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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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2,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 2847
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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Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 8 fl oz from fmcd's poured into a pint glass

A -pours a clear golden orange amber with a three finger fluffy head

S - pine, hops, grapefruit

T - much more balanced than the nose suggests. Taste is of mild pine and citrus, supported by a malty grain backbone. Mild bittersweet chocolate notes. A touch of smoke followed by a bitter hop finish and aftertaste.

M - close to perfect. Moderately low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

O - highly recommended. Really digging the wet hop harvest style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:00:58 | More by Apellonious
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clear amber tending towards a little brown, sustaining head with decent lacing
S: the nose wasn't as strong as I would expect. With some effort, what I got was a nice meadow scent, little earthy and a little grassy and flowery, blended well together. Just wish there was a stronger presence to enjoy it.

T/M: dry from the beginning, pleasantly so; also very earthy flavor throughout. There is very little malts up front, maybe a little nuttiness from the grain is what you will get. The bitterness in the hops tends toward grapefruit flavors. The flavors don't evolve a whole lot through the taste, but stay steady in their earth-tones: dirt, clay, grass, hay and pine. The dryness is also well hidden, but savoring the flavors sip by sip, I started to notice it more.

O: I enjoyed the taste, but was hoping more for the nose. I think the balance and consistency of the taste throughout are something to be appreciated, and perhaps I should appreciate it more than my expectations of strong scents and flavors one way or another.

(edit: retried today, and stand by original assessment except so expound that the dry earthiness does tend to linger quite long).

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:49:04 | More by cjgiant
Photo of dheacck11


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

Deep copper/amber with some haziness. Nice frothy off white head which lingers for a while. Nose is not super potent. Little bit of grass and peat moss, and some light bitter hops. Taste is powerfully hoppy. Just drenched in super wet, sticky, bitter hoppy ness. Just a little bit of a caramelly malt backbone, but really just lots of hops. Really nice finish with super fresh hop flavor. Feels on the medium medium end of things.

Lovely seasonal brew for harvest time of year. Could use a little more distinction in the hop character, and maybe a little more balance. But Definitely fun and worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:59:30 | More by dheacck11
Photo of Roguer


3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper red/amber ale color, off-white head, about 4 fingers from a turbulent pour. Good retention and fantastic, bubbly lacing. Brew is nearly transparent and bubbly.

Strong, pleasant pine aroma with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Typical SN aroma, which is a good thing. Dose of caramel malt and honey in the background. Slightly sweet; nicely hoppy; smooth.

Immediately sweet and smooth on the tongue. Dry, piney hops add a pleasant astringency. Grassy green flavor and caramel malts swirl in the background nicely. Fresh hop flavor.

Feel is a little too syrupy and light; very little carbonation sting, and it almost comes across as flat. Almost a dry alcohol feel, as well. Almost creamy, but not quite there.

This beer shows some promise, but it falls well short of my expectations. The mouthfeel is far and away its worst characteristic; the smell and taste were very good, if not outstanding.

Silly Sierra Nevada date code; definitely not 326, because that's the future. Has to be fresh within the last month or two, though, as it's currently mid-November.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 21:22:24 | More by Roguer
Photo of Premo88


3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(Sept. 24, 2013 bottling date)

L: burnt orange with more brown than amber; some definite cloudiness to it, but it's at least 75-80% clear and looks like it will clear up more; typically thick, fluffy, long-lasting Sierra Nevada head pushes up at least an inch and is sticking like glue -- only this is very tan, much darker than most Sierra Nevada heads; lacing like a champ

S: bitter hops storm the nose, but I honestly think I can detect some sweet bread malt in there; the hops are more piney/citrusy than tropical fruit-like ... you could even say grassy

T: ironically different from the nose, the hops here *do* have some of that American DIPA mango/caramel/tropical fruit sweetness -- but not totally; there's a big upfront hop bite that follows the citrusy nose; i can't taste malt for all the hops, but I'm going to keep trying

F: what a beer should be, plenty of carbonation and enough weight to offset the otherwise light feel ... you could mistake this for watery, because it is light, but it's perfect -- a perfect balance of light, drinkable but with some depth

O: while it does taste like "just another" American IPA in most respects, it's still worth seeking out if you're a hop head; very, very bitter but with a lot of other taste to keep it interesting; the strong bitter bite very well could be a bit fresher, but i hesitate to decare this brew the freshest of the wet-hop ales (the one I'm drinking is almost 2 months old ... I wonder what it would taste like just 1 month old or younger?)

