Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,499 Reviews
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,499
Ratings:
3,547
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
225
Gots:
259
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,499 | Ratings: 3,547
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20oz pint glass at the Brick Store pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a dark, golden amber hue, very pretty. A white head is present, about one finger in size. Generous lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical APA. Nice and hoppy and malty as well. A little bit of straw and grass in the aroma. More than I care for. Caramel and biscuity malts support the light citrus hops. A bit of herbaceousness as well, which is off.

A bit too bitter for my liking in an APA. Lots of astringency and chalkiness and metallic flavors. Some lemon is involved and hardly any malt backs up the, in my opinion, overly bittered beer.

Not bad for an APA. I think the SN Pale ale is a better choice but this can stand its own. Worth a try, I says.

 745 characters

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Vibrant pumpkin copper, clear with loads of bubbles swirling towards the top of the glass. Head is creamy with a subtle yellowish-green tint to it. The beer really reminds me of the color of fall leaves.

S: Watery orange, lemon peel with just a touch of cedar.

T: Begins lightly malty with subtle red fruit, crisp red apple and frozen orange juice concentrate. Pear, apricot and lemon pie filling also add to the flavors. Finishes very fruity with a very even bitterness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: I really prefer the fresh version...these type of beers don't historically age well.

 647 characters

Photo of shivtim
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper/red beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of little bubbles and great lacing. Nose is hops and grains. Taste is lots of hops up front, then bits of malt, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is good.

 284 characters

Photo of nlmartin
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on a recent trip to Chicago at Piece. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing orange coloration to the body. The head of the beer is creamy and foamy one finger high. The head resolved into a thin white film. The beer has very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beers smell is dominated by pine hops. A compliment of citrus and earthy hops dances about the smell. The beer has plenty of sweet maltyness to break up the hops.

Taste: The beer has a very pronounced pine resin hoppyness with a brief kiss of citrus. The lightly toasted caramel maltyness gives great support to the hops. The maltyness gives way to grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The hops have a slight oilyness that prolongs the flavor. I could have drank this one all night long. I want some more! Please bottle this one for the masses.

 926 characters

Photo of ruleof72
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice dark caramel color, very creamy head, good lacing

S-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy smell but with enough malt/sweetness to make it very good-like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

T-very hop forward with all the grassy/citrus flavors along with semi sweet flavors

M-good body and carbonation

D-goes down easy

I really liked this beer. The smell and flavors were all there, like a bag of fresh hops in a glass. Bring on the next harvest!

 450 characters

Photo of matdot
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A reddish copper with hints of red and gold, slick head with good retention and excellent lacing. The balance of malt and hops in this APA in my opinion gives the perfect array of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability is high as this beer just goes down fast.

If I could find this in bottles, I'd be all over it.

 361 characters

Photo of tastybeer
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Tyler's Taproon in Durham, NC-via shaker pint. Glowing warm orangy-red color, and pretty, white sticky head. Nice lace sheets dance around my glass. Aroma is mouth-wateringly fresh. Smell is full of delicious candy-like citrus, cascade hops (among others). The wet hopping is apparent in this very delightful beer. Not to mention delicious hoppy burps follow. Although this is one substantially hoppy beer it is quite well malted too, both in the nose and taste. There is a subtly balanced smoothness to it and a great fine grittiness to the texture. Awesome and I wish I could get this in stores. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the fresh/wet hopped beers during the Fall season from now on, in opposition to the traditional Oktoberfest style beers. Drinkability is the best.

Great beer. Go find it before you miss out.

 845 characters

Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is one fresh hoppy beer. Served to me at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC in a standard shaker pint glass. Clear, pure orange color - the head leaves rings of lace on the glass and settles to a fine white velum sheet for the remainder of the beer. Smells of fresh citrus hops - candied and very sticky with oily lupulin goodness. Taste follows the smell very well...a big mouthfull of sticky fresh hops with some residual sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Solid bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Mmmm-mmm good...did I mention fresh? Glad I got to try this!

 574 characters

Photo of Foxman
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, looking smoked and carbonated. A finger of tight-bubbled off-white head dwindles soon to frothy islets. Lacing is liberal and textured.

The aroma slaps the olfactory mechanism with the pine resin pungence of blazingly fresh hops, citrusy and floral as well. A backbeat of slight malt sweetness lurks underneath, establishing a fair presence.

Upon tasting, a first flash of toothy malt sweetness careens in, carrying berry and caramel, then is mitigated by a juicy hop onslaught, with pine resin, pine needles, and crisply dry grapefruit citrus. A mild biscuit note comes through from a re-assertion of the malt, as well as a more floral character from the hops, before they melt away to a crisp and refreshing lingering bitterness. The wet-hopping works magic here, with a sassy freshness and impressive balance combining to blend into a fine, delightful flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, the oily, resinous hops join the sweet malt to lay softly but utterly on the palate.

