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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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2,963 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,963
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 155
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of dar482

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer comes in a clear ruby red color with a huge white head. It looks almost like a cranberry juice.

The aroma has sweet grapefruit, orange peel, tons of sweet caramel malt and breadiness, along with lots of pine, grassy note, very green.

The flavor follows a hint of orange and grapefruit peel in the front, and then it rolls onto a sugary caramel sweetness. It's quite chewy and really gives the beer tons of body. It then smacks with a deep rich green pine, resin, slight earthiness. It lingers for a while, but it's great that the sweetness hits before it to balance it slightly.

This beer is basically a red IPA/amber ale. Still extremely drinkable and simple, but hoppy and tasty (and cheap at $4.50 for a bomber).

11-05-2013 01:30:04 | More by dar482
Photo of jculler82


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

24 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a frothy cream colored two finger head. The lacing stays forever. Smell is citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same grape fruity hops with bitter finish and a creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, but after the full 24 oz. I am left reaching for something maltier for some balance.

02-03-2009 23:59:09 | More by jculler82
Photo of garymuchow


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Great bottle for us homebrewers who bottle. This will definately be used again and again. Hope this beer is still fresh enough too. So, why delay any longer, lets get too it (first live review in over a month - it's so nice to have a laptop again).
Surprisingly subdued aroma with a mix of green hops and vegetation, a little toast, maybe a little soap and maybe even a subtle yeast note.
Very attractive cooper color with lots of rising bubbles from the nucleation from the hops etched on the bottom of the Sierra Nevada glass. Large rocky head leaving ample lacing.
Boy does this drink easily. Very well balanced with the bitterness in check yet full hop flavors. There is a soapy quality at times here too, but it's not very distracting. Nice malt and nutty type of sweetness up front, but quickly the hop flavors come. Bitterness strengthens as warms, so I guess I like it more colder.
The feel is really good. Just enough body to know its beer, with carbonation that is kept in check allowing a smoothness and easy drinkability. This is a beer worth waiting for on an annual basis. Nice freshness to the flavor. Maybe next year I'll try to drink it earlier to see if the flavors vary.

11-26-2009 03:59:00 | More by garymuchow
Photo of jsprain1


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A- Pours a redish brown, a couple shades darker than most ipas. thin, one finger head that retains well and leaves lots and lots of lacing.
S- Citrus hops, grapefruity. Some lemon in there as well. A bit of sweet caramel in there as well.
T- More caramel sweetness than aroma indicated. Hops are definitely present. Strong citrus presence. While some sips of the beer seemed a bit soapy, it is, on the whole, very well balanced.
M- Slightly slick oily nature, overall well weighted.
D- A solid beer from SN. Could definitely drink a few of these.

12-14-2010 05:21:43 | More by jsprain1
Photo of LiquidCucumber


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Caramel with red overtones and a very thin head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Piney, grassy with a deep scent of hop resin. Also a hint of sweet malt.

T - Dry peppery hops right up front followed by citrus and pine. The resin flavor that is distinctive in wet-hop ales comes through very nicely.

M - Light and easy drinking. Ever so slightly boozy and prickly on the mouth.

D - Too bad hops aren't harvested in spring, cuz I would love this refreshing beverage then.

11-04-2010 00:30:19 | More by LiquidCucumber
Photo of DemoniChris


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

11-03-2013 17:35:31 | More by DemoniChris
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A: The pour reveals a beautifully transparent rusty, amber color that yields a solid three fingers of foamy white head that likes to stick around and to the sides of the glass.

S: Hop character in the nose is actually quite subdued, but smells incredibly fresh and tasty. Little citrus notes in the very background, but mostly a bready aroma with the sweet and thick hop profile of cascade or centennial hops. Regardless, it smells great.

T: Malty introduction, the pale malt coming through very strong with a bready character. Midway through, the fresh hop presence strikes, with the bittering being slightly pronounced, but not egregiously. The finish is a smooth fade of these hops, leaving some oil on the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy and almost chewy, with the aforementioned hop oil resonating, but not in a bad way.

D: A very drinkable offering in my opinion. The only thing is, I was a bit thrown off by the balance of this beer. Actually, it exhibits a rather nice malt/hop compromise, I was just not sure what to expect from the hop profile. Still, it was tasty, and I appreciate the painstaking effort that goes into wet hop ales.

