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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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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 148
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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Photo of Flounder57


4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Piney, grassy, citrusy, bready, caramel , citrusy, and floral.

Taste: You pick up more grapefruit and tangerine in the taste to go with the bready, pale, and caramel malts. Nice hoppy pine and fresh grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a nice mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Nothing better than an IPA with fresh hops. Very delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:36:11 | More by Flounder57
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear amber tending towards a little brown, sustaining head with decent lacing
S: the nose wasn't as strong as I would expect. With some effort, what I got was a nice meadow scent, little earthy and a little grassy and flowery, blended well together. Just wish there was a stronger presence to enjoy it.

T/M: dry from the beginning, pleasantly so; also very earthy flavor throughout. There is very little malts up front, maybe a little nuttiness from the grain is what you will get. The bitterness in the hops tends toward grapefruit flavors. The flavors don't evolve a whole lot through the taste, but stay steady in their earth-tones: dirt, clay, grass, hay and pine. The dryness is also well hidden, but savoring the flavors sip by sip, I started to notice it more.

O: I enjoyed the taste, but was hoping more for the nose. I think the balance and consistency of the taste throughout are something to be appreciated, and perhaps I should appreciate it more than my expectations of strong scents and flavors one way or another.

(edit: retried today, and stand by original assessment except so expound that the dry earthiness does tend to linger quite long).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:49:04 | More by cjgiant
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this counts as a new beer huh? Ok, looks just like the standard harvest ale, brown, good clarity and lots of carbonation.

Lots of wet hops, cascade, centennial and columbus I think. A degree of spice with it usually associated in the 5-10% rye range.

Very consistent stuff out of the bottle, always seems to be less hoppy than the tap version. Of course I think my palate has been exposed to so many extreme hoppy beers, this might be the same as it ever was at times. Its not overly hopped, or under hopped, its wet hopped, and appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:52:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Bottled September 19th 2012.

A: Pours a clear ruby copper with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates over the course of a few minutes.

S: Has a bold hop characteristic to it with some spice and a herbal hop overtone. A bit of sweet carmel malts back up the hoppiness.

T: A whole mouth hop flavor. Has an earthiness and floral taste. A semi sweet backs it like the aroma. Slight alcohol tinge at the end. Certainly a west coast style IPA.

M: A medium body with mild carbonation. A little bit sticky but nothing that distracts from the mouth.

Overall great for what it is trying to be. Really nails the harvest IPA style. Freshness on this is great.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:29:11 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of stricklandia


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I expected lots of pine and citrus out of this hoppy beer, but the nose was about as floral as could be. If I were blindfolded, I really would have guessed I was smelling a flower.

Color, mouthfeel and taste were all great. Again, the hops were not as heavy as I expected, but were very much present in the taste. Overall very smooth and drinkable.

I'm not as analytical a taster/reviewer as some, so I'll just say that it was an enjoyable brew. If you're reading this to decide whether or not to buy, I say Go for it!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 17:20:48 | More by stricklandia
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz split and poured into a Guinness Pint. No date to be seen.

A - Nice rich amber color with a solid 2 finger cream-colored fluffy head with good retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Damp earth with a great bouquet of hop aromas including citrus and pine needle. Backbone of a good malty sweetness hides under the hop flavors.

T - Fantastic balance between the sweet malts and bitter "wet" hops. The citrus found in the smell is almost totally absent and overshadowed by the pine flavors. Spices lurk in the shadows of all the other flavors.

M - Smooth across the palate with a dryness on the finish.

D - This beer is quite interesting. Good aroma and flavor but its a potent beer for sure. Its flavor doesn't not lend well to mass consumption. Drink it slow.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 05:03:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of peabody


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a crystal clear amber with lots and lots of offwhite suds and the bubbles are still coming. Head retention is over the top here. Good lacing.
Smell is sweet hops and creamy lightly roasted malts.
Taste is caramel and grapefruit but not the sharp bitter kind. There are no strong flavors here, they are nicely blended where it is hard to discern exactly what one is tasting.
Almost no aftertaste cause this one leaves you clean and wanting the next drink.
Drinkability is very high here. I mean 4 bucks for a 24 oz. 6.2%er is a very nice change.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 04:39:38 | More by peabody
Photo of bradybeer


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper color with rocky off white head. Hop aroma is not dominate in the pour. I detect some slight hop bitterness and a light malty sweetness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium to light while drinkability is high-this is one of the easiest SN beers to drink-almost dangerous because it is so smooth and has a good balance of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:28:20 | More by bradybeer
Photo of Zorro


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark amber colored ale verging on the color red. Tall light brown colored head it is just a little too dark to call beige.

