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: 2,933
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%
Wants: 80
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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Reviews: 1,328 | Hads: 2,933
Photo of BradC
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear bright copper color with a nice head and tons of lacing.

Smells citrusy, a little grassy.

Sweet with hop notes of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, a little bit of grassy notes.

High carbonation, not too heavy, pretty easy drinking

Overall, decent IPA, not great, does a good job of showing off the fruity New Zealand hops, but a little too sweet for me. (368 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
2014 Vintage.

Golden amber with 1 finger of creamy, white head. Good head retention and excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Lime, lemon, pine, caramel, and honey.

Resinous pine, lime, and meyer lemon. Touches of sweaty pineapple and fresh cut grass. Firm caramel backbone with notes of honey.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and moderately bitter.

Sierra Nevada does no wrong. (464 characters)

Photo of FreeKansas
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 4/24/214
Poured from bottle to a bottom etched Russian River nonic pint glass.

A: Solid 1.5 inches of eggshell white head. Fluffy and foamy but settles to a nice solid quarter inch head. The beer itself is a nice dark amber. Very well filtered with very little dregs in the bottle. (if any).

S: For the record , my nose is broken because I am smoking menthal cigarettes. I'm getting Grapefruit, slight bready yeast (not the usual Chico yeast). White wine, and a nice soft Pine.

T: Slightly sweet but not too much. Well balanced with the hops. A bit spicy and a bit tart at the same time. Maybe a bit too sweet for my pallet, but to dry it out you'd have a 15% bomb in you hand.

M: A little chewy from the left over sugars but not extreme. Coats the pallet and stays there.

Over all: I like it. It's fresh, hoppy, and big. I tried last years and thought it was great but it had aged past the 100 day s mark. This clearly says drink within 100 days. It is good and I would surely bang another one, but against SN's wishes I might hold on to another one and hold it back a few months to even out the sugar. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big, creamy head with fantastic retention and thick lines of lacing. Brew is a lively bright copper, nearly transparent, with tons of carbonation.

Light aroma, grassy, with caramel malt. Floral, with very light hints of citrus peel. Little bit of resin.

Flavor features the aroma, in slightly stronger concentrations. Sweet, juicy hops: pine resin, ruby red grapefruit, citrus peel, wildflower honey. Malt backbone comes across as light caramel, clean biscuit, and grainy barley.

Minor sting, fairly lively, but a little on the lighter and syrupy side.

This is a good IPA that clearly showcases Southern Hemisphere hop varietals. It doesn't do much outstandingly well, but everything comes together in a nice overall beer. Refreshing, but for such a limited, seasonal release, I'd prefer a bigger, bolder IPA. (813 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper in color, excellent clarity. Aggressive pour gave two and a half fingers of slightly tan head. Head is exceptionally tight. Seriously, very creamy looking. Carbonation appears non existent. Retention is high. Lacing is absolutely stellar.

S: Woodsy, leafy hop presence. Lacking in overbearing citrus presence. Tropical aromas arise as the beer opens up. Still, this one has Sierra Nevada written all over it. Initially. As it opens, the hops really begin to shine. Huge hits of guava, spicy mango and melon erupt from the glass.

T: Big malt presence that runs the gamut in this one. Big and sticky sweet up front, the Southern Hempisphere hops definitely take a stand in the middle of the mouth. Tropical and spicy, this one is loads of mango, melon and an almost rye/caraway finish. Dry aftertaste, with only the fruity spice lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Nice. Sierra Nevada malts the hell out of their beers, so it's no surprise that this one has a pleasing body. No carbonation to get in the way. This one is medium/heavy bodied for the style.

O: I was not hot on this one when it first opened. It seemed like yet another Sierra Nevada beer, with lots of forest quality. Yeah, that's a great set of flavors, but Sierra Nevada imparts them in all their IPA's, it seems (kinda like the nutiness from New Belgium). However, as this one warmed, it became incredibly good. The incredibly aromatic and spicy New Zealand hops really worked well with the generous malting, creating and awesome boquet of flavors. If this beer could find a way to incorporate the amazingly fruity charactersitics of the hops with a more subdued malt billing, this beer would be almost perfect. (1,691 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 24-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99 (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: May 11, 2014
Consumed: May 14, 2014
Misc.: Packaged on April 24, 2014

Poured a caramel, amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white pillowy head. Foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention.

