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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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3,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 173
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange, nice creamy head with decent retention and lacing. Smells of resiny grapefruity hops, some grassy and floral aromas, touch of breadiness, little sulfur. Tastes of very green and grassy hops accented with a very lemony and spicy bitterness. Wow, the finish is huge with resiny hops, grassiness, hemp even. Just enough malt to balance the hops, but just barely, they serve only as a footnote. Finish is slick with resiny qualities and bitter lemon and citrus fruits. Mouthfeel fairly average, good carbonation.

This baby was very fresh, all the chemicals in the hops were here to play. It was almost a little overwhelming, i was hoping for some maltiness to at least balance some of the hops. But wow, extremely unique and a must try.

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

13th release

pours clear redish copper with a big pillowy 2+ finger head - great retention - glass caked with lacing

smells of citrus and earthy hops some spice as well along with some sweet carmel malt

taste is great - big juicy citrus hops (not overpowering just juicy) good amount of pepper in the hops - solid malt back bone

mouthfeel was a bit of a let down - no real bite like most SN brews - felt a little flat - it was very smooth and creamy

drinkability - i have yet to have i beer from SA where i did not want another one - its just too bad i only bought one - live & learn

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

A: Looks promising. Nice head, amber/copper color...

Smell: Smells VERY enticing. Like wet, gooey, aromatic sticky hop buds. Really, I think the smell is the halo around the crown here, the highlighting character.

Taste: An exceptional blend between malt and hops. Right amount of malt for the right amount of hops. Very balanced- earns my respects. Love the fresh hop character, similar to dry hopping, only more complex. Wet hops seem to adhere to the malt stonger, thus creating a more homogenous and well balanced beer. There are elements here not present in dry hopping. More earthness, which equals, more smoothness in the transition from hops to malt.

M: A nicely balanced malt and hop blend. Not too watery, not too thick, rightly carbonated. Masters of the trade, point in case.

Drinkability: I'm on my first cup, wouldn't want to over do it, but it would be easy! Just sayin', it's quality stuff.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13th release.

Poured a copper color with a small, white head. Smell is hoppy, but not the pine and citrus I was expecting. Taste is very well balanced, with lots of caramel and biscuity malt to go with a strong hop flavor. I am once again not getting much pine or citrus in the taste. It is more of an earthy hop aroma. A very well put together IPA.

Photo of TheFlern
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

13th Release

Appearance: Lots of thick white head, good lacing. Golden amber pour. Beautiful, just wish it wasn't filtered.

Smell: Lots of great hop aromas. Its a great mixture of pine, floral, and citrus notes of hop deliciousness!

Taste: Just great. I can only expect this to get better with a little aging. The taste is just balanced enough to get a 5. Lots of hop but its not overpowering and that is nice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a great aftertaste and feel. It finishes clean.

Drinkability: For the price compared to the Sierra Nevada estate brew this is a steal. This is far superior to any of the Sierra Nevada IPAs and should be experienced by any lover of good IPAs. High ABV aside this beer would be too tasty not to be drinking it as long as possible.

Photo of dudecandle
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark copper-brown coloring with a small one-finger head. It lasted a couple minutes, left a good cap.
The smell and taste were both distinctly defined by the wonderfully resiny hops, but in neither case did it overpower. The malt backbone was still pleasantly sweet, toasty, with a bit of citrus involved, slight fruit. The hops were there but not to an off-putting degree of over-abundance, as would be expected from an IPA or more aggressive APA's.
It was a bit one-noted, but I couldn't get enough of it. Every sip is enjoyable and strongly encourages another. This beer is perfect for any occasion: slightly dry and distinctly hoppy, while still well-balanced and a bit fruity.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

13th release. 24oz bottle poured into O'Douls pint glass.

Orange-brown brew, 2-fingers of taupe lacy head. Lots of lace on the glass. Promising combination of intense hop and malt aromas, very aromatic... grass, pine, and dark sugars most prominent. Taste is much drier than the smell, really dominated by complex hop flavors... bitter orange (which is huge), grass, pine, lemon. Orange and pine linger long in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate, a little on the thin side. Finish is very dry in a good, hoppy, way.

I'd like to see more malt backing up these awesome hops. It is a bit on the thin side, especially for a fall release. This type of body would be more appropriate for spring/summer.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with a tight, rising off white head that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smells of mostly some citrus, floral hops and a little malty bread.

