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

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Photo of manitouman84
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a good hard pour I got a huge pillowy head and a turbid tawny orange body. Good retention here and gobs of lacing all about the glass. Floral aroma, earthy, grapefruit, piney, zesty and vibrant on the nose. Bottle is a bit older but I still expected more on the nose in terms of potency than what was given. Solid dry malt body, caramel and toasted bread, solid hop bite, grapefruit an pine. Not very sweet, body is fairly average, with not a rich smoothness to it. I found this beer to be brighter than the northern hemisphere in its hop/beer focus.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 2 finger white head that billows up from the glass. about a minute later the head finally comes down and leaves tons of lacing around the glass. Body is a clear orange burst. This really looks top notch.

S- balanced sweet, light malt and earthy bitterness.

T- Nice bitterness thats tame upfront and really explodes in the middle. Really piney bitter hops that turn into a grapefruit and citrus bitterness. Hearty malty notes through out. Big dry lingering bitterness on the finish too.

M- The first thing I notice is how the carbonation turns foamy and creamy. The feel of the beer feels nice and full, about medium heaviness.

O- This was fantastic, great job everywhere. I likes how piney and bitey the hops and it looked unbelievable.

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Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber in color with a frothy white one finger head. Very good lacing is shown.

S - Very citrus hops to me. I picked up pineapple and citrus peel. There's also a malt background showing through.

T - Very hoppy but not too bitter. Tastes of pine in the forefront and tastes very fresh. There's also a malty background.

M - Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Has a very dry finish.

O - It's not as hoppy as your normal IPA but it's a great change of pace. It's doesn't wow your sense or make you pucker it's so bitter. Very drinkable and should appeal to a wide audience.

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Photo of pge17
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Tulip

A- Beautiful burnt copper-orange with a thick white head and persistent lacing

S- Floral hop aroma with some pine and a bit of malt

T- A little bit of sweetness from the malt up front but the hops make up most of the flavor. Much like the aroma, the hop profile starts out very floral, slightly oily, and with a bit of citrus. A taste of pine follows on the finish.

M- Moist, and thicker than a pale ale or some IPAs, but not by much. It goes down fairly easily.

O - An interesting IPA all around. Balanced, but not in the traditional malt-to-hop sense. Instead, there's enough variety in the hop flavor to keep it from being overwhelming or overtly bitter. The result is a solid beer that manages to be complex and drinkable at the same time

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Photo of enfield249
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For clarification, this is the 2011 vintage.

A - Old copper penny color, off white large foam head that fades to a thin layer of foam.

S - Very nice fresh aroma, mostly floral and slightly medicinal hop aromas. No malt smells.

T - Like sucking on a fresh hop cone, duh. Seriously, very fresh tasting, pine flavors. There is a malt backbone there, but very much in the back ground.

M - Light end of the full side. Slightly cloying hop character.

O - Very nice harvest ale.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Orange color. Pretty clear. One and a half finger white head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops, with grapefruit, pineapple, and some orange peal. A nice resinous quality to the hops. Just the faintest hint of caramel coming through.

T: Big caramel upfront and throughout the mouth. Citrusy bitterness starts in the middle and builds finishing very bitter, with a touch of floral bitterness along with the citrus.

M: Medium to light bodied. Very nicely oily. Higher carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

O: A good IPA. Not as bitter as I usually like but love the oilyness of the fresh hop.

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Photo of lstokes
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing amber hoppy citrus beer, this was a perfect hop juice--not too bitter, not too drying, just genuinely juicy and creamy and succulent. Very fruity--grapefruit, orange, pineapple--with some caramel malt, finishes with a peppery burst. I just loved this beer--ranks up with the very best of them.

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

Pours a lively copper on a pint glass, with a foamy 2 inch head. Nice inch lacing that lingers afterwards.
Piney / grassy hops on the nose, bit spicy.
Bitter and refreshing, citrus hops, subtle malt sweetness in the back, alcohol present at 6.5%
Nicely done IPA, hoppy to the core.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear burnt orange into a DFH signature glass with two fingers of light khaki head that thins to about a half finger and leaves some lacing.

S: beautiful citrus; lemon, orange peel, grapefruit. There is a certain floral attribute and some light fruity notes and a tad bit of honey.

T: flowers hit the tongue in a surprising mixture of sweet and bitter and are followed shortly by the bitter wallop of orange peel and lemon zest. There is a nice roasted malt backbone that gives a grainy taste that is wonderful. The floral part of the beer is left on the tongue.

MF: medium to heavy body, a tad resinous, great astringency and nice effervescence.

O: a great beer, I look forward to this release each year. I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip.

Appearance-Pretty dark orange body with a beautiful frothy khaki head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell-Big piney and citrus hops. Very earthy hops. Pine, some wood, grassy with some subtle citrus and spice. Definitely hopped up.

Taste-Upfront very citrusy and piney and the hops really come through. Pretty mellow but the finish is just straight bitter hops and the extremely fresh hops really shine. Love this.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation and really works. Finish is drying.

