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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: 149
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 Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-21-2011 18:32:57 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smcolw


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass side. It features traditional pale ale golden hues without any cloudiness at all.

Fresh dry-hop aroma; inviting. Some pale malt presence as well.

Very high prickly hop--almost like pine needles. The swallow features a long lingering lip-puckering hop bitterness. The malt provides the delivery system for this. Solid skim milk-like body with a low level of carbonation.

What a wonderful offering--it looks great and tastes better. Some great hoppiness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 02:47:21 | More by smcolw
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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-06-2012 19:35:01 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Harvest 11th Edition in a 24 oz bottle.

Appearance: pours a nice amber color with a 3"+ head that last a while before slowly falling to a thick surface foam. Thick lacing paints the glass.

Smell: big hop bitterness leaps out of the glass. Some caramels and fruity sweetness round it out.

Taste: the bold hop flavors are up front but not offensive. The oily bitterness is well balanced with the caramel sweetness. Pears and ripe green grapes provide some fruitiness and there is a definite dryness lingering around.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry from start to finish. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the dryness and bitterness stick around for several minutes.

Drinkability: phenominal is all I can say. I think this is my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. Easy to drink, great tasting, and one everyone should get there hands on.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 23:11:30 | More by Gavage
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3.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. This is the 2011 vintage. Acquired at Wally's Wine. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of very appealing cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Maybe four minutes. Colour is a dark copper; semitransparent.

Sm: Pleasantly hoppy and light, with some lovely floral notes. Moderate in strength and quite appealing.

T: Pleasantly hoppy with some lovely toasted malt as a foundation. Some nice floral notes are present alongside cream but only in the open. No alcohol comes through. The hops are really nicely treated and fit right in. It's well balanced and built, though it's a touch too bitter on the finish and in the aftertaste. It's simple, but forgivable. Complexity wouldn't suit the style (I'm judging it as an Autumn Ale, not the forced categories of Beeradvocate).

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. It's nice and pleasant. It suits the flavour in a general sense.

Dr: Very drinkable if not for the ruinous bitterness on the finish. I'd try it on draught if I found it, but otherwise it's not interesting enough to make me pay its price again.

2013 batch reviewed 10/20/13. Reviewed live. Notes below are truncated since I've already reviewed this. 1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Purchased earlier today.

Served cold. Side-poured.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of off-white/light khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Decent frothiness. Head retenton is good - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Appears adequately carbonated. No yeast particles are visible.

Standard fare for style. Not unique/special. No obvious flaws.

Sm: Floral hops. Grassy. Bready malts, caramalt, pale malts. Faint fruity hops; quite vague. Light restrained pine. Some toasted grains. Some oily hop character. Grassiness is dominant. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Piney hop character, floral hops, vaguely fruity hops. Some grassiness. Caramalt, pale malts, toasted grains, clean barley. Hints of lemon citrus/zest. Okay tradeoffs between malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness; the balance is never ideal. Not a gestalt beer. Has general cohesion. Has interesting elements, but overall it's a fairly simple brew without much subtlety or nuance. I like it generally, but it's not great.

Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out some depth of flavour. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Too thick and full-bodied for the flavour profile. Slightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not harsh, astringent, gushed, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable IPA that exhibits none of the best aspects of a wet hop ale. It's decently priced, but I wouldn't bother with it again. Better balance and more complexity/subtlety is needed. Certainly not world class, but worth trying once.


Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 22:20:30 | More by kojevergas
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/06/05- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- From the tap into a pint glass.

Appearance- Amber in color, 1/2 inch head with above average lacing.

Smell- Equal parts of both hops and malt. Comparable to their regualr ale, but with some more floral hops.

Taste- Slight fruit flavoring in the hops. Maybe a touch of lemon. Again, this tastes similar to their pale ale except with more attention to the hops.

Mouthfeel- Just a touch overcarbonated. Slight bitterness.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Almost carries over into the IPA category. Fairly well rounded. Would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2005 20:19:23 | More by GClarkage
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

12-13-2013 02:16:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

12th release. Pours a clear dark chestnut amber/golden orange color with a thick frothy yellowish tan head. Decent retention, minimal lacing.

Earthy hoppy aroma with some caramel nutty maltiness. Citrus and pine notes from the hops along with some piny hop resin. The strong malt presence takes away from the fresh hops.

On the fuller end of medium bodied and pretty well balanced considering how hoppy the beer is. Nice balance of sweet caramel malt and sweet citrus hop notes. Hints of pineapple, lemon and grapefruit as well as dank dry piny bitterness that lingers throughout into a long bone dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 09:07:17 | More by corby112
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-05-2012 17:50:04 | More by MarkyMOD
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-18-2013 01:33:39 | More by yourefragile
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glistening golden amber colour with a glorious, amazingly thick head of orange-white bubbles, lacing is sublime - extremely spirited around the edges of the glass. Dammit, this is a great looking beer. Absolutely perfect for the style.

