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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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2,949 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,949
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 erikm25


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

A: Pours a crisp apple juice coloring with orange highlights. The head is pillowing and white. Looks like if I dropped a quarter on it that the head would hold it up. Long lasting and absolutely excellent retention. Sticky fluffed lacing around the glass. A solid and fresh looking beer.

S: Aromas are subtle with grapefruit citrus and some hints of pine needles. Overall, not quite as sharp as I would have expected but very pleasant. Slight smoky pineapple. A malt and oaked quality that helps rounds things off. Reminded me more of an APA than an IPA.

T: Very laid back citrus hops taste. Has some decent tangerine and peach qualities towards the end. Generally this was well balanced between toasty toffee and fresh grassy hops. Buttery caramel and bready pale malts. Some solid floral, lemon, and pine like zests. There are some spicy undertones that help to the evenness. Even without the overwhelming hops presence this has a very natural and fresh taste.

M: Relatively decent medium mouth feel.

D: Hops straight from Yakima which is cool. I would use this beer as a gateway for people that have not tried a lot of hoppy beers. Great beer without blasting the taste buds too much. Quite enjoyable and quite drinkable especially while jamming Goatsnake's Flower of Disease.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 01:47:51 | More by erikm25
Photo of jculler82


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

24 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy copper color with a frothy cream colored two finger head. The lacing stays forever. Smell is citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same grape fruity hops with bitter finish and a creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, but after the full 24 oz. I am left reaching for something maltier for some balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 23:59:09 | More by jculler82
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

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

A: A dark reddish amber color. Big head and extravagant lacing to boot. Eye appeal is at pinnacle level, superior if you will.

S: The wet hops play the game well, and a matter of fact ends up as the MVP. Very hoppy indeed. The malt coagulates with the hops and form an essence of bliss.

T: A big bang on the forefront. Hops in nature come forward, then settles with some mild spice and tones of pine and citrus. Magnificent!

M: Bite a plenty. Little thick on the forefront, sippabilty is not a problem. Crisp brew with some punch sums it up nicely.

D: American Pale Ale or IPA is the question at hand. Hopheads will love this concoction. Its intense in flavor and will do the trick if you're looking for a fix.

Recommended to craft beer lovers and hop fans, both far and near.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2009 03:39:43 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of Troyone


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

This has been in my change up of beers so I might as well do a review.

Tried to pour the whole thing in my new Stein glass from BevMo, thought I could pour it faster only the headgot real thick. This is an amber color with a copper hue. The head is an off white almost beige. The carb action is evident as is the yeast suspension.

Has some pine aromas with a smoke or oak background. Some bready malt odors are also present.

A mouthfull of flavors that blends grapefruit and English tea with a bready caramel malt and a sweet grassy carbonation. The aftertaste lingers the malt, grapefruit and English tea with a hint of smoke.

The mouthfeel is creamy with the grassy carbonation leaving a smooth finish.

The drinkability is good although classified as an APA I think this is bordering an IPA with the hop flavor and 6.7% abv. Maybe this is considered a winter warmer APA.

Update, 02/07/09 this 12th release is in the American IPA catagory the 11th release of the same beer was in the APA catagory.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 21:34:32 | More by Troyone
Photo of daythree16


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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice hazy copper color without much head.

Smell is definitely west coast hops. Lots of grapefruity citrus aromas. Taste, however, is way more balanced than the smell implies. Huge citrusy, bitter finish, but enough malt to keep it nice and balanced.

Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty awesome. Great IPA!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 20:43:05 | More by daythree16
Photo of rmmm16


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle, two fingers of a nice thick off-white foam. Rings of lacing stick throughout the glass. Dark copper/nearly red through the center. The aroma is not as strong as I was expecting but the smells that are there are sweet with a citrus back. Great tasting ale with a nice malt start and then a progression of hop flavors, leafy then citrus hop. The feel is very nice, creamy then with a nice tingly finish. Very drinkable, a lot of nice flavors and alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 23:46:25 | More by rmmm16
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Vendome Toluca Lake. 4 bucks for 24 ounces? Not a bad deal. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice color on this one...pretty dark for an IPA. Copper to reddish in the middle, more amber on the sides. I didn't really get much head, but it was a cold pour. Looks like some decent lacing but not too sticky.

