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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,948 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 82 | 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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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark amber colored beer. Pours a fine light tan head that rises up after the pour, and leaves a decent amount of lace. The aroma is all hops, mostly citrus. Damn smooth, very drinkable. Fresh hops dominate the flavor, but are not overpowering. This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2003 05:02:16 | More by HappyHourHero
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy, that is one marvelous-looking pint, I thought. The huge, foamy, pillowy, tanned head was overflowing quite artfully. The lacing was quite distinctive; each time I took a swallow the head left a ring around the glass. There was quite a bit of this lacing left at the end.

When I first brought the pint to my nose the smell caught me quite off-guard. I briefly thought of licorice but the smell was far, far more astringent than that. Several sniffs yielded nothing more than vague images of bitter green plants in my mind. I gave up trying to identify the smell, hoping that the taste would provide some olfactory hindsight.

The taste was so bitter as to bring the words "sharp" and "biting" repeatedly to mind. Deeply woody and hoppy, this bitterness reminded me strongly of sage. If any beer I've ever drunk deserves to be called "astringent", it's this one. Not having much experience with IPAs and the like, I didn't associate that extreme bitterness with hops - at least not completely. Fortunately I was able to call upon the gastronomic resources of the contract brewer sitting next to me. He took a taste and confirmed that it was, in fact, just very hoppy. So now I've had my hop horizons expanded.

This is a good beer and I'll bet it would be killer with a sandwich, but it'd have to one heroic sandwich. The smell of the hops alone would make lesser sandwiches soil themselves and run screaming back to the deli. I enjoyed this pint in an only slightly masochistic way, but I can't credit it with too much drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2003 18:23:23 | More by Weissenheimer
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beernbbq

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice cross between Pale and Celebration. Sweet with a spicy bite near the end, paired nicely with the Eggplant Rollitini I was having. Don't ever see this in bottles so I was thrilled to be able to have this one. Another fine brew from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 11:47:26 | More by beernbbq
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Dmann

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is safe to say that this beer is a more palatable and less floral version of their Pale Ale. It looks allmost identical and feels quite the same as far as mouthfeel goes, but the big difference is in the taste. The hops are a bit more bitter in this beer and there are also some spicy characteristics to it that I cannot put my finger on. The malt sneaks in and gives a peek but this a hoppy beer for sure. I will definantly come back to this one if I see it on tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2003 04:18:32 | More by Dmann
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Capital Ale House.

Poured a clear, deep amber color with a frothy, rocky head that was all billowy and sticky on the glass. Large amounts of raw, hoppy aromas, with citrus (orange and lemon rinds) dominating. Mixed in were a mixture of spices: cinnamon, coriander. Flavor is wonderful. Leafy hop flavor that, while intense, was not as "in-your-face" as some more aggressively-hopped beers out there. Lots of spicy zip to this. Finishes dry with just a touch of sweetness at the very end of the bitter aftertaste. Very tight carbonation and "spicy"-ness makes for a great mouthfeel. Drinkablity is off the charts. Such a great combination of flavors. I see this being a great beer for the fall football season, sitting outside of "The Shoe" at Ohio State University...enjoying a tailgate party and throwing the football around before the game. So different from the other O-fests and seasonals, and so very much better.

Now....if this were only bottled, I'd be in heaven.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2003 23:04:00 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, excellent clarity, typically puffy fluffy Sierra Nevada head. On the nose was heaps of spicy hops. Spice is the order of the day here, but not really your winter ale style spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc) more of peppery/citrus spice (black pepper, orange peel, raw hop spice) Excellent nose!

Taste was loaded with hop flavor, aroma, bitterness and spice. Backing up the hop dominance was some toasted malt, just full enough to balance the ale out nicely. Finishes with that back of the throat, back of the tongue hop dryness and more of this peppery spice.

Overall - Another excellent use of hops by Sierra. They really do it well. Most of their ales exhibit near perfect hop flavors and bitterness. This one is no exception. Picture this - 50 degrees and sunny. Farm tractor rumbling in the distance, fresh cut hay nearby, and your quaffing this tasty brew in quantity, while catching some late mid autumn rays.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 14:46:51 | More by bmills1608
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copper colored brew with an amber tint to it. It is covered in a mid-sized white head. As it dies, lace is all over the glass. The nose is very floral with hops and a delicious aroma of orange peels.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Lots more flavor than their regular pale ale, and it is also a bit more spicy. This brew has a mild maltiness to it, but the hoppiness is the real story here. It is not by any means overpowering, but just has a nice pleasant bite to it. It is a bit refreshing, and the drinkability is excellent. This is a very solid drinker, and many people could enjoy a few at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 16:53:11 | More by ElGuapo
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, poured out of my growler into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of off-white foam. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very hoppy with grassy and floral notes. The taste is only a little malty up front before the hops come rolling in. It has a good hop bite and is fairly grassy. It is very well balanced. The mouthfeel is very heavy on the tongue for a pale ale, very nice. The drinkability is also really good. If only Sierra Nevada bottled this one, I'd be in heaven.

A year later almost, and another growler is here. It just keeps getting better and better. I am in love with this brew (but don't tell my wonderful girlfriend, I still love her more anyways!)

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2003 05:08:05 | More by SheepNutz
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was quite hoppy. The taste was very nicely hopped, with a caramel malt base to it. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day long!

I originally called this the "Oktoberfest Pale Ale" and it seems somewhat fitting. A simply fantastic beer, and unlike the bunch of cookie-cutter Oktoberfests out there, a unique take on a seasonal beer, and I can't wait for next year for this one!

