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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop AleSierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

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Ratings: 2401
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rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%


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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TKEAnimal

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

A - pours a nice chicago bears orange color with a decent white color head.

S - the hops were balanced not overwhelming. had a sweet floral hop smell to it.

T - the taste was amazing. it is sweet at first but the hops come in to give it some character.

M - this is a mild - medium bodied beer.

D - I went to the store to try another style of beer but an employee at the store convinced me to try this instead. I am sure glad that I listened I am going to buy a few more and let them age for a while to see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 13:34:24 | More by TKEAnimal
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BeerTaster

New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance I love it when my beer has a nice look in fact the only thing better is the taste. This beer pours with a huge pillowy head that lasts to the last sip and has a deep amber appearance.

Smell fresh citrus and floral hop notes very fresh.

Taste same as the smell with a nice malt sweetness. The hops are the main show but this beer has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel a little heaver than most pale ales but very nice

Drinkability looking forward to the 2010 vintage very good beer

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 02:06:25 | More by BeerTaster
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JosiahS

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. One finger, off-white head and a slightly hazy, copper body.

The aroma has an intense and deep resinous from the hops. Very floral, sappy and pungent. There is a little brightness coming through in the form of lemon and grapefruit rind. Allowing the beer to settle from stirring brings forward a bread-like malt aroma in the background.

Taste is very smooth and balanced. The sappy hop characteristic follows throughout the taste along with a nice malt background. The front is very mild and smooth opening up into a pine and citric fruit rind flavor through the middle and towards the end. Bitterness is minimal, no real burnt qualities that some other IPAs have. Finish is soft and quick, leaving a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste as well as an oil-like feel and pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's soft, smooth and only slightly oily. Medium-bodied with low to medium carbonation.

This is a great IPA, very drinkable and the flavors are well rounded making for a smooth, almost velvet-like brew. Definitely recommend giving this one a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 22:58:12 | More by JosiahS
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Kromes

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Update

2011

A: A great, oily crystal clear gold color with a huge off-white colored head. Sticky, sticky lacing down the glass. Awesome!

S: Sweet and floral hop. A little bit of toasted malt.

T: Some caramel malts up front and then a nice floral, candy hop flavor.

M: Oily and medium bodied. Smooth.

O: So good. Not going to say the perfect beer, but wow that is good. I could drink it all day.
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2010
A: A dark amber color with a thick off -white colored head. The beer looks a little thcik as the bubble take a while to reach the surface. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A fresh, crisp grassy hop aroma. There is also a tropical fruit aroma.

T: The hop flavor hits right away. It is mostly grassy with a little bit of pine and some floral qualities. The malt struggles to show through but is detectable in the background. The finish is only slightly bitter and peppery as the malt provides enough sweetness to mellow out the hop bite.

M: It is a bit on the thick and heavy side. Somewhat oily. The finish is peppery.

D: It is a very good pale ale. The flavors are great. Just the heaviness of the beer takes away from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 02:08:17 | More by Kromes
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. An aggressive pour gives this three good fingers of ivory head floating on a hazy pumpkin colored beer. The head stiffens like merengue as it reduces.

Has a citrusy hop aroma, with sweet malt and a hint of aromatic spice. Some pine is present as well.

Takes a bit of work to get past the thick head and to the beer. The beer is crisp, even as it warms, hoppy but not astringent, and has a pleasant bitter ending. Evergreen upfront, sweet in the middle, and bitter in the end. Overall, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. I'd love to find this on tap to compare mouthfeels.

