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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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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 3,433
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 203
Gots: 207 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 seen...it'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.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint, this beer has a light orange-copper hue and a decent head of 1.5". Retention is somewhat better than average, and carbonation is ample. First thing about this beer: HOPS!!! The nose is very fresh, very green. Pine, some citrus. The taste is nice and clean, with a nice dry malt back and tons of fresh hop flavor. Very oily, very aromatic. Some orange flavors. This wasn't bitter, didn't have that grapefruit taste of some hop-monsters. Freshly hopped and nicely put together, this didn't weigh on the pallette or become boring. I'd give anything to find this on cask somewhere.

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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got out of school for a month to help on the farm with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Bukowski’s, Boston location.

Downy, big plume of initial head that just seemed to stick around for a good, long time. Coppery brown hue and clear with just some light action. To nose, some hop bite and an undertone of caramel and sweet wine which lent it a tart aspect. Initial hop flavor to taste, not overwhelming by any means, followed by a slight cotton candy sweetness and a filtered smokiness, like oak chips. Very easy on the mouth, this one is completely drinkable and stuporous-inducing.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Flying Saucer in Addison, TX

Pours a deep clear red with a reddish-tan he.ad. No lace evident. Smells bitter and floral hops.

A grainy bed for hops. Bitter and citrusy hops. Grainy malt and lightly sticky. Bitter finish. Lightly fruity. Mouth is alternately crisp and sticky sweet. Really good stuff, wish they bottled it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a sampling glass from a tap. Poured a nice amber color with a short head that quickly died off, but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy - citrus and pine aromas mostly. Very clean and fresh taste. Has a decent malt profile, but the hops take the main show, mostly citrus and grassy hops. Well-made beer, but I left this one wanting a little more. Not sure what, but it was slightly lacking in my book.

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Photo of oracle
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

20oz imperial pint.

Beer arrived beatifuly deep red/amber with small head. What little head there was quickly disappated to a thin film, but that thin film left huge amounts of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was simply magnificent. Rich complex hops with fruit and a earthy oaken tone I usually associate with english ales. Simply outstanding

Taste was very good. Nice burst of fresh tasting hops, citrusy. Mild pine, citrus and plum in the middle and long long finish, which I personally like in an APA.

Mouthfeel was a little heavy. Sip this one slowly.

Very drinkable. I will enjoy ordering it again.

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

late october red with a tightly bubbled sticky tan head. crystal clear with small bubbles of carbonation. intensely green resinous hop aroma. wow, that is some fresh smelling beer. sturdy medium body, full and creamy while retaining some crispness. ample caramel malt backbone and bucketloads of cascade hop flavor. piney with orange peel and lemon notes. delicious and highly drinkable, if not very origninal, especially for SN. high marks for freshness.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On at at Mugs Ale House in brooklyn. Bright clear amber. Creamy off-white head is sticky and won’t leave the pint. Very approachable and attractive C-hops aroma is well complmented by caramelic malt. Foresty. This is indeed incredibly well done, superior balance. This is almost worth its reputation and puts a shame to the existence of SNPA. Bitterness is restrained, orangey, cascade-ish. Refreshing on the tongue, the ultimate green hops/malt combination, honey notes, very fresh. Of course it’s not incredibly complex, but among the style, this has to be close to my favorite. This has quality written all over it. The culminating point for me is the mouthfeel. First sip was shouting 5 for texture all over the place. This is perfectly creamy, very airy, smooth, round.. Yum Yum, easy quaffer even.

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Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO.


Fresh, piney, citrusy hops accompanied well by a nice light fruitiness in the nose.

Piney, not grassy, hops like I was expecting. Fresh, sappy, piney notes along with underlying light fruit notes. This version avoided the grassy, herbal and medicinal qualities that usually turn me off with wet hopped beers. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Lucky Baldwin’s, Pasadena, CA on Saturday 18th September during the Sierra Nevada Beer Festival and a mini-BA Gathering. Served in a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass, $3 for the Pint.

Generic Sierra Nevada Tap Handle that had a yellowy-orange tap handle with the words ‘Harvest Ale’ on it.

Appearance: Golden color with some orangey hints, though in the darkness of Lucky Baldwin’s, with the other SN brews, it was difficult at times to work out what the exact color was. Off-white head that didn’t seem to last long, it soon broke into a thin covering, never disappeared but left a thin covering. Good conditioning though.

Nose: Incredibly fresh nose, Harvest is indeed a great name for this brew, it certainly had many attributes that had me back in England at Harvest time. Freshly cut wheat, barley and some fresh grassy citric fruits as well.

Taste: Crisp, clean, fresh and slick. A nice mix of malt and a light but zesty hop profile lend a good balance to this one, and the hops have a neat sharpness with some acidic qualities – fresh and zingy.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, but the lack of any head and a fizzy over-carbonated feel tended to annoy a little and twice caught me with a ‘Harvest Burp’ as I took a good gulp of this one.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, the Pint of Harvest was very middle-of-the-road and easy going in drinking terms. It presents little to prevent you from pounding this in warm surroundings actually, as I did.

Overall: Another new brew from Sierra Nevada and one that I enjoyed, but at this point of the night I am not sure if I could picked this one out from its taste from some of the other SN offerings. Felt like a mix between the SNPA and Best Bitter.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amber of ale of superb quality. Didn't look like much in the glass. Reddish with a weak head. But the second you get it near your face... Delicious.

Easily identifiable as a Sierra Nevada product, the hops are pronounced. Not out of balance, but they are in the start and the finish of the beer. Excellent caramel notes accent the hops and the finish is a lovely bittersweet harmony.

Though I feel as if Harvest Ale might be a little higher in alcohol than I first thought, I could drink a keg of this with out thinking.

Note: I drank this as my "control" beer along with many Belgian ales. The Sierra Nevada, while not as exotic, definately stood up to the imports. In fact, it might have stood a little taller.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.