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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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2,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 153
Gots: 86 | 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 vacax


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

24 oz. bottle, $3.99 from BevMo Long Beach. The best value fresh hop ale for my money for sure.

A: Big fat head on the pour that has absolutely nowhere to go. Creamy head is practically as smooth as ice cream, which leaves insane lacing. Beer is a dark maple with a bit of rouge. The best looking IPA out there.

S: Surprisingly, the aroma is not as enormous as the head. Resinous piney hops with some floral qualities.

T: Sharp and prickly pine and some flowery goodness as well. Lingering oily hops long after the beer is swallowed. Not terribly complex, but big and good on what is there.

M: Creamy, oily, and sticky. Just what I want in my American IPA.

D: Easy drinking despite such sticky hoppiness. Not something I would session, but a beer I want to drink often when available.

About as good as any other fresh hop ale, and the price is very attractice as well. Definitely a nice ale to be looked forward to at harvest time.

12-25-2008 06:24:34 | More by vacax
Photo of oelergud


4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Large chubby 24oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap. The label shows hop fields with a blurb about the fresh hops.
Copper clear body with a creamy tan head that holds well and leaves great lace.
Scent of fresh piney hops, semisweet honey and caramel.
Excellent blend of sweet honey, caramel and rough fresh hops. Undertones of vanilla, wood, nutskin and pine
Medium body with plenty of coating and a full oily feel. Some residual sugars as well.
Very drinkable, wet hops seems to impart something different and interesting to the brew.
I hope more brewers will try this. A stout may be great with fresh hops.


12-23-2008 22:48:07 | More by oelergud
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

24 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
I have heard about Sierra Nevada receiving criticism that "all their beers taste the same", although this is certainly debatable, the Californian brewery consistenly manages to churn out tasty, drinkable stuff...
Appearance: Tawny, ruddy hue, massive head, minor lacing and carbonation.
smell: wet hops.
taste: hops, lemons, slight fruit with a pepperish bite.
mouthfeel; Medium-bodied, hoppy
drinkability: easily downable, especially for a 6.7% ABV.
Good stuff

12-23-2008 22:45:07 | More by dsa7783
Photo of hustlesworth


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

A- mostly clear reddish copper amber tapering down to bright yellow with a whole spectrum of yellows and oranges in between. head is uniform and beige, nice wiggly clumpy lace everywhere..

S- certainly smells what i imagine freshly hoppy would smell like. a little more fruity and green with softened grapefruit, guava, tropical fruit, flowers, and pine. a bit of gasoline or like the fuel way a mango smells. wine barrels and woodsy sweet and toasty caramel malt also very nice.

T- exceptional taste and perfectly balanced (for me). hop flavor is fresh and intense and not brutally bitter, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, spruce, and a peppery kick with some toasted and semi sweet grains. fresh bitterness at the end, oils resins, and some greenness, smooth and woodsy, tobacco, soil.

MF- full and lightly oily. pleasant astringent bitter dryness with an overall fruity feeling. just under medium carbonation fizzles away in the dense hoppipness leaving what feels like hop essence! ... trailing behind. resinous. herbal.

D- glad i found this. it really appeals to me because the balance fits my ideal ipa dreamz, and the fresh hops are outer space. puts your ass to sleep too. hop sedation.

12-23-2008 02:24:09 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale is clear, sparkling and copper. The head is huge and fluffy; rocky and bubbly. It has excellent retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass. Incredibly fresh hop aroma. Smells like hops still on the vine. Spicy, sweet, juicy, piny-- yum! It is medium bodied, a little oily and quite smooth. The finish is pretty crisp. It is a well balanced flavor. The hops are full and juicy and backed up nicely by a big malt body. It is a little peppery. It's mostly a big grapefruit peel and pine flavor. It tastes very fresh. Well crafted! I'm glad I can get two glasses out of this bottle!

12-21-2008 15:44:18 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Brewsmith


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

From a 24 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma is full of American hops, piney spicy and citrus. Color is an orange amber, very clear with a khaki colored head. Flavor is forward on the hop flavor with caramel and toasty malt coming through. Bitterness balances well and there is not much sweetness. Clean, dry and easy drinking. I love this beer. Too bad I have to wait till next year to have it again.

12-21-2008 07:33:17 | More by Brewsmith


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden copper with a thick, THICK creamy head that lingers until the glass is finished. Beautiful lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pine and citrus peel.

T: The wet hops really add another dimension of bitterness without going overboard. Grapefruit bitterness marries beautifully with the bready malt flavors that linger in the background.

