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 BeardedRiker
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is the 2010 release. For the other special Sierra Nevada beers I've had, I haven't been too impressed with them. They're good, but I wouldn't say that they're much better than Sierra Nevada's flagship beers, especially they're regular Pale Ale.

Upon first impression, the frothy-as-hell head that comes from pouring this "fresh hop ale" looks delicious. It is thick and leaves behind delicate lacing and some of it still remains on the surface. The beer itself is clear copper-amber in color with minimal bubbles, yet the carbonation is good.

The smell isn't overly hoppy. It's a little grassy and has a bit of lemon note as well as the hint of pine.

Flavor-wise, this is very clean and the hops, from New Zealand, are more pronounced than most other pale ales. Bitterness is there but not in excess. The same can be said of the spicy bite of the hops. I appreciate the pine flavors, although it isn't entirely noticeable. So, like I said in the beginning, I like these beers, including the Harvest pale ale, but it's simply not extraordinary enough for me to laud it. The bottom line is that it's good, but it's not distinguishable enough from Sierra Nevada's regular Pale Ale.

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Photo of smorris291
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I had this SN, tasted alongside the Northern Hemisphere ale.

Not sure if this suffered due to a lack of freshness, but it was a pale imitation of the Northern Hemisphere, which I loved. Hoppiness was not there, and it was lacking in carbonation. not bad, but a little disappointing.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber colored ale with a white head and nice lacing. Very malty aroma with orange peel, lemon zest and an odd rubber-like smell. The taste has a big malty flavor with some subtle grapefruit in the background. Bitter aftertaste lingers with a slight citrus splash at the end of the swallow. Easy drink at 6.7% but the taste got tiresome for me. The New Zealand hops just don't agree with my buds too much. A good beer, just not something I will seek out again.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a thick rocky head of foam and nice lacing. Aroma is musky citrus, pine, tropical fruit, and bready malts. Taste is big on hoppy, with resiny pine and grapefruit rind. Bitterness is big upfront, with some bisuity, caramel malts coming through in the middle. Finish is sharp juicey grapefruit. A bit of gingerbread spice comes through as well. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

*review from notes on 7/17/10*

Bottled on date: 4/26/10

2010 bottle / 24oz

Pours a darker amber / rust colored body with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some lacing on my pint glass. The nose has some grassy / floral qualities, thought they are not as pronounced as I would expect given the style. Floral and earthy hops are at the forefront of the taste, not a whole lot of malt balance in this but the hops aren't overpowering either. Medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation.

From my experience these fresh hop ales are really hit and miss. Although freshness is often paramount, I have had some with a couple months on them that are still really good. Others, including this one, are just average IPAs.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark copper color into a pint glass from a 24 oz bottle, with ABV on the label, no freshness date.
Massive, frothy head that dissipates ever so slowly leaving behind some very good lacing. Very good carbonation.
As soon as I cracked the bottle open the aroma of floral hops was evident. Hops mixed with pine and biscuity notes mixed with some sweet aroma.
The taste is hop-heavy and I mean absolutely hop-heavy. This one has all the attributes to be a favorite of the hop heads. Nicely balanced even though it is absolutely hopped up.
Drinkability is good, and I am glad I was able to get my hands on this bottle. Sierra Nevada definitely know how to brew solid, hop-loaded ale's to perfection.
A must try for every hop head.

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Photo of sdmrtn
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice off-white head sticks to glass all the way down golden orange color.

Smells lovely citrus hops and malt

Tastes full and malty, bitter no sweet no bitter no sweet, bitter, sweet, bittersweet. I love the incredible balancing act. fresh hops are great

I would drink this beer any time any place any price... well maybe not any price

This a luxurious beer worthy to seek and find

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Photo of heebes
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint

Pours a deep copper amber with a huge foamy off white head. Nose is citrus hops , balanced though by an earthy undertone, piney, and hints of caramel malts. Sip reveals a very smooth/easy drinking IPA, bitter at first with a large malt character on the palatte to follow. A dry, crisp, pleasently bitter finish. On the heavier end of a medium mouthfeel, full bodied and well carbonated. This is a great tasting beer, and I'm convinced Sierra Nevada makes some damn good IPAs.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into tulip. from notes

A - Nice copper/amber colour with fluffy white head

S - Some piney hops, lemon zest, some pepper. Nothing too exciting

T - Odd, not what I was expecting. The 'fresh hops' tasted not fresh even though this bottle was new. I did pick up the citric zest of orange and lemon rind, some spiciness. Sort of disappointing, was expecting a 'juicier' taste.

