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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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3,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 174
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of rmaste6282
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA had this in stock.

Pours copper/amber into a pint glass, darker than I was expecting. The head is over 1 finger thick, with some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of hops, but not jumping out of the glass like IPA's, I also get a hint of grapes (from somewhere) some sweetness from the nose of the beer.

The taste is pretty bitter, with some lingering sweet flavor, but not sweet tasting (if that makes any sense). Malts are pretty forward, dark, and toasty.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, and after the beer is gone you are left with a bitter and malty finish, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good for a pale, ABV feels a bit higher than 6.2, but the freshness makes this a good beer year round.

Photo of BZero007
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Rick's Wine and Gourmet in Alexandria, VA.

Poured a very nice clear amber color with the head forming easily. With the nice head aroma was easy to detect and was nice and refreshing. Bitter citrus notes were easy to detect. The taste was good nothing amazing to me, for some reason I felt this particular brew's hops just did not float my boat. Still the taste was very good with a citrusy and very bitter taste. The malt helped a little sitting in the background but I felt I should of made a bigger appearance. Brew was nice and light though and I would really enjoy drinking this on a hot summer day.

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

From a 24 ounce bottle and into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with an inch of creamy bone white head. A thin lace is left behind on my glass with each sip. Notes of grapefruit peel, lemon, some pine, sweet malt, earthy bitter hops, lots of pine here and slightly spicy. Finish is dry with ample carbonation. Good stuff.

Photo of CircusBoy
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance started off with a huge 2 inch fluffy white head; color is a reddish copper and lacing that hangs around forever.

Strong smell and taste of pine and hops. Aftertaste brings in a strong citrus (mainly grapefruit) presence. Lingers in your mouth and makes you want another sip.

For a beer with this much hop presence, the drinkability is amazing. It goes down so easy, that you could easily drink too many. I think thats a good thing!

Photo of njthebestofme
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark copper tone decent head to lacing.. average looking ale.. looked inviting to drink

S- Hops and malts not much citurus or pine .. was hoping for that

T- was smooth and hoppy.. lots of hops but not to bitter.. nice and smooth

M- good after taste .. not too overpowring

D- one bottle should do.. after that could get repetive

Photo of beveritt
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 24 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is brown and tan, with the classic Sierra Nevada banner across the top. Front and center is a description of the beer and the meaning of wet hops. There is a code on the label, but no clear date. I picked this up a month or so ago from a refrigerated cooler of a local grocery store.

Appearance: Pours with just over 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly to just a thin coating of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is the color of tarnished copper and perfectly clear.

Smell: Pine aroma of fresh hops backed by an underlying caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Fresh hops flavors upfront, though somewhat more subdued than what one finds in a typical dry-hopped beer. Strong pine notes with slight undertones of citrus. These are layered upon solid foundation of caramel malt with a biscuity finish. Medium hop bitterness in the finish with good staying power.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good, slightly slick.

Drinkability: Pretty certain this is my first ever wet hopped beer and I must say I am a fan. Captures the flavor of the hop without getting overly obnoxious.

Photo of angelmonster
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is clear and light copper in color. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is big on herbal and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts are also present.

Taste is big on bitter, earthy hops. Not much else, pretty much just hops in here

There is good balance in the mouth feel. Good amount of carbonation and a smooth consistency in body. Also some nice creaminess in the head of beer

Over all an above average IPA. A bit too biter though to make it a really great beer. Was hoping for a little sweetness, citrus, or pine flavors to balance it out. Still pretty good for only 3.50 a bomber

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

sn wethop 12th

a 4.5 a beautiful beer, ruddy amber with nice head and sticky lace all over the place.
s 4.5 there is something special about this one, which smells a great deal like a fresher, "wetter" celebration ale. the hops are bold yet soft and the malt is obvious.
t 4.5 the oily hops and ample malt spread everywhere. there is a soft pulpy freshness and greeness unlike any other i've had. and this character amazingly sticks around month after month, at least for the 4+ months it took me to polish off a case. bitterness is less than initially expected, and while this makes the beer very friendly and approachable, in the end it may limit drinkability as there isn't enough bite to properly cleanse the palate and tease it into fantasies of more.
4 carbonation is just enough so long as the pour is fairly gentle. mouthfeel is slick and oily, medium+ bodied.
4 love this stuff and yet it doesn't stick in my mind the way bigfoot does, and think that's because it's too easy to drink quickly. it doesn't force you to savor. kind of a high-class slut.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: huge head on an easy pour and very sticky lacing. The color is a deep red. It looks very fresh.
S: has a pine and faint citrus smell and a distant sweet apple aroma creeping in.
T: has a strong hoppy pine taste with some floral and citrus tastes. The aftertaste has a fresh hop oil taste that lingers for a while.
M/D: I was surprised that this brew wasn't more bitter and drying. It was really smooth with some hitter mouth later on that is not really bothersome. The drinkability is good for sipping slowly and savoring.

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

A: Copper/amber color with a slight haze. Poured a 2 finger light tan rocky head with good retention. Sticky lacing. Decanted lightly.

