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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

Added by Todd on 05-07-2008

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Photo of Lupe
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a big fluffy head. Serious retention and tons of sticky lace are left behind.

Wonderful hoppy aroma. Not exactly the usual scent of hops, but still has citrus (orange & lemon), tropical fruit, fresh grass and floral notes.

Spicy hops kick things off before fruit sets in. Citrus and pineapple are present and mingle with the sweet caramel malt. Toasted bread and apricot preserves come in before a blast of resiny hop bitterness. Finishes with mildly bitter with a slighlt sweet floral flavor. Incredibly well balanced while providing a juicy hop kick.

Medium bodied and silky smooth with maybe a touch of graininess on the tongue. Highly drinkable and just so enjoyable. I was still looking for more after finishing the 24oz bottle. I'd love to always have a bottle or two around.

I really liked the hop profile in this one. It was like an old school pale ale on steriods. Gotta love the freshness of this beer as well.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange or copper color with a nice head that sticks around in patches. Nice legs. The aroma is pleasant and sharp at the same time: Fresh citrus and pine hops mostly, and also some floral notes float up. Hop oils are definitely present in the scent. Barley adds a nice backing to it.

This beer is perfectly balanced in the taste. The barley and caramel-like malts are oh-so-smooth and the piney hops are perfectly bitter. Slightly resiny with the hop oils coming through the whole taste, but not too in your face. The hop bitterness and smidgeon of citrus and grapefruit could not complement the malts better. This is the taste of fresh hops. Very complex, but clean and not at all heavy-handed. Same with the malts. I've had other IPAs that have a big barley and caramel malt taste, but they end up taking over the whole taste profile. This is the closest to perfection, as far as balance goes, in an IPA that I've had. I've always believed that Sierra Nevada is one of the most consistent breweries in the U.S. and this is a testament to that.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle, great foamy head. Good retention and some good sticky lace. Nice hazy dark amber color.

Sweet piney scent and citrus armoas as well. very nice and bold.

Sweetness and bitterness in perfect balance. Bitter citrus hops and some piney goodness. Malt contriubutes a sweet bready taste. Hops are bold but are not over powering. the best apa I have had.

Hops are lingering in a good way. beer is medium bodied and smooth. Aftertaste has a small bite to it. Would drink several of these. Another nice showing by SN.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest poured a deep amber color with a cream colored head. The head thinned into wisps but never completely went away. The smell was excellent with the hops being at the forefront of the aroma and the taste. The brew has a spicy nose with a subtle hint of caramel. The flavor profile is exceptional for an APA. Very hoppy up front with spicy notes and a lingering hop aftertaste that compliments the sweetness on the back of the tongue. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, not watery or thick. This beer is very drinkable if you pace yourself so to not be overcome by its 7% ABV. Overall an excellent offering from Sierra Nevada! To give a con for this brew; I think bottle conditioning it would have added a very nice touch and made the complexity of this beer even more prevalent.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice reddish golden color with two fingers of nearly white head. Head has tremendous staying power (no doubt due to the fresh hops) and leaves lacing rings down the sides of my glass.

S - Citrsusy, grapefruity hop aroma. Some grassy smell in there as well.

T - A very nice hoppy ride. Straightforwars with a tiny bit of citrus hop initially. The brew gives way to some earthy hop. The finish and aftertaste are comprised of a ton of earthy hop flavor with a bitter aftertaste.

M - A smooth, slick feel with just the right prickly carbonation.

D - Another winner. A quenching hop bitterness and smooth feel make this one easy to quaff.

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Photo of BigMike
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

This is the second release of this fine beer from old reliable Sierra Nevada.

Poured from a 24oz. Brown bottle. A beautiful tangerine orange/ dark apricot color. Three fingers worth of white head that is so rich and creamy and fluffy it's almost cloud like. One of the more picture perfect pours in recent memory.

Smell is light and fruity. A bit spicy with some orange. Overall fragrance is fresh and clean.

The flavor is slightly sweet at first and finishes with a nice bitterness that makes this a pretty balanced brew. A little bit of fruit and spicyness round this one out.

The bright spots of this fresh hop ale are the mouthfeel and drinkability. It's so light and creamy yet rich and flavorable at the same time. Easy to drink and almost perfectly balanced.
To me, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Are one of the finest brewers of craft beers around.

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Photo of pd360
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber, very clear. I thought the aroma to be light and floral. The flavor however delivered, very bold. This beer has two distinct stages. It first hits with a sweet citrus flavor. The sweetness being a bit maple syrupy. Next comes the bitter, with a finish that lingers nicely. This is a delicious very drinkable beer that is one of my new favorites.

