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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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2,763 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,763
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 63
Gots: 108 | 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 ipazilla


4.88/5  rDev +20.5%

This beer is simply incredible. I purchased a 22 oz. bottle, it was the last one in stock elsewise i would have gone back and cleaned the store out of it. I drank it with a meal of spicy sushi rolls which it complimented well. Big Big floral flavor, like an ipa with limited bitterness. Exceptional drinkability and smoothness, the hops used are shipped from new zealand in our off season and they are robust, fresh, earthy pine flavored and delicious. I can't say enough about how great this beer tastes if you get a chance to try it do so and if you love dried hop ale, like their celebration ale, but less bitterness you should enjoy this treat.

09-05-2009 14:34:32 | More by ipazilla
Photo of babaracas


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

2009 - Pours a dark amber with lots of yeast in suspension, long lasting off-white head, sheet of lace to the end. Smell: subdued - spicy, orange, toasted pale. Taste: spicy, leafy, orange citrus, a nice touch of caramel. Mouthfeel is silk. Getting some age on it but still very nice.

2010 - I assume that this could vary to some degree year to year, so I'll add a review for 2010. Ended up with the same scores. Pours a mostly clear dark orange with big fluffy khaki colored head. Fades leaving a big dollop of meringue in the middle with thick blobs of lace clinging to the glass. Smell: spicy, slightly grassy, subdued orange citrus, over a toasty base. Taste: spicy, tangerine, orange, lightly toasted and caramel sweetness.

09-05-2009 05:57:17 | More by babaracas
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Pour glowing deep copper with puffy off white head that fades but leaves rings that slide into sheets. Fresh citrus blossom, pine forest and summer fruit nose. Ripe raspberry up front, then an explosion of orange and herbal hops with floral/bubblegum sweetness that make the mouth water but stings too. Medium sticky. Linger is forever.

Staggering hop profile. Another big win for SN.

09-04-2009 20:12:52 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Slats


3.93/5  rDev -3%

A: Very nice head with good retention. Clean copper color.

S: Mellow pine hops and citrus, comes of clean and neat.

T: Very nice grapefruit flavors balanced with nice caramel malts. Nice prickly pepper notes and a great pine finish.

M: A bit light in body but not bothersome at all.

D: Extremely drinkable, nice finish , lots of flavor and complexity for the lowish ABV.

Go get some, easy to knock back and relax to.

09-04-2009 16:42:25 | More by Slats
Photo of jacobseyb


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

A=pours a deep copper color with an off-white two finger

S=not a powerful aroma, some piney and alcohol notes initially with some slight floral notes following.

T=not an overpoweringly hoppy beer, piney notes initially with what seems to be a grapefruity finish

M=Great feel, some slight oilyness with a powerful but light carbonation

D=very enjoyable and drinkable beer, good taste, feel and moderate ABV.

09-01-2009 00:44:12 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of wd40

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer poured a very thick head that had fantastic retention and beautiful lace. The color is amber with a fair amount of clarity, but not particularly stunning.

The aroma is very herbal with some pine.

There is a nice hop presence that is well balance by malt for a dry finish. I think the score should be between a 3.5 to a 4, but I rounded up.

The carbonation is great, it forms a long lasting foam, but is still soft and not aggressive. This makes the beer very drinkable.

08-29-2009 21:32:31 | More by wd40
Photo of mdale13


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

A- Dark copper. Billowy white head, 1 finger head. Really a beautiful beer.

S- Fresh Hops, pine, citrus. A very sharp, bitter smell. Very inviting.

T- Very hoppy. Traces of citrus, pine, grass. Very refreshing. Bitter tinge towards the end.

M- Really hits the palette. Very refreshing taste. Bitterness on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable. I put down the 24oz Bomber no problem. I will certainly buy this beer again!

08-29-2009 15:33:07 | More by mdale13
Photo of BuckeyeOne


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

This is the first of these that I've had after having a number of 12th release "Wet Hop" ales from SN. This version did not seem as fresh to me as the Wet Hop.

