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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: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | 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 Donnie2112
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty much looks like a pale ale, fluffy head, sticky lace, amber color

spicy, citrusy aroma and a bit grassy, basically all hops

taste: not a ton of malt but a little bit in the background there and it's just a little bit sweet and caramelly, a shit load of hops there I love this kind of hop character, so aromatic and floral

mouthfeel: medium-light body, good carbonation, lots of nice astringence

drinkability: I wanna take another sip, so I'd say it's pretty damn good.

Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 24 oz. bottle dated 2008.

Pours a really nice golden amber color with thick white head and lacing remains around the rim.

Aroma is that of a well hopped pale ale - not overly done like some IPAs. Some sweetness is detected too.

Taste is almost IPA bitter but has a good amount of malt to balance it out. Finish is somewhat sweet for something this hoppy. It's not at all unpleasant and seems fitting with the first impressions of sweetness on the nose.

Mouthfeel is as expected for a hoppy pale ale or IPA.

I definately say it's a drinkable beer. It's nicely balanced and not too hoppy or high in alcohol to make it one-and-done. Very tasty... only wish it came in a six-pack!

Photo of jockstrappy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt copper tone, with a frothy off-white head that laces nicely. Aroma is pretty straight forward, with fresh hops and a hint of buttery malt. Taste is a sweet toasted malt up front, that is quickly overtaken by orange peel bitterness, and a crisp floral hop bite that hangs on through the finish. Hop flavor comes to the front more and more as the beer warms. Slick on the palate and quite tasty overall. Very nice APA!

Photo of ncvbc
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with active carbonation and fluffy white head that left sticky lacing down the glass. Smell is pretty good. Floral and spice with light malt. Kind of dry smelling, not as juicy hoppy as other fresh hop beers I've had. Taste is a bit better than it smelled to me. Still a spicy hop character but some good citrus flavors show up as well. Light caramel and biscuit. Also less dry in flavor than smell, with the fresh hop goodness coming through. Mouthfeel is pretty good with steady carbonation and almost creamy, just not quite like some of the better examples I've had when stinted by a somewhat dry lingering finish. Still, drinks like a champ.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Southern Hemisphere pours a medium amber color, which is surprisingly clear. The head was slightly off white, large, and had great retention.

The smell was overwhelming. The pine floral smell that is expected with an APA is there and in a extremely strong manner.

Its taste was amazingly strong, similar to the smell, but very bitter. Although it has a nice sweet undertone which makes it unique.

The mouthfeel had a nice body as expected. The carbonation feel is mostly washed out by the extreme bitterness.

Southern Hemisphere is worth a try, but definitely fits its bill as a seasonal fun on occasion type of beer.

Photo of demitriustown
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle: Aroma has a nice pungent citrus hop note, some nice light malt characteristics, and some roasted malt notes as well. Appearance is a clear golden amber with a medium sized white head that lingers. Taste is up front wet hoppiness, citrus with a light pine twang, back end has a slight roasted malt characteristic. Palate is bitter on the tongue, lighting throughout with a decent hop finish. Overall, It's a nicely hoppy and pretty good IPA IMHO. It's doesn't measure up to Two Hearted or Centennial, but a nice drinker all around. Cheers!

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

24 oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy reddish gold with a thin white head. Nice piney hop aroma that's not overwhelming. Also some caramel malt as it warms. Medium body with a decent malt backbone. Decent amount of hop bitterness with a slightly spicy hop profile. Good hop finish but not overyly drying. Very drinkable.

Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden-orange with generous head and good lacing.

Smells like the grapefruit twang of hops.

Good depth of flavor in this. Grapefruit and piney hops are present, supported by orange and toasted bready flavors. Lemon rind present in a bitter finish. Obviously hops are at the forefront in this, but don't obliterate the palate.

Mouthfeel creamy and slick, with a crisp finish.

This was quite enjoyable. If you're a fan of SN's other hoppy beers, I suspect you'll find this interesting. The southern hops were an interesting concept that I'd rate a success.

Photo of Cresant
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 24 oz. brown bottle into a British pint glass. 2008 release. The body was dark golden with reddish highlights. Bright and clear of sediment. A giant off-white head formed leaving clingy lace.

