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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

2,945 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
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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bosco7

Pennsylvania

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

I am so happy that SN decided to bottle this. I love the 24 oz. bottle.

Striking copper color with a large sticky off-white head that threatens to leave the glass.

Not as aromatic as I expected but very pleasant, with grapefruit, orange, caramel and pine rising from the fluid.

Some sweet caramel upfront with lots of herbal/floral hop flavors-there is a lot going on here. I notice rose, mint, grapefruit and orange juice. There definitely is a unique hop character to this beer. It tastes fresher and earthier.

I have never met a SN offering that wasn't perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable, and full of flavor, and this beer does not stray from this tradition. One of my favorite beers that I have tried this year. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 05:05:35 | More by bosco7
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 24 oz. brown bottle, no bottling or BBD date but the label clearly announces that this is the 2007 Harvest, poured into a pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a crystal clear reddish copper color, carbonation bubbles rising inside. The head forms a creamy off white colored 2 fingers thick and retains nicely.

Aroma: Piney hops, just a hint of some sweet malts as well.

Taste: Bitter hops, pine and citrus even each other out. There's some subdued caramel malt that comes through in the middle and towards the finish, but the hops take over and linger nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, very creamy. The carbonation balanced nicely.

Overall: It reminded me a little of their celebration ale, which is a good thing. An excellent brew, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 01:08:54 | More by FenwaySquid
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

24 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, 6.7% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/red color with an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both excellent. Smells mostly like citrus (grapefruit) and herbal hops with a bit of caramel malt too, the aroma is very nice. The taste is very good. Herbal and grapefruit hops dominate, but there's enough malt to balance it out. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's creamy and a bit oily. Drinkability is very good too, it's easy to drink and has just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. I'm very impressed with this beer. I'll definitely have to pick up another bottle of this soon!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:36:10 | More by bluejacket74
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From one of the newly released 11th Edition 2007 24oz bottles.

Pours a clear reddish orange with about an inch or so of fantastic looking white head that left some great lacing. Aroma is just of fresh, fresh, earthy hops, piney resin, and citrus but a spicey sweetness creeps in at the end.

Taste matches the aroma perfectly. Fresh hop character dominates but there is that nicely spiced malt backbone for balance. Nice medium body with a hoppy bitterness lasts until the end. Drinkability is off the charts. Easy drinking and refreshing for hop heads and non hop heads alike.

What can I say. This is one of my favorite beers on draft and it's just as good in the bottle. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for finally making this available in bottles. Do yourself a favor and seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:17:15 | More by Kegatron
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice mild copper color with a one finger head. Aroma is hard to describe but smells of fresh hops, with a mild grassy/floral touch. Taste is very nice and hoppy upfront with a bold maltiness as well. There's a nice dryness towards the back of the throat and a subtle bitterness as well. Definitely a beautiful ale with the type of dryness that I look for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:03:16 | More by Brad007
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k3n

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: Coppery red, 1" off-white head leaving lacing all over the place. Half the bottle filled the glass perfectly to the top with the head just nudging over the brim. The quintessential "beer" look.

S: Hoppy, clean, fresh citrus rind, a hint of malt.

T: Bitter citrus, pine, a flash of caramel malt in the middle to (kind of) even thing out.

M: Creamy at first, then the carbonation zings it up a bit, and the finish is clean and sharply bitter.

D: This actually seems more like an IPA to me. Or maybe some of the IPA's I've had should really be PA's. Who knows? I do know that this Harvest Ale is really going down easy. The hoppyness is really refreshing, and just keeps you coming back for more. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 18:53:25 | More by k3n
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Mryup

California

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found two bottles mysteriously hiding behind something else....hmmmm...and when I see the last two bottles I took them like the greedy efing rat I am.

A: A very nice copper/red earthy look. Head is amazing (almost as good as the real thing). The head is tan and very significant with superior lacing.

S: Oh...my...god...The second I opened the bottle and took a whiff my nostrils received an enema of freshness. A variety of hops with malt throughout the background. I can't put my finger on a specific hop. Earthy aromas with hints of fruit and spice make this beer smell superb.

T: I don't know quite how to word this. It doesn't seem to be jammed packed with more hops, just better hops hence I guess "wet" hops. Its what it says it is. Plenty of malt throughout too in a very well thought out balance. Once again, hints a fruit and spices with beautiful bitterness coming in at the end. The head is STILL there.

M: Consistent, medium-bodied mouthfeel thats maintains its presence throughout. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness leads to slight dryness at the very end.

D: Good thing I only got a hold of two bottles. My liver thanks me.

This beer is everything it is made out to be. Coming in I had high expectations and they were met. This is the highest review I have ever given a beer,

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 06:57:43 | More by Mryup
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KingG

California

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served chilled and pured into my Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Appearance is very good. Clear copper beer with a huge clumpy off-white head. Impressive lacing. Carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the top. Beautiful looking brew.

Smell is good. Danky, bittering herbal and grapefruit hops that smell insanely fresh (it is a fresh hop beer after all) Touch of caramel malt in the background.

