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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2846
Reviews: 1435
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%

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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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at khyber in philly - review from notes

Pours a brilliant deep amber color with some burnt orange glow. Frothy beige head rests on top, retaining well throughout the pour, leaving splotchy lacing behind.

Grassy and hoppy in the nose with citrus peel. Bready malts, touch of sweetness and faint spice.

Nice bitterness up front, piny with grapefruit juiciness and rind. Very bitter throughout, but not without some malt balance. Caramel seeps in with toasted malts and some bready notes. Hint of sweetness washed away by another wave of ruby red grapefruit hoppiness and faint warmth.

Medium body, well carbed, very dry and lingering on the tongue. Really tasty wet hop beer, I forgot how good this was.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 01:37:37 | More by xnicknj
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with 1.5 finger off white head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Excellent hop profile with aromas full of citrus grapefruit, lemons, oranges and pine as well.

T - Light and sweet and follows the aroma with a abundance of hops, a hint of caramel, well balanced, nice alcoholic taste and dry finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation

O - Great IPA chock full of Cone hops, I'd get this anytime.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 16:24:04 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of chilly460


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber body with a huge rocky white head. Great tiger striped lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Big piney hop nose hits first, with quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very fragrant beer for sure. Some dry maltiness, but not really apparent through all the big hops.

T - Surprisingly balanced compared to the aroma. Huge floral hops flavor hits first, tart but not overwhelming, very nice. Some citrus flavor on the end. Malts are a bit different then standard flavors, comes in almost a bit roasted like wheat toast, but not going into sweet like a caramel. Nice.

M - Very nice, solid medium body, medium to low carbonation.

O - Really nice balance, interesting malt profile, huge hop aroma...good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 13:52:11 | More by chilly460
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper colored beer that smells like a citrus grove and candy.

Taste is simple, light pine and bitterness at the start fading into an oily bitterness. I am pretty biased against hoppy beers, so I will stop here.

Mouthfeel is airy with bubbles but not a lot of fizz. Swish it around and you will get a cloud of foam in your mouth but not a bunch of tingling.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 22:15:36 | More by Doppelbockulus
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice orange hued copper color. And then this IPA immediately makes its presence known. The Cascade and Centennial hops create a strong, citrusy and pine smell that rushes to the nose.

Taste is again, hoppy enough for me as a hop head, but so well-balanced with the malts. A hint of spice, maybe nutmeg or pine comes through in the taste as well.

One of my favorite all-time IPAs. Worth finding. And growler'ing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 23:22:26 | More by devinoconnor
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A choice offering from a little brewery in chico, ca....nicely done sierra. Pale copper color on the pour with plenty of lacing left in my glass. I get tons of pink grapefruit in the nose with a bit of floral/piney qualities as it goes down. Smooth mouthfeel leads to a crisp, dry finish with more grapefruit aromas and pleasing bitterness. This is the kind of beer I could sip on all day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 03:15:08 | More by dannydetox
Photo of Durge


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice brew found at "Plan B" in Milford. Clear copper coloring with a decent off-white head and a mess of lacing! The aroma is piney-citrus hop and yeasty malt. Taste is also pine and citrus hops over mildly butterscotch malt. Apple pumpkin and sweet vanilla. Solidly medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a fairly luscious feel. Very beautifully balance with IPA qualities that are highly drinkable. Another bravo to SN!

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 06:34:14 | More by Durge
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass. You mean it, a whole pint for me?!

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a one finger white head. Looks great

S- mild citrus aroma. Not very pungent

T- juicy, strong hop flavor. Lots of citrus. Bitterness is very mild

M- medium bodied

O- liked this slightly more than the Southern Hem. Very good beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 00:26:03 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of woemad


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed at the 2-7 in Spokane. One of the better $2 kill-the-keg specials I've had there.

Vaguely hazy orange/amber color, with an off-white head that didn't hang about for long.

Floral, piney, grassy and spicy in the nose, with a little bit of biscuity malt scent.

Piney and grapefruity hop taste at the beginning. The malts unobtrusively provide a balancing undercurrent. Things end with a satisfying dry zap to the palate. Rather tasty!

Medium bodied, with a slightly resinous quality.

A very tasty and drinkable beer that I was quite happy to have a couple of, regardless of price.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 04:35:03 | More by woemad
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Fridge into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice two finger tall white head leaving concentric rings down the entire glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, citric and grassy hops, and some dulled citric fruit. This one is pretty malty already and it doesn't seem to be dieing down...

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, light fruit, and some light spice. The sweetness is really starting to take over but the hops are still trying to hold on. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, malt that clings to the pallet.

O - I have always enjoyed this beer but when it goes down hill it goes down quick. Luckily this one was still teetering off the cliff so it was still pretty good. It is still a little too sweet for me but, when fresh, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 20:59:21 | More by orangesol
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A deep, glowing, beautiful amber with golden highlights near the edges. Thick, frothy, off-white head that lasts. Incredible lacing down the glass. Perfect!

