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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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3,350 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,350
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 158 | 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 whynot44
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a substantial foamy ivory head that disipates slowly to a thin layer then persists to the end producing some nice lacing.

The aroma is pine needles, grapefruit with a background of caramel malt.

The taste is also primarily pine and grapefruit with a slightly sweet caramel malt base. The finish is slightlky dry with a lingering piney aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy tro drink. Hops are a bit subdued compared to some American IPAs but there is still plenty for the hop heads in a nicely balanced version. Well worth a try if you like IPAs.

Photo of lordeche
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with frothy off-white head. Aroma is bitter and flowery, very herbal, with a pale malt backbone. Flavor is light with hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla malt and a flowery, herbal finish. Not much bitterness. Palate is extremely smooth and full, with minimal stickiness. Pretty good.

Photo of gabeerfan
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium-ish amber. Thick, off-white/orangy head that takes a while to fall to a thin cap.
Somewhat more subtle aromas than I expected. The hops are more piney/earthy with hints of grapefruit. Lots of toasted bread and caramel, hints of honey and brown sugar.
Hops are more earthy in the flavor with the pine 2nd and grapefruit almost in the background. Malts are pretty sweet. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and honey. Toasted bread flavors in there too.
Somewhat oily mouthfeel, but the carbonation helps keep that at bay.
Pretty drinkable. Good flavors make this an easy drinker.
This is much more subtle than I was expecting from SA, but I like it alot. Good to see some sanity coming from the West Coast. Highly recommended.

Photo of smanders
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 24 ounce bottle purchased from the Total Wine in Chantilly, VA. 6.7% ABV

Appearance - dark amber with a robust head. Great lacing.

Smell - spicy hops and sweet caramel.

Taste - more sweetness than expected from the aroma, quickly followed by bitter hops. Aftertaste is more sweet than spicy.

Mouthfeel - oily but well carbonated.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable IPA that may confuse some hopheads due to the high malt/sweet notes.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer poured a nice copper color with a HUGE fluffy cloud of an off white head. Great lacing the stuck around the life of the beer.

Smell: I was hit immediately with a wonderful piney hop aroma with a nice hint of sweet maltiness. Lots of earthy aromas with wonderful citrus and spice characters.

Taste: This beer is extremely well balanced. It has a nice piney bitterness with hints of citrus but is balanced with some nice sweet malts. The citrus and spice comes through in the taste as well as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Nice oily medium body with medium carbonation. Has a nice dry bitternes in the finish.

Overall: A fantastic brew! I'm glad I picked up two and good thing I ordered 4 cases at work also since we're down to our last case. I'm not a big hop fan but this one is really making me reconsider.

Photo of slayer3604
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- amazing head retention, just a huge cotton candy monstrosity climbing up the walls of the glass and sticking to it like ivy to brick! The color is what earned the rating i gave it...nothing special just an amber color with trickles of upwelling carbonation.

S- I had to struggle to get a "GOOD" nose off of this beer by furiously shaking it around in my st bernardus goblet and what i got was a slightly earthy, sharp malt and light biscuit aroma.

T/M- Cloying malt, slight pangs of bitterness, a nice firm body, but with a character bereft of something worthy of a 4.5 or 5

D- The price is right for the beer that you get! Nothing especially crazy about this beer, its got a cool bottle/label, and passes for a better than normal beer but I dont see myself going out of the way to buy it again.

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

Appearance - Caramel/Mahogany in color with a large rocky off-white head. Even with a mild pour it was a large head - 4 to 5 fingers.

Smell - Earthy slightly citrusy hop smell.

Taste - The first taste you get is of a blast of piney hops with a touch of citrus, but it fades quickly to a mild roasted(almost slightly burnt) malt flavor. Very little of the hops actually linger.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good drinkability here, the fade into roasted malt produces a pleasant aftertaste.

Photo of rabsten
4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a stubby 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass, 3 finger light tan finely-bubbled head atop an amber body. Good retention, sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and evergreen aroma with underlying malt sweetness.

