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

2010 Batch.

Pours a clear copper color, nice mix of yellow and amber. Thick off white head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smells like gun-powder, pine, and citrus. There are some sweet malt notes but the hops are laid nicely on top.

I taste in this order: black pepper, pine, citrus, sweet tropical fruit, with the black pepper and pine finishing it out.

There is a slight tongue bite, and mild astringency; the carbonation opens up your taste buds for the peppery hop assault. Medium body and slightly sticky it coats the tongue nicely.

If your in the mood for hops and you can get this fresh this is the beer for you. 24oz of goodness, I should have grabed 2.

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

Poured out of a big boy into a belgian style stemmed glass.

2010 Batch 0 113 213 44

appearance - pours a transparent copper with light carbonation bubbles, and a lightly tanned 2 finger frothy head that leaves adequate lacing and good retention

smell - a balance of caramel malts and lightly fresh and piney hops

taste - mild piney hops with a tinge of bitter and a malty finish

mouthfeel - light and fluffy, strong carbonation builds the body up a bit

drinkability - refreshing and smooth, some bitterness, mildly complex, good session beer

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2010 batch no. O-113-216-08. Sampled on May 18, 2010. It pours a nice looking golden-amber with a long-lasting, fluffy light tan head that remains steday throughout. On first whiff there is an anticipated note of hops but there are also blended malts in the aroma which balances the scent out. The hops burst open in the taste and take over the entire brew. The texture tends to have a creamy feel to it. Well-hopped but also well balanced and likeable.

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

Drank on the porch with my ladyfriend.

Clear amber. A large white foamy head erupts from an easy pour. Hearty foam retention plasters lace rings like my glass is wearing a striped shirt.

Raw hop aroma like a freshly dry hopped homebrew. Grapefruit and soft pine with light Juicy Fruit. Pancake mix malt. Raw continues in the taste. Sharp bitter, tree sap hop resin, little Juicy Fruit hints. Spicy, sweet cracker malt.

Nothing outstanding but completely flawless just the same.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a frothy tan head. The aroma has some juicy caramel malt upfront, along with some piney and citrusy hops, fruity esters, biscuit, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with piney, citrusy and floral hops, caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, minerals, and a little alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is high. Nice pale ale here, nothing exceptional or particularly memorable but a fresh hop beer in the spring is a welcome change of pace from all the blonde ales and witbeers.

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

Summer 2010. Fat stubby bottle that might be 22oz, im not sure.

A- Really deep red, especially for an american pale. Nice sticky white head. Lots of lacing and spectacular lacing. Tons of effervescence fed from the etching in the perfect pint. This beer really does have a beautiful color, there really isnt anything like it.

S- Hoppy? Yes, but not intensely so. Enough malts are allowed to come through the floral and piney (very west coast) hops. There is a little bit of wet dog and soap as well.

T- For a while I thought Burning River was the hoppiest APA. I can confidently say that this one takes the crown. This doesnt come as a surprise to me though, SN loves their hops and they hop their beers very well. It always turns out nicely and this is not exception. Lots of pine towards the end after loads of nice citrus fruits. pineapple, mango and grapefruit are strong. There is even a little bit of kiwi and banana.

M- Dry, medium body that might be a bit thick for my liking considering the style. Nice carbonation keeps it feeling lively and refreshing.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is quite coppery in color, with a creamy head.

The aroma is very floral with heavy citrus notes. It seems fresh and crisp.

The taste is very floral and citrusy up front and ends with fairly strong bitter hoppiness.

Overall, its tasty and refreshing. The hops are a bit strong for me, but not terribly so.

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

a-pours a nice golden redish hue with a lasting head and nice lacing.

s-sugary malty smell followed by the floral hops.

t-Nice floral hoppiness that finishes on a nice spicey note. Well balanced against the maltiness.

m-Mouthfeel is in keeping with 6.7 abv...very nice.

d-very drinkable despite the higher than normal abv.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. One finger, off-white head and a slightly hazy, copper body.

The aroma has an intense and deep resinous from the hops. Very floral, sappy and pungent. There is a little brightness coming through in the form of lemon and grapefruit rind. Allowing the beer to settle from stirring brings forward a bread-like malt aroma in the background.

Taste is very smooth and balanced. The sappy hop characteristic follows throughout the taste along with a nice malt background. The front is very mild and smooth opening up into a pine and citric fruit rind flavor through the middle and towards the end. Bitterness is minimal, no real burnt qualities that some other IPAs have. Finish is soft and quick, leaving a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste as well as an oil-like feel and pine flavor.

