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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: 2,693
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 60
Gots: 89 | 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 bradybeer


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

Pours a nice bright orange-with rocky off white head. Citrus and pine resin aroma hits you hard in the pour. Taste is more mute than I expected-the hops are not overwhelming-but instead a wonderfully mute and the malt is able to come through. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation low. Drinkabiity is good-I can have a few of these-no problem

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:55:10 | More by bradybeer
Photo of PhageLab


3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright, vibrant orange coloration, decent two tip head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Pleasant grapefruit aroma with a kiss of fresh hops. Near the end however a strange fishy smell makes an appearance.

T - Very sweet fruity body with a low bitterness and a slight hint of pine. Disappointingly bland, I was expecting some more flavors to be present.

M - Oily light body, medium carbonation level, leaves a syrupy coating on the palate.

D - Not bad at all, but fairly boring. I doubt I'd seek this one out anytime soon. I suppose it's worth a try if you find it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 15:40:16 | More by PhageLab
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

24oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy off-white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hop dominated, but still some nice caramel malt aromas manage to sneak in. Hop aromas are floral and citrusy, with a slight grassiness.

Floral and citrusy upfront, a nice malt backbone also manages to hold it's own. Midway through, an aggressive bitterness bites down and lasts through the dry finish and well beyond.

Medium body, creamy texture.

A nice treat to have a fresh hop ale coming out in the spring. I don't know if they has planned to brew this for a long time, or if it was an idea spawned by the hop shortage - but it's a fantastic idea no matter what.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 02:16:36 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of CrellMoset


4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA:

Appearance: A transparent, ruddy copper body with well-paced carbonation, a huge foamy but large-bubbled head that floats on top of this brew and leaves a ridiculous amount of blotchy, sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly citrusy, with strong pineapple and grapefruit notes, but faint fragrances of what this beer might be are definitely present - caramel malt, pleasant hop flourishes (and obvious bitterness looming on the horizon), and light alcoholic notes. If the prominent citrus notes up front weren't so dominating, it would be perfect.

Taste: Light and fruity up front, with a good, sweet, biscuity base. Bitter throughout - especially in the aftertaste - with wisps of solvent-like alcohol present in the middle and finish. The overall profile is somewhat similar to SN's Pale Ale, but the hop character is more robust, more pronounced, and more oily - flourishes of grassy and vegetal hops are noticeable, and lots of other faint hop notes (juniper berry is noticeable) come through in excellent fashion.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, and medium-bodied with medium-carbonation and medium-sized bubbles. Again, it's remarkable in its even-bodiedness, enough to where it's creamy, regardless of its profile.

Drinkability: Not as good as the wet hop Harvest ale (to be expected), but there's tons of great flavors and aromas going on in this one, all wrapped up in a gorgeous and great-feeling package.

A really great pale ale, with enough bitterness to call that classification in doubt, and one you should definitely try out if you're a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:25:10 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. for $4.59.

Pours a deep dark rich amber, with a big frothy head, telling us this is a solid brew.

Aroma is strong hops, neither fruity nor oily/tree like, but still hops nonetheless.

The true nature of this beer is in the flavor- definitely strongly hopped, on the sharp/bitter pine tree-sucking side rather than fruity, a solid enjoyable beer. A lot of carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel, and it's pretty drinkable.

However, I do have to worry about the carbon footprint on this bad boy (FedExing hops from New Zeland in this time of high petrol costs?)- but since I drink a lot of Belgian ales, I think this is my problem, not Sierra Nevada's.


Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:16:35 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, orange/amber color with a light tan head that fell after a while, leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - piney/herbal hops and sweet malt aroma.

T - good balanced flavor, some malty sweetness before ending dry with good bitterness.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation feel.

