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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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2,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,976
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of williamjbauer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with 1.5 finger off white head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Excellent hop profile with aromas full of citrus grapefruit, lemons, oranges and pine as well.

T - Light and sweet and follows the aroma with a abundance of hops, a hint of caramel, well balanced, nice alcoholic taste and dry finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation

O - Great IPA chock full of Cone hops, I'd get this anytime.

williamjbauer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

tedho21, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of zapahoppa
5/5  rDev +19.3%

zapahoppa, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of PintPal
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

PintPal, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of rct828
4/5  rDev -4.5%

rct828, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of atr2605
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice soft amber color with an off white foamy head that lingers
S-citrus, honey, a hint of pine
T-Nice malt body meets with lots of hop bitterness that is dominated by the pine flavor that finishes clean with a little citrus bitterness on the palate
M-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-Delicious IPA which is expected from Sierra Nevada. They make some of the most drinkable hoppy beers around. Fantastic for the price and would most certainly beer again

atr2605, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ale207
4/5  rDev -4.5%

ale207, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev -4.5%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of rsant
4/5  rDev -4.5%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -4.5%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of AlecGuinness
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer. A little bitter on the tongue, gorgeous aromas of pine, honey, some citrus and some floral notes. An absolutely fluffy white head and a smooth resounding finish. Great beer, even better when really cold, when all the wet hops seem to explode against the roof of the mouth.

AlecGuinness, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of TobinMitnick
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev -4.5%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -28.4%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Snellgg5, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of CoreyCramer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

CoreyCramer, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

stafford2, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of LittleCreature
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 5.0
Pours a big, moussy off-white head with great retention that leaves sticky lace all the way down the glass, over a clear body with a colour that sits somewhere between deep amber and ruby red.

Smell - 4.0
It's all about the hops, but sadly, I'm quite sure this bottle isn't as fresh as it should be and I really have to inhale deeply to get any aroma at all. Perfumy musk lollies, turkish delight, dried apricots and citrus peel. All nice, but without the intensity I look for in any IPA.

Taste - 4.0
A rather different offering to the Southern Hemisphere Hop Harvest Ale - less delicate with a more concentrated fruit flavour. Light, sweet bisuity malt base, a little caramel and hop driven flavours of marmalade, fried apricots, limes and pine. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness that is assertive without being aggressive and just right for style.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonation with fine bead, quite smooth, almost creamy.

Overall - 4.0
A lovely, big IPA, better than their Celebration Ale. This said, for me this still falls short of the best Australian IPAs, which judging by other reviews can only be a matter of freshness. This beer was only out of the fridge for less than one hour between the bottle shop and my house, yet the hop character still seemed somewhat faded. The moral of the story - if you like hoppy beers, buy local.

LittleCreature, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Metuo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange reddish colour with an off White two fingered head that retains till the end.

S - Aromas of grapefruit and pine with a touch of honey.

T - Up front some fresh hop followed by some grassyness that kicks in before some nice malty undertones. Definite piney flavours with a nice twisted bitterness at the finish, that could be described as a little citrusy.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - A great beer that is only let down by its aromas. The flavour profile is well thought out.

eric5bellies, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

danielp215, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – a hazy, deep, russet gold with a sand-colored two-finger head that lasted what seemed like an eternity. Epic lacing once the head dwindled, but at first the head held together too tightly to even leave any lacing at all. (A good thing)

S – Equal parts grassy west coast hops and doughy malt. Aroma nice and strong, but nothing to really knock the socks off.

T – Wow! Floral, resinous hop bite followed almost immediately by a huge blast of sweet, biscuit malt. Caramel flavor present in the malt as well. Some citrus/bitter fruit esters from the yeast. What’s amazing here is how well balanced everything is and how long that balance carries, which is all the way through the aftertaste. Finishes “wet”, with the slightest bit of alcohol heat coming through. Just stunning.

M – Full bodied to the point of bordering on “chewy”, with aggressive carbonation which accents the flavors perfectly. A slam dunk.

O – What a beer! Enough hops for hop heads, and enough malt and alcohol for lovers of “stronger” beers. Flavors, while not incredibly complex, are RICH. I might have a hard time enjoying boring one-note hop bombs with dry finishes after drinking this flavor and mouth feel giant. This is without a doubt my favorite IPA I have sampled. Will be a staple.

TempeBeerMan, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

savagepm, Jan 26, 2012
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,976 ratings.