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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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2,967 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 158
Gots: 89 | 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 froggyfrog


4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

24 oz. bottle to humongous dimpled mug.

The red-amber-brown color of fresh-brewed iced tea capped with an enormous rocky froth of white head. Huge chunks of lacing grab the glass while the head ebbs into a mimicry of floating vanilla ice-cream.

Doesn't smell too dangerous. Lots of C-hop here. Duh. But the promise of balance is there with a perceptible pale and caramel malt aroma in evidence.

The taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Super-juicy hop flavor presents itself against a beautifully established malt backdrop. The hops are citric and resiny. The malt character is strong enough to keep the hops from running completely amok while still keeping its sweetness well in-check.

A wonderful example of a well-balanced beer. Nothing to be bored about in this bottle and yet nothing to fear. Absolutely bursting with hop flavor without the often-characteristic acid-burn of many other American IPAs.

12-04-2008 07:05:54 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of edskirk3


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

24 oz, brown glass, served in a pint. Label code: 8260B1448 if that means anything to you.

Pours bright, effervescent copper with 1.5 to 2 fingers of cream-colored froth. Said froth is composed of rather large bubbles but it lasts forever and sticks to the glass well, leaving rings as the beer level descends.

Even as I fight off a cold I can smell the piney, citric hops. I feel like I'm smelling actual, fresh hops and I enjoy it. I can feel the alpha acids in the first sip make their way down my esophagus. Great toasted caramel malt base followed by more of the hop on the back end. At no point is the hop character overpowering.

A delicious, subtly made ale. Excellent.

12-03-2008 04:07:25 | More by edskirk3
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Served from a 24oz. fatboy bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Glowing, hop-infused orange-amber with some viscosity and action in the glass. Pushes up a one-inch light cream colored head; fluffy and odd-bubbled. Head retention is good, never revealing the surface of the beer, and lacing is sticky, coming in sheets, webs and rings. Lovely!

S - Crispy west-coast hops. More pine than citrus. A honeyed underbelly of malts. Fairly obvious without anything unexpected.

T - Sweet and inviting with a perfectly toasted malt character that lingers well into the back of the throat, dancing with the bitterness that starts to push through as soon as the beer passes the middle of the tongue. An excellent balance. Dominating hoppiness rules the back of the throat and the swallow. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and slightly astringent, with an air of fir-like greenery.

M - Thick coming in, providing a very tingly tongue-feel that surprisingly doesn't numb very much. Frothy and creamy like home-made whipped cream (well, hops-infused whipped cream). Swallow is throat-coating and full of body without being gassy. Excellent!

D - Dare I say that this beer smokes regular SNPA? Yes, I do. It's got it where it counts in all categories, and it's a breeze to continue sipping without stop; full of flavor and character. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

12-03-2008 03:02:50 | More by EPseja
Photo of gunnerman


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice copper with a fluffy two finger head that leaves nice thick lace. Smell is pine, sweet nectar and a bit of honey. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of lemon zest, followed by a hop bitterness towards the back of the tongue, very smooth and not to bitter. Finishes off with a slite slick feel to it. Overall this is one I have been waiting for, impressive offering.

11-30-2008 23:43:27 | More by gunnerman
Photo of travloh


3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a dark amber with a red tint. The head is an absolute monster. Semi aggressive pour produces a topping of foam that just will not go away. When it finally recedes a little, it leaves that biscuit of condensed bubbles floating on the top.

Taste is very good, with a hint of greeny, grassy freshness from the wet hops. Nice bitterness and overall a good flavor. Has an earthiness to it, with a hint of spice, along with orange peel.

The emphasis of this stuff is the fresh hops. There is a quality there you don't get from a regular IPA.

Very drinkable stuff. I wish I could get more.

11-30-2008 19:38:42 | More by travloh
Photo of mattffrost


4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured into glass.

appearance. Clear brown dark amber beer. Head is offwhite with good rentention.

Smell. Citrus with pine smell. Sweet carmel is also present.

Taste. Tart with a pungent taste but at the same time a sweet honey flavor is present. Very strong spicy beer. Beer finishes a little bitter but not super bitter. Nice taste.

Mouthful Low carbonation

Drinkability. A 22oz bottle is plenty to drink of this stuff.

11-30-2008 02:33:22 | More by mattffrost
Photo of Mitchster


2.63/5  rDev -37.2%

$5.99 for a 24oz bottle @ Jacks. 6.7% ABV. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep ruby, forming a poofy light tan head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma isn't your typical hop-bomb along the likes of Lagunitas or Stone...it opens with caramel, malts, floral, piney and resinous hops, but without the big tropical fruits one might find in an IPA. When swirled, there is a nice sour milk and toast thing going on. The mouthfeel is stinging with hop pungency and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied. Some higher alcohols are present with touches of damp cardboard...something that I frequently find in Sierra Nevada products. I think it has to do with the yeast strain they use. The finish is fleeting of taste and the harsh aftertaste is robust with bitterness.

Not really something I care for. Not balanced at all. It's pretty harsh in it's bitterness and metallic sting. I'm gonna have a hard time finishing this bottle.

11-29-2008 22:52:10 | More by Mitchster
Photo of paigertx

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.9%

Ordered a pitcher about a month ago at Bar Coastal UES(NYC) and now drinking a pint poured from a chubby bomber. Similar taste from bottle as from tap. Pours a deep amber and smell is sweeter than the taste. Taste is smooth with malty overtones while not too much hop bite. Very drinkable and could be a session beer for those looking for flavor without the high alcohol content.

11-28-2008 22:38:40 | More by paigertx
Photo of Grandwazoo


3.48/5  rDev -16.9%

Ap - Bright caramel color with subtle carbonation...very attractive. head dissipates quickly with nice lacing

Ar - Pumpernickel and apples, though not a very big nose at all

T - disappointingly flat up front, with mild citrus and malt, but soon overwhelmed by bitter hoppy finish

F - Pleasant medium-light feel

D - Nicely refreshing in its own way, just not the mouthful I had expected.

11-28-2008 22:25:28 | More by Grandwazoo
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

I poured from a 24 ounce bomber into SA pint glasses. The beer is a pretty shade of amber with an abundant sticky head. The lacing is everywhere. The smell is of a pine forest. The beer heavy on pine resins with a lingering dry finish. It is a medium bodied beer that has a sicky mouthfeel, due to the abundance of fresh hops. This taste like a DIPA with the ABV of an IPA. A very good beer.

11-28-2008 22:15:01 | More by bonkers
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -4.5%

I love it sloppy wet. A picturesque head sit creamy white atop burnt amber body. Aroma is heavy hop pellet at first, them dissapates to SN Pale Ale on the juice. Chewy toffee base provides green light for fresh green hops. For a moment the body goes burnt caramel amber, then hopsback to Imperial IPA without the malt support. Citrus, floral, pine, spice...the hops provide several characteristic notes. A numbing, bitter oil sparks attention on the recede and leaves a note of chlorophyll and sour, waxy leaf. I dig, keet it coming.

11-27-2008 18:09:06 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Orange caramel hue with two finger milky head that clings to create a fine lacing. A mild scent of pine, hops, and a light maple syrup. Upon taste, the palate is bombarded with a whole lotta hops and you can bet your a$$ they're wet and sloppy. It's hop attack the whole way complimented by slight floral notes through the drink with a chewy bread aftertaste. A serene mouthfeel where carbonation takes a back-seat to flavor the way a great IPA should be. Pleasantly drinkable with an amiable personality that could compliment a wide variety of foods. Worthy of being mentioned as one of the best IPA's. I cast my ballot.

11-27-2008 18:06:54 | More by JRed
Photo of UA8


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

A- deep and rich tawny/ amber color with a thick tan head.

S- Scents of deep roasted malts and grassy hops.

T- Leads with a light herbal and citrus note. Mid palate is heavy with semi sweet malts, finishes with hops that nip at the back of your jaw.

M- Nice and full on the palate but possibly a bit over carbonated.

D- A very nice and balanced highly drinkable pale ale.

11-27-2008 02:36:13 | More by UA8
Photo of HoppyMcStout


4.15/5  rDev -1%

Pours a surprisingly rich reddish hue for the style. The head is THICK and foamy and looks simply delicious. I really can't remember the last time I saw a brew that looked so tempting. Smell is rather sweet. Grapefruit. Very citrusy. The first few tastes have some bite, but as it warms up it mellows out a little bit. At 6.7 this one might sneak up on you if you take the bomber to quick! Solid.

11-26-2008 05:33:53 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of samoblue


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Just picked up two 24oz bottles from the Beer Room at Whole Foods - Bowery in NYC. Sampled from an imperial pint glass at a temp of around 45 degrees.

Pours dark--but transparent--copper with a big (two fingers), thick head. Lots of clinging lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma - Very fresh. Lots of hops, but used well; not overpowering at all. Maybe some citrus, like clementines?

Taste - Lots of hops, a teeny tiny malty sweetness but mostly fresh grass clippings and juniper berries. Malt comes in right at the end to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - coats the mouth. It's been a few minutes since I had a sip and it's still lingering on the tongue. Way later I have a children's chewable aspirin thing going on in the back of the tongue.

Drinkability - Great drinkability but definitely not a session beer. 24 oz will be plenty for me...for tonight. Wish I could find this a little bit farther uptown...

11-25-2008 22:47:58 | More by samoblue
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%

from a bomber, this was a deep amber with nice clarity, just a touch of chill haze. the head was really nice-off-white to almost tan, creamy, thick, and lasting. piney, spicy, grapefruity hops dominate the caramel malt base both in aroma and taste. the spiciness is tough to pin down, almost tobacco-like and peppery. well carbonated, has a nice prickly, frothy mouthfeel. medium-bodied with a long complex finish of spicy hops.

11-25-2008 19:45:54 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of beckje01


4/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Amber color with a nice creamy white head and tons of lacing.

S- Slight hops with a touch of some pine in the back.

T- Nice malt some hops, very crisp nice flavor and balanced leaning slightly hoppy. It's nice and not what the nose would suggest.

