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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

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These have a darker appearance than most ipas, this one is more of a dark amber to almost light brown exterior, nice 3/4" off white head. Plenty of those big 3 C hops here, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook I would guess.

Its a standard wet hop ale using those classic hop strains. Its good, its not going to be any of that new proprietary tropical fruit type of hops. Pretty much always gonna be a classic. A little expensive in the bomber format, wouldn't mind if they could offer this in 4 packs for the same price of the non wet hop 6 packs, but pipe dreams man. Caramel crystal malt and stuff you know how it goes.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hemisphere pours a dark copper color with a huge lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, with spicy earthy notes. Taste is same, big hop flavor, with lots of spicy earthy notes. Good body and feel. Overall, big full beer, nice hop flavors, but a little too earthy.

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Photo of shaneerickson
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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good all around, this pours a dark amber with persistent white top and some lacing. Aroma is subdued, but nice - earthy and resinous. Flavor is similar with a good balance from malt sweetness. Somewhat bitter, but very palatable finish, never too dry.

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I got a bomber packaged 9/25/15. Still really fresh tasting. I like super hoppy ipas. This one is not that. This beer excels in balance. The fruity aroma is there, the taste is exquisite. Mouth feel is almost perfect. I'm sad I'm catching this on at the end run for the year. Such a bargain.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop IPA 2015.

Found a bomber of this at the Mobil gas station on Telegraph in Monroe, MI. That place will be a real craft beer player in a few months. They had a few beers I've never had before and will be expanding with a COLD section or singles. Will surely be stopping by often. Anyway, Sierra Nevada has some excellent limited editions and I expect this one to live up to those expects. Let's do it.

Look - From a fat in the middle bomber into a pint glass. Beers pours a crystal clear amber with a massive off white head that dies slowly and leaves more stick in inches than your husband has in dick in inches. Clarity remains exceptional. The carbonation appears to be about moderate. This is surely a beautiful beer and there is no debate about that one. Expecting a lot of lace amongst a killed glass.

Smell - Juicy juicy juicy. I have a fruit. It ends in juice. Juicy juicy juicy juicy juicy juice. Nah kidding. Pineapple and grapefruit juices with a ton of malt left behind to lay the bill. Not sure of the age but it gets things done. A bit of spice on the back end as well.

Taste - Uh...yeah...juicy juicy juicy...we've already been there in the smell. There is a bit here that would lead you to believe that the beer may be just a bit old but the hops surely aren't bad. Some bready aspects going on as well along with a bit of slice but for the most part the beer stays spicy with a twang of rye aspects.

Feel - The body is about moderate overall with a high level of creamyness. Carbonation is on about moderate and the flavors do get a bit stale here and show their age plus the fact they sat in some room temperature lights. Swallows spicy with a bit of throat punch but not offensive at all.

Overall - I would have liked it more if it were fresher I am sure. Still a good ipa and it aged better than most. At $5.99 a bomber of you can find this fresh it would be an absolute bargain bit at this age I'd pass it up. Always next year and will try again then..

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap

A: lots of carbonation good clarity very little head but poured into a chilled glass caramel body

S: very mild light green earthy floral nose

T: lots of floral hops a little resinous a little bit of a pine cone taste

M: medium to a little thick lays on the tongue nicely

O: it's a pretty good beer but taste profile is pretty ubiquitous Sierra Nevada hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014- Rich amber body with huge fluffy head, light hoppy aroma. Hops dominate the taste, although some nice malt backbone is evident also. Dry mouthfeel and finish. Tasty (3.8). 2015 - knocked 1 off on appearance, slightly metallic finish (3.5)

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(24oz, Long Beach) bottled on 9/22/15, tasting on 12/10/15, a bit complicated but fairly balanced nevertheless. A very sturdy beer if you will. Hard to classify this one in any style.