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Photo of SargeC
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2009 edition

Appearance: Deep golden brown colored liquid with a frothy yellow-gold head.

Smell: Thick hop presence with an underlying base of sweet malt. Citrus and pine dominate.

Taste: Good semi-dry hop flavor. Deep complexity from the fresh hops. Provides delicate flavors not evident in other hop heavy brews. Seems to be more about the flavor and less about the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry finish. Interestingly dense yet delicate body.

Drinkablity: Extremely drinkable, tasty and complex with satisfying hop presence.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orangish copper with a beautifully rising off white head. There are loads of lacing left on the glass. This beer is truly a work of art.

The smell is kind of faint. But, I can pick up a good dose of citrus and spicy hops with some caramel malt.

The taste is a piny, citrus, and spicy hop flavor up front with a good caramel malt sweetness. As this is a pale ale, the hops aren't overpowering, but you can certainly taste them balanced with everything else.

The mouthfeel is a nice smooth, medium body. The carbonation lends to more of a creamy than crisp feel.

The drinkablility is outstanding because the beer does not overpower in any way and is delicious.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.
6.7%, 2013

A - The beautiful clear bronzed orange-colored beer is topped by a massive, plush off-white cap of foam that plateaus to a lumpy pile of foam, coating the glass with a heavy veil of lace - absolutely perfect looking!

S - The perfumy aroma is pungent, however delicate, with a hop burst both floral and fruity in nature, laced with citrusy pineapple and sweet melon rind trailing off into sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Juicy pineapple chunk and balled honeydew melon give Southern Hemisphere Harvest a tropical fruitiness contrasted by a flutter of elegant floral notes, gently propelled by a breeze of caramel malt sweetness for exceptional balance.

M - Beginning almost creamy, Southern Hemisphere Harvest has a pleasing medium body with a thoughtful level of bitterness putting the perfect cap on this balanced, smooth fresh hop IPA.

O - The gorgeous label of Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest sets the tone of this sophisticated and complex wet-hop IPA, begging for attention through careful consideration. It's fresh hops do the same with undercurrents of sweet caramel dribbled over pineapple and honeydew melon with a bouquet of delicate floral notes throughout. Bitter but balanced, this IPA is appealing across the board - another hoppy Sierra Nevada success!

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Photo of sdmrtn
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice off-white head sticks to glass all the way down golden orange color.

Smells lovely citrus hops and malt

Tastes full and malty, bitter no sweet no bitter no sweet, bitter, sweet, bittersweet. I love the incredible balancing act. fresh hops are great

I would drink this beer any time any place any price... well maybe not any price

This a luxurious beer worthy to seek and find

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Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the squatty SN bomber.

beautiful deep but bright apricot with a lively head that moderately clings and laces in slow motion. already looks world class.

nose has a hint of malt whiplashed with a stealthy hop pine/citrus focus. as the head settles into a denser sea of foam, the smell comes on a little stronger. not a hopbomb smell, but very balanced and a good indication of what might come.

whoa, more hops than the nose indicated. and simply perfect balance of hoppiness and malt. very similar to the Torpedo in looks and taste for sure. mouthfeel is what makes all this cohere with its perfect carbonation making it snappy yet keeps the potential cloying of rich hoppiness quick and refreshing.

this is, for anyone who appreciates hops, very drinkable. very.

interesting little story on the label, too.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor, bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year - once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features fresh hops from New Zealand - where fall occurs during our spring. These fresh whole hop cones are picked, dried and shipped to the brewery within days of the harvest."

So the genius minds at Sierra Nevada now take advantage of two harvest seasons, one that is their own, and one that is typically foreign to us. This is great stuff, and pure ingenuity. Great beer minds are at work here, and I have faith in this beer after enjoying both the Estate and the Wet Hop, two other of the four beers in this Harvest Series. The whole idea is the absolute FRESHEST ingredients. Who's going to complain about that? All have been pale ales, and so far all have been great. I'd be interested to see what happens if they bring other beer styles into this wonderful world of freshness.

This is a short but fat 750ml capped bottle coming in at 6.7% abv; pretty much where everything in the Harvest Series lands. I opened the Southern Hemisphere up cool around 8C (45F) and let it slide into a Sierra pint glass. The pour was smooth and very gentle. Only a small rumbling of foam built in the glass, eventually capping the beer with one inch of tightly pack, dense, yet airy soft white head. The beer was glistening in the light showing me a ballet of ruby pinks, rich oak reds, copper, golden browns and soft haze. Really a very nice stature.

