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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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3,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,268
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 169
Gots: 143 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle > dimpled mug

A deep but dull looking amber color, obviously plenty of carboantion and a thick, dense, sticky tan colored head that has amazingly slow retention. looks fresh and yummy.

The nose has a very spicey, peppery hop scent...slightly musty herbal wheat scent with a robust but not sweet scented malt. The hop aroma is deeo and very fresh.

The flavor is also dominated by a very fresh and lush but albeit spicey hop charecter, it's got black pepper and plenty of herbal flavor's from musty wheat to zesty spices. No real fruitiness to speek of, mostly herbal and peppery. The hops flavor is very enjoyable and fits the style of APA just right. It's what the classic SN Pale Ale wishes it could be. The malt plays the perfect balancing act with a crisp and rather smooth malt which makes this one medium bodied with a smooth finish thanks to the fresh and robust foamu head.

SN in the 24 oz. bottle, The Chico Estate, Harvest ale and Wet hop ale are high very high quality and should be loved by traditional hop head everywhere.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle picked up at State Line the other day. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a massive beige head with excellent retention. Tons of visible carbonation. Quite pretty

S: Up front, there's a lot of wet hop aroma with candied oranges, mild spiciness and some malty sweetness.

T: There's a good deal of bitterness up front with a citrus character - ripe and candied oranges. Some malt sweetness with honey and dark caramel character before a mildly bitter finish takes over with some earthy and citrus character

M: Light in body, good carbonation and a pleasing finish

D: Easily drinkable, i do wish the ABV was a tad lower, though

DefenCorps, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Really nice looking beer. Rich amber with frothy head and lacing. Carbonation apparent.

S: Strong piney, hoppy notes. Definitely stronger than the typical pale ale.

T & M: Hops are quite apparent in the taste and finish, almost to the point of overwhelming everything else in the brew. I'm a hophead so I still enjoyed the brew.

D: Drinkable, but I'm not sure I could do more than one of 24 oz bottles at one time. Definitely glad that I finally had this beer.

elniko, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Ruslanchik
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with a white, fluffy head. Pour got a little out of control and head hung on for quite some time. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Nice citrsy hops. Distinct grapefruit smell with a touch of pine.

T: Smooth and balanced, but with big spicy hop flavor. This brew is all about the hops and does a wonderful job showcasing them without letting them overpower.

M: Just a touch oily, which is perfect for a medium bodied pale ale.

D: Bottle says 6.7% ABV. Not a session beer, but all 24oz. went down like it was. I'll definitely pick up another before they are gone for the season.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale. A good choice to start an evening or to enjoy with dinner. A seasonal upgrade over SNPA that is worth the extra cost.

Ruslanchik, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a clear and clean copper, like a slightly used penny copper and topped with a thick and creamy, sandy white, two inch thick head, this just looks, and is, incredibly sticky.

S: Fresh cut grapefruit and pine backed by a slight, husky graininess.

T/MF: Quite smooth, not as dry tasting or feeling as the traditional SNPA, almost creamy. The opening is rife with fresh and clean fruitiness, floral, grapefruity goodness. Finish is rather clean with a slight graininess. Given a bit more time this beer opens up a bit more, pretty nutty, slightly earthy, while still maintaining a solid fruitiness. Medium bodied with a rather clean finish for such a solidly hopped beer, slightly chewy, solidly built.

D: Damn good, great, incredibly fresh taste, easy drinking, wish they had this all the time kind of beer. A must try, if you see this in the store you must pick it up, and at 5 bucks a pop, its an incredible deal. Highly recommended.

bluemoonswoon, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 24 fluid ounce bomber this brew was a very appealing amber with ruby highlights. It had good visible rising carbonation and a tan head that displayed some good lacing and retention in chunks of sticky foam. The aroma was bold and hoppy, pine and citrus with hints of alcohol esters and earthy malt. The flavors were also hop dominated, the wet flavor was apparent in the many facets of the hops, green and piney at first followed by hints of citrus rind and some resin at the end. The malt backbone does show through all the hops activity and offers a nice doughy character that helps ground the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation perfect. Very drinkable and rather complex without being aggressive.

thekevlarkid, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - :Orangish brown color with a big foamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Not as strong as aroma as I anticipated, but still a very nice citrusy hop nose. Primarily grapefruit with hints of a little pine. A very light sweetness provides the backdrop.

