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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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Ratings: 2,979
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 163
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 Thur123
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Thur123, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

aggiearcher13, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kegger22, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of harvester
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

harvester, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

TommyW, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Lerxst, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jonziefle, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lonestar4lunch, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

JimmieFrisbee, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of magnod
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

magnod, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of baronofthebrew
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

baronofthebrew, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of hardy008
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hardy008, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of swierczt
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009, 13th Release. 24 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper color. Small off-white head, dissapated relatively quickly. Left behind some lacing on the glass.

S: Strong notes of pine and floral hops. Definitely all hops in the smell.

T: Nice bitterness, pine resin and a touch of floral hops. No citrus what so ever.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Nice tingle on your tongue.

D: Overall, Very drinkable IPA. The price is right as well...at $3.49 for 24oz. Already bought a case of the Fresh Hop Ale earlier in the year. May also consider purchasing a case of the Wet Hop Ale.

swierczt, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada 13th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Appears a deep amber copper hue with a bright khaki off white head that forms thick and billows with cloudy texture above the rim of my imperial pint glass. I love these big 24 ounce Sierra Nevada offerings even the pale ale tastes great out of them. Lacing leaves behind big chunks of beautifully patterned head that clings to the class with each sip. This beer is a class act and at $3.49 a bottle it can't be beat, I bought three whilst shopping at the new Giant Eagle Market District this past Saturday.

Aroma is full of big raw herbaceous, resinous pine cone, citrus peel, and earthy bitterness from the fresh hop additions. Full on malt balance is achieved with a sweet caramelized glaze across the hop profile. There's nothing like fresh hopped beer, the hop nose is popping with character, each sniff makes you want to dive in.

The flavor draws you in even deeper with waves of hop flavor hitting you from every angle, any where from a slight vegetable freshness quality to floral, pine, earthy, and citric hop qualities slugging it out with one another. Amazingly complex and well constructed the value factor that this beer offers up is unbelievable, an OMG gold standard of fresh hopped ales. Sugar sprinkled grapefruit with some harsh fresh cut pine needle qualities, with herbaceous kind bud and earthy dirty hop oils. The malt balance is amazing sugar coated hops are awesome, caramelized brown sugar slightly toasted biscuits. Balanced flavorful wet hopped ale, they invented the wheel according to this beer label.

Mouthfeel is oily textured with resins that glide with each sip across the palate. Carbonation levels are so moderate and natural it's a smooth drinking experience for sure that I will revisit every season as long as they continue to this awesome tradition. I've been drinking the Wet Hopped Ale since circa 2000-2001.

Drinkability overall is killer something that you will want to hoard but an experience that you should definitely pass around to some close friends. Considering this type of experience could convert a fraction of the masses drinking mindlessly bland tasting American industrial lager.

WVbeergeek, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had this one back-to-back with a bomber of Leafer Madness. For my liking, the Sierra Nevada was the more balanced and tastier of the two wet hopped ales.

Poured a clear orange with a couple fingers of off-white head that showed good retention and laced well. Aroma of fresh leafy hops greets the nose with note of pine, grapefruit and tangerine. Underpinning this is a nice caramel malt base. This is an incredibly balanced IPA. Upfront there's a nice dose of caramel and pale malt, which sets the stage for a great range of hop flavours. Grapefruit and pine follow, before culminating in a floral, spicy grassiness (I feel like I've used all my hop descriptors in this sentence!). The body is fuller than usual for an IPA, and I like how its creaminess bulks up the flavour profile.

I wouldn't expect anything less from Sierra Nevada. This is an excellently balanced IPA, and a pleasure to drink. Thanks to Shawn for sharing.

bobsy, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fourth beer at the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller. Paired with the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to demonstrate two extremes of hops flavor--this one being the all about hops example.

