Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Balanced and smooth. Good understated piney, bitterness, grapefruity and fruity. Brownish, Some lacing,Hmm, the carbonation Perhaps their gas combination detract. Drying finish though Full mouthfeel and satisfying.
2007 bottle, dry but hoppy. Understated IPA, viz. pale. Lots of good head.
10-20-2006 04:00:07 | More by Sammy
3.33/5 rDev -20.5%
Had this on tap at Lucky Baldwins tonight. One bartender poured it for me and it didn't seem right so another bartender poured me another to compare. This is not an IPA, its a hoppier amber ale. I loved the harvest last year, what happened?
Pours a reddish copper color. A bit light for a red but too dark for an IPA. Good clarity, good retention + lacing.
Aroma is sweet and very red ale-like. Very malty, very hoppy too. I could smell what I am sure is Chinook hops. Mild grapefruit moderate pine smell.
Flavor is dry and chalky like an amber. Moderate/high bitterness, medium hop flavor, sweet, sticky, and dry aftertaste. Really malty.
Medium body, good CO2 (from a keg though so this doesn't mean anything). Very drinkable, but this was not at all what I was expecting.
10-26-2008 06:56:31 | More by t0rin0
3.9/5 rDev -6.9%
A - Pours a clear copper color with a huge 2 inch bone color head to a 1/3 cap. Lots of pretty sticky, chunky lacing.
S - Huge citrus and pine hops with a spicy element.
T - Citrus zest, pine needles, and surprisingly only a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M - Low carbonation left a somewhat flat beer. The beer is very creamy however and leaves a hop oil coating in the mouth.
D - Very good beer but I was expecting more hop smell and taste. I was also expecting an extremely bitter hop aftertaste but this beer was lacking in that regard.
05-28-2010 05:41:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.98/5 rDev -5%
G: Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass with the Bell's Oberon logo. This is the 2008 version, the 12th Release. Bottled on September 22, 2008.
A: Pours a nice, thick, and bubbly two-fingered head. The top of the head looks like the surface of the moon and it is already quite apparent that there will be plenty of lacing with this brew. The color is a dark amber. There are no apparent carbonation bubbles, and the beer is quite transparent.
S: Very sharp immediately on the first whiff. Slight floral aromas. A little bit of pine as well.
T: Somewhat grassy and the hops have faded a little bit. Slightly bitter.
M: Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The beer feels slightly thicker in the mouth than the typical APA. There is somewhat of a dry feeling present on the roof of my mouth, though the beer goes down smooth.
D: This beer could be quasi-sessionable. As it is, the 24oz. bottle suits me perfectly--two servings of this should be a decent start off to any night.
03-04-2009 02:34:55 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -4.5%
A: Clear amber in color, the beer has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down yet left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops; the initial taste has some notes of caramel and hints of sweetness while the finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: If feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced and there isn't a trace of alcohol perceptible in the taste.
Note: 2010 vintage
03-13-2011 23:11:08 | More by metter98
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Bronzed orange peel with honey colored trim. I'm surprised that the beer is perfectly clear. Where's the haziness from the hop particles? The impressively bubbly cap, equal parts pale sandstone and pastel orange, is laying down lace as only a resin-filled fresh hop ale can. Forget the clarity, this is great looking beer.
Although the nose is wonderful, I expected more in terms of pure pungency. With this many fresh Centennial and Cascade hop cones on the loose, the aroma should be jumping out of the glass with reckless abandon. Edit: warming turns up the volume and allows me to grant the above score. The caramel malt is evident, as is the grapefruitiness of the C-hops.
I wish Sierra Nevada (and all brewers for that matter) could figure out a way to get 'fresh hop' flavor to last longer than a few months. Actually, a few months is probably pushing it. This bottle is an estimated six weeks of age and I'm sure it's lost a little in that time. It's still beautifully hoppy, although it's nowhere near scathingly hoppy. Assuming it ever was.
I like the specific recipe that Harvest Ale uses more than I like the recipes for Pale Ale and Anniversary Ale. It might be the freshness of the hops, but I have a feeling that it's the *Centennial* hops that make me love this APA as much as I do. The pale and caramel malt backbone is sturdy enough to stand up to the grapefruit and bitter orange pithiness and to give the beer some semblance of balance.
Things improve as each mouthful progresses because the malt sugars fade first, allowing the hops to slap the tongue around a little on the long, lingering finish. The mark of a great beer is that each mouthful is better than the one that came before. Harvest Ale is great beer. It's also compulsively drinkable beer, so I'm glad that it comes in a big, fat, 24-ounce bottle.
I'm not sure what else one could ask for in an APA mouthfeel. It didn't get my attention at first, but it definitely has it now. The beer is amazingly smooth and polished with a voluminous silkiness borne of a perfect amount of carbonation. Great job.
