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 tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark copper color, brilliantly glowing but deeper centered and quite clear with some slow bubbly activity within. Huge roofing of lightly parched white starchy tight foam. Keeps its consistency for great length and leaves massive amounts of shelf sized sheets of lace. Gorgeous looking ale!

Nicely clean, dark, oily, fresh hop aroma of soft piney grapefruit and a bit of leafy freshness. Barely there toasted malts hang low underneath.

Nice balance on the taste buds to start things off, solid hop tones are soothed throughout the entire length of the palate with a nice softly fluffy and delicate natured citrus and pine. Partially oiled with superbly balanced bitterness and pithy squeezed bite of grapefruit. Again, some partailly oiled woody resin of soft pine and bark create a bit of extra texture and taste. Dryness is fair and soft with affectionate woody notes. And bringing it all together is a well held toasted malty backing keeping a freshly crispness and grabbing toastyness to its character.

Body is about medium, smooth, soft, and kinda oily, well, in the middle anyways, gets fluffy and bittered with grapefruit and pin enotes as it rounds out the finish late with very well timed toasted ascents. Its the overall texture of it that I really like. It has a unique sodtness to it that really smacks of well-crafted, fresh brewing.

This stuff is now one of my favs from SN. Glad I finally can get it in bottles, 24oz even! as its been a hard find here for years.
Yummy solid stuff!

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

This had a clear orange color and a musty smell, yum…the mouthfeel is like lots of tiny bubbles, weird carbonation. Taste is subtle oily hops, no bitterness and the alcohol is not noticeable. Good fresh hop ale but my favorite is Deschutes Hop trip. Sierra Nevada never seems to disappoint.

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Photo of nortmand
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours caramel orange with a fluffy, sustained white head.

Clean aromas of bright grapefruit, plenty of malt balance.

Sweet caramel malts up front, plentiful clean citrus flavors as well. Rich blood orange mid tongue, leaves a faint, pleasant bitterness. Pretty much perfect.

Medium bodied, pleasant carbonation, very refreshing, balanced and hoppy. A very nice beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great amber apperance with thick ass head that will not stop clinging to the glass.

Smell is of caramel malts with a nice hoppiness. I love the wet hops. MMM

Taste is of thick caramel malts on the palate followedd by a cascade and chinook hop bitterness.

This beer clings to the palate failry well and makes for a decent session.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition

Bottle inspection: 22 oz. territory for SN, huh? At least it's the first time this kind of packaging has made it to Central OH.

Aroma: Earthy and citrusy hop aroma. Leafy hop notes assert themselves as the beer warms. Low fruity esters and a little carmel sweetness.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear amber body with a sticky and sudsy white head.

Flavor: Spicy and floral hop flavor on the front and sides of the tongue. Some honey and biscuity malt base in the background. The finish is bitter but clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite noted. Oily hop resins coat the palate.

Overall impression: Clean, well balanced, and smooth. High carbonation makes it seem lighter than it probably is. Strikingly smooth for the amount of hops. Well balanced and enjoyable. I know wet hop beers are kind of trendy but SN delivers in spades here. Nicely done!

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Photo of Grundle20
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours dark copper in color. There's a perfect eggshell white head to the beer that displays great retention and clumpy lacing as the glass is drained.

For a fresh hopped ale I was expecting a little more power behind the scent but it's actually pretty subtle. There's a good balance of crisp caramel malts and pine-like hop scents.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The malts come through up front but they're either pretty weak or overpowered by the aggressively bitter hopping which makes for a brief spike of bread like sweetness. Making up the majority of this beer is obviously the hops. Initially the bitterness is strong and citrus rind like in flavor. The harsh bitterness mellows out from front to back but a solid presence of slick hops is maintained throughout. The beer finishes crisp and pretty clean with a lingering reminder of this beer's bitterness in the aftertaste.

The beer if very dry and crisp and about what I expected from a wet hopped ale. I suspect non hop heads will probably dislike this beer quite a bit given its strong hop bitterness but if you don't shy away from hops then I find this beer to be quite tasty and drinkable.

Bottom Line:
Probably the best beer I've ever had from Sierra Nevada and it quite easily rivals Great Divide's Fresh Hop.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at nearly cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a twenty-four ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful, rich dark reddish copper color that was quite clear. About a two finger, thick almost pillowy off-white head rose and slowly faded back into the glass, leaving plenty of lace in it's wake. Smell was of very fresh hops, thick malty aromas, and some citrusy notes in the background. Taste was as good maybe better. Nice fresh resiny hops, a big sweet balancing malt bill, some minor pine notes, with a little bit of a yeasty flavor. Not too bad for my first wet hop beer. Mouthfeel was full and thick and quite a palate pleaser. Drinkability was quite good as well.

