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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: 75
Gots: 134 | 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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Photo of bv74550p
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local liquor store in a 24 oz. bottle. Upon popping the top, I noticed the distinct Sierra Nevada hoppy aroma. Poured into a regular pint glass to find a nice finger head with a reddish/copper color and a moderately cloudy appearance. You can really taste the nice blend of the hops in this beer which makes me want to go back for the second half of the bottle. Overall, this is a great beer from Sierra Nevada and there is a great discription on where this fresh hop ale originated on the label.

Photo of robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a clear light brown / amber to a sun king shaped pint glass with a foamy, light caramel colored, finger and a half head leaving nice retention.

pleasant, not overpowering, aroma of citrus hops.

very mild and sweet, not what i was expecting at all. unexpected malt balance in this IPA.

smooth and creamy, mild bitterness follows to the rear of the tongue

very drinkable.

Photo of SiriusAth
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep coppery amber with golden notes near the bottom of the glass, nice pillowy off-white 2 finger head, attractive lacing, good retention.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with a nice underlying earthy spiciness coming right behind. Lemony, slight orange, piney resin, floral, and a touch of sweetness from the malt.

The hops dominate the taste at the front, but the malt shines through with just the right amount of sweetness to keep the bitterness from being overpowering. Lemon zest and lime-like citrus lead the way with a nice toastiness coming through in the middle, finishing with a semi-dry earthy hop fade.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium bodied, and with just the right amount of carbonation.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a damn fine beer that hits all the high notes and leaves very little wanting. It goes down dangerously easy and was another great idea from Sierra Nevada. Cheers to them!

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just had a bottle of the Northern Hemisphere yesterday, so I'm trying the Southern today. Poured from 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam atop. A nice looking beer.

Smell: thick malt aroma with big earthy, citrusy and a little bit floral hops. I like the combination here.

Taste: huge bitterness right off the bat, which fades into a tasty floral flavor in the middle before finishing out with a stronger back-of-the-tongue bitterness. I like the dynamism of the flavor; indeed, even the malt joins in. It is sweeter and more caramel like at first before drying out into a grainier, more biscuity flavor. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good creaminess for the style. In fact, it is one of the better-textured IPAs I've ever had.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer and I like it just as much as its Northern brother. Both very good beers, the texture of the Southern tipped the scale in its favor for me.

Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed deep orange color with a touch of a ruby hugh, and a nice cap of fuzzy off-white.

Nice nose of lots of fresh citrus and cake.

Flavor brings some sweet white cake malt with a hint of toffee. Hops bring in light berry with juicy/zesty citrus, and spicy-bitter piney hops. Nice medium-full body, lightly zesty-sharp-and-crispy, lightly creamy-fuzzy carb in good quantity.

Solid beer. And I didn't even have it at its freshest.

Photo of cptierney
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a North Coast Nonic pint glass.

Nice color to the beer, a deep copper with straw highlights. Excellent head on the pour with strong and fluffy retention. Consistent bubbling from the bottom of the glass.

Particularly citrus nose on this one. Definitely hops but with a heretofore unsmelled bouquet. I can tell I'm going to enjoy this brew.

Excellent mouthfeel. Light body with consistent carbonation makes for a happy palate.

Keystone drinkers beware, this is one bitter beer. Decent malt backbone with extremely bitter finishing hops. Grapefruit and pine are present, just a lovely hop profile.

A drinkable brew, considering how powerful its hop profile is. A massive effort from SN paid off.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear copper color with a thick two finger head which is off white to light tan and is quite fluffy with large bubbles, lingers nicely before dissipating and leaving a decent amount of lacing
S: a nice scent with a bit of a deeper hop aroma and a nice malt character, not one of the overwhelming citrus hop bomb scents we've all become so accustomed to seeing which is slightly refreshing, has a nice caramel or even toffee malt note and a sweetness towards the end not unlike some of the honey beers which creep up around this time of year
T: the front taste is of a nice hop bitterness which builds into the fresh floral hop notes which are quite resinous as i like to see, really quite earthy and well balanced, nice malt character which is just on the back end and gives a well rounded depth to the brew
M: pretty gentle carbonation up front backed by a smooth creaminess across the tongue, the finish is distinctly dry and bitter on the palate
O: a phenomenally well crafted and balanced brew with a solid hop character in the taste but not overwhelming in the scent, refreshing and drinks easily

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bourbon color with some big off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is largely fresh citrus with some leafy hops, very refreshing and nice.

