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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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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 110 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jwswigs, May 29, 2014
Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice reddish golden color with two fingers of nearly white head. Head has tremendous staying power (no doubt due to the fresh hops) and leaves lacing rings down the sides of my glass.

S - Citrsusy, grapefruity hop aroma. Some grassy smell in there as well.

T - A very nice hoppy ride. Straightforwars with a tiny bit of citrus hop initially. The brew gives way to some earthy hop. The finish and aftertaste are comprised of a ton of earthy hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste.

M - A smooth, slick feel with just the right prickly carbonation.

D - Another winner. A quenching hop bitterness and smooth feel make this one easy to quaff.

EStreet20, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of kiki3drt292
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kiki3drt292, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jburd19
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jburd19, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is basically SN PA hopped up with fresh, citrusy, grassy hops--really nice balance with the toasty biscuity malt and just enough sweetness to really complement the bitter hops. The beer was a very nice copper color with a good two fingers of foam that had good cling and sustain. The mouthfeel was rich and easily slid down the back of my throat, I could finish two 22oz bottles by myself easily

Highly recommended and cheap at $4 a bomber

Soonami, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -1.2%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of PhageLab
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright, vibrant orange coloration, decent two tip head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Pleasant grapefruit aroma with a kiss of fresh hops. Near the end however a strange fishy smell makes an appearance.

T - Very sweet fruity body with a low bitterness and a slight hint of pine. Disappointingly bland, I was expecting some more flavors to be present.

M - Oily light body, medium carbonation level, leaves a syrupy coating on the palate.

D - Not bad at all, but fairly boring. I doubt I'd seek this one out anytime soon. I suppose it's worth a try if you find it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

PhageLab, May 20, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured an amber orange color that produced a nicely sized, white fluffy head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some pale and caramel malts in the beginning, and an earthy, grassy hops aroma and citrus mixed together, although the hops were not as abundant as I expected

T - The taste of this beer was an outstanding mix of caramel malts, followed by a wonderful mixture of an array of hops, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, peppery and piney were all present, and all mixed perfectly

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was just about perfect for a beer ike this, light bodied, moderate carbonation, silky smooth, nothing not to like

T - Very few beers cause me do drop to one knee and praise the Lord for beer, and this was one of them, just a wonderful beer by a wonderful brewery

cvfish, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of photomike
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an unbelievably great looking clear orangy red with really fluffy, off white head. Insanely thick coating of lace all down the sides of my glass. Crazy retention and a nice thick layer of head remains for the duration of the glass. Absolute visual perfection.

Smell is exceptional as well, though somewhat understated. Malty sweetness perfectly balanced with grassy hops.

Taste is pretty damn good as well, but unfortunately not quite at the level of the appearance and aroma. Very grassy and pine-like hops are all over this one. Vaguely biscuity malt is in the background, and the finish is very bitter.

The body on this one is on the light side of medium, and the carbonation is effervescent and fitting for the weight of the beer. Slick and oily.

This beer is close to exactly what I look for in my APAs, a style that I am growing to like more every day. The immensely bitter finish is keeping this from being TOO drinkable, but the bomber is no problem. In the heat, this is going to be a really refreshing beer bordering on sessionable.

A very nice offering; I like it better than the last Harvest release, and easily one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. Will buy again.

photomike, Jun 12, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

sonofliberty2, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

bird22, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

JRBecks, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dolfan907, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Yellolab2010, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of dgallina
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives in a chunky 24 ounce brown bottle. Clearly marked as the 1st release of 2008.

The beer is clear golden-tan in the glass. Displays a few fingers of foam initially, though that quickly devolves into a creamy off-white sheen. Excellent lace retention on the glass. Very fresh, though not raw, aroma. The hops exhibit blended herbal, citrus, and pine tones. Flavor displays a nice balance of toasted malt and fresh hop notes. Tastes as it smells, with a bitter fruity finish. Body is rich, creamy, and filling; tending towards slippery oiliness.

dgallina, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: A vivacious copper body with a bountiful creamy off white ice cream float head. Lace spread across the edges like a Victoria Secret catalog.

S: Citrus soap, cilantro stems, cedar chips, orange oil, lime leaves, coriander and black pepper. Sweet toasted caramel, pine, honey and hibiscus.

T/M: First sip is muted and thin with not much really standing out. Citrus hops begin to arrive and are accompanied by pilsner malt, herbal and floral hop present. The caramel base is not as sweet as the nose but the toasted aspect comes through. Delicate spices dance in the thin semi watered down body. Finish is dry and showcases the bitterness if the hops with lemon zest and strong brewed tea tannin.

O: A super fresh nice drinkable ale that delivers what it advertises. The mouthfeel is strange but the flavor is on point. I remember enjoying the Northern Hemisphere better.

Hopswagger, May 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber with two fingers of eggshell head that leaves a strong lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Very light on the aroma, but there is definitely some citrusy and piney hops but also a slight malty sweetness along with a bit of peppery spice.

T - Very muted taste, a hop profile that is very floral but not a lot. I could compare this to an APA more than an IPA. There is some malty sweetness but only enough to balance out the bit of hops.

M/D - Mouthfeel is rich and smooth and lacks the bite of most American IPA. This is reasonably drinkable but certainly not the best IPA for $5 a bomber.

mwa423, Jul 28, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2011 bottle (passed on the 2008 bottle at an unnamed local store)

A: Deep reddish amber color, half a finger of thick, white, resilient head. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet and sticky, lots of resiny pine hops with ample caramel malts and a bit of a breadiness around too.

T: Bitter and sweet hop flavors here, loving the strength of them. Not as much malt to pick up on here, but you'll enjoy the pine and citrus.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky finish.

O: Enjoyable, hoppy, readily available (during early summer) beer. I might not drink this one all the time but I anticipate picking it up again next year.

AwYeh, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of lpotter
4/5  rDev -1.2%

lpotter, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of rpstevens
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rpstevens, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of demcorhip
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

demcorhip, Jun 25, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

EF4, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Gyle41386, May 18, 2009
Photo of BBM
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BBM, Jul 15, 2008
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.