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 dansmcd
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 jp32
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.6%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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 +10.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +10.1%
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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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful amber with a golden half-inch of head. Head lingers and some really appetizing lacing is left all over the glass.
S: Fresh hops baby! It is piney and a bit fruits as west-coast hopped brews are
T: A nice balance with roasted malts and a pleasant hop bite at the end
M: Super smooth, super crisp. I could drink a few 24oz bottles of this...
O: Beautiful work by Sierra Nevada. I think this is a bit better than the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from New Zealand, as it is a bit more balanced and extra drinkable. Looking forward to getting some Celebration soon to kick off the holiday season right!

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Review #100 (!!!)- 24oz bottle, 2007 Vintage (11th Edition), poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a striking red/orange hue with limited visibility, head is three fingers of off-white creamy goodness with good retention, big thick lacing left all over the glass, wonderful!
S- Nose is (of course) full of oily, resinous, fresh hops that are complex and refreshing, citrus (grapefruit-heavy) and pine dominate the olfactories, some balancing bread and biscuit malts float in the background, freshness is dominant
T- Initial taste is dominated by a rising crescendo of fresh hops with a primarily grapefruit and pine taste profile, followed by some floral/herbal tones and spice, a touch of caramel and bready malts arrive in the midpoint, and the finish is subtle hop dryness with a hint of sweetness
M- Medium-bodied ale with oily and creamy texture, coats the tongue and mouth fully, lively carbonation
D- I am used to hoppy ales driving up the abv, but at just over 6% this is definitely a sessionable beer; a truly unique and complex Pale Ale dominated by fresh, delicious hop flavor that doesn't trample over your senses, this is the best I've had from Sierra Nevada and a very worthy ale for my 100th review! I can only recommend that you snatch up this beer in large quantities if at all possible. . .
Buy Again? Absolutely (stocking up this weekend)
Personal Score- 94/100

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Photo of Hopheadjnr
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into Stella chalice

A...Beautiful clear, copper color with 2 finger off white head. Fine bubbles in head with tons of nice lacing.

S...wet hops makes for a nice aroma. Pine and fresh cut grass on the nose.

T...plenty of sweetness from the malts is present and followed by a bitter hops to balance it out. Lots of fruit flavors in it, some apricot mixes with earthy, pine resin. Complex. Every sip gives you can pick out different flavors.

M...great mouthfeel. Fine carbonation feels like it is dancing across your tounge. Reminicent of champagne in mouthfeel.

O...very nice brew. Very complex, enjoyable beer. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Knecht
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. Pours a beautiful two-finger head that is white and even, and lasts for a while. The beer is a lively, dark copper color that has me salivating before I've even tried it. The aroma is dominated by floral hops, but also has some traces of pine and maybe even a bit of citrus.

On first taste, I am overwhelmed by fresh, spicy, floral hops that linger on the palate long after I have swallowed the beer. The hop flavor is about as fresh as I've ever tasted in a beer, which seems to validate the painstaking "wet hop" process Sierra Nevada undergoes to brew this ale. This is a real hop bomb. However, do not take that to mean that it is unbalanced; there are some very nice malt undertones that hold the bitterness in check, while still allowing the hops to take center stage. The beer is slightly heavier than medium-bodied, has nice carbonation, and is crisp and fresh. Truly outstanding.

I could drink this beer all night long. It was definitely brewed for hop-heads (which I most certainly am) but it maintains excellent balance as well, making it all that much more enjoyable. This is an exceptional beer, and for the price (I found the 24 ounce bottles for $3.69 each), you should go out right now and pick yourself up enough to last you until the 14th release next fall.

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Photo of AlcahueteJ
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange color with a half inch rocky head. Tons of lace sticking to the glass.

S - Wreaks of hop oils, just like the other two Harvest ale offerings, but this takes the cake.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with heavy, heavy carbonation.

T - Heavy on hop resin, grapefruit, and then even more hops in the finish that lingers on and on. Even still, incredibly balanced.

D - If you love hops, this bomber will go quickly, but luckily there's plenty out there. One of their's this and Bigfoot for me.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reddish amber brew with a very thick and fluffy pale ale head that sticks to the glass in clumps; very nice. Aroma is straight piney and floral, hop oils shine through. Taste is slightly syrupy and thick, the pine-needle-like hops really shine through. Malts give it a slight sweetness, like a sugar-free syrup; very well balanced. Goes down smooth, and quite drinkable despite the level of hoppiness.

I liked it better than the SNPA and the Anniversary Ale. Probably on an even keel with the Celebration Ale. Will definitely return to this in years to come.

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Photo of drpimento
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wowee! Exceptional beer. This is way better than the Celebration. This is much softer and rounder. wish it were sitting on my lap. mmmm. The hops arent so sharp and are in harmony with the malts. Lots of lace with a nice head. Clear amber color. Nice nose. Earthy without fruitiness. Extremely drinkable. Great finish.

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Photo of TommyW
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden body with an off-white head made of tiny bubbles. Sticks really well to the glass.

S- Citrus and pine hop aroma dominate with a whiff of caramel malt.

T- Smooth bready malt backbone which is a great base for the extremely fresh citrus/piney/spicy hops. The hops leaves a strong lingering bitterness.

M- Full body from the large malt base with a very smooth feel.

D- The use of fresh hops in this beer is really noticeable. They lend a spicy freshness that just isn't present in other IPAs. Really a must try!

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Photo of timbro81
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with more carbonation than I expected. I've never smelled such clean fresh hops. Great lacing, I can look at my glass and count how many times I've had a drink, always a good sign. Notable piney hops throughout but not a wallop in the face, refined freshness. Nice aftertaste with the hops building and lingering around until the next drink. Overall I was very impressed with this beer. I only hope my unborn children are half as beautiful as this beer.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,635 ratings.
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