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: 127 | 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 tippebrewcrew2
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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!

Photo of GitcheGumee
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of abrand
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Poured a deep amber with a large off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good earthy hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced hoppy flavor with a moderate smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived with a finger of foamy medium-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles and good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool mintiness like spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite, but unlike the usual citrus flavor, this was slightly grassy and minty. On the mint front, the finish had a definite minty cleanliness. Seek this out!

Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle.
A- It's very bubbly (small bubbles). It's semi-cloudy with a big thick head and lots of lacing.
S- Extremely hoppy scent...beautiful.
T- It has a very crisp hop taste. It's very bitter, but there is a sweetness to it that balances it out. Truly exceptional.

Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 24 oz. fat bottle that I bought for $4.99 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills last night into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. 2009 2nd release.

A Nice glowing orange body under a merinque like fluffy off white head. Solid look for the style. 3.5

S Nice hops and malt balance and I really like the honey like sweetness of the way that this malt smells. I can smell the sugary honey! 4.0

T Really nice balance of malt and hops. I can really taste the fresh hops which present as they might smell on a nice warm late summer evening before harvest. I am happy to report that this is not an unbalanced hop bomb (what a waste of hops that would be). No, this here is an artisan beer. 4.5

M Moderate with big malt sweetness, hops bitterness but it goes down easily enough. The feel is really very interesting. 4.0

D The 24 oz. filled about 2 pints and they both went down rather quickly, within about 10 minutes. 3.5

Notes: This, along with SN Harvest Wet Hop show that SN can produce solid artisan beers as well as excellent session beers like SNPA.

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

2009 (2nd release), 24 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Large head with a semi-aggressive pour. Light brown, frothy & creamy, long lasting. Nice lacing. The body was a rusty copper color and hazy. In fact, the haze made it difficult to see much of the bubbles that were making their way to the top.

S: A spectacular aroma...really. Not many pale ales I've had can compete with this. Big floral hops dominate. Also noticeable is the citrus and pine, but they are light in comparison. The citrus is reminiscent of orange pith. I notice a bit of alcohol on the nose. Malts come into play too, featuring grain, bread & caramel aromas. A very light, earthy/leafy yeast note is detectable. Amazing.

T & M: Fruity esters are present and much appreciated. Plum and orange stand out. Just a bit of solvent pulls through. The body is medium and the texture is smooth...really, really smooth. Carbonation is there, for sure, but this beer goes down way too easy. Finishes a bit chalky and bitter.

D: There is basically no reason to stop drinking this one. Find it on draft if you can.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$4.99 / ea.

2nd Edition


S: Potent hop aroma. Smells like a freshly boiled home brew. Piney, and a bit floral.

A: Big, tight, firm head with great retention. Deep amber to orange body. Nice lacing and generous cover.

T: Light sweetness and caramel malt flavor with a strong, but balanced floral hop flavor.

M: Very smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation. A bit of a bite too it, but becomes less aggressive as it approaches room temperature.

D: Very nice beer with great drinkability even solo. I would be wary drinking this at 40°F, but at 55°F it was very pleasant. Would be fantastic with pizza.

O: Very fresh taste, obviously the goal. Really nice aroma. Would do it again.

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

I feared I was getting to this beer a little in the season, but fear not, this turned out to be just fine, although a fresh one sure would appeal to me. Great bottle.
Surprisingly subdued hop aroma with as much malt character as hops (especially for style). A tad spicy with some solvent character too, grain, and grassiness. Pellet like hop aroma.
Big full white fluffy head that settles in its own good time. Golden to a tad darker and appropriately clear enough for style.
Nice flavors all around. Interesting and unique. Malt flavors are different too. There seems to be a bit of a metallic flavor. Hops have a nice spiciness. New flavor, to me, for the hop bitterness, which hold a lot of "tang". Large variety of flavors, allowing each drink to be an adventure (I like that). Sweet fruit (including orange) up front.
Feel is good. Balanced. Moderate. Nicely carbonated.
This beer goes down easily. So many new and interesting flavors with each drink. I'll look for it earlier next year and drink it fresher, if I can.