S: I don't get a lot from the smell...seems like the same clean malt bill you get with SNPA. Hops are not particularly strong in the scent. I get a little whiff of pine but that's about it.

T: Opening up I get some of the malt from the nose, along with even a little toastyness. This quickly fades into the hops. I get a lot of pine and grass here, with maybe just a hint of citrus in the background. Hops linger long after the sip is finished.

MF: Thin and very wet mouthfeel, carbonation feels high in the mouth, and yet I don't feel like it's THAT carbonated. Maybe it's just medium carbonation but seems higher because of the wet feel. I dunno. There's a bit of a boozy feel at the end, mixed in with the bitterness of the hops. The finish is actually somewhat dry, but probably owing mostly to the hops.

D: Drinkability is pretty good...the alcohol doesn't really get out of control here. Fairly smooth MF also makes this a quaffable beer. Overall though, I'm not really blown away. This is a nice solid IPA, but I prefer a lot more citrus. Always nice to get that fresh hop flavor and feel though, but I'll probably just stick with High Tide if push comes to shove.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 08:07:29 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

22oz bottle with stamp of 8266A0908

clear, classic copper color. fluffy head slowly fades to thin, foamy layer. great lace.

piney and grapefruity aroma of resiny hops, but lots of underlying caramelized maltiness. metallic whiff.

similar flavors. very fresh pine and resins, but again a decent caramel maltiness underneath it all. strong bitterness again emphasizes the fresh, fresh hops. notes of fruity esters and tropical tones. finish is also hoppy and resinous. classic sierra nevada, which is great, but some additional complexity would be a nice change of pace...

definitely smooth, and not watery, but still slightly thinner than i'd like. some astringent resins. sharp, but not overdone carbonation.

good, but really the only thing that distinguishes this from other good APA's is the freshness of the hops. get this one as fresh as you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 22:14:39 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 24oz. bomber. Color was reddish/copper with high foam and very apparent carbination.

Very aromatic smell - some floral, lots of hops, light citrus - all backed by pine.

Tastes of - what else - hops! They are everywhere as one tatses the beer and works it through the mouth and downward. The pine is there as in the citrus, but the hops dominate and linger at the end.

I love the bomber as much as anyone, but 24oz. is a lot of this very potent beer. The first half was drinkable, but there was definitely some diminishing returns.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:17:53 | More by KTCamm
Photo of CMW


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep orange/amber color with a nice two finger head with decent retention. Carbonation is immediately noticeable.

S - Smells like pine cones mixed with earthy/grainy hops.

T - There is a rush of wet hops mixed with some sour citrus fruit notes. Pine is present but overall it is very earthy.

M - More robust than I expected. Hops are just right and add almost a creaminess.

D - I could knock out a couple of the 24oz. in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:16:29 | More by CMW
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always a fan of the Harvest ale. Found this at Jaq's in Topeka.
Pours a good copper body, very consistent. Yet the head is splotchy at best. Off white/tan bubbles clump in some areas on the surface, but don't seem to have much body to them. They fade to nothing.

Nice pine and citrus aroma, just the right strength to not overwhelm. Slight hints of clove and coriander as well.

solid flavor. Pine is dominant, followed by a citrus burst and covered with subtle spices. Sharp bite at first, then slowly gives way to a buttery feel and sweetish finish. As it warms, the sharpness is rounded out and it settles down. Overall a solid brew

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 15:10:09 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of applky

New York

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

On tap at Cambridge Common

Red-brown color with thick head. One whiff and you get that trademark West Coast piney "pure" hop smell. There are both sweet and citrusy notes here, though, which makes this beer more intriguing than your average West Coast ale. On the tongue, the hops are backed up by subtle, toasty malt. Goes down oily and easy, very round in the mouth.

Very drinkable, very good. Tastes like their Pale Ale with a bit more confidence. Probably my favorite beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 21:53:45 | More by applky
Photo of aeminter


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper to light amber in color...very clear...billowy beige head and excellent lacing

The hop smell is all over the place. Very piny and a little bit of lemon.

Every last nuance of the hops plays all over the tongue exciting the taste buds before it digs in at the back. The bitter of the hops lingers on the back of the tongue while the malt sweetness laces the front in an excellent balancing act.

Moderate carbonation and just viscous enough to give it some chew.

