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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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2,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 79 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of Haybeerman


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper/amber color with a slight haze. Poured a 2 finger light tan rocky head with good retention. Sticky lacing. Decanted lightly.

S: Grapefruit, orange and piney aromas dominate. Slightly sweet malt well in the background.

T: More pine than citrus in the flavor. Nice balance in teh middle with slightly sweet bready malt and slices. Resiny hops linger a bit through the bitter finish.

M: Medim body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating. Very pleasantly balances.

D: Flavorful, balanced and very drinkable. ABV not high but still very well disguised...you'll need to be careful.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 00:41:41 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Wegbier


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

I realize now that I bought it, it is a 2008 release. I will have to try it again fresh fresh in season.

a- niiiice, orange caramel color and a full finger head that shows lines to help you know where each sip was.

s- is enjoyable with citrus and pine hops but very light.

t- the best part, no more looking, when you get to put the beer in your mouth. This is good, on the website they say 65 bitterness, I have never heard of a bitterness rating but this is all the best qualities of hops. citrus and piney to spicy qualities.

m- smooth and good carbonation, it is a little thinner taste than I would like, it is a sort of thin medium body I would call it.

D- very drinkable, a very clean finish that makes you always happy to have another sip. I will look for this one again when it comes fresh as I can get it in Colorado

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:18:13 | More by Wegbier
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle 2008 release poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Foam clings to the side of the glass after settling.

S - Honestly, underwhelming. I pick up a bit of citrus hops, but it is not very pronounced... have the hops faded since bottling? Most likely, as I'm drinking the 2008 release in May 09

T - piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Definately not a hop bomb, but there is a good amount of piney flavor with a substantial sweetness behind it.

M - hops numb and tingle my entire mouth, carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty well balanced, goes down easily.

I'll be this was much better fresh - I'd rather drink a Torpedo IPA. Not that it was bad, I'd just prefer a more pronounced hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:39:46 | More by FickleBeast
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, clear beige head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Malts, caramel and hops. A really fresh smell.

T: Follows the smell.

M: Refreshing without losing the body. Quite a lot of CO2, but not disturbing at all.

D: Goes down very easy. I would like to buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 10:57:14 | More by Scriba
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Utobeer, the famous beer stall in the Borough Market of South London; it's very pricey though - 5 quid something I paid. This bottle is "11th Edition - 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale", at 6.7%abv., served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: The label seems to suggest that this version used 8000 lbs. of fresh hops in one brewing and it was repeated afterwards in the same day - but was it for the same brew?! I don't normally fall for figures (esp. on something I know very little about), but this sounds seriously hoppy to me...

A: it lands in the glass a deep dark yet also bright amber hue, coming with constant streams of tiny round bubbles in support of a thick, ice-creamy and marvellously tight light-beige froth to last throughout the drink.
S: having not tried an American IPA for almost three months now, the aroma here reminds me of the beauty of hops, big time! - the almost "sticky"-rich aroma of fresh Cascade (or the like) bouquet surely does the name right justice, that it's assertively flowery-fruity (with hints of ripe, fresh lychee fruits, longan-fruit tea, a touch of grapefruit marmalade, and faintly roasted tea leaves) against a medium-thick malty backbone of pale malts and amber-/cara-malts, while a subtle sour edge of ripe white grapes and fat prunes lingers at the back as a balancer. Overall, very pleasant, very hoppy indeed, yet I find the sweet elements are a bit too "in the face" and slightly more than desirable for the balance. As the beer warms up a bit (esp. in the second pour), the sweetness tunes down slightly and renders a harmony; simultaneously, a swirl even reveals a subtly Fuggles-like stinky hop aroma - very interesting.
T: a mouthful of "hop juice tea" upfront... light caramely malts with an apparent powdery texture and abundant hints of sultanas and sweetened grapefruity citrusness follow the lychee-skin like and piney aromatic taste of US hops. The mid-taste yields a decently deepening dry edge like a well-aged, semi-dry sherry with a unique herbally woody touch (impossible to link to anything I can think of); then the whole palate settles down and softens in flavour intensity, leaving only the lengthy and deep, tannic (not unlike crushed grapefruit seeds), chewy and also mildly citrus-zesty bitterness to linger in the end. At times, a phenol-like yeasty-hoppy hint also emerges. Surprisingly, this ale doesn't taste "that" bitter as I imagined, but the hop level surely is the selling point here (what else?), that a neat, evolving hoppy structure in taste is clearly and honourably demonstrated.
M&D: very soothing and light on the carbonation on top of a hoppy flavour and good level of bitterness, guaranteeing that the richly flavoured hoppy palate treads rather light. The relatively clean texture and medium-light body complements the flavour really well, making it in every sense a quaffable type of IPA to me. All in all, this fresh hop ale is very delicious as well as decently balanced (after some time into the tasting, that is), and I have nothing to complain about this beer except for the price - maybe it's time Sierra Nevada finds a permanent importer in the UK?

