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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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3,269 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,269
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 170
Gots: 143 | 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 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
Photo of AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange amber with a good amount of cream colored head. nice lacing

S-smells like really sweet grassy hops.medium strength

T-comes in with a really good and bitter grassiness and it keeps the bitterness well. the after-taste is very grassy with a good bitterness. the key here with this beer is the quality in the ingredients and the great balance. it a very good and unique IPA.

M-good medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-a classic IPA that i could drink all night long.

AdamBear, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jester5120
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Clear pale golden color. Thick white head on top that stayed the whole time. Heavy lacing and foam ribs left on sides of glass after each sip.

S- intense aroma from the hops. crisp clean citrussy smell.

T- Great balance of malt and hops. hops were extremely flavorful but not overpowering.

M- medium bodied beer with a very creamy thick head on top

O- Incredible beer for an ipa lover. I couldn't get over how incredible the smell, taste and how sturdy the head was.

jester5120, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Melt in Lakewood, OH.

Appearance - A very amber orange color reminiscent of a sunset. Soapy and clumpy lacing that clings to the glass well.

Smell - A hoppy citrus orange that is almost like an amber ale. Strong hints of orange peel as well.

Taste - Very rich in caramel malt. Strong in citrus and barley tastes. A hoppy citrus taste all throughout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A little watery and quite light bodied. Prominent in sweet fruits and hops. The sweet hops add a good bitterness to the beer.

Jesse13713, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear, yet vibrat copper color with a large, off-white craggy head that leaves spots of lacing here and there on the glass.

Lots of toasted orange peel and some subdued biscuits and maramalade malts in the aroma. Happily hoppy :)!

The front of the palate has lots of orange zest hop bitterness pop. Then the middle adds some balancing and standout toasted, biscuit, and caramel malt. The finish has some toasted malt notes, and the hops go from more citric flavors to a more earthen, piney, and hrassy bitterness.

This is a fun, and well rounded AIPA that I wish would be available all year round.

scruffwhor, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color, the beer has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that quickly died down yet left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The overall taste is very well balanced between the malts and hops; the initial taste has some notes of caramel and hints of sweetness while the finish has a light amount of bitterness.
M: If feels medium-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced and there isn't a trace of alcohol perceptible in the taste.

Note: 2010 vintage

metter98, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of capeannbass36
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 version poured into a DFH pint glass.
A- Nice rich copper color. 1 inch white head.
Glass was well laced, top to bottom.
S-Hoppy, citrus, pine.
T-Crisp, bitter, pine, hoppy.
M-Nothing special, but nothing bad.
D-Could drink a few...if I had too.

Overall I had higher expectations. I am little underwhelmed. It's not really bad. Just not for me.

capeannbass36, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and malty amber ale.

I'm glad I tried this back-of-the-cooler bottle. Beautiful amber color with a touch of red. Big mouthful of hops with resiny and floral flavors. But malt is very assertive. Mellow and a hint of sweetness. Bitterness finally takes over for the aftertaste. We tried it with the assertive flavors of Middle Eastern food and it was ideal.

Why don't more hop shop breweries try this kind of restraint in their IPA? Or come up with new category for extreme hop-crazed beers? Like Beyond IPA. This is so pleasant yet hop powered, I think it ought to set a standard.

mactrail, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a dark mahogany with a light hazy quality. It pours with about an inch of white/ivory colored head, which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing. The smell is hoppy with hints of sweetness. There is also a mild malty scent. It has a very earthy quality.

The hops are the main act. They're present in the front, middle and back end. The beer also has a nutty/malty quality. It has really great texture and carbonation (which may be a little high for some). Overall, the drinkability is very good. I personally found that the balance of the bitter and sweet were very nice.

Overall Grade: B+/A-

negroobserver, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is a crystal amber-copper color with a thick, small-bubbled, foamy head. There are smells of hops and slight spicing all over the nose, and some sweet malt aromas under it all. Citrus and grapefruit abound, with plenty of resinous, dank, pitch notes. The beer has a sweet caramel malt backbone that does a very good job of platforming for the low, steady assault of peppered hops flavors throughout the brew, as well as the tangy tropical fruit and citrus notes, especially grapefruit. The beer is light and creamy in mouth, which has a great feel for the flavors riding it. The beer also has a fantastic lacing as you make your way through the brew, with decent head retention, too. A peppery and hoppy aftertaste that lingers through the finish, with a shift to just hop bitterness all over the tongue and roof of your mouth. Delicious for hop heads like me. Heavy flavors are balanced by the light body, and the ABV makes this one an easy drinker.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of salvo
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy brown/red amber with two foamy inches of head that stick and hold the glass, leaving resinous etched lacing through drinking.

Nose has citrus and pine, but also deeper smells of pepper and spice, of grass, and just a faint whiff of the ocean: salty air. Honey sweet in the background.

First taste is bitter and piney hops, then citrus and tea. End is astringent and dry ending in bitterness that lingers and warms and blooms. An excellent beer.

Between this and the estate ale; this is a tough choice. Excellent, and different faces of a brewery at its best. All I can do is recommend you get yourself some.

salvo, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: redish orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: floral citrus hops,

taste: citrus hops, bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

drinkability: I really liked this one. Wish it was available year round.



THECPJ, Mar 03, 2011
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,269 ratings.