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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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3,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,383
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 174
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of harryhops
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LoganMc
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into pint.

Appearance- Copper, pretty clear, nice white head good lacing.

Aroma- Fresh pine, herbal, very different type of hop smell but the hops are dominate. Its woodsy and earthy as well with a caramel malt backbone.

Taste- Pine, grass, woods, its like a forest in the the best way. good firm bitterenss but balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium bodies, good carbonation.

Overall- First time trying and its great. So fresh and so tasty. Gonna look forward to this from now on.

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 barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden in dim taproom lighting with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Grapefruit dominates the aroma, with resin and pine accompanying light accents of toasted specialty malt. Fresh cut grass surfaces late.

Flavor is sweeter and more resiny initially than anticipated, with underlying citrus surfacing mood palate, finishing fairly dry, bitter, and piney. Tastes as close to reading a handful of grass as I care to get. The citrus helps. Malt is present, slightly sweet, and bready. Mont emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, fairly creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More malty than anticipated, which works for me. Hop bitterness isn't overwhelming or harsh, and the flavoring tends a bit toward the resiny side, but citrus is well represented.

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 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 BobJude
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, bottled on 9/24/14, served in a nucleated SN pint.
A - dark orange, almost light brown in color. Nice head and lacing.
S -not much to the nose. A little pine and mango.
T - initial piney, mango and earthy hop flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness on the back end. A little bit of alcohol as well.
F - a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Nice body and mouthfeel - standard SN grain bill.
O - good, solid wet hop IPA. Not quite as flavorful as other wet hop offerings out there, but very good.

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 Bagman007
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Golden brown coloring with a few fingers worth of head.

S- Sweet and hoppy scent. Can definitely detect a hint of citrus as well.

T- Sweet hops and citrus are mostly at the front of this beer. Hops are not overpowering.

M- Hoppy, but not bitter. Refreshing and smooth, actually.

D- Extremely drinkable beer for how hoppy it is. A few of these shouldn't be hard to down.

Overall a really great beer from Sierra Nevada. Hoppy, but still a smooth beer.

Photo of Vukusich
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
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 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 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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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