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

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPASierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA
3,090 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,090 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of Zraly
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light-amber/orange color with a rocky, two-finger head. Nice, spot lacing down the glass. Attractive.

For a beer that was touting the urgency of the hops, the hop smell itself is mild, and thus a bit surprising. However, the style of the beer isn't quite in IPA range, so wiggle room is allowed. I guess I anticipated just a tad more hop aroma. The initial smell and flavor is subtle and like a soft, sweet perfume.

Nice balance of bready malts and juicy hop flavors. A bit of a citrusy-hop twange in the finish. Dry and relatively light-bodied, which makes this quite drinkable. The alcohol becomes more apparent, though not unpleasantly so, as one consumes.

A nice, solid pale ale.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purs a nice coppery amber with a nice sized very light tan head that fades to a film
the aroma's got some nice floral/grassy hops that are slightly piney. there's also
the flavor is surprisingly mild (but flavorful), with a soft english character (biscuit, toffee, caramel) and some fresh tasting floral/herbal hops. citrus is there, but in shorter supply than the other flavors. a moderate amount of bitterness cleans up the finish nicely. the malt flavors seem to be very yeast driven, as in you can really taste the influence of the yeast.
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderately active, but delicate carbonation.
good drinkability. it's got a good balance, has a nice moderate amount a flavor, and maintains a quenching low alcohol quality.
a nice simple, but tasty pale ale.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear perfect copper color. It has a bit fluffy 3-finger off-white head on it. the head has good retention, and it leaves behind some nice layers of lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of strong fresh hops up front. I am getting grapefruit, floral, and citrus hop smells. There isn't much malt in the nose, but that is fine with me because the hops just smell great.

T - The taste starts off with a big fresh burst of hops. There is a light malty backbone that provides some nice balance, but hops are definitely the star of the show here. There are also notes of grapefruit, pine, some toasted malt, caramel, and it has a nice earthiness to it. The finish leaves a lingering hop bitterness that sticks around for quite some time.

M - This has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down very easily, and I found it to be very refreshing. There is a big hop flavor that leaves some lingering bitterness on the palate.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It goes down easily and the taste is great. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was an awesome IPA, and I will certainly be enjoying it again. I recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of joecast
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Hops from NZ shipped to California to brew beer which is then shipped down to Australia. Ok, not the most environmentally friendly beer but SN do other stuff to make up for that. Anyway this is about the beer, not mother nature.

Great appearance. Nice clear copper with bubbles streaming up to the top. Just off white foamy head with good stability and lacing. Light shining through the glass gives the beer a multidimensional look.

Aroma has equal parts honey and floral qualities. Quite nice but I'm sure this would be on another level when fresh. Slight pine and peppery spiciness. Yeah, still very nice.

Supremely balanced. Not surprised at all. SN beer and it's in a Deschutes glass. Malt is on the mark adding enough sweetness without taking away from the hops. And the hops are there throughout adding a fullness of flavor and not inconsiderable bitterness. The great thing is this could still pass for a gateway beer, or I have undergone severe LTS.

Nice mouthfeel gives it the presence of a big beer without too much body.

I had high hopes for this and have not been disappointed. Actually I thought the journey would harm it to the point of it not being as good as it is. Thankfully, it is THIS good!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 version. 2nd of 5 beers. Pkgd 4/27/15. Darker in color, crimson or Amber with a HUGE head that does not dissipate easily. Smells spicy and floral. Taste is intense hops but clean and well balanced.

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Photo of dominic4beer
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Bookseeb
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance has a nice reddish amber color with a healthy head leaving a nice lace. Smell has an orange sweet, buttery with malt and hops. Taste of malt, citrus, earthy pine with a good hop bite. Mouthfeel is viscous with smooth body. A dern good ale, the fresh hops are definately there, one might even consider it IPAish.

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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 neckbeered
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release

A: Pours copper with a massive, foamy head. Moderate lacing with good sustain.

