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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: 2,777
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 111 | 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 Foxtrot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't contributed a review in a while, and thought to give some new brew's in the fridge a go.

Southern Hemisphere pours a orange, almost amber, hue with a pretty modest cream colored head of decent retention.

Aroma is pretty typical IPA; piney resin, floral, herbal, with nuances of grapefruit and light biscuit. Not too bold in any department, but well rounded so far.

Taste is of a delicate sort. This is a pretty big stretch for a IPA, but seems to be a relatively hoppy pale ale. Nonetheless, it is still a good beer. Begins with bitterness and pine, and finishes much more robust with herbal hoppiness, light caramel, biscuit and grassy bitterness right at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium, nice an tasty to enjoy in a session, and big enough to have on its own. A good beer in my book.

Drinkability is solid. It's pushing the upper limits with its ABV, but the alcohol is not noticeable during my tasting.

Foxtrot, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at American craft while watching Game 1 of the NBA finals.

The color is dark gold with some light off-white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a really nice hoppy flavor with some citrus, spiky hops that are really sweet with some sugary flavor that keeps a hop head like me interested.

The taste was just fantastic with some nice malty sweetness that came up for a sec then let the hoppy flavor come right out and announce the character you'd expect from a beer from the west coast. Nice fruit flavors come out to let themselves be known with some orange, grapefruit and a little grape.

The feel of this beer was pretty even and well drinkable with enough character that it was one of my favorite beers of the night. It was quite refreshing and had a nice crisp finish.

Duhast500, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-ish copper with thick, foamy, off-white head. Plenty of carbonation and good clarity. Some nice lacing on the glass but less than expected.

Sweet, citrusy hop aroma with touches of pine. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of malt aroma.

Nice bitterness hoppiness of pine and grapefruit and some floral notes. Balanced malty sweetness with some bread and caramel flavors.

Full, creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors.

goldbot, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit, the bottle caught my attention and, looking for a hoppy treat for the night, I gave in. Pours with a big ole cauliflower head that bottoms out in the middle, leaving a fjord like landscape on the surface - clumpy lacing sticking to the sides for a bit. The color of the beer is a rusty copper. Earthy hop aroma.

The flavor features much of the same - a pinch metallic (like a penny) with a gritty bite. Starts off smooth, medium-bodied, and with a citrusy, peculiarly Cascade-like wash through your teeth. A somewhat harsh bitterness charges back in the end and buzzes in your mouth for a sec. An ESB/Pale balance, for a stretch. Poppy carbonation.

Marketing ploy pure and simple. Nice try. Hop heads will love this beer - hop bias naturally. The differences between this and the other SN IPA's I've had are oh so subtle. What makes this stand apart, I believe, if anything, is the prairie-fire finish that flares up after it goes down.

I suppose $5.49 for a 24 oz bottle is reasonable, however, the allure of the packaging and concept is the bait you take - different set of colors, but tastes not all that different from the rest of the rubber worms.

Bouleboubier, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours a deep but clear orange, a hint of brown. Decent tope head rises about two fingers but fades quickly to light ring. Light lacing...The aroma is really nice, gives off some nice orange citrus on the front, light fresh hop finish...The taste loses a little of the citrus, kind of bland on the front but bounces back with some a very nice smooth hop finish. Fresh hops, no pine or metal, just nice light fresh hops. Easy to drink.

A very good and drinkable ipa.

jrallen34, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a deep copper color with a massive fluffy head that is light tan in color and offers plenty of lacing. Awesome retention of the marshmallow like head.

Pretty malty for a fresh hop. Caramel and biscuity malt with grassy hops.

Fresh piney hops aglow. They are plenty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Some nice toasty sweetness from the malt adds balance. Some burnt sugar and pine resin as well.

Crisp feel and mostly smooth. I would call this medium bodied.

Nicely drinkable IPA. It's just SN doing what they do, making good beers and drinkable ones at that.

jera1350, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a thin tan head that had low retention and just some scant lacing.

