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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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3,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,346
Reviews: 1,470
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 158 | 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 treyrab
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh, PA...had it served into a pint glass...

A: Nice clear golden with a two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation as well as some sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Pine and grassy hops are the first thing that is noticed. Some citrus hops in there as well along with a minor hint of malt.

T: Tastes more like an AIPA rather than APA, but I digress...Taste is hoppy, but not overpowering hoppy like an IPA. It comes with a solid malt backbone as well, but not enough to balance out the hops.

Overall, a good beer by Sierra Nevada that reminds me of their Pale Ale.

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

11th edition 2007 on the bottle. This is probably a little old to fully appreciate everything that fresh hop is about, but its still a lot better than i expected.

A: Pours a rich copper color with a billowy white head about two fingers worth. Pretty rocky. Crystal clear. A fair amount of bubbles. Excellent sticky lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Fresh hops, clean, refreshing smells, grassy, very few malt characteristics really show in this. The hops are really over powering, but its in a refreshing, not skunky nasty way.

T: Bready malts up front, heavy bread crust sorta taste initially then it all fades to hops, hops, and more hops. Definitely more on the piney side to me. Nice lingering bitterness. Very very tasty. A bit unbalanced, but really refreshing, the hoppiness is nice.

M: Fairly thin, not too terribly thick. Nice bitterness. A little sticky in the mouth too. Pretty nice all around. A slight warming, alcohol presence brings it out.

D: Pretty fair really. A bomber is good, but if on a night out I could easily pour back a few pints of this before having to switch it up. The hops kinda wear on the tongue a bit, but not too bad. All in all a great brew. Can't wait for 2008's beer!

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

Pours a light orange with three fingers of head that leaves beautiful lacing. Clarity leaves a bit wanting or it would be perfect.
Delicious caramel in the nose, complimented by resiny hops. the hops dominate the finish with a delicious grapefruit and pine balance. The flavour continues the same, with caramel and light malt as well as some biscuity tones, but the hops... oh, the hops. Wonderful. The hops are almost spicy, complimented by the carbonation.
The mouthfeel is excellent too, with good carbonation, a bit of creamy medium-full body, and a smoothness combined with the high carbonation and bitterness that leaves the palette feeling attacked... in a good way.
One of the best "pale ales" I've had, though it may in fact fit in the IPA category better. Certainly highly recommended.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper color melds the orange and brown aspects nicely. Tanned head has hints of orange around the edges. Little streamers pushing the head upward; they do a great job of keeping a half inch cap over top. Lacing turns out fantastically.

The cap was so sticky and comprehensive that a good nose was impossible to ascertain initially. Caramel, toasted malt right off the bat, and the grapefruit and orange zest come through as it warms.

The flavor is just right - a really pleasant melding of bitterness and sweetness. Great for an afternoon quaff. Malts sugars are upfront, and strong enough to balance the finish. The hops take over in the middle and add a great deal of fruitiness along with a hint of pithy pine. In the finish there's a nice peppery prick of alcohol.

The heft is about right, a tiny bit thin-seeming at times, but amply filling with good scrubbing bubbles to keep the fresh hop bitterness from coating the palate as much as the IPA style would warrant but would be overbearing for the pale ale.

Great beer.

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

Translucent copper poured into my Saranac pint/pilsner glass. Full2 fingeers of staying head.

I smell hops.

Pale, hop, nice finish. The >6% blends real well into the hop flavor. The finish here is very special. Almost like 3 layers of hops. Very enjoyable. Sits, sits, sits.

Yummy. Awesome after-taste. Extremely balanced and full flavor for an APA.

Im glad this one came in a 22oz. I definately want more.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid about $3 for a 24 oz bottle from The Wine Fountain in San Jose, CA. Poured into a pint glass with two pours.

I didn't think this one would give as much head as she did, so I poured her rather aggressively. Mistake; almost a four inch off white head. Very frothy and carbonated. Transparent lighter copper in color. Superb head retention. Very sticky, thick, frothy and lasting lace.

Smells very fresh and hoppy. Dank and citrusy, but not to the extent of an IPA. Nothing too complex, but this one has quality written all over it. Doesn't smell quite as hoppy as the standard Sierra Nevada. This one is balanced well with underlying sweeter malts.

