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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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2,707 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 92 | 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 chadu


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small amount of head and an orange slightly hazy appearance. A slight lacing on the glass as it was drank.

A mild hop nose with a nice malt sweetness in the glass.

A malty beginning with a tad of butterscotch and a great floral bitter finish.

The beer is hazy enough that it hides it's carbonation. You can feel the life in the mouth though and it's a pleasant surprise.

This is a tasty beer, but at 6.7%, drinking anymore than the 24oz in the bottle might be a bit much. Quite nice. At about $3.50-$4 for the 24oz, this is priced right. Very affordable special release from Sierra Nevada.


Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:48:23 | More by chadu
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even a slow pour into my Duvel tulip builds a huge fluffy cream-colored head atop the reddish amber body. Excellent retention, plentiful sticky lacing.

Smells bready, but not very sweet. Seems to have many layers of hoppiness- citrusy, earthy, leafy, fruity, spicy- and indeed it does. A shock of bitterness up front gives way to apple sweetness and spices both sweet and savory. White pepper and nutmeg are particular noteworthy. Citrus and earth. Thickish for an IPA yet somewhat light on the tongue as well; plenty bready, but with a certain toastiness in the finish.

Overall impression: A very "busy" beer, but it works just fine. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:40:40 | More by PDXHops
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an exceptionally clear amber/copper color with plenty of off-white frothy head. Phenomenal lacing and head retention.

S- Plenty of hops but also posesses a strong, malty backbone to it. Seems well balanced for a Pale Ale.

T- Both piney and citrusy hops are tasted here along with some sweet malts. Finishes off bitter.

M- Plenty smooth with good amounts of carbonation. Light-medium body.

D- Definitely drinkable, the 24 oz. bottle was split between two of us but I could have easily drank the entire bottle myself. Definite recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 13:44:38 | More by kbeals
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 22:07:31 | More by Gavage
Photo of flexabull


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the concept behind this one. Hopefully this unique beer will live up to Sierra Nevada's high standards... I have a sneaking suspicion it will.

Pours a bright clear dark gold color with with a nice full white head.

Aromas are fresh hop citrus like. Mostly I smell oranges, some earthiness, pine, and some floral and spicy notes.

Taste is very clean and crisp. Some fairly strong malt flavors, hard candies, sweet creaminess, and a brewed tea like note as well. Hops are not overpowering, but still provide a nice balance to the malts. Mostly a sharp bitter, floral, spicy, and mineral like bite. Finish is very crisp and sharp, it leaves a bitter hop taste lingering in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a snappy feel to it, nice carbonation, and an overall full feeling.

Drinkability is good. This harvest ale to me falls more into the pale ale realm, while the fall harvest ale seems much more american IPA like. This is a nice unique easy drinking brew. Not a great beer, but a very good one that is well worth trying. I would have no problem drinking this one again. All in all... it's just a tasty beer that won't blow you away, or bog you down with huge bitterness or high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 18:44:22 | More by flexabull
Photo of Morey


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass this fine copper colored ale produced a nice frothy white head that is proving to have some impressive sticking properties.

Smell is a nice blend of fresh hops with some whiffs of oak and/or wood aged aromas.

Hops are noticable up front, but they aren't overpowering. Thus, allowing for some of the earthy, and malty flavors to make themselves known as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticks to the palate nicely.

I'll have no problem finishing this bomber that's for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: Reminds me of other earthy beers such as Titan Ipa, and Oak Aged Unearthly.
If you're a fan of hoppy beers with earthy tones, this one comes highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 23:04:55 | More by Morey
Photo of aorloski


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep dark rust color, hop haze, huge carbonation almost like champagne, looks amazing. 2 fingers of head, soapy and creamy off white

Smell - Sweet tropical fruits, nice solid malt backbone, dry breadiness that is very refreshing. Very sweet citrus, oranges, lemon zest, pineapple probably from the Nelson Sauvin hops, very floral.

