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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: 2,841
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 76
Gots: 133 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross
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Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,311
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

FIrst review 6/7/08:

Appears a pale copper hue with a large off white head formed thick above the rim of my pint glass. Fine speckled lacing left behind. Fresh hop aroma citrus zest with floral tones as well nice profile. Flavor up front bitterness with hop oils awesome flowing hopped up pale ale. Delicious hop bitterness with caramel biscuit and signature Sierra Nevada yeast notes. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with hop resins and carbonation is moderate and even never overbearing or too much. Drinkability is an A plus all around. Can't wait to have more of this stuff, great concept I'm glad they pulled it off.

2nd review 5/14/13:

Pours a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a khaki beige head, slightly dimpled texture going on billowing above the edges of my glass. Aromatics bring out ripened tropical fruit, citrus rinds, fresh cut green grassiness that just works in a cohesive force. It's like hop perfume basically very aromatic biscuit caramelized malts balance it out nicely. Flavors work so nicely, SN has been doing this for years, lip smacking bitterness fades as the malts blend so cohesively with the big hop layers going on. A perfect marriage of the malt and the hop, citrus rind, tropical fruit, grassy hops collide into a wave of fully fermented malts caramelized sugars breathe a bit of alcohol depth to add more complexity. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous medium bodied but refreshing with each sip, the dichotomy of drinkability and big beer in one glass. Overall I never pass on either version of Sierra Nevada Harvest, plus it's always pretty damn cost effective on top of the quality of each bottle I've tasted.

Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper with orange hues and a nice two plus finger light tan head that recedes slowly, leaving a chunky lacing behind. Smells of brisk hops up front with an undercurrent of citrusy goodness and an essence of pine. Tastes big on the hops up front with some astringency lurking behind along with a very faint taste of oranges and a modicum of chalkiness. After a few drinks some sweetness reveals itself. Mouth-feel is medium bodied and robust and it's fairly well carbonated. This one isn't quite as balanced as I remember the harvest ale, but is good nonetheless.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright clear orange color with a huge tan head. Nice retention and good lace.

S: Pretty basic, pretty good. Lots of pine hops balanced by sweet caramel malt.

T: The balance carries over and taste matches nose. Lots of sweet malt up front with a slight blast of pine hops in the middle. The finish is malty and somewhat biscuity.

M: Medium in body with nice crisp bold carbonation.

D: Sierra Nevada does it again. Nice balanced hoppy brew.

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

Orange color and looks about the same as Celebration or the regular Harvest Ale. Nice green hoppy smell. The taste seems to follow with a nice fresh hoppy flavor that is kinda grassy. This is very similar to the other Harvest Ale which I happen to prefer.

Photo of ReDave
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was strolling through one of my favorite out - of town travels beer stores [bev mo] and this over sized Harvest bottle jumps out at me! At first i thought it was an old fall Harvest, and then i read the Southern Hemisphere, and started to remember reading about the New Zealand charter flights and what not. I hid the bottle behind some other bottles as my arms where already full with other nuggets! On with the review!

The aroma isn't' quite what i thought it might be but it's OK.
Color a dark amber.
Creamy head that leaves a lace and dwindles to a thin ring.

The taste is very much to my liking, [OK subjective] there was a lot of negative Internet vibe as i raced home to gather further research on my recent acquisition. People think this has been advertised or implied as more than what it is. It is actually mild, but if you let it, it is VERY full of flavors. and great bitters even a mild bitter after-taste.
I would LOVE to be able to have this and the fall version available on a regular basis, these are versatile session, dinner, evening, on the porch great ales.
Thank you Sierra Nevada!

Photo of tronester
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a creamy, light tan head. Smells of freshly cut flowers, with a hint of vanilla. Taste is surprisingly malt dominated, with a floral, piney hop taste to counteract. There is a hint of freshly cut grass as well. Bitterness is very dominate as well, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Very drinkable, especially at 6.7 percent alcohol. Different from your average APA, these New Zealand hops are a great contrast, and I plan to enjoy a few more of these this year, and await next years batch as well.

Photo of bosco7
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a beautiful fluffy yet dense white head. Lacing is phenomenal.

Caramel, black pepper, cedar, and wild flowers in the nose. The smell is very malt and spice forward. Very unique.

