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: 126 | 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 skrib09
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy copper with a billowing resin-fueled head.

smells of pine resins, bitter citrus from grapefruit and lemon, all surrounded by a bread like smell.

moderately hopped but essentially hoppy. the hops that are there really come through with punch. malty goodness in the aftertow. overall more ipa than pale ale.

crispy mouthfeel. a little astringent from the resin notes. drinkable though.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 2009 2nd release.

A: Large off white foamy head atop a very clear lighter amber body. Head retention is pretty great.

S: Heavy hop aromas ranging from piney to floral and maybe a bit musky.

T: Pretty well balanced, delicious hop flavors, long lingering bitterness. Not as much malt flavor as I'd like, but not totally unbalanced.

M: Full, good carbonation, a clean finish.

D: Very tasty, big and bitter.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying my spicy nachos, I needed something to kill the heat so why not this great beer? Poured into an English style Brooklyn Brewery pint glass with a bit of curve to it...

It pours a very nice copper orange color with a three finger, marmaladeish/off-white head that has a lot of fluffy, small bubbles in it. A great looking beer. After the head dies down a bit I took a whiff and smelled at first liike sweet malts (probably because this isn't as fresh as it needs to be, the bottle said April 2009 and because my nose is running from the spicy food I just ate) and a tad bit of hops. As I take my first sip I taste a minty, sweet hop bittering taste that fades into some sweet caramalized malts and then back into the hops but this time without the mint once I swallow. Tastes great but not as good as it once was. I need to review this when it is fresh because I feel that the smell and taste would be alot better. In fact, I know this because I distinctly remember it giving off a much better aroma and the taste was a bit better as well. In my opinion and I'm sure most other hop heads opinions, it is best to experience a hoppy beer as fresh as possible simply because the aromas are typically through the roof.

The mouthfeel is great for this style. Not too thick, not too thin, juuuust right. Mmmm, feels great to just let it rest on your tougne for a few seconds and then swallow. This definitely helps the beer when it is a few months old and adds to the drinkability. And speaking of drinkability, this has it. This style (fresh hop ales) have a great quality of drinkability due to the combination of great aroma and taste with a decent body on it that isn't thin but isn't syrupy. Exceptional drinkability really. You could fill my glass with this all night and I wouldn't complain or ask for another beer.

Overall, I'd say this beer is something that everyone should try atleast once. Even if you are not a hop head like myself, you could probably appreciate how true to the style it is while adding a minty, different type of hop to the reciepe. If this were real fresh and my nose wasn't running I would probably have been able to give it a better score on the taste and smell. A great beer that I wish could be brewed all year.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy burnt orange with a big pillowy 2 finger head that left notches all down the glass

smells of spicy hops and some bready malts

taste is great - spicy earthy citrus hops with a nice balance sweet bready carmel malts

mouthfeel is medium body but with a crisp clean and a little dry finish

drinkability is good - i split this bottle but i could down a couple of these in a night

i solid APA much better then the regular harvest ale

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

2010 - bomber, bought late may.

A - clear, deep shade of amber body. 1 finger off white head leaves some lacing in snifter.

S - rich sweet malt nose with fresh hops. Not pine but some tropical fruits. A little different than I remember.

T - fairly well balanced and somewhat thin upfront. Malt is sweet, hops are tropical fruit and fresh. Not extremely bitter or raw.

M/D - thin body up front but ends sticky. Easy to drink.
Bomber, bought late July.

a - Pale orange in color, off white 1 finger head, lots of tiny bubbles, great lacing.

s - Malt profile is rich and layered. The hops smell different than dry hopped west coast beers I'm familiar with, more round and less grassy. A little bit of grapefruit, pine, and fresh flowers.

t - Very well rounded pale ale. Rich crystal malts accent unique hop flavors that include pine and grapefruit but are delicate unlike other west coast beers. I'm not sure if it's the hop varieties themselves, the wet hopping, or a combination of both but your not going to get a taste like this anywhere else.

m/d - On the thick side for the body for what I feel a pale should be but this probably sits on the edge anyway and I expect that from their special releases. A little sticky and sweet, but not overwhelming. Really drinkable but borderline dangerous at nearly 7%. Very tasty beer that I look forward to sampling over the years.