Smelled floral hops, wet citrus hops, caramel, faint resin hops, amber malts, pine, some rye hops and light raspberry iced tea.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, but a bit more bitter. Got floral hops, wet earthy notes, citrus hops, light pine, rye notes, light raspberries and tea. Pretty bitter, but definitely a Sierra Nevada beer.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. Was digging this more as it went down.

This was a pretty good beer. I have to say I was slightly disappointed, though, but I’d still have it again for sure. (952 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Massive foamy head with lots of air bubbles. Good head retention and a plateau of foam eventually forms. Clear, amber body with trickling carbonation.

S- Sweet fruity and floral aroma is heavy and similar to other SN beers. Honeylivke and biscuity. Hops aren't hitting too hard, but there are notes of pine and citrus.

T- I get some spicy rye flavor, hop flavor is piney, and then sweet malt and citrus work their way in, as do some floral hops at the finish. Lingering biscuit flavors remain on my palate.

M- Lots of sweetness initially, a thick mouthfeel, then an aggressive bitter finish that lingers.

Another excellent offering from SN. They can do no wrong. (672 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: a little cloudy dark orange amber with good off white head and ok lacing
S: smells kinda odd to me, kind of a little spicy and piney with some malt at the end
T: taste is what makes this beer, its very well balanced and super easy to drink. Got a nice spicy and hop taste to it with some sweet malt lingering and a great slightly bitter after taste
M: good mouthfeel but i suck at reviewing mouthfeel

O: for taste is probably in my top 10 wish it was easier to find as its a great price and easy to drink (508 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - copper Color with a good tannish white head and good lacing.
Smell - citrus piny smell with a bark like malt smell.
Taste - great citrus floral piney sweet taste with a good malt backbone.
Feel - smooth medium carbonation.
Overall - great normal ipa. (257 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a New Belgium Ranger IPA pint glass.

A: Deep amber body. White, rocky head. Cratered as it slowly receded, leaving a nice heavy lace no t he glass, with a substantial head layer remnant on the beer surface.

S: A very outdoorsy botanical scent dominates, smells like hay and pine. Citrusy scents complement the main aroma.

T: Hoppy...the pine and straw dominate the flavor. Bitterness suppresses the sweetness of the malts all the way through. The malts are there, just well hidden. One dimensional.

M: Very thick, syrupy texture. Carbonation is not excessive, seems well matched to the mouthfeel. Despite the seemingly heavy character, is surpassingly crisp.

O: Not a terribly complex beer. But that's okay for this brew, because going in this is a hopped up brew and on delivers with a purpose. This is a nice brew to sit back and enjoy on a mild spring day. The hops used impart a very spring like character and make this a really neat beer. (990 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color with a slight yellow tint to the head.

S: Orange/general citrus are the strongest notes in the nose, along with a little grass, also bit floral.

T: Citrus peel, orange, pine, floral notes.

M: Pleasantly light body, without sacrificing flavor, drinkable, refreshing, smoothish.

O: The aroma is definitely more NZ hoppy than the flavor, which makes the flavor a bit disappointing. Recommended, though I wish it had more of a NZ hop character in all respects. (479 characters)

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey and amber with a medium thick head. Good lacing
Prominent hops come forward; malt and floral aromas are also present
Citrus and fruit mingle underneath the firm malt notes. It is only slightly bitter, the hops instead imparting more flavor than bitterness. Lingers for a while after its finished (350 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a DH IPA glass.

A: Amber hue. Pours a 3 finger, tight, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly. Craters slowly and unevenly, leaving dry sticky residue behind as it does. Leaves a thick head on the surface that never fully dissipates. Thick persistent beer ring lacing.

S: Pine straw, hay, and lemon zest.

T: Hops... prominent. Not much else.

M: Very crisp hop character. A bit of a thick syrupy texture. Lightly bitter hop lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark hue, persistent head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is fresh hops and hay accentuated with a little lemon citrus. Pure hops... not much else. Crisp and pure. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (764 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden honey colour with nice frothy white head that laces well

S - Slight toffee malts with a little floral hops but nothing substantial

T - Sweet toffee, caramel malts, hint of burnt orange peel, lemon and sweet candy

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Aromas are very disappointing but makes up for it with flavours. A great refreshing ale that is a joy to drink. Well balanced and it goes down very well (443 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright copper orange with fluffy head.

S: A mixture of floral and tropical hops and sweet caramel malts. A really hoppy pale ale or a really malty IPA?

