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: 3,417
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 187
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
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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 LeftyBWS
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Clean ambery-orange color, quite clear revealing a moderate amount of fast-rising cabronation. Pours with a thick 1.5 inches of frothy yet creamy head that settles quite slowly and leaves some fingers of sticky lacing.
S: A good amount of citrusy and piney hops hit the nose right away. Subtler notes of caramel and a clean grassiness, too. Fairly simple and solid, pleasant and unobtrusive.
T: Piney hops and a slightly oily taste at first. There are sweetish caramel flavors that appear quickly, as well. The citrus hops make their appearance towards the midtaste and are combined with a slight smoky taste, like a roasted sweetness. The finish is a mix of smooth, earthy malts with oily piney hops again. A tasty hop flavor throughout, with a nice malt flavor to balance it out, as well. I think the hops could lean away towards the citrus flavors a bit more to enhance the taste.
M: Very crisp and satisfying. Plenty of hop bitterness, but it leaves no lingering harshness in the mouth. For a hoppy ale, this is great.
D: Very drinkable. I could drink this all night.

Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: A generous off-white head grows from a moderate pour into a small snifter, falling very slowly and showing nice retention and good lacing. The beer is a deep amber in color. Not anything to fault here.

s: Straight awesome hop aromas upfront, striking resemblance to red grapefruit and pine, with a light-moderate caramel grain presence considerably concealed by the hops. Obviously very fresh, and quite clean/crisp. Smells very "Sierra Nevada"...maybe the Cascades.

m: Carbonation on the high side of medium and comprised of small bubbles, with a medium body. Very smooth and cleans up perfectly.

t: Great, seamless progression within each sip and swallow. A hop-tilted balance of clean but grainy caramel malt and tropical pine hops leads into a crisp, piney hop flavor and very pleasing moderate-high bitterness in the finish. Hops dominate throughout, expectedly of the piney grapefruit PacNW variety. Can't say exactly what the wet hopping does, but everything seems very fresh and crisp and the beer carries one of the more pleasing hop profiles I've come across. I would like more malt, but I can't hold it against SN, as this beer is designed to showcase the hops.

d: Very easy, each finish well preparing me for another sip. Thinking generally, I believe a very slight increase or variance in the malting is all this beer needs for some easy 5s. On the other hand, this particular beer may be best as is, glorious hops way forward. I will definitely be purchasing another.

bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

Photo of Atricapilla
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rusty orange color; beer is bit translucent. Has a thin head that laces away, but the lace stays for a long time...Aroma is of hops and pine. Has a slight sweetness to the taste, but I get a little distracted by the higher degree of carbonation....has piney aftertones and left a bit of an oily feel in my mouth.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of a 24 oz. bottle a clear burnt orange color into a SA Boston Lager glass. Two fingers of thick, white head. Good retention and lots of lacing on my glass. Aroma is of hops of course. The hops are citrusy, piney, floral and spicy. There is just a touch of caramel in the background.

The taste is sharp, citrusy, oily hops. The pine is more subdued than in the aroma but it is there. Nice biscuity malt helps to balance this beer out a bit, though it is far from what you would typically call a "well balanced beer." A lingering citrus rind bitterness is present well after the beer leaves your mouth. Mouthfeel is medium and oily from the hops with a pleasant carbonation level. Pretty easy to drink. A good beer and the original wet hop beer.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is beautiful burnt orange with a huge off-white head on top. Monster lacing. Very unusual for an APA. Smell is hoppy, but not overly aggressive, light citrus notes.

Flavour is much hoppier than the nose, up front at least. The hops start off with a strong citrus bitter and spicy effect, but then the malts are able to assert themselves. The flavour stays hoppy, but this is not an aggressively over-hopped beer. Decent lingering malty tones on the finish. Not bad stuff in general, and quite good for the style.

The mouth on this is nicely hoppy, though not unexpected for the style, but it has a bit more texture than usual, which is apparently normal for wet hop beers, I like the effect. Drinkability, just about dead on average.

Overall: A good but not spectacular brew by the folks at SN. I like the balance that is achieved here, though I don't know how much the wet hops used actually end up noticeably affecting the flavour, for my mouth at least.

