Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
05-02-2009 06:49:01 | More by rayjay
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-24-2009 06:23:02 | More by olmatty
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
03-21-2009 03:03:47 | More by connecticutpoet
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
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!
03-11-2009 01:55:03 | More by drgonzo3705
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
03-05-2009 18:30:54 | More by mmmbeer
3.38/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
03-02-2009 08:14:00 | More by mrasskicktastic
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-20-2009 09:47:37 | More by knightred
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
02-11-2009 16:03:31 | More by JohnQVegas
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
01-26-2009 01:06:22 | More by bamadog
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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
01-23-2009 21:20:29 | More by CampusCrew
3.93/5 rDev -3%
Appearance - Brilliantly clear amber with a two-inch fluffy white head.
Smell - Initial smell was of a lemony citrus aroma. As the head disipated, I believe I picked up some fresh orange blossom honey and a sligth piney aroma.
Taste - Great bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Nice maltiness to complement the hops. Some orange citrus flavor, but was very subdued. Highly drinkable beer.
01-19-2009 03:21:41 | More by Birchgrove77
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
pours a dark copper color (almost cloudy) with a nice thick white head. Aroma is hops, honey and some citrus. Taste is an easy hop. Not strong or bitter, very easy to handle, and is very smooth. A little malt is present as well. A very good beer, easy to drink, little dissappointed that the abv is 6.7%, wish it was stronger.
01-16-2009 13:42:24 | More by beernut
4.13/5 rDev +2%
Surprised my local still had a few 24's of these wondeful brews sitting around so I thought I'd grab one. Poured in a nonic.
A - Pour is rather smoother, and reveals a finger-think white head. A beautiful dark-copper beer stares back at me.
S - The smell is not super stimulating like a Two Hearted, although that is probably because this beer has been around for a few months. I seem to remember it stronger. Very floral aroma, maybe some citrus, but more floral.
T - The flavor is mouthwatering. Some hop-centric (IPA's) ales have a sharp flavor, this one has a sweetness that balances the tart, citrus flavor and makes the mouth water for more!
M - Good mouthfeel. Not too thin, with the right amount of carbonation.
D - Drinkability of this brew is nice. I have definatly put down some of these over the summer and I'm happy to find it again in the middle of the arctic-land that is Michigan in January!
01-15-2009 01:40:06 | More by Pedro07
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
From a 22 oz. bottle. Purchased May 2008, sampled June 2008.
Pours with a large tight flesh colored head. Very light carbonation, clear dull copper color. Very grassy aroma, green and hoppy. Smells sweetly of french bread, not cloying. Medium light body. Very well balanced, easy to drink. Some hints of clover, black pepper and arugula. Lingering aftertaste is bitter and sticky. Overall very tasty.
01-11-2009 05:43:17 | More by htomsirveaux
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
Pours a hazy, orange-copper with one finger of white head settling to a rocky lace.
Orange, cloves and honey.
Some orange bitterness with a mild, sweet, long finish.
Medium body and some chewiness.
Southern Hemisphere is an interesting concept and an easy drinking fit with good friends in the summer heat.
Date consumed: 29 July 2008
01-10-2009 21:29:54 | More by SLeffler27
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
A: Fuzzy amber color with a fair amount of sandy particulates floating around. Active carbonation from very fine bubbles. The soapy, rocky and chunky cream head has great retention and leaves gobs of lace.
S: A plethora of different hop aromas great the nose. Lemon, grass, grapefruit and earth interplay nicely. A toasted biscuit scent lets you know the malts are there.
T: Heavy hop flavor without a heavy bitterness. This beer isn't a bitterness bomb, but it still has a ton of complex hop flavors. Pepper, lemon, grapefruit and grass notes mingle on the tongue. Toasted malt flavors ride underneath. Finishes dry and tart.
M: Medium body is silky and oily, with the right amount of fizz.
D: I really enjoyed this one. Proof that a hoppy beer doesn't automatically need to be hyper bitter too. Very nicely done.
01-08-2009 15:52:34 | More by Rayek
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Deep clouded amber with large off-white head that dissipates to a foamy covering leaving a nice lacing.
A- Lots of malty caramel aromas. I got a light hit of apples.
T- As this bottle is the 2008 release I assume much of the hop flavor has mellowed out. There is still a decent amount of bitterness. Caramel maltiness backed by an ever present bitterness. Very balanced with the bitterness not overpowering.
M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.
D- Very enjoyable, I wish I had tried one right after release to compare how it has aged. It seems slightly strong and malty to be an APA, though looking at BJCP specs it is only slightly over the upper 6.2%abv.
01-06-2009 21:50:54 | More by gpogo
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +6.9%
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 -0.5%
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 -9.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +11.1%
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 +4.2%
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
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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