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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

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Photo of hdofu
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For my 50th review, I wanted to do a special beer, and it was Sierra Nevada's porter that I first reviewed for this site. Since I've acquired a taste for hoppy ale, I had to review this beer.

Anyway this beer pour copper orange, almost a pale cranberry, with a thick white head. taste is intensely hoppy with a sweet finish. Th I detect herbal notes and noticeable malt flavor as well as sweet pine with a hint of citrus and dark bread. The beer is smooth to the tongue, slick and oily with lite carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high i you like hoppy, bitter and sweet which this beer excels at all the aforementioned categories. An excellent APA, I prefer it to their flagship APA.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 3 finger rocky head into my pint glass. Color is a light to medium amber.
Lacing all over the glass.
Smell is citrus,
Taste is grapefruit / hoppy,it seems to be just a touch bitter but there is a good bit of carbonation that seems to mellow the bitterness. Also some maltiness, bready.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The malt and the perfect carbonation tickle my tongue.

Drinkability: glug, glug, glug.... Oh, drinkability is off the charts great.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at BevMo! in Brea. Bottled on April 25th, 2008 and consumed on May 23rd, 2008.

A- Poured into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear copper color with a billowy beige head that sticks around for quite a while before settling to a thin layer, leaving some great web-like sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- A very earthy aroma of both citrusy and piney hops with a coarse and grainy malt backing.

T- A nice hoppy bite is supported by an equal amount of bready maltiness. The bitterness resurfaces and sticks around on the palate long after each sip. The flavors are very gritty and raw, and the finish is dry.

M- A full-bodied feel with moderate carbonation. It's also slightly oily and coating from the hop oils.

D- Kudos to Sierra Nevada for brewing a Pale Ale with a 6.7% ABV, but that ensures that one 24 ounce bottle is plenty. Very drinkable all around though.

I fantastic Pale Ale chocked full of hoppy goodness. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Buebie
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a rich dark copper color, with a thick whipped cream like 4 finger head.
Thick *clumpy* lace lines my glass.

S - Smell is primarily of hops; pine, grapefruit, floral hoppy aroma with a hint of pure clover honey. The dry hopping really come through with the huge waffing of floral aroma.

T - Taste is amazing, the hops do not overwhelm. Pine and citrus with a real earthy note...not like dirt, but really reminds me of a home-brewed organic IPA. Tastes like Brewers gold, cascade, Mt Hood...
The hops do not overwhelm as the malt comes through in the middle peaks and then the dry bitter hops finish and linger.

M - Mouthfeel is thick, dry and clean, some oily hop presence. Carbonation is medium to light. The presence of the carbonation is more of an afterthought, does not overwhelm, leaving this ale very smooth.

D - This is a bit of a sip and ponder beer. I could enjoy this any time of year, but on hot dreadful days I may grab somthing a bit less filling.
I just ate a giant bowl of pho prior to reviewing, so my gut is about to burst.
I will definatly grab this again

So much better then their EPA. That fact that the hops used in this beer were picked processed and boiled in the wort within ten days on the vine is amazing. Kudos Seirra Brewing!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange/amber color. Thick foamy light brown head. Excellent retention and even better lacing. A great looking Pale Ale.

S - Spicy hops. Also a hint of some orange in the backgroun. Dominated by a spicy, piney aroma.

T - Spicy hops, bordering on funky. I love hoppy beers but this one is missing the necessary balance from some sweet malt.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Good carbonation. A good pale ale but I think I prefer their regular pale ale over this one. Just a little too funky of hop taste.

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

Beautiful amber color pour on tap from Henry's in Portland. It has a big long-lasting, fluffy white head that leaves a bunch of lacing.

Nicely hoppy aromas. This could pass for a West coast IPA. Less on the citrus side and more on the pine, grassy and spicy side for the hops. Also noticed semi-sweet bready malts. Very fresh smelling.

Nicely balanced taste, reminding me some of the regular SNPA. Bready malts are substantial, while being well balanced by lots and lots of hops. This is a pretty formidable pale ale. The feel slick and smooth. Maybe not as crisp as I typically look for in a pale.

