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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 CoolJosh


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

Shared with Treyrab, sent to him in a courtesy package from Nittanybeerfan. Thanks Trey and Dan!

Poured into my perfect pint glass. This beer pours a copper and haze infused body. A one finger head from pour in a creamy white dollop of foam on top. Sketchy lacing paints the sides of the glass.

The smell is rather off-putting, at least for what I was expecting. Per Treyrab, the hops were imported from New Zealand and combined with American malts. Slight floral scents. This component doesn't work for me very well. Fairly skunky with an almost sazz hop scent combines with sweet caramel malts. Just not my style.

A little bit grainy in the taste and texture. The same hops in the scent are much more well executed in the taste. That, matched again with the smooth caramel backing make this a rather tasting drink. Very refreshing. A little bit spicy as well which kind of gives this beer a bite. Really interesting beer, and would gladly have another.


06-18-2009 01:22:18 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of treyrab


4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Big thanks to nittanybeerfan for sending this accross PA. I wasted no time putting it in my fridge and pulled it out tonight to pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper with half finger tan head. Pours so cool into the glass, the glass immediately beads with sweat and drips onto my desk. Not much of a sticky head.

S: Wow. Great skunky, lemony citrus hops blast into my nose. The hops smell so damn fresh. Lemon, citrus and a touch of grassy pine all the way through. A touch of caramel to top it off.

T: Very clean and refreshing with a hint of lemon spices and skunky hops. Reminds me almost of Saaz hops. Not sure what kind of hops are grown in New Zealand. The best aspect though is the caramel back. A tad sweet with caramel and touch of sweet toffee.

M/D: Give me more.

Overall, a great beer. Super fresh and leaves me wanting more!

06-18-2009 01:13:03 | More by treyrab


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Served to me with a thick chunky offwhite head that stayed for the duration of the pint, leaving great resinous lacing down the sides. Color was a deep complex orange copper.

Smell was a pungent pine and citrus with a bready caramel malt presence.

Taste was a wonderful fresh hop explosion. Spicy fresh pine and citrus with a strudy, but not too big, malt (bready and caramel) presence. Classic Sierra Nevada. Earthy resinous hops jumped on my palette and left a nice bitter fresh hop taste that grew with every swig.

Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Oily from all the fresh hops. pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is great, drank 3 pints in a row, and wanted more. Was awesome on draft if you can find it. I will definitely have to find a bomber or two of this. hopefully it will be just as great as it was on tap. A great Hoppy pale ale!

06-17-2009 19:15:30 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of bargerking


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

First review so here goes: Pours a pretty golden almost copper like hue. Nice foamy head. Smells floral with citrus. I could taste caramel hints mainly dominated by the floral/citrus charachters though. Lacing is evident. Smooth to swallow. Finish is a bit resiny with a almost woody aftertaste but enjoyable. The drink seems to mellow out and balances out as it warms up. This brew seemed stronger than what I anticapated but is a joy to drink. This beer reminds me alot of the 90 minute IPA I drank awhile back...

06-17-2009 03:27:11 | More by bargerking
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%

I was surprised to see this at the store today as we didn't get any in NH last year, Sold!

Pours a deep golden copper color with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Floral citrus minty hops dominate the aroma, but hints of caramel and bread peak through. Taste is slightly bitter with citrus and mint, hints of caramel and a bit of a mineral taste in there as well. Crisp bubbly carbonation, resinous slick sticky mouthfeel, medium body bit of a dry finish. Nice drinker, needs more aroma hops, but easy to drink. Great value at 4.49 for 24oz.

06-17-2009 00:56:07 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

This is one of the best beers I've ever had the pleasure to drink. Pours a rich amber with an incredibly thick white head that goes nowhere. Piney aroma with minimal malts. The taste reminds me of drinking my homemade cascade hopped ales out of the fermenter before bottling. Rich in very fresh citrus hops and balanced with a fine maltiness. This is a medium body beer that you don't just slam. Very very well done.

06-16-2009 01:52:54 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

I was a little worried after seeing the discussions on the board about this year's south. hemi....screw it, at 3.99 a bomber+2, you can't go wrong.

The pour is a slightly hazed orange-gold. A medium size head, decent retention, beautiful lacing, the etching on the glass is superb.

The smell and taste are both dominated by some light citrus and strong mint hopping. The malt comes in just enough to balance out the moderately high bitterness.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily, decent carbonation carries things along quite nicely.

I could drink a few of these, very nice beer. SN doesn't disappoint.

