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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: 2,812
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 69
Gots: 118 | 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 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!

dc_cupcake, May 27, 2013
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

Floydster, Aug 29, 2008
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.

wcintula, Aug 04, 2011
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.

Tucquan, May 12, 2012
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.

macster, Jun 14, 2008
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

dmgeng, Jul 02, 2014
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.

daledeee, May 22, 2011
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.

BeerNinja007, Jun 19, 2009
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.

ShogoKawada, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of UBrew1984
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

UBrew1984, Sep 30, 2014
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.

2late2brew, Jun 27, 2014
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.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
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.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2009
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

Billolick, Jun 24, 2009
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

Magpie14, May 27, 2009
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle "packaged" on 4/24/14... I found this at World Market of all places.

A- Amber in color, almost to degree of a double IPA, but maybe a shade lighter. Lots of tiny bubbles racing from the bottom to the top. Head is tall and very, very light tan. Almost looks like the head on a root beer float.
S - I was expecting to get punched in the nose by hops, but I don't get much smell from this one... maybe my nose is off.
T- I DID get punched in the taste buds by this one. Hops and hops up front with a nice bite, changing to citrus, back to piney hops on the end. Smooth drinking, but fills your mouth with flavor.
M- Smooth and slightly full in the mouth. Carbination is perfect.
O- Good example of an IPA. Smooth drinking, great hops flavor that keeps you anticipating the next sip.

PBRmeasap1980, May 28, 2014
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.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle (2011) into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a massive, quickly growing 3-finger cream-colored head that slowly diminishes to a thick and clumpy dusting. The body is a clear peach copper color with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising toward the surface. Thick lacing adheres to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Sticky, resinous pine attacks your nose like a mesh bag of Christmas tree pine needles being rubbed against your face. A lemony citrus hop aroma follows close behind. A toasted maltiness is also detected in the background.

Grassy, citrusy, and piny all at once. The hops flavors combine beautifully and do not allow any one to dominate. A slight maltiness comes through once the initial hops flavors wear off and is accompanied by an earthy, spicy hop bitterness. After, a strong pine bitterness creeps onto the back of the tongue and settles in like an oppossum on warm pavement on a cool summer night.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this is one easy drinking brew. Unfortunately, the complexity of the flavors decreases the drinkability, but not because of the mouthfeel.

output01x, May 21, 2011
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.

Tripphop, May 21, 2011
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.

Docer, May 28, 2009
Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours a clear orange-amber with a large off-white head that coats the glass with sticky rings as it falls. Big sheets of lace and a persistent bubbly cap. Gentle, peppery, noble-like hop aroma. Leaves, grass, lemon, pine needles, earth, and sweetness. Hoppy flavor, herbal and peppery throughout, hints of apricot, finishing with a solid leafy bitterness and sweet grain. Quite different from most American-made hoppy ales...not so much citrus and resin. Solid medium body, solid bitterness, and solid carbonation. Very nice all around...a different kind of hop bomb. Now that I think about it, it's pretty similar to their pale ale, only bigger.

wedge, May 18, 2008
Photo of mikedashg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Immediately the bubbles swarm into a tornado into the glass and reveal a warm light copper amber yellow beer that's very much transparent and produced a rocky mostly white (a little tan) head that stays around FOREVER, wow, really amazing head retention and overall great appearance. A little too orange in color though.

S - Not too strong here, but the definitely fresh hop forward in the smell. Pine, citrus, a little floral

T - Also hop forward, grapefruit rind for sure, a little piney, some citrus, a little more on the floral side. Sweet Carmel malt on the finish.

M - Very fresh and Crisp, Moderate carbonation moderate body.

D - Very easy drinker. I could almost session this one, the big bottle went down easy. Not quite as hoppy as I would hope for a fresh hop (although it IS hoppy, especially when it warms up), but I'm guessing since this is the first ever beer that's been brewed on site with their own hops and malt, they couldn't load it up with the ingredients. The price of the bottle also reflects this. I understand what they're doing here, and I'm glad they did it. It's the wine of beer as far as ingredients to go. Way to go SN! Very bold idea.

mikedashg, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of josiahschlender
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color pour on tap from Henry's in Portland. It has a big long-lasting, fluffy white head that leaves a bunch of lacing.

Nicely hoppy aromas. This could pass for a West coast IPA. Less on the citrus side and more on the pine, grassy and spicy side for the hops. Also noticed semi-sweet bready malts. Very fresh smelling.

Nicely balanced taste, reminding me some of the regular SNPA. Bready malts are substantial, while being well balanced by lots and lots of hops. This is a pretty formidable pale ale. The feel slick and smooth. Maybe not as crisp as I typically look for in a pale.

Overall, a very tasty pint. I'm not sure what the bottles cost, but if they're a high premium over the regular SNPA, I'd try one of these just to see what you think, but stick with the excellent original.

josiahschlender, May 23, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 fl.oz. fat brown bomber poured into a large chalice...deep amber-copper with 1/4" of ivory foam cap. The head settles to a film and leaves some nice sticky lace, clinging after each sip.

Hoppy citrus notes upfront, some piney or spruce, and a little malty sweetness bringing up the rear. The nose is milder than I was expecting...not to worry though, I was thinking hop bomb (DIPA) for some strange reason.

Complex hop characture flavor starts sweet with citus and malt. The malt is caramel in flavor, infused with grapefruit, tangerine, mango and spruce in a near perfect balance. Bitter-sweet fruit in the finish, great flavor.

Good bit of body, moderate ABV, nice carbonation all add up to a highly drinkable and enjoyable ale that is some what unique. Will definitely enjoy this one in the future.

scottoale, May 25, 2008
Photo of Fluke828
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Duvel Green Tulip
Bottle Julian Dated -> 112th Day of 2011 = April 22, fffreshies!

A-> Pours a nice reddish copper color with a beefy 3 finger head that takes awhile to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.

S-> Pretty hoppy in the nose with some pine hop resin mixed with sweet and toasty malts and a faint bit of lemony citrus hop aromas.

T-> Wow, this is a really balanced beer. Took me a bit by surprise considering what I got in the nose. Nice hop and pine bitterness that hits first and was kind of overpowering initially but gave way to a nice, complex, sweet and biscuity malt profile that complemented the hops magnificently. Really impressive. A floral and herbal flavor came out once it had warmed up significant;y that was downright pleasant.

M-> This beer was not effing around with carbonation. Even the gentlest of pours and refills into my tulip yeilded massive and pictureesque heads. Crisp, more on the full side body-wise for the style but medium in the grand spectrum.

O-> Glad I got to try this fresh this year. Really enjoyable and only more so as it warmed up. Enjoyed this on a freakishly warm day here in Boston and the flavors were even more pronounced in this brew after my tulip had stopped "sweating" even...take that for what it's worth and give this one a go...Cheers!

Fluke828, May 25, 2011
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,812 ratings.