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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: 2,837
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 133 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
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
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of taigor
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2009 2nd release from a 24oz bottle

A - Amber in color with lots of creamy head that laces and lasts.

S - Lots of hops with hints of fruits and flowers.

T - Very powerful taste of hops with lots of malt flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is ok with good carbonation. Very crisp and fresh. Aftertaste is extremely bitter.

D - Low because of the aftertaste.

Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009. 2nd release. 24 oz. bottle.

pours out a cloudy peach/bronze/amber colour with an active light tan head with some nice lace. smells a bit malty with some tangerine/necterine hop notes. sort of simple and straight laced. the taste is a simple caramel maltiness combined with some subdued floral fruitiness and herbal, spicy, earthy hoppiness. there is a great deal of lingering bitterness on the tongue...rather quenching and satisfying. full bodied and a round active, lively mouthfeel. drinkability is good. i'm having no problen slugging the first of three bottles down after a hard week of work away from home.

overall this is a nice offering from SN highlighting southern hemisphere hops as the star of this brew. as i said above, the hops used come off mostly spicy and herbal in contrast to the citrus centric NW hops used in most of the the other SN brews i've sampled prior. although this concoction lacks the wow factor of other hop bombs, i find it interesting, intriguing and recommended to try.

Photo of fropones
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 50th review!
Pours a nice coppery orange with about 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Smell is hoppy and citrusy. A good amount of some orange peel with a hint of grapefruit. Just a faint hint of pine. Taste is nice and bittery citrus up front, with just a hint of malt in the back. Leaves a nice bittery aftertaste, as well. Medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation. A bit dry, but not in a bad way. Drinkability is good. Great for this last hint of nice weather before it gets freezing in a few days.

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 24oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC.

A copper colored ale with great clarity and a moderate beige head. The aroma is full of citrusy and grassy hops with a touch of lemon. The flavor is dominated by a citrusy bitterness from start to finish. While the hops run the show, the malts contribute a hint of caramel and biscuits. It's a bit thin in consistency with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles. The glass is well coated with lacing once the glass is empty.

As usual, this year's harvest ale is a solid SN offering.

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

A: Honey/amber in color. Frothy billowing cream head. Lot's of lacing. Impressive looking beer.

S: Floral hoppy aroma. Honey malts.

T: Big/bold hopped up flavor. Floral and vaguely fruity with a nice honey malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Clean finish. Refreshing.

D: You could easily session this one all night.

Photo of Ralphus
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up while in DC at Whole Foods Market, during a recent vacation. I was glad to find it as it would have been tough to get in my native Canada.

It poured a medium amber colour. The head was thick and creamy but would eventually settle to a cap of foam, but it left great lacing down the glass. I found that it didn't smell very much at all. Even in the later stages it was subdued but there were malts, fruitiness and even some vanilla. It was nice but you have to reach for it.

The taste was deep sweet malts with a well controlled hop depth. I really enjoyed the head on this one and kept pouring it larger and larger each time. The mouthfeel suffered a bit from the sweetness I found.. slightly syrupy with a stickiness to it but it didn't really detract very much from the beer. I also enjoyed the fine carbonation.

Drinkability was good. A second (if I had one at the time) would have gone down well. Overall a lovely beer.

Photo of beertooth
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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.

Photo of FatSean
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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.

Photo of patobandito
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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.

Photo of brianh78
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

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.


Photo of ShogoKawada
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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.

Photo of Wegbier
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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.

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