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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 Tuck_leepulin
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bomber bottle on 04/27/15 poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale-ruby with 1 finger of head

Smell: Foral hop notes with some cracker malt

Taste: Mix of herbal hop flavors with more malt than I expected. Finish is earthy with some peppery hop notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a crisp finish

Overall: Not as good as I remember previous releases. Nice hop flavor, but it really felt more like a hoppy amber than an IPA. Regardless, a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and full cream colored head that takes a long while to dissipate but leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides. The beer is a very clean and clear copper. The texture is pretty nice to look at.

The beer smell is very good and sweeter than usual. The smell certainly has a mixture of different hop notes. The notes range from bitter pine hop note to citrus and a more dank hop note; not to mention some obvious dry hopping. The beer smell also has a strong malt smell to it and works well with the more subdued hop notes. The malt comes off a sweet caramel and bready note that is pretty good. MY only issue is that the notes are subdued.

The beer taste is better than the taste with a nice sweet malt and dank hop notes. The malt notes are caramel and bready. The beer has a nice bitter dank hop aftertaste that is pretty good. The hops are fairly bitter and dank with less variation than the smell but the coherence works..

The mouthfeel is pretty decent. The beer has a very smooth feel because of the carbonation even though the carbonation isn't very biting. The beer does feel thicker than a usual IPA though and that detracts from the beer a bit.

Overall, a pretty good offering from Sierra Nevada and worth getting again if you can. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Mikus
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Man... missed out by not having a smart phone for this one. Guy at the bottle shop told me that these were just in. Broke my cardinal rule of checking dates on IPAs... however, I guess that this one is still within the acceptable window (107 days since bottled)... I guess you always wonder what could have been. In his defense, I haven't seen it there, so... Anyways, here goes. Poured from a bomber ($7.99) into my snifter. Rich amber hue with a small head (lacing galore) with a unique lemon meringue hue. Really had to work for the aroma, and was able to detect some hints of citrus, almost like lemon peel, and a bit of booze as well. Crisp bitterness on the taste, nice clean (Sierra Nevada style) aftertaste. Would have to imagine that some of the hop flavor has faded. Great, continual carbonation and a nice light mouthfeel. Excellent after 4 hours in the yard, quite refreshing. Overall, there were some unique aromas and flavors going on, and I think that I will definitely want to try this around May next year.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler, poured into a nonic pint. The nose is pretty malty, fair amount of citrus. Clear amber-orange. Good amount of head, and a TON of lacing, the glass is coated. The flavor is outstanding...citrus, floral, and pine. Good good, love these from SN every season.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stated 2014 on the bomber.

A - Pours out super clear ambersh orange with a frothy three finger off white head that leaves incredible lacing around the glass.

S - Floral, citrusy, fruity, raisin, fig, caramel, sweet and malty. Complex and Beautiful!

T - Sweet, floral, caramely, gratefruit/citrus, fruity esters, lemon zest, bitterness. Very well balanced!

M - Medium bodied and super soft in the mouth, almost frouthy. Carbonation is perfect on this, which really makes it a pleasure to drink outright.

O - Can I say I love this beer! I had it on tap at a local bar and it grabbed my attention like no other beer that I have had thus far. I enjoyed it so much, I went on a wild goose chase looking for it at all the local beer stores with no avail, I asked a beer store if they would get it on the next shipment and sure enough it came in! I will be picking more of this up, that is for sure. The beer has so much to offer, and yet it is so smooth with a perfect blend of flavors and aromas. Its balance has no offensive flavors to speak of. If you want an excellent fresh hop ale look no further, this is a must get cheers!

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy bright, golden-amber with a large, bubbly white head that eventually fades down a respectable, creamy cap. Tons of lacing left behind foreshadows the hoppiness of this ale.

S: This isn't insanely fresh on my end, with this particular bottle being about a month old, but the nose is still quite nice, albeit a little reserved in nature, I think. Some grapefruit up front and pine resin underneath. Malts aren't really prominent here.

T: Malt is more prominent on the palate than it was in the nose. An initial hint of bready sweetness is short-lived before it's pushed out of the way by a wave of grapefruit, closely followed by strong Earthy notes of pine resin, grass, and a strong spice that I can't quite decipher... just know that there's some spice going on here. Finish is fairly bitter, bordering pungent, but delightful.

M: Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful. A medium to medium-full body with an exuberant, yet controlled, carbonation. Velvety, but slightly sticky in the finish. Hop oils coat the tongue.

O: Even without being super-fresh, this beer was highly enjoyable and offered a wonderful, although contained, bouquet of hop flavors. Some caramel and pale malts offer just a hint of bready sweetness that keep this balanced and palatable. The mouthfeel was superb and kept this extremely drinkable. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for another great offering.

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Photo of Gear54
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 5/13/14 date. Shouldn't have let this sit as long as i did. It's been in my fridge for a few weeks.

A: a beautiful rust and orange color for this beer. Thick head that lasts and lasts. I can see the carbonation rising rapidly. As the beer is consumed a this thick ring of foam remains around the glass near the original poor line.

