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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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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 82 | 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 joedon


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out of the bottle with a dark gold, slightly hazy appearance. Monster off-white hed that really lasts and sticks to the glass.

Powerful hop aroma with lots of citrusy notes and cut grass.

Excellent flavor. Naturally lots of hop bitterness but also hop flavor; probably cascade and centennial. Very fresh taste and good malt background. Not completely dry with just a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right on. The hop aftertaste linger for quite a while.
Good body but not exceptionally fizzy.

Very drinkable; I feel like having a couple more already.

I would love to try a homebrew clone version of this excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 19:07:42 | More by joedon
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a growler of this at Pawling Beer Distributer in Dutchess County, NY.
A- Muddy brown color, opaque with a decent head and some lace.
S- Fruity, sweet scent.
T- It should be noted that this came of a keg that was kicked after serving. It had an intense taste, very bitter with a banana kind of taste. Slight balance of wheat to it.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2009 15:38:07 | More by Amalak
Photo of NewGeneric


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a cloudy amber color with foamy butter head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of malts and earthy hops. Tasted toasty with earthy hops, grass, and malt. Smooth but slightly bitter finish. Like the large bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 15:41:59 | More by NewGeneric
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear dark amber, topped by shaving cream-thick, beige head that recedes rapidly to a thick cap with a beautiful half inch thick ring of almost unbroken lace persisting on my goblet.

Nose is an amazingly light perfume of mellow orange, sweet piney notes, hints of florals, even lighter hints of herbs and grain, tinged with a subtle spiciness, and even lighter fragrances of herbs.

The taste. I didn't know what to expect, but the flavor of this is astoundingly good. If all you like are citrus and pine megaton explosions upon impact, then this beer won't be that. It, however, is one of those beers that really gets you at first sip. What an elusive massage of flavor upon the tongue. It is thick and strong, full of expected citrus and flowers, pine, riding in on dark breadiness. What's unexpected is it cradles the tongue, unlike too many others of this very varied style which can be liquid sledgehammers (I love liquid sledgehammers, actually). The complexity is a function of the mouthfeel, it is creamy and light to the extreme, giving it the elusiveness encountered on first sip, but also giving it a clarity that makes the flavors intense in a more subdued way, really excellently. The flavor is amazingly blended, clear, wonderfully balanced, and I have the feeling I haven't tasted something like this before, though the flavors all are old friends.

Mouthfeel? Perfect, Sierra Nevada I fucking love you. Please send the Estate stuff here.

Drinkability? Off the charts. See this at your store? Buy this. Lucky you. This was the last one at my local guy. On second thought maybe that's a good thing, I'd probably crack it next.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 22:48:22 | More by cavedave
Photo of cdpike


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with really good clarity, big thick lasting foam. Nose is mostly of hops with a bit of malty sweetness but not too citrusy. Fairly heavy bodied and pretty creamy and smooth - not very carbonated. Mostly American hoppy APA bitterness at first but actually finishes very chewy, almost like a brown ale - big caramel flavor. Lasting subtle finish of Pacific Northwest hops. Unique and quite hearty, I'll be getting this one again! Probably best for the fall/winter seasons. I haven't really had one quite like this. Why don't I drink other Sierra Nevadas (besides the Pale Ale) more often???

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:10:00 | More by cdpike
Photo of BierWolff


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A great beer I hope to see more often in stores!

