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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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3,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 173
Gots: 175 | 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 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

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

A 24-ounce fatty bomber bottle poured into my new Duck-Rabbit snifter yields a brilliant bright copper body with a finger of fine, pale ecru foam atop. The foam setttles very slowly but is at first too soft to leave much lacing, choosing instead to slump lazily at the sides of the glass. The head casts a thin line and a web or two of lacing on the glass, but as the drink progresses, the foam rises in reinforced intensity, resting in a misshapen, cratered moonscape of canyons and ridges, and leaving foamy blobs stuck on the glassware.

At once the hoppy aromas leap from the glass. Dank, green, sticky, musky, herbal notes pervade the local atmosphere, punching noses and watering eyes, allow only a sliver of grapefruity citrus through. Pungent. Heavenly. As the drink warms, out comes the citrus; lemon zest, orange juice, and fragrant key lime.

The taste is pungently herbal with a splash of bitter citrus. A solid pale and caramel malt backbone provides a nice crisp feel and fine mellow sweetness until the forces of herbal hopdom kick the crap out of it; the drink finishing a bit dusty with a green-grassy, drying bitterness.

With mad hoppiness, great taste, a superb heavy-medium body and a sizzle of fine carbonation, I'll be adding the 13th Release of Harvest Wet Hop Ale to my list of beers I'm anxiously awaiting. Super-drinkable like just about everything else Sierra Nevada offers. Awesome brew.

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of hops, mild malt and citrus (possibly grapefruit).

T: While the hops were front and center in the taste department, they weren't as overwhelming as I would have expected. Still, that combined with malt and citrus make for a tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer, with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable, well constructed beer. Not exactly what I expected, but good nonetheless.

Photo of tmitch75
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool 24 oz bottle. Reddish amber color with a slight haze and a huge sticky off-white head that leaves tons of sticky lace rings all around the glass.

Full herbal and pine hop smell with light citrus and just a touch of malty sweetness in the background.

Nice oily hop flavor runs the gamut of hop flavors without the overpowering bitterness typically present with this much hop flavor.

Medium to full body, nice and smooth.

This is an excellent hoppy ale and a great reason to look forward to the fall. Could be a good hoppy beer for non-hop lovers because of the full hop flavors without as much bitterness.

Tasted on 11/10/08.

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

I was pretty non-plused when I first sipped this beer, but the more I drank, the more I began to detect subtleties I enjoyed in this beer. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing a bottle to my house to split.

Appearance is a very rich amber color (particularly for an IPA) with very little head. Aroma is very mildly hoppy with lots of malty sweetness. Flavor was moderately hoppy with some substantial maltiness that just seemed to get better and better with each sip, starting off a bit disappointing but winding up pretty good. Mouthfeel was pretty substantial and thick.

Pretty good; I would recommend this.

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

Very dark honey color, clear with fine head and strong lacing. My fiancee says it smells like soap and pine trees. I don't get the soap.

Powerful bitter hoppy pine flavor with a light caramel background. Not perfectly balanced, but tasty.

Light and clean mouthfeel with a neat tingle. Probably too bitter to be greatly drinkable, but it's a beer I'm quite happy to have tried.

Still beautiful. Giant head. Taste is a little muted. Nice and chewy.

Again, pretty. Again giant head. Nice grapefruit rind bitterness.

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale pours a clear copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty four ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy, morstly citrusy but also a bit pine like. The flavor seems the opposite, more pine like hop than citrus. There's a solid malt presence in the background, but the hops are the star of this show. Recommended.

Photo of nc41
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really a great Ale in every single way. Pours a nice coppery color with a tremendous head that lasts to the end of your glass. My 1st glass I was almost to the bottom and still had a 1/8 layer on top. I would say this is a very full bodied hearty Ale, that has a nice hoppy bite, but also has a lot more going on. Very nicely balanced between the malt and hops. I'm a hop head, and this easily satisfies my cravings, and IMO the best I've had from SN. I would love to see this one available year round, it's a great winter brew without the quirky spicing, and would be just as easy to drink in the summer.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, more brown than red, however, garnet highlights when held up to the light, medium brown when sitting on my desk. Sponge-like light tan head that begins at about 2 fingers high, then drops to about a finger, and remains. Beautiful lacing remains, two distinct lines about a centimeter apart surround the insides of my goblet.

