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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,947 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,947
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 151
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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orfeu

New Mexico

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

Tawny, crystalline amber. Steady, driving streams of carbonation. Ecru foam, all fat, chunky, pock-marked and sticky. Floral, citrus, and pine aromas are fresh and fully present, yet more understated than brash dry-hopping would produce. Bitter grapefruit pith and lemongrass. Slightly sugary background. Lightly toasted bread in the aftertaste, with grassy, piney, raw hop burps. Fuller mouthfeel than expected, with a medium-heavy slickness to it. Most certainly a fresh-hopped brew to be reckoned with, and by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Love the 24-ounce overgrown stubby bottle, too.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 03:04:45 | More by orfeu
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troutmask96

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At long last, Sierra Nevada has bottled their infamous Harvest Ale. I happened upon this beauty at Bottleworks in Seattle, and loaded four bombers into my basket. This is a unique brew in that "green" fresh hops are used in the brewing process, which creates a beer that is almost sticky in its oiliness. What a wonderful treat to finally have in bottles...

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 01:54:33 | More by troutmask96
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, highly recomended. We did a pumpkin-beer lineup and threw this into the mix, too. It held up as one of our favorites.

A - Bronze, amber, nice head
S - Citrus notes
T - Cinnamon
M - Crisp. A bit of the citrus zing.
D - Good - could drink a couple more right now...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 22:48:32 | More by msolar
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour reveals a beautifully transparent rusty, amber color that yields a solid three fingers of foamy white head that likes to stick around and to the sides of the glass.

S: Hop character in the nose is actually quite subdued, but smells incredibly fresh and tasty. Little citrus notes in the very background, but mostly a bready aroma with the sweet and thick hop profile of cascade or centennial hops. Regardless, it smells great.

T: Malty introduction, the pale malt coming through very strong with a bready character. Midway through, the fresh hop presence strikes, with the bittering being slightly pronounced, but not egregiously. The finish is a smooth fade of these hops, leaving some oil on the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy and almost chewy, with the aforementioned hop oil resonating, but not in a bad way.

D: A very drinkable offering in my opinion. The only thing is, I was a bit thrown off by the balance of this beer. Actually, it exhibits a rather nice malt/hop compromise, I was just not sure what to expect from the hop profile. Still, it was tasty, and I appreciate the painstaking effort that goes into wet hop ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:35:46 | More by CharlieMopps
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caminiti

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange with a nice white head
S- Hops that jump right out at if. If you love hops, and I do, you will love this.
T- Hops up the wazzoo with a little bit of a fruit taste as well.
D- Excellent! Goes down smooth, alcohol content is the only thing that kept me from chugging it!
An exceptional value, drink it fresh while you can get it!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 12:34:10 | More by caminiti
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. big Sierra Nevada bomber bottle, excited to try this, it is finally out in bottles,

A: Pours a light amber colour, with a thick, off-white head, some generous lacing as well.

S: Smells generously of fresh hops, wet pine, grapefruit, some hay and earth, wet grass, lawn-mower clippings.

T: Taste is hop dominated, not as hoppy as I thought it be, but still quite tasty, nonetheless. Lots of pine and grapefruit, grass, tastes like a fresher version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M: Rich and creamy, not as resiny as I would have thought, good carbonation coats the tongue.

D: I'm still just getting into these harvest, wet hop ales, as they seem to be getting more available around here in Huntington and Orange County. A very good beer from Sierra Nevada, I will definitely be getting more of this while it is still available.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 05:42:41 | More by Halcyondays
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goochpunch

