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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: 3,405
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

A deep, glowing, beautiful amber with golden highlights near the edges. Thick, frothy, off-white head that lasts. Incredible lacing down the glass. Perfect!

Not particularly aromatic and actually relatively malt-centric aroma. I smell crystal and caramel malts predominately, followed by pungent and citrus hops, but the malts are certainly front and center here...
...though that all changes with the flavor! This is hop-centric! And so, so delicious! Rich, bitter, pungent, citrus, and piney hops! Oh my so good! Along with the perfect hop flavor is a nice balance of bready and caramel malts; it all comes together remarkably well.

Rich, creamy, thick, luscious mouthfeel! Sierra Nevada does this as good as anyone!

Great IPA!

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich copper color with a one finger foam that lingers a long while.

S: Fresh hop scent with minimal floural aroma. Slight citrus and carmel scents

T: Hoppy but not overwhelming, toasted malt warmth and mild bitterness.

M: Typical bittness with toasted malt ending

O: Great wet hop, really get the fresh taste of of it, for the price of a wet hop, can't complain!

Serving type: bottle into perfect pint glass 4.99 1pt8oz

Photo of danmouer
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

please excuse the typos in the following. i cannot type worth a damn on my iPad.

I have to admir that I am not a fan of the current mode of American IPAs. I love that SN is making a wet hop harvest ale from harvests of both the northern and southern hemispheres. That said, I really don't feel that an IPA is the best vehicle for showcasing freshly harvested hops.

On pouring this brew, the air and your nose will be filled with wonderfully fruity/spicy/earthy hops; especially thr American "C" hops. That is what I hope for from a good harvest ale.

It is a beautiful beer as well as a wonderfully aromatic one. Deep amber/weathered copper color with a persistent blanket of rich off-white foam.

But the taste bursts the bubble for me. The beer enters with a wonderful malt-caramel-fresf hop flavor that promises perfection, and immediately undermines itself with a big, oily, palate-numbing hit of maga-IBU bitterness. Yuk! How can you rnjoy a beer's fresh flaviors and aromas when yur mouth is being assaulted as though you had just let the bitterest medicinal pill desolve on your tongue.

I cannot grade the beer down as much as I'd like to, because it is to style. It is ehat most knowledgeablew beer fans expect. All I can realy say is that I believe the beer wuld have been far superior with a boxcar ful of fresh, wet LATE hops, and just enough bitteringv to reach, maybe, 30 IBUs at most.

I love allthe hope flavors and aromas, but I feel gagged by the bitterness.

Photo of manitouman84
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid brew by SN. Pours a clear golden amber with a thick satiating head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass as it is drank. Solid hop aroma, earthy, floral, more citrusy and fruit based than its southern hemipshere counterpart. Mango and citrus centered hop character, tangier and fruitier than its southern hemisphere counterpart. Bigger malt body as well, solid caramel flavor. Dry, crisp, descent amount of resin, solid medium bodied ipa that finishes clean.

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is the 2011 vintage. Acquired at Wally's Wine. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of very appealing cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Maybe four minutes. Colour is a dark copper; semitransparent.

Sm: Pleasantly hoppy and light, with some lovely floral notes. Moderate in strength and quite appealing.

T: Pleasantly hoppy with some lovely toasted malt as a foundation. Some nice floral notes are present alongside cream but only in the open. No alcohol comes through. The hops are really nicely treated and fit right in. It's well balanced and built, though it's a touch too bitter on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's simple, but forgivable. Complexity wouldn't suit the style (I'm judging it as an Autumn Ale, not the forced categories of Beeradvocate).

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. It's nice and pleasant. It suits the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Very drinkable if not for the ruinous bitterness on the finish. I'd try it on draught if I found it, but otherwise it's not interesting enough to make me pay its price again.

2013 batch reviewed 10/20/13. Reviewed live. Notes below are truncated since I've already reviewed this. 1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Purchased earlier today.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent frothiness. Head retenton is good - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. No yeast particles are visible.

