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 jayhawk73
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a beautiful copper color w/ a nice two finger off white head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. Very cloudy, and I'm unable to see clearly through this brew. Excellent looking IPA.

S- Malt, hops, grapefruit, some lemon in there as well. Smell is really nice for the style. Very crisp, refreshing, and enjoyable nose.

T- Mostly the same as the nose, w/ a lemon aftertaste. Not bad, although not as good as the nose. The complexity of the nose doesn't quite make it into the taste. Still, not bad at all.

M- Hop bite, but fairly smooth overall for an IPA.

O- Nice, but not the best IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of wcintula
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my brand new Torpedo glass with hop cone etched into the bottom, the beer is as beautiful as Northern Hemisphere. Great big root beer float head, staying and sticking with big pockets throughout, over an amber-orange body. The smell is earthy, spicy hops with a light mingling of citrus hop aroma. As the brew warms, caramel and pale malts weave through.

The taste carries that that same earthy hop variety, with piney resinous oils sticking to the tongue and a tobacco-like essence stinging the tongue. The malts come to play with a rise in temperature. A very smooth drinking beer, I wish there were parts of the world where more autumns can be found.

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Photo of boyessen
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Straight from a bottle. Rookie mistake or just drinking on the run, no time for glasses.

S - Not very strong. Smells of little pine and some citrus, like a basic IPA.

T - Starts out a bit citrus then goes to pine and leaves an EXTREMELY nice bitterness in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and the beautiful bitter Stays There! Overall perfect balance.

O - An Excellent beer, I would recommend it to anyone who already likes IPAs. Would also be a great beer to introduce someone to IPAs.

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Photo of Jerone
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark reddish amber with a few bubbles and a creamy white head that stays around for while, great lacing as well.

S - Smells of pine and some citrus, like a strong IPA, I can't smell any malts through the hops.

T - Starts out a bit citrusy (grapefruit) then goes to pine and leaves a nice bitterness in your mouth that reminds you of being outside with a bunch of pine trees and flowers.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and sticks, it's also nice when you get a bit of that creamy head.

O - A very good beer, I would recommend it to anyone who likes IPAs.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 release of Southern Hemisphere Harvest carries all of the aromas associated with a good hoppy beer: light toasted grains laced with grapefruit and pine, all atop a layer of brown sugar. The aromas aren't as strong as I was expecting--though they still rank a seven on a ten-point scale--but they are finely nuanced.

On the tongue, the hops come out of far more strength, beginning light, but building into a mouth-puckering (66 IBUs) deliciousness only a few seconds later. The hops are fresh and delicate in flavor, bringing grapefruit rind and pine notes, and easily dominate the brew. A good counter of brown sugars help tame the hops, and the malts bring a toasted grain-and-bread undercurrent. The aftertaste is predominantly hops, and lingers on the tongue for quite some time, lightly buzzing the soft palate. Mouthfeel is a cream-smooth medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is delicious beer, intended for hopheads, and hitting all the right notes in that category.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. For some reason, this beer had been eluding me for some time. Finally found it at a store and grabbed it.

A: Poured a nice copper/orange color, slighty hazy in color. A white head formed on top, bery foamy and thick, about 1.5 fingers in height. Really nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: The aroma was very fresh, lots of pine, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, and cut grass. These aromas are what I love about IPAs. There is just a bit of caramel to balance it a bit.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma. A good pit of resiny pine, some grapefruit and orange, as well as a good bit of orange peel and zest. The malt balances the hop bitterness nicely with some caramelized malt and biscuit. There is a slight onion flavor though that knocks it down slightly for me. Otherwise great.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean, with a dry/bitter finish.

O: An impressive IPA, one of the better I have had recently, and would be enjoyed by any hophead.

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was in the mood for a West Coast IPA tonight, so what the hell huh?

A: Mildly cloudy gold color, with a nice finger +, cobweb inducing, foamy white head that lingered for an eternity.

S: Fresh clean cotton scent, with a mild bit of hop presence poking through the yeasty goodness.

T: It's like an uber intensified version of SNPA. Nice malt presence to back up the hops, super smooth, and not too bitter.

M: Prickly enough, yeasty enough, and dog-gonnit... the lacing was spectacular!

