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 jpiper
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. Amber in color, with a nice, lasting tan head. A fairly hoppy IPA with a floral and citrus nose; there was malt on the palate and a piney hop flavor dominated. Fairly balanced, but nothing dramatically special about it. Good, but there are plenty better.

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

Sierra Nevada 2009 13th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale. Poured from the 24oz to a Bell's imperial pint glass.

a- Pours (vigorously) a nice-looking amber orange with a HUGE faintly yellow-green off-white head. Spotty lacing down the glass after a few sips.

s- Fresh cut grass of a summer's day, grapefruit wedges, and evergreen sap aromas wafting in through the window. Little bit of spice, honey, and bready/biscuity malts. I like what this is doing. A fairly full and well-rounded aroma.

t- Pine, grapefruit, grass all hit the tongue, with a beautiful and surprisingly strong honey-like sweetness. Only slight astringency-- exactly what I want in my IPA and what I think Sierra Nevada nails better than just about anyone else. Faint and indistinguishable spices, and a very balancing malt backbone. In the aftertaste the sweetness slowly fades to leave a mostly grassy impression. I find this completely takes care of my hop fix but keeps the balance in check very nicely.

m- Medium-bodied with a nice hoppy "sticky" quality to it. Where's the carbonation? A bit more would do this wonders. I almost wonder if the fresh hop oils dampen this a bit, but I wouldn't really know.

d- So good. Each sip/gulp/drink leaves me wanting another. Very refreshing, full in flavor, but balanced. An exemplary example of what this brewery does so well. I can fall back on this beer time and time again. (especially with the Torpedo shortage in Iowa right now! but that's another discussion altogether)

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

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden copper with a thick, THICK creamy head that lingers until the glass is finished. Beautiful lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pine and citrus peel.

T: The wet hops really add another dimension of bitterness without going overboard. Grapefruit bitterness marries beautifully with the bready malt flavors that linger in the background.

M: Medium-light with a perfect level of carbonation.

D: With such a sublime combination of flavor and aroma, I'll be sure to stock up on this brew.

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Photo of javincik
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottled consumed 23 days post bottling. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A-Pours a surprisingly deep amber color with a massive 2 inch billowy off white head. The dense foam receded at a snails pace, leaving behind a fabulous lattice work clinging to the side of the glass. Eventually settled to a 1/4 inch and left nice notches through consumption.

N-Smells of pungent pine and floral aromas. Pine cones, sap, and freshly cut grass come to mind. Underneath, there is some faint breadiness and biscuit along with some subtler citrus notes. This one is really more about pine, grass, and floral notes. Very earthy.

T-Mostly follows the nose. Moderate malt sweetness is quickly pushed aside by layers of hop flavor. Pine and grassiness start out the show gradually yielding to floral notes and then a little citrus fruit kiss near the end. All of this plays off a prominent, though not dominant, malt backbone. Hops finish it all off with a nice, crisp, bitter finish.

M-Slightly above average for the style. Carbonation is a little on the high side. Moderately full bodied with a nice stickiness. Improves as it warms.

D-Great for a IPA. I look forward to these releases every year. It really showcases the pine and grass characteristics of the hops. Too bad they won't release them in six packs.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another wet hop winner from the Chico brewmeisters. The 12th Release pours a gorgeous amber color with a nice thick eggshell-colored head. The good news is that I don't have to haunt the local BevMo! hoping for a shipment, I've found this little gem pretty consistently right down the block at the 7-11.

The first sip reveals citrus notes with a spicy, almost green bud-like, aftertaste. "Hops and cannabis are related," Talking Bob said, taking a deep pull. "I think I read that recently."

We had planned on having a taste-off, sampling all three of Sierra's Harvest brews: The Chico Estate and 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop, and the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Hop brews. We were distracted and ultimately derailed by a walk over to Iron Springs Pub & Brewery for fortification. But that's another story. I'm sure we'll get back to our experiment at some point. Anything for science!

