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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: 2,710
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 92 | 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 argock


4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Delicious deep orange with lots of haze and a truly enormous 2-3 finger head regardless of direct center pour or 45 degree pour. It took at least 3 or 4 minutes to get where I'd be drinking more liquid than foam. Spikes of lace like stalactites down the sides of the glass.

S: The smell is pleasant, but not all that distinctive with auspicious fruit, pine, and herbal hops aromas. Some malt sweetness is there.

T: This beer is truly succulent with boundless flavors that fill your mouth including sweet malts which set the scene for the complex hops flavor. Hops contribution has mostly fruit flavors like orange and light pineapple followed by pine and spruce and finished with enough spiciness to give your palate a bitter zing.

M: Fits the SN prototype with even carbonation on a medium body and a very full and luscious aftertaste.

D: An exceptional APA with a very complex hops bill which provides a sweeter flavor with a good bitterness to follow the generous malt that is a quality of all SN brews.

Update: 2nd Release (2009) is earthier and a bit less lush than the inaugural offering, but still very falvorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 04:12:30 | More by argock
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South Carolina

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

24 oz brown bottle I picked up for $3.99 at Greens in Columbia, SC. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy head. Aroma is rich and complex, a good mixture of hops and malt. Flavor is all about the piney, citrusy imported hops with some sweet malts in the background. An outstanding beer. I hope they make this a regular.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 01:38:14 | More by clemtig76
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4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cracked the 24oz bottle and admired the mild aroma coming from the bottle. A deep pale color is present as it is freed from its brown home with a fluffy white finding its way to the top of the standard pint glass.
The flavor come across a little dry, malty and meaty with the hops feeling a bit like hay and grass with a spot of citrus blended in. The hops cling to the malt on the way down for a crisp flavorfull balance. Sweet dry hops at the end keep the glass tipping in your favor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2008 19:48:08 | More by dbONE
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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 oz fat bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Solid creamy tan head stands a fingers width. Slow to recede, it keeps a solid cap on the surface and near perfect rings of lace with each sip. Clear coppery red color.

Smell bursts with green floral hops. Citrus peels, pine needles and spices. Taste is very green. Green orange rind. It's peppery in the finish. Very full flavor. Very strong hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a solid medium body. The hops adds some prickliness to the carbonation.

This beer is extreme. Flying fresh hops from New Zealand to the US in under a week? Pow! Extreme indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:27:37 | More by bort11
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ crunchy's in east lansing aug 2nd 2008

cheaper in a mug than the bottle, $5.50? for 25oz compared to around $6 something for 24oz. Half off on sundays after 8 :D

in comparison to the bottle, this came off way maltier, way less of a hop bomb in the nose or front, but the finish was zesty and the sticky hop resins clung around for a long while coating the tongue. Almost reminded me of an hop bombarded english bitter.

nice overall, and at the price you can't argue at all - glad i could try both ways.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2008 19:09:54 | More by drxandy
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New Hampshire

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

24 fl oz. bottle > Pint glass. 2008 release (first)

wow, this is a gorgous color, orange amber! plenty of good carboantion makes this puppy look really refreshing. The head is a remarkable 2" deep, thick and dense, creamy and smooth off-white...very clumpy with ultimate retention. high quality look.

The aroma is a nice mix of citrus fruits and spices, earthy hop and butterscotch malt.

The flavor is a wonderfully sweet malt that rides along with the mildly spicey hop; add sweet red fruits and mellow citrus notes! a warm and rather smooth heat adds complexity. The New Zealand hops added to their very own West coast hop provides a really unique, bitter-less flavor and one of my favorite overall "hoppy" ales of 2008.

The feel is also very nice, wicked crisp, not sharp, but lively with an ultra-smooth, creamy feeling head that lasts until the very end, providing a velvelty finish.

Very High quality stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 19:05:46 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition: Sierra Nevada's first ever release of their fresh hopped harvest ale using hops from the southern hemisphere (New Zealand).

A stunningly brilliant looking beer. A peach-hued off white head clings to nearly every part of the glass. Despite thinning it remains dense in patches and will never loose its creamy texture. A solid, consistent tone of blood orange makes for one dazzling pint when held up to the light. Beer lovers feast your eyes on that glow!

