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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: 2,783
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 66
Gots: 110 | 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 J0E
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured into a chalice/goblet style glass, the beer is a nice amber color with a decent amount of off-white head. Lots of lacing as I drank it; layers of descending rings.
S: Fresh piney hops. A little bit of bread and yeast but mostly floral hops. Very bright smelling.
T&M: Very earthy hops. That sticky resinous hop flavor that washes over the palate. Very refreshing. Some nice citrus notes from the hops too. Very balanced with a malt profile that makes this beer feel full/robust.
O: This was a great IPA. I'm not sure how I'd rank it compared to Torpedo, especially for the price. However, I like the idea of getting the hops from New Zealand. I'll have one again next year, for sure.

J0E, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to Angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Bright amber. Slight chill haze. Bright-white, slightly rocky head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Floral, earthy, and bread crust. Slightly peppery and spicy. A touch of sweetness in the back. Seriously earthy. Maybe some biscuit as well. Hops bring a touch of citrus.

Taste: Nice and malty. Biscuit, bread crust, and earthiness are all upfront and present. The hops add a nice spice note that helps tamp down some of the malt sweetness. The hops are slightly floral and carry some straight up pithy bitterness. Some pine notes as it warms. The malts remain sweet, but the spicy, floral, mess of hops are distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess. The hops dry things out and make this less fun to sip as time goes on.

Overall: A lackluster offering from Sierra Nevada. The play with New Zealand hops lacked some of the enjoyability I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Not a bad beer overall, and it's definitely an experience.

Goblinmunkey7, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of rarbring
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale is clear amber, has a thick high off-white head leaving good lacing, some curtains.

The smell is citric, lemon and grape-fruit, and floral, almost like pine soap.

Starting with toffee and caramel, fruity, mango, peaches, grape-fruit zest and bitter seeds.

Medium high carbonation, soft and oily texture, a good dry finish.

Very good bitterness and hop character, a traditional Sierra Nevada brew.

rarbring, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of hippityhophead24
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color. Reminds me of a pretty golden sundown. Thick frothy two finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: floral, citrus, and pine notes. Slight malt and spice notes as well. Not the greatest aroma from a beer.

Taste: A little sweet and citrusy on the front. Has a little kick in the middle that lingers for a while. Sweet caramel notes and bitterness follows.

Mouth feel: Has a great mouth feel. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Good for a hot day. However I do get some oil residue from the hops.

Overall: Great beer for a hot day. Nice full hop flavors through out the whole beer. Nice color.

Glassware: growler into snifter

hippityhophead24, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of EazyR
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada. If it were a greyhound you'd say it was of impeccable pedigree.

a/ 2 finger slightly off white head of good retention, thick, sticky lace, clear bronze body, very tiny specks of sediment suspended within.

s/ Slow aroma, you need to inhale deeply as it takes time to build. Rich in citrusy hops, sweet pineapple buried by pungent grapefruit, spiced with a hint of ginger. I don't mean gingerbread either, but real, fresh ginger.

t/ Big with a long lasting flavour. Hops forward with grapefruit and resinous green pine cones, then becomes surprisingly malty with light caramel and grassy notes in the mid palate which transition to ginger bread and orange with a final peppery dry flourish. Long aftertaste of grapefruit and ginger. As I type this I can still taste the final sip a good half hour later.

m/ Full bodied and creamy the mouthfeel is sublime, although the aftertaste becomes slightly acidic.

d/ Though the more subtle aroma hides it, this is a big beer, an Ale to be savoured over an hour of contemplative sipping. I think if I could try this fresh I would give it 5.

EazyR, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect golden amber color. Thick, frothy two finger head. Retention is impressive as is the lacing. Plenty of carb bubbles...this beer is a very much alive in the glass. Relatively clear.

S: Smell is lacking, but I've noticed this is common for "freshly" hopped beers. Whether "wet-hopped" or just hopped with freshly picked and dried hops, the smell of the cones haven't fully matured. This results in an average nose. The hops here are slightly evident, but muted. I actually get more of the caramel malt notes coming through in the nose.

T: Very sweet and hoppy. Another in a long line of well balanced hop forward efforts from Sierra Nevada. Piney, resiny but sweet and floral hop tastes dominate. Then the sweet caramel malts shine before fading into another dose of fresh tropical/fruity hop bitterness. Although it's there both at the front and end of the palette, the bitterness is not so much it remains long after you've swallowed. The balance here really stands out - NOT a "hop bomb". As the beer warmed, I definitely started to get even more maltiness coming through.