Starts with the big caramel and toffee notes with a touch of sweetness. After that you get a big hit of those beautiful, soft, damp, spicy hop flavors. Citrus, mild cedar, and mint flavors come to mind. The finish is a little drier than the original Harvest Ale and maybe a little more bitter? The flavor is almost as good.

Mouthfeel is silky and oh so pleasant. Everything about this beer screams soft, earthy, and balanced. I appreciate Sierra Nevada going that extra mile to bring this beer to the public year round. The original is still a little better, but I'm splitting hairs. Highly recommended.

Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice reddish golden color with two fingers of nearly white head. Head has tremendous staying power (no doubt due to the fresh hops) and leaves lacing rings down the sides of my glass.

S - Citrsusy, grapefruity hop aroma. Some grassy smell in there as well.

T - A very nice hoppy ride. Straightforwars with a tiny bit of citrus hop initially. The brew gives way to some earthy hop. The finish and aftertaste are comprised of a ton of earthy hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste.

M - A smooth, slick feel with just the right prickly carbonation.

D - Another winner. A quenching hop bitterness and smooth feel make this one easy to quaff.

Photo of rightsideways
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a nice clear copper w/ a good amount of head that clings to the glass nicely as it subsides. the first thing i was looking for with this beer was the smell which struck me as really similar to cracking a vacuum sealed hop pellet bag two seconds before dropping it into the kettle. Obviously it was a bit more subtle than that, but i'm really impressed w/ the freshness of the smell. it tastes hoppy as hell as well but is balanced nicely with the malt. This is one of the best beers i've had in a while! I've always been a fan of the trusty old Sierra Pale but after this I'm going to have trouble going back...

almost makes me want to buy a plane ticket for later this summer when their own Chico hops go into the next Harvest Ale...

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp amber colour with a semi-creamy head that leaves patchy residue marks on the glass.

The aroma mainly consists of floral/grassy hops some some basic malt notes and perhaps a bit of spice. There's a nice bread aroma that cuts through this one as well, making for a relatively simple yet effective aroma.

The flavour continues on with the bread notes picked up in the aroma and expands upon it. Bread is a dominant player here, along wit ha good amount of earth flavour and the previously mentioned floral/grassy hops still hanging around aplenty. There is a nice bitter finish to each sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a definite amount of oil/slickness to it.

This one had nice flavour and balance overall. The fresh hops add a nice bitter quality to the flavour that's a bit different but good. Certainly worth a try and your time.

Photo of GClarkage
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/05/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 24oz bottle with some kind of code (not sure if it's a freshness code) next to the bar code. Poured into my Stone Ruination 20oz glass.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour. A good 1/8th of an inch remains for the duration. Good patchy lace remains afterwards.

Smell- Very light smelling fruity and sugary hop scent. Maybe a slight touch of toasted malt. Not very assertive.

Taste- Reminds me a bit of an ESB. Very hoppy with a grassy and bitter aftertaste. Sweet and pine with lemony flavored hops. Sweet at first and becomes just plain bitter..in a good way.
Malt play second fiddle here for sure with a very light toasted caramel showing.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation with a lasting...and lasting grassy bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite a fine brew. Hoppy for sure and worth seeking out.

Photo of ericj551
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale (wow, that's a mouthful!) pours a golden copper witha fluffy, foamy head. The aroma is dominated by grassy, herbal and slightly earthy hops. Some caramel malt comes through, but just barely. The flavor is bitterness at first, followed by herbal, spicy and earthy hops flavor. Dry maltiness comes through, but just barely. Not quite balanced, but a pretty decent beer. I'm confused about the idea of it being a fresh hop beer. According to the label, the hops are dried, so I'm not sure what differentiates the beer other than their used very soon after harverst.

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

Appearance- Pours a nice copper orange with plenty of rocky and sticky head.

Smell- Immediately upon opening the "fresh seal cap" a hiss of CO2 releases a brilliant bouqet of fresh hop essence. A hint of biscuit.

Taste- is very much hop-centric, but has a fairly decent malt balance. Tastes very much like a typical sierra nevada brew but with a very pronounced hop profile, as expected. Very predictable, and as predicted, it's pretty darn good but not enough to blow me away.

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

Pours a clear dark amber color with one finger of frothy off-white head. Good retention and some bubbley lace.

A nice aroma, but not as big as I was hoping. Mostly a piney/citrusy hop profile with a touch of malt sweetness.

