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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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3,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 174
Gots: 175 | 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 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.

Photo of corey0212
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear auburn color, big foamy khaki-colored head fades slowly, and leaves big foamy sheets of lacing in the glass. Smell is bright citrus hops, with a biscuity malt background. Lots of citrus flavors, tangerine, slightly bitter grapefruit, some pine on the back end, light caramel sweetness. This is the very definition of medium-bodied, lively carbonation, and a pretty intense lingering grassy bitterness. Crazy-drinkable beer....love everything Sierra Nevada does.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle > dimpled mug

A deep but dull looking amber color, obviously plenty of carboantion and a thick, dense, sticky tan colored head that has amazingly slow retention. looks fresh and yummy.

The nose has a very spicey, peppery hop scent...slightly musty herbal wheat scent with a robust but not sweet scented malt. The hop aroma is deeo and very fresh.

The flavor is also dominated by a very fresh and lush but albeit spicey hop charecter, it's got black pepper and plenty of herbal flavor's from musty wheat to zesty spices. No real fruitiness to speek of, mostly herbal and peppery. The hops flavor is very enjoyable and fits the style of APA just right. It's what the classic SN Pale Ale wishes it could be. The malt plays the perfect balancing act with a crisp and rather smooth malt which makes this one medium bodied with a smooth finish thanks to the fresh and robust foamu head.

SN in the 24 oz. bottle, The Chico Estate, Harvest ale and Wet hop ale are high very high quality and should be loved by traditional hop head everywhere.

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

24oz bottle picked up at State Line the other day. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a massive beige head with excellent retention. Tons of visible carbonation. Quite pretty

S: Up front, there's a lot of wet hop aroma with candied oranges, mild spiciness and some malty sweetness.

T: There's a good deal of bitterness up front with a citrus character - ripe and candied oranges. Some malt sweetness with honey and dark caramel character before a mildly bitter finish takes over with some earthy and citrus character

M: Light in body, good carbonation and a pleasing finish

D: Easily drinkable, i do wish the ABV was a tad lower, though

Photo of elniko
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Really nice looking beer. Rich amber with frothy head and lacing. Carbonation apparent.

S: Strong piney, hoppy notes. Definitely stronger than the typical pale ale.

T & M: Hops are quite apparent in the taste and finish, almost to the point of overwhelming everything else in the brew. I'm a hophead so I still enjoyed the brew.

D: Drinkable, but I'm not sure I could do more than one of 24 oz bottles at one time. Definitely glad that I finally had this beer.

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

24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with a white, fluffy head. Pour got a little out of control and head hung on for quite some time. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Nice citrsy hops. Distinct grapefruit smell with a touch of pine.

T: Smooth and balanced, but with big spicy hop flavor. This brew is all about the hops and does a wonderful job showcasing them without letting them overpower.

M: Just a touch oily, which is perfect for a medium bodied pale ale.

D: Bottle says 6.7% ABV. Not a session beer, but all 24oz. went down like it was. I'll definitely pick up another before they are gone for the season.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale. A good choice to start an evening or to enjoy with dinner. A seasonal upgrade over SNPA that is worth the extra cost.

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

24oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a clear and clean copper, like a slightly used penny copper and topped with a thick and creamy, sandy white, two inch thick head, this just looks, and is, incredibly sticky.

S: Fresh cut grapefruit and pine backed by a slight, husky graininess.

T/MF: Quite smooth, not as dry tasting or feeling as the traditional SNPA, almost creamy. The opening is rife with fresh and clean fruitiness, floral, grapefruity goodness. Finish is rather clean with a slight graininess. Given a bit more time this beer opens up a bit more, pretty nutty, slightly earthy, while still maintaining a solid fruitiness. Medium bodied with a rather clean finish for such a solidly hopped beer, slightly chewy, solidly built.

D: Damn good, great, incredibly fresh taste, easy drinking, wish they had this all the time kind of beer. A must try, if you see this in the store you must pick it up, and at 5 bucks a pop, its an incredible deal. Highly recommended.

