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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 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 ramseye4
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had the Northern Hemisphere, but never the Southern. I'm kind of excited to see how this is.
A=Pours a copper color, with medium opacity, great two finger head with plenty of lacing.
S=Tons of piney hops that I have grown to expect from Sierra Nevada. Very natural smelling with a faint buttery undertone.
T=Smooth, oily hops, moderately bitter, biscuity malt that is unusual coming from this brewer, the beer is well balanced overall.
M=Medium body, lightly carbonated
O=Something I'll buy every year, but most of Sierra Nevada's other beers are superior to this. Not bad, but don't drive two states over to get it.

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

24oz Bottle poured into 2 Pint Glasses.

A - Pours a clear caramel-amber with a creamy off-white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing clinging to the glass. Typically lovely Sierra Nevada brew.
S - Pungent, fresh hop aromas of pine resin, grass, and lemon with a nicely toasted caramel malt backbone.
T - More bitter, pungent hop flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and lemon rind with a mildly sweet caramel malt bill that displays some lovely toasted-bread qualities. Finish is quite bitter, and lasts for some time.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Very drinkable, no surprise from SN.
O - An excellent fresh-hop IPA from the best in the business.

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Photo of Fluke828
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Duvel Green Tulip
Bottle Julian Dated -> 112th Day of 2011 = April 22, fffreshies!

A-> Pours a nice reddish copper color with a beefy 3 finger head that takes awhile to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing.

S-> Pretty hoppy in the nose with some pine hop resin mixed with sweet and toasty malts and a faint bit of lemony citrus hop aromas.

T-> Wow, this is a really balanced beer. Took me a bit by surprise considering what I got in the nose. Nice hop and pine bitterness that hits first and was kind of overpowering initially but gave way to a nice, complex, sweet and biscuity malt profile that complemented the hops magnificently. Really impressive. A floral and herbal flavor came out once it had warmed up significant;y that was downright pleasant.

M-> This beer was not effing around with carbonation. Even the gentlest of pours and refills into my tulip yeilded massive and pictureesque heads. Crisp, more on the full side body-wise for the style but medium in the grand spectrum.

O-> Glad I got to try this fresh this year. Really enjoyable and only more so as it warmed up. Enjoyed this on a freakishly warm day here in Boston and the flavors were even more pronounced in this brew after my tulip had stopped "sweating" even...take that for what it's worth and give this one a go...Cheers!

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Photo of TexIndy
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 version with bottled on date of Apr 22 on the date in Julian code. Was a rich orange amber color with lots of carb streams. Had a massive foamy, white head that slowly settled into a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was heavy on pine resin, pale malt and toasted malt. Some grassy and citric hops but more as background. Good aroma but was missing something for me. Taste was pine resin with moderate bitterness offset with the toasted malt. Not a hop bomb by any stretch. Good hop flavor but I would have liked a bit more citrus but that's nit picking. Grassy aftertaste on top of a medium to full body. Lots of carbonation.

Overall, a really good IPA that focuses more on the hop/malt balance and pine aspects than most IPA's I've had lately. Very good and give recommend. Avail here in TX and glad I got it fresh this year after somehow missing it last year. Rotation - it's good for what it is but these days I'm in the hop bomb or at least more citrusy camp so wouldn't buy another this year. Would get on tap at least once and probably get a bottle a year. [O;O]

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Photo of daledeee
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice 24 ounce bottle.

It poured a wonderful dark ruddy brown but clear. Head is thick and lacing is great. Head is off whitel

Nose is very spicy and some pine as well.

Taste is pine with grapefruit but there is a good body with malt under tones. Finish is good citrus rind overload. This is not all hops, the balance is there. This is the way I like it.

Mouth feel is well carbonated and not over the top. The beer is really enjoyable for me. I am impressed with Sierra Nevada. A "large" brewery with great quality.

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

A - Amber pour with strong carbonation. Beautiful lacing as I drink it down.

S - Piney and herbal hop character blend splendidly with malt complexity, which is more bready and toasty than sweet.