06-15-2009 04:59:45 | More by grayburn
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

A: Pours a deep orange-bronze color with a sudsy, thick head that slowly recedes. Decent retention and nice patterns of lace on the glass. Fresh hop beers always look great, and this one is no exception.

S: Highly balanced aroma with a nice malt presence of caramel and pale/bready malt. Citrus and earthy, spicy hop aromas are present, as well. Not as bold as the Harvest ale they put out in the fall, but still good.

T&M: For a fresh hop ale, I'm a little disappointed. There's a reprise of the pale and caramel malt flavor, coupled with a spicy, earthy hop presence. The hop flavor doesn't explode with freshness like I was expecting, but it's still decent. Body is medium, but the mouthfeel is substantially less sticky and resinous than other fresh hop ales I've sampled.

D: Flavorful and easy-drinking, but not as scrumptious and deliciously fresh as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale. Still a solid beer, I'm glad I purchased this bomber.

06-15-2009 03:27:26 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of NewGeneric


3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Enjoying this one right now. Pours a reddish amber color with little head and no lacing. Smells of light malts and earthy hops. Tastes of fresh hops with very light malty undertones. Smooth and just a teensy bit overcarbed. Very drinkable, glad I have a 24 oz. bottle.

06-14-2009 23:33:07 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Bought and quaffed this one yesterday (13JUN09). Picked up this 24oz bottle of batch #2 from Ayotte's ($3.99). Headed to the 'Zebo in the late afternoon warmth and enjoyed...

Color is a deep copper/bronze. It is clear, with scattered carbo here and there. Head was fine and thin, with creamy bubbles clinging to the edge, leaving wispy trails of lace. Aroma has toasty malt, with some citrus also showing itself. Has a decent medium body, and the feel on the tongue is light and airy, akin to a hefeweizen.

Flavor? Nice malts kick things off! More toastiness is present, with light caramel and some soft sweetness. Hops balance things out nicely, with citrus and rindy flavors coming into play. It's also a smidge resiny, and the hops linger nicely on the palate. This one's a keeper! Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


06-14-2009 19:58:17 | More by Bierman9
Photo of markskar

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%

Finally snagged a bottle of this after hearing about it for months. This is the 2009 release, but without a "best by" or "bottled on" date on the bottle, I'm left wondering if this might be a little less than fresh, and that perhaps the hops character may have faded a bit. This is a good brew to be sure, but it isn't as impressive as I'd hoped.

A - Pours glowing orange, crystal clear with a 1 inch white head, decent carbonation, and moderate lacing.

S - Nice piney aroma, hints of citrus.

T - The flavor is where I think the hop character may have faded in this particular bottle. The aroma is there, but the balance in flavor seems tilted toward the caramel maltiness more so than the citrusy, hoppy flavor that the aroma would seem to call for.

M - Dry and crisp, with a strong burn lingering on tongue from the hops, but without the citrusy flavor to match. Not getting any kind of smoothness from this (as mentioned by previous reviewers), leading me to further believe that this bottle isn't fresh enough.

D - All in all, pleasant and very drinkable. If given the choice, I'd probably take a Torpedo--or even the standard issue SNPA--over this, but it is certainly a very good beer that I'd like to enjoy again (especially to test against the quality of this particular bottle).

06-14-2009 17:45:20 | More by markskar
Photo of krisandajt


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

Saw a bottle of this sitting all by it's lonesome in my local bottle shops cooler...I just had to take it home.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with a solid inch of foamy head. Very good retention and with great lacing.

Smell: Hops. Bitter, delicious hops. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: A subtle malt backbone, but the taste of grapefruit dominates. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, decent carbonation. Hops leave a nice tingle on the palate.

Drinkability: Wow. I am regretting only getting one bottle. If you are any bit a hop head, you will love this beer. Very hoppy, but not to the point of being overwhelming. I will be getting more of this.

06-14-2009 01:48:39 | More by krisandajt
Photo of NorCalYeti


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

light amber color, large creamy head, roses/estery, later on in the drink the smell was skunky/malty...and not in a good way, very smooth mouthfeel, light citrus hop character. not that imaginative a beer from sierra nevada...probably liken it to a good pale ale with less bite and weight.

06-13-2009 19:40:19 | More by NorCalYeti
Photo of wesbrownyeah


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale.

A- Very nice amber-gold appearance with mild foamy head, thick tight lacing sticks to the glass top to bottom.

S- Smell is of fresh cut hops, malts, and a mild hint of alcohol esters.