A highly drinkable brew, it is is shame it is only seasonal and not sold in six packs. Would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 00:55:25 | More by TheHoppiest
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EazyR

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada. If it were a greyhound you'd say it was of impeccable pedigree.

a/ 2 finger slightly off white head of good retention, thick, sticky lace, clear bronze body, very tiny specks of sediment suspended within.

s/ Slow aroma, you need to inhale deeply as it takes time to build. Rich in citrusy hops, sweet pineapple buried by pungent grapefruit, spiced with a hint of ginger. I don't mean gingerbread either, but real, fresh ginger.

t/ Big with a long lasting flavour. Hops forward with grapefruit and resinous green pine cones, then becomes surprisingly malty with light caramel and grassy notes in the mid palate which transition to ginger bread and orange with a final peppery dry flourish. Long aftertaste of grapefruit and ginger. As I type this I can still taste the final sip a good half hour later.

m/ Full bodied and creamy the mouthfeel is sublime, although the aftertaste becomes slightly acidic.

d/ Though the more subtle aroma hides it, this is a big beer, an Ale to be savoured over an hour of contemplative sipping. I think if I could try this fresh I would give it 5.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 10:29:40 | More by EazyR
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Crossmd

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Dogfish Head bulb pint. No born date.

Pours a lucid burnt orange, with a massively fluffy 3 finger head that lingers for what feels like ever, settling into a nice clumpy cap. Superb lacing. Gorgeous.

Smells of a citrus hop tinged with a hint of earth or dirt. Subtle, but well projected. Good indicator of things to come.

Taste is a chewy, smooth pine hop that turns into a robust herbal dryness that blends seamlessly into a long, bitter herb finish. Slight effervescence, but smoothness is the aim here, and it achieves. Little bit coating in the mouthfeel, but the herbs try to dry it down nicely.

Overall, a gorgeous, exceptionally tasty brew, probably not for food as it's a little bit too rambunctious for that. But relatively inexpensive, well made, natural tasting, and thoroughly enjoyable.

96.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:31:20 | More by Crossmd
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium to dark orange amber, nice two finger white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. A great presentation. Piney and herbal fresh hop aroma with a hint of malt. Creamy and medium bodied. Nice hops up front with a modicum of malt support. The finish is piney, herbal hops, slight earthiness with a quiet malt base, which presents the hops nicely. I like sweeter malt bodies on IPAs, but this seems nearly perfectly balanced. A very nice IPA. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:59:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.

L - Medium amber color with a 3-finger foamy cream-colored head. Awesome retention and lacing. Crystal clear with a nice amount of bubbles.

S - Awesome hop bouquet with orange, pineapple, peach, mango, and pine notes. Along with all the hops, there’s a nice caramel malt presence, too. Smells more like a DIPA with the insane amount of hops. Perfect aroma for a hop head.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel and bread malt flavors and peach, mango and pineapple hop flavors. Fruity, piney, and spicy hop bitterness starts to creep in and progressively builds towards the finish.

F - Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a chewy mouthfeel, and dry and very bitter finish. Hop spice and bitterness lingers for a great amount of time.

O - This is a terrific IPA. It looks great, has a terrific hoppy aroma and taste, and is very drinkable. I only wish that this came in 12 oz bottles, but really who am I kidding? I’d probably just drink 2 anyway. Hats off to Sierra Nevada on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:18:23 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Farewell_Transmission

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice head after an aggressive pour. Nice color to the beer.

s. Nice light smell, hints of citrus.

t. Nice smooth bitter finish. This beer will go great on a nice hot day. Has a great aftertaste, which is very light.

m. Nice mouth feel.

O. I hope to buy many more bottles of this beer, as it seem readily available, and it has a great price.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:40:50 | More by Farewell_Transmission
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Lupe

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big fluffy head. Serious retention and tons of sticky lace are left behind.

Wonderful hoppy aroma. Not exactly the usual scent of hops, but still has citrus (orange & lemon), tropical fruit, fresh grass and floral notes.

Spicy hops kick things off before fruit sets in. Citrus and pineapple are present and mingle with the sweet caramel malt. Toasted bread and apricot preserves come in before a blast of resiny hop bitterness. Finishes with mildly bitter with a slighlt sweet floral flavor. Incredibly well balanced while providing a juicy hop kick.

