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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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2,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 158
Gots: 89 | 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 stakem


4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a very clear amber color with a slightly yellowish stained head of foam that is more than 2 fingers of big bubbles. Head retension is stellar, almost a full finger of fluff remains down to the last sip. Tons of lacing all over the glass. Nose is an awesome mixture of hops that reak of pine, flowers, citrus and spice. Little bit of malt coming through the hop aroma as well. Taste is an awesome blend of hops with a malt and grain base. Hops play the leading role and have a finish that is bitter but not a lingering oil-like resiny finish, it is quite crisp considering the extent of the hop bitterness. Carb level is medium on this and the feel is quite light. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced but the hops are the real star here and rightfully so. Very good beer, I will snag another one of these if I get the chance.

11-30-2009 23:52:56 | More by stakem
Photo of goblue3509


4.4/5  rDev +5%

Pours a dark brown amber color with a two finger head that gives way to some okay lacing. The aroma is of citrus and piney hops with a sweet malt backbone, there are also notes of lemon and orange. The taste is of citrus and pine hops over the sweet malt backbone, the hops do not have the typical strong hop bite of a regular ipa, however, it is a nice bite and flavor. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The drinkability is very high, the flavor and taste is well rounded, it is not bitey or lacking bite, just good overall balance.

11-30-2009 18:21:32 | More by goblue3509
Photo of bret27


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Smell: Fresh acidic strong American (cascade?) hops. 1st pine then citrus. Sweet malt takes a backseat.

Taste: Tastes like a good American IPA. The wet hops do add a noticable bitter bite and astrigency to the beer.

App: Deep amber clear. Very thick fluffy white head w/lace.

Mouth: Medium

Drinkability: Pretty good if you like bitterness.

11-29-2009 02:46:12 | More by bret27
Photo of bminor7

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

24 oz from Savemore in Clifton Park NY.

Nice amber color, the foam hangs on the glass nicely. Lovely hops scent - not outrageously so, but enough. The taste is excellent for a beer in this price range. Naturally hop-forward, but a quality malt presence, and no I haven't had any of the very best IPAs, but this is in the top 5 of my personal repertoire. Drinkable. Glad I went after it early instead of sifting through my hoarde for it 3 months from now.

Value is something that we should be considering when giving a beer a rating. Sure, there are price differences for the same beer in difference stores (less, different states or countries), but you generally know when you are getting a deal. My bottle was not as cheap as others have gotten it at 4.99 since I'm in NY, but still an awesome deal and I would have no problem buying a 12 pack of this for $30.

And the burps are pretty good, actually. Had to note that.

11-28-2009 23:43:17 | More by bminor7
Photo of Kallessin


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

2009 Release

Pours a deep honey/amber color with tons of bubbles rising in the glass. Has a very foamy white head with excellent lacing.

Has a very strong grapefruit, pine needle and tree sap aroma. There's a very subtle sweet malt aroma that's reminiscent of candy of some sort. There are also hints of orange and lemon. Very fresh and bright aroma.

The grapefruit and pine are very prominent in the taste as well with some other misc. citrus flavors. There's also some hints of dry bready toasted malt. Very nice bitterness, but not harsh in any way. I get some nice spicy peppery flavors as well.

Very crisp and dry mouthfeel with a little tingle of carbonation. Medium body. It leaves a lingering dryness.

The hops really stand out in this beer as expected with very bright and fresh feeling to it. The bitterness is just right with right amount of citrus and other flavors to make this a very drinkable beer.

11-27-2009 21:17:19 | More by Kallessin
Photo of thain709


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

2009 Harvest

A - Served with a hazy orange-amber body...a creamy, two finger, off white head was present and only fell to about one finger by the end of the glass...great retention and lacing

S - Hops fill the aroma...you can almost tell they are "wet" because the nose is very crisp and fresh...a touch of earthiness is there too

T - The hops again are very fresh in flavor...they have a juiciness to them and they taste "wet" (fresh)...there is some citrus flavors up front...the earthy hops provide the slight bitterness at the end...there's an underlying sweetness lingering around which is nice

M - Medium bodied...smooth and crisp...coats the palate nicely

D - Sierra Nevada never disappoints me...another classic IPA that needs to be consumed...I'll have to wait until next year and compare

11-27-2009 20:01:49 | More by thain709
Photo of DoreenAndDave


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a beautiful, rich amber with a nice ivory head. Aroma is wonderful. Lots of big, but delicate hops. Taste is full and very hoppy, but not overpowering. Very nice hops, with pine, a little citrus, and maybe a hint of rose. Very floral, and very tasty. Mouthfeel and drinkability also both excellent. Overall, an excellent beer. Floral and crisp and almost sweet. The hops are bracing but not at all bitter. Yum.