D - another good tasting, 'easy to drink' brew from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 03:42:27 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of peabody


4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear amber with foamy white suds that lace the pint glass.
Smell is hop citrus and malt. Yeast burns the nose a bit but this is a mild ale.
The suds are really malty but the beer is a good IPA. Citrus and bitter hop along with a slight malty sugar make this offering by SN a darn good one.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like the hop oils in the aftertaste.
If there were a keg of this stuff at my local store I would buy a couple of growlers and session both bottles one right after the other.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 23:59:39 | More by peabody
Photo of CNeilP09


4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

first i have to say "well done." once again, in typical SN fashion, a fine ale of monstrous hoppiness and subdued maltiness flourishes from this brewery.

rich amber red/orange beer with a taut cloudy off white head. almost looks like curdled milk at one point.

nose is similar to their 11th edition 2007 harvest ale. dry citric. sour dough bread loaf.

this ale is wonderful. not really voracious on the hoppiness, as would be expected from this brewery. but it's certainly muscular.

i must mention that there exists some unique hop medley in this one. there are some qualities in the hops that i'm not quite familiar with. yes, there are the typical dry grapefruit/citrus qualities, the ascerbic and almost caustic soft-burn of the dryness coming through in the finish, with the alcohol a distant second comer. forgot to mention a latent vegetal floweriness to it. juniper and a splash of some herb. guinea pepper, perhaps? come to think of it, this ale has many of the same flavors that are similar to the botanicals used in many high-end dry gins.

pick it up and try it.
sorry for the spotty and jumping review.

but i recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 21:56:54 | More by CNeilP09
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange and light copper hues, with a big 3-finger head that only grudgingly recedes to sticky lace.

Aroma is leafy, vegetal hops with a bit of biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: This isn't the hop-lovers' wonderland that the American autumn version is, but it's still a delicious brew. Tangy, leafy hops throughout, with a nice level of balance imparted by biscuit flavored malt. Sweetness and mouthfeel also hit the APA bullseye. A little bit of peppery spice in the background.

Excellent drinkability -- nice and full on the tongue with bitterness just a couple notches under IPA levels.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 18:33:29 | More by shirfan
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is crisp fruity citrus hops and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and somewhat hoppy. Lighter tasting than I thought it would be based on the aroma. It could use a stronger malt backbone. It had a bitter finish and I have drank many ESBs that tasted about the same. Not a pae to me. To much bitterness for a Pale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 05:20:27 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is coppery orange-auburn with a creamy beige, big tightly fluffy top. Head is soapy + oily looking with big spotty lace. Aroma has good solid biscuity, doughy malts, topped with peppery, semi dank, and lightly flowery hops. Refreshing to sniff. Taste is a nice combo of sweet malt, zesty spice and fresh flowers. Texture is slightly gritty/resiny with nice fine carbonation. Drinkable indeed.

Pretty nice refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 04:15:56 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a clear orange-amber with a large off-white head that coats the glass with sticky rings as it falls. Big sheets of lace and a persistent bubbly cap. Gentle, peppery, noble-like hop aroma. Leaves, grass, lemon, pine needles, earth, and sweetness. Hoppy flavor, herbal and peppery throughout, hints of apricot, finishing with a solid leafy bitterness and sweet grain. Quite different from most American-made hoppy ales...not so much citrus and resin. Solid medium body, solid bitterness, and solid carbonation. Very nice all around...a different kind of hop bomb. Now that I think about it, it's pretty similar to their pale ale, only bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 03:54:38 | More by wedge
Photo of gabeerfan


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a rather thick head that dissapated to a thin cap.
Smelled of citrus rind, mostly grapefruit, some orange notes, a slight hint of maltiness.
Hits first with the pithy citrus, again mostly grapefruit, the orange flavor comes through a little more and just enough malts to make it a little balanced.
Medium bodied. The hops linger for a few minutes after the last sip.
Reasonably drinkable. It's low enough in ABV to not make you keel over, but the strong flavors can overwhelm the palate.
Pretty tasty offering and gives a subtle difference in flavor over the normal West Coast IPA's. Probably not worth the money spent to import these hops, but tasty none the less.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 01:56:55 | More by gabeerfan


