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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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2,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,661
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 59
Gots: 83 | 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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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my haunt of choice in Baltimore, MaHaffey's. It poured a clean copper with a large white head.
The aroma was big on sweet and almost roasted malts, and although some hop piney-ness, not as much as I'd expect.
The taste, however, was choc full of the hops, piney and citrus, with mild malt sweetness and a hint of honey and vanilla.
The feel was once again deceiving, with little sweetness and a lot more dry feel, with an almost tanic biting feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste.
Despite all this, I think its a fantastic concept (southern hemisphere, etc) and it was by no means a bad beer, just not what I expected. Should we penalize SN for that? Certainly not; this is a great, refreshing and interesting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 20:53:55 | More by sinistrsam
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BierFan

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, slightly hazy, orange body with a big off-white head.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit and citrus peel aroma.

Taste: Caramel malts manage to make themselves noticeable through the bitter grapefruit hop flavors.

Overall this is one amazing brew and something that I look forward to having next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 02:09:42 | More by BierFan
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davedahl

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy hops. Holy well balanced hops.

First off let me say this is the most amazing APA/IPA I've ever laid my tastebuds on. If you're a Hophead you must seek this out. A note on the hops - as you might expect by the name, all 3 hop varietals came from the southern hemisphere...specifically New Zealand. More interesting info from SN's pressrelease: http://www.sierranevada.com/about/news.html#southern

My sample was from a 16oz bottle at cellar temp.

The appearance is bold. Colossal, chunky, sticky, billowy head. Not a gusher but a incredibly strong head that's built 3 fingers high - and sits around for the duration. Lacing - HA! The lacing is big beautiful globs of head sticking to the sides of the glass allll the way down. The beer's color is a rich gold and just slightly opaque - could massive hop oil contribute or is that simply colloidal activity?

The smell very pleasantly grassy at first, green grass and cut grass, secondary floral notes, and some spicy aroma as well. Very big on the nose.

Not surprisingly, the taste is big hops very very well balanced with a creamy malty backbone. Lots of delicate floral and citrus hop flavors.

The mouthfeel was big but not overly full with some slight hop slickness.

Fantastic brew - I wish I'd picked up a couple more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:01:55 | More by davedahl
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kimcgolf

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a medium colored, ever so slightly hazy orange-red, with a medium off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was an immediate blast of hoppy citrus grapefruit. Mouthfeel was bitter to start, but as the beer warmed, this rounded well toward a bit of a malty sweetness. Flavor was a continuation of the nose and mouthfeel...bitter hoppy citrus to start and a warming, earthy malt taste to finish. A very good beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:42:42 | More by kimcgolf
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hellomcfly

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rust-orange color. Pretty foggy. A minimal yet persistant head sits atop. Lacing is fair. Upon pouring the remainder of my bottle (very aggresively) I got a substantial amount of head perched atop the foggy orange beverage.

Hop smells give off citus and pine along with an earthy spiciness. Sweet and slightly bready malts are in the nose as well. Also a caramel sweetness.

Scales are tipped in the favor of hops but there is a nice malt backbone here. Grapefruit and mild orange flavors are happening along with a piney bitterness. Malt flavors are mostly caramel and buscuity/bready as reflected in the nose. Tasty flavor profiles with good depth.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied thats almost sticky. Smooth but very crisp. Great in my opinion.

Drinkability - Solid drinkability. I was lucky enough to have this on tap a few times over the summer. It's a great beer on tap or in the bottle. Hop bite is razor sharp. Bitter, but not overpowering. Excellent brew. I love all of the harvest series.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 00:48:54 | More by hellomcfly
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Slynger

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed deep orange color with a touch of a ruby hugh, and a nice cap of fuzzy off-white.

Nice nose of lots of fresh citrus and cake.

Flavor brings some sweet white cake malt with a hint of toffee. Hops bring in light berry with juicy/zesty citrus, and spicy-bitter piney hops. Nice medium-full body, lightly zesty-sharp-and-crispy, lightly creamy-fuzzy carb in good quantity.

Solid beer. And I didn't even have it at its freshest.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 07:05:27 | More by Slynger
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Spikester

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an one inch off white head. Good amount of lacings.
Strong floral hop aroma.
Taste is ripe resinous grapefruit with a good malt backing. Tart and somewhat leathery.
Mouthfeel is quite good, mild carbonation.
Drinkability is good but only if you like plenty of bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 06:43:15 | More by Spikester
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srandycarter

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky deep honey, lighter at the edges. Small ring of head, clinging sudsy lacing.

S - Deep rich malt with lots of hop notes.

T - Sweet malt ramps up to be squashed by very apparent hops.

M - Medium body, good coating, good balance.

D - Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 04:46:45 | More by srandycarter
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a big 2008 bottle into my pint glass

A - pours a dark amber color with 1 inch of foam that left plenty of lacing throughout the glass

S - strong citrusy hops aroma of grapefruit and lemon

T - malty piney flavor followed with a nice hoppy bite

M/D - not a bad brew at all, the hop bite at the end was just a bit too much for me, not as smooth as i would hope for

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 19:28:15 | More by mikereaser
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TCog

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a significant and lasting white head. The aromatics were all hops and no beating around the bush about it; strongly aromatic.

Tastewise it was, as expected, pretty strongly hoppy. There was also a bit of sweetness - not unpleasant or over powering but more than I had expected - and a rich, refined flavor that I haven't found in some other Sierra Nevada offerings I've had.

Throughout I felt like I was drinking a top notch ale that I would only too gladly return to.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 05:19:33 | More by TCog
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deereless

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice chunky head, lingering lines on the glass, vibrant peach color - 4.50, S: Some of the zesty and peppery hops, a little more earthy as one might expect from a fresh hop ale, not an overpowering aroma - 3.50, T: Lots of spicy and extremely bitter hops, sour grapefruit, a nice balance of malt, for a pale ale this is a solid beer - 4.25, M: 4.00, D: I recall first having a Sierra Nevada fresh hop beer at a tasting at the Brickskeller in DC and it being the best of the bunch, this one is quite tasty but not up to the same scale, still a solid beer - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:51:46 | More by deereless
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this summer & it was buried amongst the other lighter ales in the bottom of the fridge. Wonder what it would have been like immediately.

As is, this is a very good pale ale that I initially thought was an IPA (maybe the "hop" in the name confused me). This APA has a nice tangy nose, & the brew has a nice acrid bite to it that I love in a the few good APAs I've come across. Although as usual I split this bomber with my wife, I would have little problem downing this in a night.

I'll certainly pick up one next summer & try it soon after it comes off the shelf. Might be even better then.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:48:45 | More by maximum12
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stewart124

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a light copper color that looks almost apricot. The head is a off-white color and looks extra sticky. Huge head and lots of lace on this bad boy.

Smells is fairly big for an APA. Sweet notes but that general undertone of big fresh hops. There is also a spicy/earthy aroma.

My first thoughts are...delicious! Smooth, creamy and it packs a bite. Lots of citrus and spice that is coupled with a nice caramel maltiness. There is almost a butterscotch feel. My tastebuds are tingling here.

I'm very pleased with this Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale. The spice lingers in the back of my throat while the citrus is biting the tip of my tongue. All the while there is a sweetness from the malts. Really a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 02:19:33 | More by stewart124
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dino213aa

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one side-by-side with the standard 2008 Harvest. Personally I prefer the regular Harvest more. Maybe it's because I'm more of a malt fan.

A: Pours with I nice frothy light tan head which clings mightily down the glass. Mostly clear appearance with only a few floaters.

S: Smell is the least appealing part of this brew for me. Acidic and almost bark-like, the first thing that popped to my mind was vomit. Seriously, there's a whiff of stomach acid that just doesn't settle well with me.

T&M: This has a crisper, hoppier flavor that is less balanced than the traditional Harvest Ale. To me this is less complex than the other. Bitter all the way through- damn if I can taste anything else.

D: I'd have to say mediocre. Even to a hop fan, I can't imagine thinking this is very interesting. Probably the first and last one of these I try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 04:31:36 | More by dino213aa
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OStrungT

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly orangeish golden color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a dominate citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit, and lemon. Some piney aroma makes its way into this one also. It smells floral.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Citursy up frony, with a piny flavor as well. It also posesses a slightly spicy flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. Carbonation levels are just right.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is tasty, and the flavors are not overly aggressive. Also, the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. I will buy it as often as I see it. I think that Sierra Nevada is hit or miss. This one is definately a hit.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 15:35:35 | More by OStrungT
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Shaw

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A almost-glowing copper in color with a large foamy head that is rock-solid.

The aroma is all about the hops: It smells of citrus, and, well, hops.

The taste is nice and bitter and hoppy, with just enough malt flavor to provide a slight amount of balance. If you aren't a hophead, though, this might be a bitter bomb.

The body is fine -- possibly even a little light.

Overall, this is a fine fresh hop ale. Probably for hopheads only, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 01:30:07 | More by Shaw
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased from Mondo Vino 32nd and lowell

A-Awesome fluffy white head that left amazing lacing. Copper mostly clear nice looking brew

S-Nice grapefruit/citrus, spicy lemon grass with a good bready malt back

T-Really nice, nice deep bitterness that is softened by malt sweetness then a good clean after taste. Nice Caramel, fig, citrus notes.

M-Great, soft, clean, great mouthfeel.

D-Very high, very very high. very smooth, light and tons of flavor. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:04:11 | More by MinorThreat
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riored4v

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/22/08

Poured from bottle to pint glass. About a 1 finger, off-white formed and held through most of the beer. Nice and thick head as well. Clear and copper in color. A very inviting beer.

Smell is spicy and citrus.. great aroma on this one. Slight malty sweetness as well.

