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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
94
outstanding

2,921 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,921
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 147
Gots: 79 | 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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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.7/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24fl oz bottle poured into my tulip(had no pint glass)

Pours a dirty looking copper mixed with some orange and light brown color(interesting).Dense frothy two and a half inch white head. Great head retention that when subsides leaves rings of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of some citrus fruit with tangerine coming out most, some lemon and slight grapefruit. Pine hops are also noticeable and a fresh perfume like scent(my guess is the wet hops).

Slightly sweet upfront but no noticeable citrus flavors show up except a medium pine hop bitterness that last throughout the taste. Caramel malts come through during the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied(although lacking hop flavor)with very high carbonation.

Well the bottle says 2009, but I do not know exactly how old the bottle is. If you buy it now though, it's going to lack the hop flavors I'm sure were there if it were fresh. High price plus lack of flavor equals disappointment for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 22:17:07 | More by tr4nc3d
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

12-05-2013 20:30:45 | More by NonicPanic
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beertunes

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on 9/5/09, I suspect this beer has not improved with a year on it. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color, typical of IPAs. About 3/4 inch of fluffy , just off-white head had very good retention and decant lacing.

A subdued hop aroma greets the nose, not much malt apparent. A solid hop flavor is backed by, for this brewery, a solid malt foundation. I suspect that the hops have faded with age.
The body and drinkability are typical for the style. It is unfair that I'm reviewing this beer when it's a year old, this beer was almost certainly much better when fresh. I'm on record as thinking that SN is guilty of making a series of similar IPAs. This one seems like it may have been better than the usual SN IPA. I hope that I can try this years version and give this brew a higher score.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:12:21 | More by beertunes
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IntriqKen

California

2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok, I'm the odd man out on this brew.
Pours a medium golden yellow/orange with a nice two finger head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aromas are full of hops...lots of both citrus peel and pine oil fresh hops. A little of the sweet amber malt comes through but gets beaten down by the hop aromas.

Taste comes across as very unbalanced to me. Too much fresh hop for my palette. I lose all of the malt presence and my palette is merely assaulted by the fresh citrus peel hop. The hops aren't so much intense as in overly high IBUs as they are just "in your face".
Some people have compared this one to SN's Celebration Ale and I just can't see it. I love Celebration and could (occassionally do) drink it all night. I've yet to finish a bottle of Harvest Ale by contrast.

Mouthfeel is good and comfortable for the style and the aftertaste is no where near as offensive as the actual fresh taste, but still I am left with little more than 'just hops'.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 07:20:11 | More by IntriqKen
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-02-2012 16:10:36 | More by acurtis
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sunofneurot

New York

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-09-2013 20:43:11 | More by sunofneurot
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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.6%

07-21-2013 20:07:10 | More by Sazz9
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jtyson

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-06-2013 18:06:06 | More by jtyson
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-19-2012 23:50:12 | More by IdrinkGas
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KyleKingma

Indiana

3/5  rDev -28.6%

02-28-2012 21:58:24 | More by KyleKingma
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Quite a bit of head, and a little haze to the amber body.

S: A strong hoppy aroma with hints of bitter grapefruit and orange with a slightly malty background, but just enough to notice, not much more. That strength fades fast though. This is not the resiny beast I expected.

T: Man, what a disappointment. If the malt is here at all it is grainy and astringent. There is no briteness to the hops at all. They taste stale, somehow. It does linger though.

M: Apparently all the carbonation went out with the head, because this beer has the thick flatness of a much hoppier double IPA with none of the flavor.

O: Not something I wanted to spend $6 on, especially not 2....

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 21:30:07 | More by mdwalsh
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jadler16

Indiana

3/5  rDev -28.6%

05-02-2014 15:02:17 | More by jadler16
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Daniel9913

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-05-2012 21:39:26 | More by Daniel9913
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snowsurfer422

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-15-2012 01:02:21 | More by snowsurfer422
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csiewert

Oregon

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-19-2011 01:28:34 | More by csiewert
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aanth

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-18-2011 03:49:10 | More by aanth
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-16-2014 23:48:16 | More by bernat1971
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plato

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-04-2013 02:12:31 | More by plato
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-12-2012 13:29:51 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-15-2012 04:06:48 | More by bkbergen
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TimH


3/5  rDev -28.6%

05-19-2012 18:26:46 | More by TimH
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Alex5

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.6%

12-10-2013 21:52:10 | More by Alex5
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -28.6%

03-17-2013 22:45:52 | More by rderedin
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -28.6%

01-30-2012 03:01:12 | More by jfcaa193
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LSUPT

California

3/5  rDev -28.6%

11-15-2011 05:15:56 | More by LSUPT
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,921 ratings.