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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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

Added by Todd on 05-07-2008

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Reviews: 1,335 | Ratings: 2,979
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit milder than the Fresh Hop "regular". Pours a light golden brown, slight haze yet clean. Huge head that rocked up a bit and left really nice lacing.
Mild hops aroma, more citrus and herbs than pine. Malt is tucked away. Some caramel hits, but it's weak.

Hops seem a bit tired. The flavor is there with mild citrus, but it just doesn't last long. Alcohol is prevalent towards the end, and malt never gets a clear shot. Yet, it is refreshing and does have nice hops. Would like to see more balance and/or complexity with hops-malt-yeast.

*I love the label stating "...journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere". yeah, just half the planet. It's kind of a big place. Yes, I know the hops are from NZ...then why not say that? A hemisphere is pretty large.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip that a finger finger head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the nose is a good balance between the malts and the hops, none seem to over power the other. After a couple whiffs I got a little booze hanging around.

T: I like the nice crispy bitterness that hits the palate right away then the malts show their face in the middle of the sip. I also got some citrus fruits that mixed in well in the overall flavor of the beer.

M: medium bodied with great bubbly carbonation that accents the taste.

D: really enjoyed this beer, been getting into PA's, IPA's, and DIPA's lately. Good offering from sierra nevada

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear copper coloring with a chunky, fluffy, slightly yellowish-white head. The nose has a descent balance of citrus and hops aromas, and the hops are slightly subdued. Subdued is not the word for the flavors. Grapefruit tastes explode on the tongue, and the hops are actually balancing the citrus sweet flavors in this case. Hops are a dry flavor with some peppery highlights, and it does a good job of bringing some sharpness to the round, sweet and tart grapefruit flavors. The beer is slightly dry and very crisp in mouth, and it has a very subtle aftertaste of hops. The finish is surprisingly quick. I was actually expecting a lingerer for this brew with all the aromas and flavors, but it vanishes in mouth. Very tasty brew, and the quick finish makes this a fairly easy drinker.

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

Appearance: nice orange color with a fluffy 2" head that falls to a merangue like layer that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits are most prominent with a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit slices, hints of orange, and a soft fruit sweetness comes up late. Bitterness is bold but not overbearing at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers the longest over the grapefruits and caramels.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. This beer is a bit different than the hop harvest which I prefer, but definitely a tasty beer.

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

A - A nice deep orange/amber colour with an inch or so of thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

S - Lots of hops: earthy with some citrus. Smells of a good, hoppy IPA.

T - An intense, crisp and earthy hop flavour with some pine and citrus. Bitter, yet smooth.

M - medium body, slightly chewy.

D - A great hoppy ale. Drank a bomber and could easily drink another.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 27, 2015. Opened June 12, 2015

Surprisingly dead nose. Pleasantly malt forward body for an IPA win a firm woody-bitter finish, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My choice for 4th of July, a big ass pale ale with fresh hops from New Zealand. On to the beer:

Clean-bodied orange amber, thick, sticky, persistent head on top. The beer greets the nose with herbal and flowery aromas. It definitely has a strong perfumy, flowery smell too. A bit of crackery malt on the side. Lots of hop goodness to taste. Slightly herbal at the beginning with a crackery malt base, the beer begins to get spicy in the hop department. A hint of peach emerges. Smooth and oily in texture.

Not as sharp as the domestic harvest ale, but still full of hops with enough of a malt backback to support it. A good one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Oakmont pub and a recent bottle that came my way.

A darker shade than your average IPA, SH is a deep copper slightly bronze body that does not look all that thin. A big off khaki foam stood on top and left lines of lace on the way down. It looks tasty.

A nice hopping with citrus and small traces of pine in the nose. A certain amount of toasted and pale malt and some nutty appeal. Small traces of caramel with warming, and again hoppy plus spicy. Some bitter appeal.

A few sips in I knew this was a winner. Not a huge tropic bomb but there is some grapefruit and lemon in there. After that a small nutty thing with caramel. Finishes spicy going along with the hops still going, bitter in a friendly way.