Crisp and hoppy. A great pale ale. Mild malt caramel presence with a lingering bitterness. Hop taste was spicey and citrusy. Hops taste different but at the same time, were very well done.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very slight dryness with good carbonation.

Drinkability is great. A well balanced pale ale with a moderately low-abv. Can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 18:16:43 | More by riored4v
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EPseja

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from an "I think I'll be having two beers tonight" 24oz. bottle in a SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - A noticeably viscous pour. Hazy, bright burnt orange color with an off-white, small and amazingly even bubbled head that's soapy and tenacious. Lacing comes in sticky sheets, and head retention is good.

S - Mmm. Juicy. Honey-drenched grapefruit wedges with only the slightest touch of pine crispness and florals. Simple and inviting.

T - Much less sweet up front than the smell would have you anticipate. Immediately following the downplayed malts, some very light alcohol and faint Stilton cheese(?) yeasty saltiness pops in. Oddly enough, the sweetness actually comes back for a moment just before the bitter taste buds get busy. For as hopped up as this is, the real bitterness hangs back until the beer starts heading down the throat. Medium dry finish. Delicious.

M - Super refined. Thick on the way in without being syrupy, and only tingly on the tongue after it gradually froths into a hoppy cream filling. Dense and throat coating. Substantial swallow. 5.0 without hesitation.

D - This is definitely one for the hop heads to mull over, but not the hop heads that need a malt kick to counter bitterness. Not that this beer is overly bitter, either. It's well crafted and presents itself not just as a beer, but as a well crafted beverage that actually showcases the beauties of a balanced APA.

In a world of gaudy, exaggerated engagement rings (read: most DIPAs), this classily styled offering strives for and achieves beautiful color and clarity over sheer "look at me" size.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 00:53:13 | More by EPseja
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice copper orange color with a nice off white long lasting head. Has a nice hoppy and citrus aroma coming from it with definite lacing left over. It is a delicious medium bodied beer that has a nice citrus and very hoppy taste to it. Hard to find though. I suggest that if you can find this one scoop it up. They are very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 15:21:03 | More by HopEnthusiast
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unionturf

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA glass.

Color is clear amber/orange with a good head a good lace retention throughout. Smell is hops and malt, the taste is the same with the hops taking the lead. A very good balanced brew and one I like to grab when I can find them. Drinkability is excellent, but due to the difficulty finding I wish I could find more on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 06:50:13 | More by unionturf
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Zippie9999

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S:24 oz bottle, poured into a dogfish head bullet type pint glass.
A: Amber, orange w/ nice fluffy white head that leaves a nice retention on the sides of the pint glass.
T: citrusy, hoppy, with an afterthought of sweet malt and fresh baked bread.
S: citrusy, fresh hops, and bread, maybe an afterthought of a west coast ipa.
M: full, semi-creamt, not unlike a hybrid of a west coast ipa and an imperial pilsner.
D: Excellent. I'd serve this as my late season barbeque beer. Great for tailgating. I'm considering buying a case before this runs out. Gives Sam's imperial pilsner, harpoon's leviathian IIPA, and lagunitas 13 a run for their money!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 06:27:04 | More by Zippie9999
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A hazy, orange/amber with a fluffy off white head that falls slowly leaving plenty lacing.
S- Smells of light pine and citrus hops. Not an overly strong smell like a good IPA but might be more so if fresher.
T- Taste is bitter at first with light citrus hops and sweet malt flavor. There's a balance in this beer that I enjoy.
M-Mouthfeel is sort of thin and well carbonated.
D-Drinkability is very good. A very comfotable, nice drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 23:53:41 | More by meatyard
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big 24oz bottle...love this bottle size! Pours into my glass a vibrant copper orange with a creamy two fingers of off white head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas begin with a mild caramel malt along with fruity aromas as well. The hops kick in with floral and spicy notes that take main stage. There's sort of a dirty, earthy aspect here as well. Mild pine resin accents. Pretty good, but it doesn't match the original Harvest.

First sip brings sweet malt upfront with a mild caramel and fruit accent that quickly gives way to the hops. The hops bring lots of pine along with a dirty, earthy spiciness as well. Green resins flow down with a big bitterness that envelops the palate and lingers on after each sip. Overall, a tasty fresh hop brew, its just the hops here don't particularly appeal to me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a solid creaminess from the steady carbonation, making this an easy drinking beer overall. Overall, I'd grab that original Harvest before this as I'm not a huge fan of the New Zealand hops apparently. Still, I'm glad I grabbed a bottle and gave this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 01:54:15 | More by orbitalr0x
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thartman

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle orange-apricot in color with a one finger sized long lasting head. Noticable lacings left on the glass. Nice citrus and hop bouquet. Fresh hop spiciness throughout, from start to finish with some malt undertones which tend to be more noticable as I get through my first pour. Nice bitter bite with a balance of malt and hops on the finish. Crisp, clean and very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 22:20:25 | More by thartman
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,661 ratings.