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 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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Photo of rmmm16
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.9%

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 -9.9%

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 -9.9%
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 -9.9%
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 -9.9%

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 -9.9%
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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Photo of Dave1999
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish amber with a nice big foamy white head.

The smell is citrus, bread and caramel.

The taste is slightly bitter, with some spicy flavors, followed by some earthy grassy hops. The tongue is coated with a bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is very wet.

A decent IPA, was expecting a bit more though.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I'm just getting around to trying this one for the first time...

A - Two fingers worth of lively fluffy slightly creamy khaki colored head with lots of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Solid retention at the one finger mark as a slightly rocky top emerges... The color is a warm copper with lots of caramel undertones... Mostly still with only an occasional small stray carbonation bubbles...

S - A lovely but not overpowering hop forward nose... A mix of earthiness and pine dominate the bouquet... Perhaps some very faint citrus notes... There's an understated but sturdy malt backbone as well... The foundation is mostly dry biscuit and caramel...

T - There is almost no malt to speak of, just hops and more hops... There is an assertive pine character that dominates throughout... There are also some earthy tones mixed within... This one pulls no punches and doesn't attempt to achieve much in the way of balance and complexity... This one is all about the cascade and centennial hops...

M - Starts with a touch of lushness and finishes bone dry... In between this one displays a medium bodied and low but spry carbonation... A bit sticky with some resiny notes...

D - A solid straight forward wet hopped American IPA... Text book Sierra Nevada here... On the drier pinier side and definitely a worthy hop experience...

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Photo of travloh
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a red tint. The head is an absolute monster. Semi aggressive pour produces a topping of foam that just will not go away. When it finally recedes a little, it leaves that biscuit of condensed bubbles floating on the top.

Taste is very good, with a hint of greeny, grassy freshness from the wet hops. Nice bitterness and overall a good flavor. Has an earthiness to it, with a hint of spice, along with orange peel.

The emphasis of this stuff is the fresh hops. There is a quality there you don't get from a regular IPA.

Very drinkable stuff. I wish I could get more.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-18-07
11th Edition

Pours a quite clear amber color, with a giant, craggy off-white head that lasts the whole time. Huge chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell is all fruity hops, very pungent and fresh. Super clean and very delicate.

Taste is all hops, grassy, fruity, with a definite earthy quality. Very bitter on the finish, slick and spicy.

Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and robust.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is on the high side.

Overall, a more of an IPA. Reminds me of a super-fresh Celebration. Still, better than many, and definately worth a try.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy, that is one marvelous-looking pint, I thought. The huge, foamy, pillowy, tanned head was overflowing quite artfully. The lacing was quite distinctive; each time I took a swallow the head left a ring around the glass. There was quite a bit of this lacing left at the end.

When I first brought the pint to my nose the smell caught me quite off-guard. I briefly thought of licorice but the smell was far, far more astringent than that. Several sniffs yielded nothing more than vague images of bitter green plants in my mind. I gave up trying to identify the smell, hoping that the taste would provide some olfactory hindsight.

The taste was so bitter as to bring the words "sharp" and "biting" repeatedly to mind. Deeply woody and hoppy, this bitterness reminded me strongly of sage. If any beer I've ever drunk deserves to be called "astringent", it's this one. Not having much experience with IPAs and the like, I didn't associate that extreme bitterness with hops - at least not completely. Fortunately I was able to call upon the gastronomic resources of the contract brewer sitting next to me. He took a taste and confirmed that it was, in fact, just very hoppy. So now I've had my hop horizons expanded.

This is a good beer and I'll bet it would be killer with a sandwich, but it'd have to one heroic sandwich. The smell of the hops alone would make lesser sandwiches soil themselves and run screaming back to the deli. I enjoyed this pint in an only slightly masochistic way, but I can't credit it with too much drinkability.

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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: pours dark copper with a finger of off-white/light tan foam which falls to a sheet of the same over several minutes. Cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.
S: pine and resin with underlying toasted crystal malts.
T: Oily and hoppy. The resin hops are strong on this one. Plenty of english endorsed malt profiling here as well.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with low carb. thick oily finish.
O: Good beer, but not my favorite harvest ale.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big 3 finger beige head. Body is clear and light copper in color. Head retention and lacing are pretty good

Smell is big on herbal and floral hops. Sweet caramel malts are also present.

Taste is big on bitter, earthy hops. Not much else, pretty much just hops in here

There is good balance in the mouth feel. Good amount of carbonation and a smooth consistency in body. Also some nice creaminess in the head of beer

Over all an above average IPA. A bit too biter though to make it a really great beer. Was hoping for a little sweetness, citrus, or pine flavors to balance it out. Still pretty good for only 3.50 a bomber

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Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 2007 Harvest, 11th Edition. Big double size 24 oz. brown bottle. Lots of cool marketing blurb about wet hops, but no real information like a date, ingredients, etc.

Aroma: Fresh Cascade obvious from across the room. Sweet crystal malt under it all gives a slight perfumed quality.

Appearance: Finger and a half of dirty white lace caps a clear copper red glass with lots of carbonation streams. Head drops to a ½ finger soapy head and only gives up spotty lace.

Flavor: Yep, those are hops. It’s a bit leafy, citric grapefruit with a bit of earthiness. There are loads of hop flavors without any real harsh bittering. Mild sweetness in the finish is about the only place any malt peeks through.

Mouthfeel: Very oily texture, fairly low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: Well, it is a load of hops. I guess I was hoping for a little more depth on the malt side, but this is a hop lover’s dream date. I guess I would call this a West Coast XPA. Good stuff, but I think I’m good until next year’s harvest.

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Photo of whynot44
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy amber color with a substantial foamy ivory head that disipates slowly to a thin layer then persists to the end producing some nice lacing.

The aroma is pine needles, grapefruit with a background of caramel malt.

The taste is also primarily pine and grapefruit with a slightly sweet caramel malt base. The finish is slightlky dry with a lingering piney aftertaste.

Medium bodied, smooth and easy tro drink. Hops are a bit subdued compared to some American IPAs but there is still plenty for the hop heads in a nicely balanced version. Well worth a try if you like IPAs.

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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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