O: This is a true West Coast treasure. Don't miss out on this one!

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Photo of mjyoung
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank 7/27/11. 2011 vintage.

A: A very pleasing amber color with a nice off white 1/2 finger head. Great lacing and wonderfully 'foamy'.

S: A pretty simple nose, mostly clean citrus hops and a nice caramel malt underlying everything. Good, but ever-so-slightly bland.

T: This taste is so ridiculously smooth and clean that I'm at a bit of a loss for words. It's hard to pick out any distinguishing flavors because its so well put together. The base is well done and highlights the Southern hops beautifully. Citrus, grass, and delightfully sweet.

M: Smooth, creamy, great carb, mmm...

O: I wish I had it immediately upon release, but it's still fantastic. I fully approve.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to find a special display with these at Discount Liquor here in Milwaukee the other day. This ale pours a slightly cloudy copper amber with a very healthy inch-and-a-half taupe head that's a bit billowy. It falls some, but leaves great lacing around the glass. The nose is dominated by the hops: citrus, pine, and grassy notes. A more subdued caramel malt undercurrent provides good contrast and balance. The first taste reveals a real hop smorgasbord for the palate. Bright citrus rind, pine, and--perhaps most prominent--grass and herbal notes are all present right up front. Just a touch of apricot in the mix. There is some subtle but well-needed caramel sweetness in the middle. This is followed by a spot of clear alcohol, which is replaced by ample hop bitterness at the close. This beer is medium-bodied, smooth, and quite clean-finishing. It's marked by substantial acidity and effervescence.

This is a real treat for a hop head like me. Start to finish--inside and out--the hops command the experience of this ale. I was a bit surprised to find that the grassy and herbal notes won out in the taste, though citrus and pine are still well-represented. You've got to love that nice bitter bite at the end. This is a very engaging brew that is sure to satisfy fans of the IPA and APA styles.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a two finger creamy head and heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is wet grass,piney hop resin,peaches and passionfruit,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of piney hops firstly followed by some bitter grapefruit,goosberries,a touch of caramel and finished off with a stonefruit bitterness that really puckers the lips and overall its nice but i thought the hop character would be totally different and more NZ influenced but no it feels like more of an American style hop taste and yeah its nice but not what i was expecting.

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Photo of mjrod2142
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz. bottle poured into a Perfect Pint Glass

This beer poured somewhat heavy and thick and produced a very rich, dense head that was two fingers thick. It dissipated to a sturdy film atop the beer. Pinpoint bubbles rose through a bright amber-copper color that was a bit hazy and cloudy.

The citrus aroma is distinctly orange-ish rather than grapefruit. The smell is subtle and very clean. I almost pick up a subdued malty bready-ness that makes me wonder just how the taste will be.

The first flavor I got was malt and I was surprised by this. I took another big sip, then another. Ahh, there was the classic hoppyness I was looking for. It's a bitterness that comes off late, as if the beer needed to breathe and open up like a wine. Perhaps my fridge is too cold due to this heatwave and the beer just needed to warm up a bit.

The vibrant bitterness is really coming alive now, and I can feel it all over my tongue and the back of my throat. The mouthfeel is a perfect balance of rich and creamy without being heavy. The carbonation feels perfect.

Wow. Another brilliant job by Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure I like it more than the Northern Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale, but it's right behind it. Highly recommended for hop lovers.

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

They should rename this beer "steady heady," as its sturdiness keeps it consistent for a long time. The copper-orange beer beneath is a beautiful sight. A slight haze is dotted with carbonation. To me, that's a perfect looking beer.

Notably cliched for this one, but fresh, and surprisingly more muted than I'd have assumed. Just a whiff of citrus - can't really make out much else.

Holy Hoppenfeffer! Big in the mouth, but oddly almost like a subdued summer barleywine. A gripping bitterness of dry grapefruit and pineapple, just a bit of spiciness like cinnamon or nutmeg. Didn't really open up at all until it came to room temp - revealed some crackery malt at that point.

It almost seems like hops for the sake of hops though. They're there and big, but they don't necessarily add the varied characteristics I'd expect in a SN beer.

