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

3,636 Ratings
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle 2008 release poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Foam clings to the side of the glass after settling.

S - Honestly, underwhelming. I pick up a bit of citrus hops, but it is not very pronounced... have the hops faded since bottling? Most likely, as I'm drinking the 2008 release in May 09

T - piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Definately not a hop bomb, but there is a good amount of piney flavor with a substantial sweetness behind it.

M - hops numb and tingle my entire mouth, carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty well balanced, goes down easily.

I'll be this was much better fresh - I'd rather drink a Torpedo IPA. Not that it was bad, I'd just prefer a more pronounced hop flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper with a nice pillow head. Smell is a very distinct balance of rich hops and a definite malt sweet aroma. The taste is excellent, pre.esnting the same balance as the aroma..hops aren't harsh, malt isn't overly sweet. Mouthfeel is rich, chewy..a beer to savor. Drinkability based on the above characteristics is way above average.

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear dark amber, topped by shaving cream-thick, beige head that recedes rapidly to a thick cap with a beautiful half inch thick ring of almost unbroken lace persisting on my goblet.

Nose is an amazingly light perfume of mellow orange, sweet piney notes, hints of florals, even lighter hints of herbs and grain, tinged with a subtle spiciness, and even lighter fragrances of herbs.

The taste. I didn't know what to expect, but the flavor of this is astoundingly good. If all you like are citrus and pine megaton explosions upon impact, then this beer won't be that. It, however, is one of those beers that really gets you at first sip. What an elusive massage of flavor upon the tongue. It is thick and strong, full of expected citrus and flowers, pine, riding in on dark breadiness. What's unexpected is it cradles the tongue, unlike too many others of this very varied style which can be liquid sledgehammers (I love liquid sledgehammers, actually). The complexity is a function of the mouthfeel, it is creamy and light to the extreme, giving it the elusiveness encountered on first sip, but also giving it a clarity that makes the flavors intense in a more subdued way, really excellently. The flavor is amazingly blended, clear, wonderfully balanced, and I have the feeling I haven't tasted something like this before, though the flavors all are old friends.

Mouthfeel? Perfect, Sierra Nevada I fucking love you. Please send the Estate stuff here.

Drinkability? Off the charts. See this at your store? Buy this. Lucky you. This was the last one at my local guy. On second thought maybe that's a good thing, I'd probably crack it next.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a stein. Pours a medium amber with an inch of everlasting tan head. Leaves very nice lace behind, big thick trail of lace. The smell is pretty light for a wet or fresh hop ale. I smell just a tiny bit of malted barley and a slight bit of citrus backing it up.
The taste is pretty mellow as well, caramel malts and citrus. Mmm, some pale malts, earth and pine. Good, but not as hoppy as I expected. The mouth is decently smooth, low to moderate carbonation. I would like a longer lasting aftertaste, but still not bad.
Sierra Nevada makes about a million (give or take) IPA's and amazingly they seem to make a different one each time. The Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is no different, balanced and smooth. Though this seems to be the least hoppy of the bunch.

Notes added 10/27/12. Got a fresh one so I thought I'd add some notes. The smell is much better from a newish bottle. Tons of pine, citrus and lawn clippings, all balanced with caramel and pale malt goodness. Goes down pretty smooth. Taste is fresh hop goodness, well balanced. A slight change in the score on smell and mouth.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Pours a clear bright copper-amber color with a thick white head that leaves heavy rings of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is floral and grassy hops with notes of fresh pine. Fresh hops dominate the taste throughout with piney and citrusy notes but there is also a nice caramel malt backbone that holds everything together. I could sit and drink this all night.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: solid dark brown 710mL bottle, with a very stylish, vintage-style label. A good-looking package that has me expecting a quality product.

Appearance: a vibrant, pure orange colour, with hints of red and dusty brown. Very little carbonation. A fairly solid head pops up to two fingers, and settles to a thick, rocky pure white with great lacing and decent retention.

Aroma: a definite caramel malt comes forth, with some citric hops backing up - predominantly grapefruit. Not much more than those, but they'll definitely do.

Taste: I'm not sure if it's the speed with which they deliver the hops to the bottle, but this beer seems very fresh, quite organic. Defined characteristics of pine, grapefruit and caramels. I really enjoy the addition of the caramel malts instead of the usual AIPA "million hops with no distinct flavour".

Aftertaste: a lingering bitterness in the throat that makes one feel like drinking more. Sounds good to me! A dryness across the palate too.

Mouth feel: smooth and quite heavy in body, with a heavier yet fine carbonation. More carbonation than the initial appearance would suggest. Goes down very easily, which is a bit of a concern considering the price.

Overall: a very good example of a good-quality, flavoursome American IPA. I am a bit sick olf the usual "whop the hops in an hope for the best" AIPAs that have no taste. This one is clean, crisp and distinctly flavoursome. A very nice beer, that whilst a bit dear at AU$80 a case of 12 x 710mL, is a darn site better than half of the worse, but more expensive AIPAs out there.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,636 ratings.
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