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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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1,335 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,335
Hads: 2,966
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 87
Gots: 177 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008

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
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Reviews: 1,335 | Hads: 2,966
Photo of maestrotmbg
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

decent head out of the 24 oz. bottle that is very long lasting. The color is a pleasing red-orange but there is almost no aroma at all. This seemed odd considering the very hop-forward flavor and the whole concept of the beer. The hops are quite bright and intense the instant the beer is in your mouth but the flavor seems to almost disappear within a few instants. There is very little mouthfeel and a very bitter aftertaste from the large amount of hops.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear orange amber, off white fluffy head with foam and many different sized bubbles, good retention, heavy lacing left on glass.

S = Lots of fresh hops, a little pine, some grapefruit zest, good mix, malt smells harder to find but they are there with light white bread notes.

T = Malts are much more present in the taste than in the smell. This is a hoppy beer but very well balanced with biscuit flavors equalling the lemon, grapefruit tastes and just a slight touch of pine.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, nice foamy, luxurious feel.

D = High, a great fresh hoppy beer for the summer.

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Photo of mattster
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 24 Ounce bottle of 2008/First Release and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a foamy head of 1", atop a light clear copper colored brew. Leaves heavy lace on glass.

Smell is of hops and a bit of pineapple citrus. Taste has an earthiness to it, yet very clean and really crisp on the palate, notes of pineapple and slight lemony goodness finish out this beer. It does feel a bit hot on the back of palate, but all in all not a bad brew.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber red, substantial and sticky off-white head. Hops strike a nice balance between lemongrass, pine and hay, and there's a faint smokiness in the background as well. However, the overall aromatic intensity/expressivity is not quite what I expected. Not overly aggressive flavors feature some well defined fruit tones but are still decidedly hop-driven, with a building bitterness that ultimately kicks the roof of the mouth. Great texture throughout the mouth and great length on the finish. Never shows the alcohol, although it certainly is not thin or lacking substance. A refined drink that will still satisfy a hop craving.

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Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a 1 finger off-white head with great retention, moderate lacing, the beer is a clear, rich amber in color

s: predominantly tropical fruit hops with a dose of spring pine, straightforward caramel malt aroma provides a good base for showcasing the hops, a touch of alcohol

m: carbonation medium with a light-medium body, pretty soft and delicate

t: clean caramel and pale malts bring a light candied grain sweetness, full tropical hop flavors turn to the evergreen side after swallowing, with a formidable bitterness that builds, clean finish

d: simple, tasty, and extremely drinkable

$5.99 at Wine A While in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper. Generous bubbly head gives way to a healthy sheet of lace. Nice sticking all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Citrusy aroma with some caramel and earthy malt tones. Hop aroma is more subdued than expected. I'm thinking balence. Again some citric and tea like herbal hops combined with a nice balence of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread malts flavors. Finish is just slightly bitter. Alcohol is not a factor here, in fact I was surprised at the 6.7% abv. Another nicely balenced beer from Sierra Nevada. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 24 oz bottle purchased at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in NYC.

A: The pale ale is a robust amber color, highlighted by brilliant marmalade orange tones. A decent head arose on first pour, exceeding 2 fingers and leaving thick patches all around the glass.

S: The fresh hop aroma is sublime. Citrus aromas are fresh and wet, mingling with touches of pine. The malts are an equal match to the hops, adding caramel biscuits to the proceedings.

T: The ale is a nicely balanced pale, sharing equally in the hop and malt categories. The first flavors are the hops, soft and subtle in their citrus and herbs. Principally, herbal tobacco flavors are the taste du jour. They leave a long finish, flicking at the tastebuds long after the sip is gone. Throughout the glass, the hops are nicely paired with a caramel biscuit backbone. The malts never take over but nicely support the hops throughout.

M: Solid mouthfeel. I often forget how good freshly harvested hops are and to have them in May is great. The hop bitterness nicely grabs the tastebuds.

