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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Reviews: 1,328
Hads: 2,938
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 81
Gots: 165 | 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:
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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Reviews: 1,328 | Hads: 2,938
Photo of Flounder57
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and bubbles coming coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Candied orange, grapefruit, tangerine, pine, grassy hops, and caramel.

Taste: Same as above with a tea like flavor similar to fresh hops and dry hopping. Nice malt background and mellow hop bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, hoppy, herbal, low to medium carbonation, medium to full bodied, and delicious.

Overall: Fresh hops tock. This beer truly represents those characteristics. I can't wait to try out the Northern version later this year. (722 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 release breaking in my new DFH IPA glass. Pours a clear golden-orange with a massive fluffy white head that barely fades at all, and leaves tons of sticky delicate lacing when it finally does. Smell is big aromatic hops; juicy citrus, leafy/herbal/minty, soft pine and citrus rind, nutty and spicy alcohol and malt, some caramel malt too. Taste is clean caramel malt at first, then blown away by all sorts of hops. Crisp leaf, spicy herbal and mint, juicy citrus and fruit, pine, and then a good bite of bitterness at the end. Finish is slightly sticky, with hints of the malt hanging around, but mostly it's bitterness. A hell of an IPA, just like its Northern Hemisphere Harvest sister; a must-try for hop-heads. (719 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 24 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Nearly clear deep amber with an inch plus white head which hung on for awhile before receding to a surface foam film and some lacing.

s: Moderate pine.

t: Excellent rich balance between malt and hops. 66 IBUs are noticed but are not overpowering.

m: Moderate body with a clean finish.

o: An excellent fall IPA, unfortunately issued in summer up here apparently due to the harvest being earlier in the year in the southern hemisphere. It's good, but better if an IPA lover can find Torpedo for closer to $1 per 12 oz. bottle. Here you are apparently paying an extra two dollars per 12 oz. for the two added New Zealand imported hops. (692 characters)

Photo of admiral
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good quality beer with lost of flavour and hops

Aroma: pine needles, malt and spice

Taste: Pine needles, spice, lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus and malt

An excellent beer with a big hop punch and base, with some nice malt flavours coming through to support it (260 characters)

Photo of powerss13
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: Bottle poured into a glass

A: Medium cloudy amber; very light head and good lacing

S: Definitely get a woody aroma; get a great fresh hop aroma; little grassy notes

T: Strong bitter flavor with a woodiness to it; get a good yeast/bready flavor; Light and dry finish

MF: Body is light on the palate; dry hop flavor sticks to tongue after finish

O: Stellar beer; grab one if you see one. I could drink this one year round, unfortunately it is only available seasonally. (476 characters)

Photo of NedShakeshaft
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like the label design. Made it an easy sell if it wasn't already.

Poured a slightly hazy medium amber. Light tan head faded a bit quickly with some lacing.

I didn't love the nose. It was a bit understated overall, dominated by pine, with some citrus and also a tiny bit of something I can best describe as an 'earthy funk.'

Tasted out of this world. Amazing balance. Pungent, woody hops dancing above a bready malt base, held together with the piney resin. Finished clean with the grapefruity citrus emerging. Outstanding.

Some alcohol taste lingers in the mouth (it is 6.7% after all). It's about medium bodied for the IPA style. Easy enough to pound until the alcohol catches up.

Outstanding value. It will be one of my go-to's as long as it's around. (771 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 23, 2013

Beer is clear amber in colour. The pour results in a large cream coloured head. Good retention, and lots of lace left as it fades.

The smell is hoppy, focused on grassy scents. Slight tropical scents. Resin. Biscuity malt scents are strong.

Taste is better than the nose. Grass, light fruits- a bit tropical, a bit of pine. Moderately bitter. Some biscuit and caramel. Pretty good flavour.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily, a bit of a toasted feel.

Overall, pretty good. Perhaps it is different a bit fresher, but this tastes like a UK/American hybrid to me. (597 characters)

Photo of labattblueribbon
4.63/5  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. (337 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper with a two-finger foamy white head. Heavy lacing.

S - Lots of malts with a small amount of piney hops and citrus.

T - Lots of caramel malts upfront. The malts give way to citrus - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. The finish has a good amount of lingering bitter hops.

M - Medim bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is definetly for fans of malt forward IPAs. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. (476 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.35/5  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. (382 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of HopDaddyo
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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... (518 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.72/5  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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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. (2,580 characters)

Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Rdc67
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (1,003 characters)

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.37/5  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. (514 characters)

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.