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: 2,832
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 71
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.24/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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

Clear orange and light copper hues, with a big 3-finger head that only grudgingly recedes to sticky lace.

Aroma is leafy, vegetal hops with a bit of biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: This isn't the hop-lovers' wonderland that the American autumn version is, but it's still a delicious brew. Tangy, leafy hops throughout, with a nice level of balance imparted by biscuit flavored malt. Sweetness and mouthfeel also hit the APA bullseye. A little bit of peppery spice in the background.

Excellent drinkability -- nice and full on the tongue with bitterness just a couple notches under IPA levels.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbling apricot and peach colors with chunks of orange floating about. The head put forth a orange stained white blob of foam with crusty bubbles. The head peeled away slowly and splattered wonky lacing about. This color has some character, I don't know what it is but I like it

S: the nose was not as I was expecting. It wallows in hop citrus notes with a dry earthy spiciness. I also gather faint whiffs of caramelized pale malts. Things seem rather laid back but it is still a treat for the nose

T: big floral citrus flavor with complementary toasted malts make for a darn good APA. Most notably, the toasted malts splashed with caramel act as a jump rope and the hops are left to jump freely. The hops are of lemons, grapefruit, sprinkled with pepper and with squeezes of orange rinds. This thing hits like a good IPA

M: body is mild and refreshing. The carbonation is spot on for the style and melds with the flavors to make a brisk brew

D: very drinkable and yet another solid Sierra Nevada beer

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger off white head. Good lacing. An interesting red/orange grapefruit color.

S. Floral, citrusy, grassy hops. A grapefruit citrus smell.

T. A very well balanced taste. More of the floral hops ont he flavor, sweet caramel malt taste. Some citrus flavors. Not as bitter as the smell might imply.

M. Medium bodies. Well carbonated.

D. Very easy to drink. Has a smoothness that makes it go down very easy. A very good APA.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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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

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