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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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3,355 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,472
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 161 | 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 AdamBear
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

S-smells like really sweet grassy hops.medium strength

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

M-good medium carbonation with a creamy finish

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

Photo of jester5120
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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

On-tap at Melt in Lakewood, OH.

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

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

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

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

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Note: 2010 vintage

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

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

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

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

Hoppy and malty amber ale.

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

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

Photo of negroobserver
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Overall Grade: B+/A-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: redish orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: floral citrus hops,

taste: citrus hops, bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

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



Photo of jeffjeff1
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife bought this for me.

Appearance- It has a coppery color and a thick foamy head.

Smell- hops, very nice, very refreshing and soothing

Taste- hops, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was very good. It had very nice balance.

Photo of nickd717
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from September 2009 notes. Pint on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto for $7, which seemed a little high but I had to try it.

Pours clear amber with an off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Fresh hop aroma along with some caramel malt.

Flavor is malty with lots of caramel, grain, and toast, almost like a scotch ale-marzen-IPA, which is a little strange but not bad. Hops not as intense as I'd like, but still nice.

Palate fairly smooth with hop bitterness lasting despite the hop flavor being only average, with medium body.

A very nice beer overall. The rating may have been higher if I hadn't had fresh Sculpin just prior to drinking this, but hey, I've got high standards (for beer at least).

Photo of Luk13
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with HogtownHarry. This isn't as fresh as it should be I guess, but here goes. Beautiful deep copper pour with white head just sitting on top. Aroma is quite hoppy, peppery, earthy, leafy, everything IPA should smell like but this is dimmed down a bit. Taste is still quite bitter, just enough malt sweetness to make it enjoyable. Palate is average but good.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a schooner (not the entire thing!). Didn't see a best before date.

A - it pours a deep amber with little to no head and almost no lacing

S - less hops than I expected (grassy/juniper) but also some bready malts (more than I expected)

T - much more subtle than I thought; expecting a hop bomb I found it to have a hint of juniper (slight citrus) with a much larger malt character balancing it out (maybe more like a Pale?)

M - sharply carbonated it was fairly light and didn't have much enduring bitterness

D - nice balance gives it fairly solid drinkability; not boozy - goes down easy

Decent beer - less of a hop bomb than I thought it might be (keeping with Sierra's style in this regard), and a good solid drink!

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

One of my favorite beers is Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Sure, it's not the greatest pale ale out there, but it's a good beer for a decent price, and it's available almost anywhere. Once I saw this come into my usual beer store, I HAD to pick it up. On the label it mentions a "pine" aroma and I LOVE pine aroma/taste in my pale ales. What's great is that it comes in a large, 24 oz bottle.

Oh, is this beer a beauty to pour into the glass! It has a light copper color, but what is the highlight of the beer's appearance is the head. It grows nice, white and tall, I got about 3 fingers worth, and is extremely frothy. This is the type of head that stays for awhile and I have huge lacing on the side of my glass. That's always a plus.

The Harvest Ale has a very woody aroma to it, just as the label said. When I put my nose deep into my beer glass it smells like I'm inside of a wooden cabin. There is some citrusy aroma as well, like mango or grape fruit.

The flavor is much like Sierra Nevada's regular Pale Ale, but the Harvest Ale feels a lot cleaner. The hops give it the spiciness all REAL Americans love at the beginning and the hop flavor changes to give it the lingering bitterness that stays o the tongue. I guess I want a bit more carbonation, but I really can't complain about that. It adds to the "clean" quality. With the lingering bitterness I get the taste of barley too, which balances out the overall flavor and body. There is just enough malty, bready sweetness that is tasted along with the initial hope spice too.

My thoughts on the Harvest Ale are mixed. First and foremost, it is one of the most drinkable pale ales I've had. The flavors aren't overpowering and it's easy going down. On the other hand, the beer is not adventurous. I was expecting it to have a more robust hop flavor and a heavier body to it. So, if you're wanting an overly complex beer that tests your taste buds, the Harvest Ale won't meet your expectations. However, if you want an easy-to-drink pale ale that has plenty of quality genuine flavors of the beer type, then this is exactly what you want.

