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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop AleSierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

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Ratings: 2399
Reviews: 1275
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%

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 labattblueribbon

New York

4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

great hop foundation with fruity mouth and aftertaste. prefect balance of hop in the finish. incredibly easy to drink, i loved this one. sierra nevada can hit and miss but this is up there as one of my favorites recently. similar maybe to ithaca flower power if i had to compare. bottom line, MUST TRY for any hophead or beer enthusiast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 19:55:05 | More by labattblueribbon
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a small to moderate sized light-tan head with okay retention. Has an orange/brown color that is more golden in the light. No noticable floaters. Leaves heavy lacing. Smell is pine, tangerine, bread, and lemon. Gives off a powerful aroma that you can easily smell with the beer a couple feet away, awesome.

Taste starts with sweet tangerine and lemon, then comes bread, ending in pine and a bit of grapefruit. Has a tangerine/pine aftertaste with a bit of breadiness. Pretty average carbonation and mouthfeel for an IPA, perhaps just a bit on the lighter side.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 18:22:28 | More by JG-90
Photo of Mojo


4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into snifter glass

A - Pours up deep amber with a fluffy one finger head, leaves a retention ring, and decent lacing.

S - Pine, pine, and more pine. Love the nose on this.

T - Nice citrus flavor with a yummy sort of rye finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.

M - Pleasant aftertaste. Medium thick

O - Why did I only buy one bottle of this??? I could drink this every day.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:14:12 | More by Mojo
Photo of Brenden


4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is an unpolished bronze, orange-brown kind of color. It's pretty deep with some brightness despite the darker color and moderate opacity. The pretty clean, nearly white head reaches three fingers. It maintains a rocky full half finger densely for the duration, leaving behind some heavy webbing at the top of the glass and some patchy legging the rest of the way.
The smell is pretty fragrant with some pine and floral bitterness as well as a bit of citrus, maybe a touch spicy, along with a good deal of breadiness and caramel from malts.
The taste gives more of the pine with pith, citrus also coming out with a note of rind too. Caramel comes through most strongly from the malts. Floral notes pull out in a lingering, slightly drier finish.
The body is semi-dry all the way through. It has good smoothness and crispness working together.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:04:19 | More by Brenden
Photo of HopDaddyo


4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the pine/barky undertone and citrus aftermouth. Reminds me of pinion fire in the red rocks of Arizona. Good buzz from a pint. Let it air. This is a food beer. Pair with mesquite BBQ or rich mole sauce over fresh tamales. Drink with plenty of Indian flute in the background.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2013 22:16:20 | More by HopDaddyo
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Burnt Orange..light creamy head

S-Oily hoppiness....leans more toward pine...

T-Light caramel matiness...some bready notes as well....hops somewhat different than expected from the nose....sure there's some mild pine here but also a light peach like fruitiness along with some even lighter tropical fruit notes...floral impression...nothing real assertive but it comes together nicely...

M-Medium bodied....not particularly bitter or dry...

O-Not a real assertive IPA but unique enough and a real good drinker...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:54:42 | More by ZAP
Photo of screamking


4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 8 oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Pours dark amber, close to light brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Lacing hanging all over. The aroma notes are lemon peel, slight tropical notes, brown sugar, black pepper, a little woodsy pine. Lots of bitterness in the taste. It's all balanced very well, it almost tastes liked a sugar cookie that's been baked too long. It's a lot different than the major citrusy hopped beers always coming out. This is insanely drinkable and at a incredible price. I need to pick up a lot more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:18:08 | More by screamking
Photo of Farewell_Transmission


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice head after an aggressive pour. Nice color to the beer.

s. Nice light smell, hints of citrus.

t. Nice smooth bitter finish. This beer will go great on a nice hot day. Has a great aftertaste, which is very light.

m. Nice mouth feel.

