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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Reviews: 1,471
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 193
Gots: 198 | 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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Photo of positiverpr
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a:amber with medium carbonation. 3/4" ivory colored head- not long lasting. dense lacing

a:fruit-loops/citrus/mild pepper in that order(this must have mostly centennial hops as the breakfast cereal fruit is forefront. slight hint of darker malt.

t: very smooth bitterness first, immediately followed by the fruit loops/citus/spice. nutty malt(sunflower seed) flavor arises and lingers. moderate sweetness but melds well with bitterness. overall very pleasant but again smooth flavor. clean roasted malt flavor is long lasting.

m: medium and very silky for what must be 45 or more ibu's. my mouth begs for another taste.

o:very drinkable. excellent hop flavor. sierra nevada has very non-astringent bittering that must be from their water. this is less bitter and more drinkable than the chico to me(on tap at falling rock) (826 characters)

Photo of spike882
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish orange color with a creamy head that is about a finger or so thick. Head leaves an off white thickness that retains for a few short minutes with a lasting amount of lacing. Nose is very fresh and hoppy with a distinctive hoppiness. Taste is also fresh with spicy hops and a slight resinous taste from the fresh hops; almost like fresh cut glass. A slight malt backbone holds the beer together well. Goes down quick even after the 24oz. (450 characters)

Photo of Thezapper
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a nice deep copper color with think head.

S: Earthy hops are what i get more than anything. Big delicious hops.

T: The taste follows right along with the smell. It delivers big bright grapefruit/piney hop flavor without being overpoweringly bitter. Decently complex, great malt counterpoint to the hops. Sweet caramel and some honey at the very end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Another great one from Sierra Nevada. This beer delivers for those wanting big hop flavor but is so well balanced and supremely drinkable. This one ranks up there with my favorite IPA's of the year. (613 characters)

Photo of Keithstone44
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus, lemon and floral notes. grapefruit as well

T: The hops are very dominant here. It begins with some citrus notes, and then melds into more an earthy, resiny taste.

M: Medium-bodied, with light carbonation

O: Solid brew. Great balance between the malt and hops, while providing a unique taste (414 characters)

Photo of applky
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cambridge Common

Red-brown color with thick head. One whiff and you get that trademark West Coast piney "pure" hop smell. There are both sweet and citrusy notes here, though, which makes this beer more intriguing than your average West Coast ale. On the tongue, the hops are backed up by subtle, toasty malt. Goes down oily and easy, very round in the mouth.

Very drinkable, very good. Tastes like their Pale Ale with a bit more confidence. Probably my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada. (498 characters)

Photo of tencents
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly trüb orange/amber. Tight bubbled foamy head that reduces down quickly but a bit hangs around. More foamy than lacy on glass.

S-A pleasant slightly wet woodshed aroma. Hops are very obvious.

T/M - I'm not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers but am enjoying this one. Certainly hoppy. Very creamy and full mouthfeel that stays throughout before trailing off in a pleasantly bitter finish. (397 characters)

Photo of beveragesampler
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a burnt copper color with three fingers white head. after the head disapates there is a nice amount of lacing.the aroma has subtile earthy and citrus characteristics about it. the taste is crisp, the light grapefruit notes from the hops dance off the toung. not too bitter. nice hints of smoke, almond, spice and citrus that all ballance well together. the aftertast of the hops lingers by the end of a glass. this brew drinks real nice. the ABV is just right at 6.7%. i find this brew to be very refreshing. (514 characters)

Photo of mattp
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the big 24 oz. bottle. The color is a beautiful dark reddish amber and the head is one of the most persistent I have ever encountered. It continues to expand when most other ales have already receded. The head hangs in there for the whole glassful. If you like lacing inside your glass you will be impressed. You will pick the hop aroma out immediately, to be expected from a wet hopped ale I would think, and it is more piny than citrus. Nice solid mouth feel with a pleasant hop bite only rounded out a little by the malt. Nice ale Sierra Nevada. (553 characters)

Photo of dojobrewco
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try of the Sierra nevada Harvest series. Excellent beer for you hop lovers out there. Beautiful copper color and a nice citrusy/ piney aroma. there is also a good malt character to this brew. I was expecting an overwhelming hop sensation but this beer is quite well balanced. Cant wait to try the other harvest ales. (334 characters)

Photo of moose3285
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was the 2007 batch.