Taste is exceptional. Bittering hops crush the palate and linger after the swallow. The herbal hops play a big role in the flavor. Complex hop taste that gets balanced out (somewhat) with the caramel malt. Finishes with bitter grapefruit. Borderline IPA; I've tasted IPA's with less hop bite than this. Wonderful. Perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium-bodied. Carbonation is perfect. The swallow is clean, quick and numbing from the hops.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could seriously drink this non-stop with absolutely no gripes. Addictive flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall:
I've had this beer numerous times on draft and loved it. In the bottle it might be better since I'm drinking it so fresh. Best Fresh-Hop beer I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 05:22:12 | More by KingG
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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

Pours a luminiscent shade of copper. Held to the light you see a rich but somewhat light copper ale that is completely clear/free of haze. Thick lather of head formed nicely and retained well, with sexy "belgian lace" on the sides of the glass. Hmm... fresh beer perhaps?

Nose has hop resin, a pleasant vegetable/vine like aroma, with unripe fruit notes.

Palate is prickly hoppy with a nice dry tart component towards the end. Malt is present but the atypical hops steal the show. Finish is pine cone like and quite satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 04:35:39 | More by yemenmocha
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bradybeer

California

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

Pours a deep copper color with rocky off white head. Hop aroma is not dominate in the pour. I detect some slight hop bitterness and a light malty sweetness in the finish. Mouth feel is medium to light while drinkability is high-this is one of the easiest SN beers to drink-almost dangerous because it is so smooth and has a good balance of hops and malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:28:20 | More by bradybeer
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PhxHorn

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A light copper color with lots of lacing that dried onto the glass as I drank it.

Not a lot of smell, but a bit of hops was detectable.

After hearing rave reviews about this for a couple years now, this wasn't as incredible as I hoped, and this from a SN fan. Not great, but very good. There was a heavy of hops flavor, with a lot of malt and caramel, and lots of bitterness and an aftertaste that lasted forever. This is the kind of beer you could sip one after another.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:25:14 | More by PhxHorn
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

2007 Harvest 11th Edition in a 24 oz bottle.

Appearance: pours a nice amber color with a 3"+ head that last a while before slowly falling to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: big hop bitterness leaps out of the glass. Some caramels and fruity sweetness round it out.

Taste: the bold hop flavors are up front but not offensive. The oily bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness. Pears and ripe green grapes provide some fruitiness and there is a definite dryness lingering around.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry from start to finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the dryness and bitterness stick around for several minutes.

Drinkability: phenominal is all I can say. I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. Easy to drink, great tasting, and one everyone should get there hands on.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:11:30 | More by Gavage
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jakon

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle purchased for $4.29 on 10-3-7 at Belmont Station.

Pours a clear amberish copper with an adequate eggshell white head that dissipates quickly leaving sporadic lacing. The aroma is interesting. Spicy hop character and something resembling a hair salon. Don't know how else to describe that, but it is in your face. The taste is mostly about the hops, obviously, balanced by caramel malt. There is an aspirin-like after taste. In my opinion, this offering doesn't quite live up to expectations. I was hoping for a bit more bright hop character in the taste and aroma and was put off by whatever it is that reminds me of a hair salon.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 07:58:43 | More by jakon
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flexabull

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The "First" Fresh Hop Ale. And now in a 24 oz. bottle... right on!

Pours with a nice large white head on top. Color is a crystal clear amber color. Looks great.

Aromas are typical hops... raw hops... grapefruit, pine, sweet hard candies, and resin. You really smell this beer every time you take a sip from the glass.

Beer tastes very nice. Not an overpowering hop bomb. Just very pleasing, well crafted, and with great balance. Nice creamy malt flavors, a bit sweet, and candy like. Finish has a nice hop kick with pine like bitterness lingering long on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth as can be, long lingering flavors, nice and full.

Drinkability is great. Wonderfully hoppy beer, that doesn't kick you upside the head with too much of anything. I'll be grabbing these from the store shelves as long as this is around. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 03:28:02 | More by flexabull
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gubbt

California

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hey, guess I'm the first one to review the bottled version of this brew.

Pours a standard copper color with a firm off white head.

Aroma is a bit ganja like. Man these are some fresh hops. Some pine for good measure.

Oh, the hops! Lots of juicy hop flavor. The malts are thrown in for good measure and are semi-sweet with a little caramel and bread notes. Finish is bright and citrusy with ample bitterness. Fairly dry.

Nice and creamy, not too thick on the tongue.