One more reason for me to love autumn.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 06:54:50 | More by aeminter
Photo of AlcahueteJ


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with a half inch rocky head. Tons of lace sticking to the glass.

S - Wreaks of hop oils, just like the other two Harvest ale offerings, but this takes the cake.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with heavy, heavy carbonation.

T - Heavy on hop resin, grapefruit, and then even more hops in the finish that lingers on and on. Even still, incredibly balanced.

D - If you love hops, this bomber will go quickly, but luckily there's plenty out there. One of their best...it's this and Bigfoot for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 00:42:55 | More by AlcahueteJ
Photo of yeastsipper


3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have had this beer a handful of times, but this is the first attempt at a review.

Beer pours a lovely amber with lots of bubbles racing to the top and a big, long-lasting, frothy head. A lot going on here.

Pine dominates the smell, not surprising given the wet hops. There are also some spicy notes and lemon zest.

The taste was not what I expected; much more malty and less hoppy. The hops are not truly noted until the aftertaste. Frankly, I am wondering if this beer is as fresh as it could be. I swear I have had other bottles that are hoppier.

The mouthfeel is fine, but a little light in my opinion.

Drinkability is somewhat low, due to issues with the taste mentioned above. The lack of bitterness upfront, combined with the excess in the aftertaste, make this a less drinkable beer than other SNs I have had.

Again, I am really suspicious that the beer is not fresh, had a rough journey to me, or whatever, that affected the overall quality. THIS beer is not bad, but certainly nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 04:19:08 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

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

Pours a nice red color with a great thick tan head. Leaves good lacing down the side of my glass. Smells like hops of course, with some pine notes. Tastes very similar, but starts off kind of malty, then the hops kick in. The only real qualm I have with this beer is the same that I have with the other SN beers I have tried: it finishes a bit harsh. Just a bit past bitter to harsh. Its a smooth drink at first until the finish. Other than that small problem, its very good, I will definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:29:38 | More by patobandito
Photo of jayfarley3


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

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a big off white head. Smells strongly of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Tastes of hops upfront, spicy, citrus, and sweet malt. This beer is medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 21:19:38 | More by jayfarley3


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

A: Intense Orange Amber, slightly cloudy at center. Good bubbly carbonation and a finger plus off-white foamy head. Beautiful sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus-Pine Floral fresh hops in your face with a sweet malty backbone

T: Fresh, piney and citrusy to start. Super brutal bitter and spicy malty maple taste with intense tangy floral bite. Ah the wet hops, so fresh and tasty.

MF: Smooth bitter intense drink with tons of floral wet hop goodness.

D: Attention Hopheads! Great beer here! Wet hoppy goodness!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 23:08:28 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of jebert


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle (2008/12th Release) poured into a cylinder style glass. I discovered this at Woodmans several months ago. Since then, this is my 4th or 5th bottle. Nuff said.

Appearance: This is a great mohagany/orange colored liquid, enticing one to quaff it upon pouring. The narrow glass afforded a nice, tall off-white head, resiliant for a period far beyond my patience. Perhaps a 16 oz pint glass is better suited to my level of patience.

Carbonation was incredible and then retreated quickly to the head, which stayed firm for minutes. Where's the ice cream? A float isn't far off.

Smell: Akin to a Bells Hop Slam, the tart, tinniness somewhat citrus tinge is up front and begging to be brutal. Hops clearly are evident, somewhat robustly earthy. Definately not overbearing or astringent smelling, one has to wonder what the first taste will afford. Let's see...

Taste: Enjoyment. Pure and simple. Passing the malty sweetness came a great balance of fresh "wet hops" pushing forward on the tongue. The citris is strong, somewhat grapefruit or tangerine? Yes, both are strong. Pine is hidden, but definitely evident. There must also be some honey undertones, but certainly not sweet or anywhere overbearing. Malt is everywhere and lasts well after the swallow, even past Capistrano. This is a long lasting, good turnover taste with almost a dozen different palate changes on each swig. Amazing for a $4.00 24 oz beer.

Mouthfeel: Very soft upon entering, it seems to firm up quickly and emit hidden carbonation just enough to remind you of the time it took to wait for the head to settle. The carbonation is smooth, but just a bit tacky, without being chalky. The bitterness seems to lengthen as the bottle empties, but with each drink, it begs to open one's self up to more and more adventures. Once you are there, you want more and more. The finish is nice and dry. Just what one expects from an IPA.

