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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: 2,778
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 65
Gots: 110 | 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 StarlightSeraph
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

StarlightSeraph, May 17, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jablonski, May 17, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

atsprings, May 17, 2009
Photo of ChillMike
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt orange/light amber color, with a brilliant white head that leaves some pretty lacing around the rim.

S: Hints of caramel, sort of a citric and floral hop scent, sorta smells watered down if that makes any sense. Not too keen on the smell of this one. Hopefully it tastes better than it smells.

T: Taste is definitely better than the nose. Very nice hop flavor, can definitely taste the NZ hops as it's not a very common flavor. A very nice bitter hop that packs a dry citric taste. An interesting flavor. Different, tasty, good but not great.

MF: Sort of a light to medium bodied beer. The acidity and carbonation dance across my tongue. Pretty good.

D: Kind of tossed around on this one, on one hand it's light enough not terribly high on alcohol content, yes it's hoppy, but the nose and different hop taste I'm not use to put this right above average for me.

Not a bad beer, I'm glad I picked it up to give it a shot, just not really my exact cup of tea (or beer as it were).

ChillMike, May 16, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle from the second release. Pours clear copper with a large, off-white, meringue-like head that lasts quite a while and leaves nice lacing. Smells heavily citric, with lots of grapefruit-like hop character. Sweet overall aroma. Taste echoes this in that it's almost all sweet grapefruit, with only a mild resinous bitterness. Some biscuity malt character in the background. Light-medium body with medium-low carbonation.

philipquarles, May 16, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper-amber body... moderate off-white head with decent retention, but little lacing...

S: Soft pine, citrus (lemony), and floral notes glaze over a strong malt body which is shining through.

T: Unlike the nose, much of the hop flavors depart and do not make themselves known to the tongue. The bitterness is there throughout... but the hop flavoring is disapointingly absent... I was surprised, and after a couple sips I thought I was served the wrong beer... had a yuengling lager like taste... passed it to my fiancee who agreed that the hops were no where to be found in the flavor profile... checked with the waitress to confirm she brought me the right beer... hell, i was still unconvinced and ordered another and watched it pour from the right tap... same thing... bland... more reminiscent of the regular pale ale than anything else

M: Light-medium body, good carbonation... slightly blurred finish

D: Its good... Don't get me wrong here... this is a decent pale ale, just was expecting a bit more from a beer with high reviews, and was perplexed by the lack of hop flavoring from a beer with "harvest fresh hop ale" in the name... oh well... i'll get my hands on a bottle and give it another shot since i like just about everything else sierra nevada has done between torpedo, harvest, chico, anniversary and celebration

callmemickey, May 16, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange, nice fluffy, creamy head, shit loads of lacing. Smells of resiny grapefruit, some pine, a yeasty bready background, some orange, little alcohol. Tastes of sweet resiny citrus malt with a nice bready backbone. Fairly moderate bitterness, nice fruity finish.

A very nice pale ale, similar to SNPA but with a more resiny and hoppy characteristic bordering on an IPA. A great malty backbone counters the hoppiness producing a great beer. I also loved the New Zealand hops, something unique about them. Highly recommend.

bum732, May 15, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[2009 - 2nd release] Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a clear amber ale with a huge, yellowed, off-white head that's bubbly and foamy. It exhibits outstanding retention and leaves outstanding lacing. It has a fresh, spicy hop aroma of pine and orange peel and perhaps some mint. It has a smooth medium body with a clean finish. It is well bittered and well balanced. The full hop flavor echoes the notes of the aroma. The malt is biscuity. Man, this is so good-- I love Sierra Nevada!

yesyouam, May 14, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2009 edition, a stubby 24 oz. bomber.

Appearance is cloudy, illuminated orange. Massive soapy head. Clear with tiny bubbles. Looks like everything you'd want in the look of an IPA. Thick gobs of snowy lace.

The aroma is a citrusy resin hop. Perfumey and a little grassy; complex hop character. Malts are obscured, but an earthy malt appears.

The taste is hops that run the gamut from bitter to flowery, perfumey adn then a hint of citrus. Very nice and pretty refreshing.

