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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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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 182
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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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 HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden with a HUGE frothy head. The retention is fantastic and the lacing is outstanding. The aroma is of fresh mint, grapefruit, pine sap, and caramel malt. Delicious grapefruity fresh hops great my palate. The hops impart a nice level of bitterness that tastes of mint and herbs, and which is joined by a solid sweet caramel backbone. The mouthfeel is sticky and the carbonation is excellent.

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle

A - Dark amber to fully copper colored. Very very clear - great job of filtration. Head is strong at a 1/4" in and is very well retained. Internally the bubbling carbonation is strong and persistent.

S - The signature alpha acids of a wet hop are front and center on this beer. Very floral and sweet - but with some earthy undertones.

T - Starts off in almost perfect balance of malty barley flavors offset by a bitter but not hoppy flavor. The hops enter midstream, with more of the fresh hop smell. FInishes with the malty goodness finally taking over the bitterness. The aftertaste is decidedly bitter, which I imagine is the hop oils doing a good job of coating my palette.

M - Full of body and very coating. Two charactistics I would expect would shine in a beer of this much fermented barley and strong fresh hops. Only a slight amount of carbonation bite on the tongue.

D - A fairly drinkable beer. The interesting flavors are in balance in a way that doesn't cause me to grow tired of a one dimensional beer. The body of the beer is beginning to weigh on me some.

I'm pleased with this beer in that I like the fresh hop flavor, but in this case they don't make it so overt. Others want to knock you over with hops and lose all since of balance.

Photo of stumac
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12th Release - 2008
Wet Hop Ale

pours a copper color with a huge frothy and bubbly cream colored head. great retentive lacing. the nose is a nice bouquet of floral hops, mildly spicy hops, piney hops, subtle sweet malts. the taste is piney hops, sweet malts, nice bitterness, kicks you in the tongue with spicy hops, slight citrus in the finish. a very crisp brew. tastes like a hoppy American Red Ale. medium body, medium spritzy carbo, semi dry finish

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release - Wet Hop Harvest

Appearance: Nice dark copper colored, soapy off-white head; a little carbonation action going on.

Smell: Pine, Hops, little caramel, little weak. I wish this beer had a much stronger aromatic punch to it.

Taste: Caramel malts create a nice balance with the pine resin hops. A little bit of smokiness, citrus, and nuttiness as well. You can definitely taste the pine resin hop oiliness. Still, flavor seems underdone. Not as hoppy as anticipated. Definitely doesn't really hit the spot for us hopheads.

Mouthfeel: Oily/somewhat slick with medium carbonation. Another category where this beer is good but not exceptional

Drinkability: It's not as good as we were hoping. But you could easily sit around drinking these all night long. Even our girlfriends like it. Fun drinking for the whole family!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12th Release, 2008 Edition
The beer was amber in color with a thick, off-white head. A little bit of lacing.
Mostly floral aroma, with a little bit of citrus.
Pine and lavender taste, with some grapefruit. They complement each other quite well.
A smooth, easy to drink beer.

Photo of BeenJammin
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have not had any Sierra Nevada Harvest Ales before other than their Southern Hemisphere version. From what I was told and what I expected from this wet hop method was a very distinct piney and citrus aroma. This wasn't really the case. It seemed like there was some piney-like hops in the nose but it was dominated by malts. The apperance was spot on though. It has a nice copper look to it as well as a nice off white head. There was good head retention and great lacing. The taste had very good bitterness to it and there was quite a bit of citrus hop flavor to it. It also has a nice caramel like sweetness to it which makes it a pretty well balanced beer. The mouthfeel was full and I think that it is fairly drinkable with its great balance.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up at the Four Firkins, quite possibly one of my favorite speciality beer stores.

This beer pours a clear copper to amber color. A crisp white head crowns the top. Artistic lace encases the sides of the glass as I enjoy this hoppy treat. The aromas are a definite hop fest. I get a strong grapefruit aroma at first. This is followed by a vast array of other citrus fruits. Not as overpowering as one would expect with a fresh hop ale. There is a faint sweetness from the malts as well. The hop flavor in this beer is phenomenal. You have to really appreciate the hop to appreciate this flavor. Raw floral, grapefruit flavors present initially. This is followed by a balanced malty sweetness. In the end of the my drink, I notice a nice piney bite. The hoppy bite in this beer is really present, but the bitterness really fits it well. The bitterness lingers to the next drink, but is really quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is pretty solid. Crisp and clean, just what I love about Sierra Nevada.

This is an exceptional beer. Definitely an iconic beverage. I don't think I've ever had a fresh hop ale as good as this one. Sierra Nevada has always been a symbol of quality. This beer is just another reason why they may be one of the greatest craft breweries out there. I am tempted to go pick up a case of this despite the cost at $6.50 a bottle. This beer is definitely worth it.

Photo of dino213aa
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition

I've really tried hard to review this with consideration to the style. I am not a big fan of pale ale's- especially Sierra Nevada's. However, this years SN Harvest Ale really asks me to reconsider my prejudices against this style.

