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 I2uss
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of RaucusBacchus
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jmilluh
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of racer2k
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage -1st Release

A -Dark rich orange color beer. It pours with a very light head on top that is thick but disolves very quickly. Lots of thin lacing on the glass with each sip.

S - Fresh grassy hops and a flowery bouquet are in order. This beer smells like it was just brewed. Very flowery hoppy scent that is quite enjoyable.

T - Balanced beer with a nice hop centric tone. Love the blast of hops at the back end of the swallow. Earthy, grassy, grapefruit tones through the entire glass.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice mix of hops and light malt flavor for a mouth feel.

D - Excellent beer. One of Sierra Nevada's finest specialty beers. Fresh, complex, and very Sierra Nevada. Great beer!!!

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Photo of boyessen
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Straight from a bottle. Rookie mistake or just drinking on the run, no time for glasses.

S - Not very strong. Smells of little pine and some citrus, like a basic IPA.

T - Starts out a bit citrus then goes to pine and leaves an EXTREMELY nice bitterness in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and the beautiful bitter Stays There! Overall perfect balance.

O - An Excellent beer, I would recommend it to anyone who already likes IPAs. Would also be a great beer to introduce someone to IPAs.

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Photo of Brewnami
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be the best Sierra Nevada I have had yet. I was just going to the liquor store in Brighton, MA to get a nice cold beer and saw this. Me being a hop-head, I was intrigued. So I bought it, brought it home, and through it in a pint glass. It poured a crisp, clear amber color with a tall, fluffy, cream-colored head. The head reduced to a nice even lace around the glass. Smells like a very clean IPA with pine and citrus notes. Very nice hop bitter taste with malty hints. This beer is very drinkable. I would love to get this in a 12 pack and session. I tend to notice the more flavorful and tasty a beer is, the less drinkable it is. Not in this case. Also being a relatively high 6.7%, the alcohol is masked very well. I am on my second 22ox bottle and lovin' it.

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Photo of becktone
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 6-9-08

Eye: Perfect! Need I say more? "Pale aleish" in color, the standard-orange/amber with lightly tinted hints of red. Head is quite nice looking. Beaten egg whites in appearance, greate retention and size, lacing looks to be good. You just can't ask for more.

Nose: Beautiful, beautiful hops. This is the Mecca of hops-fresh hops in the hop shortage. I've not smelt a beer with this green of a character in a long time. Nice- Really well balanced hop profile-spicy, citrus, and floral. Really, really green. Smells like a ouch of noble hops has just been opened, and is right up to my nose. Great aromatics on this beer. Malt backbone is there but could be a bit stronger.

Tongue: Wow, again, nice fresh hops. Very green with a nice bitterness that is fresh which attacks the palate. Quite different from the bitterness of an IPA, no way to describe, just much more fresh, young, green. Hops for the most part tend to be more on the noble side, spicy in flavor, not much citrus, more floral. Overall hop flavor is crisp, spicy, young and green. Just great. Malt is there to support this brew, good sweet and caramel like backbone that will gladly sit in the background wile the hops take the spotlight. Balance is great! Very nicely balanced for an APA everything is in perfect proportion. By far the best fresh hop ale I've had to date(maybe only one or two others so far though).

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: I'll gladly pay the price for this at any bar or store, this is one to try, especially if you love hops. I'll be buying it again, too bad that the 2008(great 1st release) will most likely be gone soon. Hopefully 2009 is even better. Don't miss this one.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't often give that many 5.0 scores to a beer but this one really is something special. It has a beautiful copper colour with plenty of rising bubbles and big white head that leaves plenty of sticky lace. As soon as the glass comes within sniffing distance of the nostrils I know I'm about to get a beer of the highest order. Citrusy, piney resinous hops are there, a slightly yeasty aroma, and a touch of fresh cut grass. The malt character of this beer makes itself known in the mouth, balancing the abundant hops nicely. When the beer falls down the back of the throat there's a bitter finish but the sweet malt remains on the tongue. It doesn't get much better than this. I'm glad this is only available for a short while - you really can have too much of a good thing. Like summer, an Ashes series against the Aussies, the day the clocks go forward, Wimbledon, Friday evening, standing on Waterloo Bridge watching the sun go down, and falling in love again, it's something to look forward to.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Cloudy (most likely chill haze) copper hue with a three-finger meringue-like head of off-white foam. Tiny bubbled lacing coats every inch of the glass when sipped.

S - Good strong aroma of fresh cut grass, caramel malt, with a hint of spice.