T - Again, magnificent complexity. Piney and herbal hop character, along with a wonderful grape-like quality, opens with a punch. Bitterness is apparent but not overpowering. This is balanced flawlessly with wonderful sweet, toasty malts. Wonderfully crisp finish.

M - Fuller body, but still nice and crisp on the palate.

O - Every so often, you find that hoppy beer that truly has the "perfect balance" between malts and hop that is so often spoken of but rarely encountered. Another fantastic offering from Sierra.

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

Reddish amber color in the glass with a frothy white head. Sticky lacing clings all over the glass and leaves a trail the whole way down. Aromas are piney and earthy, big robust hop character, but maintains a malty base. Flavor is bold and has a big malt front that quickly gets pounded over by a huge hop blast. Very earthy and sticky hop character, quite yummy. The caramel malt is well masked by a big blast of piney hops, and a very pleasant bitterness lingers for minutes. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but has a good resolution. A solid brew overall, not bad for $5 a bomber.

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Photo of output01x
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle (2011) into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a massive, quickly growing 3-finger cream-colored head that slowly diminishes to a thick and clumpy dusting. The body is a clear peach copper color with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising toward the surface. Thick lacing adheres to the sides of the glass throughout consumption.

Sticky, resinous pine attacks your nose like a mesh bag of Christmas tree pine needles being rubbed against your face. A lemony citrus hop aroma follows close behind. A toasted maltiness is also detected in the background.

Grassy, citrusy, and piny all at once. The hops flavors combine beautifully and do not allow any one to dominate. A slight maltiness comes through once the initial hops flavors wear off and is accompanied by an earthy, spicy hop bitterness. After, a strong pine bitterness creeps onto the back of the tongue and settles in like an oppossum on warm pavement on a cool summer night.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this is one easy drinking brew. Unfortunately, the complexity of the flavors decreases the drinkability, but not because of the mouthfeel.

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Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottled into my Guinness dimpled mug.

Poured a dark, coppery bronze with about a finger of slightly off white head. Really nice head retention and great lacing. Looks really nice in the glass.

The smell is incredibly musty and dank. You can definitely smell the difference that the fresh hops make. There is just enough malty sweetness to balance the intense hoppiness. What an incredible smelling beer.

The hops provide a wonderful floral/herbal taste. There's a slight minty flavor which recedes to some hoppy bitterness. There is just enough crackery malt flavor which balances out the hops bitterness quite nicely.

The mouthfeel is full, slightly dry, but refreshing overall.

Overall, Sierra Nevada does it again. This is a highly drinkable, well constructed beer. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of atowle25
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper, nearly amber color with a big fluffy white head which sticks to the top of the glass and all the way down. Smell is really grassy and full of pine. Very earthy aroma. The taste is bitter up front with a strong caramel finish. Honestly, a little too much caramel tasting malt for me. Even a little alcohol on the finish. The bitterness is not very flavorful, just bitter. This beer smells a lot better than it tastes. Overall - probably wouldn't buy again. I have no problem finishing it, and it is enjoyable to drink, but there are much better options out there. I'll take Torpedo for half the price.

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Photo of IronLover
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color with excellent clarity. Poured with an impressive beige head that reduced to a healthy cap. Lots of sticky lacings. Light floral and pine hop aroma with a touch of orange zest and fresh grassy and caramel malt undertones. Medium bodied with a smooth oily feel with a resinous feel at the end. Carbonation is somewhat subdued. Floaral and light cirusy orange flavors in the front and into the middle that transition to a bitter hoppy pine finish. Once the palate is conditioned to the intensity of the hops the caramel malt flavors stand out more. Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of AllHoppedUp84
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a generic 24oz glass. Poured a nice copper/bronzish color with an extremely frothy 2 finger tan-colored head that laced the entire 24oz glass.

A slight malt smell reaches the nose first before being slammed with the citrusy hops. Definitely a unique smell from this one.

The taste does not disappoint. Slightly malty up front with a nice smooth hop bitterness to finish off the drink (along with a mouthful of lingering head with each drink.)

Medium-bodied and very pleasant.

