Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASouthern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #815
Ranked #8,912
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Nov 25, 2021
May 07, 2008
Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASouthern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
Notes: 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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4.06 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

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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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 86sportster883 from Maryland

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
3.77 by BarrelAgedG from California on Apr 26, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
3.78 by grapeshops from California on Nov 08, 2018
4.25 by JamesLeung from Florida on Aug 23, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ClintGoodman from Iowa


Aug 16, 2018
3.96 by Dada100 from New York on Aug 14, 2018
4.25 by dbrown456 from Texas on Jun 19, 2018
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 11, 2018
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Feb 11, 2018
3.52 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2018
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
4.02 by wekoontz from Maine on Dec 30, 2017
3.79 by TheCrowsEye from California on Dec 05, 2017
3.9 by kdown from California on Dec 02, 2017
4.03 by ManWithNoName from South Carolina on Nov 03, 2017
4.5 by Bryan12345 from Texas on Mar 22, 2017
3.93 by dental from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2016
4.19 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2016
4.2 by Jeremiah_Nelson from California on Aug 20, 2016
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3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Looks super clean, amber colored, similar to regular SNPA in appearance. Aroma was good, says motueka and Southern Cross, not the most aromatic compared with mosaic and nelson from down south, but more or less pungent than those, reminds me of some of those day old lawn clippings.

Taste comes off more like summerfest kind of hops, lemon and bitterness. This seems to be the most summer-esque kind of harvest ale, lighter in body and hops for the most part than the other ones.

Aug 13, 2016
3.93 by Griphon from Florida on Jun 23, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

Smooth and citrusy, without the outrageous hop bitterness some of the IPAs possess. Amber with average off white head, light hop aroma, taste is hops, but not so much as to impede the malts from coming through. Very well done.

Jun 02, 2016
4.06 by aufie from Texas on May 31, 2016
4.09 by Squire from Mississippi on May 23, 2016
4.16 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2016
3.89 by MrHolden from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
4 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Mar 17, 2016
4 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2016
4 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2016
4.23 by MikeWard from Pennsylvania on Jan 14, 2016
3.84 by Johntomk from Tennessee on Jan 07, 2016
4 by Zylod from West Virginia on Dec 29, 2015
3.63 by MasterRigger from North Carolina on Dec 28, 2015
4.09 by torwart94 from Ohio on Dec 18, 2015
4.27 by stephenlee from England on Dec 12, 2015
3.75 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Dec 12, 2015
3.37 by breardon1776 from New York on Dec 12, 2015
Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 3108 ratings