S: citrus and hops

T: citrus and hops up front with floral notes as well. Bitter on the finish. I would call this a very tangy type IPA.

M: very smooth easy drinking beer. Coats the mouth with bitterness at the end and it lasts until the next sip. Very good

O: I should have had this the day I bought it. It would have had more hops for sure. Overall a must try for IPA lovers.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear amber body with three fingers of light tan head. Incredible amount of retention and lots of nice lacing to go with it.

S - Lots of yeasty dough, citrus hops, cherry and sweet caramel.

T - Tangy fruitiness upfront with slight Belgian style yeast profile. Floral and citrus hops wash in and leave the aftertaste dry and bitter. Malts are strong upfront but recede quickly.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat sticky but leaves a clean mouthfeel behind.

O - Great brew. Lot's of interesting flavors and really well balanced. Just not sure it's worth the $7.99. But I could see picking this up again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a bright, transparent rust orange and pours a fluffy off-white+pink head.

Smells of citrus, floral, and slightly spicy.

Tastes slightly of pineapple, caramel, and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is a well balance between malt and hop, slightly spicy up front with a bitter, then sweet finish.

Overall, a good IPA but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper. Big, cream head.
Smell: Floral, citrus, alcohol, and perhaps pineapple.
Taste: Floral and citrus.

This is great. It certainly does have a fresh taste...I think. There is a good bit of alcohol
in both the smell and taste; much more than what the ABV hints. Also, I think I'm getting some malt as well as citrus rinds from the taste. Total package, this is a great brew. I would definitely get it again. For whatever reason, I'm having trouble describing it.

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Photo of zac16125
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 4/24/14

A: Pours a translucent dark copper with 3 plus fingers width of off white colored head. Head has good retention before dissipating down to a think film, and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Very malt forward, following the malts are some citrus and subtle tropical fruit hop notes; a bit of booze and a barleywine like candied sugar sweetness.

T: Lots of sweetness, caramel and candied sugar; piney and floral hops, along with some citrus rind. Hop profile more prominent than on the aroma. Tasty.

M/D: Medium bodied, smooth for the style, drinkability is average.

O: Good, but not great. Better than most IPAs out there, but I prefer both SN Pale and Torpedo to this one.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wanted to try #2 in Sierra Nevada's special "Harvest" Series. This is the Fresh Hop IPA made with southern hemisphere hops (2014 version). A pretty cheap bomber ($5)

A - Beautiful copper color that is vibrant and beckoning. Large off-white head with light lacing. Slightly cloudy but just makes the color brighter and is to be expected from a dry hopped IPA.

S - Bold hop nose with a tropical fruit freshness and floral tones. There are also some grassy, herbal, and citrus tones but mostly the tropical (almost pineapple) smell. Not really any pine and only a slight hint of malt/caramel from the grain bill.

T - Has all the hops from the smell with plenty of the typical New Zealand hops character which I enjoy. It's a nice change from your typical full citrus and pine NW IPAs. Light complimenting grain/caramel flavor but the fresh hops are heavy through out. Nice moderate bitter finish that helps to clean the palate. A good showcase for the uncommon hops.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Has some bitterness but trys to finish clean giving it some balance even though it is hop forward. Higher carbonation giving a moderate beer a lighter feel.

Overall, a great change of pace from your typical West Coast IPA. I did enjoy this IPA but isn't the best IPA I've ever had and probably shouldn't be dedicated to their lineup but I'll try one next year and see how this years hop harvest has turned out. It's great if you don't know what the New Zealand hop character brings to the table and I'd recommend it just for that reason.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of arc3636
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with lots of thick white head. Smell is very subtle to start, but floral and citrus come out more as it warms. Flavor is led by pine hoods, but also has a nice make background. Overall lacking a bit on the aroma, but the taste is spot on.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up a few weeks back, having never had this before. The bottle label is different than the one shown here and the packaged date was from 4/24 of this year as well. With so many hoppy beers from Sierra Nevada, I was wondering what would make this different and unique from the others. While certainly not their best offering, the freshness and easygoing nature of this combined with the recessed nature of the alcohol made this a clear winner in my book.

Nice deep amber hue to this pour, with a fluffy head that held its own. There was a fair amount of lacing to be seen as well and a good presence of carbonation from start to finish in both appearance to to the taste. The hops were floral and piney up front as the wetness kicked in after it. Not a "hop bomb" by any means and not a lot of burn either - the freshness is the defining aspect of this beer as it gave this a nice brightness while the caramel malt and light hints of lemon zest and orange served as reminder that this was an IPA. A bit o sticky resin lingered after everything went down, but wasn't as present as in their flagship Pale Ale.

Even though I split this with a friend, I could have polished this off by myself. While not a session beer, this felt like one from start to finish and I'll probably give it a go in the near future. Different from it's northern hemisphere counterparts, any fan of IPA or Sierra Nevada or even the "Enjoy by" from Stone will love what they've done here. This went down so easily and had a great balance to it, which is something that I don't feel is the case with many IPA's. This stood out for all the right reasons!