Medium bodied and silky smooth with maybe a touch of graininess on the tongue. Highly drinkable and just so enjoyable. I was still looking for more after finishing the 24oz bottle. I'd love to always have a bottle or two around.

I really liked the hop profile in this one. It was like an old school pale ale on steriods. Gotta love the freshness of this beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 19:51:03 | More by Lupe
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice reddish golden color with two fingers of nearly white head. Head has tremendous staying power (no doubt due to the fresh hops) and leaves lacing rings down the sides of my glass.

S - Citrsusy, grapefruity hop aroma. Some grassy smell in there as well.

T - A very nice hoppy ride. Straightforwars with a tiny bit of citrus hop initially. The brew gives way to some earthy hop. The finish and aftertaste are comprised of a ton of earthy hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste.

M - A smooth, slick feel with just the right prickly carbonation.

D - Another winner. A quenching hop bitterness and smooth feel make this one easy to quaff.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:59:51 | More by EStreet20
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PBBC

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange, unfiltered.... looks nice. Head doesnt stay around long.

Smells piney, slightly bitter, very floral, a very full hoppy aroma.

Tastes warm, not overly bitter, the tongue is covered with more hop oil flavor than bitterness. Complex hop flavor.

Overall, extremely drinkable, a joy to drink, even the burbs are enjoyable.

Would pair with seafood.... for some reason salmon sounds the best.

Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 03:25:38 | More by PBBC
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DevilDogBeer

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest poured a deep amber color with a cream colored head. The head thinned into wisps but never completely went away. The smell was excellent with the hops being at the forefront of the aroma and the taste. The brew has a spicy nose with a subtle hint of caramel. The flavor profile is exceptional for an APA. Very hoppy up front with spicy notes and a lingering hop aftertaste that compliments the sweetness on the back of the tongue. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, not watery or thick. This beer is very drinkable if you pace yourself so to not be overcome by its 7% ABV. Overall an excellent offering from Sierra Nevada! To give a con for this brew; I think bottle conditioning it would have added a very nice touch and made the complexity of this beer even more prevalent.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 00:46:41 | More by DevilDogBeer
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BeenJammin

Kansas

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a wonderful light amber color with a luscious foam head. This beer is so complex with so many layers of fresh, citrusy hops that you can't even imagine. Not only was the bitter hop taste great, but I was struck by how well the sweet malts came through. I expected the aroma to be more bold and fresh than it was but there was still enough of a pleasing hop aroma to get my attention. I wish that I had more than one bottle of this brew because it is outstanding.

Served in a pint glass from a 24 oz. bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 22:48:46 | More by BeenJammin
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BBM

New York

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright orangey-amber color into the glass with a thin beige head. Nice lacing as well. Citrusy-sweet aroma mixed in with leafy earthtones.

The hop bite here is fresh as can be, with a real grapefruit and herb vibe. The malty caramel sweetness resides in the background, as to not interfere with the main event. Oily mouthfeel leads to a dry, flowery finish to create a hell of an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 17:32:06 | More by BBM
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

This is the second release of this fine beer from old reliable Sierra Nevada.

Poured from a 24oz. Brown bottle. A beautiful tangerine orange/ dark apricot color. Three fingers worth of white head that is so rich and creamy and fluffy it's almost cloud like. One of the more picture perfect pours in recent memory.

Smell is light and fruity. A bit spicy with some orange. Overall fragrance is fresh and clean.

The flavor is slightly sweet at first and finishes with a nice bitterness that makes this a pretty balanced brew. A little bit of fruit and spicyness round this one out.


The bright spots of this fresh hop ale are the mouthfeel and drinkability. It's so light and creamy yet rich and flavorable at the same time. Easy to drink and almost perfectly balanced.
To me, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Are one of the finest brewers of craft beers around.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 20:32:48 | More by BigMike
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.
6.7%, 2013

A - The beautiful clear bronzed orange-colored beer is topped by a massive, plush off-white cap of foam that plateaus to a lumpy pile of foam, coating the glass with a heavy veil of lace - absolutely perfect looking!

