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 jopezu
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Gregaroo
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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Photo of McNazz
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of riversider76
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber,with a huge off white head. Lots of retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit,and grassy,pineyhops.Body is medium,with carbonation. Taste is of grapefruit,and piney hops, Smooth,and creamy,with a nice burn in the finish. Excellent!!

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Photo of IPAIsaac
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of hreb
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of IPAs on a good deal at Costco today. Wasn't sure if it was going to be this one or Chasin' Freshies that I wanted to crack first, but the Bros did it in for me. Can this really be a 100 point IPA? 24oz of 2014 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA, served in a pint glass. Beer pours surprisingly dark amber in color, with a large paler amber head on top. Aroma provides all the requisite piny and citrusy West coast IPA notes. Oh, but the flavors are what really nail it. I feel like I can taste the individual corners of this pine cone and trace the curves of the grapefruit with my tongue. For such a high alpha, hoppy ale there's a really impressive depth and complexity here. The malt body of this beer does not disappoint, absolutely playing a secondary role, but it's not just there for filler -- it provides both balance and flavor.

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

Last year I had this brew on tap but had not reviewed it at that time. This year I was able to track this brew down bottled. This brew poured to a copper color that had amber highlights, had a nice sized off white head that had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aromas, as expected, really show off the hops which give a very nice floral scent but also noticeable is a nice malt sweetness that gives it a very inviting scent. The taste, is very good, the hops really stand out here as they seem to coat the mouth quite well leaving a hop residue and linger at the tail end. In the beginning the malt flavor does stick out and with that start and the hop finish it seems to be ell balanced. This is a very good brew, nice one to bridge the fall till the winter when the celebration ale makes its appearance.

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Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another year, another wet hop brew from our pals in Chico! Grabbed this the day after it landed in my town. Just the facts, you say? Alright. I put this 24 ounce bottle twice into a Paulaner Weissbier glass because I'm cool and avant-garde like that.

A. Shockingly clear copper, GORGEOUS, fat, chunky, lacy, pitted, dense light tan head. Superb lacing and I can read the text on my monitor through the glass easily. Seriously, not sure how they do it.

S. Reeks of sweet toasty malt and dank, resiny, pine hops. I actually smelled this as soon as the cap was popped. Pungent and dry, citrusy and orange-ish, this is firing on all cylinders. Brown sugar and I'll be, a hint of vanilla in there, too. A bit o' booze as well. I like this lots.

T. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the wondrous "wet" hop. This beer is wonderful. Rich malt gives way deferentially to the real star, the green and earthy hop! Pine tree sappy, dry and "green", bitter (but not medicinal), and in well-nigh perfect balance with the light caramel and toasty sugar malt. There's a lot going on here, but this review is taking up valuable drinking time. Apparently Sierra used only Cascade and Centennial here, but boy do they shine. Shine on, you crazy hops.

M / D. Full, pervasive carbonation avoids being sharp or fluffy, letting you put this one back with ease. Medium body, finishes quite deliciously hoppy and a bit dry, with only touches of alcohol here and there. Drinking all 24 ounces was really not a problem... okay, in fact it was too easy.

Man, these Sierra beers just keep getting better and better. The 13th Wet Hop Harvest is marvelous, and a steal at the $4 price going at my local beer-pusher. This is one of the best buys of 2009. Buy it soon, drink it fresh!

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Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear, with a dark amber hue that resembles a medium-colored tea. Nice lacing on the glass, even though the head is just a dusting. Aromas are full of American hops -- grapefruit and mint, some honey from the malts, and a fresh, soft, green aroma. It seems to have fewer edges than the aroma of a dry-hopped beer, perhaps. On the palate, very full flavors and carbonation, starting with with substantial, but soft, hop bitterness that sets the sides of the tongue a-tingling. Things sweeten up a bit from the mid-palate on, as the malts and the alcohol present themselves. The finish is substantially dry, very active, and long, as those green, piney aromas from the nose show themselves. Overall, this is a fantastic beer -- well executed, integrated, and tasty. The wet hops seem to add a distinctive soft, green element to things. Very good.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper color with a lovely head and good lacing. The aroma is surprisingly faint, even after it warmed, but there are some nice, and complex, hoppy notes, fruity, piney, lovely. The taste is much more assertive, and delicious, and complex. It has about every adjective you could use to describe hops. Its wet with oils, fresh grapefruit and citrus, piney to a certain extent, bitters toward the end... but what of the malts? They're there too, and also seem in a more 'raw' state, grainy and everything coming off dry, even though its smooth through the middle. The carbonation is spot on, has good body... its just a thoroughly drinkable beer!

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24oz bomber with classy label.

Appearance: Burnt golden amber beer with a minimal white cap.

Smell: Rich, biscuity caramel and toffee aromas...kind of suprised at the lack of hops.

Taste: Sweet, toasty, caramelly and biscuity, with a medium earthy/herbal hop twang on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Conclusion: This is a NICE Pale Ale...not what I expected at all, however...with the "wet hop" I assumed a more aggressive, in your face hop flavor, but this is quite balanced, and is almost more of a session Pale Ale (despite the abv.) than an IPA IMO.

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Photo of MrDave
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Served on tap at the Toronado. This beer was pretty good, but given the hype I had heard was slightly disappointing. It had a crystal clear amber body and looked great in the light. The aroma was sweet and had some hop aroma, but not as much as I wanted. The flavor was pretty good as well with good hop flavor and a sweet maltiness. Again however, I wanted some more hop presence. Medium body and not a bad beer, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of olafphysics
5/5  rDev +20.2%

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