Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #100
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,210
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Reviews:
1,559
Ratings:
3,777
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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SCORE
93
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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
Notes: Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
Reviews: 1,559 | Ratings: 3,777 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, vintage 2015, in Nevada City. Amber to copper colour, large white head. Pleasant aroma of fresh hops, herbal and fruity notes. The flavour is also well hopped throughout, but the bitterness is not extreme for an IPA. A very decent and enjoyable beer.

Sunday at 11:54 PM
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redresonatedragon from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada came through with just what the beer Dr. ordered for my jangled nerves. I wholly appreciate how this dank herbal brew is kind of the opposite of so many IPAs on the scene here in the PNW. It has a pretty substantial caramel malty backbone that is distinctive like Rueben’s but less marmalade. The sweetness is mellowed by the bitterness, but it’s not too resinous, thick, but far from watery either. Somehow, this ABV is perfect for a nice buzz but way more sessionable than many IPAs out, maybe that’s a good thing if your planning a hangout outside with your buds. This herbal/malt profile also seems more aligned with this winter season so there’s another positive point. I did get this on tap so I’m not sure if I’d appreciate this as much if it sat around for more than a month and several weeks in the shelves. At this price, it would be hard to pass if I was looking to purchase a pony keg for the man cave

Jan 14, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one smells extremely bright and hoppy. It has no trace of malts in the smell.

The taste starts out with a citrussy and dank hoppiness.  Soon after it all turns very beery with a ton of sweet malts balancing everything out.

It feels foamy and smooth in my mouth. It leaves behind a lush and bitter aftertaste.

Overall it's a really good IPA.  It's got a similar taste to other Sierra Nevada IPAs but there's something more full about it. I give it a 4.7 out of 6.

Jan 08, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9-15-20. Opened 11-14-20.
2 finger dense, off-white head. Excellent retention.
Deep amber-gold color IPA. Bright, with a bit of initial chill haze.
Big nose of pine resin, grapefruit, caramel, lemon, and a leafy/spicy hop character. Sticky.
Cigar, pine, some citrus, earthy flavors.
The hop characters are dominated by earth and less by fruit and it works very well here.
Medium body, low-medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Lengthy hop-fueled bitter finish.
Delicious, I really appreciate the leafy/earthy aspect of this beer.
Very unique in relation to the IPA category readily available today.
Outstanding.

Nov 15, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Semi-clear dark reddish amber with a huge off-white head that billows and holds at two fingers, slowly receding and leaving sticky lacing behind
Aroma: Cut grass, rose petals, grapefruit-led citrus notes, floral hops, and bready, rich malt
Taste: Grassiness, a huge flower bouquet, and sharp citrus come crashing in on the palate followed by rose and an awesome, doughy (almost sourdough), bready malt base that tries to keep the hops tethered. Good clean hop bite on the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but not chewy at all and lighter than both the look and taste would lead me to believe, medium-high carbonation, clean, and mild dryness on the finish
Overall: This is delicious. As both a Sierra Nevada and fresh hop fan, this is an easy one to get behind but it is really tasty and obviously well-made. The wet Centennial hops are very prominent in the taste and aroma (flowers, citrus, grass, and rose) but this beer’s delicious malt base is equally tasty and apparent, even in a beer meant to showcase hops. Reminds me of a fresh hop Celebration Ale but I can tell it’s a fresh hop plus the malt profile is not only different tasting but lighter than Celebration. Outstanding and recommended

Nov 09, 2020
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DCH from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is dark orange/red with a good size head of foam. Smell is grass earthy hop, slight pine and citrus. Taste is hop, bread crust, slight fruit rind bitterness on the finish. Overall an excellent beer, doesn’t try to push the envelope and stands out for what it is- a 6.7% IPA that leaves you with an enjoyable beer without an overly bitter palette explosion.

Oct 10, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-optically clear golden-amber bottle pour with a 1 cm foam cap and a fresh, yet earthy hop aroma.
The flavor is full with balanced malt and hop elements. The hop influence is not sharp, but is very full. It has SN Celebration aspects and is very much appreciated.

Oct 09, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

SN never disappoints. This is one of their best.
a) Copper dark body sporting dense head with huge lacing splash. Extra points for color hue.
s) Features a fresh sawn wood, cedar, pine, sharp, spicy, and citrus.
t) Follow, with more wood shop, toast, rose, orange rind, delicate wood sap sweetness. Layered complexity.
f) Resiny, grassy, Yes clean and sharply bright.
o) Sum is greater than the parts too .

Mar 28, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, cumple de asun hija (9 años) Con bacalao dorado de calamocha + filetes de pollo. Version de 2019. Sobresaliente aun con unos meses encima. Herbal, resinosa y acaramelada, de una manera suave pero asertiva. Deja con ganas de mas

Jan 26, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber gold color with good white cap and lacing.

Aroma of solid, clean malt with enticing hop high notes of sweet citrus and pine.

Taste of fresh bread and caramel malt with a solid hop punch. Malt has good and flavorful depth with remarkable staying power and hop influence is equally present with further notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and an herbal essence that just underscores hop richness. Good flavors with great complexity and balance.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's a first rate expression.

Nov 27, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single from Siciliano’s Market in Grand Rapids, MI. Bottled on Sept 26!19.
Pours a beautiful clear copper colour with finger of creamy pale beige head - carbonation streaming up glass.
Aroma is at first blush remarkably malty - caramel, a bit leafy with notes of grapefruit, piney hops.
Caramel malt sweetness at the outset, but increasing tastes of grapefruit, pine, and underlying earthy character with building and sustained hop bitterness balancing the malty sweet.
Medium full mouthfeel with active carbonation and a lingering earthy, piney bitterness.
Really enjoyed - as warmed really opened up both the sweetness and the hoppiness. Have yet to dive into Sierra Nevada’s 2019 Celebration (which I obtained at same time), but honestly this is quite reminiscent of Celebration.

