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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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3,280 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,280
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 148 | 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 boyessen
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Straight from a bottle. Rookie mistake or just drinking on the run, no time for glasses.

S - Moderate. Smells of little pine and some citrus, like a basic IPA.

T - Starts out a nice pine/citrus hop flavor and leaves an EXTREMELY nice bitterness in your mouth.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation, coats the mouth and the beautiful bitter Stays There! Overall perfect balance.

O - An Excellent beer, I would recommend it to anyone who already likes IPAs. Stronger hop flavor than the southern hemisphere brew but still has a great balanced flavor.

boyessen, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i swear this one gets better every year. pours a dark whiskey colored amber into a frozen pint glass with a spectacular head. looks like a handful of shaving cream, or, like flying over the north pole in a helicopter. white puffy dunes that do not diminish one bit as it sits. immaculate presentation. nose is fresh hops in that mild, subtle, high quality sense, like a wise man being patient with a group of children. the taste is excellent, balanced malts and the elemental hops that were grown with love for exactly this realization. man i can't say enough about this one. enjoyed on a 50 degree fall night with maple mustard chicken on the slow charcoal fire and a setting rocky mountain sun. the smells and vibes of the food and the beer almost become one in a weird ritualistic synergy that is the absolute essence of fall relaxation. magic!

StonedTrippin, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours very dark gold with amber hues and large, rocky off-white/yellow head that sticks all over the glass in huge clumps and spiderweb lacing. The body is mostly clear and transparent.

S: Wet hops attack your nose; damp pine needles, pine sap, blood oranges, citrus rinds and caramel malt. Bitter and earthy.

T: More of the same, the hops taste dank and herbal with an ever-present bitterness. Over-ripened mango, sappy pine needles, and grapefruit dominate the palette, with a dry biscuity malt presence.

MF: Moderate body for an IPA, with good bitterness and lingering West Coast dryness.

MF: A great fresh hop assault; similar in hop profile to Sierra Nevada's other hoppy offerings, but with a definitive wet hop edge. Good stuff.

Scotchboy, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, copper-orange with a huge tan head. The head has great retention and never seems to fade. It also leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

S - Pine hits you first, followed by some roasty carmel scents and finishes with a bit of orange.

T - Grass and very earthy, malts dominate here.

D - Bitter throughout, average carbonation and body.

O - The flavor just doesn't do it for me here.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large 24 oz brown sierra Nevada style bottle. Poured into tulip balloon style glass.

A - a gorgeous off white head sits on top. Very thick and fluffy with amazing lace. This head and lace are maybe the best I've ever seen. Simply world class.

S - well balanced aroma. Bready and grainy like scents with a good amount of fresh hops. Has a woodsy appeal to it. The wet hop aroma is very much there, but isn't a knock you out overpowering bite like some IPAs I've had. Hints of sweet caramel whiffs as well.

T - lots of pine and nice grapefruit like notes that give it some somewhat bitterness. Much more malt flavors compared to other citrusy IPAs which isn't a bad thing. A touch of caramel just before the finish. The finish was a bit overly bitter and seemed to linger, but the spices are nice.

M - upper medium to heavy bodied brew with a perfect dose of carbonation. Left my mouth wanting more.

O - id like to thank my local craft guru, Bob W, for pointing this one out to me, and to Sierra Nevada for shipping this seasonal to my area. This was a very good beer. It's more of a well balanced hybrid of sorts, but has enough hop character as the highlight to be considered an IPA. This brew really surprised me in the sense that I'll buy another one of these this autumn season. I rarely ever drink IPAs in the fall. A real winner here. Everything anyone could ask for in a good IPA. Wouldn't expect anything different from SN.

BradtheGreat7, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of shawnsmith1
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours slightly hazy, rich copper into tulip. Nice two finger tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S: Spice. White pepper laced caramel. Just a touch of pine. The "fresh" wet hops attributes have definitely become subdued over the past year, allowing other attributes to take the forefront as the beer develops in the bottle.

T: Malt forward. Bread crust and sweet caramel on a firm backbone of grapefruity bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation. A touch resinous in mouthfeel, but even this seems to have mellowed over the past year. On the finish, cocoa nibs, toffee, cayenne and white pepper eventually fade, leaving a nice bitterness that lingers long.

