Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, the summer wet-hopped offering from Sierra Nevada, poured a dark orange into the glass with a huge, foamy off-white head. The aroma of floral and citrusy hops was especially fresh and present, backed by sweet malts that added hints of peach.
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale opened crisp and hop-forward, with orange, peach, and grapefruit standing out and darkening as the caramel settled in. Despite a dry fade, the ale brought on notes of pine and grass along with a lingering bitterness.
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is a luxury few breweries could bring to market, with the overnight shipment of hops from New Zealand and 24 hour turnaround for brewing. It is similar to their other wet hop offerings, if maybe lighter than both and slightly more subdued than their Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. Hey… it’s Sierra Nevada, just buy a bottle.