Not particularly aromatic and actually relatively malt-centric aroma. I smell crystal and caramel malts predominately, followed by pungent and citrus hops, but the malts are certainly front and center here...
...though that all changes with the flavor! This is hop-centric! And so, so delicious! Rich, bitter, pungent, citrus, and piney hops! Oh my so good! Along with the perfect hop flavor is a nice balance of bready and caramel malts; it all comes together remarkably well.

Rich, creamy, thick, luscious mouthfeel! Sierra Nevada does this as good as anyone!

Great IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 15:01:23 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear straw color. Decent one inch head.

Smells of a ton of herbal hops. I really like the fact that it smells as good as it tastes. It is extremely bitter and aromatic at the same time. A small bit of citric hops are in the smell and taste, but its all aromatic. Usually wet hopped beers have a slimey, skunky smell to them, but SN seems to have figured out how to wet hop a beer.

It sits like a good AIPA should. The bitterness destroys your palate, yet isnt a bad thing. it toes the line between too bitter and just right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2011 00:12:43 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of 57md


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper colored like a fall leaf. There is almost a finger of head that leaves a nice trail of lacing behind. Fresh hop spice is the name of this game. The smell, upfront flavor and finish are all a testament to the holy hop. Too bad this can only be a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:46:20 | More by 57md
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App- A very cool amber-copper body with one finger of puffy, white head. I can't make out any carbonation.

Smell- Wow citrus notes! It reminds me of grape fruit and tangerines. What a great general hop profile, also some grassy hops in here too.

Taste- This has a really strong hop bitterness at the beginning of the drink that is actually very floral. It isn't until mid drink and the finish that the citrus hops start to come through. They taste like passion and grape fruits. I really enjoy that buried underneath you can make out a solid biscuit malt character. That is always appreciated in an IPA.

Mouth feel- The feel is medium to light with a little carbonation. It is definitely a drier finish from the nice amount of hop character.

Overall- A really swell wet hop IPA, my first in fact, and I really dig it. My main gripe is the mouth feel; it's just a little light for I like this style. And as good as the hops are, it could have been a little more explosive on the palate, but by all indications, this is a must have.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 18:04:56 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap takeover at alley bar poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep autumn color with a sticky white head. Leaves load of sticky lacing the whole way down the glass.

Smell overload. Lots of fresh pine, grass and grapefruit/citrus in the nose. Just a light supporting malty backbone.

This is one smooth brew, yet completely bitter at the same time. I love the taste of fresh hops. Starts out with a bit of malty sweetness alongside grapefruit/melon flavors, finishes very crisp with a dry pine bitterness.

A little sticky and good carbonation levels.

Loved this beer and just as good as I always remember it. The Southern Hemisphere was a huge unbalanced mess, but this is a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 16:59:22 | More by jmarsh123
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pauls club in madison, wi.

A-light auburn. A bright white head that was gone fairly quick. Looks clean and resinous though.

S- dirty fruit and dank herbs. A touch of biscuit. Very nice aroma.

T- bitter right away potent spicy hop flavor. Almost a dill quality to it. There is a delicate sweet bread malt flavor that plays a role as well. Nice and different taste here.

M- somewhat heavy but the somewhat heavy combination eases it up. Pretty sticky and resinous as expected.

O-as iconic forthe wet hop pale ale stle as snpa is for the regular pale ale style. Inoffensive and tasty. Spicy and dank with great hop flavor and a great and unexpected biscuit malt taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 03:53:05 | More by znichols
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Murky dark amber with golden hues.

S: earthy, floral, sweet, bready and mildly hoppy. Many aromas mixed in.

T: apricot sweetness up front. Somewhat piney hop finish. Floral, sweet malt and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the aroma and taste with this one is very complex. Some of these conflict but others mesh. Very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 01:34:13 | More by kylehay2004
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bull and Castle, Dublin.

Rocky creme anglaise head over glowing tangerine. Floral and resin straight hop flower nose.
Scrap of Wonder bread, some toffee, orange Starburst and mango up front; then resin, tangelo and evergreen hops. Orange hard candy end and bittersweet linger.
Medium, big chewiness, sticky.

The many faces of hops, with just enough caramel behind it. We know what this does, but don't we just love it. What an American IPA is.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 22:15:37 | More by StJamesGate
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 7/9/2011 - Harvest Ale 2007 on tap at the Lark; pours hazy amber orange in color with a 2 finger creamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing; a good looking beer out of the tap.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, brown sugar, grains and some spices like pepper and coriander; nice hoppy aroma with a sweet malty balance.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops/pine cones, brown sugar, flowers, herbs, grains and spices like pepper and coriander; very well balanced and extremely drinkable, as the fresh hops only add nice oily juices to the mix.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice easy flow; this goes down smooth and easy considering the ABV. Another fine Sierra Nevada product, which I highly recommend trying as it was tasty and to me a session beer on tap.