O. I hope to buy many more bottles of this beer, as it seem readily available, and it has a great price.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:40:50 | More by Farewell_Transmission
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an elegant and deep copper color with a supremely fat head of off beige foam that fell as slow as molasses and left webby lace all over the glass. Had a few bubbles coming up from the bottom and was just a beautiful sight. Left a thick cap. Nose is bashful. It's gentle hop floral,tangerine and citrus. A touch of lemon, some caramel malt,faint spice and light pine. Some hearty bread under that. Smells truly inviting. Taste is orange up front followed by a quick bitter and a silky bready wave rides the palate to an herbal and grassy finish. It has plenty of resin and that lingers for a while as does the bread. It's not as sweet on the palate as on the nose. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and a bit chewy. On the palate you might at first think it a little bland compared to more intensely fruity ipa's but this one has a light sweet pine that keeps pace with the orange rind and an expansive bitter.

This was a unique and very well made beer. It was completely about the hops and hop characteristics and each of them was well stated and full. It had a confident and presumptive malt character that never let the bitter steal the show. The malt was not terribly sweet and that was a big highlight in the drink. The spices were more intense as the beer warmed. Finished dry and with a touch of earthy grain. This was a potent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 15:38:05 | More by utopiajane
Photo of falloutsnow


3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 2013 edition, "3113215:16" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere showcases largely bitter and herbal/woodsy New Zealand hop varieties and downplays the caramel malt base. While this is a fairly solid bitter IPA, the bitterness heavily overshadows the fruitiness or maltiness that would otherwise complement it, minimizing my interest in and the complexity of the beer. It's lacking the interesting malt and yeast byproducts as in the English style or the intense hoppy-fruitiness from the American re-imaginging. Interesting to try, I suppose, but I don't feel compelled to seek this out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige colored foam, with above average retention lasting somewhat over two minutes. Head falls to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that remains for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is substantial, with waves and honeycombs of lacing adorning the insides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent (10-20% opacity) dark amber brown color, light bringing out a brighter orange-caramel brown hue. Carbonation is visible, slighty sparse and moderately fast in moving along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is different than expected, of fairly modest floral hop scents, slight fruit-like esters, and a notable caramel malt sweetness rather than the complex explosion I was expecting. Not unappetizing, but not particularly bold or complex for an IPA with 67 IBUs and usage of Motueka hops.

Dominated by bittering hops and a floral and woodsy hop flavor, the beer does showcase the Southern Hemisphere (well, New Zealand) hops, but to a large extent avoids complexities of the malt and yeast by overwhelming them with bittering hops. Front of palate is of quite floral and woodsy hop flavors with some caramel sweetness provided by the malts and a bit tea-like. Mid-palate of earthy, woodsy hops with a mild pine resin character, a touch of grapefruit rind and fruit-like yeast esters, and a muddied caramel malt sweetness and tea-like flavor subsumed by all this. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness along with lesser floral and woodsy hop characters and a caramel malt presence that barely makes itself known over the bitterness. Aftertaste is of spicy, sharp hop bitterness with a mild caramelized malt sugar undertone.

Beer's body is medium in weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a soft, comfortably foamy mouthfeel that drinks easily. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 04:29:14 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of CurtFromHershey


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with huge pillowy off white head. Great retention and lacing

Smell is big on pine and tangerine. A bit nondescript though. It's very nice, but I was expecting more

Taste is a big pungent hit of pine resin. Quick hit of citrus before a clean bitter finish

Mouthfeel is sticky. Nice malty chewiness to the body despite a completely hop-centric flavor profile

Overall a very nice brew. SN with another solid beer. I would expect no less.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 16:48:42 | More by CurtFromHershey
Photo of lighthabit


3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear lightish red/brown. bit of pineapple is the first thing to hit my nose, then clean earthy grassy aroma. great head dies to decent layer, awesome thick clingy lacing. hops are very present, but not terribly bitter, and grass, too. bit of citrus, but not much. bitters up just a bit as it warms. would like just a bit more malt backbone, but that's just me. later on it picks a bit of sense you're on a farm - not in a bad way, just seems about as non-metropolitan as you can get. good effort on sn's part trying something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 06:49:51 | More by lighthabit
Photo of goochpunch


