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

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
3,637 Ratings
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,637
Reviews:
1,518
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
244
Gots:
284
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,637 |  Reviews: 1,518
Photo of Heeenrik
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First day in country, so I guess fresh....

A - copper, one finger pillowy white head. Lovely. Good spotty lace.

S - pine, sweet, marmalade, hops.

T - very lively, but slightly dull earthy hops, contradiction, I know. Add marmalade... Moderate malt.

M - medium bodied, light to medium carbonation.

O - unsure as to why I have not had this before, but very very well made. Be interesting, but not possible, to do a north vs south comparison.

 444 characters

Photo of bkilpatr
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. 11/13/08.

Pours a clear copper-amber color with a huge four finger beige head. The head dropped slowly leaving lots of sticky lacing. Head retention is excellent. Aroma is fresh hops, both piny and citrus. There's also a good amount of malt. Aroma seems a bit subdued, not as much hops as I'd expect.

Taste makes up for the aroma. Plenty of fresh piny hops and grassy hops, grapefruit, and orange. Very floral and earthy. Sweet toasted caramel malt balances out the flavor profile. The finish is slightly bitter, but not harsh, and lingers for a while.

Feel is very nice. Slick and oily yet very smooth. Medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the bitterness doesn't linger for too long.

Overall, a very nice fresh hop ale.

 842 characters

Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a cream white yellow tinged cap. This cap was rocky, chunky, and loaded with coarse bubbles, it somehow reminded me of a dollop of shaving cream. Retention was well above average and left a glorious display of lacing. The body displayed a mix of pumpkin orange, golden yellows, and soft brown hues.

S: zesty citrus hops with a peppercorn or two, a mildly pungent green nugget aroma. This beer also boasts toasted pale malts with chunks of caramel as the prominent smell. I find the nose pleasant and was gladly surprised with the smells of toasted pale malts

T: the hop bitterness is not as extensive on the palate. The frame work of this beer is based on toasted malts. This is complimented by a buttery biscuit bread character, with a few swirls of caramel in the loaf. These flavors mingle well with the basket full of earthy, piney, crisp-citrus, and spicy hops. What helps round this brew out is the ever so soft oily residue left on the tongue

M: body is mild and hardworking. Fits the profile of the brew well and remains active in the glass. I am having no quarrels about sipping or gulping this brew

D: another winner from Sierra Nevada and hop lovers will get plenty out of this, as well as the malt mongers. Tasty brew!

 1,238 characters

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy bubbles like the top of a bubble bath are a light tan head and jump to two fingers. Lace is thick and consistent as the head slowly subdues. Body is an attractive orange amber glow. Hops are sweet and gummy on the nose with notes of spearmint, anise, green tea, and wet wheat. A zesty, prickly hoppy freshness enters the mouth. Like walking among hop bushes at harvest time. This beer is crisp and refreshing with tingling mouth hue throughout. The bitter is even and long carried by a thick resin like feel on the tongue. This nectar like elixar should be a real winner with the hop heads. Nicely drinkable.

 614 characters

Photo of salthemonster
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered on tap at the Ginger Man Houston. Well, well.

An almost luminous quality emanates from the crystal-clear orange-copper body of this most pleasing SN seasonal. Fruity, perfumy hop-derived aromas waft up from the generous head, with a mild evergreen quality developing later on. The flavor begins with soft malt and a fleeting sweetness that interact with the flavor of fresh hops. This quickly gives way to a bracing bitterness that flashes across the tongue before lessening abruptly into a medium finish. The finish contains a bitterness that borders on astringency without becoming unpleasant.

Rare enough and downright good enough that you shouldn't pass it up if the opportunity should arise.

 713 characters

Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper and crystal clear. Head was almond color before it left behind a thin covering of teenie tiny bubbles.

S - subtle spicing with an earthy hop and malt presence.

T - much like the nose, very earthy. Slight bitterness with a floral finish.

M - smooth with medium carbonation. Smidgen of aftertaste.

D - very pleasant offering from the fine people in Chico.

 368 characters

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass a nearly flawless clear orange with a thick and creamy billow of foam remaining at about a half-inch throughout, as well as clinging and leaving beautiful lace the whole way down.

The nose carries with it citrus aromas, that of pungent flowers, as well as a good whiff of hop oils.