A - Poured from a 24 ounce bottle. Pours an amber/red color. With minimal off-white head.

S - Smells of sweet roasted malts. The wet hops give it a nice earthy/grassy smell to it.

T - Starts out with roasted malt flavor up front then turns to a nice citrusy hop flavor. Still has that same grassy flavor as it does in the nose, which is great.

M - Feels a tad thin on the tongue, but not too much. Carbonation is perfect.

D - The drinkablity is great. I wish I had another bottle. (510 characters)

Photo of alexhammond
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up on discount, disappointed I couldn't get this one fresh when it was released. I always enjoy IPAs better fresh (especially overly-hopped brews like this one)

pours a nice looking amber, with a decent fluffy head.
smells of citrus and pine, everything I'm looking for in an enticing IPA.
strong, bitter hop taste at first, but it hit me quick and didn't last long. a good balance with the malts, which was surprising considering SNs pale ale products are usually all hops. interesting, but here it didn't really work for me. the flavors came on strong and got me excited, but left me wanting more. a bit of a creamy after taste, with lingering pine and orange peel flavors.
I wasn't overly impressed by this one; maybe it's because I've been so enamored with the Torpedo and Anniversary offerings, maybe I was just expecting a major hop bomb, or maybe this beer was simply past it's prime. worth a try, but I'd wait until the next batch is released to check it out. (984 characters)

Photo of hwy61mb
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, poured from a bottle into a tulip, slightly cloudy and reddish with a big head and lots of lacing. The smell is hoppy and light, with a similar taste. The hop bitterness is subtle up front and finishes with a clean minimal aftertaste. This beer is nicely carbonated like I would expect from the type and I could drink a bunch of this stuff. This beer is a lighter IPA than what I am used to, but I highly recommend it and look forward to trying it again next year. (478 characters)

Photo of jester5120
4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Clear pale golden color. Thick white head on top that stayed the whole time. Heavy lacing and foam ribs left on sides of glass after each sip.

S- intense aroma from the hops. crisp clean citrussy smell.

T- Great balance of malt and hops. hops were extremely flavorful but not overpowering.

M- medium bodied beer with a very creamy thick head on top

O- Incredible beer for an ipa lover. I couldn't get over how incredible the smell, taste and how sturdy the head was. (511 characters)

Photo of MrELovesBeer
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well played, Sierra Nevada. Well played...a light brown opaque body, exceptional head, solid lacing with residue remaining on the side well after the pour, delicious juicy hop flavor, slightly citrusy and very bitter that just cleans the palate and leaves you wanting more. Great with quesadillas and rice & beans. (314 characters)

Photo of icetrauma
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle and into ye olde pint glass. Poured a deep dark cloudy orange color with a 2 finger tan head that stuck around.

Smells as it says on the bottle like wet hops. Huge intense hop aroma, piney and full of flavor ready to burst.

Taste buds are immediately pounded with hoppy piney flavors. Pine up front and grapefruit bite on the end that the hop oil coats the tongue and leaves a trail of hoppy delight.

Mouthfeel is average for this type of brew. So nothing spectacular here.

Would and will drink again. Not a session brew but one to enjoy. (567 characters)

Photo of thisisbigrob
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Edition - 24 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber in color with a nice thick head that settled into creamy dense lumps of foam. Great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it.

S: As promised, smells of very fresh hops. There is also a sweetness under the hops.

T: Very pleasant hoppiness that is balanced with some malt sweetness. Leaves a slight bitter taste in your mouth which is good for the style and expected for a "fresh hop" beer.

M: Nice and creamy but maybe a little overcarbonated.

D: This glass is disappearing quickly and the other half of the bottle will soon follow but the hop bitterness is starting to catch up with me. (676 characters)

Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to glass

A- Wish more beers look like this one. 2 finger head, looked like moon craters, and lasted a respectable amount. color is a very natural honey

S-Hoppy pine with a hint of floral. maybe slight citrus.

T- Very complex, BALANCE, distinctly wet hopped. all flavors compliment each other. smooth sweet pine. might have some lemongrass somewhere. a little crispness that lingers for a sew seconds.

