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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: 2,700
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 91 | 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 JoePat


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


This beer pours a nice amber color with a nice thick kaki head.
Smells of mostly a caramel like malt with some light earthy hops.
The flavor focuses more on the bittering aspect of the hops but there is a nice sweet caramel malt back bone to balance it out. The hop flavor is really muted but that is expected in a wet hop pale. Some fruity esters are mix with the malt sweetness making the flavor quite enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and just kind of rolls off the tongue.
Very drinkable and over a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:50:08 | More by JoePat
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice APA, tasty and with a good hoppy balance but not as exciting as the issue of freshly harvested hops might have one believe.
Updated new review following the 2009 bottle, where I did not reach a tremendously fresh offering. This was had on May 14 barely a day after it was distributed, and just shortly after the official May 1 release.

Presentation: 24 oz bottle. Iconic special release Sierra Nevada bomber, big and chubby. Seal label with the image of a sail boat over a map depicting the Pacific route taken by the hops. Busy design still without the best of visual legibility but an improvement from previous years. Includes a solid narrative in the front label putting the brewing effort in context with a good description of the ale. Shows generic date of bottling (2010), shows Alc.by Vol. (6.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A -Amber pour, with a rich head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Fair nose with a hoppy sense where bitterness predominates and not so much floral or citrus notes, which are also there but relatively subdued.

T - Nice hoppy sense, gentle with touches of pineapple of citrus and a soft malty backbone.

M - Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation, and a nice hoppy-dry finish.

D - A tad too light to make it flow enticingly but it is a good drink nevertheless.

Notes: It´s a nice brew, and quite recommendable but it does not feel that fresh, at least not in a particular way. And compared to other "fresh" hop ales - I dunno, Great Divide for example, this feels a bit unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:11:37 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recovered my notes from my old computer. This is the 2009 version consumed on August 17, 2009.

The appearance an excellent deep gold with wonderful amber/red hues, like a dark peach or apricot. The head is quite luscious, sticky, and frothy with great lacing down the sides.

The nose is all spices and citrus, with a decently malting backing, from what can tell (it's a little cold). As it warm up, I'm getting a lot more or everything.

This beer drinks like a dream! It's got tons of different hop flavor, but primarily spices, citrus, and earth (probably from the freshness of the hops). The malt foundation is solid, and rounds this out nicely, consider the IBUs. The mouthfeel is just right here, almost perfect. I could drink these all day.

I really enjoyed this one, I wish I could have it fresh all year.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 14:53:00 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of corby112


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Nice citrus hop aroma with earthy floral notes, grapefruit and pine. Subtle caramel malt presence.

Intense bitter earthy hops up front along with some sweet citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango, orange and lemon peel along with some pine needle and floral notes. Decent malt backbone provides a nice balance without diminishing the bitterness of the hops. Smooth and creamy mid palate with slight alcohol warmth, making this beer very quaffable. Slightly sweet bone dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 06:26:51 | More by corby112
Photo of Gobzilla


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

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip that a finger finger head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the nose is a good balance between the malts and the hops, none seem to over power the other. After a couple whiffs I got a little booze hanging around.

T: I like the nice crispy bitterness that hits the palate right away then the malts show their face in the middle of the sip. I also got some citrus fruits that mixed in well in the overall flavor of the beer.

M: medium bodied with great bubbly carbonation that accents the taste.

D: really enjoyed this beer, been getting into PA's, IPA's, and DIPA's lately. Good offering from sierra nevada

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 03:23:35 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

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

Poured from the 24oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip (2010 version)

A - Ruby-orange hue with a nice sized white head. Lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down.

S - Hints of fresh florally hops with a little bit of malty sweetness poking up in the background.

