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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

2,846 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2846
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 04:00:07 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 05:41:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 21:57:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 00:52:41 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 00:20:09 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 19:27:16 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 19:28:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:34:55 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:11:08 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 16:16:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 20:56:33 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 19:42:02 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2002 20:38:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bomber of this while visiting a friend in Austin, Texas. This beer pours a medium copper, with a copius amount of foamy white head, with lots of lacing. The aroma is of citrus and pine hops, with a slight sweet malt presence. The taste has a moderate pine hop bite, and a smooth malt backbone, quite balanced. There is a mild carbonation, with no noticeable warming. This is very easy to drink, a decent offering from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 08:21:53 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: clear and bronze, under a light, thin, creamy tannish head.
Aroma: now, we're getting somewhere, fresh, fruity, ...citrus, grapefruit, peach, apricot, ...piney, floral, complex, and arousing.
On the palate, brisk and bold, grabbing and dominating the senses,a great hoppy blast with every swallow. Warm and toasty on the tongue, palpable hoppiness, hops never stop popping!
Great tasting, full bodied, with a long, fresh, hoppy finish.
My first encounter with this brew that I thought I'd have to travel to California to try, and now I'll have to return to the pub to satisfy this hop-craving I've developed!
In fact, it reminds me of the time two years back when I bought a new acquaintance a beer, and he had no choice, offered that he'd have whatever I had. So, I bought him a SN Celebration. Before he was halfway done with the pint, it started gurgling out of his mouth, and he offered no explanation for why it fled his lips.
Next time I saw him, he was drinking Rolling Rock.
If I bought him a pint of this, I'm thinking he would've hurled when it first met his lips.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2004 02:38:09 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. There's a good, strong hops presence up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Eventually, as the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness starts to take dominance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style even though you could argue that this is an IPA rather than an APA. This is a very enjoyable beer that I could drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 05:17:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 01:08:33 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've had this years, so I'm excited!

2007 offering pours a an effervescent copper/amber with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head.

S: Some piney hops & a little bit of caramel & breadyness as this warms. Very good lacing, loads of spots & clumps of bubbles stuck to the side & above average head retention

T: Breadyness with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. A bit of baker's chocolate as this warms along with leafy & piney hops. Finishes with grapefruitty & piney hops, plus some honey sweetness & a whisper of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, a little oily with moderate carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty good celebration of the hop, not perfect by any means. I recall this being better on draft, but I usually find that to be the case. Needs more aromatic hops to make me really happy. Just ecstatic to find it down here!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 01:32:37 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick, frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and Carapils malts along with a fantastic hop nose. It's well balanced and the hops are incredibly fresh. The taste is great. It has a kick ass hop bitterness that's so damn fresh tasting. The malt bill is incredibly balanced adding just the right amount of body and sweetness. It goes down quick and clean and leaves a nice residual hop presence. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one fantastic IPA. What a hop bomb!!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 20:48:42 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 13th release, I'm not sure I should add just another release to the list so I will refrain this time. Beer released in 2009. Beer is poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber / copper in color and forms a thin white head that falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Minimal to no haze at all.

Beer has a mild aroma, really mild in fact. Almost nothing to note. A vague sense of hops, maybe some malts, a pretty clean smelling beer.

Beer is bitter on the back end but only slightly. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Not a lot happening in the midpalate or front mouth areas as far as this beer. Second taste time, some funk in there as well. Not a well balanced hoppy ale, sorry SN. A slight miss IMO. Drinkability is fine, although the bitterness builds on you. Its mediocre, I expect more from you SN.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 02:19:36 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

13th release.

Poured a copper color with a small, white head. Smell is hoppy, but not the pine and citrus I was expecting. Taste is very well balanced, with lots of caramel and biscuity malt to go with a strong hop flavor. I am once again not getting much pine or citrus in the taste. It is more of an earthy hop aroma. A very well put together IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 21:40:07 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle acquired via trade with dertbert

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange with a very foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of fresh hops and grasses. It really had a nice floral aroma. There was also a roasted malt nose.

T - It had a great carmel roasted malt flavor. Good hop kick with hints of citrus.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great APA. You can really tell how fresh hops make a difference in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 04:49:22 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Hop Leaf, Chicago
This beer is a clear amber color, and it has a surprisingly long tasting tan head, at least for a draught beer. There is a fresh, herbal, hoppy character to this beer, and there is a hint of caramel to the nose as well. The taste is sharp and herbal, but there is perhaps a bit more malt character than is in the Celebration, I get note of caramel and biscuits. Of course this beer is about the hops, the hoppiness is quite sharp, definitely with an herbal quality to it, and it is just pungent. The sweet caramel like flavors of the malt mix with and, accentuate the orange-bergamot notes from the hops. The finish is fairly bitter, though this is a mix of traditional bitterness, and a contribution from the herbal hoppiness that is found in this beer. This is quite tasty, though it is perhaps a bit too green and herbal, though of course this is what this beer is all about.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 17:10:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 15:29:55 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

2007 Edition:

Pours bright orange amber. A fairly thick head settles to a foamy cover.

The smell is citric, floral with graininess and the tasty SN yeast-strain stamp on it.

This one is hoppy, spicy, citric fruitiness with a firm malt backbone. Caramelish/toffeeish (almost towards cocoa-ish?) sweetness intermingles with the bitter hoppiness. Fresh, slightly oily hop texture and malty texture intermingle magnificently. Finishes long and dry. Full, rich and pretty chewy.

This has a basic taste that reminds me of this brewery's pale ale, anniversary ale and something similar to the celebration. If you like those beers (which I do), then you will like this one, too! Complexities give it an enjoyability, as does the intermingling of the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Well-done!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 16:12:16 | More by jwc215
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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