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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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2,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 2850
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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Photo of vandemonian


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

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale is a darker IPA that emphasises the darker tobacco flavour of the hop. It's different, but I didn't love it.

A: Brown-orange colour and an excellent 1 cm head and excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Grassy hops with some chlorine. 3.5

T: Malty with woody hops. The finish is very earthy with some bitter tobacco flavours. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:41:32 | More by vandemonian
Photo of pdoran10


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

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere pours out a clear but light brown color into a snifter. I get two fingers of off white head that have some legs and leave amazing lacing.

The smell is big fresh cut grass and herbs.

The taste does not follow the smell closely at all. I get a big dose of caramel sweetness up front with some slight resin and grapefruit citrus hops flavor in the finish. Malty and slight with the hop profile.

...Break for a sad face about the flavor :( ...

Mouthfeel is moderate to slightly heavy, but dry. There is moderate to slightly high carbonation going on here, which I like.

Overall a solid offering at a reasonable price, but the hops are a bit outweighed by the malt profile here which I do not like. Not how I would do a wet hop beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:57:12 | More by pdoran10
Photo of shivtim


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper/red beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of little bubbles and great lacing. Nose is hops and grains. Taste is lots of hops up front, then bits of malt, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2006 15:06:25 | More by shivtim
Photo of Pencible


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy rusted copper color with light tan head. It smelled like strong copper hops and floral hops with a bit of light malt. It tasted like potent bitter pine sap and dry floral hops. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a lasting very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was not a very well balanced beer, and didn't have the best hops flavor either. But it was at least clean had a good body.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:31:05 | More by Pencible
Photo of mjryan


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper colour with a nice head. Decent retention with a small amount of lace. Aroma is of citrus/ pine hops, with a sweet malt malt character. The aroma is very nice, but not as intense as I would expect from a wet hopped beer. Flavour starts out with a sweet, lightly nutty malt character that transitions into the citrus/pine hop flavour. Very balanced between malt and hops. I expected more green fresh wet hop character, and while the hops are certainly there they dont exhibit that character. Finish is pleasantly bitter with a slight lingering malt sweetness. Carbonation is medium as is the body. Overall this is a very nice, easy drinking pale ale. Very well balanced. I would think that the wet hops would have been more prominantly featured in this one though.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 16:24:53 | More by mjryan
Photo of smanders


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 24 ounce bottle purchased from the Total Wine in Chantilly, VA. 6.7% ABV

Appearance - dark amber with a robust head. Great lacing.

Smell - spicy hops and sweet caramel.

Taste - more sweetness than expected from the aroma, quickly followed by bitter hops. Aftertaste is more sweet than spicy.

Mouthfeel - oily but well carbonated.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable IPA that may confuse some hopheads due to the high malt/sweet notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 21:19:28 | More by smanders
Photo of Spikester


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind this beer has been around for about three months and I just bought one this week. Pours clear copper with a huge fluffy creamy head. Plentiful lacings. Piney hop aroma. Taste is medium bitter citrus hops. More orange pinapple than grapefruit. Good amount of sweet malt backing. It might be I've had too many hoppy beers this evening but for me this was closer to an APA than the IPA style. Excellent beer, well balanced. Session wise it is a bit high an abv for an all nighter.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:52:10 | More by Spikester
Photo of BeerNuggets


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a glass

A- Dark almost burnt orange coloring with a strong head

S- citrusy with cut grass and with a strong smell of malt

T- more malty than I had expected with some crisp citrus flavors . more lemony than grapefruit

M- very heavy on the tongue

D - This is a steady beer that I could continue to drink. Not one of my top harvest ales, but I would not kick it out of bed.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 23:42:16 | More by BeerNuggets
Photo of budgood1


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 24 ounce bottle a clear pure amber colour with a thick and frothy egg shell white head, leaving plentiful lace. hoppy aroma...bits and pieces of pine resin, grapefruit rind, and caramel driven maltiness. taste is more of the same except it has more of a malt driven profile than i was expecting. a straight up malt base provides some backbone for the hoppiness to peek through flavour wise. the hop resin flavours are a bit spicy and subdued and the back end bitterness provides a hefty puckering punch. full bodied with a grating mouthfeel expected from an IPA of this sort. drinkability is pretty good.

overall i enjoyed this but it seems a bit redundant. or maybe just not so spectacular that it stands out as an overly special IPA. as i finsh the bottle it's apparent that this is indeed a blistering bitter hop bomb...solid but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:30:10 | More by budgood1
Photo of bierguru


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -
Golden amber slight carbonation thick foamy head
you can see the hop oils sitting on the top

S -
very rich hop character slight smell of some nuts and some sweetness

T -
malt up front middle is fairlt hopy and on the backend you get some fruitiness

M -
typical ipa feel however this one does carry an oily waxy feel

D -
drinkable statisfies a hops craving even though i would have liked a more hop character

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 18:52:13 | More by bierguru
Photo of gpogo


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red amber body with a off white gooey head. Lacing was nice, but a bit sparse.