Standard fare for style. Not unique/special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Floral hops. Grassy. Bready malts, caramalt, pale malts. Faint fruity hops; quite vague. Light restrained pine. Some toasted grains. Some oily hop character. Grassiness is dominant. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Piney hop character, floral hops, vaguely fruity hops. Some grassiness. Caramalt, pale malts, toasted grains, clean barley. Hints of lemon citrus/zest. Okay tradeoffs between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness; the balance is never ideal. Not a gestalt beer. Has general cohesion. Has interesting elements, but overall it's a fairly simple brew without much subtlety or nuance. I like it generally, but it's not great.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out some depth of flavour. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Too thick and full-bodied for the flavour profile. Slightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable IPA that exhibits none of the best aspects of a wet hop ale. It's decently priced, but I wouldn't bother with it again. Better balance and more complexity/subtlety is needed. Certainly not world class, but worth trying once.


Photo of VncentLIFE
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear straw color. Decent one inch head.

Smells of a ton of herbal hops. I really like the fact that it smells as good as it tastes. It is extremely bitter and aromatic at the same time. A small bit of citric hops are in the smell and taste, but its all aromatic. Usually wet hopped beers have a slimey, skunky smell to them, but SN seems to have figured out how to wet hop a beer.

It sits like a good AIPA should. The bitterness destroys your palate, yet isnt a bad thing. it toes the line between too bitter and just right.

Photo of 57md
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper colored like a fall leaf. There is almost a finger of head that leaves a nice trail of lacing behind. Fresh hop spice is the name of this game. The smell, upfront flavor and finish are all a testament to the holy hop. Too bad this can only be a seasonal.

Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a dense cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of grassy and herbal hops on the nose. There are hints of grapefruit in there as well, but mostly it's just earthy hops. The aromas are all a bit muted, though.

T: Similar to the aroma, grassy and herbal hops dominate the flavor. Grapefruit and rind notes come through as well with a lightly bitter, but fairly clean finish.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer actually manages to be quite smooth and almost creamy. An atypical feel for the style, but it's good.

O: Overall, a pretty solid IPA. It has good flavors and aromas, but it just lacks a punch. Even with vigorous swirling, I have stick my nose into my glass to pick up on the aromas. I really just wish the flavors and aromas would pop a bit more.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather deep copper color with a foamy one finger, tan colored head on top. Decent retention and moderate lacing. A pretty good looking beer.

S: Very resiny with a good dose of pine and some light citrus. Very fresh, smells like hop cones in my glass. Just a little bit of underlying caramel.

T: Certainly hoppy with bitterness and pine, and again very resiny. Some caramel on the finish.

M: A little heavy for an IPA, low to medium carbonation.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. While it was fresh, it still came off a little too resiny/dank for me.

Photo of mtalley999
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with about two fingers of very fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of lacing left behind.

The smell is all piney and grapefruity hops.

Taste is true to smell, but more grapefruit than anything else, and a wonderful bitterness that lingers for a long time. No noticeable alcohol presence. Very pleasant carbonation.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too thin, not thick and sticky either.

I am really enjoying this beer. I bought this to share with my wife and it wasn't a huge hit with her. She didn't dislike it, but I think the hop profile is more forward than she's used to as a die hard Dales Pale Ale drinker. The peppery notes were a bit much for her, but I didn't pick that up at all. I will be looking for Southern Hemisphere this spring.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App- A very cool amber-copper body with one finger of puffy, white head. I can't make out any carbonation.

Smell- Wow citrus notes! It reminds me of grape fruit and tangerines. What a great general hop profile, also some grassy hops in here too.

Taste- This has a really strong hop bitterness at the beginning of the drink that is actually very floral. It isn't until mid drink and the finish that the citrus hops start to come through. They taste like passion and grape fruits. I really enjoy that buried underneath you can make out a solid biscuit malt character. That is always appreciated in an IPA.

Mouth feel- The feel is medium to light with a little carbonation. It is definitely a drier finish from the nice amount of hop character.

Overall- A really swell wet hop IPA, my first in fact, and I really dig it. My main gripe is the mouth feel; it's just a little light for I like this style. And as good as the hops are, it could have been a little more explosive on the palate, but by all indications, this is a must have.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark amber, with tons of head and lace.

S - Wow, yakima hops. Wet hops. It does not get any better than this.

T - Hop! Damn good. Bitter.

M - Highly carbonated. Medium bodied. Well balanced.

O - An excellent wet hop beer. smells great, taste great. Woo hoo.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color that is mostly clear with ample carbonation bubbles present, pours with two fingers of very fluffy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrusy hop scents that are quite resinous and smell really fresh, also hits with a bit of caramel like depth at the end
T: a good taste, good hop notes although much more gentle on the citrus than i had anticipated, bitter and a bit of an earthy note kind of like chewing on a piece of wood, not smokey wood but rather like freshly cut wood chips
M: gentle carbonation, very smooth through and through, leaves a nice dry note on the palate and a bitter feeling in the back of the throat, great mouthfeel
O: a nice brew, great nose, would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but overall an extremely drinkable brew and once again another one ive loved from sierra nevada

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice amber color, Nice foamy white head leaves behind a lot of lacing. Really nice looking beer.

