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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

3,277 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,277
Reviews: 1,465
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 168
Gots: 147 | 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 davet100
4/5  rDev -4.3%

davet100, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

ackeeper, May 31, 2013
Photo of jl28r1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

jl28r1, Jan 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

blbarnett3, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

GreenMind, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After the reasonably OK 'Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale' (let's get some shorter names happening from now on Sierra Nevada), I was hesitant to purchase this ale with its hefty $11.99 price tag, that's $12.46 in US dollars right now (yes we pay far too much for beer in Australia), however it has some very solid reviews and who knows I might actually like it.

Poured from a 710ml bomber into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a classic clear amber/rust body and typical chalk white centimetre head.

S: Hoppy on the nose, as expected, floral hops with a touch of citrus, orange blossom in particular makes a surprise appearance. Pine notes in the background, and a finishing hint of honey and a toasted malt base, though the hops rightfully dominate the aroma. Top marks for hop pungency in an American IPA.

T: This is one that really jumps straight out of the gate. Flavours are: Pine/citrus/spicy/orange blossom hops all the way from beginning to end. There is a touch of honey at the start and a toasted malt/bread yeast base in the middle but it really is floored by the hops which steal the show. It ends with a surprising medium bitterness considering the amount of hop flavour that has been extracted overall. Pretty damn hopalicous brew this!

M: Oily from all the hops, with a medium body and mid to light carbonation it's an easy one to drink.

D: Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale takes a big greasy hop-flavoured dump all over the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop Ale its so damn good. If you ask me it's a touch of Northern Hemisphere favouritism on display from Sierra Nevada, yeah alright we get it - the Northern Hemisphere is better... damn anti-antipodeans! Regardless of this SNNHHWHA (Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - in case you were wondering), which is like the sound one makes when they're about to sneeze, is an ale worthy of my affections.

Food match: I could fiercely hook into a super hot vegetarian Korma or Rogan Josh with basmati rice and papadum right now.

doktorhops, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a big 24oz bottle seemed reasonable, so I gave it a shot.

Hazy amber in color with a big rocky cream colored head. Excellent retention. Great clumpy lacing as it settled.

Strong woodsy pine and some bittersweet citrus rind in the nose.

Hop flavor is potent, yet somewhat soft and citric. Not as dry or puckering as I was expecting. Actually just a touch of tea-like dryness in the finish, with a light malt sweetness that tries to assert itself, but begins to fade slowly before it quite breaks through. What's left is a little residual bitterness on the tongue.

Feel is a bit thin, but smooth with very subtle carbonation.

Overall not bad; malt is a little weak, but hops are flavorful without being obnoxious. I had no problem finishing it and could've easily done another.

Hoagie1973, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of tlazaroff
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark honey color, not quite orange or amber. The head is a cloud-like foamy goodness that is a very very light tan in color and offers a mix of tiny, small, and medium sized bubbles - lacing is generous.

S: Feint hints of citrus and floral hops coming through on the nose. There is a lingering background sweetness to it. As the beer sits and opens up the hop aroma really opens up with it, it becomes a wonderful combination of tangerine orange and grapefruit. This beer smells really, really good.

T: Upfront I get a nice firm bitterness, but nothing too overpowering, as the next flavor I get is the caramel that the malt delivers. The sweet caramel dominates the mid palate and the hops come through on the end to finish it out. Bitterness lasts well after the finish, but still I have remnant tastes of caramel and citrus to balance it out.

M: Medium body and lower carbonation than expecting, but it works really well. It drinks really smoothly.

D: This beer is only available in a larger bottle size (22oz? it doesn't say), and for me, one of these is plenty. It is a nice treat to have this beer and enjoy it.

tlazaroff, Nov 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Jameswoody, Dec 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

dcisco44, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of bboven
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-golden color, thick but shallow head that leaves loads of lacing. Very very clear.

Smell is all hops. I know this is a hop display, so you expect that. The hops are wonderful, the bottle was right; there are so many layers to the aroma that you don't care about smelling malt. There's an earthy muskiness, sharp conifer, and a little citrus.

Taste is all hop as well. Up front it's very sweet but gets surprisingly bitter at the end. A little harsher than I thought it would be, but still one of the best hoppy ales I have tasted.

Very carbonated but surprisingly smooth for the level. Interesting.

I bought two of these, and I think I'll go buy more tomorrow. 3.99 for a bomber of this is almost a steal!

bboven, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Natural510
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle, code 0266...which would be near end of August 2010.

Pours a lighter amber color with thick porous head and lots of carbonation bubbles rising through the glass.
Herbal hop aroma with a mild malt note; slightly citric.
Dry, peppery hops create a very herbal flavor; hop bite is mild and smooth. Malts are lighter and solely there to complement the fresh hops. Sweet & spicy finish with an astringent mouthfeel.

