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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: 175 | 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 BamaBeerBuff
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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

from a 22 oz bomber-

pours a nice light amber color into a tall 0.5L glass stein. a nice, bright 2 finger head rises to the top and hangs around. sticky lacing is evident throughout enjoyment.

this is the first time i've had this harvest ale, so i've not smelled hops in this manner before (outside of hop flowers on a vine). nice and fresh hop aroma... grassy with some piney smells blending nicely with the florals. i'd like to sniff is some more, but the tastebuds await....

wow! can still taste some malt backbone - a slight caramel, amidst the grassy, citrusy, and a bit of pine. the hoppiness isn't super bitter, which caught me off guard. it just tastes so fresh and easy to drink. the hops are there all around the mouth, throughout the sips and gulps. but they're not super-overpowered. slightly dry on the end, but only to beckon you back for more. i like.

a nice carbonated ale, with a medium mouthfeel. you can be left a bit 'sticky' on the lips.

this is an easy drinker. if you like hops, then this should be right up your alley. if you're not infected with the craving, then you might not like it quite so much....

be nice to find this on tap. oh well, i'll just have to settle for a case or so's worth...

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

Appearance: Blood red with a good head and lacing.

Smell: A sweet piney aroma.

Taste: Very balanced, very hoppy, piney, a classic IPA.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but I just can't drink the same beer all night unless I'm just out drinking with the guys getting drunk.

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

24 oz. bottle to humongous dimpled mug.

The red-amber-brown color of fresh-brewed iced tea capped with an enormous rocky froth of white head. Huge chunks of lacing grab the glass while the head ebbs into a mimicry of floating vanilla ice-cream.

Doesn't smell too dangerous. Lots of C-hop here. Duh. But the promise of balance is there with a perceptible pale and caramel malt aroma in evidence.

The taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Super-juicy hop flavor presents itself against a beautifully established malt backdrop. The hops are citric and resiny. The malt character is strong enough to keep the hops from running completely amok while still keeping its sweetness well in-check.

A wonderful example of a well-balanced beer. Nothing to be bored about in this bottle and yet nothing to fear. Absolutely bursting with hop flavor without the often-characteristic acid-burn of many other American IPAs.

Photo of edskirk3
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz, brown glass, served in a pint. Label code: 8260B1448 if that means anything to you.

Pours bright, effervescent copper with 1.5 to 2 fingers of cream-colored froth. Said froth is composed of rather large bubbles but it lasts forever and sticks to the glass well, leaving rings as the beer level descends.

Even as I fight off a cold I can smell the piney, citric hops. I feel like I'm smelling actual, fresh hops and I enjoy it. I can feel the alpha acids in the first sip make their way down my esophagus. Great toasted caramel malt base followed by more of the hop on the back end. At no point is the hop character overpowering.

A delicious, subtly made ale. Excellent.

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

Served from a 24oz. fatboy bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Glowing, hop-infused orange-amber with some viscosity and action in the glass. Pushes up a one-inch light cream colored head; fluffy and odd-bubbled. Head retention is good, never revealing the surface of the beer, and lacing is sticky, coming in sheets, webs and rings. Lovely!

S - Crispy west-coast hops. More pine than citrus. A honeyed underbelly of malts. Fairly obvious without anything unexpected.

T - Sweet and inviting with a perfectly toasted malt character that lingers well into the back of the throat, dancing with the bitterness that starts to push through as soon as the beer passes the middle of the tongue. An excellent balance. Dominating hoppiness rules the back of the throat and the swallow. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and slightly astringent, with an air of fir-like greenery.

M - Thick coming in, providing a very tingly tongue-feel that surprisingly doesn't numb very much. Frothy and creamy like home-made whipped cream (well, hops-infused whipped cream). Swallow is throat-coating and full of body without being gassy. Excellent!

D - Dare I say that this beer smokes regular SNPA? Yes, I do. It's got it where it counts in all categories, and it's a breeze to continue sipping without stop; full of flavor and character. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

Photo of gunnerman
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, pours a nice copper with a fluffy two finger head that leaves nice thick lace. Smell is pine, sweet nectar and a bit of honey. Taste is sweet up front with a bit of lemon zest, followed by a hop bitterness towards the back of the tongue, very smooth and not to bitter. Finishes off with a slite slick feel to it. Overall this is one I have been waiting for, impressive offering.

