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

3,637 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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Photo of Pabs311
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice clean, clear copper color with a nice thick foamy off-white head that settles slowly and leaves some beautiful sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Somewhat lack-luster hop profile. citrus and tropical fruit hops, some pine and earthy qualities. strong malt backbone.

T- Similar in dissapointment. bigger malt character than hop. same citrus/tropical/earth/pine hops as aroma. but bigger caramel maltiness.

M/D- Good carbonation, medium bodied. very drinkable. would like to see some more hops expressed here since that is the selling point of this beer.

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

Picked up a 22oz bomber for $6.99 from OLive Tree Market here in OB and poured it into an Odell's pint glass.

A: Pours a clean copper hue with a nice fluffy white head that sticks around for a few sips, leaving massive amounts of lacing in its tracks.

S: Big hop - very earthy and mossy, roasted malt and sweet grain.

T: Sweet and grainy with prevalent roasted malts that are followed up by bitter resinous hops - super fresh and grassy. Good stuff!

M: Medium bodied, sticky and smooth, with a mellow carbonation that works well with this style.

D: Very drinkable - I drank tons of these at Toronado last week and hadn't tried it in the bottle yet. Picked one up tonight and wished I had grabbed a few more.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So this counts as a new beer huh? Ok, looks just like the standard harvest ale, brown, good clarity and lots of carbonation.

Lots of wet hops, cascade, centennial and columbus I think. A degree of spice with it usually associated in the 5-10% rye range.

Very consistent stuff out of the bottle, always seems to be less hoppy than the tap version. Of course I think my palate has been exposed to so many extreme hoppy beers, this might be the same as it ever was at times. Its not overly hopped, or under hopped, its wet hopped, and appreciated.

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Photo of WeedKing4
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper amber colour with a decent amount of head in the sam adams perfect pint glass. It has a slight malt caramal like taste, but I kinda taste rust like features in the finish. Not a lot of bitterness, and the hops aren't too noticable. Its very bland and not impressive to be honest. Haven't found too much from this brewery that I have enjoyed so far.

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

Poured from a 24oz bomber into a clean pint glass and it has a very nice dark, dark copper/amber with a huge light tan, fluffy head that lingers for quite a while.

Smell - definitely hints of lemon, orange, citrus, maybe some pineapple.

Taste - Hops aren't playing the starring role here, which I thought they would. They are much more mellow, with the malts picking up the pace and the cascade hops making an appearance right before the finish. Not to say that this makes the beer bad, but then again, this is my first wet-hop ale. It's nice.

Mouthfeel - I want to say medium. The carbonation dances on the palate in a very nice way.

Drinkability - this one is very easy to drink, very smooth and mellow in flavor but not lacking in taste. I feel as if their pale ale is more hoppy than what this is. Very pleasant beer, though.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copper color, with a thick, stubborn 2" head that sloooowly reduces with sticky lacing down the sides. The head begins to look like dried merangue!

Has a citrusy, almost lemeony smell, with wet grain, grass, and decent malt. Almost like smelling a salad before its dressed. Not nearly so hoppy as I was expecting at first. As it warms, however, you smell more piney hops.

Taste has spicy bold hops in spades. Peppery, astringent and tongue curling, you can feel the beer warming your throat and esophagus as it wends its way to your belly. Sweet malt hits up front, before the white pine assault on your mid to back tongue. Very flavorful!

Mouthfeel is medium, with a tongue-tingling portion of hops.

Quite drinkable, I plan on enjoying every sip of the seasonal classic.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz bottle.

A: Nice fluffy head, just about 3 fingers. Very solid head though which sticks around nicely. Carbonation is fairly present off the bottom of the glass.

S: Citrus, pine, tangerine and orange. Wonderful hop smell in the nose and that classic astringent smell.

T: Very crisp on the tongue. Good amount of hop bite in that with a nice clean mouth feel. Really like the bitterness matched with some sweet malty flavors. Definitely get citrus and that astringent flavor carrying over from the nose.

M: Mouth feel is nice, good hops there with a nice clean feeling though. Really like how the tongue tingles a bit after the drink, but feels like its been cleaned nicely.

D: Very refreshing drink to have. Great especially because of its freshness and the wet hopping, which is some of the better that I have had this year.

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a Bordeaux glass (and refilled).
Nice orange-amber color with a thick, foamy 1" pale tan head, leaves thick curtains of lacing. Head settles down to about 1/4" with good retention. A little dark for an IPA is really my only complaint here.
Juicy, sweet tangerine and mango on the nose, with just a little floral hops. Smells very fresh and inviting.
The taste is very juicy too, with a big red grapefruit character dominating. Ends with some lime/grapefruit rind and just a little pine sap and a nice dryness. Well balanced, a little sweetness up front that quickly gives way to the citrus dry/bitter tastes. The aftertaste has a bit too much citrus rind bitterness.
The texture is lush and (I'll say it again) juicy, medium bodied and smooth, a little bit creamy.
Very approachable and inviting, but the aftertaste brings the drinkability down a touch for me.
Overall, yet another delicious wet hop ale, well crafted and balanced with only minor flaws.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Caramel with red overtones and a very thin head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Piney, grassy with a deep scent of hop resin. Also a hint of sweet malt.