M: Very smooth and creamy. If I didn't know any better (and I might not), I might be tempted to guess that Sierra Nevada uses a fusion of Nitro and CO2 to carb. The head retention really adds to the overall taste. You get a shot of frothy head first followed by a medium-bodied well-crafted liquid. Perfectly carbed as well.

O: Not at all dissapointing and perhaps even better than anticipated. The smell (or lackthereof) was really the only detractor from another fine Sierra Nevada effort. The hops here weren't overly bitter and complimented the malts very nicely. Sierra Nevada consistently produces really good hoppy beers without relying on the bitterness to cover anything up. Solid, solid beer here.

kbuzz, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber, cloudy. See lots of small particles floating around when held up to a light. Awesome thick, frothy off-white head. Intense lacing, equally impressive retention. The head nearly becomes solidified after a few minutes.

Aroma: Floral, pine, citrus, with caramel, orange spice, bready, and alcohol undertones.

Flavor: Pine, lots of malt. Mostly pale, with a bit of caramel malt. A bit resinous.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Smooth, mild carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable. I actually prefer extremely hoppy beers, but this one does well even with the heavy dose of malt. Almost closer to a Pale Ale than the typical overdose of hops contained in most newer American IPA's. Near-perfect balance. If I have one complaint it's that it isn't very crisp.

soulfly1492, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/brown and amber. Short bubbly off white head with weak retention.

S: Bready malt character with a big fresh hop aroma. Light sugary fruit scents and mild spiciness.

T/M: Smooth, rich and refreshing hop flavor on first sip. Hints of sugared fruits and honey. Mildly bitter and floral overall body. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Really delicious. Very simple, fresh, and refreshing brew.

YouSkeete, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 liter swing-top growler into a cervoise glass. Filled today at Whole Foods. From notes. Reviewed 1 July 2011.

A: Lots of nice white head (~3 fingers) that quickly drops to a steady finger. Good lacing. A clear amber beer, ambrosially beautiful, gleaming in the light. Slight effervescence.

S: Not great. Beery. Some malt and just a touch of hops.

T: Pretty great. These New Zealand hops remind me of the only other NZ hop I've had -- Nelson Sauvin. They provide a tropical passionfruit-mango fruitiness, but with an almost piny bitter streak. The main body is characterised by these hardy hops, with supporting-sweet malt. The endtaste is slightly hoppy, but smooth.

M: Malty-smooth. Substantial-sweet. I like it.

O: Good beer, great beer even. Superlative hop profile, and excellently balanced. Sure to find wide appeal, even among non-hop lovers. High drinkability. Good overall. Recommended. Will have again.

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

AgentMunky, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint

Interesting journey...NZ to Chico to Melbourne or Perth and then to Sydney. Makes total sense to me.

A-- Poured a clear, golden amber color. Just a few carbonation bubbles from the bottom. One finger dirty white head. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and visual stickiness on the sides.

S-- Sweet Carmel malt, bread, grass, citrus and tropical notes. malt is more dominant than the hop smell.

T-- Carmel, Orange some pine and blossom. Yep, NZ hops. Malt forward again.

M-- Pine and grapefruit in the back of the mouth and finishes with a odd candied orange blossom taste. Mid of the mouth get that odd blossom flower character. Medium body and medium carbonation. Long lasting bitterness and oily.

O-- Think the bigger malt backbone really helps this out. balances it out well. Good amount of bitterness to this. Not as flowery as other NZ IPA's I have had are like. Nothing special but very solid.

mulder1010, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber colour with a big, fluffy light tan head. Fair head retention and some lacing.

Sweet, lightly malty aroma with some resinous NZ hops which exude citrus and tropical fruits.

Sweet yet dry malt with a hefty dose of bitterness and some good hop character which is creamy and fruity.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp with the bitterness lending a refreshing character.

A nice, balanced IPA with a hefty bitterness and decent hop notes. The hop character could be brighter but it's still nice.

dgilks, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows some peach, resin and pine. I was expecting more fruit... Nice biscuity malt underneath though.
Very similar flavours, lots of piney hops, almost harsh. Some sweet clean malt but the bitterness really overpowers here.
Not particularly interesting stuff, I was expecting better.

CrazyDavros, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to readbaron for picking this up on our last train ride to Flossmoor Station.

Appearance: This pours a rusty caramel color, with a thick white frothy cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some good lace down the glass.

