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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Ratings: 3,098 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, somewhat pale orange/bronze color. Huge head on top that resembles whipped cream. Sticky lace on down the glass. Freshly mown grass aroma. Moderate toasted notes. Huge hop flavor. Not a tongue stripping presence just big hop flavor. Touch of sweetness and caramel notes. The hop flavor lingers on and on. Really well balanced and not overly bitter. Good body-the trace of sweetness really balances the body out quite well. Overall a great, great beer. Goes down way too easy. Not overly bitter or hopped. Just a huge, pleasant hop presence. I will be getting more-lots more!

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Photo of ericlawton007
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours light gold, with a good amount of head and consistent lacing as I drink the beer. Hops are clearly the dominant taste and aroma, but much more blah than the regulart Harvest Ale. No citrus or pine notes are clearly evident. Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes down really smooth, making this a most drinkable beer. Very good for a pale ale, but leaves me waiting for fall when the real wet hopped beer comes out.

Just tried 2010's batch and it was really tasty. The criticism that i left last year must have been a bad bottle, because the hops stood out on this one, and the drinkability remained great.

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came with a creamy tan head. Beer is bronze in color. Leaves some good splotchy lacing.

Smells of hops, some malts, and a tad of caramel.

Tastes hoppy, with malts coming in after. Has some spices in the background as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink. Its a refreshing beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage

Pours an amber color with a sticky off-white head. The aroma is malt and a good dose of fresh oily hops. The taste much like the aroma has a decent malt backbone but the fresh hop flavors clearly steal the show creating a lingering bitter finish. The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This one is far too drinkable and a beer that I come to look forward to every year.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wasnt going to review this beer but couldnt resist... served in my sam adams perfect pint glass

A-mixture between orange and amber...typical for an ipa, even though this beer is not an ipa..great 2 inch head with great retention and unreally sappy, clinging, lacing

S- piney, and sweet malt

T- great upfront malt caramel malt sweetness with some nice toasty breadyness as the beer warms...fresh hops are noticeable with the great hop "smoothness". there is no in your face barrage of alpha acid.. beer ends with a nice bitterness from the piney tasting hops, subtle citrus taste that is hard to has great malt-hop balance

M- Great smooth mouthfeel

D- could drink this beer all nite..great session problem drinking the 22 oz bottle

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

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a nonic. 2009 2nd release.

Pours a light amber with a rocky, rich two finger head that goes down to a rocky cap with frothy peaks. Clarity is good.

Aroma is Floral hops, very perfum like and not like any I've ever smelled. There could be some sweet malt supporting that sweet floral aroma.

Flavor is hops, not as in your face as I thought they would be. I guess I've been hittin' the Torpedo too much. Malt gives a nice balance. Hops are piney, earthy and slightly dank. Huge hit of pineapply citrus in the middle with a bready, crackery malt rider. Finishes a bit dry with a nice bittering pucker.

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is good. Very quaffable, doesn't feel like 6.7.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

A - Pours copper with an orange hue and a thick, frothy light tan head. Carbonation looks pretty moderate. Not much going on in terms of lacing.

S - Mmm, pretty appetizing smell, and it's noticeable from a foot or so away. It has a pretty distinguishable floral/plant-y nose with a bit of citrus in the background.

T - Very interesting hop profile going on here. I guess there's something to be said for hops from the southern hemisphere. Again, one of the best ways I can think to describe this is plant-like, and there's a nice zesty kick to it. I've only ever tried one fresh-hop beer before, so the style itself is a bit new to me. The hops really linger on the finish. The malts ride through pretty nicely and into the finish, though after that I'm left with some dry leafy goodness.

MF - Pretty good all around here. It has the right amount of carbonation for me and is pretty refreshing. It leaves an oily coating with some lingering bitterness and dryness that I love about IPAs(I realize this isn't considered one, but it's fairly close).

D - I'll have no problem at all finishing the bottle, and I'm pretty sure I'll be sad to see it go. It's not as good as some pale ales and IPAs I've had, but it's still a really solid offering. SN doesn't seem to have it in them to disappoint. Not a bad price at $3.99, but Celebration can be had for the same or less, and I'd take it over this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber color with medium white fluffy head about 1 finger thick.

