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

3,417 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,417
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 187
Gots: 196 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear, with a dark amber hue that resembles a medium-colored tea. Nice lacing on the glass, even though the head is just a dusting. Aromas are full of American hops -- grapefruit and mint, some honey from the malts, and a fresh, soft, green aroma. It seems to have fewer edges than the aroma of a dry-hopped beer, perhaps. On the palate, very full flavors and carbonation, starting with with substantial, but soft, hop bitterness that sets the sides of the tongue a-tingling. Things sweeten up a bit from the mid-palate on, as the malts and the alcohol present themselves. The finish is substantially dry, very active, and long, as those green, piney aromas from the nose show themselves. Overall, this is a fantastic beer -- well executed, integrated, and tasty. The wet hops seem to add a distinctive soft, green element to things. Very good.

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber,with a huge off white head. Lots of retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit,and grassy,pineyhops.Body is medium,with carbonation. Taste is of grapefruit,and piney hops, Smooth,and creamy,with a nice burn in the finish. Excellent!!

Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-18-07
11th Edition

Pours a quite clear amber color, with a giant, craggy off-white head that lasts the whole time. Huge chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is all fruity hops, very pungent and fresh. Super clean and very delicate.

Taste is all hops, grassy, fruity, with a definite earthy quality. Very bitter on the finish, slick and spicy.

Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and robust.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is on the high side.

Overall, a more of an IPA. Reminds me of a super-fresh Celebration. Still, better than many, and definately worth a try.

Photo of aforbes10
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, that's a large Sierra Nevade bottle. Pours amber to red with a large big-bubbled head that reduces to a creamy half inch. Aroma is lemony, slightly catty and fresh. Flavor is bitingly bitter but only for a moment. Oily hoppiness, very lemony and grassy. Fresh hops do rule, apparantly..or at least make it oilier. Medium to full bodied. A nice drinking experience.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper with orange hue with a couple fingers of off white head that dies slow and laces big. Smells of big juicy citrus hops and little sweet malt. Taste is huge on hops but not overpowering and not bittering at all. Citrus, rind but nothing to fry my palate, yum. Malty balance shows but the hops do dominate yet dont pack a big punch. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Rediculous drikability. APA eh? I consider this one of the best in show if that the case. Well worth the try.

Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer is beautiful. A nice copper color that is perfectly clear and has a massive egg-shell craggy head. Leaves some excellent lacing.

S- Lots and lots of citrus and grassy hops. Hints if pineapple and strawberry. A little earthy. A hop lovers dream.

T- Some biscuity malts kick in at first and then the hops hit. Wow. This is intense. Lots of citrus and a fresh grassy kick are provided by the hops. Pretty intense, but I understand that it what they are going for.

M- Very crisp and clean and a little drying. You can really get a sense of the hop oils here.

D- This was very intense, but damn impressive.

Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 2007 Harvest, 11th Edition. Big double size 24 oz. brown bottle. Lots of cool marketing blurb about wet hops, but no real information like a date, ingredients, etc.

Aroma: Fresh Cascade obvious from across the room. Sweet crystal malt under it all gives a slight perfumed quality.

Appearance: Finger and a half of dirty white lace caps a clear copper red glass with lots of carbonation streams. Head drops to a ½ finger soapy head and only gives up spotty lace.

Flavor: Yep, those are hops. It’s a bit leafy, citric grapefruit with a bit of earthiness. There are loads of hop flavors without any real harsh bittering. Mild sweetness in the finish is about the only place any malt peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Very oily texture, fairly low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: Well, it is a load of hops. I guess I was hoping for a little more depth on the malt side, but this is a hop lover’s dream date. I guess I would call this a West Coast XPA. Good stuff, but I think I’m good until next year’s harvest.

Photo of IPALOVER
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a Harvest Ale on tap at the Sierra Nevada Brewery a few years ago, and begged them to bottle it. I was amazed and in hop heaven when I went to the web site and read that it would be available in bottles!

I bothered the beer specialist at my local liquor store a couple of times, and then ran in and bought as many as my hands could hold (4!).

Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale has always been my most favorite beer. Now I have a new one-- Harvest Ale, with Celebration a very close 2nd!

I poured half of the beer into a Sierra Nevada pint glass (of course!), and watched as a beautiful, creamy head crested the top of the glass. There was a light layer of foam throughout drinking the brew, and it left a very light lace on the glass, as well.

Hops, hops, and more hops-- is this really just an American Pale Ale? If so, THIS is how an APA SHOULD taste. Crisp, hoppy, drinkable...a definite session beer.

Sure wish SN would bottle this full time instead of their regular Pale Ale. And yes, I went through those 4 bottles rather quickly, and just bought 4 more. A case purchase isn't far behind...hope there's some left!