T - Light caramel sweetness up front. A little doughy as well. The c-hops quickly come in and take over. A nice bitter grapefuit taste dominates with hints of a little peach as well. Some spiciness lurks, but the citrus taste is the dominant flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice aftertaste. Very easy drinking but not quite as hoppy as I was hoping for.

ckeegan04, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bourbon body with caramel/white-colored head...about 2 1/2 fingers and excellent lacing. Sparse carbonation.

Bountiful hops of grass with quite viscous malt profile and a little bit of earth. Slight citrus tones, too.

There's a solid mild malt texture to this that balances out the excellent base of hops...citrusy to an extent but mostly grassy on the hop side. This gets better and more synergistic with warmth.

Palate is extremely even-keeled and balanced for and offering that is so hop-forward. The finish is bountiful yet soothing.

This drinks very quickly for something with such and abundant flavor profile. Excellent fall harvest ale.

IBUnit63, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden copper, thin sticky head and great head retention.

big hops at first, piney and a slight apricot nose, sweet sweet hops

well balanced hop character, sweet piney hops. suprised how woody this is while being sweet and smooth

mouth is oily but expected with a wet hop. good carbonation and very drinkable.

naterock, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Nice deep amber orange with a good but rapidly disapating head, grat lacing down the glass.

S-Strong very fresh hop, take a big nose it actually tingles a bit, alchol, very floral.

T-Bitter hops, great flavor very complex, notes of sweetness almost like honey but very feignt, nice hoppy finish.

M-A tad and just a tad on the over carbonated side but overall very smooth and easy to drink.

D-I'm buying a case of it, while its note quite as good as the southern hemi, still overall a fantastic freah hop brew.

SpecialK088, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of JoeCeez
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant clear copper with ruby edges, with a foamy one fingered off white head that leave very healthy lacing.

S: huge fresh smelling hops: pine, spicy, citrus, heady nuggs, earthy, floral and grassy this beer has some exceptional complex hop aromas, with some bready malts in the background

T: extremely piney, citrus; bitter orange zest and juicy grapefruit with spicy earthy floral hops, there are lots of complex layers of hop flavor balanced with some sweet bready caramel malt sweetness, and a dry bitter finish

M: very crisp carbonation, medium body, very resinous and oily

D: The alcohol is well hidden behind the layers of complex hop bitterness and ballancing carmel sweetness, I drank 24oz of this in less than 15 minutes and still wanted more, however as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable

I love this beer and at less than four bucks for a 24oz bomber the Sierra Nevada Harvest series are probably one of the best deals around

JoeCeez, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 12th release, ABV says 6.7%
24oz to tulip glass, pours an oily deep amber reddish brown. Foamy cream colored head lingers then fades to lacing, looks excellent!

smells of sweet piney hops, caramel/toffee/biscuit malts, smells clean and fresh

tastes of delicious hops! light yet sweet resinous piney grass, zesty spicy orange peel, creamy head, good carbonation, a nice blend, excellent balance and flavor combos, biscuit/caramel malt binds everything together nicely, very nice indeed!

mouthfeel is resiny delicious lingering hops, bitterly sweet, carbonation is perfect, yum

drxandy, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of sweethome
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is amber with light off-white head.

Decent grassy hop nose, a hint of citrus. Hop cone freshness.

Beautiful full mouthfeel - rather thick, but intense hop flavor with nice bittering - not over the top.

