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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Ratings: 3,417
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 187
Gots: 196 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thankfully on tap at Old Chicago in Eden Prairie, MN, served in a 25 oz. mug. Very dark bronze color, nice creamy tan head that lasts for about the first half of the beer. Smell is nice sweet, fresh hops, floral and sharp, with some malty sweetness going on in the background. Taste was great, I like it better than the SNPA that has been a benchmark of the style for years. The hops are robust and tangy, this was a nice surprise to find on tap at a place like Old Chicago (Their Minnesota beer of the month was Budweiser Select...). Highly drinkable and enjoyable, I would've gotten more, but there were still a number of good octoberfests on tap.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's somewhat hard to believe that this beer is classified only as an American pale ale. It packs a serious hop wallop... definitely enough to stand up against any IPA, or even some double IPAs.

Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale is one of those beers that is so hoppy & dry-bodied that it leaves you thirsty, with cottonmouth, after you're done. Probably not a beer you'd want to drink all night, but it is quite an experience while you're having it.

The trademark familiar Sierra Nevada blast-of-cascade-hops is right up front and present in this beer. Delicious floral aroma... lots of heavy lacing in the pintglass.

The truest way to describe Harvest Ale is that it is basically an amped-up version of their flagship beer - the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. More hops, darker color, stronger scent, more bitter, more bite.

Photo of carlosd74
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at The Grey Lodge in Mayfair, Philly. I made a rare Monday night out just so I wouldn't miss this rare keg. Good decision because it was kicked in under a week.

Beer starts with a two-finger head which is tight and cream-colored. There was not much lacing with this one.

It was an amber color with less carbonation than I've come to expect from Sierra.

Beer had a solid malt profile with the typical citrus hop flavor coming through. As the beer warms some esters hit the palate but not much.

The mouthfeel is just perfect. Tight as a nun's @$$hole. Beer finishes dry with a raw hop oil taste on your tongue.

All in all it was worth seeking this out. It doesn't seem as complex as their Celebration Ale...which I eagerly await.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table clear amber with an off-white and well lasting head which worked it's magic to coat the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was fruity with a light grassy character. A nice caramel maltiness emerged as the beer warmed and the hop aroma increased quite a bit over time.

The flavor was fruity at first when the beer contacted the palate. The further in time you travel, the more the bittering takes over the pint. By the half glass point the bittering was ruling the day and was ready to tackle the world. The bittering was resinous and grassy and the nice malt flavor woked well with it for a nice balance to keep the hops from kicking you in the head.

The finish was dry with a lasting resinous grassiness bittering with caramel well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation well done to give a nice creaminess to the mouthfeel. Bring a toothpick to get the grassy hop flavor out of your teeth. The bittering, while not over the top, lasts very long and strong. Another pine please!

Pint, make that two pints, at Tylers in Durham, NC, yes, that is correct, we have the beer on tap in NC...HA!

Photo of bditty187
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is clear with a coppery-dark brown hue. There was a beige head and at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height, I poured my pint from a pitcher so I regulated the head. Anyway… the head had great staying power; the foam didn’t really move much. A thin cap lasted for awhile as I slowly sipped away the beverage. The subsequent lacing was webby and well-organized. This is a pleasant looking pint.

The nose displays a firm level of hoppiness with pine and citrus vibes. There are also fruity notes, some alcohol hints, and a pleasant malt backbone, a bit in the distance. As the beer warms the nose further develops, all the previously mentioned sensations become louder and rounder. Nice. I hate smelling beer in a bar but to review this one I had no choice. It wasn’t smoky but it was still less than optimal for me. I believe some of the nuances are lost. Still, it is obvious this beer has a hoppy nose. It is inviting even with moderate potency.

The palate is great, I can sum it up as simple as that. Juicy hops throughout. Bitter in the middle and this sensation lingers well into the back, very nice. This is a beefy APA! Ample caramel malt with just a kiss of toffee cookie, the malts balance this beer very nicely. Okay, balance in the sense that the hops don’t crush my palate with relenting force. I love the juiciness and the complexity of the hops. The crisp alcohol at the back is like icing on a cake. I am surprised at the firm bitterness. All in all, this is a very tasty beer, it really is, but I do think some of its cult following is due to the fact it is a draft only beer. Whatever the case, I look forward to my couple pints every fall. Damn good stuff.