Although a bit dated by December (the store owner only charged me $5 for the bottle), the wet hops still come through well and create a fresh-tasting IPA.

Natural510, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a cream white yellow tinged cap. This cap was rocky, chunky, and loaded with coarse bubbles, it somehow reminded me of a dollop of shaving cream. Retention was well above average and left a glorious display of lacing. The body displayed a mix of pumpkin orange, golden yellows, and soft brown hues.

S: zesty citrus hops with a peppercorn or two, a mildly pungent green nugget aroma. This beer also boasts toasted pale malts with chunks of caramel as the prominent smell. I find the nose pleasant and was gladly surprised with the smells of toasted pale malts

T: the hop bitterness is not as extensive on the palate. The frame work of this beer is based on toasted malts. This is complimented by a buttery biscuit bread character, with a few swirls of caramel in the loaf. These flavors mingle well with the basket full of earthy, piney, crisp-citrus, and spicy hops. What helps round this brew out is the ever so soft oily residue left on the tongue

M: body is mild and hardworking. Fits the profile of the brew well and remains active in the glass. I am having no quarrels about sipping or gulping this brew

D: another winner from Sierra Nevada and hop lovers will get plenty out of this, as well as the malt mongers. Tasty brew!

Magpie14, Mar 30, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

BabaBeer, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

rale, Oct 30, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

FaradayUncaged, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Chaz
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A "darker" complexion that their Pale, as I'm waxing poetic I'd call it chestnut-amber in color. Poured with a bare minimum of head, but I appreciated it while it lasted (thing is, the bartender poured the beer to damn-near overflowing!) Hops are earthy and herbaceous, spicy and subtle all at once - I really, really enjoyed the nose on this one, and let it sit for a good minute to warm and to take in its finer qualities. A bit skunky in a good way, too. Medium-bodied yet this drinks like a lighter bodied ale, and also tricks you into thinking it's smaller somehow; I'm thinking this happened because I let it warm a bit? The other thing is, last time I enjoyed this was in a smokey bar and now (thanks to anti-smoking efforts everywhere) no more smoke in bars to get in the way of me and my beer and this is *much* better than I remember as a result. Harvest Ale's alcohol is higher than Pale's but doesn't *seem* higher due to its unique body and texture. Mouthfeel is definitely creamy, juicy, but amply punctuated by spicy hops. Notes of honeydew melon and cherry from some of the tawnier malts used in this really give it some depth, especially as the hops add a familiar pineapple musk to this brew. And then there's the bitterness: piney, resiny, oily hops with a touch of stinging nettles, it's a bitterness that lingers on your palate like the acrid smoke of an old man's favorite pipe - even in a smokeless bar! Wonderful stuff, and makes me think a lot more highly of it than just "the smaller brother of Celebration", even though there are some similarities. A heck of a deal too - it was 'Two for One' night . . .

Chaz, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of philbertk
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale--2010 24 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 66 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Harvest Ale. Big dense lacy foamy off white head. Bright Harvest red maple leaf color. Fragrant sweet toasted floral hop front. Creamy mellow sweet earthy crusted malt fruit caramel biscuit fresh hop infused delicious body. Rich earthy burpy malty smooth hop spice end. Sampled 10/10/2010. Purchased for $6.99 @ The Ballard Market on 10/10/2010.

philbertk, Oct 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

socalbrewlvr, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

magpieken, May 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

banger7, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Truh
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got out of school for a month to help on the farm with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Bukowski’s, Boston location.

Downy, big plume of initial head that just seemed to stick around for a good, long time. Coppery brown hue and clear with just some light action. To nose, some hop bite and an undertone of caramel and sweet wine which lent it a tart aspect. Initial hop flavor to taste, not overwhelming by any means, followed by a slight cotton candy sweetness and a filtered smokiness, like oak chips. Very easy on the mouth, this one is completely drinkable and stuporous-inducing.

Truh, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a deep amber, relatively clear beer. Topped with a light-tan head with strong retention; some attractive lacing.

S-The aroma is dominated by strong, piney and resinous hop aromas, complimented by a slight citrusy-ness, as well. Some malts were perceptible.

T-Some prominent piney and resiny hoppiness, just as in the aroma. After this initial smack in the face, some nutty and toffee malt flavors, coupled with some fruitiness, promenades across my palate hand-in-hand with some appealing spiciness.

M-Light-moderate body, carbonation level was an appropriate medium.

D-Good drinkability. This beer wonderfully featured the fresh hoppiness to create an overall quite enjoyable brew.

CHSLBrew, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of VikeMan
4/5  rDev -4.3%

VikeMan, Nov 19, 2011
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 3,277 ratings.