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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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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 189 | FT: 1
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 3,405 | Reviews: 1,484
Photo of nick76
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is very hoppy with citrus, yeast, grains, caramel, and pine. The appearance is amber gold with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a very well made beer that tastes even hoppier than it smells.

Photo of alexhammond
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

picked this one up on discount, disappointed I couldn't get this one fresh when it was released. I always enjoy IPAs better fresh (especially overly-hopped brews like this one)

pours a nice looking amber, with a decent fluffy head.
smells of citrus and pine, everything I'm looking for in an enticing IPA.
strong, bitter hop taste at first, but it hit me quick and didn't last long. a good balance with the malts, which was surprising considering SNs pale ale products are usually all hops. interesting, but here it didn't really work for me. the flavors came on strong and got me excited, but left me wanting more. a bit of a creamy after taste, with lingering pine and orange peel flavors.
I wasn't overly impressed by this one; maybe it's because I've been so enamored with the Torpedo and Anniversary offerings, maybe I was just expecting a major hop bomb, or maybe this beer was simply past it's prime. worth a try, but I'd wait until the next batch is released to check it out.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber coloring; large, fluffy white head which dissipated slowly

S: Pine, citrus, slight malt; one of the other people who tried it last night said that is smelled a little like marijuana

T: Wow. Just wow. Bitter, yet smooth taste as the hops blend in flawlessly with the malt backbone. Caramel notes.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel.

D: All day, every day. This is a great example of how to make a session PA that still retains flavor and aroma. Delicious and well-priced at 3.99 for a 24oz

Photo of jwhancher
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light amber color with a haze evident from the hops.

S: Smells fantastic! It's like opening up a bag of hops. Citrusy aromas fill the nose.

T: Caramel & amber malts. Very nice hop notes & bittering effect. Hops aren't overly powerful, but just right.

M: Even bodied brew with just enough hops to satisfy the hopheads. Good carbonation.

D: I could drink this brew year-round.

Photo of samie85
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours an almost blood red amber with a two finger head into a tulip.

S-Smells mostly of citrus(grapefruit) and piny hops.

T-Piny and citrusy up front with a caramel malt backbone to balance things. Finishes with mild bitterness and very clean.

M-Very smooth and med. bodied with low carbonation.

D-Very, very easy drinking. The lack of overt bitterness makes this dangerously drinkable.

Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white, thick and creamy head that had great lasting traits and excellent lacing in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a nice, copper color and very clear.

S: Awesome, citrusy smell that is also very strong in hops. Definitely has that 'wet hop' aroma that is so indicative.

T: Lots of citrus in the beginning, with a very bitter, enjoyable finish. Long duration for the flavor. Doesn't let up at all as you continue to sip on it, and the bitterness does not get tiresome at all.

M: Creamy texture, with a medium-to-full body and average-to-lively carbonation.

D: I haven't been let down by a Sierra Nevada beer yet, and this is no exception. In fact, I'd go as far to say it's my favorite SN beer to date.

Photo of Trappissed
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A spicy well-hopped aroma. Piny and a little fruity. Tastes like fresh piny hops with touches of spicy bitterness. Some citrus, but more pine in my experience. Sweet caramel shows itself in the background. Somewhat bready and drying on the finish. Nicely carbonated, smooth and slick mouthfeel. A worthwhile IPA.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a golden, honey amber color with a robust head of tight, white carbonation which left a spider web of clingy lace. Carbonation was ample throughout and head retention was good.

S: Smells like a big rush of grapefruit and whole, green hop leaves. Slightly earthy, sugary and plant-like with some douglas-fir dashed in there.

T: Flavor is a big, bittersweet citrusy, fresh hop explosion. A nice sweet, light roasted malt flavor leaps up with the first dose of bitter, lemon and grapefruit hops. Then a mellow, dry hopping occurs mid palate before washing down sweet and oily with an herbal, peppery whole leaf hop finish which lingers for some time.

M: Mouthfeel is really quite clean and fresh and the residual oils are there, but not clingy in an unwelcome sort of way.

D: A really nice seasonal fresh hop offering from SA and at 6.7%, one you could pick up a few bottles of and make a grilling session out of. Went really well with my stuffed mushroom and scallion burger with whole grain IPA mustard. Really tasty on its own as well. A must try.