M- Very well balanced, medium body with the correct amount of carbonation for this beer

O-This beer reminds me of a nice cold glass of nice fresh and natural hops. definitely a Sierra Nevada, but doesn't completely follow their MO. (650 characters)

Photo of Roguester
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass, very clear light bronze coloration, medium thick head. Smell was not as overpowering as I was expecting. Very hoppy, but not particularly floral or citrusy. Taste was a bit yeasty, quite hoppy, but not really what I was expecting. Leaves your mouth with a very bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer, and a bargain at 4 dollars versus 5.50+ for most fresh hop ales from other brewers. Nothing extraordinary in my opinion, but very solid indeed. Just what you might expect from Sierra, very hoppy and fresh, always a good bet at a party. (576 characters)

Photo of desertbronze
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Clear light amber color with a dense off-white head. Left lace all the way down the glass.

Strong hop nose with piney notes (Chinook hops?). Malt aroma in the background.

Sweet malt on the first taste, then the hops overtake the taste buds with a balanced bitterness. Finishes a little dry.

Lively on the tongue, and the hops leave a slight metallic aftertaste.

Very drinkable - good balance between malt and hops. (448 characters)

Photo of shawnsmith1
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours slightly hazy, rich copper into tulip. Nice two finger tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S: Spice. White pepper laced caramel. Just a touch of pine. The "fresh" wet hops attributes have definitely become subdued over the past year, allowing other attributes to take the forefront as the beer develops in the bottle.

T: Malt forward. Bread crust and sweet caramel on a firm backbone of grapefruity bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation. A touch resinous in mouthfeel, but even this seems to have mellowed over the past year. On the finish, cocoa nibs, toffee, cayenne and white pepper eventually fade, leaving a nice bitterness that lingers long.

O: Very enjoyable! This beer has in no way diminished with a little age. The aromatics and the resinous mouthfeel imparted by the wet hops have clearly faded, but only to give way to other characteristics which are equally enjoyable. Would be worthwhile tasting this against a fresh 2011 vintage. (999 characters)

Photo of nige4958
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful malty aroma, with a tad of citrus. This beer is very well balanced with a nice, cotton candy type bitterness. Hops are very much on the flavor end of the spectrum. Bitterness is mellow and balanced nicely by the malt. Beautifully round, and quite exceptional. (269 characters)

Photo of LieutenantWort
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours very nicely, forming a generous creamy head (two+ fingers) with lots of lacing and variation. Color is a bright, coppery orange. Held up to the light, it looks almost pumpkin-bright.

Nose is subtle, light scents of pine and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin without being too watery. Taste is very subtle too, though -- there are some faint bitter & piney notes, but no malt to speak of. You know the malt is there, because otherwise the beer couldn't be as sweet as it is, but there are no burnt/woody/nutty/caramel flavors to tip it off. It's going incognito.

After finishing the bottle, I continued to be puzzled by how subtle the flavors were in this brew. Very drinkable, but it slips almost apologetically by the palate, like it's afraid of drawing attention to itself. (848 characters)

Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me start by saying a great product for a great price. I have been burned by too many "wet hop ales" that don't deliver the crisp, fresh taste that is advertised by them all. This one does.

A - Dark dark copper, slightly orange. Nice tan head that grabs the inside of the glass as you consume. With a lacing you can tell every sip you have taken during the duration. This one attaches itself everywhere.

S - Very floral at first, fresh. Earthy tones with a slight citrus hint in the background.

T - Clean crisp. There is again a floral start that melds into a very smooth burn, if tha makes any sense.

M/D - This beer coats your mouth with a film often consistant with IPA's. Very pleasant. The drinkability is great. This is one that is fresh and light enough whereas the entire bomber could be downed by myself no problem. (838 characters)

Photo of oregonduck
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14 and this has changed a lot since the last time I drank it. It says 100 day IPA and drink fresh on the bottle, but I think it has gotten better with time! Last time I drank it when it was more fresh it seemed like a solid IPA dominated by the typical IPA tartness. Now it seems like the hops have mellowed as it is less hoppy and now more malt forward and balanced. Now it actually reminds me a lot of Bigfoot. It is very smooth, with a nice, but not overbearing sweetness. It still has some tart hop flavors which give it a nice balance. (559 characters)

Photo of joshk
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a nice dark amber/reddish copper color with a fluffy tan head and a strong hop aroma.

What a delicate flavor! The fresh hops are surprisingly mild. The beer is extremely smooth and easy-drinking considering its India Pale Ale nature - I expected something crushingly bitter. I thought fresh hops meant extra bitterness.

It was tasty, buy some if you can get it. (378 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.