T - Crisp, balanced beer. It has a little bit of piney hop bite but plenty of pale malt backbone to stand up to it. When I bought this I thought it was an IPA but I see it is listed as an APA. I definetly think this one is right in line with the style.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - easy drinking, full flavored pale ale. This is a great beer but not one that blows my socks off. I would pick this up again in the future but won't go nuts trying to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 22:29:49 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of branimal9

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz bottle of the new 2010 release into my Ommegang Hennepin glass...

appearance - nice light golden brown; poured a big ol' off-white head.

aroma - hoppy, but not overly so.

taste - nice piney hop bitterness hits you right away. pale malts follow, and it leaves you with a nice drying finish.

mouthfeel - nice n' full-bodied. dry.

drinkability - at 6.7%, it's quite easy to take down the bottle yrself. refreshingly dry, which keeps you coming back for more.

i always look forward to getting my hands on the SN Harvest beers. while its nice getting fresh hop pale ale in the middle of spring, it'd be nice if they tried making an IPA with those New Zealand hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 21:35:48 | More by branimal9
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was super excited to try this the first time I saw it, was disappointed that the appearance and aroma was comparable to their Summer offering.

Taste, different for Sierra Nevada, the whole cone Cascade hop thing isn't done, its a lighter feel than their other two versions of Harvest Ale. Still hoppy, but far from the hop bomb of their other harvest ales. More lemony and zesty like the aforementioned summer offering. Some neat stuff, but my least favorite of the 3 harvests. Great price though.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 18:57:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of TheFlern


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very underwhelming for the price.

Appearance: Very nice amber color with a lot of head and beautiful lacing. However, the beer was very clear which to me seems like it is too filtered.

Smell: Hmmmm, nice and hoppy. Basically just a fresher smelling SNPA.

Taste: Once again, this is just a fresher hopped SNPA. This is quiet disappointing given the price because it is only a step or two above their normal SNPA which I can get for half the price. Overall however the taste is nice and fresh with a sort of juicey character the normal SNPA we all know and love.

Mouthfeel: The juicey/resin of the hops is a great addition to this beer. You can definitely tell these are fresh hops and not the same ones used in their normal SNPA, the difference is obvious. That alone makes this better than the normal SNPA but the price is double which, imo, is not reasonable.

Drinkability: At under 7% ABV this is a fairly drinkable hoppy West Coast style beer with fresh hops. I love if and it was pretty fun to take down a 22oz of this stuff. I just wish the price was a little lower so I could justify a second purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:17:52 | More by TheFlern
Photo of largadeer


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch from the bottle. It pours a clear auburn hue; once in the glass it's topped by a sustaining bone-colored cap. Hops are strong on the nose, herbal and earthy in character, faintly fruity and tropical, more malty and bready as it warms. On the tongue it's a harmonious blend of malts and hops, initially earthy and herbal, then bready and malty. Flavors of tropical fruit and bitter orange peel are faintly detected before a firm herbal bitterness picks up in the finish. It's medium-bodied, light yet substantial, and drying from start to finish. Another solid if somewhat underwhelming batch of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 23:35:21 | More by largadeer
Photo of elgiacomo


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

24oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours clear orangish amber with a one finger off-white, almost tan head, leaves a foamy ring and light cap, good amount of lacing. Faint haze in second half of the bottle.

Hoppy aroma, spicy, floral, grass, and some citrus, some bready malt in there too. Moderate strength.

Flavor is resinous, spicy hops with great bitterness, a little caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, sticky, prickly carbonation.

Very tasty, it lacks in complexity, but what it does, it does well.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:11:39 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of bump8628


4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottled on April 23rd, 2010...nice and fresh.

Pours into an Imperial pint coppery orange with that thick, sticky head I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada and fresh hop ales.

Toasty grain with a solid streak of caramel. Hops are herbal and spicy and are balanced pretty evenly with the malt. Well textured and creamy with some hop oils.

Rated as a Pale Ale this one is really top-notch. In years past I thought the hopping was more in line with an IPA, but the 2010 seems more subdued and falls nicely into the Pale Ale category. Really superb, and the New Zealand hops are a great change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 02:06:45 | More by bump8628
Photo of Thorpe429


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright amber/copper with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of fresh citrus hops dominate alongside a little bit of spice and some caramel malt aroma.

