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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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3,277 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 147 | 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 Yesac
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/orangy color. Big white foamy head that fades to a medium size layer that stays throughout the glass.

S - Skunky hop smell. Its strange, but it actually smells like wet hops.

T - Piney, citrusy.. very sweet and very smooth. Great balance the malts taste great. It's extremely fresh tasting. Soft hop bitter finish.

M - thick, but very smooth (not sticky). Heavily carbonated.

D - I'm glad these come in a 24oz. Good thing I bought two :)

Yesac, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ON TAP!! at the Lava Lounge in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (I couldn't believe it, either.)

Pours like a typical, solid IPA. Sparkly amber with a retentive white head.

Giant Centennial hops dominate the nose. There's a light, very sweet maltiness that kind of balances things off, but the hops are very much in charge here, big nodes of pine and grapefruit.

Tastes much more complex, much more balanced. The malt is very sweet--not bready or nutty or doughy, really, just sugar sweet with light hints of grain. This cuts perfectly into the huge piney bitterness of the high alpha west coast hops.

I don't know if I just didn't have enough to eat yesterday or what, but three of these laid me out flat. They went down smooth enough, but just like their Anniversary and Celebration ales there's just some Sierra Nevada does to their beers that make them give me wicked hangovers.

mynie, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleased to finally see this on the shelf at my local liquor store. Poured it from the 24 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very good looking clear copper color with a one and a half inch thick and creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing is left all over the side of the glass.

Aroma is typical of wet hopped ales with that grassy green hop smell. Some citrus is in there for sure, and a bit of an earthy spiciness. It's good but it could be a bit stronger.

Taste is sweet and caramelly at first, followed by a burst of juicy hops that present citrusy and spicy flavors. The bitterness here is very smooth and never even gets close to harsh like some IPAs do.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but insanely smooth. Like I said before the hop bitterness is very soft and I think this has something to do with the perfect carbonation level in this beer.

I have had the pleasure of tasting all of SN's Harvest Ales this year and they are all excellent. These guys really know how to do wet-hopped ales. I honestly could not pick a favorite.

roadhouse, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Harvest wet hop 24 oz bottle.

A- Body is a nice concentrated cool amber color that pours with a 1/2 finger off white head. Head slowly subsides completely but traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is full but not strong. hints of pine and earthy hops poke through a soft grapefruit scent.

T- Don't know how to describe the flavor besides laid back and complex. Pine, grapefruit, and earthy hop flavors all come forward and take turns as the highlight but are very balanced overall. This has minimal residual bitterness which is also a highlight.

M- soft carbonation and a wonderful smooth, oily body. Hops are definitely the main character in the mouthfeel.

D- I love harvest ales made with wet hops. They are much fresher and there is something that makes the flavor more sophisticated. This ale stays in good taste and is not a hop bomb but not an overbalance of malt either. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-08 review moved to appropriate location.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of kenoftheyear
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep ruby with a healthy creamy frothy head. Good head retention and decent lace.

The aroma is of well rounded hops and biscuity notes.

The flavor I would say is a fight between those wet hops and a beautiful biscuit flavor. The hops are piney and have quite a bit of lemon to them. There is also a slight candy sweetness almost producing a sweet lemon biscuit in your mouth as the finished product. The bittering hops linger in the finish at the back of the mouth. The flavor is quite something to me.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's a very refreshing and interesting IPA. Plus I have to say, in my experiences I'm a huge fan of wet hops.

kenoftheyear, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Tallboy
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a sort of copper and amber red with a fluffy thick white head into my pint glass. Very noticeable lacing tracks left running down my glass.
S: Strong earthy & pine hops at first followed by the lush scent of fresh citrus. Not to be outdone by the lush caramel that was also thrown in to keep everything in check.
T: Very well balanced for a complex beer. Outstanding earthy pine and citrus flavored hops.{*chant* hops...hops... hops... .} Sweetness from the caramel flavored malt and spices mixes well with the cascade at the finish.
MF: Medium carbonation with a medium body but yet still has a lingering effect.
D: After much thought and consideration , I must say....This is the new Grand-Poobah of Sierra Nevada.