The nose was gentle and soft, not really busting at me like I had expected it to. Light touches of sweet caramel, bright pale malts and a smoothly crisp hop sensation just barely tickle your nostrils. An inkling of floral, lightly spicy and herbal hops are there in the back. Even a bit of sweet tropical fruit makes its way in. But certainly not the rush of citrus and pine we have seen before from Sierra's Pale Ales.

This beer will effortlessly calm your palate in a smooth and elegant world of gently sweet malts, and aromatic fresh hops. The sensation here is pretty remarkable. All American Pale Ales should try to mimic this construction; it's just about seamless. Hops come through first showing more citrus than felt on the nose. A combination of zesty lemon and grapefruit blends with hayfields, pepper and spice to crisply refresh and entertain your tongue.

The malts here are definitely wallpaper in a beautifully furnished room. Its not what you are focusing on, but if not done properly if could ruin the whole experience. In such case, the malts are perfect. Soft and elegant, they flow in with light caramel, distinctly clean pale malts and a touch of brown sugar. All melting into a beautiful balance, and a creamy, sort of silky-lush mouthfeel.

The hops for sure play the starring role. This beer is more bitter on the palate than the other two of the series I have had, but it also shows confident restraint. What I mean by that is that you can taste the pine, hints of grapefruit peel, and touches of lemon grass. You can feel the elegant. Taste the flavor, and feel the elegance - this rather than feeling everything and being overwhelmed.

The finish is as you should expect; sensationally refreshing, somehow very smooth and calm, with a fresh ans short finish. This I would enjoy with anything grilled or fried, all sorts of pub food, big strong cheeses and beef stew.

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Photo of ccm414
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(From notes)

Poured from the bottle to a 4oz tasting glass, although I have had this brew many times...

A- Pours golden to light amber in color. Has a nice 2 finger head with great retention and uniform lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh hops! Heavy notes of citrus and pine. Simply stunning. Scents of tree fruit; pineapple and grapefruit. It almost has a tiny aroma of fresh ginger at the end. This one builds the more you take it in. Love it.

T- HOPS! H-O-P-S hops hops hops! Citrusy like the smell with the late piney flavors. A veryyy long hop finish. While I mention a lot of hops, it is not overpowering where it destroys the taste. They did an amazing job here.

M- A fantastic medium body with perfect carbonation.

D- All day baby! No, but really this is one of my favorite beers. I highly recommend this beer to everyone. Even if you're not a hop-head, I would still give this one a try.


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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 3 finger rocky head into my pint glass. Color is a light to medium amber.
Lacing all over the glass.
Smell is citrus,
Taste is grapefruit / hoppy,it seems to be just a touch bitter but there is a good bit of carbonation that seems to mellow the bitterness. Also some maltiness, bready.

Mouthfeel is awesome. The malt and the perfect carbonation tickle my tongue.

Drinkability: glug, glug, glug.... Oh, drinkability is off the charts great.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the Blind Tiger 06-19-09

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing. Amora is rich with malts, caramel and a balancing, citrus and pine. The aroma is very similar to the taste, a malty start with a citrus/pine bitterness. Some spice , but mostly citrus, haven't had such a well balanced beer in a while, in the hop/malt department. Great mouthfel of creamy, smoothness, with a great bitterness. Easy drinking for 6.7% and could def. polish off a few in one session. I had this once before from the bottle and don't remembering being this good. My guess is a fresh keg?

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Photo of getalife2k5
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle. the color of iced tea with a floral aroma. my girlfriend, who is Korean, said it smells like Korean barley tea. it seems to be very well balanced and easy to drink. there are certaily hints of apricot and grapefruit with a bitterness that lingers on the tongue. the hops are continuously present and actually a little spicy, just as the description indicates. somehow seems much stronger than 6.7%. i could drink this all night! i also like the rustic label with the map of New Zealand.

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good offering from Sierra Nevada, I am really feeling this beer, great pour, nice foam, sticks around for a while, and lightly coats the top of the beer from beginning to end. Nice reddish/golden brown color.

The hops are amazing, they are very strong, they blow up, but the taste is amazing. There is obviously some malt in here, but you can't taste it much, there is a fruity taste, and a sticky quality to the beer as well, which only adds to the flavor. Some hoppy IPAs have all the hops and nothing else, but this has the best of both worlds. Also, has a bitter and dry flavor as well.

Well done, very well balanced, I am getting more. One of the better IPAs I've had in a while. Goes down very easy as well. Both refreshing and flavorful at the same time.

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Photo of ralree
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rather transparent, great reddish orange color with an orange-white head. Head is 1-finger, has great retention, and absolutely glorious lacing.