Overall, this was a fantastic beer that I recommend to everyone. The smell, the taste and the appearance were all top notch and I will certainly stock up while Harvest is available.

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

A: Pours a deep amber/orange. Three fingers of white head with large bubbles and lots of texture. Loads of lacing on all sides of glass. Film has a lot of those large bubbles present in the head. Wonderful looking beer.

S: Fresh and clean lemon smell. Pine, spicy, toasted malts. Also has a dank feel about it.

T: Loving the taste here. I don't get as much lemon/citrus as I did in the smell, but it's there for sure. Pine, floral, tea, toast. I really like the spice that's present throughout.

M: Creamy and full. Surprisingly enough, this isn't all that dry.

O: This year's Southern Hemisphere is excellent and a joy to drink...goes down very easy. I'll be getting another one or two of these before they're gone.

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

Poured into a pint glass. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a clear, honey orange with two fingers of billowy off-white head. Strong retention and lace.

S: Pine and citrus hops, a little understated, but good.

T: Creamy floral hop flavors, rose and lavender. A bit of sweet, biscuity malt gives support. As the beer warms, a gentle sage flavor joins the mix.

M: Medium/light feel and fantastic creaminess.

O: Quite a nice beer. Balanced more like an APA than an IPA, but really well done and different from any other that I have had. Better get some more before the store runs out.

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

Pours a slightly coppered-orange with a solid 2 finger, dense white head. Nice compact ring of retention throughout and nice lace.

Making its hop-dominant presence very obvious from the start, the nose has a pleasant, mild malt surrounded by bigtime citrussy hops- aromas of lemon blossom with touches of candied pineapple and orange.

Palate is medium bodied, with a toasty, grainy malt that is almost instantly crushed by the intense hoppiness- much more pine and earth comes through on the palate than the nose, with further spicy and leafy tones. Estery apricot too. The creaminess of the malt has a say on the finish with a sweetish-pink grapefruit flavor- long and mouthwatering.

A really fine brew. The vaguely candied citrus and tropical character of the hops provides a nice balance to the beer's intense bitterness. Gotta also love the effort of flying in fresh hops from New Zealand for this ale.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very lucky to get this, I haven't been to the store in a while and just swung through to say hello, and low and behold...BAM.

Amber with an off white head, nothing wrong, but not particularly beautiful. A little hazy.

The smell is super dank, and not at all sharp. This might be one of the most weed-like IPAs I've ever smelled.

The taste too is not at all sharp. It's a bit vinuous, sort of sauvingnon blac like. It really reminds me of my first good experience with an IPA.

Good mouthfeel, refreshing but full

highly drinkable, hides the booze, again refreshing but gives you something to taste and think about.

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

Pours burnished bronze with a dense creamy head that leaves tons of sticky lacing.

Aroma is full of musty basement funk, with an underlying mild sweetness.

Taste is toasted caramel malt. Date and plum add dark fruit sweetness. Nutty and slightly woody in the finish where the hops offer a lingering earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Quite viscous.

Overall an unusual IPA. The strong bitterness from the hops has an unusual earthy character, rather that the piney or citrus hop from most American IPA. Seems to have more of an English character with plenty of subtlety. Definitely worth try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear copper color with a huge and sticky tan head, tons of lacing and lasts forever.

The smell is very funky, pungent, and spicy. Very hoppy in a strange way almost even a little soapy.

The flavor is suprisingly mild, a nice toasty and buiscuty malt body and some big hop bitterness, but the hops themselves seem to be lacking a bit in flavor and complexity. I get the nice malt and the hop bitterness, but just not much else from the hops other than a bit of musty basement.

The mouthfeel is a nice combination of dryness and oilyness.

Overall its worth a try, I love anything with unusual hops in it, but I felt it fell a bit short.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle code 1 112(4/21/11).

Appearance: A deep copper color with a huge frothy head. Crystal clear with good carbonation. Very nice lacing.

