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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: 2,696
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 60
Gots: 90 | 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 dashirey


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labeled 2008 - 1st Release

A - Reddish orange highlights are evident in this beer. Pours with a one finger plus fluffy bordering on thick head cream colored head. Lots of lacing left on the glass from this beer.

S - Fresh grassy hops (obviously) are all in the nose, but there is some malt shining through in the end.

T - Very well-balanced despite the blast of hops in the nose. The hops are again fresh, grassy, and spicy. Great flavors throughout the entire glass.

M - Medium bodied. Very highly carbonated which could be turned down a tad. After the carbonation is lost a bit, it is a very easy drinking nearly smooth beer.

D - Overall great stuff here. I'm hoping this becomes a regular seasonal release. I split the bottle with my wife and I'm a little disappointed that I don't have another, but no worries plenty more beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:16:33 | More by dashirey
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber hue with decent head sits in the pint glass. Floral, citrus aroma with hops hiding in the bushes ready to ambush. And here they come for your money and its worth every penny. Delicious sweet note hops initially, followed by spicy hops and desert dry finish create a wonderful appeal to this brew. This might be the freshest hops I've ever tasted in a beer. A tasty pale ale characterized by freshness.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 00:25:21 | More by JRed
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Glowing honey colored body, big creamy head.

s: A big citrus blast with some spicy notes.

t: Toasted malt is quickly sacrificed at the alter of New Zealand hops. Lemon, orange, grapefruit, delicious!

m: Divine feel, luscious even.

d: Another reminder that a Fresh/Wet hop style would be a useful addition to BA. Wonderful beer, I love the Harvest series from SN.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 20:33:30 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of 1759Girl


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A> Dark orange honey. lively. big head which dissipates steadily. lacing.

S>Last month a local hop farmer gave me a handful of 'just harvested hops' to smell. Oh, my goodness! This was EXACTLY it. but with some honey notes.

T>Super complex. Sweet start. ginormous hop punch which softens smoothly before becoming a beautiful, satisfyling resiny hang.

M>nothing to write home about, but fine by me


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 14:11:51 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Toronado in San Fran.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin white head forms, drops down to a thin ring, decent lacing on the glass, good retention. Smell is nice, fresh grassy hops, caramel, some bread, fruity, some grapefruit, apricot, some different hop character than normal, couldn't quite place the aromas but I liked it. Taste is nice too, again very fresh tasting, some caramel, melon, grapefruit, oranges and citrus, some grass, biscuits, nice fruity hops balance it out very well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and goes down nice. I dug the hops they used in this, gave it a different element than a lot of other IPA's, it really tasted nice and fresh, good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2008 21:02:40 | More by Viggo
Photo of dwalters


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head, excellent lacing, big hop aroma, flowers, pine and citrus. The color is an orange/copper and cloudy. The initial flavor is creamy, back of the tongue bitter the hops just roll in your mouth, very nice. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation lively.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:18:21 | More by dwalters
Photo of Haybeerman


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, deep copper color. Poured a two finger creamy white head that dissipated to a quarter inch and held for a while before it turned to a skim thickening around the rim. Generous and thick lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Herbal, somewhat floral hops, followed by the biscuity malts. Hint of grass and light citrus.

T: Straightforward hops balanced with solid malt underneath; very nicely balanced. This beer is well done with a lot of other beers in the category.

M: Medium body, but not overbearing; pleasantly coating the mouth. Crisp carbonation promised a clean finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid. respectable APA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 13:54:24 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of tweeder263


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice amber brew slightly hazy with a one finger fluffy head.Medium carbonation rises slowly through the brew. Smells of grapefruity hops,,awesome aroma. Wow taste,,i had to give it a five.Some malty sweetness beautifully mixed with hop bitterness. No lingering effects,,just a nice clean brew. The last Harvest they had out was an exceptional beer,,this is a great seasonal and i hope they continue to produce it yearly.Mouthfeel is perfect,,not too thin,,not too chunky.What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 00:59:18 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Floydster


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint from the Sierra Nevada brewery for $4.25, consumed 8/12/08, reviewed from notes

A-Golden orange color with some amber highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head, decent retention, lacing at the beginning
S-Hoppiness, floral, pine, and tons of citrus, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, the whole array, some bready malt, and hay
T-There was a lot more lemons and oranges than I expected, hops came second to the citrus in this puppy, even though they were fresh and full of grapefruit, the other tastes overshadowed them, still a nice bitterness in the finish with some pine and flowers, more sticky than usual, balanced more towards hops than malt obviously
M-Citrusy, dry, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium body, perfect level of carbonation, taste could have lingered longer for being a fresh hop beer
D-Goes down pretty easily, light on the stomach, ABV is below seven percent, would make a decent session beer, fresh hops might tiresome after two or three of these though

