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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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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 150
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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Photo of Yesac


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/orangy color. Big white foamy head that fades to a medium size layer that stays throughout the glass.

S - Skunky hop smell. Its strange, but it actually smells like wet hops.

T - Piney, citrusy.. very sweet and very smooth. Great balance the malts taste great. It's extremely fresh tasting. Soft hop bitter finish.

M - thick, but very smooth (not sticky). Heavily carbonated.

D - I'm glad these come in a 24oz. Good thing I bought two :)

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:14:55 | More by Yesac
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Paired with my homemade pad Thai, "bad Thai." Next time I'll get it right.

Crystal clear, almost still, orange pour. Bone marrow beige white head three fingers good. Foam is plentifully plastered by a liquid obscuring retention.

Sharp citrus and grassy hops provided by centennia and cascade. A little pine in there too. I'm not sure if the pine comes from the wet hopping or if there's a new hop called centennia or if the Sierra Nevada website is missing an "l". I'm going with option #1 and #3.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly silky smooth and largely devoid of any hop resin. Lightly bitter the hops come through mainly as a soft pine and citrus grass flavor. Malt is there in abundance but doesn't have much personality -- a starfish if you will.

In the battle of North vs. South the North wins (again). Southern Hemisphere was more pleasingly bitter I must add.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 00:05:05 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of granger10


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn red color with copper highlights. Smell is definitely hoppy and piney and has a sweet honey note to it. Taste has more of that hoppiness upfront in the form of citrus and grapefruit. There's a sticky caramel sweetness underneath that gets stronger and slightly stickier the further I go. Piney sharpness hits my tongue in a prickly way. Finish is hoppy and dry. A very good beer from SN, one that I could drink all night long, but I still think I like Founder's Harvest Ale better.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2004 23:59:37 | More by granger10
Photo of bunnyhustle


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24 oz. bottle into chalice (should note 2007 release). Pours an amazing amber color that is crystal clear. Nice thick head with an almost creamy quality to it and excellent retention. Great lacing and layers left after each sip. Smell is good but not as strong as I expected. A definite hop presence with some grassy aroma as well. Taste is good, hoppy with good malt balance. This beer seems to have a different hop taste than other APA's or IPA's. Its a subtle and smooth presence. Moderate carbonation and a dry and oily aftertaste. Very smooth beer. Overall a terriffic beer. I dont believe its their best offering (gotta go Celebration there) but a strong one and deserving of the hype. I waited months to try this and was not let down one bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 05:59:08 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of 57md


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper colored like a fall leaf. There is almost a finger of head that leaves a nice trail of lacing behind. Fresh hop spice is the name of this game. The smell, upfront flavor and finish are all a testament to the holy hop. Too bad this can only be a seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:46:20 | More by 57md
Photo of chilly460


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light amber body with a huge rocky white head. Great tiger striped lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass.

S - Big piney hop nose hits first, with quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very fragrant beer for sure. Some dry maltiness, but not really apparent through all the big hops.

T - Surprisingly balanced compared to the aroma. Huge floral hops flavor hits first, tart but not overwhelming, very nice. Some citrus flavor on the end. Malts are a bit different then standard flavors, comes in almost a bit roasted like wheat toast, but not going into sweet like a caramel. Nice.

M - Very nice, solid medium body, medium to low carbonation.

O - Really nice balance, interesting malt profile, huge hop aroma...good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 13:52:11 | More by chilly460
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is delightfully hoppy. Bright and softly pungent, citric and floral, it smells very nice. Good malty base under the hops suggests a tight balance.

Pours an amber gold color, good clarity, nice creamy head with lasting retention.

First sip unlocks the hops; a wide array of hoppy flavors presents themselves. Highly floral and perfume-like with citric overtones. Softer pungent earthiness. A raw leafiness that could tempt an herbivorous animal. Tart and grassy. Then there's the bitterness, soft at first, but deeply seeded and ripe to blossom. The balance is indeed tight with a good solid malt backbone. Mild roast character, some dark sugars, a little chocolate and nut. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes a little bitter, with lingering hop oils and malty suggestions.

Very nice. Highly drinkable and incredibly satisfying to this hop-lover. Most impressive is the tight balance given so much wonderful hop. In fact, this is the same kind of tantalizing balance Bigfoot has. I love Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:46:40 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of sitarist


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color...tiny, lazy bubbles rise to a large head that leaves patches of lacing.

I smell pine, citrus, dog soap, and blue Bolivian dust...the aromas are subdued, effervescent, and alluring.

Even after fifty days the hops still dominate the flavors...peppery and resinous...are you sure they don't use coca leaves in this brew?

