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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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2,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 2847
Reviews: 1435
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%

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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Photo of VeganUndead


4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers, not just IPA's, and the cost-point only improves the rating on this brew. IMO one of the top value buys you can make in the craft beer world. Seek out as many as you're willing to go through before the hops start to fade. The gentleman's Enjoy By haha. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 07:35:53 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of barczar


4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden in dim taproom lighting with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Grapefruit dominates the aroma, with resin and pine accompanying light accents of toasted specialty malt. Fresh cut grass surfaces late.

Flavor is sweeter and more resiny initially than anticipated, with underlying citrus surfacing mood palate, finishing fairly dry, bitter, and piney. Tastes as close to reading a handful of grass as I care to get. The citrus helps. Malt is present, slightly sweet, and bready. Mont emerges in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, fairly creamy, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More malty than anticipated, which works for me. Hop bitterness isn't overwhelming or harsh, and the flavoring tends a bit toward the resiny side, but citrus is well represented.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 00:29:16 | More by barczar
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from the 24 oz. bottle into a nonic tumbler. The beer arrived at my favorite local liquor store two or three days ago and I was determined to drink this as quickly as possible. This is the 2013 edition.

Right off the bat, the appearance of this beer is something special. The pour produced a massive four fingers of head and a chewy, foamy, khaki-color on top. The beer itself was copper colored with good carbonation moving about.

The hoppiness is not overwhelming on the nose, but this is not to say there's not a lot going on. I get a lot of pine, spiciness reminiscent of a rye beer, and light hints of floral hops. These qualities transfer over to the taste, yet the hops now become more pronounced. The beer's maltiness becomes more apparent too, as the beer is noticeably well-balanced and not exploding with hop bitterness. It is only towards the end that the dry bitterness hits, and even so, it is pleasant and not mouth-puckering.

I've always been a fan of Sierra Nevada's North and South Hemisphere offerings, and this does nothing to change that.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 19:53:37 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of rangerred


4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass out of a 24oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a very thick and full one finger white head. Amazing head retention and lacing. The head is rock solid and hangs around forever.

Aroma is absolutely amazing. Very earthy and resinous and full of dankness and wet tree bark. Caramel and toffee from the malt in the background along with a touch of wet grass.

The flavor is very dank and continues with the earthy notes. Wet moss, forest floor, and damp leaves. There might be the slightest touch of citrus but it is definitely faint. Caramel and toffee malt notes provide a solid backbone to the hops. Very full mouthfeel and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, a thoroughly amazing beer. The hop aroma and flavor is just out of this world and a very nice solid malt backbone as well. A must have beer and one I will pick up again before this year's supply runs out.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:49:18 | More by rangerred
Photo of joe1510


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24oz Bottle
Binny's Orland

Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale poured a crystal clear copper with moderate carbonation slowly creeps to the surface. A two finger extremely creamy and sticky white head formed on the pour. It was strange but the pour almost created a cascade effect, short lived but cool. Leaves big clumpy lacing.

At first the aroma has a tough time fighting through the incredibly creamy head. When it subsides I get a little better idea of what I'm in for. Up front comes dripping pine sap with a squeeze of unsweetened grapefruit and lingering hop resin. After some warming a solid caramel backbone comes through to even things out a bit.

Smooth caramel malt lays a perfect canvas for the true showcase of this beer, the hops. Fresh vibrant hops come across the palate creating a variety of flavors None overpowering the last and all in perfect harmony. Unsweetened grapefruit is swept aside by sweetened grapefruit and orange. The resiny somewhat leathery hops come through toward the middle easing out the citrus and leading into a lingering pine sap finish. An excellent fresh hopped pale ale.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that keeps things lively without running its course too quick. Bitterness wasn't much at first but piles on itself sip after sip.

I can't hardly drink this beer fast enough. It's sip after sip without a problem. If I'm not careful it will be gulp after gulp.

