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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
93
outstanding

3,380 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,478
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 173
Gots: 175 | 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:
Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is perfect in appearance. I take the whole no 5s unless it can't get any better thing seriously and I gave the appearance a 5. The color is like the copper of a newly minted penny with an inner amber glow...AND perfectly clear! The beige head stands 1/2" on the first pour, but top the beer off as you get to the bottom of the bottle and you'll be rewarded with a thicker head that lasts until the end, leaving behind rings of lacing. So nicely done, SN!

I'll stop gushing now as we've reached the smell component. Pine-like hops dominate with some citrus...both coming off pretty resinous. Balancing sweetness from the malts is apparent but there is also a touch of sulfur here as well. Not a deal-breaker, but nothing that I like to smell in a beer.

Taste follows with the sulfur being gone. Resins abound and the hops character is mostly pine. Sweetness comes form the malts which are broadly rich. Not sure what that means really, but let's say that many darker breads can be perceived, well except pumpernickel. Think grain breads.

This isn't as bitter as you'd think, but still gives you a nice IBU load...enough to cut through a spicy chili-cheese dog. Still, I preferred the Southern Hemisphere Harvest more. Maybe because I get Pacific Northwest hops in just about anything these days. the hops in SHH are different, which to me means refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.18/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mweso2000
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep rich amber color with a thick three finger head. Lacy white head clings to the glass throughout the session. Fresh hoppy pine smell with a hint of malt. My first reaction is wow! Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness but there is slight amount sweetness that gives it a nice finish. The mouth feel is of medium body, nice carbonation, and feels fresh. Very drinkable beer, lots of flavor. Goes down nice and easy. At $5 a bottle well worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of fitzy84
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a dark amber appearance with creamy lacing and a patchy head. The aromas were generally spicy with some malts and hops. I also sensed some light caramel and some grain to the aromas as well. The drink was bittersweet with an almost syrupy sweet maltyness and spice. General medium body, helped it be smooth and not overpowering. Overall, this one was pretty good.

Photo of mdwalsh
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Quite a bit of head, and a little haze to the amber body.

S: A strong hoppy aroma with hints of bitter grapefruit and orange with a slightly malty background, but just enough to notice, not much more. That strength fades fast though. This is not the resiny beast I expected.

T: Man, what a disappointment. If the malt is here at all it is grainy and astringent. There is no briteness to the hops at all. They taste stale, somehow. It does linger though.

M: Apparently all the carbonation went out with the head, because this beer has the thick flatness of a much hoppier double IPA with none of the flavor.

O: Not something I wanted to spend $6 on, especially not 2....

Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white, thick and creamy head that had great lasting traits and excellent lacing in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a nice, copper color and very clear.

S: Awesome, citrusy smell that is also very strong in hops. Definitely has that 'wet hop' aroma that is so indicative.

T: Lots of citrus in the beginning, with a very bitter, enjoyable finish. Long duration for the flavor. Doesn't let up at all as you continue to sip on it, and the bitterness does not get tiresome at all.

M: Creamy texture, with a medium-to-full body and average-to-lively carbonation.

D: I haven't been let down by a Sierra Nevada beer yet, and this is no exception. In fact, I'd go as far to say it's my favorite SN beer to date.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint.
Poured a crystal clear gold/pale copper. Low white head.
Plenty of American hops in the nose. Also some caramel malt.
Medium body. Lots of bright hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.
Long dry hoppy finish. This is a great warm up for Celebration season.
It's good to see this widely available.

Photo of biggmike
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark orange/copper color with nice generous white head that lasted quite a while and left nice lacing on the glass. Open the bottle and you immediately are treated to the nice hoppy aroma of this beer. Flavor is also hoppy with hints of citrus and grass. The maltiness balances the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is good and I could drink a lot of these. Great beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007, 11th Edition, drank on May 1, 2008

Appearance
Toasted cranberry red with a 1/4" head--very appealing and rich color, appearing much more like an IPA; some lacing left behind

Smell
Despite sitting in a bottle in room temp for a number of months now, the fresh hops are still alive and well; they're the same hop bill as Celebration Ale (which is great), but much fresher and 'wetter' in aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel
From the first luscious sip I was hooked. It's remarkably balanced for being such a hop-forward ale. The hops are juicy, rich, and spicy, but kept in balance by the hearty two-row pale and caramel malts. The texture is oily (must be from those freshly picked hop cones) and silky, and medium-bodied, making it a standout attribute of the beer. This beer is so full of flavor it's hard to accept its classification as simply a pale ale; I'd definitely say it's an IPA as it has just as many IBUs and similar ABV as Celebration.

Overall
This is quite possibly as good as Celebration Ale, which is hard for me to believe. Celebration seems to possess a more pronounced hoppiness, but this has the unique vibrancy of freshly harvested hops, making it incredibly delectable and unique. I can only imagine how this is even more impressive within the first month of it being bottled, though this by no means tasted like it had aged at all.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Nov'14. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Upped the rating as this is truly a superlative brew. I don'th think Sierra Nevada get enough credit as one of the true leaders in American brewing. Hats off.

From bottle at home. This years model. As one who has a very small tolerance for hoppy brews I live in hope that there are those that can create hop forwards IPAs or, as in this case, can showcase that which makes hops so very popular, and appeal to dogs of my ilk.

They say to not judge a book by the cover, but I've found the sturdier the head & intricate the lacing, the more balanced the brew. This gets high marks in both, which supports my theory.

Balance is always the key for me & this is a great example of well thought out & executed balances on every level.

The first sip hit me with a serious resin-like flavor that took a moment to adjust to. There is no bite whatsoever. The bitter is right where I like it.

A comfortable & inviting experience.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.