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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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2,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 82 | 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 Vancer


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is a freakin’ harvest ale one needs to try!

Starts out with a spectacular pour; a clear ruby copper with a never-ending ivory pillow floating on top – lacing like a boot on the way down.

Aroma is a hop farm to enjoy, even some spices that can bite though the nose. Quaff had a rich malty start, even a touch of chocolate in there. Finishes with a push of floral hop.

Nice medium bodied brew that had a bit of an oily finish.

Smooth and tasty, and not a bad buy at $4.50 for a 24oz jug bottle at almost 7% alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 14:49:24 | More by Vancer
Photo of WanderingFool


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Harvest 07 pours a clear amber color in the glass with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the beer which lasts most of the way to the bottom of the glass. A fair amount of netted lace clings to the sides.

The aroma is mainly grassy and citrus hops with an odd vegetal aroma mixed in. Some sweet malt can also be detected. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy. The flavor begins with sweet caramel and pale malt. Slightly bready. Towards the middle the hops move in with grass and citrus flavors that balance out all the malt quite well. It finishes rather bitter and leaves behind some citrus hop flavors when gone.

This is a well balanced, tasty beer. Other than the odd notes I picked up in the aroma this would make a great everyday APA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:14:03 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of SafeAtFirst


3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th Edition poured into a Greene King IPA pint glass. Huge thick head that likes to linger around with significant lacing on the sides. Delicious looking bright amber colored ale – almost crystal clear. Very handsome looking.

I was expecting hop aroma in the Boom to Kaboom range, instead it's more of a pop. The usual pine and citrus mixed in with a lump of grass and some brown tea.

Flavor is dry and bitter with lingering hop resins, more like an IPA than an APA. There are hints of biscuit and caramel, not very significant. Mouth feel is at the heavy end for an APA (really thought this was an IPA until I looked).

Overall I thought this was a slightly above average pale ale. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I'd rather have an Anniversary or Celebration Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 06:01:46 | More by SafeAtFirst
Photo of mentor


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Three finger off-tan head over a clear, but fuzzy particulated brown-copper liquid. Head settled to a fine and clingy layer. Beautiful head, I wish I could get something like that in my homebrew. Smells orange hoppy grassy with sweet caramel and tropical esters. Pencil erasers, seriously. Alcohol is noticable.

Tastes well made in intensity for malt sweet and hops. Sweet is stronger than the hops, but they are in reasonable balance for the style. Malt is strongest up from with hop flavor hitting in the middle and barely staying stonger than the drying flat hop bitter that rises late. Aftertaste dries with gentle and a very clean alcohol. Hop flavor is woody and oranges. Add in the green fibery hop bitter and I'm not a fan. Really rough on the cohumulone or grassiness, such that it's beginning to wear. Esters are present...not quite pineapple, but the light and playful character found can find a pineapple, if you take out the acid punch.

Md-light body with a thicker mouthfeel than I would expect. Touch a creaminess that I like. Drinkablilty is moderate for me.

As the beer warms the malt sweet shows a come-back in the finish that really helps things out.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 03:21:54 | More by mentor
Photo of beermanbrian


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a half inch head that has great retention that leaves some stickly lacing. Smell is as expected, hops, mostly on the piney side. I had a full case of these and this is one of the last 2. Early on the hops had a really fresh smell, now with some age on it, it comes across slightly metallic. Taste again is piney hops with a sligth metallic tinge. Again when it was fresh it was outstanding, now it has dropped to mearly a good level. Overall I thought this was a great beer and really enjoyed a case of it. Only complaint is that it dosn't age real well but that is to be expected with a hoppy beer like this one. Get it fresh next year and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:22:47 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a very nice ruby red. Has a huge fluffy white head. Sticky sheets of icing like lace cover the edges of the glass.

Smell is of oily grassy hops and sweet malts.

Taste, this is a malt bomb! Big malt presence with nice grassy hops that do just enough to balance it out.