S - Strong aroma of fresh hops, fruity esters, caramel accent, sweet maltiness in background

T - Stronger taste of fresh hops than the smell and I love it. Grapefruit is present along with balanced malts. caramel accents, grassy, piney aftertaste

M - Medium body, smooth and clean.

D - Very drinkable, pleasant hoppiness along with balanced malts makes this very drinkable.

Overall this is a quality beer and I really enjoy the fresh hops present in this beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a medium light brown head [as beer warms, head pours become much larger]. Lots of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of hops, grapfruit, sweetness.

Taste is of citrus hops, bitter, green wood taste or rubber, malty sweetness. Somewhat dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very dry.

Overall, a decent enough beer, but not anything I'll have again. Hops completely dominate w/o much other taste to go along with it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright copper color with a 1 finger creamy tan head. Pretty good retention and excellent lacing. Maybe just a shade darker than the Wet Hop Harvest Ale.

These New Zealand hops have a floral and mildly citric aroma. Too bad it doesn't smell like kiwis, eh? Pretty soft and inviting hoppiness. The maltiness is there just a little to compliment the lupulin goodness.

Taste is herbaceously floral with a mild resinous hop aftertaste. Some lime peel and grapefruit flavors come in there and maybe just a brief flash of malty counterbalance. Pretty bitter stuff, but not overly so. I would say this leans a bit closer to an IPA than a PA, but either way this is a pretty tasty brew. I think I like it just a bit better than the wet hop.

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Photo of nc41
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an update. Just had this offering on tap, and it is a completely different animal. It jumps from good into a whole new class as far as nose and the hop hit. Probably pushes an A level on tap, but I'll leave the original ratings stand.

I really like their specialty offerings, and I like this one too. A little sweeter up front that the winter version, but still some real nice hop notes in there. can't beat the price with a stick, 3.99 a bomber makes this one a bargain. SN never disappoints and that says a lot IMO, they haven't made a brew yet I didn't like. Very balanced and very drinkable, like most SN products not too much of anything but good.

If I re edited this after today's brew on tap at Piedmont Ale House it would be a very solid A. Between tap and bottle = no contest. Nice creamy head that lasted to the end, and a lot more flavor and hop kick.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Grassy, slightly citrusy hop aromas matched with some sweet maltiness.

T - Hoppier flavor than expected from the smell . Spicy floral and citrus hop flavors balanced with some bready malts. Slightly bitter finish with a bit of pineyness in the aftertaste. On the hoppier side of the spectrum, but balanced nicely.

M - Nice and smooth, Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable brew - has a pleasant, refreshing hoppiness that's well balanced by the light malts. Could definitely drink a few of these.

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Deep copper color with a thick, creamy, off-white head. The head stays throughout the glass, leaving a nice lacing of foam down the sides of the glass. An absolutely gorgeous looking beer.

S - Some caramel malt notes and a lot of citrus hops come forward in the nose. Not quite as much hops as I expected.

T - Hops, backed up by a solid malt backbone. Starts off with a bitter citrus pine kick from the hops, followed up by a nice caramel sweet malt flavor, then back to bitter and finishes out spicy and citrusy from the hops.

M - Medium bodied due to the nice rich malt profile.

D - Exceptionally drinkable. This is one of my favorite Sierra Nevada beers since it's such a nice balance of hops and malts while bringing a lot of the hop flavors and aromas to the front.

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

quite a pungent amber colored brew. odor is straight hop aroma. palate is immensely hoppy... to the point of soap like astringent. quite bitter. extremely even. takes the cake as of assertive hoppiness goes. very dry. constricting hop that sit there for a while. the malt comes in very mild and late. of walnuts and wood pulp. quite crisp and any less bitter in sips either. very mild alcohol but its seems that that wasn't really on my mind while drink it. don't plan on drinking something mild after this...