Photo of Trizzle
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey amber,with a good 1.5 finger head. Great head retention and loads of lace. 5/5. Beautifiul.

Instant floral esters and citrus hops. Warmth reveals background caramal and buscuit malt.

I'm not the worlds biggest hop head, but I can really appreciate this. The hop profile is huge and fruity, herby and even oily. Nicely bitter at the end. All backed up by a solid, but not huge malt body.

Mouthfeel is good. Slightly syrupy and good carbonation.

A great experience. A great drink. A few of these could easily convert me into a real hop monster.

Photo of rajendra82
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The light copper colored body displayed some chill haze, and sported a picturesque two finger thick head. The smell was fresh and herbal, just a wet hop ale should be. The taste was very caramelized and citric with a sugary malt backbone. The body felt slightly thinner than the norm, and the sugary burst like aftertaste was a little brief as well. A very well constructed beer in my opinion.

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

24 oz bottle. 13th release, 2009.

Pours an orange copper with a bit of haze and decent carbonation. Moderate yellowy-white frothy head which is retained well with lots of lacing.

Lots of grapefruit and pine tree aromas. Surprisingly a decent amount of malty grainy character as well. Some coriander spice present and interesting floral notes.

The spice and floral notes are most prevalent in tasting this beer. There is some citrus and pine, but they are more subdued. This is very earthy or planty, very different than your usual IPA for sure.

This beer has absolutely changed the way I look at hoppy ales. The fresh hops add huge depth and complexity in the flavor and aromas that you don't expect to find in most IPAs. I look forward to getting more of this as soon as I see it, and I'll be on the lookout for Sierra Nevada's other fresh hop/harvest beers.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a medium turbidity that offered a light haziness. The capping was frothy, desert sand in color and displayed remarkable composure lasting well over 5+ minutes, and never lapsed below a ¼ inch thick whipped coating for the remainder of the drink. The lacing was equal parts impressive with splotchy masses clumping about on a greater portion of the glass walls. Visible effervesce was medium, composed of micro bubbles that lazily drifted upwards with no hurry.

S: The nose was fresh, think wet dripping pine needles on a damp morning. Soft grapefruit/citrus tones are abundant as well a good balancing act of sweetness from the malt in the way of semi-dried caramelized grains and dried toffee.

T: The flavor was lively with a wet hopping of fresh pine hop cones that was combined with a sweet-n-dry caramel malting. The hopping soon becomes flowery and slightly dry with a medium-strong nature that was exceptionally smooth, but none the less noticeably bitter. The malting was toasted grains with a warming alcohol feel. The finish finds a spicy citrusy bite, semi-dry that graces the tongue with a light flowery coating. I really liked the balance of malts and hops here, especially with the fresh wet nature of the hops, which came off smooth and relaxing, a nice change of pace from dry and obnoxious usually per style. A simply well executed and masterfully brewed beer, clean, and eloquently smooth.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied offering a good deal of creaminess, Nice soft foaming action swells up on the tongue while a good deal of carbonation provides some dance especially around the edges.

D: An exceptionally smooth brewed beer that satisfies your thirst of fresh wet hops with a smooth character that will no doubt keep you coming back for more. Solid drinkability with a good enjoyability factor. A good beer to sit back and relax to on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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

Pours copper with a light tan head. Aromas of hops dominate but there is a faint aroma of malt. A backbone of malt is in the flavor followed by the subtle wet hop flavor (chinook maybe?). Smooth finish slightly piney and citrusy. Very refreshing and not over the top makes this an enjoyable beer.

Photo of darklordlager
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/bronze with a magnificent 2" butter coloured head. Great lacing as it goes down the glass, and a constant flow of bubbles from the bottom into the head of foam.

S: Rich, grapefruit citric hops. Floral. Smells of hop pellets without the harsh bitterness. Sweet caramel and two row malt provide a great backbone for the hops. Skunky.

T: Waves of intense yet smooth hop flavour. The blast of wet hop flavour is the slightest bit slow to come on, which might be due to this being a bit old. Bitter citrus, sweet malt, and a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Slick, and a little heavier than I was expecting.

