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 Reagan1984
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a treat and one that I wish was available on a more regular basis. I will be making a trip to the store to grab a few more. (still have 1 left)


Poured an orange amber color with a thick foamy 2 finger head. The beer was very clear and there was some visible carbonation. After drinking the beer there was a nice amount of lacing left behind.

Aroma was wonderful and had huge floral tones. You could also detect the hop oils and the citrus/light pine notes. Excellent.

Excellent flavor that was bright, fresh, floral, light black pepper, tropical fruit.. can't pinpoint exact taste... Nice hop finish and enough malt backbone to make it substantial yet balanced.

This has a fresh hop flavor.

Mouth feel is medium and the beer is very drinkable.

One you need to find and have before it vanishes.

Sierra, bring this back next year please.

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Photo of heebes
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint

Pours a deep copper amber with a huge foamy off white head. Nose is citrus hops , balanced though by an earthy undertone, piney, and hints of caramel malts. Sip reveals a very smooth/easy drinking IPA, bitter at first with a large malt character on the palatte to follow. A dry, crisp, pleasently bitter finish. On the heavier end of a medium mouthfeel, full bodied and well carbonated. This is a great tasting beer, and I'm convinced Sierra Nevada makes some damn good IPAs.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a bottle of this at the Total Wine in McLean (my new place of work). Fantastic for $5 or so...

A: Pours a nice rich, deep copper color. A little bit of foam a the top that remains for the entire beer. Great lacing, very appetizing.

S: A lot of pine sap, cedar, the New Zealand hops really add a degree of grapefruit, and ripe peaches, maybe even some nectarines.

T&M: Very, very creamy. The hops really show well, but the malt really balances the astringent finish. Let's face it -- you know there are hops, but the malt makes the beer what it is. Silky mouthfeel, with very little sweetness on the finish, nice carbonation (maybe a little too much carbonation). Hints of vanilla and even butterscotch once this warms to temperature.

Overall -- what a great beer. Aside from the fact that I love New Zealand beer (Monteith's, Speights, etc). This really shows the potential of their hops, especially when done very well. A great sipping beer for those who like the hops, but find an IPA to be a little too intense. It is crisp, refreshing, and very well balanced. I'll definitely be picking up a case of this before it runs out. One of the best beers in the Sierra Nevada line-up.

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Photo of EPseja
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from an "I think I'll be having two beers tonight" 24oz. bottle in a SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - A noticeably viscous pour. Hazy, bright burnt orange color with an off-white, small and amazingly even bubbled head that's soapy and tenacious. Lacing comes in sticky sheets, and head retention is good.

S - Mmm. Juicy. Honey-drenched grapefruit wedges with only the slightest touch of pine crispness and florals. Simple and inviting.

T - Much less sweet up front than the smell would have you anticipate. Immediately following the downplayed malts, some very light alcohol and faint Stilton cheese(?) yeasty saltiness pops in. Oddly enough, the sweetness actually comes back for a moment just before the bitter taste buds get busy. For as hopped up as this is, the real bitterness hangs back until the beer starts heading down the throat. Medium dry finish. Delicious.

M - Super refined. Thick on the way in without being syrupy, and only tingly on the tongue after it gradually froths into a hoppy cream filling. Dense and throat coating. Substantial swallow. 5.0 without hesitation.

D - This is definitely one for the hop heads to mull over, but not the hop heads that need a malt kick to counter bitterness. Not that this beer is overly bitter, either. It's well crafted and presents itself not just as a beer, but as a well crafted beverage that actually showcases the beauties of a balanced APA.

In a world of gaudy, exaggerated engagement rings (read: most DIPAs), this classily styled offering strives for and achieves beautiful color and clarity over sheer "look at me" size.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice orange color with good clarity. Pours a massive frothy head with great retention and lines of lacing with each sip.

Bright, fresh, citrus and pine hop aroma: all American.

Lively flavor boasting floral and pine hops. Malt is quite assertive and adds a biscuity tone. Lemon and orange zest. Just a hint of honey butter blending with the biscuity malt to round out the experience.

Medium bodied, ultra smooth yet finishes with a satisfying dry texture. Excellent carbonation, just the right amount to add depth and bring hoppy flavors to the palate.

A truly exceptional IPA. Nothing else to say.

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Photo of droomyster
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear copper with sticky tan head that grips the walls of the glass. Smells hoppy but less so than an average IPA; attractive aromas of lemon citrus and clover honey. Drinking this beer gives me a rush because it taste is immensely powerful. The flavor is perhaps best described as a barleywine-IPA hybrid. Very grapefruity and sprucey hops hit the palate upfront but layers of sweet malts come to rescue a second later and give it very well rounded finish. Am having a ball with this beer and plateful of extra sharp cheddar.