S= The nose is dominated by Pine and Citrus a little bit of caramel flavored malts are also present to me.

T= Taste is really strong in the pine and citrus hops which I really like there is a nice caramel flavored backbone that takes away the bitterness of the hops which was nicely done in my mind.

M=Medium bodied, Great carbonation in this one.

O= Overall, I think this was a great harvest ale at a great price. I would pick this up if I saw it in my bottle shop great beer by a solid brewery.

Photo of tjkinate
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm beginning to think Sierra Nevada is the Pala Ale experts!

A: Beautiful 2 fingered frothy off white head that exhibited great retention and solid lacing was formed on top of this amber colored brew.

S: Pine and citrus scented hops are accompanied well with candied malts, and grains.

T: Compared to the smell this beer is quite bitter, I like bitter. Malts rebound on the backend and subdue the bitterness nicely.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

O: Another solid brew from SN. I haven't had a pale ale from them yet, keep it up please!

Photo of Naugros
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is perfect in appearance. I take the whole no 5s unless it can't get any better thing seriously and I gave the appearance a 5. The color is like the copper of a newly minted penny with an inner amber glow...AND perfectly clear! The beige head stands 1/2" on the first pour, but top the beer off as you get to the bottom of the bottle and you'll be rewarded with a thicker head that lasts until the end, leaving behind rings of lacing. So nicely done, SN!

I'll stop gushing now as we've reached the smell component. Pine-like hops dominate with some citrus...both coming off pretty resinous. Balancing sweetness from the malts is apparent but there is also a touch of sulfur here as well. Not a deal-breaker, but nothing that I like to smell in a beer.

Taste follows with the sulfur being gone. Resins abound and the hops character is mostly pine. Sweetness comes form the malts which are broadly rich. Not sure what that means really, but let's say that many darker breads can be perceived, well except pumpernickel. Think grain breads.

This isn't as bitter as you'd think, but still gives you a nice IBU load...enough to cut through a spicy chili-cheese dog. Still, I preferred the Southern Hemisphere Harvest more. Maybe because I get Pacific Northwest hops in just about anything these days. the hops in SHH are different, which to me means refreshing.

Photo of scootpolute
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Deep tawny color, decent head, light haze with a thin bubbly lace.
S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, spicy and oily.
T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a light hint of malt. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor, mild fruitiness and a spicy flavor that sneaks in towards the finish.
M - A bit of warmth in the end from the alcohol.

O - A tasty late season ipa, 'Harvest Ale', fresh flavor as expected from Sierra Nevada....not bad at all.

Photo of PintOHops
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Amber colored brew with high clarity and low-moderate C02. It produced a 2-finger off white head that comes off slightly pillow like, and sticks around decently. I got some very nice lacing left on my glass.

S - Very herbal hops right up front. I also get spicy, peppery, musty, and a touch of rind hop characteristics in there. Underneath the fresh hop aroma's, I get toasted bread, caramel, and toffee notes that really do stand up to the hops.

T - Fresh herbal, peppery, and musty hop flavors hit you pretty much all at once. It's got this nice balancing toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar malt quality that's not too sweet but sweet enough to enjoy. It finishes with lingering leafy/herbal flavors that just sit on the tongue for a good while. Bitterness is high but not over done, it lingers long after you swallow the beer. It's pretty dry as well.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth, chewy feel to it. Crispness is pretty low.

O - As I continued to drink this beer and it began to warm, I noticed that it's pretty darn bitter, and the bitterness lingers big time. Over all I loved this brew, it's got a nice balancing thing going on in the flavor, and don't even get me started about how fresh and dank those hops are! I definitely recommend this one to an IPA lover. Pick it up as fresh as you can get it! Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

Lovely deep and burnt orange-red body with a 1 finger tan head, lacing is great, leaving thick a full waves of foam all along the side of the glass.

Ah, great fresh and wet hops on the nose. Some zesty, lemon, pepper and pungent grassy aromas followed by a nice cracker, toasted bread malt profile.

