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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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured fresh from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber. Incredible 3 finger head resolves into excellent lacing (off white, foamy).

S: Mostly floral/fruity, with a little bit of pine and malt. Strong grapefruit aromas; a tad lagery.

T: Bitterness up front followed by lots of citrus and pine. Finishes up with a nice caramel malt and some archetypal IPA pine. Extremely well balanced, to the point where I'd be inclined to say it transcends categorization.

M: Crisp, clean, perfect amount of carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol...the perfect winter IPA.

O: Awesome beer, would be great after a day on the slopes.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DAllspaw
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip. Deep orange with off white head.

Very oily piney resin in the scent and also prominent in first taste. This fresh hop features more malt than most with a slightly hot finish but good lingering bitterness. Almost more like a piney double IPA with a nice malty slightly sweet note as well. Pretty creamy as well, not unlike celebration.

Great taste, great bargain as well.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Tucquan
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-12-09 in Columbia, PA. Modified slightly on 2014-07-09 (2013 batch) and again on 2014-10-25 (just released)

A - Somewhat hazy, dark-orange-amber with a light, 3-finger light tan head with excellent lacing.

S - Pine and floral with ginger, caramel and citrus.

T - This brew is really good with some hop forward pine and bitterness with a medium roasted grain and strong caramel backbone. There's a nice dash of citrus flesh sweetness and a little hop bud dankness. It dries nicely and leaves a delicious pine, caramel and grapefruit bitterness. There's even a hint of cherry cola.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Prickly, oily, resinous. Everything I like.

D - The 2011 batch was exceptional. I've been enjoying it off-and-on ever since. So far, it's the best Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale I've had. I stocked up on this for home. It suited my 2011 taste buds really well and still pleases with the 2012-2014 batches. The 2014 batch has a lot of fresh hop flavor and may be the bitterest of the past 4 years, and there's less caramel in 2014. The ABV is reasonable. Good stuff no matter the year.

Notes: Victory Hop Devil is reasonably similar. Also leaning in this direction is Deschutes Red Chair.

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Fresh, 2011 Harvest.

A - Light amber in color with a giant rocky white head that leaves good lacing all the way down the glass. The beer has a slight haze to it.

S - Big piney hop nose, also quite a bit of grapefruit smelling hops. Very strong hop presence. Quite hard to pick up any malt after being dominated by these wonderful "wet" hops.

T - This ends up being quite balanced for a standard IPA. Light caramel malts shine through to begin even some faint roasted qualities to it. The beer has great piney/prickly hop flavors right before finishing pretty dry.

M - Medium bodied especially for the style. Low to medium carbonation but excellent and persistent head.

O - I enjoyed all 24ounces of this good IPA.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass stein. Amber color, transparent with a big two fingers of head. Looks awesome.

Huge smell, pine, grapefruit and bit of malt in the background

The taste is a trip. Start down the road slow, a bitter bite. Moving a little faster with a good malt and then the hops are back; bigger and faster. Lemon, pine tree in my mouth, chalky bitter, grapefruit, how many different bitter tastes are there? Well, drink this beer and find out.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, almost clean texture.

Wow. The head of a stout, big and fluffy with the most complex taste and body to match. This is a new favorite on my IPA circuit.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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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