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
3,090 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,090 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours clear orangish amber with a one finger off-white, almost tan head, leaves a foamy ring and light cap, good amount of lacing. Faint haze in second half of the bottle.

Hoppy aroma, spicy, floral, grass, and some citrus, some bready malt in there too. Moderate strength.

Flavor is resinous, spicy hops with great bitterness, a little caramel malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, sticky, prickly carbonation.

Very tasty, it lacks in complexity, but what it does, it does well.

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Photo of bump8628
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber bottled on April 23rd, 2010...nice and fresh.

Pours into an Imperial pint coppery orange with that thick, sticky head I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada and fresh hop ales.

Toasty grain with a solid streak of caramel. Hops are herbal and spicy and are balanced pretty evenly with the malt. Well textured and creamy with some hop oils.

Rated as a Pale Ale this one is really top-notch. In years past I thought the hopping was more in line with an IPA, but the 2010 seems more subdued and falls nicely into the Pale Ale category. Really superb, and the New Zealand hops are a great change of pace.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright amber/copper with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of fresh citrus hops dominate alongside a little bit of spice and some caramel malt aroma.

T: Fresh wet hops for sure. Nothing particularly special compared with the other fresh-hop ales; maybe this just means that I like Northern Hemisphere hops a lot more.

M: Nice, smooth, and dry. Good work here.

D: A little bit dry overall; something I don't normally mind, but with the hop taste not being particularly overassertive, not something I keep reaching back for.

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Photo of kegger22
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 2nd Release from a 24 oz. bottle

SN Southern Hemi Harvest Fresh Hop Ale was a cloudy light copper color with a one finger beige head that displayed decent retention.

The aroma was not overpowering by any means, but what did come through was a whiff of the hops, little more.

The taste was not as balanced as some of my favorite APA's, but that is probably personal preference. The hops a boldly out front in this one, with the malt being an afterthought. There was a bitter citrus after taste. I don't know how fresh this was, but it certainly did not have time to mellow out very much (I liked it though).

The mouth feel was barely medium bodied, oily with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good, helped by a 6.7 ABV and good flavor ($4.99/24 oz doesn't hurt either).

A nice beer and well priced, but I believe I'd just as soon have a couple on Sierra Nevada Pale Ales (at least I kept it in the SN family).

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Photo of kjyost
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 2nd Release on the bottle - the closest thing to a bottled on date.

A: Pours an orangey-red with an average head that laces lightly. Looks good, though nothing better than above average.

S: Initially the beer opens with a floral and fruity hop bouquet, then the aroma mellows to a sweet barley-wineish bitter aroma.

T: Pretty good. The first mouthful felt hot, but it quickyl mellow to a very drinkable ale. Crisp, with a very light bit of sweetness. Light bitterness with no substantive hop flavours, although there is a nice fruity aftertaste

M: Good carbonation, crisp, while lingering lightly and covering the mouth well.

D: Enjoyable. A good easy drink that would be well served to be drunk in the sun.

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

2009 vintage from a 24 oz. big guy.

A: A hard pour into a medium-size wine glass results in a bouyant 2-finger head that is an off-white/beige color. The color of the body is a light copper with golden hues. The carbonation bubbles look yummy and crisp. Wow, there is some exquisite head retention to this puppy; it took two to three minutes for the creaminess to return to the body. The lacing is sticky, frothy, and thick, and looks like a canvas that was sprayed with a full paintbrush by a vigorous flick of the wrist.

S: Sweet caramel-ly malt is the first smell to jump out at me and proves to be the dominant aroma over the life of the beer. That is accompanied by some mellow orange flavors and some mango, papaya, and kiwi. I am somewhat surprised that I am not smelling the hop extravaganza that I thought would be in this beer.

T: There is a bitter hop bite right away on the middle of my tongue and then the caramel-ly sweetness takes over. There really is a good balance between the two flavors, with a bitter grapefruit hop taste and the sweet malt taking turns leading on the dance floor. As it warms, the bitterness of the fresh hops becomes more apparent.

M: Relatively full and creamy for an hopped-up beer, but it still has the characteristic puckering bitterness from the hop bite. Mmm-hmm, this is a good feeler.

D: In terms of sessionability, I would say this is a winner, even at 6.7% a.b.v. I had a 24 oz. bottle and enjoyed it, but despite it being a really solid A.P.A., it just did not scream "repeat buy" to me at $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a hazy deep orangeish red with a thin rocky white head. good lacing.

the smell is sort of malty, but kind of like tea. sort of a tobacco note too.

very citrussy, lemon lime like flavor, still sort of that border between malt and tea also. very clean also.

the mouthfeel is light and bubbly with sort of a creamy body. kind of average though.

good for steady drinking but not really a chugger. it's very nice though.

enjoyable beer, i really liked it, but for a limited release deal i was expecting something...more. good either way though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice deep orange/amber colour with an inch or so of thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

S - Lots of hops: earthy with some citrus. Smells of a good, hoppy IPA.