Smell: The hop aroma has a nice variety. Citrus, herbal, and grassy notes all come together in a fairly bitter form.

Taste: Hops shine through first in the SH Fresh Hop Ale. Full, robust hop flavor - this is what I like best about wet hop beers. It seems as though they are able to use a fuller spectrum of the hop flavor and aroma than when pellets are used, although that might be my imagination. The strong bitterness is followed by a quick burst of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Tight, above average crisp carbonation is perfect to cut through some of the residual hop oils on the tongue. Medium bodied and fairly clean.

Overall: This is very enjoyable; I appreciate the work the fine people at Sierra Nevada do to bring us a wet hop beer all the way from the southern hemisphere.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of mocktm
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer special of the week, priced to go at $4 at Bellport Beer in Bellport, NY. There was just no way in hell I could turn that down, so 2011 bottle into my Lagunitas mason jar.

Glowing copper, deep amber orange hue complemented by a creamy beige colored head. Considerably sticky and rocky, it hangs around forever, leaving plenty of decorative lacing.

Nose is clean, balanced and subtle. Mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuit notes. Not the west coast hop bomb I was hoping for.

Again, as with the nose, this isn't as bursting with hops as I was anticipating. Rather tame with faint grapefruit citrus, floral and earthy with substantial malts as well. Moderate bitterness that finishes caramel sweet.

Medium bodied, slightly chewy and oily nature with a dry finish. Drinks easily, coating the tongue lusciously, would make a perfect summer session beer.

This beer's make strength lies within its balance, striking that elusive middle ground that so many beers strive for. I went in expecting a hopped up west coast IPA, which this does not deliver, but once you discover and accept what it really is, its damn good.

mocktm, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a a nice and vibrant copper in color witha one finger frothy off white head that laces the glass. It smells of piney and resinous hops with a certain citrusy malt sweetness to finish. It smells pretty solid. The flavor consists of earthy and piney resins with a moderately sweet and dry malt backbone. Solid once again. It drinks light to medium in body and with a dry finish. It's a good beer overall and definitely worth a shot.

aasher, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage, 710ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange with a nice glow to it. Has a two and a half finger head of beige foam that settles at just below half a finger and laces well.

Smell is initially of fruit salad and then a real floral aroma comes through with just a touch of pine cone.

Taste is very flowery in the main, some pine early to give early bitterness then a floral bitterness late. It is a little hollow in the middle with all the flower flavour.

The bitterness early and then late is noticeable, some harshness as this opens up. Body is ok for the style, except the hollow feel in the middle.

Overall if floral hops smell and flavour rock your boat, fill your boots with this. Otherwise, while it is a hop specific style, it does fall a little short on balance and the total package.

MrKennedy, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful copper color w/ a nice two finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Very cloudy, and I'm unable to see clearly through this brew. Excellent looking IPA.

S- Malt, hops, grapefruit, some lemon in there as well. Smell is really nice for the style. Very crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable nose.

T- Mostly the same as the nose, w/ a lemon aftertaste. Not bad, although not as good as the nose. The complexity of the nose doesn't quite make it into the taste. Still, not bad at all.

M- Hop bite, but fairly smooth overall for an IPA.

O- Nice, but not the best IPA I've ever had.

jayhawk73, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of wcintula
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my brand new Torpedo glass with hop cone etched into the bottom, the beer is as beautiful as Northern Hemisphere. Great big root beer float head, staying and sticking with big pockets throughout, over an amber-orange body. The smell is earthy, spicy hops with a light mingling of citrus hop aroma. As the brew warms, caramel and pale malts weave through.

The taste carries that that same earthy hop variety, with piney resinous oils sticking to the tongue and a tobacco-like essence stinging the tongue. The malts come to play with a rise in temperature. A very smooth drinking beer, I wish there were parts of the world where more autumns can be found.

wcintula, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of boyessen
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Straight from a bottle. Rookie mistake or just drinking on the run, no time for glasses.

S - Not very strong. Smells of little pine and some citrus, like a basic IPA.

T - Starts out a bit citrus then goes to pine and leaves an EXTREMELY nice bitterness in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and the beautiful bitter Stays There! Overall perfect balance.

O - An Excellent beer, I would recommend it to anyone who already likes IPAs. Would also be a great beer to introduce someone to IPAs.

boyessen, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Jerone
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark reddish amber with a few bubbles and a creamy white head that stays around for while, great lacing as well.

