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

Pours a clear light amber with orange highlights and a frothy, off-white head that leaves a sticky lace around the inside of the glass.
Smells of sweet pine, with grassy notes and some citrus. There is some malt on back with bready notes.
The first sip reveals green pine flavors, tart grapefruit and floral hops on the back with a bitter but bright finish, and a touch of malt in the background.
This beer has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel and has a medium to full body.
The bittering from the hops is dead on perfect. It's not too much, a perfect amount for a good hop bite in the back with great fresh hops up front.
This beer is extremely drinkable, and it delivers awesome hop flavors. A must drink for hop-heads. The balance definitely favors the hops, but malt is not this beer's focus. The Harvest and "wet hop" promises, and the taste delivers.

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

A - Pours a slightly hazy, rich orange-amber color with a thick, frothy head that has a touch of orange hue. Head drops down slowly, leaving some very nice, sticky lacing behind.

S - Floral, piney, citric hops jump out with just a touch of sweet, pale malt in the background. The hop aromas are fresh and juicy, with just a bit of grassiness.

T - A bit of sweet, caramel malt comes through first, leading into floral, citric hop flavors reminiscent of grapefruit and orange. Slight pine as well. There is also a touch of grassy/herbal character. Finishes with a moderate kick of bitterness and leads into an herbal/piney aftertaste. I'm not sure exactly when this is released, but it seems that the hop flavors have mellowed a bit since bottling, and while very tasty, they are not quite as intense as they could be.

M - A very smooth, medium body with a subtle carbonation. Moderately resinous.

D - A well-done, tasty IPA that showcases the wet hops very nicely. Good balance and a delicious and complex hop profile. I hope I can get my hands on an even fresher bottle on the next release.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 11/9/09

A - Burnt orange, very clear with cream colored 1.5" head, very nice lacing and excellent retention. 4.5

S - Lots of pine resin, grapefruit, and a bit of biscuity malts. Very hop forward. Floral and juicy, hint of herbal bitterness too. 4.0

T - Very much like the aroma. The hops are well placed and contribute much to the overall character of the beer. Biscuits and malt sweetness carry through most of each sip, but fades to allow the intense hops to shine in the end of the experience. Finishes bittersweet. There is much citrus zest going on here and also pretty floral. 4.5

M - Medium bodied, the carbonation dances gently on the palate, giving the slightest prickle over the tongue, but just enough to bring together the smoothness and creaminess that rounds out the experience of this beer. 4.0

D - Exceptional. Much like all of SN's beers, it is always a pleasure to drink one or three in a session. 5.0

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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft in a pint glass.

A: Small to medium white head with retention on the shorter side. Sticky lacing everywhere. Completely clear brassy-bronze colored body becomes an orange shade of yellow when held to light.

S & T: The aroma is excellent...just a little weak in my opinion. Still, the Wet Hop Ale has that dependable, trade-mark Sierra Nevada hop aroma, which I love. Top notch blend of Centennial and Cascade. You can appreciate the effort that goes into wet-hopping. The result is a gloriously fresh, juicy, all-natural hop aroma. Floral and citrus dominate. Prominent caramel malts are noticeable, mixed in with a light hand of pale malts. Perfect hopcentric balance. Mildly sweet, moderately bitter.

M: There really is no room for improvement here. Very clean mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated. Medium body.

D: Excellent drinkability. This beer comes in a big bottle for a reason. One is not enough.

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Photo of ajhod
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into two room temp pint glasses from a the 24 oz bottle shown. Bottle purchased in New Hampshire two weeks ago and carried to NS by hand.

Pours with a thick creamy slightly tan head, lingers for the whole pint.

Aroma is of fresh, fresh hops. Amazing and bright.

Bitter and upfront with the hops, very assertive and amazingly fresh tasting. Lingering sweetness balances out the hops.

Heavy in the mouth, coats the tongue, but the alpha acid cuts through it well.

Strong in ABV and in flavour. A good beer to enjoy slowly, but hard to drink several in a row.

This is an amazing beer. It is filled with the type of fresh hop aroma that you get when you crush freshly harvested hops in your palms. Reminds me of hop picking day last season at my house!

Thanks for this beer!

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

Poured into a tulip glass form a 24oz bottle as pictured.

A: Slightly hazy copper color with a nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S: Mild citrus hop with mild piney undertones. I hope I didn't get this too late as it is a 2009.

T&M: Bitter hops taste up front, fairly smooth with a medium to heavy body. Very mild spice underneath it all.

I'll have to make sure I get it fresh the next time it is released. Not my favorite Sierra, but excellent nonetheless.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle and into ye olde pint glass. Poured a deep dark cloudy orange color with a 2 finger tan head that stuck around.

Smells as it says on the bottle like wet hops. Huge intense hop aroma, piney and full of flavor ready to burst.

Taste buds are immediately pounded with hoppy piney flavors. Pine up front and grapefruit bite on the end that the hop oil coats the tongue and leaves a trail of hoppy delight.

Mouthfeel is average for this type of brew. So nothing spectacular here.

