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

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Photo of lighthabit
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear lightish red/brown. bit of pineapple is the first thing to hit my nose, then clean earthy grassy aroma. great head dies to decent layer, awesome thick clingy lacing. hops are very present, but not terribly bitter, and grass, too. bit of citrus, but not much. bitters up just a bit as it warms. would like just a bit more malt backbone, but that's just me. later on it picks a bit of sense you're on a farm - not in a bad way, just seems about as non-metropolitan as you can get. good effort on sn's part trying something different.

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Photo of ncketchum
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd release, 2009 bottle that I forgot in the back of my fridge from when I first started drinking craft beers....possibly a little old but wanted to give this one a try

A = pours a hazy orange with tons of carbonation, thick, fluffy head that sticks around awhile, leaving behind plenty of lacing

S = not much aroma here, slight hint of hops, a hint of metallic aroma (maybe due to age??) but not much else

T = Even a year old, tastes fresh, clean hops, very hoppy with a bite of alcohol at the end

M = clean, light, with a good amount of carbonation

D = Very drinkable. Would have liked more aroma, but this was very light and drinkable, wish I would have tried it fresh.

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Photo of ChrisBakken
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: About a 1.5 finger head, a golden/copper tint.

S: not quite as floral or citrus as expected. Still had a decent hop aroma, balanced by a slight malt notes.

T: Overall a good flavor profile, the hops were not overpowering. The finish is what got me, could not point out what i did not like.

M: Medium body with a slight astringent feel.

D: As a whole a fine brew, but would venture elsewhere next time.

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Photo of JohnPecod
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a very eye appealing burnt orange that is dusk in a glass. A light but persistent head that has a few rogue bubbles giving it some nice texture.

S - Earthy tea like hops with some malty sweetness underneath. Not a strong or inducing odor but once I got my nose inside the glass I was ready to get to the drinkin'

T - No real sweetness on the tip of the tongue. The hops start over the middle but they don't seem wrapped around anything and lack any distinct flavors. The finish is dry with some lingering hop bitterness. Given the great appearance and odor I was expecting something more dynamic.

M - Besides the appearance this is the strength of the beer. It's light and crisp with strong but not overbearing carbonation while leaving a nice coat on the tongue.

O - This beer has a high drinkability quotient and stays true to the American Pale Ale style. I will happily finish my 24 ouncer, but still it left me wanting more.

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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 sprat1960
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Deep copper color; transparent. Lots of small bubbles upon close inspection. GIGANTIC tan head (4-5 fingers) that dies down very slowly leaving an uneven layer of foam on the surface of the beer and large quantities of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Mild malty and hoppy aroma. Nothing special. Like a good commercial beer.

Taste: Similar to how it smells. Mild malty, grain flavor to start with a mild hoppy finish and a slight bitter bite at the end. Decent.

Feel: On the lighter-side of medium body; very slight dry finish.

Overall: A decent IPA; milder flavor, refreshing and not too hoppy. I had this with pizza and it complemented it well. There are many better beers, but this was a better than average drinking IPA that was not over-the-top in price.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big long lasting light tan head just sits above a honey golden orange colored beer.

Citrus fruits, spring pine trees, and maybe a touch of caramel malts aroma.

Almost a bitter aspect with the citrus fruits and light pine taste, I taste just a
little bit of the malts still trying to make an appearance.

A somewhat dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus staying behind on this medium bodied beer.

Somewhat a decent tasting beer, although Sierra Nevada has a lot of beers that are better than this and cost less and in 12 ounce and not 24 ounce containers. My advice on this one is to grab a six of Pale Ale or Torpedo from these guys and leave this for someone else.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Delicate pour yields a monster head that does a cool cascading effect as it dissipates into beer. Super frothy head, beige-brown color. Body is pretty light colored orange.

Doesn't smell like a whole heck of a lot. A little bit of grassy, flowery hops, maybe a hint of pale malt.

Taste is a bit bitter. Kind of smooth. Finishes clean. Nice taste, the bitterness has a certain flavor to it I can't really put my finger on, almost like a sort of sweet bitterness. Pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good. A little heavy, kind of light on carbonation but definitely enough. Certainly won't have a problem finishing this here beer, but don't know if I'd want another.

Although it's listed as a pale ale, it definitely reminds more more of an IPA. There are plenty of others out there I'd reach for before this, but it is a nice change of pace and the price was quite good.

