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
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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

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

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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Ratings: 3,099 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable hoppy brew. Hoppy citrus aroma, yes like an APA. Lots and lots of foam in my cup, that cushioned the mouthfeel and the hops were so pleasant and easily drinkable. Great summer refreshment. New Zealand makes the best beers in the Australian continental region, despite being a tenth of the population, is it the hops?

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large 4 finger head with excellent retention on a cloudy, amber and crimson body.

S: earthy and herbal hops with the mustiness of the fresh hops nicely represented. mild orange, pear and grapefruit citrus notes.

T: fairly bitter, mostly from pine, resin and earthy notes. caramel malts notes in the background. This one becomes thin in the finish with pine/grassy bitterness lingering late.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I liked this one but the bitterness was a little much. Aroma was nice, borderline 4 to 4.5 rating. A nice one to try.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what an unreal brew, something so special to have a fresh hop ale in the spring months. the freshness of this beer is top notch. it pours a darker copper share, nice and clear, with an excitable off white head an inch high. the nose is citrusy hops, really juicy, but also plenty bitter, and the pale malt profile is just right as balance. the hops really shine in the flavor, and there is some pineapple type of tropical complex that I seem to always get from hops from new Zealand, although I am largely unfamiliar with these specific varietals. this beer oozes sierra Nevada quality, it is just a work of art. every bit as delicious as the northern, this is a beer I could happily drink every single day. the feel rocks, its soft and creamy, almost cask like, but well carbonated and very refreshing. the color is darker but the body is light, and I find 6.7% abv to be exactly what I like in an ipa I am going to drink all day. I just wish this was available all the time, its everything I want in a beer and nothing I don't, an exceptional product from sierra Nevada, who in many ways is still the kind of hop. I am going to buy more today!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy copper with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a craggy cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some earthy herbal hop aromas. Taste is of malt, herbal hops, and alcohol. There is a fairly high amount of hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but the mouthfeel is off and the bitterness is quite high which lessens the drinkability in my opinion.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a copper colored brew with a nice strong thick white head on top. The lacing was very sticky and clung to the glass for dear life with every sip. The smell of this brew is very piny and citrusy, the fresh hops really smell fresh in this brew. The taste of the beer is a lot like the smell, big hop flavors with a good malty sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel had a nice oily feel to it with a good carbonation to it also. Overall it's another damn good IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured very cloudy light amber in color with a finger sized off white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus, floral and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is very well balanced between malts and hops; there are flavors of citrus and pine resin from the hops and caramel and toffee from the malts. The hop bitterness is not overpowering in any way.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate; there is a amount of carbonation along with a mild amount of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is packed with flavors of hops and isn't that difficult to drink because it's not overly bitter. I definitely want to try this again because the fresh hops impart a unique flavor.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with two fingers of thin creamy white head, which renders a thin wall of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry citrus, mostly grapefruit, and bready caramel malt. The taste is mostly in-line with the aroma - big citrus hops, a bit of edgy pine, and more caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, smooth, and kind of airy, and it finishes dry, the piney, fruity hops predominating.

A pretty good IPA, even if the citrus components' hemispherical origins are lost on me. And the retail cost of the bomber form of this beer is a bit outlandish - I saw it at a grocery store for 9 bucks. Good thing I found it on tap, on a cheap pint night...

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With extreme cleanliness and signature smooth bitterness of grapefruit-flavored hops, Sierra Nevada's Sourthen Hemisphere Fresh Hop Harvest Ale exhibits all of what's best about their classic Pale Ale except with IPA proportions and scale that puts that hop intensity squarely in the forefront.

Bright copper in color and with the typical dry-hopped haze, the beer exhibits active carbonation, building a very froathy off-white head that retains and laces very impressively. The appearance may be the epitome of IPA's.

The fresh aroma of red grapefruits, light pine resin, and the everso floral character of freshly picked herbs and wild grasses all swirl into an intense boquet of hops. Backed by the support of lightly caramel malts give the impression of graham crackers.

Flavors closely mimic those of aroma. Sweet caramel, bread, and malt strike first shorly before the soft acidity of grapefruit, lemon grass, and orange zest begin to take over at mid palate. Citrusy hops fade into a strengthening bitterness that always resides on the smoother side of bitterness and refraining from harshness or bite. Low on esters and other spice, the beer's maltiness supports the hops wonderfully while ushering in just enough sweetness to add complexity and richness. A beautiful beer.

Creamy and rich early, the beer has a medium-full texture that subsides considerably at mid palate and allowing for a crisp, clean, and drying bitterness late- ushering in the next sip.

This beer is all of what's best about their original Pale Ale, just scaled up to appease the more discriminating beer drinker. Amazing beer and price-pointed to move! Hat's off to Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. We opened this during a New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head. There is a pretty good amount of head that sticks around throughout the pour.

Smell: Sweet malt with some fresh citrus peel hops. The citrus notes remind me of tangerine.

Taste: Bitter hops with notes of citrus peel and grass. There is a good amount of sweet malt to balance things out a bit. The finish is bitter from the hops and a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The fresh hops in this beer have a very nice flavor. The hops and malt balance each other well, but the hops are the star. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It is not as bold as most IPAs, but is still a very enjoyable offering overall.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange hue with flecks of ruby. It had a foamy, off-white, two finger head that left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled very hoppy and grassy. It had a nice floral nose.

T - It tasted of citrus and hop bitterness. There were sweet flavors from the roasted malt. It also had a spicy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a really good APA. It is one of the hoppier APAs that I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a bounteous head that leaves plenty of lace around the glass

Smell: Orange, pineapple and apricot; floral and fragrant

Taste: Starts out with plenty of fruit, with pineapple dominating until mid-palate, when the citrus and apricot become more prominent; subtle undertones of resinous bitterness and caramel malt; after the swallow, the floral sweetness provides a underpinning to the bitter and malty flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really enjoyable, with lovely fragrant floral elements and a nice balancing element of bitter flavor

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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