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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4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.

L - Medium amber color with a 3-finger foamy cream-colored head. Awesome retention and lacing. Crystal clear with a nice amount of bubbles.

S - Awesome hop bouquet with orange, pineapple, peach, mango, and pine notes. Along with all the hops, there’s a nice caramel malt presence, too. Smells more like a DIPA with the insane amount of hops. Perfect aroma for a hop head.

T - Starts off sweet with caramel and bread malt flavors and peach, mango and pineapple hop flavors. Fruity, piney, and spicy hop bitterness starts to creep in and progressively builds towards the finish.

F - Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a chewy mouthfeel, and dry and very bitter finish. Hop spice and bitterness lingers for a great amount of time.

O - This is a terrific IPA. It looks great, has a terrific hoppy aroma and taste, and is very drinkable. I only wish that this came in 12 oz bottles, but really who am I kidding? I’d probably just drink 2 anyway. Hats off to Sierra Nevada on this one.

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Photo of sauvy10
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Megahertz
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Squat Bomber, sampled half in a shaker and half direct from the bottle.

A - Deep red to light brown, clear, with a small but lasting deep tan head. Carbonation appears low. Leaves lots of lacing. Very appetizing.

S - Good, but somewhat less than expected for a fresh hop ale. Pine with very light tropical fruit salad notes. Seems to be enhanced when in the bottle vs. in a shaker. Aroma quickly dies down after pouring.

T - Immediate brown sugar sweetness with slight biting carbonation. Mid is a big burst of hop bitterness, followed by a transient intense hop flavor and associated sweetness. Very bright, lively tropical fruits that give a slightly acidic impression. Caramel hits just a tad before a lingering bitterness that is just right; finish is extremely dry.

M - Heavy body for the style that is brightened by a crisp carbonation. A good mix.

O - Excellent IPA, killer deal at this low price point. I would drink this directly from the bottle - seems the resins are transient when poured. Pick one up today and enjoy!

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Photo of mds1101
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

On-tap at Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Light, golden-yellow in color with a fluffy, off-white head.

S: Sweet, sugary malt. Very subtle hops. Marijuana butter?

T: Surprisingly sweet malt up front with an earthy, slightly fruity hop finish. You can immediately discern the difference in hop character between compared to Northern Hemisphere. New Zealand hops have a unique flavor and aroma. Not strong up front but finishes with a sweet, syrupy, almost skunky/marijuana flavor.

M: Medium carbonation gives it a good tingle. Balanced with unique flavors for an IPA.

O: An enjoyable experience of which I would gladly drink again but not seek out. I'm glad I tried it but the flavors become too cloying and there isn't enough to remember this beer by.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber with a tinge of burnt orange. Head is off-white, 2 fingers thick with excellent retention, and a resultant thick and sticky lace.

Smell - Fresh, earthy hops hit you in the aroma; primarily grassy and floral, but strong notes of spice bite at the nostrils. Hints of citrus and pine.

Taste - Citrus and a classic Sierra pine hop upfront, with subtle caramel and sweet bready malts peeking through and all sitting upon a spicy hop that rides throughout. A bit of earthiness a well.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation lends to some decent bite... but something feels missing.

Overall - Solid wet hop ale. Not big fan on the Sierra pine character making it's presence known here, and I find it strange since they're using different hops. Must be the whole cone approach and the way Sierra infuses them into their brew which releases these characteristics, rather than a specific hop, per se.

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Photo of Demosthenes503
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jstewart1130
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Had this on 2012-05-12 in Columbia, PA (2012 batch)

A - Mostly-clear new-penny copper brown with a 2-finger head and very nice lacing.

S - Pineapple, biscut, mild pine, spice and floral hops.

T - More pineapple in the taste than the 2011 batch. There's also an added rye-like earthy/peppery spice that I don't recall from last year. There's still a nice sweet roasted malt and pine and moderate lemon/orange zest bitterness. It dries nicely and leaves a sweet/fruity/grainy/spicy/bitter aftertaste that leans too heavily on a pepper finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Substantial, reasonably sticky and prickly.

o - I look forward to the Southern and Northern Harvest brews. The 2012 isn't as tasty as I recall the 2011 Southern Hemisphere to have been and definitely not as much to my liking as the 2011 Northern Hemisphere, primarily because of the lingering pepper spiciness in this batch.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled on 116 day of 2012. Pours a beautiful bright reddish orange with a one inch of white head, that leaves marvelous lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, grass, and hints of carmel. Taste is a very balanced citrus, with a grapefruit finish. Body is medium large, plenty of life, lush, and drinkable. The Southern and Northern are two beers that I love and at $4.29 a big beer, doesn't hurt the wallet.

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Photo of terence
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of OPBrewCrew
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of alemiester
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Pahn
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle into Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage (just came out).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fluffy bonewhite head that dissipates slowly and leaves a tight ring of lacing. Pours a clear orange and leaves a few spots and splotches of lacing.

Smell: Lemony hops, with some melon and a bit of almost-citrusy pungency. Toasted bready malt aroma in the background. Some pleasant sugary stuff happening--bakery smells. Surprisingly doesn't clash with the sharp hop aromas.

Taste: Noble hops with some melon and pine. Prominent malt backbone. Pleasant finish that could be dryer, with a lingering bitter aftertaste that isn't so good. Bit subdued with the hop flavor, especially relative to the aromas.

Lots of nice hop flavors pop up here and there (lemony notes, some pungent hops), but mostly it's a muddled noble hop flavor with a strong malt backbone. Reasonably well put together, but not great. Gets > 3.0 for some of the highlights.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High side of moderate carbonation--always feels active, but not distractingly overcarbonated. Finish should be dryer. Bitterness is on the low side for an IPA (by Sierra Nevada, at least), but harsh.

Overall: I really like this beers subtleties, but the total package isn't doing it for me. Sierra Nevada's Northern Hop Harvest a few months ago was light years better.

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Photo of sauron681
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

Pours an enticing copper color with a good head and great lacing throughout session. A very hoppy aroma first whafts at me after opening. ( yeah I said it, whafts) with slight mud and earthy overtones. A smooth clean beer that is not overly bitter, with some sweetness. Medium light in the mouth. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. I will look forward to the release of these every year.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tln13
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of yergermeister
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 3,090 ratings.
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