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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: 2,831
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 70
Gots: 126 | 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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Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $6. Tapped from the Handle that is hard to read but HARVEST is at large & the Sierra Nevada symbol is above it into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very nice citrus and floral aroma from the beginning. Has this newly "wet hopped" aroma that I'm still getting used to. Does have almost a dry hopped aroma or one very similar to an APA. Might be a pattern with this Wet Hop IPA style.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. Has a reddish copper/dark amber colored body that has good clarity. Leaves rings of thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a VERY fresh hop flavor that is more light-medium then other IPA's. Clean and nice citrus flavors hit the mouth after this. Can tell there is a good amount of malt used because of sweetness also. Has a dryer finish than usual and I don't mind one bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a very awesome hop finish but has this dry characteristic that is very positive! Haven't had this type of hop presence ever!

Overall Impression- A very nice brew from Sierra Nevada! The only other Wet Hopped IPA I've had was Founder's Harvest and this one rivals it! I knew this one would be awesome because of Sierra Nevada's reputation with their hops used in all of their brews.

Photo of baldiegooner
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. I tried this beer in the Spring and then in the Fall, and noticed the floral character had faded significantly. A really fine and complex beer, and without sounding to superficial, the label is fantastic (2011) - my advice is drink it as soon as its in the shops!!

Photo of 18alpha
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite seasonals. Definitely a complex hop character but still a very drinkable session beer. This is a very balanced beer. It has enough malt to temper the hops but the hops are still the star of the show. It is a difficult beer to rate because of its complexity. I don't have the vocabulary to really do it justice. Guess you'll just have to try one!

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Exceedingly clear copper in color. Forms a large bubbly head, but is still quite stable. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

S: Nice aroma. Piney, spicy hops with some toasted caramel malts in the background.

T: Starts off with the strong flavor of toasted malts. Strong pine and pine resin hoppiness. Finishes with more caramel and toasty malts and a lingering bitterness.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Moderate-to-heavy piney bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Apparently I liked this one much more in growler form than bottle as I thought this was a very good beer this time around. Great hoppiness, but still quite balanced.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured golden amber in color, Nice foamy white head that doesn't stick around that long a little bit of lacing.

S= In the nose you get some pine in citrus hops that's about it it's really inviting to me.

T= Upfront the pine and citrus hops are very good and very fresh really enjoying this one nicely done.

M= Medium bodied, nice carbonation and nice dry finish.

O= Overall, I really enjoyed this one the hops where really fresh and the beer was really good would try this one again.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just had a bottle of the Northern Hemisphere yesterday, so I'm trying the Southern today. Poured from 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam atop. A nice looking beer.

Smell: thick malt aroma with big earthy, citrusy and a little bit floral hops. I like the combination here.

Taste: huge bitterness right off the bat, which fades into a tasty floral flavor in the middle before finishing out with a stronger back-of-the-tongue bitterness. I like the dynamism of the flavor; indeed, even the malt joins in. It is sweeter and more caramel like at first before drying out into a grainier, more biscuity flavor. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good creaminess for the style. In fact, it is one of the better-textured IPAs I've ever had.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer and I like it just as much as its Northern brother. Both very good beers, the texture of the Southern tipped the scale in its favor for me.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper with 3" thick off-white head with large bubbles and lots of lacing that remains on the glass.

S- Pale malts and pine.

T- Light caramel malts, astringent pine bitterness.

M- Light body, fairly smooth. Bitter astringency leaves dry bitter aftertaste in your mouth.

O- Nothing special. Not sure how old this is, so the hops may be faded a little.

Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Rich looking dark apricot, relatively opaque, with a massive sudsy off-white head. Healthy web of lace.

NZ nose alright. Guava, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, and pungent grass. Quite a decent caramel malt backbone contributes some candied citrus. Just a hint of fresh pine.

Less fruit, more pine branch, bitter herbs and mouthwash. Candied orange comes through as it warms.

Medium bodied, with creeping bitterness morphing into an astringent finish. A tad harsh.

Like the hop profile, but I think I've been spoilt by much fresher NZ examples. Relatively drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition with NZ hops.