Smell was spicy. Malty. Earthy hops. Fresh grain. Hints of b.o. Slight detergent aroma. Interesting.

Taste was fresh hops, somewhat leafy. Piney (mild). Hops oils gave it a nice bitter linger but it was not harsh, but flavorful.

Mouthfeel was dichotomous - smooth in the beginning but with a rough, husky finish. Thinner than expected despite the oily hops texture. Overall very nice.

Photo of burnstar
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear copper with a long lasting rocky head. Nice lacing. Big piney citrusy hop aroma. Taste is thick resiny piney hops. Earthy. Very nice. Sweet malt backbone provides some balance. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Full bodied coats the mouth nicely. Very drinkable even though it's big because it is so good. I'm surprised to find this classified as a APA instead of an IPA. Either way, an excellent beer.

Photo of sraimondi
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a wide-mouth Killian's Imperial Pint, large white head which sticks around for a long time. A gorgeous orange copper color, simply beautiful.

Smell is of hops but with some faintish malt. Citrus is trying to break through, but doesn't quite materialize.

Taste is very complex with grapefruit definitely present upfront.Some earthiness also present. What I really like about the taste here is that it is extremely balanced. In these days of over the top IPAs, it's nice to see that one of the US' seminal craft brewers has taken the high road and come up with a specialty beer that is balanced.

Mouthfeel is very full for an IPA. Balance present once again.

Overall drinkability is very good, and the "higher" ABV is well-masked.

I'm a big fan of SN beers and their previous Harvest releases. This one is the best Harvest I have had to date. Great stuff, which will appeal to "extreme" IPA drinkers as well as the more mainstream brew drinkers.


Photo of asabreed
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper with hints of yellow, lots of carbonation with a rich white head usually 1/4" to 1/2" above the body, and thick lacing when it's present in sheets.

Smell: Mostly citrus with orange, grapefruit, a bit of doughiness and faint caramel, marmalade and orange preserves, grassiness, and maybe some lemongrass. Overall a nice hop bitterness, not too overpowering, with some balancing sweeter malt and citrus flavors.

Taste: Fresh citrys hops with everything from fresh orange, lemongrass, mild grapefruit, fruit sourness, bready and yeasty dough flavors, mild toffee and caramel malts. Hops seem to dissipate as it warms. Balanced and good but not knocking my socks off.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and oddly luscious, full and creamy, which I didn't expect at all.

Drinkability: A fresh and tasty brew that I wouldn't want to cellar at all. One of my favorite offerings from SN. I'd buy 6-packs of this if it were available, but the 24 oz. bottle is nice.

Photo of Terp96
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic. Found this bottle at Southern Spirits in Fort Mill, SC. for 2.99.

Appearance is very good. Hazy amber color. Very clean. Nice finger thick head.

Smell is amaxing. All hops. Very floral and piney. No hiding what is coming with the first sip.

Taste is very nice. Very balanced. Just enough malty sweetness to balance out the intense hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is exceptional as well. Again, very balanced. Sweet up front with a nice dry, hoppy finish.

Drinkability is very good. Not a huge beer and very flavorful. Makes you want more.

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber, big rocky head, good lacing.

Smell: Mostly grassy with a little citrus and spice.

Taste: Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. Sweetness first before a combination earthy and citrus bitterness. A little black pepper comes along at the end.

Drinkability: Reasonably priced and goes down easy, I might pick up another bottle or two.

For a fresh hop beer I definitely was not overwhelmed by hops on this beer. Instead it seemed to be a nicely balanced Pale/IPA. Recommended.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a bottle with a frothy cap of spumescent ivory cap over a golden copper hue leaving a thick residue coating of lace.

Nose has a fresh hop scent that reminds me a lot of home brewing when you grab the hops.

First swigs: Creamy soft vanilla pecan ice cream. Dry grassy finish. Middle of nutty malt. Firm and buttery.

Feel is sudsy and medium bodied. Clean finish.

