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 YonderWanderer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an orange/copper color, with a nice layer of foam on top. Smell is off sweet, caramel malt, and some spicy, slightly minty hops. Flavor follows suit, as a nice malt backbone comes through. The hops, while not as potent as the fall Harvest ale, are prominent, and are quite flavorful. Minty, spicy, and slightly floral hops are all over this one. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. This is a great brew from Sierra Nevada. A little gimmicky (Southern Hemisphere Harvest?), sure, but it's a well-crafted brew. I like the fall Harvest ale better, but this one is definitely worth trying. I'd love to have them both fresh to drink side-by-side.

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

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. Nice aroma of moderate hoppiness, malt and spice. On the palate the beer is very nice and easy to drink. It's very well balanced with some nice bitterness showing through. The beer comes across on the dry side, but not overly so. It's also pretty light tasting and the alcohol is well disguised. Drinkabilty is exceptional.

This is a beer I could happily drink all night. Another winnner from Sierra Nevada.

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

A-Clear, deep copper with a creamy medium white head. Head reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Fresh, herbal juicy hops supported well by biscuity malt notes. This is of course all about the wet hops so they do dominate.

T-Fresh, herbal, grassy hops. The bitterness is a bit tempered as in most fresh hop brews. A solid biscuity malt foundation keeps this one well balanced.

M-Medium-light body with a nice sharp crispness. Long lasting herbal notes from the hops.

D-Very good, crisp, light and enjoyable. A most well done job by the folks at SN to ship those Kiwi hops all the way to Cali and keep them fresh! Well done, barley able to notice any difference between this and the North American harvest ales which I love so much!

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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 bmillen22
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I buy this beer every year when it arrives on the shelves of my local beer store, and this is the first I've reviewed it.
Phenomenal Beer!

A- Poured a 24oz bomber into by DFH snifftner. Poured it heavy and gave it a nice 1" head that stayed around long after the first couple of sips, then laced up the glass really nice.

S- smell is hops up front (citrus) w/ balt on the back end. I sence the balance of a good beer that I am yet to taste.

T- Great Hoppy taste up front, but not too much. It could be that I am just used to the hops by now, but this beer is balanced very well. I love it.

MF & D- mouthfeel and drinkability are good, although I could not drink these all night because it is moderately thick for this style of beer.

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

Pour from a bomber into an Imperial Pint.

A: Pours a nice orangish amber color. Provides a nice thick off white foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of floral hop flavors. There is a nice malty undertone too, mostly caramel and brown sugar.

T: The floral hops are present up front and througout. The middle and backend is where some of the sweet malt, caramel, bready, brown sugar come through.

M: Leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: Not a session by definition, but a really nice AIPA. Not overly complex, but this is easy to drink. I would have this again and would search it out.

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Photo of Jenebauer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice offering here. Pours a dark golden-amber, with a pillowy bulging head. The nose is all about floral and citrus notes. Flavors of caramel malt and citrus take a backseat to fresh bitter hops throughout the pull. Well-balanced, with a decent lingering bitter resinous finish. Smooth on the palate, with a medium body, easy creamy quaff. Excellent.

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Photo of Showsto
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Clear orange and light copper hues, with a big 3-finger head that only grudgingly recedes to sticky lace.

Aroma is leafy, vegetal hops with a bit of biscuity malt in the background.

Taste: This isn't the hop-lovers' wonderland that the American autumn version is, but it's still a delicious brew. Tangy, leafy hops throughout, with a nice level of balance imparted by biscuit flavored malt. Sweetness and mouthfeel also hit the APA bullseye. A little bit of peppery spice in the background.

Excellent drinkability -- nice and full on the tongue with bitterness just a couple notches under IPA levels.

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Photo of ssgunbond
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.

t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.

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

Appearance: Dark orange beer with a nice amount of foamy head. Head drops to a thin layer for about half the glass and disappears. No lacing present.

Smell: Nice crisp hop aroma.

Taste: Balanced floral, pine, and citrus hops dominate with a slight background of malt.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp body with medium carbonation. Pleasant flavor lingers after the swallow.

Drinkability: Very good. Nice and hoppy but still mild enough to not overpower. The low ABV will help here as well. Nice beer and definitely worth a try.

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

2008 24oz Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Dark copper, nice 1 1/2 finger foamy, white head that dissipates quickly but the lace hung very nice.

S- Citrus, hops, and the smell of straw, malt smell mixed in.

T- Semi Dry, medium hoppinesss, with citrus and organic undertones. As you proceed, the malts take over very nicely, while still letting the hops linger.

M - Dry in the front, with the malts taking mid to back. Dryness still remains.

D - Very drinkable.

