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 Phelps
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a small tasting glass at Tops.

Looks: protuberant. Some very sticky lace comes off the bulbous, frothy tan head sitting atop a mostly clear pink-orange liquid.

Smells: fresh and crisp. Lemon, tangerine, rose petals.

Tastes: nubile. The addition of fresh hops adds something almost raw. Not much malt backbone; it's mostly citrusy orange flavors with a little grassiness. A very slight bitter bite in the back, and a crisp finish.

Feels: smooth but insubstantial. Medium-high carbonation and a medium-light body.

Drinks: delicately. Fresh Hop Harvest is all about subtlety. The hops don't smack you around, but rather settle in, like an old friend.

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Photo of 100floods
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up on my way home from work. After looking at this bottle for years and usually thinking nothing of it, I caved and finally bought it.
Pours a hazy gold/amber with a creamy white head, two fingers deep. Smells better than expected: juicy, a little malt, but mostly sweet hops. Hints of pine linger as well. Pretty good, yet standard aroma. Surprisingly thin body and not much malt presence, some sips taste almost watered down (that could be from drinking too many DIPAs). Nice, mellow hop presence. A little citrus is a nice contrast from the aroma. This is a decent IPA, well done from Sierra Nevada. For a widely available, seasonal beer, this is worth picking up if you need a quick hop fix. There are definitely better one's out there, but this will do just fine. Definitely a good one for friends who are curious about hops, but aren't ready for DIPAs. Excellent for hot days.

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

I have liked this much more in prior years. 2010 is an off-year.

A - Pours a deep reddish amber with scant retention and lace.

S - I am getting a very pungent grassy and vegetal hop. Malt is subdued. Not betterthan average,

T - Huh, the taste is not fully melded; it seems to have a segmented palette. Lots of bitterness at the end, and not the best flavor coming from the hop.

M - IPA. Good.

D - I would say that almost all of SN's regular hoppy offerings are better: Pale Ale, Estate, Torpedo, and Celebration...

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

Poured in a DFH Signature Glass (large snifter).

A- Two finger, THICK, bubbly head, which stayed a very long while as it became a 1/4 inch foamy lace that would have lasted an hour were it not for the fact that it was sipped away. Without question the most amazing head/lacing I've ever experienced in a beer. Nice Amber color- hazy at first but very clear as the temp softened a bit.

S- Piney hops, barley, notes of light citrus.

T- Full hop flavor across the mouthful- bitter up front, bitter on the finish. This IPA acts like a DIPA, but without the heavy alc punch.

M- Full, heavy body; bubbly yet not too fizzy.

D- Would have given this a 4 if it did not have such an end-to-end bite. I like it- but it's not an 'every day' IPA.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bomber, short and stout, poured into a pint glass.

Pours copper amber with immense white foam that retains a solid finger at its conclusion. Enormous lacing.

Grassy, pine smell. Not potent.

Powerfully oily bitter hoppy taste that persists. Some nice sweet malt taste underneath it all.

Creamy mouthfeel, carbonation that is medium to strong.

SNBC does IPAs well - they are all unique, and each one packs a nice hop punch. Certainly drinkable, but the end of the 24 oz gets a little challenging. But tasty to be sure.

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would say that for affordability this has to be one of the best beers I can get..

Pours a medium copper color with a floral hop presence that hits right now.. Tight head that has some staying power.. Right amount of carbonation to give you maximum hop aroma.. What else can I say My opinion this is the best beer they make.. Run don't walk and stock up..

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

24oz bottle of the 2010 poured into an equally large stein-ish thing (maybe a krug?)

Pours a dark, reddish-yellow color, medium cloudiness, thick sturdy head which is fading very slowly and looks to be clinging clumpily to the side of the glass. Smell is fresh and hoppy, grass clippings and pine forest, a little floral and a little citrus.

Taste is crisp -- malty sweet, nicely overbalanced by hoppy bitterness and a smooth hoppy finish. A little straw, some grapefruit, and some pine. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and dry. Quite drinkable, tasty beer.

24 bottle of the 2013 poured into a large snifter. 3113213:57 is the bottle date code, poured on 8 June 2013.

I like this.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous copper body with a light tan head frothing with carbonation that subsides to a loose, yet sticky lacing.

Rich herbal and floral hop aroma, as well as pine and vague sweet malt. The dry pungency and oiliness is just as advertised.

The flavor resembles the nose in regards to the floral and herbal hops, as well as pine while packing a nice punch to the palate.

Medium in body and carbonation with a nice drying aspect at the finish and plenty of hops to coat the palate.