11-26-2009 22:57:39 | More by DoreenAndDave
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

A nice crisp and clean copper with a very voluptuous white head. Doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Smells of very fresh hops and some grassy, piney aromas. I also get a sweet honey like aroma towards the end. Tastes like fresh hops, pretty simple. Not super bitter, but rather sweet. The honey comes back again on the end of the sip. The beer has grapefruit notes for sure, but not as evident as I've found in dry hopped IPA's. The fresh hop seems to lend a sugary sweetness that coats the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit average for an IPA, crisp and clean. Medium body. A 24 oz. bottle of this brew goes down easily, as does two of them...

11-26-2009 07:36:57 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of garymuchow


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Great bottle for us homebrewers who bottle. This will definately be used again and again. Hope this beer is still fresh enough too. So, why delay any longer, lets get too it (first live review in over a month - it's so nice to have a laptop again).
Surprisingly subdued aroma with a mix of green hops and vegetation, a little toast, maybe a little soap and maybe even a subtle yeast note.
Very attractive cooper color with lots of rising bubbles from the nucleation from the hops etched on the bottom of the Sierra Nevada glass. Large rocky head leaving ample lacing.
Boy does this drink easily. Very well balanced with the bitterness in check yet full hop flavors. There is a soapy quality at times here too, but it's not very distracting. Nice malt and nutty type of sweetness up front, but quickly the hop flavors come. Bitterness strengthens as warms, so I guess I like it more colder.
The feel is really good. Just enough body to know its beer, with carbonation that is kept in check allowing a smoothness and easy drinkability. This is a beer worth waiting for on an annual basis. Nice freshness to the flavor. Maybe next year I'll try to drink it earlier to see if the flavors vary.

11-26-2009 03:59:00 | More by garymuchow
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%

Funny, had this immediately after a Twisted Thistle from Belhaven and the contrast was striking!
Hops, hops and hops seem to prevail.
Raw, not polished if that makes much sense.
Smoothness abandoned, but in a good way. The harshness of the hops assault the tastebuds/nostrils.
Very good beer. Give me another!!!!

11-26-2009 03:31:06 | More by dmamiano
Photo of number1bum


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a clear amber color with two inches of dense, creamy beige head. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some good stick on the sides.

Smell is fresh and floral, with very juicy citrus aromas. Subtle herbal aromas as well. Also a bready, caramel malt base, but the juicy grapefruit and orange really shine.

Taste doesn't quite have the juiciness of the nose, but there is a very nice, soft citrus flavor with floral and herbal flavors as well. Modest bitterness. Some subtle caramel sweetness and a bready, biscuit base. Bitterness actually starts to mount a bit and linger long in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Lingering herbal bitterness left on the palate. Has a nice, slick oily feel.

This is a very tasty fresh hop ale. I think the Southern Hemisphere is a notch better actually, but this is a very good beer in its own right.

11-26-2009 01:21:55 | More by number1bum
Photo of Florida9


4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Pours with a large, rocky, big-bubbled head that has decent retention and a nice bit of lacing. Beer itself is orange to light brown in color. Translucent, though a little hazy.

S: A light dry pine. Not that resiny west coast pine. More like a piece of lumbar type pine. Light citrus. Dry malt.

T: A dry maltiness with a respectable amount of floral hops. Maybe a little citrus? Either way the malt is subdued on this one and while the hops aren't overpowering, they are there.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry.

D: Very good. Sessionable. The reduced maltiness is appreciated and certainly adds to the drinkability. However, there is enough going on for this one to still have a good bit of flavor.

11-25-2009 02:51:42 | More by Florida9
Photo of brow1901


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

A- Pretty white head sitting atop the amber beer. This beer has excellent retention that leaves very nice lacing. High five!

