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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
3,641 Ratings
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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Ratings: 3,641 |  Reviews: 1,519
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beerswag
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ByTor2112
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold to my Mad River Steelhead pint glass.
A thin beige head formed and receded to a thicker filmy cover. Nice lacing after the first few sips. Nice Pale Ale color, not quite copper.
Aroma- Flowery fragrant hops, not pungent or stinging but bountiful. No citrus punch on the nose?
Mouthfeel- Instant hop bitterness with a lemony flavor coming in right before the finish. A slow roll on the palate releases some pleasant malt sweetness. The hops have a consistent astringency with a spicy kick. SN's extraction of the oils was highly successful. This is my first Harvest Ale from SN, great job. As I drink my hop bombs that have probably been bottled somewhere since August/Sept, I cherish every sip since the harvest was smaller and shortages are in effect. This one got a great dose.
Steve Harrison-RIP.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear coppery amber honey with a giant white foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is a mix of sweet malt and hops. A nice citrus and carmel mix. The taste is a mix of bitter and citrus hops. Sweet malt makes it's self known in the aftertase making this a complex and enjoyable brew from one of the classic American breweries.

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Photo of samoblue
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just picked up two 24oz bottles from the Beer Room at Whole Foods - Bowery in NYC. Sampled from an imperial pint glass at a temp of around 45 degrees.

Pours dark--but transparent--copper with a big (two fingers), thick head. Lots of clinging lace on the sides of the glass.

Aroma - Very fresh. Lots of hops, but used well; not overpowering at all. Maybe some citrus, like clementines?

Taste - Lots of hops, a teeny tiny malty sweetness but mostly fresh grass clippings and juniper berries. Malt comes in right at the end to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - coats the mouth. It's been a few minutes since I had a sip and it's still lingering on the tongue. Way later I have a children's chewable aspirin thing going on in the back of the tongue.

Drinkability - Great drinkability but definitely not a session beer. 24 oz will be plenty for me...for tonight. Wish I could find this a little bit farther uptown...

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Tulip

A: Great color with this one. A huuuge head that holds really well.

S: I get piney notes with this beer that I love, not the biggest smell in the world but still solid

T: I'm seriously enjoying this one. Hoppy enough to be a great IPA and stand out from the pack.

M: Great carbonation and with a decent alcohol level without going over the top.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Overall it was well above average and for the $5 price it was hard to beat. I'll be picking up another as long as they are out

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14, barely a month old, which is nice for a beer like this as often you find them more than a month old already on the shelf.

Pours a nice fizzy slight creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice soapy notched lacing, a very clear amber slight rosy reddish-orange color.

Nose explodes out of the gate! Lots of fresh hops, plenty fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit, with plenty of floral hops as well, a little pine and grassy notes too, with some fresh wet hop resin and hop oils. Also a sweet toasty reddish almost caramel candy like malt underneath, but mostly hops, and even dank.

Taste brings malts out front actually, a sweet candy malt, toffee, caramel and even a touch of a toasted brown sugar like, but not too sweet, just thick and chewy sweet malts, it tastes kinda like a brown ale actually. Then hops kick in, plenty of them too, with some grassy earthy notes out front, then quickly into a mild spicy and piney flavor. Pine eventually seems to dominate, bringing a mild dankness, and some resin, fresh wet hop oil and resin, mild grapefruit and citrus rind in there too. Fluffy malts finish it off as it dries a bit on the finish, little sticky but pretty dry, quite bitter too as it wasn't too bitter to start, a bit more pine and spicy hop notes lingering, a touch of resin and dankness, and a little candy malt toffee caramel flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy full malt feel, with nice carb.

Overall pretty nice but not great, it has some good hops that come through nicely on the aroma but are quite lacking on the flavor, malts are nice but hard to see that in an IPA, more like an amber or even brown ale, nice bitterness, great mouth feel, but just lacking that hop profile on the flavor to really kick this up.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nas5755
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark amber with red hues, very clear. A nice thick head with amazing retention. I poured the beer and let it sit for half an hour as I finished cooking and the head has barely moved. Lacing is nice. Grassy with citrus, and some pine, very green. The taste is clean with wet hop bitterness, grassy, citrus up front and a nice pine finish. Nice malt bill that doesn't dominate but adds enough residual sugars to balance nicely from an Americans point of view. A smooth beer with carbonation. A very drinkable beer at decent price.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a 10oz glass

L - beautiful honey amber color. nice clarity with no haze. minor head retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

S - smells slightly bready. earthier hops are present. some citrus comes through as well.

T - lots of orange peel. leaves a bitter finish on the palate. reminds me of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

F - medium body. goes down really smooth. nice balance. light alcohol burn. slight oil layer coats the mouth

O - absolutely delicious. quite drinkable for a hop heavy beer. the balance between the malt and hops works. i always enjoy the fresh aromatic notes from wet hopped beers.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours an impressive looking amber chestnut hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy,creamy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing everywhere,the smell is a little subdued with aromas of sweet honey,caramel,stonefruit and pine,the mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and medium bodied and the tastes of mandarin,honey,caramel and lemon zest make themself well known before being overpowered right at the end by a strong wet pine,sherbet bitterness that really leaves your lips puckered,and overall its a fine drop that i could drink alot of and ive gotta say even for a hophead like me i am very impressed with the bitterness of this fine brew,definately reccomend cheers.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big white frothy head tops a nice copper beer. Love the hop smell, which is really powerful and fragrant. Sorta like you stuck your nose in a bag of piney and citrusy hops. So tasty. Deliciously hoppy, there is a hint of sour and sweet at the end. The flavor isn't terribly bitter, but definitely characteristic of an IPA. The sourness covers your mouth and dissipates after a bit. Not terribly carbonated, so isn't filling. It's a thicker beer than I expected, which I don't mind. Would pick this one up again, as it's a solid IPA.

Appearance - 3.5/5.0 - White frothy head, copper color
Smell - 5.0/5.0 - Lots and lots of citrusy and piney hops
Taste - 3.5/5.0 - Sour, hoppy, strong flavor. Aftertaste isn't terribly strong, but tasty.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Thicker than expected, but the flavor fills your mouth.
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - Would pick up again, a nice representation of an IPA

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

October 19th, 2013 - The Northern Hemisphere Harvest is a sparkling redwood brown color, and immediately impresses me with an extroverted and appealing aroma: rust, fresh hops, wet tree bark, and a slight maple sweetness. The combination and composition of scents here is unique, and beautifully done. The carbonation's mouthfeel reflects the busy appearance - medium to heavy carbonation on a medium to light body. The hops balance is well executed here too, sweetening the whole brew by the end, but keeping it vividly flavored all the way through, with lots of piney hoppiness (and as my auto-correct suggested, happiness.) It's a lot of flavor, but the bitterness was adjusted perfectly. At this point in my tasting notes I write "Wow" three times, so this obviously impressed that night. Whether this well executed flavor is because the hops is so balanced or because the wet hops process in the brewing, or both, is not for me to guess. But as the final step in the brewing chain - the drinker - I am exceedingly impressed.

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4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one caught my eye due to the Harvest label stating that they were using fresh, green hops. It's a great beer and one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada. The green, oily hop flavor is strong and it gives a unique character to the beer; something I haven't found in many other ales. This is a keeper!!!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,641 ratings
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