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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,846 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 2846
Reviews: 1435
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%


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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throwitallaway

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass. Brown in color. Nice head with some lacing. Fresh smelling, piny and floral hops, that aren't as overpowering in the nose that I thought they would. Flavor has the same hop thing going as the aroma, but with a sweet, biscuity, malt background. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, but not overly so. I could drink a lot of this beer, but it doesn't quite stick out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:16:31 | More by throwitallaway
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color with a smallish head and lots of lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with strong grapefruit and caramel to a lesser extent. The flavor is nicely bitter and more pine shines through than does in the aroma. Full-bodied, crisp texture. Long dry and bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 15:55:04 | More by kmeves
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HopEnthusiast

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Pours a nice copper red with a very fluffy off white head. Great lacing that lasts the entire beer. Has a aroma of hops and a little yeast and cirtus, but nothing that really stand out, mostly the hops. As for the taste there is hops and citrus. Nice smooth beer that is medium bodied with just a hint of bitterness to it. Great session beer. I did think that it would be better but wasn't that bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:06:50 | More by HopEnthusiast
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on Halloween 10.31.08. poured from bottle into a wide mouth glass.

appearance was a great looking beer, pours a super clear reddish copper color. huge 2 finger head, nice foamy and off white. stuck around a while and left a great lacing on the glass. the smell was soft, oily and hoppy. mild on the smell, but nice, nothing overpowering with a watered down malt taste in the background.

the taste was soft and hoppy. almost a slippery taste, leaves quite a hoppy lingering aftertaste, but wasn't too bad. soft on the palate. For some reason I expected a little bit more from SN and this harvest ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 00:40:57 | More by Hophead101
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a clear deep copper color with a 1 1/2 inch of white head that recedes slowly. Sheets of lacing coat the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is of pale malts caramel malts, and some citrusy hops.

T: Taste is high in citrus hops up front, some carmel malts fill out the middle with a bit of a floral bite in the finish.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, crisp clean feel, goes down easily, nice balance

D: This is easily one to sit with for a bit, goes down easily, nicely balanced a touch maltier than other versions of this style, but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 02:39:27 | More by Jayli
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Arbitrator

California

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Man, I love these $5 24oz bottles from Sierra Nevada. Always a great deal, usually a great beer. 13th release.

A: Pours a clear orange-amber body in the glass, with a finger of short-lived cream-colored head. Nice lacing down the sides during a sip, and plenty of sticky ivy trails left as well.

S: Citrus (mostly lemon rind) and a nice floral whiff. Possibly some grass. Caramel.

T: Lemon rind, orange peel, and grass define the initial taste. Caramel follows shortly after, but the taste is still tipped toward bitter. The finish is lightly floral and has a sticky, lingering bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

M: Just a tad lighter than medium bodied, with a chewy feeling as if there are particles sticking to the teeth. Moderate carbonation. A bitter finish. A bit oily, in fact.

D: I don't think it's the most mindblowing IPA out there, but I almost always get one of these when I see them. They're very solid and a steal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:59:42 | More by Arbitrator
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velosuds

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops were far more subdued than I expected. No where near robust enough for a wet hop IPA. Kind of a waste of fresh hops IMO.

T-Not hoppy enough for an IPA. What's there is musty and only vaguely piney and citrusy. The malt presence was more biscuit like than sweet.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A decent IPA, but not an especially good wet hop ale. This beer seems to lack initiative in that it seems the brewer was unwilling to risk creating something exceptional. Is Sierra Nevada getting too big?

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 07:08:55 | More by velosuds
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Brent

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to Sierra Nevada for a nicely-priced beer here. Good, solid malt body with, as one would expect, a hop-centric focus. Herbacious and a touch grassy up front, sliding into a long, firm hops ride to the end. Hopping was a little rough around the edges and finished with a sharp quinine-like bittering that was discordant, bordering on harsh.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 13:53:49 | More by Brent
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speter

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves amazing lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and citrus both in abundant quantities.

T: Bracingly bitter with enough malt to balance, but rather uncomplex, in that there isn't really much development across the palate. The citrus aspects of the hops are much more dominant in the taste (as opposed to more pine notes in the nose).

M: Medium body and good carbonation to spread around all the nice hop oils. The hops nicely coat the tongue after a short time.