Photo of CheckMate
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz brown bottle of the second release of the 2009 obtained at the Liquor Shoppe in Tyngsboro, MA shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. hazy dark amber with a good inch of off white head. citrusy, hoppy, very nice scent to the nose. mixture of earthiness and citrus, bitter, very yummy IMO. Leaves a slight aftertaste of the hops. moderately carbonated. very nice beer, very drinkable beer. Amazingly fresh beer.


Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24oz brown bottle obtained at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsboro, MA. Pours a murky dark amber body with nearly an inch of off-white head. Citrus (lemon, orange), pineapple, herbs, mint, and a bit of caramel and pith in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, berry, pith, lemon, mint, all presumably from the hops, dominate the flavor, with just enough caramel and biscuit to provide a bit of balance. Dry finish with hints of vegetal, fruity, and herbal hops. One of the most complex hop flavors of any beer I've tried. Medium bodied with ample carbonation to boot. No alcohol presence or warming to speak of. Extremely drinkable on account of every trait of this beer. I was expecting a lot from this beer and it did not disappoint. One of the best APAs around and for the price it's probably the best bang for your buck flavor-wise too! Bravo, SN!

Photo of hops4me
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - amber/rust in color. Nice off white head with very good retention.

S - Not quite as much as I expected but very nice. Smells floral and pine. Small malty sweetness comes through as well.

T - Much bigger then the aroma. Great hop flavor. Again floral and pine. Some citrus. This is balanced well with some sweet and toasted malt flavor. Some sweet honey flavor in there as well. Great balance.

M - Not too much CO2, which is nice. Medium bodied.

D - I like this beer alot. It is sll in there. The hops and malt all come out and compliment each other. I wish I bought a few more of these.

Photo of aristeros
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. Comes out a rich burnished copper with two fingers and change of fluffy head. Exceptional clarity, some carbonation visible. Head has good retention and thick lacing.

Pleasant floral and citrus hop presence in the nose, some malts, some resins. Kind of subdued.

Taste is bolder than the aroma, with a moderate resinous bitterness, and there are sweet, malty notes that don't overpower. Some citrus up front with the hops, some zwieback biscuit in the malts. Well-balanced and neither a weaksauce pale ale nor a gut-punch hop bomb that does nothing else.

Crisp, good mouthfeel, carbonation isn't lively or over-assertive, just enough to be interesting. High drinkability for the style and in general.

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

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

A- Pours an exceptionally clear amber/copper color with plenty of off-white frothy head. Phenomenal lacing and head retention.

S- Plenty of hops but also posesses a strong, malty backbone to it. Seems well balanced for a Pale Ale.

T- Both piney and citrusy hops are tasted here along with some sweet malts. Finishes off bitter.

M- Plenty smooth with good amounts of carbonation. Light-medium body.

D- Definitely drinkable, the 24 oz. bottle was split between two of us but I could have easily drank the entire bottle myself. Definite recommendation.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours an impressive amber with a fluffy head that leaves insane amounts of lace on the glass. Smell is of earth tones in the nose with a bit of sweet malt character. Taste is rock solid, I was expecting more hops from this being fresh, but was shocked more sweet than anything with a earth weed hop taste on the finish. The overall drinkability of this fine offering is really nice, this beer does go down with a smoothness that I havn't had in sometime. Overall the smooth taste along with a nice hop profile and sweetness make this one of the better beers I have had this year.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/22/09

Poured half the bottle - split with a fellow drinker.

A - Reasonably dark amber color. Poured a 1/2 in. head with mild retention. Some patchy lacing.

S - Hoppy nose with a pleasant aroma. Floral, with an almost sour citrus note.

T - Potent floral hop flavor with a nice citrus bite. The hops seem to be presented with less of a snappy punch & more of a heavy hand, though a spiciness remains. There is also a noticeable, biscuity malt flavor.

M - Ample carbonation facilitates & enhances the spiciness. Fairly wet on the palate. Some hop resin is noticeable.

D - Goes down easy; not at all a bad one to try at least once, though I seem to recall their Wet Hop being more enjoyable.

Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by sayin I was very anxious to try this beer. I had heard a lot of good things about it and I enjoyed all the other Sierra Neavada offereings I have tried.

This beer pours a reddish gold color with a darker colored think head. The smell is very complex with plenty of hop aroma and also a pleasant malt scent. It tastes exactly like it smells, delicious. Nice hop profile with a great malt backbone. Great mouthfeel too, perfect for an ale.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Realatively quick, rocky off-white. Some super sticky lacing stays strong at the top of my pint glass. Great amber color that reminds me of tea.The hops have an assertively mellow orange juice mixed with fresh baked biscuits. Very balanced aroma. The taste has just smooth combinations of hops and malt. Bready and biscuity malts, juicey hops with a resiny finish. This beer has one high flavor rpofile and just feels like silky juice going down the gullet.

Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opted for a bottle of this because the price was right and I don't recall trying the Southern Hemi previously.

This is the 2009 (2nd) release and there's no new info about ingredients at the SN web site, though the label listed ABV is the same as last year.

A -- Clear, orange-amber color with a solid, light tan head that settles nicely with good lacing.

S -- Subtle hops up front; spicy and vaguely fruity. Not terribly big for an APA.

T -- Caramel & biscuit malt up front with piny hops following and a very peppery bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is a balance of toasty bread and citrus hops. Interesting blend of characters -- seems to lean more to an American Amber Ale, though the hop character and fruit esters definitely dominate the malt.

M -- Medium to lightly heavy body with a crisp mouthfeel. Finishes clean & dry from hop bitterness.

D -- Here's a conundrum -- while I know I'd never drink this all night, it's a very intriguing beer that makes you enjoy every swallow.

Photo of droomyster
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear copper with sticky tan head that grips the walls of the glass. Smells hoppy but less so than an average IPA; attractive aromas of lemon citrus and clover honey. Drinking this beer gives me a rush because it taste is immensely powerful. The flavor is perhaps best described as a barleywine-IPA hybrid. Very grapefruity and sprucey hops hit the palate upfront but layers of sweet malts come to rescue a second later and give it very well rounded finish. Am having a ball with this beer and plateful of extra sharp cheddar.

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

A- Poured into a pint glass with 2 finger head. Slightly cloudy, Deep amber color with a white head. Head Stays up for a while. Really impressive lacing and head retention.

S- Awesome smell form this wet hop beer. Lots of different notes that I haven smelt from hops before. Very fresh Grapefruit, pine and grasses.

T- Quite complex wet hop flavor. Lots of citrus. It has notes of pine and fresh grass, A touch of fresh pepper quality to the bitterness. Good strong malt backbone to hold this beer up.

M- Very dry finish. Plenty of carbonation. Leaves you quenching for more after each sip.

O- Well rounded beer which brings out hop notes never before tasted with a dry hopped beer.

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

poured from the squatty SN bomber.

beautiful deep but bright apricot with a lively head that moderately clings and laces in slow motion. already looks world class.

nose has a hint of malt whiplashed with a stealthy hop pine/citrus focus. as the head settles into a denser sea of foam, the smell comes on a little stronger. not a hopbomb smell, but very balanced and a good indication of what might come.

whoa, more hops than the nose indicated. and simply perfect balance of hoppiness and malt. very similar to the Torpedo in looks and taste for sure. mouthfeel is what makes all this cohere with its perfect carbonation making it snappy yet keeps the potential cloying of rich hoppiness quick and refreshing.

this is, for anyone who appreciates hops, very drinkable. very.

interesting little story on the label, too.

Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a nice hop aroma. It's not overly hoppy, but it has an appreciable bitterness level. The taste is great! It has a killer hop bitterness that hits you up front and lingers in the finish. The malts provide adequate balance without stifling the hop character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good APA. It's well balanced with a tremendous hop taste; a well brewed APA.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber, similar to the color of a blood orange. Nice light frothy head that has little retention. Sticky, soapy lacing abroad.

The smell offers little insight into the brew. I pick up a lot caramel, and that signature pale musty hop odor that a lot of APAs throw off. There is some distant hints of a tropical fruity type aroma, and no real citrus that I can detect.