Taste - Refreshing, incredibly clean and bright, Sweet and dry and cleans the palate begging for you to drink more. Lots of hop bitterness, taste and aroma seem very different. Bready and malty and ends dry. Floral nose, bitter taste in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Thin, carbonated as expected.

Overall - I love when this stuff comes out, it is incredibly refreshing, such a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 21:16:08 | More by aorloski
Photo of portia99


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. 2009 release.

A - pours a briliantly clear, bright orange copper color with a 1 inch off white head. Head lingers in the glass, eventually leaving nice lacing down the glass.

S - Spicy, floral hops...really nice.

T - Mainly spicy/earthy hops - some citrus and pine flavors come thru as well. Definitely balanced on the hop side, but there is enough malty sweetness to even things out just enough.

M - Full mouthfeel. Thick and chewy - again, really nice.

D - Really hop forward - bitterness is slightly harsh compared to some of the best pale ales and IPA's out there. Not as drinkable as some others, but still leaves you wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 23:42:54 | More by portia99
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2009 edition, a stubby 24 oz. bomber.

Appearance is cloudy, illuminated orange. Massive soapy head. Clear with tiny bubbles. Looks like everything you'd want in the look of an IPA. Thick gobs of snowy lace.

The aroma is a citrusy resin hop. Perfumey and a little grassy; complex hop character. Malts are obscured, but an earthy malt appears.

The taste is hops that run the gamut from bitter to flowery, perfumey adn then a hint of citrus. Very nice and pretty refreshing.

The feel is milky and dense. Has the feel of a creamy Imperial IPA. It's a damn solid IPA. Nice-bodied and easy to slug down. No burn and very little bite.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 00:47:31 | More by williamherbert
Photo of garymuchow


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feared I was getting to this beer a little in the season, but fear not, this turned out to be just fine, although a fresh one sure would appeal to me. Great bottle.
Surprisingly subdued hop aroma with as much malt character as hops (especially for style). A tad spicy with some solvent character too, grain, and grassiness. Pellet like hop aroma.
Big full white fluffy head that settles in its own good time. Golden to a tad darker and appropriately clear enough for style.
Nice flavors all around. Interesting and unique. Malt flavors are different too. There seems to be a bit of a metallic flavor. Hops have a nice spiciness. New flavor, to me, for the hop bitterness, which hold a lot of "tang". Large variety of flavors, allowing each drink to be an adventure (I like that). Sweet fruit (including orange) up front.
Feel is good. Balanced. Moderate. Nicely carbonated.
This beer goes down easily. So many new and interesting flavors with each drink. I'll look for it earlier next year and drink it fresher, if I can.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:30:46 | More by garymuchow
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 8 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 2011 vintage (bottled on day 112 - April 22?)

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a thick cream colored head. Bready and substantial. Body is a bright amber.

Smell: Fresh citrus and piney aroma. Not overpowering, however, smell is somewhat muted.

Taste: Drinking almost at room temperature. Not the same hop kick as fresh Celebration Ale. Slightly spicy citrus flavor. Are New Zealand hops more muted than North American hop varieties?

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a slight carbonation bite. Almost a bready aftertaste. SN always does a good job of masking the alcohol as well.

Overall: Definitely an interesting IPA which I am glad a tried. An easy drinker for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:18:52 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of david131


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A slightly cloudy orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a very thick and creamy bone white head. Leaves some amazing lacing. What an amazing looking APA.

S- Some citrusy hops, some caramel, assorted fruit, and a distinct Sierra Nevada aspect. A little earthy as well.

T- Same as the aroma, but definitely more potent. There is a little nutty aspect to it as well.

M- About right for the style. The carbonation is great. A bit drying.

D- This is a unique beer for sure. Very enjoyable. Almost a little rich though.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 03:13:52 | More by david131
Photo of JamisonM


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper or amber color nice color here iwth a off white head that has great retention and good lace. the bottle really is choice I must say that the artwork on this label is very cool.

S: pine and a bit of floral notes but smell is just ok

T: pine hops with malts its balanced. crisp and clean easy to drink. honestly for taste this is a bit of a bummer because the other beers in this series have been off the hook. I wont go lower then 4.0 though because the idea for this beer is so damn great and hope 2011 is better!

