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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
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1,499
Ratings:
3,548
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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Photo of beerogre
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the first sip to the last this beer was an absolute delight to drink. I thought I had missed out on both this and the Anniversary Ale but thanks to Big C liquors a few miles west from here on State Road 50, over in Winter Park, I managed to grab both these two on a trip over there this weekend (plus their last bottle of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, but that's another story).

The hops are truely fantastic in this beer, but it's so much more than that. It's an overall beautifully crafted, well balanced beer. For some reason, I just kept on coming up with the thought of Avery's Maharaja when I was drinking this beer. Now I must go out and buy some to investigate why that was. Oh poor me, such an onerous task!

Don't pass this one by. Buy it, and get as much as your budget will allow. In fact, sod it, just overspend and report an exception.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with a white, fluffy head. Pour got a little out of control and head hung on for quite some time. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Nice citrsy hops. Distinct grapefruit smell with a touch of pine.

T: Smooth and balanced, but with big spicy hop flavor. This brew is all about the hops and does a wonderful job showcasing them without letting them overpower.

M: Just a touch oily, which is perfect for a medium bodied pale ale.

D: Bottle says 6.7% ABV. Not a session beer, but all 24oz. went down like it was. I'll definitely pick up another before they are gone for the season.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale. A good choice to start an evening or to enjoy with dinner. A seasonal upgrade over SNPA that is worth the extra cost.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of the 13th Release (2009).

Pour reveals an orange/copper/almost-pink tinted body with a frothy, slightly reddish-brown off-white head. Really like the color of the body, reminds me of nugget nectar. It almost glows. Head slowly shrinks, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell immediately makes me think summer for some reason. It has that grapefruit hop smell I love so much. The smell is well defined and strong, but also delicate. It doesnt smack me in the face the way some IPAs do. Very inviting. Smells like something I would like to wake up to...

Taste is very nice. Not over the top, but definitely relying heavily on the hops. It is somewhat bitter, but not in a harsh sort of way, kind of sweet from the malt and the fruitiness in the hops, and overall satisfying. The taste is much like the smell in that it is not what I would call balanced (the hops do the heavy lifting here), but is by no means over the top or in your face.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect. Lowly carbonated, yet it feels alive and vibrant as I drank. Makes it extremely smooth. The soft yet delightful flavors along with this really low carbonation make it super drinkable. I dont mind a more carbonated beer, but man, this is about perfect for the flavor profile.

One extraordinary grapefruity-IPA, could probably be considered an American Pale Ale, not too bold but just very, very well done. Cannot be beat for the price!

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Photo of ozzyCobblepot
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fourth beer at the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller. Paired with the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to demonstrate two extremes of hops flavor--this one being the all about hops example.

A: Amber colored, fantastic head
S: Slightly sour, but the bitterness of the hops is already coming through
T: A pale ale with a hearty hops flavor

This was the first time I had drank a wet hop beer. This particular brew involves picking the hops and getting them into the boil within a few hours, which is amazing to me. The result is not just a very hoppy beer, but one in which the hops taste almost raw and unrefined. Takes a few sips to get used to, and this isn't really a beer to enjoy for much longer than that, at least in one sitting, but even so this is a fantastic beer. Makes me proud to be an American.

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

I usually dont like IPA's all that much but I went to the local Fresh market and one of the employees passed by and said I must try it

Poured an amber copper color into a pint glass with off white head, It smelled wonderful to me, lots of citrus and pine, nice grapefruit. The carbonation was nice and It tasted of the most fresh hops that I have ever had in an IPA, well I dont drink that many. Very hoppy citrus flavor well balanced. Mouth feel was right in the middle, I could drink this all night, wasnt overly hoppy like most i have tried. Overall for an IPA this is the best I have had.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber beer with three fingers of light amber foam reducing to one finger and very nice lacing.

S- Beautiful sweet, flowers, grass aromas

T- Grapefruit, superb bitterness with an underlying sweetness.

MF- Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation

D- I will definitely have this one again. It's a beer to be drunk slowly and savored.

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Photo of TonyT
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zembies, Dwntn HBG

A- Poured dark gold/copper one finger head with consistent hanging lacing.

S- Citrusy and hop, nothing blowing you away but you know it's there.

T- Very good. Hops hit you from the beginning and keep going. Nice citrusy taste and the malt balance are right on.

M- Hops hang for the ride, and the malts hitch on half way through and continue to the end. Nice mellow dryness.

D- Very drinkable.

I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a lively pour, a great head forms and lingers atop an amber body of ale. The hoppy nose, consisting of piney, earthy and a little citrus, is a delight and is reminiscent of the aroma of their torpedo extra ipa.

The flavor is very hoppy, with resinous overtones and notes of citrus, more on the grapefruit side than lemon. Can't help but think how well this would go with brown spicy mustard.

This is a great wet hop ale and at 6.7 abv it can begin to hit sooner than expected. I strongly recommend this ale to any hophead who is looking for something new to try.