A= copper color typical of a thick IPA - frothy, lingering head when poured into a pint glass

S= little aroma, but not bad - faint whisp of hops and grapefruit

T= there is a definite kick that eludes to the brew's strength, but the alcohol content in no way overpowers this brew. The "harvest" name is not far off since it encompasses a thick hoppy taste with clove and tangerine accents

M= this is a thicker beer, at least for this type of brew, but not the thickets out there - it lingers for a while after the sip

D= this is a very drinkable beer. as noted, it has a nice little kick to it

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 23:30:45 | More by BierWolff
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, this one caught me by surprise, and I am glad to see others rating this as highly as I did. (Usually) not swayed by gimmicky labels or elaborate descriptions of brewing processes, I nonetheless pronounce a simple amen after finishing the glass.... opens with a tremendously aromatic fragrance with a floral, buttery smoothness... beautiful orange-brown body in an oversized Hop Devil snifter; two-finger foam leaves wonderful lacing, the look of a limited release... medium to full-bodied, with a crunch that reverberates--a smoothness early that balances well with the grit betweent the teeth... not at all my expectations: no big Christmas tree suck of pine cone explosion, no cascade of Cascade--mellow, almost laidback to the point of sharing common ties with the creamier, more balanced English pales... start to finish, a crowning achievement... an excellent spring nightcap to a day of work, but in most (any?) settings this would work well, well enough to finish the 24oz. bottle and wish for a second...I get more of the citrus as the glass drains, but this may be misadvertised as a hophead's "wet" dream , due to the fact that the pleasure of drinking this beer is its bouquet and its flavor balance... I had to buy brother Jer a bottle before the 4th, just to share the triumph with someone...

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:48:40 | More by dacrza1
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24oz. Bottle Poured into Standard Pint Glass

Golden orange color with a big frothy head, great lacing, amazing head retention. Smells citrusy, orange, grass, earthy, pine. Huge hoppy taste, more grass like in the nose. Resinous hop flavor. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 15:01:49 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


Poured into a British style pub glass. Pours a deep orange - copper color with a very good head that laces down as you drink. Beautiful!
The smell is very hoppy, very piney. What you would expect from an imperial IPA

The Taste is what you would expect from SN. It has that great hop bite that I love from them. Also, pine and citrus notes and a little oily. Very nice thick mouth feel.

I can't see the drinkability being very high on a beer like this, but I very much need another bottle of this! Very good beer. Sierra Nevada never disappoints

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:17:53 | More by jhammel01
Photo of Reagan1984


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on pint recently. Came with a finger of white head that faded rather quickly. The color was an orange/amber tone with almost a slight reddish tint. Excellent clarity and just a wisp of lacing.

Aroma was fruity, fresh and slightly sweet. The slightest of floral tone.

Flavor was more fruity than I remember, and quite nice. After the initial fruit flavors you are hit with some bread tones and then a subtle hop bitterness. This fades off and it almost finishes rather crisply. In the end, more bread like and very nice.

Medium/Light body with a carbonation level that heightens the flavor

Quite drinkable and another winner from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2009 12:16:23 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer- Complex and fresh tasting with a lot of nuances of the hops on display. Great to see that this was bottled. Pours a dark orange with a grainy looking head that settles to a thin cap and some light lacing. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, tangerine and lime especially, and some floral notes. Beautiful. There are some honeyed malt notes that are an appropriate balance for the vibrant but not in-your-face hops. The taste is robust, and because they are fresh hops there are some vegetal notes up front, including a touch of asparagus and herbs. There is also an added note of pine. Some sweet malt throughout. I love the fresh taste and the interplay of different hop components. Smooth and clean in the mouth, this is absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:32:08 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of supercolter


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a straight 4 across the board for me.
Appearance is above average, nice copper color with some head and decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, right on par with the style. Nice citrusy hops balanced very well with some sweet malt. No real spices picked up here which was the only disappointment.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation.
Drinkability- yes I could have 6 of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 04:37:46 | More by supercolter
Photo of esv


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Big billowy head. Creamy-thick, like meringue. There's a Care Bear playing in my beer. Light tan. Bubbles flowing up. Looks like plenty of carbonation.

S) Piney-Resin-Hops. Hint of lemon. Fresh, grassy. Not west coast citrus. Not a huge floral bouquet either.

T) Moderately Sweet. A little smack of bitterness and awash in fresh, green, piney hop flavor

M) On the light side of a medium mouthfeel. Medium Carbonation ... it looks more carbonated than it feels.