After reading reviews on Harvest Ale in the past I always hoped it would be bottled. Finally, the time is here. It's too bad a brew like this can't be produced all year because I would buy it by the case.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:52:15 | More by joe1510
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured into becker pint glass. Dark orange with a beautiful, thick fluffy white head that isn't going anywhere fast. Smells floral and hoppy, a bit of citrus, and clean malts in the background. Taste is incredibly well-balanced; a bit spiky up front, but it smooths out in the middle and finishes with a delightfully bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste seems to also have an aftertaste, which is sweet again. Love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:45:58 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber body with relatively good transparency. Foamy off-white head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S- Sharp aroma of piney and citrusy hops. Solid bready malt aroma as well. I am assuming they use cascade, as this smells like a stronger SNPA.

T- Lots and lots of piney hop flavor, notes of bready malt and citrus. Almost a spicy hop aroma there too.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, very nice.

O- Another nice beer from Sierra Nevada. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 19:11:46 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24oz bomber with no visible BB date. 2012 vintage. Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. I enjoyed SN's Southern Hemisphere wet hop ale, so I hope this matches the quality.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep coppery-orange hue with light haze and medium carbonation. Produces a vast head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Great lacing all down the glass. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of citrus and grass. Underpinned by grainy caramel malt, earthy yeast and a touch of sweetness.

Tastes of caramel malt with a fruity hop character and a powerful bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, grass, faint pine, caramel, grain, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a strident bitterness upon swallowing. A hint of solventy booze in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops and caramel malt.

Tasty stuff - a beer of substance. Plenty of hops, as might be expected for a wet hop brew. Looks fantastic, and the aroma/flavour are solid. I'm a little surprised the alcohol comes through as much as it does, but there you go. Good body. Quality - might be a bit late to find one now, but if you do see it in the future it is well worth your while.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 22:55:21 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of buschbeer


3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 8 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a lovely amber color with soft orange highlights. The three fingers of off-white head are rocky in appearance and have some staying power.

S - I get some citrus, caramel malt. I also smell some wet grass which is interesting.

T - The taste is a lot more bitter than the smell suggests. I'm assuming some citrus or something else would come through if this beer were fresh. I do get a little caramel malt, but the bitterness is overpowering.

M - It is kind of thin for an IPA and lower in carbonation than expected.

O - This beer is all bitter. That is not my favorite approach to an IPA. I doubt I would like it much better fresh. I am impressed that it held this much flavor for a fall seasonal IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 01:53:54 | More by buschbeer
Photo of thezach


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: This is a damn good beer. Pours a 2-finger frothy, rocky, creamy off-white head. Beer itself is a bronzed copper. Looks like it got some time in the sun (but not really, because that would ruin it lolz). Lacing is insane.

S: Hop oils, grassy, ever-so-slightly sweet and malty with a bit of caramel. There might be some slight alcohol aroma and taste, but it blends so well with the beer that it doesn't detract from the experience at all.

T: Well-balanced between a snappy bitterness and its malty, slightly grainy side. A bit of breadiness comes out, especially as the beer warms.

M: So smooth, creamy, moderately full but not heavy by any means. Definitely a more filling beer than some IPAs, but that could be a result of being about 20 oz. into a 24 oz. bottle (worth it).

O: Find this, savor this, enjoy, repeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:37:04 | More by thezach
Photo of Rast


3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber style while watching Iowa St. dismantle Notre Dame in March Madness 2013.

The appearance intrigues. Copper colouration with a majestically thick, lacy head. I see this beer. I want this beer. Furthermore, not only do carbon bubbles ascend, but some sorts of fragments descend. Hops? Unsure. The mouthfeel also intrigues. Initial carbonation gives way quickly to smooth silkiness, even when gulped rather than sipped. The nose is much as the taste: bright, nutty malt matched with subtle hop over/unders. Complexity abounds. No. Hemis. Wet Hop demands digestion of both the mind and stomach. All-important aftertaste leaves one satisfied, but desiring a bit more. Intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:48:10 | More by Rast
Photo of Tang07


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly wonderful brew. I look forward to drinking the NH and the SH Wet Hop Ales seasonally.

It's very drinkable and is more balanced and has more flavor and character than say their Torpedo.

It looks great, a nice dark copper with a fabulous hopyy smell.

It can be a session beer despite it's high abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 10:55:40 | More by Tang07
Photo of patre_tim


4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange brown with a little sediment, 3 finger orange brown tinged head, moderate carbonation.

