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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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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 180
Gots: 183 | 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 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.

Photo of Yaz8
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Strong two-finger head, decent retention and beautiful lacing.

Citrus hops dominate the aroma, setting up expectations of a strong IPA experience. Hops seemed more piney on the tongue, and were nicely offset by a clear malt background.

Medium body, great carbonation and a crisp clean aftertaste. Hops rule the show and do so very well.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this $45 case is one of the best "price-to-performance" ratios I've seen in a while... for all of you recently "affected" by our lovely economy.

Pours a clear, reddish brown color with a thick, foamy head and nice retention - but no visible carbonation.

Slightly smokey quality accompanies a sharp, piney aroma.

In addition to the notably fresh "wet" hop flavor, this is balanced nicely by a sweet, "12 grain" bready malt backbone.

So terribly smooth, and grabs the tongue just right.

Is it possible to be TOO drinkable (given that this is an alcoholic beverage)? If so, knocked it "down" to 4.5.

Buy it. Immediately.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich amber color. Very pillowy two finger head. Good retention and a fair amount of lacing.

Very nice hop presence but not overwhelming. Piny and citrus hops aroma are very green and fresh. there are few things better than the aroma of a wet hopped ale. While the hops are obviously the center of attention there is a very nice caramel malt balance.

Great tasting brew. Very balanced. Big grassy flavors up front form the up which leads to a pleasant bitterness. Good maltiness balancing the strength of the hop flavor. The grassiness flavor sticks to the back of your mouth.

Medium bodied brew with a carbonation level which suits it well.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink, I have enjoyed the wet hop ales very much. I may score this slightly higher based on my personal preference, but still a great brew most will enjoy,

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thick foamy white head. The head held up nicely throughout the drink, providing plenty of lacing.

Smells of citrus, hops and pine, nothing overpowering, but subtle and inviting.

The first hit is quite hoppy, then the malt backbone kicks in and you have a well balanced, delicious brew.

Medium plus carbonation, medium plus body, nice and smooth.

Very drinkable at 6.7% abv. Another solid brew from SN

Photo of ewright
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautifully clear amber colored beer with a mound of creamy head that leave copious lacing on the glass as it recedes.

S: Good blend of caramel malts and both citrus and minty hop aromas. Hops are not overpowering as they are in some IPAs.

T: I got a faint grassy note just as I brought the glass to my lips. The taste followed through with grass notes in the hops. Smooth malts up front with notes of toast and caramel; a decent bitter wallop on the finish.

M: The huge head led me to believe this would be overcarbonated, but there is no hint of excessive bubbles in the mouth. If anything, this is a smooth beer because it is lower in carbonation. Good creamy feel on the tongue and a sharp bitter aftertaste leaves you wanting another swallow.

D: This is a mighty fine brew... not quite Celebration level, but quite drinkable on a Saturday afternoon spent stirring a brew kettle.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24-oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear amber liquid nice foamy yellow white head, good head retention, slowly recedes to a foam cover on surface, heavy lacing.

S = Uncooked white bread dough, light citrus smells, really not much that jumps out at me as distinctive. Perfectly acceptable, but not much else.

T = Good balance, lemon, lime zest, fresh cut grass, fresh baked biscuits. I am surprised this is (currently listed as an American IPA, I find it more of a pretty standard APA. Regardless, it is a god tasting American ale.

M = Meiudm bodied, very good mouthcoating, foamy creamy feel.

Photo of wingman14
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a dark amber with a full off white head. The smells start invading your nose the second you open the bottle. Very intense hop smell with citrus and pine notes, and some sweet notes as well. A very inviting beer. The taste is layered starting off somewhat sweet then quickly moving into an amazing hop flavor with obvious citrus flavors. No real bitter finish, just a long lasting hop aftertaste. A nice mouthfeel, good carbonation, everything there is done very well. This is an easy drinker, I am going to have to go get more. Great beer, recommended for everyone especially any hop heads out there!

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

Aroma: strong and intense piney hops with a slight hint of citrus. The aroma is really "fresh," that is it smells like your walking through secluded and unpolluted forest. Very nice, indeed!

Pours dark amber brown with nice full head. Super clear with very nice lacing down the glass.

Taste: begins sweet with a slight hint of molasses and roasted nuts. The finish is nice crisp and semi-spicy hops. The hops aren't too intense, but give an excellent finish in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium body, perfect for a pale ale.

Drinkability: very high. Really easy to drink and very enjoyable to drink.

Fresh hops are soooo amazing! It makes this beer absolutely incredible and unique. I wish all IPA were fresh hopped...

Photo of bkilpatr
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/13/08.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a huge four finger beige head. The head dropped slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is fresh hops, both piny and citrus. There's also a good amount of malt. Aroma seems a bit subdued, not as much hops as I'd expect.

Taste makes up for the aroma. Plenty of fresh piny hops and grassy hops, grapefruit, and orange. Very floral and earthy. Sweet toasted caramel malt balances out the flavor profile. The finish is slightly bitter, but not harsh, and lingers for a while.

Feel is very nice. Slick and oily yet very smooth. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the bitterness doesn't linger for too long.

Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear ruby-copper with ample carbonation and a large foamy billowing white head.

Aroma has some mild sweetness, with fringes of fresh cut roses, and some perfume and pepper.

Taste is dank and protruding with character. Starts out with a nice pungent pine hop note. Closely followed by a dose of sweet caramel malt to balance. Fresh cut grass, and spring air florals add to the hop complexity. Mild citrus notes, along with sweet candied booze soaked resin near the finish. Finishes with a nice clear hop complexity, with pine and citrus lingering.

I love wet hopped beers, and this is no exception. Good hop build, and great balance. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of leif86
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Yay 24. oz bottles.

A: Copper meets ruby with a nice helping of frothy, light tan head that lasts and provides some uber lacing. We're talking like huge clumps here.

S: Strong fresh hop aroma. A little alcoholiness hidden in the background.

T: A smooth hoppiness that elevates from subtle to "blam". Lots of grapefruit, a little pine in the back. Little sweet, almost honey like upfront.

M: The prefect amount of stickiness to retain that deliciousness in your mouth without being bothersome and a nice and pleasant carbonation level.

D: Hells yeah I can drink plenty more of this. Plus with 24 oz bottles, who can complain?

Photo of blackheartbilly
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 ounce bottle poured into a sailor jerry pint glass.

A - reddish-orange hue, which upon pouring had a 1/2 head. As you sip, the head fades and leaves a nice lacing.

S - hoppy, but not the normal hop smell you'd get from a IPA or even a DIPA. Closer to a fresh cut grass smell

T - the hops don't hit right away, so I will say malt up front. The hops follow with a very unique hop variety. I am a hophead and even I haven't tasted this kind of hop before. Fresh, and green come to mind as I sip. Dry in the finish, and not thick like a DIPA. Very refreshing and unique

M - Very carbonated, at least in my glass. Very smooth and drinkable. Bitter, but the good kind of bitter that a hophead seeks

Drinkability - Very drinkable if you can find it. Wish they had this on tap, wish they could make a six pack. I would make this a regular, but it is hard to find. A great brew, definitely try it!

Photo of graham515
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper into the glass with a slightly off white head.

Aroma is clean with a slightly more subdued hop aroma than most Sierra Nevada brews.

Flavor has a nice caramel malt base with a bitterness that continues to linger long after your sip.

Seems a little bit thin on the palate, but that is the only negative thing I have to say about this brew

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.