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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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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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1,335
Ratings:
2,981
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.63%
 
 
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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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange color with a dense white head. Rather heavy on the citrus peel aromas, particularly orange. A nice floral quality along with a hint of pine in the background. A touch of sweet malt is also there. A bit of bready malt up front, quickly followed by orange peel and a solid floral and perfume quality. A moderate bitterness on the finish.

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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 Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six west in York, Pa. Poured chilled from the 24oz brown bottle into a Bass trademark glass. 8140c-16:37 freshness date.

A - A gently hazed dark amber/sunset shade w/ hints of copper and gold. The head is a creamy rocky beige of about 2 fingers settling out to about 1/4 inch and leaving a light coating of lace.

S - Spicy floral hoppy aroma w/ a nice full malty odor mixed w/ earthy leafy fresh resinous scents. Subtle fruity esters like apricot and citrus notes enhance the aroma w/ a touch of sour orange.

M - Sweetness and moderately full on carbonation floolowed by a bitter hop bite and spice which lingers until the dry and mostly clean finish.

T - A wonderful dose of english tasting hops which even though it is piney is very bitter, but has pine needle like sharp flavor which relaxes as the substantial American malt swells. The yeast is clean and accents the hops w/ a tinge of citrus , but not quite grapefruit, more tart orange. The malt is both toasty and slightly creamy w/ the soft resinous oily taste of the hoops riding high and making the bitterness stand out as the beer warms the hops open up and the taste is slightly grassy w/ more spice.

D - An excellent fresh hop ale, intense hop flavor and it has a flavor that is not your ordinary 'c' fest. A really interesting beer w/ exceptional drinkability.

I tried the 2009 version on 5/20

A -4 S-4 M-4 T-4.5 D-4

Poured chilled into a Nonic

A -Dark gold/light amber w/ a thick pale head good clarity and visible carbonation and light lace

S -Sweet toasted malt w/ citrus and gentle pine

M - Crisp moderate carbonation w/ medium body and medum bitterness w/ spice and mild astringency

T - Lemony w/ mild pine flavor and gentle sweet malt dry flavor w/ leafy hops that are slightly herbal w/ faint spice and mild alcohol flavor. Gentle fruit tast w/ hints of apple but mellow the taste is hop but has plenty of malt flavor to cushion

D This is a very drinkable APA-plenty of fresh hop flavor. I could drink a few and not get tired. I am glad this continues to be offered by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Pours a clear deep amber with a thumb of cream-colored froth on top, which leaves some thick lacing as it dies away. The nose is citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, and raisins. Didn't see that last one coming, but I'm not really gonna argue here. The taste is loaded with hops, showcasing pine and sharp grapefruit flavors. The malt backbone of caramel and toffee comes through pretty well too. The body is, at best, a light medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. A solid IPA from the venerable brewery out Californey way.

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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 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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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 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 mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/20/11 notes/ Had on tap at the Iron Horse in Washington, DC. I've had this one many times, finally reviewing it.

a - Pours an amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and fruity malts. Some definite fruit and lots of hops; very nice.

t - Tastes of pine and citrus hops, honey, fruity malts, and bready malts. Not quite as much hops as the nose and more malts, but still nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really solid IPA. I've bought bottles of this many times and will continue to do so. I also think it's a great beginner IPA as I've had a lot of non-craft beer drinkers really enjoy this one. Will certainly have it again.

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

FIrst review 6/7/08:

Appears a pale copper hue with a large off white head formed thick above the rim of my pint glass. Fine speckled lacing left behind. Fresh hop aroma citrus zest with floral tones as well nice profile. Flavor up front bitterness with hop oils awesome flowing hopped up pale ale. Delicious hop bitterness with caramel biscuit and signature Sierra Nevada yeast notes. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with hop resins and carbonation is moderate and even never overbearing or too much. Drinkability is an A plus all around. Can't wait to have more of this stuff, great concept I'm glad they pulled it off.

