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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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Ratings: 2,923
Reviews: 1,436
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 148
Gots: 79 | 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:
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(Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001)
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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
Photo of MDDMD


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

A-red amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing and retention

S-fragrant citrus, pine, grassy herbal aromas

T-citrus and pine with a nice full yeasty bread flavor and a bitter astringent hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, rich feel

O-a delicious IPA that offers unique blend of flavors and balance

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 04:58:15 | More by MDDMD
Photo of ruleof72


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

A-Nice dark caramel color, very creamy head, good lacing

S-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy smell but with enough malt/sweetness to make it very good-like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

T-very hop forward with all the grassy/citrus flavors along with semi sweet flavors

M-good body and carbonation

D-goes down easy

I really liked this beer. The smell and flavors were all there, like a bag of fresh hops in a glass. Bring on the next harvest!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2006 01:12:37 | More by ruleof72
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Poured a clear, medium amber. Two finger pillowy white head with excellent retention; it never went away. Visible carbonation and excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Incredibly fragrant, "wet" hops. Strong citrus nose (mainly grapefruit). Sweet hops and not bitter. Not much in the way of malts. Every now and again you catch a whiff of a slight off-smell like rubber.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but much more mild. Very fresh hop taste, but not overwhelming. Moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Not much bite at all. Slight creamy quality.

Drinkability: Excellent ale. Sweet fragrant hops are very appealing, that are also not harsh or bitter in taste. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Buy Again: Yes.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 06:12:30 | More by jonziefle
Photo of bmills1608


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

Deep copper, excellent clarity, typically puffy fluffy Sierra Nevada head. On the nose was heaps of spicy hops. Spice is the order of the day here, but not really your winter ale style spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc) more of peppery/citrus spice (black pepper, orange peel, raw hop spice) Excellent nose!

Taste was loaded with hop flavor, aroma, bitterness and spice. Backing up the hop dominance was some toasted malt, just full enough to balance the ale out nicely. Finishes with that back of the throat, back of the tongue hop dryness and more of this peppery spice.

Overall - Another excellent use of hops by Sierra. They really do it well. Most of their ales exhibit near perfect hop flavors and bitterness. This one is no exception. Picture this - 50 degrees and sunny. Farm tractor rumbling in the distance, fresh cut hay nearby, and your quaffing this tasty brew in quantity, while catching some late mid autumn rays.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 14:46:51 | More by bmills1608
Photo of falloutsnow


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: 2013-09-24 (3267210:21)
Glass: Tulip

Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere was full of surprises for me: it was not widely available in my city this year, for whatever reason. While drinking and learning about the beer, I was somewhat surprised to learn that it exclusively uses Cascade and Centennial hops, due to the very continental European flavors that the "wet" versions of these hops produce. The beer itself is a hop forward American IPA, with slight hints of the malt character occasionally becoming apparent in the background. The dominant flavors are woodsy and spicy hop characters, with very resinous pine and more modest grapefruit character. The large bottle was easy to drink, and I was much more impressed with this beer than its southern counterpart. At a price point lower than many 22oz bottles (and for more than 22oz of expensive wet hopped beer), this is a value.

Pours a very tall head of light beige foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, with the foam lasting over three minutes in a slow decline to a thin cap of lace atop the body of the beer. Lacing is also excellent, with thick rings and complex webbing clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden orange to brown color, with light bringing out brighter golden orange hues that have a slight yellow tint around the edges. Carbonation is visible through the somewhat hazy (20-30% opacity) body, low in number though fast in activity.

Aroma of strongly woodsy and spicy hops with some toned-down pine, very resinous, and mild grapefruit.

Flavor is moderately bitter, with fresh, woodsy and spicy hop flavors, very resinous, modest grapefruit and bitter orange. Mid-palate of moderately strong bitterness, pine, resinous oils, woodsy and spicy hop flavors with hints of grapefruit and orange and a notable caramel malt sweetness. Back of palate is where grapefruit and bitter orange become much more prominent, with medium intensity bitterness and background pine and hop spiciness and woodsiness. Aftertaste of long-lingering bitterness that isn't overly intense, but definitely in focus, with pine, woodsiness and spiciness atop a faintly sweet and grainy malt base.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a softly foamy (3/4) and smooth (1/4) mouthfeel that fits the style and the beer quite well. Closes dry, with low stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:37:37 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

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

A - Clear copper brew with a fair amount of bubbles an enormous head and a thick cascade of lacing all down the sides - truly gorgeous.

S - Some light malt, pine, hay, some biscuits and fresh ground peppercorns.

T - A strong amount of pine hops and white pepper, a bit of malt and biscuits. Aftertaste is a very mild bitterness with hints of lingering hops and pepper.

M - A very smooth beer, thin to medium bodied, very refreshing with a warming finish.

