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

Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Southern HemisphereHarvest Fresh Hop IPA - Southern Hemisphere
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American IPA
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Reviews:
1,347
Ratings:
3,108
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2021
Added:
May 07, 2008
Wants:
  95
Gots:
  229
This ale marks our journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere. Our task was daunting-we needed to get the hops picked, dried, flown halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week’s time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents an intriguing floral-citrus aroma leading to layers of fresh-hop spiciness. Enjoy!
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Rated: 4.06 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
These are tasting notes from 2009. It's the 2009 bottling and 2nd release of the beer.
Large bottle into a tasting glass.
L: deep orange and fairly clear. White head. Lacing.
S: colorful hops, fruity, some malts. Herbal.
T: floral firm New Zealand hops and rich caramel malts, lightly grassy.
F: Med bodied feel and med-long finish.
O: It is hoppy and lightly bitter in the finish. Very easy to drink.
Oct 13, 2021
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Vintage: 2008, 1st Release

Why would anyone wait 12 yrs. to open a ‘fresh hop ale’? No reason other than it got stored and mostly forgotten, then every time I saw it afterward, I thought, ‘well that’s got to be awful at this point‘, and so it sat till today. As I continue to work my way through the limited, but interesting beer stash from the past 20 yrs. (during my self imposed 2020 lockdown), this was a pleasant surprise.

I rolled the 24oz bottle vigorously to stir up the remnants of NZ hops that had collected at the base, prior to opening. The pssst of escaping CO2 on opening, assured me that the seal had survived the disintegration of a marriage, the loss of good friends, the raising of two kids now teens, and the peak and pending fall of American craft brew diversity and independent spirit. I say this prematurely, as the industry grapples with a new reality that no longer can support the shear volume required to keep everyone afloat. Survival will be the ongoing theme for most, and I thought it appropriate to crack open this throwback to a more promising time in the industry, and the continued expansion and success that has preceded this moment.

This poured a dark honey brown with lots of suspended bottle dregs and a rocky, dirty off white head that quickly faded. There’s a big malt nose that melds with a floral happiness that also fades to a rich malt dominated aroma that is both intriguing and inviting. The taste follows the nose but an assertive spicy, herbal or mineral hoppiness has prevailed to present and maintain a strong hop balance to rich malt flavors and aroma.

A most excellent beer overall, and obviously one that has stood up to the test of time.
Aug 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by BarrelAgedG from California

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old undated notes. Had this on draft.

Deep orange color; see through.

Nice white head; strong lacing throughout.

Autumnal skunky nose. Medium mouthfeel.

Bitter hoppiness melts into just enough malt backbone. Hop forward and not as citrus-like as I usually enjoy, but this is a well crafted beer.
Oct 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3.78 by grapeshops from California

Nov 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida

Aug 23, 2018
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Rated by ClintGoodman from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Exceptional
Aug 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.96 by Dada100 from New York

Aug 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by dbrown456 from Texas

Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.52 by TheIPAHunter from California

Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by wekoontz from Maine

Dec 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.79 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by kdown from California

Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by ManWithNoName from South Carolina

Nov 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Mar 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by dental from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2016