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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: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like pine and citrus hops with a little earthy caramel malt. It tasted like earthy pine hops with copper and some caramel malt. It was slightly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't too different from any other Sierra Nevada pale ale, which isn't bad but it's not exciting. Good body and easy to drink. The earthiness from fresh hopping was subtle but noticeable. I personally prefer a cleaner and sweeter hops (Lagunitas?).

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

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. The beer was allowed to warm up a bit as it was simply too cold from the fridge.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a nice copper red coloration. The head was a nice thick off white coloration. Major head retention noted on this beer. My mustache was unable to kill the head. Thick webbing of lacing mark the beers passage from my glass. The beer looks very tasty!

Smell: Caramel malt floats on a bed of shifting aromas of herbal, grass, hay, floral, occasional whiffs of pine and citrus rise out but are not dominate.

Taste: Although the aroma of caramel malt was prominent. The bitter hops lead the flavor. The hop flavors come in a nice wave of pine, wet grass, citrus a very thin sweet caramel peaks out but is quickly pummeled down into submission.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has an almost sticky medium body. The beers carbonation works well with the beer. No trace of alcohol is noted in the mouthfeel. This is just a well crafted super easy drinking beer.

Photo of speter
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear translucent copper color with a two-finger white head that never completely fades. Good lacing.

S: Rather muted, but piney hops with just an edge of citrus dominate what does come through.

T: Not nearly as complex as I had expected. The front is slightly more malty, and the finish is decently hoppy, with the center taking up the small transition. The aftertaste is probably the best part, with nice resinous pine hop flavor.

M: Nicely full-bodied with a tongue coating of hop resin. Gotta love whole cone hopping.

D: I'd really like a bit more complexity out of this, but it's a decently drinkable APA. (NZPA?, given the source of the hops)

Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, has a clear copper color, small white head with decent retention, and minimal spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Not very strong, has some pale malts and citric hop aromas.

T - Good pale malt, touch of caramel malt body, even a bit spicy up front, then some floral hops towards the back, and lingering grapefruit hops in the aftertaste.

M - Light side of a medium body, perfect medium carbonation level gives a smooth creamy mouthfeel across the palate with clean dry finish.

D - A bit on the hoppy and strong abv side for a regular pale ale, but the fresh hops definitely shine on this one.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A-Pours a light copper color with tinges of dark yellow at the edges. Produces a towering 3 finger head that hangs around for what seems like an eternity. I sat and admired for several minutes as it slow receded, leaving an exceptional lacing on the sides of the glass. Really impressive appearance.

S-Dank hop aromas, duh. Fresh cut grass, pine, hay, citrus fruits. Some grains and a hint of caramel are subtler.

T-Malt sweetness hits the tip of the tongue first. Flavors next follow the nose. Lots of pine and citrus from the hops with a bit of graininess coming through. Hop bitterness rounds it all out. Not the most bitter or hoppy IPA or APA (whatever it is), but it is extremely well balanced and a joy to drink.

M-Medium carbonation. A little sticky, but not too bad. It's above average for the style, though not outstanding.

D-Can't really notice the 6.7%. It goes down very nicely. I always look forward to these fresh hop ales every sixth months. They aren't overly complex or the hoppiest IPAs on the market (kudos to Sierra Neveda for sticking with whole cone hops), but they are just solid easy drinking ales. Always worth picking up a bomber or two when it first comes out.

Photo of NahpunGnome
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my good ol' pint glass.

A - A clear copper with little head containing very small bubbles.

S - Hops, hops, and more hops.

T - Citrus, hops, and some hops.

M - Very little carbonation and viscosity is in the middle.

D - Very easy to drink. I think I can drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Summary - If you like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, you'll definitely like this one. I get a lot more hoppyness from this and that's a good thing. Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint me.

Photo of mstyne
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 variety. Purchased from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No other dating available

Earthy, fruity, hoppy odor. Very pleasant.

Nice, thick head with good lacing. The taste: WOW. This is a nice, complex brew. A fruity-pine hop flavor gives way to a nutty, heavy almost stout like flavor. Delicious.

More than makes up for the Glissade Golden Bock from a few weeks back. Well done SN.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Had a crystal clear copper color and a quarter inch of foamy head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Pine scented hops with a little malt sweetness beneath. Not as floral as I would have imagined, more pine-like.

Taste: A dry hoppy bitterness hits you first, then it's followed by a little sweet malt for balance. Finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness. I was expecting a bit more hops complexity from this one. It's good, but not what I imagined from "fresh" hops. Very dry and quite a bit of bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Light-bodied and good carbonation with a slightly slippery finish.

Drinkability: Interesting and a well made IPA. Easy to session, although I don't think I'd go out of my way to seek it out again.

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a beautiful bright copper/orange color with a big frothy off-white head. The head settled down a bit but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppy flavor to it. The hops are showcased nicely but at the same time not overpowering. Some caramel malts really come through in the nose as well to give it a great mix of flavors. Both citrus and pine are equally found within the nice hoppiness.

The taste shows a pretty present malty and caramely backbone to the beer that I really liked. Like the nose the hops are there and nicely showcased but not overpowering. It finishes with a nice balancing sweetness and bitterness. Some pine and earthy spiciness really stand out from the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It's a very nice beer. I really liked the caramel maltiness it had which I wasn't expecting in it. Really loved the aroma to it.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of pine, hops, and sweet kind of malt.

