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 coachdonovan
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my Iron City pint glass this pours very clear. It's a pretty pure amber with an off-white fluffy head. As I make my way through the 24oz bottle, the lacing clings tenaciously to the glass.

Flavor and aroma are filled with a variety of hop notes. The malt provides some balance while still letting the hops strut their stuff. It really straddles the line between IPA and APA, but no matter what you call it, it works. ABV is right in the drinkability wheelhouse. This one's a big time winner. Makes me want to fly to New Zealand every April.

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Photo of rwinzing
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this and have been enjoying them slowly. I am a fan of fresh hopped beers. I enjoyed this beer from a stemmed vessel.

A - Poured into stemmed vessel down middle of the glass. It was a moderate to dark amber with a very small light head.

S - The presence of hops is up front in the aroma. It had a piney smell to me. Not sure what hops were used but a very positive smell.

T - Nice taste can taste the hops through out. Finish was nice but not as balanced as I would have liked. Fished bitter from the fresh hops but good

M - I am still new to rating mouth feel. A bit of a bite

D - I could enjoy multiple of these in a session.

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

Got this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a two-finger, white head with nice retention and excellent lacing along the side of the glass.

S: A pretty hoppy smell with some sweet, citrusy, grapefruit undertones. Fairly typical of an IPA.

T: A nice, bitter hop taste with a sweet, toffee malt backbone that was pretty good in order to balance the hops. A pretty earthy and slightly grapefruit aftertaste.

M: A little thin but still pretty nice, medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was welcome on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination making this a pretty nice drinking beer overall, Definitely worth a grab if you can get it.

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Photo of Axic10
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark amber with a finger of off white fluffy foam.

Smell: Decent mixture of floral hops and bready malt on the nose. Nothing exceptional, but not bad at all.

Taste: Hops are powerful, but not overpowering. Bitterness from the hops, with a nice mix of caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a nice crisp clean finish.

Drinkability: A very good value at $4 for a bomber. A nice alternative when you are burned out on SNPA and this is available.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Fathead's

A-pours a slightly hazed deep golden amber liquid with a billowing creamy off white head.

S-the nose has some caramel malts and toasted grains up front, a little bready, pine and citrusy hops take over, nice notes of orange peel.

T-again caramel malts, toasted grains, slighlty bready. piney hops, a good bit of citrus orange peels and a light lingering hop bitterness.

M-smooth on the palate with a medium to light body, grainy on the back of the tongue with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-well balanced, good malt profile with a great hop presence. hops are the showcase but the malt profile makes itself pronounced with an inviting lingering hop bitterness at the finish.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering from Sierra Nevada, I am really feeling this beer, great pour, nice foam, sticks around for a while, and lightly coats the top of the beer from beginning to end. Nice reddish/golden brown color.

The hops are amazing, they are very strong, they blow up, but the taste is amazing. There is obviously some malt in here, but you can't taste it much, there is a fruity taste, and a sticky quality to the beer as well, which only adds to the flavor. Some hoppy IPAs have all the hops and nothing else, but this has the best of both worlds. Also, has a bitter and dry flavor as well.

Well done, very well balanced, I am getting more. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Goes down very easy as well. Both refreshing and flavorful at the same time.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.48/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Re-reviewed on 7/31/13:

Bought a bottle down in Total Wine, DE. 22-oz bomber with no bottled on date. There's a code, but I don't know what the heck all the jumbled numbers mean. It is a 2013 edition, so I figured it was fresh at the time. A little later after checking the internets, I realized this one was brewed sometime around April 2013. Sierra Nevada: PLEASE PUT A FRESHNESS STAMP ON YOUR BEERS, PLEASE!!!!

Anyway, I poured the beer into a tulip for re-review.

A: Might have some chill haze. Appears a ruby orange with nice off-white head with lacing that sticks to glass sides quite nice.

S: Hops have faded. Some faint orange zest. Lots of malt sweetness and maybe a little tiny citrus hop note. A shame. The hops are why I bought this beer. I messed up. Should've passed on this one. Only wish I knew it had been sitting on the shelf for way too long.

T: Bitter with very little hop flavor and sweet malts.

M: Ample bitterness with a medium full feel due to sweetness of malts. SN seems to have kicked up the specialty malts to balance with the abundance of hops. With the hops now faded, I'm left with too sweet a malt beer for a fresh hop ale.

