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
3,090 Ratings
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 FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip. Clear amber body with a one-finger off white head. Good rings of lacing along the glass.

Light hoppy aroma featuring a little grassy pine and a little citrus. Slight maltiness in the background.

Good hop bitterness in the flavor combined with a solid malt bill. A little more pine in the flavor than in the aroma. Overall, a very tasty IPA flavor mix.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A very good brew.

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

Pours a nice golden brown with a light tan head. Hops coming right out of the glass. I know it was going to be hoppy but not over the top. There was a good amount of body and barley in this brew to match the hoppiness.
It had a nice clean aftertaste with just hint of orange spices
I enjoyed the aftertaste of this brew, which I always make an important ingredient when rating beers

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Photo of d4114
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A- Very hazy burnt orange with a creamy thick off white head.

S- Big citrus notes with some earthy and spicy notes too. Picking up some of the malt in there also.

T- In between a pale ale and an IPA almost if that makes sense, but leaning more towards an IPA of course. Nice big hoppiness but its very balanced by the malt.

M- Light to light-medium; A little light and watery but it works as a whole.

O- Has the drinkability of a sestionable pale ale but with a bigger hop character. It has been a very refreshing beer on a warm night and I would've liked a little more.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada. I had no idea they made another beers… let alone three or four other beers! Heck, they could make ten others. I was just aware of their regular Sierra Nevada, and their Torpedo that I discovered while in Kentucky for Thunder Over Louisville. But I wasn’t aware of the Harvest. Let alone that the harvest was a series of beers.

The beer pours out like an IPA… smells like an IPA. This beer better tastes like an IPA.

The beer is VERY smooth on the front of the palate. It then starts to get carbonated about halfway through, then smacks your mouth with bitterness toward the end of the swallow. Then you wait… you wait for the bitter aftertaste to leave. But it doesn’t. And that’s okay… The bitter aftertaste is what I expect from an IPA.

The beer doesn’t have a big ABV, but that’s okay. Not all beers need a big ABV to be good. Having had the regular Sierra Nevada, I still think that one is better… but still, this beer is good. I just can’t get over that aftertaste. Maybe one of the longest aftertastes I have ever experienced. Good stuff!

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

I saw this beer at the downtown Spec's yesterday while I was there stocking up on Le Terroir. This was the last bottle, so I figured that I would "rescue" it. Let's see what their "Fresh Hops" taste like as this is a fresh beer.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy orange golden color with a small 1/8" head of off white bubbles after a careful pour. There are numerous bubbles rising to maintain the head at this height even over a minute after the pour there is no noticeable difference in the height...or it may have grown slightly. There is some attractive lace-looking lace on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Of course the hops are cutting through, but it isn't with so much of the fresh oils to make the beer come across as oily or chalky in the nose. There is also a very noticeable sweet and slightly toasty malt thing going on here that is nice and seems well blended. The aroma is getting more grassy and slightly more earthy as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty hoppy, but not extremely over-hopped to ruin the drinkability of the beer. In fact, the hops actually let you definitely taste the malty sweetness pretty much the whole way through the profile. The finish is definitely balanced toward the bitter, but it is well blended with the water. The carbonation is really a pretty big player overall in this beer, though it is subtle. There is quite a bit of mouthfeel to this beer, and even looked like it poured like a pretty thick beer, so I guess they used a lesser attenuating than their regular California #1 so that the beer would be more chewy. The alcohol is well reserved and I am surprised that it is as big as it is as I am half-way through the bottle and don't notice any warming or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a very well presented IPA no matter how you look at it. The malt, the hops, the water all goes, and the worked the fermentation to produce a very well balanced beer that holds its carbonation and is quite nice to drink if I do say so. I am not a big fan of hoppy beers for the most part, but still appreciate them. I will certainly be appreciating the rest of this bottle.

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Photo of keith712
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, 22oz bomber from a Spec’s.

Appearance: Beautiful amber, ever so slight haze, but translucent. Head forms nicely with an off white slightly frothy 2 fingers, falls fast to a thin presence that sticks…lacing is present in medium strings as the brew level drops.

Nose: Nicely hopped presence as a “hop ale” should be. IPA character (duh) and a somewhat…earthy smell. Pine, a little citrus. Standard more or less for this hoppy brew I would say.

