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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Photo of davet100
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Morris729
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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Photo of SmashPants
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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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Goliath
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear amber color with a huge two inch yellowed head. Great retention and some nice lacing.

The aroma is nice. A decent hop presence showing mostly citrus quality, a little pine and spice too.

The taste is ok. A mild hop presence by my estimation, giving a bit of grass to the profile along with a very slight bitterness. The malt profile is bigger than I remember too. It's almost got a rye bite to it, kind of hay like. I'm underwhelmed.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and moderately carbonated with fine bubbles, really gentle.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a solid beer and a decent experience. For the price you can't beat it. Seriously, $3 for 24oz? That's a deal.

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Photo of litheum94
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

Poured into a tulip glass. A dark amber color with a thick tan colored head that stands on top of the beer and leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Aromas of toasted malt, grassy hop, citrus hop, floral hop, and some pine hop.

Right away the toasted malt rises to the top with the grassy hop. The citrus and pine show up more towards the finish and provide a nice mellow flavor with the toasted malt. Finishes somewhat bitter with the lingering citrus hop and toasted malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some smoothness from the carbonation and oily hop. Very nice smooth feel that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

I am tending towards the wet hop ales lately. It's becoming my favorite time of the year. I can actually enjoy the malt flavors in the beer while still getting a strong hop presence without the mouth drying over the top bitterness of some beers. This beer is a very good example of a fresh hop ale. I'm definitely going to reach for this every year...and at $5 a bottle it's a steal.

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego

Pours a slightly hazy amber red color with a nice off-white head that leaves a nice film. Malty aroma with nice hops, florals, and citrus. Crisp refreshing taste with good malts initially, giving way to citrus and florals and a great pine-ish bitter finish. Nice lingering hop aftertaste. Light- to medium-bodied; very smooth with minimal carbonation. An excellent and refreshing offering from SN that I'll look for again.

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Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- mostly clear reddish copper amber tapering down to bright yellow with a whole spectrum of yellows and oranges in between. head is uniform and beige, nice wiggly clumpy lace everywhere..

S- certainly smells what i imagine freshly hoppy would smell like. a little more fruity and green with softened grapefruit, guava, tropical fruit, flowers, and pine. a bit of gasoline or like the fuel way a mango smells. wine barrels and woodsy sweet and toasty caramel malt also very nice.

T- exceptional taste and perfectly balanced (for me). hop flavor is fresh and intense and not brutally bitter, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, spruce, and a peppery kick with some toasted and semi sweet grains. fresh bitterness at the end, oils resins, and some greenness, smooth and woodsy, tobacco, soil.

MF- full and lightly oily. pleasant astringent bitter dryness with an overall fruity feeling. just under medium carbonation fizzles away in the dense hoppipness leaving what feels like hop essence! ... trailing behind. resinous. herbal.

D- glad i found this. it really appeals to me because the balance fits my ideal ipa dreamz, and the fresh hops are outer space. puts your ass to sleep too. hop sedation.

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Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of John
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This is hopped up for 2001! Beautiful, deep reddish color. Superbly balanced. Far better than any previous years, IMHO.

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

Lovely orange amber colour with an impressive two-finger thick khaki coloured head. Smell is much more balanced than I was really expecting. Pine resin and citrusy hops are definitely present, but there is also a nice sweet malty presence, as well.
This, of course, was rather hoppy, but not as assertive as I was prepared for. It really ended up being well balance all the way around. Sweet malts up front, then turning abruptly bitter but very pleasant and not at all "overdone" or cloying.
Easy drinking, smooth mouthfeel with very modest carbonation. Not really my style, the whole American IPA thing, but occasionally I feel to drink a beer like this and this one hit the spot. Well done.

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Photo of nzerbe
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of Strix
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a huge foamy head, nice retention and lacing.

Smells like fresh bread, with a citrus hop finish.

Tastes of piney citrus hops. Finishes with an orange-peel aftertaste. I also get, bread, lemon, and even mint in there somewhere.
Really surprisingly thirst-quenching. Hits in the right spot.

Mouthfeel resinous, medium to thin.

This is really an enjoyable IPA. I'm loving all of SN's special brews.

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Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ChipChaight
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with modest white head that leaves sheets of lacing. Pine and orange in the aroma.

Sweet tea, rose petals and cherry malt stand out in the taste, with piney hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy. Relatively low carbonation.

A bit on the sweet side to my taste, but still pretty good.

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Photo of samie85
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours an almost blood red amber with a two finger head into a tulip.

S-Smells mostly of citrus(grapefruit) and piny hops.

T-Piny and citrusy up front with a caramel malt backbone to balance things. Finishes with mild bitterness and very clean.

M-Very smooth and med. bodied with low carbonation.

D-Very, very easy drinking. The lack of overt bitterness makes this dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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