T- Medium complexities of various hop varities make the taste unique. Malty kicks in the end of the beer followed my musky thick hop oil at the finish. Great overall hop bitterness from beginning to end.

M-D- Mouthfeel is medium with a oil feel and low carbonated finish. Nice balance for easy drinking. Drinkable for all occations.

06-13-2009 02:06:32 | More by wesbrownyeah
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a light copper/golden color into my pint glass. I get a full inch of thick, creamy head that dissipates slowly as I drink, but it does manage to leave traces of foam on the sides of the glass. Texture looks not too heavy, not too light, like a perfect beer to drink while I watch Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Smells of an interesting mix of fresh citrus hops against a malty caramel backbone. Everything about this beer screams balance. Piney notes linger in the background, adding complexity.

Wow...the taste is incredible...after being thoroughly impressed up to this point, the beer does not disappoint. Fresh, intense, and almost sweet hops fill the palate immediately. As I roll the beer around, the caramel and the malts come through nicely. Its an intense, but mellow hoppiness all at the same time. I am definitely intrigued.

This is a perfect summer beer. Light and refreshing, but with enough character, complexity, and balance to be enjoyable even to the most well rounded and picky beer advocates. I could drink this all night...and probably will!

06-13-2009 00:29:25 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of sklinger990


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Beautiful rich amber with a dense creamy head. Nice lacing and a little island of foam hangs out to say hi every time you take a sip.

S- A little faint, but my allergies are clogging my nose a bit so, it's probably better than I can tell. Some floral, some hoppy spiciness.

T- Kick in the face! and it hurts so good... I'm just getting into hoppy beers and with its fresh hoppy goodness, this beer is delicious. First I get the fresh pine and resin notes, very bright and spicy, with floral overtones throughout. The more I drink, the more sweet malt I pick up. But it does have a pretty strong bitter layer that begins about mid taste and stays long after the swallow. I don't like bitterness and its the only fault I have with this beer, but since it is a tribute to hops its really not a fault at all.

Overall this beer is a glorious celebration of hops and all the many nuanced flavors they produce.

06-13-2009 00:25:50 | More by sklinger990
Photo of glid02


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Had on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust malts - mostly pale but with some caramel - and citrus and pine hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors lead things off and are joined shortly by large but not overwhelming citrus and pine flavors - mostly citrus but no one puts pine in the corner. As it warms a very mild spiciness emerges but only serves to enhance the existing flavors. The ending is mildly bitter and very clean.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a creamy thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this holds up surprisingly well as I remember having a bottle a few months past it's prime and was still impressed. Definitely worth a shot fresh or a few months old.

06-12-2009 23:35:49 | More by glid02
Photo of number1bum


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a clear, vibrant orange amber color with a big, rich and creamy three fingers of light beige head. Keeps a very thick, chunky lace throughout and leaves some very nice rings of stick on the sides.

Smell has a very fresh yet soft orange aroma to it, along with some sweet ruby red grapefruit. The citrus hops here have a sweet quality to them and I like it. There's a bit of honey/caramel sweetness there as well, and there's a dash of earth and spice too. The aromas are subtle but very nice.

Taste is also full of the sweet, juicy citrus that was in the nose, but the flavors are bolder which I like. I get juicy orange and tangerine plus some more bitter grapefruit pith. There's more pine in the flavor than in the nose, as well, along with a spicy note. Lots of hop flavor here, not subtle at all. There is a bready, slightly toasty malt base with some caramel sweetness as well. The finish has a very big dose of hop bitterness; surprisingly bitter, in fact. Finishes with a long lasting herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is on the light side giving it a very soft, creamy feel.

This is really excellent. I've been somewhat underwhelmed by the fresh hop beers I have had previously, but this is bursting with flavor. The nose is more subtle, but there is nothing subtle about the flavor profile. It's even surprisingly bitter for a pale ale. All in all a fantastic brew at an outstanding price.

06-12-2009 23:14:56 | More by number1bum
Photo of photomike


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours an unbelievably great looking clear orangy red with really fluffy, off white head. Insanely thick coating of lace all down the sides of my glass. Crazy retention and a nice thick layer of head remains for the duration of the glass. Absolute visual perfection.

Smell is exceptional as well, though somewhat understated. Malty sweetness perfectly balanced with grassy hops.

Taste is pretty damn good as well, but unfortunately not quite at the level of the appearance and aroma. Very grassy and pine-like hops are all over this one. Vaguely biscuity malt is in the background, and the finish is very bitter.