S - The perfumy aroma is pungent, however delicate, with a hop burst both floral and fruity in nature, laced with citrusy pineapple and sweet melon rind trailing off into sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Juicy pineapple chunk and balled honeydew melon give Southern Hemisphere Harvest a tropical fruitiness contrasted by a flutter of elegant floral notes, gently propelled by a breeze of caramel malt sweetness for exceptional balance.

M - Beginning almost creamy, Southern Hemisphere Harvest has a pleasing medium body with a thoughtful level of bitterness putting the perfect cap on this balanced, smooth fresh hop IPA.

O - The gorgeous label of Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest sets the tone of this sophisticated and complex wet-hop IPA, begging for attention through careful consideration. It's fresh hops do the same with undercurrents of sweet caramel dribbled over pineapple and honeydew melon with a bouquet of delicate floral notes throughout. Bitter but balanced, this IPA is appealing across the board - another hoppy Sierra Nevada success!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 00:57:19 | More by BeerFMAndy
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SargeC

Japan

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 edition

Appearance: Deep golden brown colored liquid with a frothy yellow-gold head.

Smell: Thick hop presence with an underlying base of sweet malt. Citrus and pine dominate.

Taste: Good semi-dry hop flavor. Deep complexity from the fresh hops. Provides delicate flavors not evident in other hop heavy brews. Seems to be more about the flavor and less about the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry finish. Interestingly dense yet delicate body.

Drinkablity: Extremely drinkable, tasty and complex with satisfying hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 06:56:53 | More by SargeC
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RJLarse

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I boughrt a 24 oz bottle of Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale at Enoteca. $4.99 Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. Creamy foamy white head, is resilient and breaks down in ridges and valleys. Curtains of lace line the glass.

Smell is a sweet pine scent with some citrus aroma.

Taste is a sweet bready flavor up front with a citrus flavor, grapefruit and orange, with more sweet dough on the finish, and a mild bitter aftertaste. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Slighlty cloying but well carbonated.

Very drinkable if not sessionable. Not an everyday beer but a very drinkable special selection.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 06:24:04 | More by RJLarse
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor, bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year - once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features fresh hops from New Zealand - where fall occurs during our spring. These fresh whole hop cones are picked, dried and shipped to the brewery within days of the harvest."

So the genius minds at Sierra Nevada now take advantage of two harvest seasons, one that is their own, and one that is typically foreign to us. This is great stuff, and pure ingenuity. Great beer minds are at work here, and I have faith in this beer after enjoying both the Estate and the Wet Hop, two other of the four beers in this Harvest Series. The whole idea is the absolute FRESHEST ingredients. Who's going to complain about that? All have been pale ales, and so far all have been great. I'd be interested to see what happens if they bring other beer styles into this wonderful world of freshness.

This is a short but fat 750ml capped bottle coming in at 6.7% abv; pretty much where everything in the Harvest Series lands. I opened the Southern Hemisphere up cool around 8C (45F) and let it slide into a Sierra pint glass. The pour was smooth and very gentle. Only a small rumbling of foam built in the glass, eventually capping the beer with one inch of tightly pack, dense, yet airy soft white head. The beer was glistening in the light showing me a ballet of ruby pinks, rich oak reds, copper, golden browns and soft haze. Really a very nice stature.

The nose was gentle and soft, not really busting at me like I had expected it to. Light touches of sweet caramel, bright pale malts and a smoothly crisp hop sensation just barely tickle your nostrils. An inkling of floral, lightly spicy and herbal hops are there in the back. Even a bit of sweet tropical fruit makes its way in. But certainly not the rush of citrus and pine we have seen before from Sierra's Pale Ales.

This beer will effortlessly calm your palate in a smooth and elegant world of gently sweet malts, and aromatic fresh hops. The sensation here is pretty remarkable. All American Pale Ales should try to mimic this construction; it's just about seamless. Hops come through first showing more citrus than felt on the nose. A combination of zesty lemon and grapefruit blends with hayfields, pepper and spice to crisply refresh and entertain your tongue.