Medium in body, firm but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer well and that is all I can ask for.

Hop burps always help the drinkability of a beer! This is a very enjoyable quaff. It is tasty and refreshing… it was kicking ass with my black bean and chicken quesadillas and I bet it would have been great with a cheesy cheese burger! The long aftertaste didn’t let me forget the flavors. Yet another wonderful beer from SN, it is fairly complex for the style. The hop depth really elevates the palate over a typical APA or even an IPA. I sampled mine at the Crescent Moon in Omaha… get some before it is all gone!

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

10/06/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance- Amber in color, 1/2 inch head with above average lacing.

Smell- Equal parts of both hops and malt. Comparable to their regualr ale, but with some more floral hops.

Taste- Slight fruit flavoring in the hops. Maybe a touch of lemon. Again, this tastes similar to their pale ale except with more attention to the hops.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch overcarbonated. Slight bitterness.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Almost carries over into the IPA category. Fairly well rounded. Would definitely get this one again.

Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived looking good with a deep amber color. The head was medium and lasted well, while leaving some nice lace behind.

The smell is also good, with hops coming through strong on top of a solid malt base. The taste is good too, but seems a little plain by comparison. It's not too far off from their regular pale ale with some extra kick. The mouthfeel is good, and it's very easy to drink.

Photo of egajdzis
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light reddish ruby color with a creamy off white head that left nice lacing. It had a strong citrusy hop aroma. It tasted like strong hops, nice and citrusy, just like the aroma, with a slight malty backbone. The head lasted all the way down the glass. This was terrific!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler. Pours from the growler a wonderful clear amber red with a huge pillowy two finger white head that slowly falls. Sticky patchwork lacing adorns the side of my SN tulip. Aromas of sweet caramelly malts collide with a fresh, vibrant citrusy, piney hops. Lovely hop oils make me feel like I'm in a field of hops smelling them right on the vine..covered in a sweet blanket of hops. Yum.

First sip brings a rush of sweet caramelly pale malts...chewy and a tad bit toasty, bready on the back of the palate. The citrusy, piney resinous hops soon take control and bring a lovely sturdy bitterness. Fresh, lush, floral....the green leafy hop flavors keep me coming back for sip after sip. The big "C" hops are in full effect. Subtle lingering bitterness after each gulp. Simply an amazing APA. Extremely well balanced and incredibly tasty...the malt and hops have a harmonious relationship...a new benchmark for APA's in my book. Big, tasty hop burps can't help but bring a smile to my face as well!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Mellow carbonation helps this one go down easy. Chewier maltiness than most APA's. Drinkability is only hindered by availability. This growler will disappear far too fast and I'll be left searching for more. Please, please, bottle this!! A world class APA from one of my all time favorite breweries. Many, many thanks to kmpitz2 for allowing me the pleasure of sampling this fine brew.

12-9-07: 24oz. big bottle. Love the unique bottle and big size! This beer is as good as it's ever been and I'm glad to finally see it bottled. Big citric, piney hops all over the place in the aroma and flavor. Fresh, green with a sturdy smack of bitterness. I really can't say enough about how much I love this one. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for bottling this and I hope to see it again in the future.

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

For a fall seasonal, they sure have it out early. Poured a clear amber colour with a good frothy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty hoppy aroma with earthy tones. Good balance between hop and malt flavours. A slightly bitter and dry finish. A very smooth and easy drinking beer.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a nice, tasty brew overall. It's not as fierce as the Celebration Ale, but it's close, I'd say.

It pours a hearty amber colour with a big pillowy off white head. THe brew is quite sticky as well leaving chunks of residue on the glass.

The smell is sweet and oily, with some leafy notes as well. A toasted malt and earth presence is here as well to balance things off nicely.