The taste starts with assertive piney hops bitterness followed by the more citrus hop notes and phenols which balance nearly perfectly with the slightly sweet alcohol and malt tastes.

The fairly thick mouthfeel (sticky) is significantly lightened by the generous carbonation. This brew is a deliciously drinkable beer, and if the ABV was not an issue, could easily be drank en masse.

 692 characters

Photo of desertbronze
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle.

Clear light amber color with a dense off-white head. Left lace all the way down the glass.

Strong hop nose with piney notes (Chinook hops?). Malt aroma in the background.

Sweet malt on the first taste, then the hops overtake the taste buds with a balanced bitterness. Finishes a little dry.

Lively on the tongue, and the hops leave a slight metallic aftertaste.

Very drinkable - good balance between malt and hops.

 448 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops over the top of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by fairly intense flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Easy to drink because of the pleasant wet hop flavors and well hidden ABV - enjoyable and one I will look forward to getting again next year. Overall the flavors are well balanced with a good amount of complexity.

 1,025 characters

Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a NB Globe Glass
A- A clear and deep reddish amber, foamy 2 finger copper head, good lacing and great retention, great appearance
S- Very Earthy and floral, caramel malt sweetness with pine and citrus hops far in the background
T- More of the same from the nose, very herbal and earthy, a little spicy, with some more hoppy bitterness than the nose suggests, interesting finish with caramel sweeteness on the front of the tongue and grassy floral bitterness on the back and mouth
M- Medium body, ok carbonation, has some slickness to it, herbal bitterness bites a little but is balance by a smoothness of the caramel malts
O- This one has a huge herbal, earthy characteristic to it which inspires me to try a Torpedo-Ruthless mix come spring time and do a side-by-side. Another very good option from SN.

 834 characters

Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a dense 2-finger creamy head. Rings of lacing are left from top to bottom.

Fresh lemongrass and mint aromas with some light malts lingering in the background. Fairly intense bitterness and a dryish finish lend to a somewhat puckering feel. Intense lemongrass and mint hoppiness with some herbal notes as well. The malt stays out of the way and shows off the interesting hop profile. Good stuff.

 446 characters

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fourth beer at the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller. Paired with the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to demonstrate two extremes of hops flavor--this one being the all about hops example.

A: Amber colored, fantastic head
S: Slightly sour, but the bitterness of the hops is already coming through
T: A pale ale with a hearty hops flavor

This was the first time I had drank a wet hop beer. This particular brew involves picking the hops and getting them into the boil within a few hours, which is amazing to me. The result is not just a very hoppy beer, but one in which the hops taste almost raw and unrefined. Takes a few sips to get used to, and this isn't really a beer to enjoy for much longer than that, at least in one sitting, but even so this is a fantastic beer. Makes me proud to be an American.

 836 characters

Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

66th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- To me it was the carbon copy of apple juice except it had a two finger head on it. Very low carbonation in the glass though.

Smell- Super hoppy with a grassy undertone.

Taste- Hoppy, bitter with a small bit of citrus like a lemon peel.

Mouth- Leaves your mouth with that feeling of being soggy. Just a lot of liquid on the palate.

Drink- Was a good beer. I liked it. Something different in an IPA style.

 446 characters

Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 12th release Harvest Wet Hop Ale.

A- Pours an amber copper color with a thick creamy off white foam head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose with a very noticeable spicy malt.

T- Slight initial bitterness with some pine and floral flavors. A big malt backbone shines throughout and in the finish. Caramel, bread, toffee, spice, and sweet malt all roll into one to help balance the bitterness of the hops.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- I realize that this brew is probably a bit old for an IPA. I think that some of the hop flavor may have faded a bit, but the malt has really begun to shine and it makes for a very interesting flavor.

 693 characters

Photo of Dilbert65
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle picked up at State Line the other day. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pours a crystal clear copper with a massive beige head with excellent retention. Tons of visible carbonation. Quite pretty

S: Up front, there's a lot of wet hop aroma with candied oranges, mild spiciness and some malty sweetness.

T: There's a good deal of bitterness up front with a citrus character - ripe and candied oranges. Some malt sweetness with honey and dark caramel character before a mildly bitter finish takes over with some earthy and citrus character

M: Light in body, good carbonation and a pleasing finish

D: Easily drinkable, i do wish the ABV was a tad lower, though

 663 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber with a large head. The aroma features bright pine, resin, roast mango, and cannabis. The flavor is mostly full of very fresh pine, with background cannabis, grapefruit peel, cotton candy, and peppercorns. The Mouthfeel is fullish, with foamy carbonation and a sticky finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop beer - less oily than some - and very focused.

