Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 1,517 | Ratings: 3,635
Photo of TripleSun
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dated 9/28/16 poured into my Stone IPA glass

L - Bronze/ruby red with a good inch of head
S - Nice wet hopped aroma with the pine aroma
T - caramel malt and easy, crisp mouthful of hops
F - Medium bodied, very drinkable

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber with a large head. The aroma features bright pine, resin, roast mango, and cannabis. The flavor is mostly full of very fresh pine, with background cannabis, grapefruit peel, cotton candy, and peppercorns. The Mouthfeel is fullish, with foamy carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop beer - less oily than some - and very focused.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours - Deep amber color with nice thick white head great lacing.

Aroma - Lots of pine up front, light rye very light floral notes. orange peel and hints of grapefruit.

Taste - Slightly bitter hops, caramel malt finish floral hints throughout.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated slightly dry finish.

Overall - Very solid beer, great flavors and well balanced.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich, caramelly wet hop ale, with some pine and spice notes, but, honestly, one that I would've appreciated more with perhaps less caramel malt and more room for those big fresh hops to shine.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version about three months old poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic glass. Pours deep tan and a quickly dissipating white head of about three fingers. It shows lacing and some retention. Smell is fruity, citrus, and slightly dank. The flavor follows the nose with an excellent malt balance, although that may be more pronounced because of the age. There is a nice, lingering hoppy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is heavily carbonated with some nice, thick oily feel. Overall a great, easy-to-drink beer I'll be seeking out every year.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Burnt orange, copper colored beer. Very mild haze, nearly opaque, though definitely not turbid.
S: Light aroma, malts are somewhat doughy with cereal character. Hops are herbacious and resinous on the nose, slightly piney.
T: Has a bitter punch up front. Hits hard but finishes soft. Combo pine and grapefruit bitterness. Malts on the finish with biscuit character. Actually quite nice flavor.
F: A bit heavy, and not quite an easy drinker. I think the body plus the bitter bite upfront take away from drinkability a bit. That being said flavor is great and has nice balance. Great malt presence.
O: Absolutely a beer I would revisit. Will look out for it next time its fresh in stores.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. packaged 9/28/16, so a little over 2 months old.

superb clear yellow amber body. thick off white head. excellent lacing.

faintly hoppy on the nose wit a slight mustiness.

very bitter. some grapefruit and piney flavors. decent malt background gives a hint of sweetness.

above medium on the mouth. tingly bitter grapefruit finish.

overall, an enjoyable drink. might be a bit too bitter for a session.

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Photo of californiaslim
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of their better ipas. Has a nice tropical and piney smell and taste to it. Overall, one great tasting ale. Will be picking up more of these after work : D

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with creamy, tan head. Streak lacing. Caramel malt and bread malt in the aroma, with some floral and citrus notes. Flavor is pine, grass, & grapefruit. Well balanced with the malt base. Resinous mouthfeel with bitter hops aftertaste.

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Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a white head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Beer is completely clear.

Smell has notes of pine, lots of grass, some floral notes and a caramel malt backbone peaks through.

Taste follows the nose with lots of pine and grass up front. Lots of bitter hops. Solid malty backbone provides some nice balance.

Feel is really nice - smooth crisp and easy drinking. Medium carbonation.

Overall a nice IPA. Really does a great job capturing the fresh hops.

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Photo of Jblackfish
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber color w/ good carbonation. Aroma hoppy. Taste is a hoppy pine-grass with very little malt presence and a lasting bitter finish. It's a fresh, enjoyable brew - not SN's best but up there.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours perfectly clean bright Amber color, two finger fluffy off-white head just sits there, eventually leaving some coating lace. Good looking brew. Fresh hop grassy aroma. Taste starts a little malty sweet but plenty bitter grassy piney hops step in and take over. Lasting bitterness well past the swallow. Just a touch of herbal notes and mild astringency. Medium soft slick feel. Very good brew by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Prager62
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single bottle purchased for $2.49 at my local place that was selling it that way. A bottle date of 9/28/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a deep amber color with a fat finger of light tan lingering foam. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Smell- Heavy pine, a rye-like spice and some floral notes. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar appear in the back.

Taste- Resiny pine and bitter grapefruit take center stage. Some floral notes are next and are quickly extinguished by a healthy dose of caramel malt. A bit if toffee comes out in the finish.

Feel- It begins resiny and turns quite bitter with a very dry finish.

Overall- My store did me a favor selling this by the single bottle. As wet hop ales go, this one is down the food chain. A bitter spicy profile that quickly turns to a caramel malt mess. Nothing to see here, move on to Celebration!

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a fairly hard pour into a frosty pint glass, I get a generous foamy head with sticky lacing. Color is clear copper and feel is medium bodied. Strong hop taste that stays around for a long time. Very enjoyable beer - glad I bought a six pack, and it was on sale for $7.99!

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Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with modest white head that leaves sheets of lacing. Pine and orange in the aroma.

