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

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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Photo of
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours orange-copper with a huge airy head that lasts. Leaves nice lacing as it recedes.
Smell is of earthy and grassy hops with a bit of citrus and caramel.
Taste is not quite as hoppy as the smell; it's grassy and sweet with a nice balance of malt and hops with a bitter finish.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark amber with a thick cream colored head. decent lacing

S-smells spicy, herbal, and hoppy. good strength

T-comes in with a smooth taste of stale grass, herbs, spices, and sweet hops. its not a great taste but its a high quality taste that works. there's a bitterness that lasts in to the after-taste of grass, grains, and herbs.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a crisp finish

O-herbalesque/grassy IPAs aren't my favorite, but this is quite tasty. its definitely a worthwhile IPA. it seems to get more complex as the evening goes on.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.

t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.

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Photo of MEsoJD
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Copper/amber colored body. Nice creamy head and nice lacing.

S: Smells of hops, sweet malt, and oranges.

T: Taste sweet with citrus, smokey/toasty malt, followed by moderate hop flavor. Long lasting flavor of grapefruit.

M: Creamy, low alcohol presence, and full bodied.

O: Wow very satisfying balanced beer. Key feature is the persistent aftertaste. Defiantly worthy of my beer mantle. Defiantly would buy again and recommend. Very nice.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber with a big mound of cream-colored foam. Good lacing.

Citric hops and some fruit and a touch of toasted malt in the nose.

Nice beer. Big hop flavor without being too big. Grapefruit rind up front, with a tingly bitterness leading to toasted malt. Light sweetness in the malt works well. Transitions back to bitter, but the balance is great. Malt, bitter, and some fruit. A great IPA.

Medium bodied, a little chewy.

Very nice IPA. Very very drinkable without being overdone.

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

Hmm. Hops from NZ shipped to California to brew beer which is then shipped down to Australia. Ok, not the most environmentally friendly beer but SN do other stuff to make up for that. Anyway this is about the beer, not mother nature.

Great appearance. Nice clear copper with bubbles streaming up to the top. Just off white foamy head with good stability and lacing. Light shining through the glass gives the beer a multidimensional look.

Aroma has equal parts honey and floral qualities. Quite nice but I'm sure this would be on another level when fresh. Slight pine and peppery spiciness. Yeah, still very nice.

Supremely balanced. Not surprised at all. SN beer and it's in a Deschutes glass. Malt is on the mark adding enough sweetness without taking away from the hops. And the hops are there throughout adding a fullness of flavor and not inconsiderable bitterness. The great thing is this could still pass for a gateway beer, or I have undergone severe LTS.

Nice mouthfeel gives it the presence of a big beer without too much body.

I had high hopes for this and have not been disappointed. Actually I thought the journey would harm it to the point of it not being as good as it is. Thankfully, it is THIS good!

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice offering here. Pours a dark golden-amber, with a pillowy bulging head. The nose is all about floral and citrus notes. Flavors of caramel malt and citrus take a backseat to fresh bitter hops throughout the pull. Well-balanced, with a decent lingering bitter resinous finish. Smooth on the palate, with a medium body, easy creamy quaff. Excellent.

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Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: light copper with a big fluffy off white head that lasts a good while.

s: earth and hops, malts help give it a well rounded sweet smell.

t: citrus and caramel.

m: good carbonation, creamy full body with a subtle dry bitter finish.

o: great beer

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Consumer Beverages in Buffalo. I have to say the bottle design is worth the price of admission - a brilliant label sporting a 19th century-style map that at once conjures up the naval adventures of Cook, Robinson Crusoe and Jack Aubrey.

Poured into a nonic. A lovely dark-amber brew with a billowing creamy head that leaves brilliant patches of lace. Excellent retention. First rate.

The first whiff is of the fresh cones of west coast-style hops (we'll call them "Pacific" hops since they are from NZ), which give a delightful tropical aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, mango, grapefruit, coconut. Very pleasant.