Overall, a very tasty pint. I'm not sure what the bottles cost, but if they're a high premium over the regular SNPA, I'd try one of these just to see what you think, but stick with the excellent original.

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

24oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A. Amber/copper with a two finger soapy head.Carbonation bubbles racing up to meet with the creamy silky head.Looks like a little oil slick at the top with lots of lace around the rim.

S. Smells of grassy/piney hops and sweet malts.

T. At first a little bitter tinge of hops.Then the taste of caramel and citrusy hops.The finish is dry and leaves a nice malty aftertaste as your taking your next sip.I think this beer has a excellent mixture of hops and malts.

M. Mouthfeel is creamy/oily with a bit of tingle racing around with a dry finish.

D. Nice beer to sip on and take your time.No hurry to finish this one.Savor the flavors and it's very balanced and easy to drink.
Notes. I love this beer.I expected to be disappointed after all the hype that was surrounding this release.It did not disappoint.

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

A careful pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan crown of froth that just barely exceeds the rim of my glass. The head leaves a ton of lacing on the sides of my glass as the head slowly subsides with a varied, canyon / crevasse like surface. The beer is a cellar, reddish amber hue and shows a brilliantly clear, red stained, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite citrus like with a nice hit of candied orange peel, ample lychee and a bit of piquant citrus zest. There also seems to be something that is a bit like a old, rubber bike tire-tube; this last is a bit faint, but I can't shake it and it seems to mix in with an herbal aromatic that is a mix of grass, slight hemp and pine sap.

Soft on the mouth, despite being pretty well carbonated. The beer has a lightness to it that makes it quite easily quaffed. A touch of warming alcohol lets you know this beer has some strength, but it is almost hidden underneath the resinous hop character and bitterness that dominates the finish. This has a nice, almost buttery, malt character to it. Perhaps toffee is a better descriptor as it is certainly not diacetyl, this is also accented by the creamy mouthfeel that this beer has. The citrus hop notes are probably the most dominant flavor (though the herbal notes are right up there) and lean towards flavors reminiscent of orange zest, tangelo and grapefruit. The more earthy, green side of the hops show up as flavors of pine, bitter herbs, some touches of hemp oil, perhaps some slight menthol. This is easily described as a hop dominated beer, the hops don't reach overwhelming levels though, despite that the malt character barely plays a perceptible role here. The malt certainly contributes to the mouthfeel and structure of this brew, and does influence some soft flavors in the middle of each sip.

At first I thought this beer might be a bit too light in heft, but it quickly picked up a soft, creamy mouthfeel to it that somehow reminds me of a cask ale, despite the carbonation; I think this is a side effect of the hops somehow, though I am not entirely sure. This is quite a nice beer, somehow at first blush I would not guess that I liked this beer, but the sum of its parts definitely forms a greater whole that I am digging a bit more than I would have guessed.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Pub in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice tan head.

S- Nice clean scent, hops are present but not overwhelming.

T- Very well balanced, the hops are the centerpiece, but the beer has plenty of malt as well.

M- Well carbonated, medium body, plenty of oily hops to please hop lovers.

D- A very enjoyable beer, so well balanced that even non-hop lovers will enjoy the beer.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2008) (all 4s)
A- Nice golden caramel color, head was nice and full with excellent lacing.

S- The smell of the new hops is very strong and alive.

T- The start is very sweet and that turns into a very citrus hoppy taste. The hop taste is very crisp, and something I've never had in a hoppy beer. It almost has a very spruce/pine needle/gin taste.

M- Easy to drink, not too hop heavy. Light carbination.

D- Not too bad to drink. I'm wondering how, or if this beer will taste better if it is aged for a bit. Can it be aged?

A- Darker amber color then the 08 version. Good lacing and a thick head.

S- The hop smell is very upfront and yet subtle with a great smelling balance.

T- The taste is sweet with the hops being the star. Almost like a barley wine in flavor. I like how the hops this time are balanced in terms of nothing being too overly bitter. Not nearly as piny as it was in 08.

M- Good feel, nice carbination for a fuller body beer.

D- Easy to drink for sure

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

24oz bottle poured into my Russian River pint glass

A: Amber with a thick, dense beige head that recedes leaving a nice lace. Good carbonation.