T - Dry peppery hops right up front followed by citrus and pine. The resin flavor that is distinctive in wet-hop ales comes through very nicely.

M - Light and easy drinking. Ever so slightly boozy and prickly on the mouth.

D - Too bad hops aren't harvested in spring, cuz I would love this refreshing beverage then.

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Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me start by saying a great product for a great price. I have been burned by too many "wet hop ales" that don't deliver the crisp, fresh taste that is advertised by them all. This one does.

A - Dark dark copper, slightly orange. Nice tan head that grabs the inside of the glass as you consume. With a lacing you can tell every sip you have taken during the duration. This one attaches itself everywhere.

S - Very floral at first, fresh. Earthy tones with a slight citrus hint in the background.

T - Clean crisp. There is again a floral start that melds into a very smooth burn, if tha makes any sense.

M/D - This beer coats your mouth with a film often consistant with IPA's. Very pleasant. The drinkability is great. This is one that is fresh and light enough whereas the entire bomber could be downed by myself no problem.

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Photo of nas5755
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark amber with red hues, very clear. A nice thick head with amazing retention. I poured the beer and let it sit for half an hour as I finished cooking and the head has barely moved. Lacing is nice. Grassy with citrus, and some pine, very green. The taste is clean with wet hop bitterness, grassy, citrus up front and a nice pine finish. Nice malt bill that doesn't dominate but adds enough residual sugars to balance nicely from an Americans point of view. A smooth beer with carbonation. A very drinkable beer at decent price.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a Smuttynose big beer balloon glass.

Pours a deep caramel/copper/orange-ish color with a huge chunky tan head that slowly recedes, leaving behind a spectacular amount of sticky lacing.

Lots of floral and earthy hops at first with some citrusy hops lurking in the background. Light malty base gives a faintly sweet aroma with some bready notes as well.

The flavor is very clean and crisp. A nice hop bite up front balanced by slightly sweet caramel malts. The hop presence is very well balanced as well with piney and floral notes mixing well with some grapefruit and orange peel citrusy goodness. Really well crafted. Medium/light bodied and very easy to drink.

Sierra Nevada never disappoints, but this offering is phenomenal. I think I'll have another

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

An amber, copper color. Lacing lasts a bit.

Smells like a good harvest-style beer: Sticky, vegetative pine hops on the nose, mostly.

The hops are subdued in the flavor, as is often the case for a wet-hopped beer, but they still dominate. Tastes of thick pine and a hint of citrus with some underlying malt. Unlike regular IPAs, the hops never really smack you in the face at all, and the only bitterness is in the finish. A very good wet-hopped beer. I had this last year, but I can't quite remember how it compares.

Mouthfeel is medium; the hops are a bit sticky on the tongue but it's no effort to drink at all.

Drinkability is very good. Sierra Nevada does good, drinkable hoppy beers well.

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Photo of soze47
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the 2010 edition, released in 10/10. I had previously tried the 2009 edition and loved it despite the fact that it was several months old by the time I found one. I hope this one is even better fresh!

Appearance: Brown with a crystal clear sheen. Big fluffy/pillowy head that leave rich lacing.

Aroma: piney and herbal, but also some subtle notes of almost a toasted english muffin.

Taste: Piney, clean bite up front, herbal and grassy hops come second and mingle well with a not sweet, but very present malt.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Highly clear, clean, and crisp. Linger is pleasant and make this guy all to easy to enjoy. A bunch of these guys would be a great idea for hosting a football game with beer fans.

Overall: I liked this guy a lot. I've been underwhelmed by some fresh hop offerings as they are often too grassy to be robust. This one, however, shows that fresh hops can be robust, yet not over the top. Great balance here too. This malt bill is money!

33 Beers Wheel Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 2.5
Dark Fruit: 2
Citrus Fruit: 2.5
Hoppy (Pine): 3.5
Floral: 3
Spicy: 3
Herbal: 3.5
Malty: 2.5
Toffee: 1.5
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 1.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 3
Astringent: 2
Body: 3
Linger: 3

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a pint glass and then some. NHHWHA has a dark golden look with some bronze type tints. A significant amount of lace sticks to the glass all over the place, spraypaint like. Smells like wet hops with muted citrus and a nice bready build. This comes off hoppy in a earthy and different way. Taste is quite nice and one of my favorite wet hopped beers of the season. Getting a nice amount of citrus backed by pine with some caramel and bread. I like taste of this, alot. Feel is approaching medium with some spritz, drinkability is insane. I like the big bottles of this two. This is one i'll be scooping up a few more of before they are gone. I think southern hemisphere got this beat by a bit though.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kudos to Sierra Nevada for a nicely-priced beer here. Good, solid malt body with, as one would expect, a hop-centric focus. Herbacious and a touch grassy up front, sliding into a long, firm hops ride to the end. Hopping was a little rough around the edges and finished with a sharp quinine-like bittering that was discordant, bordering on harsh.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Showed amber brown with thick white head, great retention and lacing. Smell of oily hops, sweet bready malts. Sweet and refreshing. Taste was incredibly balanced between the malt body up front and dry hoppy bitterness in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable, great beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, soap, and light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid wet hop beer. WOuld certainly drink again.

