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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: 2,715
Reviews: 1,308
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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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 Forb


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle...

Appearance: Pours an amber color with mediocre carbonation and a creamy head.

Smell: Piney elements are noted with earthy and fruity accents throughout.

Taste: A solid burst of hops with a comforting malt balance: Quite a delicious beer.

Mouthfeel: For a beer of such flavor it goes down easily with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Definitely will buy again. I will be tasting this one from year to year and hopefully the Northern as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 23:35:33 | More by Forb
Photo of zimm421


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Appears a slightly hazy amber to copper color with a bubbly, fluffy off-white head. There's some decent lacing left on the glass as well.

Smells of floral and piney hops as well as a good malt aroma. The caramel scents definitely stand out from the slightly underwhelming nose. The taste is barely sweet, just a slight malt flavor at the beginning and then it moves to a very bitter and dry finish. The pine and floral stand out, as well as some hints of citrus. The flavors come together very well and are balanced just right.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and has an average level of carbonation. Nothing out of the ordinary there. Overall, this is a good brew; very drinkable and the flavor combinations are enjoyable. The freshness is evident in the flavors that are present. A good purchase and definitely another good beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 20:17:23 | More by zimm421
Photo of rlee1390


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

A-Cloudy amber, one finger head, great lacing left behind

S-Earthy, hops, citrusy

T-Very earthy, ends bitter, great balance. Not much of the citrus flavors you normally find in a IPA

M-Medium with some carbonation

O-Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada. There are better IPAs out there but it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 14:55:06 | More by rlee1390
Photo of jamespub


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber with great carbonation. An average pour created a huge head on this beer. It was a very thick, creamy head that took a while to dissipate. Left great lacing and a small head remained throughout.

S- musty. Can't really get a lot of hops or malt out of it, just smells musty. definitely it's weakest characteristic.

T- A very solid tasting brew. Good hop characteristics, but stays away from the grapefruit, which is a welcome change in my opinion. Nice malt backbone that contrasts the bitter of the hops very well. Very refreshing.

M- This is very smooth for an IPA. It doesn't really leave much of an aftertaste in the mouth. This beer really hit the spot after doing some yard work today. I drank the entire bottle in less than 45 minutes. It went down smooth and easy, but with great flavor.

O- A good brew that is great for the price. $3.99/bomber is a steal. i will buy more. check it out. A few of these would be sooo much more enjoyable than colt .45 and wouldn't cost you a whole lot more. Get it while you can.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 00:29:24 | More by jamespub
Photo of LtCracker20


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

2011 Bottle.

A- Pours a nice and clear orange body with a 2-finger white head that last for a little while, and leaves some nice lace.

S- Clean, floral, and grassy hop aromas right up front. They're not extremely strong, but mild, and is followed by slight caramel.

T- Again, the flavors are mild, but there. Nice flavors of citrus and floral hops followed by slight caramel again. Nice bite in the back, but it's almost slightly metallic

MF- A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. There's a nice bite in the finish.

O- Not too bad, a pretty good beer from SN. I enjoy this years better then the previous I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 20:31:54 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of ebby82


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass with a nice frothy head. Lots of lacing as well. A clear golden color.

Aroma is pretty much straight hops. A very nice smell.

The tastes is excellent, not a whole lot of malt presence, yet the hop bitterness isn't overwhelming. Very smooth and drinkable, a really nice, almost light IPA.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 16:50:16 | More by ebby82
Photo of Spider889


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winking Lizard.

I always look forward to these beers throughout the year.

Arrived in a pint glass with a short white head that dissipated quickly. A glowing bronze color with excellent clarity. Left very nice swaths of lace.

Smells rather mild-mannered. Light pine and caramel malts.

The taste is really where this beer shines. Very fresh hops lend lots of herbal funk and zesty character to bitter pine. This is the type of beer SN is best at brewing.

Nice even mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness is balanced with a clean finish.

Overall this beer is always a pleaser, and a decent value too.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 03:22:27 | More by Spider889
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber color with light carbonation and a thick frothy head. Spotty sporadic lacing. Aroma is sweet, piney and citrusy. Tasted hoppy with a solid caramel malt backbone. This feels dry to the tongue but the sweetness of the malt balances things up. Not exactly my cup of tea but its enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:55:20 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


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

Poured from a 1 pt 8 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 vintage (bottled on day 112 - April 22?)