Taste is good. A nice hop bitterness dominates for me. A citrusy hop with a slightly toasted malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with small but potent carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol is reasonable and flavor is decent. Bitterness may eventually overwhelm.

Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purs a nice coppery amber with a nice sized very light tan head that fades to a film
the aroma's got some nice floral/grassy hops that are slightly piney. there's also
the flavor is surprisingly mild (but flavorful), with a soft english character (biscuit, toffee, caramel) and some fresh tasting floral/herbal hops. citrus is there, but in shorter supply than the other flavors. a moderate amount of bitterness cleans up the finish nicely. the malt flavors seem to be very yeast driven, as in you can really taste the influence of the yeast.
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderately active, but delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. it's got a good balance, has a nice moderate amount a flavor, and maintains a quenching low alcohol quality.
a nice simple, but tasty pale ale.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours an orange coppery color, lots of bumpy, creamy foam setting up, almost two fingers' depth. Thick rings of lace left in the wake of the beer's demise.

Aroma - releases some moderate pine oil scents at first, crackery malts alongside.

Taste - a big healthy first pull yields lots of pine flavor, the requisite biscuit style malts pairing up. A little fight put up by the malts to assert some sweetness, but nothing doing. The hops are in control fairly quickly, mid-palate to swallow. Piny, grapefruit rind kind of thing, turning more bitter on the aftertaste. Some medicinal notes pushing in now, occasionally resolving to a late citrusy note at the end.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, burp-inducing stuff. Smooth feeling, moderate to moderate-light body.

Drinkability - not enough floral presence for my tastes. Those bitter-mongerers among us may well like this, though.

Photo of Damian
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a 24 FL OZ bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a dark, crimson-amber with a tight, fluffy, two-finger, sea foam head that slowly faded to a clingy film. Outstanding retention. Thick rings of lacing blanketed the entire glass.

The aroma was powdery and dry initially, with a touch of malty sweetness in the background. As the beer warmed, the maltiness intensified and some citrus notes came out as well.

The taste was hoppy and somewhat astringent. The overall flavor profile however was far more subdued than I anticipated. What was quite prevalent however was an intense, stinging bitterness that lasted from start to finish. Orange peel was noticeable in the center, along with some malt sweetness. Spicy, floral hops came through as well. As the beer warmed, the hops also displayed some medicinal flavors. The finish was piney and very bitter with an intensely strong and long-lasting, herbal/medicinal aftertaste. By the near end of the glass, the astringency of the hops made the beer rather harsh and hot.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and silky smooth. Oily and slick.

While the 6.7% ABV was rather well hidden, I found that drinkability was hampered by the overwhelming bitterness and lack of balance in this brew.

Like the other fresh hop pale ales I have tried in the past, this one seemed to be big on hop bitterness but rather low on overall flavor. It was definitely a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of Lupe
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big fluffy head. Serious retention and tons of sticky lace are left behind.

Wonderful hoppy aroma. Not exactly the usual scent of hops, but still has citrus (orange & lemon), tropical fruit, fresh grass and floral notes.

Spicy hops kick things off before fruit sets in. Citrus and pineapple are present and mingle with the sweet caramel malt. Toasted bread and apricot preserves come in before a blast of resiny hop bitterness. Finishes with mildly bitter with a slighlt sweet floral flavor. Incredibly well balanced while providing a juicy hop kick.

Medium bodied and silky smooth with maybe a touch of graininess on the tongue. Highly drinkable and just so enjoyable. I was still looking for more after finishing the 24oz bottle. I'd love to always have a bottle or two around.

I really liked the hop profile in this one. It was like an old school pale ale on steriods. Gotta love the freshness of this beer as well.

Photo of cokes
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper colored with just a hint of haze. The head is smallish and ivory, and endures most of the while as a skim.
Lemon rind and rose petal nose with dry coniferous backing and specks of pepper. Malt doesn't present much in the aroma, but what is there is doughy and lightly sweet.
Once into the mouth, malt makes a much mightier stand. Dry biscuits, honey roasted peanuts, and caramel apples all appear towards the fore, and the sweetness lingers throughout for balance. Hops bring a lemon-lime citric sourness, a pressed flower sense of perfume oil, prickly peppercorns and dead weeds, and a juicier (and much subtler) notion of tangerine. Bitterness isn't way up there, but the focus like any Fresh Hop ale is on flavor and aroma.
The body is squarely medium with a sedate carbonation for a round, yet slick feel. 24oz of this is appreciated as it drinks with abandon.
All told, I enjoyed this oodles more than last fall's US version, or really, any SN product I've had in a while. The intricacies of some unusual hops (here, at least) play out well against a sturdy malt backbones. Yet it sucks down like a session beer that you've had a million times.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a bounteous head that leaves plenty of lace around the glass