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

24oz bottle. 2007 harvest.

pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. bit of grapefruit. earthy hops. bit of floral character too. has a bit of kolsch-like aroma to it too that makes it more interesting. light alcohol.

taste is great. just above medium bitterness level, which seems to be a bit much and out of balance. big chewy bread and cracker malts. bit of biscuit. grapefruit. bit of resiny pine. light earthy character. that lager-like flavour is here too, brightening it up and making it a little more interesting. light alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. lingering clingy bitterness. hint of astringency. medium body.

drinkability is ok. this is one that i think needs some time for the bitterness to mellow. right now it's a little unbalanced and the bitterness lingers long after you taste it. the alcohol and malt backing are nice, and i can see this being great a year down the road.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color with an off white head. Aromas of hops and faint earthiness. In the taste, earthy, hoppy and somewhat sticky sweet. A smooth, yet watery mouthfeel and a small bitter aftertaste. Nice flavors, kind of light, yet easy to drink. A great seasonal!

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Photo of mnapier
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Tasted, 12 ounce tulip glass. 2007 Edition.

Appearance, can easily be described as dusk orange and clear with an off white foamy head that leaves behind a sudsy lace.
To the nose, I detect some dryness, very faint apple and a nice hop spice & pine. As I pour this medium bodied ale into my mouth, I detect spice, a nice lingering of citrus and pine hops throughout, mixed in with roasted and toffee malts. Minor cloying is present but I can't but feel this is definitely a nice worth while beverage to have alongside with some ham or a blt sandwhich.


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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear dark amber colored ale verging on the color red. Tall light brown colored head it is just a little too dark to call beige.

The smell is strong clean fresh hops and not much else. The only malt I can sense is a little bit of caramel and scorched sugar. Mostly citrus scents here but you can tell the freshness of the hops used.

The taste starts malty with a good bitter snap. Caramel and wood are the strongest flavors here besides the bitterness. There isn't much stereotypical IPA flavor here, no strong citrus or pine this is much closer to a British style Pale Ale in taste.

The mouthfeel is good.

Certainly easy to drink the strongest point of this ale is the scent. Probably this is a bit over hyped; it is a good beer but not the best fresh hop ale around. Recommended but forget the hype about it.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a warm red, light the glow of neon massage parlors.

Smells a hoppy fresh, some malts, and an alcohol note. You can smell the hop love.

Up front bittering hops, deep earthy, musky finish. Some sweet caramel notes at the end. Good undertow of malts. If this were a wet hop sea monster, it's body would be a hop, but it would have tentacles of sweet malts.

Long finish, low abv for what we're all used to at this point.

Good beer. I like this one a lot!

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Photo of bboven
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red-golden color, thick but shallow head that leaves loads of lacing. Very very clear.

Smell is all hops. I know this is a hop display, so you expect that. The hops are wonderful, the bottle was right; there are so many layers to the aroma that you don't care about smelling malt. There's an earthy muskiness, sharp conifer, and a little citrus.

Taste is all hop as well. Up front it's very sweet but gets surprisingly bitter at the end. A little harsher than I thought it would be, but still one of the best hoppy ales I have tasted.

Very carbonated but surprisingly smooth for the level. Interesting.

I bought two of these, and I think I'll go buy more tomorrow. 3.99 for a bomber of this is almost a steal!

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Photo of neddy191
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 edition

a - Copper, briliantly clear. Off-white, one-finger head with good retention. Beautiful lacing on glass.

s - Intense and dominate earthy hop smell up front. Rather pronounced grassyness. Citrusy.

t -Balanced toward hops, as would be expected in the beer. Upfront a very earthy, grassy, even spicy impression from the hops. Little malt flavor comes through the hops. Definately showcases the fresh hops nicely.

m - medium body. moderate to high carbonation. Nice crisp feel on the palate.

d- Very drinkable, especially if you tend to be more of a hop-head. The fresh hops definately give a different impression to teh ber.

