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 beermebeerman
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple months ago, finally broke down and opened it up.

Pours with a huge, frothy, slightly off-white head. Long lasting and leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass. Light clear amber body.

Smell is underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. Really its not bad, there are definately hops present, but I would prefer more falvoring and aroma hops used.

Taste is good, malty but with enough bittering hops to balance it out and tip it to the IPA side. Finish is long lasting, and is all hops.

Mouthfeel is solid with a higher than normal carbonation level. The carbonic acid adds to the bitter hops taste in a pleasent manner.

Very dirnkable, this goes good with just about any food or as a standalone. I just wish the aroma was more standout. All in all, a good solid beer.

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Photo of Dougal
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazing ipa/pale ale... reviewer below hit it on the head... it's like the pale ale but with more refinement and flavor.... not to take away from the pale ale but it's like the pale ale on steroids...

great drinkabiltiy, not overly hopped or spiced, very pleasant. With the high abv you have to be aware that combined with the drinkability factor you could be looking at a nutty evening.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is where it shines. Its head is almost perfect, and the color like and dark amber reddish color that just lets light threw it. My first comment was on how great the beer looked.

Then the smell of pine needles and hops hit me. The smell was a dead give away for this style of beer.

The taste was bitter it did dissipate much faster then beers of this style and the after taste wasn't to overpowering. The next sip still as bitter upfront, its to bad cause the flavors in the after taste were quite nice, wish I could have tasted those up front.

The drinkabilty was high for a hop ale because I drank another one when in most cases one hop ale is enough for me and then I am ready to fix my pallet with something less bitter.

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Photo of atowle25
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper, nearly amber color with a big fluffy white head which sticks to the top of the glass and all the way down. Smell is really grassy and full of pine. Very earthy aroma. The taste is bitter up front with a strong caramel finish. Honestly, a little too much caramel tasting malt for me. Even a little alcohol on the finish. The bitterness is not very flavorful, just bitter. This beer smells a lot better than it tastes. Overall - probably wouldn't buy again. I have no problem finishing it, and it is enjoyable to drink, but there are much better options out there. I'll take Torpedo for half the price.

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Photo of ConchobarNessa
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Fluffy, off-white, head. Tiny fine bubbles, good lacing. Color is outrageously pretty, deep amber hue. This beer gives you a great looking glass...

Smell- ...And a great smell! Incredible smell, might be the best smelling IPA I've had so far. Really nice batch. Smells like a field of flowers and with its distinct flowery smell that might remind some of opening a pot of honey.

Taste- Really shines here too. Tastes like honey and has great citrusy/pine character from the hops. Reminded me a bit of spruce beer without the sugar a little. Both flavors take on their own distinct part in the overall taste of the beer. At first you get a blast from the flowery/sweet hint of the hops and then it booms back with nice long lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Nothing spectacular here. All the right notes are there but it lacks the umph this beer has in all other categories. Long lasting taste, pretty good coating.

Overall- Great year for this beers first year. They were exceptionally lucky this year it seems. The taste and smell really shine.

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

Deep coppery amber with golden notes near the bottom of the glass, nice pillowy off-white 2 finger head, attractive lacing, good retention.

Citrus hops hit the nose first with a nice underlying earthy spiciness coming right behind. Lemony, slight orange, piney resin, floral, and a touch of sweetness from the malt.

The hops dominate the taste at the front, but the malt shines through with just the right amount of sweetness to keep the bitterness from being overpowering. Lemon zest and lime-like citrus lead the way with a nice toastiness coming through in the middle, finishing with a semi-dry earthy hop fade.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium bodied, and with just the right amount of carbonation.

Southern Hemisphere Harvest is a damn fine beer that hits all the high notes and leaves very little wanting. It goes down dangerously easy and was another great idea from Sierra Nevada. Cheers to them!

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale (or as us in the know call it "SNSHHFHA," pronounced, obviously "sin-shif-haa") is a blast of hopped goodness from one of the originators of the Craft Beer movement, Chico, CA's Sierra Nevada. It's no secret that these guys make great beer, and besides having perhaps the greatest, most consistent and sessionable beers you'll find in most decent bars, they often bring the ruckus with shit like this. SNSHHFHA comes as a blessing to North Americans from the "down under" New Zealanders who are slowly claiming a larger and larger percentage of the world's market for Hops, providing loads of Organic hops at reasonable prices (and delicious varietals at that).

This beer, available for the first time in bombers, is pretty much all over the place by this point. I picked up a bottle of this before a radio show I do sometimes and it treated me quite nicely. Pours a beautiful dark gold color with a huge head and a very refreshing amount of carbonation. This is a balanced beer, not an over the top Hop Monster, and with a relatively low < 7%ABV, a very drinkable beer indeed. There's a lot of good malt, a lot of good hop spice, flavor, and aroma, and Sierra Nevada succeeds again in the realm of highly quaffable session beers which aren't boring, bland, or shallow. This is a truly great beer for Summertime when you want something a little on the darker side of a Pale Ale or Lager. Enjoy it while it's around.

