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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: 2,750
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 63
Gots: 104 | 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 mikedashg


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

09-19-2009 22:05:03 | More by mikedashg
Photo of josiahschlender


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

05-23-2008 17:27:43 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of scottoale


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

05-25-2008 18:05:27 | More by scottoale
Photo of Fluke828


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

05-24-2011 23:09:07 | More by Fluke828
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

1 pint 8 fl oz. bottle, with a freshness code printed on the side. Vintage 2013. I bought this on a recent trip to Iowa from Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids. I've never seen this beer available in my area in Illinois. Super stoked to have landed this bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under three fingers of creamy fluffy tan / khaki colored head. Body is a bright burnt sienna orange color. Lots of very very very fine sediment floating around the glass. Thin delicate rings of lacing. Beautiful.

S - Smell is of fresh earthy leafy New Zealand hop goodness. Some pine, some floral, some herbal, grapefruit, peach, blood orange, earthiness, wood, and a strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste follows the nose: creamy caramel malts, lots of fresh earthy pine hops, grapefruit, blood orange, lemongrass. Not an overwhelming hop bomb; nicely balanced hops & malts.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, medium full bodied, with some bitter citric grapefruit hop resins lingering on the palate alongside some dry caramel breadiness.

Overall, it definitely exceeded my expectations. This might be one of the best beers I've had from Sierra Nevada yet. Smooth, creamy, nice carbonation, huge hop flavor, and remarkably well-balanced. Definitely recommended for IPA enthusiasts.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale ---4/5.

08-26-2013 00:01:10 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

2012 bottling. Bought it 2 days ago and have stored it in the fridge ever since. Poured from a large bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a hazy orange-apricot color with a mammoth frothy head that has some really good retention. Getting lots of piny, floral, and citrus notes on the nose.

Medium body and slick mouthfeel. The taste is much sweeter and the hops far less assertive than I anticipated. There are sweet flavors of toast and marmalade on the front of the tongue. The hops come in quickly and spice things up nicely to keep it from getting cloying. Flavors of grapefruit come in around mid-palate. It's pretty well-balanced and the sweetness never does die out completely. The finish is fairly dry and some nice flowery, citrus-like bitterness lingers, along with a little fruity sweetness.

Overall, an excellent beer, but not one I will buy again. By no means do I think this is a bad beer, but I have tried enough IPAs to realize that my personal preference is for those with very little detectable sweetness. I will have to try the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. From what I've read, I think that one will suit my palate a bit better. Still, this one was a nice beer and by no means a disappointment.

10-15-2012 23:47:11 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

This beer pours a brown color with a huge cream colored head. The aroma is fresh and piney with a definite degree of malt noticeable - the sweetness gives it a nice balance. This initial sip is all hops. It is bitter and again, the evergreen/pine flavor is noticeable. The finish is bitter as well. The mouthfeel is thin to medium, and seems to work well. Overall, this is a very good hoppy beer. One that I think would best be served FRESH!

09-27-2008 18:41:44 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle earthy, yet spicy hop.

The taste featured an herbal, spicy hop and a soft grainy malt. Good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a unique APA. Very spicy and herbal.

05-31-2008 04:20:11 | More by plaid75
Photo of dstc


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours a cloudy, golden brown color. Light tan head falls to a minimal one with thin lacing.

Mild hop nose with mild malts present.

Pleasantly sweet but the hops make themselves known. Slight citrus taste maybe? Ends with a mild lingering bitterness.

Rather full in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Goes down rather easy, pleasant. Not a bad drinking beer, would have again.

09-22-2009 16:31:48 | More by dstc
Photo of oline73


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. We opened this during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head. There is a pretty good amount of head that sticks around throughout the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fresh citrus peel hops. The citrus notes remind me of tangerine.

Taste: Bitter hops with notes of citrus peel and grass. There is a good amount of sweet malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is bitter from the hops and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fresh hops in this beer have a very nice flavor. The hops and malt balance each other well, but the hops are the star. I would definitely have another.

01-03-2012 02:52:57 | More by oline73
Photo of mullenite


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

2009 Bottling.

Pours a nice amber color with a two finger frothy white head that lingeres around and leaves a nice thick cap on the beer. Excellent looking lacing down the glass.