Tallboy, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 24oz bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits in SF.

A - Amber with good clarity and a moderate beige head. Good lacing.

S - Floral and fruity. Just like a freshly opened packet of cascade hop pellets. Very nice.

T - Fruity, citrusy flavor with a supporting cast of malt and bitterness. Just what I'd expect from a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

M - Good body. Good carbonation.

D - Very nice and very easy to drink.

NOTE: I had bought and reviewed a bottle before this. It was not very good at all. It had a grassy and green apple flavor. I'm a big Sierra Nevada fan so I wanted to review it again and I was glad I did. The second one was just what I expected. Outstanding.

GJ40, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: mahogany in color, pours two and fingers of foam that lasts, tight bubbles, great lacing, impressive looking brew.

Smell: floral, hoppy, citrus, piney.

Taste: floral, hoppy, citrus especially crisp grapefruit, piney, well balanced with a malty backbone. Not as hoppy as I thought.

Mouthfeel: not too carbonated, a little .watery, some tingle on the front of the tongue, good flavor throughout.

Drinkability: tasty brew, very fresh with good hop citrus flavor, refreshing, very drinkable, would definitely drink again.

beersheppard, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of spike882
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice reddish orange color with a creamy head that is about a finger or so thick. Head leaves an off white thickness that retains for a few short minutes with a lasting amount of lacing. Nose is very fresh and hoppy with a distinctive hoppiness. Taste is also fresh with spicy hops and a slight resinous taste from the fresh hops; almost like fresh cut glass. A slight malt backbone holds the beer together well. Goes down quick even after the 24oz.

spike882, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is delightfully hoppy. Bright and softly pungent, citric and floral, it smells very nice. Good malty base under the hops suggests a tight balance.

Pours an amber gold color, good clarity, nice creamy head with lasting retention.

First sip unlocks the hops; a wide array of hoppy flavors presents themselves. Highly floral and perfume-like with citric overtones. Softer pungent earthiness. A raw leafiness that could tempt an herbivorous animal. Tart and grassy. Then there's the bitterness, soft at first, but deeply seeded and ripe to blossom. The balance is indeed tight with a good solid malt backbone. Mild roast character, some dark sugars, a little chocolate and nut. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes a little bitter, with lingering hop oils and malty suggestions.

Very nice. Highly drinkable and incredibly satisfying to this hop-lover. Most impressive is the tight balance given so much wonderful hop. In fact, this is the same kind of tantalizing balance Bigfoot has. I love Sierra Nevada.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16oz clear pint glass.

A: Light rust hue with thin cap of off-white head. Respectable lacing for such a short head.

S: Fresh floral and grassy hops smells with semi-sweet caramel and pale malt aromas

T: Less punch than the bottle (possibly due to the low serving temperature) version but still enjoyable with fresh earthy and floral hops flavors with solid caramel and pale malt backbone.

M: Light-medium body with low-average carbonation and floral hops and sweet malt aftertaste.

D: A good brew, but down on the SN pecking order. A decent session brew for its lighter than average flavor and good balance.

argock, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark orange body with a 2 finger white head. Left good lacing.

Smell: Very sweet candy-like hop aroma.

Taste: The taste is pretty much all hops but thats not a bad thing. I only wish that more beers could be wet-hopped. Theres also some caramel malts to it but who cares about that! Wet-hopped = delicious.

BierFan, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle

A- pours a beautiful orange/red/brown color with a medium sized creamy off white/tan head that leaves some sticking.

S- Mild nose of very fresh spicy/resinous hops.

T- Big spicy hops, lots of pine and hop resin. Sweet malty structure holds everything together. notes of tobacco, earth and charcoal upon the finish. No alcohol heat.

