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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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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 182
Gots: 183 | 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 biggred1
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coppery amber with a minimal light tan head, sticky lace that leaves rings down the glass. Nose is very floral hoppy, pine, grapefruit, but not all that powerful. Taste is kick ass and gets better as it warms. A fresh and tasty hop bomb that isn't overpowering with alcohol heat and doesn't neccesarily need to be sipped. Decent malty backbone balances perfectly. Medium slick/salty mouthfeel. A treat to drink and impressive, by far the best $5.00 24OZ. beer that I've ever had, delicious.

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

I appreciate Warriorhbt for giving me the first opportunity to taste this ale - I had to get a second taste since this is an intriguing beer probably only the 4th or 5th wet hop beer I have ever drank and I found this to be as worthy as the first magical Wet hopped experience.
Poured chilled from the 24oz into my Bass trademark glass and mug
A - A dark amber the color of a maple leaf. The 2.5 finger head is an ecru shade like eggnog that stands proudly above the glass rim and settles to 1/2 inch and appears like a fluffy cloud w/ creamy smoothness and excellent thick lace

S - An interesting herbal and toasted aroma which has a creamy malty note and slight nutty/biscuit essence w/ a mild vanilla/caraway seed element

M - The feel is 'green' supple, interesting w/ a mild vegetal /tea/spice and mild pine resinous and faintly astringent hoppy texture. The malt is pristine w/ a creamy and grainy dryness the ale seems to resonate on the tongue

T - A mild carbonation level carries the huge and fresh hop flavors in the place where taste buds react ecstatically. The malt has a flavor that does nothing but compliment the excellent fresh picked flavor w/ a touch of green tea and mild cooking herb flavors. The taste even has some toasted almond notes - the taste seems to emphasize a mild alcohol taste as it warms-(1/2 hour in) with a mild grassy flavor/texture but ever so slight. A great taste 1st to last sip

D - Phenomenal brew by a pioneer in the realm of American craft brewing. The beer is nuanced and makes great use of the fresh hops in the overall flavor and I truly appreciate the utilization of the fresh earthly humulus lupus. This ale went great with my Chicken parm!

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

A nice surprise to find this on the shelf at BevMo. Pours clear copper with a standard white head, no different than their pale ale. Big, wet hops in the nose. Tons of resin and pine draw you in. Clean and crisp mouthfeel without too much carbonation. A hop party in the taste. Resin, grapefruit, oranges, and pine are balanced perfectly with the malt back. Drinks like an IPA with the hop profile and taste of an IIPA. Outstanding.

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

This was an excellent beer from an excellent brewery. The aroma was huge with hops and citrusy goodness. Appearance was light copper and a tan head that laced nicely. Flavor exploded with fresh, green hops and a strong caramel backbone. Delicious. The mouthfeel was full and rich with a nice scrubbing carbonation that leaves the tongue wanting more. Overall this beer is great. I would happily drink it everyday!

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

Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 24oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer looks amazing. It yielded a nice 2 finger creamy pale colored head with very good lacing that stayed for a long time. It was a beautiful amber color with a slight hazy appearance.

Smell: This beer smells awesome. It has very floral hops aromas with hints of citris. I expected a very hoppy tasting beer from the smell as it was absolutley beautiful smelling.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I expected from the smell but it definately had a strong hops pressence. The adding of the fresh wet hops gave it a fresher taste than other hoppy beers . The hops stay for a reasonable amount of time but do not make you pucker up like some other heavily hopped beers. I drank the whole bottle and would have liked another.

Mouthfeel: Medium body mouth feel. Its almost got the consistancy of a lighter style porter, or similar to a smithwicks.

Drinkablility: Its definately a delicious beer. Its not too heavy to have the whole thing or even a few of these bad boys, but its definately not light or smooth enough to pound. Its a good beer in my opinion to cycle or session with a few other good ones on a tasting night.

Overall this is going to be one of my go to beers on a crafty night. I'd reccommend this to anyone who loves hops but is in the mood for something besides in your face knock you on your butt hops kick while still giving you your hops fix for the night

Photo of pik5el
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet malt and pine hops. Beautiful head and golden red apperarance. Flavor... hmm, not as balanced as I would like, and the hops are a bit 'harsh' or maybe resinous is a better word. Almost like sucking a pine cone. This could be better with a nice balance, I think. Goes down alright, though I do not really want to have multiple pints of it.

Photo of williamherbert
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had....

The look is clear copper-orange. Little bubbles shoot up like tiny elevators. Three enormous fingers of fluffy heads. Rings of thick lace like a redwood; ice cream float head on top. It's got it all.

