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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: 3,488
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 214
Gots: 229 | 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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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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Photo of BobJude
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, bottled on 9/24/14, served in a nucleated SN pint.
A - dark orange, almost light brown in color. Nice head and lacing.
S -not much to the nose. A little pine and mango.
T - initial piney, mango and earthy hop flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness on the back end. A little bit of alcohol as well.
F - a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Nice body and mouthfeel - standard SN grain bill.
O - good, solid wet hop IPA. Not quite as flavorful as other wet hop offerings out there, but very good.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

First of all this bottle says 16.8 ounces but it looks totally ginormous. Anyway, benign nose and taste is malt forward. Two strikes. However it kinda grew on me. Not great but not bad.

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Photo of beerbully
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into HF stemware

A-clear copper with 1/2 inch thick white head that leaves substantial lacing that clings to the glass forever (4.25)

S-aroma is faint.......some bready malts and mild hops (3.0)

T-bready malts followed by some dank piney hops with slight lemon peel finish.....grassy, cedar notes.............Pine is the dominate flavor (3.75)

M-Medium body......mild carbonation..........beer improves with each sip (3.75)

O-Decent beer not exactly what I was expecting so maybe thats throwing me off a bit

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

The beer is a caramel copper color with a thick cream colored head. It leaves a massive film upon recession, and patches of lacing remain on the glass.

In the nose I get spices, cedar, papery cardboard, and earthy hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. The cedar wood notes bring some spiciness, while the finish brings in some citrus and slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this is pretty delicious and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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...

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

24 oz. bottle (1 pint 8 fl oz.) with bottled on date 09/24/2014 printed on the back label. My bottle has a bit of a different label than the beer pictured; it has a ruby colored label and lists the beer as Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA. 6.70% abv confirmed. "Brewed with Northern Hemisphere hops".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - A semi-aggressive pour yields three fingers of frothy beige head on top of a brassy dark orange colored body. Lots of very fine sediment visible in the glass. A good craggly root beer float like head with lots of huge fluffy walls of lacing.

S - A fruity, floral, & herbal hop aroma. Notes of pine & citrus rinds. Some caramel bready malts.

T - Taste follows the nose - grassy, herbal, floral, and lightly grainy. Some good sweetened caramel malt backbone gives the beer a very nice balance. Lightly piney & citric.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-light in body with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, another very excellent IPA in this series of Harvest ales from Sierra Nevada; definitely a beer I will be looking forward to trying again, amongst the other variants. Very recommended.

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 11/10/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Ruby/Brown in color amber highlights when very well lit. Let's some light in but the beer is difficult to see through. Beige to off white carbonation with very good cling.
Aroma: Well toasted caramel malts, followed by more subdued fresh wet hop aromas. Slightly piney and citrusy (pineapple and lime). Even more malts squarely placing themselves in the breads and biscuits category.
Taste: The pine picks up in the flavor and the dryness presents itself through that pine flavor. Slightly pepper spiced in the finish the malt bill reminds me of a soft chewy lightly ryed bread.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Medium carbonation that is very soft and creamy on the tongue. Pretty nice balance in the hop bite between bitter and dry.

Notes: The beer really grows on you with each and every sip. But, like many have commented, I'd be more confident calling this a Wet hopped Amber.
Very accurately dated to 9/24/14 4:52.

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Photo of Frank_TX
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

This wet hop IPA is outstanding. The 1 PT. 8 FL. oz bottle states that it is a 100-day IPA, drink fresh and don't store. The IPA boasts an awesome hoppy flavor with some citrus and a slight pine finish. A bit more smooth than the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. I am definitely not sipping this one. I wish this was available in 12oz. bottles. Enjoy!

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Photo of hreb
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of IPAs on a good deal at Costco today. Wasn't sure if it was going to be this one or Chasin' Freshies that I wanted to crack first, but the Bros did it in for me. Can this really be a 100 point IPA? 24oz of 2014 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA, served in a pint glass. Beer pours surprisingly dark amber in color, with a large paler amber head on top. Aroma provides all the requisite piny and citrusy West coast IPA notes. Oh, but the flavors are what really nail it. I feel like I can taste the individual corners of this pine cone and trace the curves of the grapefruit with my tongue. For such a high alpha, hoppy ale there's a really impressive depth and complexity here. The malt body of this beer does not disappoint, absolutely playing a secondary role, but it's not just there for filler -- it provides both balance and flavor.

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