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Sierra Nevada Harvest Fresh Hop IPA - Southern Hemisphere Harvest®
A beer by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
from Chico, CA, United States
Style: IPA

Last Updated:
5/29/2014 11:26:48 AM
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In 1996, we created Harvest Ale, America’s first fresh hop ale. Fresh hops are richer in natural hop resins producing unmatched aromatics and layers of spicy-sweet notes that hop fanatics like us dream of all year.

This year, we harvested and brewed with 8,000 lbs. of fresh hops in a single day’s time. It sounds insane because it is. Then we did it again. But when you taste this year’s Harvest Ale, we think you’ll agree it was well worth it.

Harvest Ale is brewed using only fresh-picked, “wet” hops. Brewing with fresh, undried hops preserves more natural hop resins and aromatic oils, producing layers of hop notes rarely experienced.

Fresh hops straight from the New Zealand fields.

Available May 2014.
The harvest season for hops is a painfully short window—that precious time when the hops are bursting with intense aromatics. Luckily for us, harvest comes twice a year: once in each hemisphere. Southern Hemisphere features fresh New Zealand hops that are picked, dried, and shipped to our brewery within seven days. The result is a complex beer that showcases the floral and herbal flavors and aromas of Southern Cross, Pacifica, and Motueka hops. Southern Hemisphere is part of our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.

Wet Hop versus Fresh Hop

Over recent years, there has been some confusion about the difference between fresh and wet hops. While it may seem like semantics, to us it’s an important distinction.

Wet Hops are un-dried hops, picked and shipped from the growing fields within 24 hours.

Fresh Hops are the freshest dried hops to come from the fields, typically within seven days of harvest.
Over 90% of the world’s hop harvest happens between August 31 and October 31, and these hops are used throughout the calendar year. Can hops possibly be the same on November 1, one day after harvest, as they are on July 25, nearly one year after growing in the fields? The answer is no. We think of hops like dry kitchen spices—the flavor of thyme or rosemary right after the jar is opened is far more intense than it is six months later. The same can be said for hops. There are ways to control the way hops age and to reformulate and readjust as some of the aromas fade, but there’s nothing like the magic of the first bales of hops as fresh as can be. That is the stuff dreams are made of!
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Overall percentile99.3
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Style percentile99.8
Lowest score2.9
Highest score4.6
Average score3.93
Weighted score3.88
Standard deviation0.367
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