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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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2,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,977
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 90 | 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 mooseisloose
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber. I love SNBC bombers, they are the full 24 oz. not 2 oz short like all other bombers (even my own home brew hehe). Bottle smell is a crispy hoppiness followed by an intertwined maltiness. Pours to a yellow brown with a nice two finger micro bubble head. Taste is indeed hoppy but the bitterness is accompanied by a brown sugar maltiness. Great backbone. Very consistent from start to finish, with a tad more bitterness in the finish. Most definitely a hop lovers beer. Great aroma, flavor and bitterness. SNBC never dissapoints, I'm glad almost all of what they make, I think, is available here in FL.

mooseisloose, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of sethmeister
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle

Pours a crystal clear amber with two fingers of cake like light tan head. Great retention and swaths of sticky lace ring the glass. What a gorgeous beer.

Scent is fresh bread and dough with floral and grassy hops.

Taste is again fresh bread and dough. Floral and citrus hops. Leafy fresh hops. Orange and grapefruit. Juicy hop oil. A touch of caramel. The hop profile, though juicy and delicious, seems understated and subtle.

Mouth is big and slick.

Drinkability is wonderful.

I've come to love wet hop ales. The juicy oily fresh flavor and the slipper, slick mouth feel are fantastic. This is, as expected, a tasty example of a style I love.

sethmeister, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/13/09

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint-tulip glass. 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Clear, burnt caramel colored body. Head was very rocky and provided some good lacing.

Smell had a soft caramel sweetness. Spicey bitterness along with some citrusy notes.

Taste reflected the smell. A light caramel maltiness and a nice mild finishing bitterness. Spicey notes along with a slight citrus hop presence. Mildly floral and grassy.

Mouthfeel had a light body and was well carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice balance of flavors and could have a few of these back to back very easily.

riored4v, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of climax
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a bright amber with good clarity. The head is tall and creamy, fading slowly. It notched the glass all the way down with drapes of lace filling the gaps, good looking brew.

The whole hopping sure does create a fresh nose. Citrus oranges, mint, and grass. Sweetness equals overall bitterness, as bubblegum flavor and a substantial malt backbone find there way in. Getting maltier as it warms, clove and toasty caramel gets more and more prominent.

As far as IPA goes.... it's a fresh well-balanced example. The hop profile is smooth and initially herbal and a bit spicy, with more citrus emerging as it progresses. The finish is pretty clean with just a bit of dryness.

The feel is very smooth and slick. The carbonation is sharp but ends without much intrusion. The body is full and viscous, ending chalky and dry. It's refreshing and well-balanced, making it a joy to drink. A bit more intensity in the overall flavor would have made it excellent.

climax, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass side. It features traditional pale ale golden hues without any cloudiness at all.

Fresh dry-hop aroma; inviting. Some pale malt presence as well.

Very high prickly hop--almost like pine needles. The swallow features a long lingering lip-puckering hop bitterness. The malt provides the delivery system for this. Solid skim milk-like body with a low level of carbonation.

What a wonderful offering--it looks great and tastes better. Some great hoppiness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

smcolw, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of jswigart
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottom line... This may not be the most unusual or distinctive beer, but its really, really "drinkable." As I understand it, Harvest is essentially SN's Pale Ale, with extra hops - and I also understand that they make it only once a year. My keg was delivered in February - long after the harvest - yet showed no signs of age. Mouthfeel seemed a bit carbonated for my tastes, and the smell/taste wasn't blowing me away, but there is just something intangible about this beer. I don't get tired of it. It doesn't leave a bad aftertaste. This is a beer you can drink a lot of, yet its also a beer that you (well, I) really enjoy. Recommended, especially if you like hoppy beers.

jswigart, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Dotcubed
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How many breweries put in the effort to produce such a crystal clear fresh beer?

This thing is amber, clear, and sparkling. If those hops are so special then why the hell is it so clear? Why not leave in some sediment?

Lace clinging well. Smells nondescript, but that doesn't mean much.

Tastes like an IPA muted down a bit. Hops are well expressed & balanced with the malt. Grapefruits. Mild gateway bottle to people getting into IPAs. Lingering "resins" of the hop give it an intense bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.

This one tries to showcase the fine nuances of fresh ingredients and I think it accomplishes that. However, I'm concerned that once these sit on the shelf too long no one will like them.

Well priced, adequate percent alcohol, and good size make this a easily consumable delight.

Dotcubed, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze with a light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Not a huge nose, but there's plenty of depth to the hop aroma (fresh jalapeno pepper, pine, grass & citrus rind), with some underlying toffee & nut.

T: Predominantly jalapeno peppers & pine from the hops, with a little citrus rind. Good bitterness to back up the residual sweetness. Slight toffee & nut from the pale malts. Very good.

M: Solid, moderate body has a little hop acidity, with an off-dry but crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable for its weight.

This one is even more of a double pale ale than the chico harvest. It's quite good, but I thought the chico harvest was stellar (it had more hop flavour, with less residual sweetness).

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

Derek, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of dar482
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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).

dar482, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of jculler82
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jculler82, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

garymuchow, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jsprain1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jsprain1, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

LiquidCucumber, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of DemoniChris
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

DemoniChris, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

CharlieMopps, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hoptometrist, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Buebie
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Buebie, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

DaggerEyes, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

VelvetExtract, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of busternuggz
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

busternuggz, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of MountainBeagle
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

MountainBeagle, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of tillmac62
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

tillmac62, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gehrig, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Shrews629
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Shrews629, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of ancientelixir
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

ancientelixir, Apr 27, 2009
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,977 ratings.