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a copper-amber with a thin, frothy head. Beautiful herbal/floral hop aroma. Caramel malts also in the nose. Caramel malts up front in the flavor. Hops star to come out in the middle: very tea-like, with floral notes. Some toastiness develops in the finish along with a bitterness that grows like a "slow burn" of some chiles. I almost pick up some watermelon flavors; not sure if it's the yeast or a character derived from the hops. Solid mouthfeel all around. Good carb and not thick or sticky. Very drinkable and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 05:28:45 | More by goochpunch
Photo of Rdc67


3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty! Not too "piney". Great mouth feel and color. Pours a nice thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while. My palate isn't very developed yet. I usually prefer stouts and porters but this one will be had again. From a 16 oz. bottle, served in a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 20:40:35 | More by Rdc67
Photo of Tonmeister


4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Poured into a 16oz

Appearance: reddish amber with a solid off-white head

Aroma: Smells pretty hoppy, floral, earthy, hoppy, lemony, piney. The hops definitely cut thorough on this.

Taste: lemony, citrusy, hoppy, sweet caramel-like malt blended nicely with spices.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a dry finish

Overall: This is a very well balanced IPA. The hops are blended nicely with the sweet malt. I would love to see an Imperial version of this one. It's strong in flavor, but it's lacking in alcohol intensity, but the complexity on the taste makes up for that.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:39:08 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of Roman5150


4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into tulip

appearance: cloudy burnt amber orange, 1 finger white head, lot's of lacing

smell: earthy, hay, sweet malt, orange peels, exotic herbal hops dominate, subdued floral notes make a quick appearance, some caramel, and some lemon zest and coriander on the backend

taste: An initial floral, earthy, piney dominance gives way to a few quick notes of grapefruit, and orange peel, then subdues very quick and leaves your tongue with a thick resiny coat of piney bitterness. Very well balanced, the lingering bitterness is not as harsh as the initial taste and smell would suggest, making this a highly drinkable beer. Drinks sort of like a bitter pale ale.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, surprisingly thick, full bodied feel

overall: Honestly this may be my favorite beer all time from Sierra Nevada. Very well balanced, and rather unique as I got some exotic hop flavors that I haven't quite tasted before. I would buy this again if I saw it, a damn good beer that beat my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:38:10 | More by Roman5150
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from bomber to tulip glass, color is a clear copper with an off white head that lasts and leave moderate lacing.

S: Smells of nothing but hops, strong citrus hop with a slight pine finish.

T: The taste is a little deceiving it's the exact opposite of the smell with A LOT more pine hop than citrus.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation, with a very dry finish.

O: A very good showcase of each hop variety used in this beer. Will definitely be getting this one again and would recommend to any hop head.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 07:01:04 | More by xShoWTeKx
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Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of floral hops, some citrus and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some floral hops, citrus, piney hops and sweet caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 00:14:08 | More by SebD
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - really nice copper-red with small off-white head. Decent head retention and nice lacing

S - toasty malt with floral and earthy hop notes

T - follows the nose but with added lemony hop notes; finishes a little flat

M - good body: not too creamy, not thin. Slightly low carbonation for my taste

O - very good beer but falls just a little short of what I expect from SN

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:31:57 | More by masonacoats
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumped like a dump trump at a demolition site, Raul likes this well and good. It isn't "mind blowing" like Ava Gardner in a corset, but it is solid like a Eva Green lap dance. Raul likes it and he may even buy some for his mama!

Get it, my children. Seek it. Devour it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 23:46:27 | More by RaulMondesi
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North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours amber with a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent lacing

S-Hoppy, pine and hint of citrus

T-Very hop forward as expected. Piney with just a hint of citrus and spicy. A slight caramel malt backbone. It reminded me of Celebration to be honest.

M-Thick and chewy

D-Very drinkable even given it is fairly hoppy

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this as it was another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 13:56:47 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of lsummers


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear as can be copper orange. Three finger tall white fluffy head. Got to be careful pouring this one.

Smells of lemon, peppery, slightly piney and tropical fruits. There's a sweetness quality from a bready malt backbone. Slightly floral notes.

