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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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2,958 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,958
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 155
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of illidurit


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a brilliant orangey-copper into a pint glass. The head is fluffy and tan, and is maintaining it's 1 finger of height remarkably well. It's been 5 minutes since pouring and the foam is just about as high as ever.

Aroma is very underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. Where usually in this style there would be a bright bouquet of fruity, floral hops, there's only a raw leafiness.

Flavor is ok, surprisingly malty considering SN's track record with pale ales (overhopped messes), but not all that tasty. A little bit of pepperiness in the finish.

This beer is a little thick in body for the style, but the carbonation cuts through well. Finish isn't really crisp enough to be refreshing.

Another overrated beer from Sierra Nevada.

02-24-2008 05:10:12 | More by illidurit
Photo of uwmgdman


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

The beer pours a brilliant copper/amber color with a nice thick white head. The aroma is hoppy, moderate-high, citrusy, spicy, and a hint of pine. The flavor is highly hoppy, with moderate bitterness, yet there is enough malt presence to create a nice balance. The flavors are like the smell, citrusy, piney, and slightly sweet. The body is medium-full and mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Overall a great beer, highly recommend!

02-23-2008 03:52:15 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of dorsey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

2007 version.

Won't waste time repeating what's already been said. Just want to add this:

Before this beer, I wouldn't have said that I could distinguish fresh hops from dried. SN Harvest Ale changed that. The depth and nuance of the hop flavor in this ale sat me back in my chair.

I poured one for the guys at my Tuesday night beer club. My friend said it best: "Dude, this is alive!"

02-23-2008 01:35:39 | More by dorsey
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Copper body, good clarity, thick airy off-white froth. Exceptional looking.

Aggressive fresh citrus aroma, heavy with grapefruit and orange, with pine on the side.

Solid semi-sweet malt base arrives like an I-beam dropped off a crane. Quickly engulfed by a tidal wave of juicy citrus. Nice big hop bite at the swallow. Big, brawny bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slick, juicy, lively. Terrific drinkability, trying to pace so the bottle doesn't end too quickly.

Thanks to SN for bottling this finally. Going to pick up a case next year.

02-19-2008 04:32:25 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of taez555


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

24oz bottle. From notes, tasted 1/26/08

This beer poured a clear bright brownish/tan body with a small white head. There's an intense shower of carbonation rising up through the beer.

Nose has a subtle fresh citrus hop smell. Grapefruit and citrus peel resin. There's a nice spice smell as well.

Taste is medium bodied and very crisp. Caramel and biscuit dominate the malt, but.... it's extremely bitter with loads of citrus hops. Surprisingly bright and bitter for a wet hop. Lots of resin, lots of citrus peel, lime and grapefruit. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Very bitter for a wet hop. That being said, this is another excellent beer from SN. It's nice to have a fresh hop with flavor.

02-18-2008 21:17:17 | More by taez555
Photo of merlin48


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

2007 bottling, 24 oz bottle. Pours a hazed amber body with a creamy eggshell head. Lots of sticky lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma of spicy and earthy hops. Grassy, pine, and floral notes emerge as it warms. A hint of caramel underneath. Medium body and carbonation is a bit slick. Taste if full of leafy hop bitterness. Grassy, earthy, piney, and spicy hops run the show here. A hint of caramel sweetness adds some balance. Wish I could've had this one a bit fresher but the hops are still just fine at this stage.

02-18-2008 13:54:46 | More by merlin48
Photo of 1whiskey


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

2007 Edition. 22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours out a darker-than-expected amber color with sterling clarity, and a creamy two finger head.

Aromatherapy in a glass. The smell, as you would imagine, is all hops. Very floral, very sweet, still fresh despite the "fresh" hop ale being bottled nearly 7 months ago. Nice.

Basically tastes like SNPA, only with an extra depth to the hop flavor beyond simply being a bittering and aromatic agent. This extra depth, presumably, is the "wet" hops, fresh and not dried. It's a touch sweeter as well, there's definately more malt than SNPA, but this only evens out the extra potency of the wet hops. Basically, this doesn't slam you over the head with bitterness. It's more about hop flavor than bitterness, with balance remaining intact.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy, with active carbonation. Man, I could drink a lot of this.

Sweet nectar! I look forward to next year's version.

02-14-2008 08:00:37 | More by 1whiskey
Photo of Night


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

2007 Bottling (11th Edition). Pours a dusty amber-orange with flecks of gold and deep orange, tones of blonde. Head is large, foamy, honey-tinted, and solid. Spotty but strongly present lacing rings the glass. Aroma is pleasant and warm with a strong overtone of pine and orange. Goes down slick and smooth; carbonation is on the lighter side and the mouthfeel is juicy to oily. Flavor is at once lightly buttery and bitter. Sourdough, pale malts and dough / butter are followed closely by astringent, oily pine and grapefruit hops. Finish is oily and mild with a lingering light bitterness and some warmth.

