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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IPA - American
Ranked #515
Ranked #5,320
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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
Reviews: 1,346 | Ratings: 3,106 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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86sportster883 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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ScrewBud from Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Pretty dark brown, strange
S - Not much, just a little hops grain earthy
T - Seems more malty than hoppy
F - Thick, really covers the tounge
O - Born on 9-22-15, not too impressed

Nov 21, 2015
TAHEETNA from Mississippi

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to get 24 bottles of this awesome seasonal treat. I cherished each and every beer I opened. I drove over 150 miles round trip to purchase this fabulous beverage. I currently live in Mississippi on the gulf coast, and have to travel to Louisiana to get the diversity of beers I crave. I am from Las Vegas,NV and took it for granted that variety was the norm, not so. I admit that I may not be as sophisticated as some in describing smell or taste, but I do know what I like. I look forward to finding this seasonal offering every year.

Nov 17, 2015
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JackieKu from Taiwan

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 fl.oz. bottle. Bottled on 2015-04-15.

A: Dark amber. A little bit hazy. There was a lot of foam, and it retained for a while.
S: As an IPA, the aroma is unexpectedly being malts oriented, mixed with some citrus (tangerine).
T: Moderate citrus (tangerine) and bitterness. Semi-dry. A little toasted flavor. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied and creamy.
O: Unfortunately I can't drink it fresh. The hops aroma might fade out. But it's still a delicious IPA.

Oct 19, 2015
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AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

3.17/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper pour with 2 finger foamy head.

Smelled of decent piney hops. Small amount of malts

Average piney-hop taste. Malt flavors do not come through very well.

medium bodied, with mild carbonation.

Not an offering from Sierra Nevada that I would drink again.

Sep 28, 2015
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Croft from Washington

3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled. Floral hop smell at opening but loses aroma in glass. Finger and a half of head that doesn't disapate. Amber and clear in color. Mild bitter in taste and hop bite sticks to the tongue. Carmel hit on the front end and rounded hop and malt taste in the back end. Nice beer

Sep 15, 2015
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JohnL9013 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is similar to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, but does have a fresh hop undertone. The hops aren't nearly as up-front as I would like them to be. The bitterness, like the Torpedo, IMO, a little overdone, and lingers quite a lot. The roasted malts are great and spot-on, but not what I came here to taste. I would get it again if I saw it on tap, but otherwise, I wouldn't buy or recommend this beer. It lacks balance, as well as the intense aromatic qualities I expect from an American IPA, especially a wet-hopped one.

Sep 09, 2015
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mschrei from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shows packaged end of April, so it's already past the 100 days. Doesn't seem too far fallen off. Very foamy and carbonated, dark brownish orange. Not a ton on the nose, so maybe that's where it's missing something. It's got a nice hoppy taste, little bitterness, slight malt. Enjoy the mouthfeel more than the actual taste. Not bad beer.

Sep 02, 2015
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this was from a bomber bottled on 4/27/15.

poured a dark amber with a nice frothy thick retaining head. the smell of this was almost nonexistent. it's not that it smelled bad, it's that the smell was minimal. if the smell were unpleasant i would rate it lower but if it had a pleasing evident smell i'd rate it higher.

this has a pleasant caramel malt taste to it. it is certainly an ipa but it has a malt flavor to it. this beer goes down smooth but it is a little thick.

not a bad beer but far from perfect, i would prefer torpedo or hop hunter to this but solid nonetheless.

Aug 28, 2015
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NCMatt from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint of this on draft. Look and smell was quite average, nothing really stood out. Just characteristic of any other decent IPA. The taste is what set this apart. Sweet and floral yet well balanced. I really enjoyed this!

Aug 11, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been picking this beer up for many years in a row and without exception every year is excellent! The great aroma of the hops and the great hop taste makes this a must have beer. Excellent!

Aug 08, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

2015 version. A 22oz bomber with a packaged date of 27th April 2015 i.e. day 99 for this 100-day IPA and poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a clear amber ice tea colour with a big three finger off white cream head that lasts a long long time and leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma: Its all quite light as nothing stands out. Just some light caramel malts and maybe just a bit of apple, pear and pine.

Taste: For an IPA, this is rather malt driven. Initially sweet caramel and candied sugar followed by slightly bready, buscuity malt. It finishes with some floral hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I prefer SN’s other IPA offerings over this one as the malt is overpowering here. The aromas were also a little light for me.

Aug 06, 2015
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JeffBlue from California

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

(22oz bomber 4-27-15, revisited) Not sure what it is but this is many steps down from the other Harvest varieties. For me it was very malt forward which isn't bad, but not what I look for in an IPA. There is also a mustiness that just doesn't belong. Freshness perhaps?