The aroma was a nice balance of hops and malt, unusual for SN, with neither having a bold or dominant role. The flavor were very similar, nothing particularly outstanding, with the addition of a bitter hop finish.

The body was decent, full and smooth. Drinkability was good,even though the beer was a bit meh. Overall, not one of SN's better beers, but worth a shot to see if you like it.

beertunes, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010. 24oz bottle into SN hop pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with a large off-white head that slowly reduced into a thin, oily, rocky layer that left great sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Smells of grassy and citrusy hops and light pale malt. I pick up some doughy, bready notes as well.
T: Follows the nose. A fine balance between juicy citrus, spicy, and bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness is low, and the aftertaste is very sweet and fruity. Actually the finish of this beer is so fruity it tastes almost like drinking exotic fruit juices. I also get notes of white pepper, black tea, blackberries, and biscuits.
M: Very smooth and soft with a touch of tingly carbonation. The body isn't as oily and heavy as many other AIPA's, and in fact it's on the thin side.
D: Very approachable and drinkable brew. This is a very balance and soft IPA. Hops are not huge and bitterness is not overpowering, but everything is instead very balance. Sierra Nevada has done it again. I can't remember if I liked this beer as much last year, but I am certain to pick up another one of these before summer ends.

scottfrie, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I reviewed this a year ago and was a little more underwhelmed by it then than I was the other day. I enjoyed a 16 ounce draft of this very much and will continue having it as long as it's on tap at my local bar.

Dark golden color with great carbonation and good clarity. Aroma is typical Sierra citrus with more bitterness than the pale ale and a little more interesting on the hop flavor. A good one when you want an IPA.

david18, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, bright golden amber color with perfect cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is of course hop forward - grassy, floral, piney, earthy and faint citrus. Wonderful fresh dried grain scent. Taste is a nice balanced grassy/floral/earthy/piney/citrus balance, bitter but not scalding to the tounge. Amazingly fresh dreied grain profile, the star of these Fresh/Wet hop beers from SN in my opinion. Medium bodied, slick, somewhat oily and bubbly. I can not stress enough how well SN balances the taste of fresh hops with fresh grains in their beer, wonderful.

rfgetz, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bomber 0-113-2-15:55

Pours a great dark amber body with fine clarity and visible bubbles. Head is big with laceing all over.

Smells like running through a hop garden! Very floral with a nice bitterness that intices you into your first sip.

Tastes so fresh, Ive noticed the all of Sierra Nevadas Harvest ales have this complexity (they don't lie when they say "fresh hop" "wet hop" so forth. EXTREME Hop flavours bursting through my palate. very earthy, musty, bitter hops, not so much on the citrus front. a nice malt backbone to balance out. Loving the taste.

Bit slick from the oh so fresh hops, the carbonation really helps move this full bodied ale along. Not to dry in the finish I find.

I love the Harvest series from Sierra Nevada and you can bet i will drink as many of these fresh as i can.

Overall a very nice ale that has so much complexity and flavour. GO FORTH AND DRINK (and drink fresh as this is how this ale is meant to be consumed).

hopheadjuice, May 30, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see these hit the shelves this time of year. A beer that is affordable and that you can always, always count on. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/28/2010.

The pour was amazing, rich amber in color with a great clarity to it and a large, two inch head of white foam that would not quit. Even letting it settle still left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep resiny hops. Lots of piney aromas here, touches of sweet citrus, balanced as it warms with hints of rich biscuit like touches that lie just below the surface. Each sip is clean, crisp, and very well recieved with a sessionability that is simply outstanding. Long drawn out finish is wet, then dry, clean and nearly perfect, making you return over and over again.

Overall you really cannot go wrong with this one. Just a solid nearly perfect pale all around.

mikesgroove, May 30, 2010
Photo of bdupree
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great dark copper color, pours into pint glass with massive foamy head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, grassy and piney. I pick up a little shrimp on the barbie... definitely brought the hops in from New Zeland! All kidding aside, very well balanced aromas.

T: Very, very bitter. Almost more than I even bargained for with this beer. Seems like there isn't quite that much balance in the taste. Hops are powerful, almost overpowering everything else.

