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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,848 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2848
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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Hops4Pops

Texas

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

64 oz growler filled about an hour ago.
A: Fantastic. Golden amber color with a tiny red-ish tint. Only the slightest amount of cloudiness. Aggressive pour into a 12 oz tall taster glass. 1 inch white head with excellent retention and very sticky lacing. I think this is the stickiest lacing I have ever seen. Its like glue on the side of the glass. Pillow-like head on edges with only a slight covering to the center. Lots of size variation in carbonation from tiny to quite large bubbles. Expectations are high.
S: Great smell but not as strong as I was expecting. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, malt background barely distinguishable. Very subtle.
T: Perfect. This beer is so balanced. The hops taste awesome. The malt is just right. The finish is very smooth and very bitter with a final bit of sweetness from the malt. I love the taste of this beer.
M: Very smooth and creamy with the hops and carbonation giving it a little bit of bite. Absolutely no indication of alcohol.
O: Wow. What an accidental score. I got this only because I scratched off the other ones on the board just because I had already had them or was not interested. Not only that but I got it at a discount. I hope they have some more left tomorrow cause I am going to kill this growler tonight. WOOOOHOOO! This is definitely a beer you want to get hold of if you can during the harvest season. Way to go Sierra Nevada!!!

Serving type: growler

12-13-2013 00:25:37 | More by Hops4Pops
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KenOnBass

New York

3.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer distributor in Patterson, NY. Poured from a growler.

A: Amber dark color, decent head and okay lacing

S: Very citrusy sweet smell, smells like oranges.

T: Very sweet and intense bitter taste. Weird and smooth like juice. I also had this at the end of the keg so not sure if this can be a fair assessment or not.

M: Really smooth, almost like juice. Too smooth.

D: I will have to try this again in from a bottle or on tap somewhere.

Serving type: growler

08-10-2009 23:23:02 | More by KenOnBass
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Amalak

New York

3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a growler of this at Pawling Beer Distributer in Dutchess County, NY.
A- Muddy brown color, opaque with a decent head and some lace.
S- Fruity, sweet scent.
T- It should be noted that this came of a keg that was kicked after serving. It had an intense taste, very bitter with a banana kind of taste. Slight balance of wheat to it.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2009 15:38:07 | More by Amalak
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Big Z. Pours dark orange with a small, thick white head (not quite as luscious as the head from the bottle). Aroma of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of rich, sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Some tropical fruits make their presence too. Pretty much just as awesome as the bottled version!
Appearance: 5/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Flavor: 10/10
Overall: 19/20
4.7/5

Serving type: growler

02-08-2009 22:00:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

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

A: A dark reddish amber color. Big head and extravagant lacing to boot. Eye appeal is at pinnacle level, superior if you will.

S: The wet hops play the game well, and a matter of fact ends up as the MVP. Very hoppy indeed. The malt coagulates with the hops and form an essence of bliss.

T: A big bang on the forefront. Hops in nature come forward, then settles with some mild spice and tones of pine and citrus. Magnificent!

M: Bite a plenty. Little thick on the forefront, sippabilty is not a problem. Crisp brew with some punch sums it up nicely.

D: American Pale Ale or IPA is the question at hand. Hopheads will love this concoction. Its intense in flavor and will do the trick if you're looking for a fix.

Recommended to craft beer lovers and hop fans, both far and near.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2009 03:39:43 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear and copper colored. Big foamy head with a gentle pour, lots of lacing.

s: Fresh hops dominate. Smell is very nice, but not a lot else to be detected

t: A very fresh hop profile dominates here also. Robust and piney. Againnot a lot here other than hops.

m: Tingly and oily. The hops are almost chewable.

d: I split the two liters with a buddy and was glad for the help, though I would not have minded a bit more.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2007 19:45:23 | More by DIM
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Boilermaker88

California

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

Picked up a growler of SN's fall seasonal at Hollingshead's Deli and enjoyed a couple pints while watching the Chargers/Chiefs football game.
SNHA had a clear dark copper color and scattered light carbonation that rose lazily to the base of a dense off-white head that bore up well and left thick sheets of lace.
The nose showcased the hops punch this APA-on-'roids has. Lots of citrusy hops aroma mixed with the hearty caramel malt notes for a real enticing brew. The taste initially had a solid malt base which also carried a slight earthy note. Then came the rush of Cascade hops, all citrus peels with a lighter inclusion of pine sap. Finishes drily after starting off with a full-bodied creaminess.
SN's Harvest Ale is one big bad-ass American pale ale. It has a great aroma and taste in which the malt and hops complement each other to the fullest. Drinkability is damn near off the scale. Great stuff worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2005 22:11:04 | More by Boilermaker88
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler. Pours from the growler a wonderful clear amber red with a huge pillowy two finger white head that slowly falls. Sticky patchwork lacing adorns the side of my SN tulip. Aromas of sweet caramelly malts collide with a fresh, vibrant citrusy, piney hops. Lovely hop oils make me feel like I'm in a field of hops smelling them right on the vine..covered in a sweet blanket of hops. Yum.