M - Very thin and almost watery. Above average carbonation

D - I think this one is easy enough to drink but there are way better fresh hop choices out there. I may be in the minority here, but that's what I think!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

166th review on BA
Bottle to Mug

Thanks Stan for the Christmas present!

App- An autumn colored amber orange in a glass. A very nice finger and a half head. Some of the finest lacing I have seen, coated the whole glass.

Smell- Some really big hops on this one. Minimal citrus and a very herbal/spicy scent.

Taste- A smooth and hoppy mix that was quite buttery on the finish. Fills the mouth and palate with some nice flavors and doesnt overpower.

Mouth- A nice medium bodied IPA with the carbonation to match. A bit spicy on the back.

Drink- I like the northern a little bit better but this was still a good brew from SN. The do IPAS and PA's pretty damn good.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd release, 2009 bottle that I forgot in the back of my fridge from when I first started drinking craft beers....possibly a little old but wanted to give this one a try

A = pours a hazy orange with tons of carbonation, thick, fluffy head that sticks around awhile, leaving behind plenty of lacing

S = not much aroma here, slight hint of hops, a hint of metallic aroma (maybe due to age??) but not much else

T = Even a year old, tastes fresh, clean hops, very hoppy with a bite of alcohol at the end

M = clean, light, with a good amount of carbonation

D = Very drinkable. Would have liked more aroma, but this was very light and drinkable, wish I would have tried it fresh.

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Photo of Briken
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange amber with big foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. Earthy hop aroma. Earthy and light citrus hop flavors with a bit of english tea. Strong hop flavor with nice caramel and biscuit malt backbone and good linger. Good carbonation mouthfeel and slightly creamy.

Nice flavor although mostly subtle but overall a nice flavor. I had trouble getting any real strong aroma and it is not overpoweringly bitter although the balance is noticeably tipped to that side for an easy drinking IPA.

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

This beer pours a glowing copper color, with a thick frothy slightly off white head. The aroma smells of sweet biscuit malt and citrus hops. The taste is sweet, with interesting hop flavor and bitterness characteristics. The hop flavor is kind of piney, and citrusy. The mouthfeel is medium light, and overall is very drinkable.

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

Even a slow pour into my Duvel tulip builds a huge fluffy cream-colored head atop the reddish amber body. Excellent retention, plentiful sticky lacing.

Smells bready, but not very sweet. Seems to have many layers of hoppiness- citrusy, earthy, leafy, fruity, spicy- and indeed it does. A shock of bitterness up front gives way to apple sweetness and spices both sweet and savory. White pepper and nutmeg are particular noteworthy. Citrus and earth. Thickish for an IPA yet somewhat light on the tongue as well; plenty bready, but with a certain toastiness in the finish.

Overall impression: A very "busy" beer, but it works just fine. Enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a orange copper amber with some nice lace around the glass. The foam looks pillow like.

S - Orange rind zesty citrus hops with a touch of earthy malt

T - The bitterness is very pronounced in the beginning of the taste with a nice sweetness of the malt following through but the hops come in strong and piney yet balanced. Fresh hop indeed.

M - Light to medium. An easy drinker.

D - Well I got this simply since I never had it but it does deliver the hop punch I need. Sadly at 5.99 a pop it's not really crossing as a frequent purchase. Still I would love to try this year to year to change up the pace. Great brew.

edit: just found out this was a summer release. Guess it really wasn't that "fresh" (2010 though)

Grabbed a 24oz bottle for 6 bucks.

A - A very nice clear amber with a full two inches of tinted opaque colored head. Lacing is good.

S - Doesn't really smell too hoppy maybe a slight bit of citrus hops and bread malts.

T - Hoppy but really balanced. Taste is clean and full with a nice bit of bitter at the end that sticks to the tongue way after you sip just begging for another. Light citrus and grapefruit hops abound.

M - The hops make it medium bodied but it really does have a good drinkability.

Overall I ignored getting this for the longest time since it was marked for 10 dollars and than 8. Figured the hops would fade finding it marked down to 6 but it's just as tasty and hoppy as ever. One of the better SN beers I had.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-copper pour with a big off-white head that fades to great lacing. Wet pine aroma with a healthy amount of orange peel. Loads of pine, grapefruit, and orange peel flavor. Nutty, toasty, sweet malts. Little bit of black pepper. Oily medium-full body.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge citrus hop aromas in the nose with a touch of sweetness.