The feel is milky and dense. Has the feel of a creamy Imperial IPA. It's a damn solid IPA. Nice-bodied and easy to slug down. No burn and very little bite.

williamherbert, May 14, 2009
Photo of macktbone
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ledgers in Berkley.

Nice pour, crisp apple juice looking color with a small but sticky head. Super clear appearance.

Smells of apples, hops.

Fresh hoppy flavor with floral ending. Less harvest-like and more green-thumb. Roof of the mouth taste is extremely foral.

Mouthfeel is standard with a little extra oil. Most likely from the fresh "wet" hop.

Highly drinkable for the hop fiend. Not so much though for those anti rose oil folks. This does taste like an apple juice, rose water and hop mix.

I've been to New Zealand and all I saw was lots of sheep. I would love to go back with the intent of checking out the hops. With out a doubt, one of the best places on Earth.

macktbone, May 13, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release

Beautiful copper tint with a full white head that Estelle Getty would be jealous of. She's perrtty....the beer that is.
Nice, if somewhat simple straightforward hop aroma. The flavor is dominated by a long dull dose of bitter hops with a subtle malt finish.
Fairly drinkable, although could be more exciting.
Overall, this beer is somewhat more tame than I was expecting. Not all that complex for a beer advertised as a "Fresh Hop Ale", which definitely keeps the focus on the bitterness. Nevertheless, the kind solid offering you would expect from Sierra Nevada.

GeezLynn, May 13, 2009
Photo of Yesac
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 "2nd release"

A- Clear amber nice large frothy foamy off white head. Pouring it into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass isn't bad either!

S- Dull unique hop aroma. Some pine. Weak.

T- Strong and sharp hop bitterness bites up front and dominates. The hop taste is truly unique, its very sharp and piney. Sweet honey sap like ending mixed with a big malt finish. This thing is balanced if you get ignore the bitterness. Good stuff for the hop heads. The bitterness lingers to long as if it had high ABV. Almost a sting to it.

M- After the hot bitterness finally dies down the palate is left coated very well. Medium bodied.

D- The hop taste is nice but the bitterness is way to much.

I much prefer the Harvest Wet Hop Ale over this release.

Yesac, May 13, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely looking for something o help break the summertime heat that descended on NC for the weekend at the same time our AC decided to die; can't be fixed until at least Monday. Awesome. Picked this up today at Whole Foods in Cary. Hope it can do the trick.

Straight orange color with a wet, melty off white head. The nose is a mellow pine and citrus melange. Appetizing, but could be stronger. Caramel malt provides the background scenery.

The pine is at the forefront of the taste. Bitterness is only medium, but has staying power. The texture is thick and benefits from low carbonation. The stickiness of the lacing is superb as I sip. A tinge of alcohol lingers in the aftertaste.

I definitely enjoyed this, and the sharp freshness of the hops is clearly an asset, but the taste itself is very reminiscent of several of their other brews, including Torpedo and Celebration. Note: this is not by any means a bad ting, it's just not terribly original. Tasty. If you like Sierra Nevada's others for hopheads. you'll like this.

daliandragon, May 10, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uber-freshie with a bottling date of April 24th..Less than two weeks old and picked up in Maine.

Pours dark copper with sparkling clarity and a half inch head of pure white. The head fades to a partial skim coat and theres a decent amount of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with piney resins, moderate malt, and buckets of earth-crushed citrus fruits. Soured oranges, pine boughs, grapefruit, and a caramel foundation.

Medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Lingering resin oils.

Pine dew, grapefruit pith, hard candies, and juicy citrus start the palate. A firm, drying bitterness quickly steps up and builds for the duration, as well as some warming alcohol and chewy malt.

Finishes with lingering resinous hops, fresh malt, and a drying, earthy bitterness.

Tasting really fresh and quite resiny and earthy. Not extremely pungent or floral, and I guess I prefer a more tropical mix of hops. Damn tasty though.

brewandbbq, May 08, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage, sampled 5/09.

A) Murky orange amber body holds a frothy mocha milkshake head that laces like crazy.

S) Stemy and leafy hop earthy harshness and orange bud goodness dominate the cotton candy malt base.

