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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,977 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Reviews by heygeebee:
Photo of heygeebee
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First day in country, so I guess fresh....

A - copper, one finger pillowy white head. Lovely. Good spotty lace.

S - pine, sweet, marmalade, hops.

T - very lively, but slightly dull earthy hops, contradiction, I know. Add marmalade... Moderate malt.

M - medium bodied, light to medium carbonation.

O - unsure as to why I have not had this before, but very very well made. Be interesting, but not possible, to do a north vs south comparison.

heygeebee, Feb 21, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.

oberon, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of mojohawk21
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

mojohawk21, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a gorgeous, slightly-glowing orange/brown mix with a white, fluffy, wonderful head that showed terrific retention. It was one of the most inviting APAs that I've ever seen.

Smell - The hop aroma is sharp but muted, mixing together the stiff but not sweet orange smell along with some mild pine. The grain though stands its ground. This is not the normal American slop but some fine, crisp grain that smells like it came right out of the field.

Taste - The hop hit is bigger at the taste but otherwise mirrors the smell. The key to an APA though is balance, and SN did a terrific job on the grainy malt base that just does balance out the big hops.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with perfect carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This might seem just a bit stiff for the beginning drinker but anyone who can appreciate APAs will love this beer.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-02-16. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 710 ml bulky and good looking bottle (looks like a regular Sierra Nevada bottle on steroids) with no freshness date to be found. A great deal of bragging about the unique brewing process on the label.

Appearance: A slightly reddish amber color. The liquid is clear, the 2 finger head is off-white, very creamy and sticks around for a while before settling into a decent lid of foam.

Smell: A predominantly hoppy smell: Plenty of fruity aromas - citrus fruits, mostly in the form of grapefruit but also some hints of lemon peel - but also a more earthy and grassy smell of hop resins. Perhaps not the most complex smell, but still very refreshing and pleasant.

Taste: A mix of delightful fruit flavors up front: Again, mostly sweet lemon and grapefruit, but I think I find some hints of peaches and strawberries here as well (I recently had the Celebration Ale from the same brewer, and I found the same taste of strawberries, but much more prominent, in that one). Then, dense earthy flavors, grass and weeds take over. The combination of fruity and earthy hop flavors in this one is really great. Perhaps some notes of tobacco are here as well. Beneath the hop aroma, a sweet taste of caramel-like malts backs things up. It finishes slightly dry with a firm, but not overpowering bitterness and long lasting hop resins.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, medium carbonation. Somehow, I get the impression that the texture has a gentle crispness to it, yet still rather smooth.

Drinkability: A delightful beer. Although it's definitely on the hoppy side, it still feels very balanced. It has definitely not the most complex taste out there, but still it is a really refreshing blend of tropical fruits, earthy hop resins and restrained sweet malts. And although the hops really dominates, they never get too aggressive or overpowering. It's a laid back beer, yet it's full of character - somehow, I can't stop thinking of it as a Celebration Ale in harmony. Highly recommended.

ricke, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes scrawled on 11/18/10.

I poured all 24 oz. into a massive snifter, resulting in a fluffy, three-finger, beige to light brown head. This rests above a very attractive ruby-mahogany body. The head takes it sweet time to deflate. Stringy lines of fine carbonation bubbles swim to the top of the glass at a moderate tempo. The lacing is dense and very intricate.

A hop aroma unique to wet hop ales that I've tried fills my nose. Aromas of freshly cut grass, pepper, hop oils, and citrus blend with a very dry biscuit aroma and a hint of caramel malt. The hop scent is wild - like putting a raw hop under one's nose and sucking air like a Hoover.

The taste is much akin to the smell. Fresh, bitter hops seep all over my palate. It is almost like rolling a hop around in one's mouth with a bit of water to lubricate the experience. It is a very earthy and grassy hop flavor. A caramel malt taste balances out the hops more so than I thought it would based on the smell, and a dry biscuit taste is also present.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied for a wet hop ale, yet it still retains the great puckering, bitter, spicy hop character at which the aroma hinted. Northern Hemisphere has style-perfect carbonation, as well.

The is oh-so-drinkable. The 24 oz. went down easily and did not damn my palate. I think this will be a yearly treat for me, as long as I can find it right when it is released.

TCHopCraver, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful auburn pour with a sudsy head that stuck around through half of the pour in an aventinus .5l glass leaving a scant and sticky lace. Great carbonation,big bubbles. The hop and malt aromas are understated and did not detect much alcohol on the nose which I was surprised by this being a "big" beer. The sweetness on the nose lead me to expect a balanced brew which would be surprising to me as most AIPAs that I have sampled have been overwhelmingly hoppy. Again, not as heavy as I have come to expect from an AIPA but pleasant on the pallet, not slick or syrupy. The hoppy aftertaste is nice. Though it is not as representative of the style as I have come to expect, the brew is clean, crisp, and very flavorful. I will drink and cook with this all season long.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang tulip.

