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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of srroos
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
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 -9.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -9.6%
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 -9.6%
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 -9.6%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.8%
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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Photo of rmmm16
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle, two fingers of a nice thick off-white foam. Rings of lacing stick throughout the glass. Dark copper/nearly red through the center. The aroma is not as strong as I was expecting but the smells that are there are sweet with a citrus back. Great tasting ale with a nice malt start and then a progression of hop flavors, leafy then citrus hop. The feel is very nice, creamy then with a nice tingly finish. Very drinkable, a lot of nice flavors and alcohol is hidden well.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper red/amber ale color, off-white head, about 4 fingers from a turbulent pour. Good retention and fantastic, bubbly lacing. Brew is nearly transparent and bubbly.

Strong, pleasant pine aroma with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Typical SN aroma, which is a good thing. Dose of caramel malt and honey in the background. Slightly sweet; nicely hoppy; smooth.

Immediately sweet and smooth on the tongue. Dry, piney hops add a pleasant astringency. Grassy green flavor and caramel malts swirl in the background nicely. Fresh hop flavor.

Feel is a little too syrupy and light; very little carbonation sting, and it almost comes across as flat. Almost a dry alcohol feel, as well. Almost creamy, but not quite there.

This beer shows some promise, but it falls well short of my expectations. The mouthfeel is far and away its worst characteristic; the smell and taste were very good, if not outstanding.

Silly Sierra Nevada date code; definitely not 326, because that's the future. Has to be fresh within the last month or two, though, as it's currently mid-November.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly from a large bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate head which thins, but never really goes away. Smells strongly of hops as expected. The taste is strong hops all the way through, but surprisingly balanced. As it warms the malt character comes through more, but the hops are always strong and right up front. As far as drinkability goes they got it right on the money, a two serving bottle is just what you'd want.

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Photo of enjambed
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.

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Photo of beerbully
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into HF stemware

A-clear copper with 1/2 inch thick white head that leaves substantial lacing that clings to the glass forever (4.25)

S-aroma is faint.......some bready malts and mild hops (3.0)

T-bready malts followed by some dank piney hops with slight lemon peel finish.....grassy, cedar notes.............Pine is the dominate flavor (3.75)

M-Medium body......mild improves with each sip (3.75)

O-Decent beer not exactly what I was expecting so maybe thats throwing me off a bit

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Photo of lordeche
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with frothy off-white head. Aroma is bitter and flowery, very herbal, with a pale malt backbone. Flavor is light with hints of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla malt and a flowery, herbal finish. Not much bitterness. Palate is extremely smooth and full, with minimal stickiness. Pretty good.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 release

A-Pours a nice amber with billowy white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Floral, piney, citrusy hops.

T-Floral & pine hops with some maltiness and a bitter bite.

M-A bit thin, but oily with nice carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D-As is the case with a SN beer, this is very drinkable.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Golden on pour, with a huge head that dissipates slowly. Hoppy, well balanced with malt and fruit aromas. Bitterness at start, then sweet, then finishes bitter. Fairly dry palate, but with a long finish.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale. Pouring it into my brand new Great Lakes pint glass.

Lightly hazy auburn color with some redness when light shines through it. A darker, more robust-looking, IPA. Spotty lacing.

Rather mellow nose with elements of lemongrass and spruce. Has a subtle maltiness to it that offer a little bit of milk caramel.

Spicy bitterness with pine bark and citrus notes. Lots of hop cone oils present that offset a slight malty sweetness that complements the humulus. The finish is spicy, also. Nothing to blow your hair back, per se, but good.

Drinks like a cinch. Good dose of carbonation to ruffle your tongue's feathers. Elements of the hop profile add to this, as well.

A bit of a letdown. I remember this as a bigger winner last year. Perhaps my bottle sat a few weeks longer on the shelf than I'd have liked, or maybe it's the batch. Either way, it's a middle-tier IPA. Maybe I shouldn't have drank this one after I had a few Lagunitas DayTimes.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.
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