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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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3,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 141 | 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 QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 8 oz 11th ed. bottle into Trappistes Rochefort chalice

A - This brew pours nice and dark amber, orange-brown, murky, with a beautiful finger head that sits and then dissipates into a nice frothy film, excellent lacing; tasty looking brew

S - Fruity, hops and more hops, slight caramel notes

T-M - Orange citrus tones into a hops explosion, elegant bitterness, slight chocolate/caramel taste on the finish. Good carbonation.

D - Has a nice balance: heavily hopped, obviously, but not over-powering.

QuentinCompson, May 20, 2008
Photo of dbalsock
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with a 1 finger offwhite head. The head is a little small, but it still looks fantastic.

Smell: A number of different hops come together here with some alchol and a malt base of nice somewhat-sweetness.

Taste: Very fruity and very citrusy hops with a decent malt backbone. The hops layer on themselves nicely with forest and medicine hitting on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: I find it a little watery, but also thirst quenching with a very nice bitterness.

DA: Easily drinkable and definitely a go-to american IPA.

dbalsock, May 05, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007, 11th Edition, drank on May 1, 2008

Toasted cranberry red with a 1/4" head--very appealing and rich color, appearing much more like an IPA; some lacing left behind

Despite sitting in a bottle in room temp for a number of months now, the fresh hops are still alive and well; they're the same hop bill as Celebration Ale (which is great), but much fresher and 'wetter' in aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel
From the first luscious sip I was hooked. It's remarkably balanced for being such a hop-forward ale. The hops are juicy, rich, and spicy, but kept in balance by the hearty two-row pale and caramel malts. The texture is oily (must be from those freshly picked hop cones) and silky, and medium-bodied, making it a standout attribute of the beer. This beer is so full of flavor it's hard to accept its classification as simply a pale ale; I'd definitely say it's an IPA as it has just as many IBUs and similar ABV as Celebration.

This is quite possibly as good as Celebration Ale, which is hard for me to believe. Celebration seems to possess a more pronounced hoppiness, but this has the unique vibrancy of freshly harvested hops, making it incredibly delectable and unique. I can only imagine how this is even more impressive within the first month of it being bottled, though this by no means tasted like it had aged at all.

JEdmund, May 05, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2007 Harvest Ale from a bomber and poured into my Duvel Tulip glass which I just got today.

A - Copper color with a bit of an orange and gold hue to it as well. Had a nice creamy head on top that has a toffee hint to it. On the whole the beer is very clean looking and has a bit of a reflective hue to it and I can see a bit of carbonation trailing up through.

S - A light hint of pine but actually get mostly caramel and malts. This has a lot sweeter smell than I expected as I wanted there to be more hops in it.

T- Overall, I want to say up front that this was a rather sweet APA that was balanced but in the process, it seemed to kill off most of the ommph of the hops. At first, I get a light note of pine hops but that is quickly over run by a sweet, caramel and toffee flavor that one usually finds in DIPAs. As I drink this, I have to say that this really seems to be the prominent flavor as I don't seem to get any hops again until the end. The hops linger around lighthy on the tongue after the beer goes down and that is mostly a light pine. The beer is greatly balanced and on the whole, you can feel the hops in the background throughout it but they are never overly prominent since they are always against the sweet, caramel and biscuity flavors. Can find everything in here as well but most of the flavors are a bit subdued.

MF - This is a rather nice aspect of the beer. There is barely any carbonation but the beer is velvety smooth on the tongue and it just does down very easily. It has a nice body to it as well as you can really feel this beer hanging around in your mouth but it still manages to not be heavy.

D - Overall, this is a nice drinking beer that is nicely balanced and would maybe be a beer that I would drink with some pizza. It is one of those beers that I could easily finish the whole bomber and then say oh no where did that go?! Very easy drinker that has a nice good taste to it.

jeonseh, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a crystal clear amber with a big and frothy off-white head that left lots of lace.

Smells of leather and pine with a sharp grapefruit rind.

Tastes of fresh green leafy hops. There's a mild pine and cedar rounded off with a fruity citrus ring. The base is a light whole wheat bread.

Feels a little heavy, but clean and crisp. There's a very pleasing carbonation that struggles through and does quite a bit for the experience.

Quite drinkable indeed.

DarkerTheBetter, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of cabsandking
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber with a creamy dense off white head three fingers high and sticky. The nose is all hops, pine, grapefruit, and slight peppery musk. Really nice peppery hop spice right away, perfumy pine, and a bitterness that intensifies into the finish and becomes very dry. Light buttery malts in the back and melon fruit about. Good amount of cloying, average mouthfeel. Overall a really fragrant hop beer and at times does well to assert itself.

cabsandking, Apr 07, 2008
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy bubbles like the top of a bubble bath are a light tan head and jump to two fingers. Lace is thick and consistent as the head slowly subdues. Body is an attractive orange amber glow. Hops are sweet and gummy on the nose with notes of spearmint, anise, green tea, and wet wheat. A zesty, prickly hoppy freshness enters the mouth. Like walking among hop bushes at harvest time. This beer is crisp and refreshing with tingling mouth hue throughout. The bitter is even and long carried by a thick resin like feel on the tongue. This nectar like elixar should be a real winner with the hop heads. Nicely drinkable.