D) Delicious and easy to drink ... though not as easy as a west coast IPA.

Price @ 3.99 for a 24oz .... delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:37:16 | More by esv
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glistening golden amber colour with a glorious, amazingly thick head of orange-white bubbles, lacing is sublime - extremely spirited around the edges of the glass. Dammit, this is a great looking beer. Absolutely perfect for the style.

Nice sweet fruits on the nose - notes of orange sherbet, celeriac, pine needles and resin. Tropical, but with a great basic bread note as well, very fine, very delicious.

Sharp hoppy bitterness on the palate, but pleasantly sweet underneath it all. Clean notes of bitter orange rind, even a hint of something spicier, like ginger. Tannic notes on the very back. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, sits nicely with the hops.

This isn't an incredibly extreme beer; it's just a very nice, very well made one. Everything just locks in to place beautifully, giving an extremely pleasant IPA, full of luscious hops. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

I paid $2.99 for a 24oz bottle. This was a bargain.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:01:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a massive 2 and a half creamy tan head. Settles to a pillow topped head.Leaves some thin webbie lacing. At the end of the glass, the lacing becomes thick walls. Really, really cool to see. Great retention. Color is a clear dark orange copper.

Aroma: Very sweet earthy hops combined with floral hops. Almost a bit musky. Has a bready aroma and a combination of citrus. A really great smelling IPA.

Taste: At first the hops seem to be perfect, but then they settle and it loses that initial 'zing.' This is a very bready/musky beer. Very hoppy of course. As the beer warms, it becomes a little more inviting. Slight alcohol makes an appearance. The citrus is a little 'warmer' here (not so sourish).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as well as carbonation (which is right on the money). Very dry-bitter on the palate. Ends with an extremely sticky dry aftertaste that is expected from hop-bombs.

Overall, I think I enjoyed this one a little better than the other harvest series beer I had. I just seemed to stick out a little more against all the other IPAs out there. I paid $5 for a 24 oz of this and I think that this was a great deal. If you can find it around, it is worth a shot. I know I won't have a problem finishing this one up.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 15:51:57 | More by mothman
Photo of Briarscratch


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a 24oz bottle. Color is a very clear bronze. There is a great, thick head that seems to hang around and is making some sweet lacing on the glass.

This beer has a great, mild hoppy aroma. I can't say that anything else really stands out. It has a strong, bitter hop flavor that bites at first and really hangs on the tongue with a hint of sweetness at the end. Just like i like my American IPA except the wet hopping method really gives it a unique character.

It has a medium body that's easy to swallow and leaves a tingle in the mouth. So smooth and easy to drink, I could definitely drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:42:36 | More by Briarscratch
Photo of rmaste6282


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA had this in stock.

Pours copper/amber into a pint glass, darker than I was expecting. The head is over 1 finger thick, with some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of hops, but not jumping out of the glass like IPA's, I also get a hint of grapes (from somewhere) some sweetness from the nose of the beer.

The taste is pretty bitter, with some lingering sweet flavor, but not sweet tasting (if that makes any sense). Malts are pretty forward, dark, and toasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, and after the beer is gone you are left with a bitter and malty finish, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for a pale, ABV feels a bit higher than 6.2, but the freshness makes this a good beer year round.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:28:17 | More by rmaste6282
Photo of BZero007


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

Poured a very nice clear amber color with the head forming easily. With the nice head aroma was easy to detect and was nice and refreshing. Bitter citrus notes were easy to detect. The taste was good nothing amazing to me, for some reason I felt this particular brew's hops just did not float my boat. Still the taste was very good with a citrusy and very bitter taste. The malt helped a little sitting in the background but I felt I should of made a bigger appearance. Brew was nice and light though and I would really enjoy drinking this on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 22:15:20 | More by BZero007
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 24 ounce bottle and into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with an inch of creamy bone white head. A thin lace is left behind on my glass with each sip. Notes of grapefruit peel, lemon, some pine, sweet malt, earthy bitter hops, lots of pine here and slightly spicy. Finish is dry with ample carbonation. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 05:39:49 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of CircusBoy


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance started off with a huge 2 inch fluffy white head; color is a reddish copper and lacing that hangs around forever.