A- Citrus and pine with a nice sweet malt backing. Not too extreme on either side.

T- Fruity flavor followed by a bitter hop hit. Aftertaste is very clean, slightly bitter.

M- Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable beer. Nice balanced IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:27:40 | More by gpogo
Photo of argock


3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz clear pint glass.

A: Light rust hue with thin cap of off-white head. Respectable lacing for such a short head.

S: Fresh floral and grassy hops smells with semi-sweet caramel and pale malt aromas

T: Less punch than the bottle (possibly due to the low serving temperature) version but still enjoyable with fresh earthy and floral hops flavors with solid caramel and pale malt backbone.

M: Light-medium body with low-average carbonation and floral hops and sweet malt aftertaste.

D: A good brew, but down on the SN pecking order. A decent session brew for its lighter than average flavor and good balance.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2008 02:02:44 | More by argock
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle 2008 release poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Foam clings to the side of the glass after settling.

S - Honestly, underwhelming. I pick up a bit of citrus hops, but it is not very pronounced... have the hops faded since bottling? Most likely, as I'm drinking the 2008 release in May 09

T - piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Definately not a hop bomb, but there is a good amount of piney flavor with a substantial sweetness behind it.

M - hops numb and tingle my entire mouth, carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty well balanced, goes down easily.

I'll be this was much better fresh - I'd rather drink a Torpedo IPA. Not that it was bad, I'd just prefer a more pronounced hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:39:46 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of grassy and herbal hops on the nose. There are hints of grapefruit in there as well, but mostly it's just earthy hops. The aromas are all a bit muted, though.

T: Similar to the aroma, grassy and herbal hops dominate the flavor. Grapefruit and rind notes come through as well with a lightly bitter, but fairly clean finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer actually manages to be quite smooth and almost creamy. An atypical feel for the style, but it's good.

O: Overall, a pretty solid IPA. It has good flavors and aromas, but it just lacks a punch. Even with vigorous swirling, I have stick my nose into my glass to pick up on the aromas. I really just wish the flavors and aromas would pop a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:35:04 | More by n2185
Photo of clvand0


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a sampling glass from a tap. Poured a nice amber color with a short head that quickly died off, but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy - citrus and pine aromas mostly. Very clean and fresh taste. Has a decent malt profile, but the hops take the main show, mostly citrus and grassy hops. Well-made beer, but I left this one wanting a little more. Not sure what, but it was slightly lacking in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 14:57:44 | More by clvand0
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20oz pint glass at the Brick Store pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a dark, golden amber hue, very pretty. A white head is present, about one finger in size. Generous lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical APA. Nice and hoppy and malty as well. A little bit of straw and grass in the aroma. More than I care for. Caramel and biscuity malts support the light citrus hops. A bit of herbaceousness as well, which is off.

A bit too bitter for my liking in an APA. Lots of astringency and chalkiness and metallic flavors. Some lemon is involved and hardly any malt backs up the, in my opinion, overly bittered beer.

Not bad for an APA. I think the SN Pale ale is a better choice but this can stand its own. Worth a try, I says.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 20:10:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of thisisbigrob


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Edition - 24 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber in color with a nice thick head that settled into creamy dense lumps of foam. Great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it.

S: As promised, smells of very fresh hops. There is also a sweetness under the hops.

T: Very pleasant hoppiness that is balanced with some malt sweetness. Leaves a slight bitter taste in your mouth which is good for the style and expected for a "fresh hop" beer.

M: Nice and creamy but maybe a little overcarbonated.

D: This glass is disappearing quickly and the other half of the bottle will soon follow but the hop bitterness is starting to catch up with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 03:24:22 | More by thisisbigrob
Photo of Cresant


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 24 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated 2007. The body was clear and bright golden. A compact khaki colored head of creamy and varied bubbles formed and stayed a while.

Smell was lightly metallic. Spicy. Grassy. resinous. nice.

Taste was of flavorful hops, not just bitterness. Sweet and malty. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Light oiliness.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 15:45:27 | More by Cresant
Photo of illidurit


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant orangey-copper into a pint glass. The head is fluffy and tan, and is maintaining it's 1 finger of height remarkably well. It's been 5 minutes since pouring and the foam is just about as high as ever.