A: Clear, deep amber with no gradation in color. Pours with minimal head but lots of intricate lacing in ~1-inch tiers.

S: Slightly toasty with whispers of lavender and citrus.

T&M: Personally I dislike pale ales because of bitter hops. That's it. However, this brew is incredibly balanced between bitterness and underlying character. There is a floral quality that reminds me of lavender, clover, grain with a touch of citrus reminiscent of plums or wild strawberries (as opposed to lemon). I can't imagine a pale ale tasting better than this, and by that measure I rate this brew as exceptional. Mouthfeel is crisp yet enduring.

D: Highly drinkable. I'd give this a 5 if I liked hops more.

Rarely does a beer invoke the kind of imagery and sensations as this brew has for me. Perfectly balanced and complex, this brew tantalizes the imagination and beckons me to drink more.

Very highly recommend.

Photo of ironlung
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition... still have bottles down the street!!

A: copper/amber really nice head (like all other harvest ales) good lacing down the tulip.

S: biscut malt and grassy hops.

T: wow this one ages pretty well. very little flavor loss. all I notice is that it's less snappy in the hop department than the latest version.

M: a little sticky but still very smooth an al around nice ipa.

D: very high. I'll probably go get another couple bottles and put in the celler to check this pioneer's journey through time.

Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking dark orange/copper with a solid and creamy thick head which leaves good lacing. A very attractive brew.

Smelled of the ever present SN pine along with some mellow hops to balance things out nicely. Not overly complex but inviting nonetheless.

Taste was a small step down from the scent. The pine was there but more in the background. The hops were smooth and not too in your face. I appreciated that. Some sweet malt present too.

Mouthfeel was somewhat on the thin side, but still quite acceptable. Not a lot of carbonation.

This is a good beer, but not quite up there with SN's best. As mentioned in an earlier post however, it's still a great bang for the buck.

Photo of acrawf6
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear rich dark red amber with a nice frothy tan head that lingers for all of the beer, and with great lacing.

Smell. Has a very nice pine and citrus hop aroma that has a small touch of a metallic character to it, which i like. A small caramel sweetness comes out in big whiffs.

Taste. A very nice balance. Hops are very good and present with a citrus flavor with some of a pine in it. But the malt backbone really fills out the flavor too. Aftertaste is balanced well too.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium. Great balance and good amount of carbonation.

Overall, an incredible beer. I really wish the would be available daily. Apa is a good and reliable style, but i never had one i found was a incredible beer, until i had this one. With the alc content and the hop presence, it makes me think this is a hybird of a apa and american ipa. Just a great beer all around.

Photo of racer2k
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz. Bottle

A - Dark orange red hue with two fingers of cake batter head on the angled pour. The head thins out and creates a nice lacing on the sides of the glass as you sip.

S - Fresh cut green hop smell. The lawn of hops was just mowed it smells so fresh! Pine and citrus are also present with a hint of malt.

T - The first taste yields a pleasant malt flavor followed by a green hop bomb. There is a nice oily hop resin present in the taste with hints of citrus and grapefruit and pine.

M - Moderate carbonation but very smooth and tasty. Bitter moderate hop finish but not overwhelming. Hopheads will like the complexity of this monster.

D - Another excellent contribution to craft brewing by SN. This is almost as good as the SN Southern Harvest Fresh Hop but not quite. Glad I had a line of communication with my local beer store so that I was emailed when it came in.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version of the Harvest Ale... 12th release. I poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a goblet this time.

A orange-reddish hue, not a huge head, but lots of lacing around the sides of the goblet. A strong aroma of hops, dominating the nose on this one. The balance comes out on the first sip, a little bit of malt on the aftertaste in addition to the hops and hints of fruit. This one is bitter but not TOO bitter. Fantastic mouthfeel, leaves me wanting more right away.

This one gets better with each sip... not a heavy drinker, but a damn fine beer to sit back and enjoy.

Photo of stephens101
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge 3-finger bubbly tan head clings to the glass for all it's worth before it leaves spots of lacing around the glass and some fluff right on top of the brew. Color is a clear copper. Potent hops at first are noticed on the nose, then a little citrus and pine. Tastes of perfect citrus hops with a good malt backbone and a spicy aftertaste. This is a perfectly balanced, light to medium bodied brew that doesn't kill you on the hop bite, but hits dead on the bullseye.

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

Clear body with a reddish copper hue. Head was a light tan color and held over an inch a few minutes. A few carbonation bubbles develop halfway up the body. Sticky lace clumps.

A very strong floral hop aroama leads off. A secondary hit of malt was remisicint of fresh baked rolls. A faint backing of pine scents.

Taste is surprisingly very malt sweetness heavy. Gritty pine resin is also quite strong on the tongue.

A nice viscocity with just enough carbonation to shift the flavors. Taste cling on the sides of tongue.