A rich carmel malt flavor fights through the fresh hops. For a beer focused on hops, the malts provide a great backbone.

the mouthfeel here is just plain excellent - flows out over the palate - tight tingle from the fresh hops.

Medium finish.

One of the originals, still one of the best.

sweethome, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head. It dissipates to leave a half-finger of foam and some very nice lacing.

Smells of grassy/piney hops with some citrus esters. A bit of malt sweetness to balance it out. Taste is similar, with complexity being added to the hop bitterness thanks to the esters (citrus and maybe a hint of grapefruit). Apparently wet-hopped beer doesn't taste vastly different from dry-hopped.

Another very nice beer from Sierra Nevada. I'll look forward to the 13th release.

philipquarles, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of m1ked
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at South Bay Drug & Liquor.

A- Pours a clear brassy orange,think penny, with a fluffy off white head that remains thanks to the multiple streamers. Mild Lacing.

S- Mild alcohol, grassy, grainy, some light caramel sweetness. Some sharp metallic astringincy.

T- Mellow caramel sweetness with the green grassy flavor to it. The alcohol is not as strong on the palate. The metallic flavor is also present.

M- Thin feel, with plenty of carbonation.

D- I like wet hops.... this is not my favorite of the bunch though.

m1ked, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark but brilliantly clear copper with a billowing off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lace in its wake.

Smell: Candied grapefruit, lemon peel and pine. Faint grassy notes, hints of caramel. This one's got an outstanding hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted grain and a touch of pale malt meets rich, oily, resiny hops. Sierra Nevada's proprietary yeast always gives their beer a slightly metallic quality to my buds, and this one is no different, though it's masked somewhat by the enormous hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly dry but slightly more bitter than I like. Despite a few rough edges, this is good stuff. I'm glad I picked up a couple of bottles.

Notes: 2008 vintage.

largadeer, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle purchased at BevMo! Cypress. 2008 edition and the 12th release of this beer. The bottle code is 8260, which indicates that this was bottled on September 16th, 2008.

A- Poured into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours a clear copper color and boasts a sticky, off-white, two-finger head that leaves some great looking lacing in the form of web-like rings along the glass after each sip. The head settles to a patchy, foamy layer that sticks around for quite a while.

S- The spicy aroma presents a nice "green" smelling array of citrusy and piney hops that are supported by a coarse, grainy malt backing. Surprisingly, all these characteristics are slightly muted and there is a metallic twinge in the background that is akin to some Sierra Nevada offerings. However, the aroma really shines as this beer hits room temperature, with some faint notes of brown sugar and caramel fighting their way through along with the now augmented hop and malt character.

T- A great taste of pure hoppy bitterness. The malt backing balances out the hops with some bready and caramely sweetness. The finish is clean and medium-dry, leaving only mild traces of the initial flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is full-bodied, slick, and oily with carbonation that feels just right.

D- This beer was an absolute joy to drink and the modest 6.7% ABV makes this even easier to enjoy. I had no problem finishing a 24oz bottle by myself.

I look forward to this beer every year. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. I absolutely love the way this beer looks, beautiful copper color with frothy off white head which goes the distance. The nose is hops lovely hops, spiciness. I am slightly biased, I love hops. This beer is outstanding the taste is hoppy but well balanced, medium bodied. Wonderful beer. I will go and buy the rest of the stock up. Really liked this one!!!!

aquaderek, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of daftafne
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a not so dull penny, smells of beautiful hops with some sweetness. produces an inch of head and some lacing that lingers. wow this is what I remember from my first sierra nevada, only this is full-on hops. The esters from the wet hops i can really taste and are at the front of the flavor profile. Very rounded body nice nutty malts. finishes with the grapefruit tart which leaves you needing more. light carbonation, very slightly sticky. tremendous

daftafne, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ckaufman
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Zembies in HBG, PA...

A: Orange/amber in color with a massive pillow-like head. Excellent head retention with nice sticky lacing the whole way down the inside of the glass.