S- It's a little weak under the nose, really couldn't have identiified it as a fresh hop beer by smell. I'm not saying thats a terrible thing but some wet hop beers you can tell by smelling.

T- Kinda a subdued hop flavor, it wasn't light but mellow. Nice little touch of citrus hops with some very mellow earthy hops in there. Decent malt backbone but nothing to write home about. One thing I noticed was how sweet the beer tasted, it reminded me of someone pouring some sugar in that hadn't dissolved completely.

M- Nice and light and crisp. Good carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Very drinkable, I really love these wet hop beers, I've yet to try one that wasn't really drinkable. Overall a great beer when it's on tap, I wouldn't mine picking up a couple bottles anyways though.

11-21-2009 16:32:48 | More by brow1901
Photo of Thur123


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

This pours with a ton of carbonation and two finger worth of head over a moderately hazy and burnt orange beer. The head is fluffy and thick. The smell is fresh and very bitingly bitter with hop aroma, but that being said the smell isn't too strong the malt character is hidden mostly but as it smells balanced...

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A rich and accurate bitter hop flavor fills the mouth and then slowly drags the bitter flavor behind it as you drink. The flavor is very herbal or floral or whatever and far less fruity than expected, but its not a bad thing. This is a hop strong but ultimately very drinkable and balanced. Although the malts nothing special, I understand thats not important. A good wet hop experience from SN... Mouth feel's great

11-19-2009 02:12:49 | More by Thur123
Photo of aggiearcher13


4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours a clear orange-red with about an inch of head that hangs around for a while before dissipating to a nice little ring around the glass. Leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, and floral hops with some caramel malts. A little bit of spice.

T: Pine and citrus. Nice amount of malt to it. Very well-balanced.

M: Full body, very smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: It went really fast, very nice and drinkable. I'll be having this again.

11-19-2009 00:49:46 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of kegger22


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured a hazy orange/red with respectable head that faded to a thick collar. The aroma was citrus but malt was there in the background. The taste was in line with the aroma with a bitter after taste added. The feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. A good, solid American IPA.

11-18-2009 05:21:35 | More by kegger22
Photo of harvester


4.72/5  rDev +12.6%

Had this on on Tap a the T in SF I was looking for some Celly but was way happy to see this one on the board!!

A- Very pretty- nice lite amber color to it. Had a nice head to it at first but did not stick around to long but left very nice laceing through out the whole beer.

S- Has a nice earthy smell to it with a hint of citrus mostly grapefruit

T- Very clean I love the taste of a fresh hop beer. The hops come through very balanced with a nice backing of malts and a lite hint of citrus. I love the water they use as well makes for such a crisp and refreshing brew.

M- I would say this is a medium bodied brew and is very smooth on the palet it taste great and goes down smooth leaves my mouth feeling clean and crisp not all sticky with sap.

D- I could sit and drink this one all night smooth and easy to drink I just love the harvest line up Thanks SN for another fine brew.

11-17-2009 00:14:43 | More by harvester
Photo of TommyW


4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

A- Dark golden body with an off-white head made of tiny bubbles. Sticks really well to the glass.

S- Citrus and pine hop aroma dominate with a whiff of caramel malt.

T- Smooth bready malt backbone which is a great base for the extremely fresh citrus/piney/spicy hops. The hops leaves a strong lingering bitterness.

M- Full body from the large malt base with a very smooth feel.

D- The use of fresh hops in this beer is really noticeable. They lend a spicy freshness that just isn't present in other IPAs. Really a must try!

11-14-2009 05:18:37 | More by TommyW
Photo of Lerxst


3.73/5  rDev -11%

2009 release

A-Pours a nice amber with billowy white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Floral, piney, citrusy hops.

T-Floral & pine hops with some maltiness and a bitter bite.

M-A bit thin, but oily with nice carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D-As is the case with a SN beer, this is very drinkable.

11-13-2009 19:49:53 | More by Lerxst
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Poured a clear, medium amber. Two finger pillowy white head with excellent retention; it never went away. Visible carbonation and excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Incredibly fragrant, "wet" hops. Strong citrus nose (mainly grapefruit). Sweet hops and not bitter. Not much in the way of malts. Every now and again you catch a whiff of a slight off-smell like rubber.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but much more mild. Very fresh hop taste, but not overwhelming. Moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Not much bite at all. Slight creamy quality.