D: This is a great value beer from Sierra Nevada (as always). Next year I'll have to pick this up right after it comes out.

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What impresses me about this Wet Hop Ale is the balance...sure the hops are there...they are juicy and very noticeable with a fresh floral almost weedy aroma and flavor...but what strikes me most with this beer is the use of the malt....it is nothing incredible by itself but blended with the hops in this beer it is fantastic...a little bready....jsut a little toastiness....perfect fit for the fresh floral hop notes.

This is a highly enjoyable beer to drink...not as bitter as some of the other Sierra beers like Torpedo or Celebration but just as good if not better. I definitely recommend this one..

Photo of bosox941827
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass. Poured cold but tasted over a period of time which allowed it to warm.

A - Beautiful reddish amber color, head doesn't hang around too long, but may not have poured it roughly enough...
S - Hops, but I get a bit of something else...thought it might be toasted malts, but it is probably the earthiness of the wet hops...interesting.
T - Hops through and through, very tasty but never overwhelming. To me this is more subtle than Celebration (which I love) and later on there is a typical bit of SN malty sweetness that comes on, helping to balance everything off. SN are masters at this IMO. Hoppiness hangs around for quite a while, pleasantly. Alcohol (6.7%) never imposes itself into the proceedings....
M - Just slightest bit of carbonation, and very smooth.
D - Quite drinkable, but not quite so much as a Celebration for instance. Could see wanting to move on after a couple of these....

Overall, another strong effort from SN, that allows the house-style to come through while giving the drinker something new to try. Pretty cool....

Photo of danman83
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Hazey red copper with a thick foamy head that retains itself impressively.

Smell - Dank wet citrussy hops

Taste - Sloppy wet, there's no toying around here this is seriously wet hopped up front immediately dominating the palate. There's some caramel malt hinting through towards the end with a dry hop bite just before finishing with more wet hopped flavor.

Mouthfeel - Extremely mild bite upfront but smooth in the middle and goes down easily.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, has a nice flavor profile without being overpowering, probably a good beer to offer to some one starting to branch out of the big box brewers while offering enough character and flavor for a more experienced pallate to enjoy.

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

13th release, 2009. Poured from 24oz bottle into Sierra Nevada Hop glass.

A: Deep golden amber with silky two finger white head with a golden tinge. Head reduced into a thick heavy film which lasted forever. Very good lacing.
S: Floral hops, some citrus, sugary sweet malt, slight buttery notes. Mostly a sticky hop resin/oil smell with hints of grapefruit and sugary notes.
T: Malt and sweet upfront with slight butter slickness and flavor, then piney hops with slight floral flavor hit palate but are balanced by the malt. Bready doughy notes as well. Some orange peel bitter. Definitley has a fresh cut hop taste.
M: Smooth in the mouth with a slightly oily aftertaste. Crisp flavor from the hops with a bit of a bitter bite at the end but not rough. Flavor is not overpowering and the hops are balanced by the sweet malt. Decent carbonation, medium body.
D: As easy to drink as any other hoppy SN release. Very good brew, worth a try.

Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear dark coppery orange, almost amber color with a head that resides at about one finger. The head is very frothy and has a light tan hue. The retention is great and lacing about a millimeter thick starts to be left as the head dies down. The lacing does start to let off as I get further down the glass. Certainly a good looking beer. The first thing I have to say is the hops are less aggressive than I thought they would be. In the nose I get a huge malty, grain smell that reminds me exactly of the smell of the kettle when boiling up some homebrew. I get a tiny bit of hops in there too. The nose has a good strength but is a bit bland for me. The pale malt extract nose makes me want more out of this, especially the wet hops they mentioned. The taste improves a bit on the nose. The same pale malt/homebrew grain notes are found in the taste along with some nice hops. The hops are rather weak though and seem to only be used for bittering. I get a nice bitter finish on this one and some earthy hop flavor. Once again, I want more of the hops. The mouthfeel is fairly appropriate for an IPA. I would like it to have a little more body but it is not overly watery as it is. There is some creaminess to it and no alcohol warming or taste whatsoever. The carbonation is also a bit low for this style. The DB of this one is the best thing next to the appearance. This one definitely drinks well and goes down nice and smoothly. I want more out of the nose and taste but at $4 a 24oz bottle I am drinking something that was worth the money. Sierra Nevada is good at making session beers.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer for about a year now, and I like that better normally from this brewery as it lets the hops soften up some. The beer that I have is a 11th Edition Harvest "Fresh Hop Ale"...but it doesn't say southern hemisphere, so I assume that this is the right place to put the review. Regardless, let's go ahead and review this puppy.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy burnt orange color with a small off white head that is made up of very dense bubbles. After a minute or so, the head was still there, but was just a bit thicker than the top of the beer. Quite a few minutes after the pour (about half the beer) there is still a standing amount of creamy foam setting on top of the beer with some rather thick lace left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Of course my first impression was of the hops, but the beer has a more refined and almost noble hops profile rather than your typical "C" hops. The malt is present in this beer too and comes out as a sweet and slightly toasty presence with a touch of honey. As the beer sits some, I am getting even more fruit aromatics, and now it is getting a defined apricot aroma.

