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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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3,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 141 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a finger high with an off-white shade and respectable retention. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass. Like many SN beers, it's a very aesthetically pleasing product. (4.5)

Smell: In many aspects, it smells like a standard-issue IPA made by Sierra Nevada. There are nice amounts of piny, floral Cascade hops backed by light caramel malts. But then I pick up huge amounts of lime, raspberry, and lemon zest. Some faint tropical hints also appear (i.e. pineapple), helping to tie all the unique fruit notes together. Okay Sierra Nevada, you now have my attention... (4)

Taste: ...unfortunately, the complex fruitiness is less vibrant flavor-wise. Rather, it seems to focus on strong pine-laden flavors, backed by some lighter hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and flowers. Luckily, if I concentrate, I can still pick some of the lemon/lime zest hints near the back end. Even some herbal, spicy hop flavors to boot! Even at two months old (bottled 9/24/14), this still does a good job of invoking chewing on a pine cone. Oh yeah, the malt brings some mild caramel flavors too. At first, it was disappointing next to the nose, but the more I drink it, the more it grew on me. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: The general bitterness bites the tongue and doesn't let go. This creates the side effect of good drinkability, so I can't complain...too much. It doesn't really leave behind much lingering resin, either - however, it's more oily in texture than your typical IPA (because wet hops, natch). (3.75)

Overall: It starts off being a mild disappointment. Thankfully, it's a complex beer that offers plenty of varying hop flavor, so it gets far better as I drink it. As a beer that pulls no punches with the hop bitterness, IPA haters will probably detest this. Me, I totally dig it. (4)

3.89/5: Oh dear, I think I've fallen onto the wet hop bandwagon...

ThisWangsChung, 28 minutes ago
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Pours dark amber with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are out of this world. Aroma not very strong but can discern a nice piney hop, floral components and slightly citric aroma. Maybe some slight caramel. Bready, malty taste, ending in a mod piney hop. The malt to hop transition is subtle and carries a decent caramel taste throughout. Strong, good bitter aftertaste. Decent beer, but not the best that Sierra Nevada has to offer.

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