S: Nice herbal and floral hop character with just a bit of citrus.

T: Hoppy, yet still relatively balanced. Nice piney and herbal flavors. Quite a unique hop taste and unlike any other PA I've had.

M: Medium-bodied with a soft and smooth texture. Light carbonation.

D: A damn fine brew. Here's hoping that this becomes an annual.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a chilled bottle of the 2009 edition with my wife; poured into a standard pint glass. Reviewed from my tasting notes. The beer is a dark copper color. It is very pretty; it has a nice color and is quite clear. There are many tiny bubbles rising up to form a modest white head. The beer has a great hop bouquet that is noticeable as soon as you lift your glass to your face. The aroma is of fresh floral hops. It has a crisp, carbonated, hoppy taste. It is very bitter. This isn't necessarily a bad trait, it just took me by surprise. There is some malty sweetness to the taste hiding behind the strong hop flavor. It has a dry finish. Overall, I think this beer might be a bit to hoppy and bitter for me to drink all night; I prefer a less strong hop presence in a session beer, but I could certainly enjoy a bottle or two in an evening. Recommended, especially to you hop heads.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Drafting Room in Exton.

Poured a cloudy rust color with a thin layer of off-white head, sticky lacing. Smells of pine, caramel, biscuit, tangerine, orange peel, and a bit of alcohol as it warms. Tastes of grapefruit, orange peel, and tangerine up front followed by bread and caramel. Finishes with lots of pine notes along with dry grassy and spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. Medium in body with lots of bitterness. Not as good as their regular harvest ale, but pretty darn tasty stuff.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, bright orange-amber color with very active visible carbonation when poured. The head has a tannish-orange tint and is very large, with a densely foamy, rocky texture. Retention is great, with very attractive lacing.

S: Mostly pale malt in the nose. Some sweeter caramel hints, but they are on the subdued side. A very spicy citrusy nose: orange is most prominent, but with a pithy, spicy, almost herbal twang to it. A dose of resiny earthiness is also present. Very nice.

T: Pale malt with some caramel sweetness thrown in for good measure. Not wimpy, but it stays out of the way and lets the hops do their thing. Citrus and spice are again prominent, with orange zest and grapefruit at the fore. A solid piney/earthy hop flavor is a bit more prominent than the nose suggested, especially as I continue to drink. Very flavorful, with an assertive but well-balanced bitterness.

M: On the full-creamy side, with some tingly carbonation. Very nice.

D: Nothing wrong with this one at all. Another rock-solid pale ale from Sierra Nevada. I was excited to see this in the cooler - it was the last one left. I'm glad I grabbed it - this is a really good beer.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a SA Perfect Pint

Interesting journey...NZ to Chico to Melbourne or Perth and then to Sydney. Makes total sense to me.

A-- Poured a clear, golden amber color. Just a few carbonation bubbles from the bottom. One finger dirty white head. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and visual stickiness on the sides.

S-- Sweet Carmel malt, bread, grass, citrus and tropical notes. malt is more dominant than the hop smell.

T-- Carmel, Orange some pine and blossom. Yep, NZ hops. Malt forward again.

M-- Pine and grapefruit in the back of the mouth and finishes with a odd candied orange blossom taste. Mid of the mouth get that odd blossom flower character. Medium body and medium carbonation. Long lasting bitterness and oily.

O-- Think the bigger malt backbone really helps this out. balances it out well. Good amount of bitterness to this. Not as flowery as other NZ IPA's I have had are like. Nothing special but very solid.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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 Arithmeticus
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured at basement temp in ale glass.

A: ruddy copper color; clear; good carb action; nice lacing
S: lovely light floral smell that persists
T: really solid, robust IPA; very piney; savory and salty; the flavor is completely in the bouquet of hops

Overall, a fantastic beer, offering a grand opportunity to try some hops from down under. Cheers!