Smell: Orange, pineapple and apricot; floral and fragrant

Taste: Starts out with plenty of fruit, with pineapple dominating until mid-palate, when the citrus and apricot become more prominent; subtle undertones of resinous bitterness and caramel malt; after the swallow, the floral sweetness provides a underpinning to the bitter and malty flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyable, with lovely fragrant floral elements and a nice balancing element of bitter flavor

Photo of walshclimb
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear reddish copper with a thiick off white head that leaves rings of continuous bubbly lace. Smells strongly of citrus hops with a slight malty base. The aroma is increaingly malty as the beer warms up and the hop aroma dies off, approaching a good slighly bready smell. It has a nice crisp flavor. The flavor is mostly citrus hops upfront, but not overwhelmingly so. Slow transition to a mildly bitter aftertaste. This aftertaste seems to increase in bitterness a little as you make your way through the glass. It is a good tip of the tongue bitter that goes nicely with the crisp and realatively highly carbonated feel. Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. This iis an easy drinker with more hops than the usual pale ale. Pleasant and worth a try.

Photo of getalife2k5
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle. the color of iced tea with a floral aroma. my girlfriend, who is Korean, said it smells like Korean barley tea. it seems to be very well balanced and easy to drink. there are certaily hints of apricot and grapefruit with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. the hops are continuously present and actually a little spicy, just as the description indicates. somehow seems much stronger than 6.7%. i could drink this all night! i also like the rustic label with the map of New Zealand.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 - 1st release - 24 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with an off-white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is lemony citrus with a background of buttered biscuit. It has a "Sierra Nevada" aroma about it (a good thing).

The taste is of sweet malt, some caramel, a touch of butterscotch. Herbal hops come in a bit late, but then hang on. The is an aspirin-like/tea-leaf bitterness/dryness mixing in with the sweetness in the finish.

The feel is a bit too weak to keep up with the alcohol sharpness, but is still medium-bodied.

An interesting beer. Pretty well-balanced, with a nice citric/lemon touch. Not one of my favs. from this brewery, but a nice enough, different, one.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm a little surprised to see where this beer sits ratings-wise on this site. It had some nice aroma, but that's where the majority of the hop-character in this beer seemed confined to me. It was very malty and not very hoppy in flavor for an IPA. OK, but not going out of your way (to say New Zealand) for.

Color was nice; this beer was a pretty rich amber gold color and was clear and brilliant with good head formation. Aroma was lightly floral and citrus hop notes, which set high expectations for what I might get from the taste. And this was disappointing...far more malty than hoppy, the hop aroma gave way to not much bitterness, nor any of the citrus or floral notes I was hoping for. Mouthfeel was reasonably crisp. All-in-all the beer was enjoyable, although all the maltiness unbalanced by much hop in this beer made it less drinkable than other high quality IPAs.

I'd weakly recommend this beer.

One final thought - at least part of craft beer's appeal is its local-ness and the assemblage of somewhat humble ingredients into something great. While I know other brewers (DFH for instance) have procured exotic ingredients for their beers, somehow jetting to New Zealand and jetting back with a plane-load of hops a week later seems somehow at odds with what got craft beer to where it is to me. Not condemnation, just my thought.

Had this on-tap at Roman's Pub in St. Francis.

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

fat 24oz bottle

A- pours a deep amber color, slightly red and rusty. Big peachy white head, the liquid itself has a weighty appearance.

S- Fresh hops, dry hops, citrus fruits, pepper-like spices, grass, undertones of a sweet malt

T- Sweet malts at first, very bitter mid palate, lingering hops throughout, lots of orange and grapefruit. Spice and bitter hops upon the finish.

M- Medium in body, weak carbonation, tiny bubbles of cO2 caress the tongue but leaves a very flat, bitter and dry finish. Some may love this others may not.

D- Eh, im good with just one bomber, glad i tried this one but it definitely did not wow me.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,841 ratings.