Aroma is very underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. Where usually in this style there would be a bright bouquet of fruity, floral hops, there's only a raw leafiness.

Flavor is ok, surprisingly malty considering SN's track record with pale ales (overhopped messes), but not all that tasty. A little bit of pepperiness in the finish.

This beer is a little thick in body for the style, but the carbonation cuts through well. Finish isn't really crisp enough to be refreshing.

Another overrated beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 05:10:12 | More by illidurit
Photo of jpiper


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. Amber in color, with a nice, lasting tan head. A fairly hoppy IPA with a floral and citrus nose; there was malt on the palate and a piney hop flavor dominated. Fairly balanced, but nothing dramatically special about it. Good, but there are plenty better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 03:20:43 | More by jpiper
Photo of natasharai


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a foamy off white head that dissipated leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. The beer is orangish amber clear color.

Smell: A lot of sweet malt, slight cinnamon spice, not much hop character.

Taste: Pine hops, roasted malt, nutty flavor resembling peanuts, spicy cinnamon, finishes with dry bitter hop and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied, leaves mouth with a bitter dry feeling.

Overall: Decent drinkability, not a lot of hop character. The flavors are good up front but end with an unfavorable bitter soapy taste. The smell is pretty bland, with a slight spiciness but mostly sweet caramel.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:31:16 | More by natasharai
Photo of SuperNova777


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sammy A Perfect Pint 2010 release

A:Pours a see thru copper a fluffy two fingers worth of head that slowly declines
down. Nice lacing is left down the glass.

S:Smells of a mix of citrus, piney hops, and pale malts. Fairly fresh smelling but not be to overpowering on the hop side but seems to be more balanced out

T:Pretty smooth tasting with the malts up front and then a small kick of the hops
on the backend leaving a resiny hop coat on the palate. Very well balanced.

M:Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation throughout

D:Overall a pretty average harvest ale. A little too balanced out then I would of thought it would have been, was expecting a little stronger hop presence on it. Other than that it was a average easy drink which was flavorful but not as much as I would have wanted from a harvest ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:45:21 | More by SuperNova777
Photo of TheTot


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

Pours a beautiful, hazy, amber color with a perfect off white head that is slow to fade away but as it does leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass. With the initial smell I get a fruity, soapy smell with a finish of sweetness. With the first taste I notice the crispness and the freshness of this beer. There is not as much flavor as I would like but as it sits on your tongue the flavors start to erupt. Very similarly to FFF Broo Doo and Harvest Ale from Founders it has a heavy fruit flavor that is nice, but unlike the other two this one's is hard to find. I would put this as my 3rd favorite Wet Hopped Ale behind the two I have already mentioned. If I had not had those others before this, this beer would be exceptional but since I have something to compare it to it does not hold up. Still a great beer and for $5.49 here it is a great steal.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 20:13:03 | More by TheTot
Photo of BrewUSA


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
Look 6/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 12/20

Overall 75/100

I kept wanting to like this, as it is perceived well. I just keep picking up soap and caramel. Has a funky after taste. I wonder if its old maybe? A revisit is in order next year~

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:15:32 | More by BrewUSA
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from notes:

uhhh ehhh

im going to go out on a limb here. i agree with most of the comments i've read from my beer reviewin' pals.. earthy, grassy.. yes. lemon pith? yep. mos def. woody? oh fo' sho. my take.. one dimensional? si, senor. probably my biggest complaint here, and the factor that puts this beer decidedly into the just above average realm.

first off, let me say i've had SN harvest in its draft-only incarnation the past couple of years, and had a much more enthusiastic reaction. granted, expanding the production by 500% is going to dull the final product a bit.. but the fruity, oily freshness doesn't seem to speak as loudly in the bottled product as does an overabundance of the acidic effect of any hop, fresh or not. yes, it's bitter.. and yes, it has a really grassy tone.. but so do many NON-wet ipa's that strive for C-ness.

i will have no problem consuming the 72 oz of harvest ale that i purchased today for $12. i even feel that i made out like a bandit price-wise. i just don't feel like this beer lives up to the hype of previous years.. nor does it live up to the hype i've read here.

this should have stayed a draft specialty, with focus on maintaining a freshness level that bottling kills.. at least in perception.

i'd reach for a fresh celebration just as fast as i reach for this beer. recommended, just don't expect what you've had in the past to show up in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 17:55:06 | More by goodbyeohio
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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