T - An intense, crisp and earthy hop flavour with some pine and citrus. Bitter, yet smooth.

M - medium body, slightly chewy.

D - A great hoppy ale. Drank a bomber and could easily drink another.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L=4.0 Great look! Amber with a hint of orange, Medium billowing head

S=4.0 Big smell of fresh citrus and sweet pine hops. Harvest ales are probably my favorite beers to sniff. So fresh

T=4.0 Fresh! good taste of citrus and sweet malt backing. Good balance

M=3.5 Oily light creamy feel

D=3.5 I think because of the sweetness It make have been somewhat filling at the time. Good beer though, well balanced and lets not forget fresh!

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Photo of GitcheGumee
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks absolutely beautiful. It has rich amber colors with a nice fluffy head. The lacing on the glass was also very nice.

Smell: Hops, Hops, and more Hops. There is no doubt that SN wanted the hops to dominate this beer. I can also smell the malts hanging around in the background.

Taste: As I expected, the hops really shine in this beer. A slight sweetness in the beginning of the sip gives way to glorious hop bitterness. The malt presence is just about right. Just enough to call it well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. This one tends to feel a little bit sticky, and oily. Considering the bitterness of this beer, that's not surprising.

Drinkability: This beer goes down quite easily. It definitely has that Sierra Nevada style to it...but the hops are definitely kicked up a notch. Overall I'd say I'm impressed.

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

24 ounce stubby bottle of vintage 2009 poured into the SN tumber. Label has statement that the hops are from New Zealand and flown back to the States for brewing in one weeks time, interesting.

The Southern Hemisphere Ale pours a golden/orange color with a pillowy white head and lot of lacing align the glass. Smell is subtle, but refreshing. Lots of malts and citrus make up the nose as well as the palate. The quaff also brings out a big hop profile for an APA, with little alcohol noted. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Drinkability is high in my opinion. A very smooth and tasty beer that is extremely sessionable.

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Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, dark copper color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of fresh hops, pine, sweet malt, hint of dark citrus (plum/fig), alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an average bitterness level for a APA. Tastes of fresh hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, citrus, alcohol, and slight caramel. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of Brent
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although highly rated, I'm always a bit surprised this beer doesn't get more love. Nice, solid malt with moderate sweetness and a delightful fresh hops flavor without any green leafy notes often found in fresh-hopped beers. ABV is well concealed and the beer is quite (perhaps too easy, given the generous bottle size)to drink.

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

Harvest Fresh Hop
A: Pours a semi-clear copper orange colour, with a beautiful light tan head. Rocky as it recedes, with nice lacing. The head seems to last forever.

S: Fruity yeast character, resiny-fresh hop aroma. A little bit leafy/piney.

T: Piney, floral, Spicy hops--a little earthy, and with an underlying sweet citrus. Substantial base of 2-row and lighter caramel malts, and a bit fruity from the yeast. Very nice. Flavourful hop finish, but it is not extremely bitter.

M: Light-to-medium body with medium-high carbonation. Very fitting for this beer.

D: Very nice product from Sierra Nevada. Superior to the Harvest Wet Hop I had recently IMO.

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

This brew certainly starts off on the right foot with the pour into my Bitburger pilsner glass. Unfiltered amber orange, with a firm and frothy ivory cap nestled on top. Big ol' sheet of lace as I suck 'er down.

Pleasant aroma of bubblegum, pine and orange - seems classic west coast style of brew. Sweet initial quaff of orange and pine, finished by a hop tingle of pine cones and grassy hay. Dry and crisp, creating nice hop burps.

Fine frosty for sure, the fatty 24oz bottle will serve me well this evening as I sip on this nicely done 6.7% brew.

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

Poured a deep amber with a large off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good earthy hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced hoppy flavor with a moderate smooth bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived with a finger of foamy medium-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles and good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool mintiness like spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite, but unlike the usual citrus flavor, this was slightly grassy and minty. On the mint front, the finish had a definite minty cleanliness. Seek this out!

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Photo of Amalak
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle.
A- It's very bubbly (small bubbles). It's semi-cloudy with a big thick head and lots of lacing.
S- Extremely hoppy scent...beautiful.
T- It has a very crisp hop taste. It's very bitter, but there is a sweetness to it that balances it out. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 24 oz. fat bottle that I bought for $4.99 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills last night into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. 2009 2nd release.

A Nice glowing orange body under a merinque like fluffy off white head. Solid look for the style. 3.5

S Nice hops and malt balance and I really like the honey like sweetness of the way that this malt smells. I can smell the sugary honey! 4.0

T Really nice balance of malt and hops. I can really taste the fresh hops which present as they might smell on a nice warm late summer evening before harvest. I am happy to report that this is not an unbalanced hop bomb (what a waste of hops that would be). No, this here is an artisan beer. 4.5

M Moderate with big malt sweetness, hops bitterness but it goes down easily enough. The feel is really very interesting. 4.0

D The 24 oz. filled about 2 pints and they both went down rather quickly, within about 10 minutes. 3.5

Notes: This, along with SN Harvest Wet Hop show that SN can produce solid artisan beers as well as excellent session beers like SNPA.