The single word that occurs to me when I think of Sierra Nevada is 'solid'. As it turns out, one of the original American craft breweries is also one of the best. Harvest Ale (11th Edition) is delicious beer that deserves to be released throughout the entire country, right alongside their standard lineup. Given its 'fresh hop' nature, I know that isn't possible, but it sure would make a lot of hopheads happy. This one included.
11-17-2007 21:57:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.03/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that leaves sheets of lace
Smell: Fresh, floral and grapefruity
Taste: After a biscuity beginning, the fresh hop flavors kick in - grapefruit, primarily; after the swallow, there is a nice balance between the fruit and the underlying malt backbone
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A pretty nice APA, overall; well-balanced, with enough bitterness to please the hophead
10-15-2008 00:20:09 | More by brentk56
3.13/5 rDev -25.3%
Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some traces of caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter green hops with some notes of caramel malt. Medium body with some average carbonation. This beer is really average on so many levels and it definitely isn't one of the best harvest hops beers that I have had the chance to try.
02-25-2008 19:27:16 | More by Phyl21ca
4.15/5 rDev -1%
This has been such an ellusive beer for me; but the billing was worth it. This is a fantastic beer. The pour brings a dark copper - nearly brown appearance with nice head retention and some lacing. Aromas are simply of light toasty malt, and a soft powdery sweetness -- kinda Dortmunder-like. The hop aromas was certainly showcased in the nose with a sharp, fresh, spicy, citrus character along with pine and lemon grass. Flavors remain soft and simple on the malt front with a firm toast taste, and delicate sweetness. And again, the hops steel the show, bringing a big hit of grapefruit, orange rinds, pine resins, and a bitter, grassy flavor. The texture is quite light and very easy to drink. Refreshing and hoppy in the finish. Simply a great beer. Thanks again Clvand0.
10-31-2007 19:28:07 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
thrilled to see this one on tap tonight at mezzaluna i went straigh/t at it for my first beer. served cold an in a pint glass, consumed on 10/09/2010
really just a fantastic pour, exactly what i would have expected with a deep copper color and a rich head of two fingers high coating the sides of the glass throughout.
aroma is deep piney hops. fresh and clean with a pronounced bitterness to it. warming does nothing but bring this out to the forefront even more. really just an amazingly complex hop aroma. clean, crisp and ever refreshing the resin filled flavor coats the palate and leaves you looking for more the second that dry finish hits your lips.
overall simply a stunning example of quality.
10-10-2010 00:52:41 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Murky dark amber with golden hues.
S: earthy, floral, sweet, bready and mildly hoppy. Many aromas mixed in.
T: apricot sweetness up front. Somewhat piney hop finish. Floral, sweet malt and earthy notes.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: the aroma and taste with this one is very complex. Some of these conflict but others mesh. Very interesting beer.
08-22-2011 01:34:13 | More by kylehay2004
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
Appearance: Served up a clear, amber-hued body with a ½ inch of lasting white foam that left sheer sheets of lace on the way down.
Smell: Citrusy hop nose smelling of pithy grapefruits and lemons accented by notable notes of caramel and toasted grains and a touch of spice.
Taste: A start of toasty pale malts with a lightly sweet touch of light caramel. Next, in rolls the pithy citrus character and hints of spiciness and florals from the Centennial and Cascade hops. Medium-plus bitterness, though it accumulates on the tongue, eventually overshadowing the malts. Drying, bitterish finish with a final note of grains.
Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Yet another decently drinkable, fairly enjoyable India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada.
01-19-2010 16:16:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
This brew poured out as a nice looking copper color, the head was thick, foamy and white. The lacing was sticky on this brew. The smell of the beer has a big hop aroma to it along with some sweet malts in the background. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it's got the really nice bitter sweet bite that Sierra Nevada loves to do. The mouthfeel of the beer is lighter than a medium bodied brew, it's drinkable. Overall I enjoyed it, I thought this was a pretty good brew all around.
09-17-2011 15:29:55 | More by Knapp85
3.98/5 rDev -5%
Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.
12-13-2008 20:56:33 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.
Been dancing around this one for years, figured it was time to finally take it down. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly sandy cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, caramel, sweet toffee, and a bit of lemon zest. This isn't to say that it smelled old or anything, but rather it smelled more balanced than I imagined a wet hop from SN to be. The taste holds notes of pine resin, light cedar, mild caramel, light menthol, and a kiss of spearmint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice wet hop, one that maintains a healthy balance without disregarding or canceling out the wet hop addition. Still, it is a bit one-sided in terms of hop flavor, but this isn't a total negative, as it works well with it.
11-02-2012 19:42:02 | More by TMoney2591
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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