First sip brings a rush of sweet caramelly pale malts...chewy and a tad bit toasty, bready on the back of the palate. The citrusy, piney resinous hops soon take control and bring a lovely sturdy bitterness. Fresh, lush, floral....the green leafy hop flavors keep me coming back for sip after sip. The big "C" hops are in full effect. Subtle lingering bitterness after each gulp. Simply an amazing APA. Extremely well balanced and incredibly tasty...the malt and hops have a harmonious relationship...a new benchmark for APA's in my book. Big, tasty hop burps can't help but bring a smile to my face as well!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Mellow carbonation helps this one go down easy. Chewier maltiness than most APA's. Drinkability is only hindered by availability. This growler will disappear far too fast and I'll be left searching for more. Please, please, bottle this!! A world class APA from one of my all time favorite breweries. Many, many thanks to kmpitz2 for allowing me the pleasure of sampling this fine brew.

12-9-07: 24oz. big bottle. Love the unique bottle and big size! This beer is as good as it's ever been and I'm glad to finally see it bottled. Big citric, piney hops all over the place in the aroma and flavor. Fresh, green with a sturdy smack of bitterness. I really can't say enough about how much I love this one. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for bottling this and I hope to see it again in the future.

Serving type: growler

08-26-2005 02:30:01 | More by orbitalr0x
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JackStraw22

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in a growler from Fingerlakes Beverage in Ithaca. Crystal clear golden/Amber body with a really nice thick, caramel head. Great retention, nice lacing down the entire glass. The aroma is hoppy as would be expected. The floral aroma is intense and quite nice. The taste is very clean and crisp. It's dominated by the hops, but they aren't overpowering. The taste of the hops is complex, it's not just a "whack you over the head with all the hops we can" taste. The drinkability is outstanding. I had this throughout a day of football, and I wish I had another growler when my first one was gone.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2005 15:15:27 | More by JackStraw22
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heygeebee

Australia

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First day in country, so I guess fresh....

A - copper, one finger pillowy white head. Lovely. Good spotty lace.

S - pine, sweet, marmalade, hops.

T - very lively, but slightly dull earthy hops, contradiction, I know. Add marmalade... Moderate malt.

M - medium bodied, light to medium carbonation.

O - unsure as to why I have not had this before, but very very well made. Be interesting, but not possible, to do a north vs south comparison.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 09:03:50 | More by heygeebee
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Deep copper, medium-low head, lots of lacing. Looks warm and inviting
Smell
Slightly “piney” and sweet, malty
Taste
Caramel and malt presence. Not too bitter, but you know the hops are there for sure.
Overall
Unique and very enjoyable, I would take this one over the southern Hemisphere if I had to choose. I will definitely look for this again, if I can find it in my area.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:42:47 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of rich golden almond into our Great Lakes pint glasses. A solid two to three finger head billows up, composed of creamy, soapy sand colored bubbles, showing excellent retention as it boils away like a thick stew. Lacing is cratered and honeycombed. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be pervasively active. The aroma is biscuity and toasty, giving a forwardness to the pale, amber, rye, caramel, and deeper red malt notes. Balance comes in the form of piney, citric, and dirty earthen hop freshness, pencil lead, wet moss, sweet maple sugars, roasted red apple sweetness, tinny metallics, lemon tea tannins, phenolic plastics, and wheat bready yeastiness. Booze seeps out with warmth, with a suggest of nutmeg and gingerbread spiciness. Our first impression is that the hops explode in the flavoring, giving a massive bitterness of west coast power to start, with a sweeter transition through the finish, for a nice and clean sip. The taste begins with huge floral, piney, and bitterly earthen hops, burnt buttery diacetyls, bitter grassy sappiness, lemon and grapefruity rind, roasty caramel malt saltiness, sweet maple bark and apple crumble sugars, and wet aluminum. All the fruitiness of the beer is contained within the middle, with macerated strawberry, cherry, and blackberry twang, sweet booziness, white sugar, continued grainy wash of sticky caramels, hard plastics, piney hop blend, and burnt pale maltiness. The end comes with lighter maple sugars, tree sap, green herbal hops, strength of amber, rye, caramel, and red malt graininess, black pepper, spicy booziness, powdery pollen florals, and graham cracker sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of phenolic clove, black pepper spice, fusel ethanol, twiggy resins, green grassiness, melted plastics, crispy pale, metallic red malts, funky brie rind, hairspray bitters, raw honeys, woodsy mustiness, vinyl plastics, and overripe honeydew melon fruitiness. The body is thick and full, with carbonation landing in the medium column. Each sip gives great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. Pull is hard to the mustache, sucking you into the glass with as the wave recedes back. The mouth is initially left coated and sugary, but this quickly dives into tannic and chalky astringent dryness that touches every corner of the mouth. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks a bit slower than your average IPA, but still nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavoring, which is helped along by that full and robust pull to the mouthfeel. We were actually disappointed on the first sniff of this one, as we felt the malts were somewhat overpowering to what we figured would be a bright hop-filled nose. The taste, on the other hand, brings a whole new perspective to it, as it should. The grain bill was wildly complex, sparring intensely with its unexpectedly bittered hoppy counterparts. Not sure why we were so surprised to have a bitter IPA from a classically west coast-centric brewery, but I guess the nose just got us thinking down an initially divergent path. This is one heavy, malty, and hoppy beer, and with all of the right components in eventual unison, most beer fans will find something they like about this guy. This, coupled with the Southern Hemisphere, is a really fun and tasty idea for a series, and they absolutely nail it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:12:55 | More by TheBrewo
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Hop-Droppen-Roll

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm enjoying this, my first SN Harvest, a little late. I don't know when these puppies hit shelves but I know it was at least a couple of months ago. I saw it in my little small town bottle shop and had to pick it up. It looks great. The appearance doesn't tell me much but it's that nice golden amber that great IPAs tend to be. I predict a solid malty backbone.

The aroma here is lacking. I suspect that's a freshness issue but I could be totally wrong. Oh well, I trust the flavor will make up for it....

... maybe, maybe not. This is really different. Have I had a wet-hopped ale before? I'm not getting the citrusy punch I've come to expect. In fact, the flavor of this beer is almost that of a plain APA. This beer must be way past its prime. The only factor of any real interest is the surprisingly bitterness. It's got a definite 'crushed-aspirin-on-the-back-of-my-tongue' thing going on. If this sensation were coupled with a booming floral aroma and a piney, citrus taste, I'd really dig it. On its own, though, it's a little off-putting.

OVERALL - (READ THIS IF YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT THE DEAL IS WITH THE LOW SCORE) - go ahead and consider this a review of a past-its-prime SN Harvest. I considered scrapping this review but I don't think it's useless, as it can serve those who possess old bottles of this beer, so I'm letting it ride. I'll try to pick some up fresh this fall and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 01:25:17 | More by Hop-Droppen-Roll
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep copper with a two-finger white foamy head. Heavy amount of lacing.

S - Light amount of floral, piney hops. Some citrus and malty sweetness are also present.

T - Taste is big pine and citrus. Good amount of toasted grains and a sweet malt backbone. Finish mostly bitter hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Very good IPA. Well balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:42:25 | More by TreyIsWilson
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice amber color, plenty of light tan head, tons of lacing

Smell: Vegetable, grassy, malty, toasted grain

Taste: Bready, caramel malts. Grassy, herbal hops. Some bitterness, but not a ton

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Excellent. Would love to try more wet hop brews, a very unique hop character

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 02:10:08 | More by MadCat
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Lovely golden brown color with a full, white head that lasts and laces.

S - A strong note of the hops one would expect, hints of grass, pine and citrus, although for an American IPA, the citrus notes are more subdued.

T - An immediate note of the malt, with a breadiness and sweetness quickly swamped with hoppiness, again with strong hits of pine and grass. The citrus is there, particularly as the beer finishes with a certain bitterness, but remains a secondary character in this IPA.

M - Smooth, easy drinkability with only slight drying at the end.

O - It is an excellent IPA. Tasty. Complex. I personally love the more fruity notes of grapefruit and other citrus that take a back seat here, but the result is nevertheless both satisfying and an excellent example of what an IPA can be without being a blast of fruit and bitterness. I'd pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 04:42:45 | More by Tsar_Riga
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delta490

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- poured into a Samuel Adams glass. a deep effervescent copper-tinted amber with a huge pillowy white head. Monstrous retention and big lacing

S- a great melding of citrus and pine hops with a little hint of burnt sugar sweetness

T- hop forward, even more-so than the aroma would indicate. There's a hint of the malt backbone that holds this hop bomb up, but it's not prominent.

M- a little thinner and less resin-y than might be thought given the huge hops aromas and flavors. A little thinner, even. Still great though.

O- this is a great seasonal IPA from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:04:14 | More by delta490
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Beautiful deep amber with just few traces of bubbles. Medium thick head the color of condensed milk, somewhat sticky, long lasting with some nice lacy residue on the glass.

The smell is fresh, grassy, hoppy, not overpowering.

Taste is where the hops shine. Clean citrus with some malt sweetness. Not cloying or overpowering. Well balanced with a long finish of hops and malt, with the malt winning out in the end.

Excellent mouthfeel, not too fizzy, well carbonated. Medium body.