Taste: Again, a nice hoppy ale, similar to an IPA but a little less “hop attack” (well, this IS an IPA). A bit more malt than a strong IPA and smoother as well, but still pleasing to a hophead. A hint of sweetness blends well and keeps things moving along. Very nice presence and a bit of chewiness in the middle, but a dry finish that lets the hops bitterness linger a bit.

Mouth Feel: Perfect carbonation and slightly “beefy”, not watery at all. Substantial, but light enough to drink frequently.

Drinkability: Plenty. I could quaff this over and over. Rated 6.7% ABV is not noticeable at all to me. Drank part of this with some corn chips and homemade salsa, it was a wonderful mix of flavors between the beer and the sweet tomatoes.

Overall, a very pleasing, tasty, and easy to drink beer from Sierra Nevada. An incredible value as well since this 22oz bomber was less than 6 bucks out the door…I will get a couple more of these for the weekend. I am bbq’ing Texas style brisket (I am a Texan) this weekend and I think will work wonderfully. 8 of 10 and a nice thumbs up.

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Photo of scotvega18
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber poured into a Duvel glass

A - This is a gorgeous beer. Ruby-ish Amber body with a nice khaki head. lacing is fantastic. in terms of looks, this is second only to Nugget Nectar in my book.

S - Not much on the nose. Some mild hop bitterness. Having had both their celebration and fall harvest ale, im really disappointed. It doesnt smell overwhelmingly fresh or hoppy. Disappointing and kind of smells like BMC.... Im a little worried.

T - At first, oddly, I get a lot of caramel malt and sweetness, followed by a phenomenal citric quality. grapefruit and some faint pineapple. Typical of the west coast the finish is dry and bitter. Really nice and makes up for the bland nose.

M - Nothing to complain about! cannot taste the modest 6 percent at all and carbonation helps to dry out the finish.

Notes - I didnt enjoy this at first but after having a few sips, im really satisfied. The nose is just alittle disapointng. I wanna smell fresh hops!!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper, almost red body, with a fluffy white head; light spotty lacing.

S: A nice strong aroma of bitter floral and earthy hops, balanced with some sweet bready malts, citrus, and pine. Nothing over the top, but pretty standard.

T: Not what I expected coming from the nose. More grapefruit and citrus flavors dominate the palate. There some caramel and pinapple in there as well as bitter pine. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium carbonation; medium-full body; nice sticky mouthfeel.

O: Not a bad beer. I'll definitely get this again and can easily drink about 2-3 of these. Good price and easy to find.

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Photo of DuncanIdaho86
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What a treat from start to end. A Sierra Nevada distributor threw me and my team a few bottles today and this was among the best.

The pour was very pleasing. Great great copper/auburn hue with a big 'ol creamy head that stays put. Good lookin' girl.

I enjoyed the nose on this, hoppy but not over the top with a blend of sweetness and little tiny baby bit piney. Very pleasant.

Brass tacks (Copper tacks here?) What a rich taste. The hop profile is clear immediately but give it a second and that sweetness makes all the difference. I appreciate that they didn't go over the top with the hops. the bottle's description is spot on "Fresh Hop Ale." Boom. Drink it.

Solid finish too. It doesn't linger too long uninvited.

But don't take my word for it! ( I'm thinking of a sign off line, Reading Rainbow did that didn't it? Lavar Burton thought of everything)

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light copper color and has a plentiful, spongy head.

S: Smells more like bready malts with the hops lingering in the background as well as some light fruitiness.

T/M: The hoppiness here is light, not as potent as a lot of other IPA’s.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it’s very traditional tasting. The best part? It’s cheap as hell. For a beer that flies its ingredients around the world, I’d expect the price to correlate, but you’ll find no argument here. Even if it was crap, a few bucks for a giant bottle of IPA is totally worth it. The fact that it’s decent is that much better. This won’t take the cake for king of the IPA’s, but it’s probably the best value per ounce you’ll find anywhere. And its ingredients are richer than you are.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011, just arrived at the store.

Pours a nice semi-translucent amber color, with a light off-white 2 finger head. Retention was great, lots of lacing.

Subtle notes of citrus, pine, caramel maltiness and slight bitterness.

Nice bitterness, with a good bit of resins and pine, some citrus, and a nice malt backing.

A bit oily and slick, medium bodied, slight crisp carbonation.

Rather enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I imagine this bay go down hill fast...

