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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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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a wide flute

A: This is a beautiful beer, it pours a very clear amber color with three fingers of head. The head retention on this beer is better than any other beer I've ever seen. The lacing is equally good. It doesn't get better than this for IPAs.

S: Spicy and grassy hops are most prominent here along with some citrus and pine. This beer has a ton of complex hop aromas. Lots of bready malts in the background as well.

T: Again, very spicy and grassy, just like the aroma. Bready malts are also quite prominent to help balance the intense hoppiness. Bitterness is moderate to strong, but certainly well balanced by maltiness.

M: Definitely on the thick side for an IPA with a nice carbonation.

O: Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers never cease to amaze me. This beer is intense, balanced, and absolutely delicious. I'm very impressed.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

nitter, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

cvp684, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Party Source Syracuse NY for 6$ - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with an above average size frothy/fizzy beige coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with lots of bitter hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with something along the lines of rye. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with quite a bit of lingering resin/hop bitterness.

Overall – This one lives up to it reputation. Another wonderful beer from SN. It reminds me of a more complex and hoppier version of their celebration ale. Now I just need to track down the Southern version when that rolls around.

spinrsx, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of AmitC
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So excited to open this, and that too on a friday night.

Poured from the 1pt 8 fl oz bottle into my large snifter.

Clear red amberish color. One finger thick off-white head that dissipates and turns into a thin persisting head. Excellent lacing. Quite a large number of bubbles. Very clear reddish ruby tint. Perfect.

Aroma: Citrus upfront. Grassy and fresh hoppy aroma. Pine notes are abundant as well. Good, rich and complex aroma that fills your nose with aplomb. Malts take a backseat.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront. Very clear wet hopping. Malt just lessens the effect of hops and otherwise is non-existent. Dry bitter finish. Should not be very high on IBUs but is delicious. Lingering hop taste in the mouth that is very distinct from dry hopping. Some grapefruit after taste.

Mouth feel :Medium bodied. Oily feel. Very resiny and extremely smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.

This is a phenomenal beer. With SN, you never are disappointed. Good bang for the bucks. I just love it.

AmitC, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

whatname, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

JennieKoeper, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

InspectorBob, Nov 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

WritersBlock, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

4Socialanxiety, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Danno48
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great head on this beer. Really thick and fluffy. Also a nice clear amber color.
Smell is amazing. Smooth pine and a slight alcohol smell.
Taste is so so so so smooth as far as the hop notes are concerned and the balance of the malt is extremely perfect. Although I have ti say it isn't as intense of a flavor as the southern hemisphere harvest.
I actually think that it is smoother in the mouth than the southern one though... Crazy drinkable.
Love this beer... wish it came in six packs of bottles that were twice as big.

Danno48, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

iowacraft01, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottling. Poured into a New Belgium snifter. The beer pours out a hazy, coppery color with 1 finger of light foam on top. Very faint nose with hints of pine and flowers and a touch of grapefruit rind.

Medium body and nice, firm feel. Nice balance and a crisp, hoppy bite. There are nice hints of toast and marmalade on the front of the palate. They are immediately joined by a nice hits of cedar, grapefruit, and lemon. The bitterness is not over-done. The beer is extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

The Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale lacks the slight sweetness of its Southern Hemisphere cousin. I prefer very little sweetness in an IPA and therefore prefer this beer to the Southern Hemisphere variety (which is still quite good). This beer is very reminiscent of Celebration Ale.

deadonhisfeet, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

fdig23, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

deebo, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

meehandennis, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

KevinMcDonald, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

TheKOshow, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Ri0, Nov 24, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

HANGOVER, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

hollywood_15063, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

rangr514, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of sevenarts
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear golden orange with a fluffy white head and strong lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts mostly, with some piney and floral hops as well.

T/M: More hops than the nose, a good amount of bitter pine, floral flavors, and citrus/grapefruit. These strong flavors are really well-balanced by an equally well-defined bed of sweet malts, dominated by caramel. The malts and hops are threaded together throughout each sip, starting out nicely sweet before the hops start to come out more, and linger towards the end of each sip.

O: A really excellent wet-hopped IPA, with great balance and flavor.

sevenarts, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

brn9000, Nov 23, 2012
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.