S: Caramel with orange, hops, citrus, pine, slight barnyard. Fruity and floral.

T: Follows nose with caramel, orange, hops citrus, pine and some fruity and floral, only getting the barnyard when siphoned over the top of my tongue.

M: Syrupy, medium thick body, medium low carbonation.

O: Great IPA. Balanced, the barnyard is not overwhelming and acceptable, but does bring it down slightly in my opinion. Love the idea of it all harvested fresh in one day, love the bottle, love the taste. Should be tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 04:04:48 | More by patre_tim
Photo of SmashPants


4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: solid dark brown 710mL bottle, with a very stylish, vintage-style label. A good-looking package that has me expecting a quality product.

Appearance: a vibrant, pure orange colour, with hints of red and dusty brown. Very little carbonation. A fairly solid head pops up to two fingers, and settles to a thick, rocky pure white with great lacing and decent retention.

Aroma: a definite caramel malt comes forth, with some citric hops backing up - predominantly grapefruit. Not much more than those, but they'll definitely do.

Taste: I'm not sure if it's the speed with which they deliver the hops to the bottle, but this beer seems very fresh, quite organic. Defined characteristics of pine, grapefruit and caramels. I really enjoy the addition of the caramel malts instead of the usual AIPA "million hops with no distinct flavour".

Aftertaste: a lingering bitterness in the throat that makes one feel like drinking more. Sounds good to me! A dryness across the palate too.

Mouth feel: smooth and quite heavy in body, with a heavier yet fine carbonation. More carbonation than the initial appearance would suggest. Goes down very easily, which is a bit of a concern considering the price.

Overall: a very good example of a good-quality, flavoursome American IPA. I am a bit sick olf the usual "whop the hops in an hope for the best" AIPAs that have no taste. This one is clean, crisp and distinctly flavoursome. A very nice beer, that whilst a bit dear at AU$80 a case of 12 x 710mL, is a darn site better than half of the worse, but more expensive AIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 12:15:02 | More by SmashPants
Photo of JPlo


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper color, hazy-cloudy. Head slightly above avg lasting, with good lacing.

Smell/Taste: Smells like freshness and herbal. Citrusy, grassy, piney, earthy, biscuity, grainy. Very "Juicy" finish.

Feel: smooth/silky. carbonation is light-creamy, medium body. Finish is avg-long with a slightly wet finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 22:59:05 | More by JPlo
Photo of Luke4

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great SN AIPA. The color is deep orange/amber with a hint of red? The head is sticky lacy and lingering until the last drop. Te smell is sort of fruity, but also is reminiscent of freshly cut grass. The citrus/grassy/earthy bitterness of this beer is just fabulous. Am I the only one also tasting a bit of rye on the body? Unlike the Estate from Sierra Nevada, this one is not 100% organic, but it kind of taste like it. The wet hop method truly adds to flavor and aromatics.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:34:40 | More by Luke4
Photo of Sunnanek


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

A: The deep amber color is clear and warm. The medium tall off-white head is really compact and slowly dissipating. Nice lacings.

S: Caramell malts, somewhat sweet and quite biscuity is dominated by the hops; both bitter and floral. Tropical fruits and pine; pineapple, ripe grapefruit and red oranges with a lemon twist.

T: Fresh and crisp. Bread and biscuit from the caramell malt, a bit sweet. Rich hoppy bitterness that only grows and grows. The floral hops are still very obvious, but a bit held back compared to the smell, but everything is still there. The malt and hops are in better balance in the taste.

M: Fantastic long and lovely bitter aftertaste. Body is smooth and on the fuller side. Carbonation is quite rich but very smooth and holds only very small bubbles.

O: Very nice and well balanced. Everything that you expect in an AIPA is there. Nothing is too strong in comparison. Lovely.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 19:25:58 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bomber into a Grey sail pint.

Appearance- Nice copper/amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Piney hops. Some grapey smell. Peaches? Light caramel malts. Herbaceous.

Taste- Piney/fruity hops. Not bitter. Malts balence out the hops. Some apple flavors.

Mouthfeel- Lighter body. Mild carbonation. Super smooth and drinkable. Not too sticky.

