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

Added by Todd on 05-07-2008

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Photo of bdupree
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great dark copper color, pours into pint glass with massive foamy head. Tons of carbonation.

S: Aromas of lemon zest, grassy and piney. I pick up a little shrimp on the barbie... definitely brought the hops in from New Zeland! All kidding aside, very well balanced aromas.

T: Very, very bitter. Almost more than I even bargained for with this beer. Seems like there isn't quite that much balance in the taste. Hops are powerful, almost overpowering everything else.

M: Halfway between a medium and crisp body, somewhat heavy in the mouth.

D: Of the two harvest beers from Sierra Nevada, I like this one the least. Still, this is a very good quality American IPA.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop Ale

Appearance: Copper in color with a small off white head and some lacing.

Smell: Notably fruity and floral nose, inviting to say the least.

Taste: Nice juicy hop taste, alittle spicy as well. Not overly bitter, with a solid malt backing which makes it drink alot smoother. Hops borderline on tropical fruit like mango. Well balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some chewy malt action.

Drinkability: This years batch is very good. I recommend picking up a bottle or two.

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

pours a bubbly amber-copper with a frothy off-white head that leaves chunks on the glass and lasts for a while.

smells like hops. mmmm. pine, grass, citrus, a bit of grapefruit. some sweetness in there as well. a bit subdued, though.

tastes of earthy, piney, grassy, spicy and bitter hops. citrus falls behind, but there is a bit of lemon. pretty complex hop flavor is followed by a touch of caramel and butter, which is again taken over by the bitter hops that linger a bit.

feels resiny, oily and medium-bodied on the palate. carbonation is good for the style. long-lasting frothy head adds to each sip.

goes down well for a hop-lover. not the most hopped-up beer I have ever had, but the fresh hop flavors are unmistakeably represented in this beer. another strong, strong offering from SN.

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

I must say, this is a very refreshing beer on a hot day. It poured and medium brown color, with a tan head. It smelled strongly of hops, with citrus notes present. Initial taste of of hops mixed with notes of orange. I must say this is one amazing beer, I could drink it all day. I got it in the bomber bottle, it was well worth the $5 I paid for it. Im going to get more this afternoon.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear golden color. Over two fingers of tan, thick, head is achieved with a moderate pour. This slowly dissipates leaving pretty nice looking lacing.

Smell - An initial burst of hoppy/piney goodness followed by slight citrus fruit, and finishes with a relatively malty/caramel aroma. Smells of freshly cut grass are noticeable as the beer begins to warm up a bit.

Taste - A bit dissimilar to the nose in the sense that instead of an initial hop burst there is the malty/caramel backbone. This is followed by slight hop bitterness, prevalent pine flavor, and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower amounts of carbonation, slightly oily and bitter finish.

Drinkability - Relatively drinkable. Glad I picked this up from the store. Wasn't too expensive and has a good, unique taste to it.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the bottle marked 2010 into a pint. Poured a nice, translucent amber with a frothy head. The carbonation looks moderate and the lace stays on in pretty nice chunks. The smell is a little subdued, it smells smooth and sweet with a hint of something grassy/lemony. The taste is pretty amazing. It starts very smooth and sweet and the bitterness hits more toward the finish and slowly fades from the mouth. It has a very nice medium body. Too bad they don't pop out too many of these. I had to grab 5 or 6 just to insure I could enjoy these for a few weeks.

6/28/10 Just an additional note. I got to try this on tap at Zeitgeist the other night and was still impressed.

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Photo of Kala1073
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought the 2010 version of this beer a week ago and finally drank it last night. The color is amberish in color with a nice thick head to it. The smell of this beer is intoxicating. Fresh is the first thing that came to my mind. It also has a very nice hoppy aroma to it. I couldn't any longer so I took a nice big gulp of this beer and I was not disappointed. It was delicious and refreshing. The flavor is dense with pine and resin flavors, a good malt backbone, all very well balanced. I will be definitely be picking me up a couple more bottles for this weekend!

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this yesterday...nice new label for the 2010 release. Pours a nice orangish amber color with a nice big head. This smell...This smell is amazing! All I get is fresh hop smell...It's the hoppiness you expect from Celebration, Anniversary, or Torpedo...but like all of them combined. This bottle is so fresh and it shows. The taste is like drinking the offspring of the beers I just wrote about above. The bitterness is not the slightest bit overwhelming and the taste is tasty as hell. I love this beer. The mouthfeel is great and my Russian River glass has some beautiful lacing on it. Great beer.

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Photo of AGDMainer
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For pure value, Sierra Nevada is tough to compete with. That being said, I have come to expect a lot with my love for Torpedo and the original wet hop harvest. Pours extremely nicely with great color, good head and very good lacing. Smell is solid with a lot of straw and earth. First sip was underwhelming. As it warmed, the taste improved but never hit a high note. Definitely a value for the price but lacking, in my opinion, in its overall flavor and balance. I like my IPAs big and that is not a strength of this brew. Well worth the price of admission but unlikely to buy more.