Overall, I've been looking forward to trying this one and was not disappointed in the least. A very tasty beer that I will be getting every year it comes out from now on.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 00:08:38 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of Stimack

New York

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year I had this brew on tap but had not reviewed it at that time. This year I was able to track this brew down bottled. This brew poured to a copper color that had amber highlights, had a nice sized off white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas, as expected, really show off the hops which give a very nice floral scent but also noticeable is a nice malt sweetness that gives it a very inviting scent. The taste, is very good, the hops really stand out here as they seem to coat the mouth quite well leaving a hop residue and linger at the tail end. In the beginning the malt flavor does stick out and with that start and the hop finish it seems to be ell balanced. This is a very good brew, nice one to bridge the fall till the winter when the celebration ale makes its appearance.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:28:36 | More by Stimack
Photo of Procrastinator


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24 oz. brown bottle with 2007 noted on the neck label. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: coppery orange colored body with a sticky, craggy, foamy beige colored head. the lacing never dies throughout the entire beer. Tiny, micro bubble carbonation.

Smell: big time fresh, piney resinous hop scents along with juicy grapefruit rinds, sweet toffee and caramel.

Taste: lots of resiny hops with a bite of deep bitter citrus rind is equalled by a sweet caramel malt base. Alcohol at the finish is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: silky and soft creaminess with gentle carbonation in a full bodied brew. Bitterness of the hops lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: the fresh enjoyable taste is accentuated by a wonderful mouthfeel. I would love to have this all year round.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 17:08:49 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of ahking


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OMG. This beer is incredible. It pours a light brown color, clear and not cloudy at all. Absolutely love the color. Frothy white head that laces all the way down the glass. Aroma is incredible. This is my first fresh hop beer and I am blown away. Truly unique aroma. Fresh flowery bouquet, rich and deep, some sweetness, bready, and a bit peppery. Flavor is again unique. A whole different type of bitterness here. Fresh. Sort of a light hop bite, but very much upfront if that makes any sense. Again, a very rich hop experience. Very well done. A nice malty backbone here too and bready.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 02:40:42 | More by ahking
Photo of drpimento


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowee! Exceptional beer. This is way better than the Celebration. This is much softer and rounder. wish it were sitting on my lap. mmmm. The hops arent so sharp and are in harmony with the malts. Lots of lace with a nice head. Clear amber color. Nice nose. Earthy without fruitiness. Extremely drinkable. Great finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 00:19:56 | More by drpimento
Photo of dfillius


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've averaged my numerical ratings from the different iterations of this that I've tried, notes are below.

11th edition of this fresh hop beer, I poured it into a pint glass.

A: Beautiful packaging. Yellow amber with 1 finger of head. When held to the light, it has a nice yellow at the edges and bottom, and amber at the center. A good layer of head is retained.

S: Hard to get a read on it since it is mingling with the fruit olive oil smell on the stove. Difficult to decipher citrus smell - after tasting it it is easier to smell. A lovely spicy aroma.

T: Bready with a pleasant bitterness along the edges of my tongue. A great bitter finish in the center back of my tongue. Tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but more bready. Were fresh Cascade hops used?

M: Effervescent, clean, crisp.

D: Highly drinkable

Notes on 13th edition also poured into pint glass -
A: Same as 11th
S: I would describe the aroma as restrained floral, with some citrus - smells delicious.
T: Bitter, crisp, clean, fruity, tasty. Not west coast hoppy at first though it comes in later. EIPA at first even. A bit of perfumey alcohol.
M: Bitter, Breathy perfumey alcohol
D: Gimme more.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 20:37:08 | More by dfillius
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So glad they bottled this year's.

24 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - A nice clear amber color. Two fingers of off white head sitcking out over the top of the glass. A beautiful looking pale ale. Lots of tiny bubbles rush to feed the head. Head cakes up a little in the middle and has awesome staying power. sporadic lacing, with a full finger of the cakey head remaining throughout the whole pint. Gotta love fresh hops.

S - Big aroma of fresh hops. Loads of pine with a citrusy tinge. Some tea like aroma as well. Very nice smell.

T - More fresh hops on the taste. Loving the citrus notes that play off some piny flavor. Nice bitterness gives it a great finish, but is not overwhelming.

M - Light to medium in body with fairly lively carbonation.