Woh, big orange zest in the flavor, lots of peppery a zesty hops that lend a decent amount of bitterness. A great doughy, cracker-like malt flavor throughout. Smooth, semi-rich (for a medium body) with a lively helping of carbonation. The bitterness does accumulate just a bit more than i'd prefer.

Great, dial down the bitterness a notch and this IPA would be one to remember.

Photo of thespaceman
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle - Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep amber in color, nice clarity. Billowing head rises up the glass and slowly dissapates, leaving behind thin wisps of lacing. Good head retention here.

Smell: Citrus florals burst off the bat in the aroma department, I get a slight pepper note here as well, delving back into some more citrus properties (orange, mango, lemon) from the whole cone hops - a hint of malt spice can be smelled in the back of the beer here which makes me think I'm in for a real treat here.

Taste: Wow - these wet hops really give a beer a whole new meaning. Up front I get a huge lip smacking citrus blow to the tongue, passion fruit, mango, orange, wow it's good. This beer is the epitome of what a perfectly hopped beer should taste like. Towards the middle and finish here I also get a hint of caramel/toffee from the malt which is refreshing and adds great balance to the abundance of hop florals. Overall finish of the beer shows off the wet hops again with a citrus/pepper like flavor that's intense but again, well balanced.

Mouthfeel: This one feels like it's ripping the skin off your tongue. Pretty bitter to say the least and it's PERFECT! Medium bodied - sit's nicely on the tongue without drying out or losing it's body.

Drinkability: I must say after trying alot of wet hop beers this one takes the cake as my favorite. I love how this beer is a full on hop explosion - really showing off those citrus properties perfectly, a nice balance of malt tends to slow things down and make this beer more interesting as well. And the mouthfeel on this beer is fantastic - bitter, not too dry or cloying - almost perfect. By far a homerun in any hop heads book. If you see it - TRY IT!

Photo of pburland23
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

Beer pours a clear, coppery orange with a full finger of fluffy, porous white head. Excellent sticky lacing.

Fresh hops oil dominates the aroma. It's earthy, pungent and very piney. A great smelling beer.

The taste is similarly hoppy. It's bitter, but not too bitter. There is enough malt to balance out the hops bill. It's piney and fresh.

The mouthfeel is bready and resinous. There is lots of creamy carbonation which adds to the medium body of the beer.

Overall, a nice IPA. It's not Celebration but it's still a good IPA with loads of fresh hops flavors.

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a large sniffter

Appearance : this pours a deep bronze amber in color. This beer has some of the best head formation and retention that I have ever seen along with lots and lots of sticky lacing

Smell : tons of piney resinous evergreen aroms abound in this ale. Cant get enough of this beer its the best smelling harvest ale I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying

Taste : huge flavor profile with lots of bitterness and only a little malt sweetness. As this beer warms up the bitterness really dominates the flavor. I'm tasting lot of subtle orange aromas

Mouthfeel : full body beer with alot of carbonation

Overall : I love this beer in my opinion its Serria Nevada's best beer overall. The price is unbeatable I bought my bombed for $3.99 . So much flavor and biting bitterness this harvest ale has no equal .

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pt 8 fl oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottled on day 264 of 2011 (September 21). Vintage 2011 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale.

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange amber with a thick off white head. Head rises like bread. Lots of doughy air pockets. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Smells of wonderful wet hops! Piney, with citrusy grapefruit.

Taste: Excellent. Hoppy, but not overpoweringly so. Slightly citrusy. A bitter, bready taste that kisses the palate but does not kill it.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth and refreshingly satisfying. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Sierra Nevada does it again with this wet hop ale. Wonderful flavor and remarkably balanced. If pressed to choose, I think I still prefer the Estate Ale, but this one is great too.

Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy orange-amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Big, slightly floral aroma with grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and hints of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel. Orange and biscuity caramel up front followed by mildly bitter grapefruit/citrus and gentle pine on the finish.

Not the most vivid wet hop ale I've tried, but really well-balanced with some solid flavors.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Richly hoppy, grassy aroma has an undertone of yeast and a hint of caramel - and it just sends me. It pours a luscious clear copper with a very thick fine-bubbled cream-white head that leaves some good lacing. Hoppy flavor has fruity and yeasty tones and a hint of caramel, and is only slightly bitter. Lively, fizzy, restless texture has average body and truly dances on the tongue and on the way down, leaving a woody and hoppy texture. Harvest indeed! Drink deeply - and responsibly.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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