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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,345 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,345
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 158 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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