T - Oh my goodness, this is one phenominal tasting beer. Descriptions such as big, lush, juicy, and rich all fit here. Malts are big and bready, with an almost toasted sourdough like quality. Hops are earthy and spicy with a hint of onion, but also with some fruit zest (hints of white grape and grapefruit). A touch of lemon pepper spice in the finish. So well balanced, it's hard to tell where the malts begin and the hops end. Balance carries right through the finish.

M - Big and chewy, with lively carbonation. Slightly creamy, moreso as it warms. Finishes dry. Nice.

O - A masterpiece by Sierra Nevada. I prefer this to the Northern Harvest, which is itself a tremendous beer. This one was very close to being my first "all 5's" beer. If you haven't tried it, I can't recommend it enough.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2010 is clean, crisp, and quite flavorful. It tastes a bit like an English-style IPA but has a character all its own.

Appearance: Amber, clear with a beige frothy head

Smell: Light with notes of sweet maltiness and piney hops

Taste: Moderate amounts of hops balanced against toasted malt; very fresh tasting

Mouthfeel: Sustained flavor throughout with a long slighlty bitter finish

Drinkability: A refreshing IPA; well balanced and elegant, very drinkable

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Photo of squonk45
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

my 1st 2015 S.H. FRESH HOP ALE 2ND OF 5 THIS YEAR.. Perfect carbonation ..... like a original Sierra Nevada pale ale but less sweet but tasty and this is like 30 days old .... on bottle is says BEST NOT STORED SO DRINK UP ENJOY WHEN ITS GONE THIER ARE 3 MORE IN THE SERIES , can't wait for new wild hops .

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Photo of harlanhu28
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would say that for affordability this has to be one of the best beers I can get..

Pours a medium copper color with a floral hop presence that hits right now.. Tight head that has some staying power.. Right amount of carbonation to give you maximum hop aroma.. What else can I say My opinion this is the best beer they make.. Run don't walk and stock up..

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Photo of Dougal
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing ipa/pale ale... reviewer below hit it on the head... it's like the pale ale but with more refinement and flavor.... not to take away from the pale ale but it's like the pale ale on steroids...

great drinkabiltiy, not overly hopped or spiced, very pleasant. With the high abv you have to be aware that combined with the drinkability factor you could be looking at a nutty evening.

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Photo of ipazilla
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is simply incredible. I purchased a 22 oz. bottle, it was the last one in stock elsewise i would have gone back and cleaned the store out of it. I drank it with a meal of spicy sushi rolls which it complimented well. Big Big floral flavor, like an ipa with limited bitterness. Exceptional drinkability and smoothness, the hops used are shipped from new zealand in our off season and they are robust, fresh, earthy pine flavored and delicious. I can't say enough about how great this beer tastes if you get a chance to try it do so and if you love dried hop ale, like their celebration ale, but less bitterness you should enjoy this treat.

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Photo of Simon_of_Berlin
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The best Beer I ever tasted

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Photo of oelergud
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive looking short 24oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label conveys the story of the hops coming from New Zealand.
Clear ruby copper body with a large tan buttes head of small to large bubbles. The retention is great and the lace clumpy.
Fresh pine hops dominate the smell over the pinenuts and faint caramel notes.
The taste is great. Strong rough hops all over the place lined with a fine layer of caramel and molasses. The aftertaste wont quit it's onslaught of oily hop notes, but does mellow out just enough to let the malts shine through more than in the initial taste.
Full body with plenty of coating and a very slick oily feel.
Excellent drinkability, very delicious. Can't wait to try the other two new harvest ales.


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Photo of Hatchman
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought at Total Wine in early August as a 24 ounce bottle. Poured in a standard pint glass.

A- Murky copper, looks like it has something too offer you. Great head, very thick, lightly tanned, two finger, lumpy and lingers. The biege head tells me this beer has something to offer.

S- Citrus, hops, very light malt. Smell is just a tad "low" on strength that it could be.

T- Bursting with flavor. Tastes stronger than the smell would dictate. Citrus, hops, lots of orange, light on the pine, very low on the grapefruit. Stronger citrus and a tad lighter hops than an APA/IPA. Much lighter than a double/imperial IPA, but at 100 degree summer temps, this beer works. Just the right amount of malt, biscuity and tasty. Taste is really strong for a $4 24 ounce beer. Strange that the label really raves on the New Zealand hops, but I taste a bit more malt and citrus than the label hints at. But it works.

M- A tad heavy on the carbonation, but could be because it was too cold when served. I was excited to try it so I stuck it in the freezer for a quick chill. But thick, heavy feel. You can almost chew this beer.