Last swigs: Rumor has it that these hops were held up at the Tijuana Border (kidding) for three days before they entered the US. Patrick gave me a taste of this also at Vidalia Market 06/13/08.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A copper amber body with all kinds of bubbles going on. Huge rocky, creamy, off-white head. Great retention and leaves sticky rings around my glass. Fantastic looking beer.

I smell some grassy and piney hops. Also some notes of caramel and toffee or molasses.

As usual, the taste follows the smell fairly well. Up front is a big sweet caramel toffee flavor. Follows up with the nice piney hop flavors. Mouthfeel is about what is expected; medium bodied, well carbonated.

Photo of macster
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep amber-orange color propping up a huge frothy and thick white head. Superb foam retention throughout the entire glass with thick concentric rings of lacing marking each and every sip.

Moderately assertive aromas of predominantly Noble hops with pleasant notes of spice, herb, freshly cut hay, mint leaves, earth and a touch of citrus are noted. Some faint wiffs of caramel, toffee and toasted malt are barely detected in the background.

Mouthfeel was as expected for a 6.7% abv APA. A bit on the lighter side, but modertaely full, smooth and resiny.

Flavor profile showcases the beautiful hop construction of this beer more assertively than the nose. Begins with a quick introduction of some sweet caramel candies, toffee and malt cereal. The hops then quickly take over with upfront crisp, resiny spice, pine, herb and citrus flavors. Finish shows off a firm, lasting bitterness.

Other than the hop nose being a tad tamer than I expected everything else about this beer was very enjoyable and unique. well woth seeking out.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came out copper orange, almost clear. Steady but medium activity of bubbles. This head is incredible though: thick, dense, lively and comprised of bubbles of all sizes. Hangs thickly on the sides such that I'd to scrape it off with a rubber spatula and lick it.

Smells like a freshly-opened bag of hops (Hallertau?) that is about to get thrown into the brewpot! Citrus, mint, maybe pepper. But not without some subtle caramel having the hops' back.

Taste is somewhat similar to the smell, but the malt refuses to be ignored, even as the hops step up the bitterness. Peppery lemon grass prevails though. There is a piney, drying quality right after the swallow that sterilizes the palate. Afterwards, this seems to amplify the little bit of sweetness with which the malts skulk back in and stick to the mouth.

As it warms, one would think it would get sweeter, but it does the opposite. Furthermore, the hops give it sort of a cooling effect. I think the alcohol, which in a hopbomb like this, really hits you when it comes in a 24oz bottle,and contributes to the astringency (not to mention my hangover tomorrow for a 10K).

Through it all, there is still viscosity to this beer. The malt gives it some meat; and the lack of carbonation amplifies it some. I think this could be easily classified as an IPA and not have batted an eye. Either Sierra Nevada is reeling in the hopheads, or they are bragging on their immunity to the Great Hop Shortage with a name like that. Either way, I like it - one 24oz bottle at a time.

Not sure about pairings, but it went quite well with some fresh locally made cheese curds.

Photo of Avryle
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color with 3 fingers of white head. Sticky spier like lacing.

S: Intense floral and citrus hops. Sweet malty background. Has a nice sweet hoppiness to it.

T: Sweet maltiness backed with sweetness from the hops. Tastes like hop leaves. Slight bitterness.

M: Med body. A little too heavy for a pale. Sticky. Creamy.

D: The body cuts down on drinking a little bit. Low carbonation.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pourer with a massive 3 finger of billowy head. Tons of lacing from the top of the glass down.

S: Smells like moist hop cones which is the whole point of this isnt it? Very flowery hop nose. Only the slightest hint of malt.

T: Starts of sweet then it goes into this intense hop burst. The hops are interesting because they really do dominate this beer but there is not a hint of bitterness. Tea like aftertaste. Really balanced and nice. Tons of flavor.

M: Super creamy mouthfeel. Best part of a good beer. Damn this is smooth.

D: The abv will not kill you but damn this is tasty. Definately a nice concept from Sierra Nevada. Normally I do not like their stuff but these fresh hop beers are great.