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2003 19:38:18 | More by beergeek279
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Gusler

Arizona

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
One of the beers I wish was available here in Arizona in the bottle, not because I don’t like the draught version, I’m a greedy old fart who wants to have this spectacular beer in my stash, I want it all darn it!

The beer as it’s drawn from the tap pours a deep amber to copper color, the head modest in size and the texture frothy with the lace a concealing sheet. Nose is malt dominated with a nice underlying hop floral spiciness, crisp, fresh and a treat to the senses. Malt also controls the start, the top middling in feel, finish is walloping in its acidity, spanking in its hop spicy bite with the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2003 15:51:36 | More by Gusler
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DagFishHead

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding appearance... deep copper body with a thin pollen-yellow head. Nice lacing. Name is very appropriate to the "look" of this beer.
Intense hop nose, flowery, IPA-like... wait: SN-like!
Big SN fresh, oily (in a nice way) hop taste, crisp, citrus, malt finally pokes through before a refreshing dry, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is classic dry pale (or even IPA) ale.
A very drinkable brew... think I'll order another... god, I love the fall!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2003 23:27:27 | More by DagFishHead
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at RFD in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange color with a nice sized head. Retention is helped by the active carbonation. Throws out lace better than an Irish grandmother (or whatever ethnicity would have grandmothers that make lace).

Smell: Pronounce spruce smell with a good backing of citrus hop aromas (balanced between orange and grapefruit).

Taste: Nice bitter, piney hop taste with some good pale malt backing. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Drinkability: A nice aggressive pale ale, but not mad crazy insane or anything. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2003 04:04:19 | More by ManekiNeko
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied pale ale, Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Fruity. It has the sweetness of a barley wine balance with the hop bite of a pale ale. Interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2003 03:16:10 | More by beerguy101
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kbub6f

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg of the 2003 at the Dog & Duck, Austin. (I've been pestering them every couple of days since mid-September).

The beer is a gorgeous, amber/brown. Deep and clear, with tiny little bubbles of carbonation following each other up to the dense, creamy, cream-colored head. Very nice looking. Nose is full of citrus and flowery hops, with a sweet undertone: almost sugary, but definitely malty. Grapefruit and floral tidal wave in the front. Man that's hoppy! But the sweet caramel malt kicks in immediately for great balance. Middle is very creamy, very smooth, sweet and fruity. Hops retake the stage for the finish, but share the limelight with some nice toasted grains. Almost nutty.

This is a fantastic, fresh, hoppy, creamy, sweet, malty, nutty joy of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2003 18:27:26 | More by kbub6f
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far333

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan:
Wow, this is the best SN I've had. Copper color with a thick and foamy 1/2 inch beige head that corks the top of the glass. Light smell of citrus and hops belies the powerful flavor that lies beneath. The flavor hits the tongue all at once with a flourish of bright hops, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly. Big, fat flavor rolls all the way over the tongue and leaves a lingering hop bitter. I ripped through this pint because I needed to have that flavor constantly hitting my tastebuds. Why is this only a seasonal?

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2003 23:48:04 | More by far333
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jcalabre

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally sampled on 26 October 2002. Sierra Nevada's harvest ale has a harvest gold/red color (imagine that). The flavor has lots of up front hops. However, it finishes very smoothly. It's a shame that they don't sell it year round in bottles. It is an exceptional beer. It's extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2003 15:27:29 | More by jcalabre
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elmocoso

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice coppery color with a minimal pale-white head.

The nose was all hops, with a little malt in the background. It was very citrusy and i suspect they used mostly cascade hops like most of their brews.

The hops in this beer were a blunt attack on the tounge, but a welcome attack. There wasnt much maltyness to balance it but for a hophead this is a very agreeable beer.

The drinkability is good here. Like all other SN offerings, this one is a class act.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2003 07:16:24 | More by elmocoso
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mzwolinski

California

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with an adequately sized, off-white frothy head. Aroma is mainly malty but with a crisp fruity hop presence. Medium bodied in the mouth with a *very* fresh hop presence throughout. A bit of biscuity malt struggles to make itself notices, but the overwhelming flavor is a grassy, citric Cascade hop flavor. Finish is dry, with a long lasting acidic aftertaste. Quite a treat!

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2003 17:45:10 | More by mzwolinski
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft on numerous occassions from 10/1/02 to 1/11/03. Wet hopping of the freshest hops available in the hands of craftsmen, like the SN brewers, makes this brew a "hopheads delight." Lacin was minimal. A clear, amber appearence with a small off-white head is present. The nose is this unmistakable hoppy bouquet. There is this refreshing mouthful of a this piney, but slighly critic taste this is immediately evident. However, the mild malty finish enhances the overall drinkabilty of this brew. A seasonal brew that should be and only be available on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2003 07:41:35 | More by rotsaruch
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HopheadEd

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great copper color with a slightly off white head that holds pretty well, and leaves significant lace. Overwhealming aroma of hops(thats not a bad thing). At first, I was waiting for the finish, a little more malt was expected. It wasn't there. Good hop finish, but not what I was expecting. I think I went into this with high expectations. I love everything from Sierra. Still, a good ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 17:56:10 | More by HopheadEd
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2002 20:38:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep copper color in the glass with a respectable head which left a nice lacy residue on the sides of the glass marking each consecutive sip. Earthy on the nose. The hops take front row in the flavor, as could be expected. Underlying the hops is an earthy warmth with a touch of citrus to balance out the experience. Full mouthfeel, plenty of body, and a good long finish. Somewhat pungent at first sip but still quite drinkable. Good fall quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2002 07:02:55 | More by jmatthew
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John

New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This is hopped up for 2001! Beautiful, deep reddish color. Superbly balanced. Far better than any previous years, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2001 09:00:00 | More by John
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.