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a brilliant copper with a wealth of evenly distributed bubbles throughout the glass. Head is thick and creamy, kind of like this came from a nitro widget. Leaves some sticky and raised rings of lace. Aroma is of pungent grapefruit and pine, giving this a fresh angle on a classic West Coast pale ale aroma profile. Lots of hop resin fills the nostrils over a backdrop of toasty maltiness, caramel, and brown sugar. This tastes fantastic. You get beat over the head with grapefruit oils and pine sap but with only moderate bitterness. Malt is really only there to lend some soft sweetness and a subdued toastiness in the finish, which mixes with the lingering hop oils. Somewhere on the middle of this, I get some definite caramel, but it's certainly not all that prominent against the hops. Mouthfeel is light to mid weight with a bouncy carbonation. It can get just the slightest bit sticky in the mouth, but it's not too bad. This is going extremely fast, and I should slow myself down. Really great quality and the most affordable fresh hop beer available to us in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 02:44:25 | More by goochpunch
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Neehan

North Carolina

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

Bottle to pint glass reveals the darker, rich bronze body with very mild, active carbonation. The head is on the smaller side with very good retention that will fade back into the glass eventually. The smell is loaded with the freshest hops, reminding me of an imperial IPA, but milder. The taste is exceptional and blended perfectly. This will satisfy both hop-heads and those that are not as it has tons of hops but lacks the biting bitterness of most beers that are this well-hopped. It's amazing how this beer can be so robust yet mild at the same time. A bit heavier and creamier in the mouth than most IPA's with a good balance of carbonation, hops, and the other elements. The mildness and lack of a bitter smack-in-the-face leaves this quite drinkable. Okay, very drinkable. I'll have to snag another bomber of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:05:57 | More by Neehan
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, clear amber from the 24 oz. bottle. Has a nice white head that sticks around for quite a while. Great lacing, too.

S- Very hoppy, as expected. Lots of citrus character with that familiar grapefruit Cascade aroma. What is surprising is the strong malt presence, which comes through with a caramel character. The hops still dominate, but the malt provides a solid backing.

T- Wow, I can definitely see the appeal of one of these wet hop beers. The hop taste is very strong with huge citrus flavors exploding on the palate. There's also a fresh, leafy flavor that you don't get with other pale ales. The malt that was evident in the smell takes a back seat to the hops here. It's a bit sweet upfront, but mostly the flavor is quite dry. Bitterness is pretty high, but it doesn't linger too long.

M- Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Decent carbonation level. Solid.

D- My bottle says 6.7% alcohol on the side, so it's a bit high in that category. Also, the intense flavors may limit its drinkability some. I can finish the bottle, but I wouldn't want more after that.

This is my first so-called "wet hop" ale, and it was very good. The hop flavors were huge and definitely different than what I'm used to. I'd certainly like to try more wet hop beers. Recommended if you love hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 23:04:10 | More by vtfan77
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nwshull

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big step up in my mind on the now monotonous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I normally drink Sierra Nevada only when its the only option at a bar besides bad macro lagers.

Appearance: It pours a clear amber color ale, it pours a pillowy white head on top of that. The head lasts much longer than the normal pale ale.

Smell: It smells like fresh cascade hops, a pine smell which is not as pronounced as with the pale ale.

Taste: It has a stronger hop taste, but blends much better than the pale ale. It tastes of a slight grapefruit pine combination flavor.

Mouthfeel: Its pretty easy on the mouth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the 12 dollar price tag at my local bar, I could drink this when I'm in the mood for an american pale ale. Its definately in my top 2 for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 20:54:43 | More by nwshull
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drseamus

New York

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

Served on tap at the Toronado. This beer was pretty good, but given the hype I had heard was slightly disappointing. It had a crystal clear amber body and looked great in the light. The aroma was sweet and had some hop aroma, but not as much as I wanted. The flavor was pretty good as well with good hop flavor and a sweet maltiness. Again however, I wanted some more hop presence. Medium body and not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 03:09:53 | More by drseamus
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color. 2 finger white head rises, holds it's shape well and finally falls to a tight lace on the top. Sticky sheets of lace stick to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is of hops of course. But it's not the overpowering citrus/pine hops of a lot of other beers. It's more soft, subtle and suductive.
Oh I love wet hop beers!!! Obvious citrus pine flavors, but again in a more subtle way. Also there is a fresh cut grass flavor here that complements the beer very well. Nice sweetness with mild hints of toast rounds everything off nicely.
The best way that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is it's so smooth it's almost delicate.
Very drinkable. I appreciated the extra 2ozs in the bottle and was longing for a couple more. This beer is so good it makes me a gluttonous.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 02:19:26 | More by wcudwight
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geexploitation

