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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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3,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 158 | 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 TYLY22
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- a dark amber with a white frothy head that stands firm throughout.

Smell- very earthy/piney with some citrus...faint smell of alcohol in the background.

Taste- kicks out with a strong orangey/grapefruit taste, which is then immediately kicked back by a malty finish that leaves an extremely bounced taste.

Mouthfeel- this beer's mouthfeel is the perfect combination of creamy silkiness with refreshing juiciness that I search for in my IPAs. Wish my mouth always felt like this.

Overall- This is a beer that defines the word "balance" when it comes to the American IPA. Although this is made by Sierra Nevada, you definitely can not call it a West Coast-style IPA, so hop heads should not go to this beer looking for their "hop-fix". This is a very good beer that I would definitely like to find a few more of while I can.

Photo of mothman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a massive 2 and a half creamy tan head. Settles to a pillow topped head.Leaves some thin webbie lacing. At the end of the glass, the lacing becomes thick walls. Really, really cool to see. Great retention. Color is a clear dark orange copper.

Aroma: Very sweet earthy hops combined with floral hops. Almost a bit musky. Has a bready aroma and a combination of citrus. A really great smelling IPA.

Taste: At first the hops seem to be perfect, but then they settle and it loses that initial 'zing.' This is a very bready/musky beer. Very hoppy of course. As the beer warms, it becomes a little more inviting. Slight alcohol makes an appearance. The citrus is a little 'warmer' here (not so sourish).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as well as carbonation (which is right on the money). Very dry-bitter on the palate. Ends with an extremely sticky dry aftertaste that is expected from hop-bombs.

Overall, I think I enjoyed this one a little better than the other harvest series beer I had. I just seemed to stick out a little more against all the other IPAs out there. I paid $5 for a 24 oz of this and I think that this was a great deal. If you can find it around, it is worth a shot. I know I won't have a problem finishing this one up.

Photo of LoganMc
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 8 oz 11th ed. bottle into Trappistes Rochefort chalice

A - This brew pours nice and dark amber, orange-brown, murky, with a beautiful finger head that sits and then dissipates into a nice frothy film, excellent lacing; tasty looking brew

S - Fruity, hops and more hops, slight caramel notes

T-M - Orange citrus tones into a hops explosion, elegant bitterness, slight chocolate/caramel taste on the finish. Good carbonation.

D - Has a nice balance: heavily hopped, obviously, but not over-powering.

Photo of wd40
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clarity if this beer is impeccable. It pours a honey colored amber with a thick lingering foam that leaves a lot of lace on the glass. The smell is herbal hoppiness mixed with a little sweet maple syrup. The taste is pleasantly bitter with a very dry finish. The hop profile is unmistakably Sierra Nevada, but there is less pine smell and flavor than in their standard APA. Mouthfeel is just about perfect and the overall drinkability is great.

Photo of vikingloki
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the 25 oz bottle from a friend, then went and bought a case myself.

This review is from my case.
Ale pours witha massive craggy foamy head - you really need to be careful on the pour with this one. Hop aroma hits you right away, and the foam is one big bitter bite....mmm, me likey.It's a beautiful deep reddy amber color. Cascade, cascade, cascade, I suspect. Wonderful.

This is one big hoppy beer, but there is enough malt to support it and knock the ABV up to a 6.7, which means with a 25 oz. bottle on an empty stomach, I have a buzz. Very nicely done, but I can't have more than one...well, maybe 2. and that's my only complaint, the 25 oz bombers doesn't stay cold while I drink the first 12 oz's.

It's very good, I'll get it again next year...love SN.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle. I think it was $5.99 from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

Appearance: Typical fantastic looking SN beer. Clear orange-topaz, thick and fluffy head, sticky sheets of lacing.

Smell: Nice fresh hit of citrus, pine, and a little spicy hops. Little bit of pale malty sweetness rounds it out nicely.

Taste: Really tasty resiny hops. Lots of sweet and bitter citrus and Pine Sol. Its quite bitter, but still in reasonable balance with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Again, as always, perfect carbonation. Sticky, resiny mouthfeel and finish.

Overall: This is a damn tasty and well done beer, and a pretty good deal for a limited release. Kind of like a Hoptimum light.