Overall- Another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. This one is super drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 18:32:10 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish amber with a huge, towering mountain of off white head that has great retention

S - citrus, floral, faint bread

T - bready malt, some caramel, faint sugary sweetness, grapefruit, mango, some floral hints, piney bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. The flavor is well balanced. The malt is bold and forward. The hops are intricate and incredibly flavorful. They seem to hit each note on the hop spectrum. It's not overpoweringly bitter and the ABV is manageable which allows one to work through a 24oz bottle with ease. I am really glad I picked this beer up.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 00:39:03 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kulrak


3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish red with a fair amount of chunky tan head that clings to the glass. Smells of citrusy hops and malty sweetness. The taste is heavy hoppiness with a small amount of malt, but mostly of hops. it's not so much bitter as it is just citrusy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, very nice. Overall, if you love hops, this is a great beer for you.

Serving type: can

01-24-2013 11:14:12 | More by Kulrak
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into the ole' nonic pint, a medium amber body capped by a few fingers of off-white head; great head retention, moderate lacing

S: floral, herbal, and crisp, fresh hops dominate softer malt aromas

T: wow. Clean, fresh, delicious malts overlaid with mellow bitter hops of pine and earth; made me think of grassy fields and fresh air; tiny bits of spice and citrus

M: light, clean, palate refreshing, crisp carbonation and smooth finishing

O: no wonder this beer gets such acclaim - truly delicious, extremely drinkable - a seasonal must-have.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:10:44 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a deep amber with two full fingers of light khaki colored head. The foam takes a good amount of time to settle, and There is some great lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is pine, earth, it's a bit vegital, and has a touch of malt in the back end. It smells exactly like I would imagine a Wet Hop beer to smell like.

T: I get a mild sweetness, earth/dirt, and a great piney hop kick. The balance is great. Sweet to hoppy to sweet to hoppy. The finish is a great mix of spice and sweet. I'm impressed.

M: Medium bodied beer. It has some heft, but it's never overwhelming. This is an easy drinking beer and goes down smooth, stick around for a bit, and then moves off the palate.

O: This is a really nice beer. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. I would drink this again and again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:11:53 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of KFBR392


4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A clear golden amber color. Lacing stuck masterfully to the glass as I slowly enjoyed this brew. Enjoyed out of a tall pilsner type glass.

Smell: Caramelized malt aroma. This aroma was much more subdued then I expected. Hops were not as present as I would have hoped.

Taste: Subtle. Once again the caramel flavor dominates this brew. Hops are there but I don't think this bottle was as fresh as it could have been. The pine flavors of this IPA are very pleasant. Although not as fresh as its been, the taste is very well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was not what I hoped it would be. The hops or pine flavor did not stick around like I hoped. Going down was definitely very smooth though.

Overall: Really solid. I wish I would have had this right when it came out to get the full effect of the design of this beer. Sierra Nevada makes some of the best beer around, their high end stuff really can go toe to toe with anyone.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:05:42 | More by KFBR392
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Ommegang chalice glass.

Appearance- A hazy reddish color with both yellow and brown hues. Lots of carbonation straming from the bottom of the glass creating a solid 2 finger froathy head that is cloud like in color.

Smell- Tons of juicy citrus and pine. Specifically Grapefruit, lemon and lime.

Taste- Earthy hops are most prevalent. Small amounts of pine and citrus almost make appearances but still has a long cloying earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Very excellent. It starts out very creamy but also had great carbonation to make it easy on the pallate.

Overall- Tons of hops with mostly earthy like ones. I would like a litlle more citrus or grapefruit and even some more pine in the taste profile for a better balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 23:36:39 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of leokbelo


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

Pours a bright, deep copper/orange into a pint glass. 1 inch head reluctantly fades into a lacing that stays.
Rich pine cones on the nose, citrus and spicy.
Hop fanatics unite! This brew is bitter as it should be! Wet hops are very present, giving a spicy and citrus tone, again. Grassy and piney.
Light sweetness in the back, from the malts, balance it out just right.
Extremely pleased with this one! Highly drinkable!
Another hit from the folks at SN.
Highly recommended, specially to the hop heads!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:58:03 | More by leokbelo
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.