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 SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orange-copper with one finger of white head settling to a rocky lace.

Orange, cloves and honey.
Some orange bitterness with a mild, sweet, long finish.

Medium body and some chewiness.

Southern Hemisphere is an interesting concept and an easy drinking fit with good friends in the summer heat.

Date consumed: 29 July 2008

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Photo of Rayek
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fuzzy amber color with a fair amount of sandy particulates floating around. Active carbonation from very fine bubbles. The soapy, rocky and chunky cream head has great retention and leaves gobs of lace.

S: A plethora of different hop aromas great the nose. Lemon, grass, grapefruit and earth interplay nicely. A toasted biscuit scent lets you know the malts are there.

T: Heavy hop flavor without a heavy bitterness. This beer isn't a bitterness bomb, but it still has a ton of complex hop flavors. Pepper, lemon, grapefruit and grass notes mingle on the tongue. Toasted malt flavors ride underneath. Finishes dry and tart.

M: Medium body is silky and oily, with the right amount of fizz.

D: I really enjoyed this one. Proof that a hoppy beer doesn't automatically need to be hyper bitter too. Very nicely done.

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Photo of gpogo
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep clouded amber with large off-white head that dissipates to a foamy covering leaving a nice lacing.

A- Lots of malty caramel aromas. I got a light hit of apples.

T- As this bottle is the 2008 release I assume much of the hop flavor has mellowed out. There is still a decent amount of bitterness. Caramel maltiness backed by an ever present bitterness. Very balanced with the bitterness not overpowering.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable, I wish I had tried one right after release to compare how it has aged. It seems slightly strong and malty to be an APA, though looking at BJCP specs it is only slightly over the upper 6.2%abv.

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Photo of adamhdv
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lite copper brown color and keeps a nice head throughout. Somehow I got little to no lacing.

Tasted crisp pine needle hops up front. And a little citrus/bitterness added also, great balance.

Mouthful is great. Enough hops and malt to balance and finish strong. Bitterness is great, about, if not more than, what I had expected.

Brew seems a little strong, almost like an IPA. The Wet Hop Ale, imo, is better. This however is still excellent, don't get me wrong.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my Lord! This is great!

The fresh hop brew pours a beautiful clear reddish orange with a darker off white head that sticks around till the fat lady sings.

The head gives off this most interesting aroma. A little nutty aroma, a little flowery, and it smells like grapefruit! Wow! This keeps getting better!

The flavor is very intense but not harsh with too much bitterness. The bitterness is there but it's smoothed out by the malts used... gotta be some caramel malts in there.

By the way, it leaves a oh so delicate lace in its trails... a wonderful sight indeed.

A little alcohol warmth ( which is nice ).

Definently my favoite IPA or close... very close. The fresh hops give a wonderful complexity to the brew. My first wet hop ale.

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Photo of tadowdaddy
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish/Amber color with huge white head and tremendous lacing. Retention is very good.

S- Earthy hops and some other spices.

T- Wow. Never had a SN that is this hoppy. Spicy malt at the front end, but the backend is a huge hop party. Delicious beer from SN. Definitely bitter in the backend. More like a bigger IPA than an APA.

M- Oily! Very Oily! Very bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

D- Low ABV. makes it partly sessionable. Goes down very easy. Love the drinkability of this one.

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

A- Pours a beautiful reddish amber color, with a thin head with moderate staying power.

S- Has an air of floral hops, with a mild flavor of dark fruit and a nuttiness to it. It comes off as very earthy and airy.

T- The malt flavor is nicely balanced with the woody dry-hop flavor.

M- Has a nice medium body, and a solid mouthfeel.

D- I could definitely see drinking a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a white foamy head that leaves pretty, thick lacing on the glass. Aroma of bitter citrus hops. Initial flavor of sweet malt (bready, cookie malt) followed by a very bitter finish. Perhaps too bitter than I'd ideally prefer, but this was a pretty good beer.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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

A very strong IPA, borderline Imperial. Pours clear and oily gold with a puffy white head. Thick lacing. Crisp, clean aroma of pine, mango, pineapple, and oranges. Taste is very citrus, with more grapefruit. Some soapy hop flavors, as well as pepper and wood. Loved it.

