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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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:
3,090
Reviews:
1,344
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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95
Gots:
224
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of MNishCT77
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Photo of nataku00
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2013 release. Beer pours a dark amber, slightly hazy, with three fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. A bit of carbonation here and there.

Nose isn't as hoppy as expected, more yeast ester fruity and caramel malt, combined with pine, grapefruit and green apple.

Taste is hop bitterness upfront, grapefruit and pine, mellowing to fruity ester and caramel. Citrus peel bitterness and spice lingers on the tongue.

Medium body, light carbonation, slick and oily on the tongue.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, crystal clear amber with a big, fluffy off-white head. Excellent lacing and lots of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

A: Spicy, grassy, apricot, and some fruitiness, nice biscuit and caramel maltiness as well. Very neutral fermentation character.

T/M: Moderate bitterness up front, moves into big some bright spicy/grassy hop notes with some apricot and tropical fruit. Big crackery malt backbone with some caramel sweetness, medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice crisp finish.

Overall, a very unique tasting IPA, utilizing NZ Motueka and Southern Cross hops on the finish. Kind of a hybrid between a german noble hop character and a more exotic NZ hop character. There is a pretty big malt balance to this beer, bringing it close to being a hopped up amber. Nevertheless, it is damn tasty.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hopswagger
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: A vivacious copper body with a bountiful creamy off white ice cream float head. Lace spread across the edges like a Victoria Secret catalog.

S: Citrus soap, cilantro stems, cedar chips, orange oil, lime leaves, coriander and black pepper. Sweet toasted caramel, pine, honey and hibiscus.

T/M: First sip is muted and thin with not much really standing out. Citrus hops begin to arrive and are accompanied by pilsner malt, herbal and floral hop present. The caramel base is not as sweet as the nose but the toasted aspect comes through. Delicate spices dance in the thin semi watered down body. Finish is dry and showcases the bitterness if the hops with lemon zest and strong brewed tea tannin.

O: A super fresh nice drinkable ale that delivers what it advertises. The mouthfeel is strange but the flavor is on point. I remember enjoying the Northern Hemisphere better.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ESPNman
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a Stone Cali-Belgie IPA glass

A - Pours a crystal-clear reddish amber. A clean pour produced two fingers of thick red-tinged head. Good lacing.

S - Bready caramel malts form the background for a tremendous amount of earthy and floral hop character. It's very dank and earthy, with some orange blossom and fresh-cut flower in there as well. This beer smells like it's going to be bitter, if that makes sense.

T - Not as much hop up front as I expected. Lots of bready cereal malts and roast hit you immediately. There's a hop punch that follows, but it's more understated than the nose would lead you to expect. What's there is solid, however. There's a lot of that dank earthy pine, and less of the sweet floral hop. Finishes very bitter with surprisingly little dryness.

M - Relatively light-bodied for the amount of flavor here. Good carbonation, good finish. Relatively unremarkable, but nearly perfect in its own way. It enhances the experience of the beer without taking center stage.

O - A fantastic introduction to wet hop ales. It's not too brash or in-your-face, and it hits all of the right notes. I wish the taste was a little more hop-forward, but the characteristics of a wet hop ale are all present and accounted for. Solid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden with a frothy cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Almost lacquer-like aromas emerge initially, with skunky and catty notes complementing citrus and resin. There's a touch of onion and caramel malt.

Flavor is decidedly resiny and bready mid palate, finishing decidedly bitter. That amarillo umami character is present, and mint surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation and slight astringency.

Somewhat lacking in aroma hops, but the flavoring hops were interesting. Bittering hops definitely dominate. It's a little too bitter for my liking, but the mint finish helps. And the bitterness isn't as offputting as some.

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Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 3,090 ratings.
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