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

A: Deep bronze color with a massive foamy head and some of the most ridiculous lacing I've ever seen.

S: A ton of fresh, floral smelling hops. Sierra Nevada knows how to make a great smelling beer.

T: Lots of grapefruit-like hop flavors that fade towards the middle and give way to some of the malts. The finish is pure hop resins. The hops were pretty dominant in this one and I could have used a bit more balance. A huge IPA that will satisfy the biggest hopheads.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in ale glass at friend's house

A: copper, mostly clear, great head (2 fingers), wonderful lacing
S: abundant, rich red grapefruit aroma that lingers long in the glass
T: very bitter, not sweet; classic IPA style featuring foremost a complex bouquet of hops; really amazing combination of hops--the aftertaste is very smooth
M: very smooth, silky, and stylish in the mouth
D: unlike other hop bombs, this one invites repeat visits

This is one amazing beer; congrats to SN

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 version recommended by my local bottle shop guy. Said it just came in recently, so I hope it's still reasonably fresh. At least he kept it in the fridge.

Poured from bomber into a Duvel tulip. Clear amber body with a huge 4-finger light tan head. Great lacing all along the glass.

Smells fresh. Nice hop aroma up front; sweet floral notes with some cirtrus in the mix., Malt and toffee in the background.

The taste is a little more sweet than bitter. Good balance, however. The hops finish with plenty of bite to balance the malt.

All in all, a solid IPA. Glad it is different from Celebration, though I like Celebration a little more.

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass on 2.14.11 this pours a deep amber color bordering on red under a bubbly foam head and has a complex aroma of fresh hops and sugared malt. Upfront and center, a solid and spicy pungency of pine hops hits my palate and empties out into a finish that leaves a dry and resinous hop garden's calling card. This is all about the hops...with a great supporting malt to create a balanced mouthfeel and a very drinkable A-IPA.

Photo of MrHirschybar
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, slightly larger than a normal bomber.
Poured to a New Belgium globe/snifter

A - Fluffy white/off-white head that left solid lacing. Murky red copper color.

S - Bread, peppery, biscuit, and citrus notes

T - Citrus with light medium malts, light biscuit, grassy finish with the malt and hop bitterness lightly lingering.

M - Light to medium body, medium carbonation, light alcohol heat in the finish

D - Smooth, easy drinking, enjoyed this and thought I would definitely session it with the 6.7% ABV and a nice price of $4.99 for the bottle which I thought was 26oz bought at a BevMo..

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

Appears just like a sierra nevada hoppy beer of any type as I recall, which is very good, maybe partly because the look reminds me of good Sierra Nevada experiences in the past.

Smells like hops cologne; very nice balance between spice and juicy fruit.

Tastes good, what can I say? The bitterness is appreciable to people who like bitter beers, but could overpower some people who just want hops for aroma.

Feels thick enough to take the punch from the hops, with sweetness helping somewhere.

Drinkability: I'm drinking it and enjoying it. Good.

Photo of smorris291
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber. Great orangey-red color, thick head and great lacing. Citrus and pine on the nose. Hoppy bitterness is balanced by maltiness. Another in a great line of SN brews...has its similarities to Torpedo and Celebration, but is still distinctive. Good carbonation and mouthfeel, and 6.7% alc keeps it reasonable.

Will be interesting to try each year's iteration to see how much it changes.

Photo of bierguru
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -
Golden amber slight carbonation thick foamy head
you can see the hop oils sitting on the top

S -
very rich hop character slight smell of some nuts and some sweetness

T -
malt up front middle is fairlt hopy and on the backend you get some fruitiness

M -
typical ipa feel however this one does carry an oily waxy feel

D -
drinkable statisfies a hops craving even though i would have liked a more hop character

Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle. Pours an uber murky amber color with a big frothy head. Good amount of sticky lacing. Aromas of hops all around here. Pine, citrus, and floral smells. Taste is hoppy and sweet. More of the pine stands out here with some citrus and floral notes in the background. Floral aftertaste. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and is tasty as hell. Big shock, another great Sierra Nevada beer.

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