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Photo of billc1
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

24 oz bottle packaged 9/22/15
Look is clear copper. Smell is malty. Feel is average, medium body. Taste has SN's nice dry, bready malt that we all love, but with more of a toasted, caramel flavor. That's followed by some bland bitterness. There are no hops here. I checked multiple times, and there aren't any. No citrus. No pine. And certainly none of the juicy, sulphury greatness found in a wet hop. Overall: big disappointment for a wet hop harvest ale, and even a poor example of an IPA. I am a SN fan, and I've heard about this one for a few years, but this is the first time I've found any. I don't think freshness is a factor, since the other wet hop ales go well into the winter with no problems, despite the common "drink now" plea. And the only thing off with this N. Hemisphere is the lack of hops. I wish I'd left it at the distributor.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark orange, nearly brown. thick head as well.

smells like sweet hops and caramel malt.

taste is sweet with very creamy caramel malt. not overpoweringly bitter but nice hop kick with great balance of malts. goes down very smooth, finishes sweet and bitter.

pretty damn good fresh hop/wet hopped IPA. would definitely buy this again. and great value for $5.99 a bomber

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Ayotte's
Crystal clear deep golden color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. Rich bready caramel maltiness Juicy earthy citrus and pine. Wish I'd picked this up a bit fresher, but glad to try. And 32 oz for 5 bucks is a hell of a deal.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bomber packaged 9/22/15, enjoyed 11/9. Pours fairly clear, orange. Smell some sweet malt and generic hop vegetal/fruity smell. Taste -first hit is the vegetal/bitter flavor, and then some general fruity flavors and maybe a little piney and grapefruit, and some earthy underlying everything. At the end of the day, it's a west coast IPA with a bit more vegetal bitter flavor.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange and with a slight haze. Brick color reds, rusts and golden yellow hues hidden deeply underneath all mingle for an eye catching color. A macchiato head of foam that is so creamy it refused to fall. It clung and hung on and really let me see all the richness in the color. The slight haze gives it a soft bright glow.

Nose is floral and a sweet malt. I am actually surprised at how much malt I am smelling. There is even a tantalizing hint of light brown sugar on it. There is a wet hop dankness on this nose that is not over abundant. It is also not catty. A very firm hop herbal that offers a sweetness of it's own to the nose. Delicate citrus peel and earthy grapefruit. A few dry pine needles and a bit of spice.

Taste is bountiful and even breaddy. I am so surprised at the mouthfeel on this beer. It shows off its fullness while not becoming heavy and goes down with a silken glide that I think is very impressive. It gives the impression of soft sweet bread on the palate and is actually more sumptuous than any malt I have seen with this type of beer. Light brown sugar, earthy grapefruit, a light orange backing with a bit of zest from the fruit peel, and a a sweet herbal that I also think is very impressive. Woody pine, and hop spice finish this with a bitter that is exactly perfect. It does not seem to start or finish it's just there at the swallow and while it does linger it does not seem to do it too strongly and shows me just a few more moments of the liquid silk that is this malt.

This beer is warm, winning and wholehearted. Wonderful and not the least bit willful with those hops.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A large foamy head, which is characteristic oval. Quite dark for an IPA. With a fair amount of small bubbles.

Smells is relatively light, with notes of sweet grapes and herbs, in addition to the expected hops.

As with the smell, this is fairly subtle for a harvest IPA. Carbonation is on the high end, and the bitterness definitely comes across - especially in the aftertaste. The taste of pines makes an appearance as well. Generally speaking, this was surprisingly dry and bitter for a harvest IPA.

I've really grown to love the style as it fits my preference in IPA's perfectly, but this falls well short of expectations for me. Not bad by any means, just not the type of beer that I'm into.

"It's not the beer, it's me"

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Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, small head. Not much to look at. Smell is very subdued and malty actually. Taste is very balanced and flavorful. No citrus at all, but some pine and a nice bready malt backdrop. Some light/moderate bitterness in finish but it doesn't linger long at all. Overall this is a fine IPA. Nothing explosive in the hops but a nicely balanced IPA for anyone to enjoy.

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Photo of LAp
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into two 12oz snifters. Pours a clear copper with a 1-2 finger off-white/tan head. Nose is of fresh hops and fruit esters (namely, light citrus). Palate is wonderfully wet hops, with just enough bitterness, accompanied by a slightly sweet malt body. Medium-thin mouthfeel with just the right amount of (minimal) carbonation to complement the already wet feel of this beer. Overall, a solid wet hop IPA. Not as dryly astringent as Two Handed, but not quite as juicy wet as Founders Harvest. A strong beer overall.