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Photo of keith712
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, 22oz bomber from a Spec’s.

Appearance: Beautiful amber, ever so slight haze, but translucent. Head forms nicely with an off white slightly frothy 2 fingers, falls fast to a thin presence that sticks…lacing is present in medium strings as the brew level drops.

Nose: Nicely hopped presence as a “hop ale” should be. IPA character (duh) and a somewhat…earthy smell. Pine, a little citrus. Standard more or less for this hoppy brew I would say.

Taste: Again, a nice hoppy ale, similar to an IPA but a little less “hop attack” (well, this IS an IPA). A bit more malt than a strong IPA and smoother as well, but still pleasing to a hophead. A hint of sweetness blends well and keeps things moving along. Very nice presence and a bit of chewiness in the middle, but a dry finish that lets the hops bitterness linger a bit.

Mouth Feel: Perfect carbonation and slightly “beefy”, not watery at all. Substantial, but light enough to drink frequently.

Drinkability: Plenty. I could quaff this over and over. Rated 6.7% ABV is not noticeable at all to me. Drank part of this with some corn chips and homemade salsa, it was a wonderful mix of flavors between the beer and the sweet tomatoes.

Overall, a very pleasing, tasty, and easy to drink beer from Sierra Nevada. An incredible value as well since this 22oz bomber was less than 6 bucks out the door…I will get a couple more of these for the weekend. I am bbq’ing Texas style brisket (I am a Texan) this weekend and I think will work wonderfully. 8 of 10 and a nice thumbs up.

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Photo of AlleywayRover
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep Amber Color with an off-white head. Slight lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma: cascade hops and an earthy, slightly floral nose.

Taste: Slight malt off the top that quickly goes to cascade hop citrus. The bitterness really really lingers.

Mouthfeel: very smooth. Very slight carbonation. Finishes very dry with the hops.

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Photo of adamhdv
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lite copper brown color and keeps a nice head throughout. Somehow I got little to no lacing.

Tasted crisp pine needle hops up front. And a little citrus/bitterness added also, great balance.

Mouthful is great. Enough hops and malt to balance and finish strong. Bitterness is great, about, if not more than, what I had expected.

Brew seems a little strong, almost like an IPA. The Wet Hop Ale, imo, is better. This however is still excellent, don't get me wrong.

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Photo of rwinzing
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a case of this and have been enjoying them slowly. I am a fan of fresh hopped beers. I enjoyed this beer from a stemmed vessel.

A - Poured into stemmed vessel down middle of the glass. It was a moderate to dark amber with a very small light head.

S - The presence of hops is up front in the aroma. It had a piney smell to me. Not sure what hops were used but a very positive smell.

T - Nice taste can taste the hops through out. Finish was nice but not as balanced as I would have liked. Fished bitter from the fresh hops but good

M - I am still new to rating mouth feel. A bit of a bite

D - I could enjoy multiple of these in a session.

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S:24 oz bottle, poured into a dogfish head bullet type pint glass.
A: Amber, orange w/ nice fluffy white head that leaves a nice retention on the sides of the pint glass.
T: citrusy, hoppy, with an afterthought of sweet malt and fresh baked bread.
S: citrusy, fresh hops, and bread, maybe an afterthought of a west coast ipa.
M: full, semi-creamt, not unlike a hybrid of a west coast ipa and an imperial pilsner.
D: Excellent. I'd serve this as my late season barbeque beer. Great for tailgating. I'm considering buying a case before this runs out. Gives Sam's imperial pilsner, harpoon's leviathian IIPA, and lagunitas 13 a run for their money!!!

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Photo of Pedro07
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised my local still had a few 24's of these wondeful brews sitting around so I thought I'd grab one. Poured in a nonic.

A - Pour is rather smoother, and reveals a finger-think white head. A beautiful dark-copper beer stares back at me.
S - The smell is not super stimulating like a Two Hearted, although that is probably because this beer has been around for a few months. I seem to remember it stronger. Very floral aroma, maybe some citrus, but more floral.
T - The flavor is mouthwatering. Some hop-centric (IPA's) ales have a sharp flavor, this one has a sweetness that balances the tart, citrus flavor and makes the mouth water for more!
M - Good mouthfeel. Not too thin, with the right amount of carbonation.
D - Drinkability of this brew is nice. I have definatly put down some of these over the summer and I'm happy to find it again in the middle of the arctic-land that is Michigan in January!

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Photo of rossthefireman
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle
A- Nice amber hue, the amber that reminds me of fall. Good head.

S- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a malt backbone

T- HOPS!!! Citrusy hops with a maly backbone (just like the smell!) Grapefruit hits the tongue and as it mellows in the mouth you pick up a nice malty backbone.

