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

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 69
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV: 6.7%
Beginning gravity: 14.7 Plato
Ending gravity: 3.9 Plato
IBU: 66
Malts: Pale and Caramel
Yeast: Top-fermenting ale yeast
Bittering hops: Pacific Halertau
Finishing hops: New Zealand Motueka and New Zealand Southern Cross

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-07-2008)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

WuBByG999, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. 2009 release.

A-Clear, amber brew. Orange-off-white head, big off the pour with a moderate retention.

S-Hops, hops, and more hosp. Floral and herbal, hijacking my olfactory system.

T-Piney, very herbal hop flavors assaulted my tastebuds immediately, followed by a no-B.S. bitterness. A fruity aspect comes into fruition (pun intended), largely estery, but some citrusy hop as well.

M-Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied beer, with a noticeable hoppy dryness.

D-A good extra-hoppy IPA. Very tasty, a nice treat.

CHSLBrew, Jun 22, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

VikeMan, May 29, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 7/17/10*

Bottled on date: 4/26/10

2010 bottle / 24oz

Pours a darker amber / rust colored body with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some lacing on my pint glass. The nose has some grassy / floral qualities, thought they are not as pronounced as I would expect given the style. Floral and earthy hops are at the forefront of the taste, not a whole lot of malt balance in this but the hops aren't overpowering either. Medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation.

From my experience these fresh hop ales are really hit and miss. Although freshness is often paramount, I have had some with a couple months on them that are still really good. Others, including this one, are just average IPAs.

prdstmnky, Jan 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

beerhast, Aug 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 edition

A: hazy apricot, nice frothy yellow head with a lots of heavy lacing that promises much in the way body

S: very strong aroma of yeast with a light

T: well balanced, lots of yeast and a very delicate hop bitterness that I assume is a result of the freshness. I've found myself moving away from hops lately and this one has the perfect amount for me, great aromatics and mellow bitterness

M: smooth and creamy, not your typical IPA

O: really good beer, nothing special or crazy in a great simple way

nickhiller, Sep 04, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2009 2nd release from a 24oz bottle

A - Amber in color with lots of creamy head that laces and lasts.

S - Lots of hops with hints of fruits and flowers.

T - Very powerful taste of hops with lots of malt flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is ok with good carbonation. Very crisp and fresh. Aftertaste is extremely bitter.

D - Low because of the aftertaste.

taigor, Oct 26, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cletusdog, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JRBecks, Jul 02, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light copper. Nice big head settles to a generous film. Lacings are thick and sticky. Looks pretty much perfect.

I can't nail down the fruits here. Tropical certainly. I could take the lacy way out and rhyme off the usual suspects, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, etc. But the aroma is a touch too complex for my nose.

Where the nose is almost delicate, the taste is for the hopheads. Blast of bitterness up front, lovely fruit mid palate, sticky resinous finish. Sweet caramel malt, almost like a barley wine without the heat.

A brilliant beer. I'm no hopheads, but I can certainly appreciate this for what it is.

CanuckRover, Aug 25, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Rich looking dark apricot, relatively opaque, with a massive sudsy off-white head. Healthy web of lace.

NZ nose alright. Guava, kiwi fruit, passionfruit, and pungent grass. Quite a decent caramel malt backbone contributes some candied citrus. Just a hint of fresh pine.

Less fruit, more pine branch, bitter herbs and mouthwash. Candied orange comes through as it warms.

Medium bodied, with creeping bitterness morphing into an astringent finish. A tad harsh.

Like the hop profile, but I think I've been spoilt by much fresher NZ examples. Relatively drinkable nonetheless.

spicelab, Oct 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dolfan907, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

dominic4beer, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

MammothTarantula, Jul 09, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear copper with a long lasting rocky head. Nice lacing. Big piney citrusy hop aroma. Taste is thick resiny piney hops. Earthy. Very nice. Sweet malt backbone provides some balance. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Full bodied coats the mouth nicely. Very drinkable even though it's big because it is so good. I'm surprised to find this classified as a APA instead of an IPA. Either way, an excellent beer.

burnstar, Jun 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jackorain, Mar 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

rwilde, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jburd19, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

MichiganderHB, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

NHbeerfishing, Jun 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

JasonTaverner, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

dedbeer, May 28, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -20%

Stillyman11, Aug 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a nice copper orange with plenty of rocky and sticky head.

Smell- Immediately upon opening the "fresh seal cap" a hiss of CO2 releases a brilliant bouqet of fresh hop essence. A hint of biscuit.

Taste- is very much hop-centric, but has a fairly decent malt balance. Tastes very much like a typical sierra nevada brew but with a very pronounced hop profile, as expected. Very predictable, and as predicted, it's pretty darn good but not enough to blow me away.

lpayette, Jun 06, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a nonic. 2009 2nd release.

Pours a light amber with a rocky, rich two finger head that goes down to a rocky cap with frothy peaks. Clarity is good.

Aroma is Floral hops, very perfum like and not like any I've ever smelled. There could be some sweet malt supporting that sweet floral aroma.

Flavor is hops, not as in your face as I thought they would be. I guess I've been hittin' the Torpedo too much. Malt gives a nice balance. Hops are piney, earthy and slightly dank. Huge hit of pineapply citrus in the middle with a bready, crackery malt rider. Finishes a bit dry with a nice bittering pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is good. Very quaffable, doesn't feel like 6.7.

wheatyweiss, Jun 03, 2009
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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