Photo of HombreWing
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle

Eyes: A beautiful orange ...bright ..tiny bubbles continuously swimming "north"
Nose: Hops so citrusy ...it's spicy !
Tongue: A beautiful profile of malt and hops. They dance together w/ nary a one stepping on each others feet. Balanced
Texture: While the malt balances nicely, there is some sticky/sandy feel from lots of hop oils
Mouth happinesss: tastes like more !

Photo of NCSUdo
4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle

A: Crystal clear amber under a huge chunky head due to too vigorous of a pour on my part. Head really sticks around due to my pour. It eventually dies down to cover to the top of the beer with a decent amout still clinging to the sides of the glass to remind me where it was.

S: Nice hoppy nose. Not overpowering at all. Nice piney with a certain citrus bite. Good balance but a little lacking.

T: Though the smell was a little short, this beer makes up for and then some once you pour it into your mouth. Incredible taste. This may be one of the most impressive tasting beers I've ever had. Balance is not the word for how this beer feels and tastes. A very nice malt sweetness up front flows smoothly into a hop bitterness to finish. The bitterness is not overpowering at all. Some hints of a citrus fruitiness but nothing specific that I can pin my finger on. You can really taste the hops in this one which is exactly what you should expect. Not like eating a hop bud, but like eating hop soup where the base is a mildly sweet beer. Incredible. If I could give a 6 for taste, I would.

M/D: Meduim bodied with surprisingly little carbonation noticable on the palate. For an APA, you feel like you are drinking a slighly heavier beer, and I think this is a good thing. Drinkability is way up there with this one.

One damn fine beer. I could probably drink one after another if my life depended on it, or if I just had more than one 24 oz. bottle in the fridge. If you see this one, pick it up, you will not be sorry.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very nice oarangey bronze color-looks like fall in a glass. Moderate aroma-newly mown grass. Faint toasted malt. Decent amount of hop flavor up front though not overly bitter. Nice malty sweetness right there in the finish. Again a mellow toasted malt character. Good body. Overall a very enjoyable beer. I could see a lot of this in one sitting. Compared to SN's other recent efforts ie the IPA, Anniversary and Brown ales this is far superior. Nice job.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep amber color. Really good head retention.

S: The smell on this beer is amazing. As they say on the label wet hopping on this scale is "insane" but it really pays off here.

T: While not a real hop head I apprechiate this. Wonderfully complex. Nice earthy taste. The best way I could put it is this is the taste I will associate during the boil during brewing.

M: Nice medium body. Just right for the style.

D: I got the last bottle at the distributor. Too bad because this is a really enjoyable beer. Hopefully next years will be as good.

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

Light amber tinged with gold. Good head, good retention.

Smell is grassy hops, very earthy. Twang of grapefruit and pine. Sweetness buried somewhere down in there. Good and floral.

Taste is floral and fruity. Chewy grapefruit and orange rind. Bitter and sweet at the same time. Unique flavor, quite good.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful deep amber color, excellent head retention and very heavy lacing. Very nice hop aroma, without a lot of citrus or pine. Smells fresh! Duh! Very smooth hop flavor, just the slightest amount of bitterness. Balanced by a hefty malt body. Very smooth, very drinkable. I was expecting more of an over the top DIPA kind of flavor, but this fresh hop ale is very well done!

Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle (2007 edition) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a thick off-white head. Excellent head retention throughout as well as great lacing.

S: Lots of oily piney hops. It smells fresh and clean with lots of incredibly fresh earthly flavors.

T: A flat-out delicious beer. It's very different than any other beer that I've ever had but it's exceptional. The burst of fresh hops in the mouth is hard to describe. Some of the flavors found include orange, grapefruit, pine and this is expertly balanced with some biscuity malts. It's ever so slightly sweet just the right amount of dry and hoppy bitterness. If you love hops you will undoubtedly love this beer. It's an explosion of fresh hops to the palate.

M: The mouthfeel could be the best part. The beer coats the mouth in tons of fresh hop oils which contributes to an incredibly creamy mouthfeel.

D: I loved this beer. I was really looking forward to this beer after watching the video on Sierra Nevada's website about how they truck the fresh hops down to Chico and brew the beer within 36 hours. It did not disappoint whatsoever.

