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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: 2,776
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 110 | 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 beertooth
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a 25oz mug.

This beer is a hazed, slightly burnt amber. There a nice thick, billowy two fingers of egg shell head that sticks around for a hot minute.

The nose is faint. I'm getting some floral hops, caramel malts, a lot of tea. It's not bad, just not as hop forward and I thought it would be.

The first gulp is floral flowery hops, tea, sweet malts. The finish is a little oily and it has a bitterness that lingers until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light, and well carbonated.

A tasty beer overall, but it wasn't quite what I had thought it would be. I wouldn't mind grabbing another bottle for the price though.

beertooth, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of generalnotsew
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice little fluffy head. Not too much and not too little. Very light lacing on glass. Gorgeous cloudy Amber coloring. Real nice to look at.

Smell: Mostly hops. Kind of faint. Probably because I left it in the freezer too long and too cold.

Taste: Nice crisp hops. Has a earthy, grassy taste. Not much malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Feels really good on the tongue. Almost hate to swallow it.

Drinkability: Good ABV makes it very sessionable. Goes down smooth and easy.

Sierra Nevada delivers again. Hard to say which is better. The Wet Hop or Fresh Hop. Big difference between the two. Always something to look forward to every year. Especially if you like hops but not too much to overpower you. Very well balanced.

generalnotsew, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of claminat420
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1st release

A- poured a slightly transparent amber color with a slight off white yellowish two finger head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- just has a slight grapefruit hop scent. not to shabby.

T- a prefect hop to malt blend. it's really hard to pick just one out because the balance( if that makes sence).

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a couple of these 24's no prob.

Overall- yeah i know this is a year old or whatever but i said what the hell.... when i mentioned the taste it seemed like the age just blended everything together more. i wanna try the 09 one and compare the two.

claminat420, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of FatSean
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been awaiting this brew! Wandered into my second-favorite store to find several of these in the cooler. 5.75 he wanted for the bottle and I gladly paid. Poured in portions from the 22oz bottle into a 20oz Otter Creek 'worldtour' pint glass.

Appearance is nothing extraordinary. A pleasant Sierra-Nevada-esque warm brown. A rocky head that loves to foam up if you are not careful pouring. Insane lacing.

Smell is lovely. Malts? What are those?

The taste is where this beer shines. Not as heavy on the hop oils as I had anticipated, but still packed with flavor. The hops linger on the tongue just enough to remind you what you are dealing with, but not long enough to forestall another sip.

Mouthfeel is great. For a strongly hopped ale that puts the malt in the background it is hard to imagine something better.

Drinkability varies on your personal preference. As a hop-head I found this brew extremely drinkable.

If you like hops, find this beer.

FatSean, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of SargeC
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 edition

Appearance: Deep golden brown colored liquid with a frothy yellow-gold head.

Smell: Thick hop presence with an underlying base of sweet malt. Citrus and pine dominate.

Taste: Good semi-dry hop flavor. Deep complexity from the fresh hops. Provides delicate flavors not evident in other hop heavy brews. Seems to be more about the flavor and less about the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry finish. Interestingly dense yet delicate body.

Drinkablity: Extremely drinkable, tasty and complex with satisfying hop presence.

SargeC, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of patobandito
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago. Always curious to try the 'harvest' beers from SN.

Pours caramel color, a bit cloudy. Foamy head dissipates quickly. smells hoppy and flowery. Taste is very flavorful, some malt, but mostly full hop flavors. Extremely drinkable.

SN still fails to disappoint on Pale Ales.

patobandito, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of ralree
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rather transparent, great reddish orange color with an orange-white head. Head is 1-finger, has great retention, and absolutely glorious lacing.

S: Rich hop flavor - grapefruit, pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, barley, and surprisingly brown sugar. It doesn't get much better than this.

T: Nice strong hop flavor hits the tongue immediately. Lots of piney hops. More barley background than many IPAs. Nice and fruity to boot - has a nice grapefruit taste. Not too sugary, but the brown sugar in the background sweetens it nicely. Aftertaste remains super-bitter, and has a hint of smoky barley. One has to LOVE LOVE LOVE hops to like this beer.

M: Really carbonated, medium body, mostly dry with a little oiliness.

D: Goes down quickly. I could definitely drink this in larger quantities, and often.

ralree, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of brianh78
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great beer to show off different hop flavors! It pours a bright copper color, with a thick head which dissipates very quickly. It leaves a nice lacing on the glass as you drink it. Shines a deep copper/red in the light. The smell is all hops. Floral, spicy and herbal, the hops hit you right away. There is a bit of an alcohol bite in the end, and a slight feel of malt sweetness. The taste is, again, all hops. The hops are not overpowering, but there is citrus, flowers and slightly herbal. Nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is light, but thick in a coating sort of way. It's not overly carbonated. Overall, I would say this is a great celebration of hops. It's balanced by a slight malt sweetness on the end. Definitely not a session beer, though!

brianh78, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of chadu
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small amount of head and an orange slightly hazy appearance. A slight lacing on the glass as it was drank.