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4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 (2nd release), 24 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: Large head with a semi-aggressive pour. Light brown, frothy & creamy, long lasting. Nice lacing. The body was a rusty copper color and hazy. In fact, the haze made it difficult to see much of the bubbles that were making their way to the top.

S: A spectacular aroma...really. Not many pale ales I've had can compete with this. Big floral hops dominate. Also noticeable is the citrus and pine, but they are light in comparison. The citrus is reminiscent of orange pith. I notice a bit of alcohol on the nose. Malts come into play too, featuring grain, bread & caramel aromas. A very light, earthy/leafy yeast note is detectable. Amazing.

T & M: Fruity esters are present and much appreciated. Plum and orange stand out. Just a bit of solvent pulls through. The body is medium and the texture is smooth...really, really smooth. Carbonation is there, for sure, but this beer goes down way too easy. Finishes a bit chalky and bitter.

D: There is basically no reason to stop drinking this one. Find it on draft if you can.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$4.99 / ea.

2nd Edition


S: Potent hop aroma. Smells like a freshly boiled home brew. Piney, and a bit floral.

A: Big, tight, firm head with great retention. Deep amber to orange body. Nice lacing and generous cover.

T: Light sweetness and caramel malt flavor with a strong, but balanced floral hop flavor.

M: Very smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation. A bit of a bite too it, but becomes less aggressive as it approaches room temperature.

D: Very nice beer with great drinkability even solo. I would be wary drinking this at 40°F, but at 55°F it was very pleasant. Would be fantastic with pizza.

O: Very fresh taste, obviously the goal. Really nice aroma. Would do it again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I feared I was getting to this beer a little in the season, but fear not, this turned out to be just fine, although a fresh one sure would appeal to me. Great bottle.
Surprisingly subdued hop aroma with as much malt character as hops (especially for style). A tad spicy with some solvent character too, grain, and grassiness. Pellet like hop aroma.
Big full white fluffy head that settles in its own good time. Golden to a tad darker and appropriately clear enough for style.
Nice flavors all around. Interesting and unique. Malt flavors are different too. There seems to be a bit of a metallic flavor. Hops have a nice spiciness. New flavor, to me, for the hop bitterness, which hold a lot of "tang". Large variety of flavors, allowing each drink to be an adventure (I like that). Sweet fruit (including orange) up front.
Feel is good. Balanced. Moderate. Nicely carbonated.
This beer goes down easily. So many new and interesting flavors with each drink. I'll look for it earlier next year and drink it fresher, if I can.

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Photo of generallee
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 2nd release 2009.

Appearance: The pour produced a tall thick and pillowy foam head. It is light tan in color and has great retention. It keeps a nice one finger thick cap all the way down the glass and as I drink, it leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. Under this head is a deep rich amber colored liquid. The beer is not totally clear as I noticed that there is a very fine yeast particle haze in it.

Smell: The aroma has a citrus like hop character with some pine notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of raw grain and even some fruity/estery/yeasty notes.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sturdy base of bready malty sweetness with a touch of raw grain. Hop flavor is the focus here though, and they add an assertive yet well balanced bitterness and solid citrus (lemon and orange rind and pith) sweet spicy herbal and mild pine like flavor notes. The finish has a long slow bitter hop fade. Its palate has a nice lively feel with plenty of soft carbonation and a good solid medium body.

Notes: This beer is absolutely outstanding. I really enjoyed the play between malt sweetness and the solid hop bitterness.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the label, it is a tribute to the Southern Hemisphere, "the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring."

This one begins in an explosion of foam - think "Mr. Bubble" in a bottle - that slowly settles into a massive head crowning a simmering copper-colored liquid. There is a minimum of carbonation and lacing in attendance. And as for this "copper-colored liquid," there is an initial nose of intense citrus with subtle banana ester. Meanwhile, the palate is greeted by a by something akin to wet straw, a taste combining the sweetness of New Zealand hops with North American malts.

Interestingly enough, this beer was not the anticipated hop bomb I thought it would be, but a light bodied English bitter. However, it does contain a deceptive amount of alcohol, enough to surprise any other drinker thinking this to be a sessional quaff.

Wasn't New Zealand once a British colony?

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Photo of kpoole25
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle to glass. This was the 2009, 2nd release. Reading the label, I notice this isn't a wet-hopped beer, the hops are dried in New Zealand and flown to the brewery. I still want to try a wet hop sometime. In any case, color is a cloudy honey-copper color. Smells rich and inviting but not as much citrusy hop as I thought. Taste is full flavored ale, strong on the hops, but I'm not good at telling apart different kinds of hops. Not sure I'm really getting the difference in the 'fresh' part, maybe if I tried side by side with a standard SN I could tell. Overall a solid beer though.

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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 3,090 ratings
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