Overall-Pretty world class IPA. Just amazing, drinkable ipa that won't put you totally on your ass but gives you that great fresh hop taste. I'm going back Monday for more.

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Photo of ccm414
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(From notes)

Poured from the bottle to a 4oz tasting glass, although I have had this brew many times...

A- Pours golden to light amber in color. Has a nice 2 finger head with great retention and uniform lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh hops! Heavy notes of citrus and pine. Simply stunning. Scents of tree fruit; pineapple and grapefruit. It almost has a tiny aroma of fresh ginger at the end. This one builds the more you take it in. Love it.

T- HOPS! H-O-P-S hops hops hops! Citrusy like the smell with the late piney flavors. A veryyy long hop finish. While I mention a lot of hops, it is not overpowering where it destroys the taste. They did an amazing job here.

M- A fantastic medium body with perfect carbonation.

D- All day baby! No, but really this is one of my favorite beers. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Even if you're not a hop-head, I would still give this one a try.


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Photo of Mosley1212
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into my DFH Snifter.

A--A deep, dull orange with a gorgeous thick white head. The head dissipated into a thick head ring that remained throughout the entire beer. Lot of spiderweb lacing down the side.

S--Lemon peel, hop resin, malt, and grapefruit. Also get a bit of caramel on the nose.

T--Hop resin. Very oily. Musky taste of grapefruit, pine, and lemon peel. Nice taste. Also get a lot of malt on the back end. finishes with a bitterness that is pleasant.

M--Thick mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Nice bitterness as an aftertaste.

O--This is a great IPA from the guys at Sierra Nevada. Something I wish I could get year round. Love the bittering effect on the back end.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a copper colored brew with a nice strong thick white head on top. The lacing was very sticky and clung to the glass for dear life with every sip. The smell of this brew is very piny and citrusy, the fresh hops really smell fresh in this brew. The taste of the beer is a lot like the smell, big hop flavors with a good malty sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel had a nice oily feel to it with a good carbonation to it also. Overall it's another damn good IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz into a dimpled stein. Huge head, really an attractive beer, with a orange colored body.

S-Very soft and lemon/pine nose. It's a few months past bottling so this may not be as fresh.

T-Very sweet upfront especially on the tip of the tongue. The sweetness could have continued to balance out the rest of the beer, because after the first split second of sweetness it was bitter and sapping hops.

This seems like it could have been a more balanced ale.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle purchased at Jimmie Garant's in Alpena, MI. Bottled April 12, 2011. A moderate pour yields 50% head. It's foamy, khaki colored and the retention is fantastic. Heavy lacing lines the glass the entire duration of the drink. The brew is light amber in color and extremely translucent. There is a moderate amount of carbonation visible through the glass. The amazing head alone puts this over the top in terms of visual aesthetic.

Though this is a five month old bottle of a harvest hop ale, it still has a soft hoppy aroma. Mild lemon aroma interestingly wafts off the brew. It's different, but not necessarily amazing.

Sure it's a little past its prime in terms of hop presence but this beer isn't old enough that it should taste as off balance as this bottle. Malt presence is huge up front. It's akin to a big buttery biscuit. The hop oils still manifest on the back end in a bitter resinous film that coats the tongue and refuses to let go. Alcohol is very well hidden for 6.7% ABV. The balance could be fixed with a bigger hop presence up front, which it probably had five months ago when it was first bottled. As is, I could take it or leave it.

In the mouth this beer is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's pretty smooth with just a bit of tingle from the carbonation.

All in all, this is not bad, though not terribly impressive either. I'm willing to give this brew the benefit of the doubt and I'll probably seek this out next year a bit closer to the release date.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at basement temp in ale glass.

A: ruddy copper color; clear; good carb action; nice lacing
S: lovely light floral smell that persists
T: really solid, robust IPA; very piney; savory and salty; the flavor is completely in the bouquet of hops

Overall, a fantastic beer, offering a grand opportunity to try some hops from down under. Cheers!

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

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale is a pleasant and well-balanced IPA. It's not especially hoppy, and has a lot in common with an english bitter in that the hops are present for bittering more than aroma.

A: Orange-amber colour and not cloudy. Decent 4 mm head that fades to decent foaminess. 4

S: Grassy hops with some sweet tanginess there too. 4

T: Malty base with some woodiness. The hops taste a little of piney sawdust and blend well with the malt. It is a pleasant brew with well-harmonised flavours but don't expect a big hop punch. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste. 4

M: Foamy crisp. No noticeable hop oils. 4

O: This is a really nice, well balanced IPA. It's nearly a DIPA, except for the fact that the flavours are rather subdued. 4

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Photo of hmf05
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with an impressive three finger rocky head. The aroma is mostly flowers but it is very subtle. I am disappointed with the smell of this one. The taste on the other hand is fantastic. I get a nice strong hop profile with some citrus. There is a nice caramel backbone but it is overshadowed by the bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation is relatively high. Overall this is a fine IPA. The aroma is really lacking, but the taste makes this a good IPA. I want to try this fresher to see if the aroma is improved. Recommended for hop heads.

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Photo of atr2605
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a very transparent copper color with a large off white and frothy head with excellent retention
S-Tons of hop aroma. Very citrusy and green with a subtle sweet malt in the background
T-Great balance between the hops and malt. Still same flavors from the aroma (citrus and a little sweetness). Leaves a delicious hop bitterness in the aftertaste, mainly a pine like flavor
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-Such a good beer. Strikes excellent balance and the hop characteristics explode out of the aroma and flavor. Highly drinkable, and highly recommended

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

2011 edition

A: hazy apricot, nice frothy yellow head with a lots of heavy lacing that promises much in the way body

S: very strong aroma of yeast with a light

T: well balanced, lots of yeast and a very delicate hop bitterness that I assume is a result of the freshness. I've found myself moving away from hops lately and this one has the perfect amount for me, great aromatics and mellow bitterness

M: smooth and creamy, not your typical IPA

O: really good beer, nothing special or crazy in a great simple way

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark caramel color with a massive light tan head. Extremely sticky lacing with chunks sticking to the sides.

S: Rich roasted sugar presence followed with a strong citrus and a minty aroma. Plenty of roasted malt present.

T: Abundantly caramel with fresh hop / ie minty and earthy flavors coming off. This is extremely smooth and balanced
Taste starts off with grapefruit that is rich and strong - not just a hint. Plenty of earthy hops in here I think similar to Northern Brewer with the minty and grassy aspects. As it warms, more midbody malt characters come into play, but a nicely rounded easy drinking beer overall. Not overhopped nor over malted. This is a good brew that I had postponed grabbing for a while for some time.

M: Medium body with a medium to light carbonation. Neither stings nor is anywhere near flat. Just right

O: A fantastic APA. If this used different hops it would clearly be an IPA or a lower abv IIPA but as is, it represents the APA characters and I would say is arguably one of the best that I have had in this style.

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

A: Bright and Warm copper with faint bit of haze and some stead streams of bubbles. . Huge creamy golden head that turns rocky as it slowly, slowly settles. Lacing is rather great.

S: Hops are mostly citrusy with just hints of other hop notes. Malts are pretty restrained as well. Some caramel, some grain, and perhaps a touch of biscuit. Nose is a bit disappointing – especially compared to the rest.

T: Now this is nice. First, a super quick flash of tropical fruit, and then the hops take over. There is a firmness to the hops, a robustness all the way through. Citrus – yes, but also pine & resin, herbal & minty, and spicy & earthy. This just runs the hop gamut. Firmly bitter, though not a hop bomb, background aspect throughout of green leafy(ness) – not dank or grassy, but like chewing on leaves. Malts are in the background for balance. Lots of pale as well as some caramel and toasty grain is all the malt flavor I really get. Good depth though, provides a nice base for the hop focus. Alcohol comes out a touch as it warms. Lingering hop bitterness (duh). While this is quite bitter and the hops really pop with character, it seems perhaps more a big & bad APA than an IPA.

M: Over medium body with CO2 to match. More sugary tack than taste implied. Some dextrins to chew as well along with some quite noticeable hop tannins. Clearly some substance in this as the hops have to fight just a hair before taking the finish drying.

D: Damn can SN do some fine hoppy beers. Fresh harvest hops – popping with flavor and character – noticeable leafy, chlorophyll aspect, but raw bitterness kept at the right level. I wouldn’t want to drink too many in a row as I think the leafiness might start to get to me. As something to try a couple of each year? Good stuff.

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Photo of musicman575
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Hemisphere Harvest = SHH (as in hush up and enjoy this tasty treat please).

I don't know why I didn't think this was an IPA when I bought it. Anyway, it does have a different quality that most IPAs. Colorwise, it is a bit more on the brown side. It has a nice creamy-feeling foam that is pleasant to lick off the chops after the first drink.

Very well-balanced. Definitely the antithesis of an extreme IPA. Hop aromas are less on the citrus and more on the herbal with a touch of cocoa and pine. Initial bitterness peaks quickly and slowly fades for a good 30+ seconds. Sweet maltiness gives a solid body to the beer.

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

A: Pour is murky orange whit a large airy beige head that slowly sinks into fantastic lacings.

S: Sweet light roasted caramell malt, bready. The hops are very American; citric and piney; pineapple, grapefruit and lemons.

T: Fruity! Sweet caramell malt and lots of both floral and bitter hops. Pine and citrus in a nice combination, but also apples.

M: Long lovely bitter aftertaste that also holds some sweetness. Body is medium to full and carbonation is medium. Nice and smooth.

O: This is a very nice AIPA, not so extreme as others can be. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.34/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small white head leaving decent lacing down the glass.

Smells of a little grassiness with a slight citrus/tropical fruit aroma.

Taste is very one dimensional. Very astringent earthy bitterness overpowers everything else and no other flavors really stand out.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

A huge miss from a usually solid brewer. I'll try another next year a little fresher, but this was so bad, I don't think it'll help much.

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