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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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Reviews: 1,331
Hads: 2,960
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 86
Gots: 175 | 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: 1,331 | Hads: 2,960
Photo of Pedro07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised my local still had a few 24's of these wondeful brews sitting around so I thought I'd grab one. Poured in a nonic.

A - Pour is rather smoother, and reveals a finger-think white head. A beautiful dark-copper beer stares back at me.
S - The smell is not super stimulating like a Two Hearted, although that is probably because this beer has been around for a few months. I seem to remember it stronger. Very floral aroma, maybe some citrus, but more floral.
T - The flavor is mouthwatering. Some hop-centric (IPA's) ales have a sharp flavor, this one has a sweetness that balances the tart, citrus flavor and makes the mouth water for more!
M - Good mouthfeel. Not too thin, with the right amount of carbonation.
D - Drinkability of this brew is nice. I have definatly put down some of these over the summer and I'm happy to find it again in the middle of the arctic-land that is Michigan in January!

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Photo of rossthefireman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
A- Nice amber hue, the amber that reminds me of fall. Good head.

S- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a malt backbone

T- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a maly backbone (just like the smell!) Grapefruit hits the tongue and as it mellows in the mouth you pick up a nice malty backbone.

M- Nice hop resin/oil stickiness coats the mouth but not overdone, Good carbonation

D- A beer all hop heads will enjoy!

Another stellar offering from SN. If you like hops, if you love fresh hop flavor, this is the beer for you. You can tell the hops are fresh as soon as you smell it. And the fresh hops are really apparent when this brew hits you mouth. Its as if the randal was invented to imitate this beer! Every time SN release a fresh hop ale, it delivers, and this one delivers as usual. Bravo SN, you did it again!

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Photo of RevRaymer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I find it hard to say that a beer is perfect but this one comes really close. It pours a smooth copper color with a nice head. The smell is wonderful and the feel is light and crisp. The taste is refreshing, smooth, and very well balanced. Great flavor of fresh hops but their is not a particular flavor that overwhelms all the others.

This is just a delightful spring, early summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of tdrshayden
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a big and stubby 24 oz bottle, this ale has a clear amber appearance with 3 fingers of off-white foam. Sheets of lace cling to the walls of glass as it empties.

Fresh Floral, spicy aroma with a faint malt presence.

Crispy hop flavor with a pleasant malt backing. The finish is very dry and long.

Although I finished my pint rather quickly I preferred Sierra's Harvest 2007 over the SH.

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Photo of bobquick
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just bought a case of 12 24oz bottles in PA for $43. A little over $3.50 a bottle and well worth it. I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan and this beer does not disappoint. A smooth/balanced beginning ends with a nice hoppy finish. I think its quite comparable to their pale ale, but a bit higher in ABV so watch out. More head than expected and little or no yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. That was a welcome surprise to me because I can have an allergic reaction if I consume too much.

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Photo of AGDMainer
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For pure value, Sierra Nevada is tough to compete with. That being said, I have come to expect a lot with my love for Torpedo and the original wet hop harvest. Pours extremely nicely with great color, good head and very good lacing. Smell is solid with a lot of straw and earth. First sip was underwhelming. As it warmed, the taste improved but never hit a high note. Definitely a value for the price but lacking, in my opinion, in its overall flavor and balance. I like my IPAs big and that is not a strength of this brew. Well worth the price of admission but unlikely to buy more.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest 2nd release, poured into English pint.

Two finger, khaki, frothy head dissipates slowly to an island of foam; cloudy, golden straw body with glints of orange. Except for the bits of sediment floating around which are probably my fault for a bad decant, this beer is beautiful!

Nose consist of strong floral and grapefruit notes with hints of strawberry

Hint of caramel biscuit malt upfront and way in the back no discernable sweetness, fades into a wonderful fruity, floral, tad spicy hop flavor with fruity esters that finish with notes of floral grapefruit

Beer is medium bodied in the mouth, slightly sticky and creamy

Wow what a beer! Probably one of the best APA's I have had to this date! Very refreshing and with such a wonderful taste and smell I could easily kill a couple of bombers. I cant wait to get my hands on next years!

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

Picked up at Olivers from their sole allotment of five cases. Nice amber/orange color with a fairly minimal head. Bringing the glass up for the first sip revealed a pleasant citrus aroma. The flavor is a nice hoppy, bitter one which you would expect from this type of beer. It finishes off with a pleasant, but not excessive, crispness. I like this one and am glad I picked up a case while it was available.

