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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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2,750 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,750
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 104 | 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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necoadam

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours out a copper/light brass color with a thin head.

Smell consisted of lemon/orange, floral hops, with a light undertone of pine.

Taste started out on the sweet side with some malts riding underneath. Bitter pine and an oily texture also blend in with a dry finish, with a taste of citrus lingering in the back of the palate. Taste is truly wonderful and different than other APAs and IPAs for that matter.

It has a medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Just curious if the hobbits brew this beer as well.

05-27-2009 19:11:52 | More by necoadam
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mhatters

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

Served on-tap in a shaker pint glass at the Brickside, Exton

Pours an orangechestnut color with a standard sized head

The nose is intriguing, sweet, floral, well-balanced. There is no dominatingoverwhelming single note.

The falvor was intense at first with a burst of hoppiness and then quickly transitioning to the sweet, creaminess of the malt. Very well done

A very nice beer, nothing earth-shattering, but very well executed and easily sessionable.

05-26-2009 23:09:15 | More by mhatters
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

24oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale pours a dark copper with a huge tan head. Nice amounts of sticky lace stays on the glass throughout.

The smell is very hoppy and yeasty, with grass and faint flowers or plants. The taste is dominated by grains and yeast. The after-taste is acidic. It gets noticibly better as it warms, but it never wows. The feel is thick, sticky, and bitter.

I love the effort SN puts into a wide-range of creative beers throughout the year, and Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is a really nice hoppy ale. It just doesn't have eye-popping flavor.

05-24-2009 23:58:02 | More by MetalHopHead6
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hopstorm

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

First of all, mad props to SN for all its incredibly delicious beers.
This one pours the normal caramel amber color I love so much with some sticky 3 finger head that laces nicely. As soon as the bottle was cracked, a pungent citra-pine aroma slaps you in the face. This is only followed by an intense slam of fresh hop goodness billowing through the air as I pour. The head is like a sticky, fluffy cloud that settles nicely. At first, the mouthfeel was just right, with yummy sweet malts to carry the fantastic hop flavor... But as it warms it almost seems like it should be a little thicker. I guess for an APA, its really quite nice. Anyway, that just enhances the drinkability. Goes down smooth and has the flavors and aromas that are still enough to get me excited each time. Beers like this one are hard to come by. You can tell that they put a lot of work into it to make it just right. As far as superior quality and product goes, SN does it again. While this reminds me of Torpedo in a way, its a very different beast and hop lovers should seek this out immediately! P.S. I dont think Ive ever enjoyed burping up hops this much! Fresh hops rule!

05-23-2009 23:18:55 | More by hopstorm
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JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Delicate pour yields a monster head that does a cool cascading effect as it dissipates into beer. Super frothy head, beige-brown color. Body is pretty light colored orange.

Doesn't smell like a whole heck of a lot. A little bit of grassy, flowery hops, maybe a hint of pale malt.

Taste is a bit bitter. Kind of smooth. Finishes clean. Nice taste, the bitterness has a certain flavor to it I can't really put my finger on, almost like a sort of sweet bitterness. Pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little heavy, kind of light on carbonation but definitely enough. Certainly won't have a problem finishing this here beer, but don't know if I'd want another.

Although it's listed as a pale ale, it definitely reminds more more of an IPA. There are plenty of others out there I'd reach for before this, but it is a nice change of pace and the price was quite good.

05-22-2009 19:39:01 | More by JimmieFrisbee
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Recommended as a great mellow alternative to Imperial IPAs and a real step up from Sierra Nevada's lager, which is pretty decent to begin with.

Appearance - Thick-ish head with a beau amber color

Smell - Dark fruits of cherry and blackberry with a grainy, grassy smell

Taste - Bitterness is really dumbed down in this, but still abundant and ever-present. VERY well balanced with a few floral notes. Retains that grassy flavor with a bit of fruit on the back end.

Finish - The beer is, as abovementioned, very well-balanced and surprisingly smooth. Gives you a lot up front, but mellows out so well on the back end. Wonderful finish.

