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 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 philbe311
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Two plus fingers worth of bit airy batter-like light tan colored head with a rocky top... Excellent retention... The color is a dense copperish amber... Loaded with medium sized quick paced swirling carbonation...

S - Hop forward, but not overpowering... An array of citrus, flowers, and grass greet the nose... Some bready malts and faint caramel... Also, a very subtle spiciness...

T - The malts (mostly bready with a touch of sweetness) start things off but quickly fades and gives way to a brisk hoppiness... The hops are bitter and slightly pungent... Piney and earthy... Perhaps a hint of pepper on the finish... The bitterness lingers for a bit...

M - Creamy lushness to start... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Very light carbonation... Sleek... Clean... Crisp...

D - A very nice offering from Sierra Nevada... The best way to sum this one up is a hop forward offering with and outstanding mouthfeel... Much better than average, but not outstanding... Extra credit given for the value... At sub $5 per bomber, you really can't go wrong...

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

Serving Type - 24oz 2011 bottle

APpearance - Dark tan, brown, very nice 1 inch foamy, creamy head. Tons of lacing. Looks really nice.

Smell - Fresh, wet, grassy hops. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple. Some sugars and spices.

Taste - Bitter, sweet, grassy and floral hops are the main flavor. A sweet orange kick mixed with the malts and some yeast. Very complex and unique compaired to other wet hop beers.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a thin coating on tounge of hops and malts. Dry, and bitter finish left in mouth. Alcohol isnt all that present.

Overall - Very nice and tasty. This beer has more to offer then wet harvest hops which sets it apart from the others. Easy to drink, and good price for it also.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange or copper color with a nice head that sticks around in patches. Nice legs. The aroma is pleasant and sharp at the same time: Fresh citrus and pine hops mostly, and also some floral notes float up. Hop oils are definitely present in the scent. Barley adds a nice backing to it.

This beer is perfectly balanced in the taste. The barley and caramel-like malts are oh-so-smooth and the piney hops are perfectly bitter. Slightly resiny with the hop oils coming through the whole taste, but not too in your face. The hop bitterness and smidgeon of citrus and grapefruit could not complement the malts better. This is the taste of fresh hops. Very complex, but clean and not at all heavy-handed. Same with the malts. I've had other IPAs that have a big barley and caramel malt taste, but they end up taking over the whole taste profile. This is the closest to perfection, as far as balance goes, in an IPA that I've had. I've always believed that Sierra Nevada is one of the most consistent breweries in the U.S. and this is a testament to that.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Hemisphere 2011 pours a glorious burnt orange amber color. It is completely clear and carries a very nice sized head of foam that is the color of old parchment. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

The aroma is a nice mix of floral and citrusy hops mixed with a biscuity malt character. It has plenty of sweetness and really accentuates the fruity character of the hops such as orange and peach.

I tried this beer a couple years back at an SN event in Philly and remembered it being fairly unique. After taking a sip I am reminded of the interesting hop character that is citrusy, floral and slightly spicy all at once. Flavors of orange, peach, some pine and a bit of white pepper all mingle on my tongue. The malt backbone is bready with a nice hit of caramel as well. The beer is dry overall, but does have a good amount of sweetness to it.

The texture of this beer is pretty damn fantastic. The body is on the lighter end of medium and it has a very nice smooth and airy texture that is punctuated by the carbonation. The finish is long and dry, with a pleasant hop bitterness lingering on my tongue.

This beer is much less in-your-face than a lot of harvest ales and I have to say I really like that aspect of it. It is very hoppy for sure, but it instead of punching you in the face with hops, it just provides you with very fresh and dank hop flavors. It has been a few months, but I would have to say this is far better than their estate fresh hop ale.

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Photo of zrab11
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Nice orangish color with a nice thick 2 finger head. Really nice lacing

S- Has a fresh smell to it with some nice hoppy citrus notes

T- Has a Delicious citrus fruity flavor right off the bat then finish's with a tiny bit of bite to make this a nice balanced beer

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a great beer. Really loved the floral and cirtus notes. And just alittle bite at the end, gave this beer just something alittle different which i liked. Would like to get this again!