S: Earthy (reminds me of the smell of rain on dry earth) with a mild bittering hop. Hint of lemon with a mild caramel sweetness behind it all. Good!

T: Starts off with an earthy hop presence both flavor and bittering-wise. Mild caramel sweetness with a mildly bitter, dry finish.

M: A little oily (from the hops?), a hair undercarbonated but the dry finish is great

D: Goes down very easy. I've refilled this and fast

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

Pours a clear amber with a decent creme head. Leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Flavor is bitter in the hoppy way you'd expect. It's pretty earthy overall and a minor salt edge is there as well. Pine character is here too and I felt it showed up as the beer warmed. Carbonation bites and the liquid is typical. A nice APA. Not sure exactly why we need a year round version of this style, but that's American for you. Who cares if we need it. We can do it, so let's just do it.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5L mug at Hollingshead's Deli. Pours a clear caramel color with a big rocky off-white head. Somewhat similar and maybe a shade darker than the classic SN pale ale. The smell was mildly hoppy in the earth and leafy sort of variety. The taste was divided between the caramel malt backbone and a citrus wave of hops. The finish leaves a moderate bitterness, in fact it left somewhat of a lingering unpleasant bitterness to me that I find in the SN Pale Ale also. Anyway, the taste was actually more similar to SN's other beers that all use Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. Since this beer doesn't use any of those it surprised me how similar it was.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, 24 fl oz bottle just purchased from Gary's in madison for $4.25...
Pours a ruddy, dark-copper, amber colored hue with rising carbonation and an impressive-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power...
The nose was replete with a pepperish hint of fresh hops, slight caramel, and earthy grains...
As far as taste is concerned, this is hands-down one of the best American Pale Ale's I have sampled in a long time... A crisp, spicy, hoppy bitterness is evident in the long-lasting flavor along with a bold hint of earthy grains, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla thrown into the mix...
The pepperish, bread and butter flavor is typical Sierra Nevada style, with the brewery's usage of New Zealand hops being very assertive, and with a nice 6.7% alcohol strength to match, this is a wholesome, tasty, flavorful, easily-drinkable depiction of the style...
Certainly one of the best brews to come out of this Californian company...
Excellent mouthfeel and a teriffic level of drinkablity to match...
Great stuff...
Definitely recommended...

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Photo of pershan
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Several of my friends raved about this, so I not only bought a case of it, but tried it on-tap at Frisco. The beer poured a clear reddish-amber with a thin, rocky white head into a pint glass. Not much of a hop aroma, which was a bit strange. The taste, however, was a fantastic blend of malt sweetness, big hop flavor, building up to a clean, crisp, fairly intense, high-alpha hop finish. SN really knows how to balance the malt and hop profiles in their highly-hopped ales. A great beer.

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Photo of Drew966
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale pours a dark orange with a thick white head from a brown twenty four ounce bottle. The aroma is fairly mild, hops are definitely present though. As the beer warms, the flavors really start to come out, there is a very piney hop character and a very smooth mouthfeel. If you are looking for floral or fruity hops, you're in the wrong place. Very enjoyable.

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

Pours with a deep red-amber color, with brilliant honeyed highlights and a head that leaves some thick lace in spite of not retaining its form very well. The aroma is certainly identifiable as an APA, but the hop character has an earthy, herbal character about it that is different from that of a lot of American hop varieties. Malts come through, too, with a big measure of honeyed sweetness. On the palate, full bitterness throughout, with bright but soft citrus elements midway through. The finish dries out considerably, and the overall level of fruitiness is low. Great mouthfeel that combines lots of hop bitterness with a substantial, balancing load of caramel malts. Overall, this is excellent stuff. Once again, Sierra Nevada proves that they really know their way around a hoppy ale.

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Photo of ccrida
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass, the 2008 Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a clear copper with very dense tan head that's long lasting and rocky, leaving chunky lace.

Smell is fantastic, big sweet, floral, spicy noble hop aroma, toasted malt.

Taste is very good, wow, a nice freshness, big Saaz like flavor that I love, nice citrus finish, sweet and tart, clean malt and lingering bitterness, minty belches. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, lending a lighter body.

