Today on TBD, Sierra Nevada's Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop IPA:
Here is what Sierra Nevada is says. "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."
This is the 2nd in the lineup of Sierra Nevada's Harvest series beers. "Our five-bottle Harvest series showcases our favorite ingredient by exploring a range of hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop. By working directly with breeders and growers, we can recreate this series each year using rare hops early in their development."
My initial impression from the first pour is that the beer is an amber color with fairly good carbonation and a good head that is frothy with large airy bubbles (I recommend letting it breath for a few minutes if you pour it too soon the head will come out flat as did my initial pour, the second pour was much better). You can really smell the citrus notes in this IPA. The first sip you will notice the crisp flavor of the beer, no bitter after taste, very smooth and enjoyable. It is not as thick feeling on the palate as you would suspect which is a nice surprise. My overall impression of the beer is that it is reasonably priced considering that you get a 24 ounce bottle for around $5 and that is about the going rate of most pints at your local Irish Pub. So would I recommend this beer to a friend, you know it. I would also buy it more often than some of the other higher priced beers as you get two for the price of one in this case. Heck, I may even splurge and buy a couple for our next MSO trip. Thanks Sierra Nevada I look forward to trying the other 4!
Referenced from Sierra Nevada.