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

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

2009 Release

Pours a deep honey/amber color with tons of bubbles rising in the glass. Has a very foamy white head with excellent lacing.

Has a very strong grapefruit, pine needle and tree sap aroma. There's a very subtle sweet malt aroma that's reminiscent of candy of some sort. There are also hints of orange and lemon. Very fresh and bright aroma.

The grapefruit and pine are very prominent in the taste as well with some other misc. citrus flavors. There's also some hints of dry bready toasted malt. Very nice bitterness, but not harsh in any way. I get some nice spicy peppery flavors as well.

Very crisp and dry mouthfeel with a little tingle of carbonation. Medium body. It leaves a lingering dryness.

The hops really stand out in this beer as expected with very bright and fresh feeling to it. The bitterness is just right with right amount of citrus and other flavors to make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Harvest

A - Served with a hazy orange-amber body...a creamy, two finger, off white head was present and only fell to about one finger by the end of the glass...great retention and lacing

S - Hops fill the can almost tell they are "wet" because the nose is very crisp and fresh...a touch of earthiness is there too

T - The hops again are very fresh in flavor...they have a juiciness to them and they taste "wet" (fresh)...there is some citrus flavors up front...the earthy hops provide the slight bitterness at the end...there's an underlying sweetness lingering around which is nice

M - Medium bodied...smooth and crisp...coats the palate nicely

D - Sierra Nevada never disappoints me...another classic IPA that needs to be consumed...I'll have to wait until next year and compare

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

Pours a beautiful, rich amber with a nice ivory head. Aroma is wonderful. Lots of big, but delicate hops. Taste is full and very hoppy, but not overpowering. Very nice hops, with pine, a little citrus, and maybe a hint of rose. Very floral, and very tasty. Mouthfeel and drinkability also both excellent. Overall, an excellent beer. Floral and crisp and almost sweet. The hops are bracing but not at all bitter. Yum.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice crisp and clean copper with a very voluptuous white head. Doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Smells of very fresh hops and some grassy, piney aromas. I also get a sweet honey like aroma towards the end. Tastes like fresh hops, pretty simple. Not super bitter, but rather sweet. The honey comes back again on the end of the sip. The beer has grapefruit notes for sure, but not as evident as I've found in dry hopped IPA's. The fresh hop seems to lend a sugary sweetness that coats the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit average for an IPA, crisp and clean. Medium body. A 24 oz. bottle of this brew goes down easily, as does two of them...

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

Great bottle for us homebrewers who bottle. This will definately be used again and again. Hope this beer is still fresh enough too. So, why delay any longer, lets get too it (first live review in over a month - it's so nice to have a laptop again).
Surprisingly subdued aroma with a mix of green hops and vegetation, a little toast, maybe a little soap and maybe even a subtle yeast note.
Very attractive cooper color with lots of rising bubbles from the nucleation from the hops etched on the bottom of the Sierra Nevada glass. Large rocky head leaving ample lacing.
Boy does this drink easily. Very well balanced with the bitterness in check yet full hop flavors. There is a soapy quality at times here too, but it's not very distracting. Nice malt and nutty type of sweetness up front, but quickly the hop flavors come. Bitterness strengthens as warms, so I guess I like it more colder.
The feel is really good. Just enough body to know its beer, with carbonation that is kept in check allowing a smoothness and easy drinkability. This is a beer worth waiting for on an annual basis. Nice freshness to the flavor. Maybe next year I'll try to drink it earlier to see if the flavors vary.

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

Funny, had this immediately after a Twisted Thistle from Belhaven and the contrast was striking!
Hops, hops and hops seem to prevail.
Raw, not polished if that makes much sense.
Smoothness abandoned, but in a good way. The harshness of the hops assault the tastebuds/nostrils.
Very good beer. Give me another!!!!

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Photo of number1bum
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with two inches of dense, creamy beige head. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some good stick on the sides.

Smell is fresh and floral, with very juicy citrus aromas. Subtle herbal aromas as well. Also a bready, caramel malt base, but the juicy grapefruit and orange really shine.

Taste doesn't quite have the juiciness of the nose, but there is a very nice, soft citrus flavor with floral and herbal flavors as well. Modest bitterness. Some subtle caramel sweetness and a bready, biscuit base. Bitterness actually starts to mount a bit and linger long in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Lingering herbal bitterness left on the palate. Has a nice, slick oily feel.

This is a very tasty fresh hop ale. I think the Southern Hemisphere is a notch better actually, but this is a very good beer in its own right.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a large, rocky, big-bubbled head that has decent retention and a nice bit of lacing. Beer itself is orange to light brown in color. Translucent, though a little hazy.

S: A light dry pine. Not that resiny west coast pine. More like a piece of lumbar type pine. Light citrus. Dry malt.

T: A dry maltiness with a respectable amount of floral hops. Maybe a little citrus? Either way the malt is subdued on this one and while the hops aren't overpowering, they are there.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry.

D: Very good. Sessionable. The reduced maltiness is appreciated and certainly adds to the drinkability. However, there is enough going on for this one to still have a good bit of flavor.

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Photo of brow1901
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty white head sitting atop the amber beer. This beer has excellent retention that leaves very nice lacing. High five!

S- It's a little weak under the nose, really couldn't have identiified it as a fresh hop beer by smell. I'm not saying thats a terrible thing but some wet hop beers you can tell by smelling.