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

I've had this on tap before at the Falling Rock, but it typically goes fast. This review is from the bottled item.
Pours a bright orange color with a huge rocky head that laces the glass as you drink.
Smell is hoppy, but it's not overwhelming like a DIPA or even a few other fresh hop ales I've had. It's grassy and floral hops in this case.
Flavor is sublime. The hops don't make it bitter, but they grant a lot of flavor. Pine and a very light citrus. The malt actually shows itself more than you might expect. Especially as it warms. Creamy and delicious! Thanks to ColoradoBobs for pointing this out about wet hopped ales, but you can pick up spearmint in the finish. Once someone points it out - you can't miss it.
I want more of this as I could drink it all day.
Outstanding!

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.84/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a nice red wine glass. The color was pretty amber glow with a tan pillowy head. The smell of fresh pine and roasted malts. The taste is so smooth with a big presence of earth tones and fresh roasted peanuts. Great oily pine resin really cotes the tongue. The mouthfeel is med. body but the beer is so well balanced that is comes off bigger than expected. Drinkabilty is perfect. So complex so many foods this would go well with.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brew House Grill

A--Copper / Amber with thick off white head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

S--Wonderful hoopy goodness with the slightest hint of caramel malt

T--Whoa!! Casecase and Chinook hoppy goodness.... a bit more bitter than I expected. As it warms the malt sweetness does catch up somewhat.

M--Sticky hop flavors meld with the caramel malt in a nice way...hops still rule throughout though.

D--Nice wet-hopped brew. As stated previously, a bit more aggressive on the hop kick than I expected. Overall a very good beer by this old gaurd.

Photo of bradford
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a case of 24 oz bottle from BevMo and have been quickly drinking and trading off my stock
Looks very good. Clean, amber, orange, fluffy white head
Smell is great. One of the better smelling beers that have ever reached my nose.
Taste was very good. Not so much hoppy as oily, sweet, semi-bitter, but very smooth and drinkable. Quite refreshing
Mouthfeel was nice. The hop bill which is obviously most aromatic had a nice balance with malt as well that makes this beer very enjoyable to savor
Drinkability is as good as it gets. Sierra Nevada has brewing down to an exact science and that is why I will never stop buying their products. Highly recommended

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and earthy hop with some oily citric notes.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal character with some resiny hop and pepper character. A light graininess was apparent in the background.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side with a slight astringency and some medicinal tingle at the finish.

Overall a tasty and very drinkable APA. However, a bit more body would have gone far to temper the medicinal herbal hop notes.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fathead's served in a pint glass,very cold, just a small off-white head,beer was served to the top of the glass,the head there did have good retention. Clear with just a slight haze.

Strong hop aromas piney and very grassy. Strong malt aromas as well with sweet, toasty,slighty burnt carmelly notes. Seemed to have a slight buttery aroma in there also.

Sweet strong,malty taste followed by a rush of piney,grassy/straw hop tastes. Had a heavy burnt carmell taste as in the nose. Finished very dry with lingering bitterness.

Full,creamy mouthfeel,had a nice smooth feel, for all the hoppyness, suprizing drinkability would have loved another,but have to move onto something else.

Photo of walshclimb
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish golden with 1/2" white head that leaves a continuous lace rim, but the head dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is moderately malty with light hops and very slight carboard. The taste is good - malty, slightly sweet initial flavor with moderate to heavy hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with dry finish and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good, easily drinkable pale ale that is not too sweet. I think it is maybe a little overpriced compared with some beers of equal quality.

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

Poured from the 24oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a golden-orange comor, topped by a thin layer of wispy, creamy white head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt and fresh, fruity hops with some tropical fruit undertones. Palate is a smooth, mellow blend of light caramel malt and English-style hops. A mild biscuity character is prevalent up front, with a more assertive hoppy bitterness emerging towards the finish.
Body is nice and smooth, about perfect for the flavors embodied in this beer. An exceptionally drinkable ale, I wish I could get this fresh year-round. Alas, it's one's of the best treats of fall.

Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark copper color, brilliantly glowing but deeper centered and quite clear with some slow bubbly activity within. Huge roofing of lightly parched white starchy tight foam. Keeps its consistency for great length and leaves massive amounts of shelf sized sheets of lace. Gorgeous looking ale!

Nicely clean, dark, oily, fresh hop aroma of soft piney grapefruit and a bit of leafy freshness. Barely there toasted malts hang low underneath.

Nice balance on the taste buds to start things off, solid hop tones are soothed throughout the entire length of the palate with a nice softly fluffy and delicate natured citrus and pine. Partially oiled with superbly balanced bitterness and pithy squeezed bite of grapefruit. Again, some partailly oiled woody resin of soft pine and bark create a bit of extra texture and taste. Dryness is fair and soft with affectionate woody notes. And bringing it all together is a well held toasted malty backing keeping a freshly crispness and grabbing toastyness to its character.

