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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
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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: 3,639 |  Reviews: 1,518
Photo of fmccormi
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of aficionado
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of andylipp
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Pint consumed at the 2-7 in Spokane. One of the better $2 kill-the-keg specials I've had there.

Vaguely hazy orange/amber color, with an off-white head that didn't hang about for long.

Floral, piney, grassy and spicy in the nose, with a little bit of biscuity malt scent.

Piney and grapefruity hop taste at the beginning. The malts unobtrusively provide a balancing undercurrent. Things end with a satisfying dry zap to the palate. Rather tasty!

Medium bodied, with a slightly resinous quality.

A very tasty and drinkable beer that I was quite happy to have a couple of, regardless of price.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi opaque burnt orange pour in a tulip. Thick, lump head dissipated pretty quickly. Looks like a classic SN...beautiful for about 30 seconds, then well, messy. Spicy and very bright and floral in the nose (high grade marijuana buds) with malts present in the background. Dried fruits and spices...Big fruity hops are abundant. Earthy and grainy, the barley malts add a depth that surround the huge amount of hops beautifully. Pine nuts and a tangy finish. Dense, oily feel foamy on the tongue. This beer is really good. It really has the depth and hops of a double IPA. This is a well named brew. Tastes and feels like a harvest. Pairs nicely with turkey and cranberry salad. This is my second bottle this autumn and hope to have more. Great!

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. No discernable bottle date.

A: Pretty typically SN. Very pretty beer. Crystal clear light orange rust color. Poured a one finger slightly off-white fluffy head. Lacing everywhere. These guys definitely know how to make a beer look completely appealing.

S: Bright dank floral notes. Piney and herbal. For a wet-hopped beer, I'm not getting much of the cut grass/green Chlorophyl smells that normally comes with a harvest ale.

T: Wonderful hop bitterness at the front. Floral, piney and resinous. Some sweet caramel and even a nutty/biscuity malt to help balance it out, but this thing is surely a pedestal for hops. However, I don't know that it's necessarily noticeable as a wet-hopped beer. That being said, it's a fantastic tasting beer.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied beer. Average carbonation. Viscous enough to leave little pockets of juicy bitterness all over my mouth.

O: Another home run for Sierra Nevada. While it's nothing overly exciting or out of step with their "norm", I can't say it's bad. In fact, it's really good. The bitterness is so well pronounced while maintaining this fantastic balance with the sweet caramel malts. The creamy mouthfeel is quickly becoming one of my favorite aspects of any Sierra Nevada beer and this is no exception. Their blueprint has become virtually flawless in my opinion. The only thing I will say is that I don't think it falls in line with the "harvest ale" style...but I wish other breweries could still hit a home run when missing their mark the way that SN can.

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Photo of KMcG
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is an orange or amber with a nice finger or 2 of head.

There is a pine, citrus hop aroma with a hint of toasty malts

The taste is fresh and piney with some a slight malt sweetness

The brew is smooth, easy to drink, with moderate carbonation and body.

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

From notes: 10/23/2011

A - Deep amber in color with a lively pillowy head and nice rings of lace. Looking good, as do most SN brews.

S - Layers of hop oils, citrus and pine, dankness and grass. Herbal and earthy hops. No alcohol, not much malt.

T - Much follows the nose, with an emphasis on dank and earthy vegetal hops. Again, hop oils and resin, pine, herbal, and a touch of citrus hops mingle in the mouth. Hops bitterness bombards the mouth, what a treat. Burps taste like I just ate a hop dinner. No doubt this is the most flavorful and complex of the fresh hop ales I tried this season. Very nice.

M - A hop explosion, with a smooth drink and less than giant mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated.

O - I haven't always had the best opinion of Sierra Nevada, but they continue to prove to me that they brew some of the best beers out there. Glad I was able to have this one a couple times this season. Highly recommended for IPA and fresh hop fans.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep copper, like old pennies. Head is dirty-white. Sticky lacing clings in distinct lines. A nice cap lingers throughout. Perfectly clear. Darker than I would expect from the style, but still mighty pretty to look at.

Smell: Citrus, pine, and a nice hit of juicy citrus rind. Some floral notes on the back. Solid caramel and biscuit malt presence brings a touch of sweetness to the whole mix. Very mild hop note for the guys at Sierra Nevada, but nicely balanced. Lots of chewy biscuit dough. Mildly woody and super fresh.