S: A strong citrus smell along with some notes of pine and grass. A little bit of malt in there as well. I must say I was slightly disappointed with the aroma characteristics in this brew. I think I was expecting a more complex density of hops. Nothing spectacular here, just solid hop aromas.

T: Lots of citrus flavor, some spice, and just enough of the malts to give this beer some balance. A long bitter hop hang and a fairly dry finish.

M: An almost perfect feel for an APA. Medium carbonation with a moderately viscous full body.
Very nice.

D: A nice drinking APA with a moderate ABV.

This reminded me of SN Pale Ale with a bolder hop presence and less hop/malt balance. Good beer!

ckaufman, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of youngblood
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at J. Gumbo's in downtown Indy.

Finger of foamy head perched atop a brown marble colored liquid. Smells of citrus (hops) and a bit of sweetness. Sensed a small presence of bitterness in the nose as well, sure it came from the hops.

The taste is surprisingly complex. The immediate flavor is that dry citrus from the hops, but continues into a gradual sweetness from the malts. Fantastic moutfeel, light and refreshing without becoming thin. Could drink this all day. Maybe I'll try.

youngblood, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of TonyT
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zembies, Dwntn HBG

A- Poured dark gold/copper one finger head with consistent hanging lacing.

S- Citrusy and hop, nothing blowing you away but you know it's there.

T- Very good. Hops hit you from the beginning and keep going. Nice citrusy taste and the malt balance are right on.

M- Hops hang for the ride, and the malts hitch on half way through and continue to the end. Nice mellow dryness.

D- Very drinkable.

I will definitely have this again.

TonyT, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh, PA...had it served into a pint glass...

A: Nice clear golden with a two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation as well as some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Pine and grassy hops are the first thing that is noticed. Some citrus hops in there as well along with a minor hint of malt.

T: Tastes more like an AIPA rather than APA, but I digress...Taste is hoppy, but not overpowering hoppy like an IPA. It comes with a solid malt backbone as well, but not enough to balance out the hops.

Overall, a good beer by Sierra Nevada that reminds me of their Pale Ale.

treyrab, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th edition 2007 on the bottle. This is probably a little old to fully appreciate everything that fresh hop is about, but its still a lot better than i expected.

A: Pours a rich copper color with a billowy white head about two fingers worth. Pretty rocky. Crystal clear. A fair amount of bubbles. Excellent sticky lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Fresh hops, clean, refreshing smells, grassy, very few malt characteristics really show in this. The hops are really over powering, but its in a refreshing, not skunky nasty way.

T: Bready malts up front, heavy bread crust sorta taste initially then it all fades to hops, hops, and more hops. Definitely more on the piney side to me. Nice lingering bitterness. Very very tasty. A bit unbalanced, but really refreshing, the hoppiness is nice.

M: Fairly thin, not too terribly thick. Nice bitterness. A little sticky in the mouth too. Pretty nice all around. A slight warming, alcohol presence brings it out.

D: Pretty fair really. A bomber is good, but if on a night out I could easily pour back a few pints of this before having to switch it up. The hops kinda wear on the tongue a bit, but not too bad. All in all a great brew. Can't wait for 2008's beer!

pokesbeerdude, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with three fingers of head that leaves beautiful lacing. Clarity leaves a bit wanting or it would be perfect.
Delicious caramel in the nose, complimented by resiny hops. the hops dominate the finish with a delicious grapefruit and pine balance. The flavour continues the same, with caramel and light malt as well as some biscuity tones, but the hops... oh, the hops. Wonderful. The hops are almost spicy, complimented by the carbonation.
The mouthfeel is excellent too, with good carbonation, a bit of creamy medium-full body, and a smoothness combined with the high carbonation and bitterness that leaves the palette feeling attacked... in a good way.
One of the best "pale ales" I've had, though it may in fact fit in the IPA category better. Certainly highly recommended.

khiasmus, Sep 04, 2008
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,268 ratings.