05-22-2009 15:13:50 | More by TLove
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with about 2 to 3 fingers of off white head. Retention is great and a moderate cap remains throughout. Thick, abundant lacing, approaching a solid film.

S - Soft grassy and fruity aromas. Apricots and peaches, with some grapefruit peel pulling through as the brew is agitated and reminds me of a used eraser. Slight garlicy/onion in some sniffs as well. Very well integrated.

T - Pale malt is more noticable than I expected on the front end. Little bits of sweet fruit with vegetal whispers are just under the surface. Fresh floral and green notes take the stage mid palate, really showcasing the fresh hop flavor. Grapefruit flavor pulls through on the back end with a moderate to high pith-like bitterness. Bitterness really sticks in the back of the mouth and lingers for quite a few minutes.

M - Interesting stuff here. While normally I'd prefer this style crisp and light, the medium-slanted body and very soft (almost non-existent at times) carbonation really help the hops take the stage without the brew being a total hop blast.

D - Though not quite as impressive as Sierra Nevada's wet-hop Harvest offerings, it does take a fairly unique approach with the hop flavor. This guy walks a fine line between APA and IPA; either classification would fit, though it doesn't feel nearly as sessionable as many above average beers in the aforementioned styles. A good beer, but I think it's flavor has been surpassed by Chico Estate and Torpedo.

05-22-2009 08:48:08 | More by PatrickJR
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dasenebler

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Deep amber hue. Creamy head laces well, but dissipates a little too quickly. Fantastic aroma of pine and orangey citrus. Really smells fresh.

Flavor is very smooth and well-balanced, typical of SN. Very resinous, hoppy and strongly flavored without being overpowering or too bitter. Spicy. Has a sweet character from both the malt and the citrusy hops. Caramel malt flavor is present much like SN Celebration.

Feel was very smooth and deliciously resinous though the carbonation might have been a bit too high. Overall creamy and very drinkable for a beer that approaches 7 percent.

05-22-2009 01:19:37 | More by dasenebler
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vacax

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Second release, 24 oz. bottle @ $4.99 poured into pint glass.

A: Light amber or copper with an orange hue. Pours with a generous cream colored head is dense, creamy, and billowy with insane retention and lacing. Sierra Nevada's fresh hop ales are some of the most beautiful beers I've had the pleasure of seeing... and drinking.

S: Definitely a pale ale and not a highly hopped IPA. The beauty here is in the delicateness. Hints of pine and fragrant floral aromas waft gently. No harsh notes, just a fragrant APA.

T: Flowery hops that are somewhat piney. A bit of a spicy caramel balance and clean slight floral finish. Very nice pale ale. Flavors do well to balance out the relatively high ABV for an APA.

M: Medium to full body, full yet finely carbonated.

D: Very tasty stuff, pleasurable to drink a 24 oz. bottle and something I would return to. A bit spicier and stronger than a standard pale, but also forces me to savor the fresh hops flown in from NZ. It is a letdown that prices are up 25% over last year though.

05-22-2009 00:43:05 | More by vacax
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Brewnami

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +21.4%

This may be the best Sierra Nevada I have had yet. I was just going to the liquor store in Brighton, MA to get a nice cold beer and saw this. Me being a hop-head, I was intrigued. So I bought it, brought it home, and through it in a pint glass. It poured a crisp, clear amber color with a tall, fluffy, cream-colored head. The head reduced to a nice even lace around the glass. Smells like a very clean IPA with pine and citrus notes. Very nice hop bitter taste with malty hints. This beer is very drinkable. I would love to get this in a 12 pack and session. I tend to notice the more flavorful and tasty a beer is, the less drinkable it is. Not in this case. Also being a relatively high 6.7%, the alcohol is masked very well. I am on my second 22ox bottle and lovin' it.
CHEERS!

