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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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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 147 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 2263 - September 19, 2012. Poured in to tulip.

A - Dark orange, amber in the middle. Translucent. One finger of thick, dirty-white head. Great lacing.

S - Musky, earthy hop aroma. Some pine, spice and fresh cut grass along with a light citrus aroma are also present. A slight caramel malt backbone adds some sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with a big spiciness present. Earthy, pine-y and grassy notes come through form the hops along with lighter citrus flavours. A slight sweet malt background adds some balance and lighter toffee notes.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light carbonation. A lot of sticky hop oils.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

livingtodie, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

drewone, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep copper hue with a finger and a half of dense slightly off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of earthy hops and a bit of citrus a bit of caramel as well
T: toasty malt flavor up front with some earthy and herbal hops, some nice citrus bite comes through as well, a bit of caramel malt shines through also. aftertaste is a bit minty and some more herbal and earthy hops and a bit of caramel sweetness
M: soft carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. pretty smooth in the mouth
O: A very good wet hop ale. excellent flavors, great balance, good looks, and a nice mouthfeel. it doesn't get much better

SHODriver, Nov 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

shockrocker65, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into Stella chalice

A...Beautiful clear, copper color with 2 finger off white head. Fine bubbles in head with tons of nice lacing.

S...wet hops makes for a nice aroma. Pine and fresh cut grass on the nose.

T...plenty of sweetness from the malts is present and followed by a bitter hops to balance it out. Lots of fruit flavors in it, some apricot mixes with earthy, pine resin. Complex. Every sip gives you can pick out different flavors.

M...great mouthfeel. Fine carbonation feels like it is dancing across your tounge. Reminicent of champagne in mouthfeel.

O...very nice brew. Very complex, enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

Hopheadjnr, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Triglycerides, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Giantspace, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

shigg85, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Mic-Lee
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep translucent amber color. Smells sweet and chocolaty. Hop forward, but malts are present, especially in the beginning. Earthy hops, but delicate and sweet. Reminds me of a raspberry truffle. Medium body with medium carbonation. Sierra Nevada carbonation. Floral and a little oily; perfumy. Mild ashy burnt flavor in the finish with a touch of bitterness.

Overall: A very interesting and delicate flavor from this “wet hop” brew. Sweet raspberries to start, floral notes in the middle and ashy tones to finish, this beer has terrific complexity and a depth of balance that indicates deliberate, knowledgeable construction. The mouthfeel isn’t as profound as the flavors, but otherwise, this is a hell of a brew, and a treat for the pallet.

Mic-Lee, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

terence, Nov 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

JRBecks, Nov 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

notdriving, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

dorkinajeep, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

slim2043, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

blmar311, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

TcDub, Nov 18, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Bottled fall 2012.

A: Barely a one-finger head...white. Attractive copper body...not too hazy.

S: Strong aroma...so strong you don’t need to get very close to the glass to smell it. Really everything you expect from a great IPA but magnified. Juicy grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits and some sweet malt.

T: The taste is also magnified. Tons of grapefruit and pine up front with some mango towards the finish. Malt levels are just about perfect...they make a nice escort, but never jump into the spotlight too much.

M: You might expect that an IPA that is so hop-centric might be really harsh, but this is almost soft and creamy until you get some bitter bite towards the finish. Unexpected texture, but not a put-off by any means.

O: Years ago, the Southern Hemisphere version of this beer was one of the first IPAs that woke me up to the wonderful extremes of the style. The Northern is no exception. What an annual treat.

mjtiernan, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

muletrane, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

lynlikesbeer, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful looking beer. A clear ruby copper color with good carbonation. The head is tall with a dense but fluffy white color. Plenty of lacing as it fades. A nice contrast to the copper glow underneath.
Aroma is nicely balanced with fresh wet hops vaguely floral. Sweet caramel malts serve as a sweet bouy for the hops. Fantastic understated aromatics.
Taste is awesome and pretty much perfect for me.
A perfectly balanced brew with hops being bold and flavorful but not the bitter overload you can get in other IPA's. The hops here floral to piney for me were sweet and fresh.
Malts carryied the load with confidence. Slightly grainy at end.
Sweet bitterness smacks the lips at the aftertaste, though it's not really bitter.
Thats what I like about this beer, everything is in perfect harmony.
Drinks smooth and has a border line heavy feel on the palette. Drinks clean.
A beer of the highest quality. This is why I drink quality over quantity.

micromaniac129, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

brentusaurus, Nov 17, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I love fresh hop beers. Excited to try one of the early ones. Tasted 12 October 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium light-brown amber. Nice cream-colored, slightly orange head. Good retention, really good lacing.

Smell is faint and lightly floral. Mostly hoppy but twingy hoppy. A little bit of citrus and a little pine.

Taste is under-malted and super bitter. Chalky bitter, oniony, really unpleasant. A little caramel malt, but not enough. Something about it really doesn't agree with me. Chalky, dry, and bitter. A perfect example of how I don't like IPAs to be.

Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Lasting... but I wish it weren't.

I really don't like this beer all that much. I find it to be unbalanced, overly bitter, and without a whole lot of depth of flavor. Don't plan on drinking it again. Chalky and dry. Blech.

zeledonia, Nov 17, 2012
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.