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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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2,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,955
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 154
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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

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

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

02-16-2007 16:11:00 | More by Morris729
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

02-14-2007 04:01:28 | More by jswigart
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

02-06-2007 06:39:18 | More by MiScusi
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

12-23-2006 15:18:06 | More by Pegasus
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

12-13-2006 23:39:23 | More by warmstorage
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

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).

12-01-2006 15:18:37 | More by gbarron
Photo of Chaz


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

A "darker" complexion that their Pale, as I'm waxing poetic I'd call it chestnut-amber in color. Poured with a bare minimum of head, but I appreciated it while it lasted (thing is, the bartender poured the beer to damn-near overflowing!) Hops are earthy and herbaceous, spicy and subtle all at once - I really, really enjoyed the nose on this one, and let it sit for a good minute to warm and to take in its finer qualities. A bit skunky in a good way, too. Medium-bodied yet this drinks like a lighter bodied ale, and also tricks you into thinking it's smaller somehow; I'm thinking this happened because I let it warm a bit? The other thing is, last time I enjoyed this was in a smokey bar and now (thanks to anti-smoking efforts everywhere) no more smoke in bars to get in the way of me and my beer and this is *much* better than I remember as a result. Harvest Ale's alcohol is higher than Pale's but doesn't *seem* higher due to its unique body and texture. Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, juicy, but amply punctuated by spicy hops. Notes of honeydew melon and cherry from some of the tawnier malts used in this really give it some depth, especially as the hops add a familiar pineapple musk to this brew. And then there's the bitterness: piney, resiny, oily hops with a touch of stinging nettles, it's a bitterness that lingers on your palate like the acrid smoke of an old man's favorite pipe - even in a smokeless bar! Wonderful stuff, and makes me think a lot more highly of it than just "the smaller brother of Celebration", even though there are some similarities. A heck of a deal too - it was 'Two for One' night . . .

11-24-2006 03:40:59 | More by Chaz
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

On-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - pours a golden amber color, slightly lighter than the Celebration (that's what the girlfriend was drinking), smaller head with little retention and/or lacing, slightly hazy

s - lots and lots of citrusy and piney hops, sweet maltiness provides a nice backbone as well

t - the fresh hops in this one are great, sweetness up front with the hops then dominating the palate, as the nose suggested, there is a maltiness in there, but this brew is definitely about the fresh hops, finish has a nice bitterness and the alcohol is not really detectable

m - very smooth, medium-bodied, not much carbonation, slightly dry finish

d - very drinkable, the taste is very interesting and the abv is not too high

Great APA all-around. For me, this isn't quite on the level of GD Fresh Hop, but it's one of my favorite APAs.

11-20-2006 02:18:05 | More by WeisGuy
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at Capital Ale House.

Poured a bright amber hue. Smallish head, which quickly diminishes to nothing.

Huge lemony-citric tones... fresh hops bite the nostrils... some grapefruit is evident, along with floral notes as the brew warms.

Fresh hops bring a large citrus flavour... Reminds me a lot of Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale... I would love to do a side-by-side tasting.

Bittering hop bite on the tongue. Nice... could use with a bit less in the carbonation department.

Delicious, but sacrifices some drinkability due to the carbonation levels and hoppiness. That being said... I could certainly have my fair share of these over the course of a night.

11-20-2006 00:36:43 | More by nickss
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

I had this one on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass ($4).

Pours a rich bronze/copper color and is clear. A modest white head forms, and disappears quickly to a heavy ring around the beer. There is a lot of lace for a small head,

The smell is very robust, with stron evergreen fragrances like an IPA.

The taste is sharp and bitter. There are some malt flavors, but a bitter citrus (grapefruit) flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. I think i;'s more akin to the IPA style, except for the absence of the thick chunky head found in an IPA. I would have SN Harvest again. It's a slightly more bitter version of the SN Pale Ale.

11-19-2006 23:12:41 | More by RJLarse
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

on tap at emmett's brew pub in Downers Grove. this is the first time ive seen it offered here.

color is amber red and is clear. it looks like the same color as their celebration ale. head is thick and creamy with a low level of carbonation.

smell is intense floral cascade hops. love the smell that must be from the fresh harvested dry hopping

tastes like celebration ale but not as intense bitterness but alcohol as stated by emmett's is the same 6.8. this is so smooth going down not sure if its from the low level of carbonation. its almost liek it was cask drawn.

all hops up front with their bitterness yet smooth mouthfeel with a malt finish. hops and malt back this beer up again like celebration ale.

this would be the perfect session beer although a bit expensive yet worth it

11-17-2006 17:41:40 | More by dutchbrew2
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Served in a 20oz pint glass at the Brick Store pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a dark, golden amber hue, very pretty. A white head is present, about one finger in size. Generous lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical APA. Nice and hoppy and malty as well. A little bit of straw and grass in the aroma. More than I care for. Caramel and biscuity malts support the light citrus hops. A bit of herbaceousness as well, which is off.

A bit too bitter for my liking in an APA. Lots of astringency and chalkiness and metallic flavors. Some lemon is involved and hardly any malt backs up the, in my opinion, overly bittered beer.

Not bad for an APA. I think the SN Pale ale is a better choice but this can stand its own. Worth a try, I says.

