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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

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

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 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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Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew with a tight head of white that leaves plenty of sticky lace.

Aroma is citrus and subtle pine with some light caramel and charred malt.

Flavor is light caramel malt, honey, and bread with citrus and pine hops. There's a subtle floral note and a hint of apricot. Not nearly as bitter or hoppy as last years version.

Body and drinkability are pleasant, very easy to drink but doesn't really stand out.

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

Pours a nice bright orange-with rocky off white head. Citrus and pine resin aroma hits you hard in the pour. Taste is more mute than I expected-the hops are not overwhelming-but instead a wonderfully mute and the malt is able to come through. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation low. Drinkabiity is good-I can have a few of these-no problem

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Photo of PhageLab
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Bright, vibrant orange coloration, decent two tip head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Pleasant grapefruit aroma with a kiss of fresh hops. Near the end however a strange fishy smell makes an appearance.

T - Very sweet fruity body with a low bitterness and a slight hint of pine. Disappointingly bland, I was expecting some more flavors to be present.

M - Oily light body, medium carbonation level, leaves a syrupy coating on the palate.

D - Not bad at all, but fairly boring. I doubt I'd seek this one out anytime soon. I suppose it's worth a try if you find it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one.

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

24oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy off-white head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is hop dominated, but still some nice caramel malt aromas manage to sneak in. Hop aromas are floral and citrusy, with a slight grassiness.

Floral and citrusy upfront, a nice malt backbone also manages to hold it's own. Midway through, an aggressive bitterness bites down and lasts through the dry finish and well beyond.

Medium body, creamy texture.

A nice treat to have a fresh hop ale coming out in the spring. I don't know if they has planned to brew this for a long time, or if it was an idea spawned by the hop shortage - but it's a fantastic idea no matter what.

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

On tap at Brickstore Pub, Decatur, GA:

Appearance: A transparent, ruddy copper body with well-paced carbonation, a huge foamy but large-bubbled head that floats on top of this brew and leaves a ridiculous amount of blotchy, sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Overwhelmingly citrusy, with strong pineapple and grapefruit notes, but faint fragrances of what this beer might be are definitely present - caramel malt, pleasant hop flourishes (and obvious bitterness looming on the horizon), and light alcoholic notes. If the prominent citrus notes up front weren't so dominating, it would be perfect.

Taste: Light and fruity up front, with a good, sweet, biscuity base. Bitter throughout - especially in the aftertaste - with wisps of solvent-like alcohol present in the middle and finish. The overall profile is somewhat similar to SN's Pale Ale, but the hop character is more robust, more pronounced, and more oily - flourishes of grassy and vegetal hops are noticeable, and lots of other faint hop notes (juniper berry is noticeable) come through in excellent fashion.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, and medium-bodied with medium-carbonation and medium-sized bubbles. Again, it's remarkable in its even-bodiedness, enough to where it's creamy, regardless of its profile.

Drinkability: Not as good as the wet hop Harvest ale (to be expected), but there's tons of great flavors and aromas going on in this one, all wrapped up in a gorgeous and great-feeling package.

A really great pale ale, with enough bitterness to call that classification in doubt, and one you should definitely try out if you're a hophead.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA. for $4.59.

Pours a deep dark rich amber, with a big frothy head, telling us this is a solid brew.

Aroma is strong hops, neither fruity nor oily/tree like, but still hops nonetheless.

The true nature of this beer is in the flavor- definitely strongly hopped, on the sharp/bitter pine tree-sucking side rather than fruity, a solid enjoyable beer. A lot of carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel, and it's pretty drinkable.

However, I do have to worry about the carbon footprint on this bad boy (FedExing hops from New Zeland in this time of high petrol costs?)- but since I drink a lot of Belgian ales, I think this is my problem, not Sierra Nevada's.


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

24oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, orange/amber color with a light tan head that fell after a while, leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - piney/herbal hops and sweet malt aroma.

T - good balanced flavor, some malty sweetness before ending dry with good bitterness.

F - medium bodied with crisp carbonation feel.

D - another good tasting, 'easy to drink' brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of peabody
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very clear amber with foamy white suds that lace the pint glass.
Smell is hop citrus and malt. Yeast burns the nose a bit but this is a mild ale.
The suds are really malty but the beer is a good IPA. Citrus and bitter hop along with a slight malty sugar make this offering by SN a darn good one.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I like the hop oils in the aftertaste.
If there were a keg of this stuff at my local store I would buy a couple of growlers and session both bottles one right after the other.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

first i have to say "well done." once again, in typical SN fashion, a fine ale of monstrous hoppiness and subdued maltiness flourishes from this brewery.

rich amber red/orange beer with a taut cloudy off white head. almost looks like curdled milk at one point.

nose is similar to their 11th edition 2007 harvest ale. dry citric. sour dough bread loaf.

this ale is wonderful. not really voracious on the hoppiness, as would be expected from this brewery. but it's certainly muscular.

i must mention that there exists some unique hop medley in this one. there are some qualities in the hops that i'm not quite familiar with. yes, there are the typical dry grapefruit/citrus qualities, the ascerbic and almost caustic soft-burn of the dryness coming through in the finish, with the alcohol a distant second comer. forgot to mention a latent vegetal floweriness to it. juniper and a splash of some herb. guinea pepper, perhaps? come to think of it, this ale has many of the same flavors that are similar to the botanicals used in many high-end dry gins.

pick it up and try it.
sorry for the spotty and jumping review.

but i recommend this beer.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.
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