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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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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 181
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of JonAdams
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy off white foam.

Smell: This just really smells fresh. Bitey hops and some lemony/grapefruit citrus, some nice malty sweetness creeps in as well.

Taste: Bitter hoppiness, yet really fresh tasting, grapefruit, some resin and oil, and malt on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: For a fresh hop beer this is definitely a go to. This is pretty readily available and only $5, which is a steal. Not quite the quality of the Estate, but this is an awesome beer. Definitely a beer that I pick up annually.

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

This is a straight 4 across the board for me.
Appearance is above average, nice copper color with some head and decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, right on par with the style. Nice citrusy hops balanced very well with some sweet malt. No real spices picked up here which was the only disappointment.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation.
Drinkability- yes I could have 6 of these.

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

Paid about $3 for a 24 oz bottle from The Wine Fountain in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pint glass with two pours.

I didn't think this one would give as much head as she did, so I poured her rather aggressively. Mistake; almost a four inch off white head. Very frothy and carbonated. Transparent lighter copper in color. Superb head retention. Very sticky, thick, frothy and lasting lace.

Smells very fresh and hoppy. Dank and citrusy, but not to the extent of an IPA. Nothing too complex, but this one has quality written all over it. Doesn't smell quite as hoppy as the standard Sierra Nevada. This one is balanced well with underlying sweeter malts.

This is a tasty brew. The hops come through first and the bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. There are malts balancing this one out slightly, but the hops are definitely in the foreground.

Medium body. Slightly creamy coming in with a more watery finish. A great drink for a nice sunny day. This one is very easy to drink for a 6.2% ABV, but I wouldn't want to session all afternoon with this one.

A great specialty APA from Sierra Nevada. I think I actually like this one better than its older more popular sibling.

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

Here comes the hop harvest – and in a big ol’ 24 oz. bottle, to boot. And at a quarter an ounce, there’s no way this isn’t a good deal. Cheers!

Brewed at 6:54 in the morning on September 19, 2012, about a month and a half before the date of this tasting.

A: Clear orange body glimmering with an amber-orange shine. Head is foamy, bubbling up to an inch high and settling slowly to a thin, patchy retention; leaves lacing in layers everywhere.

S: Supremely fruity, like a sugary jam mix of mango, grape, apple, and strawberry – a noseful of Smuckers. Hops are probably a little faded by now, as they don’t show much aroma besides light grass, pine, and lemon. I’d describe it as smelling earthy-sweet; emphasis on the earthy.

T: Now this is an interesting beer; wow, that’s good. It fills the palate as soon as it hits the tongue with malts: chewy barley, fresh-baked pumpernickel, and sweet bread with dark fruit (almost like a Fig Newton). I’m impressed more with the malts than I am with the hops, and for me, that’s saying something. And the bitters aren’t just that – bitter – they’re a big component of this beer’s flavor. It does prickle with acidity, sure, but I’m getting mango, blood orange, juniper/pine, Noble zest, and a weightless floral note. Surprisingly, the citrus doesn’t really stand above everything else as much as it just melts into the other flavors of the palate. Finishes faintly dry, with mostly deep, sweet malts leaving a lasting impression.

M: Damn smooth body, medium carbonation. You can tell a ton of malt went into this beer just by the texture.

O: Besides the weird mix of scents in the nose, this one is an absolute winner. This is darker, sweeter, and heavier than Southern Hemisphere, making it drink almost like a barleywine; just what I was looking for in an autumn IPA. One of the best values in beer I’ve had this year – I’d be happy to buy it if it were double the price (disregard that statement, Sierra Nevada…please keep it low).

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
I have heard about Sierra Nevada receiving criticism that "all their beers taste the same", although this is certainly debatable, the Californian brewery consistenly manages to churn out tasty, drinkable stuff...
Appearance: Tawny, ruddy hue, massive head, minor lacing and carbonation.
smell: wet hops.
taste: hops, lemons, slight fruit with a pepperish bite.
mouthfeel; Medium-bodied, hoppy
drinkability: easily downable, especially for a 6.7% ABV.
Good stuff

Photo of Dotcubed
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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

Poured in a pint glass from a 24oz bottle. Color is a very clear bronze. There is a great, thick head that seems to hang around and is making some sweet lacing on the glass.