02-12-2008 09:12:21 | More by Night
Photo of EliteDigger


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a review of the 2007 vintage...
A-Pours a dark golden orange with a beautiful billowing cream colored long-lasting head.
S-Crisp piney grassy hops with a faint hint of sweetness hiding shyly behind.
T-Sweet caramel and buttery malts, grass and citrus notes peek out from behind the skirts of the huge piney hops.
M-Perfect for an APA with good carbonation and a nice thinnish-medium thickness.
D-Excellent with great taste and sessionable ABV, I could drink this one all night.
A great brew from Sierra Nevada. Although this one has lost some of it's fresh hop edge by now, it is one tasty tasty beer that I eagerly look forward to for next years hop harvest.

02-10-2008 21:41:40 | More by EliteDigger
Photo of cichief


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Had both in bottle and on draft (many times) at Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful amber-gold with a great white head.

S- Wow! Very flowery hops, mostly citrus, but a hint of pine as well.

T- Very fresh hops, the taste is fresh all around but the hops take charge, lots of grapefruit and pine.

M- Slightly carbonated, but not overly done, medium body.

D- A great everyday beer, very fresh all around, maybe the best beer in the Sierra Nevada line-up.

02-09-2008 03:53:01 | More by cichief
Photo of xpatriate

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Bought in mid-January at Winooski Beverage in Vermont.After seeing a recent thread about this brew I figured I better get to drinking it.
Poured into my McAuslan pint glass.Clear burnt orange with one finger of head.Smell is weaker than a fresh bottle but still nice.
Taste is good but again,not right off the self at first release.Still,there is fair amount of lace.More piney than hoppy.
mouthfeel is above average.Smooth going down with a piney bite at the end.
I really enjoy this style.I wish there were wet hopped brews all year around.
Again,not the most fresh bottle but could drink these all night.
What I mean to say is,I would take an older bottle of this over a few other brews any day.

02-08-2008 02:16:11 | More by xpatriate
Photo of RidiculedDisplay


3.53/5  rDev -16%

Appearance: Mine pours with a huge, five finger explosion of a head, probably from mishandling of the bottle during shipping. Body is an APA if I've ever seen one - deep copper amber. Despite the head explosion, is maintains some thick lacing.

Smell: I'm sad to say I think this one has past its limit, but I don't think that's much of a surprise considering it's a) a wet hop beer b) it was bottled in late September of 2007 and, most importantly, c) I'm drinking it in early February 2008. Time does not do these sorts of beers good, and it unfortunately shows. Still, there is a strong grassy hop presence here, with some back-end caramel and pale malts.

Taste: Taste improves things a bit - some juiciness here, although definitely has the volume knob turned down a few notches. Pine on the back end, citrus, grassiness again, and even some floral. A nice bittering on the mouth. Really, quite good here, but just shy of a "good" rating, considering I was expectig more - it's about as nuanced as regular Sierra Nevada PA fresh on-tap.

Mouthfeel: Far too flat, but I blame my bottle. Still, has the juiciness one would expect from a wet hopped brew.

Drinkability: Intensely drinkable.

Again, I blame my disappointment on the time this has spent on my local store's shelf and an under-carbonated bottle.

02-03-2008 11:59:38 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Photo of DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a reddish tinted amber color with a nice creamy 2 finger head into a pint glass. Smells of nice piny and citrusy hops. Taste wasn't a hop bomb I thought it would be. (The write up on the label builds it up to be a slam dunk, but I think it fell short.) It does have a pleasant earthy hop presence, just not a complete bitter hoppy bite. The mouthfeel was a little over carbonated and thin. Lack of crispness at the end as well. Very drinkable and a pretty good earthy flavored brew in all.

02-02-2008 03:03:32 | More by DrinkinBuddy
Photo of joepais


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a four finger billowy head on top of a pale amber body

Aromas of citrus and pine fill my nose

Flavors of hops, pine and citrus with a little sweetness in the end

Mild mouthfeel good carbonation

Good drinkability on this one but the 24oz's is enough for one sitting, not a bad APA in all

02-01-2008 23:51:02 | More by joepais
Photo of biggmike


4.45/5  rDev +6%

Poured a nice dark orange/copper color with nice generous white head that lasted quite a while and left nice lacing on the glass. Open the bottle and you immediately are treated to the nice hoppy aroma of this beer. Flavor is also hoppy with hints of citrus and grass. The maltiness balances the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is good and I could drink a lot of these. Great beer.

01-31-2008 10:01:53 | More by biggmike
Photo of Spidey13


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle. The color is a clear, light copper/red. A nice off-white head forms on the top which leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. I could smell a lot of piny hops before I even put my nose near the glass. Some citrus on the nose, too. A nice medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A hint of caramel gives way to bitterness all over the tongue that stick around for quite a while after the swallow. All in all, a really good hoppy ale.

01-31-2008 02:15:24 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Cresant


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured this 24 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dated 2007. The body was clear and bright golden. A compact khaki colored head of creamy and varied bubbles formed and stayed a while.

Smell was lightly metallic. Spicy. Grassy. resinous. nice.

Taste was of flavorful hops, not just bitterness. Sweet and malty. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel was medium to full. Light oiliness.

