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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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3,382 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,382
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 174
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

Photo of UA8
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- deep and rich tawny/ amber color with a thick tan head.

S- Scents of deep roasted malts and grassy hops.

T- Leads with a light herbal and citrus note. Mid palate is heavy with semi sweet malts, finishes with hops that nip at the back of your jaw.

M- Nice and full on the palate but possibly a bit over carbonated.

D- A very nice and balanced highly drinkable pale ale.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly rich reddish hue for the style. The head is THICK and foamy and looks simply delicious. I really can't remember the last time I saw a brew that looked so tempting. Smell is rather sweet. Grapefruit. Very citrusy. The first few tastes have some bite, but as it warms up it mellows out a little bit. At 6.7 this one might sneak up on you if you take the bomber to quick! Solid.

Photo of samoblue
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up two 24oz bottles from the Beer Room at Whole Foods - Bowery in NYC. Sampled from an imperial pint glass at a temp of around 45 degrees.

Pours dark--but transparent--copper with a big (two fingers), thick head. Lots of clinging lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma - Very fresh. Lots of hops, but used well; not overpowering at all. Maybe some citrus, like clementines?

Taste - Lots of hops, a teeny tiny malty sweetness but mostly fresh grass clippings and juniper berries. Malt comes in right at the end to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - coats the mouth. It's been a few minutes since I had a sip and it's still lingering on the tongue. Way later I have a children's chewable aspirin thing going on in the back of the tongue.

Drinkability - Great drinkability but definitely not a session beer. 24 oz will be plenty for me...for tonight. Wish I could find this a little bit farther uptown...

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a bomber, this was a deep amber with nice clarity, just a touch of chill haze. the head was really nice-off-white to almost tan, creamy, thick, and lasting. piney, spicy, grapefruity hops dominate the caramel malt base both in aroma and taste. the spiciness is tough to pin down, almost tobacco-like and peppery. well carbonated, has a nice prickly, frothy mouthfeel. medium-bodied with a long complex finish of spicy hops.

Photo of beckje01
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber color with a nice creamy white head and tons of lacing.

S- Slight hops with a touch of some pine in the back.

T- Nice malt some hops, very crisp nice flavor and balanced leaning slightly hoppy. It's nice and not what the nose would suggest.

M- Great carbonation and nice thickness.

D- Very drinkable and nice.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhat opaque almond copper color with a 2 finger lathery head. Classic lacing.

S: Juicy grapefruit hop smell, older pine. Mot much malt happening here.

T: Full frontal hop assault. Acidic citrus, tangy overripe grapefruit, just there bready malt. Resilient and resounding hop bitterness at the end.

M: Crisp but thinner bodied than expected.

D: Fairly enjoyable, particularly for it's intrinsic status.

An expose on hop fundamentals. But, not much more to make me come back for more.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a deep amber, relatively clear beer. Topped with a light-tan head with strong retention; some attractive lacing.

S-The aroma is dominated by strong, piney and resinous hop aromas, complimented by a slight citrusy-ness, as well. Some malts were perceptible.

T-Some prominent piney and resiny hoppiness, just as in the aroma. After this initial smack in the face, some nutty and toffee malt flavors, coupled with some fruitiness, promenades across my palate hand-in-hand with some appealing spiciness.

M-Light-moderate body, carbonation level was an appropriate medium.

D-Good drinkability. This beer wonderfully featured the fresh hoppiness to create an overall quite enjoyable brew.

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

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Pours a deep coppery brown with a massive rocky three finger white foam head. Big, big bubbles in the foam leave plenty leftover--as I sipped I came away more than once with a santa 'stache--and trail long cottony sheets of lacing down the glass. Just beautiful.

S--Lots of flowers on this one, mainly rose and some magnolia (I know my flower scents!). Label emphasizes citrus, and there is orange in the nose, but the floral aspects are predominant to me.

T--Excellent mix of the parching pine that shrivels your tongue and backbites you into another sip and an overarching bloom of what I can only call a rosewater honeysuckle glow. Such a fun ride on the hop harvest, without being dizzying or imbalance. Lotta bang for your buck on this one. Malt is wicked overshadowed but not invisible, and is especially evident for an IPA.