It poured a nice burnt orange color with tons of fluffy head which lingered for a while. It smelled sweet with a touch of fresh hops. It was not as hoppy in the nose as I was expecting, given my experience with the Wet Hop. Maybe its not fair or appropriate to compare the two brews just it's unavoidable given the similarities in style and bottle design.

The taste followed the smell. Sweet biscuit followed with fresh hops and an alcohol bite.

I would probably not drink more than a bomber of this and would definitely choose the Wet Hop if I had a choice.

08-28-2009 03:09:40 | More by BuckeyeOne
Photo of shrxxm216


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Popped this open after a nice long walk on the beach.
24 oz. into pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a nice white head. Thin lacing.
Smells strongly of hops with some sweet malt.
Tastes exactly how I wanted it to. Very tasty hop flavor at first followed by caramel malt, but not a lot.
This beer feels kind of thin due to a smaller amount of malt, but this causes the beer to be very drinkable. It is full of flavor without being thick or hard to drink.

08-27-2009 20:20:51 | More by shrxxm216
Photo of cvfish


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

A - This beer poured an amber orange color that produced a nicely sized, white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some pale and caramel malts in the beginning, and an earthy, grassy hops aroma and citrus mixed together, although the hops were not as abundant as I expected

T - The taste of this beer was an outstanding mix of caramel malts, followed by a wonderful mixture of an array of hops, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, peppery and piney were all present, and all mixed perfectly

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was just about perfect for a beer ike this, light bodied, moderate carbonation, silky smooth, nothing not to like

T - Very few beers cause me do drop to one knee and praise the Lord for beer, and this was one of them, just a wonderful beer by a wonderful brewery

08-25-2009 02:16:36 | More by cvfish
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Tasted on August 21, 2009.

A: The beer is copper color with some red/amber color on the edges.

S: Hops with light notes of malts. I would say some little banana in there.

T: Wow... mainly hops (citrus, resinous and some grapefruit). Very light notes of grapefruit, however.

M: So good... medium body and the taste lingers in the mouth... wow. Dry on the finish.

D: Soooo easy to drink. A perfect note!

08-25-2009 00:37:15 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of abar22


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass

Nice burnt orange-pekoe tint with a smooth creamy 3 finger head. The head settled into a solid, slightly hilly cap. A solid patch of lacing is left on the glass during settling. The beer itself was clear on the first glass and cloudy from the bottle conditioning on the the second.
The nose leaves a bit to be desired. Slight hints of citrus hops with an almost sea like quality. The hops being from New Zealand could have something to do with that. That knowledge could be altering my perception as well. Either way it isn't as fragrant as I would like.
The taste thankfully brings more to the table. It begins with a touch of malt sweetness followed but a nuttier malt backbone. The finish brings some citrus orange, hop bitterness and then exits with a orange-pekoe tea like flavor. The after taste leaves traces of tea and hop resin. Quite excellent and a much better than the nose would leave you to believe.
Moderate carbonation and medium body keep it right on par for it's style.
Delicious and light enough at 6.7% to make a bomber disappear quite quickly. A fantastic take on a pale ale and quite different from the run of the mill interpretation.

08-24-2009 03:31:45 | More by abar22
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance is a medium copper with a nice head and lacing that last throughout.

Aroma - Big hops and citrus orangy-grape fruit here. Malt in the middle. Much hoppier smell than their pale ale.

Taste is distictively Sierra Nevada - Hops up front with grape fruit just as the aroma gives up earlier. Slight maltiness makes an appearance here. Spices jump in the middle - ginger comes to mind.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a nice finish. A big improvement on their Pale Ale

Drinkability - As of today, my favorite from Sierra. This one's a keeper and I'll definitely pick this one up again.