This is a tasty brew. The hops come through first and the bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. There are malts balancing this one out slightly, but the hops are definitely in the foreground.

Medium body. Slightly creamy coming in with a more watery finish. A great drink for a nice sunny day. This one is very easy to drink for a 6.2% ABV, but I wouldn't want to session all afternoon with this one.

A great specialty APA from Sierra Nevada. I think I actually like this one better than its older more popular sibling.

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

I had this on tap at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn.

Pours a hazy amber. Topped by a thick, off-white head that fades somewhat, but sticks around as a half-inch layer. Leaves sheets of lace over the side of the glass. The aroma is dominated by hops that are resiny, and piney. There's also an undertone of fruit present.

Hoppy as fuck. There's a brief flash of sweet malt backbone upfront before the citric and resiny hops take over. The bitterness is intense and lingers long into the finish. Medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated and oily.

This is one hell of a pale ale. The hops hit you over the head, but i wouldn't expect and less from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada- Harvest Ale

A- Deep copper brown with a small foamy lacing.
S- Toasted malt, carmalized brown sugar, and oily vanishy pine hops.
T- Brown sugar, caramel malt, and oily bitter resin hops.
M- Buttery and slick with a good pungent bitter bite.

Overall- Good thick and solid. This could be a staple amongst Pale Ales.

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This poured a hazy rusted copper color with light tan head. It smelled like strong copper hops and floral hops with a bit of light malt. It tasted like potent bitter pine sap and dry floral hops. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a lasting very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was not a very well balanced beer, and didn't have the best hops flavor either. But it was at least clean had a good body.

Photo of Biggness
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz brown bottle. It poured a bronze color with nice clarity. The smell is of hops and you can tell its is a very complex beer. The taste has a touch of frutiness and nice malts, a beautifully crafted beer. It feels smooth in my mouth with a nice level of carbonation. Definately a beer that I could drink all night. This was a great idea wwith the fresh ingridients and it worked wonderfully!

Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a dark amber appearance with creamy lacing and a patchy head. The aromas were generally spicy with some malts and hops. I also sensed some light caramel and some grain to the aromas as well. The drink was bittersweet with an almost syrupy sweet maltyness and spice. General medium body, helped it be smooth and not overpowering. Overall, this one was pretty good.

Photo of phishgator
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful amber hue with a foamy white head that dissipates to lace the glass. Carbonation is very evident. The aroma is fresh mowed grass, fields of grain blowing in a spring breeze, and a floral hoppy flower. The taste is hop oil mixed with more hop oil and then a malt backbone that tells you its there, but faintly. The oils coat the mouth from start to finish. The body is medium to full. I would drink this every day until my tastebuds were completely burned out.

Photo of YankChef
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle poured into a sam smith tumbler. 2007 american edition

Appearance: High clarity with a light amber color and an initial 1 inch fluffy offwhite head that lingers all the way down.

Smell: There is more of a roasty nutty and malty character at this point in the nose comparing it to the southern hemisphere brew, but still big time floral hops.

Taste: Awesome balance between the malt and the overly present hops, balanced imbalance is the proper way to express it.

Overall: A great beer, props to SN for making this beer and now twice a year. Get it while you can and in this case the 2007 actually holds up pretty well over time.

Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A two inch off white colored head forms on top. The aroma is strong, it can be smelled several feet away. There is a quick scent of malt at the start, then an onslaught attack of hops cames right at you. It brings the combined fragrances of grass, citrus, and earth. The malt is very mild at the front of the taste. Then halfway across the palate the hop flavor comes out with citrus and earthy flavors. A watery feel, with a bit tingle from the carbonation. It does stay consistant all the way through. Wow, what an intense aroma and a surprisingly balanced flavor. The aroma tells you hops are coming at you, but the taste reminds you that malt is the backbone to this beer, not guest to the party.

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

Thank to genog for this Beer Powerball beer!

I am using a pint glass and see a lots of lacing and a decent creamy head. Head tastes all creamy, too. Smells hoppy and like honey. Taste is similar with more of a pine hopness. There is a sweet malt flavor that comes out sort of like caramels. This is a very drinkable, delicious beer. It's not all out hops, it just a smooth, incredibly well-balanced beer. Delicious!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,346 ratings.