D: A wonderfully drinkable beer from SN.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 00:02:39 | More by speter
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer is clear and appears a sunburst orange / amber color. The head is approximately an inch thick, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of hops, citrus, pine. The flavor could be bigger / bolder. There is enough of a malt presence to balance out the hop profile. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a good beer and one worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 20:46:45 | More by Huhzubendah
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - deep amber, almost saison-like, with about two fingers of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - nice hoppy aroma with floral essences.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy flavor, possibly Cascade, but not too strong. Interesting flavor as the tasting goes on, but I can't quite narrow it down. Bitter aftertaste, but it fades fairly quickly. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - interesting brew. Although not a taste/flavor that I love, I do appreciate the subtitles here.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:32:50 | More by Nerudamann
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

Pours a bright copper with a creamy golden tinted head of two fat fingers. Very frothy and thick. Huge sheets of lacing forming nice rings as they settle.
Smells of some sweet malt with piney, spicy, floral, and grapefruit hop notes-- the grapefruit is less than I'd expected and hoped for. The floral and spicy are too predominant.
Sweet caramel malts with a light lingering bitterness appear on the flavor. Little citrus hop note hits, but then the spicey and floral notes take over.
As far as this goes, this is more drinkable than I had expected-- but it is just not good enough for the pricetag.
Feel is solid-- great carbonation. I was hoping this would be a little more bitter, but oh well.

As it warms, I get notes of toffee.

Overall-- this is a nice and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 23:11:02 | More by AleWatcher
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: translucent copper. Thick, frothy head. decent lacing

s: faint caramel malts. grassy notes. slight piney hops.

t: caramel, bready malts then turns into piney, resinous hops. Finishes with a slight bitterness

m: med body. oily. good level of carbonation

o: If I compare this to Founders Harvest Ale, Founders wins going away. It's not a knock on this. It just makes me appreciate the Founders that much more. This is good but a bit more malty than what I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:03:08 | More by Jaycase
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Rast

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber style while watching Iowa St. dismantle Notre Dame in March Madness 2013.

The appearance intrigues. Copper colouration with a majestically thick, lacy head. I see this beer. I want this beer. Furthermore, not only do carbon bubbles ascend, but some sorts of fragments descend. Hops? Unsure. The mouthfeel also intrigues. Initial carbonation gives way quickly to smooth silkiness, even when gulped rather than sipped. The nose is much as the taste: bright, nutty malt matched with subtle hop over/unders. Complexity abounds. No. Hemis. Wet Hop demands digestion of both the mind and stomach. All-important aftertaste leaves one satisfied, but desiring a bit more. Intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:48:10 | More by Rast
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

24oz bottle. 2007 harvest.

pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. bit of grapefruit. earthy hops. bit of floral character too. has a bit of kolsch-like aroma to it too that makes it more interesting. light alcohol.

taste is great. just above medium bitterness level, which seems to be a bit much and out of balance. big chewy bread and cracker malts. bit of biscuit. grapefruit. bit of resiny pine. light earthy character. that lager-like flavour is here too, brightening it up and making it a little more interesting. light alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. lingering clingy bitterness. hint of astringency. medium body.

drinkability is ok. this is one that i think needs some time for the bitterness to mellow. right now it's a little unbalanced and the bitterness lingers long after you taste it. the alcohol and malt backing are nice, and i can see this being great a year down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 17:56:12 | More by grub
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is beautiful burnt orange with a huge off-white head on top. Monster lacing. Very unusual for an APA. Smell is hoppy, but not overly aggressive, light citrus notes.

Flavour is much hoppier than the nose, up front at least. The hops start off with a strong citrus bitter and spicy effect, but then the malts are able to assert themselves. The flavour stays hoppy, but this is not an aggressively over-hopped beer. Decent lingering malty tones on the finish. Not bad stuff in general, and quite good for the style.

The mouth on this is nicely hoppy, though not unexpected for the style, but it has a bit more texture than usual, which is apparently normal for wet hop beers, I like the effect. Drinkability, just about dead on average.

Overall: A good but not spectacular brew by the folks at SN. I like the balance that is achieved here, though I don't know how much the wet hops used actually end up noticeably affecting the flavour, for my mouth at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 23:34:26 | More by CortexBomb
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Atricapilla

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rusty orange color; beer is bit translucent. Has a thin head that laces away, but the lace stays for a long time...Aroma is of hops and pine. Has a slight sweetness to the taste, but I get a little distracted by the higher degree of carbonation....has piney aftertones and left a bit of an oily feel in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 01:15:22 | More by Atricapilla
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joepais

Maine

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a four finger billowy head on top of a pale amber body

Aromas of citrus and pine fill my nose

Flavors of hops, pine and citrus with a little sweetness in the end

Mild mouthfeel good carbonation

Good drinkability on this one but the 24oz's is enough for one sitting, not a bad APA in all

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 23:51:02 | More by joepais
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle

A- pours a beautiful orange/red/brown color with a medium sized creamy off white/tan head that leaves some sticking.

