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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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1,488 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,488
Hads: 3,494
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 216
Gots: 232 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,488 | Hads: 3,494
Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark orange, nearly brown. thick head as well.

smells like sweet hops and caramel malt.

taste is sweet with very creamy caramel malt. not overpoweringly bitter but nice hop kick with great balance of malts. goes down very smooth, finishes sweet and bitter.

pretty damn good fresh hop/wet hopped IPA. would definitely buy this again. and great value for $5.99 a bomber

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ayotte's
Crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Rich bready caramel maltiness Juicy earthy citrus and pine. Wish I'd picked this up a bit fresher, but glad to try. And 32 oz for 5 bucks is a hell of a deal.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber packaged 9/22/15, enjoyed 11/9. Pours fairly clear, orange. Smell some sweet malt and generic hop vegetal/fruity smell. Taste -first hit is the vegetal/bitter flavor, and then some general fruity flavors and maybe a little piney and grapefruit, and some earthy underlying everything. At the end of the day, it's a west coast IPA with a bit more vegetal bitter flavor.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange and with a slight haze. Brick color reds, rusts and golden yellow hues hidden deeply underneath all mingle for an eye catching color. A macchiato head of foam that is so creamy it refused to fall. It clung and hung on and really let me see all the richness in the color. The slight haze gives it a soft bright glow.

Nose is floral and a sweet malt. I am actually surprised at how much malt I am smelling. There is even a tantalizing hint of light brown sugar on it. There is a wet hop dankness on this nose that is not over abundant. It is also not catty. A very firm hop herbal that offers a sweetness of it's own to the nose. Delicate citrus peel and earthy grapefruit. A few dry pine needles and a bit of spice.

Taste is bountiful and even breaddy. I am so surprised at the mouthfeel on this beer. It shows off its fullness while not becoming heavy and goes down with a silken glide that I think is very impressive. It gives the impression of soft sweet bread on the palate and is actually more sumptuous than any malt I have seen with this type of beer. Light brown sugar, earthy grapefruit, a light orange backing with a bit of zest from the fruit peel, and a a sweet herbal that I also think is very impressive. Woody pine, and hop spice finish this with a bitter that is exactly perfect. It does not seem to start or finish it's just there at the swallow and while it does linger it does not seem to do it too strongly and shows me just a few more moments of the liquid silk that is this malt.

This beer is warm, winning and wholehearted. Wonderful and not the least bit willful with those hops.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A large foamy head, which is characteristic oval. Quite dark for an IPA. With a fair amount of small bubbles.

Smells is relatively light, with notes of sweet grapes and herbs, in addition to the expected hops.

As with the smell, this is fairly subtle for a harvest IPA. Carbonation is on the high end, and the bitterness definitely comes across - especially in the aftertaste. The taste of pines makes an appearance as well. Generally speaking, this was surprisingly dry and bitter for a harvest IPA.

I've really grown to love the style as it fits my preference in IPA's perfectly, but this falls well short of expectations for me. Not bad by any means, just not the type of beer that I'm into.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, small head. Not much to look at. Smell is very subdued and malty actually. Taste is very balanced and flavorful. No citrus at all, but some pine and a nice bready malt backdrop. Some light/moderate bitterness in finish but it doesn't linger long at all. Overall this is a fine IPA. Nothing explosive in the hops but a nicely balanced IPA for anyone to enjoy.

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Photo of LAp
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into two 12oz snifters. Pours a clear copper with a 1-2 finger off-white/tan head. Nose is of fresh hops and fruit esters (namely, light citrus). Palate is wonderfully wet hops, with just enough bitterness, accompanied by a slightly sweet malt body. Medium-thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of (minimal) carbonation to complement the already wet feel of this beer. Overall, a solid wet hop IPA. Not as dryly astringent as Two Handed, but not quite as juicy wet as Founders Harvest. A strong beer overall.

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Photo of beercat11
3.11/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has been my most favorite hop bomb for years. Picked up 2 bottles yesterday. I look forward to this limited release every year. I paid $5.99 for 1 bottle, I have never paid more that $5 before yesterday. Poured into a pint glass and took a wiff, not much here I thought. Took my first sip and was very let down. I know how this beer is supposed to taste and it just isn't there. Where is that resinous oil from the wet hop? I really had to struggle to find it. Something is not right this year. I find it very subdued and mild. It does taste fresh but I don't remember a year that this beer tasted this mild. Sometimes my expectations are high before a sip but I buy cases of this brew every year because it is so limited and I know it's meant to be enjoyed fresh. I will get some from another store before it's gone so that maybe by chance these 2 bottles were not handled right and it's freshness was somehow compromised. Beer distributors are the enemy of beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. They are also known for holding back new releases until the summer ones are gone. I hate beer distributors for this one reason, I want my hops fresh damn it!