Taste is pretty refreshing as well with some big hop aromas--lemon and citrus zest, some leafiness. A nice caramel maltiness behind it too, with a bit of spiciness too. Slightly over-malted for me, though.

Nice medium mouthfeel with decent coating and smoothness. Easily drinkable, a very good IPA without the huge price-tag. Worth seeking out, I'm happy I had it even though I paid $4.79 for the 24 oz. I'd probably pay $7.99 for it, so seek it out.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/brown and amber. Short bubbly off white head with weak retention.

S: Bready malt character with a big fresh hop aroma. Light sugary fruit scents and mild spiciness.

T/M: Smooth, rich and refreshing hop flavor on first sip. Hints of sugared fruits and honey. Mildly bitter and floral overall body. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Really delicious. Very simple, fresh, and refreshing brew.

Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-05-12 in Columbia, PA (2012 batch)

A - Mostly-clear new-penny copper brown with a 2-finger head and very nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, biscut, mild pine, spice and floral hops.

T - More pineapple in the taste than the 2011 batch. There's also an added rye-like earthy/peppery spice that I don't recall from last year. There's still a nice sweet roasted malt and pine and moderate lemon/orange zest bitterness. It dries nicely and leaves a sweet/fruity/grainy/spicy/bitter aftertaste that leans too heavily on a pepper finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial, reasonably sticky and prickly.

o - I look forward to the Southern and Northern Harvest brews. The 2012 isn't as tasty as I recall the 2011 Southern Hemisphere to have been and definitely not as much to my liking as the 2011 Northern Hemisphere, primarily because of the lingering pepper spiciness in this batch.

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color with a slight yellow tint to the head.

S: Orange/general citrus are the strongest notes in the nose, along with a little grass, also bit floral.

T: Citrus peel, orange, pine, floral notes.

M: Pleasantly light body, without sacrificing flavor, drinkable, refreshing, smoothish.

O: The aroma is definitely more NZ hoppy than the flavor, which makes the flavor a bit disappointing. Recommended, though I wish it had more of a NZ hop character in all respects.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

Deep golden amber color that shines red when held to a light. 2-finger off-white head of large bubbles settles to 1-finger and becomes rocky. Smell is fresh and pungent, lemon and grass, honey, pine, lots of hoppy depth on a rich semi-sweet malt backbone. Taste is much the same, no surprises. The crispness of the hops is very nicely balanced by the fullness and body of the malts, which are much more felt than tasted. Creaminess is present on the palate, but tart dryness is what lingers in the finish. Foam clings heavily to the glass. It is thick and filling, hoppy and thirst-quenching, all at the same time. Unusual dynamics, something different, and very enjoyable precisely for that reason if none other.

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance:(4) Pours a transparent amber with a towering, 3 fingers tall off white head. The head has great retention and coats the sides of the glass with lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (3.75) Earthy, herbal and somewhat fruity hops are in the forefront of the aroma; grapefruit, grass and a low key kiwi presence. The hop aromatics are buffeted by a slightly sweet bread-y malt backbone. As with most Sierra Nevada beers, their trade mark yeast strain, "Chico" acts as a liaison between the juicy hops and the sweet malts. Very balanced, albeit subtle nose.

Taste: (4) Very similar to the nose. Herbal, fruity hops right out the gate; grapefruit, pine resin, light melon and kiwi. Some clean yeast esters towards the middle of the taste before you're greeted by a sizable, slightly sweet and chewy malt backbone. The beer finishes dry and moderately bitter with lingering notes of resinous, tropical hops and biscuit like malt.

