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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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3,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,347
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 157 | 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 stingrayvr6
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Showed amber brown with thick white head, great retention and lacing. Smell of oily hops, sweet bready malts. Sweet and refreshing. Taste was incredibly balanced between the malt body up front and dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable, great beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, soap, and light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid wet hop beer. WOuld certainly drink again.

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

A: Butter cream head that sticks to the glass forever, down to the last sip. Clear burnt orange, no bubbles.

S: HOPS! Bright orange esters with caramel malt notes. Floral and green, smells like sticking your head in the bine.

T: Green, hoppity hops, but balanced well by the grain foundation. Bitterness the way nature intended. Tastes like cannabis smells. California love.

M: Tickle-the-roof-of-my-mouth-carbonation that fades down the back of my throat soon after, only to come back up in a quiet seal of approval. Crisp and tight. Like chewing a cud of hops and barley.

D: To be savored, warm and often. Share this with someone, someone who likes hops.

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Clear orange, a bit coppery, with a sticky yellow/beige cap. Tons of lace coated the glass, solid sheets and some streaky, spotty areas. Good head retention. Citrus hop aroma, solid but not overwhelming. Grapefruit rind, a bit powdery and spicy, slight resin. Bready malts in the background. Juicy hop flavour with moderate bitterness throughout. Crystal malt sweetness adds to the fruity, citrusy hop notes. Light alcohol in the finish along with some herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but too much to give it a creamy texture. Palate drying with a hint of alcohol warmth. I enjoyed it and found it to be quite easy drinking.

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

A beautiful auburn pour with a sudsy head that stuck around through half of the pour in an aventinus .5l glass leaving a scant and sticky lace. Great carbonation,big bubbles. The hop and malt aromas are understated and did not detect much alcohol on the nose which I was surprised by this being a "big" beer. The sweetness on the nose lead me to expect a balanced brew which would be surprising to me as most AIPAs that I have sampled have been overwhelmingly hoppy. Again, not as heavy as I have come to expect from an AIPA but pleasant on the pallet, not slick or syrupy. The hoppy aftertaste is nice. Though it is not as representative of the style as I have come to expect, the brew is clean, crisp, and very flavorful. I will drink and cook with this all season long.

Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper and crystal clear. Head was almond color before it left behind a thin covering of teenie tiny bubbles.

S - subtle spicing with an earthy hop and malt presence.

T - much like the nose, very earthy. Slight bitterness with a floral finish.

M - smooth with medium carbonation. Smidgen of aftertaste.

D - very pleasant offering from the fine people in Chico.

Photo of Casey10
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today maybe a bad bottle I don't know but this was just okay not up to my usual expectations for a SN brew.

A - started good a copper color with a nice head that some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - grassy a bit nutty as well.

T - Okay this beer is just that okay but this is just nutty maybe if this were a brown but I really am not enjoying this.

M - Again okay feel probably still effecting me from the nutty taste.

D - I really didn't like this one, I know it's supposed to be different but I really didn't enjoy this brew.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/24/10

2010 Vintage

Clear copper color with burnt amber highlights. One finger of bubbly foam. 50% retention after a few minutes, though a few minutes more leave just a large swath of bubbles. Initially there were rings of lace, though much has started to resemble eroding sand.

Earthy, juicy & very floral hop aroma. Notions of oily pine & hints of citrus - orange & maybe a touch of grapefruit pith. Solid malt presence; biscuit & a hint of sweet bread. Maybe crystal malts.

The substantial malt profile absolutely carries over to taste as a blend of dry bread & sweeter aspects of caramel. I swear, I just tasted a stray hint of cocoa. Huh? Anyway, the malts have a wide berth & takes up much of the total space available leaving the hops to do more with less. Sure there's some bitterness by way of pine resin & the potency of the hop oils help round it out but it all seems forced away too soon from the burgeoning malts.

The overall feel is strange for this medium bodied brew. On one had the aforementioned oils give it an almost slick feel, while on the other there are prominent undercurrents of grittiness. The grit, in conjunction with the dryness, makes for a slow finish.

Not a bad beer really; it's just kind of "meh" in terms of an IPA. Now, if the hops were given more wiggle room...

Photo of mweso2000
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep rich amber color with a thick three finger head. Lacy white head clings to the glass throughout the session. Fresh hoppy pine smell with a hint of malt. My first reaction is wow! Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness but there is slight amount sweetness that gives it a nice finish. The mouth feel is of medium body, nice carbonation, and feels fresh. Very drinkable beer, lots of flavor. Goes down nice and easy. At $5 a bottle well worth it.

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy off white foam.

Smell: This just really smells fresh. Bitey hops and some lemony/grapefruit citrus, some nice malty sweetness creeps in as well.

Taste: Bitter hoppiness, yet really fresh tasting, grapefruit, some resin and oil, and malt on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: For a fresh hop beer this is definitely a go to. This is pretty readily available and only $5, which is a steal. Not quite the quality of the Estate, but this is an awesome beer. Definitely a beer that I pick up annually.

Photo of legatovibrato24
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a lively pour, a great head forms and lingers atop an amber body of ale. The hoppy nose, consisting of piney, earthy and a little citrus, is a delight and is reminiscent of the aroma of their torpedo extra ipa.

The flavor is very hoppy, with resinous overtones and notes of citrus, more on the grapefruit side than lemon. Can't help but think how well this would go with brown spicy mustard.

This is a great wet hop ale and at 6.7 abv it can begin to hit sooner than expected. I strongly recommend this ale to any hophead who is looking for something new to try.

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

24oz bottled Sept 29, 2010. Pretty fresh.

Pours (clear first half, hazy 2nd half) amber with a huge foamy, fluffy, and rocky off-white head that leaves all sorts of globs of sticky lacing and holds a very good foamy cap.

Aroma is very hoppy, a lot of pine, grass, floral hops, some citrus, some bready malt with a touch of caramel, good strength.

Flavor follows with resinous hops, pine, grass, good citrus notes, moderate malt balance in the middle, finishes with good bitterness and just a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, slick.

Fantastic stuff...one of my favorite wet hop ales. Not even gonna bother shelling out the big bucks for Estate when this delicious nectar is only about half the price.

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

Bomber (+) served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Medium to dark amber, massive off-white head, and fantastic lacing

S - Grapefruit, lemon, caramel, and honey.

T - Citrus hops - bitter and fresh --> decent dose of caramel & a little bread --> grapefruit and apricot --> end is pleasantly bitter and just slightly sweet

M - Kinda heavy for a fresh hop IPA, but not in a bad way; good carbonation; bitterness makes the cheeks tingle. I like this.

D - A bottle was really easy. More would've been, too.

Another Sierra Nevada IPA, another good experience. I like this one quite a bit more than the Southern Hemisphere.

Photo of heebes
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt bottle.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, produces lots of head which recedes slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing.
The nose is citrus and pine hops, also dank/resiny. Some caramel maltiness and wood bark scents.
The sip produces a stong upfront hop forward taste, becomes bitter but not for long. Quick finish with barely any aftertaste. The dankness is apparant in the taste still, I would gather fom the wet hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
Sitting at 6.7%, this is drinking real well. I grabbed this bottle because it looked appealing and I'm very impressed. A great IPA from Sierra Nevada who are quickly becoming one of my favourite breweries.

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

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Decent head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Mostly piney hops with a bit of caramel malt.

T: Dominated by the hops. Like drinking a pine cone, if that makes any sense. Bitterness is strong but manageable. Malt is virtually drowned out.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

D: If you like hoppy beers, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.

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

A - Pours rich amber in color with about two fingers of head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S - Pine and grass-like hops, some grapefruit citrus notes as well as some grain like notes.

T - Really well balanced and delicious. Fresh hops really pop on the taste buds and are quite the treat! Pine, grapefruit, resin, oil, malt, toast are all present and very enjoyable.

M - Very creamy, smooth and well rounded. Medium in body and quite well rounded.

D - So good, super glad I tried this one. Love the fresh hops and could enjoy this one time and time again.

Photo of jmich24
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 23

A: Crystal clear amber, two finger off white head stay around for the entire glass. Great Lacing.
S: Malty sweetness upfront. Burnt carmel. Some very light earthy/graasy hops and a touch of citrus.
T: Well balanced, im getting everything from the nose. Sweet malts, light earthy/grassy hops. Tastes more like a hopped up Amber Ale to me.
M: Average carbination. Crisp bitter but not overly dry.
D: Drinkablity is good.

Like i said before this looks and tastes like a hopped up amber ale. Great brew for a cool fall day. I was expecting a fresh hop bomb and it is a little dissapointing in that aspect. I perfer more citrus/tropical hops profile.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. 24oz brown glass pry-top.

Pours a crystal-clear bright amber with HUGE fluffy head with great retention. It happened very slowly, but all the sudden there was 3 inches of head!

Nose: Smells like hop pellets. Period. Dusty, floral, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

Palate is bright and snappy with hop bitterness right off the bat. Gripping bitterness all the way from front to back. Pale amber malt sweetness is thrashed around and loses to the hops. Finish is dry and bitter but not obliterating.

Notes: Love it.

Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops were far more subdued than I expected. No where near robust enough for a wet hop IPA. Kind of a waste of fresh hops IMO.

T-Not hoppy enough for an IPA. What's there is musty and only vaguely piney and citrusy. The malt presence was more biscuit like than sweet.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A decent IPA, but not an especially good wet hop ale. This beer seems to lack initiative in that it seems the brewer was unwilling to risk creating something exceptional. Is Sierra Nevada getting too big?

Photo of Timmah11
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition. 24oz bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Julian date 0266 = September 23.

A - Reddish brown body with a tight thick off-white head.

S - Fresh hops fairly heavy on the pine. Some citrus in the background.

T - Pine and fresh hop flavor consistent with the aroma. Not really getting the citrus. A little more bitter than other fresh hop ales I have had this year. Malt presence not detected in nose but evident in color adds balance and drinkability. Reminds me of a fresh Celebration Ale.

M- Very nice mouthfeel - not thick or thin.

D - Pretty drinkable and on-style for an IPA. The bitterness may detract just a tad from the drinkability , but overall it is a well balanced IPA.

I have had this beer previous years but this version reminds me more of their Celebration Ale than I remember.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle version

Poured a copper color with a decent head. Less head than I've come to expect from a SN beer.

The nose was quite pungent, with a bit of grapefruit and spice and just a bit of sweet malt aroma.

The taste was spicier than I expected from the nose. But like the nose, it was very distinct. I got the typical SN yeast strain in the front, quickly followed up by a spicy hop resin and just the hint of grapefruit and citrus. The bitter, spicy hop dominated.

Nearly perfectly carbonated. Expect nothing less from the masters at SN.

I could drink many of these. With the hop bite and a malt backbone, combined with a nice mouthfeel and not too heavy ABV, this is one drinkable IPA.

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

a beautiful amber hued copper with perfect clarity (was expecting a bit of hop haze), a steady stream of bubbles and a huge frothy white head that recedes slowly and leaves chunks on the glass.

leafy citrus hops with some soft caramel malts and a touch of white bread and biscuit in a nice smelling, yet typical aroma profile.

juicy citrus and leafy hops come first softened up by the caramel sweetness, but it remains fresh, juicy, and tasty. a slight bitterness is left after the swallow.

pretty oily medium bodied brew with just enough carbonation. a syrup/resin is left on the palate a while.

drinks well. fresh, juicy hoppy flavor with some nice, soft, and semisweet malts to back that up. Nothing earth-shattering, but one I'll enjoy a few times every year when its released.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure my local bottle shop just ripped me off on this price. Either that or SN comes into WA way too expensive. Ahh well. $7/bottle. Measure yourself up Sierra Nevada. Stand tall! No slouching!

A beautiful orange hue with pristine cloudy head remaining through the last sip. It smells like walking through a field of hops without the humidity and the breathing of the hops. Pine and grapefruit are big, malt present.
The beer drinks slightly on the sweet side, with a lingering bitterness. Hops are popping all the way through this grand experience. Bitterness, while everpresent, is far from bracing and presents a strong counterpart to the malt. Very well balanced beer.
Glad to have you back in my life, fresh hops. Fresh hope.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 3.99 for a 24oz bottle from a world class brewery? Yes, please!

A - Almost white head rests on top of a darker amber colored body.

S - Juicy fresh hop aroma is present. Hops smell like a mix of pine and citrus. I think I smell a nice malt flavor in there as well.

T&M - Well balanced, more fresh hop flavor comes through than noticed in the nose. More citrus than pine but certainly a mix of those two hop flavors. Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable due to the balance. a Nice IPA to be sure but I seem to remember having liked the Southern Hemisphere a bit more. Worth picking up at the price point though and I could see myself grabbing another of these this year and certainly another when it comes out next year.

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

A: burnt orange color with a nice thick light tan head with fairly small bubbles

S: spicy earthy hops with a grassy smell as well slight citrus too.

T: spicy earthy hops grassy notes with citrus coming through as well.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: fairly drinkable its just that the earthy taste may get to some who are not used to it.

Overall: a good beer, probably the king of the wet hop ales here. I like normal IPA's better but its a good change up from them.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,347 ratings.