S- Mild nose of very fresh spicy/resinous hops.

T- Big spicy hops, lots of pine and hop resin. Sweet malty structure holds everything together. notes of tobacco, earth and charcoal upon the finish. No alcohol heat.

M- Medium/coating, decent carbonation

D- I'd be pretty satisfied with just one bomber, im kind of let down, i expected a huge bright, citrusy hop monster. Still a quality beer none the less. Definitely worth a try for Sierra fans, hop fans and collectors of one off brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 21:21:34 | More by ATPete
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paigertx

New York

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered a pitcher about a month ago at Bar Coastal UES(NYC) and now drinking a pint poured from a chubby bomber. Similar taste from bottle as from tap. Pours a deep amber and smell is sweeter than the taste. Taste is smooth with malty overtones while not too much hop bite. Very drinkable and could be a session beer for those looking for flavor without the high alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 22:38:40 | More by paigertx
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a big 24oz bottle seemed reasonable, so I gave it a shot.

Hazy amber in color with a big rocky cream colored head. Excellent retention. Great clumpy lacing as it settled.

Strong woodsy pine and some bittersweet citrus rind in the nose.

Hop flavor is potent, yet somewhat soft and citric. Not as dry or puckering as I was expecting. Actually just a touch of tea-like dryness in the finish, with a light malt sweetness that tries to assert itself, but begins to fade slowly before it quite breaks through. What's left is a little residual bitterness on the tongue.

Feel is a bit thin, but smooth with very subtle carbonation.

Overall not bad; malt is a little weak, but hops are flavorful without being obnoxious. I had no problem finishing it and could've easily done another.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 00:21:07 | More by Hoagie1973
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crayphish

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass. Hazy orange liquid with large bubbles leading up to a splotchy thin cap. Great lacing though, thick and sticky. Smell is disappointing. Doughy malt essence countered by slight alcohol. Taste is better. Sharp orange rind bitterness. Pine. Boozy ether smashes any attempt at this thing being balanced. Mouthfeel is great, dry and refreshing. I found this to be an enjoyable and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 06:41:21 | More by crayphish
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br3wmeister

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big tan foamy head with good retention and good lacing sit atop a Autumn orange colored beer.

S- Nuts and roasted barley wit hints of cinnamon and caramel. Some light hops come through.

T- Lots of citrus and pine bitterness with a nice malty base giving off nutty and roasted flavors. Dry bitter aftertaste.

M- Dry medium bodied beer with a nice hop bite, fresh and crisp.

Overall an interesting brew. I am not overly impressed with the flavor or aroma but the mouth feel is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:12:24 | More by br3wmeister
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 13th release, I'm not sure I should add just another release to the list so I will refrain this time. Beer released in 2009. Beer is poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber / copper in color and forms a thin white head that falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Minimal to no haze at all.

Beer has a mild aroma, really mild in fact. Almost nothing to note. A vague sense of hops, maybe some malts, a pretty clean smelling beer.

Beer is bitter on the back end but only slightly. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Not a lot happening in the midpalate or front mouth areas as far as this beer. Second taste time, some funk in there as well. Not a well balanced hoppy ale, sorry SN. A slight miss IMO. Drinkability is fine, although the bitterness builds on you. Its mediocre, I expect more from you SN.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 02:19:36 | More by drabmuh
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Chadpaq

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This just isn't the IPA for me.

Upon reception, I was quite impressed with the color. Seemed to be darker than most of the IPAs I've had recently, and it has a full, thick-fingered head. It receded to leave a lot of sticky lace on my pint glass, and I was really looking forward to delving in to this baby.

But it just fell a little short.

Not very hoppy. I guess that may have something to do with the fact that it was "wet hopped"...? Maybe someone can clarify that for me. I tasted a ton of malty sweetness--not really what I was expecting.

This beer isn't that bad. I'd call it a fair IPA. Something's just not quite right about it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 00:10:25 | More by Chadpaq
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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