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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93
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Reviews: 1,471
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 193
Gots: 198 | FT: 1
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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 ComfortablyBum
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BI got a 24oz bottle at total wine for under six bucks.

A. A nice clear copper color with a big white head. The retention was good and the lacing stayed there the whole time.

S. A glorious bouquet of hops. Piney and citrusy with some sweet malts shining through.

T. Hops hops hops! There is a lingering oilyness that leaves a citrus and grassy aftertase. The bitterness hits less and less as your taste buds get nuked.

M. The carbonation is good, and leaves a medium mouthful. Eventhough its bitter, the beer remains smooth.

D. This is a unique flavor and definately worth buying. I wish they had more, but I got the last one. (632 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Capital Ale House.

Poured a clear, deep amber color with a frothy, rocky head that was all billowy and sticky on the glass. Large amounts of raw, hoppy aromas, with citrus (orange and lemon rinds) dominating. Mixed in were a mixture of spices: cinnamon, coriander. Flavor is wonderful. Leafy hop flavor that, while intense, was not as "in-your-face" as some more aggressively-hopped beers out there. Lots of spicy zip to this. Finishes dry with just a touch of sweetness at the very end of the bitter aftertaste. Very tight carbonation and "spicy"-ness makes for a great mouthfeel. Drinkablity is off the charts. Such a great combination of flavors. I see this being a great beer for the fall football season, sitting outside of "The Shoe" at Ohio State University...enjoying a tailgate party and throwing the football around before the game. So different from the other O-fests and seasonals, and so very much better.

Now....if this were only bottled, I'd be in heaven. (990 characters)

Photo of sdmrtn
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big 24 0z or so bottle

Appearance: copper golden with a nice sticky head that stays all the way down.

Smell: Very nice wet hoppy aroma with a slight sweetness.

Taste: This is quite a hoppy beer but the wet hops have a milder taste. In my opinion this beer is perfectly balanced with malt.

Mouthfeel: medium body smooth

Drinkability I could drink this every day, definitely one of my favorite beers. (404 characters)

Photo of gregb13
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Haven't tried too many of these specialty wet hop ales. This one looks awesome, smells awesome, and tastes awesome. Great looking cloudy amber appearance with a frothy head; great lacing and retention. Smells insanely fresh; citrus, pine, etc. Very appealing. Taste follows perfectly with something I can't quite identify (spicy undertone, very very good).

All around this is about as good as it gets. Another winner from SN. (427 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Tyler's Taproon in Durham, NC-via shaker pint. Glowing warm orangy-red color, and pretty, white sticky head. Nice lace sheets dance around my glass. Aroma is mouth-wateringly fresh. Smell is full of delicious candy-like citrus, cascade hops (among others). The wet hopping is apparent in this very delightful beer. Not to mention delicious hoppy burps follow. Although this is one substantially hoppy beer it is quite well malted too, both in the nose and taste. There is a subtly balanced smoothness to it and a great fine grittiness to the texture. Awesome and I wish I could get this in stores. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the fresh/wet hopped beers during the Fall season from now on, in opposition to the traditional Oktoberfest style beers. Drinkability is the best.

Great beer. Go find it before you miss out. (845 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Harvest.

24oz. brown bottle served cool into an imperial pint glass. It has a great redish coppery color with great clarity. The thick white head is long-lasting and super sticky leaving lace all over the glass.

Aroma is fantastically hoppy with great spice and floral notes. Citrus and pine in there as well... basically it's all the hops into one great aroma.

Flavor is excellent as well. There is great spicy hop profile with some pine and grass. The malts are a nice balance with some caramel and toast but it's really a showcase for great west coast hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It's low for the style but it works well for me. Drinkability is good as well. It's not too bitter, not too strong in ABV, and still a great IPA.

Overall it's a lot like a bigger fresher tasting Celebration ale. It has the spice, caramel and toast but it's just a bit bigger and more delicious. Great beer. (929 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark amber with a full off white head. The smells start invading your nose the second you open the bottle. Very intense hop smell with citrus and pine notes, and some sweet notes as well. A very inviting beer. The taste is layered starting off somewhat sweet then quickly moving into an amazing hop flavor with obvious citrus flavors. No real bitter finish, just a long lasting hop aftertaste. A nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, everything there is done very well. This is an easy drinker, I am going to have to go get more. Great beer, recommended for everyone especially any hop heads out there! (615 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a golden color with a billowing and long lasting head.
Smells of intense pine and hops, nice refreshing effect with a good nosefull of citrus.
Extremely nice and crisp hoppy taste but not overly bitter. Exactly what is expected by fresh hops.
Really and truly a fantastic beer worthy of note.

Wish I could get it near home. (328 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a goblet.

Reddish chestnut under a nice layer of foamy light tan. Good retention and solid lacing.

In your face cascade aromas. Pine and citrus dominate but there is a nice malty sweetness underneath that keeps the hops in check. Very nice nose.