SPLITGRIN, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of indiapaleale
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Christ almighty, 4 tons of hops harvested in one day! A moment of silence for all those hop cones that met their doom in the name of one amazing beer!

Pours a slick, clean golden tangerine color. You swear that you can see the alpha acids floating around within that beautiful amber liquid. The head is fluffy and has the rings of a fresh beer. The smell is outstanding. Its bitter lemon, grapefruit, pure fresh humulus lupulus juice in all its glory. There is a bit of breadiness to compliment the overload of hoppiness. Pure olfactory heaven.

Taste is bitter. Go figure. This is fresh hop taste at its best and very high on the tongue drying scale. Lots of citrus and piney notes. You have to respect a brewery for being able to create a beer that satisfies all the hop loving senses.

Don't worry, this is balanced. You can drink it and not say its another one sided hop bomb that lacks character. Seek this mother of india pale ales out and stock up before its all gone and you have to wait for next year's release.

indiapaleale, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of arizcards
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24 oz'er in early October at AJ's for $3.99.

Beer poured an amber color with a solid white head that is leaving a beautiful lacing in my glass. Nose, not surprisingly, is hoppy. Taste is of caramel malts balanced nicely by northwest hops. Mouthfeel is full for the style, quite nice! Overall drinkability is very good. Celebration has always been my favorite SN brew but this one has just taken over as it is a bit more balanced. I will definitely have to try it 5-6 months earlier!

arizcards, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer is a hazy golden amber color topped by a huge three-finger head of sticky off-white foam. Retention is well above average and a clingy web of lace adorns the side of the glass as the head recedes.

Smell: There's definitely a world of hops here. Pine and floral are the most evident notes, giving this beer a crisp, fresh scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Unbelievably smooth and creamy, accented by fresh hop oils that wander in taste from fresh grass, to citrus, to pine, and back to citrus again. Slightly sweet malty undertones form a great base for the layers of hop notes, but never takes center stage away from the true stars. Carbonation is spot on. Finish is short and slightly bitter with a piney hop aftertaste, but never "harsh". Medium-bodied.

Drinkability/Overall Impression: I would really like to try this again next year when it's fresh. I'm not sure whether or not some of the "edge" was worn off this beer in the 6 or so months since it was bottled. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting, though it would be nice to have a 12-ounce serving to cure the occasional "hop fix." I wish I had picked up a few more bottles when I saw them, but this is now definitely on my list of yearly seasonals to seek out.

Phillyduke, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a slightly hazy amber red color with a nice off-white head that leaves a nice film. Malty aroma with nice hops, florals, and citrus. Crisp refreshing taste with good malts initially, giving way to citrus and florals and a great pine-ish bitter finish. Nice lingering hop aftertaste. Light- to medium-bodied; very smooth with minimal carbonation. An excellent and refreshing offering from SN that I'll look for again.

mithrascruor, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a clear almost amber with a big off white head

s- big juicy citrusy and piney hops all over, grassy overload of hops nice

t- great dry hopped flavors all over. big citrus pine and grass notes a great hop head drink

m- full thick

d- awesome

Atron67, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of throwitallaway
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass. Brown in color. Nice head with some lacing. Fresh smelling, piny and floral hops, that aren't as overpowering in the nose that I thought they would. Flavor has the same hop thing going as the aroma, but with a sweet, biscuity, malt background. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, but not overly so. I could drink a lot of this beer, but it doesn't quite stick out.

throwitallaway, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition - 24 oz bottle with some code on the label. It pours a clear orangey-topaz, with low carbonation and topped with two fingers of sticky head that eventually reduce to almost nothing. Spicy and floral in the nose, with a backing of orange and pine. Strong hop bitterness and flavors, with orange, grapefruit and a woody character being the most prevalent, lasting long into the finish. Slight malt backing and subtler hop flavors hide beneath as well. Medium and fairly smooth body, but the carbonation is tingly and numbing, lowering the drinkability. This is definitely a hoppy beer (perhaps too much so), but I did enjoy it and will probably give it another chance at some point - ideally a few months closer to the release date so I can check out its full potential.

mmmbeer, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The 2007 Harvest Ale is a great example of the difference between using fresh, wet hops in the kettle over dry hops. The beer poured very clean, I assume the yeast was filtered out and this beer did not bottle condition. The color was a nice amber color with a creamy white head that lasted throughout the glass. The smell was great; crisp and clean but not overpowering. With a smell this refined, great care was taken to ensure purity in this brew. The taste seemed a bit light to me, granted the fresh hops do not impart the robust taste that the dried hops give but I still felt this beer was a bit thin. Very crisp, however; it was a nice change from the almost purely dried hops used in every other beer. The mouthfeel was exceptional and this is a definitely drinkable beer. Well worth a try if you can still find a bottle. Cheers!