Lighter bodied, and warm with a nice tight fizz on my tongue...it is slightly astringent.

Bitter but quaffable...I wish I had another!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 02:18:40 | More by sitarist
Photo of cnally


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

great amber coloring in the beer with a tan head that remains to do some quite nice, fluffy lacing.

floral, malty, slightly fruity scent. hint of the hops.

nice immediate flavor of hops. balanced well with the underlying malt flavor. slightly citrus elements to the aftertaste.

full, frothy mouthfeel. heavy and even.

really good example of the style. not as dry as a really bitter IPA. very good, balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:41:51 | More by cnally
Photo of sevopie


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Caramel/Mahogany in color with a large rocky off-white head. Even with a mild pour it was a large head - 4 to 5 fingers.

Smell - Earthy slightly citrusy hop smell.

Taste - The first taste you get is of a blast of piney hops with a touch of citrus, but it fades quickly to a mild roasted(almost slightly burnt) malt flavor. Very little of the hops actually linger.

Mouthfeel - Slightly oily with a moderately high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good drinkability here, the fade into roasted malt produces a pleasant aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 06:08:10 | More by sevopie
Photo of jcd2010


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with a thick head that laces the glass.

Citrus notes right away, especially grapefruit. It's not as bitter as I thought it would be, and I found myself being slighly disappointed. It seemed a little one-note. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer. It's just not overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:49:12 | More by jcd2010
Photo of theboozecruise


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 version of the Harvest Ale... 12th release. I poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a goblet this time.

A orange-reddish hue, not a huge head, but lots of lacing around the sides of the goblet. A strong aroma of hops, dominating the nose on this one. The balance comes out on the first sip, a little bit of malt on the aftertaste in addition to the hops and hints of fruit. This one is bitter but not TOO bitter. Fantastic mouthfeel, leaves me wanting more right away.

This one gets better with each sip... not a heavy drinker, but a damn fine beer to sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:18:39 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color that is mostly clear with ample carbonation bubbles present, pours with two fingers of very fluffy off white head that lingers beautifully and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: nice citrusy hop scents that are quite resinous and smell really fresh, also hits with a bit of caramel like depth at the end
T: a good taste, good hop notes although much more gentle on the citrus than i had anticipated, bitter and a bit of an earthy note kind of like chewing on a piece of wood, not smokey wood but rather like freshly cut wood chips
M: gentle carbonation, very smooth through and through, leaves a nice dry note on the palate and a bitter feeling in the back of the throat, great mouthfeel
O: a nice brew, great nose, would have liked a bit more citrus in the taste but overall an extremely drinkable brew and once again another one ive loved from sierra nevada

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 23:15:00 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of AdamBear


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy orange amber with a good amount of cream colored head. nice lacing

S-smells like really sweet grassy hops.medium strength

T-comes in with a really good and bitter grassiness and it keeps the bitterness well. the after-taste is very grassy with a good bitterness. the key here with this beer is the quality in the ingredients and the great balance. it a very good and unique IPA.

M-good medium carbonation with a creamy finish

D-a classic IPA that i could drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 18:27:51 | More by AdamBear
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:17:19 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a golden, honey amber color with a robust head of tight, white carbonation which left a spider web of clingy lace. Carbonation was ample throughout and head retention was good.

S: Smells like a big rush of grapefruit and whole, green hop leaves. Slightly earthy, sugary and plant-like with some douglas-fir dashed in there.

T: Flavor is a big, bittersweet citrusy, fresh hop explosion. A nice sweet, light roasted malt flavor leaps up with the first dose of bitter, lemon and grapefruit hops. Then a mellow, dry hopping occurs mid palate before washing down sweet and oily with an herbal, peppery whole leaf hop finish which lingers for some time.

M: Mouthfeel is really quite clean and fresh and the residual oils are there, but not clingy in an unwelcome sort of way.

D: A really nice seasonal fresh hop offering from SA and at 6.7%, one you could pick up a few bottles of and make a grilling session out of. Went really well with my stuffed mushroom and scallion burger with whole grain IPA mustard. Really tasty on its own as well. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 06:21:34 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with a great thick tan head. Leaves good lacing down the side of my glass. Smells like hops of course, with some pine notes. Tastes very similar, but starts off kind of malty, then the hops kick in. The only real qualm I have with this beer is the same that I have with the other SN beers I have tried: it finishes a bit harsh. Just a bit past bitter to harsh. Its a smooth drink at first until the finish. Other than that small problem, its very good, I will definitely be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:29:38 | More by patobandito
Photo of grittybrews


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a ruddy orange-amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Big, slightly floral aroma with grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and hints of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly oily mouthfeel. Orange and biscuity caramel up front followed by mildly bitter grapefruit/citrus and gentle pine on the finish.