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Photo of suretolose
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light amber color with a slight haze. A good inch of head that last a long time.

The aroma is rather light. citrus and hops. A hint of sweetness.

Tastes very good. Hops and malt, almost a rye flavor to it. It reminds me of Founders red eye only sweeter. Hints of carmel and citrus linger.

It feels heavier in the mouth than it appears in the glass. Leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Very good beer.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

24 ounce bottle poured into a sailor jerry pint glass.

A - reddish-orange hue, which upon pouring had a 1/2 head. As you sip, the head fades and leaves a nice lacing.

S - hoppy, but not the normal hop smell you'd get from a IPA or even a DIPA. Closer to a fresh cut grass smell

T - the hops don't hit right away, so I will say malt up front. The hops follow with a very unique hop variety. I am a hophead and even I haven't tasted this kind of hop before. Fresh, and green come to mind as I sip. Dry in the finish, and not thick like a DIPA. Very refreshing and unique

M - Very carbonated, at least in my glass. Very smooth and drinkable. Bitter, but the good kind of bitter that a hophead seeks

Drinkability - Very drinkable if you can find it. Wish they had this on tap, wish they could make a six pack. I would make this a regular, but it is hard to find. A great brew, definitely try it!

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

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into 20oz. Guinness glass. Towering cream colored head leaves behind some quality lace. Superb bronze color with a transparent appearance, Towards the end of the glass I am able to spot a very tiny amount of sediment. Smell is mostly of fresh floral hops, Some pine, citrus fruits with a slight sour dough aroma. Taste is superb. Slightly numbing hop bitterness at first then some sweet malt finishing with a nice dry hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is also quite nice leaving a slightly creamy aftertaste with a dry finish. Drinkability seems quite good due to the good balance. Overall, This is a great beer which is widely available and well worth a try. Highly recommended!

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Photo of necrat
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Just a quick review on this one.

Aside from the previously described notes about the cloudy, lacing, etc, my only note is this...

How does it get a 93?? This is a B, B- beer AT BEST. It's got so much potential, and comes off when you taste it like it just isn't there. It's not bad, there is some hop to it, and some pine notes. But overall, it's weak. Much weaker than I expected given the reviews.

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Photo of beerdepartment
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears just like a sierra nevada hoppy beer of any type as I recall, which is very good, maybe partly because the look reminds me of good Sierra Nevada experiences in the past.

Smells like hops cologne; very nice balance between spice and juicy fruit.

Tastes good, what can I say? The bitterness is appreciable to people who like bitter beers, but could overpower some people who just want hops for aroma.

Feels thick enough to take the punch from the hops, with sweetness helping somewhere.

Drinkability: I'm drinking it and enjoying it. Good.

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Photo of calise1122
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 24oz bottle into a pint glass while watching the Pats try to grind out another victory against the Colts with an injury ridden squad.

A: Pours dark amber with a huge frothy tan head which slowly shrinks to about a centimeter and settles, leaving behind rings and splotches of lacing. Really nice looking brew

S: What a great smell... not incredibly strong, but really nice citrus and floral notes. This is very fruit driven, another poster mentioned fruit loops and the first thing I thought of was fruity pebbles.

T: Taste is very much in line with the smell. Not overly strong, lots of fruits mixed in with the bitterness from the hops. Getting a lot of Grapefruit and pine, some spices and earth/grass. Really well balanced, just enough sweetness in relation to the citric-driven hop characters.

M: thickly coats the mouth, with a good crisp finish. Tingles the taste buds and very easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this beer, the malt and hops are really dancing in unison. Drank it slow and enjoyed every second of it. Great job by Ken, I will certainly be picking up some more of these.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 8 oz 11th ed. bottle into Trappistes Rochefort chalice

A - This brew pours nice and dark amber, orange-brown, murky, with a beautiful finger head that sits and then dissipates into a nice frothy film, excellent lacing; tasty looking brew

S - Fruity, hops and more hops, slight caramel notes

T-M - Orange citrus tones into a hops explosion, elegant bitterness, slight chocolate/caramel taste on the finish. Good carbonation.

D - Has a nice balance: heavily hopped, obviously, but not over-powering.

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Photo of tigerdoc
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant clarity amber color with white lacey head. Aroma is balanced toward the hoppy side with citrus, pineapple aromas and sweet caramel malts. Flavor is also balanced toward the hoppy side but with significant malt presence. Hops are very american: citrusy maybe a little resiny hop flavor balanced with sweet malt and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable delicious american ale. Unique style fresh hop flavor is awesome.

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Photo of PatriotsRule
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful amber with a golden half-inch of head. Head lingers and some really appetizing lacing is left all over the glass.
S: Fresh hops baby! It is piney and a bit fruits as west-coast hopped brews are
T: A nice balance with roasted malts and a pleasant hop bite at the end
M: Super smooth, super crisp. I could drink a few 24oz bottles of this...
O: Beautiful work by Sierra Nevada. I think this is a bit better than the Southern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from New Zealand, as it is a bit more balanced and extra drinkable. Looking forward to getting some Celebration soon to kick off the holiday season right!

