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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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91
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2,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 62
Gots: 92 | 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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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For me, SN produces some of the best and some of the worst beer in America. This one falls squarely in the middle and is, in fact, a rather predictable AIPA. The color is a welcoming light amber, with loads of bubbles and a vanishing fritzy head. In other words, not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. Plenty of grapefruit and tart citrus in the nose, some notes of caramel and a wee bit of toasted grains, with some high-leaping bubbles to land on your nose. In other words... not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. There's a nice bite from the fizz (pleasant on a hot evening) and a strong blow of hops/citrus/grapefruit from beginning to end in the taste, with some malt density to add gravity and body. In other words... uh... um... well, it's not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. I will note that the malt content is rather high for this style, I think, which probably saved it from being a total dud for me.

Worth the $5 to give it a try but not worth repeating.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 17:00:18 | More by gfreed
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-18-2013 00:23:14 | More by Hopdaemon39
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rwilde

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-21-2012 23:49:39 | More by rwilde
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socalbrewlvr

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-17-2013 11:59:29 | More by socalbrewlvr
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Kornoms

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2012 23:38:28 | More by Kornoms
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light golden ale, darker than straw witha little ruby tint, witha clean, fluffy white head that lingers for a bit. Strong citrusy hop nose, orangey rather than grapefruit continues with a strong fresh hop bite on the palate. Light biscuity malt back bone that's a bit too weak for the hop, as intended, but for me the hop is a bit grassy, chewy, and takes away from the beer overall. Sharp, lingering grassy aftertaste as well. While a noble experiment that I'm glad to have participated in, it misses the mark compared to SN's previous fresh hop ales with American hops. Thanks for the hard work, but I'll stop at one.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:47:50 | More by FightingEntropy
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MSchae1017

Georgia

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

This beer was poured from the 24oz bottle into a 22oz snifter.

The beer pours an amber orange with an off white head that leaves a ring and wisps of foam that never fade. This foam leaves bits of lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malts and floral hops. The flavor is similar but also introduces some piney hops. I had had this on tap on a previous occasion, when it was admittedly fresher, and it tasted a bit grassy. None of those flavors are present here however. The Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation, appropriate for a pale ale. Overall, a drinkable pale ale, borderline ipa, similar to a lot of SN beers. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:27:57 | More by MSchae1017
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Dolfan907

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%

10-31-2013 16:32:45 | More by Dolfan907
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jemarent

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-01-2014 06:42:41 | More by jemarent
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mmmbeerNY

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-13-2014 05:07:52 | More by mmmbeerNY
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

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

A- Rich golden copper color, two finger head.

S- Strong yet mellow citrusy hop aroma.

T- Nice hop bite balanced slightly by a light malt sweetness.

M- Smooth and just barely light enough for the style.

D- Pretty good, the bomber was perfect.

A good pale ale with a unique hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 22:51:06 | More by Pauly2X
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-05-2012 21:09:29 | More by lpotter
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-01-2013 00:11:46 | More by dubdrop
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours amber with a thick off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving some decent lacing

S-Hoppy, pine and hint of citrus

T-Very hop forward as expected. Piney with just a hint of citrus and spicy. A slight caramel malt backbone. It reminded me of Celebration to be honest.

M-Thick and chewy

D-Very drinkable even given it is fairly hoppy

Overall, I'm glad I had a chance to try this as it was another solid IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 13:56:47 | More by thegodfather2701
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-10-2012 11:01:59 | More by IPAFrankieH
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dominic4beer

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-17-2014 00:29:32 | More by dominic4beer
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-18-2012 01:16:22 | More by RyanGoodman
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

06-04-2014 21:38:08 | More by Profchaos20
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-25-2011 20:36:01 | More by WhitmansNiece
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Popp24

California

3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-06-2012 03:35:17 | More by Popp24
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-09-2012 06:31:02 | More by nosavingsaccount
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wingman14

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008, 1st Release

This one pours a darkish copper with orange hues with a frothy off white head that leaves nice lacing. A very nice citrus hop aroma with some sweet notes. The smell was underwhelming compared to the taste. The hop taste is super huge, not a super bitter taste, but the power of the hop is used well in this brew. The taste is not over the top, but still is full flavored. The mouthfeel is great because of the hop focus, the bitterness is expected but not experienced. A medium body and a good balance. This is a great beer, definitely for the hop heads, a great addition to the Sierra Nevada line-up.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:09:04 | More by wingman14
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Philousa

California

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear rusty copper color with a rocky tan head with a small amount of lacing. The color is mesmerizing. Spicy, earthy hops provide the bulk of the aroma with toasted biscuit and a little bit of grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is smooth and malt dominated, starting with cream and fluffy wonder bread, followed by toasted, then burnt biscuit, then come the bitter, barky hops with a good amount of linger in them. Feel is middling, very appropriate for the style, and finish is balanced.

This is one flavorful IPA without overkill on hops. I never thought I'd like having a malty IPA until I tried this. It's slightly spicy and earthy, which is what makes this brew unique. I'll be seeking this out in the spring every year.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 05:16:05 | More by Philousa
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-28-2012 23:19:35 | More by VikeMan
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lsummers

California

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

Pours a brilliant clear as can be copper orange. Three finger tall white fluffy head. Got to be careful pouring this one.

Smells of lemon, peppery, slightly piney and tropical fruits. There's a sweetness quality from a bready malt backbone. Slightly floral notes.

Taste hits at first with that bite of the hop. Dry and bitter with some of that piney, floral, lemon, and pepper. Highly drinkable even though it's a touch unbalanced. The fact it's slightly harsh with it's hop bite makes this one stand out. There's a sweet malty backbone that mixes well with the sticky piney hop notes. Overall, I've had this before and I know I'll have it again. I try it every year, and I'd suggest to any hop lover out there it's a must try. Although not the hop bomb as other extreme ipa's, this does make up for it in it's fresh hop bite. A hot summer night makes this the perfect beer for the occasion.

I could see having this beer with some thai, spicy wings or pizza. It's kind of like that perfect beer that doesn't get in way of the taste of the food and the food won't get in the way of the beer's taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:59:47 | More by lsummers
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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