Beer Review: Sierra Nevada’s Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA



Sierra continues to put out more seasonal stuff that I feel like I have to drink and review, with their constant release of great seasonal beers it is really restricting my ability to review other breweries! Either way I am back with the review of another Sierra beer, this one is a real mouthful. This is the second in their series of five releases showcasing different hopped IPAs (fresh, wet, wild and single hop) it is their Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA. It features Southern Cross, Pacifica, and Motueka hops picked in New Zealand dried and shipped to the brewery within 7 days. Southern Hemisphere Harvest comes in at 6.7% ABV and 67 IBUs.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Nice deep copper color, slightly hazy with a creamy white 1-2 finger head that left sticky lacing down the glass.

Nose: Floral, earthy and citrus fruit up front. Get some malt sweetness in the nose as well as a bit of the typical Sierra house yeast smell. Earthy hop definitely domination this but the unique fresh hop smell is definitely apparent.

Taste/Mouth: Spicy and earthy hop bitterness definitely dominate upfront. Biscuit malt presence big in the mouth as well. Finishes dry and with some pine bitterness. The hop taste is pretty mild and balanced well with the malt as Sierra IPAs often are. You also get the Sierra yeast taste as you get with most beers and the malt bill appears to be similar to many other Sierra IPAs. That being said it was a pretty enjoyable and different tasting IPA.

Availability/Price: It is available in the Spring for the hop harvest in New Zealand, bottled in May to be specific. Really good price as usual from Sierra at around $5 for the bomber. This is released every year in May I believe.

Overall: Pretty good seasonal release from Sierra, will definitely probably purchase one every year. Love the idea, Sierra is always pushing the envelope and using their huge pull in the industry to be able to do such awesome things with beer. The beer itself doesn’t blow me away but it is definitely something new and different. For the price it is definitely worth buying and getting to try, also feel like buying a beer like this will let Sierra know that people like the one-off stuff like this they do and hopefully they will do more!

Grade: B+

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