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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: 2,841
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 75
Gots: 134 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Photo of SPRichard
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jpinkard
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up earlier today. Came in a 24oz Brown Sierra bottle, no born on date. (Second Release) Poured into Half Liter glass mug.

A: Perhaps a bit darker then Sierra's Pale. A deep Translucent Copper. Solid 1 and 1/2 fingers of head that stuck around for the first few tastes but then cleared out to a few millimeters which stuck around for the rest of the beer. Good amount lace.

S: Hops are dominant. Smells fresh and very clean. Pine and grapefruits stands out. A good whiff of the bottle smells more of brown sugar and caramel.

T: Really digging this beer. Again citrus and Pine dominate it with some caramel and dark sugars goodness in there also. Hop oils nip at the sides of your tongue at the end, perhaps a bit astringent.

M: Medium bodied with a good balance of carbonation. Maybe a tad bit to oily.

D: Good. Definitely wouldn't mind having a 24oz or two of these. Probably wouldn't add it to the rotation but definitely would pick it up if I was feeling like a good Sierra. Really like this beer.


Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color with some strong amber/copper highlights. It poured with a massive, sticky, and craggy head.

s: Pungent earthy hops with some pronounced grapefruit and lemon. A decent amount of caramel malt lingers in the backround.

t: Even better than the smell would suggest. Fresh, prickly grape fruit hoppy goodness that also taste somewhat piny and earthy. Moderate sweetness in the form brown sugar and caramel. At the very end there is a hint of astringency, my only minor complaint.

m: Crisp, slick, and sticky. The carbonation is gently fizzy and perfectly long lasting.

d: Five bucks for 24ozs? Fantastic beer that I think I may have tried late in the season. I'll look for it sooner next year.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

southern hemisphere
4.5 the usual clear amber, with hints of apricot. a short sturdy head and very clingy ribbons of lace. promising.
4 grassy/floral/earthy/citrusy hops, can't quite place the smell, alternating whiffs of alcohol and general spiciness. the smell reminds me a little of the sn esb. touch of nougety sweetness in the background. maybe some lemony flowers.
4 piney citrusy bitterness cuts in sharply and then envelops. some tanninlike astringency and a firm grapefruit pine finish is cleared up by a peppery bite.
3.5 smooth and barely medium bodied, fine carbonation but the last 1/2 of the bottle is striking me as a touch too thin. some slickness from the hops.
4 very easy to drink at first but the bitterness tends to build whereas the flavor doesn't. the initial 8 oz or so i'm thinking "i'm not worthy!" but by the end i'm thinking this one could use more residual sweetness. still good, of course, just drier than expected. the alcohol is not hidden and i would have guessed 7.5% easy. unlike wet hop harvest, which is a pulpy overly willing slut of a beer, this one is firm and businesslike. wish the best of the two could be combined.

Photo of JayNH
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden copper color with a huge foamy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S- Sweet, plenty of citric hoppiness.

T- Well hopped but very smooth... Plenty of piney hops dominate the flavor.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, carbonation is perfect.

D- Excellent. Another winner from SN, definitely worth a try.

Photo of sls0210
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft in a pint glass. Copper orange color with a thick off-white head. Floral, grass-y nose. Fresh is the word, and this beer really delivers. Great hops and nice bitterness, but not overpowering. I know it's not classified as an IPA but it sure has all the aspects of IPAs that I love. Very drinkable, could have two of these in an evening. Glad I was finally able to try it and it definitely didn't disappoint. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy, solid four-finger head. Sloooow to recede. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. With some strain, I can detect a faint haze. Otherwise, this is a lovely copper-amber color. Gorgeous.

As expected, a beautiful (if mild) fresh hop aroma. Light crystal malt in the background. Seems to be balanced.

More hoppy than the smell would suggest; the malt only shows up on the initial sip. The rest is bitter, culminating in the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. This is one for the hop-heads. The body is full and round; light on the carbonation regardless of the head. An easy, if somewhat high in alcohol, APA to drink...could pass for an IPA easily.

Photo of BigMike
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

This is the second release of this fine beer from old reliable Sierra Nevada.

Poured from a 24oz. Brown bottle. A beautiful tangerine orange/ dark apricot color. Three fingers worth of white head that is so rich and creamy and fluffy it's almost cloud like. One of the more picture perfect pours in recent memory.

Smell is light and fruity. A bit spicy with some orange. Overall fragrance is fresh and clean.

