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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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2,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,924
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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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
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty amberpour with a tall order of head. Nice retention and lacing.
I feel like there are hop cones right in the beer. Talk about fresh smell and taste. I close my eyes and am drinking straight from a dry hopped vat. Thank you again SN for setting the standard on hoppyines. The freshly mown feel of this beer just tastes so fresh and natural.
Nice carbonation, a bit sweet and oily from the fresh hopping. A smooth and easy drinking beer that I look forward to trying again next year. Thank You SN for focusing so strongly on quality even as you expand as a company.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 22:20:29 | More by grayburn
Photo of Birchgrove77


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Cloudy, amber colored beer with a nice, fluffy cream colored head that persists and laces nicely.

Smell: Not overly citrusy, but a very nice hop character. Some malt notes are detecteable when you get your nose in there.

Taste: Begins with a nice citrusy hop character, then progresses to a very nice maltiness that does not overpower the hops. There is a very distinct orange character within the malt and this is very nice. Finishes on the back of the tongue with a very nice piney hop character.

Mouthfeel: A tad heavier than I thought it would be.

Overall: A tad sweeter than I remember, but a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 00:41:21 | More by Birchgrove77
Photo of BravoTwo


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

A - Nice medium brown brew, with a creay froth head that sticks around, and leaves lacing and clumps of foam down the glass.

S - Sharp hops, very aromatic with a malty note in th e background.

T - Citusy piney hops, with a generous malt backbone to balance. This beer tastes the way that it should, given what it is.

M - Medium smooth, with nice levels of carbonation. A smooth, creamy note to the mouth.

D - Nicely drinkable IPA, with flavorful fresh hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:55:15 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of hosehead83


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass

Bright copper color with a big, two inch rocky head

Aroma-Pine and citrus with strong hop notes

Taste-Bold hops up front layered with piney citrus orange rind and slight malty, spicy sweetness. Well balanced and tasty hops throughout. Very drinkable and likeable American IPA

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:09:09 | More by hosehead83
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A-Slightly veiled copper color with a thick creamy white head. SN always comes through with a good looking brew.

S-Predominantly citrus hops with malts coming through a bit.

T-A sharp hop bite with some malts coming in mid palate. The malts are much more apparent as this beer warms, and provide balance only at the proper temperature. This brew is bitter, but not overpowering, however it is somewhat lacking in overall complexity. I also am missing the mouthpuckering citrus hop bite that I was hoping for. Notwithstanding that, it is refeshing overall, with a clean bitter finish.

M-Well balanced and well done. Medium mouthfeel.

D-This is a pretty drinkable beer, although a bit one-dimensional. I'd like to see a bit more going on, but a decent effort nonetheless. A 24 oz bomber is about all that I would want of this at present, but would certainly try it again next year.

Tasting notes:

This is best served slightly chilled from cellar temperature. Refrigerator temperature does not do this justice. It simply masks the malt and makes it less than it should be. I went back to this after warming and it was a completely different experience. Visually much clearer, much more balanced, much better....warm it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 02:09:49 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark to medium brown with high to moderate carbonation as bubble line up and down the glass, alot of stuff going on, ton beautiful hops and color

Smell- very hoppy brew on the nose, malt and crazy amount of hops, very aromatic and strong on the nose, amazingly strong smells soo powerful soo good hops

Taste- amazing mix of hops and malts, the malts are overwhelmed by incredible cascade hop hops, a really good hoppy flavor that is high quality brew if you enjoy hoppy overwhelming goodness, so flavorful its sick

Mouthfeel- Decently medium bodied brew that feels okay on the palate, decently full bodied

Drinkability- so delicious yet strong as heck on alcohol, really nice beer in flavor and body, worth lookin for as occasional seasonal, great beer in its own body and fill, really good as shit and complex as shit, different and unique for a harvest ale, worth the try for sure

2009 13th release 9/27/10

Appearance- nice brown to copper in color, small bubbles slowly stream the glass, white head quickly fades to laceing

Smell- fantastic great nose, plenty hops and citrus not but yet refreshingly malty nose as well

Taste- really great flavor nice hops are balanced perfectly with malt up front with a nice long lingering semi dry finish, just beautiful balance and real enjoyable flavor

Mouthfeel- smooth perfect carb and really nice feel, on point

Drinkability- so easy drinking and just so enjoyable, really well done, maybe i wonder if bit hoppier bit fresher but still really nice now with some time, a really great beer thats i thoroughly enjoyed drinking spot on and enjoyed just as much as if not more as my previous review

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 07:44:16 | More by Stunner97
Photo of crayphish


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass. Hazy orange liquid with large bubbles leading up to a splotchy thin cap. Great lacing though, thick and sticky. Smell is disappointing. Doughy malt essence countered by slight alcohol. Taste is better. Sharp orange rind bitterness. Pine. Boozy ether smashes any attempt at this thing being balanced. Mouthfeel is great, dry and refreshing. I found this to be an enjoyable and drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 06:41:21 | More by crayphish
Photo of Thorpe429


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

G: Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass with the Bell's Oberon logo. This is the 2008 version, the 12th Release. Bottled on September 22, 2008.

A: Pours a nice, thick, and bubbly two-fingered head. The top of the head looks like the surface of the moon and it is already quite apparent that there will be plenty of lacing with this brew. The color is a dark amber. There are no apparent carbonation bubbles, and the beer is quite transparent.

S: Very sharp immediately on the first whiff. Slight floral aromas. A little bit of pine as well.

T: Somewhat grassy and the hops have faded a little bit. Slightly bitter.

M: Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The beer feels slightly thicker in the mouth than the typical APA. There is somewhat of a dry feeling present on the roof of my mouth, though the beer goes down smooth.

D: This beer could be quasi-sessionable. As it is, the 24oz. bottle suits me perfectly--two servings of this should be a decent start off to any night.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:34:55 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of cnally


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great amber coloring in the beer with a tan head that remains to do some quite nice, fluffy lacing.

floral, malty, slightly fruity scent. hint of the hops.

nice immediate flavor of hops. balanced well with the underlying malt flavor. slightly citrus elements to the aftertaste.

full, frothy mouthfeel. heavy and even.

really good example of the style. not as dry as a really bitter IPA. very good, balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:41:51 | More by cnally
Photo of mjaskula

New York

3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly from a large bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate head which thins, but never really goes away. Smells strongly of hops as expected. The taste is strong hops all the way through, but surprisingly balanced. As it warms the malt character comes through more, but the hops are always strong and right up front. As far as drinkability goes they got it right on the money, a two serving bottle is just what you'd want.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 03:27:48 | More by mjaskula
Photo of sophisticated


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

This 24 ounce bad boy is delish.

Appearance: reddish honey colored with an (easily) 3 finger head that is super fluffy with great retention and lacing

Smells: mostly citrus

Tastes: pines, citrus, bitter hops. Clean and fresh.

Mouthfeel: crisp, light.

Drinkability: Great! I feel like I could have a couple, which at 24 ounces and 6.7% is probably not wise.

This is my first "wet hops" drink and apparently SN made the first ever American beer brewed with wet hops so they know what they are doing. YUM.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 06:56:45 | More by sophisticated
Photo of IowaHawkeyesFan


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at johns grocery in iowa city they had a nice deal buy three 24 oz bottle and get a dollar off 10 bucks in all pretty sweet deal.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber hue with a very nice head that held for a while and left some nice lacing. the smell was a fresh burst of hops you can definitely tell how fresh these hops were.

the taste was quite nice with hints of grapefruit and citrus and some nice flowery aromas and some nice kick of maltiness to balance it out. the 6.7% abv really gives this a nice kick without being to strong. this is definitely a good IPA. although i dont think i could have more than 2 glasses of this.

coming from sierra nevada i expected this brew to be very good and they didnt disappoint its a lot like i expected it to be, it really hit the spot for my hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:01:12 | More by IowaHawkeyesFan
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2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/23/2007 (bottle):

Pours an amber brown color, big yellow-white head, foamy. Consistent color in the body. Hoppy aroma, acidic, some grapefruit, but mostly acidic, piney. Piney, somewhat hoppy taste. A little bitter aftertaste, but mostly balanced. Not too bad, IPAish, but balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 04:03:33 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of twiggamortis420


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

Pours a partly cloudy medium copper color with a nice lively tan head that fades slowly and leaves large sheets of lace.