O: Very enjoyable! This beer has in no way diminished with a little age. The aromatics and the resinous mouthfeel imparted by the wet hops have clearly faded, but only to give way to other characteristics which are equally enjoyable. Would be worthwhile tasting this against a fresh 2011 vintage.

shawnsmith1, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice looking copper color, the head was thick, foamy and white. The lacing was sticky on this brew. The smell of the beer has a big hop aroma to it along with some sweet malts in the background. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it's got the really nice bitter sweet bite that Sierra Nevada loves to do. The mouthfeel of the beer is lighter than a medium bodied brew, it's drinkable. Overall I enjoyed it, I thought this was a pretty good brew all around.

Knapp85, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Chris585
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, I wanted to make sure I found the right beer here for my review. The bottle reads 12th Release HARVEST Wet Hop Ale. 24 Oz. bottle with maroon label.

WOW. Fresh as they were picked hops. Found this at my local shop in the beer cellar. First opened small smoke from the neck, GREAT huge head. Smelled EXCELLENT, lots of fruity spicy piney ness. Not sure how else to put it.

Taste was great as I tasted first hops, then hops again, then good malt, then back to the crisp hop. As I tasted for the fifth time, it was a different taste I got once again, not sure if it was from the aging but WOW big flavors, and HUGE profile here. From front to back this is one bad ass beer. I have tasted more complex and "chewy" IPA's but this one is what I crave.

Thanks Sierra Nevada, and thank you Payless Liquors in Geist for keeping this one in the cellar for me.

Chris585, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of AllHatDavidson
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful pour, orange ruby amber color with nice, persisting frothy creamy head. Nice dank, pungent, resiny, hoppy aroma, not so much spruce really but more resin and pine. Hoppy yet mellow. Taste is a hoppy bitterness with surprisingly mellow finish. Slight yeasty quality to it, slightly syrupy. Overall an excellent brew from sierra nevada, gotta love ’em.

AllHatDavidson, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of znichols
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pauls club in madison, wi.

A-light auburn. A bright white head that was gone fairly quick. Looks clean and resinous though.

S- dirty fruit and dank herbs. A touch of biscuit. Very nice aroma.

T- bitter right away potent spicy hop flavor. Almost a dill quality to it. There is a delicate sweet bread malt flavor that plays a role as well. Nice and different taste here.

M- somewhat heavy but the somewhat heavy combination eases it up. Pretty sticky and resinous as expected.

O-as iconic forthe wet hop pale ale stle as snpa is for the regular pale ale style. Inoffensive and tasty. Spicy and dank with great hop flavor and a great and unexpected biscuit malt taste.

znichols, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger foamy head. Murky dark amber with golden hues.

S: earthy, floral, sweet, bready and mildly hoppy. Many aromas mixed in.

T: apricot sweetness up front. Somewhat piney hop finish. Floral, sweet malt and earthy notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the aroma and taste with this one is very complex. Some of these conflict but others mesh. Very interesting beer.

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of lostandwandering
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a DFH Signature glass.

A- Pours a nice amber with ample tan/white head. Significant lacing that lasts.

S- floral, hoppy with some caramel. Rather pleasent.

T/M- hoppy and a little piney. Definitely taste the hops in this one, but it really isn't bitter. It certainly doesn't leave that bite on the back of your tongue. Medium body with good carbonation.

O- I'm not a huge pale ale fan, but this was very well done. Would certainly look for it again and would certainly recommend it to others. Nice job SN!

lostandwandering, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bull and Castle, Dublin.

Rocky creme anglaise head over glowing tangerine. Floral and resin straight hop flower nose.
Scrap of Wonder bread, some toffee, orange Starburst and mango up front; then resin, tangelo and evergreen hops. Orange hard candy end and bittersweet linger.
Medium, big chewiness, sticky.

The many faces of hops, with just enough caramel behind it. We know what this does, but don't we just love it. What an American IPA is.

StJamesGate, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of lovesweatbeers
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a beautiful amber color. There is a thin lacy head that lingers like nobody's business. It sticks to the glass 'til the end.