S: Grapefruit, orange and piney aromas dominate. Slightly sweet malt well in the background.

T: More pine than citrus in the flavor. Nice balance in teh middle with slightly sweet bready malt and slices. Resiny hops linger a bit through the bitter finish.

M: Medim body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating. Very pleasantly balances.

D: Flavorful, balanced and very drinkable. ABV not high but still very well disguised...you'll need to be careful.

Photo of Wegbier
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I realize now that I bought it, it is a 2008 release. I will have to try it again fresh fresh in season.

a- niiiice, orange caramel color and a full finger head that shows lines to help you know where each sip was.

s- is enjoyable with citrus and pine hops but very light.

t- the best part, no more looking, when you get to put the beer in your mouth. This is good, on the website they say 65 bitterness, I have never heard of a bitterness rating but this is all the best qualities of hops. citrus and piney to spicy qualities.

m- smooth and good carbonation, it is a little thinner taste than I would like, it is a sort of thin medium body I would call it.

D- very drinkable, a very clean finish that makes you always happy to have another sip. I will look for this one again when it comes fresh as I can get it in Colorado

Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle 2008 release poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Foam clings to the side of the glass after settling.

S - Honestly, underwhelming. I pick up a bit of citrus hops, but it is not very pronounced... have the hops faded since bottling? Most likely, as I'm drinking the 2008 release in May 09

T - piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Definately not a hop bomb, but there is a good amount of piney flavor with a substantial sweetness behind it.

M - hops numb and tingle my entire mouth, carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty well balanced, goes down easily.

I'll be this was much better fresh - I'd rather drink a Torpedo IPA. Not that it was bad, I'd just prefer a more pronounced hop flavor.

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

A: Amber, clear beige head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Malts, caramel and hops. A really fresh smell.

T: Follows the smell.

M: Refreshing without losing the body. Quite a lot of CO2, but not disturbing at all.

D: Goes down very easy. I would like to buy this beer again.

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Utobeer, the famous beer stall in the Borough Market of South London; it's very pricey though - 5 quid something I paid. This bottle is "11th Edition - 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale", at 6.7%abv., served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: The label seems to suggest that this version used 8000 lbs. of fresh hops in one brewing and it was repeated afterwards in the same day - but was it for the same brew?! I don't normally fall for figures (esp. on something I know very little about), but this sounds seriously hoppy to me...

A: it lands in the glass a deep dark yet also bright amber hue, coming with constant streams of tiny round bubbles in support of a thick, ice-creamy and marvellously tight light-beige froth to last throughout the drink.
S: having not tried an American IPA for almost three months now, the aroma here reminds me of the beauty of hops, big time! - the almost "sticky"-rich aroma of fresh Cascade (or the like) bouquet surely does the name right justice, that it's assertively flowery-fruity (with hints of ripe, fresh lychee fruits, longan-fruit tea, a touch of grapefruit marmalade, and faintly roasted tea leaves) against a medium-thick malty backbone of pale malts and amber-/cara-malts, while a subtle sour edge of ripe white grapes and fat prunes lingers at the back as a balancer. Overall, very pleasant, very hoppy indeed, yet I find the sweet elements are a bit too "in the face" and slightly more than desirable for the balance. As the beer warms up a bit (esp. in the second pour), the sweetness tunes down slightly and renders a harmony; simultaneously, a swirl even reveals a subtly Fuggles-like stinky hop aroma - very interesting.
T: a mouthful of "hop juice tea" upfront... light caramely malts with an apparent powdery texture and abundant hints of sultanas and sweetened grapefruity citrusness follow the lychee-skin like and piney aromatic taste of US hops. The mid-taste yields a decently deepening dry edge like a well-aged, semi-dry sherry with a unique herbally woody touch (impossible to link to anything I can think of); then the whole palate settles down and softens in flavour intensity, leaving only the lengthy and deep, tannic (not unlike crushed grapefruit seeds), chewy and also mildly citrus-zesty bitterness to linger in the end. At times, a phenol-like yeasty-hoppy hint also emerges. Surprisingly, this ale doesn't taste "that" bitter as I imagined, but the hop level surely is the selling point here (what else?), that a neat, evolving hoppy structure in taste is clearly and honourably demonstrated.
M&D: very soothing and light on the carbonation on top of a hoppy flavour and good level of bitterness, guaranteeing that the richly flavoured hoppy palate treads rather light. The relatively clean texture and medium-light body complements the flavour really well, making it in every sense a quaffable type of IPA to me. All in all, this fresh hop ale is very delicious as well as decently balanced (after some time into the tasting, that is), and I have nothing to complain about this beer except for the price - maybe it's time Sierra Nevada finds a permanent importer in the UK?

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

Served in a Pint Glass

A: Dark golden to copper appearance. Thick white head that lingers.

S: Typical hops notes of pine, citrus, not as sharp smell though. . . smells like wet grass which is appropriate for the name of the beer.

T&M: Beer has medium body for an IPA style , taste is quite green, all the taste of an IPA only toned down in a wet, (good) compost sort of way. Not too bitter.