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

Out of a 24 fluid ounce bomber this brew was a very appealing amber with ruby highlights. It had good visible rising carbonation and a tan head that displayed some good lacing and retention in chunks of sticky foam. The aroma was bold and hoppy, pine and citrus with hints of alcohol esters and earthy malt. The flavors were also hop dominated, the wet flavor was apparent in the many facets of the hops, green and piney at first followed by hints of citrus rind and some resin at the end. The malt backbone does show through all the hops activity and offers a nice doughy character that helps ground the beer. The mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation perfect. Very drinkable and rather complex without being aggressive.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - :Orangish brown color with a big foamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Not as strong as aroma as I anticipated, but still a very nice citrusy hop nose. Primarily grapefruit with hints of a little pine. A very light sweetness provides the backdrop.

T - Light caramel sweetness up front. A little doughy as well. The c-hops quickly come in and take over. A nice bitter grapefuit taste dominates with hints of a little peach as well. Some spiciness lurks, but the citrus taste is the dominant flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice aftertaste. Very easy drinking but not quite as hoppy as I was hoping for.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bourbon body with caramel/white-colored head...about 2 1/2 fingers and excellent lacing. Sparse carbonation.

Bountiful hops of grass with quite viscous malt profile and a little bit of earth. Slight citrus tones, too.

There's a solid mild malt texture to this that balances out the excellent base of hops...citrusy to an extent but mostly grassy on the hop side. This gets better and more synergistic with warmth.

Palate is extremely even-keeled and balanced for and offering that is so hop-forward. The finish is bountiful yet soothing.

This drinks very quickly for something with such and abundant flavor profile. Excellent fall harvest ale.

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

poured a golden copper, thin sticky head and great head retention.

big hops at first, piney and a slight apricot nose, sweet sweet hops

well balanced hop character, sweet piney hops. suprised how woody this is while being sweet and smooth

mouth is oily but expected with a wet hop. good carbonation and very drinkable.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Nice deep amber orange with a good but rapidly disapating head, grat lacing down the glass.

S-Strong very fresh hop, take a big nose it actually tingles a bit, alchol, very floral.

T-Bitter hops, great flavor very complex, notes of sweetness almost like honey but very feignt, nice hoppy finish.

M-A tad and just a tad on the over carbonated side but overall very smooth and easy to drink.

D-I'm buying a case of it, while its note quite as good as the southern hemi, still overall a fantastic freah hop brew.

Photo of JoeCeez
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant clear copper with ruby edges, with a foamy one fingered off white head that leave very healthy lacing.

S: huge fresh smelling hops: pine, spicy, citrus, heady nuggs, earthy, floral and grassy this beer has some exceptional complex hop aromas, with some bready malts in the background

T: extremely piney, citrus; bitter orange zest and juicy grapefruit with spicy earthy floral hops, there are lots of complex layers of hop flavor balanced with some sweet bready caramel malt sweetness, and a dry bitter finish

M: very crisp carbonation, medium body, very resinous and oily

D: The alcohol is well hidden behind the layers of complex hop bitterness and ballancing carmel sweetness, I drank 24oz of this in less than 15 minutes and still wanted more, however as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable

I love this beer and at less than four bucks for a 24oz bomber the Sierra Nevada Harvest series are probably one of the best deals around

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

2008 12th release, ABV says 6.7%
24oz to tulip glass, pours an oily deep amber reddish brown. Foamy cream colored head lingers then fades to lacing, looks excellent!

smells of sweet piney hops, caramel/toffee/biscuit malts, smells clean and fresh

tastes of delicious hops! light yet sweet resinous piney grass, zesty spicy orange peel, creamy head, good carbonation, a nice blend, excellent balance and flavor combos, biscuit/caramel malt binds everything together nicely, very nice indeed!

mouthfeel is resiny delicious lingering hops, bitterly sweet, carbonation is perfect, yum

Photo of sweethome
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is amber with light off-white head.

Decent grassy hop nose, a hint of citrus. Hop cone freshness.

Beautiful full mouthfeel - rather thick, but intense hop flavor with nice bittering - not over the top.

A rich carmel malt flavor fights through the fresh hops. For a beer focused on hops, the malts provide a great backbone.

the mouthfeel here is just plain excellent - flows out over the palate - tight tingle from the fresh hops.

Medium finish.

One of the originals, still one of the best.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.