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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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1,335 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,335
Hads: 2,965
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 86
Gots: 177 | 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: 1,335 | Hads: 2,965
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Delicate pour yields a monster head that does a cool cascading effect as it dissipates into beer. Super frothy head, beige-brown color. Body is pretty light colored orange.

Doesn't smell like a whole heck of a lot. A little bit of grassy, flowery hops, maybe a hint of pale malt.

Taste is a bit bitter. Kind of smooth. Finishes clean. Nice taste, the bitterness has a certain flavor to it I can't really put my finger on, almost like a sort of sweet bitterness. Pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little heavy, kind of light on carbonation but definitely enough. Certainly won't have a problem finishing this here beer, but don't know if I'd want another.

Although it's listed as a pale ale, it definitely reminds more more of an IPA. There are plenty of others out there I'd reach for before this, but it is a nice change of pace and the price was quite good.

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

2011 Vintage, 710ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange with a nice glow to it. Has a two and a half finger head of beige foam that settles at just below half a finger and laces well.

Smell is initially of fruit salad and then a real floral aroma comes through with just a touch of pine cone.

Taste is very flowery in the main, some pine early to give early bitterness then a floral bitterness late. It is a little hollow in the middle with all the flower flavour.

The bitterness early and then late is noticeable, some harshness as this opens up. Body is ok for the style, except the hollow feel in the middle.

Overall if floral hops smell and flavour rock your boat, fill your boots with this. Otherwise, while it is a hop specific style, it does fall a little short on balance and the total package.

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Photo of mikey711
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass to enjoy before having dinner. It's the same color orange as a sweet potato. Leaving a frothy head that leaves a nice lacing. I was surprised that this was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. Some pine and citrus notes but not much else. The first sip was filled with piney bitterness. Couldn't sense much else going on besides that in terms of taste. Its a little rough in terms of mouth feel but still fairly sessionable. If your not into hops then you won't like this beer. Overall this is a great value buy but a little more aroma and complexity would have been nice.

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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.

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

It poured a golden amber color and had a dense head. There were some very sharp, piney hop aromas at first, but they soon blew off. I was pretty unimpressed with the flavors at first. Tasted rather flat, but after some time in the glass, the flavor opened up into a nice balance of malt and hops. Very drinkable and refreshing. There is some real interesting hop character, but overall I was kind of disappointed after all the hype I had heard about it.

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

Pours a clear golden copper small off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy hops, some light grapefruit, white wine grape, caramel, and a light dankness. Taste has a bit of sweetness with some caramel, earthiness, a light mineral note, dank hops, and white wine grape. The finish has a decent bitterness to it with a lingering dankness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/24/14 - Poured into spiegelau glass

A- dark copper color

S- Not as intense an aroma as I was expecting. Fair amount of malt and some citrus.

T- bitter citrus rind, some earthy notes, pine resin.

M - dry and dryer

O - this is the second beer in this series being released this year and it is the second disappointment.

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Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a two finger off white head with good retention. The aroma is somewhat light, and has citrus and floral hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. Citrus and floral hops, with some caramel malt. Very little sweetness. Unfortunately the flavor is also somewhat light.

Nice carbonation, dry finish, medium bodied, worth trying again. I just wish this beer was either more complex, or bolder.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

A: pours a clear cooper or light amber with a froth and billowing two inches of white head that lingered for a few minutes, and slowly settled down to about a quarter inch of head.

S: some grapefruit, grass, toasted biscuits, and mild caramel.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose, mild bitterness upfront. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light caramel, biscuits, with a lingering grassy bitterness on the finish.

M: light to medium, well carbonated, slightly oily.

O: Loved last years, but think I got a fresher bottle at that time. This years is not a complex in my opinion, and lacks depth, but it still balanced, and semi-refreshing.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper with 3" thick off-white head with large bubbles and lots of lacing that remains on the glass.

S- Pale malts and pine.

T- Light caramel malts, astringent pine bitterness.

M- Light body, fairly smooth. Bitter astringency leaves dry bitter aftertaste in your mouth.

O- Nothing special. Not sure how old this is, so the hops may be faded a little.

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Photo of beerman21
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009, 2nd Release.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy off-white head. the head dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing and a layer of foam atop the beer.

Spell is decently hoppy, with some citrus and floral notes.

Taste has some bitter, spicy hops. These hops really seem bitter to me, but without any signature hop flavors. Maybe the hop choice in this one wasn't the best because it was limited to New Zealand varieties.

Overall it is a decent beer, but overpriced. I'm not someone who really wants to pay that much just because they went through the exotic process to make this beer.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber color, large creamy head, roses/estery, later on in the drink the smell was skunky/malty...and not in a good way, very smooth mouthfeel, light citrus hop character. not that imaginative a beer from sierra nevada...probably liken it to a good pale ale with less bite and weight.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper-amber body... moderate off-white head with decent retention, but little lacing...

S: Soft pine, citrus (lemony), and floral notes glaze over a strong malt body which is shining through.

