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
3,686 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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Ratings: 3,686 |  Reviews: 1,532
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle 2008 release poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours a clear orange-amber color with two full fingers of pillowy foam. Foam clings to the side of the glass after settling.

S - Honestly, underwhelming. I pick up a bit of citrus hops, but it is not very pronounced... have the hops faded since bottling? Most likely, as I'm drinking the 2008 release in May 09

T - piney bitterness that lingers on the palate. Definately not a hop bomb, but there is a good amount of piney flavor with a substantial sweetness behind it.

M - hops numb and tingle my entire mouth, carbonation is just right.

D - Pretty well balanced, goes down easily.

I'll be this was much better fresh - I'd rather drink a Torpedo IPA. Not that it was bad, I'd just prefer a more pronounced hop flavor.

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Photo of ChrisPro
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of edchicma
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium copper with a nice pillow head. Smell is a very distinct balance of rich hops and a definite malt sweet aroma. The taste is excellent, pre.esnting the same balance as the aroma..hops aren't harsh, malt isn't overly sweet. Mouthfeel is rich, chewy..a beer to savor. Drinkability based on the above characteristics is way above average.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours very dark orange, nearly brown. thick head as well.

smells like sweet hops and caramel malt.

taste is sweet with very creamy caramel malt. not overpoweringly bitter but nice hop kick with great balance of malts. goes down very smooth, finishes sweet and bitter.

pretty damn good fresh hop/wet hopped IPA. would definitely buy this again. and great value for $5.99 a bomber

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of golf4collet
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a stein. Pours a medium amber with an inch of everlasting tan head. Leaves very nice lace behind, big thick trail of lace. The smell is pretty light for a wet or fresh hop ale. I smell just a tiny bit of malted barley and a slight bit of citrus backing it up.
The taste is pretty mellow as well, caramel malts and citrus. Mmm, some pale malts, earth and pine. Good, but not as hoppy as I expected. The mouth is decently smooth, low to moderate carbonation. I would like a longer lasting aftertaste, but still not bad.
Sierra Nevada makes about a million (give or take) IPA's and amazingly they seem to make a different one each time. The Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale is no different, balanced and smooth. Though this seems to be the least hoppy of the bunch.

Notes added 10/27/12. Got a fresh one so I thought I'd add some notes. The smell is much better from a newish bottle. Tons of pine, citrus and lawn clippings, all balanced with caramel and pale malt goodness. Goes down pretty smooth. Taste is fresh hop goodness, well balanced. A slight change in the score on smell and mouth.

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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 scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a completely transparent pale gold color that produces a massive frothy white cap that retains exceptionally well and leaves a nice spotty lacing.

S: The nose is very bready, (I'm picking up peanut butter), and a really fresh smelling hop profile. Aromatic, yes, floral, yes, and I can assume I smell bittering hops as well. The malt profile is present, but not very well balanced.

T: Untamed hops are running rampant with hardly any balance. The malt profile is not nearly strong enough to support this hop profile, but good thing I like hops, so well done SN! Again, peanut butter, floral and aromatic hops (followed by slightly bittering hops), a quasi-solid malt profile, honey, and a very very minute alcohol character. NOTE: I'm not really sure what the hell this peanut butter aroma/taste is, but a fellow BA (that I am splitting this bottle with) picks it up too...eventually I have noticed that it fades away pretty quickly as the brew warms, so perhaps it was the glass I used, or perhaps not.

MF/D: Good carbonation, twangy/bitter aftertaste, with a distinct fresh-hop finish

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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 scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

Photo of ahommell
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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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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 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 Premo88
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(Sept. 24, 2013 bottling date)

L: burnt orange with more brown than amber; some definite cloudiness to it, but it's at least 75-80% clear and looks like it will clear up more; typically thick, fluffy, long-lasting Sierra Nevada head pushes up at least an inch and is sticking like glue -- only this is very tan, much darker than most Sierra Nevada heads; lacing like a champ

S: bitter hops storm the nose, but I honestly think I can detect some sweet bread malt in there; the hops are more piney/citrusy than tropical fruit-like ... you could even say grassy

T: ironically different from the nose, the hops here *do* have some of that American DIPA mango/caramel/tropical fruit sweetness -- but not totally; there's a big upfront hop bite that follows the citrusy nose; i can't taste malt for all the hops, but I'm going to keep trying

F: what a beer should be, plenty of carbonation and enough weight to offset the otherwise light feel ... you could mistake this for watery, because it is light, but it's perfect -- a perfect balance of light, drinkable but with some depth

O: while it does taste like "just another" American IPA in most respects, it's still worth seeking out if you're a hop head; very, very bitter but with a lot of other taste to keep it interesting

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,686 ratings
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