M- Medium/coating, decent carbonation

D- I'd be pretty satisfied with just one bomber, im kind of let down, i expected a huge bright, citrusy hop monster. Still a quality beer none the less. Definitely worth a try for Sierra fans, hop fans and collectors of one off brews.

ATPete, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Crisp coppery color, with a small white head that fades to just a few mm pretty quick.

S - Wet Hops? Grassy fresh aroma, reminds me of the fresh cut grass smell.

T - Fresh and crisp. Im glad Ive got 24oz bottle. It has a smoother bitterness... Its a simple beer, and better for it.

M - Light, airy, it dances all the way down to my belly, wonderful hop aroma's leap into my mouth.

D - My 24oz bottle is almost gone in the time it has taken me to write this. Its wonderful and light tasting. If only it was not $7 a bottle.

A great beer, Im glad to have found it, and wish I have had any of the other vintages, and will absolutely be looking for this beer each year.

Fatduck, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of CNeilP09
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada. My favorite brewery for one simple reason: they produce beers that ARE TRUE BEERS. And this beer is no exception. First and foremost, "Wow." This is the epitome of ale. The "wet hop" marketing is nothing short of fantastical truth. Everything about this ale is lush and exuberant, with notes of pine, earth, citrus, cinnamon, sauteed scotch bonnet (like a sniff from 20 yards), some caramel, iron, wet stone, the nuances of a forty year old barn...this beer has it all! Seriously, the nose is a damned plethora of snorfs, toss it on the palate and you are sure to be pleased. The finish is dry and creamy and explosive, which is typical of the "style" yet, wait a second for that last "ummphf" of yumm. This is an ale that should be poured in every tavern across the country as the house beer.

Physically, the beer stands as beer. The color is a deep and rich mahogany, sharp copper. The head is malted cotton on ambrose leggings, and the lacing is tighter than a spider's web.

Again, damn! Great beer. I'll do myself a favor and pull a box to sit and savor over the next few years.

Exceptional Ale!!!

CNeilP09, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just from smelling around the nose of the bottle it smells like a garden. Pours a pretty straightforward copper with tons of carbonation and a medium frothy head. The carbonation looks a little overwhelming but the head and color look very professional and clean. The aroma out of the glass is complex but subtle: a mix of pine, grapefruit, mint, and earth. A little bit of everything going on here. The real surprising thing to me, though, is the overwhelming earthiness of it- it really smells like I'm in a hop garden smelling the hops off the vines.

The first sip is rich and buttery with hop flavor. There's a decent bittering hop addition here.. probably around 50 IBUs but it's very balanced by the flavor. I find it a little hard to describe, since a lot of the normal, identifiable hop flavors are there but there's an extra something. The best adjective is again, "earthy"- almost like they're adding some fresh grains of paradise or some unique spice to the beer. This is the first wet hop beer I've had so maybe that's something unique to the technique. There's a comfortable malt presence in the background that adds balance and flavor- a touch of caramel that lingers with the bitter from the hops after the hop flavor has subsided.

Maybe it's the size of the bottle, but I'm a little intimidated in terms of finishing this beer right now. Since the beer is so loaded with flavor from every side it's a lot to gulp down after a while, despite its amazingness. Overall, I'm very happy I bought it.

wiseguy142, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of horshack7
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Out of a 24 ounce bottle it pours a mohgany red with a rocky thick head slightly copper around the edges.

Aromas: Light citrusy aromas and a big hop aroma. Very mild malt scents.

Taste: Well this one starts off with a fairly smooth mouthfeel along with decent hopiness not as hoppy as I thought it was going to be. But none the less still tasty.

Notes: It is certainly a very drinkable beer if I had another bottle I would have another without a doubt.Cheers

horshack7, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz wide-necked fat bottle into nonic.

Crystal clear dark amber hue with light honey colored highlights. The head is about one finger thick, light tan, and very slowly settles to a thick cap. Solid lacing along the glass.