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a dark shade of amber with a three finger slightly offwhite head. The head is very puffy, and the lacing is all the way around the glass 4.5

S- earthy hops, but they smell absolutely wonderful and strong. Getting some hints of cat piss as well...simcoe up in here? 4

T- WOW, the bitterness is strong in this one. Lots of pine up front, and the finish is slightly sweet. Very solid 4

M- it has a real nice body to it, nice and thick. Not chewy like a stout, but it has that nice IPA backbone to it. 4

O- really like this beer. Tastes a lot like Torpedo, but a little less abrasive and fresher. Plus, at 4.79 for a bomber, it was a STEAL 5

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Photo of n2185
2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S: Orange citrus with touches of pineapple and grapefruit on the nose. There are also some resiny pine aromas in there. They're all fairly subdued, though--I really had to swirl and stick my face in the tulip to smell them.

T: Lots of bitter, grassy, resiny pine flavors dominate the flavor profile. The finish is also quite bitter and almost has a bile-like quality to it. The bitterness lingers around well after the sip.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is pretty dry and crisp, but the lingering bitterness doesn't help.

O: Unfortunately this one's a bit of a miss for Sierra Nevada. I loved their Estate fresh hop ale in the fall, but this one is just too one-dimensional and bitter.

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

Enjoyed in tap @ the Geneva Ale House.

Pours a clear, brown tinted gold with less than a finger of frothy white head. Walls of lacing cling. The nose is pleasant. Some earhty hops and bready malt are hinting me towards a bitter tasting beer. Sure enough, big time crisp hop offerings akin to bitter grapefruit, maybe even some rind. Alcohol is tasted after the hops and is followed by a bready/sweet malt that balances this beer out nicely. Because of the intense bitterness, the mouthfeel is sharp and prickly at first and then smooths out at the end, creating a great finish. Overall, a great head-butt of bitter and sweet creates a damn tasty balance that I'm loving right now!

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Photo of beancounter
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Light copper, think head with lacing, aggressive carbonation.

S-Subtle Spicy/fruity aroma

T-Bready, grassy fruity with a lingering bitterness that's a bit distracting.

M-Light to medium. Appropriate for the style.

O-A solid American IPA, but nothing notable. I know IPA's are supposed to be bitter, but the bitterness lingers long after I swallow, but not in a pleasant way.

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

The beer pours a very nice clear amber red gold color and builds a nice creamy white head about two fingers high. It sticks around a bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass.
The smell of the beer was very light. I could detect some fruity aromas, like citrus pineapple and orange, and some faint sweeter notes like honey or caramel in the background.
Tasting the beer those aromas were confirmed. Up front, a very fruity palette with those citrus and pineapple flavors dominating. In the middle a fine hop selection balances the beer nicely and brings a tingle to the tongue. At the end a slight bitterness pre vales and finishes this refreshing brew.
This brew is medium bodied and an excellent summer beer.

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Photo of abgba121
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a 22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A: pours with a nice head, about 1.5 inches, which slowly recedes leaving behind a delicate lacing. There is evidence of good carbonation and it is a nice copper color.

S: Strong notes of citrus and floral hoppiness, slightly grassy and some pine and fruit notes throughout.

T: Tastes like a basic IPA, but still very good. The bittering hops used were definitely not a real high alpha acid rated hop. Strong Citrus notes and I can taste the floral notes from the finishing hops. The finish is slightly bitter and lingers.

M: This beer has a great mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. It drinks easy for a beer of such flavor.

O: This is a great beer, a great basic IPA. It has its own unique flavors and aromas. Definitely going to buy again, probably several more bottles tomorrow.

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Photo of drtth
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is nice copper color with a 1” ivory head that recedes slowly to leave about 1/8” of foam and nice patterns of lacing that cling to the side of the glass. Sipping the beer

Smell: The aroma is an interesting mix of floral, fruity and citric components, with some orange zest and a bit of apricot and pineapple, all backed up by some light caramel malt backbone.

Taste: The flavors include those predicted from the nose with the pineapple intertwingled with orange zest and touches of apricot. The resinous bitterness is well concealed by the caramel malt until the finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is relatively long, involves first the fade of the malt backbone, then the various hop flavors, leaving a dry resinous bitterness in the back of the mouth and throat.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely drinkable IPA which I’m glad to be having again and I’ve just expanded my shopping list to see about a repeat in the next week or so. My overall impression is that this is a typical SN beer in that it is well made, quite enjoyable, good value for the money.