T: Unlike the nose, much of the hop flavors depart and do not make themselves known to the tongue. The bitterness is there throughout... but the hop flavoring is disapointingly absent... I was surprised, and after a couple sips I thought I was served the wrong beer... had a yuengling lager like taste... passed it to my fiancee who agreed that the hops were no where to be found in the flavor profile... checked with the waitress to confirm she brought me the right beer... hell, i was still unconvinced and ordered another and watched it pour from the right tap... same thing... bland... more reminiscent of the regular pale ale than anything else

M: Light-medium body, good carbonation... slightly blurred finish

D: Its good... Don't get me wrong here... this is a decent pale ale, just was expecting a bit more from a beer with high reviews, and was perplexed by the lack of hop flavoring from a beer with "harvest fresh hop ale" in the name... oh well... i'll get my hands on a bottle and give it another shot since i like just about everything else sierra nevada has done between torpedo, harvest, chico, anniversary and celebration

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 27, 2015. Opened June 12, 2015

Surprisingly dead nose. Pleasantly malt forward body for an IPA win a firm woody-bitter finish, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange/red 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.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My local beer guy talked this beer up so much that I couldn't help but buy it.

A - Really nice head that is very porous and foams very high with great lacing.

S - Sour. There is also a big soapy note that comes off bad. Slight pale malt character, not getting any hops. I don't think that an IPA has to reek of hops, but some suggestion as to the hop profile would be nice.

T - Nice minerally bitterness. Very vice balance between malts and hops, both being very mild. The hop character is subdued, almost just to the bitterness, but there are some floral and fruity elements.

M - Solid medium body and light carbonation.

I was hoping that with the kiwi hops, this beer would be more complex, but the hops are a little subdued. Solid beer overall though.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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

Appearance- Pours with I nice, fairly clear, amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. The body continually, slowly effervesces, and the head leaves behind a sticky lacing.

Smell- Nice mix of maltiness and hops up front. Smells crisp and fresh. Quite inviting.

Taste- Nice mix of malt sweetness, bittering hops and flavoring hops. Just a hint of a citrus zing to it. Some pine in the jowls to.

Mouthfeel- A tad heavy for the style. It works tho, because it gives you a nice, lingering aftertaste. Yum. CO2 level is also nice.

Drinkability- Not great, not bad.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked a 24 oz. bottle of this the other day. This bottle was part of the 2nd release of this beer. I've never had this before so I was not exactly sure what to expect, but Sierra Nevada never disappoints.

Poured into a pint glass in two parts. The beer was a amber brown color with no haze. Only a small, one finger beige head, but there was some retention. Smell was very hoppy, pine notes in particular. The taste followed closely behind. Nice big, floral hops upfront. Citrus notes present first followed by sharp, bitter, pine notes. There was also a nice spice note thrown in, but it was slightly overshadowed by the hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability was a little low due to the strong flavors here. i could not have more than one bottle. Moderate ABV does make it a good sipping beer though.

Overall, a good beer. Tastes more like an IPA than an APA to me. Not as good as SN's Torpedo or Pale Ale though.

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

SN's Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale pours a clear, caramel-burnt orange color topped with an orange tinted head of foam. Aroma is dominated by spicy hops.

The hop profile is not nearly as delectably delicious as the fall release - spicy, peppery, and almost hot! The flavor really sticks on all surfaces of your mouth and lips. Whatever malts there are end up being overpowered by the sheer force of New Zealand hops.

The mouthfeel is mostly great - crisp carbonation yet creamy with hop oils - but there is a weird almost soapy astringency on the finish that might also be attributed to the hop varieties used.

Overall this Spring's Southern Hemisphere brew does not compare well to SN's utterly divine Fall Harvest release. I really want to love this beer as much as the fall release and it's definitely worth trying once, but the hop characteristics simply aren't very enjoyable for me. Bummer really.

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

This one pours a clear dark amber and does not have much of a head. Aroma is not strong but is pleasingly malty and subtly spicy. Flavor is quite strong and malty with a hint of cloves and a hoppy undertone with just a little bitterness. Texture is very thick and smooth, tingly and sassy, leaving a slightly biting finish.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear copper color with a huge and sticky tan head, tons of lacing and lasts forever.

The smell is very funky, pungent, and spicy. Very hoppy in a strange way almost even a little soapy.

The flavor is suprisingly mild, a nice toasty and buiscuty malt body and some big hop bitterness, but the hops themselves seem to be lacking a bit in flavor and complexity. I get the nice malt and the hop bitterness, but just not much else from the hops other than a bit of musty basement.

The mouthfeel is a nice combination of dryness and oilyness.

Overall its worth a try, I love anything with unusual hops in it, but I felt it fell a bit short.

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Photo of omokoro
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an a clear amber with a rich, two finger off white head. There many bubbles rising. On the nose I am picking up pine, a little lemon, pepper and a lot of malt. This is a very malty beer, not what I expected, although I have never had a beer focusing on fresh hops. I can imagine that the fact that the fact that the hops are fresh may effect the bitterness. There is little hop flavor, the malt overpowers all. It is refreshing and it does have a good mouth feel, but it tastes a bit much like a barleywine. This is one of the least bitter ales I have had from Sierra Nevada, not what I expected. Perhaps this bottle may be old or mishandled, I did by it off of a dry self from my local grocery store. Too bad Sierra Nevada obfuscates their bottle dates, I'm not in the mood to decipher their code.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.