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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IPA - American
Ranked #96
Ranked #2,086
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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Troyone from California

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been in my change up of beers so I might as well do a review.

Tried to pour the whole thing in my new Stein glass from BevMo, thought I could pour it faster only the headgot real thick. This is an amber color with a copper hue. The head is an off white almost beige. The carb action is evident as is the yeast suspension.

Has some pine aromas with a smoke or oak background. Some bready malt odors are also present.

A mouthfull of flavors that blends grapefruit and English tea with a bready caramel malt and a sweet grassy carbonation. The aftertaste lingers the malt, grapefruit and English tea with a hint of smoke.

The mouthfeel is creamy with the grassy carbonation leaving a smooth finish.

The drinkability is good although classified as an APA I think this is bordering an IPA with the hop flavor and 6.7% abv. Maybe this is considered a winter warmer APA.

Update, 02/07/09 this 12th release is in the American IPA catagory the 11th release of the same beer was in the APA catagory.

Feb 01, 2009
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Raime from Greenland

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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..

Jan 03, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Release Served On-Tap 10/15/15

A — Pours a nicely bright and vivid red hue out on the tap. There is a bone colored head that forms, settles to a nice layer atop the beer, and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is fairly muted initially, but as it warms there is a real nice hop character, dominated by pine, lemon, earth, forest floor, and well, not much else. Just a nice showing of Centennial and Cascade hops, bitter, piney.

T — Taste is like the nose, though there is a more noticeable hop bite and profile, there is a nice bitterness here without being overly done. Nice malt profile to help round things out, and a lightly fruity and sweet finish.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish, slightly sticky.

O — Fairly well done, more hop bite and less of the sweet malt & yeast profile might take this over the top. Still, this is a great showcase of "wet" hops.

Oct 17, 2015
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, packaged 09/21/17... poured into a shaker - unfortunately no better glass available where I am at this time)

L: near crystal-clear, cedar-amber liquid; inch-high stand of doughy, creme-colored foam - looks lovely overall... retains a sloppy cap and laces like a champ

S: raisin, cannabis, tobacco... burlap, dried berry... no overt alcohol scent and the malt has a slight toasty, dark (bone dry) caramel note, but is otherwise rather clipped and mellow... the variety of oily green aromas is quite intriguing... perfumy, earthy, musky - lovely, but I'm not getting much potency for some reason

T: oh wow... vaguely exotic spice; fresh or slightly air-dried earthy tea-leaf and herbal bitterness humming long into its dry finish... bit of lingering black pepper and white grape notes... hints of dried grapefruit, mango, and (I dare say) potpourri by the third and forth sips... the malt sits rather firmly below the hop swarm above, with subtle nutty/woody notes, adding dimension to the overall 'autumnal' or 'harvest' flavor image I'm seeing... not much underlying sweetness, but it's perfect and something I'd expect from SN anyway

F: biting on the palate but a thoroughly enlivening... the back-end dryness is superb and (again) something the younger breweries need to learn how to copy... the level and presence of alcohol is damn near perfect - the bitterness enhances its attack mildly, but everything altogether at the optimal levels - nothing overdone

O: really a fantastic beer - criminally under-hyped... lucky to have (finally) stumbled across it at the perfect time (usually I'm a couple months or more late in noticing it on shelves)... easy choice of a six-pack grab over the next week or two, and next year round this time

Oct 27, 2017
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enjambed from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

from notes

Serving: bomber, bottled 9/24/2014, consumed 11/1/2014, well within 90 day consumption period

Look: Dark amber, orange, with creamy head, long retention, and clingy lacing

Smell: This was a unique aroma for me and I had trouble pinning it down, looking back on my notes. I couldn't decide if it was herbal, earthy, floral, or possibly even vegetal. I decided on floral. It was like a fresh flower or plant in rich soil. I guess this unique aroma was due to the use of wet hops. Overall the freshness of the hops was evident.

Taste: Similar to the smell, not too bitter and mostly comes out floral and vegetal. The floral hops are supported by sweet caramel malts.

feel: Relatively light, almost watery finish for an IPA

Overall: Sierra Nevada's Northern Hemisphere Harvest is an interesting display of a more floral/earthy hop rather than the typical piney or citrusy American hops that characterize our IPA's these days. Definitely not my favorite IPA, but a very interesting and pleasant experience that introduced new flavors to my palate. The beer is still solid and very quaffable, and I will likely try this again.

Dec 05, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ON TAP!! at the Lava Lounge in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (I couldn't believe it, either.)

Pours like a typical, solid IPA. Sparkly amber with a retentive white head.

Giant Centennial hops dominate the nose. There's a light, very sweet maltiness that kind of balances things off, but the hops are very much in charge here, big nodes of pine and grapefruit.

Tastes much more complex, much more balanced. The malt is very sweet--not bready or nutty or doughy, really, just sugar sweet with light hints of grain. This cuts perfectly into the huge piney bitterness of the high alpha west coast hops.