01-29-2008 15:45:27 | More by Cresant
Photo of Overlord


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Found my notes about this beer written on the back of an old magazine I was about to throw out.

Pours a reddish orange. Big white foam head. Nice mouthfeel, somewhat dry finish. While I do like dry beers, this is a bit unusual for the style.

I purchased this the day it hit the shelves. There certainly is a raw hoppiness to this, and just enough malt to balance it. Not the most complex beer, but lots of citrus/grapefruit and pine with a bit of sweetness.

A good IPA.

01-27-2008 23:21:30 | More by Overlord
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

24oz bottle bought at Lou's in Augusta. Pours slightly hazy amber-red with a thin quickly disappearing off-white head. Smells amazing - pine, citrus, floral, herbal, mint... Hoppiest smelling beer I've ever had. Tastes similar to the armoa. Mint, pine, floral, citrus bitterness shining bright on this one with just enough malt to keep this one from being one-dimensional. Surprisingly clean finish. Medium mouth feel, making for a rich-feeling palate without being chewy or viscous. Medium carbonation is just enough to keep things clean and make this one a really easy drinker despite the big flavor and abv. Wow. A hop-head's dream. This is perhaps the finest use of American hops in a beer I have ever tasted. I would drink this morning noon and night everyday but I'd probably feel spoiled.

01-25-2008 02:59:20 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of erosier


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a nice amber color with a tan off-white head. It has a nice amber malty and hoppy aroma. The taste delivers just that. This is a superb pale ale with a very nice amber malty base with a really crisp and clean hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is excellent. It has a really fresh, crisp, mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. This is a really drinkable beer and it is definately worth a try if it can be found.

01-21-2008 21:19:27 | More by erosier
Photo of udubdawg


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

My pint arrives very bright and clear, coppery orange in color with a small creamy colored head that still manages to stick a ton of lace to my glass. Nose is full of hops, fresh green pine-intense hops with a bit of grassiness too.
Flavorful. Oily hop residues everywhere, but there's a caramel and toasted malt base underlying all the greenery. Bitterness is noted in the finish but not as strong as one might expect with all the palate-coating hop oils here.
Pretty full bodied and creamy smooth. Not one to quibble, but this beer fills me up. I've had a 24 oz bottled version which is nearly the equal of the beer on tap, but in either case 24 oz is about my limit of this stuff.

01-21-2008 04:51:08 | More by udubdawg
Photo of moose3285


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

This was the 2007 batch.

A - Poured from a 24 ounce bottle. Pours an amber/red color. With minimal off-white head.

S - Smells of sweet roasted malts. The wet hops give it a nice earthy/grassy smell to it.

T - Starts out with roasted malt flavor up front then turns to a nice citrusy hop flavor. Still has that same grassy flavor as it does in the nose, which is great.

M - Feels a tad thin on the tongue, but not too much. Carbonation is perfect.

D - The drinkablity is great. I wish I had another bottle.

01-21-2008 01:34:50 | More by moose3285
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks goes out to ArrogantB for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, citrus, pines, some spicyness, and caramel. The taste is a hop bomb, some malts kick in later with a slight sweetness, nice citrus/pine tones, and nice touch of spices/caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a mighty fine brew from SN.

01-19-2008 20:32:13 | More by Wasatch
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

24 oz. bottle marked "11th Edition 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale. Harvest Ale is brewed using only fresh-picked, 'wet' hops. Brewing with fresh, undried hops preserves more natural hop resins and aromatic oils, producing layers of hop notes rarely experienced."

Appearance is pleasant, with a soft orange-copper color and a thin wisp of creamy white foam. Aroma is crisp and clean, with a strong hops presence. The description is accurate; this beer has multiple layers of sticky, oily, slightly citrusy hop flavors, with a subtle malt profile and a creaminess not often found in similar brews. The finish is clean and bitter (but not harsh), leaving the mouth refreshed and happy.

What a great all-around beer...I thought this would be good, but I didn't know how good. If "Fresh Hop Ale" ever becomes a widespread style, the beer world will be better for it -- if they're all pulled off as well as this one. Truly outstanding.

01-19-2008 04:00:21 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of hoegaardenhero


4/5  rDev -4.8%

2007 edition sierra nevada harvest. 6.7 abv.
the beer pours a nice copper/amber with a large amount of fluffy just slightly off-white head w/ decent retention.

the smell is very fragrant with a nice blend of fruitier/citrusier hops and some bitter hop flavors with just a touch of grain presence.

great citrusy hop tastes w/some caramel malt flavors mid-sip and finishes with a light bitter hoppy presence. the slightly higher alcohol definitely warms up as you drink.

the beer may be just a little bit on the over-carbonated side but is still quite creamy and smooth.

overall this is a beer that sucessfully balances numerous hop flavors but but has a little less of a hop kick that i was expecting from a sierra nevada 'fresh hop ale.' but that just means it was different than i was expecting, not any less enjoyable.

01-18-2008 18:55:14 | More by hoegaardenhero
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,958 ratings.