Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
2010 batch from the bottle. It pours a clear auburn hue; once in the glass it's topped by a sustaining bone-colored cap. Hops are strong on the nose, herbal and earthy in character, faintly fruity and tropical, more malty and bready as it warms. On the tongue it's a harmonious blend of malts and hops, initially earthy and herbal, then bready and malty. Flavors of tropical fruit and bitter orange peel are faintly detected before a firm herbal bitterness picks up in the finish. It's medium-bodied, light yet substantial, and drying from start to finish. Another solid if somewhat underwhelming batch of this beer.
05-11-2010 23:35:21 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev -2%
This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry citrus, mostly grapefruit, and bready caramel malt. The taste is mostly in-line with the aroma - big citrus hops, a bit of edgy pine, and more caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and kind of airy, and it finishes dry, the piney, fruity hops predominating.
A pretty good IPA, even if the citrus components' hemispherical origins are lost on me. And the retail cost of the bomber form of this beer is a bit outlandish - I saw it at a grocery store for 9 bucks. Good thing I found it on tap, on a cheap pint night...
08-05-2010 04:56:13 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a clear amber with a decent creme head. Leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Flavor is bitter in the hoppy way you'd expect. It's pretty earthy overall and a minor salt edge is there as well. Pine character is here too and I felt it showed up as the beer warmed. Carbonation bites and the liquid is typical. A nice APA. Not sure exactly why we need a year round version of this style, but that's American for you. Who cares if we need it. We can do it, so let's just do it.
05-23-2008 00:52:44 | More by RblWthACoz
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is full of floral hops, along with caramelized malts and fruity citrus.
T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty malt character to provide a nice balance.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.
06-22-2008 05:14:37 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
A - Two fingers of fluffy, off white head. As it slowly settles, it leaves thick, sticky lace. The body is a slightly hazy, reddish copper color.
S - Strong, medicinal, pine hop aroma. A robust malt backbone with notes of caramel and toast.
T - Sweet, thick caramel malt up front with spicy pine hops. A wave of mouth coating bitterness washes over the palate in the middle, fading to slightly fruity yeast notes in the finish. Lingering caramel malt and hop bitterness and some slight tobacco notes.
M - Syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.
D - I expected a more complex hop profile than I got with this one. There is a strong hop note balancing the huge malt backbone, but the hops are one dimensional; pine and bitterness. The thick, malty body makes this beer seem bigger than it is and the sweet finish keeps it from being a session beer. A decent, drinkable beer, but I was hoping for something more.
06-10-2009 04:44:11 | More by nickfl
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
FIrst review 6/7/08:
Appears a pale copper hue with a large off white head formed thick above the rim of my pint glass. Fine speckled lacing left behind. Fresh hop aroma citrus zest with floral tones as well nice profile. Flavor up front bitterness with hop oils awesome flowing hopped up pale ale. Delicious hop bitterness with caramel biscuit and signature Sierra Nevada yeast notes. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with hop resins and carbonation is moderate and even never overbearing or too much. Drinkability is an A plus all around. Can't wait to have more of this stuff, great concept I'm glad they pulled it off.
2nd review 5/14/13:
Pours a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a khaki beige head, slightly dimpled texture going on billowing above the edges of my glass. Aromatics bring out ripened tropical fruit, citrus rinds, fresh cut green grassiness that just works in a cohesive force. It's like hop perfume basically very aromatic biscuit caramelized malts balance it out nicely. Flavors work so nicely, SN has been doing this for years, lip smacking bitterness fades as the malts blend so cohesively with the big hop layers going on. A perfect marriage of the malt and the hop, citrus rind, tropical fruit, grassy hops collide into a wave of fully fermented malts caramelized sugars breathe a bit of alcohol depth to add more complexity. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous medium bodied but refreshing with each sip, the dichotomy of drinkability and big beer in one glass. Overall I never pass on either version of Sierra Nevada Harvest, plus it's always pretty damn cost effective on top of the quality of each bottle I've tasted.