D: Rather enjoyed this beer and enjoy the style in which it is made. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours very nicely, forming a generous creamy head (two+ fingers) with lots of lacing and variation. Color is a bright, coppery orange. Held up to the light, it looks almost pumpkin-bright.

Nose is subtle, light scents of pine and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin without being too watery. Taste is very subtle too, though -- there are some faint bitter & piney notes, but no malt to speak of. You know the malt is there, because otherwise the beer couldn't be as sweet as it is, but there are no burnt/woody/nutty/caramel flavors to tip it off. It's going incognito.

After finishing the bottle, I continued to be puzzled by how subtle the flavors were in this brew. Very drinkable, but it slips almost apologetically by the palate, like it's afraid of drawing attention to itself.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz split and poured into a Guinness Pint. No date to be seen.

A - Nice rich amber color with a solid 2 finger cream-colored fluffy head with good retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Damp earth with a great bouquet of hop aromas including citrus and pine needle. Backbone of a good malty sweetness hides under the hop flavors.

T - Fantastic balance between the sweet malts and bitter "wet" hops. The citrus found in the smell is almost totally absent and overshadowed by the pine flavors. Spices lurk in the shadows of all the other flavors.

M - Smooth across the palate with a dryness on the finish.

D - This beer is quite interesting. Good aroma and flavor but its a potent beer for sure. Its flavor doesn't not lend well to mass consumption. Drink it slow.

Photo of ancientelixir
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice inch and a half head from a slow pour into a pint glass. Amber color, clear but their is some fine particles suspended. Malty smell, mixed with a good hop aroma of pine and citrus, sweet smelling. Mouthfeel is smooth with a lot of carbonation. The malt and hop bitterness are present right away in the flavor and both hold equally strong as the taste fades. The hops linger on, sweet and fruity. Leaves a little warming in the mouth.

Photo of riored4v
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 4/13/09

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint-tulip glass. 1 1/2 finger, off-white head. Clear, burnt caramel colored body. Head was very rocky and provided some good lacing.

Smell had a soft caramel sweetness. Spicey bitterness along with some citrusy notes.

Taste reflected the smell. A light caramel maltiness and a nice mild finishing bitterness. Spicey notes along with a slight citrus hop presence. Mildly floral and grassy.

Mouthfeel had a light body and was well carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice balance of flavors and could have a few of these back to back very easily.

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

This beer pours a cloudy orange-amber color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes into a solid inch of foam. Rings of lacing stick to the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of full of floral and herbal hops with a hint of grapefruit underneath. The taste is a lot like the aroma. It is very floral with a nice lingering dryness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty beer that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of gameface23
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 10/19/08 that I've been meaning to upload:

24 oz. bottle. Copper pour with a large, chunky, pillow of a head that lasted the entire length of the drink. The smell was great. Pine hops dominate the aroma, with a balancing act of sweet malts. The flavor is similar; well balanced with a slight peppery kick and great hop taste without being bitter at all.

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

The name of this beer was interesting and curious. The foam was light wheat in color, a little thick and lacey. The color was an amber orange and some red highlights in the light behind it. The smell was dark, rich and complex. The taste had a deep hops flavour, rich, a little flowery and a hint of wood. I thought the mouthfeel was smooth and complex - great!

Photo of daveGsus
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lucky for me in my area not too many people are aware to find the good beer. I was surprised to see that they still had quite a few of these on the shelf. for a reasonable price, $5.39 for 24 oz.
I poured it from the bomber to a pint glass. yellow-orange in color. thick white head, took forever to go away. left lace all over the glass. hops, malt, citrus, and slight caramel aroma. all the hops you expect from s.n. and just an overall delicious beer. creamy and acidic mouthfeel. I would almost consider this a session beer. I usually do not put beers away fast but, I could'nt help myself with this one. really good stuff.

Photo of JoeBloe
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i remember having one of these (24oz) bottles a couple of years ago and really liking it, without applying the review criteria that i do now - now i see why -i picked up a 2007 vintage @ beverage world in peekskill - pours a clear pretty amber with a very fluffy 2-finger white head - smells piney and a little earthy/bready -
laces the glass heavily, the fluffy head remains to the last sip -tastes real good - hops up front , balanced by the bready malt and yeast(i guess) - pretty complex in flavor as it flows over the tongue - carbonation and finish seem right - each sip wants another - i haven't seen this on the shelves since the last one i had a couple of years ago, and am glad to have it again - tasty stuff that goes down real easy - i'm curious about other vintages..

Photo of natasharai
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a foamy off white head that dissipated leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. The beer is orangish amber clear color.

Smell: A lot of sweet malt, slight cinnamon spice, not much hop character.

Taste: Pine hops, roasted malt, nutty flavor resembling peanuts, spicy cinnamon, finishes with dry bitter hop and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied, leaves mouth with a bitter dry feeling.

Overall: Decent drinkability, not a lot of hop character. The flavors are good up front but end with an unfavorable bitter soapy taste. The smell is pretty bland, with a slight spiciness but mostly sweet caramel.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.