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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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3,349 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,349
Reviews: 1,471
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 171
Gots: 158 | 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 emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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 RescueKitty
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured a deep golden- amber and had a beautiful creamy white head. Very clear and glowing. Gave off nice hoppy floral scent as well as a light malty-ness. Taste of full on hops but not overly bitter. More mild than I expected. Has a steady lacing. Beer has a clean, balanced feel and a mild, dry citrus zest finish. What's interesting is that the more I drink this, the more hoppy. It keeps building on the finish. I could drink a lot of this in a short time. Nice.

Photo of edskirk3
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz, brown glass, served in a pint. Label code: 8260B1448 if that means anything to you.

Pours bright, effervescent copper with 1.5 to 2 fingers of cream-colored froth. Said froth is composed of rather large bubbles but it lasts forever and sticks to the glass well, leaving rings as the beer level descends.

Even as I fight off a cold I can smell the piney, citric hops. I feel like I'm smelling actual, fresh hops and I enjoy it. I can feel the alpha acids in the first sip make their way down my esophagus. Great toasted caramel malt base followed by more of the hop on the back end. At no point is the hop character overpowering.

A delicious, subtly made ale. Excellent.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice glass, no freshness date, just 2011 on neck label.

A: Deep orange amber color with a fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Oily pine hop aroma, herbal and floral. Smells pretty darn fresh. Bits of spice and a malt that makes itself present, but it's all about the hops here.

T: Blast of oily hop bitterness that doesn't quit (not a problem!). Bready malts play a bigger role than in the aroma, but still don't quite balance it all out.

M: Medium body, pretty creamy for how much hop flavor is going on.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, I'm anxious to compare the estate organic ipa to this one. Definitely try this if you have the opportunity.

Photo of JonAdams
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy off white foam.

Smell: This just really smells fresh. Bitey hops and some lemony/grapefruit citrus, some nice malty sweetness creeps in as well.

Taste: Bitter hoppiness, yet really fresh tasting, grapefruit, some resin and oil, and malt on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: For a fresh hop beer this is definitely a go to. This is pretty readily available and only $5, which is a steal. Not quite the quality of the Estate, but this is an awesome beer. Definitely a beer that I pick up annually.

Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a straight 4 across the board for me.
Appearance is above average, nice copper color with some head and decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, right on par with the style. Nice citrusy hops balanced very well with some sweet malt. No real spices picked up here which was the only disappointment.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation.
Drinkability- yes I could have 6 of these.

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
I have heard about Sierra Nevada receiving criticism that "all their beers taste the same", although this is certainly debatable, the Californian brewery consistenly manages to churn out tasty, drinkable stuff...
Appearance: Tawny, ruddy hue, massive head, minor lacing and carbonation.
smell: wet hops.
taste: hops, lemons, slight fruit with a pepperish bite.
mouthfeel; Medium-bodied, hoppy
drinkability: easily downable, especially for a 6.7% ABV.
Good stuff

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, clean medium bronze color with a thin, bubbly off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spots of lacing dot the inside of the glassware. The nose is incredible - very fresh, aromatic hops like they were squeezed into the bottle. Floral, herbal, and some citrus notes break through right off the bat. A slight sweetness accompanies the hops, making this beer smell absolutely terrific. I could use this in an air-freshener! I mean that in a good way, of course. The palate is lively and full of fresh hop flavors as well. Extremely floral and clean with enough malt backbone to keep a good hop/malt balance going. The mouth feel is full, but does not come across as overly thick or sticky. Finishes slightly sweet and leaves a pleasant floral hop taste in the mouth. Very drinkable if you dig hops. This isn't your typical American hop bomb, by any stretch ... what's going on here is much more subtle. There is enough in-your-face hop presence here, though, to deter the typical light lager drinker. A truly quality beer in a rather rare style - it doesn't get much better!

Photo of mbusster88
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle.

A: Nice fluffy head, just about 3 fingers. Very solid head though which sticks around nicely. Carbonation is fairly present off the bottom of the glass.

S: Citrus, pine, tangerine and orange. Wonderful hop smell in the nose and that classic astringent smell.

T: Very crisp on the tongue. Good amount of hop bite in that with a nice clean mouth feel. Really like the bitterness matched with some sweet malty flavors. Definitely get citrus and that astringent flavor carrying over from the nose.

M: Mouth feel is nice, good hops there with a nice clean feeling though. Really like how the tongue tingles a bit after the drink, but feels like its been cleaned nicely.

D: Very refreshing drink to have. Great especially because of its freshness and the wet hopping, which is some of the better that I have had this year.

Photo of PicoPapa
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle. Pours an uber murky amber color with a big frothy head. Good amount of sticky lacing. Aromas of hops all around here. Pine, citrus, and floral smells. Taste is hoppy and sweet. More of the pine stands out here with some citrus and floral notes in the background. Floral aftertaste. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and is tasty as hell. Big shock, another great Sierra Nevada beer.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a crystal clear amber gold color with rich and foamy off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing all around.