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a thick cream colored head. Bready and substantial. Body is a bright amber.

Smell: Fresh citrus and piney aroma. Not overpowering, however, smell is somewhat muted.

Taste: Drinking almost at room temperature. Not the same hop kick as fresh Celebration Ale. Slightly spicy citrus flavor. Are New Zealand hops more muted than North American hop varieties?

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a slight carbonation bite. Almost a bready aftertaste. SN always does a good job of masking the alcohol as well.

Overall: Definitely an interesting IPA which I am glad a tried. An easy drinker for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:18:52 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of Adrianized


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

One finger bubbly head which eventually settles to a thin film. Nice lacing. Clear red/brown/mahogany in color.

Light and earthly. Has a very clean, crisp smell. Light on floral hops. The nose is rather subtle... It reminds me of a generic lager. Maybe because I'm drinking this outside and there's a slight breeze?

Wow, way more flavor than the nose implies! Right up front are floral, piney hops. Malty caramel base. Piney, resiny hops linger. The aftertaste is very nice.

Medium body, oily. Very easy to drink... Has a certain fresh spring water element to it.

This is pretty tasty, but not over the top. I think this would be an excellent beer for people that are afraid to venture beyond SA Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 22:04:39 | More by Adrianized
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear perfect copper color. It has a bit fluffy 3-finger off-white head on it. the head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice layers of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of strong fresh hops up front. I am getting grapefruit, floral, and citrus hop smells. There isn't much malt in the nose, but that is fine with me because the hops just smell great.

T - The taste starts off with a big fresh burst of hops. There is a light malty backbone that provides some nice balance, but hops are definitely the star of the show here. There are also notes of grapefruit, pine, some toasted malt, caramel, and it has a nice earthiness to it. The finish leaves a lingering hop bitterness that sticks around for quite some time.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down very easily, and I found it to be very refreshing. There is a big hop flavor that leaves some lingering bitterness on the palate.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It goes down easily and the taste is great. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was an awesome IPA, and I will certainly be enjoying it again. I recommend giving this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 11:15:13 | More by JizackFH
Photo of ehammond1

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A deep, glowing, beautiful amber with golden highlights near the edges. Thick, frothy, off-white head that lasts. Incredible lacing down the glass. A real looker!

Not particularly aromatic and actually relatively malt-centric aroma. I smell crystal and caramel malts predominately, followed by pungent and citrus hops, but the malts are certainly front and center here...

...though that all changes with the flavor! This is hop-centric! And so, so delicious! Rich, creamy, bitter, pungent, citrus, piney hops! Oh my so good! Along with the perfect hop flavor is an incredibly balance of bready and caramel malts; it all comes together remarkably well! Spectacular!

Rich, creamy, thick, luscious mouthfeel! Sierra Nevada does this as good as anyone!

Incredible IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 04:12:17 | More by ehammond1
Photo of mattjv


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated the 112th day of 2011.. this puts it being born in early April so this is a fairly fresh bottle.

Pours a dark copper color, frothy white head with moderate retention.

Big hop presence on the aroma. Piny with a strong citric element, orange and grapefruit abound. Underlying caramel malt sweetness rounds it off. Trace of solvent alcohol is present but restrained.

Pleasant malt body, bready notes and a light caramel sweetness. Assertive bitterness and a strong grapefruit presence comes quickly. Pine and orange notes are also present, along with an interesting black tea flavor. Finishes very clean with a mild lingering bitterness.

Light/medium bodied with mild carbonation. Goes down easily, this was a good candidate for a spring/summer release.

Overall: A nice limited release, with some flavors I've never had in a Sierra Nevada brew before. This didn't blow me away but it's a solid brew that I'm glad to have picked up. Especially in the summer heat I found it to be a lighter bodied, easier drinking alternative to Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 04:24:55 | More by mattjv
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and clear in complexion. Rising bubbles fill a good two finger head with some staying power. Lacing is patchy and nice.

Smell is a bit subdued but quite pleasant, consisting of mainly toasted nutty malts mixed with piney grapefruit.

Taste is very darn delicious! A great complex malt profile balances perfectly with a lovely and bold multi-hop profile, piney grapefruit and orange, and a little bit of spice surprise.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink and lightly sweet.