The hops in the nose are a complex blend of major oily citrus. Sweet flowery perfume, but a tiny, slight resiny pine. Beautiful. Some burnt firewood.

The taste is a bitter perfume; sweet, but with a bite on the back end. Roasted caramel malts are crucial. It's about the perfect IPA. There is a triumphant triumverate of sweet hops, bitter citrus hops, and roasted malts. [In flavor, it is very similar to Stone Ruination and Flying Dog Double Dog.]

The feel is strangely bubbly and fizzy with a bite on the way down. Though this beer is really bitter, it's beautifully balanced. A superior Harvest/IPA. Dynamite in a glass.

Photo of hellomcfly
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice big frothy off white head that lasts quite a while. Great lacing. Reddish amber color for the beer.
I seem to remember this being a little more bitter last year but that may just be my taste buds getting used to the constant barrage of bitter hoppiness I keep throwing their way.

S - Sweet smelling, caramel and toffee malt smell. Hop aroma is floral and orange citrus.

T - Well balanced AIPA. Mildly bitter, not too aggressive. In taste the hops have a nice spicy pine aspect to them. Other than this it very much backs up the smell with the caramel/toffee flavor of the malts. Perhaps a slight toasty thing going on. Nice citrus juiciness.

M - medium bodied, very smooth, carbonation not harsh at all.

D - Very easy drinker. 24 oz felt more like 12. Well balanced and approachable. Another quality effort by SN. Not quite as good as Southern Hemisphere or Chico (my favorite) but still very good.

Photo of Bobo77
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish tan color with an absolutely gorgeous frothy white head that stays around for an extended period of time.

Smell - Powerful citrusy hop aroma. Sweet fruit aromas, apricot, pear, and mango stick out. Not so much grapefruit. This is easily the most aromatically pleasing IPA I have ever come across.

As the head begins to subside, lots of sticky lacing is reavealed.

Taste - Sweet roasted maltiness and caramel come together to form a solid backbone for a bitter hoppy beer. But unlike other IPAs, the bitterness of this one bites but doesn't destroy the person drinking. In the past I have had IPAs where I needed to eat something with them to make them tolerable, this is not like that at all. SN seems to know what they're doing by keeping such a delicate balance. Grapefruit of course appears on the tongue but it is followed by apricot, mango, and pine needles. This is much like the relief one gets from a sour patch kid once the sweetness hits. Alcohol, at 6.7%, is well hidden by the hops. Oh the joy!! There is still so much beer in this bomber. I refill my glass. Aftertaste starts off bitter but then has a citrusy trailoff. Definately the most complex and delicious IPA I have ever experienced.

Photo of yuenglings
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a case of 24ozers

Apperance: Very nice dark amber like color with a very nice head just looking at it makes me thirsty

Smell: sweet hoppy smell great!

Taste: you can defently taste the hops but its not that bitter rather injoyable

Drinkably: very smooth and easy to drink with the alc 6.7 its also easy to get buzzed

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am always excited to try a new Sierra Nevada brew...this one lived up to the reviews and the hype.

A- Dark amber/somewhat red color. Massive creamy tan head and some pretty cool lacing.

S- I really loved the nose on this one. Really floral and effervesent hop smell. "Fresh hop" as the bottle would indicate. Smells like someone picked some hops and then put in in the botle. Liquid flowers...

T- The fresh hops balanced really well with the sweet caramel malts. The brew was not too bitter and bready but certainly medicinal and earthy. I found this brew to be balanced and incredibly hoppy. Much bolder and robust than other SN IPA's.

M- The brew had a thick character. Oily and resiny- sticky. Chewy.

D- This was a very very good IPA. Perfect? Na. Damn tasty and incredibly well balanced.

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick, frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice, malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and Carapils malts along with a fantastic hop nose. It's well balanced and the hops are incredibly fresh. The taste is great. It has a kick ass hop bitterness that's so damn fresh tasting. The malt bill is incredibly balanced adding just the right amount of body and sweetness. It goes down quick and clean and leaves a nice residual hop presence. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one fantastic IPA. What a hop bomb!!

Photo of theopholis
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear, light amber/orange with a HUGE off-white, rocky head. The head retention is impressive as Hell, and leaves a huge, fluffy, sticky lacing on the glass. Best head and lacing I've seen in a very long time. Intriguing.