Would and will drink again. Not a session brew but one to enjoy.

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Photo of tencents
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly trĂ¼b orange/amber. Tight bubbled foamy head that reduces down quickly but a bit hangs around. More foamy than lacy on glass.

S-A pleasant slightly wet woodshed aroma. Hops are very obvious.

T/M - I'm not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers but am enjoying this one. Certainly hoppy. Very creamy and full mouthfeel that stays throughout before trailing off in a pleasantly bitter finish.

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Photo of dropout86
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a frosty mug.

A: Slightly hazy medium-amber to copper in color with a substantial, off-white head 3 fingers in depth. Lacing was soapy, obvious and wavy.

S: Weaker aroma than I expected but I might have hyped the wet hops in my mind. Floral hops and citrus "dominate" but the nose is still weak.

T: Yipee! So not a let-down. Hops! Luscious, green, citrusy, juicy, earthy, piny spicy, beautiful hops ride on a wave of simple malty sweetness. Follows up a very mild bitterness to round out the palate. One taste and you'll understand what Wet Hops can do. What a great beer.

M: Light to medium carbonation and decent density. A little stickiness but very mellow. Very well done.

D: Dangerously so. Great aromatics. Full of "honest" flavor. I feel like I'm drinking a clean, healthy ale. Session at your own peril though since it's a wee bit high in alcohol.

OK, so I gained a lot of respect for SN after drinking this beer. I will seek this out again and again.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Julios in MA for like 3.99 or 4.99 on sale. 24 oz, what a steal! Delerium mini snifter.

A: Pours hazy golden amber color. One finger head, nice lacing.

S: Grassy, a little bready, not much hops, surprisingly. Something smells slightly off in those nose, I cant quite put my finger on it. Meh, not bad.

T: Wow! Surprised how good this is given the mediocre nose. Grassy hops with some citric and bitter qualities. The hops are strong but not puckering, pretty smooth. Quickly gives way to caramel malts, quite sweet actually. I like how balanced this is.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty thick. Pleasantly surprised.

D: Excellent. Well balanced brew...goes down too easy!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Clear medium-amber body with a thin, faint, ephemeral off-white head; decent lacing. Might have been better-looking with a more vigorous pour, but pretty boring as-is. Let's hope the lack of a real head promises more intense hoppiness to come.

S: Light, clean aroma of floral hops and pale, sweet malt. A little weak, but not bad at all.

T: Hops throughout. Big, fresh, floral, vegetal, earthy, muddy hops. Exactly what I expected, and just as tasty.

M: Smooth medium body with lots of velvety carbonation. Lovely.

D: Great bitterness and smoothness. Easy to drink, and pretty strong, too.

Notes: This was the first wet-hop beer I ever tried, and I think it's still my favorite. There's something amazing about feeling so closely connected to the living, growing hop vine.


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

I bought this beer about 2 months ago and finally got around to open it.

Poured in glass with nice amber color and thin but thick head. Smell and taste are typical SN like, pine and citrusy. Great drinkability ...! However, I would not neccessary consider this an AIPA, more like an APA

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

Appearance: A somewhat hazy coppery body capped by over two fingers of off-white head that endures well and leaves excellent lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hops over a somewhat biscuity caramel malt backbone.

Flavor: Up front, a wave grapefruity, mildly bitter, slightly leafy, and lightly floral hops. Under the hops is a solid caramel malt backbone that keeps everything balanced nicely. Citrusy hops and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with good carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, this ends up being a great session choice.

Verdict: Harvest is another solid, well balanced, tasty, and drinkable offering from Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure how much credit is due to the wet hop element, and how much is due to the recipe, but the end result is good enough that I just don't care.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent Ale! I must say poured into a pint glass it has a dark aber color with a nice head that sticks to the glass the whole way down. It has a strong but nice smell of hops. The taste is a very hoppy with the taste of pine being whats noticable. The mouthfeel is great. You would think from the look of it that it would be heavy but its slick and smooth, which makes for a superp drinkability!

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Photo of gabe23
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper color with a huge, rocky head. Great retention.

S - Piney, grassy hops with just a bit of caramel underneath.

T - Piney hops throughout along with hints of grapefruit, but bitterness isn't huge. There is also more malt sweetness than expected, making this a nicely balanced beer.

M - Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. On par with the style.

D - I really like this beer for the fresh hop taste without the tongue crushing bitterness. Much more balanced and subtle than SN Celebration. Very nice brew.

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Photo of HopHooligan
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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A- Awesome copper red appearance, great foam and nice head when poured from a bottle. When settled, had a high dollop of foam in the middle, very unique.

S- Sweet smell of caramel or toffee. Smell of fresh hops and citrus hits the pallet second.

T- A smooth ale with a ton of hops, malty grapefruit taste.

M- lower carbonation, low to medium body. Leaves a bitter yet good aftertaste like eating a grapefruit.

D- Great tasting ale with citrus/hop hitting the pallet. Very Drinkable.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with a mammoth, sticky, sturdy head of foam.

S - Nose is fresh, juicy grapefruit with soft tropical fruit - pineapple and mango. Slight hunt of toffee.