Overall I'm quite happy with this beer. One of my favorites from this brewery without a doubt!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 21:26:56 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Scotchboy


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz 2011 bottle poured into an oversized nonic.

A: Deep copper with hints of orange, tons of sticky off white head that create that iceberg look, and an impressive amount of carbonation. Looks like my kind of beer.

S: Instantly it smells a lot like the double IPA from the beer camp mix pack. Tons of pine, earthy/herbal hops, grapefruit, and touches of sweetness. Under all this I think I can smell some malt sweetness.

T: Good and bitter, sharp on the tongue; pine, hop resin, and earthy hop characters. Pithy and pungent.

MF: Medium to full bodied, good intense carbonation, lots of hop oil resin, dry aftertaste. Textbook mouthfeel in my opinion.

O: The taste may be slightly one dimensional, but all other aspects of this extraordinarily bitter beer are great.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:33:59 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber in color into my pint glass with about three fingers of dense eggshell head that has good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Hops that are piny and have a slight lemon citrus aroma, toasted malts, and a but of a honey like sweetness.

T - This is an exceptionally balanced beer. Hops are pronounced but not overpowering, nice piney bitterness that lasts right through the finish and continues to linger on the palate, matched by sweet caramel malts and honey notes.

M - Somewhat thick body that really coats the mouth matched with very bright carbonation.

O - Over all this beer looks awesome and the balance is really great too. I like the way this one lingers on the palate and it's very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:01:02 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of SHODriver


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, gotta enjoy this one fresh
A: pours a copper holor with hints of orange. A small white head is created which slowly recedes to a small pool. It certainly looks the part
S: Quintessential IPA all the way from the nose with some spicy herbal characters, some wisps of pine, and the faintest hint of citrus
T: Floral hop flavors with a hint of bitter citrus yields to some caramel malt flavor and just a faint hint of toasted bread. Lemon zest on the swallow that fades into more herbal and floral hop flavor.
M: very smooth and full bodied, carbonation isn't prickly but is there and coats the mouth very well
O: a very tasty, unique and complex drinking experience. A refreshing take on a style that you can only do so much with. I wouldn't expect anything less from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 05:09:16 | More by SHODriver
Photo of ngeunit1


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich clear copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white atop. The head fades slowly down to a thin layer leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Aroma is a nice balance of floral and citrus hops and just enough backing malt for balance. There are some nice fruity and citrus esters coming off the beer.

T - Starts off with some nice citrus and pine hops flavor and a bit of bitterness. There is some nice sweet malt flavor that provides some nice balance to the beer. Through the middle the hop flavors gets a bit stronger and the bitterness a bit more robust. The fruity flavors kick in as well. As the beer finishes the hop flavor kicks in a bit stronger and lingers nicely with some sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The hop flavor creates a really nice dry mouthfeel that is especially nice as the beer finishes.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is super fresh and nice from start to end. The bitterness has a nice kick to it and the hop and malt balance feels really great.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:38:45 | More by ngeunit1
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time grabbing this beer though I have seen it every year.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Burnt orange color with a one finger off white head that recedes to lacing.

Smell: Nice light citrus. Refreshing smell, a little bit floral. Nice caramel malt in the background.

Taste: The New Zealand hops shine but the malt bill is amazing in this beer. I really enjoy this IPA. Very unique. The flavors meld together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Perfect for the style. Lighter side of medium bodied and nice carbonation, but not over the top.

Overall: Great beer! I was blown away by this and I went in with minimal to no expectations. Worth the $6.99 for the 24 oz beer. Possibly my favorite offering from them to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 18:48:16 | More by OddNotion
Photo of bobhits


2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Priced at 12 bucks for 72 oz, cheap for a great IPA, but Sierra has set the bar pretty high on value to dollar (ignoring their 10+ doubles which haven’t been great).

Copper rust colored, with rather nice clarity. A good bit of bubbles in the bottle, some lacing, and some head. Nothing special here, darker than the average IPA.

A funky English like hop profile here. There’s almost an element of rust and metallic notes here. Light thin malt profile is apparent and balances things.

Earthy and somewhat funky hops up front giving way to a light caramel malt, and finally finishes bitter. There’s a certain spice and zest to these hops that I can’t really describe. This is no American ipa in flavor, but you can tell Americans dreamed it up.