Sharp and almost perfumy citrus hop aromas dominate.

The malts setup a slightly toasty backbone. The hops give some strong grapefruit-like and herbal flavors. Full bodied with good carbonation. The sharp and spicy hops linger for a bit after each sip.

I'd say, one of the top IPAs available. In my opinion, the wet hops give a little more perfumy aroma, and tea like flavor. The fresher hops I feel really puts it over the top, and adds some flavor to go along with the bitterness. Recommended.

BeerSox, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of vikingloki
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the 25 oz bottle from a friend, then went and bought a case myself.

This review is from my case.
Ale pours witha massive craggy foamy head - you really need to be careful on the pour with this one. Hop aroma hits you right away, and the foam is one big bitter bite....mmm, me likey.It's a beautiful deep reddy amber color. Cascade, cascade, cascade, I suspect. Wonderful.

This is one big hoppy beer, but there is enough malt to support it and knock the ABV up to a 6.7, which means with a 25 oz. bottle on an empty stomach, I have a buzz. Very nicely done, but I can't have more than one...well, maybe 2. and that's my only complaint, the 25 oz bombers doesn't stay cold while I drink the first 12 oz's.

It's very good, I'll get it again next year...love SN.

vikingloki, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Pours a nice copper red with a very fluffy off white head. Great lacing that lasts the entire beer. Has a aroma of hops and a little yeast and cirtus, but nothing that really stand out, mostly the hops. As for the taste there is hops and citrus. Nice smooth beer that is medium bodied with just a hint of bitterness to it. Great session beer. I did think that it would be better but wasn't that bad.

HopEnthusiast, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Lucky Baldwins tonight. One bartender poured it for me and it didn't seem right so another bartender poured me another to compare. This is not an IPA, its a hoppier amber ale. I loved the harvest last year, what happened?

Pours a reddish copper color. A bit light for a red but too dark for an IPA. Good clarity, good retention + lacing.

Aroma is sweet and very red ale-like. Very malty, very hoppy too. I could smell what I am sure is Chinook hops. Mild grapefruit moderate pine smell.

Flavor is dry and chalky like an amber. Moderate/high bitterness, medium hop flavor, sweet, sticky, and dry aftertaste. Really malty.

Medium body, good CO2 (from a keg though so this doesn't mean anything). Very drinkable, but this was not at all what I was expecting.

t0rin0, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of nige4958
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful malty aroma, with a tad of citrus. This beer is very well balanced with a nice, cotton candy type bitterness. Hops are very much on the flavor end of the spectrum. Bitterness is mellow and balanced nicely by the malt. Beautifully round, and quite exceptional.

nige4958, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of jpiper
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. Amber in color, with a nice, lasting tan head. A fairly hoppy IPA with a floral and citrus nose; there was malt on the palate and a piney hop flavor dominated. Fairly balanced, but nothing dramatically special about it. Good, but there are plenty better.

jpiper, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark copper color with a fluffy head that you would expect with a hoppy beer. The lacing is a beautiful matrix on the side of the glass.

S- Nice hop smell, nice malt smell as well. I'm not picking anything out too noticeable other then hop smells. Smells standard to me.

T- The taste is much different then the smell. There is a very clean and crisp hop taste in this beer. The malts are sweet, yet bready. Nice clean and refreshing taste. Crisp clean hops can be what sums up this beer.

M- Feels good in the mouth, as the hops threaten to thrash your palate, yet cleans it as well.

D- Very drinkable. Nice solid tasting beer.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer with all-around good characteristics

A- I wish all American IPAs had a head like this one. huge head at pour; 3-4 fingers settled to a creamy puff of foam. IPA dark amber/copper color

S- Smell is of sweet citrus and resiny pine. Good hop smells with a small malt backbone

T- Taste is like the smell but not very strong. Very well balanced and fresh hop spice goes well with food

M&D- Feel is slick with silky carbonation that makes it superbly drinkable and refreshing

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 26, 2008
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.