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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

2,957 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,957
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 86 | 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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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-05-2014 19:56:29 | More by lilnicky068
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brewerburgundy

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

24oz bottle.

A: Ruddy copper, rich, beautifully carmelly. A true tan head, a yellowish tint. Amazing lacing. Bourbon-like coloring. A good cap of head for the whole glass.

S: Fresh leafy piney hops. You pick up the malt carmel that makes it look so good. Grapefruit peel. It sends your olfactory sense into a bit of shock with the intensity, some of the bitterness seems to be imparted to the nose.

T: A perfect grapefruit based bitterness journeys up the tongue. Pine needles freshly pulled from a bough and thrust onto the back of your tongue and throat. In the mouth the malt is present in layers that keep things in check, just.

M: Good and substantial. Subtle carbonation.

D: All night, for the rest of my life. I'll buy at least two of these bombers every year.

12-10-2009 20:29:09 | More by brewerburgundy
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lsummers

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Had this one on tap at my local bar.

Appears a copper golden color and is a little dense but still clear. Head is a bright tan that dissipates to a rim and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of slight hops, but I'm getting some maltiness coming through. To me it's not the typical ipa flowery citrus hoppy smell.

The pleasant subdued hops hit you straight away and really come through in the middle. There a bit of burnt caramel with a slight bit of orange grapefruit. The backend mellows out and let's the sweetness come out.

Mouthfeel is pleasant and actually very refreshing at the front, the sweet stickiness comes through towards the end. I wouldn't mind it having even less carbonation just so I could get that initial taste more. Overall I would definitly get this again. I'm excited to try this bottled as well.

06-13-2012 03:45:41 | More by lsummers
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-19-2011 20:11:03 | More by VikeMan
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Shmeal

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-30-2013 23:49:39 | More by Shmeal
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YalovaIA

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

10-14-2013 00:31:54 | More by YalovaIA
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-14-2012 05:13:59 | More by ReeseMax3
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mattboyer182

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-01-2014 20:04:41 | More by mattboyer182
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meehandennis

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-25-2012 03:04:00 | More by meehandennis
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

11-11-2012 20:12:04 | More by Larrydoherty
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jlindsey

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-17-2012 06:01:40 | More by jlindsey
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soze47

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

This is the 2010 edition, released in 10/10. I had previously tried the 2009 edition and loved it despite the fact that it was several months old by the time I found one. I hope this one is even better fresh!

Appearance: Brown with a crystal clear sheen. Big fluffy/pillowy head that leave rich lacing.

Aroma: piney and herbal, but also some subtle notes of almost a toasted english muffin.

Taste: Piney, clean bite up front, herbal and grassy hops come second and mingle well with a not sweet, but very present malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly clear, clean, and crisp. Linger is pleasant and make this guy all to easy to enjoy. A bunch of these guys would be a great idea for hosting a football game with beer fans.

Overall: I liked this guy a lot. I've been underwhelmed by some fresh hop offerings as they are often too grassy to be robust. This one, however, shows that fresh hops can be robust, yet not over the top. Great balance here too. This malt bill is money!

33 Beers Wheel Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2.5
Dark Fruit: 2
Citrus Fruit: 2.5
Hoppy (Pine): 3.5
Floral: 3
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 2.5
Toffee: 1.5
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 1.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2
Body: 3
Linger: 3

11-01-2010 23:35:12 | More by soze47
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Popp24

California

4.45/5  rDev +6%

A - Has a nice Amber color to it a little cloudy. Nice white head.

S - The hops did smell very fresh on this one. Mainly I just got the smell of hops on this one; but it had that smell you want from a good IPA.

T - This IPA starts off and you get some malt flavors and then you get hop bitterness. The taste is just right for me and too bad they didn't bottle this more often because I would drink it often.

M - Light but creamy as well.

O - This is very good IPA and I just love the flavor and smell of this one. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints!

12-23-2011 04:58:06 | More by Popp24
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wingman14

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

This one pours a dark amber with a full off white head. The smells start invading your nose the second you open the bottle. Very intense hop smell with citrus and pine notes, and some sweet notes as well. A very inviting beer. The taste is layered starting off somewhat sweet then quickly moving into an amazing hop flavor with obvious citrus flavors. No real bitter finish, just a long lasting hop aftertaste. A nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, everything there is done very well. This is an easy drinker, I am going to have to go get more. Great beer, recommended for everyone especially any hop heads out there!

11-15-2008 04:23:58 | More by wingman14
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Philousa

California

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%

Dark pale, nearly amber in appearance, clear with a dense, rocky slate head with ridiculous lacing. Really strong barley aroma: wheat bread with some caramel and a little bit of rye spiciness. Hops are slightly citric, mostly piney and dank. Hop and malt aroma are balanced. Not the typical hop-centric aroma of a West Coast IPA, but I like it. The flavor is malt driven. Mostly wheat bread crust and woody, root and bark bitterness. This is like a red with a slight rye spice flavor. Feel is slightly thick, finish is dry. 

I like it, but the aroma could be more hop centric. It was more malty than a typical SN IPA. Perhaps my expectations of an IPA preceded this too much, but shouldn't you showcase the hops in a wet hop ale?

10-16-2012 00:32:39 | More by Philousa
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uziangis

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

01-13-2012 02:56:58 | More by uziangis
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-26-2013 11:14:43 | More by ComRock12
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banger7

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

12-23-2012 00:41:18 | More by banger7
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roblowther

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Rerddish copper with a dense white head that leaves nice sticky lacing. The smell is hops but with a nice caramel note backing it. The taste is wonderful, smooth and spicy. The hops are everywhere but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is silky and maybe even buttery. I am not a hops fan and yet this beer is right up my alley. This one may convert me. The drinkability is very good. The smooth character has led me to almost drain the bottle before I've finished reviewing it. Well done, boys, well done!

12-22-2007 20:29:23 | More by roblowther
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sbanacho

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

11-04-2013 22:05:06 | More by sbanacho
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TexAggie011

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-11-2012 05:16:21 | More by TexAggie011
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dowen44

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-21-2011 04:31:41 | More by dowen44
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od_sf

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-26-2013 01:44:36 | More by od_sf
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zdk9

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -15.5%

A- The liquid is a light orange color toned as canned manderin syrup. Head is about 2 fingers of fluffy uneven foam. Loads of lacing coat the glass- sheets on some parts and bands on others.

S- Very hoppy on the aroma. Earthy, like rich compost, claylike, some dried grass, or even straw. Orange tinted shortcake.

T- Much grassier on the tongue than the nose. And also much maltier. Other flavors include some bitter orange pith, borderline grapefruit, and some bready sweet syrupyness.

M- Pretty bitter for my tastes. I understand it but I don't really like it.

D- Good, tasty. Complex enough. Not a knock you off your socks kind of beer but one I'm glad I drank.

10-22-2009 04:08:55 | More by zdk9
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-05-2014 17:22:24 | More by Satan70
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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