Taste: Solid malt base makes up the first wave of flavor. Hops come in layers afterward. Nice floral hops up front. Citrus rind and orange flesh bring up the middle. Straight up bitterness toward the end, and lots of pine at the edges. Chewy biscuit dough from the malts. Powdery crust. Crazy level of balance. Hops are mellow and offer nice layers of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nicely moderate. Touch dry on the edge. Carbonation is on point. The drinkability of this thing is off the wall. Smooth and just a touch creamy. Yup, it's on point.

Overall: Carries the signature Sierra Nevada excellence. Nicely complex with tons of depth, but never feel overbearing. Truly great.

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Photo of joek440
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light brown, crisp coloration. Thick, 2-finger head that held well.

S - Inviting hoppy scent with fresh hints of pine and citrus

T - Crisp and hoppy flavor, slight malt and caramel taste to balance

M - Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated

O - Well rounded ale with great hop flavor that was not overpowering. Everything about the beer was inviting and crisp. Would drink again and recommend to friends.

(Reviewed 10/19)

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy orange with a nice two finger head that leaves behind a decent amount of lacing.

S-Earthy hops, some citrus. Just a lot of hops in the nose.

T-Very earthy, pine and grass. Citrus doesn't come through as much, good amount of bitterness in the finish but not overwhelming.

M-Medium bodied, carbonated and leaves a nice thick resin on your palate.

O-I can't get enough of Fresh Hop IPAs. This is no exception. The abv isn't that high so I don't feel bad for having the entire 24oz bottle and the price can not be beat.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Tulip

A: Great color with this one. A huuuge head that holds really well.

S: I get piney notes with this beer that I love, not the biggest smell in the world but still solid

T: I'm seriously enjoying this one. Hoppy enough to be a great IPA and stand out from the pack.

M: Great carbonation and with a decent alcohol level without going over the top.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Overall it was well above average and for the $5 price it was hard to beat. I'll be picking up another as long as they are out

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Photo of pdoran10
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere pours out a clear but light brown color into a snifter. I get two fingers of off white head that have some legs and leave amazing lacing.

The smell is big fresh cut grass and herbs.

The taste does not follow the smell closely at all. I get a big dose of caramel sweetness up front with some slight resin and grapefruit citrus hops flavor in the finish. Malty and slight with the hop profile.

...Break for a sad face about the flavor :( ...

Mouthfeel is moderate to slightly heavy, but dry. There is moderate to slightly high carbonation going on here, which I like.

Overall a solid offering at a reasonable price, but the hops are a bit outweighed by the malt profile here which I do not like. Not how I would do a wet hop beer.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice glass, no freshness date, just 2011 on neck label.

A: Deep orange amber color with a fluffy white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Oily pine hop aroma, herbal and floral. Smells pretty darn fresh. Bits of spice and a malt that makes itself present, but it's all about the hops here.

T: Blast of oily hop bitterness that doesn't quit (not a problem!). Bready malts play a bigger role than in the aroma, but still don't quite balance it all out.

M: Medium body, pretty creamy for how much hop flavor is going on.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, I'm anxious to compare the estate organic ipa to this one. Definitely try this if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Woah dude, this looks amazing! Deep amber brown with a ridiculous huge frothy head. Tons of lacing and fluffy multi layered goodness on top.

S: Fresh piney hop spice. Very spicy.

T: Bitter, very bitter. Numbing bitterness, smooth and creamy. Unbalanced, slight malty sweet finish, but the hops are front and center here.

M: Smooth and creamy as mentioned before. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Almost drinks like a fresh german lager it is so creamy and fresh tasting.

O: Wow, I have to admit I am a hophead, and this is so bitter I am intimidated by 24 ounces of this beer! This is NOT a balanced beer! This is hops, hops, hops, and bitter as hell. An impressive ale, but so extremely bitter I am having a hard time really laying into this. Needs cheese pairing to balance out astringent lingering.

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Photo of agomega
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: clear copper cooler with a super thick white head. The head looks almost like the head on a root beer float.

Smell: A pleasing hop aroma. Primarily citrus aroma although there are some subtle piney hints as well.