A: Amber colored, fantastic head
S: Slightly sour, but the bitterness of the hops is already coming through
T: A pale ale with a hearty hops flavor

This was the first time I had drank a wet hop beer. This particular brew involves picking the hops and getting them into the boil within a few hours, which is amazing to me. The result is not just a very hoppy beer, but one in which the hops taste almost raw and unrefined. Takes a few sips to get used to, and this isn't really a beer to enjoy for much longer than that, at least in one sitting, but even so this is a fantastic beer. Makes me proud to be an American.

ozzyCobblepot, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber. Great autumn colors dominate the pour, with brown and orange hues and a dirty white head. Good layer of head, lacing sticks but doesnt last long. Nose filled with that fresh hop smell you would expect. Some citrusy notes as well. The "fresh" smell and taste is simply put, amazing. Fresh cut grass and just enough maltiness to provide a nice balance. Medium in body, good amount of carbonation. Drinks so smooth, I have already finished the bomber. For the price, this beer is an incredible value. The perfect beer for the fall season and I am going to be drinking this beer well into the cold months of winter.

kylejohnson03, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz. bomber served into a globe glass

Pours a toasted orange color that Crayola might as well label the color "Typical American IPA." Two big ol' fingers of fluffy off-white head make for that lovely kind of notched lacing. This is really the prototypical IPA look; it would be a covershot on a magazine.

The relative freshness of this wet-hopped beer serves to create a juicy bouquet of hop aromas. Lots of pine and leafy smells but somehow those pine needles are dripping with grapefruit and lemon juices.

For being a hoppy harvest ale there is a good deal of malt taste to this beer. In addition to the bready notes there's a touch of nutmeg or hazlenut or something similar that really sets off the other, more expected hoppy flavors. And those flavors are well executed. Straight-up pine and grapefruit rind. This IPA does not do anything daring, it just nails the archetypal flavors that you expect it to have. There is almost no aftertaste, which subtracts from the enjoyment of this beer for committed hopheads.

The most surprising thing about this beer is its lack of bitter aftertaste. The strong flavors on the tongue just wash completely away. This makes for a supremely drinkable IPA. The mouthfeel is appropriately bodied and altogether conducive for consumption without doing anything so special as to merit mention.

I love how Sierra Nevada celebrates everything with hops. Autumn? Let's make some wet-hopped IPAs! Winter? Let's make one of Reaper's favorite IPAs in Celebration Ale! Go buy a bomber or two of this and raise a glass to the hop farmers who make it all possible.

Reaper16, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper-amber color. The tall head has a caramel tint and a very dense, lathery, frothy and, as it slowly fades, rocky texture. Retention is extremely firm, with ring after ring of sticky lace.

S: Some brown sugar and caramel in the nose up front. Fragrant hop notes of candied grapefruit, orange oil, and pine resin. Perhaps a bit earthy as well.

T: A firm dose of maltiness up front, with a pale malt backbone and a healthy shot of brown sugar/caramel flavor to boot. Hop bitterness is robust, with strong citric (orange oil, grapefruit pith), earthen, and piney notes. Also a pleasant grassiness into the finish, which departs a bit from what I expected.

M: A somewhat full-bodied feel. Carbonation is soft and creamy. A flash of dry bitterness into the finish.

D: Ho-hum....another delicious specialty IPA from the folks at Sierra Nevada. I wonder if they get bored of brewing these big, fresh, beers all the time. I'd guess not, and I'm certainly not tired of drinking them. A very nice, juicy, grassy IPA that's worth seeking out.

Clydesdale, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber.

A - Clear, burnt orange with a golden tinge. Semi-rocky off-white head.

S - Big grassy, slighty herbal notes. Slightly spicy with toasted malt in the background. The fresh hops are the key player here, though, and really shine through.

T - The nose follows straight through here. The grassy/floral notes are really strong. Bitterness is lower than I expected since this is listed as an IPA, but it's there. There's a solid malt backbone that's slightly toasted and bready. Really, though, everything seems set up to showcase the flavors of the fresh hops.

MF - Fuller than the average IPA, with a creaminess that's really nice. Slightly sticky in the finish.

D - Pretty good. I won't have any trouble finishing the bomber. I think if it was on the dry side, drinkability would be even better. Pretty nicely priced for my area at $6 per bomber. I rarely get bombers cheaper than that, honestly.

HitokiriNate85, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Pedro07
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had an urge for some Sierra Nevada tonight...mmm hops!

