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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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3,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,405
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 186
Gots: 189 | 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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Ratings: 3,405 | Reviews: 1,484
Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of hops, mild malt and citrus (possibly grapefruit).

T: While the hops were front and center in the taste department, they weren't as overwhelming as I would have expected. Still, that combined with malt and citrus make for a tasty beer.

M: A highly carbonated beer, with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable, well constructed beer. Not exactly what I expected, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Raugupatis
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer in a grocery store when it came out and figured I would try the larger than average format. I was not disappointed at all. The wet hops give it a distinct taste that I look forward to trying again next year. I only bought one at the time and have been looking for it ever since.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from a bomber, this was a deep amber with nice clarity, just a touch of chill haze. the head was really nice-off-white to almost tan, creamy, thick, and lasting. piney, spicy, grapefruity hops dominate the caramel malt base both in aroma and taste. the spiciness is tough to pin down, almost tobacco-like and peppery. well carbonated, has a nice prickly, frothy mouthfeel. medium-bodied with a long complex finish of spicy hops.

Photo of dgfair
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head pint glass.

Appearance - beautiful golden amber color with a creamy looking off white, beige head. Lacing is left all over the glass.

Smell - slightly less hop aroma than I expected, but definite bitter pine notes along with a surprising biscuity malt scent. Very nice, and the smell is more balanced than expected, as I anticipated an overwhelming hop aroma.

Taste - superbly balanced on the front end. There is a definite wet hop flavor at first, but offset very well with a sweet malt backbone. The aftertaste is very bitter and citrusy, and lingers for an eternity on the palate. A really fantastic taste if you are a hophead...the balance is perfect and there is no shortage of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - lightly carbonated, leading to a very creamy, velvety mouthfeel. It's not what you would expect from most IPAs, but is very nice and smooth.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink a few of these. The one caveat is that you probably need to be a hop lover to consider this a very drinkable brew, but if you enjoy hop bitterness, you will probably have no problem putting down a few of these.

Photo of tylerprince
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured fresh from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber. Incredible 3 finger head resolves into excellent lacing (off white, foamy).

S: Mostly floral/fruity, with a little bit of pine and malt. Strong grapefruit aromas; a tad lagery.

T: Bitterness up front followed by lots of citrus and pine. Finishes up with a nice caramel malt and some archetypal IPA pine. Extremely well balanced, to the point where I'd be inclined to say it transcends categorization.

M: Crisp, clean, perfect amount of carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol...the perfect winter IPA.

O: Awesome beer, would be great after a day on the slopes.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A copper and orange mix, almost amber color. Provided a really thick off-white head. Lots of lacing

S: Citrus and pine hops, with a sweet smell of biscuit mixed in. Nothing overpower, but put together nicely.

T: Amazing! The mixing of the hops and sweet malt was very well balance. Nothing is overpowering. The citrus and pine hops and went well with the sweet caramel and bready malt.

M: Nicely carbonated, a decent hop bite left on the mouth and tongue.

D: Well, I got the last one at the bar, but was wanting more and more of this excellent brew!

Photo of Schlitzcooler
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a PBR chalice.

Nice clear amber color, head settles down to a thin lace on top. I've been eagerly looking for this year's Harvest release and this one has not disappointed - though I wasn't suffering during the Southern Hemisphere hop release over the summer.

Nice hoppy scent

Nice crisp, spicy hoppy bite with the first taste. Also some pine and sweetness. Goes down real smooth. Like drinking sunlight.

Photo of Marty30
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp. There is a date on the bottle 1-26.

A. Clear copper colored body with a golden hue. 1.5 finger off-white head leaves behind sticky lacing. Carbonation is streaming off of the laser etching.

S. Very strong pine and citrus. Freshly squezzed hop juice come to mind.Orange peel also some lemon. I get some floral notes. I definately get a kind of a bread crust in the back end.

T. Very bitter, stings the tounge. Pine sap,lemon and pineapple are dominant,and rounded out by the dry grains in the finish.

M. Good medium feel,nice body. Bitter, dry finish. Not overly carbonated.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. If your in the market for a bitter hop bomb,I would recommend. I will be buying more.

Photo of Onenote81
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a very large foamy head on top. This retained perfectly, and looked like the top of a malt shake the way it hung around. Perfect lacing/webbing. This beer smells so good! Nice piney notes mixed with definitive citrus. Hoppy as all get out. I want to down this.

Wait! Slow down. The ABV on this bad boy warns me not to "down" it. I sip. I gulp. The mouthfeel is weak and watery; maybe that's why I graduated to gulping. Makes you think it's weak, when in reality it's got a hidden power. I'm feeling slightly hazed. I dig this. Listening the the Killers on my computer has never sounded so good! I know, I know, 6.7% ABV is not that high. But let me tell you it snuck up on me when I least expected it.

Flavor is a wonderful, bountiful mouthful of hoppy goodness. Bitterness is tamed down a bit, which probably aids the high drinkability as well. Spot on, SN. Wonderful brew that I will seek out year after year. Recommend.

Photo of beersheppard
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: mahogany in color, pours two and fingers of foam that lasts, tight bubbles, great lacing, impressive looking brew.

Smell: floral, hoppy, citrus, piney.

Taste: floral, hoppy, citrus especially crisp grapefruit, piney, well balanced with a malty backbone. Not as hoppy as I thought.

Mouthfeel: not too carbonated, a little .watery, some tingle on the front of the tongue, good flavor throughout.

Drinkability: tasty brew, very fresh with good hop citrus flavor, refreshing, very drinkable, would definitely drink again.

Photo of darklordlager
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/bronze with a magnificent 2" butter coloured head. Great lacing as it goes down the glass, and a constant flow of bubbles from the bottom into the head of foam.