T/M - Wow. Big, big, and sharp, hop flavour in grapefruit/citrus/pine. Nice balancing fruit and sweetness and touch of alcohol. very smooth with a resinous body and low-moderate carbonation.

D - Superior brew for hopheads only!

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

Appearance - Hazy copper color with a thick head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Lots of hops! Pine, grass, mango and citrus, but not as much as I had expected.

Taste - Pine, grapefruit, mango, citrus with a solid malt back. Finishes with sweet honeymalt and a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth and creamy with carbonation that fits great!

This bottle might be a bit old, bottled five months ago. Would love to try this fresher!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden orange body and copper hues rest beneath a dense, off white pillow like head that patiently dissolves to leave a sticky lacing behind.

Generous hop aromas waft from the glass featuring pine and citrus with an evident characteristic bitterness one would expect.

Similar to the nose, the palate offers a healthy serving of hops, both pine and citrus, with just a hint of a faint, underlying sweetness, giving way to a touch of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body with medium to moderate carbonation and a bit of hop astringency.

The assertive hops are very appropriate if you're a fan of the style creating character and refreshment. This is a well-made beer with plenty of traditional character to offer.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint on Saturday afternoon in Atlanta.

A: No substantial head off the pour, but nice retention in the lacing with nice sticky legs. Burnt ochre coloring with mild carbonation.

S: The hops are there, but not as intensely as expected. Normal pine and citrus notes are evident, as well as a mulch-y, grassy underpinning (possibly resulting from the 'wet' hops).

T: For some reason the SN Pale Ale has always had an underlying soapy taste to me, and therefore this alternative is warmly welcomed. Nothing too complex, with subtle grapefruit hints upfront, a piney, chalky middle, and a hop punch to finish.

M: Mediocre. Feathery. The low carbonation is amiss. Not bad, but not great.

D: Very, very drinkable. With a light mouthfeel, a subtle but pleasant taste, and an above average abv (6.7%), this is a session beer. Too bad I haven't seen it in six packs.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24fl oz bottle poured into my tulip(had no pint glass)

Pours a dirty looking copper mixed with some orange and light brown color(interesting).Dense frothy two and a half inch white head. Great head retention that when subsides leaves rings of lacing sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of some citrus fruit with tangerine coming out most, some lemon and slight grapefruit. Pine hops are also noticeable and a fresh perfume like scent(my guess is the wet hops).

Slightly sweet upfront but no noticeable citrus flavors show up except a medium pine hop bitterness that last throughout the taste. Caramel malts come through during the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied(although lacking hop flavor)with very high carbonation.

Well the bottle says 2009, but I do not know exactly how old the bottle is. If you buy it now though, it's going to lack the hop flavors I'm sure were there if it were fresh. High price plus lack of flavor equals disappointment for me.

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possibly one of the best AIPAs that I have ever had.

Beautiful crisp copper color. Good thick light tan head. Left a level mark on the glass with every pull. Good film too. A nice hoppy-creamy bready nose. The taste is a little bitter, but the hops and yeast really come together. Makes a nice sweet bread taste. Smooth on the tongue with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the flavors dancing.

I will look for this one again.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy honey hued amber color with a sticky off white head that leaves a whole bunch of lacing.

The smell is rich with aromatic hops, medicinal notes and fresh cut vegetation. Some pine notes are apparent as well, along with some spicy background aromas. Very aromatic, they should market this as perfume.

The taste provides a punch of green, mildly citric (going with lemony grapefruit here) hop flavors on the front. Some oily pine flavors and a healthy, not overly sweet malt bill to support the weight of the wet tasting hops. It's pretty obvious that the hops have started to fade a bit, but they retain spicy undertones that set this beer off.

The mouthfeel is on par. Ample carbonation and a slick airy (not watery) body that feels very nice in the mouth.

Overall, I can dig it. Manageable ABV and flavors that leave you wanting more. Nothing over the top, just a solid seasonal offering from a cornerstone of the craft revolution.

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Photo of BeerMasterD
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

13 Release, 2009.
Poured a perfect beautiful amber/orange color into a mug with 2 fat fingers of off-white creamy fluff head with good retention, and quite possibly the best sticky lace rings i have seen to date, all the way down, just pure awesome. Gives off big hops, pine/mango aromas. At first sip its a very nice roasty/toasty flavor with alot of citric and piny hops that are strong but not overly so, bitter but just right. A medium feel and the right amount of carbonation, the flavors in this IPA are blended just right, a real solid brew. Im drinking this in winter but i wish id had it during fall also as it would be great for the season, definitely going to pick this up again.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first IPA I can get into! I am super excited about it.

It is a light amber color with hints of copper/orange. The foam has a slightly off white color to it. I am getting tangerine from it more than an orange.

This has a floral scent with a lot of citrus as well. I really like the smell.

It has the bitterness I have come to expect from IPAs, but it isn't nearly as strong as the (admittedly few) IPAs I have had before. This does not have a dry finish, nor does it have a ton of carbonation. It goes down well and I am enjoying it.

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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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