The body is about medium. It looks like it would be more by color and look but it's pretty tame. Carb not a problem here, spritzy. There is a nice long aftertaste of GOOD.

I had a few, I liked it, will have again. SN makes good beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of dark citrus (plum/fig), alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an average bitterness level for a APA. Tastes of fresh hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, citrus, alcohol, and slight caramel. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale

Appearance: Copper in color with a small off white head and some lacing.

Smell: Notably fruity and floral nose, inviting to say the least.

Taste: Nice juicy hop taste, alittle spicy as well. Not overly bitter, with a solid malt backing which makes it drink alot smoother. Hops borderline on tropical fruit like mango. Well balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some chewy malt action.

Drinkability: This years batch is very good. I recommend picking up a bottle or two.

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

Thanks goes out to JoeyBeerBelly for this brew.

Poured into a true pint glass (Squatters) a very nice clouldy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy slightly tan head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a nice touch of malts, some citrus. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, nice touch of malts, and citrus notes. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice APA, highly recommended, thanks Joe.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. Sierra bomber, shared with my dad on 5/23/08,

A: Pours a medium amber into a pint glass, with a medium cap of off-white foam, abundant sticky lacing.

S: Very floral, grass, caramel, honeysuckle.

T: On the first sip I noticed a striking difference in comparison with regular Harvest Ale. The beer starts with a much more direct pine bitterness than its brother, the difference in the age of the hops when used is clearly shown. Malt is almost brown ale dark, toffee sweet. Light amount of white grapefruit in the aftertaste which in turn is dominated by the recognizable floral wet hop profile.

M: Full of resin, very stimulating on the tongue, medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: Another very tasty and interesting beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada. My dad said, "Yeah, it's pretty good." Dirt cheap when compared with other special releases out there, I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium to dark orange amber, nice two finger white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. A great presentation. Piney and herbal fresh hop aroma with a hint of malt. Creamy and medium bodied. Nice hops up front with a modicum of malt support. The finish is piney, herbal hops, slight earthiness with a quiet malt base, which presents the hops nicely. I like sweeter malt bodies on IPAs, but this seems nearly perfectly balanced. A very nice IPA. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber to red colored ale with a good tan colored head. Quite a dark shade seems more red to me.

Smell is a little sweet with a warm floral hop aroma. Little bit of citrus aroma but this is mostly floral and mildly herbal in aroma. Little bit spicy smelling and a lemon aroma this is no North Western pine and grapefruit beer.

Taste starts out mildly sweet and woody with a stout herbal hop bite on the back of the tongue. Spicy and herbal with a little bit of butter and caramel in the taste. Hop bitterness intensifies and quickly goes in to English IPA territory. Intensely herbal hop bite, but it doesn't get harsh just intense in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a strong flavored Pale ale and is really a herbal IPA taste wise. Enjoyable and not a dumbed down beer. Only strike against drinkability is the strong flavor that might not be to everyone's taste.

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

2008 Edition: Sierra Nevada's first ever release of their fresh hopped harvest ale using hops from the southern hemisphere (New Zealand).

A stunningly brilliant looking beer. A peach-hued off white head clings to nearly every part of the glass. Despite thinning it remains dense in patches and will never loose its creamy texture. A solid, consistent tone of blood orange makes for one dazzling pint when held up to the light. Beer lovers feast your eyes on that glow!

The aroma is gracefully timid to spite that it is a blossoming bouquet of scents. Almost potpourris like, it is a flowery, lightly effervescent smell that exhumes crisp malt and tangy hops. To spite that the hops were shipped from the other side of the world, and that the beer was shipped from the other side of the continent, the hops still smell like they were picked right in my backyard. It is a smell my senses do, in fact, associate with that early fall day we harvest our own hop crop.

The body is almost creamy. It is blissfully smooth with but a crackling bitterness on the finish. It's a sort of vinous bitterness that is both light and airy and that seems to kick off the palate to lift itself away into aftertaste. Quite a turn from the usual tongue scrubbing alpha acids. It is a gentle (hop) giant.