This beer has a great, mild hoppy aroma. I can't say that anything else really stands out. It has a strong, bitter hop flavor that bites at first and really hangs on the tongue with a hint of sweetness at the end. Just like i like my American IPA except the wet hopping method really gives it a unique character.

It has a medium body that's easy to swallow and leaves a tingle in the mouth. So smooth and easy to drink, I could definitely drink a few.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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

Bottled September 20, 2012.

Beer is light amber in colour, totally clear. Good-sized off-white head. Good retention and lace.

Aroma is quite grassy, with muted citurs notes. A very fresh scent.

Taste contains toasted malt, but is primarily comprised of hop flavours. Grass, some citrus and other fruits (orange, some apple and grapefruit) and some pine. A spicy flavour, tastes a bit like rye. Fairly bitter, particularly in the aftertaste, which is fairly fruity.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, nice IPA. Flavour is a bit of a mix between American and English IMO.

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

Bought a case of 24ozers

Apperance: Very nice dark amber like color with a very nice head just looking at it makes me thirsty

Smell: sweet hoppy smell great!

Taste: you can defently taste the hops but its not that bitter rather injoyable

Drinkably: very smooth and easy to drink with the alc 6.7 its also easy to get buzzed

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a big off white head. Smells strongly of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Tastes of hops upfront, spicy, citrus, and sweet malt. This beer is medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

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

A: Bright golden orange, huge head, lots of lacing and excellent head retention. Can't ask for more in an IPA.

S: Floral, pine-y, some grapefruit skin in there too. Quite dank.

T: Huge pine and floral hop flavors, almost masking the caramel and somewhat nutty malts.

M/O: No doubt this beer is about those fresh, wet hops almost to the point of astringency. I do prefer a bit of sweetness to my IPAs though. Still, a worthy purchase if in need of a hop fix.

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

24oz bottle poured into a pint, split with a friend

An orange/amber body sits beneath a huge rocky, ecru cap that rose a full two fingers and subsided slowly, leaving loads of spider web lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is good balance of caramel, toasted bready malt, flowers and pine. Pine and fresh flowers, light grapefruit, leafy tobacco, caramel and a toasted malt base round out the flavor profile. A nice balance all in all with the caramel adding to the sweetness of the hops and the bitterness is a pleasant little punch. Easily quaffable with the booze extremely well hidden within the medium body. Another winner from Sierra.

Photo of dwtyler
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale pours a clear copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty four ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy, morstly citrusy but also a bit pine like. The flavor seems the opposite, more pine like hop than citrus. There's a solid malt presence in the background, but the hops are the star of this show. Recommended.

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

Poured from tap uber fresh at TJs in Paoli.

A: A medium amber orange with a one finger just off white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Spicy hops with hints of citrus, pine, floral notes and some malt sweetness.

T: Damn how I love this beer, just so solid. Hops flavors start with a citrus grassy piney flavor and a hint of some floral characteristics, coupled with a hefty bready malt sweetness that just balances this beer to the max. The hops are the show here, but since this is an APA they stay lighter and in check with the nice malt flavors. Finish is nice and smooth with minimal bitterness.

M: Nice, smooth, medium coating and no hint of alcohol.

D: High, enjoy em.

Again a really solid beer from SN. This is just so drinkable and enjoyable that it's crazy. It almost leans on an IPA, but the smoothness keeps it firmly planted as an APA. Well done.

Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle, code 0266...which would be near end of August 2010.

Pours a lighter amber color with thick porous head and lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the glass.
Herbal hop aroma with a mild malt note; slightly citric.
Dry, peppery hops create a very herbal flavor; hop bite is mild and smooth. Malts are lighter and solely there to complement the fresh hops. Sweet & spicy finish with an astringent mouthfeel.

Although a bit dated by December (the store owner only charged me $5 for the bottle), the wet hops still come through well and create a fresh-tasting IPA.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.