06-07-2008 21:28:35 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Had this about 2 weeks ago, review based on notes
Pours an amber/copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention
S: Pine & biscuitty malt
T: Pine & grapefruit, plus caramel & herbal hops up front. More herbal piney hops as this warms. A hint of booze, breadyness & more hops in the finish
MF: Medium bodied, chewy with subtle carbonation & good balance
Drinks really easy, can't really find any real fault with this offering
06-23-2008 20:01:32 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Picked up a bottle of the 2009 (2nd release) at West Lakview Liquors. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.
A - After a cascading reverse waterfall type foaming it settles to a four-finger dirty blonde foam with excellent retention and tons of gorgeous lacing. The brew is a slightly hazed fire-orange color with lots of bubbles, both rising to the top and on the sides of the glass. Looks a tad overcarbonated.
S - Earthy dank floral hop smell - only a tiny hint of the usual citrus or pine hoppiness here - and maybe a touch of alcohol. Malt character is bready, with almost a rye-like sourness to it. I remember liking last year's batch a lot more for some reason.
T - The taste has a nice toffee sweetness and spice to it that morphs into an zesty bitterness that lingers for quite a while and builds quite a bit. This is an unusual brew in that I prefer the taste to the smell - the malt sweetness comes out quite a bit more and balances the earthy hoppiness.
M - Moderate carbonation with a bit of burn on the lips and palate. Light to medium body that is quite smooth and soft. Pretty standard APA texture here.
D - The bitterness actually accumlates quite a bit, and the carbonation gets a touch bloaty over the generous 24oz serving size. Otherwise the alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down pretty easy.
I think I liked the 1st release quite a bit more, but maybe my palate has changed or something. Solid and reasonably priced session brew.
05-29-2009 19:53:26 | More by MasterSki
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Big 24 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Nice of SN to squeeze a couple extra oz in there for the price.
Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Fantastic looking retention from this guy, that lasts almost the whole way through the duration of the glass. Lacing is massive and sticky. The aroma is fresh, earthy esters and spices, some tingling hop bitterness, citrus, and some sweet malts way in the back.
The taste is fresh, mellow, earthy hops with an underlying subtle bitterness underneath it. All of that is balanced nicely by a backbone of silky caramel sweetness, and a tingle of citrus for some additional liveliness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel, creamy carbonation and a dry fin. Very easygoing.
I like what SN did with this. It's of course not the full blown hop explosian that the regular Harvest is but is instead a very nice counterpart to that style and beautifully shows another side of a diffrent type of fresh hops experience. What it does have in common is a great taste and big drinkibility. I'm sold!
06-20-2008 16:46:07 | More by Kegatron
3.73/5 rDev -8.1%
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale
Clear, ruby red coloring, huge, puffy, creamy-toned head.
Lovely aromatics....rose petals, grapes, orange peel...berries.
Fresh in the mouth, fresh on the tongue. Great play of hops on the palate, nice little tap, buck & wing, then softly off...
Nicely balanced ale, this...good sweet malt buttress, nice fandango of hop blitz, softly fading...Medium bodied, long, hoppy finish. Doesn't bother the tongue too much, which is good for some, but not for me. Very approachable ale, nice and even-handed.
06-12-2008 23:31:45 | More by feloniousmonk
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Harvest 2010 -- bottled April 23, 2010 if I understand the code correctly. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is amber and hazy, forms a thin head of off white tiny bubbles that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated. Looks good.
Aroma is overall weak but its kind of piny hoppy. Not much there.
Beer is pretty thick with a nice back palate bitterness. Its not malty but it quite heavy for an IPA. Almost chewy on the palate. Its good and I believe I've had this beer for the past several years when it comes out. Definitely not my favorite IPA and I couldn't drink it everyday, but its decent.
08-12-2010 23:57:53 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
I picked this up at Quick six west in York, Pa. Poured chilled from the 24oz brown bottle into a Bass trademark glass. 8140c-16:37 freshness date.
A - A gently hazed dark amber/sunset shade w/ hints of copper and gold. The head is a creamy rocky beige of about 2 fingers settling out to about 1/4 inch and leaving a light coating of lace.
S - Spicy floral hoppy aroma w/ a nice full malty odor mixed w/ earthy leafy fresh resinous scents. Subtle fruity esters like apricot and citrus notes enhance the aroma w/ a touch of sour orange.