A nice IPA, sweet and malty at first, before the tropical hop flavors sink in. The finish is surprisingly dry and bitter, with the hops losing some of their complexity. Still, a solid brew.

Medium bodied, creamy, slightly more aggressive carbonation than I'd like.

Hops aren't as potent to the taste as they were for the nose, but this is still an impressive brew, flavorful, good body to it and a great collectable bottle to boot!

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Photo of J0E
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured into a chalice/goblet style glass, the beer is a nice amber color with a decent amount of off-white head. Lots of lacing as I drank it; layers of descending rings.
S: Fresh piney hops. A little bit of bread and yeast but mostly floral hops. Very bright smelling.
T&M: Very earthy hops. That sticky resinous hop flavor that washes over the palate. Very refreshing. Some nice citrus notes from the hops too. Very balanced with a malt profile that makes this beer feel full/robust.
O: This was a great IPA. I'm not sure how I'd rank it compared to Torpedo, especially for the price. However, I like the idea of getting the hops from New Zealand. I'll have one again next year, for sure.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Props to Angrybabboon for splitting the bottle.

Appearance: Bright amber. Slight chill haze. Bright-white, slightly rocky head. Solid lacing.

Smell: Floral, earthy, and bread crust. Slightly peppery and spicy. A touch of sweetness in the back. Seriously earthy. Maybe some biscuit as well. Hops bring a touch of citrus.

Taste: Nice and malty. Biscuit, bread crust, and earthiness are all upfront and present. The hops add a nice spice note that helps tamp down some of the malt sweetness. The hops are slightly floral and carry some straight up pithy bitterness. Some pine notes as it warms. The malts remain sweet, but the spicy, floral, mess of hops are distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess. The hops dry things out and make this less fun to sip as time goes on.

Overall: A lackluster offering from Sierra Nevada. The play with New Zealand hops lacked some of the enjoyability I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada. Not a bad beer overall, and it's definitely an experience.

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Photo of rarbring
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ale is clear amber, has a thick high off-white head leaving good lacing, some curtains.

The smell is citric, lemon and grape-fruit, and floral, almost like pine soap.

Starting with toffee and caramel, fruity, mango, peaches, grape-fruit zest and bitter seeds.

Medium high carbonation, soft and oily texture, a good dry finish.

Very good bitterness and hop character, a traditional Sierra Nevada brew.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color. Reminds me of a pretty golden sundown. Thick frothy two finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: floral, citrus, and pine notes. Slight malt and spice notes as well. Not the greatest aroma from a beer.

Taste: A little sweet and citrusy on the front. Has a little kick in the middle that lingers for a while. Sweet caramel notes and bitterness follows.

Mouth feel: Has a great mouth feel. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Good for a hot day. However I do get some oil residue from the hops.

Overall: Great beer for a hot day. Nice full hop flavors through out the whole beer. Nice color.

Glassware: growler into snifter

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Photo of EazyR
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada. If it were a greyhound you'd say it was of impeccable pedigree.

a/ 2 finger slightly off white head of good retention, thick, sticky lace, clear bronze body, very tiny specks of sediment suspended within.

s/ Slow aroma, you need to inhale deeply as it takes time to build. Rich in citrusy hops, sweet pineapple buried by pungent grapefruit, spiced with a hint of ginger. I don't mean gingerbread either, but real, fresh ginger.

t/ Big with a long lasting flavour. Hops forward with grapefruit and resinous green pine cones, then becomes surprisingly malty with light caramel and grassy notes in the mid palate which transition to ginger bread and orange with a final peppery dry flourish. Long aftertaste of grapefruit and ginger. As I type this I can still taste the final sip a good half hour later.

m/ Full bodied and creamy the mouthfeel is sublime, although the aftertaste becomes slightly acidic.

d/ Though the more subtle aroma hides it, this is a big beer, an Ale to be savoured over an hour of contemplative sipping. I think if I could try this fresh I would give it 5.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect golden amber color. Thick, frothy two finger head. Retention is impressive as is the lacing. Plenty of carb bubbles...this beer is a very much alive in the glass. Relatively clear.