Drinkability: Excellent ale. Sweet fragrant hops are very appealing, that are also not harsh or bitter in taste. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Buy Again: Yes.

11-13-2009 06:12:30 | More by jonziefle
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.55/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured this one into my Goose Island IPA glass. There is a huge, pillowly foam sitting on this one and the aroma is jumping out of the glass. Grapefruit and grass, kind of tickles the nostrils in a good way. Tons of lacing as the head settles. This is the smoothes IPA ever, like glass. The taste kind of works its way out after a sip or so. You know the hops are there but so is an almost vegetable like bite (asparagus??). It finishes very dry and bitter. Kind of morphs from the time it touches your tongue to the last drop heading down the ol pie hole. The mouth feel is almost pilsner like if you know what I mean. I'm enjoying this one but just can't get into it. Can't pinpoint why, maybe just a bad day, but it's just not there. For sure give it a shot, there are some highly praising reviews.

11-12-2009 23:23:25 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of JimmieFrisbee

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Bomber of the 13th Release (2009).

Pour reveals an orange/copper/almost-pink tinted body with a frothy, slightly reddish-brown off-white head. Really like the color of the body, reminds me of nugget nectar. It almost glows. Head slowly shrinks, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell immediately makes me think summer for some reason. It has that grapefruit hop smell I love so much. The smell is well defined and strong, but also delicate. It doesnt smack me in the face the way some IPAs do. Very inviting. Smells like something I would like to wake up to...

Taste is very nice. Not over the top, but definitely relying heavily on the hops. It is somewhat bitter, but not in a harsh sort of way, kind of sweet from the malt and the fruitiness in the hops, and overall satisfying. The taste is much like the smell in that it is not what I would call balanced (the hops do the heavy lifting here), but is by no means over the top or in your face.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect. Lowly carbonated, yet it feels alive and vibrant as I drank. Makes it extremely smooth. The soft yet delightful flavors along with this really low carbonation make it super drinkable. I dont mind a more carbonated beer, but man, this is about perfect for the flavor profile.

One extraordinary grapefruity-IPA, could probably be considered an American Pale Ale, not too bold but just very, very well done. Cannot be beat for the price!

11-12-2009 21:51:29 | More by JimmieFrisbee
Photo of magnod


4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

Got a bottle from the local store and was very impressed with this beer. It cured my harvest beer blues after I was let down by Hop Trip.

A: Good solid deep amber color.
S: Excellent floral smell. You can pick up the freshness of the hops with some light grassy notes.
T: Very well balanced. Strong malty backbone that carries a good complex hop bitterness. The hop characteristics evolve as it sits in your mouth highlighted by an early floral bouquet down to its underlying bitter end notes.
M: Deep body and satisfying feel in your mouth.
D: Very good harvest style beer. Get it early while it last.

11-11-2009 22:32:50 | More by magnod
Photo of baronofthebrew


3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

A - A rich, clear copper with a robust, ivory head. The head never diminished considerably but never dissolved. Even after I finished the beer (or beers, rather) there were inviting clumps of dense head scattered around my glass.

S - Grass and citrus dominate, with a noticeable resiny undertone and a hint of molasses.

T - Smooth. The taste does not immediately assert itself, but when it does you can tell the hops are there. The malt offsets the hops in some respects (to the detriment of the beer) and leaves a slightly sour aftertaste.

M - Carbonation levels are on the higher edge of acceptable and the beer has a smooth, slippery feel.

D - A great experience, but not a go-to beer. Demands focus and attention on the part of the drinker (not always a plus). On the other hand, I was very sorry to see it gone.

11-11-2009 04:30:47 | More by baronofthebrew
Photo of hardy008


3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Deep amber to copper color with a two finger off white head. Smells of grapefruit along with floral and pine hops. The taste has the previously mentioned hops flavors along with oranges, and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are bitter and oily, but not overwhelmingly bitter. I view this as a plus. Finishes dry and perfectly carbonated. This is a nice enjoyable beer.

11-11-2009 02:57:35 | More by hardy008
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,967 ratings.