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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: 2,831
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of ledemie
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

V-clear orange, nice and clear, nice medium bubbles
S-hoppy citrus/grapefruit, a hint of sweet , nice and mellow.
M-nice refreshing, medium body.
D- oh boy it goes down easy, a really nice crafted beer, I would recommend it.

Pairing - Spanish olives , Spanish Chorizo (not hot), fresh goat cheese.

Photo of jbone78
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

new to my area.

A- pours a golden/hazy color with a frothy head that is full of lace into my warm pint glass.
S- Sierra Nevada has their own smell, and you got it here. Hops, you smell the wonderful aroma of hops.
T- As you taste this beer, you are in a familiar situation as any other Sierra Nevada. Overwhelming amount of hops, but this one has the New Zealand hops. I actually can not differentiate the difference betweeen American Halertau and New Zealand Halertau, but that is what you taste.
D- I am going to buy more of this one!


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

Sierra Nevada ceases to amaze me nearly every time I try something new.

Poured into a Piraat tulip this beer is a burnished copper. The head recedes to a billowy frothy lacing that collects to one side of the glass.

The aroma is of fresh hop, tea leaves, caramel, rich/sweet malt, and more citry hops in the nose.

Taste is bitter and this bitterness builds to a crescendo, there is a tart taste almost like asprin that recedes to a malty sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very rich for the low alcohol content. There is a lot of viscous malt on the tongue.

This beer is very drinkable and at 6.7% you can drink this 24 oz by yourself with no problem.

Photo of william5586
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed some notes. Originally had this beer late June.

Poured light orange with a big light tan head.

Great floral citrus hop smell, much of what I have come to expect from Sierra Nevada.

Just enough sweet malt in the background to be noticed. Piney taste and grapefruit kick in before the citrus hops take over and lead you towards a nice bitter finish.

This is a really enjoyable beer with a medium body and smooth feel. It's not overly hoppy or bitter, but delivers a good dose of each.

A bomber of this was enough. I don't think I would have any more than that at once.

Photo of DrJay
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009. Clear, tawny amber with a thick, beige/yellow cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky and chunky lace. The aroma was full of hops - spicy, floral, citrus, with a hint of mint - with mild malt in the background. The flavour was more of the same, but with soft bitterness and a bit of caramel sweetness. Hops really lingered. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation, a bit dry and quite smooth. The hop profile was very interesting and something that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of pd360
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber, very clear. I thought the aroma to be light and floral. The flavor however delivered, very bold. This beer has two distinct stages. It first hits with a sweet citrus flavor. The sweetness being a bit maple syrupy. Next comes the bitter, with a finish that lingers nicely. This is a delicious very drinkable beer that is one of my new favorites.

Photo of KBomb
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A good two fingers of thick snow-white head. Body was a dark copper brown, slightly opaque.

Big aroma on this bad boy. As soon as I popped the cap off robust hops jumped up my nose: spicy, floral, piney, and a subtle note of citrus. A rather amazing bouquet of nearly the entire hop spectrum! One would be remiss to forget to mention a strong caramel malt presence as well.

Tastes not quite as wild as it smells. Generous hops lean mostly floral and piney. "Fresh" really does describe this beer. Sufficient malt sweetness provides just enough contrast. Each sip is a journey of flavor, but unfortunately the journey doesn't end as well as it starts. The fiinish is quite bitter. Aftertaste does not go away very quickly.

Fine carbonation creates a nearly creamy mouthfeel, but manages not to feel so heavy (especially considering the big flavor).

This is a big beer with more to celebrate than to fault. Drinkablity is limited only because of all that goes into it.

Photo of cptierney
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a North Coast Nonic pint glass.

Nice color to the beer, a deep copper with straw highlights. Excellent head on the pour with strong and fluffy retention. Consistent bubbling from the bottom of the glass.

Particularly citrus nose on this one. Definitely hops but with a heretofore unsmelled bouquet. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this brew.

