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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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2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 161
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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

jpd026, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

brewerburgundy, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of mattboyer182
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

mattboyer182, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Shmeal
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of soze47
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):
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

soze47, Nov 01, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

sbanacho, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Kevlee722, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

NJB145, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of gabedivision
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

gabedivision, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
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.

chodinheaven, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Larrydoherty, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

TrojanRB, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of roblowther
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!

roblowther, Dec 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Popp24
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!

Popp24, Dec 23, 2011
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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!

wingman14, Nov 15, 2008
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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?

Philousa, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ComRock12, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

od_sf, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

robear, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

erha2, May 19, 2012
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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