Mouthfeel is excellent. It's soft, smooth and only slightly oily. Medium-bodied with low to medium carbonation.

This is a great IPA, very drinkable and the flavors are well rounded making for a smooth, almost velvet-like brew. Definitely recommend giving this one a try!

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

Glass - Tulip

A - Hazy amber color with a 1-finger head, retention is pretty good. Around moderate Co2 can be seen, tiny bubbles though. Left very nice lacing.

S - Upfront is fresh, resin-es hops. A bit of pine, some floral qualities to it, mild tree sap notes and soft caramel. Almost dry, just very fresh hop aroma.

T - Hop resins with a bit of sap upfront, nice bite of floral/citrus flavors cut the resins briefly, mild caramel & toast follow. Very nice lingering bitterness on the finish, and the fresh hop resin notes really carry out from beginning to end.

M - Oily & somewhat chewy like. Around medium-full bodied with a soft bite of carbonation on the tongue. Very nice.

D - This beer offers fresh fresh hopy goodness without being overly bitter, I love the fresh hop profile of this beer, it really comes out great in both smell & taste. I'd definitely buy this one again, very good value. A great brew from a great brewery. Recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark ruby/amber colo with a nice big one finger light yellow head an lots of light white lacing. Nose is very light on this sadly. There's some light hoppiness but the malt dominates.

Taste on the other hand is all hops! Nice rich bitterness but well balanced with a light sweetness. It's very smooth and rich with light caramel notes.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release, poured from it's signature 24 ounce bottle.
This brew pours a rich amber color with a thick off-white head that retains itself nicely. Lacing is very sticky and drys on the glass walls quickly.
The smell is grainy at first with some sweet honeyed notes, but is consumed by floral, fruity hop notes. The taste is almost identical. Sweet notes of fresh bread and caramel blend with floral, piney, and citrusy hop characteristics. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but has nice viscosity due to the oily fresh hops. The finish is dry and very refreshing. Overall, this beer is very easy to drink, and can be enjoyed on any occasion. Another great effort from the guys in Chico.

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

2010 offering poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Pours a gorgeous strong and darker copper color with some reddish hues. A nice .75 inch head that is a bit off white and dense with some chunkier bubbles at the top. It recedes down to a thin film with some nice lacing stuck around the glass.

S - Nice piney aroma with some sweet citric hints. Very much a SN calling card. The hops seems fresh and earthy with some nice flowery tones as well. Very refreshing and inviting.

T - Starts of grainy and bready with some nice sweet malt hints. Nice pale malt profile with some caramel notes as well. These flavors are quickly balanced by the strong but not too intense citric character of the hops. These NZ hop notes and flavors are a bit newer to me though. They seem a bit nuttier and have a bit more earth flavors to it than others. Very good though.

M - Nice medium body with good balance and nice flavors all around. Enough CO2 but nothing to crisp or "bubbly".

D - Very high. Refreshing but not necessarily my favorite.

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

Pours a clear copper body with lighter amber highlights. Topped off by a moderate ivory colored head. Stickiness leaves a wonderful residue along the walls of the glass.

Aroma is notably hoppy but rather subdued. Not one single aroma really sticks out, but together the citrusy and piney notes present you with a pleasant nose.

The flavorsseems to achieve the perfect balance of malt and hops for an APA. It greets you with a slightly sweet and bready malt character which is quickly followed by a floral and citrusy hop flavors. A lingering bitterness helps round this one out.

A moderate but smooth mouthfeel really helps this one go down. Overall, a solid APA but with fresher hops than what most of us get this time of year. I think Sierra is on to something with the NZ hops.

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Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a nice coppery amber color with very nice foamy beige head that leaves nice lacing. Very nice floral hoppy aroma with a fair amount of malt notes. The flavor is of floral hop bitterness with nice light citrus notes, and with a very good malt backing.
The mouthfeel is full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but it doesn't become too over-bearing.
It is a very enjoyable and quite drinkable APA, although for the term "fresh hop" being in the name I was expecting a bit more upfront hoppiness.

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


This beer pours a nice amber color with a nice thick kaki head.
Smells of mostly a caramel like malt with some light earthy hops.
The flavor focuses more on the bittering aspect of the hops but there is a nice sweet caramel malt back bone to balance it out. The hop flavor is really muted but that is expected in a wet hop pale. Some fruity esters are mix with the malt sweetness making the flavor quite enjoyable.
The mouthfeel is very smooth and just kind of rolls off the tongue.
Very drinkable and over a very good beer.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice APA, tasty and with a good hoppy balance but not as exciting as the issue of freshly harvested hops might have one believe.
Updated new review following the 2009 bottle, where I did not reach a tremendously fresh offering. This was had on May 14 barely a day after it was distributed, and just shortly after the official May 1 release.