10-20-2007 21:35:46 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Served on tap into a nonic glass at Sixteen Tons

A- Poured a pretty clear and dark copper color with frothy khaki colored head that left webbed lacing

S- Big floral, citrusy, piney, and grassy hop aroma. Some sweet malts almost like an imperial red ale. Very aromatic and fresh

T- Big grassy, leafy, spicy, and citrusy hops. Big sweet red malt backbone and lots of bitterness

M- Medium body, highly carbonated, dry, effervescent

O- So fresh, complex hop profile, and big malt backbone. Sierra Nevada does it again.

10-06-2012 15:47:58 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Buebie


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

I feel privileged that I'm able to get this beer every year!

Poured from a 24 ounce brown bottle into a pub glass. Off the pour a 2'' off white foamy head builds up, somewhat slow to recede and leave a thin cap and thick collar. Lace is thick with sticky webbing all around.
The liquid itself is a transparent amber, glowing bright when held to light.

Aroma is pungent with dank hops, pine, rind and spiceie onions, earthy and weed filled.

Taste following aroma, only more strongly and so much more fulfilling! Dank weed, resin, hops are hard to explain here, its extremely flavorful and yet not overpowering bitters. Much like drinking vamp blood in the show true blood, I can taste the earth these hop vines grew in (if you have not seen the show u will not get this at all without me sounding loony)
Still malt comes forward, bready with caramel, toasted bread crust, burnt sugars, mustard seeds, ahh its wonderful.
The finish is an excellerant of hop bitterness and lemon rind that lingers long time and loves you long time.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Not thin, but light. Not light, but thin. No wait...the other way around.

Highly recommend, as always.

11-03-2009 02:08:43 | More by Buebie
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

poured a clear copper with a one finger froathy head. moderate lacing. beads of carbonation rushing to the surface.

Grapefruit and pine on the nose sweet resiny with some light phenols.

grapefruit and pine with a nice malt profile to balance, dry finish.

super smooth mouthfeel. medium bodied a decent amount of carbonation, not a lot but what is there makes it's presences felt.

I like this beer alot though I do remember it being even better on tap...

10-25-2007 00:20:12 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Pours a thin darkish amber. Not much head to speak of, but that doesn't always predict the quality of the beer. Leave better lacing than I would have expected. This pours very similarly to Loose Cannon in my opinion. I love Loose Cannon by the way.

S-Thick and very juicy. Very hoppy and pungent. Fruity. More fruity than piney in my opinion. Malt is quite refreshing. Smells awesome. Definately getting some grains in there too. This beer smells really nice.

T-Very robust without being overwhelming. The best way i can describe this beer is juicy. Definately well balanced but the beer still focuses upon the hop profile.

M-Lighter medium body. Smooth with slight stickiness. A bit resinous too. Pleasantly dry.

D-Like every single Sierra Nevada beer, this one is drinkable.

I love the Sierra Nevada Harvest beers. They are very flavorful but still not hard to put down, and are relatively affordable. Sierra Nevada is such a solid company.

01-20-2011 04:39:49 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of busternuggz


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a Bordeaux glass (and refilled).
Nice orange-amber color with a thick, foamy 1" pale tan head, leaves thick curtains of lacing. Head settles down to about 1/4" with good retention. A little dark for an IPA is really my only complaint here.
Juicy, sweet tangerine and mango on the nose, with just a little floral hops. Smells very fresh and inviting.
The taste is very juicy too, with a big red grapefruit character dominating. Ends with some lime/grapefruit rind and just a little pine sap and a nice dryness. Well balanced, a little sweetness up front that quickly gives way to the citrus dry/bitter tastes. The aftertaste has a bit too much citrus rind bitterness.
The texture is lush and (I'll say it again) juicy, medium bodied and smooth, a little bit creamy.
Very approachable and inviting, but the aftertaste brings the drinkability down a touch for me.
Overall, yet another delicious wet hop ale, well crafted and balanced with only minor flaws.

11-04-2010 22:06:16 | More by busternuggz
Photo of MountainBeagle


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Background: 22oz wet hop northern hemisphere from Sierra Nevada 2011, it's amber in color (6.7%)

First Thoughts: These hops are amazing, a very good IPA. They have definitely improved this beer!

The Good: Piney resinous hops take over this beer but not overpowering, a true gem of a beer. It is a lasting hop experience that will have you wishing for another one.

The Bad: can't find anything wrong with this one.

Bottom Line: Get it fresh, I would not buy this past February 2012 (unless it's a new batch) A top notch IPA.

11-05-2011 06:26:07 | More by MountainBeagle
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

2013 bottle. Pours a clear amber with an outstanding head that laces just as well. Nose is hoppy of pine and grapefruit with a slight malt undertone. Light medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is well balanced between hop flavor and bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness. Neither pine or grapefruit flavor predominate. Clean finish with lingering moderate grapefruit bitterness. Quite nice.