M: Medium-light with a perfect level of carbonation.

D: With such a sublime combination of flavor and aroma, I'll be sure to stock up on this brew.

12-21-2008 02:42:43 | More by FACEMEAT
Photo of monkeylovebeer


5/5  rDev +19%

Another wet hop winner from the Chico brewmeisters. The 12th Release pours a gorgeous amber color with a nice thick eggshell-colored head. The good news is that I don't have to haunt the local BevMo! hoping for a shipment, I've found this little gem pretty consistently right down the block at the 7-11.

The first sip reveals citrus notes with a spicy, almost green bud-like, aftertaste. "Hops and cannabis are related," Talking Bob said, taking a deep pull. "I think I read that recently."

We had planned on having a taste-off, sampling all three of Sierra's Harvest brews: The Chico Estate and 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop, and the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop brews. We were distracted and ultimately derailed by a walk over to Iron Springs Pub & Brewery for fortification. But that's another story. I'm sure we'll get back to our experiment at some point. Anything for science!

12-20-2008 22:45:09 | More by monkeylovebeer
Photo of cooncat


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

Served into my SA Boston lager glass .. my favorite glass to review a beer.

The pour produces a light copper colored brew, with an enormous foamy head. The head retention is good, but eventually fades to a thin cap. Abundant lacing is everywhere on the glass, and you can follow your progress down the side as you sip.

Nose is hop dominant, as it should be. That's what this beer is all about, and the pine/citrus notes do not disappoint. A light bready maltiness lingers in the nose.

The taste follows the nose closely. Fresh and dominant pine and citrus hops are in your face, but well balanced by an adequate malt bill behind the hop onslaught. Very fresh and crisp, the body is just right for the style, and is medium. Finish is dry, leaving you looking for a refill.

Well worth looking out for, I can definitely recommend this beer. It's not only for hop-heads, but will be enjoyed by all. Nice job, Sierra Nevada!

Na Zdravje!

12-20-2008 18:50:41 | More by cooncat
Photo of pelle79


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

A nice snowy night was the perfect time to try this one.

Pour results in a nice head leaving nice rings as the beer disappears from the glass. It gives off a fantastic aroma of hops.

A tasty woodsy hint finishes off the sip.

I've never had a wet hop before so I wasn't sure what to expect, needless to say, I like it.

12-20-2008 01:31:01 | More by pelle79
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

$3.99 for a big 24oz bottle seemed reasonable, so I gave it a shot.

Hazy amber in color with a big rocky cream colored head. Excellent retention. Great clumpy lacing as it settled.

Strong woodsy pine and some bittersweet citrus rind in the nose.

Hop flavor is potent, yet somewhat soft and citric. Not as dry or puckering as I was expecting. Actually just a touch of tea-like dryness in the finish, with a light malt sweetness that tries to assert itself, but begins to fade slowly before it quite breaks through. What's left is a little residual bitterness on the tongue.

Feel is a bit thin, but smooth with very subtle carbonation.

Overall not bad; malt is a little weak, but hops are flavorful without being obnoxious. I had no problem finishing it and could've easily done another.

12-20-2008 00:21:07 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of biggred1


4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

Coppery amber with a minimal light tan head, sticky lace that leaves rings down the glass. Nose is very floral hoppy, pine, grapefruit, but not all that powerful. Taste is kick ass and gets better as it warms. A fresh and tasty hop bomb that isn't overpowering with alcohol heat and doesn't neccesarily need to be sipped. Decent malty backbone balances perfectly. Medium slick/salty mouthfeel. A treat to drink and impressive, by far the best $5.00 24OZ. beer that I've ever had, delicious.

12-19-2008 00:21:20 | More by biggred1
Photo of Slatetank


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

I appreciate Warriorhbt for giving me the first opportunity to taste this ale - I had to get a second taste since this is an intriguing beer probably only the 4th or 5th wet hop beer I have ever drank and I found this to be as worthy as the first magical Wet hopped experience.
Poured chilled from the 24oz into my Bass trademark glass and mug
A - A dark amber the color of a maple leaf. The 2.5 finger head is an ecru shade like eggnog that stands proudly above the glass rim and settles to 1/2 inch and appears like a fluffy cloud w/ creamy smoothness and excellent thick lace

S - An interesting herbal and toasted aroma which has a creamy malty note and slight nutty/biscuit essence w/ a mild vanilla/caraway seed element

M - The feel is 'green' supple, interesting w/ a mild vegetal /tea/spice and mild pine resinous and faintly astringent hoppy texture. The malt is pristine w/ a creamy and grainy dryness the ale seems to resonate on the tongue

T - A mild carbonation level carries the huge and fresh hop flavors in the place where taste buds react ecstatically. The malt has a flavor that does nothing but compliment the excellent fresh picked flavor w/ a touch of green tea and mild cooking herb flavors. The taste even has some toasted almond notes - the taste seems to emphasize a mild alcohol taste as it warms-(1/2 hour in) with a mild grassy flavor/texture but ever so slight. A great taste 1st to last sip

D - Phenomenal brew by a pioneer in the realm of American craft brewing. The beer is nuanced and makes great use of the fresh hops in the overall flavor and I truly appreciate the utilization of the fresh earthly humulus lupus. This ale went great with my Chicken parm!

12-17-2008 05:10:41 | More by Slatetank
Photo of magictrokini


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

A nice surprise to find this on the shelf at BevMo. Pours clear copper with a standard white head, no different than their pale ale. Big, wet hops in the nose. Tons of resin and pine draw you in. Clean and crisp mouthfeel without too much carbonation. A hop party in the taste. Resin, grapefruit, oranges, and pine are balanced perfectly with the malt back. Drinks like an IPA with the hop profile and taste of an IIPA. Outstanding.

12-16-2008 17:52:28 | More by magictrokini
Photo of AleWerks


4.45/5  rDev +6%

This was an excellent beer from an excellent brewery. The aroma was huge with hops and citrusy goodness. Appearance was light copper and a tan head that laced nicely. Flavor exploded with fresh, green hops and a strong caramel backbone. Delicious. The mouthfeel was full and rich with a nice scrubbing carbonation that leaves the tongue wanting more. Overall this beer is great. I would happily drink it everyday!

12-14-2008 16:54:01 | More by AleWerks
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.

12-13-2008 20:56:33 | More by oberon
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

I poured this beer from a 24oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer looks amazing. It yielded a nice 2 finger creamy pale colored head with very good lacing that stayed for a long time. It was a beautiful amber color with a slight hazy appearance.

Smell: This beer smells awesome. It has very floral hops aromas with hints of citris. I expected a very hoppy tasting beer from the smell as it was absolutley beautiful smelling.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I expected from the smell but it definately had a strong hops pressence. The adding of the fresh wet hops gave it a fresher taste than other hoppy beers . The hops stay for a reasonable amount of time but do not make you pucker up like some other heavily hopped beers. I drank the whole bottle and would have liked another.

Mouthfeel: Medium body mouth feel. Its almost got the consistancy of a lighter style porter, or similar to a smithwicks.

Drinkablility: Its definately a delicious beer. Its not too heavy to have the whole thing or even a few of these bad boys, but its definately not light or smooth enough to pound. Its a good beer in my opinion to cycle or session with a few other good ones on a tasting night.

Overall this is going to be one of my go to beers on a crafty night. I'd reccommend this to anyone who loves hops but is in the mood for something besides in your face knock you on your butt hops kick while still giving you your hops fix for the night

12-13-2008 19:06:28 | More by Augustiner719
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Aroma is sweet malt and pine hops. Beautiful head and golden red apperarance. Flavor... hmm, not as balanced as I would like, and the hops are a bit 'harsh' or maybe resinous is a better word. Almost like sucking a pine cone. This could be better with a nice balance, I think. Goes down alright, though I do not really want to have multiple pints of it.

12-12-2008 16:15:48 | More by pik5el
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had....

The look is clear copper-orange. Little bubbles shoot up like tiny elevators. Three enormous fingers of fluffy heads. Rings of thick lace like a redwood; ice cream float head on top. It's got it all.

The hops in the nose are a complex blend of major oily citrus. Sweet flowery perfume, but a tiny, slight resiny pine. Beautiful. Some burnt firewood.

The taste is a bitter perfume; sweet, but with a bite on the back end. Roasted caramel malts are crucial. It's about the perfect IPA. There is a triumphant triumverate of sweet hops, bitter citrus hops, and roasted malts. [In flavor, it is very similar to Stone Ruination and Flying Dog Double Dog.]

The feel is strangely bubbly and fizzy with a bite on the way down. Though this beer is really bitter, it's beautifully balanced. A superior Harvest/IPA. Dynamite in a glass.

12-12-2008 03:45:13 | More by williamherbert
Photo of hellomcfly

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Nice big frothy off white head that lasts quite a while. Great lacing. Reddish amber color for the beer.
I seem to remember this being a little more bitter last year but that may just be my taste buds getting used to the constant barrage of bitter hoppiness I keep throwing their way.

S - Sweet smelling, caramel and toffee malt smell. Hop aroma is floral and orange citrus.

T - Well balanced AIPA. Mildly bitter, not too aggressive. In taste the hops have a nice spicy pine aspect to them. Other than this it very much backs up the smell with the caramel/toffee flavor of the malts. Perhaps a slight toasty thing going on. Nice citrus juiciness.

M - medium bodied, very smooth, carbonation not harsh at all.

D - Very easy drinker. 24 oz felt more like 12. Well balanced and approachable. Another quality effort by SN. Not quite as good as Southern Hemisphere or Chico (my favorite) but still very good.

12-12-2008 00:11:16 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of Bobo77


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Beautiful reddish tan color with an absolutely gorgeous frothy white head that stays around for an extended period of time.

Smell - Powerful citrusy hop aroma. Sweet fruit aromas, apricot, pear, and mango stick out. Not so much grapefruit. This is easily the most aromatically pleasing IPA I have ever come across.

As the head begins to subside, lots of sticky lacing is reavealed.

Taste - Sweet roasted maltiness and caramel come together to form a solid backbone for a bitter hoppy beer. But unlike other IPAs, the bitterness of this one bites but doesn't destroy the person drinking. In the past I have had IPAs where I needed to eat something with them to make them tolerable, this is not like that at all. SN seems to know what they're doing by keeping such a delicate balance. Grapefruit of course appears on the tongue but it is followed by apricot, mango, and pine needles. This is much like the relief one gets from a sour patch kid once the sweetness hits. Alcohol, at 6.7%, is well hidden by the hops. Oh the joy!! There is still so much beer in this bomber. I refill my glass. Aftertaste starts off bitter but then has a citrusy trailoff. Definately the most complex and delicious IPA I have ever experienced.

12-11-2008 21:00:11 | More by Bobo77
Photo of yuenglings


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Bought a case of 24ozers

Apperance: Very nice dark amber like color with a very nice head just looking at it makes me thirsty

Smell: sweet hoppy smell great!

Taste: you can defently taste the hops but its not that bitter rather injoyable

Drinkably: very smooth and easy to drink with the alc 6.7 its also easy to get buzzed

12-10-2008 16:04:10 | More by yuenglings
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

I am always excited to try a new Sierra Nevada brew...this one lived up to the reviews and the hype.

A- Dark amber/somewhat red color. Massive creamy tan head and some pretty cool lacing.

S- I really loved the nose on this one. Really floral and effervesent hop smell. "Fresh hop" as the bottle would indicate. Smells like someone picked some hops and then put in in the botle. Liquid flowers...

T- The fresh hops balanced really well with the sweet caramel malts. The brew was not too bitter and bready but certainly medicinal and earthy. I found this brew to be balanced and incredibly hoppy. Much bolder and robust than other SN IPA's.

M- The brew had a thick character. Oily and resiny- sticky. Chewy.

D- This was a very very good IPA. Perfect? Na. Damn tasty and incredibly well balanced.

12-10-2008 03:55:18 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.45/5  rDev +6%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick, frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and Carapils malts along with a fantastic hop nose. It's well balanced and the hops are incredibly fresh. The taste is great. It has a kick ass hop bitterness that's so damn fresh tasting. The malt bill is incredibly balanced adding just the right amount of body and sweetness. It goes down quick and clean and leaves a nice residual hop presence. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one fantastic IPA. What a hop bomb!!

12-09-2008 20:48:42 | More by WesWes
Photo of theopholis


3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear, light amber/orange with a HUGE off-white, rocky head. The head retention is impressive as Hell, and leaves a huge, fluffy, sticky lacing on the glass. Best head and lacing I've seen in a very long time. Intriguing.

Smell- Smell is a tad bit subdued. It may because I poured it to cold. What I do pick up are rich hop aromas lieing over a nice malt sweetness. Lots of floral and citrus hop aromas, and a sweet caramel aroma. Smells great, but the hop aromas don't knock you on your butt like an AIPA should.

Taste- Again, like the aroma, very pleasant, but not to style. Starts off with a solid maltiness and malt sweetness quickly going into a nice melange of flavoring and bittering hops. Some nice toastiness to the malt, with notes of bitter chocolate or toffee. Very nice, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Slightly heavy body with a nice finish. Good CO2 level. Nice and resiny and coats the mouth very nicely, giving you a long, lingering after-taste.

Drinkability- Quite nice. Not a great example of the AIPA style, but very drinkable.

12-09-2008 04:12:16 | More by theopholis
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.