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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: 2,774
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 110 | 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 allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

This slightly hazy orange-amber beer was slow to develop a head at first, but by the end of the pour it stood about an inch tall, adding some very nice lacing. The aroma is oddly faint. It's very nice, with a spicy, piney scent, but it's small, especially for an SN beer. The flavor, as well, is surprisingly not too bitter, perhaps just a tad more than the SNPA. Good hop flavor, but not strong. The malt underpinning is light, making it a refreshing beer to drink.

A good beer, but not that much of a "hop lovers'" beer.

allengarvin, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

I had this one at the Winking Lizard in Downtown Cleveland. Nice bar that's close to the ballpark.

Served in a British style pint, the beer is bronze with a chill haze & a clotted tan head. It has awesome lacing.

Nose of resin and grapefruit. Yummy!

The taste is nicely bitter but not as much as the aroma led me to believe. A bit of citrus and caramel, a light hint of toffee. Balanced but with a bit of bite.

The mouth is slightly oily with low carbonation. Would go great with a burger or pizza.

Redrover, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 Vintage Reviewed Shortly After Release

Appearance: A nicely hazy, copper-orange body capped by three fingers of fluffy, off-white head that endures well and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, brassy, and thoroughly citrusy hops over a caramel malt body.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the hops; they're grapefruity, brassy, a little piney, and moderately bitter. Underneath, there's a tasty biscuity and nutty malt body keeping everything nicely balanced. The aftertaste is focused on the grapefruity hops and biscuity malt and endures well into the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and just a little creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, this could easily be a session choice for me.

Verdict: Again this year, Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is a solid, well-balanced IPA with a great story. As I've found with some other Sierra Nevada beers, this starts off solid and just a little unexciting, but builds to the point of near-brilliance by the end of the pint.


2009 Vintage Reviewed Shortly After Release

Appearance: A slightly hazy, orange-amber body with some very fine particles in solution. Up top, a generous, fluffy off-white head that features excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma: A bright blast of citrusy, floral, and spicy hops. There's a caramel malt base underneath to keep everything together.

Taste: Similar bright hop characteristics up front. They're grapefruity, piney, floral, and slightly resiny. The caramel malt backbone makes a much bigger impact in the flavor than in the nose, making this a very balanced Pale Ale. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and toasty.

Mouthfeel: A lightly creamy, medium body with good carbonation and a dry finish. Top marks.

Drinkability: The big 24 oz bottle goes back with no trouble at all, very sessionable.

Verdict: Southern Harvest is a nicely bitter, yet well-balanced Pale Ale. I love the idea of having a beer hopped with fresh hops in the Spring, and it's a treat to try some of the best hops that the Southern Hemisphere has to offer in near-optimum condition.

BeanBone, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper with a 3-finger thick, frothy light yellow head. Lots of lacing.

The smell is strongly floral & herbal hops with slight citrus & caramel malts. Bitter floral & piney, dry hops come through in the taste with just a hint of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry.

This is a drinkable APA, but it just doesn't quite live up to the regular SNPA or the SN Harvest. The hops aren't grapefruity or as piney as an APA really should be. That said, I do like the floral dry hops.

theghost3, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger off white head. Good lacing. An interesting red/orange grapefruit color.

S. Floral, citrusy, grassy hops. A grapefruit citrus smell.

T. A very well balanced taste. More of the floral hops ont he flavor, sweet caramel malt taste. Some citrus flavors. Not as bitter as the smell might imply.

M. Medium bodies. Well carbonated.

D. Very easy to drink. Has a smoothness that makes it go down very easy. A very good APA.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

Picked up a 24oz bottle in late May from O'Shea's in Orange County for $4.80.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is of the malt backbone and a hint of southern hemisphere hops. Taste is caramel malts, with hints of melon, that are quickly taken over by a pine resin finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but extremely smooth. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a nice variation of the standard SN IPA style that is recommended to hop heads to try.

arizcards, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

I poured this beer into a pint glass to enjoy before having dinner. It's the same color orange as a sweet potato. Leaving a frothy head that leaves a nice lacing. I was surprised that this was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. Some pine and citrus notes but not much else. The first sip was filled with piney bitterness. Couldn't sense much else going on besides that in terms of taste. Its a little rough in terms of mouth feel but still fairly sessionable. If your not into hops then you won't like this beer. Overall this is a great value buy but a little more aroma and complexity would have been nice.

mikey711, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of IceTrey9785
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

I got a bottle of this at the Total Wine in McLean (my new place of work). Fantastic for $5 or so...

A: Pours a nice rich, deep copper color. A little bit of foam a the top that remains for the entire beer. Great lacing, very appetizing.

S: A lot of pine sap, cedar, the New Zealand hops really add a degree of grapefruit, and ripe peaches, maybe even some nectarines.