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Photo of DIM
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear golden color with some strong amber/copper highlights. It poured with a massive, sticky, and craggy head.

s: Pungent earthy hops with some pronounced grapefruit and lemon. A decent amount of caramel malt lingers in the backround.

t: Even better than the smell would suggest. Fresh, prickly grape fruit hoppy goodness that also taste somewhat piny and earthy. Moderate sweetness in the form brown sugar and caramel. At the very end there is a hint of astringency, my only minor complaint.

m: Crisp, slick, and sticky. The carbonation is gently fizzy and perfectly long lasting.

d: Five bucks for 24ozs? Fantastic beer that I think I may have tried late in the season. I'll look for it sooner next year.

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Photo of dwalters
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big head, excellent lacing, big hop aroma, flowers, pine and citrus. The color is an orange/copper and cloudy. The initial flavor is creamy, back of the tongue bitter the hops just roll in your mouth, very nice. The body is medium, the texture creamy and the carbonation lively.

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Photo of 1759Girl
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A> Dark orange honey. lively. big head which dissipates steadily. lacing.

S>Last month a local hop farmer gave me a handful of 'just harvested hops' to smell. Oh, my goodness! This was EXACTLY it. but with some honey notes.

T>Super complex. Sweet start. ginormous hop punch which softens smoothly before becoming a beautiful, satisfyling resiny hang.

M>nothing to write home about, but fine by me


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Photo of CanuckRover
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light copper. Nice big head settles to a generous film. Lacings are thick and sticky. Looks pretty much perfect.

I can't nail down the fruits here. Tropical certainly. I could take the lacy way out and rhyme off the usual suspects, grapefruit, orange, pineapple, etc. But the aroma is a touch too complex for my nose.

Where the nose is almost delicate, the taste is for the hopheads. Blast of bitterness up front, lovely fruit mid palate, sticky resinous finish. Sweet caramel malt, almost like a barley wine without the heat.

A brilliant beer. I'm no hopheads, but I can certainly appreciate this for what it is.

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Photo of socon67
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I flat out enjoyed this beer.... alot. Sierra Nevada may not be as trendy to say you like because they are readily available beers, but this is an example of an IPA done right.

A - As the beer poured into my glass I could see the creamy orange liquid swirling around. Slight lacing, and a nice lively foam.

S - An appetizing bouquet of flowery hops hits your nose. There is also a smell of citrus, kinda like tangerines.

T - And here's the payoff. This was a smooth IPA with a crisp taste. The hops are clearly at work, and in a good way. I get a little bit of fresh bread too.

M - Not too heavy to drink, and pleasant on the palate.

D - I was hoping nobody else would notice that I was polishing off this bottle. This one was addictingly good.

Maybe it was the hot day, or just a craving for a good IPA. But SV hit the mark on this. By far a tasty brew.

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Photo of 8Punisher8
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly orange with a nice white head. Pours smooth, ok head retention.
S - Hops definitely present, but not overdone. Smells very 'fresh', as if just past the green stage, but certainly ready to drink.
T - Pleasant, with a nice mixture of hops and spice.
M - Hops not overdone here as well, but definitely present. Good, almost delightful.
D - Great drinkability. Could do this as a session beer. Everything works together well to create a great beer to drink.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber color with off-white head that clings to the glass like a needy girlfriend.

sweet, with pine, floral and citrus notes.

Finishes with a lingering floral hops.

an amped-up SN APA. Delish...

Served in a 24 oz. bottle, who needs more than one??

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Photo of xare
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally cracked my Southern Hemisphere open to experience the glory of a fresh hop beer. Appearance was a lovely tawny orange color with a tan head that retained very well and laced.

Smell was of fresh floral citrusy hops. Some malt notes in the background.

Taste was excellent, hops were complex and perfectly balanced, not overly bitter. Malt came through nicely as well. All in all, remarkably excellent and the only deduction was that for some reason with this complexity it still tasted a bit bland somehow.

Mouthfeel was nice with creaminess, smoothness, crispness, and finished clean. No aftertaste at all.

Drinkability was outstanding. I'm considering going out to buy a few more of these and making it a permanent part of my annual rotation.

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Photo of robrobrob
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured redorange into the glass with a thick, rocky, white head that lasted and lasted leaving sticky lace all down the sides. Smell was all hops, really fresh smelling with piney and minty grass notes. Taste was a hop explosion in my mouth. The first thing that came to my mind was weed. Up front it tasted just like weed. Pine sap and mintiness were the first favors noticeable, then faded into lemony grapefruity citrus with a good tongue-tingly bitterness that lasted. "Fresh Hop Ale" is how this was described on the bottle and it fits this beer perfectly. At 6.7% ABV, it's definitely drinkable, and it's not too badly priced; I got a 24 oz. bottle for $5.19 at Consumer's.