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Photo of Torps
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very appealing amber color with a billowy off white head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is very mild. There's hints of piney hops and some fruit, perhaps apples and figs. They blend very well together. It's very distinct and sweet. I'd say the majority of hops has faded, as this is a 2009 and, well, it's April 2010. This tastes almost like a barleywine at this point. The malts kinda take over and there's a bit of bitterness from whatever is left of the hops. Mouthfeel is good. There's not a bunch of carbonation here. It's very smooth overall though the drinkability is suspect.

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Photo of Zundo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear Copper with a two-finger off-white head with a good deal of lacing.

Smell: Very citrusy hops, most notably grapefruit, orange zest, and pine. A roasted malt.

Taste: Resiny with grapefruit and pine present. You can really tell this is a fresh, wet hop. Touch grassy.

Feel: Really smooth throughout, with a bit of an oily finish.

Drinkability: This is a fairly intense beer on the palate. The taste does not dissipate too much.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dated 9/28/16 poured into my Stone IPA glass

L - Bronze/ruby red with a good inch of head
S - Nice wet hopped aroma with the pine aroma
T - caramel malt and easy, crisp mouthful of hops
F - Medium bodied, very drinkable

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish tinted amber color with a nice creamy 2 finger head into a pint glass. Smells of nice piny and citrusy hops. Taste wasn't a hop bomb I thought it would be. (The write up on the label builds it up to be a slam dunk, but I think it fell short.) It does have a pleasant earthy hop presence, just not a complete bitter hoppy bite. The mouthfeel was a little over carbonated and thin. Lack of crispness at the end as well. Very drinkable and a pretty good earthy flavored brew in all.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid brew by SN. Pours a clear golden amber with a thick satiating head. Gobs of lacing all over the glass as it is drank. Solid hop aroma, earthy, floral, more citrusy and fruit based than its southern hemipshere counterpart. Mango and citrus centered hop character, tangier and fruitier than its southern hemisphere counterpart. Bigger malt body as well, solid caramel flavor. Dry, crisp, descent amount of resin, solid medium bodied ipa that finishes clean.

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft on numerous occassions from 10/1/02 to 1/11/03. Wet hopping of the freshest hops available in the hands of craftsmen, like the SN brewers, makes this brew a "hopheads delight." Lacin was minimal. A clear, amber appearence with a small off-white head is present. The nose is this unmistakable hoppy bouquet. There is this refreshing mouthful of a this piney, but slighly critic taste this is immediately evident. However, the mild malty finish enhances the overall drinkabilty of this brew. A seasonal brew that should be and only be available on draft.

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Photo of CNeilP09
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada. My favorite brewery for one simple reason: they produce beers that ARE TRUE BEERS. And this beer is no exception. First and foremost, "Wow." This is the epitome of ale. The "wet hop" marketing is nothing short of fantastical truth. Everything about this ale is lush and exuberant, with notes of pine, earth, citrus, cinnamon, sauteed scotch bonnet (like a sniff from 20 yards), some caramel, iron, wet stone, the nuances of a forty year old barn...this beer has it all! Seriously, the nose is a damned plethora of snorfs, toss it on the palate and you are sure to be pleased. The finish is dry and creamy and explosive, which is typical of the "style" yet, wait a second for that last "ummphf" of yumm. This is an ale that should be poured in every tavern across the country as the house beer.

Physically, the beer stands as beer. The color is a deep and rich mahogany, sharp copper. The head is malted cotton on ambrose leggings, and the lacing is tighter than a spider's web.

Again, damn! Great beer. I'll do myself a favor and pull a box to sit and savor over the next few years.

Exceptional Ale!!!

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Photo of ckaufman
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Zembies in HBG, PA...

A: Orange/amber in color with a massive pillow-like head. Excellent head retention with nice sticky lacing the whole way down the inside of the glass.

