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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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Photo of ebrauser
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick, tall cream/tan head. Beer is a perfectly clear amber.

Aroma: Lemon, citrus, hop resin, coriander, and light pepper.

Flavor: Lightly hoppped, malty ale. Beginning is sweet and then moves in a spicy pepper. It finishes then with some present, but subdued, hop bitterness.

MF: Medium bodied and very easy to drink.Bitterness is very lingering and coats the mouth very nicely.

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Photo of wardough
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer. Great with spicy foods.

A: Typicaly for APA styles. Foams up pretty good and keeps some head.
S: Piney goodness
T: Definitely a West Coast Style. Hops dominate thoughout without any other tastes.
M: Very light on the palate.
D: A great session beer

A good above average harvest beer.

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Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Three finger off-tan head over a clear, but fuzzy particulated brown-copper liquid. Head settled to a fine and clingy layer. Beautiful head, I wish I could get something like that in my homebrew. Smells orange hoppy grassy with sweet caramel and tropical esters. Pencil erasers, seriously. Alcohol is noticable.

Tastes well made in intensity for malt sweet and hops. Sweet is stronger than the hops, but they are in reasonable balance for the style. Malt is strongest up from with hop flavor hitting in the middle and barely staying stonger than the drying flat hop bitter that rises late. Aftertaste dries with gentle and a very clean alcohol. Hop flavor is woody and oranges. Add in the green fibery hop bitter and I'm not a fan. Really rough on the cohumulone or grassiness, such that it's beginning to wear. Esters are present...not quite pineapple, but the light and playful character found can find a pineapple, if you take out the acid punch.

Md-light body with a thicker mouthfeel than I would expect. Touch a creaminess that I like. Drinkablilty is moderate for me.

As the beer warms the malt sweet shows a come-back in the finish that really helps things out.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice crisp and clean copper with a very voluptuous white head. Doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Smells of very fresh hops and some grassy, piney aromas. I also get a sweet honey like aroma towards the end. Tastes like fresh hops, pretty simple. Not super bitter, but rather sweet. The honey comes back again on the end of the sip. The beer has grapefruit notes for sure, but not as evident as I've found in dry hopped IPA's. The fresh hop seems to lend a sugary sweetness that coats the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit average for an IPA, crisp and clean. Medium body. A 24 oz. bottle of this brew goes down easily, as does two of them...

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Photo of fsvan
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into imperial pint glass.

A- Clear, slightly goldish orange. A full 5 fingers of stick head. Nice lacing.

S- Nose isn't as big as I remember on this one, but still nice. A decent mix of pine and citrus, with the citrus taking more of a lead than in most SN IPAs.

T- Piney hops. A really nice lingering bitterness that is just enough without being too much.

M- A little light of medium bodied. Easy drinking. Well carbonated.

O- A solid IPA that I enjoy a bottle of a year on release.

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Photo of pik5el
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet malt and pine hops. Beautiful head and golden red apperarance. Flavor... hmm, not as balanced as I would like, and the hops are a bit 'harsh' or maybe resinous is a better word. Almost like sucking a pine cone. This could be better with a nice balance, I think. Goes down alright, though I do not really want to have multiple pints of it.

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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 Patrick999
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't realize there was a separate entry for the 12th release. I originally posted under the wrong beer. Corrected:

A - Perfect. Pale amber, great head, sheets of lacing. The way a nice hoppy beer should look.

S - Hoppy to be sure, but not as fragrant as I might have expected. Generic hop, but comes off to me as muted.

T - Tasting this makes me wonder where the hops were in the aroma! Sweet, cakey malts collide with a bracing Pine-Sol hop.

F - Resinous and a little grainy.

D - I enjoy these wet hop ales, but one bomber is all I really need. This will take care of my hop fix for the evening.

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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 srroos
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and caramel colored with a large, long-lasting tan head with lots of lacing. Smell is a good balance of malt and hops, but not very strong. Taste is malty and sweet with a smooth hoppy finish. Smooth and easy drinking overall. A good beer, but nothing too outstanding.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking a fat 24-oz bottle like this reminds me of drinking a 40-oz malt liquor. Good times.

Poured into a barrel pint, the Harvest is a healthy amber/brown color with hues of bronzed orange that shine through. Good looking 1.5 finger head on top yields a very nice, sticky lace. The nose is hoppy but sweet. Sort of a strawberry pine scent. Slight hints of malts and bread. Not bad at all. It tastes like a clean, hoppy ale should. Smooth, but hoppy with a lingering bitterness in the end. Piney, but with a slight citrusy tartness to it. Again, with a noticeable bread presence in the middle. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and refreshing with and dry finish.

A solid outing once again by the folks at Sierra Nevada. This is a very good, not great beer, in my opinion. But it's solid and consistent and does not disappoint really in any aspect. The nose could be a bit bigger for my tastes, but that's just me being picky. A totally drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have not had any Sierra Nevada Harvest Ales before other than their Southern Hemisphere version. From what I was told and what I expected from this wet hop method was a very distinct piney and citrus aroma. This wasn't really the case. It seemed like there was some piney-like hops in the nose but it was dominated by malts. The apperance was spot on though. It has a nice copper look to it as well as a nice off white head. There was good head retention and great lacing. The taste had very good bitterness to it and there was quite a bit of citrus hop flavor to it. It also has a nice caramel like sweetness to it which makes it a pretty well balanced beer. The mouthfeel was full and I think that it is fairly drinkable with its great balance.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Clear orange, a bit coppery, with a sticky yellow/beige cap. Tons of lace coated the glass, solid sheets and some streaky, spotty areas. Good head retention. Citrus hop aroma, solid but not overwhelming. Grapefruit rind, a bit powdery and spicy, slight resin. Bready malts in the background. Juicy hop flavour with moderate bitterness throughout. Crystal malt sweetness adds to the fruity, citrusy hop notes. Light alcohol in the finish along with some herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but too much to give it a creamy texture. Palate drying with a hint of alcohol warmth. I enjoyed it and found it to be quite easy drinking.