The flavour is very much like the smell: fresh and oily and smooth, but packing a hop punch too. The hop sweetness and juciness mixes well with the dirty earth undertones throughout and the toasted bread flavour of the malt mixes well too. Finally, a touch of spice thrown into the flavour at the finish works just right.

This is, yet again, another solid brew from SN, and I was elated to find it on tap as I've never seen it anywhere around these parts. Grab a pint if you can.

Photo of ctdfalconer
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews from SN. There is a brewery that really puts out a fine array, quality across the board. This one stands out among their lineup. Brewed with fresh hops at harvest time, it has a wonderful floral aroma and rich, full malty body to carry the substantial but smooth herbal hop character. Part of the magic is that the hopping isn't wildly out of balance as you see in products from Stone where they like to use hops as a weapon. I just wish it could be put out year round. This is unquestionably a must-have for hop lovers.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery red pour under a disapating paper thin collar off white, spotty head leaving thin lace.

Deep rye aroma and hops balanced scents.

Bold hops & spice. Bone dry aftertaste. (Cascades?) Dry orange peel. Indiscernable malts. Woody middle.

Sizzle crisp mouthfeel. Medium body. More enjoyable at moderate temps. Acidic sixxler, with malty background.

Last swigs: Nearly going fo a hop rod rye clone. Orange peel and rye malt.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color topped by an dull white head that leaves cascades of lacing.
Aroma is sweet caramel alog with grapefruit, pine tar and some resins.
Flavors of sweet caramel malt, somewhat lighter citrus notes upfront and finished with a pine-like, resined very fresh hop note. Mouthfeel is superb. Great balance of sweet and bitter, slides down the gullet well and really has near perfect transitions between malt and hops.
Drinkability is very high. This was a really good APA. Not overboard on any one item like some many beers. Hop fueled for sure but copious amounts of malt really balance it well.

Photo of JackStraw22
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this in a growler from Fingerlakes Beverage in Ithaca. Crystal clear golden/Amber body with a really nice thick, caramel head. Great retention, nice lacing down the entire glass. The aroma is hoppy as would be expected. The floral aroma is intense and quite nice. The taste is very clean and crisp. It's dominated by the hops, but they aren't overpowering. The taste of the hops is complex, it's not just a "whack you over the head with all the hops we can" taste. The drinkability is outstanding. I had this throughout a day of football, and I wish I had another growler when my first one was gone.

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

Had this one last night on tap at a local Italian restaurant...went quite nicely with the lasagna.

First it pours a beautiful copper orange color, with a cream colored head. Nice lacing, head dissipated after a few minutes.

The aroma is really what makes this beer. I would be willing to bet the finishing hops are Cascade, that wonderful fruity citrus smell drives me nuts.

Good malt background to match the wonderful hoppiness.The first thing that hits you is the piney, citrusy hop aroma immediately followed by a caramel sweetness, and finishing strong with a fantastic citrus hop flavor.

One excellent american pale ale!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: clear and bronze, under a light, thin, creamy tannish head.
Aroma: now, we're getting somewhere, fresh, fruity, ...citrus, grapefruit, peach, apricot, ...piney, floral, complex, and arousing.
On the palate, brisk and bold, grabbing and dominating the senses,a great hoppy blast with every swallow. Warm and toasty on the tongue, palpable hoppiness, hops never stop popping!
Great tasting, full bodied, with a long, fresh, hoppy finish.
My first encounter with this brew that I thought I'd have to travel to California to try, and now I'll have to return to the pub to satisfy this hop-craving I've developed!
In fact, it reminds me of the time two years back when I bought a new acquaintance a beer, and he had no choice, offered that he'd have whatever I had. So, I bought him a SN Celebration. Before he was halfway done with the pint, it started gurgling out of his mouth, and he offered no explanation for why it fled his lips.
Next time I saw him, he was drinking Rolling Rock.
If I bought him a pint of this, I'm thinking he would've hurled when it first met his lips.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Dallas Gingerman, served in a Ludwig Hefeweizen glass for some reason. Review copied from notes.