Photo of Tolann
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - red with a big head. Slow to settle, and lots of lacing.

S - clean hops, sweet. a lil piny.

T - balanced bitterness. not too harsh. hangs on your taste buds. The hops stand out most. a simple taste.

M - medium body and smooth. warms the back of your mouth.

D - I'd like to have another please! This is easy to enjoy. Its a simple and true beer pure to the hops featured here.

Photo of orfeu
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, crystalline amber. Steady, driving streams of carbonation. Ecru foam, all fat, chunky, pock-marked and sticky. Floral, citrus, and pine aromas are fresh and fully present, yet more understated than brash dry-hopping would produce. Bitter grapefruit pith and lemongrass. Slightly sugary background. Lightly toasted bread in the aftertaste, with grassy, piney, raw hop burps. Fuller mouthfeel than expected, with a medium-heavy slickness to it. Most certainly a fresh-hopped brew to be reckoned with, and by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Love the 24-ounce overgrown stubby bottle, too.

Photo of troutmask96
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At long last, Sierra Nevada has bottled their infamous Harvest Ale. I happened upon this beauty at Bottleworks in Seattle, and loaded four bombers into my basket. This is a unique brew in that "green" fresh hops are used in the brewing process, which creates a beer that is almost sticky in its oiliness. What a wonderful treat to finally have in bottles...

Photo of msolar
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer, highly recomended. We did a pumpkin-beer lineup and threw this into the mix, too. It held up as one of our favorites.

A - Bronze, amber, nice head
S - Citrus notes
T - Cinnamon
M - Crisp. A bit of the citrus zing.
D - Good - could drink a couple more right now...

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour reveals a beautifully transparent rusty, amber color that yields a solid three fingers of foamy white head that likes to stick around and to the sides of the glass.

S: Hop character in the nose is actually quite subdued, but smells incredibly fresh and tasty. Little citrus notes in the very background, but mostly a bready aroma with the sweet and thick hop profile of cascade or centennial hops. Regardless, it smells great.

T: Malty introduction, the pale malt coming through very strong with a bready character. Midway through, the fresh hop presence strikes, with the bittering being slightly pronounced, but not egregiously. The finish is a smooth fade of these hops, leaving some oil on the back of the mouth in the aftertaste.

M: Well-carbonated and medium-bodied mouthfeel, creamy and almost chewy, with the aforementioned hop oil resonating, but not in a bad way.

D: A very drinkable offering in my opinion. The only thing is, I was a bit thrown off by the balance of this beer. Actually, it exhibits a rather nice malt/hop compromise, I was just not sure what to expect from the hop profile. Still, it was tasty, and I appreciate the painstaking effort that goes into wet hop ales.

Photo of caminiti
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange with a nice white head
S- Hops that jump right out at if. If you love hops, and I do, you will love this.
T- Hops up the wazzoo with a little bit of a fruit taste as well.
D- Excellent! Goes down smooth, alcohol content is the only thing that kept me from chugging it!
An exceptional value, drink it fresh while you can get it!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. big Sierra Nevada bomber bottle, excited to try this, it is finally out in bottles,

A: Pours a light amber colour, with a thick, off-white head, some generous lacing as well.

S: Smells generously of fresh hops, wet pine, grapefruit, some hay and earth, wet grass, lawn-mower clippings.

T: Taste is hop dominated, not as hoppy as I thought it be, but still quite tasty, nonetheless. Lots of pine and grapefruit, grass, tastes like a fresher version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M: Rich and creamy, not as resiny as I would have thought, good carbonation coats the tongue.

D: I'm still just getting into these harvest, wet hop ales, as they seem to be getting more available around here in Huntington and Orange County. A very good beer from Sierra Nevada, I will definitely be getting more of this while it is still available.