A mild hop nose with a nice malt sweetness in the glass.

A malty beginning with a tad of butterscotch and a great floral bitter finish.

The beer is hazy enough that it hides it's carbonation. You can feel the life in the mouth though and it's a pleasant surprise.

This is a tasty beer, but at 6.7%, drinking anymore than the 24oz in the bottle might be a bit much. Quite nice. At about $3.50-$4 for the 24oz, this is priced right. Very affordable special release from Sierra Nevada.


chadu, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in PVD. Side note- I love Sierra for their big bottles and cheap prices. $4 for a 24oz bottle! Yes!

A- Deep, dark, rust colored, a fluffy, cloud-like head that laces and lasts.

S- ...Fresh hops. A bit sweet, a bit floral. Mild malt sweetness, I think. Very mild.

T- Unlike the nose, the taste is pretty powerful for an APA. Very hoppy, pine and citrus hops dominate. Not too overbearing, and counteracted by a nice, sweet malt bill that rounds out the package very well.

M- Divine. Very tasty, very crisp, very full-bodied for an APA... an expertly-crafted brew.

D- High. Gimme more! Glad I got this bottle, your mileage may vary, but I love it.

ShogoKawada, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of EPICAC
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Pale Ale pours a cloudy copper. It's topped by a frothy, off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. There's a nice toasty aroma with a bit of caramel, a slight alcoholic spice, and hops that are leafy and citric with a bit of fruitiness.

There's a mild, caramel sweetness upfront with a good, toasty backbone. The malts quickly give way to an alcoholic spice, and a spicy, leafy, hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and coarse in the finish.

I thought this beer had a great malt-hop balance with good flavors from both elements.

EPICAC, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amber color, with decent carbonation, and a thin head that laced fairly well. The aroma was strikingly different for a Sierra beer; it was obvious that the hops weren't the usual WestCoast Cascade, as the aroma was less citrus and more herbal, woody, and a little grassy. The taste confirmed the herbal/grassy nature of the aroma, with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied, decently carbonated, and again, a very nice dry finish. I would session this beer, but I would prefer a little more citrus/fruity essence in my pale ale. Maybe I've been brainwashed by years of loyalty to the flagship brand.

donniecuffs, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Wegbier
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oh this beer is a great tale.
Simply shows the year on the bottle with no exact date.

it looks light copper with lots of tiny bubbles and a frothy two finger head that doesnt want to give up almost the whole way down, the head is a bright eggshell white that laces lightly the whole way down.

the smell is fresh and nice even though I am late by the whole summer. the smell is grand and potent of flowers, citrus and passion fruit hops

the taste follows suit, it is so flowery it reminds me of a heather flower ale blended with orangy passion fruit and the lightest amount of caramel malt to balance a sumwhat sweet beer.

the feel is smooth and lightly carbonated with only a little bit of rough bitter.

I wanted two or three more, this is drinkable and tasty. New Zealand hops deserve a reputation.

Wegbier, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 version, last of a case that was enjoyed from beginning to end.

Nice orange color with a foamy white head. Speckled lace fully coats the glass as this one goes down.

Smell is grassy hops with some nice citrus notes. Not as stong as when this was fresh but still very nice. Taste is also grassy and slips into a grainy malt flavor. Finishes a little dry with a slight wet grass funk. Again, I think it was more appealing when fresh but it is still holding on OK.

This one will become a regular once a year purchase.

beermanbrian, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey hue with a 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Most grainy, malt notes with hints of piney hops.

T- Sweet, grainy, caramel and light fruit notes lead into a strong bitter, piney hop taste.

M- Medium bodied, quite a bit of caronation.

D- Very drinkable on a warm summer day.

Lothore, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of devilben02
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition, 2nd release. Because this is a southern hemisphere fresh hop, this release is not exactly the freshest when drinking at the end of September, but drinks like a nice pale ale/american IPA.

A vigorous pour provides a cloudy copper color with a thick, fluffy head that slows disappears, leaving quite a bit of lacing on the side of the glass. Bright and clean aroma with light notes of citrus and pine. Generally well-balanced flavor, but definitely skewed toward the bitter end of the spectrum, with flavors of lemon, orange, and spice. The sticky hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste so that by the bottom of the 24 ounce bottle, the tongue aches. In that regard, there's a limit to how much I could drink in a single sitting, but overall a very enjoyable drinking experience.

devilben02, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass at 47 degrees. 2009 - 2nd Release indicated on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a rocky, off-white, one inch head and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid half-inch cap with delicate strands of sticky lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals grapefruit/citrus on a sweet malt backbone. Taste consistent with nose - sweet and malty, with a pleasant citrus current throughout, as well as some floral hops character. Mouthfeel is light- to medium-bodied with a bright background carbonation and a slightly oily texture on the tongue - does not finish clean, but is somewhat palate cleansing nonetheless. Simply delicious - by far one of the best IPAs I've had. Really flavorful without a punch in the face abv. Well worth your time.

