Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head tulip.
The beer pours a nice copper/amber/orange that has a nice glow around the edge of the glass. The head is a frothy, soapy white that leaves a very sticky looking lacing.
The smell is a nice spicy, piney, slightly citrusy hop. There is a little sweetness on the tail end of the nose, but this is a very slight candied sweetness that really compliments the hops, it doesn't overpower it in any way.
The taste follows the nose very closely, the order of the flavors just change a bit. The pine-cone and citrus lead the charge while the spice kind of bridges the gap to the slight candied sugar sweetness. The finish is a nice bitter hop that is not overpowering.
The beer is excellently carbonated and the alcohol is barely evident at all. I have had almost an entire bomber in no time and wish there were more in the fridge. This beer ranks right up there with the Alpha King pale ale from FFF and the Bravo pale ale from Portsmouth as one of my new favorites. I am really enjoying the amount of hoppy bitterness that breweries are cramming into the American Pale Ale lately without all the alcohol that comes with a DIPA.
07-18-2009 04:18:44 | More by rpstevens
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
A very nice looking brew. On the dark side for a pale ale with its almost chestnut hued body. Poured into a mason jar as it was tasted at the in-laws. Nice, tight, and almost whipped two finger pale tan coloured head with excellent retention. Fairly actively carbonated with a multitude of very finely bubbled streams rising to the top of the glass. Big and sticky gobs of lace cling to the inside of the jar.
Main aroma is the floral and citrusy hops, overtop a nicely malted brew with malty aromas of crusty whole grain bread and some more roasted malty aromas of toast and even a mild nutty aroma. Somewhat creamy, and fairly actively carbonated, although it is quite finely bubbled.
Taste is much like the aroma, the hops hit first with floral and then citrus flavours. The malts eventually break through with their crusty wholegrain bread , toasty and nutty flavours, hints of toffee and caramel also present. The finish comes back to the hops with a floral and slightly woody and piney bitterness.
A bold medium bodied brew, richly hopped and malted for a nice depth of flavour, feel, and overall drinking experience. Somewhat creamy, and fairly actively carbonated, although it is quite finely bubbled. Well attenuated with just a touch of astringency that comes along to almost clean the palate at the finish.
Very drinkable, especially considering the 6.7% ABV. Too big to be truly sessionable, but this would be a great beer to drink all night long with its flavour and depth. This is a nicely and almost aggressively hopped pale ale, that is highly recommended to those who enjoy hoppy brew or are looking at getting into hoppier brews. Hopefully this becomes a yearly seasonal offering, it was a pleasant surprise to find this at the Keyport in Superior.
06-25-2008 02:01:51 | More by demcorhip
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a mug.
Pours an amber copper color. Rich white head. Great retention, great lacing.
Aroma is a bit subdued...mostly earthy, piney hops. The pale and caramel malt background is pretty well represented here.
The flavor begins with some faint citrus...bready malt follows, then loads of piney hops. Long, bittering finish.
Great feel. Medium body, very creamy texture. Smooth drinker.
05-18-2009 04:31:26 | More by Gyle41386
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
07-15-2008 17:32:06 | More by BBM
4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a clear copper color, nice mix of yellow and amber. Thick off white head that leaves lots of lacing.
Smells like gun-powder, pine, and citrus. There are some sweet malt notes but the hops are laid nicely on top.
I taste in this order: black pepper, pine, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, with the black pepper and pine finishing it out.
There is a slight tongue bite, and mild astringency; the carbonation opens up your taste buds for the peppery hop assault. Medium body and slightly sticky it coats the tongue nicely.
If your in the mood for hops and you can get this fresh this is the beer for you. 24oz of goodness, I should have grabed 2.
05-20-2010 22:43:40 | More by sitarist
4/5 rDev -1.2%
A- Deep clouded amber with large off-white head that dissipates to a foamy covering leaving a nice lacing.
A- Lots of malty caramel aromas. I got a light hit of apples.
T- As this bottle is the 2008 release I assume much of the hop flavor has mellowed out. There is still a decent amount of bitterness. Caramel maltiness backed by an ever present bitterness. Very balanced with the bitterness not overpowering.
M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.
D- Very enjoyable, I wish I had tried one right after release to compare how it has aged. It seems slightly strong and malty to be an APA, though looking at BJCP specs it is only slightly over the upper 6.2%abv.
01-06-2009 21:50:54 | More by gpogo
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Oh my Lord! This is great!
The fresh hop brew pours a beautiful clear reddish orange with a darker off white head that sticks around till the fat lady sings.
The head gives off this most interesting aroma. A little nutty aroma, a little flowery, and it smells like grapefruit! Wow! This keeps getting better!
The flavor is very intense but not harsh with too much bitterness. The bitterness is there but it's smoothed out by the malts used... gotta be some caramel malts in there.
By the way, it leaves a oh so delicate lace in its trails... a wonderful sight indeed.
A little alcohol warmth ( which is nice ).
Definently my favoite IPA or close... very close. The fresh hops give a wonderful complexity to the brew. My first wet hop ale.
12-23-2008 17:40:50 | More by hoplover82
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
The boys (and quite possibly girls) at Sierra Nevada have concocted some fine brews finally available for purchase over Dan Murphy's counter here in Australia, this is one of those beers. I'm not of the opinion that everything they touches turns to gold (more like amber actually), however they have so far been a decent brewery and I'm looking forward to this Hop Ale.
Poured from a 710ml bottle into a Stein.
A: This fine ale presents with a cloudy burnt orange body and about 1cm of a creamy off-white head. Looks very appealing.
S: Full bouquet of pine needles, grapefruit, and cannabis fragrance hops... having trouble detecting malt grains as the hop aroma is overwhelming the senses... which is never a bad thing. Definitely a good score in this department.
T: Flavour is a mixed bag. Hops are dominant throughout, however they don't present anything different from what was expected - citrus; check, resin; check, herbaceous characters; check. There is a caramel malt base in the middle that adds a hint of sweetness to balance out the bitter but overall the taste is hops, with added dry hops. Missing some flavour complexity.
M: The body is medium, with a mid to low carbonation and a slight oil slickness as well.
D: Good? Yes. Great? No. It's got a classic American IPA vibe to it, the only thing that is missing is finesse in the hopping (the dry hopping feels a little overbearing), and a bit of sweetness. This doesn't taste like a classic IPA (which has stronger bitterness, more diacetyl and tea-like tannin hops), but it is an American IPA (which is more like a ramped up version of an APA). Don't be mistaken - it is quite drinkable, these are merely the quibbles of a deranged hop-lover.
Food match: Pad Thai would work well with this, balance between the resinous hops and coriander (or "Cilantro" for the Yanks) would agree greatly with my taste buds... just don't forget the fresh chilli.
08-28-2012 09:36:19 | More by doktorhops
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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