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Photo of StoutCream
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Butter cream head that sticks to the glass forever, down to the last sip. Clear burnt orange, no bubbles.

S: HOPS! Bright orange esters with caramel malt notes. Floral and green, smells like sticking your head in the bine.

T: Green, hoppity hops, but balanced well by the grain foundation. Bitterness the way nature intended. Tastes like cannabis smells. California love.

M: Tickle-the-roof-of-my-mouth-carbonation that fades down the back of my throat soon after, only to come back up in a quiet seal of approval. Crisp and tight. Like chewing a cud of hops and barley.

D: To be savored, warm and often. Share this with someone, someone who likes hops.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks nice. Clear orange, a bit coppery, with a sticky yellow/beige cap. Tons of lace coated the glass, solid sheets and some streaky, spotty areas. Good head retention. Citrus hop aroma, solid but not overwhelming. Grapefruit rind, a bit powdery and spicy, slight resin. Bready malts in the background. Juicy hop flavour with moderate bitterness throughout. Crystal malt sweetness adds to the fruity, citrusy hop notes. Light alcohol in the finish along with some herbal hoppiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but too much to give it a creamy texture. Palate drying with a hint of alcohol warmth. I enjoyed it and found it to be quite easy drinking.

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

A beautiful auburn pour with a sudsy head that stuck around through half of the pour in an aventinus .5l glass leaving a scant and sticky lace. Great carbonation,big bubbles. The hop and malt aromas are understated and did not detect much alcohol on the nose which I was surprised by this being a "big" beer. The sweetness on the nose lead me to expect a balanced brew which would be surprising to me as most AIPAs that I have sampled have been overwhelmingly hoppy. Again, not as heavy as I have come to expect from an AIPA but pleasant on the pallet, not slick or syrupy. The hoppy aftertaste is nice. Though it is not as representative of the style as I have come to expect, the brew is clean, crisp, and very flavorful. I will drink and cook with this all season long.

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Photo of gopens44
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper and crystal clear. Head was almond color before it left behind a thin covering of teenie tiny bubbles.

S - subtle spicing with an earthy hop and malt presence.

T - much like the nose, very earthy. Slight bitterness with a floral finish.

M - smooth with medium carbonation. Smidgen of aftertaste.

D - very pleasant offering from the fine people in Chico.

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Photo of Casey10
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today maybe a bad bottle I don't know but this was just okay not up to my usual expectations for a SN brew.

A - started good a copper color with a nice head that some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - grassy a bit nutty as well.

T - Okay this beer is just that okay but this is just nutty maybe if this were a brown but I really am not enjoying this.

M - Again okay feel probably still effecting me from the nutty taste.

D - I really didn't like this one, I know it's supposed to be different but I really didn't enjoy this brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/24/10

2010 Vintage

Clear copper color with burnt amber highlights. One finger of bubbly foam. 50% retention after a few minutes, though a few minutes more leave just a large swath of bubbles. Initially there were rings of lace, though much has started to resemble eroding sand.

Earthy, juicy & very floral hop aroma. Notions of oily pine & hints of citrus - orange & maybe a touch of grapefruit pith. Solid malt presence; biscuit & a hint of sweet bread. Maybe crystal malts.

The substantial malt profile absolutely carries over to taste as a blend of dry bread & sweeter aspects of caramel. I swear, I just tasted a stray hint of cocoa. Huh? Anyway, the malts have a wide berth & takes up much of the total space available leaving the hops to do more with less. Sure there's some bitterness by way of pine resin & the potency of the hop oils help round it out but it all seems forced away too soon from the burgeoning malts.

The overall feel is strange for this medium bodied brew. On one had the aforementioned oils give it an almost slick feel, while on the other there are prominent undercurrents of grittiness. The grit, in conjunction with the dryness, makes for a slow finish.

Not a bad beer really; it's just kind of "meh" in terms of an IPA. Now, if the hops were given more wiggle room...

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Photo of mweso2000
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep rich amber color with a thick three finger head. Lacy white head clings to the glass throughout the session. Fresh hoppy pine smell with a hint of malt. My first reaction is wow! Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness but there is slight amount sweetness that gives it a nice finish. The mouth feel is of medium body, nice carbonation, and feels fresh. Very drinkable beer, lots of flavor. Goes down nice and easy. At $5 a bottle well worth it.

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