Taste: on the tongue the beer is actually surprisingly malty. I was expecting a lot more hops up front. They are definitely there but they show up primarily as a lingering, slightly astringent hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body. Overall very smooth.

Overall: An interesting and enjoyable beer. Worth picking up if you see a bottle around.

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

Served on-tap at The Fridge into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice two finger tall white head leaving concentric rings down the entire glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, citric and grassy hops, and some dulled citric fruit. This one is pretty malty already and it doesn't seem to be dieing down...

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, light fruit, and some light spice. The sweetness is really starting to take over but the hops are still trying to hold on. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, malt that clings to the pallet.

O - I have always enjoyed this beer but when it goes down hill it goes down quick. Luckily this one was still teetering off the cliff so it was still pretty good. It is still a little too sweet for me but, when fresh, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 22oz poured into Duvel Tulip

A- Dark amber/Orange with a thinly laced everlasting head, Shes a beauty.
S- A less then impressive smell, not very strong. This beers smell may not be its strong suit but it still isn't bad.
T- A Great taste, but I wouldnt expect anything less from a Sierra Nevada IPA. Slightly more malt taste then a typical IPA but its all in good balance here. Leaves a pleasant bitterness.
M- A more syrupy feel then their Torpedo or Celebration IPA's. Good carbonation and fairly easy to drink. I never know how easy a beer served from an intimidating 22oz bottle is going to go down so I was pleasantly surprised.
O- A great special occasion seasonal beer that I may get again before they are all gone. I will definitely be back next year, nicely done again Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours amber with about a half inch of head, leaves a strong and dotted lace down the glass.

S: fresh hops, and caramel malts. The hops are the strong point, piney, citrusy and resiny, Thick hop on the nose

T: Wonderful piney and resiny hop flavor start to finish, and finishes with a slight lingering bitterness

M: medium body, good carbonation levels.

O: great wet hop ale, wonderful hop notes perfectly paired with the malts.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/light brown, monster 3+ inch head, nice lacing.

Smell - Wet hops, carmal, fruity floral hops, oranges, lemon, pine, some sugars, slighty grassy, earthy, smells great.

Taste - Malty hop kick at first sip. Bitter and hoppy with lots of citrus fruits, and nice wet hop bitterness. Spices add more flavor, lemon orange and pine are a main flavor. Malts get buried at the end from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, hops coat tounge and leave it bittered. palette gets some malts but mostly get bittered from hops, and mouth is a little warmed from the alcohol.

Overall - Awesome, more bitter hoppy then southern hemisphere. Not quite as smooth either but very very tasty and hoppy. More malty then i expected, nice brew, will enjoy fresh every year.

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Photo of Paymygasbill77
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a standard beer mug.
Pours a crystal clear amber color with a thick, wonderful head that sticks around.

S: This beer smells of Lemons, oranges, grass and Pine. Plenty of a fresh hop armoma. Very few beers smell this good.

T: Sweet malt up front, strong, bitter hops and a finish of clean grass clippings. This beer has a very intense flavor that lures me into the next sip.

M: Heavy but not chewy. Fantastic mouthfeel. Not thin like an IPA.

O: This is one fantastic beer. I love it!

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Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale is a darker IPA that emphasises the darker tobacco flavour of the hop. It's different, but I didn't love it.

A: Brown-orange colour and an excellent 1 cm head and excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Grassy hops with some chlorine. 3.5

T: Malty with woody hops. The finish is very earthy with some bitter tobacco flavours. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

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Photo of whatthehull
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Beautiful copper/red. Barely any head off white and creamy and minimal lacing

S - Very crisp fresh hops, deliciously sweet malts, smells of spring and fall. Crisp water, pine, leaves, citrus and again, yummy hops and malts!

T - Crisp, clean, refreshing water, very nice sweet malt, citrus, flowers, tree branches, pine, earth, grass, tons of hops and maybe a bit toasted?

M - Medium body, nice complexity, balanced, medium acidity and long finish

D - If you love hops and fresh, clean and crisp ale. This is your beer. I always enjoy this over the southern. This is a beer for hot and cold days. Reminds you of how vibrant ales can be

Final thought - The price is better than most seasonal releases and I think well worth it> not a beer to save, but to savor!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 3,639 ratings
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