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass on 2.14.11 this pours a deep amber color bordering on red under a bubbly foam head and has a complex aroma of fresh hops and sugared malt. Upfront and center, a solid and spicy pungency of pine hops hits my palate and empties out into a finish that leaves a dry and resinous hop garden's calling card. This is all about the hops...with a great supporting malt to create a balanced mouthfeel and a very drinkable A-IPA.

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark amber color with a decent amount of head.

The aroma is mostly hops and a slight hint of sweet grapes.

Taste wise is a good balance between hops, malts and a subtle amount of grapes. Despite all the fresh hops used in this, they do not overwhelm the palate and the slight sweetness balances the mild bitterness.

It is very easy to drink not only because of the light-medium body, but also because of the refreshing taste.

Definitely one of the best I have enjoyed from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear medium amber with a medium-large, foamy, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin lasting head. Very nice lacing. Smell just as the label describes, huge juicy hops aromas that put a face on my face. Malts presence is of course not center-stage here but offers enough in the nose to balance it out. The taste is more of the same, Huge pine and citrus over a light sweet malt backbone. Bitter and cloying? Very. And not in a bad way at all. I was tasting this for an hour after finishing it.

Photo of bkilpatr
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/13/08.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a huge four finger beige head. The head dropped slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is fresh hops, both piny and citrus. There's also a good amount of malt. Aroma seems a bit subdued, not as much hops as I'd expect.

Taste makes up for the aroma. Plenty of fresh piny hops and grassy hops, grapefruit, and orange. Very floral and earthy. Sweet toasted caramel malt balances out the flavor profile. The finish is slightly bitter, but not harsh, and lingers for a while.

Feel is very nice. Slick and oily yet very smooth. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the bitterness doesn't linger for too long.

Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale.

Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark honey color, clear with fine head and strong lacing. My fiancee says it smells like soap and pine trees. I don't get the soap.

Powerful bitter hoppy pine flavor with a light caramel background. Not perfectly balanced, but tasty.

Light and clean mouthfeel with a neat tingle. Probably too bitter to be greatly drinkable, but it's a beer I'm quite happy to have tried.

Still beautiful. Giant head. Taste is a little muted. Nice and chewy.

Again, pretty. Again giant head. Nice grapefruit rind bitterness.

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy orange, beautiful head. Nice creamy, frothy layer sticks around for the drink. Aroma not as huge as I was expecting, but still quite good: grapefruit citrus and some spicy pine.

Taste is very good, but again, I was expecting more "bigness" from this beer. Nice spicy hop flavors, with loads of bitterness on the finish and back of the tongue. Some malty biscuit flavors too. Not as much citrus as the aroma would suggest. The mouthfeel is excellent and pretty creamy.

For a gauge, I find this IPA to actually be more mellow than their Celebration Ale. An excellent beer nonetheless, very full tasting without being overpowering.

Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into snifter. 2011 batch.

A: copper hued brew. bright. pretty clear. dense off-white head. reasonable retention w/ beautiful lacing. great looking beer.

S: very american. citrus and earthy. smells resinousy. a beehive honey-like aroma in there as well. malty presence there too. grainy and oaty. complex depending on the visit.

T: a very tasty bitterness. tropical and sharp. grapefruity. a little bubblegummy. balanced delightfully with a mild sweetness. finish is bitter and a little bit dry.

M: a naturally light/moderate carbonation. medium/full body.

D: tasty brew from SN. gotta love the wet hop brews especially from these guys that know there IPA's. highly quaffable and not overpowering.

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Lovely golden brown color with a full, white head that lasts and laces.

S - A strong note of the hops one would expect, hints of grass, pine and citrus, although for an American IPA, the citrus notes are more subdued.

T - An immediate note of the malt, with a breadiness and sweetness quickly swamped with hoppiness, again with strong hits of pine and grass. The citrus is there, particularly as the beer finishes with a certain bitterness, but remains a secondary character in this IPA.

M - Smooth, easy drinkability with only slight drying at the end.

O - It is an excellent IPA. Tasty. Complex. I personally love the more fruity notes of grapefruit and other citrus that take a back seat here, but the result is nevertheless both satisfying and an excellent example of what an IPA can be without being a blast of fruit and bitterness. I'd pick this one up again.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to genog for this Beer Powerball beer!