M&D--Spiciness of the hops are mellowed by plenty of creamy goodness on the mouthfeel, and despite the ABV coming close to 7%, it's all but absent from the flavor profile. Plus, baby, it's cold outside, so who cares? Light the fire and polish off the bottle and remember when the flowers were still in season.

The closest thing to this beer I've tried in the harvest category is the Chelsea Catskill Hop Harvest, and it doesn't even hold a candle to this puppy. I'm not real schooled in Sierra Nevada's offerings, but now I want to be.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at Brew Kettle in Strongsville poured into pint glass

a: deep amber color, sligh head that reduces into lacing

s: pine and floral hops, quite a nice smelling beer

t: well balanced beer, nice carmel malt flavor mixed with hops, pine

m&d: medium bodied, good mouthfeel with slgiht carbonation

Good Beer.


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

Bottle from Whole Foods, Sarasota, FL.

Poured a brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy balanced hop and malty aroma. Medium to heavy body with soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid beer.

Photo of smurfyou
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is fantastic (as usual).

Poured slightly vigorously into a pint glass. Good looking head with retention. Thick lacing on the glass. Good amber color. Huge nose, fresh fresh hops with no hint of alcohol. Taste is hoppy hoppy hoppy but not in an extreme IPA way. Not too bitter, not exciting my acid reflux. Like shoving a fresh ale-soaked hop cone in my mouth. Carbonation level is spot-on. Aftertaste lingers piney/evergreen. I love it and I want to keep drinking it.

Photo of n1ckels
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, smell, & taste is orangey. The wet hops make an amazing difference- here's an IPA without any skunk whatsoever. Smoothest IPA ever? Freshest tasting IPA I've ever had out of a bottle? Yes and Yes. I think this beer is an exceptionally balanced brew. Did I mention the wet hops? ZBest beer I've tried zfar in '08!


Photo of Gehrig
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown-orange body with a dense, durable patch of slightly tan foam that leaves ample lacing on the DAB mug. Fine aromas of citrus hops, with plenty to spare and some pine hints as well. Good hopped taste with grapefruit and orange most evident. I'd prefer a bolder flavor, but the balance between hops and malt is quite good. I'd also prefer a denser backbone, especially with the malt. This is quite good, the bready malt is evident and no slouch, but I'd love to see it take that next step and be as brazen as a DIPA; it's nearly there. Yet as it stands, this is a very good IPA. I love the fine, steady effervescence, the duel between bitter and sweet smooth.

Really good stuff. I'll be sure to grab a few more 24 oz. bombers from the outstanding Neil St. Piccadilly, which did well by stocking up on this gem. Well done yet again, Sierra Nevada.

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

A fruity floral fragrance hits the olfactory apparatus, upon pouring from the bottle. The visuals are a pleasant foamy head, just off-white in color, and a dark copper coloration to the liquid beneath. The head is thick, sticky almost, and tasty. The fruity hints in the aroma are also present upon tasting. There is a somewhat slight metallic after taste that sticks on the posterior of the tongue. Overall, a better than average ale. Seek out and enjoy one!

Photo of Deus1138
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice amount of frothy head that lasts and lasts. Color is mostly copper, slightly orange. The nose is mostly hops, no surprises there. The taste is also hoppy. Pine hops prevail, it's a just a little citrusy and oily. Good amounts of hoppiness here. It's not overly hoppy. Bready malts, just a little sweet, play in the background. The finish is a little bitter. I'm no hop head, but I enjoyed this. You probably will too. Highly drinkable, highly recommended.

Photo of dojobrewco
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try of the Sierra nevada Harvest series. Excellent beer for you hop lovers out there. Beautiful copper color and a nice citrusy/ piney aroma. there is also a good malt character to this brew. I was expecting an overwhelming hop sensation but this beer is quite well balanced. Cant wait to try the other harvest ales.

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually dont like IPA's all that much but I went to the local Fresh market and one of the employees passed by and said I must try it

Poured an amber copper color into a pint glass with off white head, It smelled wonderful to me, lots of citrus and pine, nice grapefruit. The carbonation was nice and It tasted of the most fresh hops that I have ever had in an IPA, well I dont drink that many. Very hoppy citrus flavor well balanced. Mouth feel was right in the middle, I could drink this all night, wasnt overly hoppy like most i have tried. Overall for an IPA this is the best I have had.

