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 tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BOD 4/24/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a moderate dark ruby cast. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Moderate nose of citrus and pine hops over a light sweet caramel background. Almost medium bodied with a smooth texture. Slightly below average carbonation with very little effervescence on the finish. A very unique flavor profile that is complex and well balanced. Less bitter than it's Northern counterpart, this variant focuses more on hop flavor. It begins with a blend of citrus and pine, then flows into a bit of dankcentric with a spicy counterpart. Throughout all of this, a slight caramel sweetness is noted in the background. The finish is a bit dry which leaves a touch of sweet bitterness. An outstanding ale!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been in the southern hemisphere. Columbia, but not any further. With this brew, I guess the southern hempisphere (!typo) is coming to me.

It is very pretty in the glass. Loads of head and lace and a deep golden color. The aroma is rich and earthy.

The taste is a nice, unique, somewhat balanced, rich hoppy and malty beverage. If they had made it any maltier, they would have thrown it off, so this is just right.

The aftertaste is serious - you know you are drinking a real, almost big beer. This is a nice treat that you should seek out. I look forward to a second glass a little later today.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It is not as bold as most IPAs, but is still a very enjoyable offering overall.

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Photo of Omnium
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice golden amber color, two fingers of soapy head, little head.
S - Big Pine and some citrus zest.
T - Obscenely assertive pine bitterness, some citrus zest, big fresh bready malt, but the bitterness is wayyyy too much to be palatable/enjoyable.
M - Lingering bitterness...
O - Was severely disappointed in this compared to northern hemisphere, the IBU's are so abrasive its unwelcoming.

2014 version is yet another let down in this new format of the series. This thing is packed with malt. Burnt caramels, weird soapiness. The hops are barely here. I just dont get it. Two years ago I remember this thing blowing me away.

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Photo of hops202
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/24/14 - Poured into spiegelau glass

A- dark copper color

S- Not as intense an aroma as I was expecting. Fair amount of malt and some citrus.

T- bitter citrus rind, some earthy notes, pine resin.

M - dry and dryer

O - this is the second beer in this series being released this year and it is the second disappointment.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle with a date on the label. About 2 months old.

Great color, orange-amber, pretty clear. Smell is light vegetal hops, and Sierra Nevada yeast. Taste is spicy; lemon and sticky caramel malt. Very bitter and it finishes with a peppery tingle.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Packaged on 4/24/14)

A: Copper brown with good lacing and a decent head. Hazy as well.

S: Mostly malty with just a bit of similar piney hops to accentuate it. I do get a bit of orange citrus in there as well.

T: Not too much here for me, but is mostly malts with almost no hops. I have a hard time saying this is an IPA. It seems like I need a certain level of hoppiness to really appease me (like that great Lagunitas NightTime that I had last recently). It's good enough, just not what I was expecting for a fresh hop beer, but it does remind me of Celebration, so it seems that this might just be a result of using fresh hops. The hops are just a bit more subtle, but noticeable on the backend in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth with some slightly coarse bubbles, that pour over your tongue.

O: I don't seem to get much out of Sierra Nevada's standard IPAs or brews, but their Hoptimum and Bigfoot are amazing. BA Narwhal is also great but unavailable. However, I can't wait for the Beer Camp.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not the freshest but it just popped up at my local spot. ~ 6 wks old.

Clear dark orange body with a thick off-white head.

Woody and herbal, there is some orangey citrus, lime, and floral hoppiness to it.

Nice bitter grapefruit, orange, lime, floral, and herbal characteristics. Malt bill is maybe more on the bready side. Don't really pick up on much of it which is nice.

Medium in all aspects of body, bitterness, and carbonation. A good platform for the beer.

These fresh hop Hemisphere beers are very interesting and offer really unique flavor profiles compared to most IPAs on the market.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber colored appearance, slight bit of haziness
Citrus hop aroma, sort of a mango tropical citrus, hint of sweet caramel
Taste is immediately tropical and citrus hops which mixes nice with a sweetness. Bitterness builds but not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium with a dry-ish close
Overall a tasty tropical ipa

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: burnt orange; 1 finger beige head that faded over a few minutes to a ring; very minimal lacing;

S: balanced; definitely some pineapple, but caramel malt coming through as well;

T: a little more subdued that expected; a little floral with some herbal notes; definite malt presence; well balanced; moderately bitter finish with lingers;

M: a little thinner than expected; lightly carbonated;

O: enjoyable, but not especially memorable;

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle with a packaged on date of 4/24/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - blood orange with swirling carbonation. A frothy off-white head, almost beige that leaves sticky streaks and globs of lacing!
Smell - another pleasing aroma from a SN beer! A blend of citrus and stone fruits; some pine and floral detectable along with some sourdough.
Taste - bitter, spicy hops; an assortment of fruit flavors, grapefruit, mango, some pineapple; a hearty malt backbone that keeps this from becoming too hop forward. This is great!
Feel - a beer with layers; it has some outstanding qualities (complex flavors, bitter finish, malt backbone to add balance)! Medium body, smooth and hard to put down!
Overall - perhaps I've been brainwashed by SN, as I seem to love everything that they brew; or perhaps they just have a great thing going!

