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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
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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

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 3,639 |  Reviews: 1,518
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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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 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

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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.

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

Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Harbenst pours a orange copper with a thick bubbly head. The aroma is fresh citrusy hops, earthy and almost metallic. The flavor is just packed with citrusy hops, not bitter but just tons of delicious hops. A slight malty caramel sweetness come through but gives way to solid bitterness. I like the idea of this beer and I'd love to try it even fresher.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fresh, floral and grapefruity

Taste: After a biscuity beginning, the fresh hop flavors kick in - grapefruit, primarily; after the swallow, there is a nice balance between the fruit and the underlying malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice APA, overall; well-balanced, with enough bitterness to please the hophead

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

Northern Hemisphere like all of Sierra Nevada's products is a lovely beer. Lucent coppery amber, clear and with a big rocky head of foam which leaves ample pacing.

Fresh soft and floral hops meet the nose at first whiff backed up by an equally fresh caramel malt aroma.

Big fresh hops drive this beer with more of the flora/herbal character noted in the aroma. While there are hops aplenty, this is not an over the top "hoppy" beer but being a nice blend of soft floral, slightly spicey herbal, lightly citrus hops with a strong and delicious piney resin background. The malt body is masterfully balanced with the hops, lightly toasted and drizzled with bits of caramel, somewhat sweet up front with a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a soft lusciousness to the body coupled with just the perfect amount of carbonation.

While I believe I prefer Southern Hemisphere as a fresh wet hop ale from Sierra Nevada that won't prevent me from enjoying this, my second and I doubt the last, bottle of Northern Hemisphere.

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

A) Big billowy head. Creamy-thick, like meringue. There's a Care Bear playing in my beer. Light tan. Bubbles flowing up. Looks like plenty of carbonation.

S) Piney-Resin-Hops. Hint of lemon. Fresh, grassy. Not west coast citrus. Not a huge floral bouquet either.

T) Moderately Sweet. A little smack of bitterness and awash in fresh, green, piney hop flavor

M) On the light side of a medium mouthfeel. Medium Carbonation ... it looks more carbonated than it feels.

D) Delicious and easy to drink ... though not as easy as a west coast IPA.

Price @ 3.99 for a 24oz .... delicious.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass an orange amber color with a bubbly light cream colored one inch head that reduces to heavy lacing and a solid sheen. Has a nice hoppy smell but does not overwhelm the malt backbone. Has a bitter hop flavor with a mild malt sweet finish. Sticky mouthfeel and very drinkable at 6.7 APV. This is one I will seek out again.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance - Amber with a fluffy fine bubbled slightly tan head.

Smell - Citrus, Pine, Caramel, Apricot lingers as well.

Taste - More of the same, hops up front, grapefruit and lemon rind as well, then the citrus fades nicely into caramel with a lingering slightly bitter pine aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-A bit watery, mild carbonation, but it does have some body to it.

Drinkability- I will easily finish the rest of the bomber and could want another.

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

11th edition <2007>

Pours into my new Sam Adams futuristic glass a brilliantly clear amber/copper with miniscule suspended particles visible. Moderate visible carbonation rising upward sustaining the 1 1/2" loose and full off white head. Gobs of thick lace all the way down.

Fresh oily hops bathed in vanilla and faint toffee. Hops smell for earthy and rindy than floral and perfumy - which is very interesting and nice. A toasty sweet pale malt scent bookend the main stage hops.

Dry and oily all at the same time - the hops really put on a vigorous production upon the first gulp. Although the scent carried a non-perfumy hop profile, I do get a big dose of astringent and perfumy hop flavor at the finish. I wonder if because the hops were never dried, that why I'm getting a spicy, woody and earthy overtone? It's very rustic and dense, but still very dry and bitter - almost a little gritty.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodies with a nice fine carbonation at just the right level. Long, dry spicy, rindy finish.

Drinkability is very nice. I’ll have no problem finishing off the remainder of the 24 oz. bottle in no time.

I was expecting something closer to an IPA, but this creature is very original and gave me a good lesson on diversification of hop profiles. The overall spiciness of this brew lends itself nicely to the fall season (right now the leaves are almost peaked and it's sunny and 54F outside). A very interesting and unique pale ale with a very organic and earthy core. Good beer for certain.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of a 24 oz. bottle a clear burnt orange color into a SA Boston Lager glass. Two fingers of thick, white head. Good retention and lots of lacing on my glass. Aroma is of hops of course. The hops are citrusy, piney, floral and spicy. There is just a touch of caramel in the background.

The taste is sharp, citrusy, oily hops. The pine is more subdued than in the aroma but it is there. Nice biscuity malt helps to balance this beer out a bit, though it is far from what you would typically call a "well balanced beer." A lingering citrus rind bitterness is present well after the beer leaves your mouth. Mouthfeel is medium and oily from the hops with a pleasant carbonation level. Pretty easy to drink. A good beer and the original wet hop beer.

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

Nice copper color with a half inch head that has great retention that leaves some stickly lacing. Smell is as expected, hops, mostly on the piney side. I had a full case of these and this is one of the last 2. Early on the hops had a really fresh smell, now with some age on it, it comes across slightly metallic. Taste again is piney hops with a sligth metallic tinge. Again when it was fresh it was outstanding, now it has dropped to mearly a good level. Overall I thought this was a great beer and really enjoyed a case of it. Only complaint is that it dosn't age real well but that is to be expected with a hoppy beer like this one. Get it fresh next year and enjoy it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a large, rocky, big-bubbled head that has decent retention and a nice bit of lacing. Beer itself is orange to light brown in color. Translucent, though a little hazy.

S: A light dry pine. Not that resiny west coast pine. More like a piece of lumbar type pine. Light citrus. Dry malt.

T: A dry maltiness with a respectable amount of floral hops. Maybe a little citrus? Either way the malt is subdued on this one and while the hops aren't overpowering, they are there.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry.

D: Very good. Sessionable. The reduced maltiness is appreciated and certainly adds to the drinkability. However, there is enough going on for this one to still have a good bit of flavor.

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

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (12/14/09) into a shaker pint glass at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a deep crystal clear golden amber capped with a one finger off-white creamy head with good retention leaving excellent rings of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops containing a slight bitterness of pine. A hint of sweet malt is in there as well.

T: Grapefruit hops hit the palate first with other citrus tones and a piney bitterness followed by a subtle sweet malt with a slight biscuity note.

M: light to medium-bodied and with moderate creamy carbonation and just a mild bitter finish.

D: Very drinkable, but the flavors at times are a bit too subtle leaving the palate looking for more.

Overall this was a nice wet hop American IPA that contained balanced yet subtle flavor, but I would like a bit more of a flavor profile for this to really compete in this segment. Worth a Try.

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

Appearance: Orange-amber-copper with a decent foamy head

Smell: Hops, citrus with toasted malt and a hint of oats

Taste: Carmel oats and toasted malt with subdued hop citrus and pine; it actually tasted like a liquid nutter-butter

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with a lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: Complex but not robust, the other flavors tend to mask the overall hoppiness. An interesting brew but not the typical flavors one would associate with a Sierra Nevada.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 3,639 ratings
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