American IPA they call it ? I think this straddles a couple of styles, namely the now-ubiquitous late/fresh-hopped ale, and English ale.

a) Bright orange/amber, 1" rocky head that slowly sinks to a heavy foam and lace. Light bubbling.

s) Resinous & fresh; caramel & breadcrusts, pine needles and some citrus.

t) Beautifully rich & balanced. Certainly a strong emphasis on the late hops, but the bitterness is significant, indicating a broad hop schedule. There is a well-structured malt support, and a spirity fruitiness reminiscent of brandy. Certainly English in flavour.

m) Quite weighty; feels like it's good for you. A creamy texture belies the bitter whack that ensues.

o) Delicious, rewarding, interesting, and very more-ish. Fairly strong in flavour, so wouldn't have too many. But certainly a beer for slow contemplation.

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today had it once before gald I finally decided to review. Beer is creamy lots of lacing orange type body. Beer has nice tropical citrus taste almost creamy like as well. Slight peppery smell and finish on this one.

Nice to try and definately would try again and woould definately recommend as well.

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

Appearance - Deep dark rust color, hop haze, huge carbonation almost like champagne, looks amazing. 2 fingers of head, soapy and creamy off white

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, nice solid malt backbone, dry breadiness that is very refreshing. Very sweet citrus, oranges, lemon zest, pineapple probably from the Nelson Sauvin hops, very floral.

Taste - Refreshing, incredibly clean and bright, Sweet and dry and cleans the palate begging for you to drink more. Lots of hop bitterness, taste and aroma seem very different. Bready and malty and ends dry. Floral nose, bitter taste in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Thin, carbonated as expected.

Overall - I love when this stuff comes out, it is incredibly refreshing, such a go to beer.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is this an IPA or a pale ale? Do I care? Not really. It's a unique beer in its own right, a pale ale with a subtle hops profile balancing the malt. This is pretty close to a perfect pale, probably because of the fresh hops. Delicious, delicious, and...incredible. Really great beer, recommended.

Photo of bierbrauer
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle, dated April 22, 2011, poured into tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold, with expansive, off-white foam, persistent lacing.

S: Slight fruit and malt, faint vanilla.

T: Pine bite balanced with caramel malt; lingering, moderate bitterness; slight alcohol presence.

M: Rich and medium bodied, moderate carbonation and astringency.

O: A really good IPA with moderate (6.7%) ABV. Fresh hops have faded and perhaps lost some punch over 5-1/2 months. Will look for forward to it earlier next year.

Photo of EricCioe
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours red-tangerineish, I guess, with a nice, frothy, beige head that leaves nice lace. On the nose there is caramel malt and a general hop presence. It's not pungent, but then this bottle is six months old. In the mouth, though, there is a near-perfect combination of the pale malt and the slightly faded hops. I'm not very good at picking out the common varietals of hops anyway, and these are all totally new to me. It's not a very citrusy mix, more a general bitterness with a hint of something like perfume. The body is medium, just about like SNPA, with a long, slightly bitter finish.

Overall, this is a nice change from SNPA, but definitely from the same family.

Photo of manitouman84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a good hard pour I got a huge pillowy head and a turbid tawny orange body. Good retention here and gobs of lacing all about the glass. Floral aroma, earthy, grapefruit, piney, zesty and vibrant on the nose. Bottle is a bit older but I still expected more on the nose in terms of potency than what was given. Solid dry malt body, caramel and toasted bread, solid hop bite, grapefruit an pine. Not very sweet, body is fairly average, with not a rich smoothness to it. I found this beer to be brighter than the northern hemisphere in its hop/beer focus.

Photo of Gushue3
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 2 finger white head that billows up from the glass. about a minute later the head finally comes down and leaves tons of lacing around the glass. Body is a clear orange burst. This really looks top notch.

S- balanced sweet, light malt and earthy bitterness.

T- Nice bitterness thats tame upfront and really explodes in the middle. Really piney bitter hops that turn into a grapefruit and citrus bitterness. Hearty malty notes through out. Big dry lingering bitterness on the finish too.

M- The first thing I notice is how the carbonation turns foamy and creamy. The feel of the beer feels nice and full, about medium heaviness.

O- This was fantastic, great job everywhere. I likes how piney and bitey the hops and it looked unbelievable.

Photo of cvm4
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber in color with a frothy white one finger head. Very good lacing is shown.

S - Very citrus hops to me. I picked up pineapple and citrus peel. There's also a malt background showing through.

T - Very hoppy but not too bitter. Tastes of pine in the forefront and tastes very fresh. There's also a malty background.

M - Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Has a very dry finish.

O - It's not as hoppy as your normal IPA but it's a great change of pace. It's doesn't wow your sense or make you pucker it's so bitter. Very drinkable and should appeal to a wide audience.

