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
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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 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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Photo of chickencoop
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Alcatel Liquors/ Berkeley, an underrated but very good bottle shop in Oakland.
Poured the deep amber that you'd expect from Sierra, smell was a bit grassy and malty if that makes sense. Taste was similar to what'd you expect from Sierra, hoppy, with a nice malty balance, couldn't really differentiate the New Zealend Hops though. I'm excited with what Sierra's doing, by far my favorite microbrewery, and I think whatever they do is solid, good stuff.

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Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009, 2nd Release.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy off-white head. the head dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing and a layer of foam atop the beer.

Spell is decently hoppy, with some citrus and floral notes.

Taste has some bitter, spicy hops. These hops really seem bitter to me, but without any signature hop flavors. Maybe the hop choice in this one wasn't the best because it was limited to New Zealand varieties.

Overall it is a decent beer, but overpriced. I'm not someone who really wants to pay that much just because they went through the exotic process to make this beer.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale poured a slightly hazy orange with a thick, pillowy white head. Very thick lacing down the glass. Huge citrusy hop aroma with scents of malty sweetness. Very inviting on both accounts.

An interesting biscuity flavor combines with a caramel, honey, and citrusy sweetness. Spicy and floral hops cut through the sweetness for a pleasantly dry, citrusy finish.

Medium-bodied, slighly sticky on the palette. A very smooth drink with an appropriately low amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable, and a great experience to taste the Southern Hemisphere hop varieties.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle, great foamy head. Good retention and some good sticky lace. Nice hazy dark amber color.

Sweet piney scent and citrus armoas as well. very nice and bold.

Sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance. Bitter citrus hops and some piney goodness. Malt contriubutes a sweet bready taste. Hops are bold but are not over powering. the best apa I have had.

Hops are lingering in a good way. beer is medium bodied and smooth. Aftertaste has a small bite to it. Would drink several of these. Another nice showing by SN.

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the BSF bar, GBBF 2009; coming in a 24 Fl. Oz. brown bottle, this bottle seems to belong to the "2nd Release" for this special ale, as specified on the front label, served faintly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark amber hue, almost 100% clear, coming with very low carbonation and a pillowy beige frothy head that lingers well and only reluctantly settles to a thin cap to last throughout the drink, leaving dirty lacing behind.
S: at the first sniff, the "Kiwi hops" used here seem to ring a bell of English Goldings hops, in line with that orangey citric aroma; also at presence are hints of light earthy-floral notes, hawthorn fruits, a touch of prunes, longan-fruits, on a par with a decent backbone of caramely, honey-ish and lightly biscuity malts. Not terribly complex, I must say. But the fresh hops liven up the overall nose somewhat, which cannot to be ignored.
T: delicious... the hop-malt juice tastes like really enticing longan-fruit tea flavoured with jasmine, while hints of caramel, dried orange peels, white grapes, and bitter guava simultaneously develop on the palate, followed by a super-soothing flow of hoppiness along with soft, almost tea-stem-ish tannins rubbing the deep ends of the tongue... Throughout the drink, bitterness is kept at a very soft level, but fresh hops do make a vivid impact in the form of "chewy" palate which serves to lengthen the whole hop enjoyment way past the flavour has settled. Also, consistently a decent sour edge of fruits (I suspect coming from both hops and yeasts) pairs with the flavour just seamlessly.
M&D: the carbonation is very very soft indeed, without unwanted artificial CO2, and the body stays decently moderate as far as the alc. is taken into account. All in all, this is a delicious pale ale designed to quaff.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest 2nd release, poured into English pint.

Two finger, khaki, frothy head dissipates slowly to an island of foam; cloudy, golden straw body with glints of orange. Except for the bits of sediment floating around which are probably my fault for a bad decant, this beer is beautiful!

Nose consist of strong floral and grapefruit notes with hints of strawberry

Hint of caramel biscuit malt upfront and way in the back no discernable sweetness, fades into a wonderful fruity, floral, tad spicy hop flavor with fruity esters that finish with notes of floral grapefruit

Beer is medium bodied in the mouth, slightly sticky and creamy

Wow what a beer! Probably one of the best APA's I have had to this date! Very refreshing and with such a wonderful taste and smell I could easily kill a couple of bombers. I cant wait to get my hands on next years!

