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 bort11
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Tall, chunky head that tries to escape the glass. Thick chunks of lace stick to the glass. Nice clear copper red color.
Smell is a mild hops citrus. This is a little disappointing. I was expecting a much larger kick based on the description on the label. Taste has more hops presence, with a mild malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin, though it drinks very easily. Good beer, but I don't think it lives up to the "extreme" hype on the label.

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Photo of Finn
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 24 oz. bottle, of the 2007 variety. Very appealing label.

Appearance: Pours a orange light copper color, very clear as well. A thick head of foam dies down to a substantial rocky head that floats on the top. Plenty of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Grassy and earthy hop aromas. There's malt in there but you can't smell much of it.

Taste: Smooth caramel malts followed by a very refined hop "burn" on the palate. Pretty balanced flavor actually (although I guess "balanced" is a relative term, depending whether you're a hophead or not) though there's a lot of hops going on. Aftertaste lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Smooth (almost silky) mouthfeel, with average carbonation. Very nice balance in the mouthfeel department.

Drinkabity: Overall, a great offering from Sierra Nevada, though I enjoy this beer much more on tap. Quite worth a try, though I don't see myself buying this very often (unless it's on tap), simply because I can think of many IPA's with much higher drinkability.

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Photo of babaracas
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear orange with creamy white head, big globs of thick lacing. Smell: slightly grainy and sweet, floral, orange extract. Fresh cut grass and... sour apple? Taste: lightly toasty / bready, pine, tangerine, grassy, oily. Medium bodied and phenomenally smooth and creamy. Nose is a bit disappointing compared to other fresh hop ipas, but still tasty.

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Photo of nickd717
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from September 2009 notes. Pint on tap at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto for $7, which seemed a little high but I had to try it.

Pours clear amber with an off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Fresh hop aroma along with some caramel malt.

Flavor is malty with lots of caramel, grain, and toast, almost like a scotch ale-marzen-IPA, which is a little strange but not bad. Hops not as intense as I'd like, but still nice.

Palate fairly smooth with hop bitterness lasting despite the hop flavor being only average, with medium body.

A very nice beer overall. The rating may have been higher if I hadn't had fresh Sculpin just prior to drinking this, but hey, I've got high standards (for beer at least).

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

The appearance is a reddish copper with an off white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is hops, a little grassy/citrus/flower, very good smell. The initial taste is smooth with the bitters hitting later and building flavor on the back of the tongue that is very good almost chewy. For any HopHead this would be an excellent beer.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber-orange with a pillowy thick head beige head. Good clarity. Decent retention and sticky lacing down the sides.

Aroma: Fresh cut grass, hay, fresh piney hop oil. Some orange rind type citrus.

Taste: Similar to aroma. Hints of biscuity malt are present. Not overly bitter. Not really even any lingering bitterness in the finish which I felt was rather surprsingy.

Mouthfeel: So smooth and so creamy. Fulled side of medium and is so soft on the palate. Carbonation is low. The finish is quuck and too the point. Nice juicy "wet hop" feel to it.

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Photo of schleprock
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an orangish amber color with a thick, almost whip cream like frothy head. The lacing in the glass is really nice and the head lasts. Lots of carbonation can be seen when poured into a glass.

S: Smells of citris hops, piney hops and malt.

T: Starts off with a delicious fruity flavor but there's a bitter bite on the back end after it goes down. Personally if the bitterness on the back end were toned down a bit, this would be one heck of a beer.

M: Medium body with almost no hint of carbonation although you can see a ton of it in the glass, quite an interesting mix of sight versus mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable and not one of those over the top IPA's that are too bitter for my tastes.

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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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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,635 ratings.
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