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: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | 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 ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 7/7/10.

A - Clear amber/copper-toned body with a slight haze, ample carbonation and a finger's worth of beige foam on top that retained well and laced up nicely.

S - The sweet aroma is interspersed with alcohol notes. Actually, I am quite surprised by the fact that the aroma is dominated with the twang of alcohol fume. While the sweet malt is apparent, the hops aren't too pungent, unfortunately, although the hop nose becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed.

T - The flavor is brimming with fresh floral hop oils and citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and bready malt. Finishes with a spicy bitter character boasting herbal and earthy tones as well as a slight alcohol sting and hint of toasted grains behind it all.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lip-smacking stickiness. The carbonation helps to bolster the bitterness, resulting in a dry, prickly finish with a lingering hop bite on the palate.

D - Although I was expecting a more pungent nose, Southern Hemisphere is a solid fresh hopped IPA that remains nice and bitter throughout and boasts a great, full mouthfeel. Drinkable? Yep.

Photo of evilkalla
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Slightly cloudy copper with a half-inch head which faded into a thick lacing on the top of the beer. Very attractive.

S Piney hops. My nose is a little stuffy so I'm probably not getting the most out of it.

T: Very hop forward, it reminds me of their Torpedo IPA. Very crisp bitterness. Has a hop flavor that is somewhat unusual. I like it.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and head.

D: I really like this one. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of Dodt
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked a bomber of this a while back finally decide to crack her open
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance amber colored with a off white head
smell hoppy with a bit of malt
for me this is another solid entry from the people at sierra nevada

Photo of HopNuggets
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 24oz bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a deep amber color with 2 finger off white/eggshell head. that dissipates to a nice covering that leaves great lacing down the glass.

S - Floral hops, calm citrus notes of orange with a hint of toffee malt.

T - Orange citrus up front with some dry pine after. Bitter in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Leave a coating on the mouth and a dry finish leaving you wanting another sip.

D - Quite drinkable where I have no issue taking down the 24oz bottle solo.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper/amber with a thin creamy head and nice carbonation.

S - Sweet hops.

T - A touch bitter, but nicely balanced wheaty hops taste. Nice citric undertones as it warms the flavor really comes out.

M - Nice carbonation, cooling, bittery aftertaste.

D - Awesome. Another fine beer from SN.

Photo of dzni
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden ale with a small, fine head
S - Apricot, citrus, floral, and some bread ... really enjoyed the aroma on this one
T - The taste didn't match the aroma so much for me and was decidedly less interesting. I only got significant hops up front with maybe some citrus in there.
M - Lighter mouthfeel, typical hoppiness
D - I wouldn't have a problem drinking this all night, and it's especially good for a warm day if you want something fairly interesting on the nose but straightforwardly refreshing when you drink.

Photo of johnwarne
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"IPA redux;
An option, just not the best.
Not memorable"

Not a bad IPA at all: hoppy, floral, drinkable: unfortunately, just like about fifteen other good but not great IPA's that hunker down in the middle of the market. Drinkable: of course! Worth driving across three counties to obtain? Dubious...


Photo of gfreed
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For me, SN produces some of the best and some of the worst beer in America. This one falls squarely in the middle and is, in fact, a rather predictable AIPA. The color is a welcoming light amber, with loads of bubbles and a vanishing fritzy head. In other words, not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. Plenty of grapefruit and tart citrus in the nose, some notes of caramel and a wee bit of toasted grains, with some high-leaping bubbles to land on your nose. In other words... not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. There's a nice bite from the fizz (pleasant on a hot evening) and a strong blow of hops/citrus/grapefruit from beginning to end in the taste, with some malt density to add gravity and body. In other words... uh... um... well, it's not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. I will note that the malt content is rather high for this style, I think, which probably saved it from being a total dud for me.

Worth the $5 to give it a try but not worth repeating.

Photo of Duttonic
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Pours one finger of head, deep copper in color, almost amber. Mild bubbles, decent lacing.

S- Strong hops, surprising malt character, nothing else stood out.

T/M- Hoppy, bitter, chewy, creamy, smooth, something that you can sink your teeth into without it being overpowering.

D- Really easy to drink, the alcohol is masked well, not overly bitter, not too heavy. Not the best I've ever had, but it is definitely worth trying.

Photo of zebco
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, amber-orangeish color. The carbonation bubbles were larger than average and active up front. The head was thick, creamy, and sticky. It retained itself quite nicely throughout the whole beer with heavy lacing as well. Definitely strong hop aromas as expected along with some citrus and pine notes. The initial hop burst is quite powerful but it seemed to mellow out pretty quickly into a comforting bitterness that was pretty pleasant. This is not and APA where you're done and go, "I really thought I'd get more hops out of that one". Not here. I'd say a low to medium carbination with a nice medium-bodied feel. No really noticable hints of alcohol. Very smooth an easy to drink. Expect powerful hops that are balanced well with the malt flavors. I expected nothing else from Sierra. These guys are pros. Well done

Photo of berpwillie
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a transparent copper color with extra large off white frothy head that remains, good lacing and flat carbonation. very fruity citrusy hop smell thats very potent. taste is much the same but much more mellow than the smell which was kind of disappointing. very clean dry and smooth, with a medium body. light creamy sticky texture and a moderate bitter finish. very long flavor duration. well worth a try.