Oh man, I wish I could have this baby all year round. Very, very nice hop forward pale ale that I could drink into the night and never get bored. Highly recommended. Bottoms up!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:13:23 | More by gubbt
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Floydster

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

Served in a pint glass and 3 ounce tasters

The wet hops do this beer justice and makes this Sierra Nevada's best offering by far

It has a mild bitterness like some IPAs, but it goes down much smoother like a standard Pale Ale

I could sit and drink these for hours

I wish these were available in bottles, but maybe since they introduced their Anniversary Ale into bottles this year after being a draft beer only for 12 years, there is hope

My girlfriend even liked this beer and that is saying a lot because she is not a fan of many

Very highly recommended, great beer for the summer

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2007 15:48:48 | More by Floydster
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA

A- caramel copper w/ bronze hues, 1 finger white head, good retent, sticky white lacing rings down glass

S- grassy, crisp, hop oily, malts

T- grassy hop on top of a sweet bready malt, balance favors hops, hops are oily, sweet crisp grassy finish, malt flavors come out w/ warmth, fruit w/ hints of caramel

M- smooth w/ a crisp hop bite at finish, spice/heat in after, light body

D- sessionable, nice balance, good flavors, great pale ale, easy drinking, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2007 07:02:55 | More by tonistruth
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the reborn Blind Tiger.
Any little quibble I may have had with Sierra Nevada's pale ale is worked out in the Harvest version. Great pale ale flavors with a rich citrus character to it... lemon zest mostly, I think, but you can find other characteristics there.
Rich, clear amber color with some head and a bit of lacing. One might expect more retention considering the hop richness in there but I'm not complaining.
Freshness is key to this brew. It's very lively, very alive, really. A hoppy but still balanced beverage. This is the slightly lower octane sibling of Sierra's Celebration.
A very welcome seasonal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 19:30:39 | More by ommegangpbr
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Morris729

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright copper-amber color with a thick white head that leaves heavy rings of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is floral and grassy hops with notes of fresh pine. Fresh hops dominate the taste throughout with piney and citrusy notes but there is also a nice caramel malt backbone that holds everything together. I could sit and drink this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2007 16:11:00 | More by Morris729
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jswigart

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottom line... This may not be the most unusual or distinctive beer, but its really, really "drinkable." As I understand it, Harvest is essentially SN's Pale Ale, with extra hops - and I also understand that they make it only once a year. My keg was delivered in February - long after the harvest - yet showed no signs of age. Mouthfeel seemed a bit carbonated for my tastes, and the smell/taste wasn't blowing me away, but there is just something intangible about this beer. I don't get tired of it. It doesn't leave a bad aftertaste. This is a beer you can drink a lot of, yet its also a beer that you (well, I) really enjoy. Recommended, especially if you like hoppy beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2007 04:01:28 | More by jswigart
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MiScusi

California

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Beer poured a very nice clear dark amber with an exceptional creamy head, and left amazing lace on the side of the glass. The taste was very smooth with an initial sweetness up front, along with nice hope flavor, followed by a long-lasting bitterness once swallowed. The carbonation on this was very low, making it real smooth and mild up front. Definitely a good beer when looking for something with a little bitterness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2007 06:39:18 | More by MiScusi
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Pegasus

Texas

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

Appearance: Medium amber in color, with a moderate white head, thick glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal hop aroma, with lesser sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Rather hoppy at the open, with a prominent malt backbone having a strong caramel presence which carries throughout the taste, but the hops, with pronounced herbal and spicy hop notes dominate the taste from start to finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very pleasant, with a soft feel.

Drinkability/notes: Very rich and pleasant, with solid character.

Sampled at the Draught House on Saturday, October 14th, 2006.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 15:18:06 | More by Pegasus
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Appearance was a rich amber color with a nice heavy frothy white head. The brew smelled of a wonderful mix of piney and citrusy hops with a slight hint of malt. The taste was that of a sweet start, followed by a citrus takeover and a nice bitter finish. Extremely smooth beer with a nice fresh hoppiness and a hop dryness. Very drinkable and not too high in alcohol content. A wonderful brew I long for again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 18:57:19 | More by HopDerek
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warmstorage

California

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

On tap at the Brick House Pub in (metro) Atlanta. Poured into SN logo pint glass.

Pours with moderate to big head, but had a fairly rough pour. Dense amber head that sticks more than laces. Beer is a deep amber, fairly bright clear.

Aroma is slightly muted, but it was poured a little cold. Pine and slight citrus hops come out as it warms.

Taste is wet oily spicy earthy hoppy. Yum. Lingers long with hop spice and oily, grassy hops.

This is a very solid, drinkable beer for a fresh hop ale, and one which I'll get again in the future when it's available on tap, fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 23:39:23 | More by warmstorage
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gbarron

Georgia

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

On tap in a 20 oz. serving.

A - slightly hazy amber, deep straw golden. Head is massive, thick, rocky, and slightly off-white. Retention and lacing is outstanding.

S- strong aroma of piney hops. Smells like your sitting there sniffing a fresh hop cone. Hops dominate the aroma, but there are some toffee-ish, caramel malt notes there.

T - taste mirrors the aroma. Like sucking on a fresh hop cone, but hop flavor is predominant over hop bitterness which is nice. Strong hop flavor of citrus, pine, mint. Very strong, resinous hop flavor. Some malt here - toffee, grains, slight roast. Tasty, tasty.

M - nice mix of hoppy dryness mixed with sticky hop resin.

D - darn tasty beer and something I wouldn't mind drinking year round. Great example of what a brewer can do with a lot of hops -- without making the beer so syrupy and bitter that you can hardly drink it (e.g., Stone).

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2006 15:18:37 | More by gbarron
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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