M: Halfway between a medium and crisp body, somewhat heavy in the mouth.

D: Of the two harvest beers from Sierra Nevada, I like this one the least. Still, this is a very good quality American IPA.

bdupree, May 29, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale

Appearance: Copper in color with a small off white head and some lacing.

Smell: Notably fruity and floral nose, inviting to say the least.

Taste: Nice juicy hop taste, alittle spicy as well. Not overly bitter, with a solid malt backing which makes it drink alot smoother. Hops borderline on tropical fruit like mango. Well balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some chewy malt action.

Drinkability: This years batch is very good. I recommend picking up a bottle or two.

Stinkypuss, May 29, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bubbly amber-copper with a frothy off-white head that leaves chunks on the glass and lasts for a while.

smells like hops. mmmm. pine, grass, citrus, a bit of grapefruit. some sweetness in there as well. a bit subdued, though.

tastes of earthy, piney, grassy, spicy and bitter hops. citrus falls behind, but there is a bit of lemon. pretty complex hop flavor is followed by a touch of caramel and butter, which is again taken over by the bitter hops that linger a bit.

feels resiny, oily and medium-bodied on the palate. carbonation is good for the style. long-lasting frothy head adds to each sip.

goes down well for a hop-lover. not the most hopped-up beer I have ever had, but the fresh hop flavors are unmistakeably represented in this beer. another strong, strong offering from SN.

silentjay, May 29, 2010
Photo of cbmatt
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is a very refreshing beer on a hot day. It poured and medium brown color, with a tan head. It smelled strongly of hops, with citrus notes present. Initial taste of of hops mixed with notes of orange. I must say this is one amazing beer, I could drink it all day. I got it in the bomber bottle, it was well worth the $5 I paid for it. Im going to get more this afternoon.

cbmatt, May 28, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear golden color. Over two fingers of tan, thick, head is achieved with a moderate pour. This slowly dissipates leaving pretty nice looking lacing.

Smell - An initial burst of hoppy/piney goodness followed by slight citrus fruit, and finishes with a relatively malty/caramel aroma. Smells of freshly cut grass are noticeable as the beer begins to warm up a bit.

Taste - A bit dissimilar to the nose in the sense that instead of an initial hop burst there is the malty/caramel backbone. This is followed by slight hop bitterness, prevalent pine flavor, and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower amounts of carbonation, slightly oily and bitter finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable. Glad I picked this up from the store. Wasn't too expensive and has a good, unique taste to it.

SpdKilz, May 28, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bottle marked 2010 into a pint. Poured a nice, translucent amber with a frothy head. The carbonation looks moderate and the lace stays on in pretty nice chunks. The smell is a little subdued, it smells smooth and sweet with a hint of something grassy/lemony. The taste is pretty amazing. It starts very smooth and sweet and the bitterness hits more toward the finish and slowly fades from the mouth. It has a very nice medium body. Too bad they don't pop out too many of these. I had to grab 5 or 6 just to insure I could enjoy these for a few weeks.

6/28/10 Just an additional note. I got to try this on tap at Zeitgeist the other night and was still impressed.

OBeerMeGreatOne, May 27, 2010
Photo of Kala1073
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought the 2010 version of this beer a week ago and finally drank it last night. The color is amberish in color with a nice thick head to it. The smell of this beer is intoxicating. Fresh is the first thing that came to my mind. It also has a very nice hoppy aroma to it. I couldn't any longer so I took a nice big gulp of this beer and I was not disappointed. It was delicious and refreshing. The flavor is dense with pine and resin flavors, a good malt backbone, all very well balanced. I will be definitely be picking me up a couple more bottles for this weekend!

Kala1073, May 27, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this yesterday...nice new label for the 2010 release. Pours a nice orangish amber color with a nice big head. This smell...This smell is amazing! All I get is fresh hop smell...It's the hoppiness you expect from Celebration, Anniversary, or Torpedo...but like all of them combined. This bottle is so fresh and it shows. The taste is like drinking the offspring of the beers I just wrote about above. The bitterness is not the slightest bit overwhelming and the taste is tasty as hell. I love this beer. The mouthfeel is great and my Russian River glass has some beautiful lacing on it. Great beer.