Heavy aroma of fresh piney and grapefruity hops dance around the nose. Caramel malts are present but subtle as is the hint of black pepper.

Taste is big and malty with the hops pushed to the back. Finishes with a bitter bite.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is an APA with character while remaining a beer that is easy to drink and easy to enjoy. Well done, Sierra Nevada.

Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-orange creamy white frothy head that is persistent.

Smell: Lovely. Pungent. Earthy, resinous and grapefruit hops. A hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Follows the smell, but a little less punchy due to increased malt sweetness/presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slick and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Excellent I need another bottle.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled September 20, 2012.

Beer is light amber in colour, totally clear. Good-sized off-white head. Good retention and lace.

Aroma is quite grassy, with muted citurs notes. A very fresh scent.

Taste contains toasted malt, but is primarily comprised of hop flavours. Grass, some citrus and other fruits (orange, some apple and grapefruit) and some pine. A spicy flavour, tastes a bit like rye. Fairly bitter, particularly in the aftertaste, which is fairly fruity.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit oily.

Overall, nice IPA. Flavour is a bit of a mix between American and English IMO.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm excited about this. i love wet hopped beers

the color is a nice copper with a sudsy head. doesn't retain itself all that well, though lacing is decent

the aroma is awesome. can i get that in a car air freshener? the centennial comes through strong and the cascade tags along, adding depth. it's all about the hops

tastefully done. hoppy APA over a simple but effective malt platform. bitter, tactful, super tasty. somewhat piney although certainly more citrus. actually, now that i think about it, the crystal malts are fairly significant. i guess you need something to bite into if a good hop experience is going to be successful. it's a very smooth drink

Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes as advertised. It pours a clear, deep amber color with lots of brownish head, thick bubbles, good retention, and very nice lacing. The smell is piney, resinous hops, and you might find some sweet malts popping through of the bready variety, but the smell is all hops. The taste won't disappoint. This is a medium to full bodied beer, decently carbonated, with tons of resinous hop flavors. The back bone does contain malty tones to it, but its hard to get beyond the hops. These are green, fresh, piney hops in the taste, as is advertised on the bottle. This isn't the most well balanced beer you'll ever taste, but the nice surprise is the very nice creamy mouthfeel and the lack of hop resin on the tongue. The aftertaste is a bit tart and lingers longer than it probably should. This is a very nice beer, especially for hop heads who will appreciate the hopped up nature of this ale. L'Chaim.

Photo of elmocoso
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice coppery color with a minimal pale-white head.

The nose was all hops, with a little malt in the background. It was very citrusy and i suspect they used mostly cascade hops like most of their brews.

The hops in this beer were a blunt attack on the tounge, but a welcome attack. There wasnt much maltyness to balance it but for a hophead this is a very agreeable beer.

The drinkability is good here. Like all other SN offerings, this one is a class act.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a big off white head. Smells strongly of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Tastes of hops upfront, spicy, citrus, and sweet malt. This beer is medium bodied, very smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle poured into a pint, split with a friend

An orange/amber body sits beneath a huge rocky, ecru cap that rose a full two fingers and subsided slowly, leaving loads of spider web lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is good balance of caramel, toasted bready malt, flowers and pine. Pine and fresh flowers, light grapefruit, leafy tobacco, caramel and a toasted malt base round out the flavor profile. A nice balance all in all with the caramel adding to the sweetness of the hops and the bitterness is a pleasant little punch. Easily quaffable with the booze extremely well hidden within the medium body. Another winner from Sierra.

Photo of dwtyler
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale pours a clear copper color with an off white head from a brown twenty four ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy, morstly citrusy but also a bit pine like. The flavor seems the opposite, more pine like hop than citrus. There's a solid malt presence in the background, but the hops are the star of this show. Recommended.

Photo of deaconoflove
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ap. Pretty coppery golden brown with minimum head...because I always pour it cold. Good lacing as it warms up.
Sm. Sweet malt and hops on top. Kind of lemony or good grassy smell?
Ta. Sweet and tart mix of malt and hops. Some butterscotch, solidly bitter finish.
Mf. Nicely filling, clean, good carbonation.
Dr. Very very easy to drink.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - :Orangish brown color with a big foamy light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Not as strong as aroma as I anticipated, but still a very nice citrusy hop nose. Primarily grapefruit with hints of a little pine. A very light sweetness provides the backdrop.

T - Light caramel sweetness up front. A little doughy as well. The c-hops quickly come in and take over. A nice bitter grapefuit taste dominates with hints of a little peach as well. Some spiciness lurks, but the citrus taste is the dominant flavor.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very nice aftertaste. Very easy drinking but not quite as hoppy as I was hoping for.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,349 ratings.