Mouthfeel: (4) Robust, full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: (4) A very balanced and very drinkable IPA that showcases the tropical, fruity characteristics of the New Zealand hop varietals, Southern Cross and Motueka. The beer definitely doesn't stray too far from the herbal, earthy format of most Sierra Nevada beers.
I wish they would release this in a 6 pack format. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to be reminded of what a truly balanced IPA tastes like.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release

Beautiful copper tint with a full white head that Estelle Getty would be jealous of. She's perrtty....the beer that is.
Nice, if somewhat simple straightforward hop aroma. The flavor is dominated by a long dull dose of bitter hops with a subtle malt finish.
Fairly drinkable, although could be more exciting.
Overall, this beer is somewhat more tame than I was expecting. Not all that complex for a beer advertised as a "Fresh Hop Ale", which definitely keeps the focus on the bitterness. Nevertheless, the kind solid offering you would expect from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of UBrew1984
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dc_cupcake
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Harvest ale from Sierra Nevada. It comes in a different looking bottle that's one pint with eight additional ounces. Most of the time I'd say that's a great, with this beer I'd say that's amazingly great and awesome!

You feel manly when you pour this, especially if someone else opened it for you. The bottle is thick and heavy, the beer looks fresh and healthy. The head and lacing is rampantly creamy with an orange copper tint. The beer is a deep amber, almost red, and looks full and clean.

The smell was a bit faded, but I'll acquaint that to the smell of burnt bread from the cafe I'm unfortunately sitting in. If it were my way, I'd be sitting on the sail ship on the bottle's label. With pirates and cannons, drinking straight out of the bottle, tilting it in that weird, cocky way that suburban people drink a Coors Light longneck. Kidding! I would never. But seriously, the smell. The aromatic qualities of this adult beverage were of a faint fresh hop lemon and bread carmel. It opens up a bit with warmth. Let 'er sit a bit cowboy, don't suck it down like you do your Fanta.

Taste, ah yes taste. Wonderfully balanced and a relief. I must say, recent weeks have presented a number of overly hopped and awkward beers. It's damn near drawn me away from the style. It seems long are the days of the brown ale, the saison, the pils and the stout. All people want is extremely hopped extraordinarily fuck my taste buds for 3 days gagillion IBU IPAs. You know why they put hops in the beer? It's because bitter is the new sweet and sweet is the sour. Or something like that.

I appreciated the taste, a well balanced pale ale. Hoppy, malty, medium-heavy mouthfeel, oh so drinkable and lovely. Would do many more, but I took the last one!

Overall, I loved it. I love the special things they are doing at SN and I love how size hasn't diminished passion. They love what they do, and they show that profits can be a good thing. Like shipping fresh hops from NZ on a turbocharged pirate ship to be brewed in Chico in a week's notice. A'hoy bitches!

Photo of auroracrisis
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After enjoying my spicy nachos, I needed something to kill the heat so why not this great beer? Poured into an English style Brooklyn Brewery pint glass with a bit of curve to it...

It pours a very nice copper orange color with a three finger, marmaladeish/off-white head that has a lot of fluffy, small bubbles in it. A great looking beer. After the head dies down a bit I took a whiff and smelled at first liike sweet malts (probably because this isn't as fresh as it needs to be, the bottle said April 2009 and because my nose is running from the spicy food I just ate) and a tad bit of hops. As I take my first sip I taste a minty, sweet hop bittering taste that fades into some sweet caramalized malts and then back into the hops but this time without the mint once I swallow. Tastes great but not as good as it once was. I need to review this when it is fresh because I feel that the smell and taste would be alot better. In fact, I know this because I distinctly remember it giving off a much better aroma and the taste was a bit better as well. In my opinion and I'm sure most other hop heads opinions, it is best to experience a hoppy beer as fresh as possible simply because the aromas are typically through the roof.

The mouthfeel is great for this style. Not too thick, not too thin, juuuust right. Mmmm, feels great to just let it rest on your tougne for a few seconds and then swallow. This definitely helps the beer when it is a few months old and adds to the drinkability. And speaking of drinkability, this has it. This style (fresh hop ales) have a great quality of drinkability due to the combination of great aroma and taste with a decent body on it that isn't thin but isn't syrupy. Exceptional drinkability really. You could fill my glass with this all night and I wouldn't complain or ask for another beer.