05-21-2009 21:14:03 | More by Brewnami
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

I'll go on record right now as saying I think Sierra Nevada, one of our oldest craft breweries (at 30 years, hah!), has been doing some VERY interesting and good interpretations lately, and as such I am now buying some of pretty much everything that comes out from them; which is considerable, and pains my wallet even as it tickles my liver.

That to say, when I saw the fresh, new, 2009 version of the New Zealand hopped pale, I simply HAD to. It was great last year, this year the hops are not "wet" (fresh from vine to kettle) but rather dried and simply "very" fresh. So. Enough yip-yap, I'm pouring!

A. Wow, could this beer be any prettier? We get a huuuge, honkin' fat 4-finger tall, dense light copper head that falls fast but sticks around at 3cm for a long time... generous lacing sticks everywhere 'round my tall 22oz glass. The brew itself is a curious russet-purple, rich autumn with weird highlights... it ain't normal...

S. Classic APA at first: malt sweetness, toasted grain / sugar, yadda yadda, OK. But then you get the hops... I hate to cop out here, but it's just "foreign". Getting sour grapefruit, earth, some... grass, yeah grass, that's it... a little pine resin but it's all spicy and a little dirty. It's not intense, just good. I don't know... I like it.

T. Nothing massive, just cool, sweet malt goodness and spicy, bitter, strange hops. This really is just a basic American Pale with a weird New Zealand hop bill... but the end result is interesting, and because it's interesting, and new, and beer geeks love interesting and new, I love this. I keep trying to nail down the swirling hop flavors... they are familiar, yet not. Sort of like that time you dated that girl in high school who looked a lot like your sister. You KNEW she wasn't, but it still made things weird... and exciting. Disregard that last sentence if you live outside South Carolina. You just don't understand.

M / D. What's that? Mouthfeel / Drinkability? Oh yeah... good. Dry finish, hoppy easy bite that's a little spicy. Thin-mid mouthfeel, easy carbonation. Goes down quickly. I am going to kill this 24 ounce bottle alone, at 4pm on a Thursday. Kind of wish I had more, then I remember I have things to actually do today. Alas.

So yeah... this is a Weird Pale Ale (WPA) and one that appeals largely on its drinkability, solidness, and endlessly unusual hops. If you're a hophead, or a fan of slightly off-kilter beers, (like me) this will be right up your crooked little alley. And it's so cheap! $4 for a bomber plus. Yeah, I like it. Props to Sierra Nevada for keeping things real in Chico. -drains his glass, happily-

05-21-2009 20:11:14 | More by kkipple
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Got this yesterday from my A-B rep. Pretty excited might I add.

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice clear darker amber color with a quater inch off white head that stayed around for most of the beer. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- I smell a lot of malts upfront...I don't know if that was suppose to be but I got a huge malt body from this. Piney hops come through but very faintly. I don't know if this is the way it's suppose to smell but it's not what I expected for sure.

T- Unexpected suprise with this from the taste. Huge citrus hop taste with a nice malty backbone. Alcohol taste is nice and toned down but comes through more and more as the beer warms up.

M- Good crisp beer. This beer is medium mouthfeel which also coats the palate in a piney hop taste after the sip. This fades quite quickly and leaves a malty biscuty taste in the mouth. Good carbonation which leaves the beer dancing over the tounge.

D- There is something a little off here and I can't put my finger on it. I don't know what happened to the beer or if it's how it is suppose to taste. I will get another bottle and try another but if this is how it's suppose to taste I don't know if I could drink this on a regular basis.

05-21-2009 02:36:49 | More by alleykatking
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omnigrits

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +20.7%

I don't often give that many 5.0 scores to a beer but this one really is something special. It has a beautiful copper colour with plenty of rising bubbles and big white head that leaves plenty of sticky lace. As soon as the glass comes within sniffing distance of the nostrils I know I'm about to get a beer of the highest order. Citrusy, piney resinous hops are there, a slightly yeasty aroma, and a touch of fresh cut grass. The malt character of this beer makes itself known in the mouth, balancing the abundant hops nicely. When the beer falls down the back of the throat there's a bitter finish but the sweet malt remains on the tongue. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm glad this is only available for a short while - you really can have too much of a good thing. Like summer, an Ashes series against the Aussies, the day the clocks go forward, Wimbledon, Friday evening, standing on Waterloo Bridge watching the sun go down, and falling in love again, it's something to look forward to.