Smell- Smell is a tad bit subdued. It may because I poured it to cold. What I do pick up are rich hop aromas lieing over a nice malt sweetness. Lots of floral and citrus hop aromas, and a sweet caramel aroma. Smells great, but the hop aromas don't knock you on your butt like an AIPA should.

Taste- Again, like the aroma, very pleasant, but not to style. Starts off with a solid maltiness and malt sweetness quickly going into a nice melange of flavoring and bittering hops. Some nice toastiness to the malt, with notes of bitter chocolate or toffee. Very nice, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Slightly heavy body with a nice finish. Good CO2 level. Nice and resiny and coats the mouth very nicely, giving you a long, lingering after-taste.

Drinkability- Quite nice. Not a great example of the AIPA style, but very drinkable.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a brilliant amber-orange with a thick off-white head that is rocky and pitting. It takes forever to fall and is clinging like mad to the sides of my glass. Thick, sudsy lace and great retention. Great appearance.

S: Wow. Intense and rich hop aromas, but with a solid malt backbone to boot. Flowery and citrus hop aromas, a sweet caramel aroma that provides a wonderful backdrop to the hops. I'm struck by how fresh the hop aromas are. There's an entirely added dimension to them that's unlike any other beer I've had. If this was APA style, it'd be a 4.5 or 5, but for IPAs it's a 4. Aroma could be stronger.

T&M: A solid malt backbone gives way to fresh, bursting citrus hops. Vivid and intense flavor, but well-balanced as well. Malt is lightly toasted, with notes of toffee, a slight breadiness. Hop flavors explode with citrus and pine. The finish is long, slightly puckering, and dry. Mouthfeel is outstanding--resiny and sticky. Coating is wonderful.

D: I downed about 20 ounces of this in 15 or so minutes. You better watch out with the higher ABV, but this thing is so delicious you'll want to get it down fast. The mouthfeel and wonderful flavor really beckons one to another sip. One of the best beers I've had in the last few months.

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

A - Beautiful amber with a huge foamy, off-white head that settles sometime next week, leaving lots of sticky lacing in its wake. Really can't ask for more

S - Earthy hop tones establish the aromas. A hint of citrus and floral hops are present. Pretty simple nose, but I'd be damned if it didn't make me salivate

T&M - Love the taste of the earthy, leafy hops. The malt backbone is not overwhelmed by this flavor, and the carbonation bolsters it. Medium to full bodied, and the flavors endure exceptionally well. Smooth, yet sticky. Damn tasty.

D - It's not a surprise that a beer that tastes this good is extremely drinkable. Only knock is the somewhat high abv, and thick body

Photo of hoplover82
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iv'e been waiting to try this for a year now. And I'm glad I have it in my glass now.

This heavenly harvest ale pours a beautiful clear light amber color, with a thick hefty ivory head that stays for song of the fat lady.

The head gives off the aroma of pine and citrus, a little sweetness from the malt is pretty detectable. The head leaves a nice thick ring lace after each delightful drink.

The flavor is a little hint of spicy hops but mainly dominated by fresh piney and freshly sqeezed citrus notes.

It is smooth on the palate. Very drinkable. Just wonderful. Thank the Lord for the hop harvest!

Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Big Hunt. Excellent beer.

Pours a nice amber color with a huge fluffy head and excellent lacing. Great looking brew.

Aromas and flavors are huge and fantastic. Crazy fruit swirling around. Citrus all over the place, grapefruit and some orange, all sitting on a wonderful caramel backbone. Quite similar to the Celebration, just a little fruitier and peppier. Body is appropriate for the style and very good on carbonation.

Love this one. I could seriously drink this beer forever.

Photo of AaronRed
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice tan pour, dark, for an IPA- almost brown. Big hit of hops upfront in the nose, let's you know this is for people who like hops and bitterness in their beer. Citrus like flavors as well balanced with a nice strucure of malt, almost caramel behind it. Very straighfoward and complex. Clearly with a try if you like this style.

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

Appearance: A nice copper color with a solid 2 finger head that didn't really stick around long, but faded into a nice lacing that left a sticky web down the glass.

Smell: You can smell the hops and the IPA scent is definitely there. You can tell it's going to be nice and bitter when it hits the mouth, but nothing really special jumped out at me from the smell.

Taste: More bitter than I thought it was going to be. The hops rock -- this is the first "wet hop ale" that I've tried thus far, and it's definitely a little more pungent than what I've had in the past, so that's a nice bonus. There's a little citrus in the back too -- kind bitter/sour so I'd guess grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: A little sticky and oily - about what I'd expect, so a solid feel there. The taste lingers so I'm really looking forward to finishing off this bottle and kind of savoring it.