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep red with a creamy off-white head. Immediately as itÂ’s poured, hops aroma hits me. Spicy, floral/piney, and especially hoppy aroma is refreshing... Maybe hints of apple. Spicy flavor fills mouth with bitter hops and notes of pine. Nice bitter finish lingers. Alcohol is subdued but noticable. Malt characteristics barely noticable but present. Finishes very bitter. Extensive lacing through whole beer as head diminishes slowly. Very lightly carbonated. Excellent and refreshing beer. Light moutfeel but not watery.

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Photo of chadlebald
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Tornonado in San Francisco.

Poured with a nice creamy one-finger head. Lacing is thin but each notch is evident.

Smell of piney hops and bread.

Taste is similar and two-fold--first the malt then the hops...the latter of which linger for some time.

True to cask form, carbonation is rightly low and serving temp is spot on. (sidebar: my jury is still out on 'flatter' mouthfeel when it comes to IPAs--it totally fits english style ales but American hoppy beers... a tougher sell to my palate; prickly hops seem to dance differently (and better?) on my tongue when more highly carbed methinks)

All that said, this is a very well put together brew.

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

Notes from 5/4/10 tasting; 22-oz bomber poured to German glass beer krug.

A--cloudy copper brown, hint of orange, big light foamy head, irregular shape, tremendous lacing

S-really fresh smell of pine and citrus hops and spices

T--taste very similar to smell, some caramel notes maybe and citrus bitterness

M--medium carbonation and body, a good mouthfeel

D--drinkable anytime, anywhere for a great price ($5)

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Photo of sderenne
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Fresh from the tap at Sierra's tap room. Pours really nice esp. in sierras IPA glass. This a very well rounded beer that many people with different tastes can enjoy.

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Photo of kush6875
4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice copper color with thick white head and very nice lacing. smells as if you stuck your nose in a bouquet of the freshest hops. this beer truly has a nose like no other. this beer is a hopheads dream. minimal malt detected but the hops arent over powering it just tastes reallly really fresh, juicy and floral. i could drink this one all damn day! i cant wait to try this side by side with a fresh celebration ale. i bought 3 cases of this and am down to 1. next year i will order 5 cases. YES THIS BEER IS THAT GREAT!!!
CHEERS AND HOPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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Photo of JoeCeez
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant clear copper with ruby edges, with a foamy one fingered off white head that leave very healthy lacing.

S: huge fresh smelling hops: pine, spicy, citrus, heady nuggs, earthy, floral and grassy this beer has some exceptional complex hop aromas, with some bready malts in the background

T: extremely piney, citrus; bitter orange zest and juicy grapefruit with spicy earthy floral hops, there are lots of complex layers of hop flavor balanced with some sweet bready caramel malt sweetness, and a dry bitter finish

M: very crisp carbonation, medium body, very resinous and oily

D: The alcohol is well hidden behind the layers of complex hop bitterness and ballancing carmel sweetness, I drank 24oz of this in less than 15 minutes and still wanted more, however as it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable

I love this beer and at less than four bucks for a 24oz bomber the Sierra Nevada Harvest series are probably one of the best deals around

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Photo of Bobo77
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful reddish tan color with an absolutely gorgeous frothy white head that stays around for an extended period of time.

Smell - Powerful citrusy hop aroma. Sweet fruit aromas, apricot, pear, and mango stick out. Not so much grapefruit. This is easily the most aromatically pleasing IPA I have ever come across.

As the head begins to subside, lots of sticky lacing is reavealed.

Taste - Sweet roasted maltiness and caramel come together to form a solid backbone for a bitter hoppy beer. But unlike other IPAs, the bitterness of this one bites but doesn't destroy the person drinking. In the past I have had IPAs where I needed to eat something with them to make them tolerable, this is not like that at all. SN seems to know what they're doing by keeping such a delicate balance. Grapefruit of course appears on the tongue but it is followed by apricot, mango, and pine needles. This is much like the relief one gets from a sour patch kid once the sweetness hits. Alcohol, at 6.7%, is well hidden by the hops. Oh the joy!! There is still so much beer in this bomber. I refill my glass. Aftertaste starts off bitter but then has a citrusy trailoff. Definately the most complex and delicious IPA I have ever experienced.

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Photo of Grandwazoo
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap - Bright caramel color with subtle carbonation...very attractive. head dissipates quickly with nice lacing

Ar - Pumpernickel and apples, though not a very big nose at all

T - disappointingly flat up front, with mild citrus and malt, but soon overwhelmed by bitter hoppy finish

F - Pleasant medium-light feel

D - Nicely refreshing in its own way, just not the mouthful I had expected.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.
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