Sweet tea, rose petals and cherry malt stand out in the taste, with piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy. Relatively low carbonation.

A bit on the sweet side to my taste, but still pretty good.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

AROMA: strong hops, grains, light citrus.
LOOK: Medium brown, a little cloudy with a thick white creamy head.
TASTE: hops and grains all the way. Bready, thick. Got tedious and a bit sour near the end , but a good beer nonetheless.
FEEL: full bodied.


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Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours copper amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces very nicely.

S: Citrus, zesty, floral, spicy, herbal, earthy, fruity, toasty bready malt, and a little dark caramel sweetness.

T: Resinous pine, citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, fruity notes, earthy herbal spicy, toasty biscuity malt, and a touch of almost toffee like sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This has Sierra Nevada's style written all over it. I wish the malt bill was a little lighter, still a nice beer, but I think I prefer Southern Hemisphere better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These have a darker appearance than most ipas, this one is more of a dark amber to almost light brown exterior, nice 3/4" off white head. Plenty of those big 3 C hops here, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook I would guess.

Its a standard wet hop ale using those classic hop strains. Its good, its not going to be any of that new proprietary tropical fruit type of hops. Pretty much always gonna be a classic. A little expensive in the bomber format, wouldn't mind if they could offer this in 4 packs for the same price of the non wet hop 6 packs, but pipe dreams man. Caramel crystal malt and stuff you know how it goes.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hemisphere pours a dark copper color with a huge lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, with spicy earthy notes. Taste is same, big hop flavor, with lots of spicy earthy notes. Good body and feel. Overall, big full beer, nice hop flavors, but a little too earthy.

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Photo of shaneerickson
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a 10oz glass

L - beautiful honey amber color. nice clarity with no haze. minor head retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

S - smells slightly bready. earthier hops are present. some citrus comes through as well.

T - lots of orange peel. leaves a bitter finish on the palate. reminds me of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

F - medium body. goes down really smooth. nice balance. light alcohol burn. slight oil layer coats the mouth

O - absolutely delicious. quite drinkable for a hop heavy beer. the balance between the malt and hops works. i always enjoy the fresh aromatic notes from wet hopped beers.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good all around, this pours a dark amber with persistent white top and some lacing. Aroma is subdued, but nice - earthy and resinous. Flavor is similar with a good balance from malt sweetness. Somewhat bitter, but very palatable finish, never too dry.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got a bomber packaged 9/25/15. Still really fresh tasting. I like super hoppy ipas. This one is not that. This beer excels in balance. The fruity aroma is there, the taste is exquisite. Mouth feel is almost perfect. I'm sad I'm catching this on at the end run for the year. Such a bargain.

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Photo of Raime
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop IPA 2015.

Found a bomber of this at the Mobil gas station on Telegraph in Monroe, MI. That place will be a real craft beer player in a few months. They had a few beers I've never had before and will be expanding with a COLD section or singles. Will surely be stopping by often. Anyway, Sierra Nevada has some excellent limited editions and I expect this one to live up to those expects. Let's do it.

Look - From a fat in the middle bomber into a pint glass. Beers pours a crystal clear amber with a massive off white head that dies slowly and leaves more stick in inches than your husband has in dick in inches. Clarity remains exceptional. The carbonation appears to be about moderate. This is surely a beautiful beer and there is no debate about that one. Expecting a lot of lace amongst a killed glass.

Smell - Juicy juicy juicy. I have a fruit. It ends in juice. Juicy juicy juicy juicy juicy juice. Nah kidding. Pineapple and grapefruit juices with a ton of malt left behind to lay the bill. Not sure of the age but it gets things done. A bit of spice on the back end as well.

Taste - Uh...yeah...juicy juicy juicy...we've already been there in the smell. There is a bit here that would lead you to believe that the beer may be just a bit old but the hops surely aren't bad. Some bready aspects going on as well along with a bit of slice but for the most part the beer stays spicy with a twang of rye aspects.

Feel - The body is about moderate overall with a high level of creamyness. Carbonation is on about moderate and the flavors do get a bit stale here and show their age plus the fact they sat in some room temperature lights. Swallows spicy with a bit of throat punch but not offensive at all.

Overall - I would have liked it more if it were fresher I am sure. Still a good ipa and it aged better than most. At $5.99 a bomber of you can find this fresh it would be an absolute bargain bit at this age I'd pass it up. Always next year and will try again then..

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap

A: lots of carbonation good clarity very little head but poured into a chilled glass caramel body

S: very mild light green earthy floral nose

T: lots of floral hops a little resinous a little bit of a pine cone taste

M: medium to a little thick lays on the tongue nicely

O: it's a pretty good beer but taste profile is pretty ubiquitous Sierra Nevada hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014- Rich amber body with huge fluffy head, light hoppy aroma. Hops dominate the taste, although some nice malt backbone is evident also. Dry mouthfeel and finish. Tasty (3.8). 2015 - knocked 1 off on appearance, slightly metallic finish (3.5)

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