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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,846 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2846
Reviews: 1435
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%


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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matdot

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A reddish copper with hints of red and gold, slick head with good retention and excellent lacing. The balance of malt and hops in this APA in my opinion gives the perfect array of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability is high as this beer just goes down fast.

If I could find this in bottles, I'd be all over it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 12:49:45 | More by matdot
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Tyler's Taproon in Durham, NC-via shaker pint. Glowing warm orangy-red color, and pretty, white sticky head. Nice lace sheets dance around my glass. Aroma is mouth-wateringly fresh. Smell is full of delicious candy-like citrus, cascade hops (among others). The wet hopping is apparent in this very delightful beer. Not to mention delicious hoppy burps follow. Although this is one substantially hoppy beer it is quite well malted too, both in the nose and taste. There is a subtly balanced smoothness to it and a great fine grittiness to the texture. Awesome and I wish I could get this in stores. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the fresh/wet hopped beers during the Fall season from now on, in opposition to the traditional Oktoberfest style beers. Drinkability is the best.

Great beer. Go find it before you miss out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 02:40:10 | More by tastybeer
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wedge

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one fresh hoppy beer. Served to me at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC in a standard shaker pint glass. Clear, pure orange color - the head leaves rings of lace on the glass and settles to a fine white velum sheet for the remainder of the beer. Smells of fresh citrus hops - candied and very sticky with oily lupulin goodness. Taste follows the smell very well...a big mouthfull of sticky fresh hops with some residual sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Solid bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Mmmm-mmm good...did I mention fresh? Glad I got to try this!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2006 02:32:31 | More by wedge
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, looking smoked and carbonated. A finger of tight-bubbled off-white head dwindles soon to frothy islets. Lacing is liberal and textured.

The aroma slaps the olfactory mechanism with the pine resin pungence of blazingly fresh hops, citrusy and floral as well. A backbeat of slight malt sweetness lurks underneath, establishing a fair presence.

Upon tasting, a first flash of toothy malt sweetness careens in, carrying berry and caramel, then is mitigated by a juicy hop onslaught, with pine resin, pine needles, and crisply dry grapefruit citrus. A mild biscuit note comes through from a re-assertion of the malt, as well as a more floral character from the hops, before they melt away to a crisp and refreshing lingering bitterness. The wet-hopping works magic here, with a sassy freshness and impressive balance combining to blend into a fine, delightful flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, the oily, resinous hops join the sweet malt to lay softly but utterly on the palate.

This is about as balanced a highly hopped APA as I've had the pleasure to experience. The malt distributes just enough sweetness and fruit to counterbalance the energizing bite of wonderfully fresh hops. It's so damned good that I defy any hophead to have just one. This is a sessionable pleasure, a step above so much of what SN offers, and that's not to slight the others, but rather to extol the virtues of this pleasing, refreshing, edgy concotion. I often think scarcity is a big factor in making some beers as good as they seem, but this one would be as good no matter how available, so I say, bottle it now!

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2006 17:51:05 | More by Foxman
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klewis

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fiarlawn, OH - 10/28/06

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a modest head that left moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of resin, pine, and citruic hops.

T: Like the smell with a strong, but gentle bitterness. Very similar to SNPA, but with a fuller and more intense flavor.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, lingering flavor.

D: Quite a fine beer. If only this was as readily available as SNPA. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2006 02:06:11 | More by klewis
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Matthew

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moon and Sixpence.

A reddish type amberish color with a nice white creamy head.
Nice pungent hops in the nose, piny, slight citrus.
Nice hoppy bite up front with flavors including piny characteristics as well as some faint citrus hop notes. Nice sweet malty backbone makes this a very well balance pale ale.
A very drinkable pale ale from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 16:21:34 | More by Matthew
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Balanced and smooth. Good understated piney, bitterness, grapefruity and fruity. Brownish, Some lacing,Hmm, the carbonation Perhaps their gas combination detract. Drying finish though Full mouthfeel and satisfying.
2007 bottle, dry but hoppy. Understated IPA, viz. pale. Lots of good head.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 04:00:07 | More by Sammy
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, not overly hoppy, but thoroughly hoppy from start to finish - just barely enough malt backbone to support this freshly piney, cedar tasting/ smelling beer. Reddish color, like an ESB or Red. It's a shame that "fresh-hop" or "wet-hop" style beers can't be made year 'round, but I guess that is the joy of it. This style of beer is the prime example of why America is not wrong in evolving their own style of beers that showcase the considerable flavor/ aroma additions beers can benefit from with more aggressive hopping regimes. I generally tend to drink more malt accented beers, but when the depth of juicy dank fresh hops is present on the beginning, middle, and finish of the beer without seeming bitter or overly sticky, or unbalanced, then I have to stand at attention and salute.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 02:26:19 | More by dedrinker
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roan22

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited about getting this fresh harvest ale the day it was tapped in Exton, PA. It was slightly more resin-y or oil-y than I remember it being last year. It tasted more alcohol-y as well. So I had a pint of the 2005 version (which the Drafting Room had as well) to compare, and I liked the 2005 version better. Aging this beer a year makes the taste improve remarkably.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 20:56:13 | More by roan22
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OStrungT

California

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden brown color with a light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild sweet malt aroma. A pleasent floral hop aroma is present. Some slight citrus notes are also present. The fresh hop aroma is very pleasent.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral and citrus hop flavors dominate. It has a mild sweet malt flavor also. This beer is not bitter, just very hoppy in a subtle way.

