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

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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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark orange beer with a nice amount of foamy head. Head drops to a thin layer for about half the glass and disappears. No lacing present.

Smell: Nice crisp hop aroma.

Taste: Balanced floral, pine, and citrus hops dominate with a slight background of malt.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp body with medium carbonation. Pleasant flavor lingers after the swallow.

Drinkability: Very good. Nice and hoppy but still mild enough to not overpower. The low ABV will help here as well. Nice beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of righlander
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours almost the exact same color as SN pale ale from a sweet 24oz bottle thats going to make a nice addition to my home brew bottle stash. small laced head. smell floral hop and citrus, very clean smell with some nice toasty malt in the background. very nice hop aroma. taste is sweet toasty malt with underlying citrus then an massive hop bitter with alcohol hop oil resin. Wow! this is really hopped up and clean tasting brew! very enjoyable! definitely a different hop taste. massive hop bitter aftertaste that lasts for days. If you're a hop-head you need to try this. i'm really glad i bought this 24oz of this. I knew Sierra Nevada wouldn't let me down. this is just the hop explosion I was looking for tonight. Medium carbonation. I could probably handle about 2 of these 24oz bottles then i would be plastered. But, most extreme awesome brew!

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Photo of robrobrob
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured redorange into the glass with a thick, rocky, white head that lasted and lasted leaving sticky lace all down the sides. Smell was all hops, really fresh smelling with piney and minty grass notes. Taste was a hop explosion in my mouth. The first thing that came to my mind was weed. Up front it tasted just like weed. Pine sap and mintiness were the first favors noticeable, then faded into lemony grapefruity citrus with a good tongue-tingly bitterness that lasted. "Fresh Hop Ale" is how this was described on the bottle and it fits this beer perfectly. At 6.7% ABV, it's definitely drinkable, and it's not too badly priced; I got a 24 oz. bottle for $5.19 at Consumer's.

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Photo of Risser09
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle poured into a small American pint - 2008 - Fridge temp

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with some orange hightlights. The head rises to 1" and is off-white in color. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit. Vegetal earthiness, grass and some slight lemon peel.

Taste: Bitterness hits right away. Mostly pine flavor is bolstered by grapefruit. Light malt in the background. Orange and tea mingle in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with ample carbonation and plenty of lingering bitterness. Dry finish couples well with enough alcohol to get you going.

Drinkability: Fresh and lively, this beer is both affordable and drinkable. Could do 3 of these big bottles to finish off the night. More grapefruit would be preferred but isn't necessary. A solid brew.

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Photo of cktison
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brickstore Pub in Decatur, GA. Arrives a darker brown than expected for the Pale Ale, but nice tan head and a clear complexion. Smell of some hops and fruits, some orange and pine trees - very hoppy upfront, well done harvesting those fresh wet NZ hops. Taste hides those hops a bit, nice caramels and citrus, grapefruit - bitterness is well concealed and the alcohol lets you know its there, but not too badly. Nice. The high carbonation knocks it down 1 point on mouthfeel, but its a nice beer, very smooth, and nice lingering citrus. I could have 2 or 3 of these, but the lack of crispness hurts.

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

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice copper color with an off-white head. Good retention. Decent clarity with a touch of carbonation induced cloudiness. Lacing was always present but never too sticky.

Piney hop smell, very fresh, with just a touch of citrus.

Taste begins with an earthy hop bitterness and finishes with more floral hops and a slight malt sweetness. Better mouthfeel than their standard pale ale or harvest. I attribute this to a lighter carbonation and a more resinous tongue.

Quite drinkable due to an easygoing feel. Stronger than most APA's however. I look forward to surprising a few Sierra Nevada fans with a bottle or two.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber with a big, happy fluffy head that lasts a long time and leaves splendid lacing. This is possibly the best looking Sierra Nevada offering, perhaps the best looking Pale Ale I have ever poured.

The aroma is puzzling. It has clear earthy hops, but there is the faintest whiff of something strange, perhaps a little acidity. It almost smelled like the beer was funked, but not quite.