The malts here are definitely wallpaper in a beautifully furnished room. Its not what you are focusing on, but if not done properly if could ruin the whole experience. In such case, the malts are perfect. Soft and elegant, they flow in with light caramel, distinctly clean pale malts and a touch of brown sugar. All melting into a beautiful balance, and a creamy, sort of silky-lush mouthfeel.

The hops for sure play the starring role. This beer is more bitter on the palate than the other two of the series I have had, but it also shows confident restraint. What I mean by that is that you can taste the pine, hints of grapefruit peel, and touches of lemon grass. You can feel the elegant. Taste the flavor, and feel the elegance - this rather than feeling everything and being overwhelmed.

The finish is as you should expect; sensationally refreshing, somehow very smooth and calm, with a fresh ans short finish. This I would enjoy with anything grilled or fried, all sorts of pub food, big strong cheeses and beef stew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:56:38 | More by StephenRich
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 3 finger rocky head into my pint glass. Color is a light to medium amber.
Lacing all over the glass.
Smell is citrus,
Taste is grapefruit / hoppy,it seems to be just a touch bitter but there is a good bit of carbonation that seems to mellow the bitterness. Also some maltiness, bready.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The malt and the perfect carbonation tickle my tongue.

Drinkability: glug, glug, glug.... Oh, drinkability is off the charts great.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:38:41 | More by JonathanL7890
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getalife2k5

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle. the color of iced tea with a floral aroma. my girlfriend, who is Korean, said it smells like Korean barley tea. it seems to be very well balanced and easy to drink. there are certaily hints of apricot and grapefruit with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. the hops are continuously present and actually a little spicy, just as the description indicates. somehow seems much stronger than 6.7%. i could drink this all night! i also like the rustic label with the map of New Zealand.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:13:01 | More by getalife2k5
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Beautiful golden brown color, with a thick and frothy looking, ivory-colored head. Good lacing left on glass.

S: This beer definitely has a "fresh Hop" smell to it. From the first smell things look to be heading in a good direction! Picking up some orange-like flavors as I pry further into this beer. Also, some sweet grassyness too. In addition to the hops I picked up some caramel malts, which lead me to believe this is an overall, pretty well-balanced beer.

T: Big lemony and orangey pop to it first sip. One cantell that this beer is certainly fresh, as the name would suggest. As I was led to believe while smelling this beer, it is well-balanced between hops and malts, even though the hops are there at the beginning and the end. Not too much bitterness to deal with, just a little bit on the end and some great flavors, which is how I like it to be for this style. This beer has excellent taste.

M: Maybe a bit on the carbonated side, but that certainly doesn't take away from the overall experience that this beer is trying to give you. Light bodied, with a good resiny feeling left on the palate from the "fresh hops".

D: This beer has an excellent flavor and lower abv, not in the style, but in general. This is a beer that I would like to consume weekly, year round. Unfortunately it is only a summer beer, so I'm going to add this to the list of beers I would like to sample 24 times (buy a case of)!

For me, this is an excellent version of what I think an American Pale Ale should be. This beer is right up there with Alpha King.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:03:31 | More by aglose45
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orangish copper with a beautifully rising off white head. There are loads of lacing left on the glass. This beer is truly a work of art.

The smell is kind of faint. But, I can pick up a good dose of citrus and spicy hops with some caramel malt.

The taste is a piny, citrus, and spicy hop flavor up front with a good caramel malt sweetness. As this is a pale ale, the hops aren't overpowering, but you can certainly taste them balanced with everything else.

The mouthfeel is a nice smooth, medium body. The carbonation lends to more of a creamy than crisp feel.

The drinkablility is outstanding because the beer does not overpower in any way and is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 21:57:26 | More by ocelot2500
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,401 ratings.