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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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2,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,755
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
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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 IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

2008 release from bomber into oversized Red Oak mug...

Pours up a luscious, dulce de leche-colored 2-finger head that commences solid lacing quickly but has no staying power. Rich, copper/apple cider-colored body...lightly cloudy with significant, fast-moving carbonation.

Scent is mild, caramel apple malt - quite viscous with strong but surprisingly distant floral hops...not as pronounced as expected but very good nonetheless.

On the taste buds the hops emerge with solid grapefruit characteristics - austere, bitter rind...mice! Malt is more of a backbone than significant taste presence. A bit on the tight side but good.

This one is, as mentioned, quite tight on the palate. Lots of grapefruit hop pucker here. Malt provides a woody foundation but that's really it...the fresh hops are the nuclear option in this one.

Quite enjoyable with a bit of warmth. Tighter than expected but solid nonetheless.

09-25-2008 10:46:13 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of golden1


4.83/5  rDev +19%

22oz. bottle from John's Marketplace. 1st Release of the 2008 batch.

Pours a hazy, dark orange with close to two fingers of head. *Great* lacing down the sides of the glass.

Good smell - hoppy, but reduced in sharpness from your standard IPA. More floral and sweet instead of pine. Didn't quite catch the malt that others have mentioned, but it's still good. I would expect this is the difference between using fresh and dried hops.

I could not believe how smooth this was. There's a usual transition in hop-focused beer where you can pinpoint the change from the taste of the hops to the bitterness of the finish. This beer does a spectacular job of masking that point and the result is a very fresh, clean taste that holds up and rolls perfectly into the end.

Crisp feel - bit of a pucker after half the bomber, but you should be expecting that with a beer like this.

Crazy drinkable. This is a brilliant example of the style and, if available, you should not hesitate to try it.

09-22-2008 03:41:36 | More by golden1
Photo of racer2k


4.97/5  rDev +22.4%

2008 Vintage -1st Release

A -Dark rich orange color beer. It pours with a very light head on top that is thick but disolves very quickly. Lots of thin lacing on the glass with each sip.

S - Fresh grassy hops and a flowery bouquet are in order. This beer smells like it was just brewed. Very flowery hoppy scent that is quite enjoyable.

T - Balanced beer with a nice hop centric tone. Love the blast of hops at the back end of the swallow. Earthy, grassy, grapefruit tones through the entire glass.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice mix of hops and light malt flavor for a mouth feel.

D - Excellent beer. One of Sierra Nevada's finest specialty beers. Fresh, complex, and very Sierra Nevada. Great beer!!!

09-20-2008 23:50:55 | More by racer2k
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

This looks sublime - just what an APA should look like. Slightly hazy body, with a beautiful burnished golden colouring. Thick, creamy head of off-white, peppered with small pancake bubbles. Lacing is heavy and sticky. Just beautiful, and exactly what a Pale Ale should be.

Nose is also excellent, with a really nice hit of floral hops. Citrus, pine and dust on the nose, with a slightly sweet cinnamon, bready character. Very pleasant.

Good burst of hop bitterness on the palate, but it's not too heavy. It's a sustained flavour which permeates from the front to the back, rather than an intense, puckering hit. Perhaps a little more sweetness would have been welcome at the front or the end, because the hops rule the palate from start to finish. It leaves the beer rather refreshing and drinkable, but it also means it's a little one-dimensional. I guess that's kind of the point though - this is a beer to showcase hops. Feel is good; clean and crisp, but with almost a silky texture.

This is a very good beer, with plenty of great Kiwi hop characters. As an Antipodean myself, it's a shame I have to come up here to get it.

09-17-2008 03:28:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of PeatReek


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%

Decanted a bottle of the 2008 vintage (in case there are others later...). Clear pale amber, rocky off-white head laces the glass nicely. Initial aroma is fresh, bitey, piney, and in fact quite malty. First sip is a big bitter wallop; develops quickly into a mouthful of aggressive, "dirty", Cascade-type hop flavor, with a prominent grapefruit component. Towards the end of each sip the bitterness sneaks back in along with a crisp, Alt-type maltiness.

By about halfway through the double-size bottle, I feel like this is just a somewhat strong version of the typical American pale ale. The huge floral attack of the New Zealand hops is pretty good, but after that it's nothing particularly special.

09-15-2008 04:27:59 | More by PeatReek
Photo of WanderingFool


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Sierra Nevada S. Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale pours a hazy copper color into the glass with a frothy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind netted patterns of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very hoppy with notes of orange citrus and a touch of grass mixed in. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy with a mild carbonated fizz on the back of the tongue. The flavor is well balanced with an initial hit of bitter hops at the beginning, followed by orange and lemon citrus, and a mild pepper spice. In the middle some caramel malt and fruity flavors move in. At the end the hop flavor lingers leaving behind a grassy aftertaste.

I thought this beer was going to be a hop monster, but was surprised by how well balanced it was. It's almost like drinking a 'lite' barleywine.

09-14-2008 18:11:29 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of superdedooperboy


4.7/5  rDev +15.8%

Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful deep, orange-gold color with a huge, pillowy cream-colored head of foam that fades slowly and sticks to the sides of the glass, leaving behind nice, thick lace.

Smells of bright, citrussy, fruity hops. Nothing else really going on, but the aroma is nice and sweetly floral.

Mouthfeel is lightly spritzy and medium-bodied. Flavors of sweet, citrussy hops dominate the palate, with distinct notes of apricot; nothing much else appears but for a tiny hint of caramel malt in the very background. The fresh hops give this brew a distinctly different flavor than other highly-hopped ales, as the taste they lend is much sweeter and fruitier; it's absolutely amazing and delicious.

I could drink this all night long -- or at least until the 6.7% ABV finally got to me. A wonderfully, distinctive APA that is certainly worth seeking out.

09-14-2008 02:55:20 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev -2%

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is floral hops, citrusy tangerine, and light herbs.
Taste is very yeasty, hoppy, citrus, lime, lemons, orange, with honey and zesty herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, with standouts of lime and grapefruit clinging to the palate.

09-10-2008 00:32:36 | More by weeare138
Photo of MrIncognito


4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a tumbler.

A - Great reddish colored body with a thick white head that leaves fantastic lacing.

S - Oily hops with a light pine-scented background. Smells fresh and crip.

T&M - Medium-high hop bitterness gets me first with a nice bite then mellows out into a nice nonintrusive bitterness in my mouth. Incredibly fresh tasting and more crisp than their standard pale ale. I taste some earthen notes and a kick of pine.

This is a great beer. I really enjoyed it and would love to have it again.

09-09-2008 16:55:19 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of dashirey


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

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


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

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

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

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


3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

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!

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


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

08-23-2008 23:09:04 | More by wingman14
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,755 ratings.