Fortunately, the flavor more than makes up for the oddity of the aroma. The beer is huge and hoppy, with a resiny bitterness sticking to the back of your mouth. It has a nice piny, floral hop character. A beer this hoppy could easily get out of balance, but this brew managed to keep it under control, even though the hops overwhelms the malt character.

The mouthfeel is rich and clingy on the tongue.

This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. 05/27/08. 2008 version - 1st release.

Pours a clear golden amber color. Three fingers of soft beige head rise up as I pour, which slowly drops down leaving sticky lacing around the glass. Aroma is hops, hops, and more hops. Lots of citrus and spicy hop aromas, with just a hint of malt.

Taste is a nice balance of piny and citrus hops mixed with a slightly sweet malt background. Lots of citrus flavors, especially grapefruit and lemon, and some slight caramel from the malts.

Feel is slick and oily from the hop oils. Medium carbonation and it feels somewhat light, with a crisp and clean finish. Drinkability is good too. The ABV isn't too high (6.7%) and the hop bitterness stays in check.

Pretty good for a fresh hop ale. I like this one more than the other Sierra Nevada offerings.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a crystal clear copper with a one finger head that quickly dissipates, & spotty lacing. Aroma is pretty mild, with pine, citrus, & grass as the predominant scents. Piney, grassy hops hit the tongue harder than expected, considering the nose, with grapefruit & some caramel sweetness to back it up. Crisp & refreshing; a great summer IPA.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

decent head out of the 24 oz. bottle that is very long lasting. The color is a pleasing red-orange but there is almost no aroma at all. This seemed odd considering the very hop-forward flavor and the whole concept of the beer. The hops are quite bright and intense the instant the beer is in your mouth but the flavor seems to almost disappear within a few instants. There is very little mouthfeel and a very bitter aftertaste from the large amount of hops.

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

24oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear orange amber, off white fluffy head with foam and many different sized bubbles, good retention, heavy lacing left on glass.

S = Lots of fresh hops, a little pine, some grapefruit zest, good mix, malt smells harder to find but they are there with light white bread notes.

T = Malts are much more present in the taste than in the smell. This is a hoppy beer but very well balanced with biscuit flavors equalling the lemon, grapefruit tastes and just a slight touch of pine.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, nice foamy, luxurious feel.

D = High, a great fresh hoppy beer for the summer.

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Photo of mattster
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened 24 Ounce bottle of 2008/First Release and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a foamy head of 1", atop a light clear copper colored brew. Leaves heavy lace on glass.

Smell is of hops and a bit of pineapple citrus. Taste has an earthiness to it, yet very clean and really crisp on the palate, notes of pineapple and slight lemony goodness finish out this beer. It does feel a bit hot on the back of palate, but all in all not a bad brew.

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Photo of tcfishler
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber red, substantial and sticky off-white head. Hops strike a nice balance between lemongrass, pine and hay, and there's a faint smokiness in the background as well. However, the overall aromatic intensity/expressivity is not quite what I expected. Not overly aggressive flavors feature some well defined fruit tones but are still decidedly hop-driven, with a building bitterness that ultimately kicks the roof of the mouth. Great texture throughout the mouth and great length on the finish. Never shows the alcohol, although it certainly is not thin or lacking substance. A refined drink that will still satisfy a hop craving.

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

a: pours a 1 finger off-white head with great retention, moderate lacing, the beer is a clear, rich amber in color

s: predominantly tropical fruit hops with a dose of spring pine, straightforward caramel malt aroma provides a good base for showcasing the hops, a touch of alcohol

m: carbonation medium with a light-medium body, pretty soft and delicate

t: clean caramel and pale malts bring a light candied grain sweetness, full tropical hop flavors turn to the evergreen side after swallowing, with a formidable bitterness that builds, clean finish

d: simple, tasty, and extremely drinkable

$5.99 at Wine A While in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper. Generous bubbly head gives way to a healthy sheet of lace. Nice sticking all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Citrusy aroma with some caramel and earthy malt tones. Hop aroma is more subdued than expected. I'm thinking balence. Again some citric and tea like herbal hops combined with a nice balence of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread malts flavors. Finish is just slightly bitter. Alcohol is not a factor here, in fact I was surprised at the 6.7% abv. Another nicely balenced beer from Sierra Nevada. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of akorsak
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 24 oz bottle purchased at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in NYC.

