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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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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 3,426
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 198
Gots: 204 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Piney, grassy, citrusy, bready, caramel , citrusy, and floral.

Taste: You pick up more grapefruit and tangerine in the taste to go with the bready, pale, and caramel malts. Nice hoppy pine and fresh grassy hops too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a nice mild hop bitterness.

Overall: Nothing better than an IPA with fresh hops. Very delicious brew. (638 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear copper with a thick, quickly dissipating white head. Settles into a frothy cap. Good lacing. Not the hop bomb I thought it would be. Faint citrus, pine, grassiness and hints of malt on the nose. Bitter hop notes throughout the palate with spiciness mid-palate that finishes dry and bitter. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a very well crafted fresh-hop ale. (388 characters)

Photo of Ysgard
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Immediately notice its darker than most good IPAs these days. Laces nicely, better than average.

A solid citrus aroma and a burnt toffee aroma. A touch of biscuit.

A specifically crystal malt flavor, really subtle yet very at odds with fresh hoppiness. Overrode and muddled the aromatic hops. The overall bitterness profile however was really nice. It might just be me that really can't do hops with crystal malt anymore, so dirty tasting.

The mouthfeel was incredibly silky smooth and drinkable with a reasonable 1/2" head without really babying the pour.

I can't complain that this was a bad beer, its so much nicer than many. Just hate that dark caramel flavor when I expect grassy bright hops. (705 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice.

Unremarkable. An above average brew that I will not seek out again.

A – Pours a clear dark amber with a one-finger off-white rocky head. Very nice lacing.

S – Some piney aroma but generally lacking.

T – Malty with resin-like bitterness, but not a hop bomb. A very herbal tasting IPA.

MF – Crisp, medium bodied with a dry finish. (367 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I ran a marathon today so I rewarded myself with the rare bomber

A: Bright red copper. Clear Unfiltered. Big white head. Head thins out quick. Does leave some decent lacing.

S: Some earthy hops, floral and spicey, some english red malts in scent, toffee.Not overly pungent.

T: Spicey, earthy, hops up front. Nice toasted biscuit malt character. Its balanced. Totally not what I was expecting. Finish is slightly piney, mostly floral and earthy hops, resin flavors too. As it warms it gets a bit more grapefruit-y. Much more flavorful than nose. Clean, no yeast.

M: Nice full body, medium carbonation, good chew. Very flavorful sessionable brew.

O: Not what I was expecting. Kind of like a red ipa or a rye. Taste is more cascade than centennial I'd say. Well balanced, and very tastey brew. More of a beer drinkers beer than a hop heads beer. Which is good if youre going solo on a bomber. The price is right. Its kinda the ultimate session beer. (953 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a clear amber/ruby color. There was a generous head which retained for a reasonable amount of time, giving way to a thin film which left inconsistent but pleasant lacing on the side of the glass. The color on this is fantastic. I love the ruby hints.

S - What you would expect from a fresh west coast IPA, although not as strong. I really had to dig a little to pick up the tropical fruit. I was looking for pine, so what little I detected may have been mental.

T - This surprised me, and not in a great way. I expected flavors to pop out at me. Instead the pine and citrus flavors that I expected based on the smell were subtle and understated. The bitterness and earthiness that are not my favorite qualities in an IPA dominated. Tasted more East Coast to me - almost a dead ringer for Finest Kind.

M - Very nice.

O - What can I say, my expectations were very high and this one threw me a curveball. Not a bad beer by any means, but not special in my eyes. Looking forward to the spring (as I always do) to try out the Southern Hemisphere. (1,056 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

N Hemisphere is a clear, red/amber color. Pours a small, dense and creamy tan head that has okay retention and leaves heavy lacing.Has a overall faint smell consisting of bread and dank/resinous hops.

Taste starts with prickly resinous hops, then a lot of dankness, with a bitter orange/bread/lemon finish, bready/resinous aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light, feels thin and watery, with high carbonation.

Actually kinda dissapointed with this one, to mouthfeel is just SOOOO thin it really takes away from the beer in my opinion, theres also not too much overall aroma which I think SN usually does a good job with both. (623 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/24. Consumed on 10/25.

A - Visually appealing. Red with a slight orange hue. Poured a 2 finger white/beige billowy head. Head decreased but did not dissipate. Strong carbonation. Left defined band of lacing on sides of glass.

S - Mildly fragrant. Black tea, apple, and a slight hint of tropical fruit.

T - Somewhat complex flavor palate, but lacking in intensity. Black tea, rye, lemon, tobacco, and spice. Somewhat stronger backbone for an malt IPA. Lasting tart bitterness.

