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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +0.7%
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 -8.2%
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 -8.2%
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 +17.5%
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 -6.7%
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 -22.8%
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 -5.8%
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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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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 cdpike
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with really good clarity, big thick lasting foam. Nose is mostly of hops with a bit of malty sweetness but not too citrusy. Fairly heavy bodied and pretty creamy and smooth - not very carbonated. Mostly American hoppy APA bitterness at first but actually finishes very chewy, almost like a brown ale - big caramel flavor. Lasting subtle finish of Pacific Northwest hops. Unique and quite hearty, I'll be getting this one again! Probably best for the fall/winter seasons. I haven't really had one quite like this. Why don't I drink other Sierra Nevadas (besides the Pale Ale) more often???

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Photo of HombreWing
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle

Eyes: A beautiful orange ...bright ..tiny bubbles continuously swimming "north"
Nose: Hops so citrusy's spicy !
Tongue: A beautiful profile of malt and hops. They dance together w/ nary a one stepping on each others feet. Balanced
Texture: While the malt balances nicely, there is some sticky/sandy feel from lots of hop oils
Mouth happinesss: tastes like more !

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Photo of jpalarchio
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle with a nice thick head. Color was a little lighter than expected, almost more red than amber. Smell to the nose was just perfect, nice and and hoppy. Very smooth taste, left me wishing I had a second bottle.

Everything you'd expect from an top-notch IPA, all around a good beer, not much more what you could ask for.

Probably my favorite of these special releases from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Tulip

A: Great color with this one. A huuuge head that holds really well.

S: I get piney notes with this beer that I love, not the biggest smell in the world but still solid

T: I'm seriously enjoying this one. Hoppy enough to be a great IPA and stand out from the pack.

M: Great carbonation and with a decent alcohol level without going over the top.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Overall it was well above average and for the $5 price it was hard to beat. I'll be picking up another as long as they are out

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Photo of berliner07
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow. This beer is just in another category. Such a great concept, but the actual beer lives up to it. A MASSIVE rush of hop character on the nose. A bit more pine flavor and less citrus flavor than i would have expected, but excellent. When you drink this beer, you can almost imagine fresh hops going down your throat. It coats your palate with hop flavor. The malt character is perfect. Just enough to back up the hops, but not too much to hide them. This beer is damn near perfect.

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Photo of bernie879
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearence: Glissining med-dark copper with some redness brightening the beer. A dense off white head sat upon the beer for a good 5 min. before settling down at about .5cm leaving behind ample lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops jump right out and are mellowed out by more of a floral note. Also seemed to pick up some rye sourness and sweet bready notes, he later of which was relativly faint.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and on the higherside of carbonated. Bitterness was also pretty high, but not to high to distract from the other elements in the ale, resulting in a decent crispness.

Taste: For as much as hops highlight the beer there was a nice malt ratio which meet the hops. This is especially noticed as the beer warms up which is suprising as my general experience seems to result in a beer with this level of bitterness to only get more bitter as it warms up.

Overall: This is a pretty well crafted beer, not something I can drink all the time, but it is enjoyable. The color and aroma are very much enviting and the drinkablility doesn't let me down. If there was any complaint it was that the initial bitterness was more harsh than I would have liked but in the end it really mellowed out.

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Photo of NATOuk
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden red color with a lively initial head settling to a nice white ring around the glass

Light malts, some grassiness and some citrus, perhaps a touch of pine resin

A very complex taste, there's a lot going on here. Theres a lively light sweetness to begin with, followed by some earthy notes in the middle and a very full but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. Not as bold a hop profile as some of Sierra Nevada's heavily hopped beers but it really suits this beer, it's perfectly balanced start to finish

Medium body, medium carbonation. Coats the mouth well with flavour

A fantastic savouring beer, a beautifully balanced, full flavoured beer but with that characteristic American hop profile. Wonderful.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep copper color in the glass with a respectable head which left a nice lacy residue on the sides of the glass marking each consecutive sip. Earthy on the nose. The hops take front row in the flavor, as could be expected. Underlying the hops is an earthy warmth with a touch of citrus to balance out the experience. Full mouthfeel, plenty of body, and a good long finish. Somewhat pungent at first sip but still quite drinkable. Good fall quencher.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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 dino213aa
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition

I've really tried hard to review this with consideration to the style. I am not a big fan of pale ale's- especially Sierra Nevada's. However, this years SN Harvest Ale really asks me to reconsider my prejudices against this style.

A: Clear, deep amber with no gradation in color. Pours with minimal head but lots of intricate lacing in ~1-inch tiers.

S: Slightly toasty with whispers of lavender and citrus.

T&M: Personally I dislike pale ales because of bitter hops. That's it. However, this brew is incredibly balanced between bitterness and underlying character. There is a floral quality that reminds me of lavender, clover, grain with a touch of citrus reminiscent of plums or wild strawberries (as opposed to lemon). I can't imagine a pale ale tasting better than this, and by that measure I rate this brew as exceptional. Mouthfeel is crisp yet enduring.

D: Highly drinkable. I'd give this a 5 if I liked hops more.

Rarely does a beer invoke the kind of imagery and sensations as this brew has for me. Perfectly balanced and complex, this brew tantalizes the imagination and beckons me to drink more.

Very highly recommend.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle. It has a nice aged copper color with a substantial head that laces down the glass. I enjoyed the smell, which was hoppy yet different than other beers presumably because of it being wet-hopped. The taste was fantastic. It was both sweet and smooth in the bitterness and citrus flavors of the hops. It was a big beer in taste and weight, but eminently drinkable and enjoyable. The 6.7 % ABV does get to you and this beer quickly goes down.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head which remains for several minutes and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, sweet malts, and some piney hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming, but definitely inviting.

T: A nice blend of moderate hop bitterness, roasted grain, and some residual sweetness. In addition, finishes with some pine and resin, really an interesting profile.

M: A moderate body with low carbonation.

D: Going to finish the 24oz bottle, and that would be about all I could manage.

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Photo of mmclaughlin38
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with a frothy, creamy 2 finger head. Great, citrus, hoppy aroma. Mild malty backbone. Well balanced and delicious. Very smooth, drinkable with a light mouthfeel. It's a dangerous 6.7%, but drinks easier. Overall, really pleased.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews from SN. There is a brewery that really puts out a fine array, quality across the board. This one stands out among their lineup. Brewed with fresh hops at harvest time, it has a wonderful floral aroma and rich, full malty body to carry the substantial but smooth herbal hop character. Part of the magic is that the hopping isn't wildly out of balance as you see in products from Stone where they like to use hops as a weapon. I just wish it could be put out year round. This is unquestionably a must-have for hop lovers.

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Photo of sudz42
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first fresh hops ale, I give this a 5 because this ale rules. As others note, "pine" and "oily" are pretty good descriptions. Drinkable beyond all belief. It's a little strong but I guess the malt had to get beefed up to support the hop factory.

After you drink this you'll long for fresh green-bud sticky hop resin year-round.

I'm going out to get some more bottles as they probably move fast.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a purchased bottle into a pint glass

A) red hued with a two to three finger head and good retention.

S). Piney sweetness. Malt in back gives a bread note. Similar to many SN pale ales the pone notes are prominent

T) nice full hop flavor especially the grassy pines in the background. Light on citrus but resin is noted. Balanced nicely with the malt.

M) really medium to full body. With lots of carbonation holding on .

O) well put together beer. Very balanced. Not as sweet as other "harvest" ales out there but I assume that is the hops used. Likable and quaffable beer. I like it.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 3,550 ratings.
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