2nd review 5/14/13:

Pours a slightly hazed copper amber hue with a khaki beige head, slightly dimpled texture going on billowing above the edges of my glass. Aromatics bring out ripened tropical fruit, citrus rinds, fresh cut green grassiness that just works in a cohesive force. It's like hop perfume basically very aromatic biscuit caramelized malts balance it out nicely. Flavors work so nicely, SN has been doing this for years, lip smacking bitterness fades as the malts blend so cohesively with the big hop layers going on. A perfect marriage of the malt and the hop, citrus rind, tropical fruit, grassy hops collide into a wave of fully fermented malts caramelized sugars breathe a bit of alcohol depth to add more complexity. Mouthfeel is slightly resinous medium bodied but refreshing with each sip, the dichotomy of drinkability and big beer in one glass. Overall I never pass on either version of Sierra Nevada Harvest, plus it's always pretty damn cost effective on top of the quality of each bottle I've tasted.

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

Pours a clear amber with a decent creme head. Leaves a fair amount of lace on the way down. Flavor is bitter in the hoppy way you'd expect. It's pretty earthy overall and a minor salt edge is there as well. Pine character is here too and I felt it showed up as the beer warmed. Carbonation bites and the liquid is typical. A nice APA. Not sure exactly why we need a year round version of this style, but that's American for you. Who cares if we need it. We can do it, so let's just do it.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived with a finger of foamy medium-tan head exploding with CO2 bubbles and good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cool mintiness like spearmint. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite, but unlike the usual citrus flavor, this was slightly grassy and minty. On the mint front, the finish had a definite minty cleanliness. Seek this out!

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 - 1st release - 24 oz. bottle:

Pours copper with an off-white head. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is lemony citrus with a background of buttered biscuit. It has a "Sierra Nevada" aroma about it (a good thing).

The taste is of sweet malt, some caramel, a touch of butterscotch. Herbal hops come in a bit late, but then hang on. The is an aspirin-like/tea-leaf bitterness/dryness mixing in with the sweetness in the finish.

The feel is a bit too weak to keep up with the alcohol sharpness, but is still medium-bodied.

An interesting beer. Pretty well-balanced, with a nice citric/lemon touch. Not one of my favs. from this brewery, but a nice enough, different, one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale

Clear, ruby red coloring, huge, puffy, creamy-toned head.

Lovely aromatics....rose petals, grapes, orange peel...berries.

Fresh in the mouth, fresh on the tongue. Great play of hops on the palate, nice little tap, buck & wing, then softly off...

Nicely balanced ale, this...good sweet malt buttress, nice fandango of hop blitz, softly fading...Medium bodied, long, hoppy finish. Doesn't bother the tongue too much, which is good for some, but not for me. Very approachable ale, nice and even-handed.

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

Picked up a bottle of the 2009 (2nd release) at West Lakview Liquors. Served in my Pisgah pint glass.

A - After a cascading reverse waterfall type foaming it settles to a four-finger dirty blonde foam with excellent retention and tons of gorgeous lacing. The brew is a slightly hazed fire-orange color with lots of bubbles, both rising to the top and on the sides of the glass. Looks a tad overcarbonated.

S - Earthy dank floral hop smell - only a tiny hint of the usual citrus or pine hoppiness here - and maybe a touch of alcohol. Malt character is bready, with almost a rye-like sourness to it. I remember liking last year's batch a lot more for some reason.

T - The taste has a nice toffee sweetness and spice to it that morphs into an zesty bitterness that lingers for quite a while and builds quite a bit. This is an unusual brew in that I prefer the taste to the smell - the malt sweetness comes out quite a bit more and balances the earthy hoppiness.

M - Moderate carbonation with a bit of burn on the lips and palate. Light to medium body that is quite smooth and soft. Pretty standard APA texture here.

D - The bitterness actually accumlates quite a bit, and the carbonation gets a touch bloaty over the generous 24oz serving size. Otherwise the alcohol is well-hidden and it goes down pretty easy.

I think I liked the 1st release quite a bit more, but maybe my palate has changed or something. Solid and reasonably priced session brew.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into snifter

Pours an orange amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of sweet malt and citrus hops. Taste is malts and flower with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. A little sweet but nice balance between hops and malt. Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Yet another nice beer from SN. Not as hoppy or bitter as some of their other offerings, but all around solid.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at the store today as we didn't get any in NH last year, Sold!