M - Sweetness and moderately full on carbonation floolowed by a bitter hop bite and spice which lingers until the dry and mostly clean finish.
T - A wonderful dose of english tasting hops which even though it is piney is very bitter, but has pine needle like sharp flavor which relaxes as the substantial American malt swells. The yeast is clean and accents the hops w/ a tinge of citrus , but not quite grapefruit, more tart orange. The malt is both toasty and slightly creamy w/ the soft resinous oily taste of the hoops riding high and making the bitterness stand out as the beer warms the hops open up and the taste is slightly grassy w/ more spice.
D - An excellent fresh hop ale, intense hop flavor and it has a flavor that is not your ordinary 'c' fest. A really interesting beer w/ exceptional drinkability.
I tried the 2009 version on 5/20
A -4 S-4 M-4 T-4.5 D-4
Poured chilled into a Nonic
A -Dark gold/light amber w/ a thick pale head good clarity and visible carbonation and light lace
S -Sweet toasted malt w/ citrus and gentle pine
M - Crisp moderate carbonation w/ medium body and medum bitterness w/ spice and mild astringency
T - Lemony w/ mild pine flavor and gentle sweet malt dry flavor w/ leafy hops that are slightly herbal w/ faint spice and mild alcohol flavor. Gentle fruit tast w/ hints of apple but mellow the taste is hop but has plenty of malt flavor to cushion
D This is a very drinkable APA-plenty of fresh hop flavor. I could drink a few and not get tired. I am glad this continues to be offered by Sierra Nevada.
07-07-2008 17:03:11 | More by Slatetank
3.95/5 rDev -2.7%
On tap at Delaneys in New Haven
A: Clear golden reddish slight brown color with decent head
M: Fresh light lower alpha hops, slight malt and touch of sweetness, slightly piney and very slight citrus
T: Fresh hop bite, again starts with lower alpha hops though, some crystal malts but mostly hops and pale malts, a little alcohol, the fresh hop bite picks up as it goes and gets pretty bitter, some nice pine and citrus starting to come in stronger
M: Semi light on the tongue, could use a bit more carbonation (hard to call since its on tap)
F: Very bitter, it gets very hoppy on the finish with some pine and citrus, very fresh hoppy taste which fades semi quickly to a semi dry clean finish
Final thoughts: A nice IPA, lots of fresh hop taste, starts light bitterness with low alpha hops, then gets a huge fresh bitter hop bite at the end. Could have used a little more dark malts IMO, but I'm a malty IPA kinda person.
08-22-2009 14:53:58 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
what an unreal brew, something so special to have a fresh hop ale in the spring months. the freshness of this beer is top notch. it pours a darker copper share, nice and clear, with an excitable off white head an inch high. the nose is citrusy hops, really juicy, but also plenty bitter, and the pale malt profile is just right as balance. the hops really shine in the flavor, and there is some pineapple type of tropical complex that I seem to always get from hops from new Zealand, although I am largely unfamiliar with these specific varietals. this beer oozes sierra Nevada quality, it is just a work of art. every bit as delicious as the northern, this is a beer I could happily drink every single day. the feel rocks, its soft and creamy, almost cask like, but well carbonated and very refreshing. the color is darker but the body is light, and I find 6.7% abv to be exactly what I like in an ipa I am going to drink all day. I just wish this was available all the time, its everything I want in a beer and nothing I don't, an exceptional product from sierra Nevada, who in many ways is still the kind of hop. I am going to buy more today!
06-04-2013 16:36:06 | More by StonedTrippin
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a nice hop aroma. It's not overly hoppy, but it has an appreciable bitterness level. The taste is great! It has a killer hop bitterness that hits you up front and lingers in the finish. The malts provide adequate balance without stifling the hop character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn good APA. It's well balanced with a tremendous hop taste; a well brewed APA.
07-19-2009 18:41:41 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -1.5%
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is dominated by citrus and bread notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of bready malt along with some caramel malt. The hop flavors I get are orange and pine, with orange being the most prevalent. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
11-16-2010 06:45:21 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. We opened this during a New Years Eve tasting.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head. There is a pretty good amount of head that sticks around throughout the pour.
Smell: Sweet malt with some fresh citrus peel hops. The citrus notes remind me of tangerine.