O: Again, I'm disappointed. This is strike two for me with this beer. As my previous review was killed due to dirty tap lines, this one suffers from a beer that cleary stayed on the shelf too long. These two things are stuff that really frustrates me in the craft beer craze. Bars who want to beer craft beer bars need to clean their lines regularly and retail shops need to move merchandise quicker or remove dated releases once old. And breweries really should stamp bottled on or freshness dates on their beers!

Review from 6/24/10:

Had a pint at Mad Mex. Pours an amber, copper color. Smells kind of off. Not sure if the tap lines were clean. Smells like vanilla; not getting any hop aroma for a wet hop beer. Ok: after checking other reviews it turns out what I might be getting is simply what was put into the beer. Strong grapefruit aroma present. The taste is just like the aroma. Strong grapefruit-like. More malty than hoppy or bitter. Mouthfeel not good. Tastes a little sour. I'm not really digging this one at all. I think either I had a bad batch or I just don't like this one. A rarity of a Sierra brew if what I had was the real deal. Would much rather prefer their fall wet harvest ale. Note: once I try this one again I'll re-review.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear copper/amber color with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Decent head retention that turns into sticky lacing.

Lots of citrus in the aroma; lots of orange and lemon with hints of grapefruit as well. There is also a nice mixture of bicuity, malty, and spicy notes present as well. Not as pungent an aroma as I had expected, but pleasant none the less.

The taste is more malty up front with the fruity/citrus hop flavors following up nicely. Quite a nice balance in this one. The bitterness is minor but still present. Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated. There is a slightly oily mouthfeel and a dry finish.

Quite a nice well balanced beer

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Coded date on the back which I don't know how to translate, but neck label says 2010 release so I assume it's fresh.

Pours a clear amber color with a two finger fluffy head that took awhile to settle. Settles to an ample covering leaving nice web like lacing. Carbonation is there, but not a lot.

Smells like an IPA, floral hops, bitter, with a slight grapefruit.

Tastes similar, malts not really detected, and the hops flavor is the main player in this beer. Starts bitter and ends with the grapefruit hops bitterness. The bitterness is harsh at first, then mellows out after a few sips. Typical American IPA, unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is ok, IPA's feel heavy to me, which excludes them as summer beers for me. Bitterness clings in my mouth.

Drinkability is ok, I'm still not a fan of the American IPA style, and I was hoping SN was going to make a nice and light summer beer that was balanced, but I guess not. Drank the first one, couldn't finish the bomber.

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Photo of deruiz10
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the 2010 release, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Nice coppery amber appearance with a 2-finger white head. A slight hazy quality to the beer, it glows nicely. Head retains moderately well, leaves some lacing.

S - Citrus hops with some pine and semi-sweet malt, a nice odor but not as fragrant as I expected.

T - Hops dominate with a spicy pine presence, but are not so strong as to overwhelm the palate. Finishes with a burst of slightly toasty and sweet malt which quickly fades, though the earthy, slightly spicy hop notes linger on the palate for a long while.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, feels like little hop bubbles are popping in my mouth. Substantial yet lively.

D - Pretty well-balanced, exactly what I'd expect from the makers of one of the favorite pale ales in the country. Interesting flavor and a smooth drink.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn good stuff, highly recommended!

Pours a orange amber color with a 2 finger head that recedes to about a half inch. Leaves minimal lacing down the glass.

Smells piny, peppery, citrusy all in balance. Light sweetness behind the hop flavors.

Tastes citrusy lightly malty and peppery on the finish. Interesting taste, loving the New Zealand hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is exceptional. Wish this was around all the time.

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Photo of Kromes
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Update


A: A great, oily crystal clear gold color with a huge off-white colored head. Sticky, sticky lacing down the glass. Awesome!

S: Sweet and floral hop. A little bit of toasted malt.

T: Some caramel malts up front and then a nice floral, candy hop flavor.

M: Oily and medium bodied. Smooth.

O: So good. Not going to say the perfect beer, but wow that is good. I could drink it all day.
A: A dark amber color with a thick off -white colored head. The beer looks a little thcik as the bubble take a while to reach the surface. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A fresh, crisp grassy hop aroma. There is also a tropical fruit aroma.

T: The hop flavor hits right away. It is mostly grassy with a little bit of pine and some floral qualities. The malt struggles to show through but is detectable in the background. The finish is only slightly bitter and peppery as the malt provides enough sweetness to mellow out the hop bite.