Nice sweet fruits on the nose - notes of orange sherbet, celeriac, pine needles and resin. Tropical, but with a great basic bread note as well, very fine, very delicious.

Sharp hoppy bitterness on the palate, but pleasantly sweet underneath it all. Clean notes of bitter orange rind, even a hint of something spicier, like ginger. Tannic notes on the very back. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, sits nicely with the hops.

This isn't an incredibly extreme beer; it's just a very nice, very well made one. Everything just locks in to place beautifully, giving an extremely pleasant IPA, full of luscious hops. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

I paid $2.99 for a 24oz bottle. This was a bargain.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:01:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber with an off white head that disipated. Nose is very nice, the fresh (wet) hops really give it a different aroma with a nice malt backbone. Taste is of caramel malt, but the hops seem to be very subtle compared to a dry hopped beer, nice hop flavor with a tad bit of bitterness at the the end. Definatly a beer I could have a few of, and one of the better SN beers I have ever had. Smelled and tasted GREAT

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 20:58:23 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my, I think I'm in love. The hops are big, but are so perfectly balanced that I could drink this all night. I mean damn, lots of beers can throw tons of hops at you without making a great beer (I'm thinking of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion). Other hoppy beers just don't feel right on the tongue, being too sticky or oily or sharp. But the 2007 Harvest is right on the money with big, complex citrus flavors rolling all over your mouth, all while being wonderfully drinkable.

2008 UPDATE: There's an intense citrus and pine hops hit at firsy, but it quickly fades to mellower grapefruit flavors. Still a great beer, but I found last year's beer to have a fuller hop flavor. Still worth a try. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 19:27:16 | More by tempest
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United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Utobeer, the famous beer stall in the Borough Market of South London; it's very pricey though - 5 quid something I paid. This bottle is "11th Edition - 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale", at 6.7%abv., served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: The label seems to suggest that this version used 8000 lbs. of fresh hops in one brewing and it was repeated afterwards in the same day - but was it for the same brew?! I don't normally fall for figures (esp. on something I know very little about), but this sounds seriously hoppy to me...

A: it lands in the glass a deep dark yet also bright amber hue, coming with constant streams of tiny round bubbles in support of a thick, ice-creamy and marvellously tight light-beige froth to last throughout the drink.
S: having not tried an American IPA for almost three months now, the aroma here reminds me of the beauty of hops, big time! - the almost "sticky"-rich aroma of fresh Cascade (or the like) bouquet surely does the name right justice, that it's assertively flowery-fruity (with hints of ripe, fresh lychee fruits, longan-fruit tea, a touch of grapefruit marmalade, and faintly roasted tea leaves) against a medium-thick malty backbone of pale malts and amber-/cara-malts, while a subtle sour edge of ripe white grapes and fat prunes lingers at the back as a balancer. Overall, very pleasant, very hoppy indeed, yet I find the sweet elements are a bit too "in the face" and slightly more than desirable for the balance. As the beer warms up a bit (esp. in the second pour), the sweetness tunes down slightly and renders a harmony; simultaneously, a swirl even reveals a subtly Fuggles-like stinky hop aroma - very interesting.
T: a mouthful of "hop juice tea" upfront... light caramely malts with an apparent powdery texture and abundant hints of sultanas and sweetened grapefruity citrusness follow the lychee-skin like and piney aromatic taste of US hops. The mid-taste yields a decently deepening dry edge like a well-aged, semi-dry sherry with a unique herbally woody touch (impossible to link to anything I can think of); then the whole palate settles down and softens in flavour intensity, leaving only the lengthy and deep, tannic (not unlike crushed grapefruit seeds), chewy and also mildly citrus-zesty bitterness to linger in the end. At times, a phenol-like yeasty-hoppy hint also emerges. Surprisingly, this ale doesn't taste "that" bitter as I imagined, but the hop level surely is the selling point here (what else?), that a neat, evolving hoppy structure in taste is clearly and honourably demonstrated.
M&D: very soothing and light on the carbonation on top of a hoppy flavour and good level of bitterness, guaranteeing that the richly flavoured hoppy palate treads rather light. The relatively clean texture and medium-light body complements the flavour really well, making it in every sense a quaffable type of IPA to me. All in all, this fresh hop ale is very delicious as well as decently balanced (after some time into the tasting, that is), and I have nothing to complain about this beer except for the price - maybe it's time Sierra Nevada finds a permanent importer in the UK?