Presentation: 24 oz bottle. Iconic special release Sierra Nevada bomber, big and chubby. Seal label with the image of a sail boat over a map depicting the Pacific route taken by the hops. Busy design still without the best of visual legibility but an improvement from previous years. Includes a solid narrative in the front label putting the brewing effort in context with a good description of the ale. Shows generic date of bottling (2010), shows Vol. (6.5%) Served in a tulip glass.

A -Amber pour, with a rich head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Fair nose with a hoppy sense where bitterness predominates and not so much floral or citrus notes, which are also there but relatively subdued.

T - Nice hoppy sense, gentle with touches of pineapple of citrus and a soft malty backbone.

M - Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation, and a nice hoppy-dry finish.

D - A tad too light to make it flow enticingly but it is a good drink nevertheless.

Notes: It´s a nice brew, and quite recommendable but it does not feel that fresh, at least not in a particular way. And compared to other "fresh" hop ales - I dunno, Great Divide for example, this feels a bit unremarkable.

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

Recovered my notes from my old computer. This is the 2009 version consumed on August 17, 2009.

The appearance an excellent deep gold with wonderful amber/red hues, like a dark peach or apricot. The head is quite luscious, sticky, and frothy with great lacing down the sides.

The nose is all spices and citrus, with a decently malting backing, from what can tell (it's a little cold). As it warm up, I'm getting a lot more or everything.

This beer drinks like a dream! It's got tons of different hop flavor, but primarily spices, citrus, and earth (probably from the freshness of the hops). The malt foundation is solid, and rounds this out nicely, consider the IBUs. The mouthfeel is just right here, almost perfect. I could drink these all day.

I really enjoyed this one, I wish I could have it fresh all year.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber/orange color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish tan head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Nice citrus hop aroma with earthy floral notes, grapefruit and pine. Subtle caramel malt presence.

Intense bitter earthy hops up front along with some sweet citrus fruit notes. Hints of grapefruit, mango, orange and lemon peel along with some pine needle and floral notes. Decent malt backbone provides a nice balance without diminishing the bitterness of the hops. Smooth and creamy mid palate with slight alcohol warmth, making this beer very quaffable. Slightly sweet bone dry finish.

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

A: poured a caramel brown into my tulip that a finger finger head and great sticky lacing on the glass.

S: the nose is a good balance between the malts and the hops, none seem to over power the other. After a couple whiffs I got a little booze hanging around.

T: I like the nice crispy bitterness that hits the palate right away then the malts show their face in the middle of the sip. I also got some citrus fruits that mixed in well in the overall flavor of the beer.

M: medium bodied with great bubbly carbonation that accents the taste.

D: really enjoyed this beer, been getting into PA's, IPA's, and DIPA's lately. Good offering from sierra nevada

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

Poured from the 24oz bottle into my Duvel Tulip (2010 version)

A - Ruby-orange hue with a nice sized white head. Lacing sticks to the glass as it goes down.

S - Hints of fresh florally hops with a little bit of malty sweetness poking up in the background.

T - Crisp, balanced beer. It has a little bit of piney hop bite but plenty of pale malt backbone to stand up to it. When I bought this I thought it was an IPA but I see it is listed as an APA. I definetly think this one is right in line with the style.

M - medium body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - easy drinking, full flavored pale ale. This is a great beer but not one that blows my socks off. I would pick this up again in the future but won't go nuts trying to seek it out.

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Photo of branimal9
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz bottle of the new 2010 release into my Ommegang Hennepin glass...

appearance - nice light golden brown; poured a big ol' off-white head.

aroma - hoppy, but not overly so.

taste - nice piney hop bitterness hits you right away. pale malts follow, and it leaves you with a nice drying finish.

mouthfeel - nice n' full-bodied. dry.

drinkability - at 6.7%, it's quite easy to take down the bottle yrself. refreshingly dry, which keeps you coming back for more.

i always look forward to getting my hands on the SN Harvest beers. while its nice getting fresh hop pale ale in the middle of spring, it'd be nice if they tried making an IPA with those New Zealand hops.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was super excited to try this the first time I saw it, was disappointed that the appearance and aroma was comparable to their Summer offering.

Taste, different for Sierra Nevada, the whole cone Cascade hop thing isn't done, its a lighter feel than their other two versions of Harvest Ale. Still hoppy, but far from the hop bomb of their other harvest ales. More lemony and zesty like the aforementioned summer offering. Some neat stuff, but my least favorite of the 3 harvests. Great price though.

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