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Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I boughrt a 24 oz bottle of Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale at Enoteca. $4.99 Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. Creamy foamy white head, is resilient and breaks down in ridges and valleys. Curtains of lace line the glass.

Smell is a sweet pine scent with some citrus aroma.

Taste is a sweet bready flavor up front with a citrus flavor, grapefruit and orange, with more sweet dough on the finish, and a mild bitter aftertaste. Excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied. Slighlty cloying but well carbonated.

Very drinkable if not sessionable. Not an everyday beer but a very drinkable special selection.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saved this for halloween night - fot the ceremonial beginning of the fall season.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into my goblet. generous off-white head settles to a thin film with heavy lacing. Pours almost red, (orangy?) and this is not super clear but not as cloudy as I'd expect for this level of hoppiness...

S: really great but subtle. the aroma is so enticing I was unable to just smell this one, I skipped ahead to the drink right away. But the smell hints at a bit of malt background and there's a bit more of hoppiness

T: really great hoppy taste here. the malt lies far in the background. the hops stay with you for a bit in a good way

M solid body. More smooth than the taste would suggest. carbonation just right. No taste of alcohol at all.

D: Supremely Drinkable. One of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of taigor
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2009 2nd release from a 24oz bottle

A - Amber in color with lots of creamy head that laces and lasts.

S - Lots of hops with hints of fruits and flowers.

T - Very powerful taste of hops with lots of malt flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is ok with good carbonation. Very crisp and fresh. Aftertaste is extremely bitter.

D - Low because of the aftertaste.

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009. 2nd release. 24 oz. bottle.

pours out a cloudy peach/bronze/amber colour with an active light tan head with some nice lace. smells a bit malty with some tangerine/necterine hop notes. sort of simple and straight laced. the taste is a simple caramel maltiness combined with some subdued floral fruitiness and herbal, spicy, earthy hoppiness. there is a great deal of lingering bitterness on the tongue...rather quenching and satisfying. full bodied and a round active, lively mouthfeel. drinkability is good. i'm having no problen slugging the first of three bottles down after a hard week of work away from home.

overall this is a nice offering from SN highlighting southern hemisphere hops as the star of this brew. as i said above, the hops used come off mostly spicy and herbal in contrast to the citrus centric NW hops used in most of the the other SN brews i've sampled prior. although this concoction lacks the wow factor of other hop bombs, i find it interesting, intriguing and recommended to try.

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Photo of fropones
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 50th review!
Pours a nice coppery orange with about 2 fingers of fluffy off-white head. Smell is hoppy and citrusy. A good amount of some orange peel with a hint of grapefruit. Just a faint hint of pine. Taste is nice and bittery citrus up front, with just a hint of malt in the back. Leaves a nice bittery aftertaste, as well. Medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation. A bit dry, but not in a bad way. Drinkability is good. Great for this last hint of nice weather before it gets freezing in a few days.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 24oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh, NC.

A copper colored ale with great clarity and a moderate beige head. The aroma is full of citrusy and grassy hops with a touch of lemon. The flavor is dominated by a citrusy bitterness from start to finish. While the hops run the show, the malts contribute a hint of caramel and biscuits. It's a bit thin in consistency with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles. The glass is well coated with lacing once the glass is empty.

As usual, this year's harvest ale is a solid SN offering.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Honey/amber in color. Frothy billowing cream head. Lot's of lacing. Impressive looking beer.

S: Floral hoppy aroma. Honey malts.

T: Big/bold hopped up flavor. Floral and vaguely fruity with a nice honey malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Clean finish. Refreshing.

D: You could easily session this one all night.

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

I picked this bottle up while in DC at Whole Foods Market, during a recent vacation. I was glad to find it as it would have been tough to get in my native Canada.

