Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.43/5 rDev -18.3%
On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur January 5 2012. 16 Ounce Pour.
(Appearance) beer arrives a medium copper tone with a light white surface cover. Carbonation is spritely. Beer is the slightest bit hazy. Lacing is poor in quality and quantity. An on-par appearance. 3
(Smell) aroma consists of very light floral and spicy hops and a hint of citrus fruit, some wet and some dry hopped. Malt body is mild as well. Pleasant light aroma to this beer but no off smells. 4
(Taste) Tastes of a light malty body with a mildly hopped bitter backbone. Malt character is complete with pale malts and a touch of caramel. Bitter hops most prevalent in the finish, rounding this as a slightly more bitter beer. Balance is close, but this could improve with more malt substance. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Very light texture, with a mild level of carbonation and a slightly sticky and resinous texture lends a hand to the laid back approach the taste creates. Light body and a mild alcohol astringency here and there are discernible. One of the blander aspects of this beer is in the mouthfeel. 3
(Overall) This was an alright IPA but with so many alternatives on the market there's plenty of other options, even if you're going for a milder-tasting IPA. While its got it's character and enjoyment here and there, there's nothing standing out about this beer. 3
03-20-2012 00:17:38 | More by Jadjunk
4.45/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: It's a copper with a hint of orange. The head was thick and fluffy and came down to a nice tan surface coating.
Smell: Everything nice. It's got a big pine smell with a little citrus (more lemon than grapefruit). One of those IPA's that might get called out for smelling like Pine-Sol by some!
Taste: Not as big on the up-front aroma hops as I'd imagine. It's sticking with that piny taste. It transitions into some really round, sweet malt and a final big punch of grapefruit bitter. Slightly earthy.
Mouth-feel: Really creamy and fairly thick bodied. Just a little kick from the alcohol.
Overall: A really great beer. It's not really big on the aroma or bitter, but there is a nice balance and some really good earthy-piny flavours. They say the whole cone hops come wet from the bine and go straight into the boil, which might account for the nice depth of flavour without the overpowering (but also awesome) hoppy-ness of something dry-hopped like crazy.
03-14-2012 22:22:43 | More by Groulxsome
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Sample: 1 bottle 2011
A: Very thick head, great internal carbonation, pure copper orange in color
S: Very intense citrus notes, hints of herbal, almost grapefruit-like in nature
T: Amazing and strong hop flavor, citrus, nice balance between sweet and bitter elements
M: Incredibly smooth, nice floral aftertaste, not too lingering, does dry the mouth a bit, however
O: An excellent hop-forward brew, light in the mouth but strong in its flavor
03-09-2012 06:47:06 | More by MatthewWilde
4.83/5 rDev +15%
2011 bomber poured in to a pint glass.
Poured a light amber in to my pint glass.Very fluffy light tan head. The head slowly cascaded into a nice rockiness. Nice sticky bubbles weere left on the side of the glass.
Strong floral and citrus hops up front in the nose. Light bread/doughy malts bring a nice sweetness.
Bitter floral hops sting the tounge at first. Bready malt and light caramel and apple follow. A grapefruity finish ends each sip. The post-sip burp is delightful.
Medium bodied that leaves a nice resiny coating. Nice carbonation. Lingering sweetness, but an overall clean finish.
I've had this in the pass and have always been impressed. This would be an amazing year-round brew, but alas, it is not. I look forward to having this again next year.
03-05-2012 08:28:53 | More by jeremy13586
3.58/5 rDev -14.8%
Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass
Pours a beautiful, hazy, amber color with a perfect off white head that is slow to fade away but as it does leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass. With the initial smell I get a fruity, soapy smell with a finish of sweetness. With the first taste I notice the crispness and the freshness of this beer. There is not as much flavor as I would like but as it sits on your tongue the flavors start to erupt. Very similarly to FFF Broo Doo and Harvest Ale from Founders it has a heavy fruit flavor that is nice, but unlike the other two this one's is hard to find. I would put this as my 3rd favorite Wet Hopped Ale behind the two I have already mentioned. If I had not had those others before this, this beer would be exceptional but since I have something to compare it to it does not hold up. Still a great beer and for $5.49 here it is a great steal.
03-03-2012 20:13:03 | More by TheTot
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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