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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
93
outstanding

3,404 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,404
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,404 | Reviews: 1,484
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy bright-copper/orange body under a beautifully creamy looking finger of off-white head. The head looks so soft and appealing.

The nose smells literally like wet hops. Reminds me of right after I add hops during the boil. Before they even mix in, and they are just absorbing the steam. Evergreen sap, pine needles, sweet grass, and light citrus all wrapped up in earthy fresh hop goodness.

Wow, this is a hugely flavored beer. An outstanding (and unexpected) wall of malts is built in the first seconds after the sip, and then is riddled with holes as the fresh hop flavors come through and shine. Fantastically rich in both hoppy and malty dimensions. Sticky, bitter, sweet, thick, rich. The hop oils are just making me crazy.

The mouthfeel is packed with bulk and carbonation. This is how an American beer that isn't trying to be continental in any way should be. I don't usually love the mouth filling carbonation, but when paired with a feel and flavor like this one, it nails it.

Conclusion: A really epic beer. I don't know how I have not had this yet. Inspiring. Drinking this lends the feeling of partaking in something special. Well done SN! Maybe my favorite of your beers yet.

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A 24-ounce fatty bomber bottle poured into my new Duck-Rabbit snifter yields a brilliant bright copper body with a finger of fine, pale ecru foam atop. The foam setttles very slowly but is at first too soft to leave much lacing, choosing instead to slump lazily at the sides of the glass. The head casts a thin line and a web or two of lacing on the glass, but as the drink progresses, the foam rises in reinforced intensity, resting in a misshapen, cratered moonscape of canyons and ridges, and leaving foamy blobs stuck on the glassware.

At once the hoppy aromas leap from the glass. Dank, green, sticky, musky, herbal notes pervade the local atmosphere, punching noses and watering eyes, allow only a sliver of grapefruity citrus through. Pungent. Heavenly. As the drink warms, out comes the citrus; lemon zest, orange juice, and fragrant key lime.

The taste is pungently herbal with a splash of bitter citrus. A solid pale and caramel malt backbone provides a nice crisp feel and fine mellow sweetness until the forces of herbal hopdom kick the crap out of it; the drink finishing a bit dusty with a green-grassy, drying bitterness.

With mad hoppiness, great taste, a superb heavy-medium body and a sizzle of fine carbonation, I'll be adding the 13th Release of Harvest Wet Hop Ale to my list of beers I'm anxiously awaiting. Super-drinkable like just about everything else Sierra Nevada offers. Awesome brew.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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