Smell: The beer smells of hops and light citrus, but there's not a big kick of either grapefruit or clove. It's a blend of fragrances.

Taste: It's bitter. It starts bitter and ends bitter. However, the flavor-to-bitter ratio is perfectly balanced. It's not like those beers that are bitter for the sake of bitter. No, this dog has bite to match the bark. It is also heavy in both malt and hops. The malt is more caramel - not overly roasted.

Mouthfeel: It is moderate to high in carbonation, but not overdone. It's also very smooth.

Drinkability: It's so drinkable that my hubby and I both enjoy it... crazy.

lovesweatbeers, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasting notes from 7/9/2011 - Harvest Ale 2007 on tap at the Lark; pours hazy amber orange in color with a 2 finger creamy beige head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing; a good looking beer out of the tap.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops, brown sugar, grains and some spices like pepper and coriander; nice hoppy aroma with a sweet malty balance.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, piney hops/pine cones, brown sugar, flowers, herbs, grains and spices like pepper and coriander; very well balanced and extremely drinkable, as the fresh hops only add nice oily juices to the mix.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice easy flow; this goes down smooth and easy considering the ABV. Another fine Sierra Nevada product, which I highly recommend trying as it was tasty and to me a session beer on tap.

2012 bottle: pours a slight hazy amber reddish color with a massive 2 finger foamy beige head that faded extremely slowly and left magnificent lacing with rings as it went down; the head was so thick I ran my finger through it and the cavern remained as it slowly dissipated. A great looking beer that had a foamy layer on top and left a mustache after each sip. 2012 batch raised the appearance rating from 4 to 4.5.

Smells of fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, piney hops, pine cone, herbs, floral hops, grass, light malt, some caramel sweetness and mild spices like pepper, mint and coriander; a nice hoppy aroma that was strong and hop dominant, but still had the sweet malty balance.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, piney hops/pine cones, biscuit, caramel, sweet malt, floral hops, light brown sugar, flowers, herbs, toasted grains, wheat toast and light spices like pepper, mint and coriander; very well balanced and extremely drinkable, the fresh hops are oily but the malt backbone kicks ass and makes this just about perfect to drink. I would go on more, but this needs to be drank to appreciate.

Mouthfeel is creamy and buttery smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body that’s almost chewy, and a nice citrus pucker and slight bitterness that one would expect from a fresh hop IPA. 2012 batch raised the mouthfeel rating from 4 to 4.5.

I liked it better this year out of the bottle (I’ve had 2 so far this year), and look forward to next year’s batch; a very high recommendation as this was delicious and very easy to drink. Another Sierra Nevada session beer for me. 2012 batch raised the overall rating from 4 to 5. Yeah, it was that good.

CHickman, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to glass

A- Wish more beers look like this one. 2 finger head, looked like moon craters, and lasted a respectable amount. color is a very natural honey

S-Hoppy pine with a hint of floral. maybe slight citrus.

T- Very complex, BALANCE, distinctly wet hopped. all flavors compliment each other. smooth sweet pine. might have some lemongrass somewhere. a little crispness that lingers for a sew seconds.

M- Very well balanced, medium body with the correct amount of carbonation for this beer

O-This beer reminds me of a nice cold glass of nice fresh and natural hops. definitely a Sierra Nevada, but doesn't completely follow their MO.

OhSoHoppy, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of blaje
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark for an IPA, amber/ dark copper in colour. Forming a thick head fading quite rapidly without lacing.
N: faint vegetal note, much less then expected from a wet hop ale. Complex nose of fruity and sweet nose but not dominant. Pine and citrus notes are present.
M: hops are very present. Hops are biting rigth at first and dominant. Some malts/ swetness and fruity notes comes up after a while in mouth. Carbonation is high and pleasant. Aftertaste of hops is long in mouth, bitterness lasts long on the back of the tongue, well after swallowing.
Overall, of very good wet hop IPA.

blaje, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of sauron681
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, am I glad i sat on this beer for so long before trying it.

Pours a deep golden with ruby hues color. Nice head and thick lacing in the goblet. Yes I drank it out of a goblet. Good carbonation throughout. Aroma of nuts and hops and a slight fruity smell too. A good medium and clean mouthfeel.