Since I started this pour, I waited for the flavors to pop - and waited, until they finally did at the end of the first long pint. Still, not enough for me to enjoy it fully - consistently, but just underwhelming for SN.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale
22 oz brown bomber
#1 112 216 51
Served in a Shipyard 20 oz glass

Pours a light caramel brown with an orange tint. Iced tea colored highlights on the bottom of the glass. A fluffy white head forms on top leaving nice trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

A real nice hoppy nose with whiffs of fresh citrus and pine.

I taste a slick caramel malt backbone with a touch of chewy malts up front. A significant hop punch finishes each sip with flavors of orange, lime, black pepper and pine cone. The hops make my taste buds pucker involuntarily.

If there is one thing Sierra Nevada knows how to do well, it's this style of beer. As I get close to finishing this beer off, I realize I've got hop burps. So glad it's Friday night and the weekend is here.


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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is malts and flower with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. A little sweet but nice balance between hops and malt. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Yet another nice beer from SN. Not as hoppy or bitter as some of their other offerings, but all around solid.

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

22oz bomber - split into a Milkshake pilsner glass for me and a Shaker pint glass for the Mrs. No obvious date on the bottle but there appears to be a date/bottling stamp: 1 112 214 48

Appearance: Slightly hazy coppery orange beer with a good amount of bubbles coming up through the beer. Poured an 1/4" dense off-white to light tan foam initially, which died down to a persistent 1/8" thick ring with little islands and delicate strands of lacing. Good looking AIPA.

Smell: Citrus (orange and grapefruit in equal measure) and pine notes, but there is a nice caramel/sweet malt note in the back behind these hops.

Taste: Mild orange citrus moving quickly into a quick malt taste and then onto the pine resin bitter finish that lingers a bit. The upfront flavors really blend together fast - it's hard for me to tease them apart. A solidly hoppy beer, but enough malt to balance out the hops while still showcasing them.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is barely there on the tongue, but just enough to be noticed. Nice thickness to the beer which nicely coats everything. Some hop oil sticking to the teeth at the end.

Overall / Drinkability: Good appearance (very persistent lacing) and a solidly good AIPA, but if there is something special about the NZ hops in this beer, I'm missing it. Good malt level to balance out the hop bitterness, but I'm not thinking this is any more special than any other good AIPA I've had lately. One is enough per evening.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a hazy copper orange with a fingers worth of head that lasts forever

S: Nice fresh hops, a nice malt background, and a little spice. Nothing too stand-offish though

T: Same as the smell. Not nearly as overwhelmingly hoppy as the Northern Hemisphere, but still pretty damn hoppy. Very well balanced between the hops and malts. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not too slick and oily, just enough to slide smoothly

O: A very good example of a west coast IPA. Not over-hopped, yet not under-hopped either. I like the consistency in all of the SN products. This one didn't disappoint

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT this IPA just made my day. A deep copper color with light yellow-orange edges and a honorable light brownish head that holds pretty well. Lacing is solid throughout. The aroma tells you this will meet all your IPA needs with those lovable pine/floral hop combinations and maybe a wheaty overtone to take the sweetness out of it. The flavor marries well to the lead of the aroma, a bright citrus hop mellowed by edible pine and some trace hints of pumpkin I think, though that may be a stretch. This stuff is solidly mid-bodied with a effervescent feel that quenches supremely, goes down way to easily and delivers a nice dose of hop goodness. A classic, highly drinkable west coaster!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a thick yellowish-cream colored head that fades away slowly. Good lacing left on the glass.

S - Citrus and grassy.

T - Grass, floral and some grapefruit.

D - Slight bitter finish, higly carbonated.

O - Nice, a New Zealand hop is used, and you can tell it isn't your everyday hop variety, but it is good.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange/amber color that is nice and clear - a 2+ finger head forms with a rather vigorous pour and slowly dicipates leaving thin sticky lacing and a decent frothy head that settles well on top of the beer. The aroma off the bat is heavy citrus - clementines, grapefruit, followed by a piny bit in the end. The taste is sweet right up front followed strongly by a piny earthy flavor and a slight presence of alcohol - not what I was expecting but good (Note: I'm pretty sure this has been available for awhile - freshness may not be up to par). The mouthfeel is average for a beer like this - not too thin not too thick. Overall this is a refreshing beer a lot more bitter then what I expected but that's what makes it interesting.


