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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
93
outstanding

2,983 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,983
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 165
Gots: 90 | 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 Vanz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Vanz, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of banger7
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

banger7, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iv'e been waiting to try this for a year now. And I'm glad I have it in my glass now.

This heavenly harvest ale pours a beautiful clear light amber color, with a thick hefty ivory head that stays for song of the fat lady.

The head gives off the aroma of pine and citrus, a little sweetness from the malt is pretty detectable. The head leaves a nice thick ring lace after each delightful drink.

The flavor is a little hint of spicy hops but mainly dominated by fresh piney and freshly sqeezed citrus notes.

It is smooth on the palate. Very drinkable. Just wonderful. Thank the Lord for the hop harvest!

hoplover82, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of jpd026
5/5  rDev +19.3%

jpd026, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Jacobob10
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Jacobob10, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

meehandennis, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of LSUPT
3/5  rDev -28.4%

LSUPT, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Carl_R
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Carl_R, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev -4.5%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bmoney
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

bmoney, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of SlightlyGrey
4/5  rDev -4.5%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

nquigley16, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of theghost3
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 12th Release Harvest pours a light amber with a medium white head. The smell is mainly citrusy hops & yeast. The taste is strong on hops--nice and bitter. There is also a sort of nutty sweetness to it as well. The mouthfeel is light yet grainy. This is a very drinkable IPA. Perhaps the "wet" hops make the difference and give it a wonderfully hoppy smell and taste.

theghost3, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of AKuehn47
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

AKuehn47, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of DemoniChris
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

DemoniChris, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of malty
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th edition <2007>

Pours into my new Sam Adams futuristic glass a brilliantly clear amber/copper with miniscule suspended particles visible. Moderate visible carbonation rising upward sustaining the 1 1/2" loose and full off white head. Gobs of thick lace all the way down.

Fresh oily hops bathed in vanilla and faint toffee. Hops smell for earthy and rindy than floral and perfumy - which is very interesting and nice. A toasty sweet pale malt scent bookend the main stage hops.

Dry and oily all at the same time - the hops really put on a vigorous production upon the first gulp. Although the scent carried a non-perfumy hop profile, I do get a big dose of astringent and perfumy hop flavor at the finish. I wonder if because the hops were never dried, that why I'm getting a spicy, woody and earthy overtone? It's very rustic and dense, but still very dry and bitter - almost a little gritty.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodies with a nice fine carbonation at just the right level. Long, dry spicy, rindy finish.

Drinkability is very nice. I’ll have no problem finishing off the remainder of the 24 oz. bottle in no time.

I was expecting something closer to an IPA, but this creature is very original and gave me a good lesson on diversification of hop profiles. The overall spiciness of this brew lends itself nicely to the fall season (right now the leaves are almost peaked and it's sunny and 54F outside). A very interesting and unique pale ale with a very organic and earthy core. Good beer for certain.

malty, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of Hardcore
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Hardcore, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of 1fastz28
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish copper color with a pretty white head, that laces quite well. smells really good, lots of flowerly hops present. taste is odd.. it has a great hop first impretion, citrusy, bitter and well defined. but after that it drops off, it seems like it doens't have alot of body to it, i can't explain it. its a good beer dont get me wrong, but i dont see it as good as other people have rated it, maybe i got a bad batch, or my pallet isn't well defined enough

1fastz28, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

lilnicky068, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, first time I've been able to try it, side by side with the Celebration. Pours a very dark copper, darker than the Celebration, with a finger of off-white head, nice retention, and huge excellent lacing. Nose is all hops, mainly piney and resinous, but with some lighter floral notes too. Taste is wonderful, a slightly caramel malt upfront instantly bombarded with huge flavors of hops, fresh and green and piney tasting, some slight grapefruit, a nice lingering bittereness, absolutely superb. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel, fairly active carbonation. This is a great pale ale, less hoppy than the Celebration, but with a fresher greener hop flavor. Great beer for hop lovers, wish they bottled this one, would pick it up in an instant.

cubedbee, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, crystalline amber. Steady, driving streams of carbonation. Ecru foam, all fat, chunky, pock-marked and sticky. Floral, citrus, and pine aromas are fresh and fully present, yet more understated than brash dry-hopping would produce. Bitter grapefruit pith and lemongrass. Slightly sugary background. Lightly toasted bread in the aftertaste, with grassy, piney, raw hop burps. Fuller mouthfeel than expected, with a medium-heavy slickness to it. Most certainly a fresh-hopped brew to be reckoned with, and by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Love the 24-ounce overgrown stubby bottle, too.

orfeu, Oct 21, 2007
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,983 ratings.