05-20-2009 23:24:07 | More by omnigrits
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Split a chilled bottle of the 2009 edition with my wife; poured into a standard pint glass. Reviewed from my tasting notes. The beer is a dark copper color. It is very pretty; it has a nice color and is quite clear. There are many tiny bubbles rising up to form a modest white head. The beer has a great hop bouquet that is noticeable as soon as you lift your glass to your face. The aroma is of fresh floral hops. It has a crisp, carbonated, hoppy taste. It is very bitter. This isn't necessarily a bad trait, it just took me by surprise. There is some malty sweetness to the taste hiding behind the strong hop flavor. It has a dry finish. Overall, I think this beer might be a bit to hoppy and bitter for me to drink all night; I prefer a less strong hop presence in a session beer, but I could certainly enjoy a bottle or two in an evening. Recommended, especially to you hop heads.

05-19-2009 20:53:16 | More by ToasterChef
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rossthefireman

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

2009 bottle
A- Nice amber hue, the amber that reminds me of fall. Good head.

S- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a malt backbone

T- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a maly backbone (just like the smell!) Grapefruit hits the tongue and as it mellows in the mouth you pick up a nice malty backbone.

M- Nice hop resin/oil stickiness coats the mouth but not overdone, Good carbonation

D- A beer all hop heads will enjoy!

Another stellar offering from SN. If you like hops, if you love fresh hop flavor, this is the beer for you. You can tell the hops are fresh as soon as you smell it. And the fresh hops are really apparent when this brew hits you mouth. Its as if the randal was invented to imitate this beer! Every time SN release a fresh hop ale, it delivers, and this one delivers as usual. Bravo SN, you did it again!

05-19-2009 06:18:43 | More by rossthefireman
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Reviewed 5/11/2009 (bottle 2009):

Pours a somewhat non-transparent amber orange colored body, with a big foamy off-white head, with good lacing. Very fresh hop aroma, green smelling almost. Some citrus, and some dryness. Cirtus, maybe columbus. Some slight bitterness. Bitter taste, some citrus and lots of nuttiness, maltiness. Bitter, grapefruity taste. Drying.

05-19-2009 04:55:27 | More by jujubeast6000
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melagnus

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Poured into brandy snifter created a fluffy finger-thick off-white head that leaves lacing when swirled in the glass. Carbonation is prevalent, but mild. Color comes most likely by way of all Pale Ale Malt, though others could have been used. The color is most likely a SRM 8 (Pale Amber). When pouring the final amount aggressively into the glass, a thick head formed and slowly subsided to two-finger-thick head of aromatic beauty!

S - Whole cone hops instantly hit the nose! A beautiful bouquet of hops rouses the senses, though a carmely maltiness comes through giving the beer a more earthy nose. Floral,

T - Bitter, malty and overall well balanced for a beer that is designed to highlight the fresh whole-cone hops. Bitterness still reigns supreme, though

M - Oily hop resin and bready malts wash over the palate. Mouth coating liquid washes over the palate with a warming effect. Creamy medium body!

C - Too strong to be an IPA, yet not strong enough to be a Double IPA by ABV. Personally, don't understand the classification of the beer as an APA. Seems to be a great balance between a warming American Strong Ale/Double IPA and a cooling summer-time IPA. Fits right in with the springtime launch! A great beer that keeps asking for more, though at 6.7% ABV, makes you ask if another bomber is really necessary?!?

Prost!

05-19-2009 02:29:10 | More by melagnus
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Ell

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

It is exceptionally rare you'll find a beer this hoppy and floral this drinkable.

Bought in a 24 oz bottle - poured into a mug. Great head with a very hoppy nose. Grapefruit tones were present in the aroma.

Color was a lovely dark amber.