A good brew. Works with with a nice plate of Mexican food. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for a 12th release of this brew. Well worth the price for a try.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

GLASS: Capt. America for Prez Pint Glass (Yahooo!)
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

First, I disagree with this being reviewed under the same entry as last years version, because this is a different bottle altogether. I thought about starting a new listing, but everyone else seems to be putting their reviews under this one so, I guess that I will, too.
Last years release (11th) was a dry-hopped version, while this years is wet-hopped. Last years was 6.2% abv while this years is 6.7% abv.

Clear, golden amber liquid, similar to maple syrup in appearance. Massive 4+ finger head with very good retention. Excellent lacing, very sticky.

Very hoppy nose. Very citrusy. Lots of lemon zest and tons of grapefruit. Lighter floral tones. Slight hint of fresh-cut grass. Some sweet malt notes are detected.

Big bitter hop bite smacked me in the face, right out of the gate. Piney, citrusy and floral all combine for an abundant attack. Flavors of grapefruit, pine resin, and bitter citrus. Light malt sweetness is in there, but it's way down deep.

Good mouthfeel in general, but I find it abit on the waterey side.

I can see that this would make an easy drinking bottle, but for me, the hops are too over dominant. I might pick up a few bottles to cellar for a year or two, to see how they age.

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

Had this beer on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, deep, reddish-amber with a thick, almond head into a pint glass. The aroma was of fresh, piney hops. The initial flavor was of sweet malt and hops, with a fairly quick transition to a bitter hop finish. Beautiful carbonation and lacing matched with the nicely balance hop profile - another quality brew from SN.

Photo of mjryan
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper colour with a nice head. Decent retention with a small amount of lace. Aroma is of citrus/ pine hops, with a sweet malt malt character. The aroma is very nice, but not as intense as I would expect from a wet hopped beer. Flavour starts out with a sweet, lightly nutty malt character that transitions into the citrus/pine hop flavour. Very balanced between malt and hops. I expected more green fresh wet hop character, and while the hops are certainly there they dont exhibit that character. Finish is pleasantly bitter with a slight lingering malt sweetness. Carbonation is medium as is the body. Overall this is a very nice, easy drinking pale ale. Very well balanced. I would think that the wet hops would have been more prominantly featured in this one though.

Photo of evanackerman
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful deep amber with a billowing tan head, beautiful lacing as the beer is consumed.

aroma is of baking bread with hints of citrus and rosemary, extremely inviting.

taste is a beautiful balance of fresh citrusy and vegetal hops with a solid malt backbone, absolutely delicious.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

drinkability is off the charts

well, I thought long and hard trying to find a flaw in the beer because I am hesitant to award my first perfect score, but I just couldn't do it. To me this is the best example of everything I am looking for in a beer. Highly recommended!

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

Medium copper with a nice pillow head. Smell is a very distinct balance of rich hops and a definite malt sweet aroma. The taste is excellent, pre.esnting the same balance as the aroma..hops aren't harsh, malt isn't overly sweet. Mouthfeel is rich, chewy..a beer to savor. Drinkability based on the above characteristics is way above average.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 24 oz. bottle of this for $2.49

Damn, this is one hoppy/delicious beer. Although you can smell and taste the hops easily, the beer is still not that bitter and has a very 'wet' mouthfeel to me.. which is different but good. I think it's kinda of cool how they do this in one night and bottle it all up and ship it out in a day. For the price, it was one of the best purchases I made and I'm gonna go out and get more this weekend.

Photo of srandycarter
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't see a separate category for this one, so I hope I am in the correct place.

Sierra Nevada 2008 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale
ABV 6.7%

A - Fairly clear dark honey/caramel, initial creamy root beer type head. Wispy white lacing.

S - Very subdued. Some sweet malt and a bite in the smell.

T - Nice sweet malt and bitter hop mix. Not too extreme on either, but nicely balanced.

D - Because not too extreme, extremely drinkable!

Photo of Redwood21
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok damn... finally found the right harvest ale, thanks sin and beast.

at any rate:

A: This bee ris all looks. think a pretty V rod cycle of beers. frothy white head that lasts the whole delicious beer, the gorgeous copper rust color is also very attractive, in all honesty i haven't seen something not to like so it survives round one

S: then it falls flat. an ipa without much nose to it. there is a bit of a floral spice hop note. but nothing epic or enticing

T: this beer could be more robust for a supposed IPA. there is a more sweet floral note but as the beer warms the spice and hops come out to play. this beer is quality but a bit light on the hop effect for me.

M/D: ok this is a very clean drinkable beer. its very good. very sessionable. its not very robust but has enough flavor and body to keep it pumpin

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fresh, floral and grapefruity

Taste: After a biscuity beginning, the fresh hop flavors kick in - grapefruit, primarily; after the swallow, there is a nice balance between the fruit and the underlying malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice APA, overall; well-balanced, with enough bitterness to please the hophead

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 24oz bottle. Poured it into a pint glass in two servings. Color is light copper with some cloudiness. Thick foamy head with nice lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet malt with a hint of pine and hops. The taste is better balanced than the aroma. Tastes lightly malty, some sweetness and a little hoppy. Mild bitterness rounds out the taste. Leaves some stick in the mouth but goes down very easy. A very drinkable and tasty harvest ale.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,394 ratings.