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 Axic10
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a finger of fluffy off white foam.

Smell: This just really smells fresh. Bitey hops and some lemony/grapefruit citrus, some nice malty sweetness creeps in as well.

Taste: Bitter hoppiness, yet really fresh tasting, grapefruit, some resin and oil, and malt on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and smooth.

Drinkability: For a fresh hop beer this is definitely a go to. This is pretty readily available and only $5, which is a steal. Not quite the quality of the Estate, but this is an awesome beer. Definitely a beer that I pick up annually.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a lively pour, a great head forms and lingers atop an amber body of ale. The hoppy nose, consisting of piney, earthy and a little citrus, is a delight and is reminiscent of the aroma of their torpedo extra ipa.

The flavor is very hoppy, with resinous overtones and notes of citrus, more on the grapefruit side than lemon. Can't help but think how well this would go with brown spicy mustard.

This is a great wet hop ale and at 6.7 abv it can begin to hit sooner than expected. I strongly recommend this ale to any hophead who is looking for something new to try.

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

24oz bottled Sept 29, 2010. Pretty fresh.

Pours (clear first half, hazy 2nd half) amber with a huge foamy, fluffy, and rocky off-white head that leaves all sorts of globs of sticky lacing and holds a very good foamy cap.

Aroma is very hoppy, a lot of pine, grass, floral hops, some citrus, some bready malt with a touch of caramel, good strength.

Flavor follows with resinous hops, pine, grass, good citrus notes, moderate malt balance in the middle, finishes with good bitterness and just a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, slick.

Fantastic of my favorite wet hop ales. Not even gonna bother shelling out the big bucks for Estate when this delicious nectar is only about half the price.

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

Bomber (+) served in a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Medium to dark amber, massive off-white head, and fantastic lacing

S - Grapefruit, lemon, caramel, and honey.

T - Citrus hops - bitter and fresh --> decent dose of caramel & a little bread --> grapefruit and apricot --> end is pleasantly bitter and just slightly sweet

M - Kinda heavy for a fresh hop IPA, but not in a bad way; good carbonation; bitterness makes the cheeks tingle. I like this.

D - A bottle was really easy. More would've been, too.

Another Sierra Nevada IPA, another good experience. I like this one quite a bit more than the Southern Hemisphere.

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Photo of heebes
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt bottle.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, produces lots of head which recedes slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing.
The nose is citrus and pine hops, also dank/resiny. Some caramel maltiness and wood bark scents.
The sip produces a stong upfront hop forward taste, becomes bitter but not for long. Quick finish with barely any aftertaste. The dankness is apparant in the taste still, I would gather fom the wet hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel and loads of carbonation.
Sitting at 6.7%, this is drinking real well. I grabbed this bottle because it looked appealing and I'm very impressed. A great IPA from Sierra Nevada who are quickly becoming one of my favourite breweries.

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Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber body. Decent head leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Mostly piney hops with a bit of caramel malt.

T: Dominated by the hops. Like drinking a pine cone, if that makes any sense. Bitterness is strong but manageable. Malt is virtually drowned out.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

D: If you like hoppy beers, give this one a try. You won't be disappointed.

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

A - Pours rich amber in color with about two fingers of head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S - Pine and grass-like hops, some grapefruit citrus notes as well as some grain like notes.

T - Really well balanced and delicious. Fresh hops really pop on the taste buds and are quite the treat! Pine, grapefruit, resin, oil, malt, toast are all present and very enjoyable.

M - Very creamy, smooth and well rounded. Medium in body and quite well rounded.

D - So good, super glad I tried this one. Love the fresh hops and could enjoy this one time and time again.

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Photo of jmich24
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 23

A: Crystal clear amber, two finger off white head stay around for the entire glass. Great Lacing.
S: Malty sweetness upfront. Burnt carmel. Some very light earthy/graasy hops and a touch of citrus.
T: Well balanced, im getting everything from the nose. Sweet malts, light earthy/grassy hops. Tastes more like a hopped up Amber Ale to me.
M: Average carbination. Crisp bitter but not overly dry.
D: Drinkablity is good.

Like i said before this looks and tastes like a hopped up amber ale. Great brew for a cool fall day. I was expecting a fresh hop bomb and it is a little dissapointing in that aspect. I perfer more citrus/tropical hops profile.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release. 24oz brown glass pry-top.

Pours a crystal-clear bright amber with HUGE fluffy head with great retention. It happened very slowly, but all the sudden there was 3 inches of head!

Nose: Smells like hop pellets. Period. Dusty, floral, piney, and grapefruit. Yum.

Palate is bright and snappy with hop bitterness right off the bat. Gripping bitterness all the way from front to back. Pale amber malt sweetness is thrashed around and loses to the hops. Finish is dry and bitter but not obliterating.

Notes: Love it.

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Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops were far more subdued than I expected. No where near robust enough for a wet hop IPA. Kind of a waste of fresh hops IMO.