Indiana

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

Pours very clear, with a dark amber hue that resembles a medium-colored tea. Nice lacing on the glass, even though the head is just a dusting. Aromas are full of American hops -- grapefruit and mint, some honey from the malts, and a fresh, soft, green aroma. It seems to have fewer edges than the aroma of a dry-hopped beer, perhaps. On the palate, very full flavors and carbonation, starting with with substantial, but soft, hop bitterness that sets the sides of the tongue a-tingling. Things sweeten up a bit from the mid-palate on, as the malts and the alcohol present themselves. The finish is substantially dry, very active, and long, as those green, piney aromas from the nose show themselves. Overall, this is a fantastic beer -- well executed, integrated, and tasty. The wet hops seem to add a distinctive soft, green element to things. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 01:10:56 | More by geexploitation
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riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber,with a huge off white head. Lots of retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit,and grassy,pineyhops.Body is medium,with carbonation. Taste is of grapefruit,and piney hops, Smooth,and creamy,with a nice burn in the finish. Excellent!!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:04:26 | More by riversider76
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BMoney575

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-18-07
11th Edition

Pours a quite clear amber color, with a giant, craggy off-white head that lasts the whole time. Huge chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is all fruity hops, very pungent and fresh. Super clean and very delicate.

Taste is all hops, grassy, fruity, with a definite earthy quality. Very bitter on the finish, slick and spicy.

Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and robust.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is on the high side.

Overall, a more of an IPA. Reminds me of a super-fresh Celebration. Still, better than many, and definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 23:56:26 | More by BMoney575
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, that's a large Sierra Nevade bottle. Pours amber to red with a large big-bubbled head that reduces to a creamy half inch. Aroma is lemony, slightly catty and fresh. Flavor is bitingly bitter but only for a moment. Oily hoppiness, very lemony and grassy. Fresh hops do rule, apparantly..or at least make it oilier. Medium to full bodied. A nice drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 11:49:18 | More by aforbes10
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with orange hue with a couple fingers of off white head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of big juicy citrus hops and little sweet malt. Taste is huge on hops but not overpowering and not bittering at all. Citrus, rind but nothing to fry my palate, yum. Malty balance shows but the hops do dominate yet dont pack a big punch. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Rediculous drikability. APA eh? I consider this one of the best in show if that the case. Well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:54:34 | More by franksnbeans
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david131

California

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

A- The beer is beautiful. A nice copper color that is perfectly clear and has a massive egg-shell craggy head. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Lots and lots of citrus and grassy hops. Hints if pineapple and strawberry. A little earthy. A hop lovers dream.

T- Some biscuity malts kick in at first and then the hops hit. Wow. This is intense. Lots of citrus and a fresh grassy kick are provided by the hops. Pretty intense, but I understand that it what they are going for.

M- Very crisp and clean and a little drying. You can really get a sense of the hop oils here.

D- This was very intense, but damn impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:42:52 | More by david131
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HardTarget

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 2007 Harvest, 11th Edition. Big double size 24 oz. brown bottle. Lots of cool marketing blurb about wet hops, but no real information like a date, ingredients, etc.

Aroma: Fresh Cascade obvious from across the room. Sweet crystal malt under it all gives a slight perfumed quality.

Appearance: Finger and a half of dirty white lace caps a clear copper red glass with lots of carbonation streams. Head drops to a ½ finger soapy head and only gives up spotty lace.

