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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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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 79 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-14-2013 00:31:54 | More by YalovaIA
Photo of PintOHops


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Amber colored brew with high clarity and low-moderate C02. It produced a 2-finger off white head that comes off slightly pillow like, and sticks around decently. I got some very nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Very herbal hops right up front. I also get spicy, peppery, musty, and a touch of rind hop characteristics in there. Underneath the fresh hop aroma's, I get toasted bread, caramel, and toffee notes that really do stand up to the hops.

T - Fresh herbal, peppery, and musty hop flavors hit you pretty much all at once. It's got this nice balancing toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar malt quality that's not too sweet but sweet enough to enjoy. It finishes with lingering leafy/herbal flavors that just sit on the tongue for a good while. Bitterness is high but not over done, it lingers long after you swallow the beer. It's pretty dry as well.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth, chewy feel to it. Crispness is pretty low.

O - As I continued to drink this beer and it began to warm, I noticed that it's pretty darn bitter, and the bitterness lingers big time. Over all I loved this brew, it's got a nice balancing thing going on in the flavor, and don't even get me started about how fresh and dank those hops are! I definitely recommend this one to an IPA lover. Pick it up as fresh as you can get it! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 22:59:30 | More by PintOHops
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

07-10-2012 11:00:32 | More by IPAFrankieH
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

11-10-2012 19:45:25 | More by MightiestBeard
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-05-2014 19:56:29 | More by lilnicky068
Photo of HoustonTX


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

Pours a beautiful clear ruby-copper with ample carbonation and a large foamy billowing white head.

Aroma has some mild sweetness, with fringes of fresh cut roses, and some perfume and pepper.

Taste is dank and protruding with character. Starts out with a nice pungent pine hop note. Closely followed by a dose of sweet caramel malt to balance. Fresh cut grass, and spring air florals add to the hop complexity. Mild citrus notes, along with sweet candied booze soaked resin near the finish. Finishes with a nice clear hop complexity, with pine and citrus lingering.

I love wet hopped beers, and this is no exception. Good hop build, and great balance. Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:12:36 | More by HoustonTX
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours aggressively a dark amber with very puffy 2.5 finger head that just glides down the glass and leaves tons of lacing along the side.

S - Great mixture of citrus and piney hops here. Sweet grapefruit, orange peel, and then just a ton of piney, bitter hops. Malt seems to smell sweet, even a bit caramely. Great smell.

T - The hops carry over and provide a wallop of pine in the mouth. The citrusy hops in the nose tend to be a bit muted here in favor of pine and floral, there's a touch of sweetness in there that balances the beer ever so slightly.

M - Very smooth actually, while it's quite bitter, it doesn't really dry my mouth. Alcohol hidden well.

Overall - An impressive IPA. The hops are certainly present here if there was so more malt here, it would almost pass for a Bigfoot. Still, well done by the folks at SN.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:19:27 | More by BeerBuckeye
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange/red. Big fluffy two finger head with tons of lacing and legs. Sticky hops fill the nose, grapefruits, a tad grassy. Big juicy hops on the tongue, wow, citrus hops, bittering lemon zest, juicy juicy hops, this tastes great. Medium bodied, and light in the mouth, easy drinking, smooth, hoppy as hell and bitter on the finish. Overall this beer is a home run, hops are out of control on this sucker, SN did a great job on this one, much better than the southern hem. IMO. The price on this was great too, real cheap, excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:11:05 | More by gabedivision
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy coppery body capped by over two fingers of off-white head that endures well and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hops over a somewhat biscuity caramel malt backbone.

Flavor: Up front, a wave grapefruity, mildly bitter, slightly leafy, and lightly floral hops. Under the hops is a solid caramel malt backbone that keeps everything balanced nicely. Citrusy hops and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, this ends up being a great session choice.

Verdict: Harvest is another solid, well balanced, tasty, and drinkable offering from Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure how much credit is due to the wet hop element, and how much is due to the recipe, but the end result is good enough that I just don't care.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:08:10 | More by BeanBone
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3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. No lacing.

S - Piny & citrusy hops with a touch of caramel and bready malts. Moderate apple-like esters.

F/M - Slight toffe/caramel malt sweetness. Piny and citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Slight astringency in the otherwise dry and clean finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slight piny aftertaste.

D - Good. Clean, bitter, refreshing, dry and flavorful. Quite quaffable, but the bitterness gets to be a little much after a few pints.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 04:41:51 | More by domtronzero
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-10-2013 03:45:48 | More by miadw3
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-04-2012 19:11:09 | More by ChaseTheAce
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.6%

12-10-2013 21:52:10 | More by Alex5
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-09-2014 04:00:42 | More by 1Sundown2C
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-24-2013 01:35:52 | More by cjac
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19%

01-29-2012 23:58:36 | More by Snellgg5
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-24-2013 06:02:12 | More by midnitesun11
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-05-2014 17:22:24 | More by Satan70
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-01-2014 20:04:41 | More by mattboyer182
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-04-2013 22:05:06 | More by sbanacho
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-13-2012 15:33:35 | More by Treb0R
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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 3.99 for a 24oz bottle from a world class brewery? Yes, please!

A - Almost white head rests on top of a darker amber colored body.

S - Juicy fresh hop aroma is present. Hops smell like a mix of pine and citrus. I think I smell a nice malt flavor in there as well.

T&M - Well balanced, more fresh hop flavor comes through than noticed in the nose. More citrus than pine but certainly a mix of those two hop flavors. Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable due to the balance. a Nice IPA to be sure but I seem to remember having liked the Southern Hemisphere a bit more. Worth picking up at the price point though and I could see myself grabbing another of these this year and certainly another when it comes out next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:08:55 | More by jpmclaug
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Aimee Mann - Wise Up

A- Cpeer color with a huge head. Had to pour in small amounts, as this kept foaming up.
S- grass and bread at the same time. Maybe a little piney.
T- pine and citrus come first and then mild malt
M- Maybe it takes getting use to the wet hop in the bottle, as this seemed a little biting which was also emphasized by heavy carbonation.
D- The elements keep it interesting, but the carbonation made me feel a bit bloated.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 22:07:24 | More by opwog
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Father's Office.

This is much darker than the usual "pale" pale ale- deep amber with good head retention. The nose is filled with citrus, pine and grass aromas from the generous quantities of hops. Cascades are out in full force here, along with their regular West Coast pals. The extra bitterness combined with a hearty caramel malt backbone makes this the barley wine of pale ales. This is a terrific seasonal release from a brewery that knows a thing or two about pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2005 06:02:29 | More by goschool
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-15-2013 15:09:01 | More by SimonTja
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,923 ratings.