T: Primarily floral hops with pineapple and mandarin orange as well. Creamy, toffee-like malts that carry the hops through to nearly the end before dropping off just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

M: Full bodied for a pale ale, quite nice.

O: Very happy with this beer, there was no bitterness or wood but plenty of floral and citrus. A great combo! (517 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is copper in color with a finger of off-white head that left nice lacing behind. There is a heavier dose of malt than in most West-coast IPAs, but the hops remain the feature of this show. This is almost as tasty as its cousin the Northern Hemisphere version. (270 characters)

Photo of goldendenizen
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful golden brown. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S: Mainly malt. Cant pick up much fresh hops. Maybe my nose is out of whack.

T: Home run, TD, or slam dunk. You choose. LOVE the fresh hop flavor profile. Malt is perfectly situated to support this taste bud delight. Finish is hop, bitter, zero syrup sugar bomb.

M: Great carbonation. Not oily at all. Great work SNBC.

O: A definite go to. I wish they sold these in six or twelve packs. Definitely a fresh hop forward ale. The unsung hero is the quality malt which buttresses the hops profile. Thank you SNBC! (579 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (1,344 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a medium amber with a thin whitish foam head that fades quickly, solid lacing on the sides of a standard pint glass.

Smell: Fresh west coast hops, lots of pine and grassy earthiness, citrus fruits, I get some tangerine and lemon.

Taste: Nice piney hop bitterness and some lemon and grapefruit. A good amount of bitterness, more than I expected but typical of a SN offering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and solid hop bitterness. Definitely a bitter IPA, not malty by any means.

Overall: Good beer if you like hoppy and bitter IPAs. Could use a bit more balance but I enjoyed it. (623 characters)

Photo of lostinfla
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured oversize bottle into a large beer stein . Late summer buy and it's been in my stock for several weeks so I may not have the freshest taste going here...

This one was a little surprising to me as I expected a more pilsner style , especially with the focus on the summer hops, but it turned out to be a heavier, darker fall style brew. Poured a medium dark amber with a bright orange, thick head to match. Big thick suds and a great pine and citrus rind aroma.
Taste matched the color with big full malts and a bittersweet finish.
I had a hard time getting my head around this one as it was so much different than expected. Carbonation was great and the mouthfeel was typical Sierra.

Was a good change, not sure I'd grab another. (738 characters)

Photo of Mrappinin
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The twenty thirteen brew, having been released in summer it has sat on the shelf for about three months before I revised but here it goes: pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a thin head that lingers the whole time. Smell of heavy pine and hemp, may have been more complex on a fresher date. Big hop flavor, not super citrus more on the piney spicy side with some hints of lemon and grapefruit. A nice sweet malty backbone at the very end. Hops dominate but the malty sweetness at the end as a bonus. Have had this a few times, this being the first review. I imagine the caramal l malts to have more of a part in this brew when fresher but a solid brew still and for the price still totally worth it! (703 characters)

Photo of Deeps
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap @ Pour Farm in New Bedford. A pretty, nice, solid IPA from Sierra Nevada. A little bit more bitter than the average IPA but not over the top. Pretty well balanced otherwise. Definitely would recommend to someone looking to get into IPAs or who is just in the mood for an IPA (290 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours dark copper/orange with a finger of off white head. Semi-opaque.

S - I don't get a strong aroma from this, and nothing dominates. Mainly I get sweet citrus and caramel hops.

T - A really delicious flavor profile. Grapefruit, pine/floral hops, balanced out with sweet caramel. I love the hop profile on this one, and the mild hop bitterness is offset by the sweet caramel. Really fantastic IPA.

M - A nice full-bodied mouthfeel with a little bit of chewiness. Goes down silky smooth despite moderate carbonation. Caramel and grapefruit linger for a good amount of time in the mouth, and I find myself smacking a lot to get the most out of the delicious aftertaste.

O - Sierra Nevada has never failed to impress me. This is my first wet/fresh hopped beer, and it's fantastic. The NZ hops add a different dimension than I'm used to, and the caramel sweetness perfectly balances the grapefruit and piney bitterness. (964 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt, 8oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- Three-finger white head with relatively low retention. Sticky white lacing and peaks in the head. It's riding atop a semi-hazy orange body with surprisingly dormant carbonation. Looks ok.

S- Bitter, slightly floral. Hoppy with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Bitter hops and malty. Some citrus notes and a good malt backbone balance out the punch.

M- Wet and medium bodied.

O- Pretty nice brew, good New Zealand hops. (543 characters)

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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