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a a clear ruby-tinted brown w/ a frothy, one-finger head that dies slowly and leaves lae around the glass due to some good carbonation. A good floral, earthy hop smell that is usurped by some caramelized and roasted malts - good balance. Taste is more of the same as the malts and hops hold each other in check - the beer is smooth and creamy with some chewiness, from bread malt I presume, as well as having a sturdy malt base of some roasted and toffee malts. Finishes dry with a good helping of herbal tea-like hop bitterness. A quality ale that is easy going and nice to have on a summer evening.

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

A: A deep, bright orange-amber color with very active visible carbonation when poured. The head has a tannish-orange tint and is very large, with a densely foamy, rocky texture. Retention is great, with very attractive lacing.

S: Mostly pale malt in the nose. Some sweeter caramel hints, but they are on the subdued side. A very spicy citrusy nose: orange is most prominent, but with a pithy, spicy, almost herbal twang to it. A dose of resiny earthiness is also present. Very nice.

T: Pale malt with some caramel sweetness thrown in for good measure. Not wimpy, but it stays out of the way and lets the hops do their thing. Citrus and spice are again prominent, with orange zest and grapefruit at the fore. A solid piney/earthy hop flavor is a bit more prominent than the nose suggested, especially as I continue to drink. Very flavorful, with an assertive but well-balanced bitterness.

M: On the full-creamy side, with some tingly carbonation. Very nice.

D: Nothing wrong with this one at all. Another rock-solid pale ale from Sierra Nevada. I was excited to see this in the cooler - it was the last one left. I'm glad I grabbed it - this is a really good beer.

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

Picked up a bottle of the 2009 (2nd release) at West Lakview Liquors. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - After a cascading reverse waterfall type foaming it settles to a four-finger dirty blonde foam with excellent retention and tons of gorgeous lacing. The brew is a slightly hazed fire-orange color with lots of bubbles, both rising to the top and on the sides of the glass. Looks a tad overcarbonated.

S - Earthy dank floral hop smell - only a tiny hint of the usual citrus or pine hoppiness here - and maybe a touch of alcohol. Malt character is bready, with almost a rye-like sourness to it. I remember liking last year's batch a lot more for some reason.

T - The taste has a nice toffee sweetness and spice to it that morphs into an zesty bitterness that lingers for quite a while and builds quite a bit. This is an unusual brew in that I prefer the taste to the smell - the malt sweetness comes out quite a bit more and balances the earthy hoppiness.

M - Moderate carbonation with a bit of burn on the lips and palate. Light to medium body that is quite smooth and soft. Pretty standard APA texture here.

D - The bitterness actually accumlates quite a bit, and the carbonation gets a touch bloaty over the generous 24oz serving size. Otherwise the alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down pretty easy.

I think I liked the 1st release quite a bit more, but maybe my palate has changed or something. Solid and reasonably priced session brew.

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Photo of bsp77
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber-orange, which formed a very nice foamy head that left lots of lacing. Most impressive head/lacing I have seen from a bottled beer in the Pale Ale/IPA spectrum.

Smell: Semi-sweet toasted malts, grains, and floral/citrus hops. While it definitely smells good, I would have expected it to be stronger.

Taste: Semi-sweet, somewhat grainy malts juxtaposed with a very strong hop taste of citrus and pine. Bitterness is moderate and more evident at the end, when it takes on a more spicy tone. I love a beer that can have a strong hop taste without overdoing the bitterness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very smooth with a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. That's all I have to say here, except I wish I had more than one bottle.

Style wise, this is a conundrum. Seems to be halfway between an American Pale Ale and a Double IPA. Seems like that would mean an American IPA, but it's not - too grainy, too smooth, too hoppy without the accompanying bitterness. Seems to be a Double Pale Ale if that means anything. Oh well, it is damn good whatever it is.

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

24 oz. bottle, tulip glass

Pours a clear amber / copper color with a light tan foamy head. The head dissipated with some lacing.

Sweet and spicy aroma full of hops and citrus.

Flavor is well balanced with initial sweetness and finishes with a slightly bitter hop taste. Not overpowering and actually kind of subtle. Citrus flavors and peppery also noted.

Very crisp and clean to drink. Carbonation was good and the alcohol did not hit too hard.

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

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass this fine copper colored ale produced a nice frothy white head that is proving to have some impressive sticking properties.