11-14-2006 20:10:37 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

2004 on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Vibrant pumpkin copper, clear with loads of bubbles swirling towards the top of the glass. Head is creamy with a subtle yellowish-green tint to it. The beer really reminds me of the color of fall leaves.

S: Watery orange, lemon peel with just a touch of cedar.

T: Begins lightly malty with subtle red fruit, crisp red apple and frozen orange juice concentrate. Pear, apricot and lemon pie filling also add to the flavors. Finishes very fruity with a very even bitterness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: I really prefer the fresh version...these type of beers don't historically age well.

11-13-2006 21:03:54 | More by Westsidethreat
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

A clear copper/red beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of little bubbles and great lacing. Nose is hops and grains. Taste is lots of hops up front, then bits of malt, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is good.

11-10-2006 15:06:25 | More by shivtim
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4.58/5  rDev +9%

I had this on a recent trip to Chicago at Piece. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing orange coloration to the body. The head of the beer is creamy and foamy one finger high. The head resolved into a thin white film. The beer has very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beers smell is dominated by pine hops. A compliment of citrus and earthy hops dances about the smell. The beer has plenty of sweet maltyness to break up the hops.

Taste: The beer has a very pronounced pine resin hoppyness with a brief kiss of citrus. The lightly toasted caramel maltyness gives great support to the hops. The maltyness gives way to grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The hops have a slight oilyness that prolongs the flavor. I could have drank this one all night long. I want some more! Please bottle this one for the masses.

11-10-2006 08:50:44 | More by nlmartin
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

A-Nice dark caramel color, very creamy head, good lacing

S-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy smell but with enough malt/sweetness to make it very good-like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

T-very hop forward with all the grassy/citrus flavors along with semi sweet flavors

M-good body and carbonation

D-goes down easy

I really liked this beer. The smell and flavors were all there, like a bag of fresh hops in a glass. Bring on the next harvest!

11-08-2006 01:12:37 | More by ruleof72
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Got this on tap at Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A reddish copper with hints of red and gold, slick head with good retention and excellent lacing. The balance of malt and hops in this APA in my opinion gives the perfect array of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability is high as this beer just goes down fast.

If I could find this in bottles, I'd be all over it.

11-06-2006 12:49:45 | More by matdot
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North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Purchased at Tyler's Taproon in Durham, NC-via shaker pint. Glowing warm orangy-red color, and pretty, white sticky head. Nice lace sheets dance around my glass. Aroma is mouth-wateringly fresh. Smell is full of delicious candy-like citrus, cascade hops (among others). The wet hopping is apparent in this very delightful beer. Not to mention delicious hoppy burps follow. Although this is one substantially hoppy beer it is quite well malted too, both in the nose and taste. There is a subtly balanced smoothness to it and a great fine grittiness to the texture. Awesome and I wish I could get this in stores. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the fresh/wet hopped beers during the Fall season from now on, in opposition to the traditional Oktoberfest style beers. Drinkability is the best.

Great beer. Go find it before you miss out.

11-02-2006 02:40:10 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%

Man, this is one fresh hoppy beer. Served to me at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC in a standard shaker pint glass. Clear, pure orange color - the head leaves rings of lace on the glass and settles to a fine white velum sheet for the remainder of the beer. Smells of fresh citrus hops - candied and very sticky with oily lupulin goodness. Taste follows the smell very well...a big mouthfull of sticky fresh hops with some residual sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Solid bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Mmmm-mmm good...did I mention fresh? Glad I got to try this!

11-02-2006 02:32:31 | More by wedge
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, looking smoked and carbonated. A finger of tight-bubbled off-white head dwindles soon to frothy islets. Lacing is liberal and textured.

The aroma slaps the olfactory mechanism with the pine resin pungence of blazingly fresh hops, citrusy and floral as well. A backbeat of slight malt sweetness lurks underneath, establishing a fair presence.

Upon tasting, a first flash of toothy malt sweetness careens in, carrying berry and caramel, then is mitigated by a juicy hop onslaught, with pine resin, pine needles, and crisply dry grapefruit citrus. A mild biscuit note comes through from a re-assertion of the malt, as well as a more floral character from the hops, before they melt away to a crisp and refreshing lingering bitterness. The wet-hopping works magic here, with a sassy freshness and impressive balance combining to blend into a fine, delightful flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, the oily, resinous hops join the sweet malt to lay softly but utterly on the palate.

This is about as balanced a highly hopped APA as I've had the pleasure to experience. The malt distributes just enough sweetness and fruit to counterbalance the energizing bite of wonderfully fresh hops. It's so damned good that I defy any hophead to have just one. This is a sessionable pleasure, a step above so much of what SN offers, and that's not to slight the others, but rather to extol the virtues of this pleasing, refreshing, edgy concotion. I often think scarcity is a big factor in making some beers as good as they seem, but this one would be as good no matter how available, so I say, bottle it now!

10-30-2006 17:51:05 | More by Foxman
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fiarlawn, OH - 10/28/06

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a modest head that left moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of resin, pine, and citruic hops.

T: Like the smell with a strong, but gentle bitterness. Very similar to SNPA, but with a fuller and more intense flavor.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, lingering flavor.

D: Quite a fine beer. If only this was as readily available as SNPA. Awesome.

10-29-2006 02:06:11 | More by klewis
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,955 ratings.