Body is about medium, smooth, soft, and kinda oily, well, in the middle anyways, gets fluffy and bittered with grapefruit and pin enotes as it rounds out the finish late with very well timed toasted ascents. Its the overall texture of it that I really like. It has a unique sodtness to it that really smacks of well-crafted, fresh brewing.

This stuff is now one of my favs from SN. Glad I finally can get it in bottles, 24oz even! as its been a hard find here for years.
Yummy solid stuff!

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

This had a clear orange color and a musty smell, yum…the mouthfeel is like lots of tiny bubbles, weird carbonation. Taste is subtle oily hops, no bitterness and the alcohol is not noticeable. Good fresh hop ale but my favorite is Deschutes Hop trip. Sierra Nevada never seems to disappoint.

Photo of nortmand
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel orange with a fluffy, sustained white head.

Clean aromas of bright grapefruit, plenty of malt balance.

Sweet caramel malts up front, plentiful clean citrus flavors as well. Rich blood orange mid tongue, leaves a faint, pleasant bitterness. Pretty much perfect.

Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, very refreshing, balanced and hoppy. A very nice beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber apperance with thick ass head that will not stop clinging to the glass.

Smell is of caramel malts with a nice hoppiness. I love the wet hops. MMM

Taste is of thick caramel malts on the palate followedd by a cascade and chinook hop bitterness.

This beer clings to the palate failry well and makes for a decent session.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition

Bottle inspection: 22 oz. non-twisty...new territory for SN, huh? At least it's the first time this kind of packaging has made it to Central OH.

Aroma: Earthy and citrusy hop aroma. Leafy hop notes assert themselves as the beer warms. Low fruity esters and a little carmel sweetness.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber body with a sticky and sudsy white head.

Flavor: Spicy and floral hop flavor on the front and sides of the tongue. Some honey and biscuity malt base in the background. The finish is bitter but clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite noted. Oily hop resins coat the palate.

Overall impression: Clean, well balanced, and smooth. High carbonation makes it seem lighter than it probably is. Strikingly smooth for the amount of hops. Well balanced and enjoyable. I know wet hop beers are kind of trendy but SN delivers in spades here. Nicely done!

Photo of Grundle20
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
The beer pours dark copper in color. There's a perfect eggshell white head to the beer that displays great retention and clumpy lacing as the glass is drained.

Smell:
For a fresh hopped ale I was expecting a little more power behind the scent but it's actually pretty subtle. There's a good balance of crisp caramel malts and pine-like hop scents.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The malts come through up front but they're either pretty weak or overpowered by the aggressively bitter hopping which makes for a brief spike of bread like sweetness. Making up the majority of this beer is obviously the hops. Initially the bitterness is strong and citrus rind like in flavor. The harsh bitterness mellows out from front to back but a solid presence of slick hops is maintained throughout. The beer finishes crisp and pretty clean with a lingering reminder of this beer's bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
The beer if very dry and crisp and about what I expected from a wet hopped ale. I suspect non hop heads will probably dislike this beer quite a bit given its strong hop bitterness but if you don't shy away from hops then I find this beer to be quite tasty and drinkable.

Bottom Line:
Probably the best beer I've ever had from Sierra Nevada and it quite easily rivals Great Divide's Fresh Hop.

Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at nearly cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty-four ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful, rich dark reddish copper color that was quite clear. About a two finger, thick almost pillowy off-white head rose and slowly faded back into the glass, leaving plenty of lace in it's wake. Smell was of very fresh hops, thick malty aromas, and some citrusy notes in the background. Taste was as good maybe better. Nice fresh resiny hops, a big sweet balancing malt bill, some minor pine notes, with a little bit of a yeasty flavor. Not too bad for my first wet hop beer. Mouthfeel was full and thick and quite a palate pleaser. Drinkability was quite good as well.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

24oz bottle. 2007 harvest.

pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. bit of grapefruit. earthy hops. bit of floral character too. has a bit of kolsch-like aroma to it too that makes it more interesting. light alcohol.

taste is great. just above medium bitterness level, which seems to be a bit much and out of balance. big chewy bread and cracker malts. bit of biscuit. grapefruit. bit of resiny pine. light earthy character. that lager-like flavour is here too, brightening it up and making it a little more interesting. light alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. lingering clingy bitterness. hint of astringency. medium body.

drinkability is ok. this is one that i think needs some time for the bitterness to mellow. right now it's a little unbalanced and the bitterness lingers long after you taste it. the alcohol and malt backing are nice, and i can see this being great a year down the road.

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