A: The pale ale is a robust amber color, highlighted by brilliant marmalade orange tones. A decent head arose on first pour, exceeding 2 fingers and leaving thick patches all around the glass.

S: The fresh hop aroma is sublime. Citrus aromas are fresh and wet, mingling with touches of pine. The malts are an equal match to the hops, adding caramel biscuits to the proceedings.

T: The ale is a nicely balanced pale, sharing equally in the hop and malt categories. The first flavors are the hops, soft and subtle in their citrus and herbs. Principally, herbal tobacco flavors are the taste du jour. They leave a long finish, flicking at the tastebuds long after the sip is gone. Throughout the glass, the hops are nicely paired with a caramel biscuit backbone. The malts never take over but nicely support the hops throughout.

M: Solid mouthfeel. I often forget how good freshly harvested hops are and to have them in May is great. The hop bitterness nicely grabs the tastebuds.

D: The ale has a moderate alcohol level, greatly increasing the drinkability. I think that this ale will no hold up well over time, so dig in to it now.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, the neck label proclaims this is a 2008 and the main label says "1st release" at the top, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange-amber color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head formed about 1 finger thick, and had nice retention.

Aroma: Piney hops, very inviting.

Taste: Piney hops up front balanced by a slightly sweet malty backbone that comes through slightly in the middle. The finish was more piney hops, slightly bitter, lingering nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very smooth, almost creamy. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: An excellent brew, just what I'd expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, 6.7% ABV. Pours a clear copper color, with a white rocky head. Great head retention, great patches of lace.

Citrusy and floral aroma. A bit of caramel and spice as well. The aroma is not as big as I would have thought.

Caramel malt along with some very nice juicy hop flavor. Citrus, spices, and just a bit resiny, all blend together nicely. Just a bit of sweetness.

Medium body, with appropriate carbonation. Very well balanced. This is very similar to a couple other SN beers, but with just a subtle twist. I loved the juicy flavors in this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a 2 inch frothy off-white head (after a fairly hard pour). Head retention and lacing is excellent. Aroma is citrusy and piney hops, with some caramel malt in there too. The taste is similar to the aroma. It's mostly citrus/pine/grassy hops, along with some caramel and biscuity malt. There's also a nice lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's coating, oily and a bit thick with low/medium carbonation. Drinkability is very good as it's smooth and goes down nice and easy. I think this is a pretty solid brew, I'll definitely have to pick up another couple bottles of this.

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

24 fl.oz. fat brown bomber poured into a large chalice...deep amber-copper with 1/4" of ivory foam cap. The head settles to a film and leaves some nice sticky lace, clinging after each sip.

Hoppy citrus notes upfront, some piney or spruce, and a little malty sweetness bringing up the rear. The nose is milder than I was expecting...not to worry though, I was thinking hop bomb (DIPA) for some strange reason.

Complex hop characture flavor starts sweet with citus and malt. The malt is caramel in flavor, infused with grapefruit, tangerine, mango and spruce in a near perfect balance. Bitter-sweet fruit in the finish, great flavor.

Good bit of body, moderate ABV, nice carbonation all add up to a highly drinkable and enjoyable ale that is some what unique. Will definitely enjoy this one in the future.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours coppery/amber with off white head that recedes fairly quickly, with some decent lacing left behind.

Aroma is suprisingly subdued, I was expecting far more hop aroma. The hop aroma smells citrusy and sweet, with more malt sweetness and just a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Despite the lack of aroma, the flavor of hops dominates everything else, creating a nearly oily mouthfeel. Something rugged about the flavor, maybe in the rush some insects were left in the hops. Bitterness levels are on par with their pale ale, maybe slightly more bitterness, but its hard to tell under all the oily hop flavor. Somewhat drying quality to the finish keeps the oily mouthfeel in check.

