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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Reviews: 1,328
Hads: 2,935
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 81
Gots: 165 | 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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Photo of TeamMathis
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper. Big, cream head.
Smell: Floral, citrus, alcohol, and perhaps pineapple.
Taste: Floral and citrus.

This is great. It certainly does have a fresh taste...I think. There is a good bit of alcohol
in both the smell and taste; much more than what the ABV hints. Also, I think I'm getting some malt as well as citrus rinds from the taste. Total package, this is a great brew. I would definitely get it again. For whatever reason, I'm having trouble describing it. (486 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 4/24/14

A: Pours a translucent dark copper with 3 plus fingers width of off white colored head. Head has good retention before dissipating down to a think film, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Very malt forward, following the malts are some citrus and subtle tropical fruit hop notes; a bit of booze and a barleywine like candied sugar sweetness.

T: Lots of sweetness, caramel and candied sugar; piney and floral hops, along with some citrus rind. Hop profile more prominent than on the aroma. Tasty.

M/D: Medium bodied, smooth for the style, drinkability is average.

O: Good, but not great. Better than most IPAs out there, but I prefer both SN Pale and Torpedo to this one. (724 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  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 (1,546 characters)

Photo of arc3636
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with lots of thick white head. Smell is very subtle to start, but floral and citrus come out more as it warms. Flavor is led by pine hoods, but also has a nice make background. Overall lacking a bit on the aroma, but the taste is spot on. (253 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back, having never had this before. The bottle label is different than the one shown here and the packaged date was from 4/24 of this year as well. With so many hoppy beers from Sierra Nevada, I was wondering what would make this different and unique from the others. While certainly not their best offering, the freshness and easygoing nature of this combined with the recessed nature of the alcohol made this a clear winner in my book.

Nice deep amber hue to this pour, with a fluffy head that held its own. There was a fair amount of lacing to be seen as well and a good presence of carbonation from start to finish in both appearance to to the taste. The hops were floral and piney up front as the wetness kicked in after it. Not a "hop bomb" by any means and not a lot of burn either - the freshness is the defining aspect of this beer as it gave this a nice brightness while the caramel malt and light hints of lemon zest and orange served as reminder that this was an IPA. A bit o sticky resin lingered after everything went down, but wasn't as present as in their flagship Pale Ale.

Even though I split this with a friend, I could have polished this off by myself. While not a session beer, this felt like one from start to finish and I'll probably give it a go in the near future. Different from it's northern hemisphere counterparts, any fan of IPA or Sierra Nevada or even the "Enjoy by" from Stone will love what they've done here. This went down so easily and had a great balance to it, which is something that I don't feel is the case with many IPA's. This stood out for all the right reasons! (1,637 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a copper color, about 80% opaque with a two finger fluffy white head and medium carbonation. Some of the head remains on top of the brew until the end. Heavy lacing remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is floral hops with a light sweet malt backbone. I can't detect much else.

The taste is piney hops followed by a malt backbone and finishing with more pine hops and a little orange peel.

The feel is creamy, oily and a little tangy. A small amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a lackluster IPA; not what I am used to from Sierra Nevada. Perhaps these Southern Hemisphere hops are not the way to go. (666 characters)

Photo of 2late2brew
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 4/24/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a moderate dark ruby cast. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Moderate nose of citrus and pine hops over a light sweet caramel background. Almost medium bodied with a smooth texture. Slightly below average carbonation with very little effervescence on the finish. A very unique flavor profile that is complex and well balanced. Less bitter than it's Northern counterpart, this variant focuses more on hop flavor. It begins with a blend of citrus and pine, then flows into a bit of dankcentric with a spicy counterpart. Throughout all of this, a slight caramel sweetness is noted in the background. The finish is a bit dry which leaves a touch of sweet bitterness. An outstanding ale! (740 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been in the southern hemisphere. Columbia, but not any further. With this brew, I guess the southern hempisphere (!typo) is coming to me.

