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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of caminiti
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange with a nice white head
S- Hops that jump right out at if. If you love hops, and I do, you will love this.
T- Hops up the wazzoo with a little bit of a fruit taste as well.
D- Excellent! Goes down smooth, alcohol content is the only thing that kept me from chugging it!
An exceptional value, drink it fresh while you can get it!

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Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised to find bottles of this beer at my local East Boston Kappy's, just more proof that popularity of good beer is still on the rise.

24oz brown bottle. Tarnish copper penny color, good clarity and the lacing is out of this world. Smells of green hops cut right off of the vine, a little vegetable and woody. Mild fruity esters and toasted grain in the nose as well. So damn smooth and creamy, a perfect level of carbonation in this solid medium bodied brew. Big fresh cut grass and oily hop character to start, bitterness is there but not harsh at all. Maltiness is bready with undertones of crust and caramel. Faint fruitiness from the alcohol and hops, finishes a little bitter with a broad flavor of fresh hop oil.

I'll be heading back to the store to get a few more bottles as this easily cured my hop fix. I look forward to this beer every year for at least the past few years.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks very appealing. Thick and patchy lacing on top over a very solid reddish-brown tinted ale.

S: Smells *unbelievably* good. I have rarely had an ale that has had this strong of scent right off the bat. Very fruity yet not overly done smell. Can't wait for this!

T: Just as expected: delicious. Has that fully textured Sierra Nevada vibe while adding some new hints of taste to the mix. Can definitely taste a stronger ABV in it but it is masked very well by a small fruity-piney flavor that lingers in the mouth for long after each sip.

M: Demands your attention right away, in a good way. Very nice! As previously mentions, lingers in the mouth for a good while before dissipating fully and smoothly.

D: This is an ale that you should take in full, long mouthfuls rather than quick sips over and over. The higher % of alcohol can be sensed more when not enough care is given to each sip.

Overall: Probably my favorite Sierra Nevada brew of all time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the original stuff. It's even better!

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Photo of rayjay
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, yeah baby. Just came out on tap today at the brewery. Pours a robust dark copper color, small firm head and nice looking lacing. Nose is full of freshly broken-up hop flowers in their full glory. Really bitter bite, accompanied by a full body like most other SN ales. Fruity and piney but the bitterness predominates. Hops galore. Unique because all the hops punch you in the mouth at first, but fade away before the aftertaste kicks in. Big hearty body reminiscent of fresh baked bread. Nothing overly astringent or assertive, just resins and oils and bitterness and full flavor. Beautiful. Perfectly balanced. The finest beer Sierra Nevada makes.

Seek this out now. I don't want to see any of those bad mid-summer next year reviews, this MUST be consumed fresh. Put this on your must-drink list today. Cheers!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had....

The look is clear copper-orange. Little bubbles shoot up like tiny elevators. Three enormous fingers of fluffy heads. Rings of thick lace like a redwood; ice cream float head on top. It's got it all.

The hops in the nose are a complex blend of major oily citrus. Sweet flowery perfume, but a tiny, slight resiny pine. Beautiful. Some burnt firewood.

The taste is a bitter perfume; sweet, but with a bite on the back end. Roasted caramel malts are crucial. It's about the perfect IPA. There is a triumphant triumverate of sweet hops, bitter citrus hops, and roasted malts. [In flavor, it is very similar to Stone Ruination and Flying Dog Double Dog.]

The feel is strangely bubbly and fizzy with a bite on the way down. Though this beer is really bitter, it's beautifully balanced. A superior Harvest/IPA. Dynamite in a glass.

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Photo of prg1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, with a frothy white head. Lots of lacing.

Smells super fruity. Citrus, a little pine in there too.

Tastes a dry but slightly sweet citrus flavor. Bitter, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is good, but the bitterness could get to you after a while.

Very drinkable, gets a little tastier as it warms up.

Overall, a very good brew.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007, 11th Edition, drank on May 1, 2008

Appearance
Toasted cranberry red with a 1/4" head--very appealing and rich color, appearing much more like an IPA; some lacing left behind

Smell
Despite sitting in a bottle in room temp for a number of months now, the fresh hops are still alive and well; they're the same hop bill as Celebration Ale (which is great), but much fresher and 'wetter' in aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel
From the first luscious sip I was hooked. It's remarkably balanced for being such a hop-forward ale. The hops are juicy, rich, and spicy, but kept in balance by the hearty two-row pale and caramel malts. The texture is oily (must be from those freshly picked hop cones) and silky, and medium-bodied, making it a standout attribute of the beer. This beer is so full of flavor it's hard to accept its classification as simply a pale ale; I'd definitely say it's an IPA as it has just as many IBUs and similar ABV as Celebration.

