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

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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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Photo of eric5bellies
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier conic pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange reddish colour with an off White two fingered head that retains till the end.

S - Aromas of grapefruit and pine with a touch of honey.

T - Up front some fresh hop followed by some grassyness that kicks in before some nice malty undertones. Definite piney flavours with a nice twisted bitterness at the finish, that could be described as a little citrusy.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - A great beer that is only let down by its aromas. The flavour profile is well thought out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Been dancing around this one for years, figured it was time to finally take it down. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly sandy cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, caramel, sweet toffee, and a bit of lemon zest. This isn't to say that it smelled old or anything, but rather it smelled more balanced than I imagined a wet hop from SN to be. The taste holds notes of pine resin, light cedar, mild caramel, light menthol, and a kiss of spearmint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice wet hop, one that maintains a healthy balance without disregarding or canceling out the wet hop addition. Still, it is a bit one-sided in terms of hop flavor, but this isn't a total negative, as it works well with it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a reddish copper color with a pretty white head, that laces quite well. smells really good, lots of flowerly hops present. taste is odd.. it has a great hop first impretion, citrusy, bitter and well defined. but after that it drops off, it seems like it doens't have alot of body to it, i can't explain it. its a good beer dont get me wrong, but i dont see it as good as other people have rated it, maybe i got a bad batch, or my pallet isn't well defined enough

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant copper, very fine foam with wonderful solid lacing and tiny bubbles

S: citrus but with a more woody overtone, can smell some bread-like malt which makes for a nice balance, i get a bit of cherry, too

T: a very raw and somewhat floral hop flavor that starts sweet and then the bitterness really hits in one big wave. the malt in the aroma is not as well balanced in the taste.

M: Smooth but not cloying, carbonation seems to help cleanse the tongue of some of the bitterness

D: This is a bit of a wildcard beer with the raw smell and taste and big balloon of bitterness, but I like it and suggest others with a love of hops would, too.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 11/10/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Ruby/Brown in color amber highlights when very well lit. Let's some light in but the beer is difficult to see through. Beige to off white carbonation with very good cling.
Aroma: Well toasted caramel malts, followed by more subdued fresh wet hop aromas. Slightly piney and citrusy (pineapple and lime). Even more malts squarely placing themselves in the breads and biscuits category.
Taste: The pine picks up in the flavor and the dryness presents itself through that pine flavor. Slightly pepper spiced in the finish the malt bill reminds me of a soft chewy lightly ryed bread.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Medium carbonation that is very soft and creamy on the tongue. Pretty nice balance in the hop bite between bitter and dry.

Notes: The beer really grows on you with each and every sip. But, like many have commented, I'd be more confident calling this a Wet hopped Amber.
Very accurately dated to 9/24/14 4:52.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a cloudy amber color with foamy butter head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of malts and earthy hops. Tasted toasty with earthy hops, grass, and malt. Smooth but slightly bitter finish. Like the large bottle.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th Edition poured into a Greene King IPA pint glass. Huge thick head that likes to linger around with significant lacing on the sides. Delicious looking bright amber colored ale – almost crystal clear. Very handsome looking.

I was expecting hop aroma in the Boom to Kaboom range, instead it's more of a pop. The usual pine and citrus mixed in with a lump of grass and some brown tea.

Flavor is dry and bitter with lingering hop resins, more like an IPA than an APA. There are hints of biscuit and caramel, not very significant. Mouth feel is at the heavy end for an APA (really thought this was an IPA until I looked).

Overall I thought this was a slightly above average pale ale. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it, but I'd rather have an Anniversary or Celebration Ale.

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Photo of m1ked
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at South Bay Drug & Liquor.

A- Pours a clear brassy orange,think penny, with a fluffy off white head that remains thanks to the multiple streamers. Mild Lacing.

S- Mild alcohol, grassy, grainy, some light caramel sweetness. Some sharp metallic astringincy.

T- Mellow caramel sweetness with the green grassy flavor to it. The alcohol is not as strong on the palate. The metallic flavor is also present.

M- Thin feel, with plenty of carbonation.

D- I like wet hops.... this is not my favorite of the bunch though.

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Photo of Goliath
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a huge two inch yellowed head. Great retention and some nice lacing.

The aroma is nice. A decent hop presence showing mostly citrus quality, a little pine and spice too.

The taste is ok. A mild hop presence by my estimation, giving a bit of grass to the profile along with a very slight bitterness. The malt profile is bigger than I remember too. It's almost got a rye bite to it, kind of hay like. I'm underwhelmed.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated with fine bubbles, really gentle.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a solid beer and a decent experience. For the price you can't beat it. Seriously, $3 for 24oz? That's a deal.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice lighter amber color with a beautiful huge off white head. The head is ridiculous this baby stays around throughout the entire drink and leaves great lacing on the glass. Really nice looking head on it. The color is just average as far as I'm concerned though.
S= citrus and grass hops... what more do you expect from it. There is actually a bit of underlying malty sweetness however. lots of caramel I pick up. Smells like fresh hops for sure but more so green and grassy with a lot of some sort of fresh cut grass than a lot of hop punch. The punch that it does have is very citrusy.
T= The hops are the highlight of this beer but it still seems like they are too grassy. I loved the fresh plant taste from founders harvest ale but this one tastes more bland I guess. Not enough AA? I don't know what the problem is to tell you the truth but it just doesn't have the punch I'm looking for. Very nice malty balance to it while still being a completely hop centric beer. The hops are very grassy like I mentioned and sort of have a hint of overripe orange to it.
M= Really nice and crisp. not bad. good amount of carbonation for a beer that is hop centric.
D= Not too bad. the only complaint I have the the grassy hop taste didn't have enough punch for me. Torpedo had too much punch and this had to little... The thing I don't like about this beer may be that it tastes like the shitty hops one of my neighbors gave me this year... I'm grateful for the hops and they are great for something like dry hopping but the AA isn't there.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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