Starts nice and sweet. raisiny, toffee, and butterscotchy, and malt. Finishes very lightly chalky, and bitter, but not IPA bitterness. Long linger in the mouth as wekk
Very well balanced and enjoyable. Wish I would of picked up more when i got this one 1.5 years ago.

sauron681, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - deep amber, almost saison-like, with about two fingers of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - nice hoppy aroma with floral essences.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy flavor, possibly Cascade, but not too strong. Interesting flavor as the tasting goes on, but I can't quite narrow it down. Bitter aftertaste, but it fades fairly quickly. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - interesting brew. Although not a taste/flavor that I love, I do appreciate the subtitles here.

Nerudamann, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of NATOuk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden red color with a lively initial head settling to a nice white ring around the glass

Light malts, some grassiness and some citrus, perhaps a touch of pine resin

A very complex taste, there's a lot going on here. Theres a lively light sweetness to begin with, followed by some earthy notes in the middle and a very full but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. Not as bold a hop profile as some of Sierra Nevada's heavily hopped beers but it really suits this beer, it's perfectly balanced start to finish

Medium body, medium carbonation. Coats the mouth well with flavour

A fantastic savouring beer, a beautifully balanced, full flavoured beer but with that characteristic American hop profile. Wonderful.

NATOuk, May 23, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale&Witch

A - It pours a radiant amber-bronze and is capped with a textbook example of foam, leaving exemplary lace. SN has most everything beer-related down pat, but especially appearance. I have never seen an ugly Sierra Nevada beer in my life.

S - The nose is equal parts piney, and bitter white grapfruit-y. As it airs out, the biscuity and caramelly malt starts to rear its semi-attractive head. The hop bouquet is not particulary dynamic or pungent, but is still enjoyable in a general sense; it is not special enough for a special release.

T - Using Pale Ale, Celebration or Torpedo as a basis for comparison, the flavor is not doing it for me here. There is a tinny metallic flavor that is apparent from the second the beer touched my lips. Other than that major detractor, the flavor is quite nice. Catty, resinous, dank hops atop crackery malt and perfectly sharp carbonation to enhance the flavor. Seriously, other than the nasty metallic flavor, this is a finely crafted brew.

M - IPA. Good.

O - A mixed bag. Solid craftmanship, but it has a major off-putting character.

ktrillionaire, May 11, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red amber body with a off white gooey head. Lacing was nice, but a bit sparse.

A- Citrus and pine with a nice sweet malt backing. Not too extreme on either side.

T- Fruity flavor followed by a bitter hop hit. Aftertaste is very clean, slightly bitter.

M- Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

D- Very enjoyable beer. Nice balanced IPA.

gpogo, May 10, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a Nice orangish color with a nice thick 2 finger head. Really nice lacing

S- Has a fresh smell to it with some nice hoppy citrus notes

T- Has a Delicious citrus fruity flavor right off the bat then finish's with a tiny bit of bite to make this a nice balanced beer

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a great beer. Really loved the floral and cirtus notes. And just alittle bite at the end, gave this beer just something alittle different which i liked. Would like to get this again!

zrab11, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a dense 2-finger creamy head. Rings of lacing are left from top to bottom.

Fresh lemongrass and mint aromas with some light malts lingering in the background. Fairly intense bitterness and a dryish finish lend to a somewhat puckering feel. Intense lemongrass and mint hoppiness with some herbal notes as well. The malt stays out of the way and shows off the interesting hop profile. Good stuff.

PDXHops, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of schleprock
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a thick, almost whip cream like frothy head. The lacing in the glass is really nice and the head lasts. Lots of carbonation can be seen when poured into a glass.

S: Smells of citris hops, piney hops and malt.

T: Starts off with a delicious fruity flavor but there's a bitter bite on the back end after it goes down. Personally if the bitterness on the back end were toned down a bit, this would be one heck of a beer.

M: Medium body with almost no hint of carbonation although you can see a ton of it in the glass, quite an interesting mix of sight versus mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable and not one of those over the top IPA's that are too bitter for my tastes.

schleprock, Mar 29, 2011
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,280 ratings.