Overall
This is quite possibly as good as Celebration Ale, which is hard for me to believe. Celebration seems to possess a more pronounced hoppiness, but this has the unique vibrancy of freshly harvested hops, making it incredibly delectable and unique. I can only imagine how this is even more impressive within the first month of it being bottled, though this by no means tasted like it had aged at all.

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Photo of CVC
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Eleventh Edition 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale.

Came in a 24 oz. bomber; served in a pint glass.

This beer pours a very nice clear copper color with reddish hues. The thick, white, long-lasting three-finger head must be noted. It lasted forever! And it left some sticky lace at the botton half of the glass. It smells earthy and grainy, of course--it's Harvest Ale! The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but more nutty and slighty burnt. It's fairly thick on the palate. I find this beer very drinkable.

Well, long time, no see, Beer Advocate! This is my first beer review since January 2005. I was still drinking while I was away, of course, I just wasn't coming here to report it.
Anyway, let's continue:
I just realized that they are selling this stuff in bottles now. I always knew about the Harvest Ale--since I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada, and I'm aware of what they make--and I thought it was exclusively sold on-tap at the Sierra Nevada brewery. So, when I saw this I picked it up with the quickness. And I'm glad I did. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and drinking this beer reminds me of the season. It just tastes like autumn. I love it. I had the pleasure of having this beer with my Thanksgiving meal, and it was a great pairing. 'Twas a great way to begin the holiday season. Especially at $2.99!

This was my first time having this beer, and I must say that it is another fabulous beer by Sierrra Nevada!

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle (2007 edition) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a thick off-white head. Excellent head retention throughout as well as great lacing.

S: Lots of oily piney hops. It smells fresh and clean with lots of incredibly fresh earthly flavors.

T: A flat-out delicious beer. It's very different than any other beer that I've ever had but it's exceptional. The burst of fresh hops in the mouth is hard to describe. Some of the flavors found include orange, grapefruit, pine and this is expertly balanced with some biscuity malts. It's ever so slightly sweet just the right amount of dry and hoppy bitterness. If you love hops you will undoubtedly love this beer. It's an explosion of fresh hops to the palate.

M: The mouthfeel could be the best part. The beer coats the mouth in tons of fresh hop oils which contributes to an incredibly creamy mouthfeel.

D: I loved this beer. I was really looking forward to this beer after watching the video on Sierra Nevada's website about how they truck the fresh hops down to Chico and brew the beer within 36 hours. It did not disappoint whatsoever.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright pink-orange hue with a frothy head and oodles of sticky chunky lacing.

S - Rockmelon, grapefruit and banana, battle piney hops. So enticing.

T - A zesty blast of hop bitterness explodes and then mellows. Pine resin and tropical fruit.

M - Sharop bitterness, medium to high carbonation, oily medium body, soft mouthful. Delicious.

O - F***ing brilliant!

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of the 13th Release (2009).

Pour reveals an orange/copper/almost-pink tinted body with a frothy, slightly reddish-brown off-white head. Really like the color of the body, reminds me of nugget nectar. It almost glows. Head slowly shrinks, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell immediately makes me think summer for some reason. It has that grapefruit hop smell I love so much. The smell is well defined and strong, but also delicate. It doesnt smack me in the face the way some IPAs do. Very inviting. Smells like something I would like to wake up to...

Taste is very nice. Not over the top, but definitely relying heavily on the hops. It is somewhat bitter, but not in a harsh sort of way, kind of sweet from the malt and the fruitiness in the hops, and overall satisfying. The taste is much like the smell in that it is not what I would call balanced (the hops do the heavy lifting here), but is by no means over the top or in your face.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect. Lowly carbonated, yet it feels alive and vibrant as I drank. Makes it extremely smooth. The soft yet delightful flavors along with this really low carbonation make it super drinkable. I dont mind a more carbonated beer, but man, this is about perfect for the flavor profile.

One extraordinary grapefruity-IPA, could probably be considered an American Pale Ale, not too bold but just very, very well done. Cannot be beat for the price!

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Photo of FSUmac
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into a pint glass...

Appearance: A deep amber/brown with a nice frothy 2 finger head. Lacing everywhere.

Smell: A distinct pine and grassy smell, but not overpowering.