Hops again dominate the taste in a good way. This is what I want in a wet hop ale. The hop profile of a nice American barley wine, but without so much malt. Oh there is enough malt to keep this one far from one dimensional, but this one is geared to let the piney citrus goodness shine through.

Moderate mouth with some resins and dryness as it fades. Again, a couple steps down from a BW which is just right per style. The abv is just low enough for more drinking which just adds to a very tasty and well done brew. (786 characters)

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful deep amber color, excellent head retention and very heavy lacing. Very nice hop aroma, without a lot of citrus or pine. Smells fresh! Duh! Very smooth hop flavor, just the slightest amount of bitterness. Balanced by a hefty malt body. Very smooth, very drinkable. I was expecting more of an over the top DIPA kind of flavor, but this fresh hop ale is very well done! (384 characters)

Photo of leokbelo
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, deep copper/orange into a pint glass. 1 inch head reluctantly fades into a lacing that stays.
Rich pine cones on the nose, citrus and spicy.
Hop fanatics unite! This brew is bitter as it should be! Wet hops are very present, giving a spicy and citrus tone, again. Grassy and piney.
Light sweetness in the back, from the malts, balance it out just right.
Extremely pleased with this one! Highly drinkable!
Another hit from the folks at SN.
Highly recommended, specially to the hop heads!
Cheers! (512 characters)

Photo of beerogre
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the first sip to the last this beer was an absolute delight to drink. I thought I had missed out on both this and the Anniversary Ale but thanks to Big C liquors a few miles west from here on State Road 50, over in Winter Park, I managed to grab both these two on a trip over there this weekend (plus their last bottle of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, but that's another story).

The hops are truely fantastic in this beer, but it's so much more than that. It's an overall beautifully crafted, well balanced beer. For some reason, I just kept on coming up with the thought of Avery's Maharaja when I was drinking this beer. Now I must go out and buy some to investigate why that was. Oh poor me, such an onerous task!

Don't pass this one by. Buy it, and get as much as your budget will allow. In fact, sod it, just overspend and report an exception. (856 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a good size fluffy, off-white head that thinned to a layer, leaving lots of tiny bubble lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is bitter hops with some malty undertones.

T - very good tasting brew, first bite is hoppy, malty flavors midway through, with a ESB type bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good beer.

D - fairly low abv along with the fine taste make for an excellent drinking beer.

Final Note: Between this very tasty beer and cooler temperatures, I wish it was Fall year round. (594 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was quite hoppy. The taste was very nicely hopped, with a caramel malt base to it. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day long!

I originally called this the "Oktoberfest Pale Ale" and it seems somewhat fitting. A simply fantastic beer, and unlike the bunch of cookie-cutter Oktoberfests out there, a unique take on a seasonal beer, and I can't wait for next year for this one! (508 characters)

Photo of Procrastinator
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24 oz. brown bottle with 2007 noted on the neck label. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: coppery orange colored body with a sticky, craggy, foamy beige colored head. the lacing never dies throughout the entire beer. Tiny, micro bubble carbonation.

Smell: big time fresh, piney resinous hop scents along with juicy grapefruit rinds, sweet toffee and caramel.

Taste: lots of resiny hops with a bite of deep bitter citrus rind is equalled by a sweet caramel malt base. Alcohol at the finish is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: silky and soft creaminess with gentle carbonation in a full bodied brew. Bitterness of the hops lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: the fresh enjoyable taste is accentuated by a wonderful mouthfeel. I would love to have this all year round. (775 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep amber-bronze with lighter edges. Tall, thick, light khaki head. Great lacing. Big citrus hop nose. Fresh grapefruit, juicy pineapple and pine. Fruit and cookie malt backbone. Tongue-tingling hop flavors up front. Big, piny hop flavor. Juicy fruit and sugary malts temper the resinous hop bitterness mid-palate. More pine and light citrus in the herbal bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy feel and an oily finish. Outstandingly delicious and I am really glad to see this in bottles! (491 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Copper body, good clarity, thick airy off-white froth. Exceptional looking.

Aggressive fresh citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange, with pine on the side.

Solid semi-sweet malt base arrives like an I-beam dropped off a crane. Quickly engulfed by a tidal wave of juicy citrus. Nice big hop bite at the swallow. Big, brawny bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick, juicy, lively. Terrific drinkability, trying to pace so the bottle doesn't end too quickly.

Thanks to SN for bottling this finally. Going to pick up a case next year. (540 characters)

Photo of aeminter
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper to light amber in color...very clear...billowy beige head and excellent lacing

The hop smell is all over the place. Very piny and a little bit of lemon.

Every last nuance of the hops plays all over the tongue exciting the taste buds before it digs in at the back. The bitter of the hops lingers on the back of the tongue while the malt sweetness laces the front in an excellent balancing act.

Moderate carbonation and just viscous enough to give it some chew.

One more reason for me to love autumn. (509 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a perfect pint glass. Clear dark copper colour with full white head that stays at least a finger thick all the way down leaving plenty of lace. Lots of rising bubbles.