DevilDogBeer, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a gorgeous, slightly-glowing orange/brown mix with a white, fluffy, wonderful head that showed terrific retention. It was one of the most inviting APAs that I've ever seen.

Smell - The hop aroma is sharp but muted, mixing together the stiff but not sweet orange smell along with some mild pine. The grain though stands its ground. This is not the normal American slop but some fine, crisp grain that smells like it came right out of the field.

Taste - The hop hit is bigger at the taste but otherwise mirrors the smell. The key to an APA though is balance, and SN did a terrific job on the grainy malt base that just does balance out the big hops.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with perfect carbonation and an incredibly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - This might seem just a bit stiff for the beginning drinker but anyone who can appreciate APAs will love this beer.

RoyalT, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby amber with a good sized lasting off white head in a tulip. Piney, chemical cleaner like hops aroma. After it warms, some bitter unripe pecan like nuttiness too. Taste is pretty similar to smell. Kind of piney, fairly bitter, and astringent like hop taste. Nicely carbonated and nice body. Sharp, dry metallic bitterness but a faint earthy sweetness in the finish as well. Overall a hoppier than average IPA that has a unique character about it. Good, but something I'll have to try again, I think.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy deep gold to amber. Good size rocky white head. Coated the glass with a thick Brussels Lace.
S - Predominantly floral and citrus. Slight toasted biscuit in the background.
T - floral bitterness immediately that gives way to a citrus bitterness. Slight toffee flavor in the malt trys to come through at the very end.
M - medium body. Right about what you would expect for the color and alcohol.
D - Very drinkable beer. Nice job once again by one of the APA originals.

hops4me, Feb 28, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice golden amber color, with a big foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus and hops.

T: Like alot of other Sierra's, taste's great and easy to drink even with it's big hop flavor. Big fan.

M: Not a ton going on here in this beer that differsfrom other hoppy beers. Bitterness up front with a smooth finish.

D: seeing as how mines a bomber, 2 would be a commitment, but worth it.

I would recommend this beer once a year when it's released

madtowndmb1, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper, golden color with no head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Not a hop-bomb or overbearing. Taste is piney hops. Again not over the top or dominating, but reserved and actually well done. Decent brew. A good beer from a brewery that I'm not very fond of, so that is a success.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some traces of caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter green hops with some notes of caramel malt. Medium body with some average carbonation. This beer is really average on so many levels and it definitely isn't one of the best harvest hops beers that I have had the chance to try.

Phyl21ca, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of ReDave
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rushed down to BeMo and got this as soon as it was available last fall, and had it right away.

Very unique.
Great aroma. Different hoppy apa, kinda IPA
great stuff.
great after taste.
Not too high in alcohol, so a bomber plus is easy.
I've bought over a case, and while the taste has changed over time, [and maybe lost just a 'touch' of the greatness] this is still a great beer. The aroma is not quite there, but this is still good stuff.
thanks Sierra Nevada!

ReDave, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Carbonated with a copper colour. Very large head, but dissipates to a ring if you drink it slowly

S: Very hoppy smell, with a slight fruit taste to it. quite a nice smell to it.

T: At first a load of hops hit your tongue, and after a few seconds of it laying on your tongue a different style of hops come out. A bit complex, it goes from hops to malts back to another type of hops.

M: Although the beer is slightly carbonated, the carbonated feel is the first to leave your mouth, and what remains is a nice smooth feel.

D: It's a quite drinkable ale. I keep drinking it because of the taste of the hops are so damn brilliant. It's something, you can enjoy slowly or quickly, but you can always have another!

Serving Type: Bottle in English Pint Glass

swizzlenuts, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant orangey-copper into a pint glass. The head is fluffy and tan, and is maintaining it's 1 finger of height remarkably well. It's been 5 minutes since pouring and the foam is just about as high as ever.

Aroma is very underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. Where usually in this style there would be a bright bouquet of fruity, floral hops, there's only a raw leafiness.

Flavor is ok, surprisingly malty considering SN's track record with pale ales (overhopped messes), but not all that tasty. A little bit of pepperiness in the finish.

This beer is a little thick in body for the style, but the carbonation cuts through well. Finish isn't really crisp enough to be refreshing.

Another overrated beer from Sierra Nevada.

illidurit, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant copper/amber color with a nice thick white head. The aroma is hoppy, moderate-high, citrusy, spicy, and a hint of pine. The flavor is highly hoppy, with moderate bitterness, yet there is enough malt presence to create a nice balance. The flavors are like the smell, citrusy, piney, and slightly sweet. The body is medium-full and mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Overall a great beer, highly recommend!

uwmgdman, Feb 23, 2008
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.