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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Harvest ale from Sierra Nevada. It comes in a different looking bottle that's one pint with eight additional ounces. Most of the time I'd say that's a great, with this beer I'd say that's amazingly great and awesome!

You feel manly when you pour this, especially if someone else opened it for you. The bottle is thick and heavy, the beer looks fresh and healthy. The head and lacing is rampantly creamy with an orange copper tint. The beer is a deep amber, almost red, and looks full and clean.

The smell was a bit faded, but I'll acquaint that to the smell of burnt bread from the cafe I'm unfortunately sitting in. If it were my way, I'd be sitting on the sail ship on the bottle's label. With pirates and cannons, drinking straight out of the bottle, tilting it in that weird, cocky way that suburban people drink a Coors Light longneck. Kidding! I would never. But seriously, the smell. The aromatic qualities of this adult beverage were of a faint fresh hop lemon and bread carmel. It opens up a bit with warmth. Let 'er sit a bit cowboy, don't suck it down like you do your Fanta.

Taste, ah yes taste. Wonderfully balanced and a relief. I must say, recent weeks have presented a number of overly hopped and awkward beers. It's damn near drawn me away from the style. It seems long are the days of the brown ale, the saison, the pils and the stout. All people want is extremely hopped extraordinarily fuck my taste buds for 3 days gagillion IBU IPAs. You know why they put hops in the beer? It's because bitter is the new sweet and sweet is the sour. Or something like that.

I appreciated the taste, a well balanced pale ale. Hoppy, malty, medium-heavy mouthfeel, oh so drinkable and lovely. Would do many more, but I took the last one!

Overall, I loved it. I love the special things they are doing at SN and I love how size hasn't diminished passion. They love what they do, and they show that profits can be a good thing. Like shipping fresh hops from NZ on a turbocharged pirate ship to be brewed in Chico in a week's notice. A'hoy bitches!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured almost a finger of head on a dark amber colored body.
The aroma is a blend of honey, lemon and grapefruit. Wonderful.
The taste has moderate lemon and grapefruit bitterness. The sweet balance comes in honeysuckle.
The texture is smooth for an IPA with low to moderate carbonation.
A tasty and drinkable IPA.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep amber with a nice off colored head. Head is full at pour and persists well throughout consumption. Great lacing on the glass.

S: Piney hop aroma - sweet.

T: Very nicely balanced brew - deceptively there is more malt via the flavor than the fresh hops.

M: Medium bodied beer - although slightly heavier than expected due to the ample malting.

O: Nice brew and well balanced. Closer to an Amber Ale for me than an IPA but still nice.

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3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours amber with about 2 fingers of khaki head. Very clear and quite dark for the style. Head is very creamy and sticky.

Smells biscuit malty, a little sweet, and a tad yeasty. There are some juicy hops, but the beer does not seem terribly balanced. I was hoping for more hops. The hop smell that is present is of sweet citrus--mostly pineapple.

Hummm...I don't know how I feel about this flavor. Nothing too aggressive on any front. Nothing too unique either. The flavor is well balanced and rich, but not very complex. I wish there was more bite, more citrus, and a more interesting sweetness. The malts are caramely and the hops are floral and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium w/ medium carbonation. A decent amount of resin on the finish.

A good but boring beer. Nothing too special here.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bomber into tulip.

A: a bright copper body. clear. head is bright white and frothy. retention is good and lacing is exceptional.

S: hop aroma is good, not over the top. a little bit of lemon and black pepper.

T: very malty. too malty. there is a hop presence on this thing, but it really isn't that great for aipa. a bit of citrus is all I can really pick out.

M: average carb on a medium body.

D: good, but not great. I have had better hoppy beers from SN.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24 oz. ("1 pint, 8 fl. oz.") bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage but unclear bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 5/25/13 over an hour.

A: 4.5 - ruby-reddish-brown coloration, solid clarity (can see and questionably read through), tight white rocky head dissipates into a subtle glass lacing with no hop residuals, moderate alcohol legs, that, on reswirling, agitates the carbonation --> a really pretty beer

S: 3.5 - unfortunately, I don't get much besides that Sierra Nevada house clean noble hop aroma; I was just expecting more hop aroma from a wet hop ale

T: 4.25 - ...made up for the lack of strong hop aroma on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that opens the taste buds to many of those Southern hemisphere notes - lemon rind, lime, apricot, white wine, herbal, grassy, spicy; moderate dryness with hop flavors coating the tongue in the aftertaste --> definitely the highlight of this beer

M: 4.25 -moderate bodied, 7+% is hidden within; moderate-to-large carbonation and alcohol legs; has a nice slick taste atypical of many American IPAs

O: 4.25 - another solid offering from my favorite brewery; although I was hoping for more based on my experience with Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy, this is still a really complex tasting American IPA that showcases some of the lesser know South Pacific hop varietals like Motueka; and, for $7.99 for a >22 oz., the price is right, recommended fresh!

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,091 ratings
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