The aroma is gracefully timid to spite that it is a blossoming bouquet of scents. Almost potpourris like, it is a flowery, lightly effervescent smell that exhumes crisp malt and tangy hops. To spite that the hops were shipped from the other side of the world, and that the beer was shipped from the other side of the continent, the hops still smell like they were picked right in my backyard. It is a smell my senses do, in fact, associate with that early fall day we harvest our own hop crop.

The body is almost creamy. It is blissfully smooth with but a crackling bitterness on the finish. It's a sort of vinous bitterness that is both light and airy and that seems to kick off the palate to lift itself away into aftertaste. Quite a turn from the usual tongue scrubbing alpha acids. It is a gentle (hop) giant.

Twenty four ounces is the minimum I could see myself drinking of this; and I don't want to hear anything about the 6.7% - this is a session beer dammit! The flavour is wonderfully balanced with both the nicely toasted, caramel smothered malts and sweltering with orange, finely coated with pine, hops. To sum it up: delicious.

I was told to expect something a little spicier with these New Zealand hops, and I can't say I got that at all. What I did taste was something quite similar to their Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, although a little more refined. The idea of importing hops from the southern hemisphere to brew a fresh hoped beer out of season was ingenious, but the beer itself was immaculate, and that is what truly impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:02:17 | More by biegaman
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nearly translucent bright amber color with a 3 finger off-white (slightly rust colored) foamy head. Head slowly subsides to <1/2 finger and has perfect retention from that point. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Aroma is bright and hoppy. Spicy hops dominate with an undertone that is slightly earthy and a hint of citrus comes through also.

T-Flavor is very mild upfront. Some earthy hops and a mild sweet pale malt background. A nice spiciness from the New Zealand hops kicks in big for the swallow and lingers on. Also notable here is a hint of piny hops. What also lingers is a slight residual hop bitterness.

M-Medium carbonation and light, slightly oily body.

D- The bright hoppy aroma doesn't really follow through in the flavor. The burst of spicy hops is the highlight of this one but the flavor goes from slightly boring at first to awesome to a lingering bitterness that isn't really justified. I do like this one and probably will have it again-but it doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 02:30:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release

A: Pours copper with a massive, foamy head. Moderate lacing with good sustain.

S: Nice herbal and floral hop character with just a bit of citrus.

T: Hoppy, yet still relatively balanced. Nice piney and herbal flavors. Quite a unique hop taste and unlike any other PA I've had.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft and smooth texture. Light carbonation.

D: A damn fine brew. Here's hoping that this becomes an annual.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 23:59:40 | More by klewis
Photo of jushoppy2beer


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

This beer has most of the characteristics of an IPA, with an orange cloudy color, a slight head, and a modest lacing down the glass. The smell is mild, but the taste is bold, mostly coming in the hop-laden bitter finish that stays with you awhile after the last draw. It feels robust going down and leaves you feeling like you might want one more, but not two. At 6.7% ABV, two should be enough for a short evening session.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2008 22:26:58 | More by jushoppy2beer
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The brew pours a transparent copper golden color with orange hues. It produced a two finger latte foam textured head that left quite a bit of lacing behind. Head dissipates to a thin crown. Very good looking brew.

Smell - The scent is pretty good. The hop scent is pretty unique - I can still tell that it is SN beer but has New Zealand hops that make it somewhat unfamiliar to me. Very resinous, fresh and green. There is a great malt backbone - a great mix of cracker and caramel malts.

Taste - This beer shows a nice balance between the malts and hops. The hops are lemon and orange rind-like that rounds out with a white grapefruit twinge that provides the bitterness - resinous and oily. The malts are caramelly with hint of cracker.

Mouthfeel - This brew is smooth, medium bodied. It is slightly sticky and oily at the same time. Moderate carbonation level that keeps the brew feeling interesting.

Drinkability - This is an awesome beer, and every bit as good as the original Harvest as far as craftsmanship is concerned. I prefer the original Harvest as far as flavor and scent are concerned, but this will tide me over until the Fall season.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 04:18:49 | More by MiguelMandingo
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4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a big frothy off white head that sticks around a nice long while.

S: Tons of hop, citrusy, piney,

T: Hop bitterness right up front, nice maltiness comes at the end to balance things out perfectly.

