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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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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 3,405 | Reviews: 1,484
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden brown with a bubbly head that has some great retention. Spots of big bubbles form as the lace spreads out. As you drink down the glass a nice scattered wall of foam clings to the sides.
The aroma contains some toffee malts and an amazing amount of citrus hops. When they say wet hop ale they mean it. I feel like I'm holding fresh hops in my hand. After a couple of good whiffs I get more of a earthy citrus aroma.
Very smooth and toffee/caramel up front that leads immediately into many layers of hops. The hops are so smooth and citrus/pine and they go through a metamorphosis from very fresh/sweet/citrus to a mellow bitter over the toffee/caramel malt after you swallow and then to a nice dry bitterness but it still retains its sweetness. This flavor lingers with you for a while after you put down the glass. Taking a deep breath after a solid sip really accentuates the citrus/pine characteristic of this beer.
This is a great beer. I have not reviewed the Southern Hemisphere Harvest but from what I remember I liked it better. The hops were very unique. I definitely recognize these hop flavors.

Photo of BigCheese
3.89/5  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.

Photo of olafphysics
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery golden amber color that pours with a thin film of bubbles (no head ever shows up) and then laces nicely.

S: Smooth...and i mean mild and SMOOTH hop aroma with a sweet malty backbone.

T: Creamy and smooth caramel malt base with a resinous hoppy flavor. Finish is clean and dry, and the hops add flavor, but not too much bitterness. A nice IPA for someone who isn't a huge fan of the intense hoppy ones out there.

M/D: smooth and crisp. Definitely sessionable. Alcohol is not a big part of this beer's effect, and the clean finish is refreshing.

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the reasonably OK 'Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale' (let's get some shorter names happening from now on Sierra Nevada), I was hesitant to purchase this ale with its hefty $11.99 price tag, that's $12.46 in US dollars right now (yes we pay far too much for beer in Australia), however it has some very solid reviews and who knows I might actually like it.

Poured from a 710ml bomber into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a classic clear amber/rust body and typical chalk white centimetre head.

S: Hoppy on the nose, as expected, floral hops with a touch of citrus, orange blossom in particular makes a surprise appearance. Pine notes in the background, and a finishing hint of honey and a toasted malt base, though the hops rightfully dominate the aroma. Top marks for hop pungency in an American IPA.

T: This is one that really jumps straight out of the gate. Flavours are: Pine/citrus/spicy/orange blossom hops all the way from beginning to end. There is a touch of honey at the start and a toasted malt/bread yeast base in the middle but it really is floored by the hops which steal the show. It ends with a surprising medium bitterness considering the amount of hop flavour that has been extracted overall. Pretty damn hopalicous brew this!

M: Oily from all the hops, with a medium body and mid to light carbonation it's an easy one to drink.

D: Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale takes a big greasy hop-flavoured dump all over the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale its so damn good. If you ask me it's a touch of Northern Hemisphere favouritism on display from Sierra Nevada, yeah alright we get it - the Northern Hemisphere is better... damn anti-antipodeans! Regardless of this SNNHHWHA (Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - in case you were wondering), which is like the sound one makes when they're about to sneeze, is an ale worthy of my affections.

Food match: I could fiercely hook into a super hot vegetarian Korma or Rogan Josh with basmati rice and papadum right now.

Photo of Envelopes
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with an adequately sized, off-white frothy head. Aroma is mainly malty but with a crisp fruity hop presence. Medium bodied in the mouth with a *very* fresh hop presence throughout. A bit of biscuity malt struggles to make itself notices, but the overwhelming flavor is a grassy, citric Cascade hop flavor. Finish is dry, with a long lasting acidic aftertaste. Quite a treat!

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fathead's served in a pint glass,very cold, just a small off-white head,beer was served to the top of the glass,the head there did have good retention. Clear with just a slight haze.

Strong hop aromas piney and very grassy. Strong malt aromas as well with sweet, toasty,slighty burnt carmelly notes. Seemed to have a slight buttery aroma in there also.

Sweet strong,malty taste followed by a rush of piney,grassy/straw hop tastes. Had a heavy burnt carmell taste as in the nose. Finished very dry with lingering bitterness.

Full,creamy mouthfeel,had a nice smooth feel, for all the hoppyness, suprizing drinkability would have loved another,but have to move onto something else.

Photo of jwhancher
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light amber color with a haze evident from the hops.

S: Smells fantastic! It's like opening up a bag of hops. Citrusy aromas fill the nose.

T: Caramel & amber malts. Very nice hop notes & bittering effect. Hops aren't overly powerful, but just right.

M: Even bodied brew with just enough hops to satisfy the hopheads. Good carbonation.

D: I could drink this brew year-round.

Photo of djgustafson
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice golden amber color, with a big foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus and hops.

T: Like alot of other Sierra's, taste's great and easy to drink even with it's big hop flavor. Big fan.

M: Not a ton going on here in this beer that differsfrom other hoppy beers. Bitterness up front with a smooth finish.

D: seeing as how mines a bomber, 2 would be a commitment, but worth it.

I would recommend this beer once a year when it's released

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color that is mostly clear with ample carbonation bubbles present, pours with two fingers of very fluffy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrusy hop scents that are quite resinous and smell really fresh, also hits with a bit of caramel like depth at the end
T: a good taste, good hop notes although much more gentle on the citrus than i had anticipated, bitter and a bit of an earthy note kind of like chewing on a piece of wood, not smokey wood but rather like freshly cut wood chips
M: gentle carbonation, very smooth through and through, leaves a nice dry note on the palate and a bitter feeling in the back of the throat, great mouthfeel
O: a nice brew, great nose, would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but overall an extremely drinkable brew and once again another one ive loved from sierra nevada

Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a 1 finger thick creamy white/light tan head over a slightly hazy orange/copper body. Plenty of lace rings the glass.

S- Balance is big here. Some nice piny hop notes showing a bit of orange apricot notes. Some earthiness is present amongst some honeyed biscuit maltiness.

T- Starts out with some earthy hop notes, slightly earthy and grassy with some definite died apricot. Overall, this is pleasing with some balanced maltiness although nothing jumps out at me. The finish is long and slow with resinous hop oil.

M- Nice full body with ample carbonation.

D- A solid beer. Nothing jumps out at me but overall, a good quality beer I would enjoy again in the future.

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