Fresh resinous, citrusy hop aroma mixes with a strong malted milk-esque malt presence. Maybe some hints of honey and pears.

Bitterness is pretty high, while hop flavor is moderate. There are tons of caramely sweet and toasty malts to offset the high lupulin content. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and about right for nearly 7%, carbonation is moderately high and helps scrub the palate a bit on the finish. Definitely a good beer, but all the hoppy Sierra Nevada offerings are becoming difficult to distinguish from one another, but this one seems a bit maltier than most.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 03:27:44 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of daledeee


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

People tell me that all their stuff tastes the same. Since I don't have all the hoppy offerings from them to taste at once I have to give them the benefit of the doubt.

This pours a nice dark amber with good head and lace. Nose is flowery and hoppy with citrus undertones.

Taste is a little dryer than other offerings but is very very drinkable. Citrus and hops every where and I like that. That in turn makes this beer very drinkable. The slightly larger bottle help one enjoy the beer a little longer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 02:18:49 | More by daledeee
Photo of ricke


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

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-02-16. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 710 ml bulky and good looking bottle (looks like a regular Sierra Nevada bottle on steroids) with no freshness date to be found. A great deal of bragging about the unique brewing process on the label.

Appearance: A slightly reddish amber color. The liquid is clear, the 2 finger head is off-white, very creamy and sticks around for a while before settling into a decent lid of foam.

Smell: A predominantly hoppy smell: Plenty of fruity aromas - citrus fruits, mostly in the form of grapefruit but also some hints of lemon peel - but also a more earthy and grassy smell of hop resins. Perhaps not the most complex smell, but still very refreshing and pleasant.

Taste: A mix of delightful fruit flavors up front: Again, mostly sweet lemon and grapefruit, but I think I find some hints of peaches and strawberries here as well (I recently had the Celebration Ale from the same brewer, and I found the same taste of strawberries, but much more prominent, in that one). Then, dense earthy flavors, grass and weeds take over. The combination of fruity and earthy hop flavors in this one is really great. Perhaps some notes of tobacco are here as well. Beneath the hop aroma, a sweet taste of caramel-like malts backs things up. It finishes slightly dry with a firm, but not overpowering bitterness and long lasting hop resins.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, medium carbonation. Somehow, I get the impression that the texture has a gentle crispness to it, yet still rather smooth.

Drinkability: A delightful beer. Although it's definitely on the hoppy side, it still feels very balanced. It has definitely not the most complex taste out there, but still it is a really refreshing blend of tropical fruits, earthy hop resins and restrained sweet malts. And although the hops really dominates, they never get too aggressive or overpowering. It's a laid back beer, yet it's full of character - somehow, I can't stop thinking of it as a Celebration Ale in harmony. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 00:14:13 | More by ricke
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with an impressive three-finger head. Nose is big and flowery, with the hops coming through in citrus tones.

The bitterness is very evident in the intial hit on the tongue. Thick for an IPA, but the mouthfeel matches the taste. Doesn't finish quite as strong as the initial hit suggests. The hops linger on the tongue.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:10:42 | More by beer2day
Photo of acelin


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Bottle poured into a glass.

A: Very deep chesnut color, quite appetizing to your eyes.

S: Smells rather nutty, and the hops are easily detectable, as they should be in a wet hop ale.

T: The taste isn't so much for me, as I am more into less hoppy ales, but for a really hoppy ale this was pretty good. Would drink again. The hops really sing in this beer, and keep on punching your taste buds throughout.

M: Very good, not too watery.

D: Average.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 22:24:27 | More by acelin
Photo of PerzentRizen


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The term "Wet" Hop seems to be more popular. For a while it was conidered "Fresh" Hop - hops picked straight from the vine and put in the brewers kettle. This is a great example. This reminds me of a Bert Grant's Fresh Hop beer that I had once in New York City one time about 7 years ago. Damn flavorful.