T: Tasted mainly of hops (somewhat unusual for the style), a nice malty backbone, pine, and some citrus. A solid, decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable APA.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-red with a half-inch off-white head that fades gradually but remains full. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is piney hops with malts and a strong grain character. Some faint citrus notes that includes pineapple and lemon.
Taste is again strong, piney hops with some bitterness, and bready malts and grains. More lemon notes, as well as some faint pineapple and apple.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a clean finish. Light body, with a medium level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Well-rounded beer.

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper or amber color nice color here iwth a off white head that has great retention and good lace. the bottle really is choice I must say that the artwork on this label is very cool.

S: pine and a bit of floral notes but smell is just ok

T: pine hops with malts its balanced. crisp and clean easy to drink. honestly for taste this is a bit of a bummer because the other beers in this series have been off the hook. I wont go lower then 4.0 though because the idea for this beer is so damn great and hope 2011 is better!

M: mouth is good with nice carbonation and a med body

D: refreshing beer that makes you want another drink

overall: wow what an idea for a beer its so cool that Sierra Nevada continues to innovate I am going to say the idea is better then the beer in 2010 but maybe 2011 will be off the hook, I will try it for sure!

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

2010 Batch.

Pours a clear copper color, nice mix of yellow and amber. Thick off white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smells like gun-powder, pine, and citrus. There are some sweet malt notes but the hops are laid nicely on top.

I taste in this order: black pepper, pine, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, with the black pepper and pine finishing it out.

There is a slight tongue bite, and mild astringency; the carbonation opens up your taste buds for the peppery hop assault. Medium body and slightly sticky it coats the tongue nicely.

If your in the mood for hops and you can get this fresh this is the beer for you. 24oz of goodness, I should have grabed 2.

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

Poured out of a big boy into a belgian style stemmed glass.

2010 Batch 0 113 213 44

appearance - pours a transparent copper with light carbonation bubbles, and a lightly tanned 2 finger frothy head that leaves adequate lacing and good retention

smell - a balance of caramel malts and lightly fresh and piney hops

taste - mild piney hops with a tinge of bitter and a malty finish

mouthfeel - light and fluffy, strong carbonation builds the body up a bit

drinkability - refreshing and smooth, some bitterness, mildly complex, good session beer

Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2010 batch no. O-113-216-08. Sampled on May 18, 2010. It pours a nice looking golden-amber with a long-lasting, fluffy light tan head that remains steday throughout. On first whiff there is an anticipated note of hops but there are also blended malts in the aroma which balances the scent out. The hops burst open in the taste and take over the entire brew. The texture tends to have a creamy feel to it. Well-hopped but also well balanced and likeable.

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

Drank on the porch with my ladyfriend.

Clear amber. A large white foamy head erupts from an easy pour. Hearty foam retention plasters lace rings like my glass is wearing a striped shirt.

Raw hop aroma like a freshly dry hopped homebrew. Grapefruit and soft pine with light Juicy Fruit. Pancake mix malt. Raw continues in the taste. Sharp bitter, tree sap hop resin, little Juicy Fruit hints. Spicy, sweet cracker malt.

Nothing outstanding but completely flawless just the same.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a frothy tan head. The aroma has some juicy caramel malt upfront, along with some piney and citrusy hops, fruity esters, biscuit, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney, citrusy and floral hops, caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, minerals, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is high. Nice pale ale here, nothing exceptional or particularly memorable but a fresh hop beer in the spring is a welcome change of pace from all the blonde ales and witbeers.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer 2010. Fat stubby bottle that might be 22oz, im not sure.

A- Really deep red, especially for an american pale. Nice sticky white head. Lots of lacing and spectacular lacing. Tons of effervescence fed from the etching in the perfect pint. This beer really does have a beautiful color, there really isnt anything like it.

S- Hoppy? Yes, but not intensely so. Enough malts are allowed to come through the floral and piney (very west coast) hops. There is a little bit of wet dog and soap as well.

T- For a while I thought Burning River was the hoppiest APA. I can confidently say that this one takes the crown. This doesnt come as a surprise to me though, SN loves their hops and they hop their beers very well. It always turns out nicely and this is not exception. Lots of pine towards the end after loads of nice citrus fruits. pineapple, mango and grapefruit are strong. There is even a little bit of kiwi and banana.

M- Dry, medium body that might be a bit thick for my liking considering the style. Nice carbonation keeps it feeling lively and refreshing.

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite coppery in color, with a creamy head.

The aroma is very floral with heavy citrus notes. It seems fresh and crisp.

The taste is very floral and citrusy up front and ends with fairly strong bitter hoppiness.

Overall, its tasty and refreshing. The hops are a bit strong for me, but not terribly so.

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

a-pours a nice golden redish hue with a lasting head and nice lacing.

s-sugary malty smell followed by the floral hops.

t-Nice floral hoppiness that finishes on a nice spicey note. Well balanced against the maltiness.

m-Mouthfeel is in keeping with 6.7 abv...very nice.

d-very drinkable despite the higher than normal abv.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.