Overall, I'd say this beer is something that everyone should try atleast once. Even if you are not a hop head like myself, you could probably appreciate how true to the style it is while adding a minty, different type of hop to the reciepe. If this were real fresh and my nose wasn't running I would probably have been able to give it a better score on the taste and smell. A great beer that I wish could be brewed all year.

Photo of macster
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous deep amber-orange color propping up a huge frothy and thick white head. Superb foam retention throughout the entire glass with thick concentric rings of lacing marking each and every sip.

Moderately assertive aromas of predominantly Noble hops with pleasant notes of spice, herb, freshly cut hay, mint leaves, earth and a touch of citrus are noted. Some faint wiffs of caramel, toffee and toasted malt are barely detected in the background.

Mouthfeel was as expected for a 6.7% abv APA. A bit on the lighter side, but modertaely full, smooth and resiny.

Flavor profile showcases the beautiful hop construction of this beer more assertively than the nose. Begins with a quick introduction of some sweet caramel candies, toffee and malt cereal. The hops then quickly take over with upfront crisp, resiny spice, pine, herb and citrus flavors. Finish shows off a firm, lasting bitterness.

Other than the hop nose being a tad tamer than I expected everything else about this beer was very enjoyable and unique. well woth seeking out.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. The beer was a clear amber color with a thick ivory head and abundant lacing. Mostly floral aroma, also citrus and sweet malt. Pine taste, a little grapefruit, a little caramel. Pretty hoppy, great beer to drink.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition, pours darker amber, with a dull reddish glow, long lasting typical khaki head, ever so slowly shrinks to a thick ring, and film, leaving nice thicksheeting/lace. Refroths upon a gently swirl. Fruity sweet and hopped up nose. Pleasantly hopped up ale. Hops emit tropical fruit notes and resinous goodness. Enough malt aas an undercoating, but the drying and pungent hops are the story here. Yet more quality and quite worthy brew from SN

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is malts and flower with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. A little sweet but nice balance between hops and malt. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Yet another nice beer from SN. Not as hoppy or bitter as some of their other offerings, but all around solid.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about 2 weeks ago, review based on notes

Pours an amber/copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & biscuitty malt

T: Pine & grapefruit, plus caramel & herbal hops up front. More herbal piney hops as this warms. A hint of booze, breadyness & more hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with subtle carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, can't really find any real fault with this offering

Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - pours a rich, translucent, coppery amber. Solid head, a bit off white, good retention. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - big strong hops on the note. Citrus and floral hop aromas competing for dominance. They can fight it out all day long as far as I'm concerned.

T - very similar to the aroma, big hops but not too bright of a flavor. There is a malt balance to this flavor, but the malt definitely does not stand in the way of other flavors. An obscenely well balanced beer.

M - medium bodied, a bit heavier than other IPA's I've had, but the body stands up well to the strong, rich flavor.

O - overall, a very solid beer. Very fresh, which I suppose is the whole point. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Tripphop
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color in the glass with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing clings all over the glass and leaves a trail the whole way down. Aromas are piney and earthy, big robust hop character, but maintains a malty base. Flavor is bold and has a big malt front that quickly gets pounded over by a huge hop blast. Very earthy and sticky hop character, quite yummy. The caramel malt is well masked by a big blast of piney hops, and a very pleasant bitterness lingers for minutes. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but has a good resolution. A solid brew overall, not bad for $5 a bomber.

Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a newly added bottle @beaumontmarket here in NE Portland...

- Nice deep orange color with fluffy creamy head which is off-white.. clear and looks yummy!

- Fresh hop scent.. very floral, fresh pine... and balanced with alight caramel malting.. smells very refreshing.. and out at just the right time.

- Very well balanced with a light caramel malt profile... and spicy good fresh hops... a nice zing to the southern hop... as well as faint citrus, and more pine. Reminds me of my first macro (not in a bad way). When beer tasted so good to me at a young age.. but later tasted like crap. This reminds me of the best flavors in a brew.

- Slightly dry/bitter afterbite... but overall very nice.

- Super drinkable... bit on the bubbly side.. but given it's style, I would expect that. Overall a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Not disappointed.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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