Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 2,967 | Reviews: 1,437 | Display Reviews Only:
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
I received this beer from the new 24oz bottled and poured it into my new Sam Adams Glass.
This beer pours a clear golden amber with a frothy just off white head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is full of fresh cascade and centennial hops with a touch of malty sweetness. The taste also bursts forth with the hop flavor and finishes with a slight malty sweet and toastiness. The mouthfeel is very nice for the style with even carbonation. Overall, very nice beer, one of the best sierra nevada has. very drinkable.
10-24-2007 01:05:14 | More by MSchae1017
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
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
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
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):
Dark Fruit: 2
Citrus Fruit: 2.5
Hoppy (Pine): 3.5
11-01-2010 23:35:12 | More by soze47
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
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
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
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
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
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
4.4/5 rDev +5%
Slightly hazy golden orange colored beer with a good amount of visible carbonation. The off-white head billows to an easy 3 fingers and sticks around for a good long time, leaving tons of sticky lacing on the glass as it goes. A gentle citrus in the aroma from fresh and resiny hops, distinctly yakima. Somewhat soft and not quite as in-your-face as I thought it would be, but what is there is fantastic and fresh.Light bit of bready malts as a backbone.
Superbly hoppy. There is a delicate balance between resinous hops and grapefruity citrus, a bit of pine, and a light backbone of bready malts that stay out of the way to let the hops shine. The citrus stays up front and lightly tickles the palate, and then swiftly moves into an aggressive resiny bitterness in the middle and back. Pine makes its mark in the middle with a sprucy, almost minty taste. This aggressiveness soon gives way to a juicy burst of more citrus and malt in the back that evens the whole taste out. It then becomes more aggressive again in the finish with a big bitter and resiny bite to send it away. Finally, the aftertaste lingers on for a good while as a citrusy and piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is prickly from a tad of alcohol and the plethora of hops.
There is no doubt about it: Sierra Nevada knows their way around hops. This is a fantastic IPA, very complex in its use of hops. There are so many one-note IPA's out there and this is not one of those. Highly recommended for any hopheads, as is their Southern Hemisphere when that comes around again.
01-07-2012 04:53:12 | More by chodinheaven
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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