Aroma seems to be made up primarily of piney hops.

Taste is more balanced than I was expecting. I thought it the hops would dominate, or at least tip the scale in that direction. But instead, the hops are in there, and they seem to have a deeper flavor. Pine, citrus, and some grassy notes come into play. The malt plays a big role as well, and is a sweet, bready foil to the bitterness of the hops. Picking up a slight herbal flavor also.

Mouthfeel is medium full, slick, and astringent. In other words good to go.

Overall, I would probably drink this more often if it were available on a year round basis. It's not the best IPA out there, definitely worth a try, however, and I will try to check back in from year to year.


Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.24/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 24 ounce bottle into a English pint style glass.

As with most all of Sierra Nevada's offerings, this is a beautiful beer in a glass, as it has a deep red, copper body, with an excellent amount of head and lacing. Being a veteran SN drinker, I expected a lot of hops in the aroma. Surprisingly, I picked up on a significant amount of caramel and toffee like sweetness along with the spicy citrus hop notes.

First sip was even more of a surprise, as last year's harvest offering was much hoppier. This year's version is actually almost dominated by a somewhat coarse, caramel and toffee malt sweetness. As the beer warms, the trademark fruity ester flavors become more present and blend nicely with the hops at the end. Even more surprising, for an IPA, the hops seem to struggle to balance out the toffee malt flavors. Mouthfeel is very solid, a bit creamy, but just the right weight for an IPA.

Overall, this is somewhat of a letdown, in my opinion. It almost tastes more like an ESB rather than an IPA. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for just another hoppy beer, but the malt character seems to be just too strong and somewhat rough in this brew and seems to clash rather than blend with the hops. Noting horrible, but it appears SN wanted to try something new this year, and this one just didn't quite do it.

As a side note, their Celebration Ale this season seems to also be maltier than last years, and in my opinion, this years is probably the best one they have ever done.

Photo of waldoiverson
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant copper, very fine foam with wonderful solid lacing and tiny bubbles

S: citrus but with a more woody overtone, can smell some bread-like malt which makes for a nice balance, i get a bit of cherry, too

T: a very raw and somewhat floral hop flavor that starts sweet and then the bitterness really hits in one big wave. the malt in the aroma is not as well balanced in the taste.

M: Smooth but not cloying, carbonation seems to help cleanse the tongue of some of the bitterness

D: This is a bit of a wildcard beer with the raw smell and taste and big balloon of bitterness, but I like it and suggest others with a love of hops would, too.

Photo of desertbronze
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Clear light amber color with a dense off-white head. Left lace all the way down the glass.

Strong hop nose with piney notes (Chinook hops?). Malt aroma in the background.

Sweet malt on the first taste, then the hops overtake the taste buds with a balanced bitterness. Finishes a little dry.

Lively on the tongue, and the hops leave a slight metallic aftertaste.

Very drinkable - good balance between malt and hops.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper body with good carbonation that leads to a two-finger head that slowly receeds. A hoppy aroma with mild citric and floral notes along with hints of sweet malts.
A hop blitz when I first sipped it, with a good smoothness and some creaminess that goes down easy with predominant citric hop notes and some sweet malts like caramel and/or honey in there. A refreshing beer with a dry backbite mixing hops and maybe some roasted malts. While a very good beer that I enjoyed thoroughly, it is very similiar to regular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and is worth a try only.

Photo of dhd1491
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, copper with medium-dense head of beige bubbles. Little lacing. Hoppy, full-bodied flavor, but not floral. Some sweet maltiness. My only qualm is with a bit of a sharp bite and some cereal flavor. Similar to their pale ale in taste, but much more robust and flavorful.

Photo of opwog
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Aimee Mann - Wise Up

A- Cpeer color with a huge head. Had to pour in small amounts, as this kept foaming up.
S- grass and bread at the same time. Maybe a little piney.
T- pine and citrus come first and then mild malt
M- Maybe it takes getting use to the wet hop in the bottle, as this seemed a little biting which was also emphasized by heavy carbonation.
D- The elements keep it interesting, but the carbonation made me feel a bit bloated.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.