D - This is as easy to drink as SNPA - which is quite impressive. I will try to have this at least annually. Although it is simply an excellent APA, it is worth seeking out. I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 05:37:19 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Uillceal_Gwynlambth


4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour here at the Union Brewhouse.

Good Head retention and Belgian lace to the very bottom. Light copper in color which caught my eye amongst the pale runny yellows of the summer beers.

Would have liked more hoppy aroma, but I always do. citrus and spicy comes through along with a little pine.

Overall the taste is spicy and slightly sweet. Really holds together well. I just ordered my third so that should count as a big 'like'. A bit bitter for what I usually like, but the spicy/earthy/citrus flavor underneath make it really good. the bitter hits the tongue up front and then the other flavors follow.

Its a good earthy/spicy mouthful with a backbone of malt to back it up w/o being filling.

Enjoy, Ui.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2014 21:06:52 | More by Uillceal_Gwynlambth
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 8 fl oz from fmcd's poured into a pint glass

A -pours a clear golden orange amber with a three finger fluffy head

S - pine, hops, grapefruit

T - much more balanced than the nose suggests. Taste is of mild pine and citrus, supported by a malty grain backbone. Mild bittersweet chocolate notes. A touch of smoke followed by a bitter hop finish and aftertaste.

M - close to perfect. Moderately low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

O - highly recommended. Really digging the wet hop harvest style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:00:58 | More by Apellonious
Photo of lostandwandering

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a DFH Signature glass.

A- Pours a nice amber with ample tan/white head. Significant lacing that lasts.

S- floral, hoppy with some caramel. Rather pleasent.

T/M- hoppy and a little piney. Definitely taste the hops in this one, but it really isn't bitter. It certainly doesn't leave that bite on the back of your tongue. Medium body with good carbonation.

O- I'm not a huge pale ale fan, but this was very well done. Would certainly look for it again and would certainly recommend it to others. Nice job SN!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:37:27 | More by lostandwandering
Photo of magictrokini


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice surprise to find this on the shelf at BevMo. Pours clear copper with a standard white head, no different than their pale ale. Big, wet hops in the nose. Tons of resin and pine draw you in. Clean and crisp mouthfeel without too much carbonation. A hop party in the taste. Resin, grapefruit, oranges, and pine are balanced perfectly with the malt back. Drinks like an IPA with the hop profile and taste of an IIPA. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:52:28 | More by magictrokini
Photo of ironlung


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition... still have bottles down the street!!

A: copper/amber really nice head (like all other harvest ales) good lacing down the tulip.

S: biscut malt and grassy hops.

T: wow this one ages pretty well. very little flavor loss. all I notice is that it's less snappy in the hop department than the latest version.

M: a little sticky but still very smooth an al around nice ipa.

D: very high. I'll probably go get another couple bottles and put in the celler to check this pioneer's journey through time.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:56:14 | More by ironlung
Photo of far333


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan:
Wow, this is the best SN I've had. Copper color with a thick and foamy 1/2 inch beige head that corks the top of the glass. Light smell of citrus and hops belies the powerful flavor that lies beneath. The flavor hits the tongue all at once with a flourish of bright hops, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly. Big, fat flavor rolls all the way over the tongue and leaves a lingering hop bitter. I ripped through this pint because I needed to have that flavor constantly hitting my tastebuds. Why is this only a seasonal?

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2003 23:48:04 | More by far333
Photo of BadBadger

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fruity floral fragrance hits the olfactory apparatus, upon pouring from the bottle. The visuals are a pleasant foamy head, just off-white in color, and a dark copper coloration to the liquid beneath. The head is thick, sticky almost, and tasty. The fruity hints in the aroma are also present upon tasting. There is a somewhat slight metallic after taste that sticks on the posterior of the tongue. Overall, a better than average ale. Seek out and enjoy one!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 23:27:39 | More by BadBadger
Photo of zplug123


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into a pint glass:

A: Light caramel color, great head retention with plenty of lacing. Very clear

S: Little aroma, hops is present along with a touch of slightly roasted malt.

T: Apparent hops, pine/grapefruit with some earth/toasted/caramel notes. Bitterness is even and long-lived throughout the entire taste.

M: Medium bodied, enough carbonation to help the bite of hops. Leaves the signature resin feeling on the tongue

D: A well made wet-hopped beer, could have another glass or two. Sierra Nevada continues its reputation for distinguished brews

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 02:06:53 | More by zplug123
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A choice offering from a little brewery in chico, ca....nicely done sierra. Pale copper color on the pour with plenty of lacing left in my glass. I get tons of pink grapefruit in the nose with a bit of floral/piney qualities as it goes down. Smooth mouthfeel leads to a crisp, dry finish with more grapefruit aromas and pleasing bitterness. This is the kind of beer I could sip on all day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 03:15:08 | More by dannydetox
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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