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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: 2,650
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 59
Gots: 81 | 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 redneckchugger


4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great head, really great had for a pale ale. Huge, fluffy cloud, and tons of lacing, you can tell there is tons of hop resin in here just by looking.
Not quite as impressed with the nose. This beer is supposed to be hop forward, and last years had a great nose, lots of good floral hop aromas coming through, but this year its weak, I get some piney hops, some floral notes in the back, and even a touch of heat, which i should not pick up on the nose of a 6.7abv beer
The taste is a lot better. I mean a lot . Immediate hit of really piney hop flavors, no real bitterness on the front. The mid palate is more floral and herbal, like azaleas blooming near a window planter of herbs. There is some malt sweetness sneaking in at this point as well, just enough to tel you there is some malt in this beer, but not enough to distract from the hops. The finish show some bittering hops, its dry, and bitter as hell, and i love it.
The mouthfeel is okay, really a touch thick for my taste, i would have preferred a beer with this hop profile be a bit thinner and more carbonated, hell just more carbonated would have done the trick. Just not what i am looking for in the moutfeel of a fresh hop apa
Its very drinkable, goes down easily, i'm glad this was a bomber, cuz one twelve ozer would have just left me wanting more.
Over all this is a great beer. I look forward to it each year. This years wasn't quite as good as last years, but its still damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 01:40:36 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of CHSLBrew


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. 2009 release.

A-Clear, amber brew. Orange-off-white head, big off the pour with a moderate retention.

S-Hops, hops, and more hosp. Floral and herbal, hijacking my olfactory system.

T-Piney, very herbal hop flavors assaulted my tastebuds immediately, followed by a no-B.S. bitterness. A fruity aspect comes into fruition (pun intended), largely estery, but some citrusy hop as well.

M-Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied beer, with a noticeable hoppy dryness.

D-A good extra-hoppy IPA. Very tasty, a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 17:54:06 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the Blind Tiger 06-19-09

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing. Amora is rich with malts, caramel and a balancing, citrus and pine. The aroma is very similar to the taste, a malty start with a citrus/pine bitterness. Some spice , but mostly citrus, haven't had such a well balanced beer in a while, in the hop/malt department. Great mouthfel of creamy, smoothness, with a great bitterness. Easy drinking for 6.7% and could def. polish off a few in one session. I had this once before from the bottle and don't remembering being this good. My guess is a fresh keg?

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2009 17:42:51 | More by bonbini26
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with orange tints. Nice swiss cheese 2-finger head, leaving very nice lace. Very active beer, with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Floral hop aroma with a touch of pine. Yeasty, slightly bready malt tones.

Hops, hops, and more hops. Bitter on the first hit and stays bitter all the way through the profile. Finishes very dry. Plenty of malt body here, too.

Just the right mouthfeel for the style. Slight chewiness, without overpowering.

The intense finish drops the drinkability a tad, but one bottle at a sitting is plenty for me!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:51:56 | More by beer2day
Photo of hooliganlife


4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i have no clue why i did not review this last year. it was hands down one of my favorite releases.

pours copper in color, very clear. huge white head that takes its time going away although turns quite puffy leaving behind intricate lacing. magnificent!

huge hop scents, primarily pine and citrus. very light malts

first taste is an absolute hop assault. huge bitterness from primarily pine and citrus notes. light earthy and grassy flavors emerge through out. malts are fairly hidden by the overpowering fresh hop flavor.

carbonation has some bite and adds some body. overall feel is pretty full and smooth.

i love this. one of my favorite releases of the year. i am quite happy they decided to release this again in 09. at under $4 for a 24oz bottle, there is no better deal! 5.0 all the way.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:09:25 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a 24 oz. bottle of this the other day. This bottle was part of the 2nd release of this beer. I've never had this before so I was not exactly sure what to expect, but Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

Poured into a pint glass in two parts. The beer was a amber brown color with no haze. Only a small, one finger beige head, but there was some retention. Smell was very hoppy, pine notes in particular. The taste followed closely behind. Nice big, floral hops upfront. Citrus notes present first followed by sharp, bitter, pine notes. There was also a nice spice note thrown in, but it was slightly overshadowed by the hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability was a little low due to the strong flavors here. i could not have more than one bottle. Moderate ABV does make it a good sipping beer though.