Photo of JamesS
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly deep copper, but with little head and no lacing. Very nice scent, a great malt backbone; interesting hop aroma that has a lot of sweetness as well as bitterness; maybe sugary. Nice flavor, a deep malt with a great hop flavor and aftertaste; sweet initial flavor, even with the hops with a very keep bitterness on the tongue after. Goes down quite well.

Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice shade of copper. Slightly hazy with a thick head that slowly recesses to a fluffy creamy head.

S: Floral and dark fruits. Bready and a perfume like aroma.

T: A bitter and dark fruit flavor play well with some biscuit qualities. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Light and smooth, covers your mouth well.

D: You could down these all down long, very sessionable.

Photo of Rguardian989
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured part into a sam adams proprietary glass and part in to a normal shaker glass.

I wanted to experiment with how a difference in glass will change the beer. It turned out to be pretty significant.

Appearance and Smell - SA glass - Floral with some citrus with a balanced sweetness. Shaker glass - scent was much less strong and more european/noble hoppy smelling than in the SA glass. Both laced VERY well and the SA glass rarely laces with any beer.
Both hd a nice light amber color with a white head.

Taste and Mouthfeel - SA glass - very european hop variety flavored and floral. not my cup of tea as i like my ipa to the citrus and pine end. There is some citrus in there though which is good. The malt bill does a good job of balancing out enough but tihs is a hop forward beer which is a good thing. Shaker - floral hops with a citrusy end and a mild bitter finish. Too much carbonation for my liking i might have to pour the next draw from the bottle more aggressively. The body is spot on in both cups

Drink - Too floral for my liking but not in any way a bad beer and i have no problem finishing hte entire bomber in a short amount of time.

Other Notes - if you like your ipa's towards teh floral end with some euro hop flair in there, pick this one up, if you like urs citrus and pine then you may want to pass on this one but this is in no way a bad beer infact its still quite good given my disposition towards ipas of this style

Photo of wspscott
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz bottle in pint glass (2010 edition)

A: Pours a hazy orangish color with a fluffy tan head that never disappears and leaves a medium level of lace. Very pretty.
S: A little bit of citrus and some spice
T: More spicy than a standard American IPA, not spicy like pepper or clove. Some caramel, but not overwhelming like some IPAs. None of the grassy fresh hops flavor.
M: A little more carbonation than I expected, on the high side for the style. A creamy mouthfeel that goes well with the carbonation.
D: Very much an American IPA given the caramel malt and high level of hops, at the same time, the type of hops provide a non-standard flavor profile. A somewhat unique beer, well worth seeking out.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Incredible lacing from an off-white head on top of a light-copper body with a slight haze

T- Tangy and bitter with flavors from the yeast producing a bread-dough feeling and the hops remind me of Magnum with a lime-like feeling.

D- Slippery and slick with a balance of flavors that showcase the brilliantly citric hops

Photo of socon67
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I flat out enjoyed this beer.... alot. Sierra Nevada may not be as trendy to say you like because they are readily available beers, but this is an example of an IPA done right.

A - As the beer poured into my glass I could see the creamy orange liquid swirling around. Slight lacing, and a nice lively foam.

S - An appetizing bouquet of flowery hops hits your nose. There is also a smell of citrus, kinda like tangerines.

T - And here's the payoff. This was a smooth IPA with a crisp taste. The hops are clearly at work, and in a good way. I get a little bit of fresh bread too.

M - Not too heavy to drink, and pleasant on the palate.

D - I was hoping nobody else would notice that I was polishing off this bottle. This one was addictingly good.

Maybe it was the hot day, or just a craving for a good IPA. But SV hit the mark on this. By far a tasty brew.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my Iron City pint glass this pours very clear. It's a pretty pure amber with an off-white fluffy head. As I make my way through the 24oz bottle, the lacing clings tenaciously to the glass.

Flavor and aroma are filled with a variety of hop notes. The malt provides some balance while still letting the hops strut their stuff. It really straddles the line between IPA and APA, but no matter what you call it, it works. ABV is right in the drinkability wheelhouse. This one's a big time winner. Makes me want to fly to New Zealand every April.

Photo of rwinzing
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this and have been enjoying them slowly. I am a fan of fresh hopped beers. I enjoyed this beer from a stemmed vessel.

A - Poured into stemmed vessel down middle of the glass. It was a moderate to dark amber with a very small light head.

S - The presence of hops is up front in the aroma. It had a piney smell to me. Not sure what hops were used but a very positive smell.