Heavy, citrusy hop hit up front, slight burn as it goes down. Malt comes in at end of each sip. Nice.

Pretty good mouthfeel but the aforementioned burn takes it down a notch. Remains a very drinkable beer, though.

Had this on tap at Fatheads, too. The bottle holds up real well to the draft version. Well worth seeking out. WELL worth it.

Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Aggressive pour yields a one inch white head that fades surprisingly quickly. Light lace clings in patches to the side of the glass. Pours a nice dark amber.

Nose- I love SN wet hopped beers. Grapefruit, orange, lemon zest.

Palate- Was expecting a much bigger hop punch initially. Hops really come through in the end of the taste profile. Tremendous bitterness in finish. Acrid and very active carbonation explodes in your mouth. Lemon rind, caramel, a long drawn out dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Very active carbonation, a bit oily.

Drinkability- Good, fairly intense. More then one in a sitting would take away from its appeal.

Photo of william5586
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a rich tan color. Darker and richer than the SN pale ale. Two fingers of head that subsides to a ring around the edge of the glass and some foam int he middle. Leaves some sticky lace as you drink.

S- Amazing hop aroma.

T- Pine hops like in the SN pale ale are there but seem more mellow. Some sweetness at the start which is nicely balanced by the bitter finish.

M- Medium body. Amazingly smooth. I cannot find the words to give it any justice. its just so smooth. Almost a creamy feel.

D- I could think all year long if only it was available.

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 24 oz. Sierra Bomber. Pours a clear orange amber in color with a half inch head. Head dissipates relatively quickly but a thin froth lingers throughout the pint and yields some scattered lacing.

Smell is of moderate hops. Not as robust as Chico Estate yet not as balanced as Southern Hemisphere. Interesting that equivalent brews from Sierra Nevada oscillate between APA'a and IPA's. I'd consider them all APA's as for nomenclature. Nose is clean and easy like their Pale Ale.

A good brew with an overly firm carbonation that surrenders a bit in the end. The weakest of the three fresh hop Harvests from Sierra in my opinion, yet still a nice brew.

Photo of srroos
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and caramel colored with a large, long-lasting tan head with lots of lacing. Smell is a good balance of malt and hops, but not very strong. Taste is malty and sweet with a smooth hoppy finish. Smooth and easy drinking overall. A good beer, but nothing too outstanding.

Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a thin creamy tan head that lingers a bit. Has that pine and citrusy hops smell I've come to appreciate. Tastes of an earthy bitterness, not as piney as I would have thought. The bitterness really doesn't detract from the drinkability, and finishes crisp. My only other basis for comparison right now with regards to the wet-hopping is the latest Harpoon 100 Barrel series (#24), and this one has more of a traditional IPA taste to it. Overall, a very solid beer from SN. It isn't quite the favorite for me than it seems to be for some people, but it is a clean, well-executed example of the style. The IPA mood doesn't strike me too often, but I would come back to this again should it strike.

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

Poured from 24oz bottle with a nice thick head. Color was a little lighter than expected, almost more red than amber. Smell to the nose was just perfect, nice and and hoppy. Very smooth taste, left me wishing I had a second bottle.

Everything you'd expect from an top-notch IPA, all around a good beer, not much more what you could ask for.

Probably my favorite of these special releases from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of calise1122
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 24oz bottle into a pint glass while watching the Pats try to grind out another victory against the Colts with an injury ridden squad.

A: Pours dark amber with a huge frothy tan head which slowly shrinks to about a centimeter and settles, leaving behind rings and splotches of lacing. Really nice looking brew

S: What a great smell... not incredibly strong, but really nice citrus and floral notes. This is very fruit driven, another poster mentioned fruit loops and the first thing I thought of was fruity pebbles.

T: Taste is very much in line with the smell. Not overly strong, lots of fruits mixed in with the bitterness from the hops. Getting a lot of Grapefruit and pine, some spices and earth/grass. Really well balanced, just enough sweetness in relation to the citric-driven hop characters.