Taste: The beer has obviously softened up from the flavor. The hops are getting the mild chalky flavor and mouthfeel that they get when aged in the beer for a while. The malt is present in the flavor, but plays a supporting role to the hops even up until the finish. There is a little bit of alcohol noticeable in this beer as some spice (to compliment the hop spiciness) and as some evident warming on the back of the throat.

Opinion: If anyone has read any of my previous reviews, I always mention that I am not a hop-head. This beer is still REALLY hoppy for my taste, but it is not a bad beer overall. I like that it has some age on it and that the hops have softened up some. I will certainly drink all of this beer, but this is not one that I will be seeking out in the future.

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

pour was deep copper with an inch of fluffy head. incredible lacing although SN never lets down in this dept.

lots of pine, little bit of bitter citrus

the draft varied from the bottle although its been around a few months now. i did not detect any earthy resins, just strong pine bitterness and a nice light biscuit malty backbone.

fairly thick. good full body

this was delicious and complimented my white sauce pasta. the hops were dead on perfect and really came out.

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

Always happy to try Sierra Nevada beers. This one was poured from the bomber into a pint glass.

A: A clear copper color, with a towering, foamy cream colored head. The head sticks around, and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Pine hops dominate the nose. There's definitely some white bread in the smell, too.

T: A big rush of pine hops up front, with a more subdued citrus hop compliment. The pine really lingers on the tongue and in the throat, the way I like it. Not much malt balance to speak of. A little peppery as it warms. Very nice.

M: Coats the mouth like a hoppy IPA should. Medium to low carbonation.

D: Eminently drinkable. Somewhere between their flagship Pale Ale and their Torpedo in quality. In other words, another damn good beer. Could session it easily.

Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a fluffy white head. The foam settled out pretty quickly but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with a little malty sweetness. The hops are present but not as present as some other wet hop releases. Taste also has the citrusness and some pine from the hops but also a moderate caramely sweetness present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the flavors aren't overpowering making this a good drinking beer.

Overall for a beer that cost under $5 this was very good. Probably not my favorite wet hop beer but a great value.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the Chimay goblet.. ( reviewed from quick notes taken)

Poured 2 finger dense thick rocky creme colored head the died to a half finger. Good retention

Smells pretty great slight citrus aromatic hoppiness somewhat sweet.

Taste very slight cirtus not really too much bite or bitterness good hoppy

Mouthfeel smooth and slick, nice carbonation

Really high drinkability. Ill probably grab this and every other release of this. Not to mention any other releases that I can find from SN. Really loved every beer Ive had from Sierra Nevada. This is no exception. Its up there, probably at the top.

Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 24 fl. oz bottle. No lot code or expiration date listed but this was the 2009 13th release edition. Sampled on December 17, 2009. It pours a decent looking amber tone but quite cloudy. A thin but frothy beige head caps off the top of the brew with a little beige lacing on the side of the glass. While the aroma is clearly well-hopped, there is also something kind of soapy about it. I found that to be odd, which is why my 'smell' rating is the lowest one on the BA rating scale. The mouthfeel runs about medium in texture. A bitterly hopped taste greets the taste buds. This makes me think of a dessert beer. It had this kind of pie-like quality to it as well. Good for afters. A nice beer in the end.

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