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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American IPA
Ranked #89
Ranked #2,004
4.17 | pDev: 9.59%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
Notes: Formerly Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
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Photo of Act25
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 .

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Photo of josanguapo
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

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Photo of Squire
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.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
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.

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Photo of BlackTerrier
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
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.

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Photo of PEBKAC
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.

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Photo of Antg8989
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.

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Photo of BenDorigan
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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.

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Photo of wmartin
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!

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Photo of Vetbidder
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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Photo of Lucular
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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.

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like Mike Trout batting in the bottom of the 9th, this thang is clutch. Sexy, delicate hops meet wonderful floral notes like a virgin picking Lillie’s by Moonlight.


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

2017 Edition bought from Systembolaget in Sweden.

Clear, amber, almost red, beer with a three finger high beige, fluffy head.

Nose of orange, apple, grass, flowers, caramel and dried fruit.
Taste of pine, dried fruit, apricot, orange cest, grapefruit, honey and grass.
A great, medium-sweet, malty taste. Medium body and carbonation. Bitter ending.

I want more of this! Great!

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to drink it fresh at Sierra Nevada in Asheville this past Wednesday, super tasty! Seems like the "wet hop" adds a distinctive edge to the taste, nice.

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

Poured a beautiful deep amber to garnet with a vanilla hued, foamy head. I certainly did not expect a pour like this for an American IPA. Indeed, this is the prettiest ale I have seen in a long while.

While the aroma was not hugely distinct for a wet hop ale, the fantastic flavor more that made up for mild deficiencies. The flavor begins with a balanced dose of piney hops as well as some excellent caramel flavor from the roasted malt. As the ale warms in the glass, the malt and hop balance becomes more prominent. Some may criticize this, for after all, this is an ale to showcase hops. To me, it is superb. Despite the label mentioning "grapefruit", I hardly detect any at all. It is somewhat earthy, and I swear I detected the faint taste of licorice.

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with restrained carbonation. The slightly sweet and pine hop bitterness pleasantly coats the palate.

An excellent and surprising IPA that I seek out again. One more surprise was finding this in six packs; the ale normally is sold in single pint size bottles.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper orange and forms an off white head that vigorously laces. Sweet on the nose with unique spicy, earthy, and floral notes. Thick on the tongue with a spicy hop profile. The bitterness is sharp but balances well with the caramel malt profile. It doesn't resemble what I consider a wet hop IPA to be, but it's not bad.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, PKGD 09/21/17
Deep cooper colored ale with a frothy beige head that eventually settles into a foam. Pine and citrus with bready caramel malt for aroma. Flavors yield a bold sticky fresh hop presence with notes of pine resin, grapefruit & orange zest, bread crust, toasty grain, caramel, and a bit of earthy herbal tea; along with Sierra Nevada's familiar house yeast. Fuller body, sticky and resinous hop oils coat the palate with pungent bitterness, finishing bitter and dry with pine lingering. It's been a long time since I had this. I remember it being good, but this is great!

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice smoke from the bottle!

The look of this beer matches the copper bottle cap, with a thin head of medium and fine bubbles, and sparse, slow floating bubbles rising lazy.

The scent is sweet malt tinged with pumpkin and West Coast IPA fruit-pine, lurking faint.

Light to medium carbonation. Somewhat crisp, rather creamy and bordering overly sour. An IPA calibrated for pumpkin pie and leftover stuffing, I should imagine. Pungent aftertaste.
Overall cozy yet wistful, nicely done.

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