S - Smells of pine and some citrus, like a strong IPA, I can't smell any malts through the hops.

T - Starts out a bit citrusy (grapefruit) then goes to pine and leaves a nice bitterness in your mouth that reminds you of being outside with a bunch of pine trees and flowers.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and sticks, it's also nice when you get a bit of that creamy head.

O - A very good beer, I would recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs.

Jerone, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 release of Southern Hemisphere Harvest carries all of the aromas associated with a good hoppy beer: light toasted grains laced with grapefruit and pine, all atop a layer of brown sugar. The aromas aren't as strong as I was expecting--though they still rank a seven on a ten-point scale--but they are finely nuanced.

On the tongue, the hops come out of far more strength, beginning light, but building into a mouth-puckering (66 IBUs) deliciousness only a few seconds later. The hops are fresh and delicate in flavor, bringing grapefruit rind and pine notes, and easily dominate the brew. A good counter of brown sugars help tame the hops, and the malts bring a toasted grain-and-bread undercurrent. The aftertaste is predominantly hops, and lingers on the tongue for quite some time, lightly buzzing the soft palate. Mouthfeel is a cream-smooth medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is delicious beer, intended for hopheads, and hitting all the right notes in that category.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. For some reason, this beer had been eluding me for some time. Finally found it at a store and grabbed it.

A: Poured a nice copper/orange color, slighty hazy in color. A white head formed on top, bery foamy and thick, about 1.5 fingers in height. Really nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: The aroma was very fresh, lots of pine, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, and cut grass. These aromas are what I love about IPAs. There is just a bit of caramel to balance it a bit.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma. A good pit of resiny pine, some grapefruit and orange, as well as a good bit of orange peel and zest. The malt balances the hop bitterness nicely with some caramelized malt and biscuit. There is a slight onion flavor though that knocks it down slightly for me. Otherwise great.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean, with a dry/bitter finish.

O: An impressive IPA, one of the better I have had recently, and would be enjoyed by any hophead.

mdaschaf, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in the mood for a West Coast IPA tonight, so what the hell huh?

A: Mildly cloudy gold color, with a nice finger +, cobweb inducing, foamy white head that lingered for an eternity.

S: Fresh clean cotton scent, with a mild bit of hop presence poking through the yeasty goodness.

T: It's like an uber intensified version of SNPA. Nice malt presence to back up the hops, super smooth, and not too bitter.

M: Prickly enough, yeasty enough, and dog-gonnit... the lacing was spectacular!

O: This is a true West Coast treasure. Don't miss out on this one!

Chaney, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of mjyoung
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 7/27/11. 2011 vintage.

A: A very pleasing amber color with a nice off white 1/2 finger head. Great lacing and wonderfully 'foamy'.

S: A pretty simple nose, mostly clean citrus hops and a nice caramel malt underlying everything. Good, but ever-so-slightly bland.

T: This taste is so ridiculously smooth and clean that I'm at a bit of a loss for words. It's hard to pick out any distinguishing flavors because its so well put together. The base is well done and highlights the Southern hops beautifully. Citrus, grass, and delightfully sweet.

M: Smooth, creamy, great carb, mmm...

O: I wish I had it immediately upon release, but it's still fantastic. I fully approve.

mjyoung, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find a special display with these at Discount Liquor here in Milwaukee the other day. This ale pours a slightly cloudy copper amber with a very healthy inch-and-a-half taupe head that's a bit billowy. It falls some, but leaves great lacing around the glass. The nose is dominated by the hops: citrus, pine, and grassy notes. A more subdued caramel malt undercurrent provides good contrast and balance. The first taste reveals a real hop smorgasbord for the palate. Bright citrus rind, pine, and--perhaps most prominent--grass and herbal notes are all present right up front. Just a touch of apricot in the mix. There is some subtle but well-needed caramel sweetness in the middle. This is followed by a spot of clear alcohol, which is replaced by ample hop bitterness at the close. This beer is medium-bodied, smooth, and quite clean-finishing. It's marked by substantial acidity and effervescence.

This is a real treat for a hop head like me. Start to finish--inside and out--the hops command the experience of this ale. I was a bit surprised to find that the grassy and herbal notes won out in the taste, though citrus and pine are still well-represented. You've got to love that nice bitter bite at the end. This is a very engaging brew that is sure to satisfy fans of the IPA and APA styles.

DabblinWiscCraft, Jul 27, 2011
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,783 ratings.