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful clear golden-copper hue with a thick creamy light tan head. The foam kept me company for the entire pint, slipping into a thin cap with huge lacy trails. The bottle art and the label notes made me picture a truckload of freshly picked Yakima hops, and I certainly smelled them on the nose. Bright pine, grass, grapefruit, orange and a bit of toast and caramel. Not as in your face as many current copiously dry-hopped IPAs but pleasing and more complex. The taste followed nicely, with pine, earthy tones, orange, grapefruit, resiin and enough malt to balance it. The feel was outstanding: medium bodies with a creamy carbonation and a clean finish. Another amazing SN brew.

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

Solid across the board. Dark copper color with a thick long-lasting head. I had to step away and couldn't believe it when I came back and there was still a head. Scent is piney, earthy, with a fruity undertone of rotting leaves (not exactly a negative). Taste is similar but the malt is pretty big and slightly sweet with a touch of caramel. Feel is somewhat light but slightly oily. Totally solid but not quite mind blowing. Still worth checking out for wet hop lovers.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear very deep amber such that it's almost brown. The look is very nice and extremely good looking to the point where it's hard to say anything bad about it.

The smell is very nice and hoppy. The hop notes tend to be either a clean grassy note and a sharp pine note. There is also a sweet caramel malt backbone as well and takes the bitter edge off a little. Overall, the strong hop smell makes this beer worth drinking.

The taste strongly resembles the smell but is a bit better. The same pine and grass hop notes are there but the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger such that it contrasts well with the hops and provides a bit more balance. There is also this interesting toasted malt note running through the backbone as well.

The feel is medium bodied and smooth. The biting carbonation also give it a nice light texture with a fairly refreshing finish.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one I look forward to every year.

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Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Release Served On-Tap 10/15/15

A — Pours a nicely bright and vivid red hue out on the tap. There is a bone colored head that forms, settles to a nice layer atop the beer, and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is fairly muted initially, but as it warms there is a real nice hop character, dominated by pine, lemon, earth, forest floor, and well, not much else. Just a nice showing of Centennial and Cascade hops, bitter, piney.

T — Taste is like the nose, though there is a more noticeable hop bite and profile, there is a nice bitterness here without being overly done. Nice malt profile to help round things out, and a lightly fruity and sweet finish.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish, slightly sticky.

O — Fairly well done, more hop bite and less of the sweet malt & yeast profile might take this over the top. Still, this is a great showcase of "wet" hops.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been picking this beer up for many years and without exception every year is excellent! The great aroma of the hops and the great hop taste makes this a must have beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant deep copper, 2” copper tinted foam cap very creamy rich, medium full bodied S: Very spicy nose T: Very layered and complex flavors with fruit and citrus, herb, spice, toffee, grapefruit rind bitterness, pine and grass. F: Very creamy rich, medium full bodied O: A rich, creamy beer with a broad array of hop flavors.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 19th, 2013 - The Northern Hemisphere Harvest is a sparkling redwood brown color, and immediately impresses me with an extroverted and appealing aroma: rust, fresh hops, wet tree bark, and a slight maple sweetness. The combination and composition of scents here is unique, and beautifully done. The carbonation's mouthfeel reflects the busy appearance - medium to heavy carbonation on a medium to light body. The hops balance is well executed here too, sweetening the whole brew by the end, but keeping it vividly flavored all the way through, with lots of piney hoppiness (and as my auto-correct suggested, happiness.) It's a lot of flavor, but the bitterness was adjusted perfectly. At this point in my tasting notes I write "Wow" three times, so this obviously impressed that night. Whether this well executed flavor is because the hops is so balanced or because the wet hops process in the brewing, or both, is not for me to guess. But as the final step in the brewing chain - the drinker - I am exceedingly impressed.

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Photo of drmeto
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge floral hoppy note
-fruity orange,grapefruit,pineapple,passionfruit take a backseat here
-surprisingly spicy
-well carbonated
-strawberry and middling hop bitter (for the style) finish

really nice IPA.
a 50-60% higher price than other top IPAs though.
i also wish i couldve gotten this fresher (was right around 120days),mightve improved it more.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in March 2015.