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Photo of Beejay
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lovely ruby tinted copper, plenty of bubbles rising from the glass, full just off white head. Looks great.

S: Fairly subdued in as far as hops go. Some grassy notes, and an earthy pungent scent as well. Slightly sweet.

T: Found the hops. Nice bitterness up front, some grassy notes, and faint citrus. Not as earthy as before. A slow bitterness lingers on for a good bit once you have swallowed.

M: Slightly syrupy and oily. The carbonation is a little intense I think.

D: Good overall, but I do not think this is out of the world. Good, and it is clear that it is very well put together. But it does seem to be a little one note. Good, not great.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle I got for $5.50 at Peace Street in Raleigh.

Appearance: As I look at this sitting in my tulip, I don't think an IPA could look any better. The beer is an amazingly clear, bright orange-amber. It is so bright that it almost glows. The head is thick and creamy and leaves just tons of sticky lacing.

Smell: Spicy, earthy, sweet citrus, and piney hops aromas lead the way, but aren't overpowering. A little bready maltiness that is almost toasty.

Taste: Earthy and piney hops and a fair amount of bitterness. Slightly caramelly malt flavor. Trailing bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is really smooth, almost creamy for an IPA. Resiny coating on the tongue. Perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a hell of a well made IPA. I'm not that familiar with or used to the hops used here though. I like it, but I prefer a strongly citrusy and piney hoppiness over the earthy and spicy hops that dominate here. I'll have to try the Northern Hemisphere again to compare.

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Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this on a whim after hearing a few good things about it. Drank from my Surly Surlyfest stein.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear orange reddish with a nice dirty white one finger head that is bubbly and creamy. A beautiful cap and collar remains the entire beer along with a fair amount of random lacing.
Smell- Not the most potent nose in the world but a nice dirty hoppiness is apparent. Plenty of grass and pine with a sort of spicy herbal component. Definitely more of a European hop presence than anything fruity and American. Maybe a tinge of caramel and biscuit hiding in here somewhere.
Taste- Starts with a light malty sweetness that has a touch of crystal malts and a very light toast. A bit of fresh hoppy goodness that is somewhere between earthy and herbal and grassy and piney. A tinge of lemongrass and dandelion stem the beer isn't very bitter but just fresh and nice. The finish is lightly sweet with a buttery bit of caramel.
Mouthfeel- SO creamy and smooth with some light tingly carbonation that is spot on.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty brew especially for a fresh hop that has been shipped halfway around the world. The beer is fairly well balanced and super easy drinking. This is the first Fresh Hop I've had from Sierra Nevada and it probably won't be the last.

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

Picked this up at Tops Liquors while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear copper, amber pour with nice caramel colored head and great lacing. A bit of a subdued nose from what I was expecting, but definitely complex and pleasant. Lots of caramel and vanilla with a nice malty sweetness and earthy undertones of fresh hops. The flavor is all fresh hops. Initially there's very little evidence of the sweetness that was present in the nose. This really lives up to the fresh hop ale name. It's easily the freshest hop flavor I've ever had. The caramel malt sweetness peaks its head out on the finish, but it's quickly overtaken by the hoppy bitterness. Very drinkable beer. I'm on my second bomber! Sierra Nevada does it again!

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

This poured a clear copper with moderate light tan head. It smelled like pine and citrus hops with a little earthy caramel malt. It tasted like earthy pine hops with copper and some caramel malt. It was slightly thick with a little carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't too different from any other Sierra Nevada pale ale, which isn't bad but it's not exciting. Good body and easy to drink. The earthiness from fresh hopping was subtle but noticeable. I personally prefer a cleaner and sweeter hops (Lagunitas?).

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

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass. The beer was allowed to warm up a bit as it was simply too cold from the fridge.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a nice copper red coloration. The head was a nice thick off white coloration. Major head retention noted on this beer. My mustache was unable to kill the head. Thick webbing of lacing mark the beers passage from my glass. The beer looks very tasty!

Smell: Caramel malt floats on a bed of shifting aromas of herbal, grass, hay, floral, occasional whiffs of pine and citrus rise out but are not dominate.

Taste: Although the aroma of caramel malt was prominent. The bitter hops lead the flavor. The hop flavors come in a nice wave of pine, wet grass, citrus a very thin sweet caramel peaks out but is quickly pummeled down into submission.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has an almost sticky medium body. The beers carbonation works well with the beer. No trace of alcohol is noted in the mouthfeel. This is just a well crafted super easy drinking beer.

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

A: Pours a clear translucent copper color with a two-finger white head that never completely fades. Good lacing.

S: Rather muted, but piney hops with just an edge of citrus dominate what does come through.

T: Not nearly as complex as I had expected. The front is slightly more malty, and the finish is decently hoppy, with the center taking up the small transition. The aftertaste is probably the best part, with nice resinous pine hop flavor.

M: Nicely full-bodied with a tongue coating of hop resin. Gotta love whole cone hopping.