S: Smell is lacking, but I've noticed this is common for "freshly" hopped beers. Whether "wet-hopped" or just hopped with freshly picked and dried hops, the smell of the cones haven't fully matured. This results in an average nose. The hops here are slightly evident, but muted. I actually get more of the caramel malt notes coming through in the nose.

T: Very sweet and hoppy. Another in a long line of well balanced hop forward efforts from Sierra Nevada. Piney, resiny but sweet and floral hop tastes dominate. Then the sweet caramel malts shine before fading into another dose of fresh tropical/fruity hop bitterness. Although it's there both at the front and end of the palette, the bitterness is not so much it remains long after you've swallowed. The balance here really stands out - NOT a "hop bomb". As the beer warmed, I definitely started to get even more maltiness coming through.

M: Very smooth and creamy. If I didn't know any better (and I might not), I might be tempted to guess that Sierra Nevada uses a fusion of Nitro and CO2 to carb. The head retention really adds to the overall taste. You get a shot of frothy head first followed by a medium-bodied well-crafted liquid. Perfectly carbed as well.

O: Not at all dissapointing and perhaps even better than anticipated. The smell (or lackthereof) was really the only detractor from another fine Sierra Nevada effort. The hops here weren't overly bitter and complimented the malts very nicely. Sierra Nevada consistently produces really good hoppy beers without relying on the bitterness to cover anything up. Solid, solid beer here.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium amber, cloudy. See lots of small particles floating around when held up to a light. Awesome thick, frothy off-white head. Intense lacing, equally impressive retention. The head nearly becomes solidified after a few minutes.

Aroma: Floral, pine, citrus, with caramel, orange spice, bready, and alcohol undertones.

Flavor: Pine, lots of malt. Mostly pale, with a bit of caramel malt. A bit resinous.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Smooth, mild carbonation.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable. I actually prefer extremely hoppy beers, but this one does well even with the heavy dose of malt. Almost closer to a Pale Ale than the typical overdose of hops contained in most newer American IPA's. Near-perfect balance. If I have one complaint it's that it isn't very crisp.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden/brown and amber. Short bubbly off white head with weak retention.

S: Bready malt character with a big fresh hop aroma. Light sugary fruit scents and mild spiciness.

T/M: Smooth, rich and refreshing hop flavor on first sip. Hints of sugared fruits and honey. Mildly bitter and floral overall body. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D: Really delicious. Very simple, fresh, and refreshing brew.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1 liter swing-top growler into a cervoise glass. Filled today at Whole Foods. From notes. Reviewed 1 July 2011.

A: Lots of nice white head (~3 fingers) that quickly drops to a steady finger. Good lacing. A clear amber beer, ambrosially beautiful, gleaming in the light. Slight effervescence.

S: Not great. Beery. Some malt and just a touch of hops.

T: Pretty great. These New Zealand hops remind me of the only other NZ hop I've had -- Nelson Sauvin. They provide a tropical passionfruit-mango fruitiness, but with an almost piny bitter streak. The main body is characterised by these hardy hops, with supporting-sweet malt. The endtaste is slightly hoppy, but smooth.

M: Malty-smooth. Substantial-sweet. I like it.

O: Good beer, great beer even. Superlative hop profile, and excellently balanced. Sure to find wide appeal, even among non-hop lovers. High drinkability. Good overall. Recommended. Will have again.

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 mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint

Interesting journey...NZ to Chico to Melbourne or Perth and then to Sydney. Makes total sense to me.

A-- Poured a clear, golden amber color. Just a few carbonation bubbles from the bottom. One finger dirty white head. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and visual stickiness on the sides.

S-- Sweet Carmel malt, bread, grass, citrus and tropical notes. malt is more dominant than the hop smell.

T-- Carmel, Orange some pine and blossom. Yep, NZ hops. Malt forward again.