Appearance: Medium amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a strong hops bitterness in the aroma. Aromas of citrus and pine dominate. There is some sweet aroma, which contrasts with the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, spices, grapefruit, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex IPA. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. There is a variety of flavors.

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Photo of Nicked
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught pour into Boulevard tumbler pint

A: Amber hue, little/no head, sticky curtains of lace chase my beer down the glass

S: scent is elusive at first - hints of toasted malt. Some grapefruit and piney hop notes.

T: wow - very well balanced. Toasted caramel malt, pine/citrus hops. Love the toasty flavors balancing the peppery hops.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing shocking here.

O: very tasty IPA. This one I would seek out again!

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Photo of oregonduck
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14 and this has changed a lot since the last time I drank it. It says 100 day IPA and drink fresh on the bottle, but I think it has gotten better with time! Last time I drank it when it was more fresh it seemed like a solid IPA dominated by the typical IPA tartness. Now it seems like the hops have mellowed as it is less hoppy and now more malt forward and balanced. Now it actually reminds me a lot of Bigfoot. It is very smooth, with a nice, but not overbearing sweetness. It still has some tart hop flavors which give it a nice balance.

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Photo of bbqwalt
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a case of 22oz bottles at Costco Chico after leaving the brewery. Death asterisks at Costco. which means it will be gone soon. I recommend checking the selection at Chico Costco before stopping by the brewery. They usually have four to five offerings from Sierra Nevada. I love it, should have bought 2 but unable to taste at the brewery. Wonderful beer and a great value compared to the Pliny the Elder that I purchased last Tuesday. Both great beers but the huge price gap.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/24/14, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a bright clear amber color with a two-finger creamy and frothy white head that seems to retain forever, eventually leaving some nice lacing behind

S- floral and herbal hop bouquet up front with notes of rose pedal and peppery herb. Notes of tangerine & green leaves with a hint of pine, pretty unique aroma

T- herbal and peppery hop flavors up front with rye-like qualities, some vegetal notes. Tangerine peel mixes with flower water & rose pedal, leafy and green finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel and a smooth crisp finish

O- a pretty unique hop, with a great mouthfeel to boot, very nice IPA

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 24-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.29
Purchased: Dec. 9, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 12, 2014
Misc.: Packaged on Sept. 24, 2014 at 5:49 a.m.

Poured a dark orange, caramel, clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki-white, rocky head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom. Good layered spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. A good looking beer. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled wet pine, Citra hops, caramel, light grapefruit, faint wet Cascade hops, earthy rye and soapy lime. Reminded me a bit of the Oregon woods. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a tad better than the nose. Got Citra hops, some Cascade hops, wet pine forest, soapy malts, lime zest, caramel, some grapefruit, mango, floral hops, earthy rye hops and lemon iced tea. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, citrusy finish. (Feel - 4.00``)

This was a pretty good IPA for sure. It got better as it went down. I’d have it again. (Overall - 4.00)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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Photo of enjambed
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

from notes

Serving: bomber, bottled 9/24/2014, consumed 11/1/2014, well within 90 day consumption period

Look: Dark amber, orange, with creamy head, long retention, and clingy lacing

Smell: This was a unique aroma for me and I had trouble pinning it down, looking back on my notes. I couldn't decide if it was herbal, earthy, floral, or possibly even vegetal. I decided on floral. It was like a fresh flower or plant in rich soil. I guess this unique aroma was due to the use of wet hops. Overall the freshness of the hops was evident.

Taste: Similar to the smell, not too bitter and mostly comes out floral and vegetal. The floral hops are supported by sweet caramel malts.

feel: Relatively light, almost watery finish for an IPA

Overall: Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere Harvest is an interesting display of a more floral/earthy hop rather than the typical piney or citrusy American hops that characterize our IPA's these days. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but a very interesting and pleasant experience that introduced new flavors to my palate. The beer is still solid and very quaffable, and I will likely try this again.

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Photo of necrat
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Just a quick review on this one.

Aside from the previously described notes about the cloudy, lacing, etc, my only note is this...

How does it get a 93?? This is a B, B- beer AT BEST. It's got so much potential, and comes off when you taste it like it just isn't there. It's not bad, there is some hop to it, and some pine notes. But overall, it's weak. Much weaker than I expected given the reviews.

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Photo of jman42
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

A = Crystal clear, great head and awesome lacing

S = Great hoppy bouquet

T = Crisp clean tastes, hoppy, but not overly so

M = Very clean mouthfeel - not a bunch of lingering bitterness typical of IPAs

O = A nice balanced IPA Not a hop bomb. Nicely done!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.