12-03-2013 21:19:36 | More by tillmac62
Photo of Gehrig


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Clear brown-orange body with a dense, durable patch of slightly tan foam that leaves ample lacing on the DAB mug. Fine aromas of citrus hops, with plenty to spare and some pine hints as well. Good hopped taste with grapefruit and orange most evident. I'd prefer a bolder flavor, but the balance between hops and malt is quite good. I'd also prefer a denser backbone, especially with the malt. This is quite good, the bready malt is evident and no slouch, but I'd love to see it take that next step and be as brazen as a DIPA; it's nearly there. Yet as it stands, this is a very good IPA. I love the fine, steady effervescence, the duel between bitter and sweet smooth.

Really good stuff. I'll be sure to grab a few more 24 oz. bombers from the outstanding Neil St. Piccadilly, which did well by stocking up on this gem. Well done yet again, Sierra Nevada.

11-22-2008 01:23:22 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Shrews629


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance - Nice slightly hazy deep orange, light copper color. A thick, creamy, fluffy white head with excellent size, retention and lacing. Some light orange and dark yellow highlights are showing at the bottom of the glass. This brew has an almost red tint when held toward the light.

Smell - Grapefruit and peach notes are the prime aroma. Some biscuit malt helps balance the sweet citrus nose. Very well balanced. The smell is not as robust as some others, but that could be that the bottle is not as fresh as it could be. Still very nice though.

Taste - The taste was of, again, grapefruit and peaches. I even got a bit of some pineapple sweetness. Some dry bread and dried wheat help to compliment this flavor. The alcohol is only slightly present in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry, smooth and crisp. Really leaves a lot on the palate. Small amount of some alcohol warmth. It's not distracting and really fits nicely.

Drinkability - Another tremendous brew from Sierra Nevada. I would really like to try this at its peak freshness. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for it next year. It's still really, really good. A lot of flavor an da great mouthfeel. Easily drinkable and one that I will look forward to each year. I liked the Estate Homegrown Ale a bit better, but this is still a brew that I could enjoy drinking anytime.

01-18-2011 20:47:23 | More by Shrews629
Photo of ancientelixir

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Nice inch and a half head from a slow pour into a pint glass. Amber color, clear but their is some fine particles suspended. Malty smell, mixed with a good hop aroma of pine and citrus, sweet smelling. Mouthfeel is smooth with a lot of carbonation. The malt and hop bitterness are present right away in the flavor and both hold equally strong as the taste fades. The hops linger on, sweet and fruity. Leaves a little warming in the mouth.

04-27-2009 22:12:59 | More by ancientelixir
Photo of Vengeance526


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a dark orange amber color with a light off-white head that quickly subsides to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very strong with notes of spicy, earthy hops upfront, along with a clear scent of citrus and just a touch of pine at the back.

Taste starts off with a citrus burst of fresh lemon and grapefruit. The piney hops make their presence known shortly after and light spices are present throughout, right into the aftertaste. A little caramel can also be detected.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Another solid offering from SN and I have no complaints. I'll be coming back for more.

10-18-2009 19:47:41 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of StaveHooks


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours a brilliant amber with an impressive 2 finger cream colored head that shows stellar retention. Massive horizontal sheets of lacing left behind.

S - Green hops, pine, fresh herbs, toasted grain, dry grain, hints of sweet citrus.

T - Fresh floral/herbal hops rush over the palate turning to pine, bright lemon, and bitter grapefruit oils. Toasted grain builds underneath candied oranges and finishes fresh with a clean bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth feel.

Lots of fresh hop flavors without an aggressive bitterness. This was one of the best retaining heads I've seen on an AIPA. Toasted malt give good balance. It's a refreshing IPA.