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 07:54:36 | More by Premo88
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.
Appearance - dark gold, slightly cloudy. Thick, fluffy, white head! Lacing is superb!
Smell - the nose features more citrus than most SN IPA's, however, the presence of some bready malts leads me to believe that this will be a classic, balanced SN IPA!
Taste - follows the nose perfectly! More hop forward than Torpedo, but definitely not one sided!
Feel - as to be expected from both the smell and taste; the feel leans more towards hop bitterness, but still a very balanced IPA!
Overall - a quality brew from a quality brewery!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:02:57 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very pretty copper color with lots and lots of bubbles. Its has a nice white 2 finger head with very good retention and nice lacing

S - Very piney aroma with slight undertones of grapefruit and apples. Very nice smelling IPA but definately not a west coast style

T - Wow. Very big pine flavors. I also detect some raisins in the background. The bitterness lingers for some time on the tounge

M - This is a medium bodied beer. Slick feeling in the mouth and has a warming sensation. I assume its from the alcohol but I didnt think it was that stout a beer

O - A very drinkable and enjoyable IPA. Much different from all the West Coast styles out there today. It was a nice change of pace and shows that the other hops are still very very good. A very different beer that I'd be more than happy to drink again

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 20:36:27 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The body is a semi-transparent amber with a thick fluffy off-white head. Sticky lacing all over.

Hoppy aroma of citrus, spice, grass, and black tea.

Spicy and grassy hop flavor. The malts come across more bready. Middling bitterness that asserts itself over the tongue.

This drinks so wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:59:21 | More by MattSweatshirt
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New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with a frothy, creamy 2 finger head. Great, citrus, hoppy aroma. Mild malty backbone. Well balanced and delicious. Very smooth, drinkable with a light mouthfeel. It's a dangerous 6.7%, but drinks easier. Overall, really pleased.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:13:33 | More by mmclaughlin38
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on draft at Three Penny Tap Room in Montpelier, VT.
Nice light amber color and 1.5 fingers of white head. Moderate lacing.
Aromas are floral hops, some sweetness and moderate dank grain.
Taste was delicious, very nice balance of bitterness and floral hops.
Mouthfeel was thin, slippery and quenching.
Overall, I was very much impressed by this IPA. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2013 00:55:41 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. sierra Nevada shaker.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is nice and hoppy and fresh! taste is just amazingly fresh and hoppy and good. very impressive! medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall a great fresh hop IPA!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 23:01:11 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Celtics17


4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice caramel-amber, foreshadowing a nice malt balance, with a tan head that leaves lots of lace. Really beautiful.

Smell is peppery, grassy, and citrusy. Lots of caramel maltiness in the smell

Taste has lots of grassy, grapefruity, earthy hops mixed perfectly with some sweet caramelly malt. The finish is clean, with only a little bit of lingering bitterness that doesn't stay long, and leaves you wanting another sip. A few more tastes leave me with a nut aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:48:59 | More by Celtics17
Photo of MasterfulIdiot


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Pours a nice caramel-amber, foreshadowing a nice malt balance, with a tan head that leaves lots of lace. Really beautiful.

Smell is peppery, grassy, and citrusy. Lots of caramel maltiness in the smell, as well. It's really not a hop knockout, but it really smells delicious. Smells like balance.

