Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-28-2012 09:21:12 | More by LittleCreature
3.78/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-27-2012 12:59:13 | More by eric5bellies
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
01-27-2012 00:20:55 | More by TempeBeerMan
4/5 rDev -4.5%
Ba Review #114
Served On: 01/25/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.7%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release
This was found at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick (Anyone see Sipping Tom around?).
Look: Poured a sticky brownish orange with zero carbonation bubbles. The beer was very cloudy with expected sediment from all the unfiltered wet hops. Head was a sticky cap of off-white patchy foam that consisted of random sized bubbles. It hung around the entire time.
Smell: Sweetened grapefruit with an interesting vanilla-citrus. The only other IPA I know to have this vanilla component is Stout’s Double IPA. I can also get a faint spice similar to the SN Torpedo.
Taste: Wow, this is a fantastic IPA. First was the sugary grapefruit from the nose. Then came the citrusy vanilla note that lead into a very smooth aftertaste of bitter hops mixed with s residual malt sweetness. Mouth feel was very creamy and sticky.
01-24-2012 17:19:22 | More by CraftBeerTastic
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into a tulip.
Hazy copper with a creamy white head that leaves a nice layer of lace.
It's got a big cascade nose. There's a bit of hidden malts.
This beer is a big hop whammy for the first 3 drinks. This gives way to a nice malt background that isn't too sweet but blends well with the hops. The hops are grassy and spicy.
It's medium bodied and not overly carbonated. A bit sticky too.
This beer smooths itself nicely. Not a palate scorcher like I initially thought, but a pretty drinkable brew. Very nice.
01-23-2012 01:30:13 | More by TippySelenoid
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
A - Light amber body with a huge rocky white head. Great tiger striped lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.
S - Big piney hop nose hits first, with quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very fragrant beer for sure. Some dry maltiness, but not really apparent through all the big hops.
T - Surprisingly balanced compared to the aroma. Huge floral hops flavor hits first, tart but not overwhelming, very nice. Some citrus flavor on the end. Malts are a bit different then standard flavors, comes in almost a bit roasted like wheat toast, but not going into sweet like a caramel. Nice.
M - Very nice, solid medium body, medium to low carbonation.
O - Really nice balance, interesting malt profile, huge hop aroma...good beer.
01-20-2012 13:52:11 | More by chilly460
4.18/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Pours a brilliant amber with an impressive 2 finger cream colored head that shows stellar retention. Massive horizontal sheets of lacing left behind.
S - Green hops, pine, fresh herbs, toasted grain, dry grain, hints of sweet citrus.
T - Fresh floral/herbal hops rush over the palate turning to pine, bright lemon, and bitter grapefruit oils. Toasted grain builds underneath candied oranges and finishes fresh with a clean bitterness.
M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth feel.
Lots of fresh hop flavors without an aggressive bitterness. This was one of the best retaining heads I've seen on an AIPA. Toasted malt give good balance. It's a refreshing IPA.
01-19-2012 23:54:52 | More by StaveHooks
4.15/5 rDev -1%
The color is a really nice deep copper color.
Right away off the nose, fruity hops. It smells like a nice India Pale Ale. But the taste is much different. It has a really nice malt backbone. Chocolate, rich malts, with bitter hops on the way down. A really good beer. A little bit of alcohol comes through once the beer starts to warm up.
It feels more like and American Strong Ale than an IPA.
01-18-2012 06:05:13 | More by raynmoon
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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