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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,510
Ratings:
3,603
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
14.9%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,510 | Ratings: 3,603
Photo of jmatthew
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +3.4%
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 -5.5%
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 +4.1%
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 Jnashed
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +20.2%
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 beerogre
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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 +2.2%
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 +9.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +7.5%
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 +5.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +2.4%
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 +8.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -21.9%

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 -0.2%
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 +2.6%
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 -1.9%
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 sderenne
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,603 ratings.
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