This beer was a decent example of the style. Nice hop character, fairly easy to drink.

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 7/7/10.

A - Clear amber/copper-toned body with a slight haze, ample carbonation and a finger's worth of beige foam on top that retained well and laced up nicely.

S - The sweet aroma is interspersed with alcohol notes. Actually, I am quite surprised by the fact that the aroma is dominated with the twang of alcohol fume. While the sweet malt is apparent, the hops aren't too pungent, unfortunately, although the hop nose becomes more apparent as the liquid warmed.

T - The flavor is brimming with fresh floral hop oils and citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and bready malt. Finishes with a spicy bitter character boasting herbal and earthy tones as well as a slight alcohol sting and hint of toasted grains behind it all.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and lip-smacking stickiness. The carbonation helps to bolster the bitterness, resulting in a dry, prickly finish with a lingering hop bite on the palate.

D - Although I was expecting a more pungent nose, Southern Hemisphere is a solid fresh hopped IPA that remains nice and bitter throughout and boasts a great, full mouthfeel. Drinkable? Yep.

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

Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Slightly cloudy copper with a half-inch head which faded into a thick lacing on the top of the beer. Very attractive.

S Piney hops. My nose is a little stuffy so I'm probably not getting the most out of it.

T: Very hop forward, it reminds me of their Torpedo IPA. Very crisp bitterness. Has a hop flavor that is somewhat unusual. I like it.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation and head.

D: I really like this one. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Dodt
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked a bomber of this a while back finally decide to crack her open
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance amber colored with a off white head
smell hoppy with a bit of malt
for me this is another solid entry from the people at sierra nevada

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 24oz bottle into snifter.

A - Poured a deep amber color with 2 finger off white/eggshell head. that dissipates to a nice covering that leaves great lacing down the glass.

S - Floral hops, calm citrus notes of orange with a hint of toffee malt.

T - Orange citrus up front with some dry pine after. Bitter in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Leave a coating on the mouth and a dry finish leaving you wanting another sip.

D - Quite drinkable where I have no issue taking down the 24oz bottle solo.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden copper/amber with a thin creamy head and nice carbonation.

S - Sweet hops.

T - A touch bitter, but nicely balanced wheaty hops taste. Nice citric undertones as it warms the flavor really comes out.

M - Nice carbonation, cooling, bittery aftertaste.

D - Awesome. Another fine beer from SN.

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Photo of dzni
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden ale with a small, fine head
S - Apricot, citrus, floral, and some bread ... really enjoyed the aroma on this one
T - The taste didn't match the aroma so much for me and was decidedly less interesting. I only got significant hops up front with maybe some citrus in there.
M - Lighter mouthfeel, typical hoppiness
D - I wouldn't have a problem drinking this all night, and it's especially good for a warm day if you want something fairly interesting on the nose but straightforwardly refreshing when you drink.

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Photo of johnwarne
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"IPA redux;
An option, just not the best.
Not memorable"

Not a bad IPA at all: hoppy, floral, drinkable: unfortunately, just like about fifteen other good but not great IPA's that hunker down in the middle of the market. Drinkable: of course! Worth driving across three counties to obtain? Dubious...


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Photo of gfreed
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For me, SN produces some of the best and some of the worst beer in America. This one falls squarely in the middle and is, in fact, a rather predictable AIPA. The color is a welcoming light amber, with loads of bubbles and a vanishing fritzy head. In other words, not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. Plenty of grapefruit and tart citrus in the nose, some notes of caramel and a wee bit of toasted grains, with some high-leaping bubbles to land on your nose. In other words... not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. There's a nice bite from the fizz (pleasant on a hot evening) and a strong blow of hops/citrus/grapefruit from beginning to end in the taste, with some malt density to add gravity and body. In other words... uh... um... well, it's not much different from, say, any other west-coast AIPA. I will note that the malt content is rather high for this style, I think, which probably saved it from being a total dud for me.

Worth the $5 to give it a try but not worth repeating.

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Photo of Duttonic
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a dogfish head pint glass.

A- Pours one finger of head, deep copper in color, almost amber. Mild bubbles, decent lacing.

S- Strong hops, surprising malt character, nothing else stood out.

T/M- Hoppy, bitter, chewy, creamy, smooth, something that you can sink your teeth into without it being overpowering.

D- Really easy to drink, the alcohol is masked well, not overly bitter, not too heavy. Not the best I've ever had, but it is definitely worth trying.