Photo of generallee
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 2nd release 2009.

Appearance: The pour produced a tall thick and pillowy foam head. It is light tan in color and has great retention. It keeps a nice one finger thick cap all the way down the glass and as I drink, it leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. Under this head is a deep rich amber colored liquid. The beer is not totally clear as I noticed that there is a very fine yeast particle haze in it.

Smell: The aroma has a citrus like hop character with some pine notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of raw grain and even some fruity/estery/yeasty notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sturdy base of bready malty sweetness with a touch of raw grain. Hop flavor is the focus here though, and they add an assertive yet well balanced bitterness and solid citrus (lemon and orange rind and pith) sweet spicy herbal and mild pine like flavor notes. The finish has a long slow bitter hop fade. Its palate has a nice lively feel with plenty of soft carbonation and a good solid medium body.

Notes: This beer is absolutely outstanding. I really enjoyed the play between malt sweetness and the solid hop bitterness.

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

According to the label, it is a tribute to the Southern Hemisphere, "the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring."

This one begins in an explosion of foam - think "Mr. Bubble" in a bottle - that slowly settles into a massive head crowning a simmering copper-colored liquid. There is a minimum of carbonation and lacing in attendance. And as for this "copper-colored liquid," there is an initial nose of intense citrus with subtle banana ester. Meanwhile, the palate is greeted by a by something akin to wet straw, a taste combining the sweetness of New Zealand hops with North American malts.

Interestingly enough, this beer was not the anticipated hop bomb I thought it would be, but a light bodied English bitter. However, it does contain a deceptive amount of alcohol, enough to surprise any other drinker thinking this to be a sessional quaff.

Wasn't New Zealand once a British colony?

Photo of kpoole25
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle to glass. This was the 2009, 2nd release. Reading the label, I notice this isn't a wet-hopped beer, the hops are dried in New Zealand and flown to the brewery. I still want to try a wet hop sometime. In any case, color is a cloudy honey-copper color. Smells rich and inviting but not as much citrusy hop as I thought. Taste is full flavored ale, strong on the hops, but I'm not good at telling apart different kinds of hops. Not sure I'm really getting the difference in the 'fresh' part, maybe if I tried side by side with a standard SN I could tell. Overall a solid beer though.

Photo of chickencoop
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Alcatel Liquors/ Berkeley, an underrated but very good bottle shop in Oakland.
Poured the deep amber that you'd expect from Sierra, smell was a bit grassy and malty if that makes sense. Taste was similar to what'd you expect from Sierra, hoppy, with a nice malty balance, couldn't really differentiate the New Zealend Hops though. I'm excited with what Sierra's doing, by far my favorite microbrewery, and I think whatever they do is solid, good stuff.

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009, 2nd Release.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy off-white head. the head dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing and a layer of foam atop the beer.

Spell is decently hoppy, with some citrus and floral notes.

Taste has some bitter, spicy hops. These hops really seem bitter to me, but without any signature hop flavors. Maybe the hop choice in this one wasn't the best because it was limited to New Zealand varieties.

Overall it is a decent beer, but overpriced. I'm not someone who really wants to pay that much just because they went through the exotic process to make this beer.

Photo of squirrelpirate
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale poured a slightly hazy orange with a thick, pillowy white head. Very thick lacing down the glass. Huge citrusy hop aroma with scents of malty sweetness. Very inviting on both accounts.

An interesting biscuity flavor combines with a caramel, honey, and citrusy sweetness. Spicy and floral hops cut through the sweetness for a pleasantly dry, citrusy finish.

Medium-bodied, slighly sticky on the palette. A very smooth drink with an appropriately low amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable, and a great experience to taste the Southern Hemisphere hop varieties.

Photo of Blitzstyle
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle, great foamy head. Good retention and some good sticky lace. Nice hazy dark amber color.