T&M: Very, very creamy. The hops really show well, but the malt really balances the astringent finish. Let's face it -- you know there are hops, but the malt makes the beer what it is. Silky mouthfeel, with very little sweetness on the finish, nice carbonation (maybe a little too much carbonation). Hints of vanilla and even butterscotch once this warms to temperature.

Overall -- what a great beer. Aside from the fact that I love New Zealand beer (Monteith's, Speights, etc). This really shows the potential of their hops, especially when done very well. A great sipping beer for those who like the hops, but find an IPA to be a little too intense. It is crisp, refreshing, and very well balanced. I'll definitely be picking up a case of this before it runs out. One of the best beers in the Sierra Nevada line-up.

IceTrey9785, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Recent purchase. Looks pretty good, nice crystal clear dark amber. Pours with a nice inch of foam. It seems to have a creamy looking crust to it. Very unique.

Smells pretty pedestrian, pine. But not very strong.

Tastes hops. Bitter, astringent, and citrus.
Gets points for length and depth, but not so much in complexity. Good but not quite as great as the really fresh stuff.

Malty balance, long hop presence. Lightly carbonated makes me want a cask ale. Glad I let it get really warm.

Good drinkability and for $6 I'd get another but not until the next Harvest.

How is it that this "fresh hop ale" isn't called an IPA on the label?

Dotcubed, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

New Zealand Hops, flown to California?
The beer pours a transparent amber color with a fine, white had. Plenty of lace tufts stick along the inside of the glass...nice. The aroma is very citric (lemon and grapefruit rind) and also a little resin like. Very fresh smelling, but not overwhelming. It's subtle, and could be a little more intense. The taste more than makes up for that, however....huge bitterness...full-on hop flavor. Slight malt character, but it's overshadowed by the hops. Sharp, grapefruit, bitter. The beer is firm and full in body. Very appealing and exceedingly long hop finish.

Suds, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BeerTaster
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance I love it when my beer has a nice look in fact the only thing better is the taste. This beer pours with a huge pillowy head that lasts to the last sip and has a deep amber appearance.

Smell fresh citrus and floral hop notes very fresh.

Taste same as the smell with a nice malt sweetness. The hops are the main show but this beer has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel a little heaver than most pale ales but very nice

Drinkability looking forward to the 2010 vintage very good beer

BeerTaster, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

this beer pours a light cooper color with a 1 finger creamy off-white head that has some sticky lacing..the smell is hops first then some grapefruit and other fruits with a slight caramel malt smell..the taste is hop forward on the bitter side with a slight caramel malt finish..the mouth feel is medium to full bodied this SN offering is very drinkable but i like torpedo much better overall a good APA....recommended as a macro

gatornation, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of bassmantin
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a slightly transparent orange with moderate clumpy head. I'm a bit put of by the odd bottle size for some reason. 24 oz just seems a little intimidating.

Th malts present themselves well in the nose. I am getting a lot of different tastes. My first taste had a very bitter aftertaste, now I am tasting alcohol. The malts are very subtle, a little too much so. And the booze taste is a little unpleasant.

Overall this is still a pretty good beer. A few distractions including the alcohol aftertaste, but the malts are delicious when they are detectable.

bassmantin, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of jpro
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a nice copper / light amber with an off-white head; rings of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is a sweet pineapple hoppiness, with touches of other bits of citrus and a hint of caramel malt. Taste is hop dominated, citrusy, grapefruit rind, resinous - kind of like a suped up Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little bit of viscosity to it, big hop bite with a lasting bitterness. Fairly drinkable, but bitterness will eventually wear me out. Enjoyable -

jpro, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of strengthdoc
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Just tried the 2009 version. It poured into the glass to present a mild bronze color. There was a light tangerine citrus aroma. The mouthfeel reavealed a medium body. The first tast is mild and lightly cirtrus, but it advances to a stronger grapefruit bitterness in the mid taste and finishes with a floral hop aftetaste.

strengthdoc, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a nice brassy copper color. Giant white foamy head that settles down to great lacing all the way thru. Big aromas of pine and citrus, but a little different from other SN ales. A little sweeter citrus smell, could be the New Zealand hops. Taste is a little more bitter at first than the regular SN ale. But smoooths out to great piney, grapefruity flavors. Its very much more like an IPA. But not like the SN Torpedo.
This one is more of a bitter IPA, where the Torpedo is a great HOPPY IPA. Still this brew is great part of the SN group.

Liverpool08, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

On-tap at Falling Rock Tap House (Denver), served in a half pint glass:

Served up a nice amber color, almost red at times, with a light white head that was well retained with some nice lacing.

The aroma is light, hoppy and grassy.

The taste is really good, very well balanced and a bit stronger than the smell lets on. The hops are by no means overpowering, but very much front and center, followed by a hint of sweetness with a good dose of the malted barley to balance it out. Really well done.

The beer has a medium body, smooth with nice carbonation. The beer was very easy to drink and refreshing.