Nov 16, 2019
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BlackTerrier from Vanuatu

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm surprised this beer is rated as highly as it is. My overall impression is that it is a bit sweet. While I cannot call it watery, it definitely is not a robust beer. Overall, it's just average, and I would not buy it again — not a drain pour, but nothing special either.

Nov 11, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear golden amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like bready malt, cedar, pine resin, earthy hops, pine, and grapefruit rind.

This is one earthy creature. It's quite malty, as IPAs go, but it works decently well here, as it's kind of a golden molasses cookie malt sweetness that plays off well against the highly resinous and almost cedar-esque hop bitterness. There's a touch of bitter grapefruit citrusiness, but that's not a big player here.

This is slightly creamy, and pretty crisp, with a great drinkability.

This sits firmly and proudly in the old-school IPA camp, and it's nice to revisit that sort of thing here and there. I liked this a lot.

Nov 09, 2019
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Crowler from Mills River.

Pint glass. Deep, clear copper brew. Sticky lace.

Sharply bitter, resin nose. Very faint maple along with the cereal malt.

Crusty, borderline burnt toast-like malt. Burnt caramel, really oily, pine-y tree sap-like hops; lingering. Not quite thin, super carbonated, sticky.

Pretty direct.

Jan 27, 2019
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent looking beer. Amber in color. Thick creamy head. Lots of lacing. I got lots of floral note in the aroma. Taste is citrus and pine. Great mouthfeel - almost perfectly carbonated. Would purchase again at a more reasonable price point.

Dec 29, 2018
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BenDorigan from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/amber/copper with light to medium head. Lighter, pleasant aroma fortells a less aggressive hop presence, which is nice. This is a northwestern IPA that doesn't clobber you with thick, bitter hops. "Balanced" is the word that comes to mind. Solid malty backbone (not too sweet) with sly hop profile, this brew is deliciously bringing something new to the table. Very good.

Dec 14, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber/copper color with visible carbonation. A fluffy foamy head displays excellent retention.
Aromas of pine and grass dominate, as well as bright citrus pith and a touch of berries.
Taste opens sweet and fruity. Flavors of grapefruit, tangerine and berries amidst a firm malt backbone that features caramel, graham cracker and honey. Citrus pith flavors, in particular, dominate the early palate. However, an assertive bitterness begins to develop, and earthy hops flavors soon become the focal point. Flavors of grass, verbena and pine resin stand out.
Medium bodied with a soft and silky mouthfeel. Very smooth and fluffy with a relatively gentle carbonation.
A truly tasty IPA that highlights leafy hops flavors and a nice malt balance.

Dec 07, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been keeping an eye out for this one for years and it finally started showing up in local stores recently. Pours gorgeous, with a big off white head and lace with a balanced, citrus forward nose.

Very solid IPA. Not a ton of bells and whistles, but a dry, balanced hop flavor matching pine and citrus against biscuit and honey notes from the malt. Low on carbonation, and a smooth body. Really pleasant medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Worth the wait.

Dec 01, 2018
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wmartin from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice to exceptional. Actually, the best beer I've had from SN this year (not counting an Alpha Hop). Wonderful hop and malt flavors balanced nicely. Very dreamy carmalized, piney finish. Better than this year's Big Foot, Narwhal, or Celebration; gasp! Compares well with something like Lunch from Maine Brewing, which is probably a hair better. Bottle I had is about 2 months old, and has held-up well so far. Nice one!

Nov 24, 2018
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker caramel opaque look to this beer. Piney yet hoppy citric nose to this one. Caramel driven flavor with a nice finish. Good beer. After many East Coast IPA’s. Not a bad change.

Nov 18, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear caramel color with a huge pillow a head that refuses to give up. Great lacing. Aroma is hop forward, pine and citrus. Flavor is caramel malt and finishes with a decidedly pine hop bite. Feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall a decent wet hop beer.

Nov 17, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lures Bar & Grille. I hate to say it, but this comes across as a pretty standard IPA from Sierra Nevada. Very similar to Celebration, which isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't differentiate itself. Lots of pine with some citrus. It's a tasty beer but blends into the (Sierra Nevada) crowd.

Nov 12, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9/28/18 (41 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 6.7% ABV. The beer pours bright light to dark copper in color depending on lighting with sticky, prolific khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild to medium with pine being the first thing along with floral, earthy & citrus notes. The taste is toasted caramel with citrus and pine intermingled with an earthy medium bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Not sweet or cloying, however the oils keep it from finishing dry. Overall, very good. Really nice old school west coast IPA.

Nov 09, 2018
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a deep copper color with a super creamy head. (whip cream like), Smell is muted. Earthy,fresh baguette. Taste is phenomenal. Mild taste of tea, berries, peppery. Feels almost perfect. This beer feels and tastes homemade by a very skilled brew master. Overall one of the best IPA's I have ever had. I strayed from this brewery for decades,I took it for granted it would always be there and I am glad it is. This brewing icon is still among the top 5 in my opinion.

Oct 24, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy amber/copper pour with 2.5 fingers of fluffy white head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Dank and hoppy.. herbal and piney. Smells like a Sierra Nevada/West Coast IPA.

T/F: Rich and malty... caramel and bread balanced out by a dank piney hop profile. Mild citrus, but herbs and pine dominate. Resinous and nutty. Sweet and bitter.. light bodied and stick on the tongue.

O: A pretty awesome IPA from Sierra Nevada. Similar but different from some of their other IPA's. More malt forward... but big time bitterness to balance. Really enjoyed this one, even if it's probably an ooch past its best by.

Apr 03, 2018
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3777 ratings