Drinkability is high, wow. Nice price on this bigger then a bomber bottle, Sierra Nevada has the best special release IPAs in the biz, and this is my favorite of the bunch. The Southern Hemisphere Harvest is really brewed to my taste. I just had a bottle of celebration yesterday to refresh my memory, and as good as it is, I definitely like this one better.

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Photo of kush6875
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage 1st release

poured from bottle in to DT tulip.

nice rich amber coloring with a thick white head and tons of sticky lacing.

smells like an overly hopped apa. lots of citrus, pine, and fresh hops, a litte grassy in a good way.

tastes of sticky hops but not as thick as regular harvest ale. has a great malt kick finished with a nice smooth hop bite.

mouthfeel is sticky and not too heavy.

another great brew by sierra nevada.

if your a fan of the regular harvest ale definately seek this one out!!!!


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Photo of Kraken
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked and poured from 24oz bottle into Harp pint glass. Firm pour yielded very minimal head (sub one finger). Minimal lacing. Color is nice golden amber. Nose is very floral, light citrus hops. Light citrus hops on the palate, carbonation is very fine and contributes greatly to the taste. Very balanced, definite malt presence, bitter and slightly dry finish. Very Nice Beverage!

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

Appearance: nice orange color with a fluffy 2" head that falls to a merangue like layer that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits are most prominent with a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit slices, hints of orange, and a soft fruit sweetness comes up late. Bitterness is bold but not overbearing at all.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers the longest over the grapefruits and caramels.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. This beer is a bit different than the hop harvest which I prefer, but definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brewery continues to pour out great releases, and this is no exception. A clear light amber, the beer has a nice sudsy cream white head like many pale ales. Aroma is malty and sweet with a nice citrusy hoppy smell. Taste is very well balanced, though it does lean towards the hoppy with a nice grapefruity bitterness as it goes down. Not a hop bomb, just a great pale ale.

A very good hoppy brew, easy drinking and light. Could drink this for hours, like most of SN's pale ales. Keep em coming.

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

Pours a rich golden tan into my goblet. Lots of nice yellowy-white head leaves a lovely lacing as it fades.

The aroma is mostly piney hops to me and something else I can't quite put my finger on .... oh, wait, I'm too close to the catbox. OK, away from that, there's also a sweetness to the nose.

The taste is very balanced. It's hoppy, but not a hop bomb. That piney, resiny flavor I caught in the scent is there. There's a cleanness to the taste. While it's quite good, it doesn't knock my socks off. It's not the most delicious thing I've ever tasted. But it's plenty good.

The mouthfeel suits the beer. The body's medium to light, the carbonation is noticeable but not overpowering. Utterly drinkable and at 6.7, not to much of a bruiser ot drink the 24-oz. bottle of in one go.

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Photo of bbothen
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty amber color with a big fluffy two finger head. Smells great. I can smell the fruity hops a couple feet away. Strong hot hops in the front backed by a nice malty backbone. Nice caramel flavors as well. Has a creamy medium feel over the tongue.

I could drink this all day long. At 6.7% though I better not. Maybe only a couple.

If you like hop flavor & aroma that don't overwhelm the other things going on, this is for you.

A great value for the price of under $5.00 for the 24oz bottle as well.
I'm going to get more.

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

24 oz bottle says 1st release 2008 purchased for 4.19 yesterday.

Poured a clear orange/amber color with a sticky white head that leaves copious amounts of lace all over.

The nose upon opening is a floral hop nose backed by some malt sweetness.

Taste is more of an earthy, pine, spicy hop which was unexpected after the nose was so floral, but i prefer it this way. The hops were there fairly strong when the beer was first out of the cold, but as it warmed the hops stepped aside a bit and let the maltiness come through and this became a very well balanced beer. I dont think the intent was for this to ever be a hop bomb, but a more rounded fresh hop ale, and i think it hit it right on the nose.

MOuthfeel was light, yet a bit oily and coating at the same time. Not too heavy for the high temperatures.

I could session this beer all the time during the hot summer months despite it being 6.7%. It is probably at the top end of my abv threshold for session beers, but it is very tasty and easy to drink. I will pick up another when i return to the store if there are any left :)

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