Taste delivers on the balance. It's got lots of grassy, grapefruity, earthy hops mixed perfectly with some sweet caramelly malt. The finish is clean, with only a little bit of lingering bitterness that doesn't stay long, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Mouthfeel is moderate - perfect and expected for the style.

Overall, it's a really great, balanced hoppy beer. It's definitely hop-forward, but not at all a hop-bomb, which is refreshing. Overall, the hops are almost evenly balanced by the malts, and the hops only barely win out on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:31:52 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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New Jersey

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

Appearance- a dark amber with a white frothy head that stands firm throughout.

Smell- very earthy/piney with some citrus...faint smell of alcohol in the background.

Taste- kicks out with a strong orangey/grapefruit taste, which is then immediately kicked back by a malty finish that leaves an extremely bounced taste.

Mouthfeel- this beer's mouthfeel is the perfect combination of creamy silkiness with refreshing juiciness that I search for in my IPAs. Wish my mouth always felt like this.

Overall- This is a beer that defines the word "balance" when it comes to the American IPA. Although this is made by Sierra Nevada, you definitely can not call it a West Coast-style IPA, so hop heads should not go to this beer looking for their "hop-fix". This is a very good beer that I would definitely like to find a few more of while I can.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:55:25 | More by TYLY22
Photo of dar482

New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear ruby red color with a huge white head. It looks almost like a cranberry juice.

The aroma has sweet grapefruit, orange peel, tons of sweet caramel malt and breadiness, along with lots of pine, grassy note, very green.

The flavor follows a hint of orange and grapefruit peel in the front, and then it rolls onto a sugary caramel sweetness. It's quite chewy and really gives the beer tons of body. It then smacks with a deep rich green pine, resin, slight earthiness. It lingers for a while, but it's great that the sweetness hits before it to balance it slightly.

This beer is basically a red IPA/amber ale. Still extremely drinkable and simple, but hoppy and tasty (and cheap at $4.50 for a bomber).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:30:04 | More by dar482
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish amber with a nice big foamy white head.

The smell is citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is slightly bitter, with some spicy flavors, followed by some earthy grassy hops. The tongue is coated with a bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is very wet.

A decent IPA, was expecting a bit more though.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:36:42 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Flounder57


4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Piney, grassy, citrusy, bready, caramel , citrusy, and floral.

Taste: You pick up more grapefruit and tangerine in the taste to go with the bready, pale, and caramel malts. Nice hoppy pine and fresh grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a nice mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Nothing better than an IPA with fresh hops. Very delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 07:36:11 | More by Flounder57
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New York

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

Pours a clear copper with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Settles into a frothy cap. Good lacing. Not the hop bomb I thought it would be. Faint citrus, pine, grassiness and hints of malt on the nose. Bitter hop notes throughout the palate with spiciness mid-palate that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted fresh-hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:17:19 | More by JohnG190
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Immediately notice its darker than most good IPAs these days. Laces nicely, better than average.

A solid citrus aroma and a burnt toffee aroma. A touch of biscuit.

A specifically crystal malt flavor, really subtle yet very at odds with fresh hoppiness. Overrode and muddled the aromatic hops. The overall bitterness profile however was really nice. It might just be me that really can't do hops with crystal malt anymore, so dirty tasting.

The mouthfeel was incredibly silky smooth and drinkable with a reasonable 1/2" head without really babying the pour.

I can't complain that this was a bad beer, its so much nicer than many. Just hate that dark caramel flavor when I expect grassy bright hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 20:06:05 | More by Ysgard
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District of Columbia

3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice.

Unremarkable. An above average brew that I will not seek out again.

A – Pours a clear dark amber with a one-finger off-white rocky head. Very nice lacing.

S – Some piney aroma but generally lacking.

T – Malty with resin-like bitterness, but not a hop bomb. A very herbal tasting IPA.

MF – Crisp, medium bodied with a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:27:42 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of BigCheese


3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I ran a marathon today so I rewarded myself with the rare bomber

A: Bright red copper. Clear Unfiltered. Big white head. Head thins out quick. Does leave some decent lacing.