Photo of goochpunch
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a brilliant copper with a wealth of evenly distributed bubbles throughout the glass. Head is thick and creamy, kind of like this came from a nitro widget. Leaves some sticky and raised rings of lace. Aroma is of pungent grapefruit and pine, giving this a fresh angle on a classic West Coast pale ale aroma profile. Lots of hop resin fills the nostrils over a backdrop of toasty maltiness, caramel, and brown sugar. This tastes fantastic. You get beat over the head with grapefruit oils and pine sap but with only moderate bitterness. Malt is really only there to lend some soft sweetness and a subdued toastiness in the finish, which mixes with the lingering hop oils. Somewhere on the middle of this, I get some definite caramel, but it's certainly not all that prominent against the hops. Mouthfeel is light to mid weight with a bouncy carbonation. It can get just the slightest bit sticky in the mouth, but it's not too bad. This is going extremely fast, and I should slow myself down. Really great quality and the most affordable fresh hop beer available to us in Texas.

Photo of Neehan
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass reveals the darker, rich bronze body with very mild, active carbonation. The head is on the smaller side with very good retention that will fade back into the glass eventually. The smell is loaded with the freshest hops, reminding me of an imperial IPA, but milder. The taste is exceptional and blended perfectly. This will satisfy both hop-heads and those that are not as it has tons of hops but lacks the biting bitterness of most beers that are this well-hopped. It's amazing how this beer can be so robust yet mild at the same time. A bit heavier and creamier in the mouth than most IPA's with a good balance of carbonation, hops, and the other elements. The mildness and lack of a bitter smack-in-the-face leaves this quite drinkable. Okay, very drinkable. I'll have to snag another bomber of this.

Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, clear amber from the 24 oz. bottle. Has a nice white head that sticks around for quite a while. Great lacing, too.

S- Very hoppy, as expected. Lots of citrus character with that familiar grapefruit Cascade aroma. What is surprising is the strong malt presence, which comes through with a caramel character. The hops still dominate, but the malt provides a solid backing.

T- Wow, I can definitely see the appeal of one of these wet hop beers. The hop taste is very strong with huge citrus flavors exploding on the palate. There's also a fresh, leafy flavor that you don't get with other pale ales. The malt that was evident in the smell takes a back seat to the hops here. It's a bit sweet upfront, but mostly the flavor is quite dry. Bitterness is pretty high, but it doesn't linger too long.

M- Smooth and creamy with a medium body. Decent carbonation level. Solid.

D- My bottle says 6.7% alcohol on the side, so it's a bit high in that category. Also, the intense flavors may limit its drinkability some. I can finish the bottle, but I wouldn't want more after that.

This is my first so-called "wet hop" ale, and it was very good. The hop flavors were huge and definitely different than what I'm used to. I'd certainly like to try more wet hop beers. Recommended if you love hops.

Photo of nwshull
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big step up in my mind on the now monotonous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I normally drink Sierra Nevada only when its the only option at a bar besides bad macro lagers.

Appearance: It pours a clear amber color ale, it pours a pillowy white head on top of that. The head lasts much longer than the normal pale ale.

Smell: It smells like fresh cascade hops, a pine smell which is not as pronounced as with the pale ale.

Taste: It has a stronger hop taste, but blends much better than the pale ale. It tastes of a slight grapefruit pine combination flavor.

Mouthfeel: Its pretty easy on the mouth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the 12 dollar price tag at my local bar, I could drink this when I'm in the mood for an american pale ale. Its definately in my top 2 for the style.

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

Served on tap at the Toronado. This beer was pretty good, but given the hype I had heard was slightly disappointing. It had a crystal clear amber body and looked great in the light. The aroma was sweet and had some hop aroma, but not as much as I wanted. The flavor was pretty good as well with good hop flavor and a sweet maltiness. Again however, I wanted some more hop presence. Medium body and not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting.

Photo of wcudwight
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color. 2 finger white head rises, holds it's shape well and finally falls to a tight lace on the top. Sticky sheets of lace stick to the sides of the glass.
Aroma is of hops of course. But it's not the overpowering citrus/pine hops of a lot of other beers. It's more soft, subtle and suductive.
Oh I love wet hop beers!!! Obvious citrus pine flavors, but again in a more subtle way. Also there is a fresh cut grass flavor here that complements the beer very well. Nice sweetness with mild hints of toast rounds everything off nicely.
The best way that I can think of to describe the mouthfeel is it's so smooth it's almost delicate.
Very drinkable. I appreciated the extra 2ozs in the bottle and was longing for a couple more. This beer is so good it makes me a gluttonous.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,417 ratings.