D: The ale has a moderate alcohol level, greatly increasing the drinkability. I think that this ale will no hold up well over time, so dig in to it now.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, the neck label proclaims this is a 2008 and the main label says "1st release" at the top, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange-amber color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about 1 finger thick, and had nice retention.

Aroma: Piney hops, very inviting.

Taste: Piney hops up front balanced by a slightly sweet malty backbone that comes through slightly in the middle. The finish was more piney hops, slightly bitter, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: An excellent brew, just what I'd expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, 6.7% ABV. Pours a clear copper color, with a white rocky head. Great head retention, great patches of lace.

Citrusy and floral aroma. A bit of caramel and spice as well. The aroma is not as big as I would have thought.

Caramel malt along with some very nice juicy hop flavor. Citrus, spices, and just a bit resiny, all blend together nicely. Just a bit of sweetness.

Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Very well balanced. This is very similar to a couple other SN beers, but with just a subtle twist. I loved the juicy flavors in this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a 2 inch frothy off-white head (after a fairly hard pour). Head retention and lacing is excellent. Aroma is citrusy and piney hops, with some caramel malt in there too. The taste is similar to the aroma. It's mostly citrus/pine/grassy hops, along with some caramel and biscuity malt. There's also a nice lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's coating, oily and a bit thick with low/medium carbonation. Drinkability is very good as it's smooth and goes down nice and easy. I think this is a pretty solid brew, I'll definitely have to pick up another couple bottles of this.

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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.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours coppery/amber with off white head that recedes fairly quickly, with some decent lacing left behind.

Aroma is suprisingly subdued, I was expecting far more hop aroma. The hop aroma smells citrusy and sweet, with more malt sweetness and just a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor of hops dominates everything else, creating a nearly oily mouthfeel. Something rugged about the flavor, maybe in the rush some insects were left in the hops. Bitterness levels are on par with their pale ale, maybe slightly more bitterness, but its hard to tell under all the oily hop flavor. Somewhat drying quality to the finish keeps the oily mouthfeel in check.

Fairly interesting, not really sure what I think about it after the first try though. Certainly not wowed, but not entirely dissappointed either. If it's fair to compare, I loved the other Harvest version, this one, not so much.

Edit: I try not to read reviews before I try the beer, and after reviewing this one I read mattcrill's review, and maybe I'm having the same issue with this beer, but don't quite have the palate to discern the problem....but something just a bit off with this one.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at the Reef Bar the other night. The waitress tried to sell it like it was the second coming of beer. Pours a nice looking copper color with a smallish head on top that didn't really leave much lacing. Nose is lots of fruity hops, as is the flavor. It's not supper hoppy (the waitress advertised it as an IPA, so I was a little thrown off), but it's fairly balanced, and highly drinkable. I'm surprised it's so high in alcohol, cause it doesn't show up in the least. Feel is a little watery, in my opinion. Overall, not bad at all, although I still prefer the standard SN Pale Ale. Would drink this one if it was offered though, no questions.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.12/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me qualify this review by saying I'm a big SN fan...that being said, this beer disappoints me.

Aroma: slightly catty and skunky. A "lager-like" yeasty aroma and a touch of spiciness. Also, a bit of DMS which is disturbing.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pour with a sticky off-white cap.

Flavor: Saltine crackers, biscuity, earthy hops, and some spicy floral flavors. A brush of alcohol but this flavor is really lacking. Just a little malt and hops and really nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. A bit of a carbonic bite with some lingering hop oiliness left on the palate.

Overall impression: This one is lost on me. If it's truly the S. Hemisphere hops then it looks like I'll be drinking/brewing less hoppy beers and using my good ol' N. Hemisphere hops. To me, all the "less than desirable" flavors seemed mostly malt driven (DMS, saltine crackers, etc). I'm giving SN the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they rushed this to market or I just got a bad bottle. Either way, I won't be hitting this again soon. I need to go brush my teeth with some Bigfoot.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been dying to give this one a shot ever since I first read about its production. I love Sierra Nevada and everything they brew....I bought 4 bombers today and cracked the first one this evening....

