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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: 2,837
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 74
Gots: 133 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a chilled bottle of the 2009 edition with my wife; poured into a standard pint glass. Reviewed from my tasting notes. The beer is a dark copper color. It is very pretty; it has a nice color and is quite clear. There are many tiny bubbles rising up to form a modest white head. The beer has a great hop bouquet that is noticeable as soon as you lift your glass to your face. The aroma is of fresh floral hops. It has a crisp, carbonated, hoppy taste. It is very bitter. This isn't necessarily a bad trait, it just took me by surprise. There is some malty sweetness to the taste hiding behind the strong hop flavor. It has a dry finish. Overall, I think this beer might be a bit to hoppy and bitter for me to drink all night; I prefer a less strong hop presence in a session beer, but I could certainly enjoy a bottle or two in an evening. Recommended, especially to you hop heads.

Photo of rossthefireman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
A- Nice amber hue, the amber that reminds me of fall. Good head.

S- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a malt backbone

T- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a maly backbone (just like the smell!) Grapefruit hits the tongue and as it mellows in the mouth you pick up a nice malty backbone.

M- Nice hop resin/oil stickiness coats the mouth but not overdone, Good carbonation

D- A beer all hop heads will enjoy!

Another stellar offering from SN. If you like hops, if you love fresh hop flavor, this is the beer for you. You can tell the hops are fresh as soon as you smell it. And the fresh hops are really apparent when this brew hits you mouth. Its as if the randal was invented to imitate this beer! Every time SN release a fresh hop ale, it delivers, and this one delivers as usual. Bravo SN, you did it again!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/11/2009 (bottle 2009):

Pours a somewhat non-transparent amber orange colored body, with a big foamy off-white head, with good lacing. Very fresh hop aroma, green smelling almost. Some citrus, and some dryness. Cirtus, maybe columbus. Some slight bitterness. Bitter taste, some citrus and lots of nuttiness, maltiness. Bitter, grapefruity taste. Drying.

Photo of melagnus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into brandy snifter created a fluffy finger-thick off-white head that leaves lacing when swirled in the glass. Carbonation is prevalent, but mild. Color comes most likely by way of all Pale Ale Malt, though others could have been used. The color is most likely a SRM 8 (Pale Amber). When pouring the final amount aggressively into the glass, a thick head formed and slowly subsided to two-finger-thick head of aromatic beauty!

S - Whole cone hops instantly hit the nose! A beautiful bouquet of hops rouses the senses, though a carmely maltiness comes through giving the beer a more earthy nose. Floral,

T - Bitter, malty and overall well balanced for a beer that is designed to highlight the fresh whole-cone hops. Bitterness still reigns supreme, though

M - Oily hop resin and bready malts wash over the palate. Mouth coating liquid washes over the palate with a warming effect. Creamy medium body!

C - Too strong to be an IPA, yet not strong enough to be a Double IPA by ABV. Personally, don't understand the classification of the beer as an APA. Seems to be a great balance between a warming American Strong Ale/Double IPA and a cooling summer-time IPA. Fits right in with the springtime launch! A great beer that keeps asking for more, though at 6.7% ABV, makes you ask if another bomber is really necessary?!?


Photo of Ell
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is exceptionally rare you'll find a beer this hoppy and floral this drinkable.

Bought in a 24 oz bottle - poured into a mug. Great head with a very hoppy nose. Grapefruit tones were present in the aroma.

Color was a lovely dark amber.

Very light mouthfeel for a whale of a taste. A very big beer for one that was so very smooth and satisfying to drink. I'd just finished mowing the grass, and it was thirst quenching in addition to be being very very tasty.

Photo of ElGeordie
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 24 Oz Fat boy of this while waiting at the check out at Total wine ($3.99).
I think putting a vintage (2009 Edition) on it is un petit peu pretentious, but....
Anyway I deliberately drank it at about 45 Deg F, Hey - I'm English.
Poured into an Imperial pint glass with a little to spare. Good reddish amber colour with a fairly thin white head.
Tastes very refreshing even though it wasn't ice cold. Not as hoppy as I was expecting; the hops were there in abundance but they were very fragrant with a citrusy grapefruit tang. Enjoyable mouth feel - I just wanted to keep drinking - You can't say anything much better than that about a beer !
A very satisfying pint. I'll probably buy a few more.

Photo of TKEAnimal
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a glass mug.

A - pours a nice chicago bears orange color with a decent white color head.

S - the hops were balanced not overwhelming. had a sweet floral hop smell to it.

T - the taste was amazing. it is sweet at first but the hops come in to give it some character.

M - this is a mild - medium bodied beer.

D - I went to the store to try another style of beer but an employee at the store convinced me to try this instead. I am sure glad that I listened I am going to buy a few more and let them age for a while to see how it changes.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours an amber copper color. Rich white head. Great retention, great lacing.

Aroma is a bit subdued...mostly earthy, piney hops. The pale and caramel malt background is pretty well represented here.

The flavor begins with some faint citrus...bready malt follows, then loads of piney hops. Long, bittering finish.

Great feel. Medium body, very creamy texture. Smooth drinker.

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. 2009 release.

A - pours a briliantly clear, bright orange copper color with a 1 inch off white head. Head lingers in the glass, eventually leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S - Spicy, floral hops...really nice.

T - Mainly spicy/earthy hops - some citrus and pine flavors come thru as well. Definitely balanced on the hop side, but there is enough malty sweetness to even things out just enough.

M - Full mouthfeel. Thick and chewy - again, really nice.

D - Really hop forward - bitterness is slightly harsh compared to some of the best pale ales and IPA's out there. Not as drinkable as some others, but still leaves you wanting another.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ChillMike
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
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).

Photo of philipquarles
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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

Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Yesac
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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!

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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