This is a straight up, enjoyable experience. This APA has the best of all worlds...A moderate ABV, Full flavored, with a great hop and malt balance, while retaining its smell throughout.

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

A: Pours a nice shade of copper. Slightly hazy with a thick head that slowly recesses to a fluffy creamy head.

S: Floral and dark fruits. Bready and a perfume like aroma.

T: A bitter and dark fruit flavor play well with some biscuit qualities. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Light and smooth, covers your mouth well.

D: You could down these all down long, very sessionable.

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

Served from bottle into tulip glasses. 2012 bottling (but I tried it last year, as well).
UPDATE: Review below is for 2012, but I bought the most recent bottling a couple of weeks ago (May, 2014), and it was as tasty as ever.

A: Huge, fluffy head. Clear, copper color.

S: Fruity and piny hops.

T: Ah, what a lovely hop profile. Subtle citrus and pine, as well as sweeter fruit notes, spices, and green tea, without all the bitterness of most American IPA's. There's just a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste, but it's otherwise very well hidden.

M: A great, medium body - not too light but still very drinkable. My problem with many IPA's is that they are too malty, to compensate for the amount of hops. This one is just right. Medium carbonation, maybe even on the lighter side, creating a smooth character.

O: A well-balanced, drinkable, and interesting IPA. Great stuff.

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

Pours a clear effervescent light amber color with a big stiff off white head that fades slowly with a good amount of Belgian lacing, some 3D. The smell is timid yet orange citrus and sweet well balanced malt notes. The mouth feel flavor combo is light, tangy citrus, nicely carbonated. The fruity citrus leads to a piny hop that lingers appropriately. A real nice drinker...a bunch more hops than your daddy's APA...i'd go with it as more of a good ipa experience myself.

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Photo of DaveWhite
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a tanish, thin head. The smell is faint, at least from this bottle. I've had other bottles with a stronger hop smell. The first sip is soft. There is a hint of a citrus fruit, not sure which. Maybe some apricot as well. The end of the sip is bitter as the hops are strong. This is an older bottle, so perhaps the wet hop has aged a little, but it is still delicious. This is one of the best IPAs I've had. Highly recommended.

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

A: Semi Hazy bold pumpkin color. Nice big head with small white bubbles.

S: NIce hops here. Really a nice balance where the hops aren't overwhelming .

T: Hops hit perfectly having just the perfect amount of kick without being too powerful. A little watery on the finish with the hops being the star taste note.

M: Bitterness develops a bit much. Sits with a medium to heavy body which is nice though. Paired this with some spicy bibimbop which probably wasn't the best pairing but.... I was hungry.

Overall a great IPA. It has a very nice balance of hops yet remains lighter and goes down smooth. Very much like it.

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Photo of rwinzing
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this and have been enjoying them slowly. I am a fan of fresh hopped beers. I enjoyed this beer from a stemmed vessel.

A - Poured into stemmed vessel down middle of the glass. It was a moderate to dark amber with a very small light head.

S - The presence of hops is up front in the aroma. It had a piney smell to me. Not sure what hops were used but a very positive smell.

T - Nice taste can taste the hops through out. Finish was nice but not as balanced as I would have liked. Fished bitter from the fresh hops but good

M - I am still new to rating mouth feel. A bit of a bite

D - I could enjoy multiple of these in a session.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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 MNishCT77
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24 oz. ("1 pint, 8 fl. oz.") bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, 2013 vintage but unclear bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku tasting glass , drank on 5/25/13 over an hour.

A: 4.5 - ruby-reddish-brown coloration, solid clarity (can see and questionably read through), tight white rocky head dissipates into a subtle glass lacing with no hop residuals, moderate alcohol legs, that, on reswirling, agitates the carbonation --> a really pretty beer

S: 3.5 - unfortunately, I don't get much besides that Sierra Nevada house clean noble hop aroma; I was just expecting more hop aroma from a wet hop ale

T: 4.25 - ...made up for the lack of strong hop aroma on the front of the tongue, there is a moderate bitterness that opens the taste buds to many of those Southern hemisphere notes - lemon rind, lime, apricot, white wine, herbal, grassy, spicy; moderate dryness with hop flavors coating the tongue in the aftertaste --> definitely the highlight of this beer

M: 4.25 -moderate bodied, 7+% is hidden within; moderate-to-large carbonation and alcohol legs; has a nice slick taste atypical of many American IPAs

O: 4.25 - another solid offering from my favorite brewery; although I was hoping for more based on my experience with Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy, this is still a really complex tasting American IPA that showcases some of the lesser know South Pacific hop varietals like Motueka; and, for $7.99 for a >22 oz., the price is right, recommended fresh!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of torwart94
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,098 ratings