The lacing on this beer is fantastic! If Picasso worked in head foam, it would look like this. It has an excellent citrus and hop aroma almost as if you are at the farm itself. A light, semi-airy mouth feel makes this American IPA extraordinary. Sierra Nevada hit a homerun with this one and I would prefer this one over its Southern hemisphere counterpart. I will.definitely go buy 1or 2 more bottles before they are gone.

tbryan5, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

woodchipper, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is safe to say that this beer is a more palatable and less floral version of their Pale Ale. It looks allmost identical and feels quite the same as far as mouthfeel goes, but the big difference is in the taste. The hops are a bit more bitter in this beer and there are also some spicy characteristics to it that I cannot put my finger on. The malt sneaks in and gives a peek but this a hoppy beer for sure. I will definantly come back to this one if I see it on tap again.

Dmann, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler. Pours from the growler a wonderful clear amber red with a huge pillowy two finger white head that slowly falls. Sticky patchwork lacing adorns the side of my SN tulip. Aromas of sweet caramelly malts collide with a fresh, vibrant citrusy, piney hops. Lovely hop oils make me feel like I'm in a field of hops smelling them right on the vine..covered in a sweet blanket of hops. Yum.

First sip brings a rush of sweet caramelly pale malts...chewy and a tad bit toasty, bready on the back of the palate. The citrusy, piney resinous hops soon take control and bring a lovely sturdy bitterness. Fresh, lush, floral....the green leafy hop flavors keep me coming back for sip after sip. The big "C" hops are in full effect. Subtle lingering bitterness after each gulp. Simply an amazing APA. Extremely well balanced and incredibly tasty...the malt and hops have a harmonious relationship...a new benchmark for APA's in my book. Big, tasty hop burps can't help but bring a smile to my face as well!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Mellow carbonation helps this one go down easy. Chewier maltiness than most APA's. Drinkability is only hindered by availability. This growler will disappear far too fast and I'll be left searching for more. Please, please, bottle this!! A world class APA from one of my all time favorite breweries. Many, many thanks to kmpitz2 for allowing me the pleasure of sampling this fine brew.

12-9-07: 24oz. big bottle. Love the unique bottle and big size! This beer is as good as it's ever been and I'm glad to finally see it bottled. Big citric, piney hops all over the place in the aroma and flavor. Fresh, green with a sturdy smack of bitterness. I really can't say enough about how much I love this one. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for bottling this and I hope to see it again in the future.

orbitalr0x, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

sabitu, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's somewhat hard to believe that this beer is classified only as an American pale ale. It packs a serious hop wallop... definitely enough to stand up against any IPA, or even some double IPAs.

Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale is one of those beers that is so hoppy & dry-bodied that it leaves you thirsty, with cottonmouth, after you're done. Probably not a beer you'd want to drink all night, but it is quite an experience while you're having it.

The trademark familiar Sierra Nevada blast-of-cascade-hops is right up front and present in this beer. Delicious floral aroma... lots of heavy lacing in the pintglass.

The truest way to describe Harvest Ale is that it is basically an amped-up version of their flagship beer - the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. More hops, darker color, stronger scent, more bitter, more bite.

chOAKbarrell, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of JasonA
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent copper poured into my Saranac pint/pilsner glass. Full2 fingeers of staying head.

I smell hops.

Pale, hop, nice finish. The >6% blends real well into the hop flavor. The finish here is very special. Almost like 3 layers of hops. Very enjoyable. Sits, sits, sits.

Yummy. Awesome after-taste. Extremely balanced and full flavor for an APA.

Im glad this one came in a 22oz. I definately want more.

JasonA, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12th Release, 2008 Edition
The beer was amber in color with a thick, off-white head. A little bit of lacing.
Mostly floral aroma, with a little bit of citrus.
Pine and lavender taste, with some grapefruit. They complement each other quite well.
A smooth, easy to drink beer.

lordofthewiens, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -4.5%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of pengs68
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

pengs68, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

warnerry, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of tim6298
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

tim6298, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

DWolf, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle, 2007 11th edition. Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet doughy malts with floral piney hops and a little tar.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a lingering burnt bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, a decent IPA(?) with good bitterness. It's a little simplistic and not totally to my tastes.

Beaver13, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of babyhobbes
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to genog for this Beer Powerball beer!

I am using a pint glass and see a lots of lacing and a decent creamy head. Head tastes all creamy, too. Smells hoppy and like honey. Taste is similar with more of a pine hopness. There is a sweet malt flavor that comes out sort of like caramels. This is a very drinkable, delicious beer. It's not all out hops, it just a smooth, incredibly well-balanced beer. Delicious!

babyhobbes, May 20, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 12th release 2008.

Appearance: The head builds up tall, thick and firm from the slow pour. . It is light tan in color and has excellent retention. A nice small cap of foam hangs on until the last sip and as it slowly slides its way down the glass it makes lots of cool lacing that sticks to the glass. Under the head lies a beautiful deep amber colored body with just the slightest protein or chill haze.

Smell: The aroma has a piney resin like hop character with some citrus notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of estery/yeasty red apple skin notes as well as a touch of raw grain.

Taste/Palate: Like the Southern Hemisphere Harvest, this Harvest has a good sturdy base of bready malt sweetness with a touch raw grain. Hop flavor is also quit firm and assertive. The hop character is that of tasty piney hops with some resiny and juicy lemony/grapefruit citrus notes. The bitterness from the hops is more than equal to the malt sweetness and lasts well into the finish. The palate has a nice solid medium feel with plenty of lively carbonation.

Notes: Another outstanding selection from Sierra Nevada with big bold hop flavor and nice supporting malt.

generallee, Dec 01, 2009
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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