S: Rich, grapefruit citric hops. Floral. Smells of hop pellets without the harsh bitterness. Sweet caramel and two row malt provide a great backbone for the hops. Skunky.

T: Waves of intense yet smooth hop flavour. The blast of wet hop flavour is the slightest bit slow to come on, which might be due to this being a bit old. Bitter citrus, sweet malt, and a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Slick, and a little heavier than I was expecting.

D: This is a great value beer from Sierra Nevada (as always). Next year I'll have to pick this up right after it comes out.

Photo of harryhops
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LoganMc
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 8 oz 11th ed. bottle into Trappistes Rochefort chalice

A - This brew pours nice and dark amber, orange-brown, murky, with a beautiful finger head that sits and then dissipates into a nice frothy film, excellent lacing; tasty looking brew

S - Fruity, hops and more hops, slight caramel notes

T-M - Orange citrus tones into a hops explosion, elegant bitterness, slight chocolate/caramel taste on the finish. Good carbonation.

D - Has a nice balance: heavily hopped, obviously, but not over-powering.

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of wd40
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clarity if this beer is impeccable. It pours a honey colored amber with a thick lingering foam that leaves a lot of lace on the glass. The smell is herbal hoppiness mixed with a little sweet maple syrup. The taste is pleasantly bitter with a very dry finish. The hop profile is unmistakably Sierra Nevada, but there is less pine smell and flavor than in their standard APA. Mouthfeel is just about perfect and the overall drinkability is great.

Photo of vikingloki
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the 25 oz bottle from a friend, then went and bought a case myself.

This review is from my case.
Ale pours witha massive craggy foamy head - you really need to be careful on the pour with this one. Hop aroma hits you right away, and the foam is one big bitter bite....mmm, me likey.It's a beautiful deep reddy amber color. Cascade, cascade, cascade, I suspect. Wonderful.

This is one big hoppy beer, but there is enough malt to support it and knock the ABV up to a 6.7, which means with a 25 oz. bottle on an empty stomach, I have a buzz. Very nicely done, but I can't have more than one...well, maybe 2. and that's my only complaint, the 25 oz bombers doesn't stay cold while I drink the first 12 oz's.

It's very good, I'll get it again next year...love SN.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle. I think it was $5.99 from Tasty Beverage in Raleigh.

Appearance: Typical fantastic looking SN beer. Clear orange-topaz, thick and fluffy head, sticky sheets of lacing.

Smell: Nice fresh hit of citrus, pine, and a little spicy hops. Little bit of pale malty sweetness rounds it out nicely.

Taste: Really tasty resiny hops. Lots of sweet and bitter citrus and Pine Sol. Its quite bitter, but still in reasonable balance with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Again, as always, perfect carbonation. Sticky, resiny mouthfeel and finish.

Overall: This is a damn tasty and well done beer, and a pretty good deal for a limited release. Kind of like a Hoptimum light.

Photo of albertjr21
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass on 2.14.11 this pours a deep amber color bordering on red under a bubbly foam head and has a complex aroma of fresh hops and sugared malt. Upfront and center, a solid and spicy pungency of pine hops hits my palate and empties out into a finish that leaves a dry and resinous hop garden's calling card. This is all about the hops...with a great supporting malt to create a balanced mouthfeel and a very drinkable A-IPA.

Photo of snaotheus
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark honey color, clear with fine head and strong lacing. My fiancee says it smells like soap and pine trees. I don't get the soap.

Powerful bitter hoppy pine flavor with a light caramel background. Not perfectly balanced, but tasty.

Light and clean mouthfeel with a neat tingle. Probably too bitter to be greatly drinkable, but it's a beer I'm quite happy to have tried.

Still beautiful. Giant head. Taste is a little muted. Nice and chewy.

Again, pretty. Again giant head. Nice grapefruit rind bitterness.

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy orange, beautiful head. Nice creamy, frothy layer sticks around for the drink. Aroma not as huge as I was expecting, but still quite good: grapefruit citrus and some spicy pine.

Taste is very good, but again, I was expecting more "bigness" from this beer. Nice spicy hop flavors, with loads of bitterness on the finish and back of the tongue. Some malty biscuit flavors too. Not as much citrus as the aroma would suggest. The mouthfeel is excellent and pretty creamy.

For a gauge, I find this IPA to actually be more mellow than their Celebration Ale. An excellent beer nonetheless, very full tasting without being overpowering.

Photo of Jimmys
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into snifter. 2011 batch.

A: copper hued brew. bright. pretty clear. dense off-white head. reasonable retention w/ beautiful lacing. great looking beer.

S: very american. citrus and earthy. smells resinousy. a beehive honey-like aroma in there as well. malty presence there too. grainy and oaty. complex depending on the visit.

T: a very tasty bitterness. tropical and sharp. grapefruity. a little bubblegummy. balanced delightfully with a mild sweetness. finish is bitter and a little bit dry.

M: a naturally light/moderate carbonation. medium/full body.

D: tasty brew from SN. gotta love the wet hop brews especially from these guys that know there IPA's. highly quaffable and not overpowering.

Photo of tylerbrowe
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BobJude
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, bottled on 9/24/14, served in a nucleated SN pint.
A - dark orange, almost light brown in color. Nice head and lacing.
S -not much to the nose. A little pine and mango.
T - initial piney, mango and earthy hop flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness on the back end. A little bit of alcohol as well.
F - a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Nice body and mouthfeel - standard SN grain bill.
O - good, solid wet hop IPA. Not quite as flavorful as other wet hop offerings out there, but very good.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,405 ratings.