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Photo of pd360
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber, very clear. I thought the aroma to be light and floral. The flavor however delivered, very bold. This beer has two distinct stages. It first hits with a sweet citrus flavor. The sweetness being a bit maple syrupy. Next comes the bitter, with a finish that lingers nicely. This is a delicious very drinkable beer that is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber color with off-white head that clings to the glass like a needy girlfriend.

sweet, with pine, floral and citrus notes.

Finishes with a lingering floral hops.

an amped-up SN APA. Delish...

Served in a 24 oz. bottle, who needs more than one??

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Photo of mdale13
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper. Billowy white head, 1 finger head. Really a beautiful beer.

S- Fresh Hops, pine, citrus. A very sharp, bitter smell. Very inviting.

T- Very hoppy. Traces of citrus, pine, grass. Very refreshing. Bitter tinge towards the end.

M- Really hits the palette. Very refreshing taste. Bitterness on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable. I put down the 24oz Bomber no problem. I will certainly buy this beer again!

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice shade of copper. Slightly hazy with a thick head that slowly recesses to a fluffy creamy head.

S: Floral and dark fruits. Bready and a perfume like aroma.

T: A bitter and dark fruit flavor play well with some biscuit qualities. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Light and smooth, covers your mouth well.

D: You could down these all down long, very sessionable.

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Photo of Slats
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice head with good retention. Clean copper color.

S: Mellow pine hops and citrus, comes of clean and neat.

T: Very nice grapefruit flavors balanced with nice caramel malts. Nice prickly pepper notes and a great pine finish.

M: A bit light in body but not bothersome at all.

D: Extremely drinkable, nice finish , lots of flavor and complexity for the lowish ABV.

Go get some, easy to knock back and relax to.

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Photo of foxbat2500
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know what you're thinking, Sierra Nevada - they are just good session material now. Nothing a hop head should really focus on.

Wrong! How did I not drink this for this long. Its really great stuff.

A- Nice light amber color. Thin head that stays. Nice lacing

Smell - hoppy the good stuff.

Taste- lemon & orange with pine. Taste lingers.

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Photo of SaisonFest
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle served at 55f in a samual adams perfect pint glass, paired with a tombstone veggie pizza that i added pepperocini peppers from a jar onto, and some Gouda cheese. no crackers.

Visually i would say the color lies in the middle range for an IPA, a deep sunburst orange throughout. Plenty of sticky lacing, the cap fades after a few mins. This could go either way.

nose is a mixture of mellow orange citrus and floral notes, nothing abrasive on the nose and nothing overpowering.

flavors are approachable, nothing astringent, just rounded orange, flowers, and everything is mellowed out by a backbone of caramel. This one borders the line of Pale ale and IPA.

Body is moderate-heavy, not sticky though. I like them really light for pales and IPAs, so this is off my mark.

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Photo of TonyC
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle, 2012, poured into a pint glass.

A: A very nice copper-amber-orange, that produces a wonderful white thick foamy head that lasts.

S: A nice hoppy aroma that is subtle, but still gives you nice whiffs of citrus and pine, with a slight hint of toffee.

T: A very fresh mix of citrus and pine hop flavors that don't overpower the malty goodness.

M: Chewy and creamy, and very easy to drink. The carbonation is just right for me. Went down too smooth, and was sad when the bottle was empty.

O: Excellent IPA that is well balanced. You get to experience all of the ingredients, with no one ingredient overpowering another.

I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan, and truly believe the brewery does things right. I have not been disappointed in any of the styles that I love from this brewery. So yes, I gave it 5's across the board as I love this beer.

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Photo of robrobrob
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured redorange into the glass with a thick, rocky, white head that lasted and lasted leaving sticky lace all down the sides. Smell was all hops, really fresh smelling with piney and minty grass notes. Taste was a hop explosion in my mouth. The first thing that came to my mind was weed. Up front it tasted just like weed. Pine sap and mintiness were the first favors noticeable, then faded into lemony grapefruity citrus with a good tongue-tingly bitterness that lasted. "Fresh Hop Ale" is how this was described on the bottle and it fits this beer perfectly. At 6.7% ABV, it's definitely drinkable, and it's not too badly priced; I got a 24 oz. bottle for $5.19 at Consumer's.