08-23-2009 00:52:58 | More by Celt44
Photo of jlindros


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven

A: Clear golden reddish slight brown color with decent head

M: Fresh light lower alpha hops, slight malt and touch of sweetness, slightly piney and very slight citrus

T: Fresh hop bite, again starts with lower alpha hops though, some crystal malts but mostly hops and pale malts, a little alcohol, the fresh hop bite picks up as it goes and gets pretty bitter, some nice pine and citrus starting to come in stronger

M: Semi light on the tongue, could use a bit more carbonation (hard to call since its on tap)

F: Very bitter, it gets very hoppy on the finish with some pine and citrus, very fresh hoppy taste which fades semi quickly to a semi dry clean finish

Final thoughts: A nice IPA, lots of fresh hop taste, starts light bitterness with low alpha hops, then gets a huge fresh bitter hop bite at the end. Could have used a little more dark malts IMO, but I'm a malty IPA kinda person.

08-22-2009 14:53:58 | More by jlindros
Photo of webbcreative


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured amber orangy color, with rocky white 3 finger head. A=Sweet, citrus, piney smell, has that typical Sierra nevada pale smell about it, which I love by the way, just has a real clean smell to it.
T= more of the same starts with the sweetness, then seesm together even sweeter in the middle and finishes with a sort of caramelized sugar flavor and of course oily piney citrus Fresh hops, mmm.
M= medium

overall= I really really like this brew, it's clean and refreshing, with a bit of an unusual hop flavor and has a nice sweetness that balances it (but on the hoppier side of course). Great, I will have to get more of this befor it's gone for the year. I could drink this all day!

08-15-2009 23:44:00 | More by webbcreative
Photo of BB1313


2.4/5  rDev -40.7%

I don't know why I really couldn't get into this one! I'm a big SN fan and I had high expectations. This one was too bitter for me and trust me, I love bitterness. Something in the taste dept. wasn't doin it for me. All of the flavors seem diminished. Not juicy or anything. It's definitely a nice effort and I know there are plenty of people that appreciate this brew, just wasn't for me.

Freshness wasn't an issue, just couldn't get into it, and I really wanted to.

08-15-2009 18:11:21 | More by BB1313
Photo of ppoitras


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

24oz bottle purchased locally as a single, probably Yankee Spirits or Julio's, both in MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head is robust and lasts well, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is malts, citrus hops, a touch of pine. Taste is citrus hoppiness, sweet malt in the middle, then pine bitterness comes on in the end. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Excellent brew.

08-15-2009 17:39:23 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Jdecarol


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Looks deep amber and hazy with a big white head that leaves lacing all the way down from the first sip to the last.

Not much to smell. You have to pretty much bury your nose into the head to smell a little pine and resin.

Taste is very malty. Little hop kick that hits on the tip of the tongue but its very smooth, almost too smooth maltyness.. Then the clean hop kick in the back of the throat.

Its like cream going down. Silky smooth and leaves a little hop resin on the tongue to intrigue you into another sip.

I could drink a few of these and not feel bored with the selection.

08-14-2009 00:09:19 | More by Jdecarol
Photo of rawhydes1


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

amber color with off-white head that clings to the glass like a needy girlfriend.

sweet, with pine, floral and citrus notes.

Finishes with a lingering floral hops.

an amped-up SN APA. Delish...

Served in a 24 oz. bottle, who needs more than one??

08-13-2009 00:51:31 | More by rawhydes1
Photo of Reaper16


3.93/5  rDev -3%

2009 (2nd Release) bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a toasted orange with creamy, off-white foam. The head was two fingers in size. Normal stuff; the wall-like lacing and general creaminess raise the score to a 3.5.

This beer has a very balanced smell. The faintly juicy hops don't dominate the bready, cracker aromas. I can extract alcohol from the nose if I dig deep enough; odd.

The balance carries over to the palate. You can immediately tell this this is not a dry-hopped beer. There is an herbal, vegetal quality to the hop flavors that indicate wet-hopping. There is a bitterness, but its not harsh. The malts (crystal?) show through with generic sweetness. The combination is greater than simply the sum of its parts. The balance of this beer puts the score over the top. All of the grassy hop flavors and clean malt work together nicely.