Very light mouthfeel for a whale of a taste. A very big beer for one that was so very smooth and satisfying to drink. I'd just finished mowing the grass, and it was thirst quenching in addition to be being very very tasty.

05-19-2009 00:28:38 | More by Ell
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ElGeordie

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Picked up a 24 Oz Fat boy of this while waiting at the check out at Total wine ($3.99).
I think putting a vintage (2009 Edition) on it is un petit peu pretentious, but....
Anyway I deliberately drank it at about 45 Deg F, Hey - I'm English.
Poured into an Imperial pint glass with a little to spare. Good reddish amber colour with a fairly thin white head.
Tastes very refreshing even though it wasn't ice cold. Not as hoppy as I was expecting; the hops were there in abundance but they were very fragrant with a citrusy grapefruit tang. Enjoyable mouth feel - I just wanted to keep drinking - You can't say anything much better than that about a beer !
A very satisfying pint. I'll probably buy a few more.

05-18-2009 14:26:28 | More by ElGeordie
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TKEAnimal

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%

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

A - pours a nice chicago bears orange color with a decent white color head.

S - the hops were balanced not overwhelming. had a sweet floral hop smell to it.

T - the taste was amazing. it is sweet at first but the hops come in to give it some character.

M - this is a mild - medium bodied beer.

D - I went to the store to try another style of beer but an employee at the store convinced me to try this instead. I am sure glad that I listened I am going to buy a few more and let them age for a while to see how it changes.

05-18-2009 13:34:24 | More by TKEAnimal
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours an amber copper color. Rich white head. Great retention, great lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued...mostly earthy, piney hops. The pale and caramel malt background is pretty well represented here.

The flavor begins with some faint citrus...bready malt follows, then loads of piney hops. Long, bittering finish.

Great feel. Medium body, very creamy texture. Smooth drinker.

05-18-2009 04:31:26 | More by Gyle41386
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. 2009 release.

A - pours a briliantly clear, bright orange copper color with a 1 inch off white head. Head lingers in the glass, eventually leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S - Spicy, floral hops...really nice.

T - Mainly spicy/earthy hops - some citrus and pine flavors come thru as well. Definitely balanced on the hop side, but there is enough malty sweetness to even things out just enough.

M - Full mouthfeel. Thick and chewy - again, really nice.

D - Really hop forward - bitterness is slightly harsh compared to some of the best pale ales and IPA's out there. Not as drinkable as some others, but still leaves you wanting another.

05-17-2009 23:42:54 | More by portia99
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

2009 Edition, Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful clear amber, with two fingers of white head that never seems to ever subside. Good lacing. Can't really ask for anything more in a pale ale.

Smell: Mostly grassy hops, with hints of pine and some citrus. Not as strong of a smell as I would have expected, but there are a lot of subtleties to it.

Taste: Surprisingly mild. A nice, light hoppy bite to begin with, backed with bready malts. The finish is long and bitter. The flavors are all a bit muted, but the beer was still very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but just a little bit thin.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking, and a beer I enjoyed. In terms of value, it's difficult for me to say I'd choose this over SNPA, for instance, since I thought the tastes were fairly similiar. Still, an enjoyable beer.

05-17-2009 17:33:36 | More by StarlightSeraph
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Jablonski

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a dark copper color with a slightly off white head. The head is large but not long lasting. Great lacing at the top of the glass. It smells of hops and butter with a bit of caramel. The taste is decently sweet with a bitter finish. Carbonation is perfect, but the beer is a bit thin. Solid beer.

05-17-2009 02:27:30 | More by Jablonski
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

10oz serving on-tap at The Pit served a crisp bubbly copper with a frothy diminishing head. The aroma is a surprising balance of hops and sweet malts. The taste is loads of Earthy pine hops backed nicely by caramel malts. The beer is light, crisp and quite refreshing. Spring is the perfect time of year for a fresh hop beer, too bad nature makes go across the world to make one.

05-17-2009 01:43:26 | More by atsprings
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,750 ratings.