It is very pretty in the glass. Loads of head and lace and a deep golden color. The aroma is rich and earthy.

The taste is a nice, unique, somewhat balanced, rich hoppy and malty beverage. If they had made it any maltier, they would have thrown it off, so this is just right.

The aftertaste is serious - you know you are drinking a real, almost big beer. This is a nice treat that you should seek out. I look forward to a second glass a little later today. (608 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It is not as bold as most IPAs, but is still a very enjoyable offering overall. (1,438 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice golden amber color, two fingers of soapy head, little head.
S - Big Pine and some citrus zest.
T - Obscenely assertive pine bitterness, some citrus zest, big fresh bready malt, but the bitterness is wayyyy too much to be palatable/enjoyable.
M - Lingering bitterness...
O - Was severely disappointed in this compared to northern hemisphere, the IBU's are so abrasive its unwelcoming.

EDIT:
2014 version is yet another let down in this new format of the series. This thing is packed with malt. Burnt caramels, weird soapiness. The hops are barely here. I just dont get it. Two years ago I remember this thing blowing me away. (666 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/24/14 - Poured into spiegelau glass

A- dark copper color

S- Not as intense an aroma as I was expecting. Fair amount of malt and some citrus.

T- bitter citrus rind, some earthy notes, pine resin.

M - dry and dryer

O - this is the second beer in this series being released this year and it is the second disappointment. (334 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle with a date on the label. About 2 months old.

Great color, orange-amber, pretty clear. Smell is light vegetal hops, and Sierra Nevada yeast. Taste is spicy; lemon and sticky caramel malt. Very bitter and it finishes with a peppery tingle. (251 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Packaged on 4/24/14)

A: Copper brown with good lacing and a decent head. Hazy as well.

S: Mostly malty with just a bit of similar piney hops to accentuate it. I do get a bit of orange citrus in there as well.

T: Not too much here for me, but is mostly malts with almost no hops. I have a hard time saying this is an IPA. It seems like I need a certain level of hoppiness to really appease me (like that great Lagunitas NightTime that I had last recently). It's good enough, just not what I was expecting for a fresh hop beer, but it does remind me of Celebration, so it seems that this might just be a result of using fresh hops. The hops are just a bit more subtle, but noticeable on the backend in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with some slightly coarse bubbles, that pour over your tongue.

O: I don't seem to get much out of Sierra Nevada's standard IPAs or brews, but their Hoptimum and Bigfoot are amazing. BA Narwhal is also great but unavailable. However, I can't wait for the Beer Camp. (1,043 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the freshest but it just popped up at my local spot. ~ 6 wks old.

Clear dark orange body with a thick off-white head.

Woody and herbal, there is some orangey citrus, lime, and floral hoppiness to it.

Nice bitter grapefruit, orange, lime, floral, and herbal characteristics. Malt bill is maybe more on the bready side. Don't really pick up on much of it which is nice.

Medium in all aspects of body, bitterness, and carbonation. A good platform for the beer.

These fresh hop Hemisphere beers are very interesting and offer really unique flavor profiles compared to most IPAs on the market. (601 characters)

Photo of Sensaray
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber colored appearance, slight bit of haziness
Citrus hop aroma, sort of a mango tropical citrus, hint of sweet caramel
Taste is immediately tropical and citrus hops which mixes nice with a sweetness. Bitterness builds but not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry-ish close
Overall a tasty tropical ipa (322 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange; 1 finger beige head that faded over a few minutes to a ring; very minimal lacing;

S: balanced; definitely some pineapple, but caramel malt coming through as well;

T: a little more subdued that expected; a little floral with some herbal notes; definite malt presence; well balanced; moderately bitter finish with lingers;

M: a little thinner than expected; lightly carbonated;