4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2" beige head that has outstanding retention. Thick, foamy lace. Beautiful, clear, amber-copper colored beer. Floral and citrusy hops over a bready, light caramel malt base. Hops are herbal and spicy, spicy, and spicy. Resiny. They keep hitting until long in the finish. THe malt is present and doing it's job with some light caramel flavor...but obviously this is about the hops. Excellent. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and prickly hop bitterness. I don't know that I have ever had NZ hops...thanks to Sierra for this tasty beer. Fabulous drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 22:37:03 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of pwoods


3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 24oz. brown bottle, purchased at Dilly Deli, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark copper with good visibility. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head forms and holds nicely. Some decent lacing.

S: Floral, grassy hops. Has that 'about to rain' smell.

T/M: More of the floral and grassy hops with just a touch of citrus and pine. Come on, fresh hops are supposed to be the major focus... at least add some kind of kick to it. Malts are equal to the hops and lend a light sweetness with some earthy grains. Body is medium with controlled carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with a bit of lasting bitterness.

D: I really wish all these brewers making fresh hop APA would step up and make a fresh hop IPA. I understand the fresh hops are even more limited then normal but I know the fall's fresh hop sat around well past prime.. at least in my neck of the woods. Easy to drink but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 22:07:02 | More by pwoods
Photo of rajendra82


4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusual bomber sized at 24 oz. and shaped just like the regular Sierra Nevada bottles. When poured the beer was crystal clear and the color was pale tinged with red (I guess we can call it a darker shade of pale). The head atop the beer was only about one finger thick, but steady carbonation kept it quite stable, The beer smelled milder than a typical IPA, which has been my experience with most beers using wet hops. Despite the mildness the grassy and floral hop presence was quite notable. The taste was spicy, herbal, and oh so juicy. The lack of aging made the hops taste quite sweet and delicate. The pale malts were sweet and unobtrusively clean. There was a drawn out soft bitterness in the finish. The body was only slightly thicker than their Pale Ale and not quite as thick as Celebration. The mouthfeel was creamy and sticky. I enjoyed this a lot, but I am a hop head, and a beer showcasing hops is going to win me over in more cases than not.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:49:43 | More by rajendra82
Photo of beerman21


3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hued burnt orange head dipates quickly. Smell is not what i expected not much there. Hints of Pine, citrus hops but not nearly as pudgent as i would expect. Taste is subtle but refreshly clean. Pretty tastey similar to the smell but much more upfront. I was expecting something more from this brew but all in all not bad. Highly drinkable very clean dry taste. not worth going on a search for though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 03:45:36 | More by beerman21
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

just arrived at the local beer heaven known as Oak Tree...

big head, 2 full fingers of soapy foam white in tone, lots o' lacing, slightly murky muddy orange, retention is good as I babble on like a damn fool, a nice looking glass o' beer.

hops ? no really, roll with me on this one, fresh and piney up front with a nice undercurrent of "green" or "brown" earthy tones... like you can smell the dirt they grew in, I was going to make some geeky lord of the rings reference here but thought better of it... the malt is detectable but you have to pry a bit to find it, I suppose I should mention how fresh it smells, not fresh like milli vanilli, fresh like phoebe cates coming out of the pool... that's brisk baby!

taste etc...
smooth drinking, a bit lacking of punch I'm afraid, seems a touch thin as well, the hop flavor is nice and clean but again lacks some umph to merit a special release. am I hop burned out ? perhaps, so take the criticism with that tack in mind, really this is a pretty average APA with a slightly different hop flavor than most, the freshness of the oil gives it a unique characteristic.. but that doesn't make me want to name my first born after this beer...

verdict ?
not worth crawling through 1.5 miles of foul smelling stench but worth trying if you see it out and about.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:33:53 | More by Ego
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a nice and clingy tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is a bit disappointing. Some nice grassy hop smell but not very strong. The taste is of a nice honey pale malt with a grassy semi-fresh hop flavor. The hops are not big and bold like their normal Harvest but still have a fresh taste to them. I would say that SNPA has a more noticable hop presence. The feel is moderate with nice carbonation. The finish is quite good, nicely balance, with a perfect subtle grassy hop bitterness. Though not as good as the other hop oriented offerings, this one has great balance and a nice, yet subtle, fresh hop flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 02:18:22 | More by Gmann
Photo of toreysan