Photo of travloh
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a red tint. The head is an absolute monster. Semi aggressive pour produces a topping of foam that just will not go away. When it finally recedes a little, it leaves that biscuit of condensed bubbles floating on the top.

Taste is very good, with a hint of greeny, grassy freshness from the wet hops. Nice bitterness and overall a good flavor. Has an earthiness to it, with a hint of spice, along with orange peel.

The emphasis of this stuff is the fresh hops. There is a quality there you don't get from a regular IPA.

Very drinkable stuff. I wish I could get more.

Photo of mattffrost
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass.

appearance. Clear brown dark amber beer. Head is offwhite with good rentention.

Smell. Citrus with pine smell. Sweet carmel is also present.

Taste. Tart with a pungent taste but at the same time a sweet honey flavor is present. Very strong spicy beer. Beer finishes a little bitter but not super bitter. Nice taste.

Mouthful Low carbonation

Drinkability. A 22oz bottle is plenty to drink of this stuff.

Photo of Mitchster
2.63/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$5.99 for a 24oz bottle @ Jacks. 6.7% ABV. Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep ruby, forming a poofy light tan head with very good retention and adequate lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma isn't your typical hop-bomb along the likes of Lagunitas or Stone...it opens with caramel, malts, floral, piney and resinous hops, but without the big tropical fruits one might find in an IPA. When swirled, there is a nice sour milk and toast thing going on. The mouthfeel is stinging with hop pungency and moderate bitterness. Medium bodied. Some higher alcohols are present with touches of damp cardboard...something that I frequently find in Sierra Nevada products. I think it has to do with the yeast strain they use. The finish is fleeting of taste and the harsh aftertaste is robust with bitterness.

Not really something I care for. Not balanced at all. It's pretty harsh in it's bitterness and metallic sting. I'm gonna have a hard time finishing this bottle.

Photo of paigertx
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered a pitcher about a month ago at Bar Coastal UES(NYC) and now drinking a pint poured from a chubby bomber. Similar taste from bottle as from tap. Pours a deep amber and smell is sweeter than the taste. Taste is smooth with malty overtones while not too much hop bite. Very drinkable and could be a session beer for those looking for flavor without the high alcohol content.

Photo of Grandwazoo
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - Bright caramel color with subtle carbonation...very attractive. head dissipates quickly with nice lacing

Ar - Pumpernickel and apples, though not a very big nose at all

T - disappointingly flat up front, with mild citrus and malt, but soon overwhelmed by bitter hoppy finish

F - Pleasant medium-light feel

D - Nicely refreshing in its own way, just not the mouthful I had expected.

Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 24 ounce bomber into SA pint glasses. The beer is a pretty shade of amber with an abundant sticky head. The lacing is everywhere. The smell is of a pine forest. The beer heavy on pine resins with a lingering dry finish. It is a medium bodied beer that has a sicky mouthfeel, due to the abundance of fresh hops. This taste like a DIPA with the ABV of an IPA. A very good beer.

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

I love it sloppy wet. A picturesque head sit creamy white atop burnt amber body. Aroma is heavy hop pellet at first, them dissapates to SN Pale Ale on the juice. Chewy toffee base provides green light for fresh green hops. For a moment the body goes burnt caramel amber, then hopsback to Imperial IPA without the malt support. Citrus, floral, pine, spice...the hops provide several characteristic notes. A numbing, bitter oil sparks attention on the recede and leaves a note of chlorophyll and sour, waxy leaf. I dig, keet it coming.

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

Orange caramel hue with two finger milky head that clings to create a fine lacing. A mild scent of pine, hops, and a light maple syrup. Upon taste, the palate is bombarded with a whole lotta hops and you can bet your a$$ they're wet and sloppy. It's hop attack the whole way complimented by slight floral notes through the drink with a chewy bread aftertaste. A serene mouthfeel where carbonation takes a back-seat to flavor the way a great IPA should be. Pleasantly drinkable with an amiable personality that could compliment a wide variety of foods. Worthy of being mentioned as one of the best IPA's. I cast my ballot.

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