This is just beautiful.... Its a glowing copperish hue with a thick creamy fluffy head that simply refuses to go away...Held up to the light, the small carbonation bubbles slowly float up from the bottom of the Sierra Nevada pint glass...

Upon placing my nose into the glass, I'm greeted with a piney hoppiness that seems very well balanced by a sweet maltiness... This doesn't seem to be quite as pungent as the Harvest Fresh Hop, but hell, it still smells really good.... Just a little more subdued..

Alright, this is just terrific.... Its hoppy and piney and oily and sticky but yet sweet and balanced with the malts in the background....this finishes with a nice puckering bitterness from those New Zealand hops as well...

I had to restrain myself from chugging this so that should tell you what I think about its drinkability...

Sierra Nevada, you've done it again! You guys keep churning out one terrific brew after another and I keep buying them by the truckload...between this and the Summerfest, I will be spending quite a bit of time with your brews this summer...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. Sierra bomber, shared with my dad on 5/23/08,

A: Pours a medium amber into a pint glass, with a medium cap of off-white foam, abundant sticky lacing.

S: Very floral, grass, caramel, honeysuckle.

T: On the first sip I noticed a striking difference in comparison with regular Harvest Ale. The beer starts with a much more direct pine bitterness than its brother, the difference in the age of the hops when used is clearly shown. Malt is almost brown ale dark, toffee sweet. Light amount of white grapefruit in the aftertaste which in turn is dominated by the recognizable floral wet hop profile.

M: Full of resin, very stimulating on the tongue, medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: Another very tasty and interesting beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada. My dad said, "Yeah, it's pretty good." Dirt cheap when compared with other special releases out there, I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of hdofu
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my 50th review, I wanted to do a special beer, and it was Sierra Nevada's porter that I first reviewed for this site. Since I've acquired a taste for hoppy ale, I had to review this beer.

Anyway this beer pour copper orange, almost a pale cranberry, with a thick white head. taste is intensely hoppy with a sweet finish. Th I detect herbal notes and noticeable malt flavor as well as sweet pine with a hint of citrus and dark bread. The beer is smooth to the tongue, slick and oily with lite carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high i you like hoppy, bitter and sweet which this beer excels at all the aforementioned categories. An excellent APA, I prefer it to their flagship APA.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea. Bottled on April 25th, 2008 and consumed on May 23rd, 2008.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear copper color with a billowy beige head that sticks around for quite a while before settling to a thin layer, leaving some great web-like sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- A very earthy aroma of both citrusy and piney hops with a coarse and grainy malt backing.

T- A nice hoppy bite is supported by an equal amount of bready maltiness. The bitterness resurfaces and sticks around on the palate long after each sip. The flavors are very gritty and raw, and the finish is dry.

M- A full-bodied feel with moderate carbonation. It's also slightly oily and coating from the hop oils.

D- Kudos to Sierra Nevada for brewing a Pale Ale with a 6.7% ABV, but that ensures that one 24 ounce bottle is plenty. Very drinkable all around though.

I fantastic Pale Ale chocked full of hoppy goodness. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Buebie
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a rich dark copper color, with a thick whipped cream like 4 finger head.
Thick *clumpy* lace lines my glass.

S - Smell is primarily of hops; pine, grapefruit, floral hoppy aroma with a hint of pure clover honey. The dry hopping really come through with the huge waffing of floral aroma.

T - Taste is amazing, the hops do not overwhelm. Pine and citrus with a real earthy note...not like dirt, but really reminds me of a home-brewed organic IPA. Tastes like Brewers gold, cascade, Mt Hood...
The hops do not overwhelm as the malt comes through in the middle peaks and then the dry bitter hops finish and linger.