T) Very well balanced in this one year old edition. Hop flavors are still heavy and fresh, but the malt has aged out a bit and gained some Old Ale qualities with just an edge of oxidation that gives it some character.

M) Heavy oily body with some hard carbonation

D) Easy, too easy as large gaps in the tidemarks show. I got this bottle late for various unimportant reasons and was worried I would be tasting a faded glory, but this is still in great shape and enjoyable.

HardTarget, May 06, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 release, bottled last week, bought from a cold box in Chico. Needless to say I have high expectations about the freshness of this beer!

Makes a great appearance on stage; rich, lively carmel colored ale and a big glorious GREEN head with lace to spare. The green fades to cream and collapses after about 5 minutes and it coats the glass with carmel colored sticky webs. Without a doubt lots of hops were used to make this beer.

Fresh hops aroma, along with signature SN maltiness. Besides lots of Chinook-like aroma there is fruitcake, oak sawdust, and general beerness. Aroma is milder than I expected.

On to the taste. Punishing bitterness and strong carmel malt is the main idea. All that nice hop aroma is vastly overtaken by the big malts. Surely a blow to the palate with hops, but not something you'd want to experience too much of. I don't think it all works together 100%, but my generous 4.0 goes partially to the fact that it's so damn hoppy, and I have a soft spot for really hoppy beers of all types.

A bit undercarbonated letting the heavy carmel malts and unfermented sugars bogart the mouthfeel. It's rich and chewy with a heavy body, almost like a mini-barleywine. Sticky and dense too. It looses it's carbonation and it's hop aroma relatively quickly.

This is a big beer, very filling and a bit dehydrating. It's got very good hop qualities but the huge malt body is a bit too bit to call it refreshing. One 24oz bottle and I am freaking full! A good experience for sure, but one is enough for me. Cheers!

rayjay, May 02, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a high, off-white head with ligt lacing and good head retention. Beer is copper colored.

Smell- Fresh, piney hops and a nice malt backbone to balance it.

Taste- Resinous hops pervade from first until last, piney and a bit citrusy and lots of freshness. Amber malts run a strong second throughout, but just can't compete. A long lasting hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated and full flavored.

Drinkability- Hop lovers will just love this. I do and have purchased at least six bottles since it came out.

olmatty, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh hop ale in March??? You betcha!!! When I saw this one, I had to get it right away and try it the same day. Their last fresh hop ale was VERY good.

This one poured out amber and clear, with a two finger head composed of fine bubbles. It subsided to maybe half a finger, and left a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was of strong citrus hops and hop resins. Not quite grapefruit, but that's the closest. There were also some grassy and floral notes. However, it did not smell sweet, which is something I prefer in my hoppy beers.

Taste had a very strong bitter presence to the fore. Citrus and hop resins were prominent, but a caramel malt backbone supported them well without getting in the way of pure hop enjoyment. The aftertaste was long, dry, and bitter. I loved it, although a bit more malt would not have taken away anything.

Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, well carbonated but not dominated by it. It was dry, as stated above, and a little bit mouth-puckering.

Drinkability is good. I'd give it a little bit higher, but the bitterness of the aftertaste lingers a bit too long on the back of the tongue.

connecticutpoet, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice light copper color with a good head that retains well and leaves decent lacing in its absence.

S: Floral and biscuity with a slight citrus undertone.

T: A bit of caramel added to the already present floral and biscuit notes.

M: Nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a mild hoppiness.

D: Easy drinker. I drank quite a few of these bottles when they first came out and now to revisit it on draft is a treat...I'll have another one please!

drgonzo3705, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of mmmbeer
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed with pale and crystal malts, bittered with Pacific Hallertau and finished with New Zealand's Motueka and Southern Cross; 66 IBUs. It pours a dark coppery hue, unfiltered, with moderate carbonation and two fingers of loose, tan head that leaves big sheets of lacing. Surprisingly light in the nose, with spicy and citric hops. Peppery and citric hops on the palate, with tropical fruits, tobacco, gentle orange pulp and strong citrus zest. Malts contribute light caramel and a little sweetness, while the hop's bitterness slowly becomes stronger and stronger. The body is almost medium, tingly and prickly, with a dry finish, and the flavor is a bit sharp to make it much more than a sipper. An interesting take on a fresh hop ale, but it wasn't as aromatic or complex as I thought it would be.

mmmbeer, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper hue with a pinkish tint. A bit of lacing is left by the monstrous head, but not much.