This is about as balanced a highly hopped APA as I've had the pleasure to experience. The malt distributes just enough sweetness and fruit to counterbalance the energizing bite of wonderfully fresh hops. It's so damned good that I defy any hophead to have just one. This is a sessionable pleasure, a step above so much of what SN offers, and that's not to slight the others, but rather to extol the virtues of this pleasing, refreshing, edgy concotion. I often think scarcity is a big factor in making some beers as good as they seem, but this one would be as good no matter how available, so I say, bottle it now!

 1,650 characters

Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fiarlawn, OH - 10/28/06

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a modest head that left moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of resin, pine, and citruic hops.

T: Like the smell with a strong, but gentle bitterness. Very similar to SNPA, but with a fuller and more intense flavor.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, lingering flavor.

D: Quite a fine beer. If only this was as readily available as SNPA. Awesome.

 465 characters

Photo of Matthew
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Moon and Sixpence.

A reddish type amberish color with a nice white creamy head.
Nice pungent hops in the nose, piny, slight citrus.
Nice hoppy bite up front with flavors including piny characteristics as well as some faint citrus hop notes. Nice sweet malty backbone makes this a very well balance pale ale.
A very drinkable pale ale from Sierra Nevada.

 374 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Balanced and smooth. Good understated piney, bitterness, grapefruity and fruity. Brownish, Some lacing,Hmm, the carbonation Perhaps their gas combination detract. Drying finish though Full mouthfeel and satisfying.
2007 bottle, dry but hoppy. Understated IPA, viz. pale. Lots of good head.

 289 characters

Photo of dedrinker
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, not overly hoppy, but thoroughly hoppy from start to finish - just barely enough malt backbone to support this freshly piney, cedar tasting/ smelling beer. Reddish color, like an ESB or Red. It's a shame that "fresh-hop" or "wet-hop" style beers can't be made year 'round, but I guess that is the joy of it. This style of beer is the prime example of why America is not wrong in evolving their own style of beers that showcase the considerable flavor/ aroma additions beers can benefit from with more aggressive hopping regimes. I generally tend to drink more malt accented beers, but when the depth of juicy dank fresh hops is present on the beginning, middle, and finish of the beer without seeming bitter or overly sticky, or unbalanced, then I have to stand at attention and salute.

 795 characters

Photo of roan22
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited about getting this fresh harvest ale the day it was tapped in Exton, PA. It was slightly more resin-y or oil-y than I remember it being last year. It tasted more alcohol-y as well. So I had a pint of the 2005 version (which the Drafting Room had as well) to compare, and I liked the 2005 version better. Aging this beer a year makes the taste improve remarkably.

 379 characters

Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden brown color with a light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild sweet malt aroma. A pleasent floral hop aroma is present. Some slight citrus notes are also present. The fresh hop aroma is very pleasent.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral and citrus hop flavors dominate. It has a mild sweet malt flavor also. This beer is not bitter, just very hoppy in a subtle way.

This beer is crisp. It goes down refreshingly smooth, leaving a citrus hop aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very good, and not overly aggressive.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer. Usually, I am a little unsatisfied with Sierra Nevada. This is definately an exception. If you see this beer, drink it. Outstanding.

 847 characters

Photo of rayjay
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, yeah baby. Just came out on tap today at the brewery. Pours a robust dark copper color, small firm head and nice looking lacing. Nose is full of freshly broken-up hop flowers in their full glory. Really bitter bite, accompanied by a full body like most other SN ales. Fruity and piney but the bitterness predominates. Hops galore. Unique because all the hops punch you in the mouth at first, but fade away before the aftertaste kicks in. Big hearty body reminiscent of fresh baked bread. Nothing overly astringent or assertive, just resins and oils and bitterness and full flavor. Beautiful. Perfectly balanced. The finest beer Sierra Nevada makes.

Seek this out now. I don't want to see any of those bad mid-summer next year reviews, this MUST be consumed fresh. Put this on your must-drink list today. Cheers!

 818 characters

Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa..

Pine needles, grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus aroma.
More bitter than expected, with plenty of hop bite, a creamy mouthfeel, and great lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, this is like a very tasty middle ground between the SNPA & their Celebration Ale. This never seems to be available anywhere in my area, so I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

 404 characters

Photo of scottoale
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, a 1/2 inch off-white foam head sits atop an irridescent orange-amber ale of beauty. Nice lacing throughout the pint.