T-Not hoppy enough for an IPA. What's there is musty and only vaguely piney and citrusy. The malt presence was more biscuit like than sweet.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A decent IPA, but not an especially good wet hop ale. This beer seems to lack initiative in that it seems the brewer was unwilling to risk creating something exceptional. Is Sierra Nevada getting too big?

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Photo of Timmah11
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 edition. 24oz bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Julian date 0266 = September 23.

A - Reddish brown body with a tight thick off-white head.

S - Fresh hops fairly heavy on the pine. Some citrus in the background.

T - Pine and fresh hop flavor consistent with the aroma. Not really getting the citrus. A little more bitter than other fresh hop ales I have had this year. Malt presence not detected in nose but evident in color adds balance and drinkability. Reminds me of a fresh Celebration Ale.

M- Very nice mouthfeel - not thick or thin.

D - Pretty drinkable and on-style for an IPA. The bitterness may detract just a tad from the drinkability , but overall it is a well balanced IPA.

I have had this beer previous years but this version reminds me more of their Celebration Ale than I remember.

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

2010 bottle version

Poured a copper color with a decent head. Less head than I've come to expect from a SN beer.

The nose was quite pungent, with a bit of grapefruit and spice and just a bit of sweet malt aroma.

The taste was spicier than I expected from the nose. But like the nose, it was very distinct. I got the typical SN yeast strain in the front, quickly followed up by a spicy hop resin and just the hint of grapefruit and citrus. The bitter, spicy hop dominated.

Nearly perfectly carbonated. Expect nothing less from the masters at SN.

I could drink many of these. With the hop bite and a malt backbone, combined with a nice mouthfeel and not too heavy ABV, this is one drinkable IPA.

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

a beautiful amber hued copper with perfect clarity (was expecting a bit of hop haze), a steady stream of bubbles and a huge frothy white head that recedes slowly and leaves chunks on the glass.

leafy citrus hops with some soft caramel malts and a touch of white bread and biscuit in a nice smelling, yet typical aroma profile.

juicy citrus and leafy hops come first softened up by the caramel sweetness, but it remains fresh, juicy, and tasty. a slight bitterness is left after the swallow.

pretty oily medium bodied brew with just enough carbonation. a syrup/resin is left on the palate a while.

drinks well. fresh, juicy hoppy flavor with some nice, soft, and semisweet malts to back that up. Nothing earth-shattering, but one I'll enjoy a few times every year when its released.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure my local bottle shop just ripped me off on this price. Either that or SN comes into WA way too expensive. Ahh well. $7/bottle. Measure yourself up Sierra Nevada. Stand tall! No slouching!

A beautiful orange hue with pristine cloudy head remaining through the last sip. It smells like walking through a field of hops without the humidity and the breathing of the hops. Pine and grapefruit are big, malt present.
The beer drinks slightly on the sweet side, with a lingering bitterness. Hops are popping all the way through this grand experience. Bitterness, while everpresent, is far from bracing and presents a strong counterpart to the malt. Very well balanced beer.
Glad to have you back in my life, fresh hops. Fresh hope.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 3.99 for a 24oz bottle from a world class brewery? Yes, please!

A - Almost white head rests on top of a darker amber colored body.

S - Juicy fresh hop aroma is present. Hops smell like a mix of pine and citrus. I think I smell a nice malt flavor in there as well.

T&M - Well balanced, more fresh hop flavor comes through than noticed in the nose. More citrus than pine but certainly a mix of those two hop flavors. Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable due to the balance. a Nice IPA to be sure but I seem to remember having liked the Southern Hemisphere a bit more. Worth picking up at the price point though and I could see myself grabbing another of these this year and certainly another when it comes out next year.

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

A: burnt orange color with a nice thick light tan head with fairly small bubbles

S: spicy earthy hops with a grassy smell as well slight citrus too.

T: spicy earthy hops grassy notes with citrus coming through as well.

M: med mouth med carbonation

D: fairly drinkable its just that the earthy taste may get to some who are not used to it.

Overall: a good beer, probably the king of the wet hop ales here. I like normal IPA's better but its a good change up from them.

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

I shall first say that from what I understand from the Sierra Nevada website, this is simply the new name for the Harvest Wet Hop Ale, changed to Northern Hemisphere when they added the Southern Hemisphere version.

Anyway, we just had a night with Sierra Nevada wet hop beers at Toad in the Hole here in Santa Rosa, with a cask of this and I must say that cask conditioned it really is very different from ther bottle, which sometimes is the case. I would say that I like it more as, again as I often find from the cask, it has more subtlety and complexity, with elements gently and more well integrated.

Deep red amber, it has a nice, creamy off-white head, steadily shrinking to a thin creamy, foamy veneer and some nice creamy lace.

Aroma is subdued and gentle, with light but clear roses plus some citrus.

