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: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
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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 GeezLynn
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 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 Sam21
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a transluscent brownish red with a very thick slightly off white head. Looks like very clumpy sea foam. Recedes very slowly leaving gorgeous chunks of lace.

Smell - Big citrus fruits in the forefront. Some spice. Sweet bready malts are very present and add a great balance. Subtle alcohol hidden in the fruitiness.

Taste - The citrus fruits are there right from the start, but there is something very interesting about this beer. There is an interesting mix of spices that compliments the citrus. The malts in this beer add a lightly bready/sugary sweetness to the hops that really gives this beer a unique flavor profile. Raw hoppy finish with some light heat.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied beer with a slightly chewy consistency. Creamy carbonation. Feels a little thick.

Drinkability - This is an interesting beer. The fresh hops add a unique characteristic to this beer. Lots of fresh citrus bite as well as spicy zip in the hop department. Sweet and bready malts add a great balance. It's not something I would want to drink regularly, but I'm glad that I tried it. Fairly good drinkability, although one bottle was plenty.

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 Lambstrong
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper color with a thick white head. Very good head retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Slight hop aroma. You really have to get your nose in there to get it. I was expecting more from this beer due to its billing.

Taste: Beautiful balance of hops. Nice and bitter. The bitterness starts at the front of your tongue and moves its way back. There is a lingering hoppiness in the aftertaste. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Definitely high in the carbonation. Somewhat medium in heaviness.

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 deruiz10
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 2010 release, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Nice coppery amber appearance with a 2-finger white head. A slight hazy quality to the beer, it glows nicely. Head retains moderately well, leaves some lacing.

S - Citrus hops with some pine and semi-sweet malt, a nice odor but not as fragrant as I expected.

T - Hops dominate with a spicy pine presence, but are not so strong as to overwhelm the palate. Finishes with a burst of slightly toasty and sweet malt which quickly fades, though the earthy, slightly spicy hop notes linger on the palate for a long while.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, feels like little hop bubbles are popping in my mouth. Substantial yet lively.

D - Pretty well-balanced, exactly what I'd expect from the makers of one of the favorite pale ales in the country. Interesting flavor and a smooth drink.

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

Pint from the Sierra Nevada brewery for $4.25, consumed 8/12/08, reviewed from notes

A-Golden orange color with some amber highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head, decent retention, lacing at the beginning
S-Hoppiness, floral, pine, and tons of citrus, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, the whole array, some bready malt, and hay
T-There was a lot more lemons and oranges than I expected, hops came second to the citrus in this puppy, even though they were fresh and full of grapefruit, the other tastes overshadowed them, still a nice bitterness in the finish with some pine and flowers, more sticky than usual, balanced more towards hops than malt obviously
M-Citrusy, dry, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium body, perfect level of carbonation, taste could have lingered longer for being a fresh hop beer
D-Goes down pretty easily, light on the stomach, ABV is below seven percent, would make a decent session beer, fresh hops might tiresome after two or three of these though

I kept meaning to pick up a bottle of this and never got around to it, interesting that they brought hops all the way from New Zealand for this one, would drink again, recommended

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

Poured into my brand new Torpedo glass with hop cone etched into the bottom, the beer is as beautiful as Northern Hemisphere. Great big root beer float head, staying and sticking with big pockets throughout, over an amber-orange body. The smell is earthy, spicy hops with a light mingling of citrus hop aroma. As the brew warms, caramel and pale malts weave through.

The taste carries that that same earthy hop variety, with piney resinous oils sticking to the tongue and a tobacco-like essence stinging the tongue. The malts come to play with a rise in temperature. A very smooth drinking beer, I wish there were parts of the world where more autumns can be found.

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 macster
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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 dmgeng
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try #2 in Sierra Nevada's special "Harvest" Series. This is the Fresh Hop IPA made with southern hemisphere hops (2014 version). A pretty cheap bomber ($5)

A - Beautiful copper color that is vibrant and beckoning. Large off-white head with light lacing. Slightly cloudy but just makes the color brighter and is to be expected from a dry hopped IPA.

S - Bold hop nose with a tropical fruit freshness and floral tones. There are also some grassy, herbal, and citrus tones but mostly the tropical (almost pineapple) smell. Not really any pine and only a slight hint of malt/caramel from the grain bill.

T - Has all the hops from the smell with plenty of the typical New Zealand hops character which I enjoy. It's a nice change from your typical full citrus and pine NW IPAs. Light complimenting grain/caramel flavor but the fresh hops are heavy through out. Nice moderate bitter finish that helps to clean the palate. A good showcase for the uncommon hops.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Has some bitterness but trys to finish clean giving it some balance even though it is hop forward. Higher carbonation giving a moderate beer a lighter feel.

Overall, a great change of pace from your typical West Coast IPA. I did enjoy this IPA but isn't the best IPA I've ever had and probably shouldn't be dedicated to their lineup but I'll try one next year and see how this years hop harvest has turned out. It's great if you don't know what the New Zealand hop character brings to the table and I'd recommend it just for that reason.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of daledeee
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice 24 ounce bottle.

It poured a wonderful dark ruddy brown but clear. Head is thick and lacing is great. Head is off whitel

Nose is very spicy and some pine as well.

Taste is pine with grapefruit but there is a good body with malt under tones. Finish is good citrus rind overload. This is not all hops, the balance is there. This is the way I like it.

Mouth feel is well carbonated and not over the top. The beer is really enjoyable for me. I am impressed with Sierra Nevada. A "large" brewery with great quality.

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

Grabbed this one in PVD. Side note- I love Sierra for their big bottles and cheap prices. $4 for a 24oz bottle! Yes!

A- Deep, dark, rust colored, a fluffy, cloud-like head that laces and lasts.

S- ...Fresh hops. A bit sweet, a bit floral. Mild malt sweetness, I think. Very mild.

T- Unlike the nose, the taste is pretty powerful for an APA. Very hoppy, pine and citrus hops dominate. Not too overbearing, and counteracted by a nice, sweet malt bill that rounds out the package very well.

M- Divine. Very tasty, very crisp, very full-bodied for an APA... an expertly-crafted brew.

D- High. Gimme more! Glad I got this bottle, your mileage may vary, but I love it.

Photo of UBrew1984
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of 2late2brew
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy pour down the middle trying to stir aromatics which are sadly lacking for style, of course never tried New Zealand hops before. Orange amber with cloudy activity, yeast or hops. Medium body, excellent carbonation. Fresh hops have a whole other flavorless bite & smooth. Sure some serious time & energy went into brewing this series which begs further exploration.

Photo of BierJager89
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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 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 Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbling apricot and peach colors with chunks of orange floating about. The head put forth a orange stained white blob of foam with crusty bubbles. The head peeled away slowly and splattered wonky lacing about. This color has some character, I don't know what it is but I like it

S: the nose was not as I was expecting. It wallows in hop citrus notes with a dry earthy spiciness. I also gather faint whiffs of caramelized pale malts. Things seem rather laid back but it is still a treat for the nose

T: big floral citrus flavor with complementary toasted malts make for a darn good APA. Most notably, the toasted malts splashed with caramel act as a jump rope and the hops are left to jump freely. The hops are of lemons, grapefruit, sprinkled with pepper and with squeezes of orange rinds. This thing hits like a good IPA

M: body is mild and refreshing. The carbonation is spot on for the style and melds with the flavors to make a brisk brew

D: very drinkable and yet another solid Sierra Nevada beer

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