Bitter, spicy, and truthfully a touch hard to drink.

I think their normal wet hop beer is amazing, but these hops aren’t my thing. Still worth picking up a bottle every few years or having on top when offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 17:46:07 | More by bobhits
Photo of shand


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

This one pours a brilliant red-orange crested with a huge head that retains very well. The aroma is great, there's a bunch of piney hops, and not much else. The hops aren't too strong to the point where they hit you in the head, but they're still very nice. A bit of light caramel malts and citrus take up the backend. The taste on this one isn't the overwhelming hoppiness I expected, it's quite a bit more balanced. The caramel malts pretty much keep the hops in check. The hops are predominantly piney, with a bit of citrus, and also a little bit of sharpness. Aftertaste is a nice dose of hoppiness. It's a very smooth and tasty IPA.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but otherwise smooth. The drinkability is also fairly good. Overall, a good fresh hop ale. Not quite as good as the Northern Hemisphere, but still a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 05:28:18 | More by shand
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle (dated 4/22/11 ) poured into a tulip glass

A: Ruby Red, hazy, 2 fingers of really tight white head. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Pilsner malt, grassy, floral hops with a touch of citrus, a little sugar.

T: Light toasted malts, Pilsner being the most noticeable, slightest bit of diacetyl, otherwise clean. Reminds me of the malt bill of a clean German lager. Mostly floral hops with pine, a good deal of bitterness, though not very "sharp". Finish is fairly dry with a little lingering bitterness and floral notes. A little soapy on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, somewhat weird carbonation. Seemingly huge bubbles and very fizzy throughout, creating a fizzy mouthfeel all the way through the finish that can seem more than just 'creamy'. I'd prefer the carbonation be a lot more crisp and clean. Sticky and resinous.

O: The only real knock is the over-carbonation (really big fizz) and somewhat soapy finish. I like the traditional malt bill and floral/citrus hop and it had a great balance of caramel/crystal sweetness. For the price, this is a good buy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:52:13 | More by Satchboogie
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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Northern Hemisphere, but never the Southern. I'm kind of excited to see how this is.
A=Pours a copper color, with medium opacity, great two finger head with plenty of lacing.
S=Tons of piney hops that I have grown to expect from Sierra Nevada. Very natural smelling with a faint buttery undertone.
T=Smooth, oily hops, moderately bitter, biscuity malt that is unusual coming from this brewer, the beer is well balanced overall.
M=Medium body, lightly carbonated
O=Something I'll buy every year, but most of Sierra Nevada's other beers are superior to this. Not bad, but don't drive two states over to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:11:45 | More by ramseye4
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz Bottle poured into 2 Pint Glasses.

A - Pours a clear caramel-amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing clinging to the glass. Typically lovely Sierra Nevada brew.
S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grass, and lemon with a nicely toasted caramel malt backbone.
T - More bitter, pungent hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and lemon rind with a mildly sweet caramel malt bill that displays some lovely toasted-bread qualities. Finish is quite bitter, and lasts for some time.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Very drinkable, no surprise from SN.
O - An excellent fresh-hop IPA from the best in the business.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 22:09:02 | More by jsanford
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Duvel Green Tulip
Bottle Julian Dated -> 112th Day of 2011 = April 22, fffreshies!

A-> Pours a nice reddish copper color with a beefy 3 finger head that takes awhile to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.

S-> Pretty hoppy in the nose with some pine hop resin mixed with sweet and toasty malts and a faint bit of lemony citrus hop aromas.

T-> Wow, this is a really balanced beer. Took me a bit by surprise considering what I got in the nose. Nice hop and pine bitterness that hits first and was kind of overpowering initially but gave way to a nice, complex, sweet and biscuity malt profile that complemented the hops magnificently. Really impressive. A floral and herbal flavor came out once it had warmed up significant;y that was downright pleasant.

M-> This beer was not effing around with carbonation. Even the gentlest of pours and refills into my tulip yeilded massive and pictureesque heads. Crisp, more on the full side body-wise for the style but medium in the grand spectrum.

O-> Glad I got to try this fresh this year. Really enjoyable and only more so as it warmed up. Enjoyed this on a freakishly warm day here in Boston and the flavors were even more pronounced in this brew after my tulip had stopped "sweating" even...take that for what it's worth and give this one a go...Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:09:07 | More by Fluke828
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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