M: mouth is good with nice carbonation and a med body

D: refreshing beer that makes you want another drink

overall: wow what an idea for a beer its so cool that Sierra Nevada continues to innovate I am going to say the idea is better then the beer in 2010 but maybe 2011 will be off the hook, I will try it for sure!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 01:27:19 | More by JamisonM
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red-copper color with good clarity. The head has a slight tan color with two fingers and a light, whipped consistency with great lacing.

The aroma is hoppy, but could use more pop to it. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness that reminds me of fruity pebbles. This unique aspect saves the aroma from the next lowest score. The rest of the aroma contains some earthy, hay like hop character.

The flavor is lightly malty with a solid toasty sweetness up front and a high amount of bitterness in the back. There is also an impressive amount of fruitiness I don't usually attribute to SN's hoppy beers.

The mouthfeel is light bodied despite the levelof sweetness. The finish is dry, with an average amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:42:15 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of cpetrone84


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Fathead's

A-pours a slightly hazed deep golden amber liquid with a billowing creamy off white head.

S-the nose has some caramel malts and toasted grains up front, a little bready, pine and citrusy hops take over, nice notes of orange peel.

T-again caramel malts, toasted grains, slighlty bready. piney hops, a good bit of citrus orange peels and a light lingering hop bitterness.

M-smooth on the palate with a medium to light body, grainy on the back of the tongue with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-well balanced, good malt profile with a great hop presence. hops are the showcase but the malt profile makes itself pronounced with an inviting lingering hop bitterness at the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 00:53:13 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of briman


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden amber color, with a slight haze, and a huge fluffy head that lasts forever leaving thick trails of lace down the glass.

Mild hop aroma consisting of citrus, floral, and pine elements, accompanied by some light toasted malt in back.

Moderate citrus hop flavor that is mostly grapefruit, with an earthy character backed up by mild toasted malt. Hop bitterness is moderate, and lingers well into the finish.

Medium body, with moderate to high carbonation. Overall a refreshing fresh hop ale, displaying all the expected characteristics. The aroma is invinting and has a nice complexity but seems a little mild for the style, so even though it has all the right elements, it's lacking some punch. Otherwise, a great example with a drinkability that makes it hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 01:33:27 | More by briman
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy iced-tea orange amber. Two fingers of off-white head sink to swirly froth. Tapestries of lacing dangle from the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, malt is lightly toasted and mildly sweet with berry, caramel, and even some distant peach. The hops are spicy and citrus, but both in a rather general way.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet but subdued, with the anticipated caramel and berry fruit, but also with a note of tree fruit that escapes definite identification. The hops, though, are more distinct here, with citrus, a sprinkle of evergreen, and crisp grapefruit dryness. Malt lays a residual note of baked biscuit. The finish is a slow-building bitterness that lingers with crisp remnants. It has an enticing balance.

Between light and medium bodied, it flows with a soft slickness and glows a bit as well.

I've never had a fresh-hopped beer with hops so rounded, un-raw, and un-green, and it's a refreshing departure. No knock on the others, many of which I enjoy greatly, but the hops are multi-dimensional and mellow, and the ensuing balance is nicely enjoyable. It flows easy and drinks with a satisfying nature. It may not be a classic, but it's certainly fun while it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 16:35:37 | More by Foxman
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 24oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC.

A copper colored ale with great clarity and a moderate beige head. The aroma is full of citrusy and grassy hops with a touch of lemon. The flavor is dominated by a citrusy bitterness from start to finish. While the hops run the show, the malts contribute a hint of caramel and biscuits. It's a bit thin in consistency with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles. The glass is well coated with lacing once the glass is empty.