I kept meaning to pick up a bottle of this and never got around to it, interesting that they brought hops all the way from New Zealand for this one, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 06:10:24 | More by Floydster
Photo of changeup45


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a thick foamy off-white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is floral, oats and malts but not all that exciting. Smooth citrus hoppy flavor combined with a solid caramel malt base make for a good tasting beer however. Nice hop bitterness. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 17:15:43 | More by changeup45
Photo of Bookseeb


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a nice reddish amber color with a healthy head leaving a nice lace. Smell has an orange sweet, buttery with malt and hops. Taste of malt, citrus, earthy pine with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is viscous with smooth body. A dern good ale, the fresh hops are definately there, one might even consider it IPAish.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 02:36:23 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of SiriusAth


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep coppery amber with golden notes near the bottom of the glass, nice pillowy off-white 2 finger head, attractive lacing, good retention.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with a nice underlying earthy spiciness coming right behind. Lemony, slight orange, piney resin, floral, and a touch of sweetness from the malt.

The hops dominate the taste at the front, but the malt shines through with just the right amount of sweetness to keep the bitterness from being overpowering. Lemon zest and lime-like citrus lead the way with a nice toastiness coming through in the middle, finishing with a semi-dry earthy hop fade.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium bodied, and with just the right amount of carbonation.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a damn fine beer that hits all the high notes and leaves very little wanting. It goes down dangerously easy and was another great idea from Sierra Nevada. Cheers to them!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 05:26:13 | More by SiriusAth
Photo of xare


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked my Southern Hemisphere open to experience the glory of a fresh hop beer. Appearance was a lovely tawny orange color with a tan head that retained very well and laced.

Smell was of fresh floral citrusy hops. Some malt notes in the background.

Taste was excellent, hops were complex and perfectly balanced, not overly bitter. Malt came through nicely as well. All in all, remarkably excellent and the only deduction was that for some reason with this complexity it still tasted a bit bland somehow.

Mouthfeel was nice with creaminess, smoothness, crispness, and finished clean. No aftertaste at all.

Drinkability was outstanding. I'm considering going out to buy a few more of these and making it a permanent part of my annual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 21:04:56 | More by xare
Photo of PorterLambic


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel-orange color with a fluffy, light tan head. Retention is amazing.
Smell is of hops, rosemary (I think), pepper, with malt lurking in the back, maybe some orange.
Taste is hops, a pine note, yeast, alcohol later. Hops complexity I've rarely encountered probably due to the "wet hops" noted on the collar label. Good balance and the hops doesn't overpower.
Mellows nicely with alcohol, hops & malt notes. Medium body & effervescence. Good brew, very IPA-like in body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 15:33:00 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of toolbrew


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 22oz glass. Pours a clear copper color with thick foamy white head. Great lacing and great head retention.

Very hoppy smell. I know the hops are from New Zealand, but it smells like Cascades. Some sweet citrusy aroma too. Slight malt scents.

Good hop attack and crisp finish. Very hoppy - just the way I like it. Definately some citrus and some grassy taste.

Goes down well. The hops coat the tip of my tongue and linger there a bit. Still have the hop taste in my mouth after a few minutes.

A very tasty session beer and I'm happy I was able to try it this season.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 05:19:36 | More by toolbrew
Photo of wingman14


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008, 1st Release

This one pours a darkish copper with orange hues with a frothy off white head that leaves nice lacing. A very nice citrus hop aroma with some sweet notes. The smell was underwhelming compared to the taste. The hop taste is super huge, not a super bitter taste, but the power of the hop is used well in this brew. The taste is not over the top, but still is full flavored. The mouthfeel is great because of the hop focus, the bitterness is expected but not experienced. A medium body and a good balance. This is a great beer, definitely for the hop heads, a great addition to the Sierra Nevada line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:09:04 | More by wingman14
Photo of usmittymc


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful rosy amber color with a slightly off-white head that seemingly never recedes.

S: Hops. Spicy, citrusy, yummy hops. Not much else. A little bit of malt in the nose, but it's very faint.

T: The nose plays no tricks. Spicy, bitter hops dominate the palate on this one. But there is an excellent balance provided by a sturdy, yet subtle malt back.

M: Carbonation is just right. Moderate body.

D: Wow. This is an excellent APA. The fresh hops are unbelieveable. I could (should) drink this for the rest of the night, but it's my only one. Decent ABV, but not overwhleming.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 02:02:53 | More by usmittymc
Photo of HomeBrewGut

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer that was absolutely fun to drink -- amazing HOP aroma and flavor. It could be used as a cologne as the hop strength was immediately evident upon opening the bottle. The beer drinks very well and your palate is smashed by the Hops. I love my hops but this beer takes it to a whole new level.

I found that the flavor and hop strength mellowed out as the bottle "breathed". Somewhat like a fine wine, some airing out of the beer actually provided a unique experience for each glass.