M - Very nice. Carbonation appropriate and enhances beer. Nice tingle in mouth and luxurious foaming. Beer is filling though.

O - In a blind taste test, I would not call this an IPA... perhaps a cross between a Rye and a Pale Ale. Somewhat boring. Not unpleasant in any way, but the smell and taste which I consider most important are not wholly remarkable. Cheers to those who think highly of this beer, but I will not repeat. (966 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip glass, half a bottle at a time.

Beautiful appearance. Slightly hazy and reddish brown in color. Massive, pillowy, fluffy, off-white head on this one. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass. The head just sits in top of the beer throughout the duration of it. Love it!

Pleasant aroma, not overpowering. Grassy, floral, and resinous hops. Bitter taste that coats the whole mouth, but well balanced with a smooth caramel backbone.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Goes down way too easily.

Overall, this is an expertly crafted beer with a simple concept. I love everything about it... the shorter, fatter, 24 oz bottle as opposed to your typical 22 oz bomber, great label art, fresh hops with great malt balance, and excellent drinkability. Well done, Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended. (827 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a golden copper color…Nicely transparent, a very clean looking brew with little bubble action inside…head is full of tiny bubbles and is about a pinky finger thick…it’s an off white color…a nice, polished looking brew…(4/5)

Smell: Hmm…I’m first getting some piney bite, with a bit of peppery/rye…there’s a definite sharpness to this brew…malts are earthy and lightly pale/sweet…the more I smell, the stronger the hoppy influence on my nose is…it’s not overly bitter, though I’m detecting some solid grassy/earthy tones…there’s also a light perfuminess happening here…nice…(3.75/5)

Taste: Hmm (again)…this thing is very yummy! Piney, earthy, grassy bite and bitterness right off the bat, followed closely by a earthy/peppery/rye malt…very well balanced…thankfully it’s not overly grassy as the nose predicts, it’s definitely dry hopped…rich, creamy flavor…a very drinkable brew…(4/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…carbonation is low to medium…it does fluff up bringing some piney bite and grassy bitterness to the palate…mildly creamy and rich, this brew settles on the palate fantastically…there’s a bitterness that stays into the after taste, but it’s by no means a palate wrecker…leaves me wanting more…(4/5)

Overall: Yum! This is a great brew…I love drinking fresh, hoppy beer and this definitely meets those two categories…Sierra Nevada is so smart for making a seasonal brew comprised of Northern Hemisphere grown hops…very balanced and full of flavorful, yet not overly bitter hops…I wish this came in a six pack, ‘cause I’d scoop one up in a heart beat…as it is, a bomber or two of this brew is well worth the purchase…perfect for hanging out with friends or chillin’ on the couch, Sierra Nevada strikes again! (4.25/5)

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Photo of laglocal
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass (24oz bomber)

A: Slightly amberish for a pale, this poured a great white/off white head that retained then dissipated slowly leaving elegant lacing down the glass. The quality of hops is evident.

S: Hops forward with a bit of grain. Maybe just a hint of malt.

T: Just delicious. Hops are obviously the centerpoint of this brew but the malt is there, and this beer is extremely balanced and delicious. Almost a creamy aspect to it, which is not how I ever thought I would describe a pale. Drinkable as all hell but worth savoring, I have already mentally committed to going back to get more of this.

M: Excellent carbonation, could literally drink this all day. Finish lingers and hops build in your palate gradually as you work your way through this gorgeous tasty brew

Overally, this is truly one of the best hop experiences I have had, maybe its placebo but there is something just so damn delicious about this beer. (948 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Been aching to try this since I first heard it would be coming out. Enjoyed Southern Hemisphere a lot. But it was not out for very long, I assume because the delivery of fresh New Zealand hops used to make it was limited. This one is made with brand spankin' new Cali hops allegedly less than a day off the vine!

Bottled on day 267 of 2013. Thanks for the math challenge SN. Let's see, 30 days hath September...Why not just put the friggin' date on there? After a couple of minutes of mental calculations, during which x number of my brain cells probably died from the strain (if not, they were made stronger, right?) I am thinking it's somewhere around Sept. 24th. Now it's time to kill a few more cells with alcohol. At least they will die with smiles on their little celly faces.

Poured from the 24 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Beautiful deep clear amber, topped by an enormous frothy offwhite head which dissipated very slowly to rocky surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate pine.

t: Hops forward but not powerfully so at first, they kind of creep up on you, and then the bitterness lingers not just on the tongue but all over the mouth. Definitely picking up grassiness from the wet hops after a few sips. The lingering bitterness gives the sense of a higher alcohol level than is really the case.

m: Light to moderate, sexy silky smooth.

o: A very drinkable brew and an interesting flavor experience. I will be looking for more of this. Normally I might not enjoy the vegetal tinge to the taste, but it is modest here, and makes you think you might actually be drinking something healthy. Plus you get a lot of palate clout for the money. Seems near perfect for an autumn beer.