Flavor: Yep, those are hops. It’s a bit leafy, citric grapefruit with a bit of earthiness. There are loads of hop flavors without any real harsh bittering. Mild sweetness in the finish is about the only place any malt peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Very oily texture, fairly low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: Well, it is a load of hops. I guess I was hoping for a little more depth on the malt side, but this is a hop lover’s dream date. I guess I would call this a West Coast XPA. Good stuff, but I think I’m good until next year’s harvest.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 03:27:40 | More by HardTarget
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IPALOVER

Colorado

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a Harvest Ale on tap at the Sierra Nevada Brewery a few years ago, and begged them to bottle it. I was amazed and in hop heaven when I went to the web site and read that it would be available in bottles!

I bothered the beer specialist at my local liquor store a couple of times, and then ran in and bought as many as my hands could hold (4!).

Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale has always been my most favorite beer. Now I have a new one-- Harvest Ale, with Celebration a very close 2nd!

I poured half of the beer into a Sierra Nevada pint glass (of course!), and watched as a beautiful, creamy head crested the top of the glass. There was a light layer of foam throughout drinking the brew, and it left a very light lace on the glass, as well.

Hops, hops, and more hops-- is this really just an American Pale Ale? If so, THIS is how an APA SHOULD taste. Crisp, hoppy, drinkable...a definite session beer.

Sure wish SN would bottle this full time instead of their regular Pale Ale. And yes, I went through those 4 bottles rather quickly, and just bought 4 more. A case purchase isn't far behind...hope there's some left!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:43:51 | More by IPALOVER
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Domingo

Colorado

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

I've had this on tap before at the Falling Rock, but it typically goes fast. This review is from the bottled item.
Pours a bright orange color with a huge rocky head that laces the glass as you drink.
Smell is hoppy, but it's not overwhelming like a DIPA or even a few other fresh hop ales I've had. It's grassy and floral hops in this case.
Flavor is sublime. The hops don't make it bitter, but they grant a lot of flavor. Pine and a very light citrus. The malt actually shows itself more than you might expect. Especially as it warms. Creamy and delicious! Thanks to ColoradoBobs for pointing this out about wet hopped ales, but you can pick up spearmint in the finish. Once someone points it out - you can't miss it.
I want more of this as I could drink it all day.
Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 01:41:41 | More by Domingo
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athensbeermaster

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a nice red wine glass. The color was pretty amber glow with a tan pillowy head. The smell of fresh pine and roasted malts. The taste is so smooth with a big presence of earth tones and fresh roasted peanuts. Great oily pine resin really cotes the tongue. The mouthfeel is med. body but the beer is so well balanced that is comes off bigger than expected. Drinkabilty is perfect. So complex so many foods this would go well with.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 19:53:58 | More by athensbeermaster
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Brew House Grill

A--Copper / Amber with thick off white head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

S--Wonderful hoopy goodness with the slightest hint of caramel malt

T--Whoa!! Casecase and Chinook hoppy goodness.... a bit more bitter than I expected. As it warms the malt sweetness does catch up somewhat.

M--Sticky hop flavors meld with the caramel malt in a nice way...hops still rule throughout though.

D--Nice wet-hopped brew. As stated previously, a bit more aggressive on the hop kick than I expected. Overall a very good beer by this old gaurd.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 11:23:12 | More by Deuane
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bradford

California

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

I bought a case of 24 oz bottle from BevMo and have been quickly drinking and trading off my stock
Looks very good. Clean, amber, orange, fluffy white head
Smell is great. One of the better smelling beers that have ever reached my nose.
Taste was very good. Not so much hoppy as oily, sweet, semi-bitter, but very smooth and drinkable. Quite refreshing
Mouthfeel was nice. The hop bill which is obviously most aromatic had a nice balance with malt as well that makes this beer very enjoyable to savor
Drinkability is as good as it gets. Sierra Nevada has brewing down to an exact science and that is why I will never stop buying their products. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 06:19:05 | More by bradford
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and earthy hop with some oily citric notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal character with some resiny hop and pepper character. A light graininess was apparent in the background.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side with a slight astringency and some medicinal tingle at the finish.

Overall a tasty and very drinkable APA. However, a bit more body would have gone far to temper the medicinal herbal hop notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 01:49:50 | More by plaid75
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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