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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 goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from notes:

uhhh ehhh

im going to go out on a limb here. i agree with most of the comments i've read from my beer reviewin' pals.. earthy, grassy.. yes. lemon pith? yep. mos def. woody? oh fo' sho. my take.. one dimensional? si, senor. probably my biggest complaint here, and the factor that puts this beer decidedly into the just above average realm.

first off, let me say i've had SN harvest in its draft-only incarnation the past couple of years, and had a much more enthusiastic reaction. granted, expanding the production by 500% is going to dull the final product a bit.. but the fruity, oily freshness doesn't seem to speak as loudly in the bottled product as does an overabundance of the acidic effect of any hop, fresh or not. yes, it's bitter.. and yes, it has a really grassy tone.. but so do many NON-wet ipa's that strive for C-ness.

i will have no problem consuming the 72 oz of harvest ale that i purchased today for $12. i even feel that i made out like a bandit price-wise. i just don't feel like this beer lives up to the hype of previous years.. nor does it live up to the hype i've read here.

this should have stayed a draft specialty, with focus on maintaining a freshness level that bottling kills.. at least in perception.

i'd reach for a fresh celebration just as fast as i reach for this beer. recommended, just don't expect what you've had in the past to show up in the bottle.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fresh 24 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a fantastic head. Decreases to a 2 finger head that stays the whole way.

S. Smells like fresh piney, citrusy cascade hops. Mush like I would expect from a SN brew.

T. I expected the hops to be in your face, but they were muted somewhat and very enjoyable. Sometimes, to be honest, a SN brew can taste like drinking floor cleaner. This is a very well hopped beer.

M. Very well carbonated and a nice dry finish.

D. Is it drinkable? Well, to answer that question, I went back and bought 4 more bottles for friends and I this weekend. A drinkable beer that makes me want to try even more fresh hopped brews.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

24oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a good size fluffy, off-white head that thinned to a layer, leaving lots of tiny bubble lacing on the glass.

S - aroma is bitter hops with some malty undertones.

T - very good tasting brew, first bite is hoppy, malty flavors midway through, with a ESB type bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, good beer.

D - fairly low abv along with the fine taste make for an excellent drinking beer.

Final Note: Between this very tasty beer and cooler temperatures, I wish it was Fall year round.

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Photo of genog
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle pours an Amber color with clear, and sparkling body. thick, and fizzy light brown head rests on top of this one. Excellent lacing that lasts for a long while. Smell is citrus and earthy, grassy hops, with a little malty sweetness. Taste is malty sweet first, then the bitter feeling kicks in for a tiny bit. Mostly smooth with a strong lemon citrus prevalent. Soft carbonation with a watery mouthfeeling.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, decanted into my trusty Duvel glass...

Marvelously clear. Color is like bourbon-spiked iced tea. Kinda amber, nice, large bubbled head. Tiny carbonation bubbles floating up from the etched 'd.' Amazing. Scent is big, fat floral hops and citrus. Very clean scent. Now for the sip-- without a doubt, I've had nothing like this before. So clean, crisp, with a nice malt presence. Caramely. Hops are oily, flowery. Its bitter, but not rip your tongue out bitter. Nice lingering mellow hop tingle. I was expecting this to be way less drinkable than it actually is. I need to review this one later. I'm at a loss for words. A truly surprising beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 ounce bottle purchased from Green's in Greenville, SC on 10/11/07 and consumed the same day.

Clear and red in appearance, a thick creamy head sat firmly atop this brew. Aromas of rich hoppy oils, piney and lovely. Bitterness was not as high as I would have expected and played well with the malty sweetness - excellent balance. Great use of the hops... No questioning the oily goodness of these little animals... Nice job.

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Photo of CBennett
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a case of this. 24Oz Bottle.Started out with a big fluffy head almost 2.5-3" that lasted a good 4 minutes, Copper color, lots of lacing Very hoppy, almost like a IPA. Citrus, hops, Pine notes. Smooth and crisp could drink this all night, not overpowering. I have tried several new Beers this year and 2 stood out to me as being excellent. Stone IPA and this Sierra Nevada Harvest so this is one of my new favorites. Glad I got a case :).

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Photo of seaoflament
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper tone with a good finger of eggshell colored foam. Very good lacing.

Good dose of toasted malts, and bread/biscuit aromas. Citrus and pine hops in abundance, inching into IPA territory.

Taste is close to the aroma plus a nice bitterness in the finish. Malt and sweet upfront but quickly washed away with some bitterness.

This is a really easy beer to sit back and drink, it’s crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bosco7
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am so happy that SN decided to bottle this. I love the 24 oz. bottle.

Striking copper color with a large sticky off-white head that threatens to leave the glass.

Not as aromatic as I expected but very pleasant, with grapefruit, orange, caramel and pine rising from the fluid.

Some sweet caramel upfront with lots of herbal/floral hop flavors-there is a lot going on here. I notice rose, mint, grapefruit and orange juice. There definitely is a unique hop character to this beer. It tastes fresher and earthier.

I have never met a SN offering that wasn't perfectly balanced, extremely drinkable, and full of flavor, and this beer does not stray from this tradition. One of my favorite beers that I have tried this year. Highly recommended.

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