M: thickly coats the mouth, with a good crisp finish. Tingles the taste buds and very easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this beer, the malt and hops are really dancing in unison. Drank it slow and enjoyed every second of it. Great job by Ken, I will certainly be picking up some more of these.

Photo of positiverpr
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a:amber with medium carbonation. 3/4" ivory colored head- not long lasting. dense lacing

a:fruit-loops/citrus/mild pepper in that order(this must have mostly centennial hops as the breakfast cereal fruit is forefront. slight hint of darker malt.

t: very smooth bitterness first, immediately followed by the fruit loops/citus/spice. nutty malt(sunflower seed) flavor arises and lingers. moderate sweetness but melds well with bitterness. overall very pleasant but again smooth flavor. clean roasted malt flavor is long lasting.

m: medium and very silky for what must be 45 or more ibu's. my mouth begs for another taste.

o:very drinkable. excellent hop flavor. sierra nevada has very non-astringent bittering that must be from their water. this is less bitter and more drinkable than the chico to me(on tap at falling rock)

Photo of rye726
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color with a creamy tan head. Nose is more the line of an English Pale in the sense that the malts definately over power the hops. Taste has a bit more hops, but still a bit weak. Well balanced though. The medium body is well carbonated. A nice beer, just not what I look for in the style.

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

A: Copper-bronze with a light-tan head, great retention & lacing.

S: Not a huge nose, but there's plenty of depth to the hop aroma (fresh jalapeno pepper, pine, grass & citrus rind), with some underlying toffee & nut.

T: Predominantly jalapeno peppers & pine from the hops, with a little citrus rind. Good bitterness to back up the residual sweetness. Slight toffee & nut from the pale malts. Very good.

M: Solid, moderate body has a little hop acidity, with an off-dry but crisp finish.

D: Quite drinkable for its weight.

This one is even more of a double pale ale than the chico harvest. It's quite good, but I thought the chico harvest was stellar (it had more hop flavour, with less residual sweetness).

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. 24 oz bomber. Poured into a 20 oz. steeler pint glass. Huge rocky, pillowy head on an amber brown body.

S. Smells of earthy hops. Some doughy yeast in there as well. Traces of malt sweetness.

T. Piney resinous hops. Caramel malt that is bready in character. Bitterness lingers along with a roasted grain flavor. Some pineapple fruityness.

M. Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Crisp carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D. A damn fine beer. Tasty and quaffable. Clean and well executed. Layers of hop goodness. Recommended.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

pours a clear golden brown with a thick two finger white head

smell is piney, hoppy and malty

taste is tart and very bright but not too bitter. there is a good balance for what you expect.

solid mouthfeel and drinkability is exactly what you'd expect from a seasonal sierra nevada product.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Splendid clear auburn colored ale with a gorgeous, rocky cream-colored head that slowly fades but doesn't vanish. Tons of sticky lace.

S - Fresh aromatics of burnt cinnamon, hops, and leather.

T - Delicious ale! The hops are up front and pronounced but don't overwhelm. There's a modest touch of cola, marmalade, and a slight herbal finish that's quite refreshing.

M - Not as dense as its appearance might suggest but its creaminess and carbonation are nicely balanced.

D - Drinkable and food friendly given the hops don't whack you over the head. I'll be sipping this while the Trick or Treaters bang down our door. Yum.

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

Opened a bottle of this into a pint glass. Nice head and overall color. Looked very promising. However, I was a little disappointed by the taste and smell of the beer. The smell was more subtle than I was expecting, even when the beer warmed up a little. The taste also was not as full - very hoppy, of course, but more sharpness than flavor. The maltiness of the beer was well done in contast to the hops, however. The mouthfeel was good despite the feel of carbonation.

A good beer, overall.

Photo of tangentrider
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber beer with three fingers of light amber foam reducing to one finger and very nice lacing.

S- Beautiful sweet, flowers, grass aromas

T- Grapefruit, superb bitterness with an underlying sweetness.

MF- Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation

D- I will definitely have this one again. It's a beer to be drunk slowly and savored.

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 :)

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.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,350 ratings.