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

2011 Vintage, 710ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a copper-orange with a nice glow to it. Has a two and a half finger head of beige foam that settles at just below half a finger and laces well.

Smell is initially of fruit salad and then a real floral aroma comes through with just a touch of pine cone.

Taste is very flowery in the main, some pine early to give early bitterness then a floral bitterness late. It is a little hollow in the middle with all the flower flavour.

The bitterness early and then late is noticeable, some harshness as this opens up. Body is ok for the style, except the hollow feel in the middle.

Overall if floral hops smell and flavour rock your boat, fill your boots with this. Otherwise, while it is a hop specific style, it does fall a little short on balance and the total package.

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Photo of mikey711
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass to enjoy before having dinner. It's the same color orange as a sweet potato. Leaving a frothy head that leaves a nice lacing. I was surprised that this was not as aromatic as I thought it would be. Some pine and citrus notes but not much else. The first sip was filled with piney bitterness. Couldn't sense much else going on besides that in terms of taste. Its a little rough in terms of mouth feel but still fairly sessionable. If your not into hops then you won't like this beer. Overall this is a great value buy but a little more aroma and complexity would have been nice.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours an orange coppery color, lots of bumpy, creamy foam setting up, almost two fingers' depth. Thick rings of lace left in the wake of the beer's demise.

Aroma - releases some moderate pine oil scents at first, crackery malts alongside.

Taste - a big healthy first pull yields lots of pine flavor, the requisite biscuit style malts pairing up. A little fight put up by the malts to assert some sweetness, but nothing doing. The hops are in control fairly quickly, mid-palate to swallow. Piny, grapefruit rind kind of thing, turning more bitter on the aftertaste. Some medicinal notes pushing in now, occasionally resolving to a late citrusy note at the end.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, burp-inducing stuff. Smooth feeling, moderate to moderate-light body.

Drinkability - not enough floral presence for my tastes. Those bitter-mongerers among us may well like this, though.

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

It poured a golden amber color and had a dense head. There were some very sharp, piney hop aromas at first, but they soon blew off. I was pretty unimpressed with the flavors at first. Tasted rather flat, but after some time in the glass, the flavor opened up into a nice balance of malt and hops. Very drinkable and refreshing. There is some real interesting hop character, but overall I was kind of disappointed after all the hype I had heard about it.

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

Pours a clear golden copper small off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy hops, some light grapefruit, white wine grape, caramel, and a light dankness. Taste has a bit of sweetness with some caramel, earthiness, a light mineral note, dank hops, and white wine grape. The finish has a decent bitterness to it with a lingering dankness. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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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 hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a two finger off white head with good retention. The aroma is somewhat light, and has citrus and floral hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. Citrus and floral hops, with some caramel malt. Very little sweetness. Unfortunately the flavor is also somewhat light.

Nice carbonation, dry finish, medium bodied, worth trying again. I just wish this beer was either more complex, or bolder.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle

A: pours a clear cooper or light amber with a froth and billowing two inches of white head that lingered for a few minutes, and slowly settled down to about a quarter inch of head.

S: some grapefruit, grass, toasted biscuits, and mild caramel.

T: Pretty much mirrors the nose, mild bitterness upfront. Notes of grapefruit, pineapple, light caramel, biscuits, with a lingering grassy bitterness on the finish.

M: light to medium, well carbonated, slightly oily.

O: Loved last years, but think I got a fresher bottle at that time. This years is not a complex in my opinion, and lacks depth, but it still balanced, and semi-refreshing.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light copper with 3" thick off-white head with large bubbles and lots of lacing that remains on the glass.

S- Pale malts and pine.

T- Light caramel malts, astringent pine bitterness.

M- Light body, fairly smooth. Bitter astringency leaves dry bitter aftertaste in your mouth.

O- Nothing special. Not sure how old this is, so the hops may be faded a little.

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Photo of beerman21
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hued burnt orange head dipates quickly. Smell is not what i expected not much there. Hints of Pine, citrus hops but not nearly as pudgent as i would expect. Taste is subtle but refreshly clean. Pretty tastey similar to the smell but much more upfront. I was expecting something more from this brew but all in all not bad. Highly drinkable very clean dry taste. not worth going on a search for though.