It poured a medium amber colour. The head was thick and creamy but would eventually settle to a cap of foam, but it left great lacing down the glass. I found that it didn't smell very much at all. Even in the later stages it was subdued but there were malts, fruitiness and even some vanilla. It was nice but you have to reach for it.

The taste was deep sweet malts with a well controlled hop depth. I really enjoyed the head on this one and kept pouring it larger and larger each time. The mouthfeel suffered a bit from the sweetness I found.. slightly syrupy with a stickiness to it but it didn't really detract very much from the beer. I also enjoyed the fine carbonation.

Drinkability was good. A second (if I had one at the time) would have gone down well. Overall a lovely beer.

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Photo of beertooth
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a 25oz mug.

This beer is a hazed, slightly burnt amber. There a nice thick, billowy two fingers of egg shell head that sticks around for a hot minute.

The nose is faint. I'm getting some floral hops, caramel malts, a lot of tea. It's not bad, just not as hop forward and I thought it would be.

The first gulp is floral flowery hops, tea, sweet malts. The finish is a little oily and it has a bitterness that lingers until the next sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light, and well carbonated.

A tasty beer overall, but it wasn't quite what I had thought it would be. I wouldn't mind grabbing another bottle for the price though.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice little fluffy head. Not too much and not too little. Very light lacing on glass. Gorgeous cloudy Amber coloring. Real nice to look at.

Smell: Mostly hops. Kind of faint. Probably because I left it in the freezer too long and too cold.

Taste: Nice crisp hops. Has a earthy, grassy taste. Not much malt.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Feels really good on the tongue. Almost hate to swallow it.

Drinkability: Good ABV makes it very sessionable. Goes down smooth and easy.

Sierra Nevada delivers again. Hard to say which is better. The Wet Hop or Fresh Hop. Big difference between the two. Always something to look forward to every year. Especially if you like hops but not too much to overpower you. Very well balanced.

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Photo of claminat420
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1st release

A- poured a slightly transparent amber color with a slight off white yellowish two finger head. medium to heavy lacing.

S- just has a slight grapefruit hop scent. not to shabby.

T- a prefect hop to malt blend. it's really hard to pick just one out because the balance( if that makes sence).

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- could drink a couple of these 24's no prob.

Overall- yeah i know this is a year old or whatever but i said what the hell.... when i mentioned the taste it seemed like the age just blended everything together more. i wanna try the 09 one and compare the two.

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Photo of FatSean
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been awaiting this brew! Wandered into my second-favorite store to find several of these in the cooler. 5.75 he wanted for the bottle and I gladly paid. Poured in portions from the 22oz bottle into a 20oz Otter Creek 'worldtour' pint glass.

Appearance is nothing extraordinary. A pleasant Sierra-Nevada-esque warm brown. A rocky head that loves to foam up if you are not careful pouring. Insane lacing.

Smell is lovely. Malts? What are those?

The taste is where this beer shines. Not as heavy on the hop oils as I had anticipated, but still packed with flavor. The hops linger on the tongue just enough to remind you what you are dealing with, but not long enough to forestall another sip.

Mouthfeel is great. For a strongly hopped ale that puts the malt in the background it is hard to imagine something better.

Drinkability varies on your personal preference. As a hop-head I found this brew extremely drinkable.

If you like hops, find this beer.

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Photo of SargeC
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 edition

Appearance: Deep golden brown colored liquid with a frothy yellow-gold head.

Smell: Thick hop presence with an underlying base of sweet malt. Citrus and pine dominate.

Taste: Good semi-dry hop flavor. Deep complexity from the fresh hops. Provides delicate flavors not evident in other hop heavy brews. Seems to be more about the flavor and less about the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry finish. Interestingly dense yet delicate body.

Drinkablity: Extremely drinkable, tasty and complex with satisfying hop presence.

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

Picked this up a few weeks ago. Always curious to try the 'harvest' beers from SN.

Pours caramel color, a bit cloudy. Foamy head dissipates quickly. smells hoppy and flowery. Taste is very flavorful, some malt, but mostly full hop flavors. Extremely drinkable.

SN still fails to disappoint on Pale Ales.

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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 3,095 ratings
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