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Photo of larryi86
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

24 oz bottle, dated 4/24/14, poured into a snifter

A- A clear amber color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, pine, floral notes, resin, some grassy notes, some caramel malts and pale malts.

T- Citrus, some floral notes, herbal hops, nice malt backbone, nice bitter resiny pine finish, well balanced

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A very enjoyable IPA from Sierra Nevada. Like other beers from SN a good beer for a good price.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottled 04/24/2014.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of grass, pine, and citrus. Upfront mix of floral, earthy, and herbal hops with hints of grass, pine resin, and spice. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and mango. Also some tea like hints. Solid backing presence of malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a earthy and juicy hop driven taste with good notes of pine, grass, citrus, and sweet caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops with upfront notes of wet grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, and lemon. Leafy tea like notes as well. Sweet and bready malt backing with notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and fairly chewy. Somewhat sweet but finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty good Fresh Hop IPA. Good mix of hop flavors with a solid malt backing.

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Photo of slackattack
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass. Bottled 4-24-14

A- pours a clear, dark copper color, just about ideal 2 fingers of a quite persistent creamy foam

S- not an overly pungent or aggressive aroma, get some hops and that's about all

T- perfectly bitter, but not so much it kills the palate. Starts off citrus and piney, but finishes pretty boozy for the 6.5% ABV, which I don't dislike at all.

M- silky smooth, lingers for a while. Perfect for the style IMO

O- haven't had a SN fresh hop that wasn't of very high quality and this one follows suit.

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Photo of shleepy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jibbyvonjibb
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a nice foamy head. In the aroma, fresh citrus and floral notes are dominant, also apricots. On the palate, creamy caramel malt reminiscent of a Scotch Ale, root beer, or perhaps Butterbeer. Sweetness lingers in the finish, along with a bitterness. A balanced beer with every element in the middle range - body, sweetness, acidity, strength. Perhaps a bit too heavy on the caramel malts. I’d be curious to see a more bare-bones (mostly pale malt) version of this to showcase the hops more.

Note: This beer is a Fresh Hop ale with dried hops shipped from NZ within 7 days of harvest. The company makes a distinction on their website between fresh and wet hops: "Wet Hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours. Fresh Hops are the freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest."

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle "packaged" on 4/24/14... I found this at World Market of all places.

A- Amber in color, almost to degree of a double IPA, but maybe a shade lighter. Lots of tiny bubbles racing from the bottom to the top. Head is tall and very, very light tan. Almost looks like the head on a root beer float.
S - I was expecting to get punched in the nose by hops, but I don't get much smell from this one... maybe my nose is off.
T- I DID get punched in the taste buds by this one. Hops and hops up front with a nice bite, changing to citrus, back to piney hops on the end. Smooth drinking, but fills your mouth with flavor.
M- Smooth and slightly full in the mouth. Carbination is perfect.
O- Good example of an IPA. Smooth drinking, great hops flavor that keeps you anticipating the next sip.

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Photo of antott0523
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA. Second of Five Beers - 2014

A: Translucent copper color with a minor amount of carbonation. Beige one finger head that leaves some lacing along the glass.

S: Mild citrus, pine, and grassy hop notes. A metallic characteristic as well. Moderate malt presence of caramel and grains.

T: Extremely clean citrus hop notes of lemon, grapefruit and pine. Sweeter malt notes that remind me of freshly made iced tea. The finish is long and wet. Tart notes of citrus on the palate.

M: Round and moderately carbonated.

D: Extremely drinkable. Fresh citrus hop notes with a good malt back as well. Quality that I have come to expect from this series of Harvest ales by SN.

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Photo of BradC
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear bright copper color with a nice head and tons of lacing.

Smells citrusy, a little grassy.

Sweet with hop notes of mango, grapefruit, pineapple, a little bit of grassy notes.

High carbonation, not too heavy, pretty easy drinking

Overall, decent IPA, not great, does a good job of showing off the fruity New Zealand hops, but a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
2014 Vintage.

Golden amber with 1 finger of creamy, white head. Good head retention and excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Lime, lemon, pine, caramel, and honey.

Resinous pine, lime, and meyer lemon. Touches of sweaty pineapple and fresh cut grass. Firm caramel backbone with notes of honey.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and moderately bitter.