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Photo of sls0210
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft in a pint glass. Copper orange color with a thick off-white head. Floral, grass-y nose. Fresh is the word, and this beer really delivers. Great hops and nice bitterness, but not overpowering. I know it's not classified as an IPA but it sure has all the aspects of IPAs that I love. Very drinkable, could have two of these in an evening. Glad I was finally able to try it and it definitely didn't disappoint. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful amber color. Reminds me of a pretty golden sundown. Thick frothy two finger head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: floral, citrus, and pine notes. Slight malt and spice notes as well. Not the greatest aroma from a beer.

Taste: A little sweet and citrusy on the front. Has a little kick in the middle that lingers for a while. Sweet caramel notes and bitterness follows.

Mouth feel: Has a great mouth feel. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Good for a hot day. However I do get some oil residue from the hops.

Overall: Great beer for a hot day. Nice full hop flavors through out the whole beer. Nice color.

Glassware: growler into snifter

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Photo of krisandajt
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a bottle of this sitting all by it's lonesome in my local bottle shops cooler...I just had to take it home.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber with a solid inch of foamy head. Very good retention and with great lacing.

Smell: Hops. Bitter, delicious hops. Smells of pine and grapefruit.

Taste: A subtle malt backbone, but the taste of grapefruit dominates. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, decent carbonation. Hops leave a nice tingle on the palate.

Drinkability: Wow. I am regretting only getting one bottle. If you are any bit a hop head, you will love this beer. Very hoppy, but not to the point of being overwhelming. I will be getting more of this.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber orangy color, with rocky white 3 finger head. A=Sweet, citrus, piney smell, has that typical Sierra nevada pale smell about it, which I love by the way, just has a real clean smell to it.
T= more of the same starts with the sweetness, then seesm together even sweeter in the middle and finishes with a sort of caramelized sugar flavor and of course oily piney citrus Fresh hops, mmm.
M= medium

overall= I really really like this brew, it's clean and refreshing, with a bit of an unusual hop flavor and has a nice sweetness that balances it (but on the hoppier side of course). Great, I will have to get more of this befor it's gone for the year. I could drink this all day!

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Photo of knightred
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I have had a few of these over a few months. I'm extremely new to "reviewing" beer, but have had and drank a great variety. I must also say Sierra Nevada was my first beer and my favorite available beer. This bottle was bought a month back and stored in the basement collection until tonight. I haven't ate in hours, I had a bell's hopslam about 30 minutes prior. On with it.

a= light amber in the glass. Very interesting head, like a hardened lava flow that has collapsed some. Lacing is only on heavy on the top rim, really doesn't lace.

s=hops there's something else.

t= sort of regular sierra hops that tend to light bitter, some maltiness to me.

m= hangs in the mouth, coats the tongue and the headiness mixes nicely. I find it very good.

d= very easy to drink. I wouldn't buy a case, but if I had it I would willing drink it.

Ahh ok, I reviewed this beer because I had another bottle before dinner and the nose was utterly awful. I had it from my beer stores in the basement it's just under 60F. This one had everything similar but the nose. And that was say like a puke smell. Similar to baby's milk puke, having a baby I had thought it was me. I changed shirts, washed my face and hands, and changed glasses but the beer simply had a milk puke smell. I looked it up to see if anybody else experienced this and remembered I could review it. This is why I drank a second one and reviewed it later in evening, knowing it was good a few months back when i had it. Just somehow had a bad bottle, unluckily.


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Photo of weasbri
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice rust color. Big full head on this one, leaving a lot of lacing on the glass.
I really didn't get a lot of aroma from here. Really, with the hops it seems like it should have been stronger.
Thankfully, the taste more than make up for it. The best way I could describe it is "green." The hops are foremost of course, but they are just balanced by a nice malty sweetness. It is strange to feel like a beer with such a prominent hop flavor can be so smooth, but it really is.
The nice thing is that even in a 24 ounce bottle, one can easily put down the whole thing in a sitting.
Definitely recommended.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy off-white head, high retention with soapy and clear lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma includes big notes of fresh grass and pine. Taste has a very satisfying bitter bite with some citrus/grapefruit notes, some sweet caramel malt in the background. Quite per usual from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of ebby82
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a pint glass with a nice frothy head. Lots of lacing as well. A clear golden color.

Aroma is pretty much straight hops. A very nice smell.

The tastes is excellent, not a whole lot of malt presence, yet the hop bitterness isn't overwhelming. Very smooth and drinkable, a really nice, almost light IPA.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Wegmans in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden copper, with lots of haze. 2 inch fluffy foamy head, good lacing.

Smells earthy and dank, some grass, grapefruit, and orange.

Similar flavor, but more complex. The hop flavor can only be described as "the good kind of dirty"- very earthy, dank, and resinous, with black and white pepper, grapefruit, passionfruit, grass, and pine. Very crisp and dry.

Full body, creamy but dry mouthfeel, well carbonated. Quite drinkable. Lingering bitterness as well as lingering tingliness on the lips and tongue.

A lot of earthy flavors in this one that really work. The mouthfeel has this crazy tingliness that I love and don't see often.

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