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
sierranevada.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
Ratings:
3,636
Reviews:
1,518
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
243
Gots:
283
For Trade:
0
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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy, but rocky head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Fresh, floral and grapefruity

Taste: After a biscuity beginning, the fresh hop flavors kick in - grapefruit, primarily; after the swallow, there is a nice balance between the fruit and the underlying malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pretty nice APA, overall; well-balanced, with enough bitterness to please the hophead

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Photo of oline73
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange tone with good clarity. Cascading foam at first, a good 1" head that slowly simmers down. Lace that has a certain terraced effect, with stairstepped rings...pretty cool.

Citrusy grapefruit in the aroma, a little bit earthy and grassy, pure wet hops.

A nice toasted malt follows up the bitter yet juicy hop load. Lingering bitter pine with a hint of sweet. Malt has a round feel after the inital bitterness. Dry, tacky in the aftertaste. Very easy to finish the 24 oz. bottle. Reccommended.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.13/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with some traces of caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some bitter green hops with some notes of caramel malt. Medium body with some average carbonation. This beer is really average on so many levels and it definitely isn't one of the best harvest hops beers that I have had the chance to try.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle acquired via trade with dertbert

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange with a very foamy, off-white, two-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of fresh hops and grasses. It really had a nice floral aroma. There was also a roasted malt nose.

T - It had a great carmel roasted malt flavor. Good hop kick with hints of citrus.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great APA. You can really tell how fresh hops make a difference in a beer.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark but brilliantly clear copper with a billowing off-white head that leaves sheets of sticky lace in its wake.

Smell: Candied grapefruit, lemon peel and pine. Faint grassy notes, hints of caramel. This one's got an outstanding hop aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted grain and a touch of pale malt meets rich, oily, resiny hops. Sierra Nevada's proprietary yeast always gives their beer a slightly metallic quality to my buds, and this one is no different, though it's masked somewhat by the enormous hop flavor. The finish is pleasantly dry but slightly more bitter than I like. Despite a few rough edges, this is good stuff. I'm glad I picked up a couple of bottles.

Notes: 2008 vintage.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a massive 2 and a half creamy tan head. Settles to a pillow topped head.Leaves some thin webbie lacing. At the end of the glass, the lacing becomes thick walls. Really, really cool to see. Great retention. Color is a clear dark orange copper.

Aroma: Very sweet earthy hops combined with floral hops. Almost a bit musky. Has a bready aroma and a combination of citrus. A really great smelling IPA.

Taste: At first the hops seem to be perfect, but then they settle and it loses that initial 'zing.' This is a very bready/musky beer. Very hoppy of course. As the beer warms, it becomes a little more inviting. Slight alcohol makes an appearance. The citrus is a little 'warmer' here (not so sourish).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied as well as carbonation (which is right on the money). Very dry-bitter on the palate. Ends with an extremely sticky dry aftertaste that is expected from hop-bombs.

Overall, I think I enjoyed this one a little better than the other harvest series beer I had. I just seemed to stick out a little more against all the other IPAs out there. I paid $5 for a 24 oz of this and I think that this was a great deal. If you can find it around, it is worth a shot. I know I won't have a problem finishing this one up.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a 16 oz. pint glass with the Bell's Oberon logo. This is the 2008 version, the 12th Release. Bottled on September 22, 2008.

A: Pours a nice, thick, and bubbly two-fingered head. The top of the head looks like the surface of the moon and it is already quite apparent that there will be plenty of lacing with this brew. The color is a dark amber. There are no apparent carbonation bubbles, and the beer is quite transparent.

S: Very sharp immediately on the first whiff. Slight floral aromas. A little bit of pine as well.

T: Somewhat grassy and the hops have faded a little bit. Slightly bitter.

M: Lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The beer feels slightly thicker in the mouth than the typical APA. There is somewhat of a dry feeling present on the roof of my mouth, though the beer goes down smooth.

D: This beer could be quasi-sessionable. As it is, the 24oz. bottle suits me perfectly--two servings of this should be a decent start off to any night.

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Photo of chinchill
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 edition
1.5 pint bottle served in .5 liter Austrian mug.

A - pours clear dark amber with lovely highlights and a very substantial frothy head. The head has excellent retention and leaves the glass coated with lace.