Appearance: Lovely walnut-brown color with lasting tannish foam that laces nicely.

Aroma: Malty, slightly caramel scent, and grassy hop aroma.

Flavor/Body: Lot of hop flavor, leaning to spicy grapefruit-citrus. Some malt flavor lingers around the edges, but mostly it's overwhelmed by the high bitterness. Nice body, spritzy mouthfeel.

A little overhopped to be interesting, in my opinion. This kind of fits as a slightly darker SNPA, or a slightly lighter Celebration Ale. More malt balance would really help this out.

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

Bloody amber with a huge meringue-like head that leaves some damn good lacing on your glass. Aromas of fresh oily, piney, citrusy hop goodness, and a light whiff of french bread. The taste is super hoppy up front with an oily feel and a very piney flavor. The middle is slightly bready and the finish is dry, oily, and hoptastic. Mouthfeel is medium to full and oily, as mentioned, oh, and the drinkability is quite killer. This is almost like a cross between the SNPA and Celebration. Except the fresh, wet, hops that they use for this brew makes it a little more intense. An awesome brew from Sierra.

Photo of granger10
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn red color with copper highlights. Smell is definitely hoppy and piney and has a sweet honey note to it. Taste has more of that hoppiness upfront in the form of citrus and grapefruit. There's a sticky caramel sweetness underneath that gets stronger and slightly stickier the further I go. Piney sharpness hits my tongue in a prickly way. Finish is hoppy and dry. A very good beer from SN, one that I could drink all night long, but I still think I like Founder's Harvest Ale better.

Photo of bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this thing is like SNPA on crack, with more hops, more hops, and more hops. It has some nice biscuity malt, caramel flavors, which quickly gives way to a very bitter, resinous finish that feels like it's working the enamel on your teeth. On draft this was a really special treat. For thos of you that like the flavor of SNPA, but thinks it lacks balls, then here you go.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Hop Leaf, Chicago
This beer is a clear amber color, and it has a surprisingly long tasting tan head, at least for a draught beer. There is a fresh, herbal, hoppy character to this beer, and there is a hint of caramel to the nose as well. The taste is sharp and herbal, but there is perhaps a bit more malt character than is in the Celebration, I get note of caramel and biscuits. Of course this beer is about the hops, the hoppiness is quite sharp, definitely with an herbal quality to it, and it is just pungent. The sweet caramel like flavors of the malt mix with and, accentuate the orange-bergamot notes from the hops. The finish is fairly bitter, though this is a mix of traditional bitterness, and a contribution from the herbal hoppiness that is found in this beer. This is quite tasty, though it is perhaps a bit too green and herbal, though of course this is what this beer is all about.

Photo of meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This had a copper body with about two fingers worth of white head. Head had decent retention and left some rings of lace around the glass. Aroma is full of hops with citric and grassy notes coming on strong. A good bit of malt is present as well to keep the balance. Taste comes across a bit hoppy with citric notes with balancing malt coming on almost as strong. Very well balanced and tasty brew that has a very clean crisp taste. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a very crisp feel to it. Drinkability can be defined by this stuff. This could almost be overly drinkable. All around excellent beer that I wish they would bottle.

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

Appearance: Medium copper body topped with a single-finger of off-white rocky head. Lacing = 60%

Aroma: Well balanced nose with hops aplenty backed up nicely with a quality malt aroma

Taste: Medium hops hit first followed by a lingering multi-malt assault. Finishes hoppy...but not quite as piney or floral as Celebration

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, but a tad thinner than the nose promised

Drinkability: Nice solid seasonal selection to usher in cooler autumn temperatures

Photo of PatandDavid
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at 'bones last night. Had to give the appearance a 5, as this has got to be the shiniest, clearest beer I've ever's like a diamond, all sparkle and shine. Color is an auburn shade, with a low white head. The beer comes across tastewise as Celebrations kid sister...lower hops all around, but still that good Sierra flavor. One interesting aspect is that the malt follows the hops tastewise, as opposed to the other way around. Very tasty. Like when you want Celebration in a much mellower style.

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