Jwale73, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Pinto21
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Light copper pour with tan/white head. Nice looking pale ale.

S:HOPS! maybe a nice lemon. grassy too. it's hard to place what this smell is. kinda herbal too

T: More herbally hops, some lemon to it. leads to malt, but not too sweet. the malts don't stand out a lot.

M,D: Kinda dryer, not much mouthfeel. smooth drinking

This beer is interesting. The hops have a different flavor to them, which makes this beer worth a try. I like it but it's not the best APA I've had. But it should be tried. I'd like to try it fresher too.

Pinto21, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden brown color. Light tan head falls to a minimal one with thin lacing.

Mild hop nose with mild malts present.

Pleasantly sweet but the hops make themselves known. Slight citrus taste maybe? Ends with a mild lingering bitterness.

Rather full in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Goes down rather easy, pleasant. Not a bad drinking beer, would have again.

dstc, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of mullenite
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottling.

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger frothy white head that lingeres around and leaves a nice thick cap on the beer. Excellent looking lacing down the glass.

Smell is fresh hops, very citrusy/fruity aroma with pineapples, red apples, orange/tangerine and grapefruit. There is some lingering pine/grassy scents in the background but it is primarily the fruitier aroma hops.

Taste has a nice biscuit malt background with light fruit flavors up front giving way to more of a piney/resinous bitterness through the back of the tongue. Strong hop flavor from the middle back, with the fresh hop bitterness appearing very near the end.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, very similar to the US version which is just slightly thicker than SNPA. Easy to drink on this hot, humid, southern day.

mullenite, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of 8Punisher8
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly orange with a nice white head. Pours smooth, ok head retention.
S - Hops definitely present, but not overdone. Smells very 'fresh', as if just past the green stage, but certainly ready to drink.
T - Pleasant, with a nice mixture of hops and spice.
M - Hops not overdone here as well, but definitely present. Good, almost delightful.
D - Great drinkability. Could do this as a session beer. Everything works together well to create a great beer to drink.

8Punisher8, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Fresh Hop Southern Hemi release.

Pours medium amber with minimal haze, thick off-white head, and laces well throughout the pint.

Nose has a nice clean & bright citrusy aroma with some floral hints as well.

There's good carbonation on the palate, and enough malt to give it some balance, but clearly the focus is on the mouth-puckering hops. There are herbal flavors that go nicely into the finish, and bitterness pervades from early on, through the middle, and so forth. Rather easy drinking for an IPA.

yemenmocha, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of mikedashg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Immediately the bubbles swarm into a tornado into the glass and reveal a warm light copper amber yellow beer that's very much transparent and produced a rocky mostly white (a little tan) head that stays around FOREVER, wow, really amazing head retention and overall great appearance. A little too orange in color though.

S - Not too strong here, but the definitely fresh hop forward in the smell. Pine, citrus, a little floral

T - Also hop forward, grapefruit rind for sure, a little piney, some citrus, a little more on the floral side. Sweet Carmel malt on the finish.

M - Very fresh and Crisp, Moderate carbonation moderate body.

D - Very easy drinker. I could almost session this one, the big bottle went down easy. Not quite as hoppy as I would hope for a fresh hop (although it IS hoppy, especially when it warms up), but I'm guessing since this is the first ever beer that's been brewed on site with their own hops and malt, they couldn't load it up with the ingredients. The price of the bottle also reflects this. I understand what they're doing here, and I'm glad they did it. It's the wine of beer as far as ingredients to go. Way to go SN! Very bold idea.

mikedashg, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Brown pop top bomber with nice classy label.

Appearance: Dark golden/burnt orange beer with a tiny bit of sediment in suspension; thick white really creamy cap with nice retention...really pretty looking beer

Smell: Really nice, mild/smooth citrus hop aromas, with sweet orange and grapefruit predominating

Taste: Very nicely balanced sweet caramel malts and medium-sharp citrus hop bitterness...this starts really perfectly balanced, and the hops just kick through a little on the finish, making this one pretty refreshing actually

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: Simple, tasty fresh hop ale...the hop flavors are a little bit less than might be suggested by the aromas, but the clean crisp bitterness goes perfectly with the medium caramel malt presence.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was out with the wife the other night at Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem for my weekly stock up. When I drifted over to the refrigerated section I noticed a great selection of Sierra Nevada's and picked up this bad boy.

A: Hazy amber color with a thick, fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace.

S: Citrus, grapefruit and floral aroma.

T: Starts out with a delicate grapefruit/ citrus flavor with subtle undertones of resinous bitterness and caramel malt. Well matched hoppy finished really completes an extremely well balanced brew.

M: SMOOTH medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable brew, really loved this brew! I was extremely impressed by the subtlety of the flavor and the overall smoothness of the brew. It had been a little while since I was really wowed by an APA but this was really distinctive and stood out as something other than just a "lighter IPA". SN deserves a ton of credit, they're blazing a lot of trails for large volume macro's and this is another feather in their cap. Find and try this brew, you won't regret it.

jdg204, Sep 18, 2009
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.