PhillyStyle, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Out of the bottle into a pint glass it pours a really nice copper color with a small white head. Head seems to have nice retention. The head leaves plenty of good lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is really good, almost more of an IPA smell than an american pale ale, a good thing I think. Smells of hops obviously, piney I think. Taste is also the same, piney and has a citrusy kind of aftertaste mixed with the pine. Kind of bitter up front but finishes very nicely. A really nice taste overall. Decent mouthfeel and pretty high drinkability, doing this 24oz bottle is no problem. All together just another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

dismal, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Southern Hemisphere Harvest 2nd Edition. Got this one straight from the source: the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.

Served in an imperial pint glass. (That's what those 20oz., Guinness-style glass are called, right?)

Appearance: Big, frothy, white, head sits atop a clear brass body. A centralized stream of light carbonation can be seen within. JUst like the SN Stout prior, great head retention and very nice, soapy, cloud-like, lacing.

Smell: Citrus (primarily grapfruit and lemon), grassy hops, and spritzer water.

Taste: Those same citrus fruits found in the nose show up first in the taste. They're followed by caramel malt and bitter, piney hops. Not as bitter, malty, or sticky as last year's edition, but still solid.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the light side and allows for more of an oily feel. Still sticky like last year's version, but (as mentioned above) not as sticky. Malt and hops have been toned down, and I'm even getting some creaminess that seems new. Medium in body. Good.

Drinkability: Still good, but not 1st Edition good. I bought the first Edition until it ran out. I'll probably give this one another try, but as of now it doesn't touch last year's.

ThreeWiseMen, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A= great looking beer. Pours a golden amberish color with a huge three finger head that's great thick small bubbles amazing lacing nad awesome retention.
S= believe it or not it actually smells like wet hops. A good spicy pepperyness is there somewhat muted though.
T= hmm not as great as I imagined. The hop taste is there but it doesn't coat the mouth as much as I though it would. When you suck the spit out of you mouch its quite bitter. Spicey as well. The wet hops are really unique. A little carmel malt shines through in the end.
M= smooth with nice calm carbonation.
D= great. Really a nice beer. Not qwhat I expected it to be but still very good. I like the fall release more.

jjanega08, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

2009 edition, pours darker amber, with a dull reddish glow, long lasting typical khaki head, ever so slowly shrinks to a thick ring, and film, leaving nice thicksheeting/lace. Refroths upon a gently swirl. Fruity sweet and hopped up nose. Pleasantly hopped up ale. Hops emit tropical fruit notes and resinous goodness. Enough malt aas an undercoating, but the drying and pungent hops are the story here. Yet more quality and quite worthy brew from SN

Billolick, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Maction
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Poured into and imperial pint glass, I see a transparent rosy amber beer. A big bubbly off-white head appears, then dies down quickly, but leaves polka-dots of lace down the side of the glass.

S: I smell lemons, buttery notes, grape tomatoes, and limestone.

T: The flavors I get start a zap of lemon zest, a buttery middle, with Sauvignon-Blanc-like chalk and minerals on the finish.

M: This feels like a middle-weight ale, with a tingling carbonation spreading the wine-like finish.

D: This is an intriguing and refreshing beer, and I'd definitely like to drink some more on a hot day.

Maction, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of beerogre
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Before I drank this beer I was surprised to notice it categorized as an APA, as from its name I was fully expecting it to be an IPA. However, after drinking it, it became quite clear that it is an APA, from the way in which this extraordinary well balanced beer has been crafted.

This beer had a fantastic head on it when poured into my glass, as good as any I have seen on an American beer, and it retained it beautifully throughout. Although, having said that, "throughout" wasn't all that long! - I fair gulped this one down, faster than I can recall doing so with any beer in quite some time. Definitely a dangerously drinkable beer, and another most special beer from my favorite brewery. I can't wait for the Harvest Ale this Fall!

beerogre, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

This finally returned to ye olde Whole Foods so the wait is over.

Appearance - Very deep copper color. Solid inch or two of tan head. Has some very nice lacing. Very clear.

Smell - Glorious hops. Definitely some citrus and grapefruit. Hints of pine and some candy malt. Not a hop explosion or anything, but a nice balance. Smells sweet.

Taste- Huh. Very interesting. It has a real floral hop taste. Not as much citrus as expected. Almost earthy. Also that candy malt backbone. Finishes pretty dry. Very interesting. It has a lot of hops, but they seem a little tame. Not the burst of citrus or pine, but that floral thing. A little rounder and less sharp. Bitter on the end.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good. It seems a tad thin, frankly.

Drinkability - Also good. Could have a couple of these.

This is a good beer, but not knocking my socks off. I was warned that those New Zealand hops were a little different and that's the truth. Seems to be missing a layer or something. Still, a solid and very interesting beer.

callmescraps, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

redneckchugger, Jun 23, 2009
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.