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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: 2,777
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 111 | 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 ccrida
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

24 oz. bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass, the 2008 Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a clear copper with very dense tan head that's long lasting and rocky, leaving chunky lace.

Smell is fantastic, big sweet, floral, spicy noble hop aroma, toasted malt.

Taste is very good, wow, a nice freshness, big Saaz like flavor that I love, nice citrus finish, sweet and tart, clean malt and lingering bitterness, minty belches. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, lending a lighter body.

Drinkability is high, wow. Nice price on this bigger then a bomber bottle, Sierra Nevada has the best special release IPAs in the biz, and this is my favorite of the bunch. The Southern Hemisphere Harvest is really brewed to my taste. I just had a bottle of celebration yesterday to refresh my memory, and as good as it is, I definitely like this one better.

ccrida, May 22, 2008
Photo of kush6875
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

2008 vintage 1st release

poured from bottle in to DT tulip.

nice rich amber coloring with a thick white head and tons of sticky lacing.

smells like an overly hopped apa. lots of citrus, pine, and fresh hops, a litte grassy in a good way.

tastes of sticky hops but not as thick as regular harvest ale. has a great malt kick finished with a nice smooth hop bite.

mouthfeel is sticky and not too heavy.

another great brew by sierra nevada.

if your a fan of the regular harvest ale definately seek this one out!!!!


kush6875, May 22, 2008
Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Cracked and poured from 24oz bottle into Harp pint glass. Firm pour yielded very minimal head (sub one finger). Minimal lacing. Color is nice golden amber. Nose is very floral, light citrus hops. Light citrus hops on the palate, carbonation is very fine and contributes greatly to the taste. Very balanced, definite malt presence, bitter and slightly dry finish. Very Nice Beverage!

Kraken, May 22, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: nice orange color with a fluffy 2" head that falls to a merangue like layer that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits are most prominent with a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit slices, hints of orange, and a soft fruit sweetness comes up late. Bitterness is bold but not overbearing at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers the longest over the grapefruits and caramels.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. This beer is a bit different than the hop harvest which I prefer, but definitely a tasty beer.

Gavage, May 21, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%

This brewery continues to pour out great releases, and this is no exception. A clear light amber, the beer has a nice sudsy cream white head like many pale ales. Aroma is malty and sweet with a nice citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very well balanced, though it does lean towards the hoppy with a nice grapefruity bitterness as it goes down. Not a hop bomb, just a great pale ale.

A very good hoppy brew, easy drinking and light. Could drink this for hours, like most of SN's pale ales. Keep em coming.

saintwarrick, May 21, 2008
Photo of thryn
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Pours a rich golden tan into my goblet. Lots of nice yellowy-white head leaves a lovely lacing as it fades.

The aroma is mostly piney hops to me and something else I can't quite put my finger on .... oh, wait, I'm too close to the catbox. OK, away from that, there's also a sweetness to the nose.

The taste is very balanced. It's hoppy, but not a hop bomb. That piney, resiny flavor I caught in the scent is there. There's a cleanness to the taste. While it's quite good, it doesn't knock my socks off. It's not the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. But it's plenty good.

The mouthfeel suits the beer. The body's medium to light, the carbonation is noticeable but not overpowering. Utterly drinkable and at 6.7, not to much of a bruiser ot drink the 24-oz. bottle of in one go.

thryn, May 21, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Pretty amber color with a big fluffy two finger head. Smells great. I can smell the fruity hops a couple feet away. Strong hot hops in the front backed by a nice malty backbone. Nice caramel flavors as well. Has a creamy medium feel over the tongue.

I could drink this all day long. At 6.7% though I better not. Maybe only a couple.

If you like hop flavor & aroma that don't overwhelm the other things going on, this is for you.

A great value for the price of under $5.00 for the 24oz bottle as well.
I'm going to get more.

bbothen, May 21, 2008
Photo of tayner
4.13/5  rDev +2%

24 oz bottle says 1st release 2008 purchased for 4.19 yesterday.

Poured a clear orange/amber color with a sticky white head that leaves copious amounts of lace all over.

The nose upon opening is a floral hop nose backed by some malt sweetness.

Taste is more of an earthy, pine, spicy hop which was unexpected after the nose was so floral, but i prefer it this way. The hops were there fairly strong when the beer was first out of the cold, but as it warmed the hops stepped aside a bit and let the maltiness come through and this became a very well balanced beer. I dont think the intent was for this to ever be a hop bomb, but a more rounded fresh hop ale, and i think it hit it right on the nose.

MOuthfeel was light, yet a bit oily and coating at the same time. Not too heavy for the high temperatures.

I could session this beer all the time during the hot summer months despite it being 6.7%. It is probably at the top end of my abv threshold for session beers, but it is very tasty and easy to drink. I will pick up another when i return to the store if there are any left :)

tayner, May 20, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Copper colored brew with a tight head of white that leaves plenty of sticky lace.

Aroma is citrus and subtle pine with some light caramel and charred malt.

Flavor is light caramel malt, honey, and bread with citrus and pine hops. There's a subtle floral note and a hint of apricot. Not nearly as bitter or hoppy as last years version.

Body and drinkability are pleasant, very easy to drink but doesn't really stand out.

AlexJ, May 20, 2008
Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

bradybeer, May 20, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

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.

PhageLab, May 20, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

MaltyGoodness, May 20, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

CrellMoset, May 20, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

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.


Dukeofearl, May 20, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 19, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

peabody, May 18, 2008
Photo of CNeilP09
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

CNeilP09, May 18, 2008
Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

shirfan, May 18, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

barleywinefiend, May 18, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

tastybeer, May 18, 2008
Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%


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.

wedge, May 18, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

gabeerfan, May 18, 2008
4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

pwoods, May 17, 2008
Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

rajendra82, May 17, 2008
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,777 ratings.