Tastes of the hops upfront that are followed by a bready toasted malt. The hops are "fresh" and have a bit of a grassy kind of flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and I wish it was a little more full.

Photo of zplug123
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into a pint glass:

A: Light caramel color, great head retention with plenty of lacing. Very clear

S: Little aroma, hops is present along with a touch of slightly roasted malt.

T: Apparent hops, pine/grapefruit with some earth/toasted/caramel notes. Bitterness is even and long-lived throughout the entire taste.

M: Medium bodied, enough carbonation to help the bite of hops. Leaves the signature resin feeling on the tongue

D: A well made wet-hopped beer, could have another glass or two. Sierra Nevada continues its reputation for distinguished brews

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear medium amber with a medium-large, foamy, off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin lasting head. Very nice lacing. Smell just as the label describes, huge juicy hops aromas that put a face on my face. Malts presence is of course not center-stage here but offers enough in the nose to balance it out. The taste is more of the same, Huge pine and citrus over a light sweet malt backbone. Bitter and cloying? Very. And not in a bad way at all. I was tasting this for an hour after finishing it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 13th release, I'm not sure I should add just another release to the list so I will refrain this time. Beer released in 2009. Beer is poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is amber / copper in color and forms a thin white head that falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Minimal to no haze at all.

Beer has a mild aroma, really mild in fact. Almost nothing to note. A vague sense of hops, maybe some malts, a pretty clean smelling beer.

Beer is bitter on the back end but only slightly. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Not a lot happening in the midpalate or front mouth areas as far as this beer. Second taste time, some funk in there as well. Not a well balanced hoppy ale, sorry SN. A slight miss IMO. Drinkability is fine, although the bitterness builds on you. Its mediocre, I expect more from you SN.

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

Pours a nice amber/copper color, with full off-white head. Decent retention & lacing. Smell is fresh, spicy and piney hops with hints of carmel, as well as floral and citrus hops. Upfront taste is a spicy and piney bitter hop blend, smooth carmel malts, toasted grains and hints of floral and citrus hops present. Feel is medium body, slightly sticky and coating with good carbonation. Another good beer from Sierra Nevada that shows the different things you can do with grains and hops.

Photo of zdk9
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The liquid is a light orange color toned as canned manderin syrup. Head is about 2 fingers of fluffy uneven foam. Loads of lacing coat the glass- sheets on some parts and bands on others.

S- Very hoppy on the aroma. Earthy, like rich compost, claylike, some dried grass, or even straw. Orange tinted shortcake.

T- Much grassier on the tongue than the nose. And also much maltier. Other flavors include some bitter orange pith, borderline grapefruit, and some bready sweet syrupyness.

M- Pretty bitter for my tastes. I understand it but I don't really like it.

D- Good, tasty. Complex enough. Not a knock you off your socks kind of beer but one I'm glad I drank.

Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice lighter amber color with a beautiful huge off white head. The head is ridiculous this baby stays around throughout the entire drink and leaves great lacing on the glass. Really nice looking head on it. The color is just average as far as I'm concerned though.
S= citrus and grass hops... what more do you expect from it. There is actually a bit of underlying malty sweetness however. lots of caramel I pick up. Smells like fresh hops for sure but more so green and grassy with a lot of some sort of fresh cut grass than a lot of hop punch. The punch that it does have is very citrusy.
T= The hops are the highlight of this beer but it still seems like they are too grassy. I loved the fresh plant taste from founders harvest ale but this one tastes more bland I guess. Not enough AA? I don't know what the problem is to tell you the truth but it just doesn't have the punch I'm looking for. Very nice malty balance to it while still being a completely hop centric beer. The hops are very grassy like I mentioned and sort of have a hint of overripe orange to it.
M= Really nice and crisp. not bad. good amount of carbonation for a beer that is hop centric.
D= Not too bad. the only complaint I have the the grassy hop taste didn't have enough punch for me. Torpedo had too much punch and this had to little... The thing I don't like about this beer may be that it tastes like the shitty hops one of my neighbors gave me this year... I'm grateful for the hops and they are great for something like dry hopping but the AA isn't there.

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

A: Pours a completely transparent pale gold color that produces a massive frothy white cap that retains exceptionally well and leaves a nice spotty lacing.