Overall, a good beer. Tastes more like an IPA than an APA to me. Not as good as SN's Torpedo or Pale Ale though.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 20:16:30 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. The beer was a clear amber color with a thick ivory head and abundant lacing. Mostly floral aroma, also citrus and sweet malt. Pine taste, a little grapefruit, a little caramel. Pretty hoppy, great beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 15:52:46 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of SirDrinxAlot


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper/amber with a big 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaves a sudsy lace.

Smells of pine, maple, malts, and spice.

Taste is pine and maple with a light spice/citrus and a good bitter kick. Medium bodied throughout and good drinkability. I enjoyed this one. Will probably grab a couple more.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 00:09:11 | More by SirDrinxAlot
Photo of aglose45


4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful golden brown color, with a thick and frothy looking, ivory-colored head. Good lacing left on glass.

S: This beer definitely has a "fresh Hop" smell to it. From the first smell things look to be heading in a good direction! Picking up some orange-like flavors as I pry further into this beer. Also, some sweet grassyness too. In addition to the hops I picked up some caramel malts, which lead me to believe this is an overall, pretty well-balanced beer.

T: Big lemony and orangey pop to it first sip. One cantell that this beer is certainly fresh, as the name would suggest. As I was led to believe while smelling this beer, it is well-balanced between hops and malts, even though the hops are there at the beginning and the end. Not too much bitterness to deal with, just a little bit on the end and some great flavors, which is how I like it to be for this style. This beer has excellent taste.

M: Maybe a bit on the carbonated side, but that certainly doesn't take away from the overall experience that this beer is trying to give you. Light bodied, with a good resiny feeling left on the palate from the "fresh hops".

D: This beer has an excellent flavor and lower abv, not in the style, but in general. This is a beer that I would like to consume weekly, year round. Unfortunately it is only a summer beer, so I'm going to add this to the list of beers I would like to sample 24 times (buy a case of)!

For me, this is an excellent version of what I think an American Pale Ale should be. This beer is right up there with Alpha King.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:03:31 | More by aglose45
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $5. Poured into my Sierra Nevada shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with two fingers of bone white head. Nose and flavor consist of notes of toasted bread, lemon peel and pith, mildly resinous pine, spicy, floral and fragrant, extremely fresh tasting. The ale is pleasantly bitter from start to finish and a tad oily with more than ample carbonation. All pale ale fans need to seek this one out before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:16:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

Deep golden amber color that shines red when held to a light. 2-finger off-white head of large bubbles settles to 1-finger and becomes rocky. Smell is fresh and pungent, lemon and grass, honey, pine, lots of hoppy depth on a rich semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is much the same, no surprises. The crispness of the hops is very nicely balanced by the fullness and body of the malts, which are much more felt than tasted. Creaminess is present on the palate, but tart dryness is what lingers in the finish. Foam clings heavily to the glass. It is thick and filling, hoppy and thirst-quenching, all at the same time. Unusual dynamics, something different, and very enjoyable precisely for that reason if none other.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 02:06:43 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of samie85


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice medium brown/orange color with a thick, cratery off white head.

S- Smells mostly of citrus(lemon) and a little pine. Maybe a slight malt aroma as well. It smells so fresh and amazing.

T- Mostly crisp, bitter hop pine and citrus. I'm getting a slight malt characteristic as well but I'd like just a little more.

M- Fells pretty smooth and a little oily in the mouth.

D- I think I'd like it to be more balanced. It was pretty much all hop, all the time. I know they're trying to showcase the fresh hops, but some more malt would be a nice addition in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 19:18:46 | More by samie85
Photo of CoolJosh


3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Treyrab, sent to him in a courtesy package from Nittanybeerfan. Thanks Trey and Dan!