2012 bottle: pours a slight hazy amber reddish color with a massive 2 finger foamy beige head that faded extremely slowly and left magnificent lacing with rings as it went down; the head was so thick I ran my finger through it and the cavern remained as it slowly dissipated. A great looking beer that had a foamy layer on top and left a mustache after each sip. 2012 batch raised the appearance rating from 4 to 4.5.

Smells of fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, piney hops, pine cone, herbs, floral hops, grass, light malt, some caramel sweetness and mild spices like pepper, mint and coriander; a nice hoppy aroma that was strong and hop dominant, but still had the sweet malty balance.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, piney hops/pine cones, biscuit, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, light brown sugar, flowers, herbs, toasted grains, wheat toast and light spices like pepper, mint and coriander; very well balanced and extremely drinkable, the fresh hops are oily but the malt backbone kicks ass and makes this just about perfect to drink. I would go on more, but this needs to be drank to appreciate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that’s almost chewy, and a nice citrus pucker and slight bitterness that one would expect from a fresh hop IPA. 2012 batch raised the mouthfeel rating from 4 to 4.5.

I liked it better this year out of the bottle (I’ve had 2 so far this year), and look forward to next year’s batch; a very high recommendation as this was delicious and very easy to drink. Another Sierra Nevada session beer for me. 2012 batch raised the overall rating from 4 to 5. Yeah, it was that good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 03:52:17 | More by CHickman
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3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale&Witch

A - It pours a radiant amber-bronze and is capped with a textbook example of foam, leaving exemplary lace. SN has most everything beer-related down pat, but especially appearance. I have never seen an ugly Sierra Nevada beer in my life.

S - The nose is equal parts piney, and bitter white grapfruit-y. As it airs out, the biscuity and caramelly malt starts to rear its semi-attractive head. The hop bouquet is not particulary dynamic or pungent, but is still enjoyable in a general sense; it is not special enough for a special release.

T - Using Pale Ale, Celebration or Torpedo as a basis for comparison, the flavor is not doing it for me here. There is a tinny metallic flavor that is apparent from the second the beer touched my lips. Other than that major detractor, the flavor is quite nice. Catty, resinous, dank hops atop crackery malt and perfectly sharp carbonation to enhance the flavor. Seriously, other than the nasty metallic flavor, this is a finely crafted brew.

M - IPA. Good.

O - A mixed bag. Solid craftmanship, but it has a major off-putting character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 18:47:35 | More by ktrillionaire
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a dense 2-finger creamy head. Rings of lacing are left from top to bottom.

Fresh lemongrass and mint aromas with some light malts lingering in the background. Fairly intense bitterness and a dryish finish lend to a somewhat puckering feel. Intense lemongrass and mint hoppiness with some herbal notes as well. The malt stays out of the way and shows off the interesting hop profile. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2011 01:58:07 | More by PDXHops
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Melt in Lakewood, OH.

Appearance - A very amber orange color reminiscent of a sunset. Soapy and clumpy lacing that clings to the glass well.

Smell - A hoppy citrus orange that is almost like an amber ale. Strong hints of orange peel as well.

Taste - Very rich in caramel malt. Strong in citrus and barley tastes. A hoppy citrus taste all throughout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A little watery and quite light bodied. Prominent in sweet fruits and hops. The sweet hops add a good bitterness to the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 04:10:53 | More by Jesse13713
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from September 2009 notes. Pint on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto for $7, which seemed a little high but I had to try it.

Pours clear amber with an off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Fresh hop aroma along with some caramel malt.

Flavor is malty with lots of caramel, grain, and toast, almost like a scotch ale-marzen-IPA, which is a little strange but not bad. Hops not as intense as I'd like, but still nice.

Palate fairly smooth with hop bitterness lasting despite the hop flavor being only average, with medium body.

A very nice beer overall. The rating may have been higher if I hadn't had fresh Sculpin just prior to drinking this, but hey, I've got high standards (for beer at least).

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 22:58:41 | More by nickd717
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine hops, and very slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, and pine hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The flavors in this one made it very easy to drink. However, there was a lot of pine notes going on in this one. It had a good flavor and aroma that seemed to blend together very well. A definite must try if you have not already.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 12:53:14 | More by thagr81us
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - yellow-amber color, off-white head, good lacing.

S - a lot of citrusy hops, I'm not getting much else.

T - nice crisp hop flavor which also dominates the aftertaste, there's also somewhat of a sweet malt backbone to it.

M - light and medium-bodied

D - quite good and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 05:07:39 | More by ColdPoncho
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.