UPDATE 11/6/14: 2014 version bottled 9/24/14, same day I surmised last year's bottle was capped, but now they have the date in an easily readible form (thanks SN!). Poured into the same glass used last year too. Same rich appearance, strong grassy aroma rather than last year's pine suggests super fresh wet hops. More grassy notes dominate the flavor as well, in fact the most grass-dominated flavor of any IPA I have had yet. I appreciate that more now that I have had a lot of Heady Topper and Be Hoppy under my belt this past year. Mouthfeel not silky smooth though, but rather dominated by heavy carbonation, which was evident from the first pour with the enormous white head. Overall a bit different from last year's for me, but tastewise even more amazing. Will leave my ratings as is (although this year the mouthfeel rating would drop to 3.75) and again be looking for more SNNHHWHA, a good value at $5 per 24 oz. (2,644 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Ommegang tulip.

The lacing on this beer is fantastic! If Picasso worked in head foam, it would look like this. It has an excellent citrus and hop aroma almost as if you are at the farm itself. A light, semi-airy mouth feel makes this American IPA extraordinary. Sierra Nevada hit a homerun with this one and I would prefer this one over its Southern hemisphere counterpart. I will.definitely go buy 1or 2 more bottles before they are gone. (464 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass: first wet hop IPA of the season for myself.

A: Gorgeous clear amber with excellent lacing and a wonderful head with nice retention.

S: Not too strong of a smell unfortunately but from what I can get, I like. Smell is floral and citrusy.

T: Floral, Piney, grassy, some citrus and spicy. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Medium bodied a bit creamy yet crisp. Incredibly smooth.

O: One hell of a good IPA. I prefer this over southern hemisphere. A must try at a great price. (506 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into pint.

Appearance- Copper, pretty clear, nice white head good lacing.

Aroma- Fresh pine, herbal, very different type of hop smell but the hops are dominate. Its woodsy and earthy as well with a caramel malt backbone.

Taste- Pine, grass, woods, its like a forest in the the best way. good firm bitterenss but balanced and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium bodies, good carbonation.

Overall- First time trying and its great. So fresh and so tasty. Gonna look forward to this from now on. (513 characters)

Photo of Thezapper
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a nice deep copper color with think head.

S: Earthy hops are what i get more than anything. Big delicious hops.

T: The taste follows right along with the smell. It delivers big bright grapefruit/piney hop flavor without being overpoweringly bitter. Decently complex, great malt counterpoint to the hops. Sweet caramel and some honey at the very end.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O: Another great one from Sierra Nevada. This beer delivers for those wanting big hop flavor but is so well balanced and supremely drinkable. This one ranks up there with my favorite IPA's of the year. (613 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up more than half head and looks to have pretty good retention as well. The head is an off-white with hints of yellow and beige while the body is a medium amber which looks a pale to medium amber in the light. While this beer is slow to dissipate, there is already substantial lacing.

Nose- Starts off with lots of pine (but not a harsh pine, a very warm pine) that moves into slight citrus notes with grapefruit being at the forefront. Light notes of orange and lemon interject themselves to form a very sunny and inviting aroma. This bodes well for this particular Sierra Nevada beer. Some hints of tropical fruit but nothing defined. Maybe papaya. Bottle seems to display some caramel and honey.

Taste- This is a flood of all kinds of hops with pine and resin pushing to the front. This is evened out with a good amount of caramel and malt in the middle while flavors of grapefruit, some tropical notes, and other citrus notes hang around the edges. Definite spice from the obviously fresh hops. A little sticky, a little bitter but this is to be expected. However, all of this is incredibly well rounded and the spice finish seems to wrap it all up into a nice, complete package. There is a bit of linger but it speaks of clean evergreen forests and does not annoy me like many pine heavy beers. The matchstick is minor- which I think is key. Some might say the presence is lacking but this is one tasty beer that seems to have no faults. Very good and a solid beer- can't believe it's taken me so long to try it. The mix of resin and caramel really defines this beer and smooths out the finish which veers toward pine and matchstick. Definitely better than Southern Hemisphere overall but lacks the presence of that beer.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a slight note of syrup to the texture. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Definitive Sierra Nevada- incredibly easygoing. Great price for a fresh hop beer as well.

Overall- Very good to almost great beer. It doesn't amaze but wins one over with its simplicity and great balance. A must try, especially if you like fresh hop IPAs. (2,135 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (1,625 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (1,352 characters)

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.