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

Poured a lovely copper orange colour with a nice, fluffy, two-finger off-white head that stays around for while. This looks very nice.
Big floral hops on the nose, but also has a nice caramel, sweet malt nuance as well.
Hop bitterness is right up front, but not as assertive as I was prepared for. Finishes with a nice biscuity malt; very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly carbonated.
Generally not a fan of the American style "pine sap" IPA's, but this sounded intriguing to me when I first read the concept of this beer and I'm pleased with my decision to buy some. While the type of hop profile one would expect to encounter in this one is certainly there, it is a bit muted and a bit diluted with whatever hop varietal from New Zealand is in there. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will look for it again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in big bottle shaped like the ones in New Zealand ( Emersons etc) to tie in with the New Zealand hops. Pours brown gold with a big head and a lovely hop nose. This beer is sorta like a cross between their IPA and the ESB. The hops taste fresh but not overwhelming the malt. Well crafted and easy to drink this is a great addition to the Sierra stable

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bourbon color with some big off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smell is largely fresh citrus with some leafy hops, very refreshing and nice.

Taste is pretty refreshing as well with some big hop aromas--lemon and citrus zest, some leafiness. A nice caramel maltiness behind it too, with a bit of spiciness too. Slightly over-malted for me, though.

Nice medium mouthfeel with decent coating and smoothness. Easily drinkable, a very good IPA without the huge price-tag. Worth seeking out, I'm happy I had it even though I paid $4.79 for the 24 oz. I'd probably pay $7.99 for it, so seek it out.

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

24oz 2010 bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: An inch of dense off-white foam lies atop a rich red-amber body. Strong retention and good lacing. Great looking IPA.

S: Appropriately hop-forward - resiny, piney, and floral. Good, bu not terribly complex.

T: Exactly like the nose, plus a touch of biscuity malt.

M: Lively medium body. Very nice indeed.

D: Intense, yet easy-drinking.

Notes: I always look forward to SN"s harvest beers, and I've yet to be disappointed. Tasty, tasty stuff.


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

Pours a red-copper color with good clarity. The head has a slight tan color with two fingers and a light, whipped consistency with great lacing.

The aroma is hoppy, but could use more pop to it. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness that reminds me of fruity pebbles. This unique aspect saves the aroma from the next lowest score. The rest of the aroma contains some earthy, hay like hop character.

The flavor is lightly malty with a solid toasty sweetness up front and a high amount of bitterness in the back. There is also an impressive amount of fruitiness I don't usually attribute to SN's hoppy beers.

The mouthfeel is light bodied despite the levelof sweetness. The finish is dry, with an average amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the land of Split Enz (New Zealand) comes the 2010 edition of Southern Hemisphere Harvest...the hops, anyway. I love Split Enz, and I hope this beer is at least half as good a beer as they are (were) a band...

Must be the water, because just about every Sierra Nevada beer sports nothing less than a stunning appearance. Thick, super-creamy head with tons of staying power and some nice clinging strings of lace with a mere glass tilt. The head alone is remarkable. The color is fiery copper, with bubbles moving slow and cool to the top.

The aroma reminds me of various other S.N. beers, and while I dig so many of their hop-centered beers, the aromas/flavors can be kind of samey. Like this one: bright and citrusy, with a little bit of pine in the background, and a firm caramel/toffee base. It's a pattern of consistency that's hard to complain about...

Hops are center-stage on the tongue. Very Cascade-ish, although I'm not sure exactly which New Zealand hops was used. Hop character is smack dab in the middle between mint, citrus and pine. Malt backup is the old sweet caramel standby found in many other S.N. beers. And that's good. Citrus rind bitterness creeps up. Somewhat resiny vibe in the back of the sip, which also lingers in the finish (and underscored by the oily character of the texture)--but really more about mint/menthol in the finish than anything else.

Mouthfeel wages an interesting, good-natured battle between buttery creaminess, oily slickness and a rather sharp tingle. Again, not too far away from many of S.N.'s other hopped up beers.

Super-enjoyable, and especially refreshing in the waning days of spring (already feeling like summer in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere). Was it worth shipping the hops all the way across the Pacific? Considering that it doesn't stand out distinctly from S.N.'s own beers that utilize U.S.-grown hops, maybe not, but hey, at worst they've released another damn solid beer. Complaining about that would be so much stuff and nonsense.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 2010 "bomber" into a glass.

A: Pours a clear amber body that maintains a coppery glow when held to the light. Lazy bubbles up the center of the glass give it a viscous appearance. The head is a fluffy inch of off-white bubbles, and it recedes into a very thin collar with some webby lace left behind at the rim of the glass.

S: Floral grapefruit blend, with an undercurrent of earth and caramel. It's pretty balanced, in that the malt is pretty unmissable. No way this is going to be a dry IPA.

T: Floral and earthy flavors come through first, but there's a secondary grapefruit pith character that I quite enjoy, and something like orange slices. As predicted, this isn't particularly dry; I get substantial caramel flavors behind the hops. An orange peel finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation. Good flavor, though I'm not blown away by anything I taste. A malty body with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Very solid.