Drinkability: Dang! I love this one. The 12th release is certainly one of the best and I'm certainly going to pick up several more before they dissapear. Did I mention that the balance was incredible? Whatever dry hops and constant infusion has to offer, wet hops yields something quite different to the palate. Spicy notes abound and at 6.7%, is quite open to more than one in an evening. I'd seek this one out as both a great beer and a great value.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:47:18 | More by jebert
Photo of pmcadamis


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Yeah! Big bottles rule! This deep amber brew is nearly the same color as the maroon-ish label. The head is ridiculously beautiful... three eggshell-hued fingers of dense creamy foam that leaves tons of crusty sticky lace coating the glass. Wow. That's a good lookin brew!

S - Big time pine cone sap hops. This SCREAMS Northwest coast IPA, and that's ain't a bad thing. Darker earthen notes are there too. Somewhat delicate apricot hop notes hide behind the more assertive piney notes, and a dirty muddy cellar-like note is there too.

T - Aside from the expected pine forrest hop profile, this has complex notes of both floral and fruity British style hops. The malt backbone is also really British... like tea soaked scones. After reading the label, I can really appreciate the "green" notes of the hops... this is more floral and garden-esque than typical IPAs. It's cool to taste what hops still wet from the field taste like... it'll help differentiate from the pellet and powered forms. I detect some nice asparagus like notes, and the thickness of the malt is approaching DIPA standards.

M - Medium bodied, aggressively bitter, hoppy as all-get-out, and acrid and dry on the finish. This leaves lingering complex hop notes on the tongue for days!

D - Defintely a top-notch brew. This is wonderfully complex and I love the uniquely hoppy flavor of the "wet" hops, but this isn't totally wowing me though. I keep thinking that this seems "British" in origin in some way.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 06:00:46 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Coppery golden amber color that pours with a thin film of bubbles (no head ever shows up) and then laces nicely.

S: Smooth...and i mean mild and SMOOTH hop aroma with a sweet malty backbone.

T: Creamy and smooth caramel malt base with a resinous hoppy flavor. Finish is clean and dry, and the hops add flavor, but not too much bitterness. A nice IPA for someone who isn't a huge fan of the intense hoppy ones out there.

M/D: smooth and crisp. Definitely sessionable. Alcohol is not a big part of this beer's effect, and the clean finish is refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 01:24:35 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of bgjohnston


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my favorites this past fall. I went through more than a case of it before it ran out.

I usually poured this beer from the bottle into my favorite pint glass. It had a nice white head and was a clear, dark amber color with good carbonation. I found it to be sharp, crisp and refreshing; with a kick, but not too strong.

Great value for the money, which for me was approx $4/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 16:01:20 | More by bgjohnston
Photo of Spikester


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind this beer has been around for about three months and I just bought one this week. Pours clear copper with a huge fluffy creamy head. Plentiful lacings. Piney hop aroma. Taste is medium bitter citrus hops. More orange pinapple than grapefruit. Good amount of sweet malt backing. It might be I've had too many hoppy beers this evening but for me this was closer to an APA than the IPA style. Excellent beer, well balanced. Session wise it is a bit high an abv for an all nighter.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:52:10 | More by Spikester
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

A: A copper and orange mix, almost amber color. Provided a really thick off-white head. Lots of lacing

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a sweet smell of biscuit mixed in. Nothing overpower, but put together nicely.

T: Amazing! The mixing of the hops and sweet malt was very well balance. Nothing is overpowering. The citrus and pine hops and went well with the sweet caramel and bready malt.

M: Nicely carbonated, a decent hop bite left on the mouth and tongue.

D: Well, I got the last one at the bar, but was wanting more and more of this excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 15:31:37 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of mattster


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

Opened 24 fl oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a Nice frothy head of two inches that settles at 1" atop a bubble bursting translucent tea brown brew.

Smell is clean and of sweet malts, light bread and light hops. Taste is similar, but a little more complex. Does have a nice bitterness at I get hints of light sweet hops, but this is minor to the crisp citrus and pineapple that make this one of the best SN brews I've had in ages - possibly ever.

Really nice finish, especially with bubbles and balance of 6.7 ABV.

Very drinkable and will spend the rest of the evening slowly enjoying this little monster of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 10:06:51 | More by mattster
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,949 ratings.