M- Great carbonation and nice thickness.

D- Very drinkable and nice.

11-25-2008 03:01:28 | More by beckje01
Photo of phantomwyse


3.35/5  rDev -20%

A: Somewhat opaque almond copper color with a 2 finger lathery head. Classic lacing.

S: Juicy grapefruit hop smell, older pine. Mot much malt happening here.

T: Full frontal hop assault. Acidic citrus, tangy overripe grapefruit, just there bready malt. Resilient and resounding hop bitterness at the end.

M: Crisp but thinner bodied than expected.

D: Fairly enjoyable, particularly for it's intrinsic status.

An expose on hop fundamentals. But, not much more to make me come back for more.

11-24-2008 19:44:42 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a deep amber, relatively clear beer. Topped with a light-tan head with strong retention; some attractive lacing.

S-The aroma is dominated by strong, piney and resinous hop aromas, complimented by a slight citrusy-ness, as well. Some malts were perceptible.

T-Some prominent piney and resiny hoppiness, just as in the aroma. After this initial smack in the face, some nutty and toffee malt flavors, coupled with some fruitiness, promenades across my palate hand-in-hand with some appealing spiciness.

M-Light-moderate body, carbonation level was an appropriate medium.

D-Good drinkability. This beer wonderfully featured the fresh hoppiness to create an overall quite enjoyable brew.

11-24-2008 14:49:03 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

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

A--Pours a deep coppery brown with a massive rocky three finger white foam head. Big, big bubbles in the foam leave plenty leftover--as I sipped I came away more than once with a santa 'stache--and trail long cottony sheets of lacing down the glass. Just beautiful.

S--Lots of flowers on this one, mainly rose and some magnolia (I know my flower scents!). Label emphasizes citrus, and there is orange in the nose, but the floral aspects are predominant to me.

T--Excellent mix of the parching pine that shrivels your tongue and backbites you into another sip and an overarching bloom of what I can only call a rosewater honeysuckle glow. Such a fun ride on the hop harvest, without being dizzying or imbalance. Lotta bang for your buck on this one. Malt is wicked overshadowed but not invisible, and is especially evident for an IPA.

M&D--Spiciness of the hops are mellowed by plenty of creamy goodness on the mouthfeel, and despite the ABV coming close to 7%, it's all but absent from the flavor profile. Plus, baby, it's cold outside, so who cares? Light the fire and polish off the bottle and remember when the flowers were still in season.

The closest thing to this beer I've tried in the harvest category is the Chelsea Catskill Hop Harvest, and it doesn't even hold a candle to this puppy. I'm not real schooled in Sierra Nevada's offerings, but now I want to be.

11-23-2008 22:36:27 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

on tap at Brew Kettle in Strongsville poured into pint glass

a: deep amber color, sligh head that reduces into lacing

s: pine and floral hops, quite a nice smelling beer

t: well balanced beer, nice carmel malt flavor mixed with hops, pine

m&d: medium bodied, good mouthfeel with slgiht carbonation

Good Beer.


11-23-2008 12:24:30 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of tmoneyba


4/5  rDev -4.5%

Bottle from Whole Foods, Sarasota, FL.

Poured a brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy balanced hop and malty aroma. Medium to heavy body with soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid beer.

11-23-2008 01:12:45 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of smurfyou

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

This beer is fantastic (as usual).

Poured slightly vigorously into a pint glass. Good looking head with retention. Thick lacing on the glass. Good amber color. Huge nose, fresh fresh hops with no hint of alcohol. Taste is hoppy hoppy hoppy but not in an extreme IPA way. Not too bitter, not exciting my acid reflux. Like shoving a fresh ale-soaked hop cone in my mouth. Carbonation level is spot-on. Aftertaste lingers piney/evergreen. I love it and I want to keep drinking it.

11-22-2008 20:30:24 | More by smurfyou
Photo of n1ckels


4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

Look, smell, & taste is orangey. The wet hops make an amazing difference- here's an IPA without any skunk whatsoever. Smoothest IPA ever? Freshest tasting IPA I've ever had out of a bottle? Yes and Yes. I think this beer is an exceptionally balanced brew. Did I mention the wet hops? ZBest beer I've tried zfar in '08!


11-22-2008 03:01:15 | More by n1ckels
Photo of Gehrig


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

Clear brown-orange body with a dense, durable patch of slightly tan foam that leaves ample lacing on the DAB mug. Fine aromas of citrus hops, with plenty to spare and some pine hints as well. Good hopped taste with grapefruit and orange most evident. I'd prefer a bolder flavor, but the balance between hops and malt is quite good. I'd also prefer a denser backbone, especially with the malt. This is quite good, the bready malt is evident and no slouch, but I'd love to see it take that next step and be as brazen as a DIPA; it's nearly there. Yet as it stands, this is a very good IPA. I love the fine, steady effervescence, the duel between bitter and sweet smooth.

Really good stuff. I'll be sure to grab a few more 24 oz. bombers from the outstanding Neil St. Piccadilly, which did well by stocking up on this gem. Well done yet again, Sierra Nevada.

11-22-2008 01:23:22 | More by Gehrig
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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