Taste: I gotta tell ya, this is fantastic. Enough piney hops for hopheads and a great malt back to balance it out. A slight hint of bitterness on the finish, but definitely not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Not overly thick like some double IPAs or other highly hopped beers. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability: I have always been a fan of Sierra Nevada brews and this one is no exception. I love the Southern Hemi Harvest, but this one is even better IMO. Far exceeded my already lofty expectations and quite a steal at $5 for a bomber.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA.
Appearance was a rich amber color with a nice heavy frothy white head. The brew smelled of a wonderful mix of piney and citrusy hops with a slight hint of malt. The taste was that of a sweet start, followed by a citrus takeover and a nice bitter finish. Extremely smooth beer with a nice fresh hoppiness and a hop dryness. Very drinkable and not too high in alcohol content. A wonderful brew I long for again.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent auburn color with decent head retention. Outstanding lacings coat the inside of the glass throughout the session. The aroma is of pungent oily hops. Very piney, fresh-hop smell. The taste is magnificent. There is a wonderful hop flavor that is different on the palate than the usual dry-hopped beers. Using the fresh undried hops really seems to make quite a difference. This is one of the best beers I have tasted in a while, probably the most satisfying of the fall season so far. Very impressed with this offering, as I generally am with most Sierra Nevada brews. Very nicely done.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 13th Edition

Pours out a deep ruby red with a thick white head. Great lacing all the way down. The scent is barely apparent with my terrible nose. The taste has a very nice hop bite upfront. The freshness of the hops is very evident and much appreciated. The mouthfeel is great, very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. Sierra Nevada does it again with another great Wet Hop Beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein. Amber color, transparent with a big two fingers of head. Looks awesome.

Huge smell, pine, grapefruit and bit of malt in the background

The taste is a trip. Start down the road slow, a bitter bite. Moving a little faster with a good malt and then the hops are back; bigger and faster. Lemon, pine tree in my mouth, chalky bitter, grapefruit, how many different bitter tastes are there? Well, drink this beer and find out.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, almost clean texture.

Wow. The head of a stout, big and fluffy with the most complex taste and body to match. This is a new favorite on my IPA circuit.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a brilliant amber-orange with a thick off-white head that is rocky and pitting. It takes forever to fall and is clinging like mad to the sides of my glass. Thick, sudsy lace and great retention. Great appearance.

S: Wow. Intense and rich hop aromas, but with a solid malt backbone to boot. Flowery and citrus hop aromas, a sweet caramel aroma that provides a wonderful backdrop to the hops. I'm struck by how fresh the hop aromas are. There's an entirely added dimension to them that's unlike any other beer I've had. If this was APA style, it'd be a 4.5 or 5, but for IPAs it's a 4. Aroma could be stronger.

T&M: A solid malt backbone gives way to fresh, bursting citrus hops. Vivid and intense flavor, but well-balanced as well. Malt is lightly toasted, with notes of toffee, a slight breadiness. Hop flavors explode with citrus and pine. The finish is long, slightly puckering, and dry. Mouthfeel is outstanding--resiny and sticky. Coating is wonderful.

D: I downed about 20 ounces of this in 15 or so minutes. You better watch out with the higher ABV, but this thing is so delicious you'll want to get it down fast. The mouthfeel and wonderful flavor really beckons one to another sip. One of the best beers I've had in the last few months.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This had a copper body with about two fingers worth of white head. Head had decent retention and left some rings of lace around the glass. Aroma is full of hops with citric and grassy notes coming on strong. A good bit of malt is present as well to keep the balance. Taste comes across a bit hoppy with citric notes with balancing malt coming on almost as strong. Very well balanced and tasty brew that has a very clean crisp taste. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a very crisp feel to it. Drinkability can be defined by this stuff. This could almost be overly drinkable. All around excellent beer that I wish they would bottle.

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Photo of ReDave
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I rushed down to BeMo and got this as soon as it was available last fall, and had it right away.

Very unique.
Great aroma. Different hoppy apa, kinda IPA
great stuff.
great after taste.
Not too high in alcohol, so a bomber plus is easy.
I've bought over a case, and while the taste has changed over time, [and maybe lost just a 'touch' of the greatness] this is still a great beer. The aroma is not quite there, but this is still good stuff.
thanks Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on a recent trip to Chicago at Piece. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing orange coloration to the body. The head of the beer is creamy and foamy one finger high. The head resolved into a thin white film. The beer has very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beers smell is dominated by pine hops. A compliment of citrus and earthy hops dances about the smell. The beer has plenty of sweet maltyness to break up the hops.

Taste: The beer has a very pronounced pine resin hoppyness with a brief kiss of citrus. The lightly toasted caramel maltyness gives great support to the hops. The maltyness gives way to grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The hops have a slight oilyness that prolongs the flavor. I could have drank this one all night long. I want some more! Please bottle this one for the masses.