Sierra Nevada does no wrong.

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Photo of FreeKansas
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 4/24/214
Poured from bottle to a bottom etched Russian River nonic pint glass.

A: Solid 1.5 inches of eggshell white head. Fluffy and foamy but settles to a nice solid quarter inch head. The beer itself is a nice dark amber. Very well filtered with very little dregs in the bottle. (if any).

S: For the record , my nose is broken because I am smoking menthal cigarettes. I'm getting Grapefruit, slight bready yeast (not the usual Chico yeast). White wine, and a nice soft Pine.

T: Slightly sweet but not too much. Well balanced with the hops. A bit spicy and a bit tart at the same time. Maybe a bit too sweet for my pallet, but to dry it out you'd have a 15% bomb in you hand.

M: A little chewy from the left over sugars but not extreme. Coats the pallet and stays there.

Over all: I like it. It's fresh, hoppy, and big. I tried last years and thought it was great but it had aged past the 100 day s mark. This clearly says drink within 100 days. It is good and I would surely bang another one, but against SN's wishes I might hold on to another one and hold it back a few months to even out the sugar.

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Photo of Roguer
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big, creamy head with fantastic retention and thick lines of lacing. Brew is a lively bright copper, nearly transparent, with tons of carbonation.

Light aroma, grassy, with caramel malt. Floral, with very light hints of citrus peel. Little bit of resin.

Flavor features the aroma, in slightly stronger concentrations. Sweet, juicy hops: pine resin, ruby red grapefruit, citrus peel, wildflower honey. Malt backbone comes across as light caramel, clean biscuit, and grainy barley.

Minor sting, fairly lively, but a little on the lighter and syrupy side.

This is a good IPA that clearly showcases Southern Hemisphere hop varietals. It doesn't do much outstandingly well, but everything comes together in a nice overall beer. Refreshing, but for such a limited, seasonal release, I'd prefer a bigger, bolder IPA.

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Photo of McStagger
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper in color, excellent clarity. Aggressive pour gave two and a half fingers of slightly tan head. Head is exceptionally tight. Seriously, very creamy looking. Carbonation appears non existent. Retention is high. Lacing is absolutely stellar.

S: Woodsy, leafy hop presence. Lacking in overbearing citrus presence. Tropical aromas arise as the beer opens up. Still, this one has Sierra Nevada written all over it. Initially. As it opens, the hops really begin to shine. Huge hits of guava, spicy mango and melon erupt from the glass.

T: Big malt presence that runs the gamut in this one. Big and sticky sweet up front, the Southern Hempisphere hops definitely take a stand in the middle of the mouth. Tropical and spicy, this one is loads of mango, melon and an almost rye/caraway finish. Dry aftertaste, with only the fruity spice lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Nice. Sierra Nevada malts the hell out of their beers, so it's no surprise that this one has a pleasing body. No carbonation to get in the way. This one is medium/heavy bodied for the style.

O: I was not hot on this one when it first opened. It seemed like yet another Sierra Nevada beer, with lots of forest quality. Yeah, that's a great set of flavors, but Sierra Nevada imparts them in all their IPA's, it seems (kinda like the nutiness from New Belgium). However, as this one warmed, it became incredibly good. The incredibly aromatic and spicy New Zealand hops really worked well with the generous malting, creating and awesome boquet of flavors. If this beer could find a way to incorporate the amazingly fruity charactersitics of the hops with a more subdued malt billing, this beer would be almost perfect.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 24-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99 (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: May 11, 2014
Consumed: May 14, 2014
Misc.: Packaged on April 24, 2014

Poured a caramel, amber clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white pillowy head. Foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention.

Smelled floral hops, wet citrus hops, caramel, faint resin hops, amber malts, pine, some rye hops and light raspberry iced tea.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, but a bit more bitter. Got floral hops, wet earthy notes, citrus hops, light pine, rye notes, light raspberries and tea. Pretty bitter, but definitely a Sierra Nevada beer.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly bitter finish. Was digging this more as it went down.

This was a pretty good beer. I have to say I was slightly disappointed, though, but I’d still have it again for sure.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Massive foamy head with lots of air bubbles. Good head retention and a plateau of foam eventually forms. Clear, amber body with trickling carbonation.

S- Sweet fruity and floral aroma is heavy and similar to other SN beers. Honeylivke and biscuity. Hops aren't hitting too hard, but there are notes of pine and citrus.

T- I get some spicy rye flavor, hop flavor is piney, and then sweet malt and citrus work their way in, as do some floral hops at the finish. Lingering biscuit flavors remain on my palate.

M- Lots of sweetness initially, a thick mouthfeel, then an aggressive bitter finish that lingers.

Another excellent offering from SN. They can do no wrong.

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