S - moderate strength, dominated by piney hops.

T - rich. Fresh hops dominate but much of the bitterness is countered by a solid malt backbone. Malt most obvious initially and in finish, with hoppy aftertaste. According to brewer, IBU = 60-65.

M - full; remarkably smooth for style; good carbonation

D - Very hoppy and nicely bitter but a significant sweet/caramel malt presence gives this beer excellent drinkablilty [in contrast to the very hoppy but overly bitter Imperial IPA I drank last night].
Excellent!

UPDATE: 2012 edition consumed Jan. 2013 earns about the same high ratings.

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of off white foam leaves good lace. The dark copper body is crystal clear.

S - Smells like hops (surprise). Strong floral/citrus hop aroma and a barely discernible malty note in the background. Really reminiscent of raw (unboiled) hops.

T - Aggressive hoppiness, mostly in the flavor area. There is also a powerful malt note in this beer and while it never eclipses the hops it is absolutely essential to keep them from overwhelming the palate. Elements of citrus, pine, and non-specific spiciness. Bitterness only really shows up in the finish and it is admirably restrained.

M - Medium to slightly heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slight astringency.

D - I am somewhat surprised to say that this beer is highly drinkable. I am always a bit wary of hop-centric beers, especially from west coast brewers, as they can easily become over the top abuses of the virtues of the hop bine. However, SNV Harvest is a strong reminder that many brewers are capable of centering a beer around hops while maintaining balance and bringing out all of the best characteristics of the hops. I think that one of the reasons that this beer is so successful is its somewhat restrained bitterness. By aiming their hops more at aroma and flavor than bittering they have achieved a level of hop complexity far beyond that of beers that shoot for shock-value IBU numbers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man I love the fresh hop ales,I should have bought this when more fresh.Poured into a standard pint glass a rich clear copper/bronze with a large fluffy two finger slight off white head atop.Aromas of pine and caramel mainly with a bit of citrus and biscuit as well.Flavors are spicey like the label claimed,the hops are not overpowering but are the dominant flavor with a full caramel base.A little thin but not overly so,I very nice brew I liked the spiciness going on there,well done.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14, barely a month old, which is nice for a beer like this as often you find them more than a month old already on the shelf.

Pours a nice fizzy slight creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice soapy notched lacing, a very clear amber slight rosy reddish-orange color.

Nose explodes out of the gate! Lots of fresh hops, plenty fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit, with plenty of floral hops as well, a little pine and grassy notes too, with some fresh wet hop resin and hop oils. Also a sweet toasty reddish almost caramel candy like malt underneath, but mostly hops, and even dank.

Taste brings malts out front actually, a sweet candy malt, toffee, caramel and even a touch of a toasted brown sugar like, but not too sweet, just thick and chewy sweet malts, it tastes kinda like a brown ale actually. Then hops kick in, plenty of them too, with some grassy earthy notes out front, then quickly into a mild spicy and piney flavor. Pine eventually seems to dominate, bringing a mild dankness, and some resin, fresh wet hop oil and resin, mild grapefruit and citrus rind in there too. Fluffy malts finish it off as it dries a bit on the finish, little sticky but pretty dry, quite bitter too as it wasn't too bitter to start, a bit more pine and spicy hop notes lingering, a touch of resin and dankness, and a little candy malt toffee caramel flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy full malt feel, with nice carb.

Overall pretty nice but not great, it has some good hops that come through nicely on the aroma but are quite lacking on the flavor, malts are nice but hard to see that in an IPA, more like an amber or even brown ale, nice bitterness, great mouth feel, but just lacking that hop profile on the flavor to really kick this up.

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

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced. There's a good, strong hops presence up front that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Eventually, as the sweetness fades, the hops bitterness starts to take dominance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style even though you could argue that this is an IPA rather than an APA. This is a very enjoyable beer that I could drink for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small thick patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops over the top of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness followed by fairly intense flavors of citrus/orange peel and pine hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Easy to drink because of the pleasant wet hop flavors and well hidden ABV - enjoyable and one I will look forward to getting again next year. Overall the flavors are well balanced with a good amount of complexity.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,636 ratings.
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