M-- Pine and grapefruit in the back of the mouth and finishes with a odd candied orange blossom taste. Mid of the mouth get that odd blossom flower character. Medium body and medium carbonation. Long lasting bitterness and oily.

O-- Think the bigger malt backbone really helps this out. balances it out well. Good amount of bitterness to this. Not as flowery as other NZ IPA's I have had are like. Nothing special but very solid.

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Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber colour with a big, fluffy light tan head. Fair head retention and some lacing.

Sweet, lightly malty aroma with some resinous NZ hops which exude citrus and tropical fruits.

Sweet yet dry malt with a hefty dose of bitterness and some good hop character which is creamy and fruity.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Nice and crisp with the bitterness lending a refreshing character.

A nice, balanced IPA with a hefty bitterness and decent hop notes. The hop character could be brighter but it's still nice.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows some peach, resin and pine. I was expecting more fruit... Nice biscuity malt underneath though.
Very similar flavours, lots of piney hops, almost harsh. Some sweet clean malt but the bitterness really overpowers here.
Not particularly interesting stuff, I was expecting better.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to readbaron for picking this up on our last train ride to Flossmoor Station.

Appearance: This pours a rusty caramel color, with a thick white frothy cap. The head retains nicely and leaves some good lace down the glass.

Smell: The hop aroma has a nice variety. Citrus, herbal, and grassy notes all come together in a fairly bitter form.

Taste: Hops shine through first in the SH Fresh Hop Ale. Full, robust hop flavor - this is what I like best about wet hop beers. It seems as though they are able to use a fuller spectrum of the hop flavor and aroma than when pellets are used, although that might be my imagination. The strong bitterness is followed by a quick burst of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Tight, above average crisp carbonation is perfect to cut through some of the residual hop oils on the tongue. Medium bodied and fairly clean.

Overall: This is very enjoyable; I appreciate the work the fine people at Sierra Nevada do to bring us a wet hop beer all the way from the southern hemisphere.

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Photo of mocktm
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer special of the week, priced to go at $4 at Bellport Beer in Bellport, NY. There was just no way in hell I could turn that down, so 2011 bottle into my Lagunitas mason jar.

Glowing copper, deep amber orange hue complemented by a creamy beige colored head. Considerably sticky and rocky, it hangs around forever, leaving plenty of decorative lacing.

Nose is clean, balanced and subtle. Mildly hoppy with a lot of biscuit notes. Not the west coast hop bomb I was hoping for.

Again, as with the nose, this isn't as bursting with hops as I was anticipating. Rather tame with faint grapefruit citrus, floral and earthy with substantial malts as well. Moderate bitterness that finishes caramel sweet.

Medium bodied, slightly chewy and oily nature with a dry finish. Drinks easily, coating the tongue lusciously, would make a perfect summer session beer.

This beer's make strength lies within its balance, striking that elusive middle ground that so many beers strive for. I went in expecting a hopped up west coast IPA, which this does not deliver, but once you discover and accept what it really is, its damn good.

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Photo of aasher
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a a nice and vibrant copper in color witha one finger frothy off white head that laces the glass. It smells of piney and resinous hops with a certain citrusy malt sweetness to finish. It smells pretty solid. The flavor consists of earthy and piney resins with a moderately sweet and dry malt backbone. Solid once again. It drinks light to medium in body and with a dry finish. It's a good beer overall and definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage, 710ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange with a nice glow to it. Has a two and a half finger head of beige foam that settles at just below half a finger and laces well.

Smell is initially of fruit salad and then a real floral aroma comes through with just a touch of pine cone.

Taste is very flowery in the main, some pine early to give early bitterness then a floral bitterness late. It is a little hollow in the middle with all the flower flavour.

The bitterness early and then late is noticeable, some harshness as this opens up. Body is ok for the style, except the hollow feel in the middle.

Overall if floral hops smell and flavour rock your boat, fill your boots with this. Otherwise, while it is a hop specific style, it does fall a little short on balance and the total package.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 3,090 ratings
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