Twenty four ounces is the minimum I could see myself drinking of this; and I don't want to hear anything about the 6.7% - this is a session beer dammit! The flavour is wonderfully balanced with both the nicely toasted, caramel smothered malts and sweltering with orange, finely coated with pine, hops. To sum it up: delicious.

I was told to expect something a little spicier with these New Zealand hops, and I can't say I got that at all. What I did taste was something quite similar to their Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, although a little more refined. The idea of importing hops from the southern hemisphere to brew a fresh hoped beer out of season was ingenious, but the beer itself was immaculate, and that is what truly impressed me.

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Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a a nice and vibrant copper in color witha one finger frothy off white head that laces the glass. It smells of piney and resinous hops with a certain citrusy malt sweetness to finish. It smells pretty solid. The flavor consists of earthy and piney resins with a moderately sweet and dry malt backbone. Solid once again. It drinks light to medium in body and with a dry finish. It's a good beer overall and definitely worth a shot.

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

A: Pour is murky orange whit a large airy beige head that slowly sinks into fantastic lacings.

S: Sweet light roasted caramell malt, bready. The hops are very American; citric and piney; pineapple, grapefruit and lemons.

T: Fruity! Sweet caramell malt and lots of both floral and bitter hops. Pine and citrus in a nice combination, but also apples.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste that also holds some sweetness. Body is medium to full and carbonation is medium. Nice and smooth.

O: This is a very nice AIPA, not so extreme as others can be. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely idea, I think this one is a nice addition to the SN lineup. Pours amber with a nice orange tint to it. Nice head with quite a bit of lacing. Very light herbal smelling hops on the nose and bit of earthiness. Light malt profile, wich is perfectly fine with the delicate nature of the fresh hops. Taste is very nice. Quite a bit of herbal character from the fresh hops but perhaps not as much as there other harvest ale, and a nice piney and spicy finish. Gentle biscuity malt on the finish. The mouthfeel is relatively light, but not thin. Very drinkable a delightful spring surprise.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtle earthy, yet spicy hop.

The taste featured an herbal, spicy hop and a soft grainy malt. Good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a unique APA. Very spicy and herbal.

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

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. Nice aroma of moderate hoppiness, malt and spice. On the palate the beer is very nice and easy to drink. It's very well balanced with some nice bitterness showing through. The beer comes across on the dry side, but not overly so. It's also pretty light tasting and the alcohol is well disguised. Drinkabilty is exceptional.

This is a beer I could happily drink all night. Another winnner from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just had a bottle of the Northern Hemisphere yesterday, so I'm trying the Southern today. Poured from 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy orange hue with a thick finger of creamy ivory foam atop. A nice looking beer.

Smell: thick malt aroma with big earthy, citrusy and a little bit floral hops. I like the combination here.

Taste: huge bitterness right off the bat, which fades into a tasty floral flavor in the middle before finishing out with a stronger back-of-the-tongue bitterness. I like the dynamism of the flavor; indeed, even the malt joins in. It is sweeter and more caramel like at first before drying out into a grainier, more biscuity flavor. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good creaminess for the style. In fact, it is one of the better-textured IPAs I've ever had.

Overall: this is a very tasty beer and I like it just as much as its Northern brother. Both very good beers, the texture of the Southern tipped the scale in its favor for me.

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored, nice head on this one. Aromatic hops in the nose. Assertively hoppy taste bordering on the overly bitter, nice pine notes in there. Malt backs things up, booze is well hidden. Finish is long and lingering but stops just short of overstaying its welcome for me. I liked this one, and as another reviewer said, the price is right too. Not my top choice in the IPA dept. but certainly a quality beer. Prefer a little more subtlety and balance myself..too each his own though.

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Photo of tone77
2.38/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a rich amber color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is very hoppy. Taste is very bitter and overpowering with hops. Very bitter in the mouth. Drinkability is not good. I struggled to finish my 24 oz. bottle. As a lager lover this beer is just not for me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a semi-transparent gold with a small white head that slowly fades. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is floral hops, citrusy tangerine, and light herbs.
Taste is very yeasty, hoppy, citrus, lime, lemons, orange, with honey and zesty herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, citrusy, with standouts of lime and grapefruit clinging to the palate.

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