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Photo of crossovert
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
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 NorCalYeti
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

light amber color, large creamy head, roses/estery, later on in the drink the smell was skunky/malty...and not in a good way, very smooth mouthfeel, light citrus hop character. not that imaginative a beer from sierra nevada...probably liken it to a good pale ale with less bite and weight.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper-amber body... moderate off-white head with decent retention, but little lacing...

S: Soft pine, citrus (lemony), and floral notes glaze over a strong malt body which is shining through.

T: Unlike the nose, much of the hop flavors depart and do not make themselves known to the tongue. The bitterness is there throughout... but the hop flavoring is disapointingly absent... I was surprised, and after a couple sips I thought I was served the wrong beer... had a yuengling lager like taste... passed it to my fiancee who agreed that the hops were no where to be found in the flavor profile... checked with the waitress to confirm she brought me the right beer... hell, i was still unconvinced and ordered another and watched it pour from the right tap... same thing... bland... more reminiscent of the regular pale ale than anything else

M: Light-medium body, good carbonation... slightly blurred finish

D: Its good... Don't get me wrong here... this is a decent pale ale, just was expecting a bit more from a beer with high reviews, and was perplexed by the lack of hop flavoring from a beer with "harvest fresh hop ale" in the name... oh well... i'll get my hands on a bottle and give it another shot since i like just about everything else sierra nevada has done between torpedo, harvest, chico, anniversary and celebration

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 27, 2015. Opened June 12, 2015

Surprisingly dead nose. Pleasantly malt forward body for an IPA win a firm woody-bitter finish, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful orange/red color with average head with average lacing and average carbonation. The dominate smell is crisp fruity citrus hops and mild malts. First taste is light, sweet, and somewhat hoppy. Lighter tasting than I thought it would be based on the aroma. It could use a stronger malt backbone.

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My local beer guy talked this beer up so much that I couldn't help but buy it.

A - Really nice head that is very porous and foams very high with great lacing.

S - Sour. There is also a big soapy note that comes off bad. Slight pale malt character, not getting any hops. I don't think that an IPA has to reek of hops, but some suggestion as to the hop profile would be nice.

T - Nice minerally bitterness. Very vice balance between malts and hops, both being very mild. The hop character is subdued, almost just to the bitterness, but there are some floral and fruity elements.

M - Solid medium body and light carbonation.

I was hoping that with the kiwi hops, this beer would be more complex, but the hops are a little subdued. Solid beer overall though.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 2013 edition, "3113215:16" stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere showcases largely bitter and herbal/woodsy New Zealand hop varieties and downplays the caramel malt base. While this is a fairly solid bitter IPA, the bitterness heavily overshadows the fruitiness or maltiness that would otherwise complement it, minimizing my interest in and the complexity of the beer. It's lacking the interesting malt and yeast byproducts as in the English style or the intense hoppy-fruitiness from the American re-imaginging. Interesting to try, I suppose, but I don't feel compelled to seek this out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of beige colored foam, with above average retention lasting somewhat over two minutes. Head falls to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that remains for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is substantial, with waves and honeycombs of lacing adorning the insides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent (10-20% opacity) dark amber brown color, light bringing out a brighter orange-caramel brown hue. Carbonation is visible, slighty sparse and moderately fast in moving along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is different than expected, of fairly modest floral hop scents, slight fruit-like esters, and a notable caramel malt sweetness rather than the complex explosion I was expecting. Not unappetizing, but not particularly bold or complex for an IPA with 67 IBUs and usage of Motueka hops.

Dominated by bittering hops and a floral and woodsy hop flavor, the beer does showcase the Southern Hemisphere (well, New Zealand) hops, but to a large extent avoids complexities of the malt and yeast by overwhelming them with bittering hops. Front of palate is of quite floral and woodsy hop flavors with some caramel sweetness provided by the malts and a bit tea-like. Mid-palate of earthy, woodsy hops with a mild pine resin character, a touch of grapefruit rind and fruit-like yeast esters, and a muddied caramel malt sweetness and tea-like flavor subsumed by all this. Back of palate finds strong hop bitterness along with lesser floral and woodsy hop characters and a caramel malt presence that barely makes itself known over the bitterness. Aftertaste is of spicy, sharp hop bitterness with a mild caramelized malt sugar undertone.

Beer's body is medium in weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation, leading to a soft, comfortably foamy mouthfeel that drinks easily. Closes semi-dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips after each sip.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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