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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: 2,812
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 69
Gots: 118 | 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 bassmantin
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 25, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. 2009 release.

A-Clear, amber brew. Orange-off-white head, big off the pour with a moderate retention.

S-Hops, hops, and more hosp. Floral and herbal, hijacking my olfactory system.

T-Piney, very herbal hop flavors assaulted my tastebuds immediately, followed by a no-B.S. bitterness. A fruity aspect comes into fruition (pun intended), largely estery, but some citrusy hop as well.

M-Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied beer, with a noticeable hoppy dryness.

D-A good extra-hoppy IPA. Very tasty, a nice treat.

CHSLBrew, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the Blind Tiger 06-19-09

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing. Amora is rich with malts, caramel and a balancing, citrus and pine. The aroma is very similar to the taste, a malty start with a citrus/pine bitterness. Some spice , but mostly citrus, haven't had such a well balanced beer in a while, in the hop/malt department. Great mouthfel of creamy, smoothness, with a great bitterness. Easy drinking for 6.7% and could def. polish off a few in one session. I had this once before from the bottle and don't remembering being this good. My guess is a fresh keg?

bonbini26, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with orange tints. Nice swiss cheese 2-finger head, leaving very nice lace. Very active beer, with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Floral hop aroma with a touch of pine. Yeasty, slightly bready malt tones.

Hops, hops, and more hops. Bitter on the first hit and stays bitter all the way through the profile. Finishes very dry. Plenty of malt body here, too.

Just the right mouthfeel for the style. Slight chewiness, without overpowering.

The intense finish drops the drinkability a tad, but one bottle at a sitting is plenty for me!

beer2day, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i have no clue why i did not review this last year. it was hands down one of my favorite releases.

pours copper in color, very clear. huge white head that takes its time going away although turns quite puffy leaving behind intricate lacing. magnificent!

huge hop scents, primarily pine and citrus. very light malts

first taste is an absolute hop assault. huge bitterness from primarily pine and citrus notes. light earthy and grassy flavors emerge through out. malts are fairly hidden by the overpowering fresh hop flavor.

carbonation has some bite and adds some body. overall feel is pretty full and smooth.

i love this. one of my favorite releases of the year. i am quite happy they decided to release this again in 09. at under $4 for a 24oz bottle, there is no better deal! 5.0 all the way.

hooliganlife, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a 24 oz. bottle of this the other day. This bottle was part of the 2nd release of this beer. I've never had this before so I was not exactly sure what to expect, but Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

Poured into a pint glass in two parts. The beer was a amber brown color with no haze. Only a small, one finger beige head, but there was some retention. Smell was very hoppy, pine notes in particular. The taste followed closely behind. Nice big, floral hops upfront. Citrus notes present first followed by sharp, bitter, pine notes. There was also a nice spice note thrown in, but it was slightly overshadowed by the hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability was a little low due to the strong flavors here. i could not have more than one bottle. Moderate ABV does make it a good sipping beer though.

Overall, a good beer. Tastes more like an IPA than an APA to me. Not as good as SN's Torpedo or Pale Ale though.

Gosox8787, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. The beer was a clear amber color with a thick ivory head and abundant lacing. Mostly floral aroma, also citrus and sweet malt. Pine taste, a little grapefruit, a little caramel. Pretty hoppy, great beer to drink.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper/amber with a big 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaves a sudsy lace.

Smells of pine, maple, malts, and spice.

Taste is pine and maple with a light spice/citrus and a good bitter kick. Medium bodied throughout and good drinkability. I enjoyed this one. Will probably grab a couple more.

SirDrinxAlot, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of aglose45
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Beautiful golden brown color, with a thick and frothy looking, ivory-colored head. Good lacing left on glass.

S: This beer definitely has a "fresh Hop" smell to it. From the first smell things look to be heading in a good direction! Picking up some orange-like flavors as I pry further into this beer. Also, some sweet grassyness too. In addition to the hops I picked up some caramel malts, which lead me to believe this is an overall, pretty well-balanced beer.

T: Big lemony and orangey pop to it first sip. One cantell that this beer is certainly fresh, as the name would suggest. As I was led to believe while smelling this beer, it is well-balanced between hops and malts, even though the hops are there at the beginning and the end. Not too much bitterness to deal with, just a little bit on the end and some great flavors, which is how I like it to be for this style. This beer has excellent taste.

M: Maybe a bit on the carbonated side, but that certainly doesn't take away from the overall experience that this beer is trying to give you. Light bodied, with a good resiny feeling left on the palate from the "fresh hops".

D: This beer has an excellent flavor and lower abv, not in the style, but in general. This is a beer that I would like to consume weekly, year round. Unfortunately it is only a summer beer, so I'm going to add this to the list of beers I would like to sample 24 times (buy a case of)!

For me, this is an excellent version of what I think an American Pale Ale should be. This beer is right up there with Alpha King.

aglose45, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $5. Poured into my Sierra Nevada shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with two fingers of bone white head. Nose and flavor consist of notes of toasted bread, lemon peel and pith, mildly resinous pine, spicy, floral and fragrant, extremely fresh tasting. The ale is pleasantly bitter from start to finish and a tad oily with more than ample carbonation. All pale ale fans need to seek this one out before it's gone.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

Deep golden amber color that shines red when held to a light. 2-finger off-white head of large bubbles settles to 1-finger and becomes rocky. Smell is fresh and pungent, lemon and grass, honey, pine, lots of hoppy depth on a rich semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is much the same, no surprises. The crispness of the hops is very nicely balanced by the fullness and body of the malts, which are much more felt than tasted. Creaminess is present on the palate, but tart dryness is what lingers in the finish. Foam clings heavily to the glass. It is thick and filling, hoppy and thirst-quenching, all at the same time. Unusual dynamics, something different, and very enjoyable precisely for that reason if none other.

BeerNinja007, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice medium brown/orange color with a thick, cratery off white head.

S- Smells mostly of citrus(lemon) and a little pine. Maybe a slight malt aroma as well. It smells so fresh and amazing.

T- Mostly crisp, bitter hop pine and citrus. I'm getting a slight malt characteristic as well but I'd like just a little more.

M- Fells pretty smooth and a little oily in the mouth.

D- I think I'd like it to be more balanced. It was pretty much all hop, all the time. I know they're trying to showcase the fresh hops, but some more malt would be a nice addition in my opinion.

samie85, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


CoolJosh, Jun 18, 2009
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.