D: I was expecting more of hop bomb than this turned out to be, and that is a very good thing. There's to many beers out there hopping a beer to death, the balance found in this beer was a great surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:20:01 | More by rebel1771
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy iced-tea orange amber. Two fingers of off-white head sink to swirly froth. Tapestries of lacing dangle from the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, malt is lightly toasted and mildly sweet with berry, caramel, and even some distant peach. The hops are spicy and citrus, but both in a rather general way.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet but subdued, with the anticipated caramel and berry fruit, but also with a note of tree fruit that escapes definite identification. The hops, though, are more distinct here, with citrus, a sprinkle of evergreen, and crisp grapefruit dryness. Malt lays a residual note of baked biscuit. The finish is a slow-building bitterness that lingers with crisp remnants. It has an enticing balance.

Between light and medium bodied, it flows with a soft slickness and glows a bit as well.

I've never had a fresh-hopped beer with hops so rounded, un-raw, and un-green, and it's a refreshing departure. No knock on the others, many of which I enjoy greatly, but the hops are multi-dimensional and mellow, and the ensuing balance is nicely enjoyable. It flows easy and drinks with a satisfying nature. It may not be a classic, but it's certainly fun while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 16:35:37 | More by Foxman
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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

SN's Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale pours a clear, caramel-burnt orange color topped with an orange tinted head of foam. Aroma is dominated by spicy hops.

The hop profile is not nearly as delectably delicious as the fall release - spicy, peppery, and almost hot! The flavor really sticks on all surfaces of your mouth and lips. Whatever malts there are end up being overpowered by the sheer force of New Zealand hops.

The mouthfeel is mostly great - crisp carbonation yet creamy with hop oils - but there is a weird almost soapy astringency on the finish that might also be attributed to the hop varieties used.

Overall this Spring's Southern Hemisphere brew does not compare well to SN's utterly divine Fall Harvest release. I really want to love this beer as much as the fall release and it's definitely worth trying once, but the hop characteristics simply aren't very enjoyable for me. Bummer really.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:23:43 | More by Reanimator
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, reddish amber color with a substantial 2 inch head that hung around. Looks very similar to Celebration. Aroma reminded of fresh hop flowers. Taste was hoppy and citrusy, but with a good bit of fruity malts mixed in. A nice peachy, apricoty taste in each sip was noted. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky. making this easy to drink. Alcohol not detected at all. A very tasty beer indeed, similar to Celebration ale, but not as hoppy. Another winner from Sierra Nevada and it comes in a cool looking 24oz bottle!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 19:50:23 | More by rodrot
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear, amber beer with a huge, foamy, dense white head of about two fingers in size. Great lacing and the head sticks around for quite a while.

Aroma is citrus hoppy with a decent amount of caramel grain backbone. Mostly lemon and orange peel. Crisp smelling.

Quite a bit of hop bitterness in this one. In fact, a little too much for an APA. Bitterness as soon as the beer greets the tongue. Great hop flavor; mostly citrusy with a bit of an herbal feel to it as well.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Decent drinkability. Too bitter for a pale ale. I really enjoyed this but probably too much for an APA but a perfect IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 19:10:31 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Rhode Island

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

Bought this at my local liquor store in a 24 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with a two inch frothy head that leaves quite a lace on the glass. The beer gives off aromas of citrus and pine hops. The taste starts off real strong with the piney hops and a little citrus kicking in before a slight sweet malt taste hits the tongue then the hops come back. The beer actually finishes with a strong hop bitterness that leaves a strong aftertaste, but a nice one. The taste is exceptional and well balanced, another great beer from Sierra Nevada. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice light creaminess and slight oily feeling on the tongue. The hops are not overwhelming which raises the drinkability of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 03:21:41 | More by Hokies
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4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local liquor store in a 24 oz. bottle. Upon popping the top, I noticed the distinct Sierra Nevada hoppy aroma. Poured into a regular pint glass to find a nice finger head with a reddish/copper color and a moderately cloudy appearance. You can really taste the nice blend of the hops in this beer which makes me want to go back for the second half of the bottle. Overall, this is a great beer from Sierra Nevada and there is a great discription on where this fresh hop ale originated on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:13:13 | More by bv74550p
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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: like a giant Sierra Nevada bottle. 24oz. of goodness. No freshness date or stamp. 2008

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy amber color with hues of gold and copper. Giant rocky cream head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing.