M: It is a bit on the thick and heavy side. Somewhat oily. The finish is peppery.

D: It is a very good pale ale. The flavors are great. Just the heaviness of the beer takes away from the drinkability.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber, with a small and somewhat rocky head.
Smells quite citrusy and hoppy, and the New Zealand hops which are gaining much popularity come through nicely as finishing agents. Interesting how the Hallertau hops are so prevalent.
Taste is extremely nice, hoppy but with a good long finish, that keeps me wanting more. The citrus notes and pine are refreshingly exciting. Reminds me much of the Celebration.

Thanks Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale: Pours reddish amber copper in color with a 2 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly and left very nice lacing and rings that stick to the glass.

Smells of floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, orange peel, some sweet malt, light caramel, lemon, grass, herbs, grapefruit, lightly roasted grains, flowers and light spices like pepper; the hops dominated the nose and was very pleasant with the piney hops at the forefront. Very nice hop aroma that's soft and almost seems delicate; that seems like a strange description, but after my second glass from the bomber that is the best way to describe it. Decent balance as well considering how strong the hops are.

Huge hop taste starts this off, with a mix of floral hops, piney hops, citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, pine cone, grass, bread, herbs, lemon zest, toasted grains and some mild heat from the hop spices which add a touch of pepper. This beer feels like you are actually chewing on the hops and has the sweet oily feel throughout the taste sensation, which I enjoyed. There is spice element present and a taste that feels like orange peel shavings were dropped in the mash. Bitter finish that leaves a pucker from the massive amount and variety of hops used, and it seems to trail off with a grainy taste that leaves the classic Sierra Nevada oily hop taste lingering mixed with malt sweetness for nice balance. The taste is great and sweet up front with hops throughout, but it is not hop overkill and is very drinkable, especially for IPA fans and/or fans of most Sierra Nevada products. My review might come off as biased since I love most of the Sierra Nevada beers. The alcohol is present, but not at all a deterrent.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side and goes down very smooth with very little to no carbonation, a medium to heavy body that is chewy with the slick oily feel on the tongue and a little weight to it.

I've had this beer from 2007, 2008 and 2009 and have always enjoyed it. This is highly drinkable and consistently flavorful beer and a must try for any IPA and/or Sierra Nevada fans. I highly recommend this beer and am glad I picked up the 2010 version.

2012 note: had the 2012 version and it's pretty consistent with the other years that I’ve had; I notice more herbals notes and toasted grains in the flavor, but that combo seems to be part of a refined balance that keeps this beer exceptionally smooth for such a hoppy beer. I found the 2012 bottle just as enjoyable as the other years.

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

Pours a red amber with good clarity, medium head that leaves great lacing. Nose is hops--fresh, wow!, bitter and citrusy. Taste is the same, fine notes of maple and honey but the star here is the hops, a bitter brew bursting with flavor.

Perhaps I'm just in a good mood, but this sure strikes me as a darned nice IPA. Marketed as a beer with NZ hops and it's worth a mental note if that is part of what makes this brew fine.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled April 21, 2010

A- pours a hazy/cloudy copper color with a thick and creamy 2 finger head; lots of carbonation bubbles; the head is not disappearing as if it was served on a nitro tap

S-classic aroma of fresh pine, grapefruit, and orange pith with a hint of caramel/toasted nut

T-predominate pine flavor but has a nice backing of citrus notes, but a bit more zesty citrus would have been really nice; it has a really clean bitterness and crispness, with some grainy malt to support the grapefruit and pine flavor

M-really nice, as always with SN; thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation; it just feels well made when you feel the creaminess

D-a really refreshing and not too overpowering IPA from SN; its clean finish and hops flavor is quite nice; the alcohol is virtually not detectable and it's just a nice summer IPA

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Photo of mudbug
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luck had me in central California where I found a fresh stash of this at a BevMo. 2010 vintage.
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a two finger head into a pint glass.
The aroma isn't as hop forward as I expected, some pine and delicate floral hops, there is a slight spiciness too, plus a hint of roasted barley.
Taste is, well, fantastic, so balanced, bitter and malt, juicy hops are first with grapefruit, citrus then a slight hop spice like a good lager, malt sweetness is subdued but holding the balance . the head is immortal, leaving a heavy lace down the sides of the glass, a slight drying bitterness is left at the end.
A stellar brew, Thank you Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thumb of cream-colored froth on top, which leaves some thick lacing as it dies away. The nose is citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, and raisins. Didn't see that last one coming, but I'm not really gonna argue here. The taste is loaded with hops, showcasing pine and sharp grapefruit flavors. The malt backbone of caramel and toffee comes through pretty well too. The body is, at best, a light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. A solid IPA from the venerable brewery out Californey way.

