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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Reviews: 1,471
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 5.04%
Wants: 192
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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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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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)

Photo of crayphish
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of br3wmeister
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Julios in MA for like 3.99 or 4.99 on sale. 24 oz, what a steal! Delerium mini snifter.

A: Pours hazy golden amber color. One finger head, nice lacing.

S: Grassy, a little bready, not much hops, surprisingly. Something smells slightly off in those nose, I cant quite put my finger on it. Meh, not bad.

T: Wow! Surprised how good this is given the mediocre nose. Grassy hops with some citric and bitter qualities. The hops are strong but not puckering, pretty smooth. Quickly gives way to caramel malts, quite sweet actually. I like how balanced this is.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Pleasantly surprised.

D: Excellent. Well balanced brew...goes down too easy! (685 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of smanders
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of thisisbigrob
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my Goose Island IPA glass. There is a huge, pillowly foam sitting on this one and the aroma is jumping out of the glass. Grapefruit and grass, kind of tickles the nostrils in a good way. Tons of lacing as the head settles. This is the smoothes IPA ever, like glass. The taste kind of works its way out after a sip or so. You know the hops are there but so is an almost vegetable like bite (asparagus??). It finishes very dry and bitter. Kind of morphs from the time it touches your tongue to the last drop heading down the ol pie hole. The mouth feel is almost pilsner like if you know what I mean. I'm enjoying this one but just can't get into it. Can't pinpoint why, maybe just a bad day, but it's just not there. For sure give it a shot, there are some highly praising reviews. (801 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.