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Photo of tswater
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with about 2 to 3 fingers of off white head. Retention is great and a moderate cap remains throughout. Thick, abundant lacing, approaching a solid film.

S - Soft grassy and fruity aromas. Apricots and peaches, with some grapefruit peel pulling through as the brew is agitated and reminds me of a used eraser. Slight garlicy/onion in some sniffs as well. Very well integrated.

T - Pale malt is more noticable than I expected on the front end. Little bits of sweet fruit with vegetal whispers are just under the surface. Fresh floral and green notes take the stage mid palate, really showcasing the fresh hop flavor. Grapefruit flavor pulls through on the back end with a moderate to high pith-like bitterness. Bitterness really sticks in the back of the mouth and lingers for quite a few minutes.

M - Interesting stuff here. While normally I'd prefer this style crisp and light, the medium-slanted body and very soft (almost non-existent at times) carbonation really help the hops take the stage without the brew being a total hop blast.

D - Though not quite as impressive as Sierra Nevada's wet-hop Harvest offerings, it does take a fairly unique approach with the hop flavor. This guy walks a fine line between APA and IPA; either classification would fit, though it doesn't feel nearly as sessionable as many above average beers in the aforementioned styles. A good beer, but I think it's flavor has been surpassed by Chico Estate and Torpedo.

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Photo of brn9000
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ego
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

just arrived at the local beer heaven known as Oak Tree...

big head, 2 full fingers of soapy foam white in tone, lots o' lacing, slightly murky muddy orange, retention is good as I babble on like a damn fool, a nice looking glass o' beer.

hops ? no really, roll with me on this one, fresh and piney up front with a nice undercurrent of "green" or "brown" earthy tones... like you can smell the dirt they grew in, I was going to make some geeky lord of the rings reference here but thought better of it... the malt is detectable but you have to pry a bit to find it, I suppose I should mention how fresh it smells, not fresh like milli vanilli, fresh like phoebe cates coming out of the pool... that's brisk baby!

taste etc...
smooth drinking, a bit lacking of punch I'm afraid, seems a touch thin as well, the hop flavor is nice and clean but again lacks some umph to merit a special release. am I hop burned out ? perhaps, so take the criticism with that tack in mind, really this is a pretty average APA with a slightly different hop flavor than most, the freshness of the oil gives it a unique characteristic.. but that doesn't make me want to name my first born after this beer...

verdict ?
not worth crawling through 1.5 miles of foul smelling stench but worth trying if you see it out and about.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really a hophead, but that doesn't mean that beers like this don't intrigue me. Saw this for the first time, and am pretty interested in trying it. 2008 first release.

A - Well, by typical APA standards, this is exceptional. Big clumpy head with all kinds of retention, intricate lacing. Then again, it's kind of a given that Sierra Nevada beers look good in the glass. Slightly cloudy, burnished-gold body.

S - Hop, obviously. Kind of a sweet citrusy hop, with some earthiness underneath. Not really as strong-smelling as I thought it might be, though.

T - I'm tempted to say that this is all an ode to the big juicy hop. However, while that juicy hop is certainly there, this beer is finely balanced by a graham cracker-y malt, similar to its older brother SNPA. Unlike that beer, though, there's no fruity esters coming forth, as the juicy citric hop with some earthy bitterness doesn't really allow it. That's fine, though, we'll let the hops have their day in the sun. Very good. Slightly higher alcohol than most APAs here, but it's not to be found in the taste.

F - Feel is husky and a bit oily, as it probably should be. Carbonation at times can get raspy, which leads to me burping all over the place, but this is to style. Those burps are some hoppy burps, that's for sure. Hop all through the aftertaste, as it seems to coat the back of the mouth with resin, reminiscent of that effect you get with a really hoppy DIPA.

D - A fine drinker, and would do very well with a wide variety of foods. A hoppy instant classic pale ale from one of the great American craft brewers. I could do with another bomber.

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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 3,090 ratings
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