D: I always pick up a few bottles of this because it's a good price. It's no Sculpin, but it's good drinking.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Edition. A shining copper color with a fluffy beige head. Subtle yet solid aroma that's piney and earthy. A very well balanced beer, less bitter than I remember last year's being. Notes of pine and dark berry fruit early on in the glass. As it warms, it becomes a little more chocolaty. A medium body offers a comforting creaminess. A beer to look forward to. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler purchased at Green's - Piney Grove location in Columbia.

A: Clear, dark orange amber with a nice light tan head and moderate lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Floral and mild piney hops.

T&M: More malty sweet than I remember from last year's bottle that I reviewed. Very well balanced though. Mild citrus and floral hops that finish semi-dry.

The malts really mellow the bitterness to make this a really drinkable IPA.

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

A- Poured a dark amber appearance. There is a creamy head on the brew that disappears.

S- some sweet malt and citrus. The malt is strong and even medicinal. It overwhelmed the citrus but it remained present.

T- good malt flavor is the main premise.

M- medium bodied and really complete

D- not bad. I really appreciate torpedo as an ipa. This is still a good brew

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.29/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

2010 model pours ruby with a clumpy head that leaves a consistent lacing

Very medicinal and earthy on the nose, with quite a malt presence and a whiff of menthol. Was anticipating something more..perhaps this is standard for hop profile used in this beer.

Tastes like she smells. Very medicinal and rough. Aftertaste a bit like the good old days of sneaking a Newport cigarette. Bitter lingering sensation is not altogether pleasant...a bit of candy cane mixes with the malt.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied.

Drinkabilty depends on how my drain feels about the remainder of this bottle.

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

Appearance: nice orange color with a fluffy head that falls to a thin like layer that lasts. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: pine and grapefruits are most prominent with a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit slices, hints of orange, and a soft fruit sweetness comes up late. Bitterness is bold but not overbearing at all. Very fresh tasting. Like freshly squeezed juice.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Mildly dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the bitterness lingers the longest over the grapefruits and caramels. The fresh oils from the hops really contribute to the lengthy afterglow.

Drinkability: easy to drink this one. I drank this down pretty fast and found myself hankering for another in no time flat. The result was not unlike the SN Estate hopped beers. But the quality was so good, that who could really quibble. Definitely a tasty beer.

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Photo of THORN
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 8 Fl. Oz bottle poured into pint glass. Served 40-45 F.
A: Reddish brown. Pours an inch of foamy colored head. Large amounts of CO2 release from bottom of pint.
S: Malts, hops, and slightly nutty.
T: Pale malts, floral hops, and sweet bitter finish.
M: Light on tongue.
D: Crisp and refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit light.

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

Haven't contributed a review in a while, and thought to give some new brew's in the fridge a go.

Southern Hemisphere pours a orange, almost amber, hue with a pretty modest cream colored head of decent retention.

Aroma is pretty typical IPA; piney resin, floral, herbal, with nuances of grapefruit and light biscuit. Not too bold in any department, but well rounded so far.

Taste is of a delicate sort. This is a pretty big stretch for a IPA, but seems to be a relatively hoppy pale ale. Nonetheless, it is still a good beer. Begins with bitterness and pine, and finishes much more robust with herbal hoppiness, light caramel, biscuit and grassy bitterness right at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium, nice an tasty to enjoy in a session, and big enough to have on its own. A good beer in my book.

Drinkability is solid. It's pushing the upper limits with its ABV, but the alcohol is not noticeable during my tasting.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at American craft while watching Game 1 of the NBA finals.

The color is dark gold with some light off-white head and some thick lacing.

The smell is a really nice hoppy flavor with some citrus, spiky hops that are really sweet with some sugary flavor that keeps a hop head like me interested.

The taste was just fantastic with some nice malty sweetness that came up for a sec then let the hoppy flavor come right out and announce the character you'd expect from a beer from the west coast. Nice fruit flavors come out to let themselves be known with some orange, grapefruit and a little grape.

The feel of this beer was pretty even and well drinkable with enough character that it was one of my favorite beers of the night. It was quite refreshing and had a nice crisp finish.

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

Deep ruby-ish copper with thick, foamy, off-white head. Plenty of carbonation and good clarity. Some nice lacing on the glass but less than expected.

Sweet, citrusy hop aroma with touches of pine. Plenty of grapefruit and pineapple. A bit of malt aroma.

Nice bitterness hoppiness of pine and grapefruit and some floral notes. Balanced malty sweetness with some bread and caramel flavors.

Full, creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I admit, the bottle caught my attention and, looking for a hoppy treat for the night, I gave in. Pours with a big ole cauliflower head that bottoms out in the middle, leaving a fjord like landscape on the surface - clumpy lacing sticking to the sides for a bit. The color of the beer is a rusty copper. Earthy hop aroma.

The flavor features much of the same - a pinch metallic (like a penny) with a gritty bite. Starts off smooth, medium-bodied, and with a citrusy, peculiarly Cascade-like wash through your teeth. A somewhat harsh bitterness charges back in the end and buzzes in your mouth for a sec. An ESB/Pale balance, for a stretch. Poppy carbonation.