T- Lots of hoppy bitterness upfront with more pine flavor than citrus. A decent amount of caramel like sweetness in the finish. The alcohol actual feels a bit hotter than it is.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- I really like these fresh hop brews and this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy cow what an awesome beer. With over 900 reviews I'll spare the repetition of color and smell and that nonsense. Wet hop ales have got to be some of my favorites, especially when they are done correctly. And I have yet to find a better one (bottled none the less) than Sierra Nevada. DRINK THIS BEER!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is dominated by citrus and bread notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of bready malt along with some caramel malt. The hop flavors I get are orange and pine, with orange being the most prevalent. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus hops and a small pine like hint. In the taste, pine hops and nice malt backing. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hoppy aftertaste. Nice fresh hop and balanced.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bomber into an Imperial Pint.

A: Pours a nice orangish amber color. Provides a nice thick off white foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of floral hop flavors. There is a nice malty undertone too, mostly caramel and brown sugar.

T: The floral hops are present up front and througout. The middle and backend is where some of the sweet malt, caramel, bready, brown sugar come through.

M: Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not a session by definition, but a really nice AIPA. Not overly complex, but this is easy to drink. I would have this again and would search it out.

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

The beer is copper colored with a tight creamy off white head and very sticky lace.

It is very herbal and floral to the smell. There are notes of lemon and grapefruit, with orange peel. Overall, very fresh smelling with some caramel and biscuit.

Upfront the beer is malty, with some grain, and then a citrusy grapefruit burst in the center with a grassy bitter finish. It has a resiny stick, and is highly quaffable. The fine balance of biscuity malt and bittersweet citrus makes it intriguing and delicious

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

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Review number 200 has to be special, right? So, I've decided to attack my private collection. The choice was a Sierra Nevada because I'm sure that a Sierra Nevada will NEVER disappoint me! I've bought this precious in an excellent beer shop in Treviso, Italy called "Il Regno di Gambrinus" ( during my vacations in Jesolo

A: First of all, bottle art is just beautiful. It makes you really comfortable about its content :). Pours a beautiful orange to amber color with a medium and creamy beige head. Cloudy body and good retention. Many lacings are left in the glass as you drink it

S: Once opened it spreads a delicious perfume of fresh hops everywhere. VERY grassy and earthy. Caramel malts

T: Delicious and traditional American IPA. Very flowery taste. Quite bitter. Refreshing. Ok, some malts too

M: Creamy body and medium carbonation. Bitterness is a must!

O: High drinkability. Fantastic IPA

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch, sent to me from bstaffor in the Hoppy Summer to You BIF -- thanks again, Brian!

Poured into a tulip pint: Transparent, brassy, dark orange body under two fingers plus of cream, glistening head that rises above the lip of the glass like a souffle. In the red highlights I can make out some slowly rising nucleation.

Smell is relatively subtle for the style, but I'm getting some warm-ish grapefruit smells, slightly sugary malt backing it up, with some cooked, caramalized notes. Some cane cola? Not bad, but I wish there were more of it. A kind of peppermint emerges later on, as it warms.

Some kick at first, with sharp, even pithy, orange & grapefruit flavors. Moves into a little sugary sweetness, again reminiscent of soda (root beer?), & quickly out again. Some leafy, piney qualities, assertively bitter but not overdoing it. Aftertaste is straight pine bitterness. That caramel/toffee-ish sweetness grows with warmth & becomes pretty prominent after a while.

Medium-full-bodied, with some definite bite at the beginning, finish, & aftertaste. Leaves my palate feeling rubbed down afterward, but not stripped.

With the balance of sweet & bitter here, this is almost in DIPA territory for me -- the malt is very assertive, coming through loud & clear to make itself known. Not bad, a little too sweet for me to love it, but I'll have no problem finishing this big ol' bottle here.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle. Pours a murky dark amber color with a medium-sized thick head. Some lacing throughout. Aroma of hops, pine and a slight citrusy orange. Taste is a smooth flavor of hops. Nicely balanced and not in your face. Some roasted malts as well as some caramel. Slight bitter aftertaste. Pretty drinkable and tasty.

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