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

Tasted June 11th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a deep transparent copper, one finger off white head and nice lacing

S - sweet malt, flowers, citrus and tropical fruits, slight yeast, huge sweet malt, some wheat, grass, wood and a zest to the nose

T - simple yet, awesome! hops! Nice citrus, pine, very fresh, a bit of pungent hops, sweet malts, pineapple, mango, bitter sweet, slight floral, grass, nice yeast and some sugar. Very bitter!

M - chewy, silky, nice acidity, long finish and great balance

D - if you like or don't like hops, this is where it's at for an ipa. 4 of 5 on drinkability

Final thought - sierra Nevada always puts out an awesome seasonal. Light ABV at 6.3% but the $5 for a 24oz is awesome

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

Amber/red/gold color; active carbonation; creamy, thick head; excellent head retention; a little cloudy.

Hoppy, crisp, citrusy, smells heavy/thick; dry smell.

M: Bitter and dry, a little bready. Nice summer beer. Extremely hoppy and bitter, but nice. ..ultimately leaves a little something to be desired, lacks complexity, depth of flavor.

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Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like most good IPAs. A little darker than a pale ale, sort of a soft orange/copper. The head is thick and craterous with lacing as it slowly dissipates.

The scent is all flowery, citrusy hops.

Taste is same as scent, though the citrus can be more or less defined at grapefruit. As you drink it and your nose moves farther into the glass, the pine scent comes through.

For an IPA, it's exceptionally smooth. You get all the way through til deep in the swallow before the bitterness makes it's mark.

Another stellar example from Sierra Nevada. Just the right balance of sweet malt to counter the 66 IBUs.

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

A - Pours a deep orange amber, with very puffy, off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a lot of good lacing. Tons of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Very good looking beer.

S - Tons of piney, grassy hops. a bit of a biscuity, malty backbone, with hints of grapefruit and orange peel as well.

T - Wow, very good. It starts ever so bittersweet before a big wallop of piney hops. It's interesting how it fades so seamlessly before popping you with it. Very nice.

M - Leaves the mouth feeling dry, but goes down very smooth, decent amount of carbonation.

Overall - I was really impressed by this beer. I think Sierra Nevada did a great job of bringing somewhat of a fall presentation to this beer while giving it a very unique IPA taste. Well done

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber colored and has three inches of beige head.

S - Initially, I get fresh citrus. I also notice some caramel malt.

T - It has a solid malt backbone. The hops aren't overpowering. The finish is dry.

M - Dry and chalky

O - It is a mild IPA. It caught me by surprise in a time of big IPA's. It's a nice simple IPA.

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Photo of harrymel
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 edition. Bottled: Apr 22, 2011 (I believe)

A: Pours a rusty copper ale with excellent clarity. Single on two fingers of peanut head falls over several minutes to a thick quilt of the same which clings to the sides as a sheeted lace product.

S: Floral and soapy hops are at the forefront here. Plenty of grapefruit rinds are backed up with a light, crystal malt profile. The malts are biscuity and dry. Smells: okay.

T: Malt is the first thing I taste: sweet, caramels and hints of oxidation (cardboard). this is quickly and assertively overtaken by bittering hops and low intensity flavoring hops. Some resiny flavors, but not very inspired IMO. Finish has a hint of corn on it.

M: Medium body with quite hi carbonation. Wish the carb was a little lower. Finish is dry.

O: I've had this in previous years, I don't believe this year's batch is up to par. This one is one dimensional in the hop profile (bitter and resiny). The malt is oxidized (cardboard). The beer has potential, but this year is not quite as good.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger head

smell: citrus, caramel, malts, hops,

taste: nice hop flavor with caramel malt backbone,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a well balanced american IPA. enjoyed drinking this one and I think you will too.

the CPJ

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

Appearance: clear amber in color with an ample multi-density head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: earthy and floral hop aroma with a significant medium toasted malt component. 6.7% ABV is evident.