Excellent mouthfeel. Light body with consistent carbonation makes for a happy palate.

Keystone drinkers beware, this is one bitter beer. Decent malt backbone with extremely bitter finishing hops. Grapefruit and pine are present, just a lovely hop profile.

A drinkable brew, considering how powerful its hop profile is. A massive effort from SN paid off.

Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright coppery arnge amber color that has a slight haze to it. The off white head billows up to a good 2 inches slowly receding, leaving a significant amount of lacing on the edges. Multiple bubble-by-bubble streamers in there. Looks ood.

S- Surprisingly the first thing I get a whiff of was I get my nose in there is some caramel toffee sweet malt. This is intertwined with an orangey zestiness. A slight alcohol astringency.

T- This gives me a pause to double take the label. Once again I get the biscuit caramel malt backbone that is in the forefront. The hops seem to be tame here- some grapefruit rind, a touch of pine resin. Some alcohol astringincy at the end. A lingering bitter.

M- It almost seems creamy from the carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing. No heat noted.

D- This is a good easy drinking beer. Not my go to as far as my wet hops fix goes though. I would get it again for sure.

Photo of mntlover
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice two finger cream head that falls slowly. Some decent lace left behind on my pint.

Aroma is light hops smells fresh but not overpowering.

Taste is caramel malts with light hop flavors, citrus and fresh cut grass. Not huge hop flavors but some light lingering bitterness. Bitterness is grapefruit rind like . Not sure when this came out had in Aug. might be little to old for fresh hop brew, just don't see much special going on with this one.

Mouthfeel is on light side of medium with little peppy carbonation present.

Drinkability is ok, not quite as good as i was expecting from SN.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper w/ amber highlights, nice biege 3 finger head off initial pour

S - juicy and resiney citrus hops, also a bit of spice comes through against a caramel smelling malt canvas, this is gonna be tasty!

T - spicy bitterness -more than expected from an APA. Tastes similar to the nose. Nice malt support to this hop forward beer. Spicy/citrus hops steal the show and make for a tasty brew that hopheads are sure to enjoy.

MF - creamy, slightly oily feel, moderate carbonation and a medium body

D - excellent balance and palatable, yet another solid hop-forward SN entry. Cheers Chico buddies!

Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 24 oz. (NOT 22 oz.) bottle of the 2009 (2nd Release) edition, poured to a pint glass. 'Fresh Hop Ale', brewed with hops imported from New Zealand's spring harvest.

A: Deep/husky chestnut orange, a mild smoky haze. Excellent swirl of carbonation, roiling with each pour. Not a huge head (never more than a 1/2 finger) of whitish froth, but exceptionally dense. Lace coats in thick blankets.

S: Cakey aroma, traces of spices and orange rind. Malt aroma surrounded by mown grass and a mild fruit, sweet lemon and melon. Not a bad smell at all, but not robust enough for me.

T: Biscuits and huskygrain with a heavy dose of spiced hops, a stingingly dry and mildly tart grapefruit. Sourdough finish, prolonged hops.

M: Creamy but carbonated, somewhat heavier feel than anticipated -chewy? Lip-smacking malt and lasting hop bitterness.

D: Solid drinker, plenty of flavor. Not nearly as capitivating as some of the local fresh hop brews I've tried, but still likable. One I'd recommend and wouldn't mind returning to on occasion.

On a side note: why did this hit the shelves in August? My idea of 'fresh hop' means weeks (or days) from harvest to bottle/tap, not months...just wondering.

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is basically SN PA hopped up with fresh, citrusy, grassy hops--really nice balance with the toasty biscuity malt and just enough sweetness to really complement the bitter hops. The beer was a very nice copper color with a good two fingers of foam that had good cling and sustain. The mouthfeel was rich and easily slid down the back of my throat, I could finish two 22oz bottles by myself easily

Highly recommended and cheap at $4 a bomber

Photo of ipazilla
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of babaracas
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slats
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of wd40
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdale13
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.