Photo of pge17
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip

A- Beautiful burnt copper-orange with a thick white head and persistent lacing

S- Floral hop aroma with some pine and a bit of malt

T- A little bit of sweetness from the malt up front but the hops make up most of the flavor. Much like the aroma, the hop profile starts out very floral, slightly oily, and with a bit of citrus. A taste of pine follows on the finish.

M- Moist, and thicker than a pale ale or some IPAs, but not by much. It goes down fairly easily.

O - An interesting IPA all around. Balanced, but not in the traditional malt-to-hop sense. Instead, there's enough variety in the hop flavor to keep it from being overwhelming or overtly bitter. The result is a solid beer that manages to be complex and drinkable at the same time

Photo of enfield249
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For clarification, this is the 2011 vintage.

A - Old copper penny color, off white large foam head that fades to a thin layer of foam.

S - Very nice fresh aroma, mostly floral and slightly medicinal hop aromas. No malt smells.

T - Like sucking on a fresh hop cone, duh. Seriously, very fresh tasting, pine flavors. There is a malt backbone there, but very much in the back ground.

M - Light end of the full side. Slightly cloying hop character.

O - Very nice harvest ale.

Photo of doughanson78
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Orange color. Pretty clear. One and a half finger white head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops, with grapefruit, pineapple, and some orange peal. A nice resinous quality to the hops. Just the faintest hint of caramel coming through.

T: Big caramel upfront and throughout the mouth. Citrusy bitterness starts in the middle and builds finishing very bitter, with a touch of floral bitterness along with the citrus.

M: Medium to light bodied. Very nicely oily. Higher carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not as bitter as I usually like but love the oilyness of the fresh hop.

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

Glowing amber hoppy citrus beer, this was a perfect hop juice--not too bitter, not too drying, just genuinely juicy and creamy and succulent. Very fruity--grapefruit, orange, pineapple--with some caramel malt, finishes with a peppery burst. I just loved this beer--ranks up with the very best of them.

Photo of leokbelo
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lively copper on a pint glass, with a foamy 2 inch head. Nice inch lacing that lingers afterwards.
Piney / grassy hops on the nose, bit spicy.
Bitter and refreshing, citrus hops, subtle malt sweetness in the back, alcohol present at 6.5%
Nicely done IPA, hoppy to the core.
Highly recommended.

Photo of nickthetick
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear burnt orange into a DFH signature glass with two fingers of light khaki head that thins to about a half finger and leaves some lacing.

S: beautiful citrus; lemon, orange peel, grapefruit. There is a certain floral attribute and some light fruity notes and a tad bit of honey.

T: flowers hit the tongue in a surprising mixture of sweet and bitter and are followed shortly by the bitter wallop of orange peel and lemon zest. There is a nice roasted malt backbone that gives a grainy taste that is wonderful. The floral part of the beer is left on the tongue.

MF: medium to heavy body, a tad resinous, great astringency and nice effervescence.

O: a great beer, I look forward to this release each year. I don't see that changing anytime soon.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip.

Appearance-Pretty dark orange body with a beautiful frothy khaki head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell-Big piney and citrus hops. Very earthy hops. Pine, some wood, grassy with some subtle citrus and spice. Definitely hopped up.

Taste-Upfront very citrusy and piney and the hops really come through. Pretty mellow but the finish is just straight bitter hops and the extremely fresh hops really shine. Love this.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and really works. Finish is drying.

Overall-Pretty world class IPA. Just amazing, drinkable ipa that won't put you totally on your ass but gives you that great fresh hop taste. I'm going back Monday for more.

Photo of ccm414
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(From notes)

Poured from the bottle to a 4oz tasting glass, although I have had this brew many times...

A- Pours golden to light amber in color. Has a nice 2 finger head with great retention and uniform lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh hops! Heavy notes of citrus and pine. Simply stunning. Scents of tree fruit; pineapple and grapefruit. It almost has a tiny aroma of fresh ginger at the end. This one builds the more you take it in. Love it.

T- HOPS! H-O-P-S hops hops hops! Citrusy like the smell with the late piney flavors. A veryyy long hop finish. While I mention a lot of hops, it is not overpowering where it destroys the taste. They did an amazing job here.

M- A fantastic medium body with perfect carbonation.

D- All day baby! No, but really this is one of my favorite beers. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Even if you're not a hop-head, I would still give this one a try.


Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.