Taste: Bitter hops with notes of citrus peel and grass. There is a good amount of sweet malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is bitter from the hops and a bit peppery.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: The fresh hops in this beer have a very nice flavor. The hops and malt balance each other well, but the hops are the star. I would definitely have another.
01-03-2012 02:52:57 | More by oline73
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
Dark orangey amber in the Crooked Line tulip. The usual SN professional-strength head and fine carbonation. Smells like apples, lemons, and marmalade. Very attractive with a long-lasting foam. Some fruit and sweet malt to start. Pears and Schweppes Bitter Lemon.
This is all about the hops, which I find are Southern Cross, Pacifica and Motueka from New Zealand. They are all new varieties to me, but it's a bitter blend. Spicy and on the acidic side. Almost severely woody, like it was strained through leaf mold. Drinkable enough, but not a brew to gulp. Medium body. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.
05-19-2013 04:31:04 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +1%
From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.
a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.
t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.
08-23-2011 19:27:24 | More by mdfb79
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
2008 - 1st release - 24 oz. bottle:
Pours copper with an off-white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.
The smell is lemony citrus with a background of buttered biscuit. It has a "Sierra Nevada" aroma about it (a good thing).
The taste is of sweet malt, some caramel, a touch of butterscotch. Herbal hops come in a bit late, but then hang on. The is an aspirin-like/tea-leaf bitterness/dryness mixing in with the sweetness in the finish.
The feel is a bit too weak to keep up with the alcohol sharpness, but is still medium-bodied.
An interesting beer. Pretty well-balanced, with a nice citric/lemon touch. Not one of my favs. from this brewery, but a nice enough, different, one.
06-04-2008 23:27:51 | More by jwc215
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
A careful pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that just barely exceeds the rim of my glass. The head leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides with a varied, canyon / crevasse like surface. The beer is a cellar, reddish amber hue and shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite citrus like with a nice hit of candied orange peel, ample lychee and a bit of piquant citrus zest. There also seems to be something that is a bit like a old, rubber bike tire-tube; this last is a bit faint, but I can't shake it and it seems to mix in with an herbal aromatic that is a mix of grass, slight hemp and pine sap.
Soft on the mouth, despite being pretty well carbonated. The beer has a lightness to it that makes it quite easily quaffed. A touch of warming alcohol lets you know this beer has some strength, but it is almost hidden underneath the resinous hop character and bitterness that dominates the finish. This has a nice, almost buttery, malt character to it. Perhaps toffee is a better descriptor as it is certainly not diacetyl, this is also accented by the creamy mouthfeel that this beer has. The citrus hop notes are probably the most dominant flavor (though the herbal notes are right up there) and lean towards flavors reminiscent of orange zest, tangelo and grapefruit. The more earthy, green side of the hops show up as flavors of pine, bitter herbs, some touches of hemp oil, perhaps some slight menthol. This is easily described as a hop dominated beer, the hops don't reach overwhelming levels though, despite that the malt character barely plays a perceptible role here. The malt certainly contributes to the mouthfeel and structure of this brew, and does influence some soft flavors in the middle of each sip.
At first I thought this beer might be a bit too light in heft, but it quickly picked up a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it that somehow reminds me of a cask ale, despite the carbonation; I think this is a side effect of the hops somehow, though I am not entirely sure. This is quite a nice beer, somehow at first blush I would not guess that I liked this beer, but the sum of its parts definitely forms a greater whole that I am digging a bit more than I would have guessed.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
05-23-2008 05:33:32 | More by Gueuzedude
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
Foamy, solid four-finger head. Sloooow to recede. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. With some strain, I can detect a faint haze. Otherwise, this is a lovely copper-amber color. Gorgeous.
As expected, a beautiful (if mild) fresh hop aroma. Light crystal malt in the background. Seems to be balanced.
More hoppy than the smell would suggest; the malt only shows up on the initial sip. The rest is bitter, culminating in the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. This is one for the hop-heads. The body is full and round; light on the carbonation regardless of the head. An easy, if somewhat high in alcohol, APA to drink...could pass for an IPA easily.
06-07-2009 21:13:07 | More by smcolw
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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