Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
3,673 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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,673 |  Reviews: 1,528
Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Updated from a 2013 rating. Nice pour and thick head with solid lacing along the SA Perfect Pint glass. Being from SN, you know it'll be a solid IPA. Good aroma, fresh and not too harsh bitterness combined with spot-on ABV. Not on the top of the pile, the Harvest series is a dependable addition to the seemingly ever-growing fresh / wet hop style.

 352 characters

Photo of WVUbrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Photo of ATPete
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle

A- pours a beautiful orange/red/brown color with a medium sized creamy off white/tan head that leaves some sticking.

S- Mild nose of very fresh spicy/resinous hops.

T- Big spicy hops, lots of pine and hop resin. Sweet malty structure holds everything together. notes of tobacco, earth and charcoal upon the finish. No alcohol heat.

M- Medium/coating, decent carbonation

D- I'd be pretty satisfied with just one bomber, im kind of let down, i expected a huge bright, citrusy hop monster. Still a quality beer none the less. Definitely worth a try for Sierra fans, hop fans and collectors of one off brews.

 621 characters

Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark hazy orange, beautiful head. Nice creamy, frothy layer sticks around for the drink. Aroma not as huge as I was expecting, but still quite good: grapefruit citrus and some spicy pine.

Taste is very good, but again, I was expecting more "bigness" from this beer. Nice spicy hop flavors, with loads of bitterness on the finish and back of the tongue. Some malty biscuit flavors too. Not as much citrus as the aroma would suggest. The mouthfeel is excellent and pretty creamy.

For a gauge, I find this IPA to actually be more mellow than their Celebration Ale. An excellent beer nonetheless, very full tasting without being overpowering.

 648 characters

Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BrewSTL
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of laxer8811
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of craft_shannie
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was quite hoppy. The taste was very nicely hopped, with a caramel malt base to it. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day long!

I originally called this the "Oktoberfest Pale Ale" and it seems somewhat fitting. A simply fantastic beer, and unlike the bunch of cookie-cutter Oktoberfests out there, a unique take on a seasonal beer, and I can't wait for next year for this one!

 508 characters

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

Pours a clear amber with a medium off-white head. Smells of lemon. Taste is hoppy, fresh citrus taste, slightly grassy, with a good toasty malt in the background. Surprisingly balanced with good bitterness from the hops. The carbonation is slightly high, and the beer has a full mouthfeel. Very drinkable, a very good tasting beer. This is the first wet-hop beer I've had, and I plan on buying this again next year when it comes out.

 433 characters

Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

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

2007 - 11th edition

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan, chunky, fluffy and pillowy tan head into an oversized goblet. the head was long-lasting and left sticky sides and lace. the body was a bright amber color.
s - nice hop aroma but balanced all the same. grapefruit, pine, grass, wheat with an underlying caramel sweetness.
t - like chewing on pine cones and as it warms up the caramel really comes through.
m - slick and coating, chewy on the palate.
d - lip smacking good. i had a 24 oz bottle of this and could have gone back for more.

 544 characters

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

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jrand2621
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,673 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.