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
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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 Highbury09
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericj551
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale (wow, that's a mouthful!) pours a golden copper witha fluffy, foamy head. The aroma is dominated by grassy, herbal and slightly earthy hops. Some caramel malt comes through, but just barely. The flavor is bitterness at first, followed by herbal, spicy and earthy hops flavor. Dry maltiness comes through, but just barely. Not quite balanced, but a pretty decent beer. I'm confused about the idea of it being a fresh hop beer. According to the label, the hops are dried, so I'm not sure what differentiates the beer other than their used very soon after harverst.

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Photo of MattSharpless
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of luke12345
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip. Clear amber body with a one-finger off white head. Good rings of lacing along the glass.

Light hoppy aroma featuring a little grassy pine and a little citrus. Slight maltiness in the background.

Good hop bitterness in the flavor combined with a solid malt bill. A little more pine in the flavor than in the aroma. Overall, a very tasty IPA flavor mix.

Light to medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A very good brew.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Sparty55
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of OStrungT
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly orangeish golden color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a dominate citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit, and lemon. Some piney aroma makes its way into this one also. It smells floral.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Citursy up frony, with a piny flavor as well. It also posesses a slightly spicy flavor.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. Carbonation levels are just right.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is tasty, and the flavors are not overly aggressive. Also, the alcohol content is not too high.

Overall: I liked this beer quite a bit. I will buy it as often as I see it. I think that Sierra Nevada is hit or miss. This one is definately a hit.

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Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

The Southern Hemisphere fresh hop ale pours a copper color with a good 2 finger foam head. It leaves some sudsy lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma was a bit subdued initially but as it warmed it gave a slight floral smell with some spiciness.

The taste was spicy with an upfront maltiness. The hop bitterness shows itself in the finish where you are left with a spicy lemon flavor.

It was semi chewy in the mouth and left its New Zealand hop bitterness all around the sides and top of the mouth.

Overall I was very happy to see this on the shelves in late spring/early summer as I am used to having to wait for the hop trip until the fall. I would buy this beer again and it was a good value at $3.99 for 24oz.

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Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale is a pleasant and well-balanced IPA. It's not especially hoppy, and has a lot in common with an english bitter in that the hops are present for bittering more than aroma.

A: Orange-amber colour and not cloudy. Decent 4 mm head that fades to decent foaminess. 4

S: Grassy hops with some sweet tanginess there too. 4

T: Malty base with some woodiness. The hops taste a little of piney sawdust and blend well with the malt. It is a pleasant brew with well-harmonised flavours but don't expect a big hop punch. There is some bitterness in the aftertaste. 4

M: Foamy crisp. No noticeable hop oils. 4

O: This is a really nice, well balanced IPA. It's nearly a DIPA, except for the fact that the flavours are rather subdued. 4

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Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2009 edition, a stubby 24 oz. bomber.

Appearance is cloudy, illuminated orange. Massive soapy head. Clear with tiny bubbles. Looks like everything you'd want in the look of an IPA. Thick gobs of snowy lace.

The aroma is a citrusy resin hop. Perfumey and a little grassy; complex hop character. Malts are obscured, but an earthy malt appears.

The taste is hops that run the gamut from bitter to flowery, perfumey adn then a hint of citrus. Very nice and pretty refreshing.

The feel is milky and dense. Has the feel of a creamy Imperial IPA. It's a damn solid IPA. Nice-bodied and easy to slug down. No burn and very little bite.

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Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous copper body with a light tan head frothing with carbonation that subsides to a loose, yet sticky lacing.

Rich herbal and floral hop aroma, as well as pine and vague sweet malt. The dry pungency and oiliness is just as advertised.

The flavor resembles the nose in regards to the floral and herbal hops, as well as pine while packing a nice punch to the palate.

Medium in body and carbonation with a nice drying aspect at the finish and plenty of hops to coat the palate.

This beer was a decent example of the style. Nice hop character, fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of hit728
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of projectflam86
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a thick foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Huge citrus hop aromas in the nose with a touch of sweetness.

T- Lots of hoppy bitterness upfront with more pine flavor than citrus. A decent amount of caramel like sweetness in the finish. The alcohol actual feels a bit hotter than it is.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D- I really like these fresh hop brews and this one did not disappoint.

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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 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 jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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%

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 3,098 ratings