T: Fresh wet hops for sure. Nothing particularly special compared with the other fresh-hop ales; maybe this just means that I like Northern Hemisphere hops a lot more.

M: Nice, smooth, and dry. Good work here.

D: A little bit dry overall; something I don't normally mind, but with the hop taste not being particularly overassertive, not something I keep reaching back for.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 20:16:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kegger22


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 2nd Release from a 24 oz. bottle

SN Southern Hemi Harvest Fresh Hop Ale was a cloudy light copper color with a one finger beige head that displayed decent retention.

The aroma was not overpowering by any means, but what did come through was a whiff of the hops, little more.

The taste was not as balanced as some of my favorite APA's, but that is probably personal preference. The hops a boldly out front in this one, with the malt being an afterthought. There was a bitter citrus after taste. I don't know how fresh this was, but it certainly did not have time to mellow out very much (I liked it though).

The mouth feel was barely medium bodied, oily with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good, helped by a 6.7 ABV and good flavor ($4.99/24 oz doesn't hurt either).

A nice beer and well priced, but I believe I'd just as soon have a couple on Sierra Nevada Pale Ales (at least I kept it in the SN family).

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:42:16 | More by kegger22
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 2nd Release on the bottle - the closest thing to a bottled on date.

A: Pours an orangey-red with an average head that laces lightly. Looks good, though nothing better than above average.

S: Initially the beer opens with a floral and fruity hop bouquet, then the aroma mellows to a sweet barley-wineish bitter aroma.

T: Pretty good. The first mouthful felt hot, but it quickyl mellow to a very drinkable ale. Crisp, with a very light bit of sweetness. Light bitterness with no substantive hop flavours, although there is a nice fruity aftertaste

M: Good carbonation, crisp, while lingering lightly and covering the mouth well.

D: Enjoyable. A good easy drink that would be well served to be drunk in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 22:48:06 | More by kjyost
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage from a 24 oz. big guy.

A: A hard pour into a medium-size wine glass results in a bouyant 2-finger head that is an off-white/beige color. The color of the body is a light copper with golden hues. The carbonation bubbles look yummy and crisp. Wow, there is some exquisite head retention to this puppy; it took two to three minutes for the creaminess to return to the body. The lacing is sticky, frothy, and thick, and looks like a canvas that was sprayed with a full paintbrush by a vigorous flick of the wrist.

S: Sweet caramel-ly malt is the first smell to jump out at me and proves to be the dominant aroma over the life of the beer. That is accompanied by some mellow orange flavors and some mango, papaya, and kiwi. I am somewhat surprised that I am not smelling the hop extravaganza that I thought would be in this beer.

T: There is a bitter hop bite right away on the middle of my tongue and then the caramel-ly sweetness takes over. There really is a good balance between the two flavors, with a bitter grapefruit hop taste and the sweet malt taking turns leading on the dance floor. As it warms, the bitterness of the fresh hops becomes more apparent.

M: Relatively full and creamy for an hopped-up beer, but it still has the characteristic puckering bitterness from the hop bite. Mmm-hmm, this is a good feeler.

D: In terms of sessionability, I would say this is a winner, even at 6.7% a.b.v. I had a 24 oz. bottle and enjoyed it, but despite it being a really solid A.P.A., it just did not scream "repeat buy" to me at $5.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 02:54:20 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of ryanonline


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hazy deep orangeish red with a thin rocky white head. good lacing.

the smell is sort of malty, but kind of like tea. sort of a tobacco note too.

very citrussy, lemon lime like flavor, still sort of that border between malt and tea also. very clean also.

the mouthfeel is light and bubbly with sort of a creamy body. kind of average though.

good for steady drinking but not really a chugger. it's very nice though.

enjoyable beer, i really liked it, but for a limited release deal i was expecting something...more. good either way though.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 05:07:08 | More by ryanonline
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice deep orange/amber colour with an inch or so of thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

S - Lots of hops: earthy with some citrus. Smells of a good, hoppy IPA.