DovaliHops, May 27, 2010
Photo of AGDMainer
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For pure value, Sierra Nevada is tough to compete with. That being said, I have come to expect a lot with my love for Torpedo and the original wet hop harvest. Pours extremely nicely with great color, good head and very good lacing. Smell is solid with a lot of straw and earth. First sip was underwhelming. As it warmed, the taste improved but never hit a high note. Definitely a value for the price but lacking, in my opinion, in its overall flavor and balance. I like my IPAs big and that is not a strength of this brew. Well worth the price of admission but unlikely to buy more.

AGDMainer, May 27, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lovely ruby tinted copper, plenty of bubbles rising from the glass, full just off white head. Looks great.

S: Fairly subdued in as far as hops go. Some grassy notes, and an earthy pungent scent as well. Slightly sweet.

T: Found the hops. Nice bitterness up front, some grassy notes, and faint citrus. Not as earthy as before. A slow bitterness lingers on for a good bit once you have swallowed.

M: Slightly syrupy and oily. The carbonation is a little intense I think.

D: Good overall, but I do not think this is out of the world. Good, and it is clear that it is very well put together. But it does seem to be a little one note. Good, not great.

Beejay, May 27, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle I got for $5.50 at Peace Street in Raleigh.

Appearance: As I look at this sitting in my tulip, I don't think an IPA could look any better. The beer is an amazingly clear, bright orange-amber. It is so bright that it almost glows. The head is thick and creamy and leaves just tons of sticky lacing.

Smell: Spicy, earthy, sweet citrus, and piney hops aromas lead the way, but aren't overpowering. A little bready maltiness that is almost toasty.

Taste: Earthy and piney hops and a fair amount of bitterness. Slightly caramelly malt flavor. Trailing bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is really smooth, almost creamy for an IPA. Resiny coating on the tongue. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a hell of a well made IPA. I'm not that familiar with or used to the hops used here though. I like it, but I prefer a strongly citrusy and piney hoppiness over the earthy and spicy hops that dominate here. I'll have to try the Northern Hemisphere again to compare.

rapidsequence, May 27, 2010
Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this on a whim after hearing a few good things about it. Drank from my Surly Surlyfest stein.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear orange reddish with a nice dirty white one finger head that is bubbly and creamy. A beautiful cap and collar remains the entire beer along with a fair amount of random lacing.
Smell- Not the most potent nose in the world but a nice dirty hoppiness is apparent. Plenty of grass and pine with a sort of spicy herbal component. Definitely more of a European hop presence than anything fruity and American. Maybe a tinge of caramel and biscuit hiding in here somewhere.
Taste- Starts with a light malty sweetness that has a touch of crystal malts and a very light toast. A bit of fresh hoppy goodness that is somewhere between earthy and herbal and grassy and piney. A tinge of lemongrass and dandelion stem the beer isn't very bitter but just fresh and nice. The finish is lightly sweet with a buttery bit of caramel.
Mouthfeel- SO creamy and smooth with some light tingly carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty brew especially for a fresh hop that has been shipped halfway around the world. The beer is fairly well balanced and super easy drinking. This is the first Fresh Hop I've had from Sierra Nevada and it probably won't be the last.

younger35, May 27, 2010
Photo of beerdrifter
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Tops Liquors while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear copper, amber pour with nice caramel colored head and great lacing. A bit of a subdued nose from what I was expecting, but definitely complex and pleasant. Lots of caramel and vanilla with a nice malty sweetness and earthy undertones of fresh hops. The flavor is all fresh hops. Initially there's very little evidence of the sweetness that was present in the nose. This really lives up to the fresh hop ale name. It's easily the freshest hop flavor I've ever had. The caramel malt sweetness peaks its head out on the finish, but it's quickly overtaken by the hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable beer. I'm on my second bomber! Sierra Nevada does it again!

beerdrifter, May 25, 2010
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.