Smell is a nice blend of fresh hops with some whiffs of oak and/or wood aged aromas.

Hops are noticable up front, but they aren't overpowering. Thus, allowing for some of the earthy, and malty flavors to make themselves known as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticks to the palate nicely.

I'll have no problem finishing this bomber that's for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: Reminds me of other earthy beers such as Titan Ipa, and Oak Aged Unearthly.
If you're a fan of hoppy beers with earthy tones, this one comes highly recommended.

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

Snagged up a newly added bottle @beaumontmarket here in NE Portland...

- Nice deep orange color with fluffy creamy head which is off-white.. clear and looks yummy!

- Fresh hop scent.. very floral, fresh pine... and balanced with alight caramel malting.. smells very refreshing.. and out at just the right time.

- Very well balanced with a light caramel malt profile... and spicy good fresh hops... a nice zing to the southern hop... as well as faint citrus, and more pine. Reminds me of my first macro (not in a bad way). When beer tasted so good to me at a young age.. but later tasted like crap. This reminds me of the best flavors in a brew.

- Slightly dry/bitter afterbite... but overall very nice.

- Super drinkable... bit on the bubbly side.. but given it's style, I would expect that. Overall a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Not disappointed.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The misses is out so I thought I would crack the 24 ouncer by myself. I dig the incarnation of the standard Sierra Nevada stubby bottle in the larger size. This would be the 2009 release.

A: Pours a clear orangish carmel color. Bubbles are still rising from the bottom a few minutes after the pour. Two finger width head of off-white formed rather quickly then receded to a thin ring atop the beer with plenty of lacing clinging around the glass.

S: Medium intense smell of leafy hops, cut grass, pine, and some citrus. A decent malty backbone lurks behind the scenes. Maybe a hint of cinnamon.

T: Upon taking a drink, the taste buds are greeted with a full flavor blast of extremely well balanced citrusy hops and maltiness. The hop character is very interesting comparatively to American varities. From these New Zealand hops I get a much earthier, leafy flavor with some notes of citrus, as opposed to the slap in the face grapefruit/citrus flavor that dominates common American hops. The NZ hops also carry a nice spiciness. There is a slight toasty character to the malt in the finish which covers the 6.7 ABV well.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel which I like, but isn't necessarily true to style. Carbonation is well done and not overbearing. Smooth finish with slight dryness.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This beer would session extremely well.

Definitely a special brew from a warhorse brewery!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: bubbling apricot and peach colors with chunks of orange floating about. The head put forth a orange stained white blob of foam with crusty bubbles. The head peeled away slowly and splattered wonky lacing about. This color has some character, I don't know what it is but I like it

S: the nose was not as I was expecting. It wallows in hop citrus notes with a dry earthy spiciness. I also gather faint whiffs of caramelized pale malts. Things seem rather laid back but it is still a treat for the nose

T: big floral citrus flavor with complementary toasted malts make for a darn good APA. Most notably, the toasted malts splashed with caramel act as a jump rope and the hops are left to jump freely. The hops are of lemons, grapefruit, sprinkled with pepper and with squeezes of orange rinds. This thing hits like a good IPA

M: body is mild and refreshing. The carbonation is spot on for the style and melds with the flavors to make a brisk brew

D: very drinkable and yet another solid Sierra Nevada beer

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

Pours out a copper/light brass color with a thin head.

Smell consisted of lemon/orange, floral hops, with a light undertone of pine.

Taste started out on the sweet side with some malts riding underneath. Bitter pine and an oily texture also blend in with a dry finish, with a taste of citrus lingering in the back of the palate. Taste is truly wonderful and different than other APAs and IPAs for that matter.

It has a medium mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Just curious if the hobbits brew this beer as well.

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

Served on-tap in a shaker pint glass at the Brickside, Exton

Pours an orangechestnut color with a standard sized head

The nose is intriguing, sweet, floral, well-balanced. There is no dominatingoverwhelming single note.

The falvor was intense at first with a burst of hoppiness and then quickly transitioning to the sweet, creaminess of the malt. Very well done

A very nice beer, nothing earth-shattering, but very well executed and easily sessionable.

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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