T - Nice taste can taste the hops through out. Finish was nice but not as balanced as I would have liked. Fished bitter from the fresh hops but good

M - I am still new to rating mouth feel. A bit of a bite

D - I could enjoy multiple of these in a session.

Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a two-finger, white head with nice retention and excellent lacing along the side of the glass.

S: A pretty hoppy smell with some sweet, citrusy, grapefruit undertones. Fairly typical of an IPA.

T: A nice, bitter hop taste with a sweet, toffee malt backbone that was pretty good in order to balance the hops. A pretty earthy and slightly grapefruit aftertaste.

M: A little thin but still pretty nice, medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was welcome on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination making this a pretty nice drinking beer overall, Definitely worth a grab if you can get it.

Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a finger of off white fluffy foam.

Smell: Decent mixture of floral hops and bready malt on the nose. Nothing exceptional, but not bad at all.

Taste: Hops are powerful, but not overpowering. Bitterness from the hops, with a nice mix of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a nice crisp clean finish.

Drinkability: A very good value at $4 for a bomber. A nice alternative when you are burned out on SNPA and this is available.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Fathead's

A-pours a slightly hazed deep golden amber liquid with a billowing creamy off white head.

S-the nose has some caramel malts and toasted grains up front, a little bready, pine and citrusy hops take over, nice notes of orange peel.

T-again caramel malts, toasted grains, slighlty bready. piney hops, a good bit of citrus orange peels and a light lingering hop bitterness.

M-smooth on the palate with a medium to light body, grainy on the back of the tongue with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-well balanced, good malt profile with a great hop presence. hops are the showcase but the malt profile makes itself pronounced with an inviting lingering hop bitterness at the finish.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering from Sierra Nevada, I am really feeling this beer, great pour, nice foam, sticks around for a while, and lightly coats the top of the beer from beginning to end. Nice reddish/golden brown color.

The hops are amazing, they are very strong, they blow up, but the taste is amazing. There is obviously some malt in here, but you can't taste it much, there is a fruity taste, and a sticky quality to the beer as well, which only adds to the flavor. Some hoppy IPAs have all the hops and nothing else, but this has the best of both worlds. Also, has a bitter and dry flavor as well.

Well done, very well balanced, I am getting more. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Goes down very easy as well. Both refreshing and flavorful at the same time.

Photo of jwhancher
2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Re-reviewed on 7/31/13:

Bought a bottle down in Total Wine, DE. 22-oz bomber with no bottled on date. There's a code, but I don't know what the heck all the jumbled numbers mean. It is a 2013 edition, so I figured it was fresh at the time. A little later after checking the internets, I realized this one was brewed sometime around April 2013. Sierra Nevada: PLEASE PUT A FRESHNESS STAMP ON YOUR BEERS, PLEASE!!!!

Anyway, I poured the beer into a tulip for re-review.

A: Might have some chill haze. Appears a ruby orange with nice off-white head with lacing that sticks to glass sides quite nice.

S: Hops have faded. Some faint orange zest. Lots of malt sweetness and maybe a little tiny citrus hop note. A shame. The hops are why I bought this beer. I messed up. Should've passed on this one. Only wish I knew it had been sitting on the shelf for way too long.

T: Bitter with very little hop flavor and sweet malts.

M: Ample bitterness with a medium full feel due to sweetness of malts. SN seems to have kicked up the specialty malts to balance with the abundance of hops. With the hops now faded, I'm left with too sweet a malt beer for a fresh hop ale.

O: Again, I'm disappointed. This is strike two for me with this beer. As my previous review was killed due to dirty tap lines, this one suffers from a beer that cleary stayed on the shelf too long. These two things are stuff that really frustrates me in the craft beer craze. Bars who want to beer craft beer bars need to clean their lines regularly and retail shops need to move merchandise quicker or remove dated releases once old. And breweries really should stamp bottled on or freshness dates on their beers!

Review from 6/24/10:

Had a pint at Mad Mex. Pours an amber, copper color. Smells kind of off. Not sure if the tap lines were clean. Smells like vanilla; not getting any hop aroma for a wet hop beer. Ok: after checking other reviews it turns out what I might be getting is simply what was put into the beer. Strong grapefruit aroma present. The taste is just like the aroma. Strong grapefruit-like. More malty than hoppy or bitter. Mouthfeel not good. Tastes a little sour. I'm not really digging this one at all. I think either I had a bad batch or I just don't like this one. A rarity of a Sierra brew if what I had was the real deal. Would much rather prefer their fall wet harvest ale. Note: once I try this one again I'll re-review.

Photo of CBlack85
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear copper/amber color with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Decent head retention that turns into sticky lacing.

Lots of citrus in the aroma; lots of orange and lemon with hints of grapefruit as well. There is also a nice mixture of bicuity, malty, and spicy notes present as well. Not as pungent an aroma as I had expected, but pleasant none the less.

The taste is more malty up front with the fruity/citrus hop flavors following up nicely. Quite a nice balance in this one. The bitterness is minor but still present. Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated. There is a slightly oily mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Quite a nice well balanced beer

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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