As usual, this year's harvest ale is a solid SN offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 19:44:05 | More by GJ40
Photo of bargerking


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review so here goes: Pours a pretty golden almost copper like hue. Nice foamy head. Smells floral with citrus. I could taste caramel hints mainly dominated by the floral/citrus charachters though. Lacing is evident. Smooth to swallow. Finish is a bit resiny with a almost woody aftertaste but enjoyable. The drink seems to mellow out and balances out as it warms up. This brew seemed stronger than what I anticapated but is a joy to drink. This beer reminds me alot of the 90 minute IPA I drank awhile back...

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 03:27:11 | More by bargerking
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a decent creme head. Leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Flavor is bitter in the hoppy way you'd expect. It's pretty earthy overall and a minor salt edge is there as well. Pine character is here too and I felt it showed up as the beer warmed. Carbonation bites and the liquid is typical. A nice APA. Not sure exactly why we need a year round version of this style, but that's American for you. Who cares if we need it. We can do it, so let's just do it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 00:52:44 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of JoePat


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


This beer pours a nice amber color with a nice thick kaki head.
Smells of mostly a caramel like malt with some light earthy hops.
The flavor focuses more on the bittering aspect of the hops but there is a nice sweet caramel malt back bone to balance it out. The hop flavor is really muted but that is expected in a wet hop pale. Some fruity esters are mix with the malt sweetness making the flavor quite enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and just kind of rolls off the tongue.
Very drinkable and over a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 23:50:08 | More by JoePat
Photo of AgentMunky


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 liter swing-top growler into a cervoise glass. Filled today at Whole Foods. From notes. Reviewed 1 July 2011.

A: Lots of nice white head (~3 fingers) that quickly drops to a steady finger. Good lacing. A clear amber beer, ambrosially beautiful, gleaming in the light. Slight effervescence.

S: Not great. Beery. Some malt and just a touch of hops.

T: Pretty great. These New Zealand hops remind me of the only other NZ hop I've had -- Nelson Sauvin. They provide a tropical passionfruit-mango fruitiness, but with an almost piny bitter streak. The main body is characterised by these hardy hops, with supporting-sweet malt. The endtaste is slightly hoppy, but smooth.

M: Malty-smooth. Substantial-sweet. I like it.

O: Good beer, great beer even. Superlative hop profile, and excellently balanced. Sure to find wide appeal, even among non-hop lovers. High drinkability. Good overall. Recommended. Will have again.

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

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 18:51:47 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at BlueMax in Minneapolis for $4.99

A: nice light brown color, great rocky off-white head when first poured
S: strong fresh hop nose, earthy, some medicinal undertones
T: good balance between malt and hops, actually had a good malt backbone which is refreshing than a lot of other hop bombs that are over the top with hop bitterness and no malt
M: nice, not too much bitterness and well-balanced with malt
D: good and drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:30:55 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of lsummers


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant clear as can be copper orange. Three finger tall white fluffy head. Got to be careful pouring this one.

Smells of lemon, peppery, slightly piney and tropical fruits. There's a sweetness quality from a bready malt backbone. Slightly floral notes.

Taste hits at first with that bite of the hop. Dry and bitter with some of that piney, floral, lemon, and pepper. Highly drinkable even though it's a touch unbalanced. The fact it's slightly harsh with it's hop bite makes this one stand out. There's a sweet malty backbone that mixes well with the sticky piney hop notes. Overall, I've had this before and I know I'll have it again. I try it every year, and I'd suggest to any hop lover out there it's a must try. Although not the hop bomb as other extreme ipa's, this does make up for it in it's fresh hop bite. A hot summer night makes this the perfect beer for the occasion.

I could see having this beer with some thai, spicy wings or pizza. It's kind of like that perfect beer that doesn't get in way of the taste of the food and the food won't get in the way of the beer's taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:59:47 | More by lsummers
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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful reddish amber color, with a thin head with moderate staying power.

S- Has an air of floral hops, with a mild flavor of dark fruit and a nuttiness to it. It comes off as very earthy and airy.

T- The malt flavor is nicely balanced with the woody dry-hop flavor.

M- Has a nice medium body, and a solid mouthfeel.

D- I could definitely see drinking a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:50:45 | More by WillieMoe
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.