Smell: Big hop aroma and it should have one being a fresh hop ale that was bottled 3 weeks ago. Floral, herbal, piney, and slightly grassy. Smells just like putting your nose in a bag of fresh hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly hops in the flavor too. Very heavy herbal and floral hops. Almost like chewing on a mouthfull of them. Some malt sweetness to add some balance. This has a nice full mouthfeel that finishes with a sharp drying bitterness.

Overall: The name "Fresh Hop Ale" says it all. Huge hops all over the place. Not the easiest IPA to take down, but definately one to be enjoyed.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - pours a rich, translucent, coppery amber. Solid head, a bit off white, good retention. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - big strong hops on the note. Citrus and floral hop aromas competing for dominance. They can fight it out all day long as far as I'm concerned.

T - very similar to the aroma, big hops but not too bright of a flavor. There is a malt balance to this flavor, but the malt definitely does not stand in the way of other flavors. An obscenely well balanced beer.

M - medium bodied, a bit heavier than other IPA's I've had, but the body stands up well to the strong, rich flavor.

O - overall, a very solid beer. Very fresh, which I suppose is the whole point. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a dull amber, with brown and tan tones. Head is just a bit off-white, frothy and static, and has a thick milkiness to it. Lace is exceptional.

Grapefruit - flesh, juice, rind and all - is the main aroma I get, with a touch of pine and herbal character. No malts really in the nose, but I really like this as it is.

Taste is a blend of that grapefruit along with a much more pronounced pine punch. It's complemented by a grainy malt and bit of resin. Citrus comes at the start, but then also kicks a little at the middle/end. Quite balanced and tasty, even if a bit more malt flavors could help.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean almost to a fault, with no malt feel contribution at all, but the hops are the point of the beer and they do the job well. Very easy drinking beer too - hops never get out of hand, give a nice dry finish, and the malt does a good job of staying invisible while keeping everything under control.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Glowing Copper. Like a shiny new penny. Light carbonation. It has a slight head that disseminated quickly.

Smell: Not a ton of character. Resiny aroma hops. Fresh tasting and snappy.

Taste: Strong bitterness. I taste plum and wild fruit. Juniper and berries. A bit grainy. The malts aren't very complex. I taste piney resiny hops. Delicate spiciness This ale goes down bitter with a slight sugary finish. It needs a better malt profile like that found in any of the other Sierra Nevada beers to balance the extreme bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Chewy. Not a lot of malt character.

Overall: Personally I would rather pick up a 7 pack of Torpedo. Good balance of aromatic and bittering hops. I would probably discourage drinkers from trying this unless they feel like drinking a hop bomb.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 release, just showed up at BevMo a few days ago.

Poured into a Stone Cali-Belgie glass. Clear golden-orange with a thin head and just about no lacing.

Not getting much hop smell, but I am getting a lot of grass and malt. Not a great smell.

Lots of bitterness at first that fades into a sweet malty aftertaste. It's interesting that there's not much hop flavor. Crisp, clean mouthfeel.

I was a bit afraid after smelling it, but the taste redeemed this beer completely. I could see myself drinking all of this really quickly if I wasn't paying attention.

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Photo of colforbin73
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is not quite what i was expecting. which is sort of good....

pours, maybe a little lighter than SN pale, but it is in the ball park. small white foamy head dissipates.... this is not a sticky beer.

unusual for Sierra Nevada -- this is more nevada then sierra -- this puppy is dry.

i think i am reviewing it late in the season. it tastes fresh however -- an i like it. but the caramel is way down, and any resins are subsumed in the frothy malt base, producing a subtle, well-rounded ale. i get some bready, yeasty tones in the nose. and i get a whole lot of LATE SPIKE in the bitterness -- it doesn't get you upfront -- but the middle of the palate sings nicely.

i would like to learn more about the specific hops and methods here, but i didn't get too far on the website.

if you see this, it is worth checking out.

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Photo of codfeast
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from my notes

A: copper, 1/4" head that stuck around awhile

S: straight malt and hops what more do you want

T: sweet malty biscut, with a nice bitter finish

M: medium plus body, creamy with nice carbination.

O: not what you would call a west coast IPA, but it is a very enjoyable, well balanced IPA could happily be "forced" to drink night after night.

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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 3,093 ratings
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