I am using a pint glass and see a lots of lacing and a decent creamy head. Head tastes all creamy, too. Smells hoppy and like honey. Taste is similar with more of a pine hopness. There is a sweet malt flavor that comes out sort of like caramels. This is a very drinkable, delicious beer. It's not all out hops, it just a smooth, incredibly well-balanced beer. Delicious!

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottling, 24 oz bottle. Pours a hazed amber body with a creamy eggshell head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma of spicy and earthy hops. Grassy, pine, and floral notes emerge as it warms. A hint of caramel underneath. Medium body and carbonation is a bit slick. Taste if full of leafy hop bitterness. Grassy, earthy, piney, and spicy hops run the show here. A hint of caramel sweetness adds some balance. Wish I could've had this one a bit fresher but the hops are still just fine at this stage.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fathead's served in a pint glass,very cold, just a small off-white head,beer was served to the top of the glass,the head there did have good retention. Clear with just a slight haze.

Strong hop aromas piney and very grassy. Strong malt aromas as well with sweet, toasty,slighty burnt carmelly notes. Seemed to have a slight buttery aroma in there also.

Sweet strong,malty taste followed by a rush of piney,grassy/straw hop tastes. Had a heavy burnt carmell taste as in the nose. Finished very dry with lingering bitterness.

Full,creamy mouthfeel,had a nice smooth feel, for all the hoppyness, suprizing drinkability would have loved another,but have to move onto something else.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
11th edition 2007 batch
A- This beer has a caramel-brown body that is crystal clear with a sea of big bubbles. There is a lumpy beige head that last for the full beer pushing up more and more big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft floral hops aroma that has a green smell to it followed by a light toasted malt hint.

T- This beer has a soft caramel malt flavor with a smooth mellow floral hop taste to follow. The finish is a soft punch of green bitterness that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has some subtle hop flavors that are more muted than I would expect for 8,000 lbs of wet hops. The bitterness really comes through and is a bit more than I would like without a big flavor of hops. There is a quality to the hops that may be just my imagination but it has as unique flavor like MSG that makes me anxious for the next sip. Perhaps that is the mystery of the wet hops, but it is still tasty.

Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bomber of this while visiting a friend in Austin, Texas. This beer pours a medium copper, with a copius amount of foamy white head, with lots of lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops, with a slight sweet malt presence. The taste has a moderate pine hop bite, and a smooth malt backbone, quite balanced. There is a mild carbonation, with no noticeable warming. This is very easy to drink, a decent offering from this brewery.

Photo of matdot
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A reddish copper with hints of red and gold, slick head with good retention and excellent lacing. The balance of malt and hops in this APA in my opinion gives the perfect array of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability is high as this beer just goes down fast.

If I could find this in bottles, I'd be all over it.

Photo of scootpolute
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Deep tawny color, decent head, light haze with a thin bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, spicy and oily.
T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hint of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a spicy flavor that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - A tasty late season ipa, 'Harvest Ale', fresh flavor as expected from Sierra Nevada....not bad at all.

Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head. It dissipates to leave a half-finger of foam and some very nice lacing.

Smells of grassy/piney hops with some citrus esters. A bit of malt sweetness to balance it out. Taste is similar, with complexity being added to the hop bitterness thanks to the esters (citrus and maybe a hint of grapefruit). Apparently wet-hopped beer doesn't taste vastly different from dry-hopped.

Another very nice beer from Sierra Nevada. I'll look forward to the 13th release.

Photo of GregPearson33
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey-brown with a thin frothy head sustained by small ascending bubbles of carbonation.

Notes of caramel and pine that's mostly earthy, but with an endearing citrus presence that makes it smell delicious!

Very well balanced, but an assertive, hoppy IPA. It has a solid malt backbone that's gives it a bready, not sweet, base beneath a piney, earthy hop presence. The mid-high level of carbonation gives the brew a little fluffiness on the palate that is a big plus for its drinkability, even despite a fairly heavy mouth-feel... that really conjures the word "sticky".

Overall, it's a very tasty brew that I could session on for a good long time. Very happy this is a 24oz format!

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.