Sweet piney scent and citrus armoas as well. very nice and bold.

Sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance. Bitter citrus hops and some piney goodness. Malt contriubutes a sweet bready taste. Hops are bold but are not over powering. the best apa I have had.

Hops are lingering in a good way. beer is medium bodied and smooth. Aftertaste has a small bite to it. Would drink several of these. Another nice showing by SN.

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2009; coming in a 24 Fl. Oz. brown bottle, this bottle seems to belong to the "2nd Release" for this special ale, as specified on the front label, served faintly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber hue, almost 100% clear, coming with very low carbonation and a pillowy beige frothy head that lingers well and only reluctantly settles to a thin cap to last throughout the drink, leaving dirty lacing behind.
S: at the first sniff, the "Kiwi hops" used here seem to ring a bell of English Goldings hops, in line with that orangey citric aroma; also at presence are hints of light earthy-floral notes, hawthorn fruits, a touch of prunes, longan-fruits, on a par with a decent backbone of caramely, honey-ish and lightly biscuity malts. Not terribly complex, I must say. But the fresh hops liven up the overall nose somewhat, which cannot to be ignored.
T: delicious... the hop-malt juice tastes like really enticing longan-fruit tea flavoured with jasmine, while hints of caramel, dried orange peels, white grapes, and bitter guava simultaneously develop on the palate, followed by a super-soothing flow of hoppiness along with soft, almost tea-stem-ish tannins rubbing the deep ends of the tongue... Throughout the drink, bitterness is kept at a very soft level, but fresh hops do make a vivid impact in the form of "chewy" palate which serves to lengthen the whole hop enjoyment way past the flavour has settled. Also, consistently a decent sour edge of fruits (I suspect coming from both hops and yeasts) pairs with the flavour just seamlessly.
M&D: the carbonation is very very soft indeed, without unwanted artificial CO2, and the body stays decently moderate as far as the alc. is taken into account. All in all, this is a delicious pale ale designed to quaff.

Photo of BatsforBeer
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest 2nd release, poured into English pint.

Two finger, khaki, frothy head dissipates slowly to an island of foam; cloudy, golden straw body with glints of orange. Except for the bits of sediment floating around which are probably my fault for a bad decant, this beer is beautiful!

Nose consist of strong floral and grapefruit notes with hints of strawberry

Hint of caramel biscuit malt upfront and way in the back no discernable sweetness, fades into a wonderful fruity, floral, tad spicy hop flavor with fruity esters that finish with notes of floral grapefruit

Beer is medium bodied in the mouth, slightly sticky and creamy

Wow what a beer! Probably one of the best APA's I have had to this date! Very refreshing and with such a wonderful taste and smell I could easily kill a couple of bombers. I cant wait to get my hands on next years!

Photo of RJLarse
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I boughrt a 24 oz bottle of Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale at Enoteca. $4.99 Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. Creamy foamy white head, is resilient and breaks down in ridges and valleys. Curtains of lace line the glass.

Smell is a sweet pine scent with some citrus aroma.

Taste is a sweet bready flavor up front with a citrus flavor, grapefruit and orange, with more sweet dough on the finish, and a mild bitter aftertaste. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Slighlty cloying but well carbonated.

Very drinkable if not sessionable. Not an everyday beer but a very drinkable special selection.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saved this for halloween night - fot the ceremonial beginning of the fall season.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my goblet. generous off-white head settles to a thin film with heavy lacing. Pours almost red, (orangy?) and this is not super clear but not as cloudy as I'd expect for this level of hoppiness...

S: really great but subtle. the aroma is so enticing I was unable to just smell this one, I skipped ahead to the drink right away. But the smell hints at a bit of malt background and there's a bit more of hoppiness

T: really great hoppy taste here. the malt lies far in the background. the hops stay with you for a bit in a good way

M solid body. More smooth than the taste would suggest. carbonation just right. No taste of alcohol at all.

D: Supremely Drinkable. One of the best beers I've had.

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