01-19-2012 23:54:52 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Chaz


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A "darker" complexion that their Pale, as I'm waxing poetic I'd call it chestnut-amber in color. Poured with a bare minimum of head, but I appreciated it while it lasted (thing is, the bartender poured the beer to damn-near overflowing!) Hops are earthy and herbaceous, spicy and subtle all at once - I really, really enjoyed the nose on this one, and let it sit for a good minute to warm and to take in its finer qualities. A bit skunky in a good way, too. Medium-bodied yet this drinks like a lighter bodied ale, and also tricks you into thinking it's smaller somehow; I'm thinking this happened because I let it warm a bit? The other thing is, last time I enjoyed this was in a smokey bar and now (thanks to anti-smoking efforts everywhere) no more smoke in bars to get in the way of me and my beer and this is *much* better than I remember as a result. Harvest Ale's alcohol is higher than Pale's but doesn't *seem* higher due to its unique body and texture. Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, juicy, but amply punctuated by spicy hops. Notes of honeydew melon and cherry from some of the tawnier malts used in this really give it some depth, especially as the hops add a familiar pineapple musk to this brew. And then there's the bitterness: piney, resiny, oily hops with a touch of stinging nettles, it's a bitterness that lingers on your palate like the acrid smoke of an old man's favorite pipe - even in a smokeless bar! Wonderful stuff, and makes me think a lot more highly of it than just "the smaller brother of Celebration", even though there are some similarities. A heck of a deal too - it was 'Two for One' night . . .

11-24-2006 03:40:59 | More by Chaz
Photo of cdpike


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a nice caramel color with really good clarity, big thick lasting foam. Nose is mostly of hops with a bit of malty sweetness but not too citrusy. Fairly heavy bodied and pretty creamy and smooth - not very carbonated. Mostly American hoppy APA bitterness at first but actually finishes very chewy, almost like a brown ale - big caramel flavor. Lasting subtle finish of Pacific Northwest hops. Unique and quite hearty, I'll be getting this one again! Probably best for the fall/winter seasons. I haven't really had one quite like this. Why don't I drink other Sierra Nevadas (besides the Pale Ale) more often???

07-12-2009 17:10:00 | More by cdpike
Photo of McStagger


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Picked up a bottle at the local liquor store. I have to admit, it's a pretty impressive label. Killer presentation. Bar code with some numbers, but no discernible expiration date. Let's give er a whirl!

A: Pours a hazy penny colored reddish brown. Lively carbonation. Large bubbles. Couple fingers of off white head with great retention. Stellar lacing of the glass.

S: Piney, woody and resinous with mango and grapefruit bursting out of the glass. Big malts rise up in the nose with bready, doughy and sweet notes contrasting the fruit and evergreen.

T: Malt followed by an immediate drying of the mouth from the hops. Notes of peach/nectarine are followed by orange and grapefruit with a slight bit of...mango, maybe? These are all subtle flavors that are quickly devoured by evergreen and woody flavors. The finish is very dry, with hints of residual bitterness and that same woodiness coming through.

M: The moderate carbonation works well with how dry this beer finishes. Balanced for what it is. Absolutely no residual taste or feel of alcohol, even though it clocks in near 7 percent.

O: Once again, Sierra Nevada knocks one out of the park. More and more SN is becoming my go to beer. Any dive in Santa Barbara carries the pale, I can find the Torpedo for cheap at the grocery store. Seriously, it's hard to go wrong with a brand this widely available and this good. And the pricing is fair, for the most part. Sam Adams and Yuengling may have larger numbers, but as far as I'm concerned, this is THE great American brewery operating right now.

02-13-2012 09:57:20 | More by McStagger
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev 0%

A - orangish amber with a huge, towering mountain of off white head that has great retention

S - citrus, floral, faint bread

T - bready malt, some caramel, faint sugary sweetness, grapefruit, mango, some floral hints, piney bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The flavor is well balanced. The malt is bold and forward. The hops are intricate and incredibly flavorful. They seem to hit each note on the hop spectrum. It's not overpoweringly bitter and the ABV is manageable which allows one to work through a 24oz bottle with ease. I am really glad I picked this beer up.

01-27-2013 00:39:03 | More by tdm168
Photo of draheim


4.19/5  rDev 0%

24oz bottle (2011) poured into a tulip. Pours a clear gorgeous amber color w/ a creamy white head, great retention and lacing.

Aroma is clean bright hops - mostly pine & resin, some floral and tropical hints on the back end.

Taste is really nicely balanced - a blend of bready pale & caramel malts tempered by just the right amount of floral bitter hops. Just a touch of citrusy grapefruit rind gives the palate a bright alpha-acid tingle. Really nice crisp clean finish. More piney character as it warms.

Mouthfeel is classic clean Sierra Nevada goodness. Medium-bodied, balanced. Can't stop sipping this.

Overall a really good fresh-hop IPA, enjoyed this one from Sierra Nevada.

10-16-2011 06:05:07 | More by draheim
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev 0%

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. sierra Nevada shaker.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is nice and hoppy and fresh! taste is just amazingly fresh and hoppy and good. very impressive! medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a great fresh hop IPA!

11-07-2013 23:01:11 | More by Axnjxn
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