A- Pours a rather somewhat clear amber-rust color. A slightly off-white head rises to a gorgous inch and sloooowly drops. Lots of lovely lacing all the way down the glass!

S- Well, I get hops. What else do you want from a beer labeled as a "wet" hop ale? The hops are pungent, yet not overbearing. If hops ina beer can have a "smooth" aroma, these do and not in a bad way! I get tangerines and grass...:)

T- This one doesn't bite on the tip of the tounge. Then again, this isn't an over the top double IPA, just a beer with really good, really, really fresh hops. The taste is of grapefruit...not a whole lot of earth...a little grass like in the nose. Well balanced actually.

M- Great mouthfeel. The beer is very well balanced in this department. It definitly feels like I'm drinking a solid ale, yet it's not too chewey.

D- Yes, this is some good stuff. I won't turn it down.

Overall, I dig Sierra Nevada. They do harmonious things with hops. I prefer the Southern Hemisphere on taste, but this one is lovely!

Pedro07, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Buebie
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I feel privileged that I'm able to get this beer every year!

Poured from a 24 ounce brown bottle into a pub glass. Off the pour a 2'' off white foamy head builds up, somewhat slow to recede and leave a thin cap and thick collar. Lace is thick with sticky webbing all around.
The liquid itself is a transparent amber, glowing bright when held to light.

Aroma is pungent with dank hops, pine, rind and spiceie onions, earthy and weed filled.

Taste following aroma, only more strongly and so much more fulfilling! Dank weed, resin, hops are hard to explain here, its extremely flavorful and yet not overpowering bitters. Much like drinking vamp blood in the show true blood, I can taste the earth these hop vines grew in (if you have not seen the show u will not get this at all without me sounding loony)
Still malt comes forward, bready with caramel, toasted bread crust, burnt sugars, mustard seeds, ahh its wonderful.
The finish is an excellerant of hop bitterness and lemon rind that lingers long time and loves you long time.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Not thin, but light. Not light, but thin. No wait...the other way around.

Highly recommend, as always.

Buebie, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz I see the hazy orange/amber beer form a nice white head at the top of my pint glass. The smell of the beer lends a hoppy spiciness smell and gets you ready for the flavor that's about to ensue. Not sure what to expect from a wet hopped beer, I'm pleasantly surprised at the freshness of this beer. As I tasted it, there's a malty initial taste followed by the hops. Real nice fresh hoppy flavor comes through which gives way to a citrus and spicey flavor. Overall, it's a very nice balance between the malt and hops. There is a touch of bitterness in the finish but that's definitely a good thing. The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium bodied. The body of the beer, the balance and smell make this beer a very drinkable IPA from SN. Not that I expected anything less. A real nice flavorful beer with a great balance of flavor, body and aroma. This is a beer you can settle into for the evening and sample a few from the luxury of your own home.

PretzelsNBeer, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of mooseisloose
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber. I love SNBC bombers, they are the full 24 oz. not 2 oz short like all other bombers (even my own home brew hehe). Bottle smell is a crispy hoppiness followed by an intertwined maltiness. Pours to a yellow brown with a nice two finger micro bubble head. Taste is indeed hoppy but the bitterness is accompanied by a brown sugar maltiness. Great backbone. Very consistent from start to finish, with a tad more bitterness in the finish. Most definitely a hop lovers beer. Great aroma, flavor and bitterness. SNBC never dissapoints, I'm glad almost all of what they make, I think, is available here in FL.

mooseisloose, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange, nice creamy head with decent retention and lacing. Smells of resiny grapefruity hops, some grassy and floral aromas, touch of breadiness, little sulfur. Tastes of very green and grassy hops accented with a very lemony and spicy bitterness. Wow, the finish is huge with resiny hops, grassiness, hemp even. Just enough malt to balance the hops, but just barely, they serve only as a footnote. Finish is slick with resiny qualities and bitter lemon and citrus fruits. Mouthfeel fairly average, good carbonation.

This baby was very fresh, all the chemicals in the hops were here to play. It was almost a little overwhelming, i was hoping for some maltiness to at least balance some of the hops. But wow, extremely unique and a must try.

bum732, Oct 31, 2009
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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