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

Southern Hemisphere pours a bright, clear, deep fiery amber, nearly orange in hue with a huge off white head that builds in huge pillowy mounds. As with most Sierra Nevada beers there are thick curtains of sticky lacing all over the glass.

Fresh hop aromas waft from the glass along with toasted malt. The hop aromas are soft, flowery and have pine and sun warmed citrus and perhaps a tad of pineapple.

The flavor is very very good and perfectly balanced between the bitter piney hops and the rich toasted malts. Pine, resin, orange, pineapple juice, mild grapefruit, toasted bread, dialed back caramel, and hints of honey. The finish lingers, is long and somewhat dry and nicely bitter.

The mouthfeel is firmly medium, silky smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Pure and simple, Sierra Nevada makes wonderfully crafted ales. Southern Hemisphere is no exception being a wonderful treat. I may just have to buy several more bottles before they disappear!

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2010 is clean, crisp, and quite flavorful. It tastes a bit like an English-style IPA but has a character all its own.

Appearance: Amber, clear with a beige frothy head

Smell: Light with notes of sweet maltiness and piney hops

Taste: Moderate amounts of hops balanced against toasted malt; very fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Sustained flavor throughout with a long slighlty bitter finish

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA; well balanced and elegant, very drinkable

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Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle picked up State Spirits in Taylors, SC. Poured into a tall tulip glass. Very dark amber orange. A massive off-white head billows on top and cascades down the side of my glass. Big scents of grapefruit, pine, lemon cleaner, and toast. The mouth is thinner than I'd like. Maybe all the carbonation rushed to the head (?). Big bitter bold hops right away. Not scalding, just bitter. Drying a touch on the backend. Sweetness is not as prominent as I'd like either. This wasn't bad, but it's not one of SN's best.

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

16oz pour from taps at Mad Mex, served in a standard pint glass

A - very frothy slightly off-white foam pushes about an inch in height. the beer is copper colored, clear. leaves behind a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

S - a bit subtle. some earthy hops and sweet malts eventually come through.

T - sharp bitter grassy and earthy hops dominate, slight biscuity malts that struggle to get through the bittering hops.

M - medium bodied, creamy and refreshing. leaves a strong lingering piney bitterness.

D - pretty good, though missing some nose and a little one-sided in that its straight grassy hops and not much else.

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

Bomber poured into a standard pint glass

A - Medium-dark amber with a large amount of off-white head and lacing which sticks around.

S - Floral, fruity hops, and some honey.

T - Floral and piny hops are noticeable from first sip, as are freshly roasted malts & no small amount of sweetness. Cut grass and honey slowly blend into an enjoyably bitter finish.

M - Crisp and medium-bodied, yet simultaneously creamy. This grows somewhat syrupy as it warms.

D - One bottle was pretty easy to drink, but the sweetness limits this to one for me.

Overall, this is another good hoppy ale from Sierra Nevada, but it's not in their top tier. The sugars are a bit too pronounced versus the hops for me to make this a regular. That being said, it is definitely tasty, and at the price point, you'd be silly not to try it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This has a nice amber color and about two fingers of head that dissipates to leave some lacing. This smells great. Lots of citrus in the nose and the hops hit pretty well. The taste in full of piny hops and a citrus flavor leaves with this finish. Reminds of candied orange. it has a nice malt flavor that isn't completely hidden by the hops. It has a nice medium body that makes it very drinkable. The 6.7 ABV helps makes it a pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear mahogany body with a small white head.

Nose has a very piney, pine needle, earthy, citric smell to it.

Taste is medium bodied with an immediate big bitter citric and piney hop flavor. There's a big malt backbone, but the hops are really dominate. Lots of pine, citrus, resin, very earthy and very fresh. Very bitter with a huge long finish of earthy hop resin.

Overall a very good beer. Nice and big and hoppy. Another great one from SN.

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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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