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 19:03:19 | More by wl0307
Photo of CMitchell


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Dark golden to copper appearance. Thick white head that lingers.

S: Typical hops notes of pine, citrus, not as sharp smell though. . . smells like wet grass which is appropriate for the name of the beer.

T&M: Beer has medium body for an IPA style , taste is quite green, all the taste of an IPA only toned down in a wet, (good) compost sort of way. Not too bitter.

D: Rather enjoyed this beer and enjoy the style in which it is made. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 03:06:49 | More by CMitchell
Photo of LieutenantWort


3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours very nicely, forming a generous creamy head (two+ fingers) with lots of lacing and variation. Color is a bright, coppery orange. Held up to the light, it looks almost pumpkin-bright.

Nose is subtle, light scents of pine and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin without being too watery. Taste is very subtle too, though -- there are some faint bitter & piney notes, but no malt to speak of. You know the malt is there, because otherwise the beer couldn't be as sweet as it is, but there are no burnt/woody/nutty/caramel flavors to tip it off. It's going incognito.

After finishing the bottle, I continued to be puzzled by how subtle the flavors were in this brew. Very drinkable, but it slips almost apologetically by the palate, like it's afraid of drawing attention to itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 08:48:10 | More by LieutenantWort
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz split and poured into a Guinness Pint. No date to be seen.

A - Nice rich amber color with a solid 2 finger cream-colored fluffy head with good retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Damp earth with a great bouquet of hop aromas including citrus and pine needle. Backbone of a good malty sweetness hides under the hop flavors.

T - Fantastic balance between the sweet malts and bitter "wet" hops. The citrus found in the smell is almost totally absent and overshadowed by the pine flavors. Spices lurk in the shadows of all the other flavors.

M - Smooth across the palate with a dryness on the finish.

D - This beer is quite interesting. Good aroma and flavor but its a potent beer for sure. Its flavor doesn't not lend well to mass consumption. Drink it slow.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 05:03:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of ancientelixir

New York

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

Nice inch and a half head from a slow pour into a pint glass. Amber color, clear but their is some fine particles suspended. Malty smell, mixed with a good hop aroma of pine and citrus, sweet smelling. Mouthfeel is smooth with a lot of carbonation. The malt and hop bitterness are present right away in the flavor and both hold equally strong as the taste fades. The hops linger on, sweet and fruity. Leaves a little warming in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:12:59 | More by ancientelixir
Photo of riored4v


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

Reviewed 4/13/09

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint-tulip glass. 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Clear, burnt caramel colored body. Head was very rocky and provided some good lacing.

Smell had a soft caramel sweetness. Spicey bitterness along with some citrusy notes.

Taste reflected the smell. A light caramel maltiness and a nice mild finishing bitterness. Spicey notes along with a slight citrus hop presence. Mildly floral and grassy.

Mouthfeel had a light body and was well carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice balance of flavors and could have a few of these back to back very easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 19:20:01 | More by riored4v
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a solid inch of foam. Rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of full of floral and herbal hops with a hint of grapefruit underneath. The taste is a lot like the aroma. It is very floral with a nice lingering dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty beer that I will certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:20:01 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of gameface23


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

Review from 10/19/08 that I've been meaning to upload:

24 oz. bottle. Copper pour with a large, chunky, pillow of a head that lasted the entire length of the drink. The smell was great. Pine hops dominate the aroma, with a balancing act of sweet malts. The flavor is similar; well balanced with a slight peppery kick and great hop taste without being bitter at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 17:16:53 | More by gameface23
Photo of Monsteruss