Taste: immediate hop hit; hoppy throughout but with a detectable malt backbone in mid-taste. Turns more piney, grapefruity and bitter in the finish. Unique hop profile: must be the fresh NZ hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Crisp throughout with very mild bite up front and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very good, certainly, but not up with the Northern Hemisphere version.

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Photo of obrike
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another good looking beer from SN...dark amber/orange...fluffy head, leaving excellent lacing throughout the drink.

Sharp hoppy pine scent upfront...a bit of sweet malt as it warms. Smells fresh. Clean.

Interesting...a bit more bitter than I expected. The piney hops overwhelm the malt, making this one a little one-sided as far as what I look for in a balanced IPA. I like it...but it did not blow me away. The carbonation was also quite prickly, but I found my self reaching for another sip almost immediately after the last. A little dry, but quite drinkable.

Another solid effort from Sierra Nevada.

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

Haven't really gone into the Sierra Nevada harvest ales too much but for a low price and 24oz, easily worth giving it a shot.

A- Pours out into my pint glass with a light amber body. White head builds up to a nice, big size with a cool creamy texture. Spotty, thick lace patches.

S- Hops right out of the bottle. A nice herbal and floral quality with citrus and fruit hints as well.

T- Once again predominantly hoppy with a heavy herbal feel, floral, citrus zest/fruit and earthy hints also there. Finishes out with a nice bread flavor and some malt as well. A bit of residual sweetness.

MF- Creamy moderate body with high carbonation. Finishes somewhat bitter.

A nice IPA with a hop profile that you certainly don't come across every day, nothing like the West or East coast IPAs of today. It is heavily herbal and floral but still drinks well, give it a shot.

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Photo of MadCat
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow color, good white head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving good lacing

Smell: Very hoppy, but nice balanced fresh hops and not in your face hops. Floral and citrus hops are the most present, with some pine hops as well

Taste: Again, very hoppy, not a whole lot of bitterness, so it gives you a nice refreshing fresh feeling, to help the "fresh hop" name. Floral and citrus hops dominate, with some piney hops in the background. Well balanced too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation that is well mixed to give a smooth feel

Overall: Excellent, worth the price. This feels very appropriate for the summer. Very refreshing.

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

I drank this from a tall pub glass...

The beer is a cloudy copper color with orange-redd hues and a foamy, creamy tan head that left lots of lacing. Smells of cedar, pine and spicy hops with some caramel malt underneath. Bitter and spicy, piney and peppery hops followed by some smooth fruity/ bready flavors and a long bitter finish. Feels rich and thick, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Another wonderful harvest ale from SN, this is an awesome beer.

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

Look: Deep Amber Color with an off-white head. Slight lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma: cascade hops and an earthy, slightly floral nose.

Taste: Slight malt off the top that quickly goes to cascade hop citrus. The bitterness really really lingers.

Mouthfeel: very smooth. Very slight carbonation. Finishes very dry with the hops.

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Photo of DrewShal9
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 bomber poured into a rose tulip
A: dark orange/burnt red with a 2 finger white head. Lacing is left as the beer is consumed.
S: earthy and grassy tones with a tinge of pine. Really cannot decipher since my allergies are acting up
T: initial sweet malt but then a punch of pineapple and citrusy hit the tongue. After the harvest is swallowed, bitterness lingers and your tongue is left in a euphoric state wanting more!
M: silky with moderate carbonation. Very drying aftertaste from the fresh hopping. Delicious!
O: I would love to try this on tap to see if the added carbonation works alter the flavors. Amazing ipa! Another reason why I love Sierra Nevada! Thank you!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep gold with reddish hues, bone white head with nice lacing

S: ripe fresh hops with earthy notes, pine, and caramel. The hops are not that aromatic

T: starts off malty and becomes increasingly bitter. The finish is resinous and dry. Lots of bitter hop character, decent balance

Mf: smooth, medium carbonation

O: extremely hoppy and bitter, nice malt profile. I do prefer torpedo to this

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

This is the 2011 offering in a "1 PT. & 8 FL. OZ." bottle.