T - An intense, crisp and earthy hop flavour with some pine and citrus. Bitter, yet smooth.

M - medium body, slightly chewy.

D - A great hoppy ale. Drank a bomber and could easily drink another.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:08:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of tippebrewcrew2


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

L=4.0 Great look! Amber with a hint of orange, Medium billowing head

S=4.0 Big smell of fresh citrus and sweet pine hops. Harvest ales are probably my favorite beers to sniff. So fresh

T=4.0 Fresh! good taste of citrus and sweet malt backing. Good balance

M=3.5 Oily light creamy feel

D=3.5 I think because of the sweetness It make have been somewhat filling at the time. Good beer though, well balanced and lets not forget fresh!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 21:07:08 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of GitcheGumee


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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks absolutely beautiful. It has rich amber colors with a nice fluffy head. The lacing on the glass was also very nice.

Smell: Hops, Hops, and more Hops. There is no doubt that SN wanted the hops to dominate this beer. I can also smell the malts hanging around in the background.

Taste: As I expected, the hops really shine in this beer. A slight sweetness in the beginning of the sip gives way to glorious hop bitterness. The malt presence is just about right. Just enough to call it well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. This one tends to feel a little bit sticky, and oily. Considering the bitterness of this beer, that's not surprising.

Drinkability: This beer goes down quite easily. It definitely has that Sierra Nevada style to it...but the hops are definitely kicked up a notch. Overall I'd say I'm impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 03:05:11 | More by GitcheGumee
Photo of abrand


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

24 ounce stubby bottle of vintage 2009 poured into the SN tumber. Label has statement that the hops are from New Zealand and flown back to the States for brewing in one weeks time, interesting.

The Southern Hemisphere Ale pours a golden/orange color with a pillowy white head and lot of lacing align the glass. Smell is subtle, but refreshing. Lots of malts and citrus make up the nose as well as the palate. The quaff also brings out a big hop profile for an APA, with little alcohol noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is high in my opinion. A very smooth and tasty beer that is extremely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:23:49 | More by abrand
Photo of Tone


4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of dark citrus (plum/fig), alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an average bitterness level for a APA. Tastes of fresh hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, citrus, alcohol, and slight caramel. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:37:59 | More by Tone
Photo of Brent


4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although highly rated, I'm always a bit surprised this beer doesn't get more love. Nice, solid malt with moderate sweetness and a delightful fresh hops flavor without any green leafy notes often found in fresh-hopped beers. ABV is well concealed and the beer is quite (perhaps too easy, given the generous bottle size)to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 20:08:01 | More by Brent
Photo of darklordlager


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harvest Fresh Hop
A: Pours a semi-clear copper orange colour, with a beautiful light tan head. Rocky as it recedes, with nice lacing. The head seems to last forever.

S: Fruity yeast character, resiny-fresh hop aroma. A little bit leafy/piney.

T: Piney, floral, Spicy hops--a little earthy, and with an underlying sweet citrus. Substantial base of 2-row and lighter caramel malts, and a bit fruity from the yeast. Very nice. Flavourful hop finish, but it is not extremely bitter.

M: Light-to-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very fitting for this beer.

D: Very nice product from Sierra Nevada. Superior to the Harvest Wet Hop I had recently IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:57:01 | More by darklordlager
Photo of Vancer


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

This brew certainly starts off on the right foot with the pour into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Unfiltered amber orange, with a firm and frothy ivory cap nestled on top. Big ol' sheet of lace as I suck 'er down.

Pleasant aroma of bubblegum, pine and orange - seems classic west coast style of brew. Sweet initial quaff of orange and pine, finished by a hop tingle of pine cones and grassy hay. Dry and crisp, creating nice hop burps.

Fine frosty for sure, the fatty 24oz bottle will serve me well this evening as I sip on this nicely done 6.7% brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:58:01 | More by Vancer
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,700 ratings.