S: A strong citrus smell along with some notes of pine and grass. A little bit of malt in there as well. I must say I was slightly disappointed with the aroma characteristics in this brew. I think I was expecting a more complex density of hops. Nothing spectacular here, just solid hop aromas.

T: Lots of citrus flavor, some spice, and just enough of the malts to give this beer some balance. A long bitter hop hang and a fairly dry finish.

M: An almost perfect feel for an APA. Medium carbonation with a moderately viscous full body.
Very nice.

D: A nice drinking APA with a moderate ABV.

This reminded me of SN Pale Ale with a bolder hop presence and less hop/malt balance. Good beer!

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Photo of Wegbier
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I realize now that I bought it, it is a 2008 release. I will have to try it again fresh fresh in season.

a- niiiice, orange caramel color and a full finger head that shows lines to help you know where each sip was.

s- is enjoyable with citrus and pine hops but very light.

t- the best part, no more looking, when you get to put the beer in your mouth. This is good, on the website they say 65 bitterness, I have never heard of a bitterness rating but this is all the best qualities of hops. citrus and piney to spicy qualities.

m- smooth and good carbonation, it is a little thinner taste than I would like, it is a sort of thin medium body I would call it.

D- very drinkable, a very clean finish that makes you always happy to have another sip. I will look for this one again when it comes fresh as I can get it in Colorado

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Photo of daftafne
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks like a not so dull penny, smells of beautiful hops with some sweetness. produces an inch of head and some lacing that lingers. wow this is what I remember from my first sierra nevada, only this is full-on hops. The esters from the wet hops i can really taste and are at the front of the flavor profile. Very rounded body nice nutty malts. finishes with the grapefruit tart which leaves you needing more. light carbonation, very slightly sticky. tremendous

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

64 oz growler filled about an hour ago.
A: Fantastic. Golden amber color with a tiny red-ish tint. Only the slightest amount of cloudiness. Aggressive pour into a 12 oz tall taster glass. 1 inch white head with excellent retention and very sticky lacing. I think this is the stickiest lacing I have ever seen. Its like glue on the side of the glass. Pillow-like head on edges with only a slight covering to the center. Lots of size variation in carbonation from tiny to quite large bubbles. Expectations are high.
S: Great smell but not as strong as I was expecting. Pine, grapefruit, citrus, malt background barely distinguishable. Very subtle.
T: Perfect. This beer is so balanced. The hops taste awesome. The malt is just right. The finish is very smooth and very bitter with a final bit of sweetness from the malt. I love the taste of this beer.
M: Very smooth and creamy with the hops and carbonation giving it a little bit of bite. Absolutely no indication of alcohol.
O: Wow. What an accidental score. I got this only because I scratched off the other ones on the board just because I had already had them or was not interested. Not only that but I got it at a discount. I hope they have some more left tomorrow cause I am going to kill this growler tonight. WOOOOHOOO! This is definitely a beer you want to get hold of if you can during the harvest season. Way to go Sierra Nevada!!!

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Photo of chrisafari
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: strong and intense piney hops with a slight hint of citrus. The aroma is really "fresh," that is it smells like your walking through secluded and unpolluted forest. Very nice, indeed!

Pours dark amber brown with nice full head. Super clear with very nice lacing down the glass.

Taste: begins sweet with a slight hint of molasses and roasted nuts. The finish is nice crisp and semi-spicy hops. The hops aren't too intense, but give an excellent finish in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: medium body, perfect for a pale ale.

Drinkability: very high. Really easy to drink and very enjoyable to drink.

Fresh hops are soooo amazing! It makes this beer absolutely incredible and unique. I wish all IPA were fresh hopped...

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber coloring; large, fluffy white head which dissipated slowly

S: Pine, citrus, slight malt; one of the other people who tried it last night said that is smelled a little like marijuana

T: Wow. Just wow. Bitter, yet smooth taste as the hops blend in flawlessly with the malt backbone. Caramel notes.

M: Medium to light mouthfeel.