D - The fresh hop taste is always one I want to quaff. Glad I can get my hands on this brew this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:57:37 | More by EStreet20
Photo of bort11


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall, chunky head that tries to escape the glass. Thick chunks of lace stick to the glass. Nice clear copper red color.
Smell is a mild hops citrus. This is a little disappointing. I was expecting a much larger kick based on the description on the label. Taste has more hops presence, with a mild malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, though it drinks very easily. Good beer, but I don't think it lives up to the "extreme" hype on the label.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 04:43:28 | More by bort11
Photo of thisisbigrob


3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Edition - 24 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber in color with a nice thick head that settled into creamy dense lumps of foam. Great lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink it.

S: As promised, smells of very fresh hops. There is also a sweetness under the hops.

T: Very pleasant hoppiness that is balanced with some malt sweetness. Leaves a slight bitter taste in your mouth which is good for the style and expected for a "fresh hop" beer.

M: Nice and creamy but maybe a little overcarbonated.

D: This glass is disappearing quickly and the other half of the bottle will soon follow but the hop bitterness is starting to catch up with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 03:24:22 | More by thisisbigrob
Photo of AlephNull


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Labeled 11th Edition 2007 Harvest -- I poured it as early as possible to keep the fresh as fresh as can be.

A - Pours a very clear, bright copper color with a finger and a half of thick, almost chunky white head. Lacing is thick and sticky.

S - Big surprise here -- HOPS! Piney, piney hops. It certainly smells fresh to me. but I don't smell a whole lot of complexity here, though the hops certainly smell good.

T- The hops are strong from beginning to finish. The hops are primarily of a piny, bitter character. A smooth malt takes a bit of the bittering edge off of a beer that could be over the top though the aftertaste is a bit more bitter than ideal, but it's advertised as a hop ale, so that's what I'd expect.

M- Very smooth with a moderate body and moderate to active carbonation. Matches the flavor well.

D- A bit bitter for a session beer, but I'd enjoy this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:02:54 | More by AlephNull
Photo of shroompod


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, rich head with nice lacing.

Not getting much flavor on the nose as I'd expect.

Taste is a nice mix of hops and malts. A nice hops bitterness , with just a touch of malty sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium, decent carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable Pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 23:26:35 | More by shroompod
Photo of sinistermadman


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07 version. Pours a genuine copper color with a soft, fluffy head. Aroma is more biscuit-y malt than hops, but quite nice. Mild wet hop aroma is evident.

Taste is a great interplay between fresh hop bitterness and a soft, yet sufficient malt backdrop. Lots of hop flavor intricacies to nail down. This brew strikes a perfect balance while still letting the hop flavor dance in the forefront. Mouthfeel is defined by hop bitterness, finishing with well, even more bitterness. Nice. I'm glad they are 24 oz bottles. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 01:44:18 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of kmpitz2


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle. What a thing of beauty. The brew pours a beautiful copper color with 2 fingers of ivory head that leaves a ton of sticky lace as it slowly falls. This one is crystal clear and has a solid carbonation working up to the top. This one almost appears to glow in the glass. The aroma is nice, with a spicy and peppery hop with a kick of citrusy zest as well. This is balanced with a solid caramel backbone and a touch of fresh green vegetative matter in there as well; think good like freshly cut herbs or pine needles right from the tree. The flavor starts with a crisp citrus and lighter earthy hop balanced with a kick of pepperyness. Behind this sits the caramel malt that moves to a mild bitter and fresh green flavor. It rounds out with a mellow bready and grainy flavor that belnds well into the caramel and pulls the earthyness of the hop in as well. This one is very tasty. Mouthfeel is moderate with a lively moderate carbonation. This is one of the more drinakble beers I have had in a long time. I really don't even want to set my glass down. This one is big on flavor while being very sessionable. I'll look forward to this each and every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 01:13:29 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of TheBierBand


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 (11th edition) Poured from the 24 oz bottle... (a BONUS BOMBER... 2 extra ounces!) into a pint glass. Head was 1" off-white which produced lots of clumpy lacing in the glass! The beer is a perfect amber that is crystal clear.

The aroma is primarily a citrusy hops.

Taste: NICE! This is so good.... lot's of hops to satisfy. Well balanced with a slight malty background taste. Some grapefruit rind and some pine.