 389 characters

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

13th release, 2009. Poured from 24oz bottle into Sierra Nevada Hop glass.

A: Deep golden amber with silky two finger white head with a golden tinge. Head reduced into a thick heavy film which lasted forever. Very good lacing.
S: Floral hops, some citrus, sugary sweet malt, slight buttery notes. Mostly a sticky hop resin/oil smell with hints of grapefruit and sugary notes.
T: Malt and sweet upfront with slight butter slickness and flavor, then piney hops with slight floral flavor hit palate but are balanced by the malt. Bready doughy notes as well. Some orange peel bitter. Definitley has a fresh cut hop taste.
M: Smooth in the mouth with a slightly oily aftertaste. Crisp flavor from the hops with a bit of a bitter bite at the end but not rough. Flavor is not overpowering and the hops are balanced by the sweet malt. Decent carbonation, medium body.
D: As easy to drink as any other hoppy SN release. Very good brew, worth a try.

 942 characters

Photo of JamisonM
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange color with a nice thick light tan head with fairly small bubbles

S: spicy earthy hops with a grassy smell as well slight citrus too.

T: spicy earthy hops grassy notes with citrus coming through as well.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: fairly drinkable its just that the earthy taste may get to some who are not used to it.

Overall: a good beer, probably the king of the wet hop ales here. I like normal IPA's better but its a good change up from them.

 475 characters

Photo of orangesol
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Fridge into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice two finger tall white head leaving concentric rings down the entire glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, citric and grassy hops, and some dulled citric fruit. This one is pretty malty already and it doesn't seem to be dieing down...

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, light fruit, and some light spice. The sweetness is really starting to take over but the hops are still trying to hold on. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, malt that clings to the pallet.

O - I have always enjoyed this beer but when it goes down hill it goes down quick. Luckily this one was still teetering off the cliff so it was still pretty good. It is still a little too sweet for me but, when fresh, it is a very good beer.

 1,010 characters

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great coppery amber, with a thick fluffy off-white head. No cloudiness to the fluid, and moderate lacing.

Smells of tangy, earthy, floral hops.

Tastes isn't quite as hoppy as the smell, almost subdued. Earthy hops up front that lingers throughout the taste. Very Fall. Nice hop aftertaste.

Texture is nice, not too strong. Lines up with a nice hop style beer.

Fresh hops are nice, this is shown here in this beer. I wish the smell was reflected as well in the flavor. A nice drink and great product from Sierra.

DOA

 529 characters

Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest

A - Served with a hazy orange-amber body...a creamy, two finger, off white head was present and only fell to about one finger by the end of the glass...great retention and lacing

S - Hops fill the aroma...you can almost tell they are "wet" because the nose is very crisp and fresh...a touch of earthiness is there too

T - The hops again are very fresh in flavor...they have a juiciness to them and they taste "wet" (fresh)...there is some citrus flavors up front...the earthy hops provide the slight bitterness at the end...there's an underlying sweetness lingering around which is nice

M - Medium bodied...smooth and crisp...coats the palate nicely

D - Sierra Nevada never disappoints me...another classic IPA that needs to be consumed...I'll have to wait until next year and compare

 802 characters

Photo of Kallessin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Release

Pours a deep honey/amber color with tons of bubbles rising in the glass. Has a very foamy white head with excellent lacing.

Has a very strong grapefruit, pine needle and tree sap aroma. There's a very subtle sweet malt aroma that's reminiscent of candy of some sort. There are also hints of orange and lemon. Very fresh and bright aroma.

The grapefruit and pine are very prominent in the taste as well with some other misc. citrus flavors. There's also some hints of dry bready toasted malt. Very nice bitterness, but not harsh in any way. I get some nice spicy peppery flavors as well.

Very crisp and dry mouthfeel with a little tingle of carbonation. Medium body. It leaves a lingering dryness.

The hops really stand out in this beer as expected with very bright and fresh feeling to it. The bitterness is just right with right amount of citrus and other flavors to make this a very drinkable beer.

 918 characters

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,637 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.