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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 javincik
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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 +10.6%
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 +2%
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 -5.9%
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 +2%
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%
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%
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 -0.7%
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 +3.5%
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 -0.2%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.5%
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 -4.7%
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 -3.5%
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 +11.9%
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 +5.9%
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 -5.7%
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%
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 -0.2%
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 -5.7%
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 -5.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -12.6%
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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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,098 ratings