The flavor is slightly sweet at first and finishes with a nice bitterness that makes this a pretty balanced brew. A little bit of fruit and spicyness round this one out.

The bright spots of this fresh hop ale are the mouthfeel and drinkability. It's so light and creamy yet rich and flavorable at the same time. Easy to drink and almost perfectly balanced.
To me, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Are one of the finest brewers of craft beers around.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear dark amber and does not have much of a head. Aroma is not strong but is pleasingly malty and subtly spicy. Flavor is quite strong and malty with a hint of cloves and a hoppy undertone with just a little bitterness. Texture is very thick and smooth, tingly and sassy, leaving a slightly biting finish.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle poured into Pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a booming rocky slightly off-white head that lasts forever. This beer leaves heavy, sticky lacing as you drink it. Aroma has a floral bouquet of hops with some touches of citrus and caramel malt. The flavor is full of citrus and pine hops and some sweet malt, very similar to the aroma and ends with a bitterness that creeps up on you but doesn't overpower. Its a light- to medium-bodied and is very carbonated. This is a very nice beer and its lightness makes the hops ever more present.

Photo of dwennis
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark Gold/Amber

Smell: Hops, floral

Taste: HOPS!!! Followed by a dry and very bitter finish(hops)

Mouth feel: Quite carbonated, lighter

Overall, Decent beer, no complaints, might buy again but not too soon, plenty of other beers id buy first.

Photo of Genghis22
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on April 24, 2009

A - Pours a clear amber color with a generous creamy white head. Deep amber color, but no haziness at all. Awesome lacing the whole way through.

S - Soft sweet smells of citrusy hops. Not overwhelmingly hoppy like a DIPA, but more pronounced than a standard Pale Ale.

T - Biting hop bitterness at first sip. Quickly gives way to the malt backbone, providing some sweetness and balance. The end of the sip dries the tongue with hop resin. The bitterness sets back in again and the aftertaste is all piney hops, quite good.

M - Slightly chewy, medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry.

D - Keep it coming! This is a highly enjoyable pale that is big on flavor, without knocking you out with a high abv. You could easily put back a few of these, and not get too drunk. This is a nice beer to have when you're craving hops, but not looking for the alcoholic effects of an IPA or DIPA.

Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of agitation in the cream colored foam, plenty of variation in bubble sizes, hangs onto a half finger coating with generous lacing as well. Mild gauziness to the deep bronze color, suggests as much brown as orange, holds light inside the glass nicely. Fresh biscuity toast to the nose but it's really the pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus which sparkles here, the strong floral dimension never gets heavy while apricot and peach fruit speak up now and then, field grasses present without any herbaceous bitterness. In the mouth it's full-bodied and manages to convey a dry texture in spite of the ripe sweet tang in the grapefruit, orange citrus. The hops have a sour tightness to them, some tea leaf and tar resin notes too. Carob and cocoa show at times but the malts mostly integrated into the whole package. Here the density inhibits the florality from spreading far and wide. As the name suggests, tastes very fresh and lively.

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

This is a very decent beer but nothing about it is exceptional. Very drinkable but there is nothing about it that will stick out as especially memorable. Overall it is a nice beer and very drinkable. Not quite hoppy as I'd like it. The head dissipates quickly.

Photo of gameface23
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy bronze with amazing lacing. Head is creamy and large.

S: Hops dominate. It's really interesting to compare the Southern Hemisphere with the regular Harvest Ale (one of my all-time favorite beers to date). The hops in the Southern Hemisphere are much more floral and grassy.

T: More of those floral hops with a nice balance of caramel sweetness. The tiniest amount of burnt/roasted flavors are present as well.

M: Creamy and medium-to-full bodied. Very nice

D: I want more.

I personally prefer the original Harvest Ale, but this one is as equally well crafted.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Well just like the fall harvest ale this comes with a massive head, ridiculous retention and lacing, and a dark bronze color. A beautiful looking beer.

S- Sweet malt, especially crystal in the nose, and a spicy hop smell that is quite pleasant.

T- Similar to the fall harvest, a bit more bitter, and I must say the new zealand hops don't go as well with this beer as the american hops did. I am also dissapointed because I enjoyed the wet hop flavor, and I am aware how far away new zealand is, but that is what makes the fall so much better. A very delicious beer that falls short of very high expectations.

M- Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that softens up as you drink it, which is a good thing. Near the end this was drinking like a bitter in terms of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, a delicious beer that has a full bodied flavor that doesn't weigh you down, Sierra Nevada should let me do their commercials. Even with the higher alcohol content I can drink 2 24 ozer's in a night without feeling bad in the morning.

In short a very good beer that just isn't wet hop ale, but still very good.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, somewhat pale orange/bronze color. Huge head on top that resembles whipped cream. Sticky lace on down the glass. Freshly mown grass aroma. Moderate toasted notes. Huge hop flavor. Not a tongue stripping presence just big hop flavor. Touch of sweetness and caramel notes. The hop flavor lingers on and on. Really well balanced and not overly bitter. Good body-the trace of sweetness really balances the body out quite well. Overall a great, great beer. Goes down way too easy. Not overly bitter or hopped. Just a huge, pleasant hop presence. I will be getting more-lots more!

Photo of ericlawton007
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours light gold, with a good amount of head and consistent lacing as I drink the beer. Hops are clearly the dominant taste and aroma, but much more blah than the regulart Harvest Ale. No citrus or pine notes are clearly evident. Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes down really smooth, making this a most drinkable beer. Very good for a pale ale, but leaves me waiting for fall when the real wet hopped beer comes out.

Just tried 2010's batch and it was really tasty. The criticism that i left last year must have been a bad bottle, because the hops stood out on this one, and the drinkability remained great.

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with a creamy tan head. Beer is bronze in color. Leaves some good splotchy lacing.

Smells of hops, some malts, and a tad of caramel.

Tastes hoppy, with malts coming in after. Has some spices in the background as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink. Its a refreshing beer.

Photo of cjgator3
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage

Pours an amber color with a sticky off-white head. The aroma is malt and a good dose of fresh oily hops. The taste much like the aroma has a decent malt backbone but the fresh hop flavors clearly steal the show creating a lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This one is far too drinkable and a beer that I come to look forward to every year.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wasnt going to review this beer but couldnt resist... served in my sam adams perfect pint glass

A-mixture between orange and amber...typical for an ipa, even though this beer is not an ipa..great 2 inch head with great retention and unreally sappy, clinging, lacing

S- piney, and sweet malt

T- great upfront malt caramel malt sweetness with some nice toasty breadyness as the beer warms...fresh hops are noticeable with the great hop "smoothness". there is no in your face barrage of alpha acid.. beer ends with a nice bitterness from the piney tasting hops, subtle citrus taste that is hard to notice...beer has great malt-hop balance

M- Great smooth mouthfeel

D- could drink this beer all nite..great session beer...no problem drinking the 22 oz bottle

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a nonic. 2009 2nd release.

Pours a light amber with a rocky, rich two finger head that goes down to a rocky cap with frothy peaks. Clarity is good.

Aroma is Floral hops, very perfum like and not like any I've ever smelled. There could be some sweet malt supporting that sweet floral aroma.

Flavor is hops, not as in your face as I thought they would be. I guess I've been hittin' the Torpedo too much. Malt gives a nice balance. Hops are piney, earthy and slightly dank. Huge hit of pineapply citrus in the middle with a bready, crackery malt rider. Finishes a bit dry with a nice bittering pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is good. Very quaffable, doesn't feel like 6.7.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

A - Pours copper with an orange hue and a thick, frothy light tan head. Carbonation looks pretty moderate. Not much going on in terms of lacing.

S - Mmm, pretty appetizing smell, and it's noticeable from a foot or so away. It has a pretty distinguishable floral/plant-y nose with a bit of citrus in the background.

T - Very interesting hop profile going on here. I guess there's something to be said for hops from the southern hemisphere. Again, one of the best ways I can think to describe this is plant-like, and there's a nice zesty kick to it. I've only ever tried one fresh-hop beer before, so the style itself is a bit new to me. The hops really linger on the finish. The malts ride through pretty nicely and into the finish, though after that I'm left with some dry leafy goodness.

MF - Pretty good all around here. It has the right amount of carbonation for me and is pretty refreshing. It leaves an oily coating with some lingering bitterness and dryness that I love about IPAs(I realize this isn't considered one, but it's fairly close).

D - I'll have no problem at all finishing the bottle, and I'm pretty sure I'll be sad to see it go. It's not as good as some pale ales and IPAs I've had, but it's still a really solid offering. SN doesn't seem to have it in them to disappoint. Not a bad price at $3.99, but Celebration can be had for the same or less, and I'd take it over this in a heartbeat.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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