The body on this one is on the light side of medium, and the carbonation is effervescent and fitting for the weight of the beer. Slick and oily.

This beer is close to exactly what I look for in my APAs, a style that I am growing to like more every day. The immensely bitter finish is keeping this from being TOO drinkable, but the bomber is no problem. In the heat, this is going to be a really refreshing beer bordering on sessionable.

A very nice offering; I like it better than the last Harvest release, and easily one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. Will buy again.

06-12-2009 06:51:32 | More by photomike
Photo of BrewsBrother


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

This bottle has been sitting around for a while and just jumped out at me finally.

It poured a heavy copper tone with a thick strong head that settled nicely into a soft lace which maintained throughout. The nose is nutty, piney, and rich like a sherry this may be in part due to the age of this one. The taste is a little slow to begin, but whops you with the bitter pine taste. A little malty around the edges and some citrus peel in the finish. The mouth is not what I was expecting from the carbonation that was visible it lacked in the mouth, it was however oily as expected from the hops. I couldn't drink the entire bottle but enjoyed it for what it's worth.

Brews Brother

06-12-2009 04:07:18 | More by BrewsBrother
Photo of biggred1


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Honey orange with a fine sand colored inch of foam that melts into a creamy disk that rests on top leaving behind plenty of sticky lace. The spicy resinous hop aroma hit just as I cracked the cap on this one, the fruity, citrusy hop aroma is nicely complemented by toasty grain and caramel. The flavor is pretty hop forward with grapefruit and lemon pepper spiciness up front with a nice chewy caramel malt backbone. Medium full bodied with a long finish. This beer is a real treat, get some while it's fresh.

06-11-2009 02:05:57 | More by biggred1
Photo of phantomwyse


3.78/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Copper with some amber mixed in body, chunky two plus finger head.

S: Syrupy pine aroma, just a bit of grapefruit, some sweet liquer smell -- perhaps amoretto or vanilla-like bourbon. Some steadying malt aromas, but nothing profound.

T: Earthy pine, a little fresh cut grass, a little bubble gum sweetness, a little maple syrup, too. A little bit of alot, but not alot of a little as far as flavors go.

M: Heavier than expected, a tad slick.

D: For a pale ale, perfectly commendable. I respect SA's attitude toward freshness, but I can't quite detect it here. Still, a nice pale with a good hoppy shift to it.

06-11-2009 00:58:26 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

copper colored...huge fluffy head....settled to a 1 finger head that stayed on top until the end leaving patchy lacing....steady flow of carbonation from the bottom of the glass

pleasant sweetness...citrus tones

creamy smoothness...piney hop flavor is the most prevalent

medium bodied...carbonation is spot on to make this one a creamy treat

i could easily have 2 of these 24oz bottles in one sitting while watching a baseball game...the smoothness of this one will keep me coming back for more....bravo Sierra Nevada

06-11-2009 00:00:51 | More by SPRichard
Photo of nickfl


3.7/5  rDev -8.6%

A - Two fingers of fluffy, off white head. As it slowly settles, it leaves thick, sticky lace. The body is a slightly hazy, reddish copper color.

S - Strong, medicinal, pine hop aroma. A robust malt backbone with notes of caramel and toast.

T - Sweet, thick caramel malt up front with spicy pine hops. A wave of mouth coating bitterness washes over the palate in the middle, fading to slightly fruity yeast notes in the finish. Lingering caramel malt and hop bitterness and some slight tobacco notes.

M - Syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I expected a more complex hop profile than I got with this one. There is a strong hop note balancing the huge malt backbone, but the hops are one dimensional; pine and bitterness. The thick, malty body makes this beer seem bigger than it is and the sweet finish keeps it from being a session beer. A decent, drinkable beer, but I was hoping for something more.

06-10-2009 04:44:11 | More by nickfl
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

2nd release

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger full/thick creamy head. Leaves some well defined lace rings. Color is a clear dark golden bronze.

Aroma: Sweet floral hops. Bready malts. A big mixture of citrus. The citrus notes are quite sweet.

Taste: Very hoppy. All floral hops here. It is like eating a flower. A touch of booze is present and a combination of citrus, but the citrus isn't very defined.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. A little creamy. Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves one of they driest after tastes I have ever had.

Overall, this 24 oz bottle took me a bit to finish, but eventually, it was gone. A lot of hops in this thing. I'd have it again, but I'd prefer only 12 or 16 oz.

06-10-2009 01:12:24 | More by mothman
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.