The smell is strong clean fresh hops and not much else. The only malt I can sense is a little bit of caramel and scorched sugar. Mostly citrus scents here but you can tell the freshness of the hops used.

The taste starts malty with a good bitter snap. Caramel and wood are the strongest flavors here besides the bitterness. There isn't much stereotypical IPA flavor here, no strong citrus or pine this is much closer to a British style Pale Ale in taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

Certainly easy to drink the strongest point of this ale is the scent. Probably this is a bit over hyped; it is a good beer but not the best fresh hop ale around. Recommended but forget the hype about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 03:31:42 | More by Zorro
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour, orange ruby amber color with nice, persisting frothy creamy head. Nice dank, pungent, resiny, hoppy aroma, not so much spruce really but more resin and pine. Hoppy yet mellow. Taste is a hoppy bitterness with surprisingly mellow finish. Slight yeasty quality to it, slightly syrupy. Overall an excellent brew from sierra nevada, gotta love ’em.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:59:32 | More by AllHatDavidson
Photo of Yesac


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/orangy color. Big white foamy head that fades to a medium size layer that stays throughout the glass.

S - Skunky hop smell. Its strange, but it actually smells like wet hops.

T - Piney, citrusy.. very sweet and very smooth. Great balance the malts taste great. It's extremely fresh tasting. Soft hop bitter finish.

M - thick, but very smooth (not sticky). Heavily carbonated.

D - I'm glad these come in a 24oz. Good thing I bought two :)

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:14:55 | More by Yesac
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Paired with my homemade pad Thai, "bad Thai." Next time I'll get it right.

Crystal clear, almost still, orange pour. Bone marrow beige white head three fingers good. Foam is plentifully plastered by a liquid obscuring retention.

Sharp citrus and grassy hops provided by centennia and cascade. A little pine in there too. I'm not sure if the pine comes from the wet hopping or if there's a new hop called centennia or if the Sierra Nevada website is missing an "l". I'm going with option #1 and #3.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly silky smooth and largely devoid of any hop resin. Lightly bitter the hops come through mainly as a soft pine and citrus grass flavor. Malt is there in abundance but doesn't have much personality -- a starfish if you will.

In the battle of North vs. South the North wins (again). Southern Hemisphere was more pleasingly bitter I must add.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:05:05 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of granger10


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn red color with copper highlights. Smell is definitely hoppy and piney and has a sweet honey note to it. Taste has more of that hoppiness upfront in the form of citrus and grapefruit. There's a sticky caramel sweetness underneath that gets stronger and slightly stickier the further I go. Piney sharpness hits my tongue in a prickly way. Finish is hoppy and dry. A very good beer from SN, one that I could drink all night long, but I still think I like Founder's Harvest Ale better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2004 23:59:37 | More by granger10
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24 oz. bottle into chalice (should note 2007 release). Pours an amazing amber color that is crystal clear. Nice thick head with an almost creamy quality to it and excellent retention. Great lacing and layers left after each sip. Smell is good but not as strong as I expected. A definite hop presence with some grassy aroma as well. Taste is good, hoppy with good malt balance. This beer seems to have a different hop taste than other APA's or IPA's. Its a subtle and smooth presence. Moderate carbonation and a dry and oily aftertaste. Very smooth beer. Overall a terriffic beer. I dont believe its their best offering (gotta go Celebration there) but a strong one and deserving of the hype. I waited months to try this and was not let down one bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 05:59:08 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of 57md


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper colored like a fall leaf. There is almost a finger of head that leaves a nice trail of lacing behind. Fresh hop spice is the name of this game. The smell, upfront flavor and finish are all a testament to the holy hop. Too bad this can only be a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:46:20 | More by 57md
Photo of chilly460


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber body with a huge rocky white head. Great tiger striped lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Big piney hop nose hits first, with quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very fragrant beer for sure. Some dry maltiness, but not really apparent through all the big hops.

T - Surprisingly balanced compared to the aroma. Huge floral hops flavor hits first, tart but not overwhelming, very nice. Some citrus flavor on the end. Malts are a bit different then standard flavors, comes in almost a bit roasted like wheat toast, but not going into sweet like a caramel. Nice.

M - Very nice, solid medium body, medium to low carbonation.