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Photo of beercat11
3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has been my most favorite hop bomb for years. Picked up 2 bottles yesterday. I look forward to this limited release every year. I paid $5.99 for 1 bottle, I have never paid more that $5 before yesterday. Poured into a pint glass and took a wiff, not much here I thought. Took my first sip and was very let down. I know how this beer is supposed to taste and it just isn't there. Where is that resinous oil from the wet hop? I really had to struggle to find it. Something is not right this year. I find it very subdued and mild. It does taste fresh but I don't remember a year that this beer tasted this mild. Sometimes my expectations are high before a sip but I buy cases of this brew every year because it is so limited and I know it's meant to be enjoyed fresh. I will get some from another store before it's gone so that maybe by chance these 2 bottles were not handled right and it's freshness was somehow compromised. Beer distributors are the enemy of beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. They are also known for holding back new releases until the summer ones are gone. I hate beer distributors for this one reason, I want my hops fresh damn it!

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Photo of Buck89
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful clear golden-copper hue with a thick creamy light tan head. The foam kept me company for the entire pint, slipping into a thin cap with huge lacy trails. The bottle art and the label notes made me picture a truckload of freshly picked Yakima hops, and I certainly smelled them on the nose. Bright pine, grass, grapefruit, orange and a bit of toast and caramel. Not as in your face as many current copiously dry-hopped IPAs but pleasing and more complex. The taste followed nicely, with pine, earthy tones, orange, grapefruit, resiin and enough malt to balance it. The feel was outstanding: medium bodies with a creamy carbonation and a clean finish. Another amazing SN brew.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid across the board. Dark copper color with a thick long-lasting head. I had to step away and couldn't believe it when I came back and there was still a head. Scent is piney, earthy, with a fruity undertone of rotting leaves (not exactly a negative). Taste is similar but the malt is pretty big and slightly sweet with a touch of caramel. Feel is somewhat light but slightly oily. Totally solid but not quite mind blowing. Still worth checking out for wet hop lovers.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice white head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear very deep amber such that it's almost brown. The look is very nice and extremely good looking to the point where it's hard to say anything bad about it.

The smell is very nice and hoppy. The hop notes tend to be either a clean grassy note and a sharp pine note. There is also a sweet caramel malt backbone as well and takes the bitter edge off a little. Overall, the strong hop smell makes this beer worth drinking.

The taste strongly resembles the smell but is a bit better. The same pine and grass hop notes are there but the malt is a bit sweeter and stronger such that it contrasts well with the hops and provides a bit more balance. There is also this interesting toasted malt note running through the backbone as well.

The feel is medium bodied and smooth. The biting carbonation also give it a nice light texture with a fairly refreshing finish.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one I look forward to every year.

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Photo of Moose90
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Release Served On-Tap 10/15/15

A — Pours a nicely bright and vivid red hue out on the tap. There is a bone colored head that forms, settles to a nice layer atop the beer, and leaves behind some nice lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is fairly muted initially, but as it warms there is a real nice hop character, dominated by pine, lemon, earth, forest floor, and well, not much else. Just a nice showing of Centennial and Cascade hops, bitter, piney.

T — Taste is like the nose, though there is a more noticeable hop bite and profile, there is a nice bitterness here without being overly done. Nice malt profile to help round things out, and a lightly fruity and sweet finish.

M — Medium bodied, long lasting finish, slightly sticky.

O — Fairly well done, more hop bite and less of the sweet malt & yeast profile might take this over the top. Still, this is a great showcase of "wet" hops.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been picking this beer up for many years and without exception every year is excellent! The great aroma of the hops and the great hop taste makes this a must have beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: brilliant deep copper, 2” copper tinted foam cap very creamy rich, medium full bodied S: Very spicy nose T: Very layered and complex flavors with fruit and citrus, herb, spice, toffee, grapefruit rind bitterness, pine and grass. F: Very creamy rich, medium full bodied O: A rich, creamy beer with a broad array of hop flavors.

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Photo of GarrettB
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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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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