Mouthfeel: Here's where this one excels! Very creamy, full bodied and viscous.

Drinkability: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Very solid hoppy goodness. Can drink a few of these.... I should go get more of this...

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 17:43:09 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of WaveRebel51


4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's still a lot of beer out there that I haven't tried, but Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale may be the best beer I've ever had.

The beer starts out by seducing you with its dark-reddish appearance and thin frothy foam that looks like it just came out of the fermenter. Smells sweet and fruity, with a hint of just-cut grass, no doubt from the fresh cascade ans centennial hops. Tastes like how a beer would taste in the perfect world -- no overpowering flavors, but the entire range of hop flavors are on display: hints of floral, piney flavors, bitterness and spicyness throughout each sip. So smooth, that I never noticed the alcohol. Fresh hops really do make a difference and its too bad that this is only available once a year.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 16:54:46 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of Rainintheface


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition 24oz bottle poured into SA glass

A: Rich copper with one finger off-white head, decent lacing and med-light carbonation

S: oily piney hops dominate, floral, caramel in the background.

T: faint grapefruit, big, fresh hop taste, malt sweetness is present

M: medium body, smooth and lightly oily on the tongue

D: very drinkable. should have picked up more than one bottle.

Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 22:19:13 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish amber brew with a very thick and fluffy pale ale head that sticks to the glass in clumps; very nice. Aroma is straight piney and floral, hop oils shine through. Taste is slightly syrupy and thick, the pine-needle-like hops really shine through. Malts give it a slight sweetness, like a sugar-free syrup; very well balanced. Goes down smooth, and quite drinkable despite the level of hoppiness.

I liked it better than the SNPA and the Anniversary Ale. Probably on an even keel with the Celebration Ale. Will definitely return to this in years to come.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 09:19:06 | More by saintwarrick
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into my pint glass. This beer is a clear copper/brown color. The white, fluffy head is about an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating with excellent lace. Aromas wise this baby is dominated by hops all the way, backed by some bready malts. Flavor wise this beer is also dominated by citrusy and floral hop bitterness, once again with a sweet malt backbone. Great flavor! Has a crisp and creamy, full bodied and sort of chewy mouthfeel. Moderate to high carbonation. this beer coats the mouth and feels a bit oily when doing so. One of the more hoppy APA's I have ever had. Very easy to drink indeed. This fine beer certainly reminds me more of an IPA than most APA's I have had. A very fine beer here indeed!


Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 03:50:25 | More by neenerzig
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 24 oz. bottle. No freshness date noticed, but I have a feeling it is...
Orange color body with an off white head with big bubbles that goes from half to eighth an inch in minutes.
Aroma is mostly hops with a definite malty backbone.
Initial quick taste is of malt which gives way to the "sparkly" bitterness of this brew. Nice job with the carbonation, as it gives the hops the correct amount of flash on the palate. Sticks around for a while, too. I love how the bitterness subsides in these fresh hop ales, but the hops are still way on the forefront.
Mouthfeel is oily as expected, and slightly chewy.
I could drink maybe two of these without getting tired of it. My favorite Sierra Nevada brew...or maybe a tie with celebration 07.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 00:23:22 | More by kirkhorse
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear caramel with golden highlights and fluffy cream-colored head. Decent staying power and a few swirls builds up the head once it settles. Rings of sticky lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Bright, clean, crisp hop aroma - floral, citrus, and a touch of pine. Fresh hops all the way with a touch of fresh baked bread.

All about the hops here, but not overpowering. A gentle hop dominance. Soft floral and citrus flavors start. Leafy and piney hops come next, getting more aggressive, before sweet and bready malts come in the balance things. Notes of nut and maple are also present. Hops come back after you swallow to give the tongue a quick lash.

Incredible mouthfeel - So smooth and creamy. Perfect amount of carbonation - just enough to perk things up. Medium to full in body.

So well balanced and smooth. Easy to drink. The hops are so pleasant - no harsh bitterness. I finished the whole bottle before I knew it. This was my first wet-hop beer, and if the rest of them are like this one, I may have some new best friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 00:01:05 | More by Lupe
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,945 ratings.