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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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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 3,405 | Reviews: 1,484
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, bright burnt orange color with an off-white head that peaked at just under 2 fingers. Good retention. Leaves a fine lace that borders on spotty, with good stick.

Smell - Lightly toasted biscuit malt, leafy, fresh almost mint hop character with traces of pine and citrus.

Taste - Hits on the lightly toasted malt briefly to start, then pounds you with a nice array of hop character; grassy bitterness, pine, and citrus notes. Finishes with a faint touch of peppery spice and a lingering bitter-sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick on the tongue. Finishes with fair smoothness.

Overall - Had this on tap just last week, and I enjoyed it a bit more than what I'm having out of the bottle. There's no bottling date, so I can't say how fresh this is. Still, it's pretty damn good.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy bright-copper/orange body under a beautifully creamy looking finger of off-white head. The head looks so soft and appealing.

The nose smells literally like wet hops. Reminds me of right after I add hops during the boil. Before they even mix in, and they are just absorbing the steam. Evergreen sap, pine needles, sweet grass, and light citrus all wrapped up in earthy fresh hop goodness.

Wow, this is a hugely flavored beer. An outstanding (and unexpected) wall of malts is built in the first seconds after the sip, and then is riddled with holes as the fresh hop flavors come through and shine. Fantastically rich in both hoppy and malty dimensions. Sticky, bitter, sweet, thick, rich. The hop oils are just making me crazy.

The mouthfeel is packed with bulk and carbonation. This is how an American beer that isn't trying to be continental in any way should be. I don't usually love the mouth filling carbonation, but when paired with a feel and flavor like this one, it nails it.

Conclusion: A really epic beer. I don't know how I have not had this yet. Inspiring. Drinking this lends the feeling of partaking in something special. Well done SN! Maybe my favorite of your beers yet.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks great. If you spilled copper, orange and brown in a snifter, this is what you'd have. A bit dark, but still quite attractive. The head is moderate and fleeting, but a light shade of tan that eventually dissipates leaving nothing but a lacy mess on the glass and a ring around the edge.

Very floral nose. Lots of pine, a good mix of citrus against a backdrop of bready yeast scents.

Packed with Pacific Northwest flavors. Malty with some pine are the keys. Grapefruit and cracker. Very Earthy and woody taste.

It's clean and crisp up front. Complete lack of sweetness, but no bitterness either til the beer reaches the back of your tongue. Then a hop explosion takes place. Carbonation is strong giving plenty of bite in the finish, part of a tag team effect with the hops. Oily finish and the bitter sticks with you. Medium-bodied.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. I typical like to drink beer with chips or crackers, but this was so good I went beer only. Another stellar beer from Sierra Nevada.

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