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

A - Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium copper, good clarity though a very slight haze is present. 1-finger off-white head staying up well with a slight lacing left behind.

S - Citrusy hops combine with grassy notes and crackery malt. A touch of caramel but very minor.

T - This one might have been on the shelves a little too long. Missing out on some of the fresh hop character. A tad too malt-forward for the style. Cracker like malt with a lower than expected level of grassy hops. Citrusy hops present too. Medium-dry finish.

M - Mediium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - This beer might be past it's prime as the malts are starting to overpower the hops. Still a drinkable beer, I'll gladly finish the 24oz bottle. Could be better.

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Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a fluffy white head. The foam settled out pretty quickly but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with a little malty sweetness. The hops are present but not as present as some other wet hop releases. Taste also has the citrusness and some pine from the hops but also a moderate caramely sweetness present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the flavors aren't overpowering making this a good drinking beer.

Overall for a beer that cost under $5 this was very good. Probably not my favorite wet hop beer but a great value.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere pours out a clear but light brown color into a snifter. I get two fingers of off white head that have some legs and leave amazing lacing.

The smell is big fresh cut grass and herbs.

The taste does not follow the smell closely at all. I get a big dose of caramel sweetness up front with some slight resin and grapefruit citrus hops flavor in the finish. Malty and slight with the hop profile.

...Break for a sad face about the flavor :( ...

Mouthfeel is moderate to slightly heavy, but dry. There is moderate to slightly high carbonation going on here, which I like.

Overall a solid offering at a reasonable price, but the hops are a bit outweighed by the malt profile here which I do not like. Not how I would do a wet hop beer.

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

Pours a very appealing amber color with a billowy off white head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is very mild. There's hints of piney hops and some fruit, perhaps apples and figs. They blend very well together. It's very distinct and sweet. I'd say the majority of hops has faded, as this is a 2009 and, well, it's April 2010. This tastes almost like a barleywine at this point. The malts kinda take over and there's a bit of bitterness from whatever is left of the hops. Mouthfeel is good. There's not a bunch of carbonation here. It's very smooth overall though the drinkability is suspect.

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

Medium copper color with a nice fine head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Light herbal aroma with a bit of caramel showing through.

Grainy maltiness is balanced with a fairly bitter herbal hop attack.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and mouthcoating maltiness.

A nice fresh hop ipa although the hops are not any near as complex as they are in many other IPA's with either fresh or dry hops.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to Sierra Nevada for a nicely-priced beer here. Good, solid malt body with, as one would expect, a hop-centric focus. Herbacious and a touch grassy up front, sliding into a long, firm hops ride to the end. Hopping was a little rough around the edges and finished with a sharp quinine-like bittering that was discordant, bordering on harsh.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

13th release. 24oz bottle poured into O'Douls pint glass.

Orange-brown brew, 2-fingers of taupe lacy head. Lots of lace on the glass. Promising combination of intense hop and malt aromas, very aromatic... grass, pine, and dark sugars most prominent. Taste is much drier than the smell, really dominated by complex hop flavors... bitter orange (which is huge), grass, pine, lemon. Orange and pine linger long in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate, a little on the thin side. Finish is very dry in a good, hoppy, way.

I'd like to see more malt backing up these awesome hops. It is a bit on the thin side, especially for a fall release. This type of body would be more appropriate for spring/summer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A large foamy head, which is characteristic oval. Quite dark for an IPA. With a fair amount of small bubbles.

Smells is relatively light, with notes of sweet grapes and herbs, in addition to the expected hops.

As with the smell, this is fairly subtle for a harvest IPA. Carbonation is on the high end, and the bitterness definitely comes across - especially in the aftertaste. The taste of pines makes an appearance as well. Generally speaking, this was surprisingly dry and bitter for a harvest IPA.

I've really grown to love the style as it fits my preference in IPA's perfectly, but this falls well short of expectations for me. Not bad by any means, just not the type of beer that I'm into.

