
O: I would love to try this on tap to see if the added carbonation works alter the flavors. Amazing ipa! Another reason why I love Sierra Nevada! Thank you!

06-24-2011 15:11:10 | More by DrewShal9
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

A: deep gold with reddish hues, bone white head with nice lacing

S: ripe fresh hops with earthy notes, pine, and caramel. The hops are not that aromatic

T: starts off malty and becomes increasingly bitter. The finish is resinous and dry. Lots of bitter hop character, decent balance

Mf: smooth, medium carbonation

O: extremely hoppy and bitter, nice malt profile. I do prefer torpedo to this

06-22-2011 04:15:03 | More by homebrew311
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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