3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - it pours a very nice burnt orange color. great frothy head with medium lacing.

s - smells of fresh hops and citrus

t - this is very subtle and non offensive considering the fresh hops which is probably from the New Zealand hops. its not aggressive, nice amount of citrus finishes a little fruity.

m - mouthfeel is alright. good amount of carbonation, nice and light in the mouth.

d - this beer is easy to drink, a good buy when its around.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:29:35 | More by toreysan
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


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

Finally able to find the harvest ale releases here in Central Texas!

Anyway, this brew pours a deep copper color with an awesome amount of head. As expected from SN, a nice lacing is left on the glass as it's being consumed.

By far, my favorite thing about this brew is the aroma. Sierra Nevada's claim about drying and transporting the hops to get them into the brew kettle from the S. Hemisphere is definitely backed up by the ultra fresh aroma this brew has. It reminds me of cracking opened a fresh package of hops when making a homebrew. The aroma is a wonderful blend of citrus and grass notes along with some caramel.

The taste starts off with a dose of sweetness from the caramel malt which is followed by a nice, oily like flavor from the hops. The hop flavor of this brew is indeed quite complex, as it goes from the oily flavor to the citrus like flavors you get in the nose of this beer which rides until the end with a touch of alcohol in the finish that nicely accompanies the hop bitterness. Mouthfeel would be best described as "medium" in this brew, not outstanding, but plenty of malt to keep it full bodied yet it doesn't overwhelm the palate at any point. A little creaminess, especially in the beginning from the big head the beer pours from is there as well.

Overall, this a great beer. Okay, maybe even better than great. So, why don't I even give it a even higher rating? Well, this brew tastes much like a cross between SN's ESB & their Celebration Ale, both of which I love. That said, this beer could maybe stand just a bit more "everything" for it to be a special harvest release. However, it's still an awesome brew, but at $4.25 / 24oz., I will buy it on a limited basis.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 00:53:00 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of John_M


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. Nice aroma of moderate hoppiness, malt and spice. On the palate the beer is very nice and easy to drink. It's very well balanced with some nice bitterness showing through. The beer comes across on the dry side, but not overly so. It's also pretty light tasting and the alcohol is well disguised. Drinkabilty is exceptional.

This is a beer I could happily drink all night. Another winnner from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 23:05:34 | More by John_M
Photo of far333


3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apricot copper colored with a full inch high head of dimpled off-white foam.

Aroma of light brown sugar and sweet malt, some resinous citrus hops.

Flavor of sweet malt, quickly morphing to mild citrus hops, tea leaves, and a spicy finish. Not too complex, not overly hoppy.

Full and round mouthfeel, very creamy. Decent drinkability, but not as hoppy as expected based on other Harvest Ale releases.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 20:30:02 | More by far333
Photo of goindownsouth


3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC...

Orange in hue, relatively clear. A gigantic, pillowy head with a sticky lacing. Great aromas from the hops varietals used. Sort of soft on the palate, but a bit thick and viscous, almost syrupy in spots. Flavor was good, but not awe-inspiring. I was hoping it would have been a bit more snappy.

I don't know. Not terrible, but not stellar. A good offering but I am a bit nonplussed by it.


Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2008 20:24:59 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of NCSUdo


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

24 oz bottle

A: Clear copper under a huge white head. Good retention and great lace.

S: Hoppy, but not too in your face. Citrus and tangy, not getting a lot of malt.

T: Again, not too aggressive but hoppy nonetheless. Citrus, bit of caramel malt, decent bitterness. Pretty good.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit over carbonated in my opinion. Good drinkability, easy to go down, no real bad features. Not as impressed as I am with the regular version, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 23:41:40 | More by NCSUdo
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,693 ratings.