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name of this beer was interesting and curious. The foam was light wheat in color, a little thick and lacey. The color was an amber orange and some red highlights in the light behind it. The smell was dark, rich and complex. The taste had a deep hops flavour, rich, a little flowery and a hint of wood. I thought the mouthfeel was smooth and complex - great!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:51:29 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of daveGsus


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

lucky for me in my area not too many people are aware to find the good beer. I was surprised to see that they still had quite a few of these on the shelf. for a reasonable price, $5.39 for 24 oz.
I poured it from the bomber to a pint glass. yellow-orange in color. thick white head, took forever to go away. left lace all over the glass. hops, malt, citrus, and slight caramel aroma. all the hops you expect from s.n. and just an overall delicious beer. creamy and acidic mouthfeel. I would almost consider this a session beer. I usually do not put beers away fast but, I could'nt help myself with this one. really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 03:14:49 | More by daveGsus
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i remember having one of these (24oz) bottles a couple of years ago and really liking it, without applying the review criteria that i do now - now i see why -i picked up a 2007 vintage @ beverage world in peekskill - pours a clear pretty amber with a very fluffy 2-finger white head - smells piney and a little earthy/bready -
laces the glass heavily, the fluffy head remains to the last sip -tastes real good - hops up front , balanced by the bready malt and yeast(i guess) - pretty complex in flavor as it flows over the tongue - carbonation and finish seem right - each sip wants another - i haven't seen this on the shelves since the last one i had a couple of years ago, and am glad to have it again - tasty stuff that goes down real easy - i'm curious about other vintages..

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 17:06:17 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of natasharai


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a foamy off white head that dissipated leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. The beer is orangish amber clear color.

Smell: A lot of sweet malt, slight cinnamon spice, not much hop character.

Taste: Pine hops, roasted malt, nutty flavor resembling peanuts, spicy cinnamon, finishes with dry bitter hop and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied, leaves mouth with a bitter dry feeling.

Overall: Decent drinkability, not a lot of hop character. The flavors are good up front but end with an unfavorable bitter soapy taste. The smell is pretty bland, with a slight spiciness but mostly sweet caramel.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:31:16 | More by natasharai
Photo of ghebel


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear amber/red color with a creamy 1 1/2 inch orange-tinged head that sticks to the glass everywhere it gets a chance.

S - Citrusy and piney hops. Bready and caramel malts. Nice balance. Has a "raw" hop component similar to the smell that I experienced when I stuck my head in a Ziplock of raw hops right off the vine last Fall.

T - Taste follows the aroma profile with a nice bitterness. Again, great balance between hop flavors and malts.

M - Smooth, moderate body that ends with a lingering bitterness.

D - Extremely drinkable. Watch the ABV though.

Overall - This is a great beer. It is superbly balanced with an enjoyable hop profile. It does have a bit of a vegetal (raw) component, but that adds to the character.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 14:32:51 | More by ghebel
Photo of ThirdLap


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

Picked up this 24 ouncer at Monument in Concord for $3. Served in a Firestone nonic and first tasted ~10 minutes out of the fridge.

Pours a gorgeous darkish golden amber with a foamy two-finger-thick off-white head. Decent retention, but it dissipates to a chunky light cover after about five minutes. Light lacing remains as I drink this one down.

Nose is woodsy and malty, with a nice balance of hop character. It's sweet, with a hint of alcohol. I also get a vegetable-like presence that I can't nail.

Seems like a good variety of hops are at work here, as its unlike any other IPA I've had. Spices and caramel maltiness, combine with that leafy green presence found in the nose to create a very interesting IPA.

Body is right in the middle, but the big carbonation makes for a lighter and hugely drinkable beer. Alcohol is noticeable considering the relatively low abv.

Yet another very tasty offering from the guys at Sierra Nevada. I'll seek this one out again, especially at this great price.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 07:01:00 | More by ThirdLap
Photo of Magpie14


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a cream white yellow tinged cap. This cap was rocky, chunky, and loaded with coarse bubbles, it somehow reminded me of a dollop of shaving cream. Retention was well above average and left a glorious display of lacing. The body displayed a mix of pumpkin orange, golden yellows, and soft brown hues.