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

I had this beer at the Brickskeller in Washington DC. Ken and Steve Grossman were in attendance describing how Sierra Nevada came to be. What a great story. Anyway, this beer was a nice treat.
Aroma: Big green hops aroma with notes of malt.
Appearance: Coppered hued with white head and plenty of lacing.
Flavor: Big green hops with plenty of malt to balance the bracing bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Scrubbing carbonation finishing with a hoppy bitterness.
Overall: This is a nice beer. The hops were definitely different from the standard Sierra Nevada varieties. A nice treat.

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Photo of Guzzler78
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gem pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber. A nice large and fluffy light tan head that leaves gobs of lacing.
The aroma is of pine and citrus hop notes, with some malt sweetness coming through as well.
A lot of fresh hops in the flavor but it is offset with some malt, not a completely balanced brew but hop and malt in good harmony- hops shine through.
A nice medium mouthfeel with a nice lingering hoppy aftertaste.
Could easily drink a few glasses of these.
A beer I will look forward to tasting each year.

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Photo of theopholis
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours with I nice, fairly clear, amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. The body continually, slowly effervesces, and the head leaves behind a sticky lacing.

Smell- Nice mix of maltiness and hops up front. Smells crisp and fresh. Quite inviting.

Taste- Nice mix of malt sweetness, bittering hops and flavoring hops. Just a hint of a citrus zing to it. Some pine in the jowls to.

Mouthfeel- A tad heavy for the style. It works tho, because it gives you a nice, lingering aftertaste. Yum. CO2 level is also nice.

Drinkability- Not great, not bad.

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Photo of toweringpoo
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really psyched when I saw this at my favorite store in all of japan, tanakaya. I had sierra nevada's harvest ale last year and I was very impressed, so I had high hopes for this one. It didn't disappoint.

Poured into highball glass(I was in a hotel, that's all they had). Everything about this beer is fantastic. Rich reddish brown color, huge, thick whipped cream-like head, amazing floral citrus hops with so much depth. Even the carbonation was perfect, something I usually don't give too much thought to. I savored this one to the last drop, enjoying the slight changes in flavor as it warmed getting a little more bitter and piney toward the end.

I wish I had bought more than one... Oh well its a good excuse to go back soon.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at my haunt of choice in Baltimore, MaHaffey's. It poured a clean copper with a large white head.
The aroma was big on sweet and almost roasted malts, and although some hop piney-ness, not as much as I'd expect.
The taste, however, was choc full of the hops, piney and citrus, with mild malt sweetness and a hint of honey and vanilla.
The feel was once again deceiving, with little sweetness and a lot more dry feel, with an almost tanic biting feeling on the tongue in the aftertaste.
Despite all this, I think its a fantastic concept (southern hemisphere, etc) and it was by no means a bad beer, just not what I expected. Should we penalize SN for that? Certainly not; this is a great, refreshing and interesting brew.

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Photo of BierFan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Dark, slightly hazy, orange body with a big off-white head.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit and citrus peel aroma.

Taste: Caramel malts manage to make themselves noticeable through the bitter grapefruit hop flavors.

Overall this is one amazing brew and something that I look forward to having next year.

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Photo of LoRezDave
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy hops. Holy well balanced hops.

First off let me say this is the most amazing APA/IPA I've ever laid my tastebuds on. If you're a Hophead you must seek this out. A note on the hops - as you might expect by the name, all 3 hop varietals came from the southern hemisphere...specifically New Zealand. More interesting info from SN's pressrelease:

My sample was from a 16oz bottle at cellar temp.

The appearance is bold. Colossal, chunky, sticky, billowy head. Not a gusher but a incredibly strong head that's built 3 fingers high - and sits around for the duration. Lacing - HA! The lacing is big beautiful globs of head sticking to the sides of the glass allll the way down. The beer's color is a rich gold and just slightly opaque - could massive hop oil contribute or is that simply colloidal activity?

The smell very pleasantly grassy at first, green grass and cut grass, secondary floral notes, and some spicy aroma as well. Very big on the nose.

Not surprisingly, the taste is big hops very very well balanced with a creamy malty backbone. Lots of delicate floral and citrus hop flavors.

The mouthfeel was big but not overly full with some slight hop slickness.