Poured into my perfect pint glass. This beer pours a copper and haze infused body. A one finger head from pour in a creamy white dollop of foam on top. Sketchy lacing paints the sides of the glass.

The smell is rather off-putting, at least for what I was expecting. Per Treyrab, the hops were imported from New Zealand and combined with American malts. Slight floral scents. This component doesn't work for me very well. Fairly skunky with an almost sazz hop scent combines with sweet caramel malts. Just not my style.

A little bit grainy in the taste and texture. The same hops in the scent are much more well executed in the taste. That, matched again with the smooth caramel backing make this a rather tasting drink. Very refreshing. A little bit spicy as well which kind of gives this beer a bite. Really interesting beer, and would gladly have another.


Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:22:18 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of treyrab


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to nittanybeerfan for sending this accross PA. I wasted no time putting it in my fridge and pulled it out tonight to pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper with half finger tan head. Pours so cool into the glass, the glass immediately beads with sweat and drips onto my desk. Not much of a sticky head.

S: Wow. Great skunky, lemony citrus hops blast into my nose. The hops smell so damn fresh. Lemon, citrus and a touch of grassy pine all the way through. A touch of caramel to top it off.

T: Very clean and refreshing with a hint of lemon spices and skunky hops. Reminds me almost of Saaz hops. Not sure what kind of hops are grown in New Zealand. The best aspect though is the caramel back. A tad sweet with caramel and touch of sweet toffee.

M/D: Give me more.

Overall, a great beer. Super fresh and leaves me wanting more!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:13:03 | More by treyrab


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me with a thick chunky offwhite head that stayed for the duration of the pint, leaving great resinous lacing down the sides. Color was a deep complex orange copper.

Smell was a pungent pine and citrus with a bready caramel malt presence.

Taste was a wonderful fresh hop explosion. Spicy fresh pine and citrus with a strudy, but not too big, malt (bready and caramel) presence. Classic Sierra Nevada. Earthy resinous hops jumped on my palette and left a nice bitter fresh hop taste that grew with every swig.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Oily from all the fresh hops. pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is great, drank 3 pints in a row, and wanted more. Was awesome on draft if you can find it. I will definitely have to find a bomber or two of this. hopefully it will be just as great as it was on tap. A great Hoppy pale ale!

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 19:15:30 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of bargerking


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review so here goes: Pours a pretty golden almost copper like hue. Nice foamy head. Smells floral with citrus. I could taste caramel hints mainly dominated by the floral/citrus charachters though. Lacing is evident. Smooth to swallow. Finish is a bit resiny with a almost woody aftertaste but enjoyable. The drink seems to mellow out and balances out as it warms up. This brew seemed stronger than what I anticapated but is a joy to drink. This beer reminds me alot of the 90 minute IPA I drank awhile back...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 03:27:11 | More by bargerking
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at the store today as we didn't get any in NH last year, Sold!

Pours a deep golden copper color with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Floral citrus minty hops dominate the aroma, but hints of caramel and bread peak through. Taste is slightly bitter with citrus and mint, hints of caramel and a bit of a mineral taste in there as well. Crisp bubbly carbonation, resinous slick sticky mouthfeel, medium body bit of a dry finish. Nice drinker, needs more aroma hops, but easy to drink. Great value at 4.49 for 24oz.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:56:07 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Pours a rich amber with an incredibly thick white head that goes nowhere. Piney aroma with minimal malts. The taste reminds me of drinking my homemade cascade hopped ales out of the fermenter before bottling. Rich in very fresh citrus hops and balanced with a fine maltiness. This is a medium body beer that you don't just slam. Very very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 01:52:54 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little worried after seeing the discussions on the board about this year's south. hemi....screw it, at 3.99 a bomber+2, you can't go wrong.

The pour is a slightly hazed orange-gold. A medium size head, decent retention, beautiful lacing, the etching on the glass is superb.

The smell and taste are both dominated by some light citrus and strong mint hopping. The malt comes in just enough to balance out the moderately high bitterness.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily, decent carbonation carries things along quite nicely.