There we go, starts off with some weak caramel and an earthy, straw flavor. The malt profile is very short lived, before it is assaulted by a punch of spicy floral hops that provide ample bitterness and dominate the flavor completely, in a good way. I also get a spicy bitter-baking chocolate aftertaste. All the flavors meld together well, very clean brew.

Mouthfeel is consistent with the style, on the thinner side with moderate carbonation. Dry and bitter enough to always leave you wanting more.

Drinkability is great, moderate ABV and a nice clean balanced taste that just rolls over the tongue nicely. Well done Sierra Nevada. Well done.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit milder than the Fresh Hop "regular". Pours a light golden brown, slight haze yet clean. Huge head that rocked up a bit and left really nice lacing.
Mild hops aroma, more citrus and herbs than pine. Malt is tucked away. Some caramel hits, but it's weak.

Hops seem a bit tired. The flavor is there with mild citrus, but it just doesn't last long. Alcohol is prevalent towards the end, and malt never gets a clear shot. Yet, it is refreshing and does have nice hops. Would like to see more balance and/or complexity with hops-malt-yeast.

*I love the label stating "...journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere". yeah, just half the planet. It's kind of a big place. Yes, I know the hops are from NZ...then why not say that? A hemisphere is pretty large.

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

Pours a medium golden amber color, with a slight haze, and a huge fluffy head that lasts forever leaving thick trails of lace down the glass.

Mild hop aroma consisting of citrus, floral, and pine elements, accompanied by some light toasted malt in back.

Moderate citrus hop flavor that is mostly grapefruit, with an earthy character backed up by mild toasted malt. Hop bitterness is moderate, and lingers well into the finish.

Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. Overall a refreshing fresh hop ale, displaying all the expected characteristics. The aroma is invinting and has a nice complexity but seems a little mild for the style, so even though it has all the right elements, it's lacking some punch. Otherwise, a great example with a drinkability that makes it hard to put down.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orangish copper with a beautifully rising off white head. There are loads of lacing left on the glass. This beer is truly a work of art.

The smell is kind of faint. But, I can pick up a good dose of citrus and spicy hops with some caramel malt.

The taste is a piny, citrus, and spicy hop flavor up front with a good caramel malt sweetness. As this is a pale ale, the hops aren't overpowering, but you can certainly taste them balanced with everything else.

The mouthfeel is a nice smooth, medium body. The carbonation lends to more of a creamy than crisp feel.

The drinkablility is outstanding because the beer does not overpower in any way and is delicious.

Photo of rpstevens
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head tulip.

The beer pours a nice copper/amber/orange that has a nice glow around the edge of the glass. The head is a frothy, soapy white that leaves a very sticky looking lacing.

The smell is a nice spicy, piney, slightly citrusy hop. There is a little sweetness on the tail end of the nose, but this is a very slight candied sweetness that really compliments the hops, it doesn't overpower it in any way.

The taste follows the nose very closely, the order of the flavors just change a bit. The pine-cone and citrus lead the charge while the spice kind of bridges the gap to the slight candied sugar sweetness. The finish is a nice bitter hop that is not overpowering.

The beer is excellently carbonated and the alcohol is barely evident at all. I have had almost an entire bomber in no time and wish there were more in the fridge. This beer ranks right up there with the Alpha King pale ale from FFF and the Bravo pale ale from Portsmouth as one of my new favorites. I am really enjoying the amount of hoppy bitterness that breweries are cramming into the American Pale Ale lately without all the alcohol that comes with a DIPA.

Photo of jhammel01
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I went to pick up exit 11 (flying fish) but this was also there, A pleasant surprise!

Pours a dark copper amber color, keeps a strong, fluffy thick head alway the way to the end of the beer. Lacing of course as well. Stays nice and carbonated.
Smells of cascades hops, A bit of pine and some soft caramel notes.
Tastes of strong, fresh bittering hops. I definitely pick up cascade hops again. earthly notes with a bit of a citrus zest. Mouth feel is medium bodied and finishes smooth.

A very solid beer. Sierra Nevada never dissapoints.
One of the favorites to look forward to each year.

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