Taste is more complex, but again the rose is there from the start. Up front, it is sweet and rosey like rose Turkish Delight, soon joined by citrusy and spicey hop bitterness, nice sweet caramelly grain and light juicy fruitiness. Overall, the elements are gentle but fresh and bright, and well-integrated. Feel is great, creamy but lively. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat clear...somewhat dark amber color with a medium white head that doesn't hang around very long. Scent is what you could expect from a brewery that has mastered hoppiness. Great hop aromas...grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango...scent is amazing. The taste is amazing as well...although I wouldn't say it's as great as the southern hemisphere harvest. I get great citrus fruit and hop flavors...but southern hemisphere just stood out a bit more to me. Everything is so well balanced in this beer. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied, yet crisp. Drinkability is high. Another amazing IPA from SN!

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

Delicious. This is my first wet hopped ale, and it didn't disappoint. I wish they could do this all the time!

Pours a clear golden amber with two finger off white head. Decent retention, very nice lacing. Smell is reminiscent of the big boy west coast ipas (Alesmith, Sculpin, Alpines, etc.) Huge tropical fruits, nice citrus, bit of pine, juicy grapefruit. Awesome.

Flavor does not disappoint either. Huge juicy graoefruit, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, lemon, orange. A bit of pine under it all. Great hop profile. Touch of caramel malt base, but barely noticeable under the ridiculous amount of flavor from the hops.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. No lacing.

S - Piny & citrusy hops with a touch of caramel and bready malts. Moderate apple-like esters.

F/M - Slight toffe/caramel malt sweetness. Piny and citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Slight astringency in the otherwise dry and clean finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slight piny aftertaste.

D - Good. Clean, bitter, refreshing, dry and flavorful. Quite quaffable, but the bitterness gets to be a little much after a few pints.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an american pub pint
A-nice orangish ale, superior lacing
SJuicey hops bill with a hint of the malt bill
T-Nice citrusy hop one would expect from the west coast...With a very ,toward the hop, Malt balance not frequented on the west coast. Very Good!!!
M- Well for the style I would outstanding, almost stout like creaminess
D-All I can handle!!!! (3 max) lol

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Photo of alli4051
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release poured into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear, copper with a big foamy head. Head is off white and dissipates slowly leaving some chunky lacing behind. Nose is lots of piney, earthy hops. I hate to say it but "fresh" is the only word that comes to mind to describe it, smells like there's an actual hop sitting at the bottom of my glass. Nice hint of maltiness as well. Taste is again dominated with hops. Lots of earthy hop flavor with a nice biting bitterness that comes in at the finish. Nice, faint malt backbone throughout. Has a bit of a boozey taste, but not so much that it takes away from what is a solid brew. Maybe it's because I had a light dinner but it feels like this one is catching up with me fast for 6.7%. Another solid offering that contributes to my new found love of wet hopped beers.

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Photo of javincik
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottled consumed 23 days post bottling. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A-Pours a surprisingly deep amber color with a massive 2 inch billowy off white head. The dense foam receded at a snails pace, leaving behind a fabulous lattice work clinging to the side of the glass. Eventually settled to a 1/4 inch and left nice notches through consumption.

N-Smells of pungent pine and floral aromas. Pine cones, sap, and freshly cut grass come to mind. Underneath, there is some faint breadiness and biscuit along with some subtler citrus notes. This one is really more about pine, grass, and floral notes. Very earthy.

T-Mostly follows the nose. Moderate malt sweetness is quickly pushed aside by layers of hop flavor. Pine and grassiness start out the show gradually yielding to floral notes and then a little citrus fruit kiss near the end. All of this plays off a prominent, though not dominant, malt backbone. Hops finish it all off with a nice, crisp, bitter finish.

M-Slightly above average for the style. Carbonation is a little on the high side. Moderately full bodied with a nice stickiness. Improves as it warms.

D-Great for a IPA. I look forward to these releases every year. It really showcases the pine and grass characteristics of the hops. Too bad they won't release them in six packs.

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Photo of beveragesampler
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a burnt copper color with three fingers white head. after the head disapates there is a nice amount of lacing.the aroma has subtile earthy and citrus characteristics about it. the taste is crisp, the light grapefruit notes from the hops dance off the toung. not too bitter. nice hints of smoke, almond, spice and citrus that all ballance well together. the aftertast of the hops lingers by the end of a glass. this brew drinks real nice. the ABV is just right at 6.7%. i find this brew to be very refreshing.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BI got a 24oz bottle at total wine for under six bucks.

A. A nice clear copper color with a big white head. The retention was good and the lacing stayed there the whole time.

S. A glorious bouquet of hops. Piney and citrusy with some sweet malts shining through.

T. Hops hops hops! There is a lingering oilyness that leaves a citrus and grassy aftertase. The bitterness hits less and less as your taste buds get nuked.

M. The carbonation is good, and leaves a medium mouthful. Eventhough its bitter, the beer remains smooth.

D. This is a unique flavor and definately worth buying. I wish they had more, but I got the last one.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,637 ratings.
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