S: Rich hop flavor - grapefruit, pine hops, a hint of dark fruit, barley, and surprisingly brown sugar. It doesn't get much better than this.

T: Nice strong hop flavor hits the tongue immediately. Lots of piney hops. More barley background than many IPAs. Nice and fruity to boot - has a nice grapefruit taste. Not too sugary, but the brown sugar in the background sweetens it nicely. Aftertaste remains super-bitter, and has a hint of smoky barley. One has to LOVE LOVE LOVE hops to like this beer.

M: Really carbonated, medium body, mostly dry with a little oiliness.

D: Goes down quickly. I could definitely drink this in larger quantities, and often.

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Photo of foxbat2500
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know what you're thinking, Sierra Nevada - they are just good session material now. Nothing a hop head should really focus on.

Wrong! How did I not drink this for this long. Its really great stuff.

A- Nice light amber color. Thin head that stays. Nice lacing

Smell - hoppy the good stuff.

Taste- lemon & orange with pine. Taste lingers.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Honey/amber in color. Frothy billowing cream head. Lot's of lacing. Impressive looking beer.

S: Floral hoppy aroma. Honey malts.

T: Big/bold hopped up flavor. Floral and vaguely fruity with a nice honey malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied. Clean finish. Refreshing.

D: You could easily session this one all night.

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Photo of popery
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always wanted to like Sierra Nevada beers, and now I've found two beers from them that I love in under a week. This beer isn't quite as good as the other fresh hop ale, but it's a fairly close call. I marked down drinkability by half a point most to denote my slight preference for the Estate Harvest version. I'm not sure that I quite understand how I found both of these beers at nearly the same time because there's a little description on the bottle about how they have to go to the Southern Hemisphere to get fresh hops at this time of year. I would guess that one of them is a bit older than it should be (I did find one in a random shop), but they both taste great so I'm not complaining.

The beer looks great. It has a big fluffy head, a bit soapy, in a good way, like other fresh hop ales. It looked a lot like the other version but I wasn't exactly comparing them side by side, so I'm not sure about that.

Also similarly, the nose is a bit weaker than I would prefer. For me, it was more grassy than floral, which was nice when it came through, but I had to wait for a taste to get the full impact.

The flavor is just great. It's almost entirely hops and they taste like your chewing them fresh from the fields. The beer is well-balanced for the deluge of hops present.

The mouthfeel is very good. I know that I mentioned it before, but you also get the feeling of extreme freshness from the hops. It's a bit like having fresh fruit after living on canned for your whole life. The carbonation is smooth and doesn't get in the way. The beer almost comes across creamy for me.

The beer drinks extremely easily. Sierra Nevada knows how to make beer and puts their experience to good use here. I've never been a huge fan of their beers, but these two fresh hop ales are definite winners. I guess you have to like hoppy beers, but luckily, I do.

5/16/09 edit: 2009 version. Still an excellent beer. It's a punched up SNPA with the sort of mild bitterness that lacks any astringency that only seems to crop up in these wet hopped beers. The hops coat the mouth with the flavor of pine resin and a touch of grapefruit rind.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very lucky to get this, I haven't been to the store in a while and just swung through to say hello, and low and behold...BAM.

Amber with an off white head, nothing wrong, but not particularly beautiful. A little hazy.

The smell is super dank, and not at all sharp. This might be one of the most weed-like IPAs I've ever smelled.

The taste too is not at all sharp. It's a bit vinuous, sort of sauvingnon blac like. It really reminds me of my first good experience with an IPA.

Good mouthfeel, refreshing but full

highly drinkable, hides the booze, again refreshing but gives you something to taste and think about.

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Photo of ledemie
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

V-clear orange, nice and clear, nice medium bubbles
S-hoppy citrus/grapefruit, a hint of sweet , nice and mellow.
M-nice refreshing, medium body.
D- oh boy it goes down easy, a really nice crafted beer, I would recommend it.

Pairing - Spanish olives , Spanish Chorizo (not hot), fresh goat cheese.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle. Brilliant crystal clear amber color with huge white head. Sticky lace blankets the glass as the head slowly dissipates.

Powerful hoppy nose with resiny pine and mint. Smells a lot like a certain substance that some people might enjoy to smoke...

Strong taste too, fresh herbal and pine hop flavor. Sweet malt base is there but allows the hops to really shine.

Good medium body is just right.

High expectations for this one, and they were completely met. Bonus points for finding a way to bring us fresh hops in the Spring. I could drink this all night. Those guys at Sierra Nevada are damn geniuses.

Tasted on 5/28/08.

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