I love the mouthfeel of this beer. It seems a touch thick of neutral, but it really carries the flavors. Drinkability is kind of insane. This bomber is disappearing at an alarming rate.

Nice bomber, especially at the price. Its hard to go wrong with a Sierra Nevada APA. I think the hops may have faded a bit, but the balance in this bottle is something that a lot of pale ales should strive for. Its not Alpha King, but what else is?

08-13-2009 00:16:25 | More by Reaper16
Photo of joshuadlight


3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Split a 24oz bottle with my brother.
Beautiful soft amber colored brew topped with a double layered head. There are larger fizzy type bubbles topped by frothy creamy type bubbles. Looks awesome. Tons of grassy and pine hops scream loudly in the aroma. This is a lot hoppier than I was expecting. I don't know what to make of styles anymore. This is not a balanced beer in my opinion. I don't know if it was an isolated bottle, but I had this right before a Ballast Point IPA, and this one was by far the most bitter. Anyway, tons of hop flavor.
I found it a tad too fizzy in the mouth, but it was overall an enjoyable experience.

08-12-2009 13:58:11 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of bilyboy65


4/5  rDev -1.2%

Never disappoints. I enjoy all of their beers, but this one is fantastic.

A: Very crisp amber color with an active white head. Leaves good film and lacing on the glass. The lacing does dissipate after a while, but still evidence of your pull.

S: Very hoppy is the dominant scent. There does seem to be a little lemon esters in the after nose. Floral in nature though.

T: There does seem to be some lemon, but mostly floral hops. Flavors are crisp and bold.

M: Medium/full body with a good amount of carbonation dancing. Leaves a little oil trail, but it seems to trap a lot of the flavor that makes you keep wanting more.

D: Putting aside it's strong bitterness, is a very balanced beer with enough to entertain the pallet. That will keep you going back.

08-12-2009 03:48:02 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of infestaxion


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%

A - Coppery orange with a cream head that leaves little lacing.

S - Not getting much here. A bit of malt. Not really any hops. Not what I was hoping for with a fresh hop ale.

T - Sort of metallic. Some malt. The hops come through at the end. Citrus and piny. It's ok.

M - Good body and carbonation. Pretty much the best part of the beer.

D - Very drinkable. The only problem is that it's not very good.

I'm not going to lie. I was hoping for more here. But it's better than a Budweiser.

08-10-2009 03:51:45 | More by infestaxion
Photo of barnzy78


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

11 oz sampling, 2009. Second time having this SN offering - the first was their 2008 batch. Poured a hazy copper-orange color with a pillowy off-white head that held great retention and left a nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Aromas were of caramel malt, citrus, and pine - fresh and sweet. Tastes were full of flavor - pungent, juicy grapefruit backed by malty caramel sweetness. Finishes spicy with bitter grapefruit rind and somewhat dry. Mouth-feel was medium bodied, while being oily, coating the palate very well, although there was a sudsy/soapy presence as well. Highly recommendable and highly enjoyable!

08-08-2009 13:15:58 | More by barnzy78
Photo of sgoodship


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

My wife picked up a 24 fl.oz bottle for me when she was shopping. I'd never really noticed this brew before but I will from now on.

A: Murky amber liquid with fine bubbles rising. Craggy off-white head. Fantastic head retention and lovely fine lacing.

S: Surprising amount of maltiness with a nice blast of fresh grassy and piney hops.

T: The sweet malt brediness hits you first. Then, there is a bit of a fresh hop bite in the middle. The finish delivers caramel but is accompanied by a good hop bite. It's really hard to read the hop profile because this brew is insanely balanced. Big hop and big malt. Aftertaste is really bitter. Just right for making you want to jump right back in.

M: Very smooth. The huge amount of maltiness makes this hoppy beer feel like silk.

D: Love it. It's pretty big for an APA. Malty and hoppy but I'd say although there is balance, my takeaway is that this is a very hoppy beer. I'm looking forward to my next one. How does Sierra Nevada do it?

08-07-2009 22:38:07 | More by sgoodship
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.