The aroma is good, if a little muted... some may say subtle. Citrusy, piney hops with some grainy and toffee-like malts.

The taste is so rich and full. More grapefruit hops and plenty of those balancing caramel/grainy roasted malts come together to make a beer that tastes exactly the way I think a pale ale/IPA should taste. The finish is lingering but not in the least but harsh. I feel like I've just eaten a grapefruit the way you might eat an orange (and I have done many times), which is no bad thing as far as I'm concerned.

Medium bodied with good but not prickly carbonation.

Wow. This will make my favourite beers of 2010 list, if I make one. (852 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a tan off-white head. It has a nice amber malty and hoppy aroma. The taste delivers just that. This is a superb pale ale with a very nice amber malty base with a really crisp and clean hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is excellent. It has a really fresh, crisp, mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. This is a really drinkable beer and it is definately worth a try if it can be found. (409 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Fresh, 2011 Harvest.

A - Light amber in color with a giant rocky white head that leaves good lacing all the way down the glass. The beer has a slight haze to it.

S - Big piney hop nose, also quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very strong hop presence. Quite hard to pick up any malt after being dominated by these wonderful "wet" hops.

T - This ends up being quite balanced for a standard IPA. Light caramel malts shine through to begin even some faint roasted qualities to it. The beer has great piney/prickly hop flavors right before finishing pretty dry.

M - Medium bodied especially for the style. Low to medium carbonation but excellent and persistent head.

O - I enjoyed all 24ounces of this good IPA. (753 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada 13th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Appears a deep amber copper hue with a bright khaki off white head that forms thick and billows with cloudy texture above the rim of my imperial pint glass. I love these big 24 ounce Sierra Nevada offerings even the pale ale tastes great out of them. Lacing leaves behind big chunks of beautifully patterned head that clings to the class with each sip. This beer is a class act and at $3.49 a bottle it can't be beat, I bought three whilst shopping at the new Giant Eagle Market District this past Saturday.

Aroma is full of big raw herbaceous, resinous pine cone, citrus peel, and earthy bitterness from the fresh hop additions. Full on malt balance is achieved with a sweet caramelized glaze across the hop profile. There's nothing like fresh hopped beer, the hop nose is popping with character, each sniff makes you want to dive in.

The flavor draws you in even deeper with waves of hop flavor hitting you from every angle, any where from a slight vegetable freshness quality to floral, pine, earthy, and citric hop qualities slugging it out with one another. Amazingly complex and well constructed the value factor that this beer offers up is unbelievable, an OMG gold standard of fresh hopped ales. Sugar sprinkled grapefruit with some harsh fresh cut pine needle qualities, with herbaceous kind bud and earthy dirty hop oils. The malt balance is amazing sugar coated hops are awesome, caramelized brown sugar slightly toasted biscuits. Balanced flavorful wet hopped ale, they invented the wheel according to this beer label.

Mouthfeel is oily textured with resins that glide with each sip across the palate. Carbonation levels are so moderate and natural it's a smooth drinking experience for sure that I will revisit every season as long as they continue to this awesome tradition. I've been drinking the Wet Hopped Ale since circa 2000-2001.

Drinkability overall is killer something that you will want to hoard but an experience that you should definitely pass around to some close friends. Considering this type of experience could convert a fraction of the masses drinking mindlessly bland tasting American industrial lager. (2,189 characters)

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a large sniffter

Appearance : this pours a deep bronze amber in color. This beer has some of the best head formation and retention that I have ever seen along with lots and lots of sticky lacing

Smell : tons of piney resinous evergreen aroms abound in this ale. Cant get enough of this beer its the best smelling harvest ale I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying

Taste : huge flavor profile with lots of bitterness and only a little malt sweetness. As this beer warms up the bitterness really dominates the flavor. I'm tasting lot of subtle orange aromas

Mouthfeel : full body beer with alot of carbonation

Overall : I love this beer in my opinion its Serria Nevada's best beer overall. The price is unbeatable I bought my bombed for $3.99 . So much flavor and biting bitterness this harvest ale has no equal . (849 characters)

Photo of ctdfalconer
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews from SN. There is a brewery that really puts out a fine array, quality across the board. This one stands out among their lineup. Brewed with fresh hops at harvest time, it has a wonderful floral aroma and rich, full malty body to carry the substantial but smooth herbal hop character. Part of the magic is that the hopping isn't wildly out of balance as you see in products from Stone where they like to use hops as a weapon. I just wish it could be put out year round. This is unquestionably a must-have for hop lovers. (553 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty amberpour with a tall order of head. Nice retention and lacing.
I feel like there are hop cones right in the beer. Talk about fresh smell and taste. I close my eyes and am drinking straight from a dry hopped vat. Thank you again SN for setting the standard on hoppyines. The freshly mown feel of this beer just tastes so fresh and natural.
Nice carbonation, a bit sweet and oily from the fresh hopping. A smooth and easy drinking beer that I look forward to trying again next year. Thank You SN for focusing so strongly on quality even as you expand as a company. (572 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.