Photo of YonderWanderer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an orange/copper color, with a nice layer of foam on top. Smell is off sweet, caramel malt, and some spicy, slightly minty hops. Flavor follows suit, as a nice malt backbone comes through. The hops, while not as potent as the fall Harvest ale, are prominent, and are quite flavorful. Minty, spicy, and slightly floral hops are all over this one. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. This is a great brew from Sierra Nevada. A little gimmicky (Southern Hemisphere Harvest?), sure, but it's a well-crafted brew. I like the fall Harvest ale better, but this one is definitely worth trying. I'd love to have them both fresh to drink side-by-side.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing kumquat with lemony amber highlights. Although there's no coral red, the beer looks like a sunset in a glass. The head is a masterpiece as well. Not so much the khaki coloring, but the combination of creamy stickiness, the mounds of glassine bubbles and the wealth of fantastic looking lace. Wow, what a looker!

For a fresh hop ale (not amazingly fresh at this point, I know), the nose isn't as pungent as it could be. It's still a treat for the nostrils. A small-moderate amount of caramel malt rounds out what smells like mostly pale malt. The hops are citrus fruity first and earthy-spicy second.

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop is an outstanding APA. Since Sierra Nevada has a habit of brewing wonderfully delicious beer and since I love their (Northern Hemisphere) Fresh Hop Ale, the fact that this one is lip-smackingly tasty was almost a foregone conclusion. The hops can't have faded much because 66 IBUs seems... just about right.

The word that keeps coming to mind is 'seamless'. As my taste buds probe the beer from all angles, they find nothing but expertly crafted ale. The toasted breadiness of the malt provides just enough flavor and sweetness, stepping politely aside for the hops to grab the spotlight. Just as the brewers intended.

The well-chosen hops includes Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka (formerly 'B' Saaz) and New Zealand Southern Cross. The result is a wonderful mix of white grapefruit and orange zest, lemongrass, spruce tips and a pinch of white pepper. It's a good thing the bottle contains 24 ounces because I'm enjoying this one immensely.

Why can't all breweries create mouthfeels this luscious? It's incredibly creamy and supple and lightly tingly and... well, it's damn near perfect. Are we sure this isn't an IPA?

What a stroke of brilliance! Shipping hops from the Southern Hemisphere in order to brew a fresh hop ale during the Northern Hemisphere's spring. Since Sierra Nevada calls this 2008 release 'inaugural', it's obvious that they intend to brew it annually. Hallelujah! Hopheads rejoice.

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a big fluffy head and the color has a orange/red glow. The nose: hints of mint and caramel. The taste: The malt flavor starts the show with rich caramel that leads to a spicy mint taste that fades into a mineral water mixed with dried cranberry fruit tones. Very unique brew cheers to Sierra thinking out side the box!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Poured a vibrant orange amber with a chilled haze, some faint sediment and lazy carbonation. The two finger head of dense white foam retained itself throughout the entire brew, leaving a nice thick layer on the beer and nice spider lacing.

S: Smells, well, of fresh hop leaves. Strong floral and citrus hop aroma with a resinous pine effect.

T: Taste is sticky sweet with a rush of hop leaf bitterness. The mid-palate flows beautifully with an excellent blend of rich caramel malts flavors and a strong hop oil flavoring. The vernal hop taste lingers for some time.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky and medium bodied, with a slick, lingering finish.

D: At 6.7% ABV, and with such a fierce hop profile, this is one to be shared and enjoyed on it's own. Probably not the best for a session, as the mouthfeel and oily hop flavoring can cloy and shoot the palate a tad, but hop heads and smooth pale ale drinkers will revel in the delightful balance and unique hop presence.

Very enjoyable, not quite as drinkable as the Celebration or last year's Anniversary ales, but a strong hop character with a well balanced, robust malt flavor. Yet another very good ale from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

Clear, ruby red coloring, huge, puffy, creamy-toned head.

Lovely aromatics....rose petals, grapes, orange peel...berries.

Fresh in the mouth, fresh on the tongue. Great play of hops on the palate, nice little tap, buck & wing, then softly off...

Nicely balanced ale, this...good sweet malt buttress, nice fandango of hop blitz, softly fading...Medium bodied, long, hoppy finish. Doesn't bother the tongue too much, which is good for some, but not for me. Very approachable ale, nice and even-handed.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.