Nice malty nose with some citrus and earthy hop notes pulling through. t has a balance of not too sweet nor overpowering of piney fresh hops. More subtle than I anticipated.

Oh the flavor, nice rich malt upfront with some citrus filling in, only to be overtaken by some earthy and very bitter hops. A very tasty brew that keeps Sierra Nevada in my book of favorites. The aftertaste is a pleasant bitterness of evergreen...damn bitter!

Nice mouthfeel and a hefty medium body, my guess for the ABV would be around 6%. This stuff is a pleasure to drink fresh on tap, it's got my vote!

 731 characters

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discovered on tap at the Ginger Man Houston. Well, well.

An almost luminous quality emanates from the crystal-clear orange-copper body of this most pleasing SN seasonal. Fruity, perfumy hop-derived aromas waft up from the generous head, with a mild evergreen quality developing later on. The flavor begins with soft malt and a fleeting sweetness that interact with the flavor of fresh hops. This quickly gives way to a bracing bitterness that flashes across the tongue before lessening abruptly into a medium finish. The finish contains a bitterness that borders on astringency without becoming unpleasant.

Rare enough and downright good enough that you shouldn't pass it up if the opportunity should arise.

 713 characters

Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in New York. It poured a deep copper color with a tan fluffy head. The head left a nice delicate lace as I sipped the beer. The nose has a lot of citrus hop aroma, a little bit of hop flower with mild caramel. Citrus and floral taste. Nice mild caramel back. I have the Celebration Ale in the bottle, and this is a more subtle beer. Fresher taste (I realize a fresh tap should be that way), but I really like the way the hop flavor comes across without a huge amount of bitterness.

 516 characters

Photo of chargerfanjess
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep red with a creamy off-white head. Immediately as it’s poured, hops aroma hits me. Spicy, floral/piney, and especially hoppy aroma is refreshing... Maybe hints of apple. Spicy flavor fills mouth with bitter hops and notes of pine. Nice bitter finish lingers. Alcohol is subdued but noticable. Malt characteristics barely noticable but present. Finishes very bitter. Extensive lacing through whole beer as head diminishes slowly. Very lightly carbonated. Excellent and refreshing beer. Light moutfeel but not watery.

 526 characters

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

I was very surprised to see this at one of our locals I had never seen it anyway in Georgia. This beer has a nice hoppy aroma with pine and orange. I couldn't really tell that this was brewed with "green hops". The aroma was very similar to Celebration, but not as hoppy. There was excellent lacing and a nice, firm head. The body was clear with a nice amber.orange color. There was moderate hop bitterness initially that became stronger. There was more of a malty smell and flavor than Celebration. The finish was long. It has a medium dry mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

 582 characters

Photo of AlexJ
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crisp, golden amber pour unleashes a dense and creamy off white head that retains majestically and leaves thick lace everywhere.

Aroma is a sweet perfume of dripping green hops, resinous and oily. There's a semi-sweet malt presence but this nose is all about the hops.

Nice golden malt entry leads to complex hop flavors that are fruity, citrussy, and remind me of bubblegum. There's a piney level to the bitterness that is very sprucey. Well balanced and delicious.

Body is perfectly medium, smooth, and oh so quaffable. I could drink this any time, anywhere. Too bad they don't bottle it.

 599 characters

Photo of neonbrown82
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I never expected to see this beer as far east as Iowa, especially in a state such as Iowa. As it turns out, though, this beer is a Sanctuary exclusive in Iowa.

The beer pours to a pale golden color with a bit of an amber. The head is huge and creamy, cascading all the way up the glass like a nitro pour or a cask ale. Looks quite exceptional.

The smell is also huge with a green cascade smell. Very flowery and citric with a bit of a malt. I love the smell of fresh hops.

The taste is no exception. Has a bit of a caramel sweetness with plenty of fresh cascade hops. A bit citric and spicy, only slightly grassy. It reminds me of a lighter, fresher version of SNCA.

I love this beer. Even better than the only other fresh hop beer I've had (Great Divide Fresh Hop), but probably only due to the draught pour. I only wish these beers would come more than once a year.

 880 characters

Photo of jaluria
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark amber colored beer with an off-white colored head that lingers for some time and leaves behind some lacing. Aromas of hops, grass, and dried fruit seem to be present. The taste is more like a cross between an Amber Ale and an American IPA. The first few sips make the beer seem well balanced with a nice malt presence that grows into a hop bitter taste. However, as the beer warms, the hops begin to dominate the malt with a fruity aftertaste that is enjoyable and evolving. The hop profile in this beer is closer to that of an IPA or even a Double IPA than a regular pale ale. Good drinkability.

 603 characters

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe