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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
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2,852 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2852
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,852 | Reviews: 1,435 | Show All Ratings:
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A light copper color with lots of lacing that dried onto the glass as I drank it.

Not a lot of smell, but a bit of hops was detectable.

After hearing rave reviews about this for a couple years now, this wasn't as incredible as I hoped, and this from a SN fan. Not great, but very good. There was a heavy of hops flavor, with a lot of malt and caramel, and lots of bitterness and an aftertaste that lasted forever. This is the kind of beer you could sip one after another.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:25:14 | More by PhxHorn
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

2007 Harvest 11th Edition in a 24 oz bottle.

Appearance: pours a nice amber color with a 3"+ head that last a while before slowly falling to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: big hop bitterness leaps out of the glass. Some caramels and fruity sweetness round it out.

Taste: the bold hop flavors are up front but not offensive. The oily bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness. Pears and ripe green grapes provide some fruitiness and there is a definite dryness lingering around.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry from start to finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the dryness and bitterness stick around for several minutes.

Drinkability: phenominal is all I can say. I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. Easy to drink, great tasting, and one everyone should get there hands on.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:11:30 | More by Gavage
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jakon

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle purchased for $4.29 on 10-3-7 at Belmont Station.

Pours a clear amberish copper with an adequate eggshell white head that dissipates quickly leaving sporadic lacing. The aroma is interesting. Spicy hop character and something resembling a hair salon. Don't know how else to describe that, but it is in your face. The taste is mostly about the hops, obviously, balanced by caramel malt. There is an aspirin-like after taste. In my opinion, this offering doesn't quite live up to expectations. I was hoping for a bit more bright hop character in the taste and aroma and was put off by whatever it is that reminds me of a hair salon.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 07:58:43 | More by jakon
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flexabull

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The "First" Fresh Hop Ale. And now in a 24 oz. bottle... right on!

Pours with a nice large white head on top. Color is a crystal clear amber color. Looks great.

Aromas are typical hops... raw hops... grapefruit, pine, sweet hard candies, and resin. You really smell this beer every time you take a sip from the glass.

Beer tastes very nice. Not an overpowering hop bomb. Just very pleasing, well crafted, and with great balance. Nice creamy malt flavors, a bit sweet, and candy like. Finish has a nice hop kick with pine like bitterness lingering long on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth as can be, long lingering flavors, nice and full.

Drinkability is great. Wonderfully hoppy beer, that doesn't kick you upside the head with too much of anything. I'll be grabbing these from the store shelves as long as this is around. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 03:28:02 | More by flexabull
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gubbt

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, guess I'm the first one to review the bottled version of this brew.

Pours a standard copper color with a firm off white head.

Aroma is a bit ganja like. Man these are some fresh hops. Some pine for good measure.

Oh, the hops! Lots of juicy hop flavor. The malts are thrown in for good measure and are semi-sweet with a little caramel and bread notes. Finish is bright and citrusy with ample bitterness. Fairly dry.

Nice and creamy, not too thick on the tongue.

Oh man, I wish I could have this baby all year round. Very, very nice hop forward pale ale that I could drink into the night and never get bored. Highly recommended. Bottoms up!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:13:23 | More by gubbt
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Floydster

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

Served in a pint glass and 3 ounce tasters

The wet hops do this beer justice and makes this Sierra Nevada's best offering by far

It has a mild bitterness like some IPAs, but it goes down much smoother like a standard Pale Ale

I could sit and drink these for hours

I wish these were available in bottles, but maybe since they introduced their Anniversary Ale into bottles this year after being a draft beer only for 12 years, there is hope

My girlfriend even liked this beer and that is saying a lot because she is not a fan of many

Very highly recommended, great beer for the summer

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2007 15:48:48 | More by Floydster
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

A- caramel copper w/ bronze hues, 1 finger white head, good retent, sticky white lacing rings down glass

S- grassy, crisp, hop oily, malts

T- grassy hop on top of a sweet bready malt, balance favors hops, hops are oily, sweet crisp grassy finish, malt flavors come out w/ warmth, fruit w/ hints of caramel

M- smooth w/ a crisp hop bite at finish, spice/heat in after, light body

D- sessionable, nice balance, good flavors, great pale ale, easy drinking, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 07:02:55 | More by tonistruth
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ommegangpbr

New York

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

On tap at the reborn Blind Tiger.
Any little quibble I may have had with Sierra Nevada's pale ale is worked out in the Harvest version. Great pale ale flavors with a rich citrus character to it... lemon zest mostly, I think, but you can find other characteristics there.
Rich, clear amber color with some head and a bit of lacing. One might expect more retention considering the hop richness in there but I'm not complaining.
Freshness is key to this brew. It's very lively, very alive, really. A hoppy but still balanced beverage. This is the slightly lower octane sibling of Sierra's Celebration.
A very welcome seasonal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 19:30:39 | More by ommegangpbr
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a clear bright copper-amber color with a thick white head that leaves heavy rings of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is floral and grassy hops with notes of fresh pine. Fresh hops dominate the taste throughout with piney and citrusy notes but there is also a nice caramel malt backbone that holds everything together. I could sit and drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 16:11:00 | More by Morris729
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jswigart

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottom line... This may not be the most unusual or distinctive beer, but its really, really "drinkable." As I understand it, Harvest is essentially SN's Pale Ale, with extra hops - and I also understand that they make it only once a year. My keg was delivered in February - long after the harvest - yet showed no signs of age. Mouthfeel seemed a bit carbonated for my tastes, and the smell/taste wasn't blowing me away, but there is just something intangible about this beer. I don't get tired of it. It doesn't leave a bad aftertaste. This is a beer you can drink a lot of, yet its also a beer that you (well, I) really enjoy. Recommended, especially if you like hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2007 04:01:28 | More by jswigart
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MiScusi

California

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Beer poured a very nice clear dark amber with an exceptional creamy head, and left amazing lace on the side of the glass. The taste was very smooth with an initial sweetness up front, along with nice hope flavor, followed by a long-lasting bitterness once swallowed. The carbonation on this was very low, making it real smooth and mild up front. Definitely a good beer when looking for something with a little bitterness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 06:39:18 | More by MiScusi
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Medium amber in color, with a moderate white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal hop aroma, with lesser sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Rather hoppy at the open, with a prominent malt backbone having a strong caramel presence which carries throughout the taste, but the hops, with pronounced herbal and spicy hop notes dominate the taste from start to finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very pleasant, with a soft feel.

Drinkability/notes: Very rich and pleasant, with solid character.

Sampled at the Draught House on Saturday, October 14th, 2006.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 15:18:06 | More by Pegasus
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Appearance was a rich amber color with a nice heavy frothy white head. The brew smelled of a wonderful mix of piney and citrusy hops with a slight hint of malt. The taste was that of a sweet start, followed by a citrus takeover and a nice bitter finish. Extremely smooth beer with a nice fresh hoppiness and a hop dryness. Very drinkable and not too high in alcohol content. A wonderful brew I long for again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 18:57:19 | More by HopDerek
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warmstorage

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick House Pub in (metro) Atlanta. Poured into SN logo pint glass.

Pours with moderate to big head, but had a fairly rough pour. Dense amber head that sticks more than laces. Beer is a deep amber, fairly bright clear.

Aroma is slightly muted, but it was poured a little cold. Pine and slight citrus hops come out as it warms.

Taste is wet oily spicy earthy hoppy. Yum. Lingers long with hop spice and oily, grassy hops.

This is a very solid, drinkable beer for a fresh hop ale, and one which I'll get again in the future when it's available on tap, fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 23:39:23 | More by warmstorage
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gbarron

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a 20 oz. serving.

A - slightly hazy amber, deep straw golden. Head is massive, thick, rocky, and slightly off-white. Retention and lacing is outstanding.

S- strong aroma of piney hops. Smells like your sitting there sniffing a fresh hop cone. Hops dominate the aroma, but there are some toffee-ish, caramel malt notes there.

T - taste mirrors the aroma. Like sucking on a fresh hop cone, but hop flavor is predominant over hop bitterness which is nice. Strong hop flavor of citrus, pine, mint. Very strong, resinous hop flavor. Some malt here - toffee, grains, slight roast. Tasty, tasty.

M - nice mix of hoppy dryness mixed with sticky hop resin.

D - darn tasty beer and something I wouldn't mind drinking year round. Great example of what a brewer can do with a lot of hops -- without making the beer so syrupy and bitter that you can hardly drink it (e.g., Stone).

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2006 15:18:37 | More by gbarron
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A "darker" complexion that their Pale, as I'm waxing poetic I'd call it chestnut-amber in color. Poured with a bare minimum of head, but I appreciated it while it lasted (thing is, the bartender poured the beer to damn-near overflowing!) Hops are earthy and herbaceous, spicy and subtle all at once - I really, really enjoyed the nose on this one, and let it sit for a good minute to warm and to take in its finer qualities. A bit skunky in a good way, too. Medium-bodied yet this drinks like a lighter bodied ale, and also tricks you into thinking it's smaller somehow; I'm thinking this happened because I let it warm a bit? The other thing is, last time I enjoyed this was in a smokey bar and now (thanks to anti-smoking efforts everywhere) no more smoke in bars to get in the way of me and my beer and this is *much* better than I remember as a result. Harvest Ale's alcohol is higher than Pale's but doesn't *seem* higher due to its unique body and texture. Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, juicy, but amply punctuated by spicy hops. Notes of honeydew melon and cherry from some of the tawnier malts used in this really give it some depth, especially as the hops add a familiar pineapple musk to this brew. And then there's the bitterness: piney, resiny, oily hops with a touch of stinging nettles, it's a bitterness that lingers on your palate like the acrid smoke of an old man's favorite pipe - even in a smokeless bar! Wonderful stuff, and makes me think a lot more highly of it than just "the smaller brother of Celebration", even though there are some similarities. A heck of a deal too - it was 'Two for One' night . . .

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2006 03:40:59 | More by Chaz
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WeisGuy

New York

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

On-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - pours a golden amber color, slightly lighter than the Celebration (that's what the girlfriend was drinking), smaller head with little retention and/or lacing, slightly hazy

s - lots and lots of citrusy and piney hops, sweet maltiness provides a nice backbone as well

t - the fresh hops in this one are great, sweetness up front with the hops then dominating the palate, as the nose suggested, there is a maltiness in there, but this brew is definitely about the fresh hops, finish has a nice bitterness and the alcohol is not really detectable

m - very smooth, medium-bodied, not much carbonation, slightly dry finish

d - very drinkable, the taste is very interesting and the abv is not too high

Great APA all-around. For me, this isn't quite on the level of GD Fresh Hop, but it's one of my favorite APAs.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 02:18:05 | More by WeisGuy
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nickss

Texas

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

On tap at Capital Ale House.

Poured a bright amber hue. Smallish head, which quickly diminishes to nothing.

Huge lemony-citric tones... fresh hops bite the nostrils... some grapefruit is evident, along with floral notes as the brew warms.

Fresh hops bring a large citrus flavour... Reminds me a lot of Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale... I would love to do a side-by-side tasting.

Bittering hop bite on the tongue. Nice... could use with a bit less in the carbonation department.

Delicious, but sacrifices some drinkability due to the carbonation levels and hoppiness. That being said... I could certainly have my fair share of these over the course of a night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 00:36:43 | More by nickss
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RJLarse

Washington

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

I had this one on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass ($4).

Pours a rich bronze/copper color and is clear. A modest white head forms, and disappears quickly to a heavy ring around the beer. There is a lot of lace for a small head,

The smell is very robust, with stron evergreen fragrances like an IPA.

The taste is sharp and bitter. There are some malt flavors, but a bitter citrus (grapefruit) flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. I think i;'s more akin to the IPA style, except for the absence of the thick chunky head found in an IPA. I would have SN Harvest again. It's a slightly more bitter version of the SN Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2006 23:12:41 | More by RJLarse
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dutchbrew2

Illinois

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

on tap at emmett's brew pub in Downers Grove. this is the first time ive seen it offered here.

color is amber red and is clear. it looks like the same color as their celebration ale. head is thick and creamy with a low level of carbonation.

smell is intense floral cascade hops. love the smell that must be from the fresh harvested dry hopping

tastes like celebration ale but not as intense bitterness but alcohol as stated by emmett's is the same 6.8. this is so smooth going down not sure if its from the low level of carbonation. its almost liek it was cask drawn.

all hops up front with their bitterness yet smooth mouthfeel with a malt finish. hops and malt back this beer up again like celebration ale.

this would be the perfect session beer although a bit expensive yet worth it

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2006 17:41:40 | More by dutchbrew2
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

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

Served in a 20oz pint glass at the Brick Store pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a dark, golden amber hue, very pretty. A white head is present, about one finger in size. Generous lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical APA. Nice and hoppy and malty as well. A little bit of straw and grass in the aroma. More than I care for. Caramel and biscuity malts support the light citrus hops. A bit of herbaceousness as well, which is off.

A bit too bitter for my liking in an APA. Lots of astringency and chalkiness and metallic flavors. Some lemon is involved and hardly any malt backs up the, in my opinion, overly bittered beer.

Not bad for an APA. I think the SN Pale ale is a better choice but this can stand its own. Worth a try, I says.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2006 20:10:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Westsidethreat

California

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Vibrant pumpkin copper, clear with loads of bubbles swirling towards the top of the glass. Head is creamy with a subtle yellowish-green tint to it. The beer really reminds me of the color of fall leaves.

S: Watery orange, lemon peel with just a touch of cedar.

T: Begins lightly malty with subtle red fruit, crisp red apple and frozen orange juice concentrate. Pear, apricot and lemon pie filling also add to the flavors. Finishes very fruity with a very even bitterness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: I really prefer the fresh version...these type of beers don't historically age well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2006 21:03:54 | More by Westsidethreat
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shivtim

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper/red beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of little bubbles and great lacing. Nose is hops and grains. Taste is lots of hops up front, then bits of malt, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2006 15:06:25 | More by shivtim
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on a recent trip to Chicago at Piece. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing orange coloration to the body. The head of the beer is creamy and foamy one finger high. The head resolved into a thin white film. The beer has very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beers smell is dominated by pine hops. A compliment of citrus and earthy hops dances about the smell. The beer has plenty of sweet maltyness to break up the hops.

Taste: The beer has a very pronounced pine resin hoppyness with a brief kiss of citrus. The lightly toasted caramel maltyness gives great support to the hops. The maltyness gives way to grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The hops have a slight oilyness that prolongs the flavor. I could have drank this one all night long. I want some more! Please bottle this one for the masses.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2006 08:50:44 | More by nlmartin
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ruleof72

Georgia

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

A-Nice dark caramel color, very creamy head, good lacing

S-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy smell but with enough malt/sweetness to make it very good-like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

T-very hop forward with all the grassy/citrus flavors along with semi sweet flavors

M-good body and carbonation

D-goes down easy

I really liked this beer. The smell and flavors were all there, like a bag of fresh hops in a glass. Bring on the next harvest!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2006 01:12:37 | More by ruleof72
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.