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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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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 3,426
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 195
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
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 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)

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)

Photo of biggred1
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coppery amber with a minimal light tan head, sticky lace that leaves rings down the glass. Nose is very floral hoppy, pine, grapefruit, but not all that powerful. Taste is kick ass and gets better as it warms. A fresh and tasty hop bomb that isn't overpowering with alcohol heat and doesn't neccesarily need to be sipped. Decent malty backbone balances perfectly. Medium slick/salty mouthfeel. A treat to drink and impressive, by far the best $5.00 24OZ. beer that I've ever had, delicious. (490 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear caramel with golden highlights and fluffy cream-colored head. Decent staying power and a few swirls builds up the head once it settles. Rings of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Bright, clean, crisp hop aroma - floral, citrus, and a touch of pine. Fresh hops all the way with a touch of fresh baked bread.

All about the hops here, but not overpowering. A gentle hop dominance. Soft floral and citrus flavors start. Leafy and piney hops come next, getting more aggressive, before sweet and bready malts come in the balance things. Notes of nut and maple are also present. Hops come back after you swallow to give the tongue a quick lash.

Incredible mouthfeel - So smooth and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation - just enough to perk things up. Medium to full in body.

So well balanced and smooth. Easy to drink. The hops are so pleasant - no harsh bitterness. I finished the whole bottle before I knew it. This was my first wet-hop beer, and if the rest of them are like this one, I may have some new best friends. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber coloring; large, fluffy white head which dissipated slowly

S: Pine, citrus, slight malt; one of the other people who tried it last night said that is smelled a little like marijuana

T: Wow. Just wow. Bitter, yet smooth taste as the hops blend in flawlessly with the malt backbone. Caramel notes.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel.

D: All day, every day. This is a great example of how to make a session PA that still retains flavor and aroma. Delicious and well-priced at 3.99 for a 24oz (505 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to see this on-tap at my local ... and when I asked the barkeep if this particular offering from Sierra Nevada was good, he answered with a comical "It tastes like Sierra Nevada". I can understand that, most of SN's lighter offerings do have a similarity in taste. Still, I am more than ready and willing to dive right in.

SN Harvest pours out a beautiful scarlett-ruby with a huge froth head that settles down to a respectable 1/4". There was an amazingly sturdy patch of yeast that traced each sip. I could've sworn this baby was a nitro-beer both by the silky smoothness of the mouthfeel and the laser-sharp lacing all around and through the glass.

The aroma from this ale inspired a blissful sense of hop-hunger. There is an amazingly rich "wet" floral aroma that reminded me of picking out a bouquette of roses. There is also a nice maltiness in the background.

I was amazed to find that this is one of the sweetest SN products i've encountered. I expected major bitterness along the lines of their Celebration, but instead there is a major malt presence here. The hoppiness hits you about midway through and finishes huge.

I couldn't help being reminded of chewing on cannabis stems in the middle, after the malt tones calmed down and before the hops fired up. The mouthfeel here is amazing - even better than celebration.

Like the bartender said, this is definetely a Sierra Nevada product. But there is enough difference here to keep any beer fan interested. It has the Pale ale's hop-structure and the Celebration's big hoppiness, but it doesn't taste like a simple blend. This beer is in a class of its own. (1,645 characters)

Photo of jhammel01
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Poured into a British style pub glass. Pours a deep orange - copper color with a very good head that laces down as you drink. Beautiful!
The smell is very hoppy, very piney. What you would expect from an imperial IPA

The Taste is what you would expect from SN. It has that great hop bite that I love from them. Also, pine and citrus notes and a little oily. Very nice thick mouth feel.

I can't see the drinkability being very high on a beer like this, but I very much need another bottle of this! Very good beer. Sierra Nevada never disappoints (584 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Amber colored brew with high clarity and low-moderate C02. It produced a 2-finger off white head that comes off slightly pillow like, and sticks around decently. I got some very nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Very herbal hops right up front. I also get spicy, peppery, musty, and a touch of rind hop characteristics in there. Underneath the fresh hop aroma's, I get toasted bread, caramel, and toffee notes that really do stand up to the hops.