My 12th release was poured into a Duvel glass. The temperatures of the beer upon pouring was around 48 degrees (left to sit outside the fridge for 20 minutes). The Color is a russet amber with appropriate cloudiness for a harvest ale. There is a nice lacing with pockets of off-white bubbles.

The aroma is of fresh from the vine hops. If you have ever stuck your face in a brewers kettle 5 minutes after adding the hops that is what this smells like. There is a sizable amount of grain/barley to back this hop punch up. Smells delicious.

The flavor is soft and mildly sweet at first then cloyingly sweet malt followed by a robust fresh hop flavor. I swear it taste just like a mouthful of hops - amazing! The flavors are very pronounced by the time this beer gets to 52 degrees. The finish is of sharp hop (almost but not quite harsh flavor) and the last flavor is of smooth sweet grain. Very very tasty.

Mouthfeel is extremely round especially for the modest alcohol content. This beer is quite unattenuated but not as to make it extremely sweet - just sweet in the appropriate sense. Very good.

This is a very drinkable beer and at the price they are asking it's easy to justify spending a weekend with this one. Now if we could get Sierra Nevada to brew this year around!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 18:13:36 | More by PerzentRizen
Photo of akokandy


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 24oz brown bottle poured into an American Pint. The beer pours dark orange with a massive white head. We're talking Duvel-style big. Very good head retention and buckets of lacing. So much head on this guy you could eat it with a spoon.

S- Pretty well-balanced smell for an IPA. You can definitely smell the west coast hops, but you can also detect some malts with your nose, which is not that common among the IPAs I've sampled lately. Not thrilling, but above average for sure.

T- Again, much more balanced than I expected. It's possible the hops have mellowed a bit in my bottle, but the first thing I taste is malts when it crosses my lips. Some grapefruit and a little note of lemon in the hop finish. Very, very good. I'm discovering I really like fresh hop brews.

M- Nice and full-bodied. Not that slick and not too carbonated. Hop influence coats your mouth a little. Above average.

D- I think this would be a good beer, day or night. Good flavor, good balance, not unreasonably high abv. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 20:25:32 | More by akokandy
Photo of JohnQVegas


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

Pours a hazy dark copper with a pillowy off-white head. Lots of heavy lacing.

Nose is sweet citrus, slightly astringent, resiny, with some fruity esters poking through.

Taste is sweet and citrusy but a bit aspiriny as well, with a toasty malt character in there also.

Mouthfeel is lively but not too carbonated, medium-full body. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 16:02:12 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Big Z. Pours dark orange with a small, thick white head (not quite as luscious as the head from the bottle). Aroma of sweet caramel malt. Flavor of rich, sweet caramel malt with a bitter finish. Some tropical fruits make their presence too. Pretty much just as awesome as the bottled version!
Appearance: 5/5
Aroma: 8/10
Palate: 5/5
Flavor: 10/10
Overall: 19/20

Serving type: growler

02-08-2009 22:00:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of currysage1


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

Pours a beautiful deep orange, topped with a off white/eggshell two finger head, great retention.

Smell is very clean and inviting slightly resinous from the hops but leaning more toward fully ripened citrus, biscuit malts.

Great flavor, ranging from grapefruit zest to baked bread, some turbinado sugar, nicely balanced, malt accentuates the hop and doesn't let it kick it in the teeth.

This is one of the better beers I've had in a while, I look forward to many more chances in which to support an old friend.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 03:58:25 | More by currysage1
Photo of dasenebler


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

Pours dark hazy orange, beautiful head. Nice creamy, frothy layer sticks around for the drink. Aroma not as huge as I was expecting, but still quite good: grapefruit citrus and some spicy pine.

Taste is very good, but again, I was expecting more "bigness" from this beer. Nice spicy hop flavors, with loads of bitterness on the finish and back of the tongue. Some malty biscuit flavors too. Not as much citrus as the aroma would suggest. The mouthfeel is excellent and pretty creamy.

For a gauge, I find this IPA to actually be more mellow than their Celebration Ale. An excellent beer nonetheless, very full tasting without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:41:34 | More by dasenebler
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,924 ratings.