Real foamy head with great structure and staying power. Compared to the dark amber of the beer, the head almost looks yellow in color.

The smell makes me smile because it seems to be a nice balance of the major American hop profiles (citrus and pine), but with an earthiness that only New Zealand hops deliver. And although the hops are shining here the malts have their hand in the aroma, bringing some caramel with a slight toasted edge to it...sort of like an overcooked marshmallow, but not so sweet.

Once my nose is done lying to my mouth I can taste the flavors more associated with Kiwi-grown hops: again, there is that "good earth" that they give off with some spice and tropical fruit elements and even the hint of the longed-for citrus. The black pepper-like spice hits the back of the upper palate and partners with the bitterness. The malts do for this beer what a black tuxedo does for a groom...they fade into the background so that the bride in her wedding dress can stand out. He's still sort of necessary to the show, but you don't pay him much mind other than to congratulate/commiserate with him for actually showing up.

This is a really nice way to showcase the hops from way below the equator. The patois (and I like to use that word for hops to piss off oenophiles (and I like to use that word to confuse drinkers of swill)) of the New Zealand soil lends an almost familiar flavor profile to the hops...they're almost piny but there's something different. Sierra Nevada does a nice job delivering that difference.

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

Poured from bottle into dfh snifter. Assuming fresh bottle, not dated. Pours a dark amber orange color, fluffy but condensed head. Visibly creamy, has a thickness to it. Smell- buttery, citrusy, tropical fruit flavors. Taste- big citrus, almost tart sour effect. This is a super enjoyable celebration of hops. All the citrus effects are highlighted, none of the bitterness. The malt backbone to this plays second fiddle, but its not needed. Mouthfeel- creamy, rich, nicely carbonated. Drinkability- this is nice and refreshing. Perfect hoppy beer for summer, would probably pair perfectly with ceviche.

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

Poured a nice copper orange, with about 3 fingers of fluffy white head that extended over the top of the glass that eventually receded to a half a finger and lasted the entire brew, very visible carbonation.

The aroma is fresh and hoppy with hints of pineapple and tropical fruit, i also get a bit of honey and malt.

The first thing I taste is a mild sweetness but as it moves across my tongue the hoppy bitterness dominates all other flavors. The tropical fruit from the nose aren't as apparent in the taste but the is that bitter sweet grapefruit flavor.

The feel is pretty light and crisp, the carbonation is pretty high and the nice bitter finish is characteristic of a good IPA.

Overall a pretty good beer. They did a good job on this one especially for only being a $4 bottle.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz (710m l) bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 18, 2010). Serial number on the label says "111220730" so it's bottled 7:30am PST, April 22, 2011 on bottling line #2, (see here:

Eyes: Pours a nice hazy golden-copper with an abundant, thick head. Beautiful.

Nose: A decent nose, more grassy than citrus, a hint of sweet malt in the background. The least impressive aspect of this beer.

Tongue: Malty sweet with caramel and dried fruit notes up front, with a significant bitter grassy finish. A well balanced beer that just doesn't seem to pull of a great flavor profile.

Mouth: Well carbonated, but there is an awkward metallic finish that doesn't work for me.

Libation: A decent IPA, but not close to as good as the SN Estate Brewers Harvest Ale. I'm not sure I want to pick up a 24 oz bottle of this on the regular.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a really nice dark copper color and has a fluffy head with some larger bubble on top. The lacing is pretty nice, but this beer really isn’t all that thick and sticky…which adds to its appeal in my opinion. The nose definitely does not come on strong, but the taste isn’t a crazy hop bomb either. This is really more of a perfect balance of tart/bitter hops, crispness, and smooth malt rather than a crazy kick in the tongue. Don’t get this expecting some flav-o-ninja to captivate your senses. This is just a solid medium bodied IPA that isn’t all weird and spitty. Drink this beer and you will say, “This is good…the taste is a good taste.”

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