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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,092
Reviews:
1,344
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
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Gots:
224
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Ratings: 3,092 |  Reviews: 1,344
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big long lasting light tan head just sits above a honey golden orange colored beer.

Citrus fruits, spring pine trees, and maybe a touch of caramel malts aroma.

Almost a bitter aspect with the citrus fruits and light pine taste, I taste just a
little bit of the malts still trying to make an appearance.

A somewhat dry aftertaste with just a bit of the citrus staying behind on this medium bodied beer.

Somewhat a decent tasting beer, although Sierra Nevada has a lot of beers that are better than this and cost less and in 12 ounce and not 24 ounce containers. My advice on this one is to grab a six of Pale Ale or Torpedo from these guys and leave this for someone else.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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 DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright amber/copper with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of fresh citrus hops dominate alongside a little bit of spice and some caramel malt aroma.

T: Fresh wet hops for sure. Nothing particularly special compared with the other fresh-hop ales; maybe this just means that I like Northern Hemisphere hops a lot more.

M: Nice, smooth, and dry. Good work here.

D: A little bit dry overall; something I don't normally mind, but with the hop taste not being particularly overassertive, not something I keep reaching back for.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd release

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger full/thick creamy head. Leaves some well defined lace rings. Color is a clear dark golden bronze.

Aroma: Sweet floral hops. Bready malts. A big mixture of citrus. The citrus notes are quite sweet.

Taste: Very hoppy. All floral hops here. It is like eating a flower. A touch of booze is present and a combination of citrus, but the citrus isn't very defined.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. A little creamy. Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves one of they driest after tastes I have ever had.

Overall, this 24 oz bottle took me a bit to finish, but eventually, it was gone. A lot of hops in this thing. I'd have it again, but I'd prefer only 12 or 16 oz.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of fluffy, off white head. As it slowly settles, it leaves thick, sticky lace. The body is a slightly hazy, reddish copper color.

S - Strong, medicinal, pine hop aroma. A robust malt backbone with notes of caramel and toast.

T - Sweet, thick caramel malt up front with spicy pine hops. A wave of mouth coating bitterness washes over the palate in the middle, fading to slightly fruity yeast notes in the finish. Lingering caramel malt and hop bitterness and some slight tobacco notes.

M - Syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I expected a more complex hop profile than I got with this one. There is a strong hop note balancing the huge malt backbone, but the hops are one dimensional; pine and bitterness. The thick, malty body makes this beer seem bigger than it is and the sweet finish keeps it from being a session beer. A decent, drinkable beer, but I was hoping for something more.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 1st Street Draft House in W-S,came in a 12oz nonic a a clear copper with a tight clingy 1/2 white head.Citrus and pine wich wasnt unexpected dominate the nose along with a whif of caramel malt,a nice shot of fresh resiny hop really hits on the palate lingering into a biscuity slightly sweet malt base and then the hop profile shows through into a piney finish.I had this in the bottle and found it to be kinda boreing on tap the hop profile showed through much more.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Delaneys in New Haven

A: Clear golden reddish slight brown color with decent head

M: Fresh light lower alpha hops, slight malt and touch of sweetness, slightly piney and very slight citrus

T: Fresh hop bite, again starts with lower alpha hops though, some crystal malts but mostly hops and pale malts, a little alcohol, the fresh hop bite picks up as it goes and gets pretty bitter, some nice pine and citrus starting to come in stronger

M: Semi light on the tongue, could use a bit more carbonation (hard to call since its on tap)

F: Very bitter, it gets very hoppy on the finish with some pine and citrus, very fresh hoppy taste which fades semi quickly to a semi dry clean finish

Final thoughts: A nice IPA, lots of fresh hop taste, starts light bitterness with low alpha hops, then gets a huge fresh bitter hop bite at the end. Could have used a little more dark malts IMO, but I'm a malty IPA kinda person.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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

Appearance: clear amber in color with an ample multi-density head that lasts and leaves plenty of lacing on glass.

Smell: earthy and floral hop aroma with a significant medium toasted malt component. 6.7% ABV is evident.

Taste: immediate hop hit; hoppy throughout but with a detectable malt backbone in mid-taste. Turns more piney, grapefruity and bitter in the finish. Unique hop profile: must be the fresh NZ hops.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation. Crisp throughout with very mild bite up front and a semi-dry finish.

Overall: Very good, certainly, but not up with the Northern Hemisphere version.

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, along with caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty malt character to provide a nice balance.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 24 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Nice of SN to squeeze a couple extra oz in there for the price.

Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color with several fingers of poofy off-white head. Fantastic looking retention from this guy, that lasts almost the whole way through the duration of the glass. Lacing is massive and sticky. The aroma is fresh, earthy esters and spices, some tingling hop bitterness, citrus, and some sweet malts way in the back.

The taste is fresh, mellow, earthy hops with an underlying subtle bitterness underneath it. All of that is balanced nicely by a backbone of silky caramel sweetness, and a tingle of citrus for some additional liveliness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth feel, creamy carbonation and a dry fin. Very easygoing.

