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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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3,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,442
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 166
Gots: 104 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

rudedude985, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of danman83
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey red copper with a thick foamy head that retains itself impressively.

Smell - Dank wet citrussy hops

Taste - Sloppy wet, there's no toying around here this is seriously wet hopped up front immediately dominating the palate. There's some caramel malt hinting through towards the end with a dry hop bite just before finishing with more wet hopped flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely mild bite upfront but smooth in the middle and goes down easily.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a nice flavor profile without being overpowering, probably a good beer to offer to some one starting to branch out of the big box brewers while offering enough character and flavor for a more experienced pallate to enjoy.

danman83, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of neddy191
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition

a - Copper, briliantly clear. Off-white, one-finger head with good retention. Beautiful lacing on glass.

s - Intense and dominate earthy hop smell up front. Rather pronounced grassyness. Citrusy.

t -Balanced toward hops, as would be expected in the beer. Upfront a very earthy, grassy, even spicy impression from the hops. Little malt flavor comes through the hops. Definately showcases the fresh hops nicely.

m - medium body. moderate to high carbonation. Nice crisp feel on the palate.

d- Very drinkable, especially if you tend to be more of a hop-head. The fresh hops definately give a different impression to teh ber.

neddy191, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle, ’07 edition.

Clear copper with a long lasting tanish head and sticky lace.

Sweet caramel aroma with a solid background of citrusy and earthy hops.

Flavor starts out with a carmel malt sweetness, followed up by a well balanced attack of juicy grapefruit and light sweet earthy hops, with a little spice in the mix.

Finish is long and grapefruity bitter.

Padron4KM, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on Julian date code of 9/21/11. Was a clear rich amber color with lots of micro floaters. It had a large, foamy head that settled into a thick foam cap. Good, quick sliding lace with some sticking.

The aroma was excellent with piney and grapefruit hops up front with some floral hops and caramel malt in the back. Really fresh smelling as expected since wet hopped. The taste was also really fresh with good dose of pine bitter from the start and increasing till the end. The citric and floral were there but not as prevalent. Touch of caramel malt to keep the bitter from taking too far off. I would have liked a little more sweet to bitter myself but still pretty damn tasty. Full and creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation and moderately bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really tasty fresh hop experience. Personally would have liked a little more of the grapefruit over the pine but still highly recommend. Avail here in TX. Rotation - glad to get to try this one after missing it somehow last year. Kinda pricey and still a little on the bitter side for me so probably just a bomber a year for now would be good. [O;O]

TexIndy, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of BeanBone
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy coppery body capped by over two fingers of off-white head that endures well and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hops over a somewhat biscuity caramel malt backbone.

Flavor: Up front, a wave grapefruity, mildly bitter, slightly leafy, and lightly floral hops. Under the hops is a solid caramel malt backbone that keeps everything balanced nicely. Citrusy hops and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, this ends up being a great session choice.

Verdict: Harvest is another solid, well balanced, tasty, and drinkable offering from Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure how much credit is due to the wet hop element, and how much is due to the recipe, but the end result is good enough that I just don't care.

BeanBone, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with orange hue with a couple fingers of off white head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of big juicy citrus hops and little sweet malt. Taste is huge on hops but not overpowering and not bittering at all. Citrus, rind but nothing to fry my palate, yum. Malty balance shows but the hops do dominate yet dont pack a big punch. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Rediculous drikability. APA eh? I consider this one of the best in show if that the case. Well worth the try.

franksnbeans, Oct 18, 2007
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper bodied with a 1/2" white head
S: Grapefruit hits my nose from a foot away. Tons of fresh hop aromas. West coast hops galore.
T: Bitter grapefruit with enough malt to keep it from being too terribly bitter. some tobacco and pine in there as well
M: Medium light mouthfeel
D; I could really sit back and sip on this for a while.

rtratzlaff, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A dark amber color with a thick tan colored head that stands on top of the beer and leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aromas of toasted malt, grassy hop, citrus hop, floral hop, and some pine hop.

Right away the toasted malt rises to the top with the grassy hop. The citrus and pine show up more towards the finish and provide a nice mellow flavor with the toasted malt. Finishes somewhat bitter with the lingering citrus hop and toasted malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some smoothness from the carbonation and oily hop. Very nice smooth feel that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

I am tending towards the wet hop ales lately. It's becoming my favorite time of the year. I can actually enjoy the malt flavors in the beer while still getting a strong hop presence without the mouth drying over the top bitterness of some beers. This beer is a very good example of a fresh hop ale. I'm definitely going to reach for this every year...and at $5 a bottle it's a steal.

Kromes, Nov 07, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

wethorseblanket, Oct 09, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass form a 24oz bottle as pictured.

A: Slightly hazy copper color with a nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Mild citrus hop with mild piney undertones. I hope I didn't get this too late as it is a 2009.

T&M: Bitter hops taste up front, fairly smooth with a medium to heavy body. Very mild spice underneath it all.

I'll have to make sure I get it fresh the next time it is released. Not my favorite Sierra, but excellent nonetheless.

cdizinno, Mar 07, 2010
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

DemoniChris, Nov 03, 2013
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.