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 19:03:19 | More by wl0307
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-14-2013 09:18:24 | More by zestar
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 24 oz. bottle of this for $2.49

Damn, this is one hoppy/delicious beer. Although you can smell and taste the hops easily, the beer is still not that bitter and has a very 'wet' mouthfeel to me.. which is different but good. I think it's kinda of cool how they do this in one night and bottle it all up and ship it out in a day. For the price, it was one of the best purchases I made and I'm gonna go out and get more this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 21:01:11 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2009 vintage, their 13th iteration, according to the label.

Despite being a year old, this has held up well. My pour created a finger of tawny head with good retention. Its color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Nose had a very earthy quality underlain with a dry spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hop bite on the tongue. Finish was quite grassy, a bit malty, but it had held up really well. It speaks well for refrigeration.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 12:46:23 | More by woodychandler
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 24 oz bottle from a recent trade with PBRstreetgang.

A: The ale is a brilliant copper color, deeper burnt siena color at the wider sections of the glass and orange at the narrower parts. The head on pour was huge, and luckily the Troegenator mug was more than able to handle the 4 fingers of foam. As a result of the foam explosion, lace clings to the side of the glass.

S: The ale has a well-balanced profile of maltiness and fresh hops. While both are in balance, neither one stands out and gets me fired up.

T: The bitterness of the hops is evident from the first sip. The piney and citrusy flavors grip the tongue and don't let go. The hops are not overwhelmingly strong but they do manage to block out any maltiness. Only as the ale warms does the finish reveal some cereal graininess. I like the hops up front but they lack a certain oomph.

M: The mouthfeel is nicely built on the hops. The bitterness that they convey is nice but a little to strong to be a great harvest ale.

D: As an APA, this is a nice drink. I'd like to see a little more wet hop flavor, as the uniqueness of the flavor makes for a great drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 03:04:46 | More by akorsak
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New York

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large chubby bottle, "11th edition" no freshness info offered, pours typical clear almond amber, under a long lasting medium tan head, loose bubbles and as it recedes, gobs of sheeting and clustered lacing left behind. Leafy hop nose, with maple malts in the rear. Smooth, balanced beer, hops are present and drying but low bitterness. Layers of malts provide a pleasing under layer. easy drinking, slight notes of nuts, maple, leafy hops. Nice fall beer, worthy sessioner.
I also enjoyed 2 pints of this quality offering on tap at the Gingerman in NYC. Smooth, tasty, balanced and thoroughly enjoyable ale. Fresh hops poking through and in sublime balance with layers of smooth malts. Nice job by SN.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 20:21:51 | More by Billolick
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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Fridge into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice two finger tall white head leaving concentric rings down the entire glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, citric and grassy hops, and some dulled citric fruit. This one is pretty malty already and it doesn't seem to be dieing down...

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, light fruit, and some light spice. The sweetness is really starting to take over but the hops are still trying to hold on. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, malt that clings to the pallet.

O - I have always enjoyed this beer but when it goes down hill it goes down quick. Luckily this one was still teetering off the cliff so it was still pretty good. It is still a little too sweet for me but, when fresh, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 20:59:21 | More by orangesol
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with a slightly yellowish stained head of foam that is more than 2 fingers of big bubbles. Head retension is stellar, almost a full finger of fluff remains down to the last sip. Tons of lacing all over the glass. Nose is an awesome mixture of hops that reak of pine, flowers, citrus and spice. Little bit of malt coming through the hop aroma as well. Taste is an awesome blend of hops with a malt and grain base. Hops play the leading role and have a finish that is bitter but not a lingering oil-like resiny finish, it is quite crisp considering the extent of the hop bitterness. Carb level is medium on this and the feel is quite light. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes a little more pronounced but the hops are the real star here and rightfully so. Very good beer, I will snag another one of these if I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:52:56 | More by stakem
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-28-2012 13:15:47 | More by InspectorBob
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
11th edition 2007 batch
A- This beer has a caramel-brown body that is crystal clear with a sea of big bubbles. There is a lumpy beige head that last for the full beer pushing up more and more big bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft floral hops aroma that has a green smell to it followed by a light toasted malt hint.

T- This beer has a soft caramel malt flavor with a smooth mellow floral hop taste to follow. The finish is a soft punch of green bitterness that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has some subtle hop flavors that are more muted than I would expect for 8,000 lbs of wet hops. The bitterness really comes through and is a bit more than I would like without a big flavor of hops. There is a quality to the hops that may be just my imagination but it has as unique flavor like MSG that makes me anxious for the next sip. Perhaps that is the mystery of the wet hops, but it is still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 03:15:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops over the top of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by fairly intense flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Easy to drink because of the pleasant wet hop flavors and well hidden ABV - enjoyable and one I will look forward to getting again next year. Overall the flavors are well balanced with a good amount of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 22:44:35 | More by dbrauneis
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.