Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a lite copper brown color and keeps a nice head throughout. Somehow I got little to no lacing.
Tasted crisp pine needle hops up front. And a little citrus/bitterness added also, great balance.
Mouthful is great. Enough hops and malt to balance and finish strong. Bitterness is great, about, if not more than, what I had expected.
Brew seems a little strong, almost like an IPA. The Wet Hop Ale, imo, is better. This however is still excellent, don't get me wrong.
01-04-2009 06:18:19 | More by adamhdv
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Oh my Lord! This is great!
The fresh hop brew pours a beautiful clear reddish orange with a darker off white head that sticks around till the fat lady sings.
The head gives off this most interesting aroma. A little nutty aroma, a little flowery, and it smells like grapefruit! Wow! This keeps getting better!
The flavor is very intense but not harsh with too much bitterness. The bitterness is there but it's smoothed out by the malts used... gotta be some caramel malts in there.
By the way, it leaves a oh so delicate lace in its trails... a wonderful sight indeed.
A little alcohol warmth ( which is nice ).
Definently my favoite IPA or close... very close. The fresh hops give a wonderful complexity to the brew. My first wet hop ale.
12-23-2008 17:40:50 | More by hoplover82
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
A- Reddish/Amber color with huge white head and tremendous lacing. Retention is very good.
S- Earthy hops and some other spices.
T- Wow. Never had a SN that is this hoppy. Spicy malt at the front end, but the backend is a huge hop party. Delicious beer from SN. Definitely bitter in the backend. More like a bigger IPA than an APA.
M- Oily! Very Oily! Very bitter aftertaste in the mouth.
D- Low ABV. makes it partly sessionable. Goes down very easy. Love the drinkability of this one.
12-21-2008 05:53:16 | More by tadowdaddy
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
A- Pours a beautiful reddish amber color, with a thin head with moderate staying power.
S- Has an air of floral hops, with a mild flavor of dark fruit and a nuttiness to it. It comes off as very earthy and airy.
T- The malt flavor is nicely balanced with the woody dry-hop flavor.
M- Has a nice medium body, and a solid mouthfeel.
D- I could definitely see drinking a few of these in a sitting.
12-20-2008 03:50:45 | More by WillieMoe
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that leaves pretty, thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of bitter citrus hops. Initial flavor of sweet malt (bready, cookie malt) followed by a very bitter finish. Perhaps too bitter than I'd ideally prefer, but this was a pretty good beer.
12-19-2008 21:26:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.1/5 rDev +1%
A very strong IPA, borderline Imperial. Pours clear and oily gold with a puffy white head. Thick lacing. Crisp, clean aroma of pine, mango, pineapple, and oranges. Taste is very citrus, with more grapefruit. Some soapy hop flavors, as well as pepper and wood. Loved it.
12-16-2008 17:49:05 | More by magictrokini
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
I had this beer at the Brickskeller in Washington DC. Ken and Steve Grossman were in attendance describing how Sierra Nevada came to be. What a great story. Anyway, this beer was a nice treat.
Aroma: Big green hops aroma with notes of malt.
Appearance: Coppered hued with white head and plenty of lacing.
Flavor: Big green hops with plenty of malt to balance the bracing bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Scrubbing carbonation finishing with a hoppy bitterness.
Overall: This is a nice beer. The hops were definitely different from the standard Sierra Nevada varieties. A nice treat.
12-14-2008 17:10:47 | More by AleWerks
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
This gem pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber. A nice large and fluffy light tan head that leaves gobs of lacing.
The aroma is of pine and citrus hop notes, with some malt sweetness coming through as well.
A lot of fresh hops in the flavor but it is offset with some malt, not a completely balanced brew but hop and malt in good harmony- hops shine through.
A nice medium mouthfeel with a nice lingering hoppy aftertaste.
Could easily drink a few glasses of these.
A beer I will look forward to tasting each year.
12-13-2008 07:30:20 | More by Guzzler78
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance- Pours with I nice, fairly clear, amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. The body continually, slowly effervesces, and the head leaves behind a sticky lacing.
Smell- Nice mix of maltiness and hops up front. Smells crisp and fresh. Quite inviting.
Taste- Nice mix of malt sweetness, bittering hops and flavoring hops. Just a hint of a citrus zing to it. Some pine in the jowls to.
Mouthfeel- A tad heavy for the style. It works tho, because it gives you a nice, lingering aftertaste. Yum. CO2 level is also nice.
Drinkability- Not great, not bad.
12-10-2008 06:38:22 | More by theopholis
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
I was really psyched when I saw this at my favorite store in all of japan, tanakaya. I had sierra nevada's harvest ale last year and I was very impressed, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn't disappoint.
Poured into highball glass(I was in a hotel, that's all they had). Everything about this beer is fantastic. Rich reddish brown color, huge, thick whipped cream-like head, amazing floral citrus hops with so much depth. Even the carbonation was perfect, something I usually don't give too much thought to. I savored this one to the last drop, enjoying the slight changes in flavor as it warmed getting a little more bitter and piney toward the end.
I wish I had bought more than one... Oh well its a good excuse to go back soon.
12-09-2008 16:02:48 | More by toweringpoo
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
12-04-2008 20:53:55 | More by sinistrsam
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-03-2008 02:09:42 | More by BierFan
4.45/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-02-2008 23:01:55 | More by davedahl
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
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!!!
12-01-2008 01:42:42 | More by kimcgolf
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-01-2008 00:48:54 | More by hellomcfly
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
11-27-2008 07:05:27 | More by Slynger
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-25-2008 06:43:15 | More by Spikester
4/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
11-25-2008 04:46:45 | More by srandycarter
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
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
11-23-2008 19:28:15 | More by mikereaser
4.1/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-17-2008 05:19:33 | More by TCog
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
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
11-12-2008 02:51:46 | More by deereless
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-10-2008 01:48:45 | More by maximum12
4.68/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
11-04-2008 02:19:33 | More by stewart124
3.28/5 rDev -19.2%
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.
11-01-2008 04:31:36 | More by dino213aa
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
10-25-2008 15:35:35 | More by OStrungT
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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