This beer is crisp. It goes down refreshingly smooth, leaving a citrus hop aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very good, and not overly aggressive.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer. Usually, I am a little unsatisfied with Sierra Nevada. This is definately an exception. If you see this beer, drink it. Outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 21:10:20 | More by OStrungT
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, yeah baby. Just came out on tap today at the brewery. Pours a robust dark copper color, small firm head and nice looking lacing. Nose is full of freshly broken-up hop flowers in their full glory. Really bitter bite, accompanied by a full body like most other SN ales. Fruity and piney but the bitterness predominates. Hops galore. Unique because all the hops punch you in the mouth at first, but fade away before the aftertaste kicks in. Big hearty body reminiscent of fresh baked bread. Nothing overly astringent or assertive, just resins and oils and bitterness and full flavor. Beautiful. Perfectly balanced. The finest beer Sierra Nevada makes.

Seek this out now. I don't want to see any of those bad mid-summer next year reviews, this MUST be consumed fresh. Put this on your must-drink list today. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2006 02:20:09 | More by rayjay
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hero27

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa..

Pine needles, grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus aroma.
More bitter than expected, with plenty of hop bite, a creamy mouthfeel, and great lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, this is like a very tasty middle ground between the SNPA & their Celebration Ale. This never seems to be available anywhere in my area, so I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2006 22:09:10 | More by hero27
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scottoale

California

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, a 1/2 inch off-white foam head sits atop an irridescent orange-amber ale of beauty. Nice lacing throughout the pint.

Nice malty nose with some citrus and earthy hop notes pulling through. t has a balance of not too sweet nor overpowering of piney fresh hops. More subtle than I anticipated.

Oh the flavor, nice rich malt upfront with some citrus filling in, only to be overtaken by some earthy and very bitter hops. A very tasty brew that keeps Sierra Nevada in my book of favorites. The aftertaste is a pleasant bitterness of evergreen...damn bitter!

Nice mouthfeel and a hefty medium body, my guess for the ABV would be around 6%. This stuff is a pleasure to drink fresh on tap, it's got my vote!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2006 20:40:03 | More by scottoale
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered on tap at the Ginger Man Houston. Well, well.

An almost luminous quality emanates from the crystal-clear orange-copper body of this most pleasing SN seasonal. Fruity, perfumy hop-derived aromas waft up from the generous head, with a mild evergreen quality developing later on. The flavor begins with soft malt and a fleeting sweetness that interact with the flavor of fresh hops. This quickly gives way to a bracing bitterness that flashes across the tongue before lessening abruptly into a medium finish. The finish contains a bitterness that borders on astringency without becoming unpleasant.

Rare enough and downright good enough that you shouldn't pass it up if the opportunity should arise.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2006 18:03:58 | More by VoodooBrew
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carln26

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in New York. It poured a deep copper color with a tan fluffy head. The head left a nice delicate lace as I sipped the beer. The nose has a lot of citrus hop aroma, a little bit of hop flower with mild caramel. Citrus and floral taste. Nice mild caramel back. I have the Celebration Ale in the bottle, and this is a more subtle beer. Fresher taste (I realize a fresh tap should be that way), but I really like the way the hop flavor comes across without a huge amount of bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 16:30:36 | More by carln26
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chargerfanjess

California

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep red with a creamy off-white head. Immediately as it’s poured, hops aroma hits me. Spicy, floral/piney, and especially hoppy aroma is refreshing... Maybe hints of apple. Spicy flavor fills mouth with bitter hops and notes of pine. Nice bitter finish lingers. Alcohol is subdued but noticable. Malt characteristics barely noticable but present. Finishes very bitter. Extensive lacing through whole beer as head diminishes slowly. Very lightly carbonated. Excellent and refreshing beer. Light moutfeel but not watery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2006 20:16:20 | More by chargerfanjess
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doubleipa

Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised to see this at one of our locals I had never seen it anyway in Georgia. This beer has a nice hoppy aroma with pine and orange. I couldn't really tell that this was brewed with "green hops". The aroma was very similar to Celebration, but not as hoppy. There was excellent lacing and a nice, firm head. The body was clear with a nice amber.orange color. There was moderate hop bitterness initially that became stronger. There was more of a malty smell and flavor than Celebration. The finish was long. It has a medium dry mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 20:50:57 | More by doubleipa
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crisp, golden amber pour unleashes a dense and creamy off white head that retains majestically and leaves thick lace everywhere.

Aroma is a sweet perfume of dripping green hops, resinous and oily. There's a semi-sweet malt presence but this nose is all about the hops.

Nice golden malt entry leads to complex hop flavors that are fruity, citrussy, and remind me of bubblegum. There's a piney level to the bitterness that is very sprucey. Well balanced and delicious.

Body is perfectly medium, smooth, and oh so quaffable. I could drink this any time, anywhere. Too bad they don't bottle it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2005 14:03:59 | More by AlexJ
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never expected to see this beer as far east as Iowa, especially in a state such as Iowa. As it turns out, though, this beer is a Sanctuary exclusive in Iowa.

The beer pours to a pale golden color with a bit of an amber. The head is huge and creamy, cascading all the way up the glass like a nitro pour or a cask ale. Looks quite exceptional.

The smell is also huge with a green cascade smell. Very flowery and citric with a bit of a malt. I love the smell of fresh hops.

The taste is no exception. Has a bit of a caramel sweetness with plenty of fresh cascade hops. A bit citric and spicy, only slightly grassy. It reminds me of a lighter, fresher version of SNCA.

I love this beer. Even better than the only other fresh hop beer I've had (Great Divide Fresh Hop), but probably only due to the draught pour. I only wish these beers would come more than once a year.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 06:59:56 | More by neonbrown82
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber colored beer with an off-white colored head that lingers for some time and leaves behind some lacing. Aromas of hops, grass, and dried fruit seem to be present. The taste is more like a cross between an Amber Ale and an American IPA. The first few sips make the beer seem well balanced with a nice malt presence that grows into a hop bitter taste. However, as the beer warms, the hops begin to dominate the malt with a fruity aftertaste that is enjoyable and evolving. The hop profile in this beer is closer to that of an IPA or even a Double IPA than a regular pale ale. Good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2005 14:38:37 | More by jaluria
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, first time I've been able to try it, side by side with the Celebration. Pours a very dark copper, darker than the Celebration, with a finger of off-white head, nice retention, and huge excellent lacing. Nose is all hops, mainly piney and resinous, but with some lighter floral notes too. Taste is wonderful, a slightly caramel malt upfront instantly bombarded with huge flavors of hops, fresh and green and piney tasting, some slight grapefruit, a nice lingering bittereness, absolutely superb. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel, fairly active carbonation. This is a great pale ale, less hoppy than the Celebration, but with a fresher greener hop flavor. Great beer for hop lovers, wish they bottled this one, would pick it up in an instant.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2005 20:52:42 | More by cubedbee
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sloejams

California

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For some reason, I expected a beer with subtle hop character and limited flavor. I was all sorts of wrong on that. Initial scent is nothing but hops. Bountiful, beautiful hops – oh, how I love thee. It’s very aromatic, quite floral – a little pine smell. The color is a dark dark brown, not terribly pretty. What it lacks in beauty is made up in taste. Truly amazing flavor: full of hoppiness – evenly distributed, well proportioned. The mouthfeel is perfect, finishing with a nice creaminess. This is a top-notch beer, find it and drink it!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2005 19:27:15 | More by sloejams
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goschool

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Father's Office.

This is much darker than the usual "pale" pale ale- deep amber with good head retention. The nose is filled with citrus, pine and grass aromas from the generous quantities of hops. Cascades are out in full force here, along with their regular West Coast pals. The extra bitterness combined with a hearty caramel malt backbone makes this the barley wine of pale ales. This is a terrific seasonal release from a brewery that knows a thing or two about pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2005 06:02:29 | More by goschool
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SwillinBrew

California

3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Hollingshead.

A - a sunset amber color with a smallish head that went down as i imbibed. Darker than i would expect, but nice.
S - Piney hops with citris hit your nose, a bit punchy.
T - a pleasant bittery hop with a nice subtle malt backbone, finishes a bit dry.

Overall a solid pale ale and nice drinkable brew. I just cannot ascertain much of a difference between the harvest and celebration. Subtley different.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2005 00:01:49 | More by SwillinBrew
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Boilermaker88

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of SN's fall seasonal at Hollingshead's Deli and enjoyed a couple pints while watching the Chargers/Chiefs football game.
SNHA had a clear dark copper color and scattered light carbonation that rose lazily to the base of a dense off-white head that bore up well and left thick sheets of lace.
The nose showcased the hops punch this APA-on-'roids has. Lots of citrusy hops aroma mixed with the hearty caramel malt notes for a real enticing brew. The taste initially had a solid malt base which also carried a slight earthy note. Then came the rush of Cascade hops, all citrus peels with a lighter inclusion of pine sap. Finishes drily after starting off with a full-bodied creaminess.
SN's Harvest Ale is one big bad-ass American pale ale. It has a great aroma and taste in which the malt and hops complement each other to the fullest. Drinkability is damn near off the scale. Great stuff worth seeking out.

Serving type: growler

10-31-2005 22:11:04 | More by Boilermaker88
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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