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
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Reviews: 1,473
Hads: 3,420
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 193
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,473 | Hads: 3,420
Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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? (728 characters)

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of throwitallaway
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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 (348 characters)

Photo of speter
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark pale, nearly amber in appearance, clear with a dense, rocky slate head with ridiculous lacing. Really strong barley aroma: wheat bread with some caramel and a little bit of rye spiciness. Hops are slightly citric, mostly piney and dank. Hop and malt aroma are balanced. Not the typical hop-centric aroma of a West Coast IPA, but I like it. The flavor is malt driven. Mostly wheat bread crust and woody, root and bark bitterness. This is like a red with a slight rye spice flavor. Feel is slightly thick, finish is dry. 

I like it, but the aroma could be more hop centric. It was more malty than a typical SN IPA. Perhaps my expectations of an IPA preceded this too much, but shouldn't you showcase the hops in a wet hop ale? (731 characters)

Photo of paigertx
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Rast
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Atricapilla
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of bierguru
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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 (420 characters)

Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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 (395 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of Chadpaq
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of BeerNuggets
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (400 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.