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Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, medium amber color with over two fingers of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head that is initially gravity-defying. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few lazy streams of bubbles rise in the column. A burly amoeba of foam remains at the bottom of the empty glass, awaiting its extinction.

S: Robust toast is at the fore of the smell, with a fair amount of caramel also present. Additional depth is contributed by mild esters and hops that are mostly earthy and weakly herbaceous. A vigorous swirl in the glass will release additional dankness.

T: Begins off-dry, with fairly bright and citrus-accented fresh plant stems that carry into the middle. Nuanced volatile flavors seem to change position on the palate from moment to moment, changing to tropical fruit-flavored tea at times. Malt is mild, not begging for attention as it was in the smell, but still providing a balanced backbone. Acidity is joined seamlessly to early flavors, coming across as part of the brightness that is detected. Bitterness surges late in the middle, becoming assertive and lingering cleanly on the palate.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate despite some felt acidity, with low carbonation.

D/O: This seasonal, wet-hopped ale from Sierra Nevada seems to change from year to year, with this installment in control of a heap of classic and endearing English qualities. Other than an understated and rather dishonest nose, there is not much that is out of place here. After enjoying many iterations of Sierra Nevada's various seasonal pale ales, I get the feeling that they have it as a goal to brew the ale that is the very definition of the word.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle, poured into a goblet. Vintage 2011

A: A very gorgeous looking IPA. Pours a dark orange color with about 2 fingers worth of beige rocky head that takes it's time to reduce to a fine foamy ring. Leaving nice amounts of sticky lacing behind. Very nice...

S: Big juicy citrus notes. Grapefruit, some mango, then comes some pine, and caramel to balance it all out.

T: Taste is not bitter at all, I was expecting a bigger hop bite. Nevertheless, the bitterness is complemented by a nice malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, biscuity mouthfeel, I'm not getting a lot of carbonation in this one. Maybe this bottle isn't the freshest. I would have liked it to finish a little drier, but otherwise it is a good IPA.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper appearance with an off white 1 finger head that dissipates and leaves a ring. Average lacing.

Piney, earth hops dominate with caramel in the background.

Fresh, citrusy hops dominate up front, with a strong caramel malt in the middle to balance the beer. Oily hops linger on. A pretty balanced IPA.

Highly carbonated, with a medium body, and very sticky.

I enjoyed this beer, and the aromatic hops were exceptional. However, taste and mouthfeel were average. I would have toned down the carbonation a little, and used less malt.

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Photo of claspada
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aromas are of juicy grapefruit and some pine. Classic Sierra Nevada nose.

The taste follows the nose with light toasty malt, some sweet caramel malts but mostly it's about the citrusy hops. Lots of grapefruit and a touch of resiny pine. Lingering hop bitterness, a little too much for my liking. I was hoping for more of that white wine New Zealand hoppines but I get the typical Sierra C-hopping with a distinct lack of proper white fruit aromas. The mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, decent good creaminess. Call it medium in heft.

Overall this is a decent beer, but it's disappointing because it's so similar to so many other Sierra Nevada offerings and because of the price point, really not worth the extra dollars in my opinion. Worth a go I guess just to say that you tried it and but Sierra needs to do a better job of differentiating theses 22 oz offerings from their original pale ale.

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

Copper colored, nice head on this one. Aromatic hops in the nose. Assertively hoppy taste bordering on the overly bitter, nice pine notes in there. Malt backs things up, booze is well hidden. Finish is long and lingering but stops just short of overstaying its welcome for me. I liked this one, and as another reviewer said, the price is right too. Not my top choice in the IPA dept. but certainly a quality beer. Prefer a little more subtlety and balance myself..too each his own though.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep copper body, solid 2 finger head, decent lacing

S: citrus, floral, pine, light whiff of spices

T: light sweet malt, firm piney/earthy floral/lemon grass, long slow bitter finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily mouth

O: I was surprised at the interesting flavors in this
Sierra Nevada experimental offering. I will seek it
out again, that is for certain. Goes down with ease.


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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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