Fairly interesting, not really sure what I think about it after the first try though. Certainly not wowed, but not entirely dissappointed either. If it's fair to compare, I loved the other Harvest version, this one, not so much.

Edit: I try not to read reviews before I try the beer, and after reviewing this one I read mattcrill's review, and maybe I'm having the same issue with this beer, but don't quite have the palate to discern the problem....but something just a bit off with this one.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at the Reef Bar the other night. The waitress tried to sell it like it was the second coming of beer. Pours a nice looking copper color with a smallish head on top that didn't really leave much lacing. Nose is lots of fruity hops, as is the flavor. It's not supper hoppy (the waitress advertised it as an IPA, so I was a little thrown off), but it's fairly balanced, and highly drinkable. I'm surprised it's so high in alcohol, cause it doesn't show up in the least. Feel is a little watery, in my opinion. Overall, not bad at all, although I still prefer the standard SN Pale Ale. Would drink this one if it was offered though, no questions.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.12/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me qualify this review by saying I'm a big SN fan...that being said, this beer disappoints me.

Aroma: slightly catty and skunky. A "lager-like" yeasty aroma and a touch of spiciness. Also, a bit of DMS which is disturbing.

Appearance: Hazy brick red pour with a sticky off-white cap.

Flavor: Saltine crackers, biscuity, earthy hops, and some spicy floral flavors. A brush of alcohol but this flavor is really lacking. Just a little malt and hops and really nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation. A bit of a carbonic bite with some lingering hop oiliness left on the palate.

Overall impression: This one is lost on me. If it's truly the S. Hemisphere hops then it looks like I'll be drinking/brewing less hoppy beers and using my good ol' N. Hemisphere hops. To me, all the "less than desirable" flavors seemed mostly malt driven (DMS, saltine crackers, etc). I'm giving SN the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they rushed this to market or I just got a bad bottle. Either way, I won't be hitting this again soon. I need to go brush my teeth with some Bigfoot.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been dying to give this one a shot ever since I first read about its production. I love Sierra Nevada and everything they brew....I bought 4 bombers today and cracked the first one this evening....

This is just beautiful.... Its a glowing copperish hue with a thick creamy fluffy head that simply refuses to go away...Held up to the light, the small carbonation bubbles slowly float up from the bottom of the Sierra Nevada pint glass...

Upon placing my nose into the glass, I'm greeted with a piney hoppiness that seems very well balanced by a sweet maltiness... This doesn't seem to be quite as pungent as the Harvest Fresh Hop, but hell, it still smells really good.... Just a little more subdued..

Alright, this is just terrific.... Its hoppy and piney and oily and sticky but yet sweet and balanced with the malts in the background....this finishes with a nice puckering bitterness from those New Zealand hops as well...

I had to restrain myself from chugging this so that should tell you what I think about its drinkability...

Sierra Nevada, you've done it again! You guys keep churning out one terrific brew after another and I keep buying them by the truckload...between this and the Summerfest, I will be spending quite a bit of time with your brews this summer...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. Sierra bomber, shared with my dad on 5/23/08,

A: Pours a medium amber into a pint glass, with a medium cap of off-white foam, abundant sticky lacing.

S: Very floral, grass, caramel, honeysuckle.

T: On the first sip I noticed a striking difference in comparison with regular Harvest Ale. The beer starts with a much more direct pine bitterness than its brother, the difference in the age of the hops when used is clearly shown. Malt is almost brown ale dark, toffee sweet. Light amount of white grapefruit in the aftertaste which in turn is dominated by the recognizable floral wet hop profile.

M: Full of resin, very stimulating on the tongue, medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: Another very tasty and interesting beer from the guys at Sierra Nevada. My dad said, "Yeah, it's pretty good." Dirt cheap when compared with other special releases out there, I'd definitely have it again.

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