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

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by beerman73 on 06-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 107
Photo of squonk45
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

my 1st 2015 S.H. FRESH HOP ALE 2ND OF 5 THIS YEAR.. Perfect carbonation ..... like a original Sierra Nevada pale ale but less sweet but tasty and this is like 30 days old .... on bottle is says BEST NOT STORED SO DRINK UP ENJOY WHEN ITS GONE THIER ARE 3 MORE IN THE SERIES , can't wait for new wild hops .

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Photo of nmoreilly
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had in a traditional pint glass at Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

This was not what I expected. Much more of a malt foundation than hops IMHO. Frankly, nothing on the front; mid was some spice, licorice, baked apple, cinnamon; back was hop, tea, lemon and orange peel. I would happily drink it again, just not a got to...

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Photo of Duhast500
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a Harpoon brewery snifter.

The color is a deep copper with a few dark gold highlights. It is cloudy and has a a thick, two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a bright orange rind aroma that was freshly peeled. There is also a sweet tangerine aroma in the nose as well.

The taste is a bit of a surprise. Expected bitterness right at first onset of the taste but I get a carbonated rush of malts over my tongue that gives way to a citrus fruit tang that seems float onto my taste buds instead of meeting them head on with spiked bitterness. There is a tangerine flavor there with lemon peel mixed in that floats down and leaves a subtle aftertaste that gives more sweetness before wearing off.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a nice drinkable feel and is medium bodied. The bitterness is there but seems to be one of the most mellowed hoppy beers. The feel seems to be in a butter zone of where the flavor seems to be spot on but the bite is no longer there.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a deep amber, light khaki colored head, and thick lacing. Floral, earthy and slightly citrus in the nose. Earthy, floral, peppery and citrusy hop flavor. Background of caramel flavored malt. Medium to full mouthfeel that finishes slightly sticky and coats the plate. Overall a nice IPA with some straight forward hoppy flavor.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

8/12....pours very dark, amber, thick clingy foam on top. Floral pine nose. Very pleasant. Smooth spicy hop flavor. Strong malt profile. Fresh grassy taste. Bitter holds but in a flavorful way. Really solid IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a. An orange/light brown color that is not cloudy, and is not transparent. A solid 2 finger head when poured into a tulip glass. Head dissipates to leave a floating thin layer of foam that offers good lacing.

s. Hops, some fruit, some earth notes

t. Earthy sweet on the front and quite hoppy on the back.

m. Good mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

o. Another outstanding offering from SN.

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/24/14, purchased 6/6 and inadvertently lost in the back of the beer fridge. Poured from the 24 ounce bottle into a Hill Farmestead stemmed tulip.

a: Nearly clear dark amber or copper with an inch tall offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and citrus.

t; Mild caramel malt followed by a moderate hop bite. Bitterness builds on the sides of the tongue to nearly cloying proportions. Slight grassy note in the mouth later. Also becomes a bit unpleasantly bitter towards the end.

m: Medium with good body, oily-smooth, lots of carbonation tingle.

o; A good fresh hop, although by comparison, Northern Hemisphere is superior, if you can wait a few more months for it to come out again. Oh and for $2.50 per 12 oz., for the SN IPA fan, Hoptimum is probaby the better choice at the moment.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 version. Slightly more than 60 days into this "100 day IPA" packaged on 4/24/14.
Poured into a snifter. From top appears almost red, but from side is definitely orange. Light white bubbles scattered across the surface.
Smells of floral notes and citrus.
Very well balanced taste, as the taste matches the smell.
Has a crisp mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Delicious beer overall, definitely tastes fresh.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This review is for the 2014 edition of this ale.

This "100-day IPA" is only 60 days old, so I'd expect a relatively fresh hop IPA. Pours a rich, semi-cloudy amber, with a huge head of tan bubbles. Huge spiderweb of frilly lace. Exquisite!

Nose is lovely floral and citrus hops. This is going to be good. Anticipation is high.

Taste is bitter hops --a tinge of sweetness with the malts, but overall, this is a strong grapefruit hops presence. Somehow, last year's seemed better, and more tropical.

Nonetheless, this is solid and enjoyable IPA, and I'm always curious to taste what Sierra Nevada is doing next.

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Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.
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