Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with thefle. Pours an amber body with off white head. Grapefruit, floral hop resin, pine. A strong ipa with a weaker malt backbone in comparison to its hoppiness.
borgination (101) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
24oz Bottle. Pours an amazing burnt orange wit a very thick off white head. Beautiful. Has a very hoppy taste but not one that is to bitter. Nice hoppy, pine aroma comes off it.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz bottle, pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a massive, off-white head. This beer is nicely carbonated and has excellent lacing. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, hints of... rye? The malt is definitely balanced with the hops. This would make for a great session beer... but at 6.7%, I might be hammered pretty quickly (not that it matters). Drink this one while it’s fresh!
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, bad 24 oz. bottle from BOTW (Rochester), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. SE02/08.
App.: Medium-deep amber, decent off-white froth.
Aroma: Lots of sweet malts – caramel and big fruit – cherries, apricots, berries, pineapple; grapefruit/pine hops, dark rye bread crust.
Palate: Medium body and medium-ish carbonation.
Flav.: Much like the nose with more emphasis on the hops – big grapefruit/citrus, some pine and pepper, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, blood oranges, Seville orange marmalade; a bit off-dry with great bitterness and a little brown sugar.
Nothing terribly original but well-made and enjoyable.
drjay44 (2933) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz. bottle...pours a thick creamy head, solid retention, belgian type lacing, golden clear color....nose of resin, pine, floral hops, minimal malt, mild citrus ...initial taste of floral hops, then resin and pine then mild bitter, which lingers, but not unpleasantly. Mouth feel of small carbonation and weight. A very nice balance between the delicate hop nose and its more robust bitter characteristics.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 24oz bottle. Deep copper, slightly hazy. Full head with nice lacing. Rich aroma of hops and malt. Strong hops taste with a lingering hops finish. An impressive IPA. If Sierra Nevada offers this as an off-season harvest IPA, I though it only fair that I compare it with their 2008 Wet Hop Harvest IPA. Both are remarkable, but the Wet Hop is a bit more spice/floral, while the Souther Hemisphere is a bit more citrus.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color with a nice white head. Smells very strong of hops and a little malt. Tastes strongly of hops and citrus notes from it and then has a long hop bitter aftertaste.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
24oz bottle poured into a shaker. 1st release bottle. SNSHH pours copper-colored with a large rocky head that leaves nice lacing. The nose has a very appetizing hop resin aroma mixed with a minuscule note of malt. This is a wonderfully flavored IPA. There are not pretensions to being an IIPA, which is a good thing in my book. The flavor is strongly influenced by hops, bitter clover stems and light flower petals. The body is medium to medium heavy and gives the beer a nice amount of chew. This is a home run by Sierra Nevada.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Route 6 Liquors
This beer is a beauty. Southern Harvest pours a fairly clear tarnished copper with an incredibly dense three finger off white head. Carbonation bubbles rise through the middle of the body to the craggy meringue like head. As the head falls at a snails pace it leaves excellent chunk lacing down the glass.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new hop variety but what I got was good but a little more subdued then I was hoping for. A solid amount of resinous and sap combine with a slight earthy tone. There’s actually a good deal of complexity from the hops alone. A touch of caramel maltiness and a bit of alcohol round things out. As this warms a little I can’t help but notice some orange oils. Appetizing but a little more subdued then I would have liked.
The flavor follows what the aroma suggested, except there’s a little pop. Spicy hoppiness right off the bat leads into a hint of orange and a bigger more pronounced spiciness through the finish. Not as much earthiness as the nose would lead me to believe but it’s definitely there. There’s even a tea leaf like quality floating through here and there. There’s not a whole lot of malt present but what’s there is biscuity and buttery.
The mouthfeel is right where it should be. Moderate body all the way through with a slight stick on the swallow. The carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum and the bitterness grows with each sip.
Without a doubt an easy drinker. This bottle is disappearing very quickly and I wouldn’t have a problem drinking another when this one bottoms out.
This is a good fresh hopped beer from Sierra Nevada. It’s a treat to get a fresh hop beer in the spring like this. I wouldn’t hesitate picking this one up again.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at SBWF08. Pours out in a hazy copperish amber colour with alow sticky white foam. Juicy floral hops in the aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon, grass and pine-needles. medium-bodied with notes of grapefruit, pine-needles, grass and flowers. Clean mouthfeel. long aromatic and bitter finish of grapefruit, lemon, flowers and grass.