Smell is fresh hops, very citrusy/fruity aroma with pineapples, red apples, orange/tangerine and grapefruit. There is some lingering pine/grassy scents in the background but it is primarily the fruitier aroma hops.

Taste has a nice biscuit malt background with light fruit flavors up front giving way to more of a piney/resinous bitterness through the back of the tongue. Strong hop flavor from the middle back, with the fresh hop bitterness appearing very near the end.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, very similar to the US version which is just slightly thicker than SNPA. Easy to drink on this hot, humid, southern day.

09-21-2009 21:57:58 | More by mullenite
Photo of IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

2008 release from bomber into oversized Red Oak mug...

Pours up a luscious, dulce de leche-colored 2-finger head that commences solid lacing quickly but has no staying power. Rich, copper/apple cider-colored body...lightly cloudy with significant, fast-moving carbonation.

Scent is mild, caramel apple malt - quite viscous with strong but surprisingly distant floral hops...not as pronounced as expected but very good nonetheless.

On the taste buds the hops emerge with solid grapefruit characteristics - austere, bitter rind...mice! Malt is more of a backbone than significant taste presence. A bit on the tight side but good.

This one is, as mentioned, quite tight on the palate. Lots of grapefruit hop pucker here. Malt provides a woody foundation but that's really it...the fresh hops are the nuclear option in this one.

Quite enjoyable with a bit of warmth. Tighter than expected but solid nonetheless.

09-25-2008 10:46:13 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Drank on the porch with my ladyfriend.

Clear amber. A large white foamy head erupts from an easy pour. Hearty foam retention plasters lace rings like my glass is wearing a striped shirt.

Raw hop aroma like a freshly dry hopped homebrew. Grapefruit and soft pine with light Juicy Fruit. Pancake mix malt. Raw continues in the taste. Sharp bitter, tree sap hop resin, little Juicy Fruit hints. Spicy, sweet cracker malt.

Nothing outstanding but completely flawless just the same.

05-18-2010 23:15:43 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

2009 (2nd Release)

A: Dark orange/red in appearance with a nice noticeable white head and some killer lacing. Looks fantastic!

S: Mild hop presence in the floral, more malt showing than the hop. Grain, honey, lemon in the aromatics department.

T: Well balanced overall between the hops and malt, with the malt gaining the upper edge in the back. Very crisp and clean throughout the complete sipping display.

M: Not quite making medium in body, still a little thin around the edges. Nice carbonation factor, ABV is just right on, just a tad of stickiness that lingers on the palate after consumption making the experiences very pleasing.

D: Great APA all the way! Would recommend to those who are fans of the style along with the IPA lovers too. Above average in all aspects...

07-07-2009 00:09:01 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of JMad


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

I drank this from a tall pub glass...

The beer is a cloudy copper color with orange-redd hues and a foamy, creamy tan head that left lots of lacing. Smells of cedar, pine and spicy hops with some caramel malt underneath. Bitter and spicy, piney and peppery hops followed by some smooth fruity/ bready flavors and a long bitter finish. Feels rich and thick, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Another wonderful harvest ale from SN, this is an awesome beer.

06-26-2011 00:09:44 | More by JMad
Photo of kralmatej


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Amber/red/gold color; active carbonation; creamy, thick head; excellent head retention; a little cloudy.

Hoppy, crisp, citrusy, smells heavy/thick; dry smell.

M: Bitter and dry, a little bready. Nice summer beer. Extremely hoppy and bitter, but nice. ..ultimately leaves a little something to be desired, lacks complexity, depth of flavor.

07-04-2011 20:02:23 | More by kralmatej
Photo of SirDrinxAlot


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours clear copper/amber with a big 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaves a sudsy lace.

Smells of pine, maple, malts, and spice.

Taste is pine and maple with a light spice/citrus and a good bitter kick. Medium bodied throughout and good drinkability. I enjoyed this one. Will probably grab a couple more.

06-20-2009 00:09:11 | More by SirDrinxAlot
Photo of chadu


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.


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

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

05-17-2009 23:42:54 | More by portia99
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,750 ratings.