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

Poured a clear, amber-orangeish color. The carbonation bubbles were larger than average and active up front. The head was thick, creamy, and sticky. It retained itself quite nicely throughout the whole beer with heavy lacing as well. Definitely strong hop aromas as expected along with some citrus and pine notes. The initial hop burst is quite powerful but it seemed to mellow out pretty quickly into a comforting bitterness that was pretty pleasant. This is not and APA where you're done and go, "I really thought I'd get more hops out of that one". Not here. I'd say a low to medium carbination with a nice medium-bodied feel. No really noticable hints of alcohol. Very smooth an easy to drink. Expect powerful hops that are balanced well with the malt flavors. I expected nothing else from Sierra. These guys are pros. Well done

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Photo of berpwillie
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a transparent copper color with extra large off white frothy head that remains, good lacing and flat carbonation. very fruity citrusy hop smell thats very potent. taste is much the same but much more mellow than the smell which was kind of disappointing. very clean dry and smooth, with a medium body. light creamy sticky texture and a moderate bitter finish. very long flavor duration. well worth a try.

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Photo of JamesS
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice fairly deep copper, but with little head and no lacing. Very nice scent, a great malt backbone; interesting hop aroma that has a lot of sweetness as well as bitterness; maybe sugary. Nice flavor, a deep malt with a great hop flavor and aftertaste; sweet initial flavor, even with the hops with a very keep bitterness on the tongue after. Goes down quite well.

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

A: Pours a nice shade of copper. Slightly hazy with a thick head that slowly recesses to a fluffy creamy head.

S: Floral and dark fruits. Bready and a perfume like aroma.

T: A bitter and dark fruit flavor play well with some biscuit qualities. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Light and smooth, covers your mouth well.

D: You could down these all down long, very sessionable.

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Photo of Rguardian989
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured part into a sam adams proprietary glass and part in to a normal shaker glass.

I wanted to experiment with how a difference in glass will change the beer. It turned out to be pretty significant.

Appearance and Smell - SA glass - Floral with some citrus with a balanced sweetness. Shaker glass - scent was much less strong and more european/noble hoppy smelling than in the SA glass. Both laced VERY well and the SA glass rarely laces with any beer.
Both hd a nice light amber color with a white head.

Taste and Mouthfeel - SA glass - very european hop variety flavored and floral. not my cup of tea as i like my ipa to the citrus and pine end. There is some citrus in there though which is good. The malt bill does a good job of balancing out enough but tihs is a hop forward beer which is a good thing. Shaker - floral hops with a citrusy end and a mild bitter finish. Too much carbonation for my liking i might have to pour the next draw from the bottle more aggressively. The body is spot on in both cups

Drink - Too floral for my liking but not in any way a bad beer and i have no problem finishing hte entire bomber in a short amount of time.

Other Notes - if you like your ipa's towards teh floral end with some euro hop flair in there, pick this one up, if you like urs citrus and pine then you may want to pass on this one but this is in no way a bad beer infact its still quite good given my disposition towards ipas of this style

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Photo of wspscott
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz bottle in pint glass (2010 edition)

A: Pours a hazy orangish color with a fluffy tan head that never disappears and leaves a medium level of lace. Very pretty.
S: A little bit of citrus and some spice
T: More spicy than a standard American IPA, not spicy like pepper or clove. Some caramel, but not overwhelming like some IPAs. None of the grassy fresh hops flavor.
M: A little more carbonation than I expected, on the high side for the style. A creamy mouthfeel that goes well with the carbonation.
D: Very much an American IPA given the caramel malt and high level of hops, at the same time, the type of hops provide a non-standard flavor profile. A somewhat unique beer, well worth seeking out.

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

A- Incredible lacing from an off-white head on top of a light-copper body with a slight haze

T- Tangy and bitter with flavors from the yeast producing a bread-dough feeling and the hops remind me of Magnum with a lime-like feeling.

D- Slippery and slick with a balance of flavors that showcase the brilliantly citric hops

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Photo of socon67
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I flat out enjoyed this beer.... alot. Sierra Nevada may not be as trendy to say you like because they are readily available beers, but this is an example of an IPA done right.

A - As the beer poured into my glass I could see the creamy orange liquid swirling around. Slight lacing, and a nice lively foam.

S - An appetizing bouquet of flowery hops hits your nose. There is also a smell of citrus, kinda like tangerines.

T - And here's the payoff. This was a smooth IPA with a crisp taste. The hops are clearly at work, and in a good way. I get a little bit of fresh bread too.

M - Not too heavy to drink, and pleasant on the palate.

D - I was hoping nobody else would notice that I was polishing off this bottle. This one was addictingly good.

Maybe it was the hot day, or just a craving for a good IPA. But SV hit the mark on this. By far a tasty brew.

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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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