Generally I'm not a hophead but this could change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:05:24 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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K-Os

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Perfect amber color for an IPA with a moderate head.

Smell - Very fresh and floral scent that doesn't venture as far as to become harsh.

Taste - Extremely well balanced flavors leading to a pleasant combination (similar to grapefruit in taste) of sweet malt flavors and the floral, and slightly bitter, hops. The wet hopping doesn't lead to an overly hopped or exceedingly bitter beer, as I was expecting, but still allows for an exceedingly fresh hop taste within a balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Appropriately carbonated. Not incredible, but better than good.

Overall - Very interesting beer for both the brewing and consumption. Never overdoes any single aspect of the beer leading to a wonderful product, overall. Significantly different from your standard American IPA and well worth a tasting.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:49:37 | More by K-Os
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FLima

Brazil

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It claims to use wet hops, meaning brought from the fields in less than 24 hours.
Amber copper color with a thick off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Light aroma of honey, bready malt and a hop citrusy.
Flavor of grapefruits, pine, grass and American amber peppery yeast. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Good hoppy IPA that also has a touch of American Amber Ale. The aroma could be bolder though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 13:54:31 | More by FLima
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013-09-24 (3267210:21)
Glass: Tulip

Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere was full of surprises for me: it was not widely available in my city this year, for whatever reason. While drinking and learning about the beer, I was somewhat surprised to learn that it exclusively uses Cascade and Centennial hops, due to the very continental European flavors that the "wet" versions of these hops produce. The beer itself is a hop forward American IPA, with slight hints of the malt character occasionally becoming apparent in the background. The dominant flavors are woodsy and spicy hop characters, with very resinous pine and more modest grapefruit character. The large bottle was easy to drink, and I was much more impressed with this beer than its southern counterpart. At a price point lower than many 22oz bottles (and for more than 22oz of expensive wet hopped beer), this is a value.

Pours a very tall head of light beige foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, with the foam lasting over three minutes in a slow decline to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with thick rings and complex webbing clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange to brown color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues that have a slight yellow tint around the edges. Carbonation is visible through the somewhat hazy (20-30% opacity) body, low in number though fast in activity.

Aroma of strongly woodsy and spicy hops with some toned-down pine, very resinous, and mild grapefruit.

Flavor is moderately bitter, with fresh, woodsy and spicy hop flavors, very resinous, modest grapefruit and bitter orange. Mid-palate of moderately strong bitterness, pine, resinous oils, woodsy and spicy hop flavors with hints of grapefruit and orange and a notable caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate is where grapefruit and bitter orange become much more prominent, with medium intensity bitterness and background pine and hop spiciness and woodsiness. Aftertaste of long-lingering bitterness that isn't overly intense, but definitely in focus, with pine, woodsiness and spiciness atop a faintly sweet and grainy malt base.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a softly foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) mouthfeel that fits the style and the beer quite well. Closes dry, with low stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:37:37 | More by falloutsnow
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to a tulip glass

A-pours an amber color with two finger white head great lacing even on the second pour

S-great aromas of hops, juicy orange citrus,pine,and sweet malt

T-flavor has a great floral citrus hops and resiney pine

M-juicy mouthfeel that is refreshing it start sweet and finishes with a great bitterness. Dry slickly oil on tongue. Very crisp medium body

O-great IPA I was quite impressed especially with the everlasting head. I can't wait to try the Southern Hemisphere harvest!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:58:23 | More by reebtaerG
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Pours a clear amber with an outstanding head that laces just as well. Nose is hoppy of pine and grapefruit with a slight malt undertone. Light medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. The taste is well balanced between hop flavor and bitterness and a touch of malt sweetness. Neither pine or grapefruit flavor predominate. Clean finish with lingering moderate grapefruit bitterness. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:19:36 | More by tillmac62
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear copper color with over 2-fingers of dense, khaki colored head that lingered all the way to the bottom of the glass, leaving behind an insane amount of lacing -- Truly, there is no flaw in the appearance of this ale.

S: Mostly hops, mostly toward the floral and pine-sap aromas. There are hints of toasted grain, and a faint acrid smell that reminded me of burnt gunpowder.

T: Toasted grain, but no real sweetness from the malt. Faint fruity esters, but mostly hops bitterness (and hardly any of the citrus hops that I prefer, despite claims on the bottle's label to the contrary).

M: Nicely carbonated, yet smooth. This one went down easily.

O: One of the best-looking beers I've ever seen, and a rather tasty one at that. As before, I prefer my hops a little more on the citrus end of the spectrum, but I'd gladly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:07:15 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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BrewUSA

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
Look 6/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 12/20

Overall 75/100

I kept wanting to like this, as it is perceived well. I just keep picking up soap and caramel. Has a funky after taste. I wonder if its old maybe? A revisit is in order next year~

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:15:32 | More by BrewUSA
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,848 ratings.