M- Nice hop resin/oil stickiness coats the mouth but not overdone, Good carbonation

D- A beer all hop heads will enjoy!

Another stellar offering from SN. If you like hops, if you love fresh hop flavor, this is the beer for you. You can tell the hops are fresh as soon as you smell it. And the fresh hops are really apparent when this brew hits you mouth. Its as if the randal was invented to imitate this beer! Every time SN release a fresh hop ale, it delivers, and this one delivers as usual. Bravo SN, you did it again!

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Photo of RevRaymer
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I find it hard to say that a beer is perfect but this one comes really close. It pours a smooth copper color with a nice head. The smell is wonderful and the feel is light and crisp. The taste is refreshing, smooth, and very well balanced. Great flavor of fresh hops but their is not a particular flavor that overwhelms all the others.

This is just a delightful spring, early summer beer. Loved it.

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Photo of tdrshayden
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a big and stubby 24 oz bottle, this ale has a clear amber appearance with 3 fingers of off-white foam. Sheets of lace cling to the walls of glass as it empties.

Fresh Floral, spicy aroma with a faint malt presence.

Crispy hop flavor with a pleasant malt backing. The finish is very dry and long.

Although I finished my pint rather quickly I preferred Sierra's Harvest 2007 over the SH.

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Photo of bobquick
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I just bought a case of 12 24oz bottles in PA for $43. A little over $3.50 a bottle and well worth it. I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan and this beer does not disappoint. A smooth/balanced beginning ends with a nice hoppy finish. I think its quite comparable to their pale ale, but a bit higher in ABV so watch out. More head than expected and little or no yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. That was a welcome surprise to me because I can have an allergic reaction if I consume too much.

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Photo of AGDMainer
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For pure value, Sierra Nevada is tough to compete with. That being said, I have come to expect a lot with my love for Torpedo and the original wet hop harvest. Pours extremely nicely with great color, good head and very good lacing. Smell is solid with a lot of straw and earth. First sip was underwhelming. As it warmed, the taste improved but never hit a high note. Definitely a value for the price but lacking, in my opinion, in its overall flavor and balance. I like my IPAs big and that is not a strength of this brew. Well worth the price of admission but unlikely to buy more.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest 2nd release, poured into English pint.

Two finger, khaki, frothy head dissipates slowly to an island of foam; cloudy, golden straw body with glints of orange. Except for the bits of sediment floating around which are probably my fault for a bad decant, this beer is beautiful!

Nose consist of strong floral and grapefruit notes with hints of strawberry

Hint of caramel biscuit malt upfront and way in the back no discernable sweetness, fades into a wonderful fruity, floral, tad spicy hop flavor with fruity esters that finish with notes of floral grapefruit

Beer is medium bodied in the mouth, slightly sticky and creamy

Wow what a beer! Probably one of the best APA's I have had to this date! Very refreshing and with such a wonderful taste and smell I could easily kill a couple of bombers. I cant wait to get my hands on next years!

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Photo of mattp
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Olivers from their sole allotment of five cases. Nice amber/orange color with a fairly minimal head. Bringing the glass up for the first sip revealed a pleasant citrus aroma. The flavor is a nice hoppy, bitter one which you would expect from this type of beer. It finishes off with a pleasant, but not excessive, crispness. I like this one and am glad I picked up a case while it was available.

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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 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 chicksdiggit
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured center from 1 pint 8 oz bomber into a snifter. A lot of pressure released as I cracked the cap. Dark copper color with two fingers of thick dark egg shell white head of mixed size bubbles. Slowly receding head that leaves thick soapy lace. Thick retention, numerous streams of slowly rising bubbles across the entire glass.

Green vegetal hop aroma with toffee notes.

T: Buttery body with toffee. Dry lime hop finish that sticks to the palate well after swallowing.

F: Zippy citrus mouthfeel and a dry ginger ale type finish. A little heavy in the stomach over time and drinkability is reduced for me.

O: I'm not big into IPA's so this isn't something I'd reach for continuously. A little on the simple side for me but still well brewed.

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Photo of mdale13
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper. Billowy white head, 1 finger head. Really a beautiful beer.

S- Fresh Hops, pine, citrus. A very sharp, bitter smell. Very inviting.

T- Very hoppy. Traces of citrus, pine, grass. Very refreshing. Bitter tinge towards the end.

M- Really hits the palette. Very refreshing taste. Bitterness on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable. I put down the 24oz Bomber no problem. I will certainly buy this beer again!

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Photo of jagoffyinzer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice shade of copper. Slightly hazy with a thick head that slowly recesses to a fluffy creamy head.

S: Floral and dark fruits. Bready and a perfume like aroma.

T: A bitter and dark fruit flavor play well with some biscuit qualities. The finish is slightly sweet and bitter.

M: Light and smooth, covers your mouth well.

D: You could down these all down long, very sessionable.

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