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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn’t able to get Northern Hemisphere this last year, but Southern Hemisphere was no problem. Summer sounds great for a harvest ale – and it’s even relatively fresh. Cheers!

Brewed a little over a month before the date of this tasting (2116 of the bottle code translates to a bottling date of April 25, 2012).

A: A beautiful orange body, with touches of amber as I pour. The head is rocky, tan foam that sinks slowly from its two-finger perch, leaving stretches of bubbly lacing all around the glass.

S: Ladies and gentlemen, we have hops. It’s not as strong as I imagine it would have been the week after bottling, but the aroma is quite appetizing: mild resins over a bed of that New Zealand floweriness, with a pinch of cinnamon spice, even. A touch of malts come through lightly, adding warm sweet bread, fresh butter, and honey flavoring (not thick enough to be the pure, syrupy stuff).

T: Very smooth flavor, and in a memorably earthy way. Malts are sweet and dark, providing a base of honey, toast, under-ripe banana, cinnamon roll, and maple, upon which the hops can dance. And these bitter little flowers take center stage for the remainder of the brew, too, hitting with a bit of tart blueberry, grapefruit, and orange juice before the main tastes of floral pine set in. It’s a full (yet not too thick) IPA taste that leaves the palate dark and spicy. Aftertaste is mellow, with dry salts and sweet bread in a nice, drinkable balance.

M: Very foamy – not prickly at all, really. I have a feeling that’s why the darkness of the malt can come out, and I like it.

O: At times, this beer tastes like a cream ale; so smooth and creamy that it almost downplays the hops. And aren’t those supposed to be the showcase of this beer? Oh well, you won’t hear me complain that much – this stuff is good.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle, 2012, poured into a pint glass.

A: A very nice copper-amber-orange, that produces a wonderful white thick foamy head that lasts.

S: A nice hoppy aroma that is subtle, but still gives you nice whiffs of citrus and pine, with a slight hint of toffee.

T: A very fresh mix of citrus and pine hop flavors that don't overpower the malty goodness.

M: Chewy and creamy, and very easy to drink. The carbonation is just right for me. Went down too smooth, and was sad when the bottle was empty.

O: Excellent IPA that is well balanced. You get to experience all of the ingredients, with no one ingredient overpowering another.

I am a huge Sierra Nevada fan, and truly believe the brewery does things right. I have not been disappointed in any of the styles that I love from this brewery. So yes, I gave it 5's across the board as I love this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the Northern Hemi Harvest so I had to try this one. The Northern is definitely better, but this one's a pretty decent experience.

It's a beautiful beer, like all of the SN fresh hop beers. Ridiculously huge, fluffy, oily head that no one else comes even close to.

Hop flavor is like a cross between citrus and lots of pine, along with more floral 'noble' characteristics. The flavor is somewhere between an AIPA and a hoppy pilsner. For reference, New Belgium Shift tastes similar and it is a pale lager made with NZ hops.

Pretty good, well worth seeking out while it's around.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just adore the 2012 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere. I pour the 24 oz bottle into a pint glass when no one was around to appreciate all that Chico has to offer.

Appearance- A darkened amber color with a luscious tan head, with lacing draping the entire glass.

Smell- Marginally fruity hops, followed by floral notes, pine and a faint whisper of toffee.

Taste- Right away the hoppy bitterness is the instant gratification I come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Then the impending floral notes with pleasurable earthy tones helps balance and complete the IPA.

Mouthfeel- The smoothness makes it such an easy drinking ale. Great harmony with the carbonation that I wish the beer was year round.

Overall- Brilliantly crafted with love and with such harmony between hops, malt and carbonation I hardly notice the ABV. Only wish I had a Five Guys burger and fries right now to complete this meal.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last year, liked it, thought I'd put a review down for the 2012 batch. From a stubby 24 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Pours a very slightly hazy, reddish-copper. A thick, cream-colored, two-finger head has great retention and bunches of super clumpy lacing. Hard to find anything wrong with this.

A bit more subdued in the nose then what I was expecting. Some floral, some pine, maybe a touch of citrus from the hops, and a very prominent caramel/toffee malt backing.

Wow, that is so well balanced. No flavor is dominant. Many times with a an American IPA you get a rush of hops followed by a nice malt backbone. This one the everything is melded together from the get-go. The piney and citrusy hops blend with the caramel, slightly bready, malts the whole way through. Very nice.

Classic American IPA. Medium, creamy body, moderately dry in the finish, and great carbonation.

I'm not gonna lie, I was expecting more of a hop bomb; maybe my palate has changed since last year. With that said this was one of the more clean, and balanced American IPAs I've ever had. I love SN because they keep quality high, availability high, and prices low; and at $5 for 24 oz bottle, I'll be getting another one of these this season. Cheers!

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3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toffee and copper with a substantial chill haze. Creamy foam caps the beer , off white, two fingers high and great retention and lacing.

Takes quite a bit to get the aroma out but it's a hop medley of tropical fruit, pine and rich citrus. Mango, pineapple, orange citrus and resin intermingled with a bit of husky grains and honey malt to balance.

Bready malt with simple syrup, hop flavor comes out strictly as pine with lots of chewy resin that coats the mouth. Really brings out a malty sweetness coupled with phenols, alcohol and a steady blast of bitterness. Some grainy flavors in the after taste.

Moderate carbonation, easy drinking when colder. Average body. Bitterness is pleasant and drying but it really picks up the alcohol after the drink.

Solid IPA, big hop character and balanced but got progressively worse as it sat. The flavor contrasts the aroma. The aroma is diverse and floral though not very strong and the taste is bold, raw and one dimensional, odd. The alcohol was glaring which was also a bit surprising.

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

Poured into a large glass mug from the 24 oz. bottle.
2012 Edition.

Appearance- Dark, glistening caramel color, very clear and one of the finer heads I have seen. Floats a bottle cap.

Smell- Pine hoppiness and maltiness in unison. Not very strong smell but my sense of smell is not very good.

Taste- Terrific flavor, almost perfect balance. Taking into consideration it is an IPA; Very sweet and absolutely no off flavors.

Mouthfeel- Very clean, clean, clean. Extremely refreshing. The smoothness of this beer makes you want to take ginormous gulps.

Overall I had a wonderful time drinking this beer, great flavor and the color and head were I must say perfect. I must buy more.

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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 3,099 ratings