S: The nose is very bready, (I'm picking up peanut butter), and a really fresh smelling hop profile. Aromatic, yes, floral, yes, and I can assume I smell bittering hops as well. The malt profile is present, but not very well balanced.

T: Untamed hops are running rampant with hardly any balance. The malt profile is not nearly strong enough to support this hop profile, but good thing I like hops, so well done SN! Again, peanut butter, floral and aromatic hops (followed by slightly bittering hops), a quasi-solid malt profile, honey, and a very very minute alcohol character. NOTE: I'm not really sure what the hell this peanut butter aroma/taste is, but a fellow BA (that I am splitting this bottle with) picks it up too...eventually I have noticed that it fades away pretty quickly as the brew warms, so perhaps it was the glass I used, or perhaps not.

MF/D: Good carbonation, twangy/bitter aftertaste, with a distinct fresh-hop finish

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

got a 24 0z bomber at my go to store today..whoa !! this poured a beautiful copper color with sticky lacing and fresh looking 1/2 head i could smell this as soon as i opened it..the smell is pine needles grapefruit and toasted caramel malt ...wow this ale just smells of hop resins and a pine forest ..the taste is a hop showcase of pure delight bite however it is balanced very nicely with some sweet toasted malts...very drinkable leave it to SN to make a great wet hop at an affordable price this ale is great and highly recommended

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

Presentation: Bomber tried in pint and snifter.

Appearance: In its natural pint glass this APA pours with a massive 4 finger head. Which dissipates slowly into a rather white lacing that is a head in itself. The remainder Clings to the glass with a thick viscosity. You already know this is a hoppy beer. Beer pours perfectly clear. The color is dark amber with a hint of reddish hue. It gets a 5 this is just a fantastic thing to behold.

Smell: This is a pungent beer you can smell it right as the bottle is opened. A very pungent piney hop aroma, mixd with a citrus note of grape-fruit. A few spicey notes of alcohol and if you can across all the hopping its a really malty beer.

Taste: The first taste you pick up on are the oily hops. The hops are a pine, floral and grapefruit combination. The focus is heavy on the pine. As the beer warms up you should notice a fair amount pale malt. This is what makes this beer an APA rather then a IPA taste wise. When it warms up you get a faint alcoholic taste as it warms as well.

Mouthfeel: I'm not going to deny that this beer is a little bitter at 65-68 some odd ibus, but it doesn't dry your mouth out as much as some IPAS. It does finish dry. For an APA this beer has a very large body. Despite this it is very refreshing.

Drinkability: An APA that drinks almost like a heavier big IPA. Minus the bitterness and extreme citrus flavors. It is heavy and filling, but still refreshing so I say its very drinkable. Seek this out while it last. All fresh hop ales are slightly

Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see... It's a weekday, during regular work hours. And I'm not on vacation. So, what could possess me to have a bier at the moment? Perhaps getting my walking papers after 22+ years on the job. Bastards! Oh well, it was tough working with idiots anyhow... ;-)

On to the bier... Lucky 13th, right? Poured about 3/4 of the 24oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It's a clear, striking copper color, with patches of carbo here and there slowly rising up. Head is on the thin side, light tan, and quite finely bubbled. Lacing is fairly decent as well. Aroma is top-shelf, with a plethora of rindy, citrussy hops hitting the nostrils. Body is easily a medium, maybe medium-plus, and a dearth of carbo makes it glide easily over the tongue.

Flavor? Well, there is actually some light caramel maltiness evident here. Really! Not a whole heck of a lot, but it's present. That smidge of sweetness works well to offset the shitload (that's plethora for you Mensa people out there) of lupulins. They come at you in resiny, rindy, piney waves, coating the palate with an abundance of welcome bitterness. They are inundating but never overwhelming. In fact, I welcome them, heartily! This horde of hops really hits the spot. Verry nice, yes indeed. I feel better already!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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

Another year, another wet hop brew from our pals in Chico! Grabbed this the day after it landed in my town. Just the facts, you say? Alright. I put this 24 ounce bottle twice into a Paulaner Weissbier glass because I'm cool and avant-garde like that.

A. Shockingly clear copper, GORGEOUS, fat, chunky, lacy, pitted, dense light tan head. Superb lacing and I can read the text on my monitor through the glass easily. Seriously, not sure how they do it.