Not the most vivid wet hop ale I've tried, but really well-balanced with some solid flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 13:42:32 | More by grittybrews
Photo of madtowndmb1


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice golden amber color, with a big foamy head.

S: Smells of citrus and hops.

T: Like alot of other Sierra's, taste's great and easy to drink even with it's big hop flavor. Big fan.

M: Not a ton going on here in this beer that differsfrom other hoppy beers. Bitterness up front with a smooth finish.

D: seeing as how mines a bomber, 2 would be a commitment, but worth it.

I would recommend this beer once a year when it's released

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 22:20:37 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Total Wine in River Edge in the Fall. 2007 (11th Edition) served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. This is the first I've seen of this offering from Sierra Nevada.

Appearance- Rich and orange, this beer pours beautifully... the gigantic four-finger head pops and hisses slowly down from the rim, leaving some of the best lacing I've ever seen. Gobs of cobwebs with a spongy center that condenses and sticks around the entire duration.

Smell- Big, aromatic hop resins dominate the nose... freshness is truly evident, and makes this beer stand out from any other Pale Ale I've had except for maybe one or two served on cask. Notes of pine ring out among a suggestion of malts, overall a hop lover's aroma.

Taste- Exquisitely bittering, the hops perform so tremendously (this sounds like football, I know)... as big and fresh as they are, they carry themselves with poise. In the middle, the malts deliver nicely and balance the hops. The finish is smooth and very easy, with the "wet" qualities again being the distinguishing factor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth, soft, and light in the mouth... I think that it could benefit from a little more activity and texture. Otherwise, this tasting goes down as my absolute favorite APA from a bottle yet... as with many things in the food and beverage world, fresh is best.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 03:01:06 | More by yelterdow
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a wide flute

A: This is a beautiful beer, it pours a very clear amber color with three fingers of head. The head retention on this beer is better than any other beer I've ever seen. The lacing is equally good. It doesn't get better than this for IPAs.

S: Spicy and grassy hops are most prominent here along with some citrus and pine. This beer has a ton of complex hop aromas. Lots of bready malts in the background as well.

T: Again, very spicy and grassy, just like the aroma. Bready malts are also quite prominent to help balance the intense hoppiness. Bitterness is moderate to strong, but certainly well balanced by maltiness.

M: Definitely on the thick side for an IPA with a nice carbonation.

O: Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers never cease to amaze me. This beer is intense, balanced, and absolutely delicious. I'm very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:43:56 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Halcyondays


4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 05:42:41 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DovaliHops


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat clear...somewhat dark amber color with a medium white head that doesn't hang around very long. Scent is what you could expect from a brewery that has mastered hoppiness. Great hop aromas...grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango...scent is amazing. The taste is amazing as well...although I wouldn't say it's as great as the southern hemisphere harvest. I get great citrus fruit and hop flavors...but southern hemisphere just stood out a bit more to me. Everything is so well balanced in this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied, yet crisp. Drinkability is high. Another amazing IPA from SN!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 06:53:17 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of BDLbrewster


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey hued amber color with a sticky off white head that leaves a whole bunch of lacing.

The smell is rich with aromatic hops, medicinal notes and fresh cut vegetation. Some pine notes are apparent as well, along with some spicy background aromas. Very aromatic, they should market this as perfume.

The taste provides a punch of green, mildly citric (going with lemony grapefruit here) hop flavors on the front. Some oily pine flavors and a healthy, not overly sweet malt bill to support the weight of the wet tasting hops. It's pretty obvious that the hops have started to fade a bit, but they retain spicy undertones that set this beer off.

The mouthfeel is on par. Ample carbonation and a slick airy (not watery) body that feels very nice in the mouth.

Overall, I can dig it. Manageable ABV and flavors that leave you wanting more. Nothing over the top, just a solid seasonal offering from a cornerstone of the craft revolution.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 20:04:20 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A copper colored brew with an amber tint to it. It is covered in a mid-sized white head. As it dies, lace is all over the glass. The nose is very floral with hops and a delicious aroma of orange peels.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Lots more flavor than their regular pale ale, and it is also a bit more spicy. This brew has a mild maltiness to it, but the hoppiness is the real story here. It is not by any means overpowering, but just has a nice pleasant bite to it. It is a bit refreshing, and the drinkability is excellent. This is a very solid drinker, and many people could enjoy a few at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 16:53:11 | More by ElGuapo
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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