S: Some earthy hops, floral and spicey, some english red malts in scent, toffee.Not overly pungent.

T: Spicey, earthy, hops up front. Nice toasted biscuit malt character. Its balanced. Totally not what I was expecting. Finish is slightly piney, mostly floral and earthy hops, resin flavors too. As it warms it gets a bit more grapefruit-y. Much more flavorful than nose. Clean, no yeast.

M: Nice full body, medium carbonation, good chew. Very flavorful sessionable brew.

O: Not what I was expecting. Kind of like a red ipa or a rye. Taste is more cascade than centennial I'd say. Well balanced, and very tastey brew. More of a beer drinkers beer than a hop heads beer. Which is good if youre going solo on a bomber. The price is right. Its kinda the ultimate session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:18:17 | More by BigCheese
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3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a clear amber/ruby color. There was a generous head which retained for a reasonable amount of time, giving way to a thin film which left inconsistent but pleasant lacing on the side of the glass. The color on this is fantastic. I love the ruby hints.

S - What you would expect from a fresh west coast IPA, although not as strong. I really had to dig a little to pick up the tropical fruit. I was looking for pine, so what little I detected may have been mental.

T - This surprised me, and not in a great way. I expected flavors to pop out at me. Instead the pine and citrus flavors that I expected based on the smell were subtle and understated. The bitterness and earthiness that are not my favorite qualities in an IPA dominated. Tasted more East Coast to me - almost a dead ringer for Finest Kind.

M - Very nice.

O - What can I say, my expectations were very high and this one threw me a curveball. Not a bad beer by any means, but not special in my eyes. Looking forward to the spring (as I always do) to try out the Southern Hemisphere.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:18:12 | More by Andrew041180
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

N Hemisphere is a clear, red/amber color. Pours a small, dense and creamy tan head that has okay retention and leaves heavy lacing.Has a overall faint smell consisting of bread and dank/resinous hops.

Taste starts with prickly resinous hops, then a lot of dankness, with a bitter orange/bread/lemon finish, bready/resinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light, feels thin and watery, with high carbonation.

Actually kinda dissapointed with this one, to mouthfeel is just SOOOO thin it really takes away from the beer in my opinion, theres also not too much overall aroma which I think SN usually does a good job with both.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:38:42 | More by JG-90
Photo of Duane_Opfer


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/24. Consumed on 10/25.

A - Visually appealing. Red with a slight orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white/beige billowy head. Head decreased but did not dissipate. Strong carbonation. Left defined band of lacing on sides of glass.

S - Mildly fragrant. Black tea, apple, and a slight hint of tropical fruit.

T - Somewhat complex flavor palate, but lacking in intensity. Black tea, rye, lemon, tobacco, and spice. Somewhat stronger backbone for an malt IPA. Lasting tart bitterness.

M - Very nice. Carbonation appropriate and enhances beer. Nice tingle in mouth and luxurious foaming. Beer is filling though.

O - In a blind taste test, I would not call this an IPA... perhaps a cross between a Rye and a Pale Ale. Somewhat boring. Not unpleasant in any way, but the smell and taste which I consider most important are not wholly remarkable. Cheers to those who think highly of this beer, but I will not repeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:40:02 | More by Duane_Opfer
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New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip glass, half a bottle at a time.

Beautiful appearance. Slightly hazy and reddish brown in color. Massive, pillowy, fluffy, off-white head on this one. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass. The head just sits in top of the beer throughout the duration of it. Love it!

Pleasant aroma, not overpowering. Grassy, floral, and resinous hops. Bitter taste that coats the whole mouth, but well balanced with a smooth caramel backbone.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Goes down way too easily.

Overall, this is an expertly crafted beer with a simple concept. I love everything about it... the shorter, fatter, 24 oz bottle as opposed to your typical 22 oz bomber, great label art, fresh hops with great malt balance, and excellent drinkability. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:59:26 | More by Jacobob10
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.