T - Fresh herbal, peppery, and musty hop flavors hit you pretty much all at once. It's got this nice balancing toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar malt quality that's not too sweet but sweet enough to enjoy. It finishes with lingering leafy/herbal flavors that just sit on the tongue for a good while. Bitterness is high but not over done, it lingers long after you swallow the beer. It's pretty dry as well.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth, chewy feel to it. Crispness is pretty low.

O - As I continued to drink this beer and it began to warm, I noticed that it's pretty darn bitter, and the bitterness lingers big time. Over all I loved this brew, it's got a nice balancing thing going on in the flavor, and don't even get me started about how fresh and dank those hops are! I definitely recommend this one to an IPA lover. Pick it up as fresh as you can get it! Cheers! (1,346 characters)

Photo of ralree
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep red with a white fluffy 2-finger head. Dissipates slowly and laces very nicely.

S: Lots of wintertime spices along with fresh hops and caramel malt. Alcohol evident.

T: Very strong hop and spice flavor backed by a very good bready flavor. Finishes with a great spiced bread smell out the nose and a great hop bitterness on the tongue. Harvest ale is definitely a good name - the hops are sooo fresh.

M: Medium-bodied and perfectly carbonated. Slightly astringent, which goes well with the bitterness in the aftertaste. Slightly oily finish, but that's forgivable.

D: Drinks wonderfully. I will definitely be buying it again. Worth every penny. (663 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant clarity amber color with white lacey head. Aroma is balanced toward the hoppy side with citrus, pineapple aromas and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is also balanced toward the hoppy side but with significant malt presence. Hops are very american: citrusy maybe a little resiny hop flavor balanced with sweet malt and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable delicious american ale. Unique style fresh hop flavor is awesome. (483 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with a mammoth, sticky, sturdy head of foam.

S - Nose is fresh, juicy grapefruit with soft tropical fruit - pineapple and mango. Slight hunt of toffee.

T/M - Wow. Big, big, and sharp, hop flavour in grapefruit/citrus/pine. Nice balancing fruit and sweetness and touch of alcohol. very smooth with a resinous body and low-moderate carbonation.

D - Superior brew for hopheads only! (398 characters)

Photo of nige4958
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful malty aroma, with a tad of citrus. This beer is very well balanced with a nice, cotton candy type bitterness. Hops are very much on the flavor end of the spectrum. Bitterness is mellow and balanced nicely by the malt. Beautifully round, and quite exceptional. (269 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only. (871 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel orange with a fluffy, sustained white head.

Clean aromas of bright grapefruit, plenty of malt balance.

Sweet caramel malts up front, plentiful clean citrus flavors as well. Rich blood orange mid tongue, leaves a faint, pleasant bitterness. Pretty much perfect.

Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, very refreshing, balanced and hoppy. A very nice beer. (369 characters)

Photo of dino213aa
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition

I've really tried hard to review this with consideration to the style. I am not a big fan of pale ale's- especially Sierra Nevada's. However, this years SN Harvest Ale really asks me to reconsider my prejudices against this style.

A: Clear, deep amber with no gradation in color. Pours with minimal head but lots of intricate lacing in ~1-inch tiers.

S: Slightly toasty with whispers of lavender and citrus.

T&M: Personally I dislike pale ales because of bitter hops. That's it. However, this brew is incredibly balanced between bitterness and underlying character. There is a floral quality that reminds me of lavender, clover, grain with a touch of citrus reminiscent of plums or wild strawberries (as opposed to lemon). I can't imagine a pale ale tasting better than this, and by that measure I rate this brew as exceptional. Mouthfeel is crisp yet enduring.

D: Highly drinkable. I'd give this a 5 if I liked hops more.

Rarely does a beer invoke the kind of imagery and sensations as this brew has for me. Perfectly balanced and complex, this brew tantalizes the imagination and beckons me to drink more.

Very highly recommend. (1,150 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.