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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall: As easily enjoyable IPA that serves to remind you don't need to be over the top with the IBUs to be good.

Appearance: Wood brown color, like mahogany. Heavy, creamy head with a good lace. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Orange peel; hops; bread, pine; bitters. Nothing slight of traditional.

Taste: Clean hoppy taste topped with citrus zest and black pepper. Gentle on the front of the palate, followed by a sharp bitter aftertaste that reminds you that it's an IPA.

Sampled from a Samuel Adams pint glass.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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

I pulled a 24oz. bottle out of the beer fridge tonight and headed to BYOB Italian joint in town. Good move.

A- pours a nice golden brown / orange color with a healthy 2 finger or better head. The lacing is as good as it gets.

S- citrus,pine,grapefruit. Hoppy. I asked my wife to take a whiff and she exclaimed, "Wow, that's fruity!".
T- The citris comes accross along with some malts for balance. Plenty of hop generated flavor. Not too bitter.

M- a full body and good carbonation. Hopped up aftertaste and some lingering alcohol.

O- an excellent wet hop ale. I'm glad that I have another bottle left.

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

A - Pours a chestnut light brown with two finger head.

S - Pine, citrus, grapefruit, light bready malt.

T - Starts out with a malty wave of breadiness followed by a wave of citrus hops. Pine, orange and some alcohol comes through in the finish. Dry, sharp bitter finish.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - Great fresh hop beer. This one may have been a few weeks from being spectacular as the hops have faded a bit on this one. Another great IPA from SN.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Slightly hazy golden orange colored beer with a good amount of visible carbonation. The off-white head billows to an easy 3 fingers and sticks around for a good long time, leaving tons of sticky lacing on the glass as it goes. A gentle citrus in the aroma from fresh and resiny hops, distinctly yakima. Somewhat soft and not quite as in-your-face as I thought it would be, but what is there is fantastic and fresh.Light bit of bready malts as a backbone.

Superbly hoppy. There is a delicate balance between resinous hops and grapefruity citrus, a bit of pine, and a light backbone of bready malts that stay out of the way to let the hops shine. The citrus stays up front and lightly tickles the palate, and then swiftly moves into an aggressive resiny bitterness in the middle and back. Pine makes its mark in the middle with a sprucy, almost minty taste. This aggressiveness soon gives way to a juicy burst of more citrus and malt in the back that evens the whole taste out. It then becomes more aggressive again in the finish with a big bitter and resiny bite to send it away. Finally, the aftertaste lingers on for a good while as a citrusy and piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is prickly from a tad of alcohol and the plethora of hops.

There is no doubt about it: Sierra Nevada knows their way around hops. This is a fantastic IPA, very complex in its use of hops. There are so many one-note IPA's out there and this is not one of those. Highly recommended for any hopheads, as is their Southern Hemisphere when that comes around again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass.

Pours a deep orange/red. Big fluffy two finger head with tons of lacing and legs. Sticky hops fill the nose, grapefruits, a tad grassy. Big juicy hops on the tongue, wow, citrus hops, bittering lemon zest, juicy juicy hops, this tastes great. Medium bodied, and light in the mouth, easy drinking, smooth, hoppy as hell and bitter on the finish. Overall this beer is a home run, hops are out of control on this sucker, SN did a great job on this one, much better than the southern hem. IMO. The price on this was great too, real cheap, excellent choice.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear amber, sort of like a sunset bronze. Thick creamy head.

S: Very hop dominant. I'd say mostly cascade and centenial. Very good hop smell, really fragrant from the whole cone wet hops. One of the top beer's in terms of citrus and floral hop aroma.

T: Big hop notes. Lemon, grapefruit, melon, tangerine and black pepper are what I get from the profile. Probably cascade and centenial hops used. This is all rounded off with a pretty balanced malt character that is mostly crystal and caramel malts. California ale yeast is probably used and has a subtle bready flavor.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Very bitter (nice)

O: This is a truly impressive IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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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