Smell: Getting a huge whiff of hops. Slight woody character with A mish mash of hop varietys from New Zealand that I am unfamaliar with. Slight notes of malt behind all the hops.

Taste: Lightly citrusy and lightly piney hop flavor with nice clean and long lasting bitterness. Malt pushes through the hops with balance and notes of alcohol in the finish. Dry and hoppy.

Notes: Another winner from Sierra Nevada. A bold and interesting APA with hops not normally found in American brews. The most smoothest and longest lasting bitter beer I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 01:35:40 | More by dauss
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New Jersey

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

Huge level eggnog-beige microbubble head tops hazy orange body. Very attractive stretchy lacing.

Aroma fairly bursts with clean fresh though non-aggresive citrus, heavy on the orange.

A sweet malt spike cuts down the center of the tongue right to the throat before the levee walls collapse and the fresh hops flood the valley with (yes) fresh juicy citrus, some peppery spice and a hint of pine. Tasty with some zing, and a smooth finish without a punishing hop bite.

As indicated above, smooth mouthfeel. Great drinkability.

A great idea for an of-season fresh hop beer. Shows that one of the founders of American craft brewing hasn't forgotten how to innovate.

Bring on the Chico Estate Fresh Hop!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 23:41:53 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a lovely clear golden-orange amber color with very lively carbonation that creates a big, pillowy two finger head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma has floral notes, with a bit of sweet orange-like citrus with notes of lemon along with an underlying spicy tone. Some sweetness from caramel malts.

The flavor first presents me with sweet caramel malt followed by a burst of citrusy, floral and earthy hops (yes there's a lot going on with the hops here). Finishes with spicy hops and a touch of toasted maltiness to compliment the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice and smooth, yet it has a certain crispness to it. If it weren't 6.7% it would be highly sessionable.

This is my first go at any beer (as far as I know) that uses hops from New Zealand. I must say I am very impressed. I love the intermingling of different hop flavors. It's a touch on the bitter side (which I like) of being perfectly balanced. Great offering from SN.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 23:34:40 | More by roadhouse
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3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a golden amber color and had a dense head. There were some very sharp, piney hop aromas at first, but they soon blew off. I was pretty unimpressed with the flavors at first. Tasted rather flat, but after some time in the glass, the flavor opened up into a nice balance of malt and hops. Very drinkable and refreshing. There is some real interesting hop character, but overall I was kind of disappointed after all the hype I had heard about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 21:23:49 | More by wizzle
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

great color and great smell, but the taste just dosent do it for me, the hops are a bit out of ballance, to tingley in my mouth, the malt could have been sweeter. i think that thay just missed on this one. i am wating for their cellabration ale to come out, that is the one i judge all their products to.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 18:21:08 | More by orcasteve
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: This one looked great, clear, bold copper, orange color. A semi aggressive pour produced one finger of sand colored head that retained well and left tons of thick lacing.

A: Floral and citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit and flowers. The very apparent malt backbone balances this one very nicely.

T: SN makes a very tasty brew here. This is quite bold for an American PA. Almost an IPA. The flavor is of sweet malts, citrus, and flowers.

M&D: Sliky smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation, makes for a great mouthfeel. The drinkability at 6.7% ABV is way up there. Overall, just a great beer. I think this the second best beer that SN puts out, next to Bigfoot, but for the style, excellent. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:42:48 | More by Gtreid
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4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my pint glass. This beer is a cloudy, copper/amber color with an orange hue. Off-white head is well over an inch thick when poured. Eventually settles to a very nice thick surface layer about 1/4 inch thick. Great staying power and the lace is also very nice. Has a sort of grassy, spiced hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same. Slightly caramelized sweet malt along with spiced hops. As other reviewers have noted before me, not the usual citrus, pine, or floral hops we are used to from SN. The hop profile here is certainly different, not one very commonly used, but damn good! Perfect balance of flavors here. Very enjoyable and refreshing on a hot summer night like this one. Has a crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Another great one from SN!


Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 03:54:17 | More by neenerzig
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,710 ratings.