S. Reeks of sweet toasty malt and dank, resiny, pine hops. I actually smelled this as soon as the cap was popped. Pungent and dry, citrusy and orange-ish, this is firing on all cylinders. Brown sugar and I'll be, a hint of vanilla in there, too. A bit o' booze as well. I like this lots.

T. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the wondrous "wet" hop. This beer is wonderful. Rich malt gives way deferentially to the real star, the green and earthy hop! Pine tree sappy, dry and "green", bitter (but not medicinal), and in well-nigh perfect balance with the light caramel and toasty sugar malt. There's a lot going on here, but this review is taking up valuable drinking time. Apparently Sierra used only Cascade and Centennial here, but boy do they shine. Shine on, you crazy hops.

M / D. Full, pervasive carbonation avoids being sharp or fluffy, letting you put this one back with ease. Medium body, finishes quite deliciously hoppy and a bit dry, with only touches of alcohol here and there. Drinking all 24 ounces was really not a problem... okay, in fact it was too easy.

Man, these Sierra beers just keep getting better and better. The 13th Wet Hop Harvest is marvelous, and a steal at the $4 price going at my local beer-pusher. This is one of the best buys of 2009. Buy it soon, drink it fresh!

Photo of bsp77
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich dark amber with frothy root beer float like head that leaves massive lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus, spice and toasted malt. Smells like a standard APA. Disappointing.

Taste: Mix of pine, toasted malt, citrus and spice. The best part about the beer is that it doesn't begin malty and then turn hoppy or vice versa; just a nice mix throughout, although nothing really stands out. Leaves a long bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth medium body, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Not nearly as fresh or juicy as the Founders Harvest or as interesting as the Southern Hemisphere. This just seems like a solid APA/IPA hybrid. Very good, but expected more.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How many breweries put in the effort to produce such a crystal clear fresh beer?

This thing is amber, clear, and sparkling. If those hops are so special then why the hell is it so clear? Why not leave in some sediment?

Lace clinging well. Smells nondescript, but that doesn't mean much.

Tastes like an IPA muted down a bit. Hops are well expressed & balanced with the malt. Grapefruits. Mild gateway bottle to people getting into IPAs. Lingering "resins" of the hop give it an intense bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.

This one tries to showcase the fine nuances of fresh ingredients and I think it accomplishes that. However, I'm concerned that once these sit on the shelf too long no one will like them.

Well priced, adequate percent alcohol, and good size make this a easily consumable delight.

Photo of jbhuxley
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bomber into a shaped pint glass.

Pours crystal clear golden copper in color with 1 1/2" of chunky, almost white head. Good retention. Leaves behind webby lacing.

The pine smell is not only dominant but almost overwhelming. The citrus is there but it is barely detectable behind all of the pine. The citrus provides a bit of sweetness, but not much.

I don't think I've ever had a beer this piney with so little bitterness. It has the pine presence of a big DIPA, but lacks the bitterness. It is very herbaceous and dry with a long finish. The taste is unfamiliar but quite likable. Overall, this is a very fresh twist on an APA.

Quite a lot of carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and almost oily.

This brew has some qualities that I would expect to find in a big beer, however the relatively low ABV allows room for more than one.

Photo of DNICE555
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into an english pint glass.

A - Nice deep amber with a 2 finger off white head.

S - Hops, pine, citrus, some fruit.

T - Another solid harvest ale from sierra nevada. Crisp, hoppy, piney, sweet towards the end. Such a nice beer.

M - So crisp, so smooth, just the right amount of carbonation to it.

D - Such a spot on beer, everything is so right about it. I get excited for all their harvest ale releases.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber color with a light off-white head that quickly subsides to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very strong with notes of spicy, earthy hops upfront, along with a clear scent of citrus and just a touch of pine at the back.

Taste starts off with a citrus burst of fresh lemon and grapefruit. The piney hops make their presence known shortly after and light spices are present throughout, right into the aftertaste. A little caramel can also be detected.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Another solid offering from SN and I have no complaints. I'll be coming back for more.

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

A=Deep amber copper color, with a nice "glow". Ample thick tan head that dissipates to a nice crown

S=nice pine and pineapple notes with some alcohol and malts creeping in on the back end.

T=crisp pine flavors with gentle sugar sweetness on the back

M=light oily feel, with crisp light carbonation, nice warming

D=greatly drinkable, could easily drink 3 or 4 not overpowering in any aspect but nicely flavorful in most.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.