Marketing ploy pure and simple. Nice try. Hop heads will love this beer - hop bias naturally. The differences between this and the other SN IPA's I've had are oh so subtle. What makes this stand apart, I believe, if anything, is the prairie-fire finish that flares up after it goes down.

I suppose $5.49 for a 24 oz bottle is reasonable, however, the allure of the packaging and concept is the bait you take - different set of colors, but tastes not all that different from the rest of the rubber worms.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours a deep but clear orange, a hint of brown. Decent tope head rises about two fingers but fades quickly to light ring. Light lacing...The aroma is really nice, gives off some nice orange citrus on the front, light fresh hop finish...The taste loses a little of the citrus, kind of bland on the front but bounces back with some a very nice smooth hop finish. Fresh hops, no pine or metal, just nice light fresh hops. Easy to drink.

A very good and drinkable ipa.

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Photo of jera1350
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a nonic a deep copper color with a massive fluffy head that is light tan in color and offers plenty of lacing. Awesome retention of the marshmallow like head.

Pretty malty for a fresh hop. Caramel and biscuity malt with grassy hops.

Fresh piney hops aglow. They are plenty bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. Some nice toasty sweetness from the malt adds balance. Some burnt sugar and pine resin as well.

Crisp feel and mostly smooth. I would call this medium bodied.

Nicely drinkable IPA. It's just SN doing what they do, making good beers and drinkable ones at that.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a thin tan head that had low retention and just some scant lacing.

The aroma was a nice balance of hops and malt, unusual for SN, with neither having a bold or dominant role. The flavor were very similar, nothing particularly outstanding, with the addition of a bitter hop finish.

The body was decent, full and smooth. Drinkability was good,even though the beer was a bit meh. Overall, not one of SN's better beers, but worth a shot to see if you like it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010. 24oz bottle into SN hop pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber with a large off-white head that slowly reduced into a thin, oily, rocky layer that left great sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Smells of grassy and citrusy hops and light pale malt. I pick up some doughy, bready notes as well.
T: Follows the nose. A fine balance between juicy citrus, spicy, and bitter hops and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness is low, and the aftertaste is very sweet and fruity. Actually the finish of this beer is so fruity it tastes almost like drinking exotic fruit juices. I also get notes of white pepper, black tea, blackberries, and biscuits.
M: Very smooth and soft with a touch of tingly carbonation. The body isn't as oily and heavy as many other AIPA's, and in fact it's on the thin side.
D: Very approachable and drinkable brew. This is a very balance and soft IPA. Hops are not huge and bitterness is not overpowering, but everything is instead very balance. Sierra Nevada has done it again. I can't remember if I liked this beer as much last year, but I am certain to pick up another one of these before summer ends.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I reviewed this a year ago and was a little more underwhelmed by it then than I was the other day. I enjoyed a 16 ounce draft of this very much and will continue having it as long as it's on tap at my local bar.

Dark golden color with great carbonation and good clarity. Aroma is typical Sierra citrus with more bitterness than the pale ale and a little more interesting on the hop flavor. A good one when you want an IPA.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, bright golden amber color with perfect cap of white head, good retention and lacing. Scent is of course hop forward - grassy, floral, piney, earthy and faint citrus. Wonderful fresh dried grain scent. Taste is a nice balanced grassy/floral/earthy/piney/citrus balance, bitter but not scalding to the tounge. Amazingly fresh dreied grain profile, the star of these Fresh/Wet hop beers from SN in my opinion. Medium bodied, slick, somewhat oily and bubbly. I can not stress enough how well SN balances the taste of fresh hops with fresh grains in their beer, wonderful.

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

24 oz. bomber 0-113-2-15:55

Pours a great dark amber body with fine clarity and visible bubbles. Head is big with laceing all over.

Smells like running through a hop garden! Very floral with a nice bitterness that intices you into your first sip.

Tastes so fresh, Ive noticed the all of Sierra Nevadas Harvest ales have this complexity (they don't lie when they say "fresh hop" "wet hop" so forth. EXTREME Hop flavours bursting through my palate. very earthy, musty, bitter hops, not so much on the citrus front. a nice malt backbone to balance out. Loving the taste.

Bit slick from the oh so fresh hops, the carbonation really helps move this full bodied ale along. Not to dry in the finish I find.

I love the Harvest series from Sierra Nevada and you can bet i will drink as many of these fresh as i can.

Overall a very nice ale that has so much complexity and flavour. GO FORTH AND DRINK (and drink fresh as this is how this ale is meant to be consumed).

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always glad to see these hit the shelves this time of year. A beer that is affordable and that you can always, always count on. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/28/2010.

The pour was amazing, rich amber in color with a great clarity to it and a large, two inch head of white foam that would not quit. Even letting it settle still left tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is deep resiny hops. Lots of piney aromas here, touches of sweet citrus, balanced as it warms with hints of rich biscuit like touches that lie just below the surface. Each sip is clean, crisp, and very well recieved with a sessionability that is simply outstanding. Long drawn out finish is wet, then dry, clean and nearly perfect, making you return over and over again.

Overall you really cannot go wrong with this one. Just a solid nearly perfect pale all around.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 3,090 ratings
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