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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: 2,779
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 65
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 tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is malts and flower with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. A little sweet but nice balance between hops and malt. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Yet another nice beer from SN. Not as hoppy or bitter as some of their other offerings, but all around solid.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber - split into a Milkshake pilsner glass for me and a Shaker pint glass for the Mrs. No obvious date on the bottle but there appears to be a date/bottling stamp: 1 112 214 48

Appearance: Slightly hazy coppery orange beer with a good amount of bubbles coming up through the beer. Poured an 1/4" dense off-white to light tan foam initially, which died down to a persistent 1/8" thick ring with little islands and delicate strands of lacing. Good looking AIPA.

Smell: Citrus (orange and grapefruit in equal measure) and pine notes, but there is a nice caramel/sweet malt note in the back behind these hops.

Taste: Mild orange citrus moving quickly into a quick malt taste and then onto the pine resin bitter finish that lingers a bit. The upfront flavors really blend together fast - it's hard for me to tease them apart. A solidly hoppy beer, but enough malt to balance out the hops while still showcasing them.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is barely there on the tongue, but just enough to be noticed. Nice thickness to the beer which nicely coats everything. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth at the end.

Overall / Drinkability: Good appearance (very persistent lacing) and a solidly good AIPA, but if there is something special about the NZ hops in this beer, I'm missing it. Good malt level to balance out the hop bitterness, but I'm not thinking this is any more special than any other good AIPA I've had lately. One is enough per evening.

damndirtyape, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a hazy copper orange with a fingers worth of head that lasts forever

S: Nice fresh hops, a nice malt background, and a little spice. Nothing too stand-offish though

T: Same as the smell. Not nearly as overwhelmingly hoppy as the Northern Hemisphere, but still pretty damn hoppy. Very well balanced between the hops and malts. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too slick and oily, just enough to slide smoothly

O: A very good example of a west coast IPA. Not over-hopped, yet not under-hopped either. I like the consistency in all of the SN products. This one didn't disappoint

BEERMILER12, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT this IPA just made my day. A deep copper color with light yellow-orange edges and a honorable light brownish head that holds pretty well. Lacing is solid throughout. The aroma tells you this will meet all your IPA needs with those lovable pine/floral hop combinations and maybe a wheaty overtone to take the sweetness out of it. The flavor marries well to the lead of the aroma, a bright citrus hop mellowed by edible pine and some trace hints of pumpkin I think, though that may be a stretch. This stuff is solidly mid-bodied with a effervescent feel that quenches supremely, goes down way to easily and delivers a nice dose of hop goodness. A classic, highly drinkable west coaster!

Durge, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a thick yellowish-cream colored head that fades away slowly. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrus and grassy.

T - Grass, floral and some grapefruit.

D - Slight bitter finish, higly carbonated.

O - Nice, a New Zealand hop is used, and you can tell it isn't your everyday hop variety, but it is good.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange/amber color that is nice and clear - a 2+ finger head forms with a rather vigorous pour and slowly dicipates leaving thin sticky lacing and a decent frothy head that settles well on top of the beer. The aroma off the bat is heavy citrus - clementines, grapefruit, followed by a piny bit in the end. The taste is sweet right up front followed strongly by a piny earthy flavor and a slight presence of alcohol - not what I was expecting but good (Note: I'm pretty sure this has been available for awhile - freshness may not be up to par). The mouthfeel is average for a beer like this - not too thin not too thick. Overall this is a refreshing beer a lot more bitter then what I expected but that's what makes it interesting.


antlerwrestler19, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over two fingers of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head that is initially gravity-defying. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few lazy streams of bubbles rise in the column. A burly amoeba of foam remains at the bottom of the empty glass, awaiting its extinction.

S: Robust toast is at the fore of the smell, with a fair amount of caramel also present. Additional depth is contributed by mild esters and hops that are mostly earthy and weakly herbaceous. A vigorous swirl in the glass will release additional dankness.

T: Begins off-dry, with fairly bright and citrus-accented fresh plant stems that carry into the middle. Nuanced volatile flavors seem to change position on the palate from moment to moment, changing to tropical fruit-flavored tea at times. Malt is mild, not begging for attention as it was in the smell, but still providing a balanced backbone. Acidity is joined seamlessly to early flavors, coming across as part of the brightness that is detected. Bitterness surges late in the middle, becoming assertive and lingering cleanly on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate despite some felt acidity, with low carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal, wet-hopped ale from Sierra Nevada seems to change from year to year, with this installment in control of a heap of classic and endearing English qualities. Other than an understated and rather dishonest nose, there is not much that is out of place here. After enjoying many iterations of Sierra Nevada's various seasonal pale ales, I get the feeling that they have it as a goal to brew the ale that is the very definition of the word.

beagle75, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of lazjuarez
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle, poured into a goblet. Vintage 2011

A: A very gorgeous looking IPA. Pours a dark orange color with about 2 fingers worth of beige rocky head that takes it's time to reduce to a fine foamy ring. Leaving nice amounts of sticky lacing behind. Very nice...

S: Big juicy citrus notes. Grapefruit, some mango, then comes some pine, and caramel to balance it all out.

T: Taste is not bitter at all, I was expecting a bigger hop bite. Nevertheless, the bitterness is complemented by a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, biscuity mouthfeel, I'm not getting a lot of carbonation in this one. Maybe this bottle isn't the freshest. I would have liked it to finish a little drier, but otherwise it is a good IPA.

lazjuarez, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of fatmcb1
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

fatmcb1, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

claspada, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tobelerone, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


BeerLover99, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

philbe311, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

wvsabbath, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chodinheaven, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

zoso1967, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

zrab11, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

whatthehull, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of kralmatej
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kralmatej, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

RickS95, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

BeerBuckeye, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

buschbeer, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

harrymel, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

the CPJ

THECPJ, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chinchill, Jun 29, 2011
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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