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Photo of graham515
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper into the glass with a slightly off white head.

Aroma is clean with a slightly more subdued hop aroma than most Sierra Nevada brews.

Flavor has a nice caramel malt base with a bitterness that continues to linger long after your sip.

Seems a little bit thin on the palate, but that is the only negative thing I have to say about this brew

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ayotte's
Crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Rich bready caramel maltiness Juicy earthy citrus and pine. Wish I'd picked this up a bit fresher, but glad to try. And 32 oz for 5 bucks is a hell of a deal.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive clear, medium amber color. Head is big with great lacing and retention...very typical of Sierra Nevada.

Aroma is great. Cascade hops are obviously apparent. There is a great amount of pungent, resiny herb character along with grapefruit, pine, and grass. Very fresh smelling.

Solid bitterness and hop flavor combines with fruitiness and dark herbal character on the palate. My complaints about the beer are too much caramel malt flavor and residual sugars, and too high of carbonation. A bomber is nice to have for the fresh hop season, but I might be better off with a Pale Ale bomber.

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Photo of ohoove
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 24 oz. Sierra Bomber. Pours a clear orange amber in color with a half inch head. Head dissipates relatively quickly but a thin froth lingers throughout the pint and yields some scattered lacing.

Smell is of moderate hops. Not as robust as Chico Estate yet not as balanced as Southern Hemisphere. Interesting that equivalent brews from Sierra Nevada oscillate between APA'a and IPA's. I'd consider them all APA's as for nomenclature. Nose is clean and easy like their Pale Ale.

A good brew with an overly firm carbonation that surrenders a bit in the end. The weakest of the three fresh hop Harvests from Sierra in my opinion, yet still a nice brew.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1 pint 8 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is a lovely amber color with soft orange highlights. The three fingers of off-white head are rocky in appearance and have some staying power.

S - I get some citrus, caramel malt. I also smell some wet grass which is interesting.

T - The taste is a lot more bitter than the smell suggests. I'm assuming some citrus or something else would come through if this beer were fresh. I do get a little caramel malt, but the bitterness is overpowering.

M - It is kind of thin for an IPA and lower in carbonation than expected.

O - This beer is all bitter. That is not my favorite approach to an IPA. I doubt I would like it much better fresh. I am impressed that it held this much flavor for a fall seasonal IPA.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24-oz bottle poured into pint glasses.

A = Clear amber liquid nice foamy yellow white head, good head retention, slowly recedes to a foam cover on surface, heavy lacing.

S = Uncooked white bread dough, light citrus smells, really not much that jumps out at me as distinctive. Perfectly acceptable, but not much else.

T = Good balance, lemon, lime zest, fresh cut grass, fresh baked biscuits. I am surprised this is (currently listed as an American IPA, I find it more of a pretty standard APA. Regardless, it is a god tasting American ale.

M = Meiudm bodied, very good mouthcoating, foamy creamy feel.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Harvest 07 pours a clear amber color in the glass with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the beer which lasts most of the way to the bottom of the glass. A fair amount of netted lace clings to the sides.

The aroma is mainly grassy and citrus hops with an odd vegetal aroma mixed in. Some sweet malt can also be detected. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and slightly chewy. The flavor begins with sweet caramel and pale malt. Slightly bready. Towards the middle the hops move in with grass and citrus flavors that balance out all the malt quite well. It finishes rather bitter and leaves behind some citrus hop flavors when gone.

This is a well balanced, tasty beer. Other than the odd notes I picked up in the aroma this would make a great everyday APA.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pretty non-plused when I first sipped this beer, but the more I drank, the more I began to detect subtleties I enjoyed in this beer. Thanks to SurlySober for bringing a bottle to my house to split.

Appearance is a very rich amber color (particularly for an IPA) with very little head. Aroma is very mildly hoppy with lots of malty sweetness. Flavor was moderately hoppy with some substantial maltiness that just seemed to get better and better with each sip, starting off a bit disappointing but winding up pretty good. Mouthfeel was pretty substantial and thick.

Pretty good; I would recommend this.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice clean, clear copper color with a nice thick foamy off-white head that settles slowly and leaves some beautiful sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Somewhat lack-luster hop profile. citrus and tropical fruit hops, some pine and earthy qualities. strong malt backbone.

T- Similar in dissapointment. bigger malt character than hop. same citrus/tropical/earth/pine hops as aroma. but bigger caramel maltiness.

M/D- Good carbonation, medium bodied. very drinkable. would like to see some more hops expressed here since that is the selling point of this beer.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a wine glass.

a - pours a gorgeous, nearly transparent copper color. when held to the light you can see some finer yeast particles floating around. gave me a finger thick, dense, sudsy, tan head that calms to a film and leaves rings of lacing behind.

s - herbal, toffee, hay.

t - big, spicy hop character over a toffee malt base. has an earthy undertone and faint citrus notes. a piney bitterness grabs the tongue and hangs on for a while. finishes slightly spicy.

m - medium in body with adequate carbonation. co2 profile is a little coarse for my liking.

o - well crafted, but honestly not doing much for me. of all the hop harvest beers i have tried this season (founders harvest, broodoo, millking ray, hopivore) this ones near the bottom, and i prefer the southern hemisphere version over this one. maybe i'll try again next year.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,602 ratings.
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