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Photo of Ell
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is exceptionally rare you'll find a beer this hoppy and floral this drinkable.

Bought in a 24 oz bottle - poured into a mug. Great head with a very hoppy nose. Grapefruit tones were present in the aroma.

Color was a lovely dark amber.

Very light mouthfeel for a whale of a taste. A very big beer for one that was so very smooth and satisfying to drink. I'd just finished mowing the grass, and it was thirst quenching in addition to be being very very tasty.

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Photo of ChrisBakken
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: About a 1.5 finger head, a golden/copper tint.

S: not quite as floral or citrus as expected. Still had a decent hop aroma, balanced by a slight malt notes.

T: Overall a good flavor profile, the hops were not overpowering. The finish is what got me, could not point out what i did not like.

M: Medium body with a slight astringent feel.

D: As a whole a fine brew, but would venture elsewhere next time.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured part into a sam adams proprietary glass and part in to a normal shaker glass.

I wanted to experiment with how a difference in glass will change the beer. It turned out to be pretty significant.

Appearance and Smell - SA glass - Floral with some citrus with a balanced sweetness. Shaker glass - scent was much less strong and more european/noble hoppy smelling than in the SA glass. Both laced VERY well and the SA glass rarely laces with any beer.
Both hd a nice light amber color with a white head.

Taste and Mouthfeel - SA glass - very european hop variety flavored and floral. not my cup of tea as i like my ipa to the citrus and pine end. There is some citrus in there though which is good. The malt bill does a good job of balancing out enough but tihs is a hop forward beer which is a good thing. Shaker - floral hops with a citrusy end and a mild bitter finish. Too much carbonation for my liking i might have to pour the next draw from the bottle more aggressively. The body is spot on in both cups

Drink - Too floral for my liking but not in any way a bad beer and i have no problem finishing hte entire bomber in a short amount of time.

Other Notes - if you like your ipa's towards teh floral end with some euro hop flair in there, pick this one up, if you like urs citrus and pine then you may want to pass on this one but this is in no way a bad beer infact its still quite good given my disposition towards ipas of this style

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Photo of jskoog
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange yellow in color. Scent is pine and lemon peel. Has a bit of a resinous mouthfeel. Taste is similar to the scent. I normally prefer IPAs with a more citrus profile but this was tasty for a change up. In my opinion not as tasty as their Wet Hop but overall a satisfying brew. I could have a few of these in one sitting no problem.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured center from 1 pint 8 oz bomber into a snifter. A lot of pressure released as I cracked the cap. Dark copper color with two fingers of thick dark egg shell white head of mixed size bubbles. Slowly receding head that leaves thick soapy lace. Thick retention, numerous streams of slowly rising bubbles across the entire glass.

Green vegetal hop aroma with toffee notes.

T: Buttery body with toffee. Dry lime hop finish that sticks to the palate well after swallowing.

F: Zippy citrus mouthfeel and a dry ginger ale type finish. A little heavy in the stomach over time and drinkability is reduced for me.

O: I'm not big into IPA's so this isn't something I'd reach for continuously. A little on the simple side for me but still well brewed.

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Photo of chadu
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a small amount of head and an orange slightly hazy appearance. A slight lacing on the glass as it was drank.

A mild hop nose with a nice malt sweetness in the glass.

A malty beginning with a tad of butterscotch and a great floral bitter finish.

The beer is hazy enough that it hides it's carbonation. You can feel the life in the mouth though and it's a pleasant surprise.

This is a tasty beer, but at 6.7%, drinking anymore than the 24oz in the bottle might be a bit much. Quite nice. At about $3.50-$4 for the 24oz, this is priced right. Very affordable special release from Sierra Nevada.


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Photo of cbmatt
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is a very refreshing beer on a hot day. It poured and medium brown color, with a tan head. It smelled strongly of hops, with citrus notes present. Initial taste of of hops mixed with notes of orange. I must say this is one amazing beer, I could drink it all day. I got it in the bomber bottle, it was well worth the $5 I paid for it. Im going to get more this afternoon.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

decent head out of the 24 oz. bottle that is very long lasting. The color is a pleasing red-orange but there is almost no aroma at all. This seemed odd considering the very hop-forward flavor and the whole concept of the beer. The hops are quite bright and intense the instant the beer is in your mouth but the flavor seems to almost disappear within a few instants. There is very little mouthfeel and a very bitter aftertaste from the large amount of hops.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.