Taste hits at first with that bite of the hop. Dry and bitter with some of that piney, floral, lemon, and pepper. Highly drinkable even though it's a touch unbalanced. The fact it's slightly harsh with it's hop bite makes this one stand out. There's a sweet malty backbone that mixes well with the sticky piney hop notes. Overall, I've had this before and I know I'll have it again. I try it every year, and I'd suggest to any hop lover out there it's a must try. Although not the hop bomb as other extreme ipa's, this does make up for it in it's fresh hop bite. A hot summer night makes this the perfect beer for the occasion.

I could see having this beer with some thai, spicy wings or pizza. It's kind of like that perfect beer that doesn't get in way of the taste of the food and the food won't get in the way of the beer's taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:59:47 | More by lsummers
Photo of Jadjunk


4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale features fresh hops from New Zealand, where the annual fall hop harvest occurs during our spring. Brewing this beer is no easy task; we get fresh hops picked, dried, and shipped halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week's time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents intriguing floral citrus, and fruity aromas and fresh-hop spiciness." Brewed in the style of an American IPA with New Zealand grown hops. Released in 24oz. bottles once annually in March.

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle to a tulip snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a golden cream head of a creamy froth consistency, medium thick consistency. Body color is an amber-orange with a very mild haziness. Mellow carbonation. Retention is very nice and lacing is medium, draped. Solid appearance overall. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of moderate floral, citrusy and lemony blends of hops, followed by a mild pale biscuity malt backbone with a touch of mild sweetness. Bitterness is moderate, potency is medium. There are a lot of delicate hop characters- mostly bright, floral and citrusy characters, although a touch more herbal and less sharp than in traditional west-coast IPAs. Smells very inviting. 4.25

(Taste) Mellow sweetness from a mild biscuity malt follows through with a mild resinous and floral hop blend, less bright in aromatics and more sharply bitter than the aroma gave off. Clean, mildly dry finish. The flavor is not as invigorating or energetic as the aroma predicted, but the end result is still very pleasant and drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Light, drinkable body with a very mellow carbonation, slick profile with a mild bitterness for a good balance. Body is light/medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. The low carbonation and mild body showcases this beer's delicate flavors and demonstrates great balance and high drinkability. 4.25

(Overall) Despite an intimidating 24 ounce bottle size, this beer shows itself off to be a highly drinkable, very flavorful and uniquely-hopped harvest IPA with a bright, balanced floral and citrusy hop profile with a moderate bitterness. Paired with very mellow carbonation and a light body, this is a great beer worth every drop the bottle gives you. It's a great buy for the low price. 4.25

Vertical Notes:

2012 Harvest (1 Year, 2 months old):

Head is slightly less creamy and more frothy, although retention and color is equally solid. Aroma has a more pronounced malt character with a pronounced mineral character, smells much like a traditional British Pale Ale, oddly close to the target for a New Zealand-influenced beer. The flavor has lost a lot of the hop character and bitterness it had- the malt bill is thus front-and-center, with a bold hard water profile and a mineral-like flavor. Bitterness is a bit too shallow and the balance is slightly sweet, yielding a more heavy malted profile, and a cloying one for most. It's not a great aging choice, especially since the main focus is the fragile hop bouquet of the Southern Hemisphere and not particularly the simple malt profile. I recommend having this as young as possible.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh (6 Months Maximum)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Southern Hemisphere Harvest

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:56:12 | More by Jadjunk
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Deep cinnamon copper, off white head that leaves a film, lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued, but spicy, woody, and laced with citrus.

Taste: A very clean, almost crisp IPA. Spicy wood notes mingle with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Lemon rinds come in and offer a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, semi-dry.

Overall: Damn, this is very nice. Good wood, hop, citrus notes. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 18:45:51 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouts a deep copper red with one finger off white head. Beautiful pour. Aroma is raw hops, very floral, pine, and candy sweetness. Up front floral flavor with a bit of pine. Strong malt backbone here, with hints of caramel sweetness. Ends dry and bitter, with some funk I am not sure I’m a fan of. Leaves a lingering feel that you just ate a hop pellet. Light to medium slick mouthfeel, adequate carbonation. Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:28:38 | More by BMMillsy
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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