"It's not the beer, it's me"

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hemisphere pours a dark copper color with a huge lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, with spicy earthy notes. Taste is same, big hop flavor, with lots of spicy earthy notes. Good body and feel. Overall, big full beer, nice hop flavors, but a little too earthy.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on Halloween 10.31.08. poured from bottle into a wide mouth glass.

appearance was a great looking beer, pours a super clear reddish copper color. huge 2 finger head, nice foamy and off white. stuck around a while and left a great lacing on the glass. the smell was soft, oily and hoppy. mild on the smell, but nice, nothing overpowering with a watered down malt taste in the background.

the taste was soft and hoppy. almost a slippery taste, leaves quite a hoppy lingering aftertaste, but wasn't too bad. soft on the palate. For some reason I expected a little bit more from SN and this harvest ale.

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Photo of mbunje
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all...24oz, Bottle is a great idea. Pay attention craft brewers.

Medium hard pour yields 2 inches of off white head which disappates slowly and leaves nice lacing. It's a rich golden to bronze color, very clear.

Smell is great for a regular beer. But this is the Fresh Hop 2007 Harvest and I am not smelling the hoppiness. It's there but just ordinary. Not much different than a regular SNPA. Could be the type of hops, but the citrus is missing

Taste is good, but not particularly remarkable. It is like a SNPA but a tad smoother and bit fruitier.

Mouthfeel is good. A little carbonation, but not too much. Feels nice on the tongue and throat as it goes down. Probably the best trait of this beer. Was hoping for a bit more hop oil in this given the "Wet" Hops but it is missing.

Because the mouthfeel is good, ABV is moderate, and it doesn't go overboard on the hops, I could drink quite a few of these.

I'm not sure SN has hit what they are advertising. I expected a Dub IPA like beer and that isn't what I got. It's a nice beer. I would label a SNPA + a little better than the standard green label from SN. Worth a shot and I will buy it again.

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Photo of Nicked
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught pour into Boulevard tumbler pint

A: Amber hue, little/no head, sticky curtains of lace chase my beer down the glass

S: scent is elusive at first - hints of toasted malt. Some grapefruit and piney hop notes.

T: wow - very well balanced. Toasted caramel malt, pine/citrus hops. Love the toasty flavors balancing the peppery hops.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing shocking here.

O: very tasty IPA. This one I would seek out again!

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Photo of Buckmaister
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees
a huge 5-finger head which stays around for a while. Color is a medium amber (slightly darker than apple juice) . A decent amount of lacing left over.

The odor of hops is clearly evident but not much else strong enough to pick up on.

Hmm...intriguing. I can't really pin-point anything in particular. No bitterness or fruity flavors. It's still enjoyable to drink, but a bit on the bland side. You certainly can't taste the extra alcohol in it (6.7%) though.
This beverage is pleasant on the tongue. The wet hops make it extraordinarily smooth.

This ale is really easy to drink. It has very little carbonation and due to its lack of distinct flavors this should appeal greatly to the average beer drinker who enjoys ordinary American lagers.

This is a good beer, but not bold enough to really be anything special.

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Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops were far more subdued than I expected. No where near robust enough for a wet hop IPA. Kind of a waste of fresh hops IMO.

T-Not hoppy enough for an IPA. What's there is musty and only vaguely piney and citrusy. The malt presence was more biscuit like than sweet.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A decent IPA, but not an especially good wet hop ale. This beer seems to lack initiative in that it seems the brewer was unwilling to risk creating something exceptional. Is Sierra Nevada getting too big?

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

24oz bottle. 2007 harvest.

pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. bit of grapefruit. earthy hops. bit of floral character too. has a bit of kolsch-like aroma to it too that makes it more interesting. light alcohol.

taste is great. just above medium bitterness level, which seems to be a bit much and out of balance. big chewy bread and cracker malts. bit of biscuit. grapefruit. bit of resiny pine. light earthy character. that lager-like flavour is here too, brightening it up and making it a little more interesting. light alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. lingering clingy bitterness. hint of astringency. medium body.

drinkability is ok. this is one that i think needs some time for the bitterness to mellow. right now it's a little unbalanced and the bitterness lingers long after you taste it. the alcohol and malt backing are nice, and i can see this being great a year down the road.

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