Strong smell and taste of pine and hops. Aftertaste brings in a strong citrus (mainly grapefruit) presence. Lingers in your mouth and makes you want another sip.

For a beer with this much hop presence, the drinkability is amazing. It goes down so easy, that you could easily drink too many. I think thats a good thing!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 02:11:53 | More by CircusBoy
Photo of njthebestofme

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark copper tone decent head to lacing.. average looking ale.. looked inviting to drink

S- Hops and malts not much citurus or pine .. was hoping for that

T- was smooth and hoppy.. lots of hops but not to bitter.. nice and smooth

M- good after taste .. not too overpowring

D- one bottle should do.. after that could get repetive

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 17:51:14 | More by njthebestofme
Photo of beveritt


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 24 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is brown and tan, with the classic Sierra Nevada banner across the top. Front and center is a description of the beer and the meaning of wet hops. There is a code on the label, but no clear date. I picked this up a month or so ago from a refrigerated cooler of a local grocery store.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to just a thin coating of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is the color of tarnished copper and perfectly clear.

Smell: Pine aroma of fresh hops backed by an underlying caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Fresh hops flavors upfront, though somewhat more subdued than what one finds in a typical dry-hopped beer. Strong pine notes with slight undertones of citrus. These are layered upon solid foundation of caramel malt with a biscuity finish. Medium hop bitterness in the finish with good staying power.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, slightly slick.

Drinkability: Pretty certain this is my first ever wet hopped beer and I must say I am a fan. Captures the flavor of the hop without getting overly obnoxious.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 22:05:20 | More by beveritt
Photo of angelmonster


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is clear and light copper in color. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is big on herbal and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts are also present.

Taste is big on bitter, earthy hops. Not much else, pretty much just hops in here

There is good balance in the mouth feel. Good amount of carbonation and a smooth consistency in body. Also some nice creaminess in the head of beer

Over all an above average IPA. A bit too biter though to make it a really great beer. Was hoping for a little sweetness, citrus, or pine flavors to balance it out. Still pretty good for only 3.50 a bomber

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 06:00:08 | More by angelmonster
Photo of brewmudgeon


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sn wethop 12th

a 4.5 a beautiful beer, ruddy amber with nice head and sticky lace all over the place.
s 4.5 there is something special about this one, which smells a great deal like a fresher, "wetter" celebration ale. the hops are bold yet soft and the malt is obvious.
t 4.5 the oily hops and ample malt spread everywhere. there is a soft pulpy freshness and greeness unlike any other i've had. and this character amazingly sticks around month after month, at least for the 4+ months it took me to polish off a case. bitterness is less than initially expected, and while this makes the beer very friendly and approachable, in the end it may limit drinkability as there isn't enough bite to properly cleanse the palate and tease it into fantasies of more.
4 carbonation is just enough so long as the pour is fairly gentle. mouthfeel is slick and oily, medium+ bodied.
4 love this stuff and yet it doesn't stick in my mind the way bigfoot does, and think that's because it's too easy to drink quickly. it doesn't force you to savor. kind of a high-class slut.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 02:04:14 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: huge head on an easy pour and very sticky lacing. The color is a deep red. It looks very fresh.
S: has a pine and faint citrus smell and a distant sweet apple aroma creeping in.
T: has a strong hoppy pine taste with some floral and citrus tastes. The aftertaste has a fresh hop oil taste that lingers for a while.
M/D: I was surprised that this brew wasn't more bitter and drying. It was really smooth with some hitter mouth later on that is not really bothersome. The drinkability is good for sipping slowly and savoring.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 00:17:18 | More by Kemmerlin
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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