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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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2,841 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,841
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 76
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 2,841 | Reviews: 1,311
Photo of mikey711
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass to enjoy before having dinner. It's the same color orange as a sweet potato. Leaving a frothy head that leaves a nice lacing. I was surprised that this was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. Some pine and citrus notes but not much else. The first sip was filled with piney bitterness. Couldn't sense much else going on besides that in terms of taste. Its a little rough in terms of mouth feel but still fairly sessionable. If your not into hops then you won't like this beer. Overall this is a great value buy but a little more aroma and complexity would have been nice.

Photo of 420Rick
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very lucky to get this, I haven't been to the store in a while and just swung through to say hello, and low and behold...BAM.

Amber with an off white head, nothing wrong, but not particularly beautiful. A little hazy.

The smell is super dank, and not at all sharp. This might be one of the most weed-like IPAs I've ever smelled.

The taste too is not at all sharp. It's a bit vinuous, sort of sauvingnon blac like. It really reminds me of my first good experience with an IPA.

Good mouthfeel, refreshing but full

highly drinkable, hides the booze, again refreshing but gives you something to taste and think about.

Photo of cletusdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Dolfan907
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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

24 oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a slightly hazy reddish gold with a thin white head. Nice piney hop aroma that's not overwhelming. Also some caramel malt as it warms. Medium body with a decent malt backbone. Decent amount of hop bitterness with a slightly spicy hop profile. Good hop finish but not overyly drying. Very drinkable.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle (2008 release) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: A nice copper color with a huge pillowy white head that leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S: Fresh cut grass with some earthy spices.

T: A great and unique brew. I loved Sierra's first Harvest brew and I like this one as well. Which one did I like more? Not sure, but they are very different beers. It's a totally different hop profile than Sierra has every used before. The best words I can think of to describe the hops in this one are "spicy" and peppery. Again, very different than Sierra's usual use of citrusy and piney hops. It's still balanced very well over the caramel malts.

M: As with their other harvest ale, the mouthfeel is the best part. It's smooth and creamy, coating the mouth with delicious hop oils.

D: Very drinkable, very delicious. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 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 Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jbeervt
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 timontheroad
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NHbeerfishing
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jburd19
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dedbeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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