M - Mouthfeel is thick, dry and clean, some oily hop presence. Carbonation is medium to light. The presence of the carbonation is more of an afterthought, does not overwhelm, leaving this ale very smooth.

D - This is a bit of a sip and ponder beer. I could enjoy this any time of year, but on hot dreadful days I may grab somthing a bit less filling.
I just ate a giant bowl of pho prior to reviewing, so my gut is about to burst.
I will definatly grab this again

So much better then their EPA. That fact that the hops used in this beer were picked processed and boiled in the wort within ten days on the vine is amazing. Kudos Seirra Brewing!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange/amber color. Thick foamy light brown head. Excellent retention and even better lacing. A great looking Pale Ale.

S - Spicy hops. Also a hint of some orange in the backgroun. Dominated by a spicy, piney aroma.

T - Spicy hops, bordering on funky. I love hoppy beers but this one is missing the necessary balance from some sweet malt.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Good carbonation. A good pale ale but I think I prefer their regular pale ale over this one. Just a little too funky of hop taste.

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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.

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Photo of oneeye
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. Amber/copper with a two finger soapy head.Carbonation bubbles racing up to meet with the creamy silky head.Looks like a little oil slick at the top with lots of lace around the rim.

S. Smells of grassy/piney hops and sweet malts.

T. At first a little bitter tinge of hops.Then the taste of caramel and citrusy hops.The finish is dry and leaves a nice malty aftertaste as your taking your next sip.I think this beer has a excellent mixture of hops and malts.

M. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily with a bit of tingle racing around with a dry finish.

D. Nice beer to sip on and take your time.No hurry to finish this one.Savor the flavors and it's very balanced and easy to drink.
Notes. I love this beer.I expected to be disappointed after all the hype that was surrounding this release.It did not disappoint.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that just barely exceeds the rim of my glass. The head leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides with a varied, canyon / crevasse like surface. The beer is a cellar, reddish amber hue and shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite citrus like with a nice hit of candied orange peel, ample lychee and a bit of piquant citrus zest. There also seems to be something that is a bit like a old, rubber bike tire-tube; this last is a bit faint, but I can't shake it and it seems to mix in with an herbal aromatic that is a mix of grass, slight hemp and pine sap.

Soft on the mouth, despite being pretty well carbonated. The beer has a lightness to it that makes it quite easily quaffed. A touch of warming alcohol lets you know this beer has some strength, but it is almost hidden underneath the resinous hop character and bitterness that dominates the finish. This has a nice, almost buttery, malt character to it. Perhaps toffee is a better descriptor as it is certainly not diacetyl, this is also accented by the creamy mouthfeel that this beer has. The citrus hop notes are probably the most dominant flavor (though the herbal notes are right up there) and lean towards flavors reminiscent of orange zest, tangelo and grapefruit. The more earthy, green side of the hops show up as flavors of pine, bitter herbs, some touches of hemp oil, perhaps some slight menthol. This is easily described as a hop dominated beer, the hops don't reach overwhelming levels though, despite that the malt character barely plays a perceptible role here. The malt certainly contributes to the mouthfeel and structure of this brew, and does influence some soft flavors in the middle of each sip.

At first I thought this beer might be a bit too light in heft, but it quickly picked up a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it that somehow reminds me of a cask ale, despite the carbonation; I think this is a side effect of the hops somehow, though I am not entirely sure. This is quite a nice beer, somehow at first blush I would not guess that I liked this beer, but the sum of its parts definitely forms a greater whole that I am digging a bit more than I would have guessed.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Pub in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice tan head.

S- Nice clean scent, hops are present but not overwhelming.

T- Very well balanced, the hops are the centerpiece, but the beer has plenty of malt as well.

M- Well carbonated, medium body, plenty of oily hops to please hop lovers.

D- A very enjoyable beer, so well balanced that even non-hop lovers will enjoy the beer.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.