O: enjoyable, but not especially memorable; (440 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle with a packaged on date of 4/24/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - blood orange with swirling carbonation. A frothy off-white head, almost beige that leaves sticky streaks and globs of lacing!
Smell - another pleasing aroma from a SN beer! A blend of citrus and stone fruits; some pine and floral detectable along with some sourdough.
Taste - bitter, spicy hops; an assortment of fruit flavors, grapefruit, mango, some pineapple; a hearty malt backbone that keeps this from becoming too hop forward. This is great!
Feel - a beer with layers; it has some outstanding qualities (complex flavors, bitter finish, malt backbone to add balance)! Medium body, smooth and hard to put down!
Overall - perhaps I've been brainwashed by SN, as I seem to love everything that they brew; or perhaps they just have a great thing going! (846 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

24 oz bottle, dated 4/24/14, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, pine, floral notes, resin, some grassy notes, some caramel malts and pale malts.

T- Citrus, some floral notes, herbal hops, nice malt backbone, nice bitter resiny pine finish, well balanced

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A very enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada. Like other beers from SN a good beer for a good price. (453 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled 04/24/2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of grass, pine, and citrus. Upfront mix of floral, earthy, and herbal hops with hints of grass, pine resin, and spice. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and mango. Also some tea like hints. Solid backing presence of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a earthy and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of pine, grass, citrus, and sweet caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops with upfront notes of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Leafy tea like notes as well. Sweet and bready malt backing with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly chewy. Somewhat sweet but finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good Fresh Hop IPA. Good mix of hop flavors with a solid malt backing. (1,250 characters)

Photo of slackattack
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Bottled 4-24-14

A- pours a clear, dark copper color, just about ideal 2 fingers of a quite persistent creamy foam

S- not an overly pungent or aggressive aroma, get some hops and that's about all

T- perfectly bitter, but not so much it kills the palate. Starts off citrus and piney, but finishes pretty boozy for the 6.5% ABV, which I don't dislike at all.

M- silky smooth, lingers for a while. Perfect for the style IMO

O- haven't had a SN fresh hop that wasn't of very high quality and this one follows suit. (538 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into tulip glasses. 2012 bottling (but I tried it last year, as well).
UPDATE: Review below is for 2012, but I bought the most recent bottling a couple of weeks ago (May, 2014), and it was as tasty as ever.

A: Huge, fluffy head. Clear, copper color.

S: Fruity and piny hops.

T: Ah, what a lovely hop profile. Subtle citrus and pine, as well as sweeter fruit notes, spices, and green tea, without all the bitterness of most American IPA's. There's just a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste, but it's otherwise very well hidden.

M: A great, medium body - not too light but still very drinkable. My problem with many IPA's is that they are too malty, to compensate for the amount of hops. This one is just right. Medium carbonation, maybe even on the lighter side, creating a smooth character.

O: A well-balanced, drinkable, and interesting IPA. Great stuff. (892 characters)

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a nice foamy head. In the aroma, fresh citrus and floral notes are dominant, also apricots. On the palate, creamy caramel malt reminiscent of a Scotch Ale, root beer, or perhaps Butterbeer. Sweetness lingers in the finish, along with a bitterness. A balanced beer with every element in the middle range - body, sweetness, acidity, strength. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the caramel malts. I’d be curious to see a more bare-bones (mostly pale malt) version of this to showcase the hops more.

Note: This beer is a Fresh Hop ale with dried hops shipped from NZ within 7 days of harvest. The company makes a distinction on their website between fresh and wet hops: "Wet Hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours. Fresh Hops are the freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest." (872 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA. Second of Five Beers - 2014

A: Translucent copper color with a minor amount of carbonation. Beige one finger head that leaves some lacing along the glass.

S: Mild citrus, pine, and grassy hop notes. A metallic characteristic as well. Moderate malt presence of caramel and grains.

T: Extremely clean citrus hop notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine. Sweeter malt notes that remind me of freshly made iced tea. The finish is long and wet. Tart notes of citrus on the palate.

M: Round and moderately carbonated.

D: Extremely drinkable. Fresh citrus hop notes with a good malt back as well. Quality that I have come to expect from this series of Harvest ales by SN. (707 characters)

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,328 ratings.