S - Hops, naturally. Flowers (lilies) and a tiny bit of caramel malt.

T - Initially, it is of floral hops and a bit of caramel malt (with a hint of heather). Aftertaste is a straight bitterness with a bit of lingering caramel malt.

M - Dry, a little refreshing, a tad astringent, a little harsh.

D - Pretty good. I think I prefer the northern hemisphere wet hop ale, but this is very good.

mrasskicktastic, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of knightred
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I have had a few of these over a few months. I'm extremely new to "reviewing" beer, but have had and drank a great variety. I must also say Sierra Nevada was my first beer and my favorite available beer. This bottle was bought a month back and stored in the basement collection until tonight. I haven't ate in hours, I had a bell's hopslam about 30 minutes prior. On with it.

a= light amber in the glass. Very interesting head, like a hardened lava flow that has collapsed some. Lacing is only on heavy on the top rim, really doesn't lace.

s=hops there's something else.

t= sort of regular sierra hops that tend to light bitter, some maltiness to me.

m= hangs in the mouth, coats the tongue and the headiness mixes nicely. I find it very good.

d= very easy to drink. I wouldn't buy a case, but if I had it I would willing drink it.

Ahh ok, I reviewed this beer because I had another bottle before dinner and the nose was utterly awful. I had it from my beer stores in the basement it's just under 60F. This one had everything similar but the nose. And that was say like a puke smell. Similar to baby's milk puke, having a baby I had thought it was me. I changed shirts, washed my face and hands, and changed glasses but the beer simply had a milk puke smell. I looked it up to see if anybody else experienced this and remembered I could review it. This is why I drank a second one and reviewed it later in evening, knowing it was good a few months back when i had it. Just somehow had a bad bottle, unluckily.


knightred, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy amber, hints of orange, with a big, dense, rocky white head.

Aroma is all hops initially - green, wet, resiney hops hit you hard as soon as the cap is popped, moving to a slightly more restrained, sweet citrus aroma with a hint of biscuity, bready malt poking through as well.

Taste is sweet and caramelly initially, with the quick-to-emerge clean citrus note giving way to a slightly more resiney, piney bitterness that coats and lingers on the palate. Superb balance.

Great mouthfeel, full bodied and creamy carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the flavor. Really nice beer.

JohnQVegas, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am in love with this beer. From the moment I saw the color in the pint glass as it was poured, I knew I was in for something special.

Appearance: Dark coppery color and it was cloudy. Pillowy 2-finger head that stuck around for quite some time. The head eventually dwindled to a thin lacing that stuck nicely and evenly down the glass.

Smell: Hoppy and citrusy -- bitter like grapefruit.

Taste: Hoppy and bitter -- a very nice grapefruit taste to it though. It goes down way too easy and the balance is nice. Not very operpowering but you definitely know you're drinking something that was made with a good amount of hops.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and a little creamy -- very smooth.

Drinkability. High, not much else to say here. This is a great beer all around.

bamadog, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


appearance: amberish red glows with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: sublte bready notes, very slight pine

taste: more hop potent than the smell suggests. More in the IPA stregth category. interesting hop flavor, more of a pine flavor.

mouthfeel: medium ti light bodied. decently balanced

drinkability: another gem from one of the best in the country. great idea and well done.

Had this on my bday a prsent at my favorite local bar in Jacksonville. Never had it but I like regular Sierra Nevada a lot. This was simnialr with just a little extra bit and ore color.

appearance: golden amber hues

smell: loaded and more loaded hops, very plesant for a hop head

taste: like hops of course, this beer is loaded with it. I could actually taste the freshaness aspect. Different. Liked it but I have other favorites

mouthfeel: thin not thick. good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth. and goes great with salty snacks

CampusCrew, Jan 23, 2009
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,778 ratings.