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Photo of mtalley999
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with about two fingers of very fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of lacing left behind.

The smell is all piney and grapefruity hops.

Taste is true to smell, but more grapefruit than anything else, and a wonderful bitterness that lingers for a long time. No noticeable alcohol presence. Very pleasant carbonation.

Mouthfeel is good. Not too thin, not thick and sticky either.

I am really enjoying this beer. I bought this to share with my wife and it wasn't a huge hit with her. She didn't dislike it, but I think the hop profile is more forward than she's used to as a die hard Dales Pale Ale drinker. The peppery notes were a bit much for her, but I didn't pick that up at all. I will be looking for Southern Hemisphere this spring.

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Photo of rowew
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 24 oz bottle, looks like a larger version of the normal Sierra stubbies. Labeled as 2007 vintage, ABV at 6.7 %

Appearance: Clear copper in color, nice thick head with good retention.

Smell: Grassy hops, as it warms up a bit more sticky citrus comes through.

Taste: Very hoppy - lots of citrus and some grassy flavors. Nice malt base keeps things in line.

Overall impression: Awesome to see this in bottles, I've been enjoying this one on tap the last few years. This is definitely one of my favorite fresh hops - shows off the flavors very well, and seems to come through pretty well in the bottled version too.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler. Pours from the growler a wonderful clear amber red with a huge pillowy two finger white head that slowly falls. Sticky patchwork lacing adorns the side of my SN tulip. Aromas of sweet caramelly malts collide with a fresh, vibrant citrusy, piney hops. Lovely hop oils make me feel like I'm in a field of hops smelling them right on the vine..covered in a sweet blanket of hops. Yum.

First sip brings a rush of sweet caramelly pale malts...chewy and a tad bit toasty, bready on the back of the palate. The citrusy, piney resinous hops soon take control and bring a lovely sturdy bitterness. Fresh, lush, floral....the green leafy hop flavors keep me coming back for sip after sip. The big "C" hops are in full effect. Subtle lingering bitterness after each gulp. Simply an amazing APA. Extremely well balanced and incredibly tasty...the malt and hops have a harmonious relationship...a new benchmark for APA's in my book. Big, tasty hop burps can't help but bring a smile to my face as well!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Mellow carbonation helps this one go down easy. Chewier maltiness than most APA's. Drinkability is only hindered by availability. This growler will disappear far too fast and I'll be left searching for more. Please, please, bottle this!! A world class APA from one of my all time favorite breweries. Many, many thanks to kmpitz2 for allowing me the pleasure of sampling this fine brew.

12-9-07: 24oz. big bottle. Love the unique bottle and big size! This beer is as good as it's ever been and I'm glad to finally see it bottled. Big citric, piney hops all over the place in the aroma and flavor. Fresh, green with a sturdy smack of bitterness. I really can't say enough about how much I love this one. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for bottling this and I hope to see it again in the future.

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Photo of rallison
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally in bottles - that makes me a happy man. Fresh from HiTime (where they keep this refrigerated, straight to my fridge, so these should be some very fresh hops!

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a 2 finger fluffy white head that leaves a great thick coating on top. Lovely.

Smell is of tasty caramel with a background of some nice relatively floral hops.

Taste is delicious. Extremely fresh tasting hops with nice notes of pine, finishing with some citric qualities. Very floral and flavorful, with a decent (but not over the top) bitterness at the end. Very well hopped for an APA, but masterfully done. Maltiness creeps in at times to lend a nice support.

Mouthfeel is very good - carbonation level perfectly carries the hops, with a slightly above medium body that holds up nicely to the hopping.

Drinkability is exceptionally good. At first, I was wondering why they didn't put this in 12oz bottles; now I understand - there's no way you'll want to stop at one glass.

Highly recommended. Just as good as I remember it from tap. This would make for a great everyday drinking beer for me.

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Photo of Neehan
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass reveals the darker, rich bronze body with very mild, active carbonation. The head is on the smaller side with very good retention that will fade back into the glass eventually. The smell is loaded with the freshest hops, reminding me of an imperial IPA, but milder. The taste is exceptional and blended perfectly. This will satisfy both hop-heads and those that are not as it has tons of hops but lacks the biting bitterness of most beers that are this well-hopped. It's amazing how this beer can be so robust yet mild at the same time. A bit heavier and creamier in the mouth than most IPA's with a good balance of carbonation, hops, and the other elements. The mildness and lack of a bitter smack-in-the-face leaves this quite drinkable. Okay, very drinkable. I'll have to snag another bomber of this.

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