I like what SN did with this. It's of course not the full blown hop explosian that the regular Harvest is but is instead a very nice counterpart to that style and beautifully shows another side of a diffrent type of fresh hops experience. What it does have in common is a great taste and big drinkibility. I'm sold!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark orangey amber in the Crooked Line tulip. The usual SN professional-strength head and fine carbonation. Smells like apples, lemons, and marmalade. Very attractive with a long-lasting foam. Some fruit and sweet malt to start. Pears and Schweppes Bitter Lemon.

This is all about the hops, which I find are Southern Cross, Pacifica and Motueka from New Zealand. They are all new varieties to me, but it's a bitter blend. Spicy and on the acidic side. Almost severely woody, like it was strained through leaf mold. Drinkable enough, but not a brew to gulp. Medium body. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace in San Diego.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small cap of bone white foam.

Smell: Predominately leafy, floral hop aroma with notes of honeysuckle and jasmine with a few drops of gooey resin.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit sweet. Then you get a hit of leaves, flowers, and dried herbs. Coarse ground black pepper. Medium bitternes. Finishes dry and decidedly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty beer. The best thing to come oughta New Zealand since those hobbit movies.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a beautiful bright copper/orange color with a big frothy off-white head. The head settled down a bit but left some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a nice fresh hoppy flavor to it. The hops are showcased nicely but at the same time not overpowering. Some caramel malts really come through in the nose as well to give it a great mix of flavors. Both citrus and pine are equally found within the nice hoppiness.

The taste shows a pretty present malty and caramely backbone to the beer that I really liked. Like the nose the hops are there and nicely showcased but not overpowering. It finishes with a nice balancing sweetness and bitterness. Some pine and earthy spiciness really stand out from the hoppy flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, It's a very nice beer. I really liked the caramel maltiness it had which I wasn't expecting in it. Really loved the aroma to it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this about 2 weeks ago, review based on notes

Pours an amber/copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Pine & biscuitty malt

T: Pine & grapefruit, plus caramel & herbal hops up front. More herbal piney hops as this warms. A hint of booze, breadyness & more hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with subtle carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, can't really find any real fault with this offering

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

Glowing kumquat with lemony amber highlights. Although there's no coral red, the beer looks like a sunset in a glass. The head is a masterpiece as well. Not so much the khaki coloring, but the combination of creamy stickiness, the mounds of glassine bubbles and the wealth of fantastic looking lace. Wow, what a looker!

For a fresh hop ale (not amazingly fresh at this point, I know), the nose isn't as pungent as it could be. It's still a treat for the nostrils. A small-moderate amount of caramel malt rounds out what smells like mostly pale malt. The hops are citrus fruity first and earthy-spicy second.

Southern Hemisphere Fresh Hop is an outstanding APA. Since Sierra Nevada has a habit of brewing wonderfully delicious beer and since I love their (Northern Hemisphere) Fresh Hop Ale, the fact that this one is lip-smackingly tasty was almost a foregone conclusion. The hops can't have faded much because 66 IBUs seems... just about right.

The word that keeps coming to mind is 'seamless'. As my taste buds probe the beer from all angles, they find nothing but expertly crafted ale. The toasted breadiness of the malt provides just enough flavor and sweetness, stepping politely aside for the hops to grab the spotlight. Just as the brewers intended.

The well-chosen hops includes Pacific Hallertau, New Zealand Motueka (formerly 'B' Saaz) and New Zealand Southern Cross. The result is a wonderful mix of white grapefruit and orange zest, lemongrass, spruce tips and a pinch of white pepper. It's a good thing the bottle contains 24 ounces because I'm enjoying this one immensely.

Why can't all breweries create mouthfeels this luscious? It's incredibly creamy and supple and lightly tingly and... well, it's damn near perfect. Are we sure this isn't an IPA?

What a stroke of brilliance! Shipping hops from the Southern Hemisphere in order to brew a fresh hop ale during the Northern Hemisphere's spring. Since Sierra Nevada calls this 2008 release 'inaugural', it's obvious that they intend to brew it annually. Hallelujah! Hopheads rejoice.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. For some reason, this beer had been eluding me for some time. Finally found it at a store and grabbed it.

A: Poured a nice copper/orange color, slighty hazy in color. A white head formed on top, bery foamy and thick, about 1.5 fingers in height. Really nice retention and sticky lacing.

S: The aroma was very fresh, lots of pine, orange, orange rind, grapefruit, and cut grass. These aromas are what I love about IPAs. There is just a bit of caramel to balance it a bit.

T: The flavor profile is similar to the aroma. A good pit of resiny pine, some grapefruit and orange, as well as a good bit of orange peel and zest. The malt balances the hop bitterness nicely with some caramelized malt and biscuit. There is a slight onion flavor though that knocks it down slightly for me. Otherwise great.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean, with a dry/bitter finish.

O: An impressive IPA, one of the better I have had recently, and would be enjoyed by any hophead.

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Photo of smcolw
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy, solid four-finger head. Sloooow to recede. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. With some strain, I can detect a faint haze. Otherwise, this is a lovely copper-amber color. Gorgeous.

As expected, a beautiful (if mild) fresh hop aroma. Light crystal malt in the background. Seems to be balanced.

More hoppy than the smell would suggest; the malt only shows up on the initial sip. The rest is bitter, culminating in the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. This is one for the hop-heads. The body is full and round; light on the carbonation regardless of the head. An easy, if somewhat high in alcohol, APA to drink...could pass for an IPA easily.

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