D- I REALLY like this beer. This is seriously one of the best beers for the money for the summer. I like a lightly citrus beer with a lot of hops and a great taste and very refreshing without being weak or watered down or too citrus/lemony. This beer is the perfect summer beer. I'm going back for more. A must try for any beer fanatic. And it doesn't even cost that much.

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Photo of Troy518
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is the color of liquid pennies with hints of red and gold in there. Large head with plenty of lacing.

S: Beer smells of fresh hops as one would expect.

T: Taste is classic Sierra Nevada and is citrusy, piney, hoppy, and just a touch of malt. The sweet/bitter is balanced just right and in my opinion, far superior to their traditional Pale Ale.

M: Creamy with just the right bite from the carbonation. Very well balanced.

D: Higher in aloohol than their traditional Pale Ale, this beer goes down far too easily.

Overall, would definitely purchase again, perhaps even a case.

($4.79, 24oz, Oliver's Bev., Albany, NY)

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Photo of golden1
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle from John's Marketplace. 1st Release of the 2008 batch.

Pours a hazy, dark orange with close to two fingers of head. *Great* lacing down the sides of the glass.

Good smell - hoppy, but reduced in sharpness from your standard IPA. More floral and sweet instead of pine. Didn't quite catch the malt that others have mentioned, but it's still good. I would expect this is the difference between using fresh and dried hops.

I could not believe how smooth this was. There's a usual transition in hop-focused beer where you can pinpoint the change from the taste of the hops to the bitterness of the finish. This beer does a spectacular job of masking that point and the result is a very fresh, clean taste that holds up and rolls perfectly into the end.

Crisp feel - bit of a pucker after half the bomber, but you should be expecting that with a beer like this.

Crazy drinkable. This is a brilliant example of the style and, if available, you should not hesitate to try it.

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Photo of Brent
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Although highly rated, I'm always a bit surprised this beer doesn't get more love. Nice, solid malt with moderate sweetness and a delightful fresh hops flavor without any green leafy notes often found in fresh-hopped beers. ABV is well concealed and the beer is quite (perhaps too easy, given the generous bottle size)to drink.

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Photo of SigEp
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn! I haven't written a review in over a year; partially out of laziness but partially because I was underwhelmed with a lot of "new" beers I had been trying.

This is not the case with the Sierra Nevada 2008 Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest. Pours beautifully, rich, golden amber. Smells, hops -floral and citrusy but also fresh! Oh my how fresh, smells like when you roll hops in your hands. And all that hops with a rich malty background. Savor that aroma as long as you can because once you taste it you probably are not going to pause long enough to smell it again.

And the flavor is fantastic, perfectly balanced smooth maltiness that provides the canvas for fresh, delicious, hop flavor.

The only thing I can really compare this to is pliny on tap. It is less strong, yes, but it is the same delicious, rich, hoppy, beauty that is somehow refreshing. Almost feel likes it's quenching your thirst. It is a 24ounce bottle; but I could easily pour two to my head if no one stopped me.


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Photo of tobyandgina
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very similar to the Celebration Ale - not as hoppy.

Off-white, frothy head. Lasting.

Slightly cloudy amber color.

Some caramel notes in the smell. As well as earthy, hoppy, grassy.

The palate was well-balanced; hops, caramel, malts with a slight bitterness to the finish(not too much) - great!

Overall, it had a medium body and was very easy drinking. Another excellent brew from our friends at Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been dying to give this one a shot ever since I first read about its production. I love Sierra Nevada and everything they brew....I bought 4 bombers today and cracked the first one this evening....

This is just beautiful.... Its a glowing copperish hue with a thick creamy fluffy head that simply refuses to go away...Held up to the light, the small carbonation bubbles slowly float up from the bottom of the Sierra Nevada pint glass...

Upon placing my nose into the glass, I'm greeted with a piney hoppiness that seems very well balanced by a sweet maltiness... This doesn't seem to be quite as pungent as the Harvest Fresh Hop, but hell, it still smells really good.... Just a little more subdued..

Alright, this is just terrific.... Its hoppy and piney and oily and sticky but yet sweet and balanced with the malts in the background....this finishes with a nice puckering bitterness from those New Zealand hops as well...

I had to restrain myself from chugging this so that should tell you what I think about its drinkability...

Sierra Nevada, you've done it again! You guys keep churning out one terrific brew after another and I keep buying them by the truckload...between this and the Summerfest, I will be spending quite a bit of time with your brews this summer...

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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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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,099 ratings