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Photo of stonermouse
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours rusty with slight cloudiness. Gorgeous, puffy head that doesn't quit, and phenomenal lacing. Really one of the best-looking brews I've ever seen.

Smells strongly of grapefruit, with a touch of malty sweetness. Quite dense, which is quite compatible with that puffy head.

Taste doesn't quite match the fruity aroma. The flavor is earthy and rich, with just a bit of the grapefruit flavor and dryness to compliment. The hops are fairly mellow, albeit complex. Combined with the substantial, yet mild malt profile, this drinks superbly well-balanced, but is mild enough overall to be considered a pale ale. A touch of booze in the flavor puts it into a slightly more extreme territory.

Mouthfeel is super, due mostly to the fluffy head and carbonation that helps the flavors nearly melt in your mouth.

Great brew here, and most welcome for the time of year.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

A: pours a clear cooper or light amber with a froth and billowing two inches of white head that lingered for a few minutes, and slowly settled down to about a quarter inch of head.

S: some grapefruit, grass, toasted biscuits, and mild caramel.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose, mild bitterness upfront. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light caramel, biscuits, with a lingering grassy bitterness on the finish.

M: light to medium, well carbonated, slightly oily.

O: Loved last years, but think I got a fresher bottle at that time. This years is not a complex in my opinion, and lacks depth, but it still balanced, and semi-refreshing.

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

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. Sierra Nevada makes some really good seasonal IPA bombers and hoped for more of the same.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear copper with a big, fluffy two finger offwhite head that left loads of thick, clumpy side lacing all the way down and a great amount of clouds in the glass.

S - Shockingly average here, if not even underwhelming. Mild grassy hops, some carmel malts, but thats kinda it. Not the hop bomb with citrus that I was expecting.

T - The taste is more like what I had hoped for. Starts with some good carmel malts that fades to a nice piney, slightly oily pine notes. Just the faintest of citrus onthe end. Not a bad nevada.

M - Really nice mouthfeel. Creamy, crisp, dry. This isnt heavy or syrupy. Its very drinkable.

O - Overall this is a good American IPA. Not quite as good as others from Sierra Nevada that I've had, but its not that bad. Not sure if I'd buy again.

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Photo of mrbeery
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

made to drink. on tap leaves nice curtain. not bad to look at. taste lingers. quafable, made for a session. don't know the peticular hop use yet and do't care. just likeing the finish and a guy who's tired of the the movement against real beer (flavored with everything from agave necter to human hair and old tires)cool to see a well made adult beverage without trying to hard.true winner.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a deux deux bottle to a SA Imperial Snifter glass.

Pours a clean copper red with a 1 finger head that turns to a bubbly lace. Super bland smell, light malt, almost grainy, faint hops, disappointed. Again on the taste, grainy, faint bittering hops, light malts, tangy, a tad citrusy. Light and medium on the body, feels good in the mouth light carb, crisp, very bitter. My buddy bought me this bottle and i thank him, however, this just wasnt that good, if i didnt see the bottle i wouldnt believe Sierra Nevada let this leave its plant, nope, not a fan.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle edition 2011 into a nonic pint glass.

Very large off white head with a big cap that is foamy, sitting on a body that just a gorgeous clear copper amber. Beautiful looking drink. Microscopic it seems tiny carbonation rising from the bottom. Foamy clumpy sticky goodness too.

Bouquet is a muted grass hop, which seems kind of shocking for a fresh hop beer. I was expecting a big aroma off of this if anything. Small tangerine bitter orange sense but hard to pinpoint.

Taste is a basic ipa grass and somewhat pine sensation. Very bitter finish that's tolerable but with a somewhat watery based mouthfeel just a hint. Some bitter tea sensations as well on the finish.

Overall not bad, but I was expecting some lingering aromas and bigger nose on this. It's an enjoyable beer, but for a fresh hop it's missing some punch that I am use to.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful rich amber ale. A large off white foamy head rich and dense sits on top. It slowly fades leaving fine lacing in it's wake.
Desent carbonation below.

Aroma wise, there is not much in the hop bouquet maybe slightly earthy.
Malts have a rich aroma. Aroma is well balanced and fresh.

Hops are light in taste and have a pronounced bitter bite that lingers deep into the aftertsate. Malts are sweet and light and a bit toasted.
Smooth and refreshing this beer is, and crisp and dry in the finish.

Overall it's a good beer and can't make any real complaints. Worthy of another.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,090 ratings
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