S: zesty citrus hops with a peppercorn or two, a mildly pungent green nugget aroma. This beer also boasts toasted pale malts with chunks of caramel as the prominent smell. I find the nose pleasant and was gladly surprised with the smells of toasted pale malts

T: the hop bitterness is not as extensive on the palate. The frame work of this beer is based on toasted malts. This is complimented by a buttery biscuit bread character, with a few swirls of caramel in the loaf. These flavors mingle well with the basket full of earthy, piney, crisp-citrus, and spicy hops. What helps round this brew out is the ever so soft oily residue left on the tongue

M: body is mild and hardworking. Fits the profile of the brew well and remains active in the glass. I am having no quarrels about sipping or gulping this brew

D: another winner from Sierra Nevada and hop lovers will get plenty out of this, as well as the malt mongers. Tasty brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 19:29:43 | More by Magpie14
Photo of jera1350


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

A- Copper orange color with a HUGE frothy head that sticks around forever. Tons of lacing!

S- nice floral hop smell, not overly strong

T- Surprising big malt up front with a nice hop bite and some pine. Nutty finish and aftertaste. Extremely balanced. Really thought there would be a bigger hop taste- kind of disappointing.

M- Medium bodied, smooth. Getting a little foam with each sip is kind of nice.

D- Very sessionable even with 6.7 ABV. Great balance in a nicely crafted ale. Recommend trying!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 16:26:36 | More by jera1350
Photo of LordHammer

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head which remains for several minutes and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, sweet malts, and some piney hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming, but definitely inviting.

T: A nice blend of moderate hop bitterness, roasted grain, and some residual sweetness. In addition, finishes with some pine and resin, really an interesting profile.

M: A moderate body with low carbonation.

D: Going to finish the 24oz bottle, and that would be about all I could manage.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 18:31:39 | More by LordHammer
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Big tan foamy head with good retention and good lacing sit atop a Autumn orange colored beer.

S- Nuts and roasted barley wit hints of cinnamon and caramel. Some light hops come through.

T- Lots of citrus and pine bitterness with a nice malty base giving off nutty and roasted flavors. Dry bitter aftertaste.

M- Dry medium bodied beer with a nice hop bite, fresh and crisp.

Overall an interesting brew. I am not overly impressed with the flavor or aroma but the mouth feel is great.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:12:24 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of bark


3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber with a tint of red. The large warm with airy head builds a crater before it slowly sinks down, leaving massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is hoppy, but not as robustly citric or bitter as many other American IPAs. I found notes of butter, dough, minerals and a mild hint of beef.

The taste is... The mouthfeel is very odd: Lots of taste in the front of the mouth and in the throat, but none in the centre of the cavity. Um, did anyone get that? Anyway, the first taste is bitter and clean. Then, buttery notes of white bread and bitter-tart citric fruits take over. There are also some earthy and yeasty flavours. The aftertaste is hoppy and medium bitter with some dry notes of dough and chalk. That odd feeling in the mouth is still there.

The carbonation is mild with lots of small bubbles. The liquid is dry and a little light.

A different beer with lots of unusual hoppy flavours. But the strange mouthfeel ruins much of the experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 20:02:45 | More by bark
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellowish orange color that is cloudy with a very long lasting off-white, cream colored head.

Has a solid citrus hop aroma up front with a floral hop scent on the second whiff paired with a light malt and decent amount of spice.

Good blend of hops and malt. Has a floral hop flavor up front backed by a bread and raisin taste which gradually grows more bitter into the aftertaste.

Medium body and quite smooth.

The sharp aftertaste is the only thing that seems out of place. Quite an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:06:16 | More by TheBear11D
Photo of donmonkey1


4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful amber with a perfect head. The head had excellent retention and lacing without being too large. It had a nice floral/piney smell. I thought it would have too much of a strong hop aroma, but it was perfection. The same goes for taste. It wasn't overpowering like a crazy ipa, but it was still quite bold with the hops. I could also taste the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was thick, like cream.

This beer is freakin' incredible. The smell is really good, but is a weak indication of how great the beer tastes. As much as I love the hoppy flavor, it would be hard to drink too many of these because after a while, I would need a break from the dominant hop (however awesome it is).

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 21:59:35 | More by donmonkey1
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,923 ratings.