D: All day, every day. This is a great example of how to make a session PA that still retains flavor and aroma. Delicious and well-priced at 3.99 for a 24oz

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Photo of Birchgrove77
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Cloudy, amber colored beer with a nice, fluffy cream colored head that persists and laces nicely.

Smell: Not overly citrusy, but a very nice hop character. Some malt notes are detecteable when you get your nose in there.

Taste: Begins with a nice citrusy hop character, then progresses to a very nice maltiness that does not overpower the hops. There is a very distinct orange character within the malt and this is very nice. Finishes on the back of the tongue with a very nice piney hop character.

Mouthfeel: A tad heavier than I thought it would be.

Overall: A tad sweeter than I remember, but a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of njthebestofme
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark copper tone decent head to lacing.. average looking ale.. looked inviting to drink

S- Hops and malts not much citurus or pine .. was hoping for that

T- was smooth and hoppy.. lots of hops but not to bitter.. nice and smooth

M- good after taste .. not too overpowring

D- one bottle should do.. after that could get repetive

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Photo of agomega
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: clear copper cooler with a super thick white head. The head looks almost like the head on a root beer float.

Smell: A pleasing hop aroma. Primarily citrus aroma although there are some subtle piney hints as well.

Taste: on the tongue the beer is actually surprisingly malty. I was expecting a lot more hops up front. They are definitely there but they show up primarily as a lingering, slightly astringent hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Overall very smooth.

Overall: An interesting and enjoyable beer. Worth picking up if you see a bottle around.

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Photo of Mryup
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found two bottles mysteriously hiding behind something else....hmmmm...and when I see the last two bottles I took them like the greedy efing rat I am.

A: A very nice copper/red earthy look. Head is amazing (almost as good as the real thing). The head is tan and very significant with superior lacing.

S: second I opened the bottle and took a whiff my nostrils received an enema of freshness. A variety of hops with malt throughout the background. I can't put my finger on a specific hop. Earthy aromas with hints of fruit and spice make this beer smell superb.

T: I don't know quite how to word this. It doesn't seem to be jammed packed with more hops, just better hops hence I guess "wet" hops. Its what it says it is. Plenty of malt throughout too in a very well thought out balance. Once again, hints a fruit and spices with beautiful bitterness coming in at the end. The head is STILL there.

M: Consistent, medium-bodied mouthfeel thats maintains its presence throughout. Carbonation is perfect. The bitterness leads to slight dryness at the very end.

D: Good thing I only got a hold of two bottles. My liver thanks me.

This beer is everything it is made out to be. Coming in I had high expectations and they were met. This is the highest review I have ever given a beer,

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

13 Release, 2009.
Poured a perfect beautiful amber/orange color into a mug with 2 fat fingers of off-white creamy fluff head with good retention, and quite possibly the best sticky lace rings i have seen to date, all the way down, just pure awesome. Gives off big hops, pine/mango aromas. At first sip its a very nice roasty/toasty flavor with alot of citric and piny hops that are strong but not overly so, bitter but just right. A medium feel and the right amount of carbonation, the flavors in this IPA are blended just right, a real solid brew. Im drinking this in winter but i wish id had it during fall also as it would be great for the season, definitely going to pick this up again.

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Photo of KenOnBass
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer distributor in Patterson, NY. Poured from a growler.

A: Amber dark color, decent head and okay lacing

S: Very citrusy sweet smell, smells like oranges.

T: Very sweet and intense bitter taste. Weird and smooth like juice. I also had this at the end of the keg so not sure if this can be a fair assessment or not.

M: Really smooth, almost like juice. Too smooth.

D: I will have to try this again in from a bottle or on tap somewhere.

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Photo of Schwab
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this beer about 2 months ago and finally got around to open it.

Poured in glass with nice amber color and thin but thick head. Smell and taste are typical SN like, pine and citrusy. Great drinkability ...! However, I would not neccessary consider this an AIPA, more like an APA

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