I purchased a few extra bottles to store.. let's see how they mature over the next few months.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 01:33:57 | More by HomeBrewGut
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A half inch head forms, that is cream in color. The head shows tremendous retention. The scent of grass and earth are the strongest at first sniff, that is followed by a touch of citrus at the end. The taste surprisingly malty, with very mild bready flavor. The malt last till halfway where a grassy and citrusy bitterness takesover, it blends nicely from the malt and is not ovewrpowering. A medium bodied feel at the front and thinning out at the end. The back of the palate is left dry, after each taste. An evenly balanced beer, though it states it is fresh hopped beer. The title makes you expect more intensity in hops, though it does not reach those expectations, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:31:56 | More by cameraman
Photo of Patrick999


3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really a hophead, but that doesn't mean that beers like this don't intrigue me. Saw this for the first time, and am pretty interested in trying it. 2008 first release.

A - Well, by typical APA standards, this is exceptional. Big clumpy head with all kinds of retention, intricate lacing. Then again, it's kind of a given that Sierra Nevada beers look good in the glass. Slightly cloudy, burnished-gold body.

S - Hop, obviously. Kind of a sweet citrusy hop, with some earthiness underneath. Not really as strong-smelling as I thought it might be, though.

T - I'm tempted to say that this is all an ode to the big juicy hop. However, while that juicy hop is certainly there, this beer is finely balanced by a graham cracker-y malt, similar to its older brother SNPA. Unlike that beer, though, there's no fruity esters coming forth, as the juicy citric hop with some earthy bitterness doesn't really allow it. That's fine, though, we'll let the hops have their day in the sun. Very good. Slightly higher alcohol than most APAs here, but it's not to be found in the taste.

F - Feel is husky and a bit oily, as it probably should be. Carbonation at times can get raspy, which leads to me burping all over the place, but this is to style. Those burps are some hoppy burps, that's for sure. Hop all through the aftertaste, as it seems to coat the back of the mouth with resin, reminiscent of that effect you get with a really hoppy DIPA.

D - A fine drinker, and would do very well with a wide variety of foods. A hoppy instant classic pale ale from one of the great American craft brewers. I could do with another bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 21:12:59 | More by Patrick999
Photo of jordoo


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

It poors out a deep pale orange with a large ivoryu head that is both puffy and sticky. This one leavs plenty of lace and I really cannot imagin an APA looking any better. The nose is mainly citrus and floral hop with a sweet toasted barley smell as well. Tatse is a nice sour/bitter citrus hop flavor with a perfectly ballanced toasty malt backround that also adds some sweetness. There are also floral and earthy notes. Great mouth feel and pretty easy to down this 24oz bottle.

Overall this was a great brew that was probably even better when it was fresh seeing hoe its now mid august.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 18:40:17 | More by jordoo
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Looked like a glass of iced tea. The pour produced a decent sized head of slightly off-white foam and lots of thick sticky lacing.

S - Malty with hints of citrus. Had a slight aroma of unsweetened iced tea with a squeeze of lemon.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness up front followed by a bitter slightly dry hop finish.

MF&D - Slightly oily and sticky. A nice hoppy ale, but I'm not sure I could drink these all day. Overall a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:01:24 | More by nasty15108
Photo of thekevlarkid


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head but not much of it formed when I poured this beer and it retained very little. Dark amber or cherry wood color. Strong piney hops over alcohol aroma. Some intermittent lacing. Light to medium carbonated with a very forward hop heavy flavor. Cleary a fresh hopped brew, very 'green' in character and semi-spicy without being as sharp as an IPA. Could use a little more malted balance but GREAT for hopheads. Some sweet malt in the middle giving it a little body and depth. Bitter bite at the very end.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 14:39:14 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of KeefD


4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color, with a two finger head that settles slowly, leaving behind big, chunky rings of nice lacing. Plenty of carbonation keeping the off-white cap around for the long haul. Smell of wet, oily hop goodness. A bit of grapefruit, pine, and orange rind to round this thing out. Fresh hop flavor, a bit of sweet caramel malt, hints of orange and citrus, plenty of pine resin. Smooth, almost creamy in the mouth, goes down rather easily. A fantastic APA, most certainly more tasty and well balanced than their standard pale. Very good, and wish this could somehow be year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:10:57 | More by KeefD
Photo of Deuane


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, deep copper with a creamy medium white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fresh, herbal juicy hops supported well by biscuity malt notes. This is of course all about the wet hops so they do dominate.

T-Fresh, herbal, grassy hops. The bitterness is a bit tempered as in most fresh hop brews. A solid biscuity malt foundation keeps this one well balanced.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness. Long lasting herbal notes from the hops.

D-Very good, crisp, light and enjoyable. A most well done job by the folks at SN to ship those Kiwi hops all the way to Cali and keep them fresh! Well done, barley able to notice any difference between this and the North American harvest ales which I love so much!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 07:53:14 | More by Deuane
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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