Photo of Hophead101
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on Halloween 10.31.08. poured from bottle into a wide mouth glass.

appearance was a great looking beer, pours a super clear reddish copper color. huge 2 finger head, nice foamy and off white. stuck around a while and left a great lacing on the glass. the smell was soft, oily and hoppy. mild on the smell, but nice, nothing overpowering with a watered down malt taste in the background.

the taste was soft and hoppy. almost a slippery taste, leaves quite a hoppy lingering aftertaste, but wasn't too bad. soft on the palate. For some reason I expected a little bit more from SN and this harvest ale.

Photo of nasty15108
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured an amber copper color with a head of slightly off white foam. Good carbonation.

S - Hoppy and floral.

T - Floral and perfumy with a hoppy bitterness. Alcohol warmth also detected.

MF&D - Medium bodied with good carbonation. I was not overly impressed by this ale.

Photo of Seanibus
3.19/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. It's not bad, but, well, it's not all that good either. Maybe it was too young. Maybe I'll let my second bottle age a year or two.

Pours clear amber with a fluffy decent head and a little bit of carbonation from the glass. The aroma is sharp and hoppy, but strangely soapy. The flavor is sharp and bitter, but not pleasant - I find it spicy, astringent, with a strange soapy character that I have only encountered a few times in my life with hops. It reminds me of chewing on a piece of Orange zest. And it's strangely thin - there is plenty of hop flavor here, to be sure, but it is strange and unpleasant and lacking in solid malt balance. The mouthfeel is at once thin and clingy, leaving a lingering spicy bitterness on the tongue and the top of the mouth. Overall, the effect is just not what I'd want from a special Sierra Nevada product.

I know I am in the minority, but this ranks as a major disappointment for me.

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

A: A nice crystal clear amber-esque orange color with a nice 2 finger bright white frothy head that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Very nice floral aroma. Notes of pine, citrus (mainly an orange), and a very nice malt scent that almost reminds me of gummy bears, odd but I like it.

T: Smooth taste, starts out with a nice hoppy flavor that leads way to a very pleasant orangey malt type of flavor and then settles back down to leave a bitter pine taste.

MF: Nice, very balanced, not over the top and not too thin.

D: Again scores very well, a decent cost a decent abv leaves this being a solid offering from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber color with a thick off white head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of sweet hops. Tastes of very sweet malts and citrus hops. Goes down very smooth, with no hop bite. Mouthfeel is good, slight bitterness towards the end. Drinkability is decent, couldn't have more than a 24 oz.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Reddish copper, clear with a huge 3-4 finger off-white head. Retention is great and a thick cap remains. Good amount of lace as well.

S - A little more subdued than I expected. There is a lot of sweetness ranging from indistinct stone fruit to flowers to touches of caramel and watermelon. Very pleasant but somewhat muted.

T - Good but not great. The fresh hops impart a lot of sweet, fruity notes to the beer found in the nose. More than anything I taste a lot of watermelon and peach. Classic hop flavors of citrus and pine are recognizable but take a definite backseat. The sweetness prevails throughout most of the beer, and the big hop flavor finally tapers off mid to late palate with a big burst of spearmint. Some nutty and slightly toasted grain flavors pull through near the finish, but there is still the melon-like, almost tropical fruit sweetness rather than the usual brown sugar sweetness. Slight bitterness in the finish with a quick earthy note. The huge sweetness actually lowers this score a little bit; it's borderline cloying.

M - Smooth, almost silky medium body with a very soft and minimal carbonation. Near perfect, but this falls short of a 5 because the carbonation doesn't adequately wash away the huge sweetness, thus the cloying aspect.

D - Overall this is a step below greatness but still a fantastic beer that any fan of hops should try without hesitation. I'm starting to dig this wet hop thing, though I feel SN's "Chico..." is a better brew. No problems getting through my 24 oz of this though, even after it's warmed a bit.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,382 ratings.