Jul 28, 2015
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RockAZ from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 batch, bottled 60 days before opening. Not what I was expecting, instead is malty, biscuity IPA with plenty of the more subtle hops, weak hops imho. I don't like this beer very much, but still glad to see SN doing this project with far away hops. Well carbonated, cloudy amber in color, firm bubbles and lacing. I just think there is too much malt presence for my preferred styles of IPAs, not a West Coast style, that is for sure and usually I love fresh hops beers. SN did put a lot of hops in this, but as I said, they are bland hops, they don't really punch out the aromas (to me), and of course they do provide bittering so this is an IPA. Maybe you will like it.

Just read some of the other reviews and one guy nailed it - nice beer but "surprisingly dead nose". Thats exactly how I feel about this years batch.

Jul 28, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, this was very different from what I expected. Here goes:

A: Good. Clear, light brown with an adequate head. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation is also quite good, with small bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S: Definitely not what I was expecting. Nothing like a West Coast IPA. Hops only impart mild grassy/floral scents, and these are eclipsed by a strong caramel malt background. Beer smells of toffee and brown sugar.

T: Follows the nose, which is somewhat disappointing. Grass is somewhat more pungent, but it really doesn't make the beer taste any better. Caramel and brown sugar coat the palate, and mild grass lingers on after consumption. Alright.

F: Smooth and crisp. Good.

O: An OK beer. Prefer SN's other IPA's to this one, as those are more focused on hops.

Jul 17, 2015
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chicksdiggit from Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured center from 1 pint 8 oz bomber into a snifter. A lot of pressure released as I cracked the cap. Dark copper color with two fingers of thick dark egg shell white head of mixed size bubbles. Slowly receding head that leaves thick soapy lace. Thick retention, numerous streams of slowly rising bubbles across the entire glass.

Green vegetal hop aroma with toffee notes.

T: Buttery body with toffee. Dry lime hop finish that sticks to the palate well after swallowing.

F: Zippy citrus mouthfeel and a dry ginger ale type finish. A little heavy in the stomach over time and drinkability is reduced for me.

O: I'm not big into IPA's so this isn't something I'd reach for continuously. A little on the simple side for me but still well brewed.

Jul 05, 2015
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raiderob from California

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into pint tea like color brownish foamy head with nice lingering lacing .caramel aromas and freshness you can taste...Prost❗

Jul 04, 2015
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silverevo9 from California

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid head with with a nice floral hop smell. Very good IPA, very well done. Very sweet malty taste. Could repetitively drink these all day. The color has a beautiful reddish hue. Love the bitterness at the end, not to prickly, sort of smooth. I'm really digging this, pairs nicely with a sardine bread type dish. Food pairing sheds different flavors from this. I will be purchasing again, really enjoying this one. Great Brew!

Jun 30, 2015
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Apellonious from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass from a growler from TBG.

A - Clear amber with orange highlights, three finger head moves to a creamy lace.

S - Pale malts, biscuit, pine.

T - True to the nose, very bready, hints of lemon.

M - Medium low carbonation, heft is a touch above average. Finishes somewhat dry.

O - Very clean, balanced. Can't agrue with that.

Jun 28, 2015
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. 2nd of 5 beers. Pkgd 4/27/15. Darker in color, crimson or Amber with a HUGE head that does not dissipate easily. Smells spicy and floral. Taste is intense hops but clean and well balanced.

Jun 27, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours deep copper amber with a creamy light tan head that slightly settles to a thick layer that hangs around and leaves thick rings of lacing.

S: Toffee sweetness, maybe even a hint of dark fruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and a little pine.

T: Pine, citrus, lemon and lime, grapefruit pith, and a little tangerine, tropical fruit, passion fruit and hints of pineapple and mango, peppery spice, herbal notes, and some bready toffee sweetness.

M: A little towards the heavier end of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This one gets much better as it warms, releasing all the New Zealand hop character I love. Very nice beer.

Jun 25, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: A beautiful light copper color with a two finger egg shell colored head

Smell: Floral and herbal/subtle spice, caramel, fig. Light yet somewhat complex aromas

Taste: Sweetness from the malt upfront (caramel and candied sugar) and floral hops mid palate and throughout the finish. Perhaps a slight citrus note in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Goes down fine, cant detect much if any alcohol, but it the carbonation and bitterness is on the high side

Overall: This isnt something thatll blow you away with hops, but rather has a pleasant balance with the malt. Its clean and still tastes somewhat fresh two months after bottling. Knock the carbonation and bitterness down a notch and id enjoy this even more. Good job SN!

Jun 24, 2015
Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 3106 ratings