Pours a deep golden copper color with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Floral citrus minty hops dominate the aroma, but hints of caramel and bread peak through. Taste is slightly bitter with citrus and mint, hints of caramel and a bit of a mineral taste in there as well. Crisp bubbly carbonation, resinous slick sticky mouthfeel, medium body bit of a dry finish. Nice drinker, needs more aroma hops, but easy to drink. Great value at 4.49 for 24oz.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle edition 2011 into a nonic pint glass.

Very large off white head with a big cap that is foamy, sitting on a body that just a gorgeous clear copper amber. Beautiful looking drink. Microscopic it seems tiny carbonation rising from the bottom. Foamy clumpy sticky goodness too.

Bouquet is a muted grass hop, which seems kind of shocking for a fresh hop beer. I was expecting a big aroma off of this if anything. Small tangerine bitter orange sense but hard to pinpoint.

Taste is a basic ipa grass and somewhat pine sensation. Very bitter finish that's tolerable but with a somewhat watery based mouthfeel just a hint. Some bitter tea sensations as well on the finish.

Overall not bad, but I was expecting some lingering aromas and bigger nose on this. It's an enjoyable beer, but for a fresh hop it's missing some punch that I am use to.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harvest 2010 -- bottled April 23, 2010 if I understand the code correctly. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is amber and hazy, forms a thin head of off white tiny bubbles that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated. Looks good.

Aroma is overall weak but its kind of piny hoppy. Not much there.

Beer is pretty thick with a nice back palate bitterness. Its not malty but it quite heavy for an IPA. Almost chewy on the palate. Its good and I believe I've had this beer for the past several years when it comes out. Definitely not my favorite IPA and I couldn't drink it everyday, but its decent.

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

2009 edition, pours darker amber, with a dull reddish glow, long lasting typical khaki head, ever so slowly shrinks to a thick ring, and film, leaving nice thicksheeting/lace. Refroths upon a gently swirl. Fruity sweet and hopped up nose. Pleasantly hopped up ale. Hops emit tropical fruit notes and resinous goodness. Enough malt aas an undercoating, but the drying and pungent hops are the story here. Yet more quality and quite worthy brew from SN

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal clear copper coloring with a chunky, fluffy, slightly yellowish-white head. The nose has a descent balance of citrus and hops aromas, and the hops are slightly subdued. Subdued is not the word for the flavors. Grapefruit tastes explode on the tongue, and the hops are actually balancing the citrus sweet flavors in this case. Hops are a dry flavor with some peppery highlights, and it does a good job of bringing some sharpness to the round, sweet and tart grapefruit flavors. The beer is slightly dry and very crisp in mouth, and it has a very subtle aftertaste of hops. The finish is surprisingly quick. I was actually expecting a lingerer for this brew with all the aromas and flavors, but it vanishes in mouth. Very tasty brew, and the quick finish makes this a fairly easy drinker.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/05/08- Purchased at City Beer in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 24oz bottle with some kind of code (not sure if it's a freshness code) next to the bar code. Poured into my Stone Ruination 20oz glass.

Appearance- Copper-amber colored pour. About a 1/2 inch head on the pour. A good 1/8th of an inch remains for the duration. Good patchy lace remains afterwards.

Smell- Very light smelling fruity and sugary hop scent. Maybe a slight touch of toasted malt. Not very assertive.

Taste- Reminds me a bit of an ESB. Very hoppy with a grassy and bitter aftertaste. Sweet and pine with lemony flavored hops. Sweet at first and becomes just plain bitter..in a good way.
Malt play second fiddle here for sure with a very light toasted caramel showing.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation with a lasting...and lasting grassy bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Quite a fine brew. Hoppy for sure and worth seeking out.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 27, 2015. Opened June 12, 2015

Surprisingly dead nose. Pleasantly malt forward body for an IPA win a firm woody-bitter finish, but nothing to write home about.

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

A - A nice deep orange/amber colour with an inch or so of thick white head that stuck around for quite a while.

S - Lots of hops: earthy with some citrus. Smells of a good, hoppy IPA.

T - An intense, crisp and earthy hop flavour with some pine and citrus. Bitter, yet smooth.

M - medium body, slightly chewy.

D - A great hoppy ale. Drank a bomber and could easily drink another.

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