1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,841 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 75
Gots: 134 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,311 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JEdmund
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Copper-hued orange, lively carbonation, and a frothy, craggy head attract the eye.

Smell
Caramel malt intertwined with both spicy and fruity hops; not as pungent as I expected for a fresh hop ale

Taste & Mouthfeel
Seemingly balanced up till the finish, when there's a strong bitterness that hangs around; body and texture are wonderful; flavors kick off with caramel, followed by orange and grapefruit, then comes the piney/spicy snap to finish off the experience; hops are all new varieties to me (that I'm aware of) though they taste very familiar to Sierra's common hops, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade.

Overall
Another delicious, well-crafted beer by Sierra Nevada. I'm not struck by fresh hops, but it's definitely a lively, hoppy beer; it just doesn't have that wet, pungent hop aroma and taste I've experienced in other ales. It's definitely worth buying each season, though I would rank it below their fall harvest ale.

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

The beer pours a very nice clear amber red gold color and builds a nice creamy white head about two fingers high. It sticks around a bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The smell of the beer was very light. I could detect some fruity aromas, like citrus pineapple and orange, and some faint sweeter notes like honey or caramel in the background.
Tasting the beer those aromas were confirmed. Up front, a very fruity palette with those citrus and pineapple flavors dominating. In the middle a fine hop selection balances the beer nicely and brings a tingle to the tongue. At the end a slight bitterness pre vales and finishes this refreshing brew.
This brew is medium bodied and an excellent summer beer.

Photo of cletusdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bourbon color with some big off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is largely fresh citrus with some leafy hops, very refreshing and nice.

Taste is pretty refreshing as well with some big hop aromas--lemon and citrus zest, some leafiness. A nice caramel maltiness behind it too, with a bit of spiciness too. Slightly over-malted for me, though.

Nice medium mouthfeel with decent coating and smoothness. Easily drinkable, a very good IPA without the huge price-tag. Worth seeking out, I'm happy I had it even though I paid $4.79 for the 24 oz. I'd probably pay $7.99 for it, so seek it out.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC...

Orange in hue, relatively clear. A gigantic, pillowy head with a sticky lacing. Great aromas from the hops varietals used. Sort of soft on the palate, but a bit thick and viscous, almost syrupy in spots. Flavor was good, but not awe-inspiring. I was hoping it would have been a bit more snappy.

I don't know. Not terrible, but not stellar. A good offering but I am a bit nonplussed by it.

Prosit!

Photo of YalovaIA
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of megahurts4
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest 2010

Appearance: Copper, medium head, some lacing.

Smell: Floral hops, many fruit flavors.

Taste: Floral hops, grapefruit, orange/satsuma, spices, and very pleasing malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth.

Overall:
Imagine the normal Sierra Nevada Pale Ale more refined and flavors added. This is what you get. There is a very good balance between the amount of hops and flavors.

Photo of agreenman19
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of liquorpig
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of 420Rick
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bustersuess
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dedbeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Lothore
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an orangey hue with a 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Most grainy, malt notes with hints of piney hops.

T- Sweet, grainy, caramel and light fruit notes lead into a strong bitter, piney hop taste.

M- Medium bodied, quite a bit of caronation.

D- Very drinkable on a warm summer day.

Photo of marcpal
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why two entries in for this beer, but the picture shows the bottle I had so heres the review.

I expect a lot out of SN and this one wasnt bad, but not great. 24oz bottle poured into pint glass on miserably hot day.

A: Poured bit cloudy auburn color with a thick meringue head. Retention and lacing bountiful

N: Floral hop smells are the first thing with a whole lot of grassiness and citrus. I like hops but this was a lot for a pale ale. Vacant of a matching malt nose.

T: Identical to the smell, all grapefruit and grassy hops with little to no malt balance. Perhaps it was too much of the grapefruit but it covered everything else up in this beer.

Whether it was the hot weather and the overbearing pininess of this one Im not sure, but it wasnt all that great as I had hoped. Or is it that Im not a fan of these NZ hops?

M: Hardly any carbonation in a good way but the oily citrus hops are what is left on the palette.
Long lasting taste.

D: Didnt think it had the balance it needed, would far prefer the celebration to this one.
Wont seek out further, not a favorite from these guys. Far from a bad beer, but a little one sided.

Photo of RWNay
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of treyrab
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to nittanybeerfan for sending this accross PA. I wasted no time putting it in my fridge and pulled it out tonight to pour into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy copper with half finger tan head. Pours so cool into the glass, the glass immediately beads with sweat and drips onto my desk. Not much of a sticky head.

S: Wow. Great skunky, lemony citrus hops blast into my nose. The hops smell so damn fresh. Lemon, citrus and a touch of grassy pine all the way through. A touch of caramel to top it off.

T: Very clean and refreshing with a hint of lemon spices and skunky hops. Reminds me almost of Saaz hops. Not sure what kind of hops are grown in New Zealand. The best aspect though is the caramel back. A tad sweet with caramel and touch of sweet toffee.

M/D: Give me more.

Overall, a great beer. Super fresh and leaves me wanting more!

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cwd
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,841 ratings.