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a copper color, about 80% opaque with a two finger fluffy white head and medium carbonation. Some of the head remains on top of the brew until the end. Heavy lacing remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is floral hops with a light sweet malt backbone. I can't detect much else.

The taste is piney hops followed by a malt backbone and finishing with more pine hops and a little orange peel.

The feel is creamy, oily and a little tangy. A small amount of hop oil remains on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a lackluster IPA; not what I am used to from Sierra Nevada. Perhaps these Southern Hemisphere hops are not the way to go.

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Photo of 2late2brew
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Frothy pour down the middle trying to stir aromatics which are sadly lacking for style, of course never tried New Zealand hops before. Orange amber with cloudy activity, yeast or hops. Medium body, excellent carbonation. Fresh hops have a whole other flavorless bite & smooth. Sure some serious time & energy went into brewing this series which begs further exploration.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 4/24/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a moderate dark ruby cast. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Moderate nose of citrus and pine hops over a light sweet caramel background. Almost medium bodied with a smooth texture. Slightly below average carbonation with very little effervescence on the finish. A very unique flavor profile that is complex and well balanced. Less bitter than it's Northern counterpart, this variant focuses more on hop flavor. It begins with a blend of citrus and pine, then flows into a bit of dankcentric with a spicy counterpart. Throughout all of this, a slight caramel sweetness is noted in the background. The finish is a bit dry which leaves a touch of sweet bitterness. An outstanding ale!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been in the southern hemisphere. Columbia, but not any further. With this brew, I guess the southern hempisphere (!typo) is coming to me.

It is very pretty in the glass. Loads of head and lace and a deep golden color. The aroma is rich and earthy.

The taste is a nice, unique, somewhat balanced, rich hoppy and malty beverage. If they had made it any maltier, they would have thrown it off, so this is just right.

The aftertaste is serious - you know you are drinking a real, almost big beer. This is a nice treat that you should seek out. I look forward to a second glass a little later today.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It is not as bold as most IPAs, but is still a very enjoyable offering overall.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice golden amber color, two fingers of soapy head, little head.
S - Big Pine and some citrus zest.
T - Obscenely assertive pine bitterness, some citrus zest, big fresh bready malt, but the bitterness is wayyyy too much to be palatable/enjoyable.
M - Lingering bitterness...
O - Was severely disappointed in this compared to northern hemisphere, the IBU's are so abrasive its unwelcoming.

2014 version is yet another let down in this new format of the series. This thing is packed with malt. Burnt caramels, weird soapiness. The hops are barely here. I just dont get it. Two years ago I remember this thing blowing me away.

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/24/14 - Poured into spiegelau glass

A- dark copper color

S- Not as intense an aroma as I was expecting. Fair amount of malt and some citrus.

T- bitter citrus rind, some earthy notes, pine resin.

M - dry and dryer

O - this is the second beer in this series being released this year and it is the second disappointment.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle with a date on the label. About 2 months old.

Great color, orange-amber, pretty clear. Smell is light vegetal hops, and Sierra Nevada yeast. Taste is spicy; lemon and sticky caramel malt. Very bitter and it finishes with a peppery tingle.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Packaged on 4/24/14)

A: Copper brown with good lacing and a decent head. Hazy as well.

S: Mostly malty with just a bit of similar piney hops to accentuate it. I do get a bit of orange citrus in there as well.

T: Not too much here for me, but is mostly malts with almost no hops. I have a hard time saying this is an IPA. It seems like I need a certain level of hoppiness to really appease me (like that great Lagunitas NightTime that I had last recently). It's good enough, just not what I was expecting for a fresh hop beer, but it does remind me of Celebration, so it seems that this might just be a result of using fresh hops. The hops are just a bit more subtle, but noticeable on the backend in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with some slightly coarse bubbles, that pour over your tongue.

O: I don't seem to get much out of Sierra Nevada's standard IPAs or brews, but their Hoptimum and Bigfoot are amazing. BA Narwhal is also great but unavailable. However, I can't wait for the Beer Camp.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the freshest but it just popped up at my local spot. ~ 6 wks old.

Clear dark orange body with a thick off-white head.

Woody and herbal, there is some orangey citrus, lime, and floral hoppiness to it.

Nice bitter grapefruit, orange, lime, floral, and herbal characteristics. Malt bill is maybe more on the bready side. Don't really pick up on much of it which is nice.

Medium in all aspects of body, bitterness, and carbonation. A good platform for the beer.

These fresh hop Hemisphere beers are very interesting and offer really unique flavor profiles compared to most IPAs on the market.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber colored appearance, slight bit of haziness
Citrus hop aroma, sort of a mango tropical citrus, hint of sweet caramel
Taste is immediately tropical and citrus hops which mixes nice with a sweetness. Bitterness builds but not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry-ish close
Overall a tasty tropical ipa

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