Fantastic brew - I wish I'd picked up a couple more.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a medium colored, ever so slightly hazy orange-red, with a medium off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was an immediate blast of hoppy citrus grapefruit. Mouthfeel was bitter to start, but as the beer warmed, this rounded well toward a bit of a malty sweetness. Flavor was a continuation of the nose and mouthfeel...bitter hoppy citrus to start and a warming, earthy malt taste to finish. A very good beer!!!

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rust-orange color. Pretty foggy. A minimal yet persistant head sits atop. Lacing is fair. Upon pouring the remainder of my bottle (very aggresively) I got a substantial amount of head perched atop the foggy orange beverage.

Hop smells give off citus and pine along with an earthy spiciness. Sweet and slightly bready malts are in the nose as well. Also a caramel sweetness.

Scales are tipped in the favor of hops but there is a nice malt backbone here. Grapefruit and mild orange flavors are happening along with a piney bitterness. Malt flavors are mostly caramel and buscuity/bready as reflected in the nose. Tasty flavor profiles with good depth.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied thats almost sticky. Smooth but very crisp. Great in my opinion.

Drinkability - Solid drinkability. I was lucky enough to have this on tap a few times over the summer. It's a great beer on tap or in the bottle. Hop bite is razor sharp. Bitter, but not overpowering. Excellent brew. I love all of the harvest series.

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Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazed deep orange color with a touch of a ruby hugh, and a nice cap of fuzzy off-white.

Nice nose of lots of fresh citrus and cake.

Flavor brings some sweet white cake malt with a hint of toffee. Hops bring in light berry with juicy/zesty citrus, and spicy-bitter piney hops. Nice medium-full body, lightly zesty-sharp-and-crispy, lightly creamy-fuzzy carb in good quantity.

Solid beer. And I didn't even have it at its freshest.

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

Pours amber with an one inch off white head. Good amount of lacings.
Strong floral hop aroma.
Taste is ripe resinous grapefruit with a good malt backing. Tart and somewhat leathery.
Mouthfeel is quite good, mild carbonation.
Drinkability is good but only if you like plenty of bitter hops.

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

A - Pours murky deep honey, lighter at the edges. Small ring of head, clinging sudsy lacing.

S - Deep rich malt with lots of hop notes.

T - Sweet malt ramps up to be squashed by very apparent hops.

M - Medium body, good coating, good balance.

D - Nice beer.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a big 2008 bottle into my pint glass

A - pours a dark amber color with 1 inch of foam that left plenty of lacing throughout the glass

S - strong citrusy hops aroma of grapefruit and lemon

T - malty piney flavor followed with a nice hoppy bite

M/D - not a bad brew at all, the hop bite at the end was just a bit too much for me, not as smooth as i would hope for

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

Poured a nice copper color with a significant and lasting white head. The aromatics were all hops and no beating around the bush about it; strongly aromatic.

Tastewise it was, as expected, pretty strongly hoppy. There was also a bit of sweetness - not unpleasant or over powering but more than I had expected - and a rich, refined flavor that I haven't found in some other Sierra Nevada offerings I've had.

Throughout I felt like I was drinking a top notch ale that I would only too gladly return to.

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

A: Nice chunky head, lingering lines on the glass, vibrant peach color - 4.50, S: Some of the zesty and peppery hops, a little more earthy as one might expect from a fresh hop ale, not an overpowering aroma - 3.50, T: Lots of spicy and extremely bitter hops, sour grapefruit, a nice balance of malt, for a pale ale this is a solid beer - 4.25, M: 4.00, D: I recall first having a Sierra Nevada fresh hop beer at a tasting at the Brickskeller in DC and it being the best of the bunch, this one is quite tasty but not up to the same scale, still a solid beer - 4.00

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this summer & it was buried amongst the other lighter ales in the bottom of the fridge. Wonder what it would have been like immediately.

As is, this is a very good pale ale that I initially thought was an IPA (maybe the "hop" in the name confused me). This APA has a nice tangy nose, & the brew has a nice acrid bite to it that I love in a the few good APAs I've come across. Although as usual I split this bomber with my wife, I would have little problem downing this in a night.

I'll certainly pick up one next summer & try it soon after it comes off the shelf. Might be even better then.

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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 3,099 ratings