I could drink a few of these, very nice beer. SN doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 04:59:45 | More by grayburn
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep orange-bronze color with a sudsy, thick head that slowly recedes. Decent retention and nice patterns of lace on the glass. Fresh hop beers always look great, and this one is no exception.

S: Highly balanced aroma with a nice malt presence of caramel and pale/bready malt. Citrus and earthy, spicy hop aromas are present, as well. Not as bold as the Harvest ale they put out in the fall, but still good.

T&M: For a fresh hop ale, I'm a little disappointed. There's a reprise of the pale and caramel malt flavor, coupled with a spicy, earthy hop presence. The hop flavor doesn't explode with freshness like I was expecting, but it's still decent. Body is medium, but the mouthfeel is substantially less sticky and resinous than other fresh hop ales I've sampled.

D: Flavorful and easy-drinking, but not as scrumptious and deliciously fresh as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale. Still a solid beer, I'm glad I purchased this bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:27:26 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of NewGeneric


3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this one right now. Pours a reddish amber color with little head and no lacing. Smells of light malts and earthy hops. Tastes of fresh hops with very light malty undertones. Smooth and just a teensy bit overcarbed. Very drinkable, glad I have a 24 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 23:33:07 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought and quaffed this one yesterday (13JUN09). Picked up this 24oz bottle of batch #2 from Ayotte's ($3.99). Headed to the 'Zebo in the late afternoon warmth and enjoyed...

Color is a deep copper/bronze. It is clear, with scattered carbo here and there. Head was fine and thin, with creamy bubbles clinging to the edge, leaving wispy trails of lace. Aroma has toasty malt, with some citrus also showing itself. Has a decent medium body, and the feel on the tongue is light and airy, akin to a hefeweizen.

Flavor? Nice malts kick things off! More toastiness is present, with light caramel and some soft sweetness. Hops balance things out nicely, with citrus and rindy flavors coming into play. It's also a smidge resiny, and the hops linger nicely on the palate. This one's a keeper! Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:58:17 | More by Bierman9
Photo of markskar

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally snagged a bottle of this after hearing about it for months. This is the 2009 release, but without a "best by" or "bottled on" date on the bottle, I'm left wondering if this might be a little less than fresh, and that perhaps the hops character may have faded a bit. This is a good brew to be sure, but it isn't as impressive as I'd hoped.

A - Pours glowing orange, crystal clear with a 1 inch white head, decent carbonation, and moderate lacing.

S - Nice piney aroma, hints of citrus.

T - The flavor is where I think the hop character may have faded in this particular bottle. The aroma is there, but the balance in flavor seems tilted toward the caramel maltiness more so than the citrusy, hoppy flavor that the aroma would seem to call for.

M - Dry and crisp, with a strong burn lingering on tongue from the hops, but without the citrusy flavor to match. Not getting any kind of smoothness from this (as mentioned by previous reviewers), leading me to further believe that this bottle isn't fresh enough.

D - All in all, pleasant and very drinkable. If given the choice, I'd probably take a Torpedo--or even the standard issue SNPA--over this, but it is certainly a very good beer that I'd like to enjoy again (especially to test against the quality of this particular bottle).

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:45:20 | More by markskar
Photo of krisandajt


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a bottle of this sitting all by it's lonesome in my local bottle shops cooler...I just had to take it home.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with a solid inch of foamy head. Very good retention and with great lacing.

Smell: Hops. Bitter, delicious hops. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: A subtle malt backbone, but the taste of grapefruit dominates. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, decent carbonation. Hops leave a nice tingle on the palate.

Drinkability: Wow. I am regretting only getting one bottle. If you are any bit a hop head, you will love this beer. Very hoppy, but not to the point of being overwhelming. I will be getting more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 01:48:39 | More by krisandajt
Photo of NorCalYeti


3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber color, large creamy head, roses/estery, later on in the drink the smell was skunky/malty...and not in a good way, very smooth mouthfeel, light citrus hop character. not that imaginative a beer from sierra nevada...probably liken it to a good pale ale with less bite and weight.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 19:40:19 | More by NorCalYeti
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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