I don't know if I just didn't have enough to eat yesterday or what, but three of these laid me out flat. They went down smooth enough, but just like their Anniversary and Celebration ales there's just some Sierra Nevada does to their beers that make them give me wicked hangovers.

Oct 30, 2008
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cerveza5150 from California

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one caught my eye due to the Harvest label stating that they were using fresh, green hops. It's a great beer and one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. The green, oily hop flavor is strong and it gives a unique character to the beer; something I haven't found in many other ales. This is a keeper!!!

Nov 28, 2007
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alamode from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.9%

Dec 06, 2011
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paigertx from New York

3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered a pitcher about a month ago at Bar Coastal UES(NYC) and now drinking a pint poured from a chubby bomber. Similar taste from bottle as from tap. Pours a deep amber and smell is sweeter than the taste. Taste is smooth with malty overtones while not too much hop bite. Very drinkable and could be a session beer for those looking for flavor without the high alcohol content.

Nov 28, 2008
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PDXHops from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a dense 2-finger creamy head. Rings of lacing are left from top to bottom.

Fresh lemongrass and mint aromas with some light malts lingering in the background. Fairly intense bitterness and a dryish finish lend to a somewhat puckering feel. Intense lemongrass and mint hoppiness with some herbal notes as well. The malt stays out of the way and shows off the interesting hop profile. Good stuff.

Apr 15, 2011
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Kopfschuss from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Feb 05, 2013
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boss302 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere 

A Red amber in appearance, nice thick head 4.5

S A slight citrusy hop aroma. Not as much aroma as I wiuld have expected.  Though slight hop aroma,it is quite nice. 4 

T Chocolaty roasted malt goodness. It is surprising that such flavor comes from a medium colored beer. Hops are dominant, but malt is a big part of this beer. 4.5

M Medium to heavy body. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is right on. 4.5

D This is s nice drinking beer. If you like big hops with supporting malt you should like this beer. 4    

Nov 23, 2010
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CreightonSM from New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 14, 2013
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't planning on buying this today, but $4.99 for a 24 oz. bottle from a great brewery is a good deal to me. For those Rhode Islanders reading this review, Bottles on the East Side has it.

Pours a clear copper with a healthy half inch of head. Quickly reduces to a thin layer. Smells piney more than anything, but also very floral/citrusy. Very well balanced flavor - the pine/floral/citrus notes come out with a solid carbonated bite. Crisp. Good lingering hop bitterness. The bitterness is not overpowering though - quite easy to drink for a seasoned IPA drinker like myself.

Interested in trying other wet hop ales. Founders Harvest is up next - this one is a tough act to follow.

Nov 09, 2012
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gshackles from New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Sep 21, 2012
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henryhampton from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Dec 09, 2012
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IreRican from Arizona

4.64/5  rDev +11.3%

Nov 01, 2014
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1jstafan from Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.1%

Nov 12, 2014
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 27, 2014
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Oct 23, 2007
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gabeerfan from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium-ish amber. Thick, off-white/orangy head that takes a while to fall to a thin cap.
Somewhat more subtle aromas than I expected. The hops are more piney/earthy with hints of grapefruit. Lots of toasted bread and caramel, hints of honey and brown sugar.
Hops are more earthy in the flavor with the pine 2nd and grapefruit almost in the background. Malts are pretty sweet. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and honey. Toasted bread flavors in there too.
Somewhat oily mouthfeel, but the carbonation helps keep that at bay.
Pretty drinkable. Good flavors make this an easy drinker.
This is much more subtle than I was expecting from SA, but I like it alot. Good to see some sanity coming from the West Coast. Highly recommended.

Nov 06, 2008
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ohoove from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This for me was a bit different than the rest of the SN line. Was expecting more on the hops but actually seemed to be less pine and citrus and more of an english ipa. This is more of an american ipa light. Very tasty and highly drinkable, sessionable for sure. If one were to look up the definition of consistent the SN label would be right there. Would like to see this in 12's or 6's.

Nov 20, 2007
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jhhollier from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Aug 09, 2012
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hosehead83 from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass

Bright copper color with a big, two inch rocky head

Aroma-Pine and citrus with strong hop notes

Taste-Bold hops up front layered with piney citrus orange rind and slight malty, spicy sweetness. Well balanced and tasty hops throughout. Very drinkable and likeable American IPA

Mar 08, 2009
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capeannbass36 from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 version poured into a DFH pint glass.
A- Nice rich copper color. 1 inch white head.
Glass was well laced, top to bottom.
S-Hoppy, citrus, pine.
T-Crisp, bitter, pine, hoppy.
M-Nothing special, but nothing bad.
D-Could drink a few...if I had too.

Overall I had higher expectations. I am little underwhelmed. It's not really bad. Just not for me.

Mar 13, 2011
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 3763 ratings