Drinkability: Not bad. Nothing overly special about it beyond the added pungent nature in the taste, so I'd say it's a really solid ale. Definitely worth drinking. I picked up a bomber of it and after finishing it off, the ABV didn't kick me like I thought it would, so I probably could have drank some more (although, it is Sunday night and work will be calling, so it's probably best that I didn't have more).

Photo of bound4er
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 24 oz. bottle.

Amber appearance with reddish highlights. Good frothy head of 2 fingers with great retention. Leaves spotty lacing down the entire glass with a full cap of foam. Not overpowering in the aroma department - a very clean citrus hoppy smell with a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes as clean as it smells - bittering hops in perfect proportion and a wisp of warming alcohol - nicely done. Medium bodied and perfectly carbonated. The ultimate in drinkability - this beer just flew out of my glass. The first Sierra to really impress me - the Pale Ale and Celebration Ale are good beers but this is a cut above.

Photo of Psilo707
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks very appealing. Thick and patchy lacing on top over a very solid reddish-brown tinted ale.

S: Smells *unbelievably* good. I have rarely had an ale that has had this strong of scent right off the bat. Very fruity yet not overly done smell. Can't wait for this!

T: Just as expected: delicious. Has that fully textured Sierra Nevada vibe while adding some new hints of taste to the mix. Can definitely taste a stronger ABV in it but it is masked very well by a small fruity-piney flavor that lingers in the mouth for long after each sip.

M: Demands your attention right away, in a good way. Very nice! As previously mentions, lingers in the mouth for a good while before dissipating fully and smoothly.

D: This is an ale that you should take in full, long mouthfuls rather than quick sips over and over. The higher % of alcohol can be sensed more when not enough care is given to each sip.

Overall: Probably my favorite Sierra Nevada brew of all time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the original stuff. It's even better!

Photo of FSUmac
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A deep amber/brown with a nice frothy 2 finger head. Lacing everywhere.

Smell: A distinct pine and grassy smell, but not overpowering.

Taste: I gotta tell ya, this is fantastic. Enough piney hops for hopheads and a great malt back to balance it out. A slight hint of bitterness on the finish, but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Not overly thick like some double IPAs or other highly hopped beers. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability: I have always been a fan of Sierra Nevada brews and this one is no exception. I love the Southern Hemi Harvest, but this one is even better IMO. Far exceeded my already lofty expectations and quite a steal at $5 for a bomber.

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

On tap at Brick Store, Decatur, GA. Served in a fitted pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, clear copper-amber bodied beer with a fuzzy-looking, fine-bubbled, smooth one-and-a-half finger head. Retention on this one is above average, but what's really amazing is the lacing - splotchy, webs, fingers, regardless of the adjective you want to use to describe the patterns on the side of this glass, it's great looking.

Aroma: Imagine a juicier, moister, more oily version of SN's typical hop portfolio and everything that would come with it - you've got your piney spruce notes, your heavier citrus notes, some nice tropical fruit, and just the right amount of leafy vegetal notes. Quite a repetoire.

Taste: A great array of hop flourishes assault - no, lovingly caress - the tongue, with citrus, tropical fruit - pineapple, grapefruit, hints of passion fruit - lighter floral notes, pine needles ... you name it, it's here. A rounded caramel breadyness is also more than apparent, as a bitter hop bomb this is not, though a moderate persistent bitterness does arise approximately midsip and stays with you for much of the remainder of the experience. Wonderfully complex.

Mouthfeel: Oily but not too oily? Check. Milky, creamy? Smooth, even? Check. Low to moderate carbonation, approximately the right level to deliver all the requisite flavor to your palette without overloading it? Mmmm yep.

Drinkability: I think we have a winner. The classic harvest ale (and, surprisingly, the last of the three from SN that I tried) xnd still deserving of the crown, in my opinion. No problems with alcohol level, either - just a damn tasty, complex, drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into 20oz. Guinness glass. Towering cream colored head leaves behind some quality lace. Superb bronze color with a transparent appearance, Towards the end of the glass I am able to spot a very tiny amount of sediment. Smell is mostly of fresh floral hops, Some pine, citrus fruits with a slight sour dough aroma. Taste is superb. Slightly numbing hop bitterness at first then some sweet malt finishing with a nice dry hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is also quite nice leaving a slightly creamy aftertaste with a dry finish. Drinkability seems quite good due to the good balance. Overall, This is a great beer which is widely available and well worth a try. Highly recommended!

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