O - Really nice balance, interesting malt profile, huge hop aroma...good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 13:52:11 | More by chilly460
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is delightfully hoppy. Bright and softly pungent, citric and floral, it smells very nice. Good malty base under the hops suggests a tight balance.

Pours an amber gold color, good clarity, nice creamy head with lasting retention.

First sip unlocks the hops; a wide array of hoppy flavors presents themselves. Highly floral and perfume-like with citric overtones. Softer pungent earthiness. A raw leafiness that could tempt an herbivorous animal. Tart and grassy. Then there's the bitterness, soft at first, but deeply seeded and ripe to blossom. The balance is indeed tight with a good solid malt backbone. Mild roast character, some dark sugars, a little chocolate and nut. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes a little bitter, with lingering hop oils and malty suggestions.

Very nice. Highly drinkable and incredibly satisfying to this hop-lover. Most impressive is the tight balance given so much wonderful hop. In fact, this is the same kind of tantalizing balance Bigfoot has. I love Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:46:40 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of sitarist


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color...tiny, lazy bubbles rise to a large head that leaves patches of lacing.

I smell pine, citrus, dog soap, and blue Bolivian dust...the aromas are subdued, effervescent, and alluring.

Even after fifty days the hops still dominate the flavors...peppery and resinous...are you sure they don't use coca leaves in this brew?

Lighter bodied, and warm with a nice tight fizz on my tongue...it is slightly astringent.

Bitter but quaffable...I wish I had another!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:18:40 | More by sitarist
Photo of cnally


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great amber coloring in the beer with a tan head that remains to do some quite nice, fluffy lacing.

floral, malty, slightly fruity scent. hint of the hops.

nice immediate flavor of hops. balanced well with the underlying malt flavor. slightly citrus elements to the aftertaste.

full, frothy mouthfeel. heavy and even.

really good example of the style. not as dry as a really bitter IPA. very good, balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:41:51 | More by cnally
Photo of sevopie


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Caramel/Mahogany in color with a large rocky off-white head. Even with a mild pour it was a large head - 4 to 5 fingers.

Smell - Earthy slightly citrusy hop smell.

Taste - The first taste you get is of a blast of piney hops with a touch of citrus, but it fades quickly to a mild roasted(almost slightly burnt) malt flavor. Very little of the hops actually linger.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good drinkability here, the fade into roasted malt produces a pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 06:08:10 | More by sevopie
Photo of jcd2010


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with a thick head that laces the glass.

Citrus notes right away, especially grapefruit. It's not as bitter as I thought it would be, and I found myself being slighly disappointed. It seemed a little one-note. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. It's just not overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:49:12 | More by jcd2010
Photo of theboozecruise


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version of the Harvest Ale... 12th release. I poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a goblet this time.

A orange-reddish hue, not a huge head, but lots of lacing around the sides of the goblet. A strong aroma of hops, dominating the nose on this one. The balance comes out on the first sip, a little bit of malt on the aftertaste in addition to the hops and hints of fruit. This one is bitter but not TOO bitter. Fantastic mouthfeel, leaves me wanting more right away.

This one gets better with each sip... not a heavy drinker, but a damn fine beer to sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:18:39 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color that is mostly clear with ample carbonation bubbles present, pours with two fingers of very fluffy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrusy hop scents that are quite resinous and smell really fresh, also hits with a bit of caramel like depth at the end
T: a good taste, good hop notes although much more gentle on the citrus than i had anticipated, bitter and a bit of an earthy note kind of like chewing on a piece of wood, not smokey wood but rather like freshly cut wood chips
M: gentle carbonation, very smooth through and through, leaves a nice dry note on the palate and a bitter feeling in the back of the throat, great mouthfeel
O: a nice brew, great nose, would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but overall an extremely drinkable brew and once again another one ive loved from sierra nevada

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:15:00 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of AdamBear


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange amber with a good amount of cream colored head. nice lacing

S-smells like really sweet grassy hops.medium strength

T-comes in with a really good and bitter grassiness and it keeps the bitterness well. the after-taste is very grassy with a good bitterness. the key here with this beer is the quality in the ingredients and the great balance. it a very good and unique IPA.

M-good medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-a classic IPA that i could drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 18:27:51 | More by AdamBear
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Settles into a frothy cap. Good lacing. Not the hop bomb I thought it would be. Faint citrus, pine, grassiness and hints of malt on the nose. Bitter hop notes throughout the palate with spiciness mid-palate that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted fresh-hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:17:19 | More by JohnG190
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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