D: I'd really like a bit more complexity out of this, but it's a decently drinkable APA. (NZPA?, given the source of the hops)

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Photo of garuda
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, has a clear copper color, small white head with decent retention, and minimal spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Not very strong, has some pale malts and citric hop aromas.

T - Good pale malt, touch of caramel malt body, even a bit spicy up front, then some floral hops towards the back, and lingering grapefruit hops in the aftertaste.

M - Light side of a medium body, perfect medium carbonation level gives a smooth creamy mouthfeel across the palate with clean dry finish.

D - A bit on the hoppy and strong abv side for a regular pale ale, but the fresh hops definitely shine on this one.

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Photo of javincik
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A-Pours a light copper color with tinges of dark yellow at the edges. Produces a towering 3 finger head that hangs around for what seems like an eternity. I sat and admired for several minutes as it slow receded, leaving an exceptional lacing on the sides of the glass. Really impressive appearance.

S-Dank hop aromas, duh. Fresh cut grass, pine, hay, citrus fruits. Some grains and a hint of caramel are subtler.

T-Malt sweetness hits the tip of the tongue first. Flavors next follow the nose. Lots of pine and citrus from the hops with a bit of graininess coming through. Hop bitterness rounds it all out. Not the most bitter or hoppy IPA or APA (whatever it is), but it is extremely well balanced and a joy to drink.

M-Medium carbonation. A little sticky, but not too bad. It's above average for the style, though not outstanding.

D-Can't really notice the 6.7%. It goes down very nicely. I always look forward to these fresh hop ales every sixth months. They aren't overly complex or the hoppiest IPAs on the market (kudos to Sierra Neveda for sticking with whole cone hops), but they are just solid easy drinking ales. Always worth picking up a bomber or two when it first comes out.

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

Bottle poured into my good ol' pint glass.

A - A clear copper with little head containing very small bubbles.

S - Hops, hops, and more hops.

T - Citrus, hops, and some hops.

M - Very little carbonation and viscosity is in the middle.

D - Very easy to drink. I think I can drink a lot of these in one sitting.

Summary - If you like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, you'll definitely like this one. I get a lot more hoppyness from this and that's a good thing. Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of mstyne
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 variety. Purchased from Beverage Mart on NY 66. No other dating available

Earthy, fruity, hoppy odor. Very pleasant.

Nice, thick head with good lacing. The taste: WOW. This is a nice, complex brew. A fruity-pine hop flavor gives way to a nutty, heavy almost stout like flavor. Delicious.

More than makes up for the Glissade Golden Bock from a few weeks back. Well done SN.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Had a crystal clear copper color and a quarter inch of foamy head and pretty good lacing.

Smell: Pine scented hops with a little malt sweetness beneath. Not as floral as I would have imagined, more pine-like.

Taste: A dry hoppy bitterness hits you first, then it's followed by a little sweet malt for balance. Finishes dry with a lingering hop bitterness. I was expecting a bit more hops complexity from this one. It's good, but not what I imagined from "fresh" hops. Very dry and quite a bit of bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Light-bodied and good carbonation with a slightly slippery finish.

Drinkability: Interesting and a well made IPA. Easy to session, although I don't think I'd go out of my way to seek it out again.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a beautiful bright copper/orange color with a big frothy off-white head. The head settled down a bit but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppy flavor to it. The hops are showcased nicely but at the same time not overpowering. Some caramel malts really come through in the nose as well to give it a great mix of flavors. Both citrus and pine are equally found within the nice hoppiness.

The taste shows a pretty present malty and caramely backbone to the beer that I really liked. Like the nose the hops are there and nicely showcased but not overpowering. It finishes with a nice balancing sweetness and bitterness. Some pine and earthy spiciness really stand out from the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It's a very nice beer. I really liked the caramel maltiness it had which I wasn't expecting in it. Really loved the aroma to it.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head and pretty good lacing.

S: Smelled of pine, hops, and sweet kind of malt.

T: Tasted mainly of hops (somewhat unusual for the style), a nice malty backbone, pine, and some citrus. A solid, decent flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable APA.

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

Copper-red with a half-inch off-white head that fades gradually but remains full. Good lacing as it goes down.
Smell is piney hops with malts and a strong grain character. Some faint citrus notes that includes pineapple and lemon.
Taste is again strong, piney hops with some bitterness, and bready malts and grains. More lemon notes, as well as some faint pineapple and apple.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp with a clean finish. Light body, with a medium level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good. Well-rounded beer.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: copper or amber color nice color here iwth a off white head that has great retention and good lace. the bottle really is choice I must say that the artwork on this label is very cool.

S: pine and a bit of floral notes but smell is just ok

T: pine hops with malts its balanced. crisp and clean easy to drink. honestly for taste this is a bit of a bummer because the other beers in this series have been off the hook. I wont go lower then 4.0 though because the idea for this beer is so damn great and hope 2011 is better!

M: mouth is good with nice carbonation and a med body

D: refreshing beer that makes you want another drink

overall: wow what an idea for a beer its so cool that Sierra Nevada continues to innovate I am going to say the idea is better then the beer in 2010 but maybe 2011 will be off the hook, I will try it for sure!

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