T- Kinda a subdued hop flavor, it wasn't light but mellow. Nice little touch of citrus hops with some very mellow earthy hops in there. Decent malt backbone but nothing to write home about. One thing I noticed was how sweet the beer tasted, it reminded me of someone pouring some sugar in that hadn't dissolved completely.

M- Nice and light and crisp. Good carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Very drinkable, I really love these wet hop beers, I've yet to try one that wasn't really drinkable. Overall a great beer when it's on tap, I wouldn't mine picking up a couple bottles anyways though.

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Photo of Thur123
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours with a ton of carbonation and two finger worth of head over a moderately hazy and burnt orange beer. The head is fluffy and thick. The smell is fresh and very bitingly bitter with hop aroma, but that being said the smell isn't too strong the malt character is hidden mostly but as it smells balanced...

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A rich and accurate bitter hop flavor fills the mouth and then slowly drags the bitter flavor behind it as you drink. The flavor is very herbal or floral or whatever and far less fruity than expected, but its not a bad thing. This is a hop strong but ultimately very drinkable and balanced. Although the malts nothing special, I understand thats not important. A good wet hop experience from SN... Mouth feel's great

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear orange-red with about an inch of head that hangs around for a while before dissipating to a nice little ring around the glass. Leaves good lacing.

S: Citrus, pine, and floral hops with some caramel malts. A little bit of spice.

T: Pine and citrus. Nice amount of malt to it. Very well-balanced.

M: Full body, very smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel.

D: It went really fast, very nice and drinkable. I'll be having this again.

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Photo of kegger22
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange/red with respectable head that faded to a thick collar. The aroma was citrus but malt was there in the background. The taste was in line with the aroma with a bitter after taste added. The feel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. A good, solid American IPA.

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Photo of harvester
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on on Tap a the T in SF I was looking for some Celly but was way happy to see this one on the board!!

A- Very pretty- nice lite amber color to it. Had a nice head to it at first but did not stick around to long but left very nice laceing through out the whole beer.

S- Has a nice earthy smell to it with a hint of citrus mostly grapefruit

T- Very clean I love the taste of a fresh hop beer. The hops come through very balanced with a nice backing of malts and a lite hint of citrus. I love the water they use as well makes for such a crisp and refreshing brew.

M- I would say this is a medium bodied brew and is very smooth on the palet it taste great and goes down smooth leaves my mouth feeling clean and crisp not all sticky with sap.

D- I could sit and drink this one all night smooth and easy to drink I just love the harvest line up Thanks SN for another fine brew.

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Photo of TommyW
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark golden body with an off-white head made of tiny bubbles. Sticks really well to the glass.

S- Citrus and pine hop aroma dominate with a whiff of caramel malt.

T- Smooth bready malt backbone which is a great base for the extremely fresh citrus/piney/spicy hops. The hops leaves a strong lingering bitterness.

M- Full body from the large malt base with a very smooth feel.

D- The use of fresh hops in this beer is really noticeable. They lend a spicy freshness that just isn't present in other IPAs. Really a must try!

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Photo of Lerxst
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 release

A-Pours a nice amber with billowy white head that disappears fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S-Floral, piney, citrusy hops.

T-Floral & pine hops with some maltiness and a bitter bite.

M-A bit thin, but oily with nice carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D-As is the case with a SN beer, this is very drinkable.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear, medium amber. Two finger pillowy white head with excellent retention; it never went away. Visible carbonation and excellent lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Incredibly fragrant, "wet" hops. Strong citrus nose (mainly grapefruit). Sweet hops and not bitter. Not much in the way of malts. Every now and again you catch a whiff of a slight off-smell like rubber.

Taste: Similar to the nose, but much more mild. Very fresh hop taste, but not overwhelming. Moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Not much bite at all. Slight creamy quality.

Drinkability: Excellent ale. Sweet fragrant hops are very appealing, that are also not harsh or bitter in taste. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Buy Again: Yes.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into my Goose Island IPA glass. There is a huge, pillowly foam sitting on this one and the aroma is jumping out of the glass. Grapefruit and grass, kind of tickles the nostrils in a good way. Tons of lacing as the head settles. This is the smoothes IPA ever, like glass. The taste kind of works its way out after a sip or so. You know the hops are there but so is an almost vegetable like bite (asparagus??). It finishes very dry and bitter. Kind of morphs from the time it touches your tongue to the last drop heading down the ol pie hole. The mouth feel is almost pilsner like if you know what I mean. I'm enjoying this one but just can't get into it. Can't pinpoint why, maybe just a bad day, but it's just not there. For sure give it a shot, there are some highly praising reviews.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber of the 13th Release (2009).

Pour reveals an orange/copper/almost-pink tinted body with a frothy, slightly reddish-brown off-white head. Really like the color of the body, reminds me of nugget nectar. It almost glows. Head slowly shrinks, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell immediately makes me think summer for some reason. It has that grapefruit hop smell I love so much. The smell is well defined and strong, but also delicate. It doesnt smack me in the face the way some IPAs do. Very inviting. Smells like something I would like to wake up to...

Taste is very nice. Not over the top, but definitely relying heavily on the hops. It is somewhat bitter, but not in a harsh sort of way, kind of sweet from the malt and the fruitiness in the hops, and overall satisfying. The taste is much like the smell in that it is not what I would call balanced (the hops do the heavy lifting here), but is by no means over the top or in your face.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect. Lowly carbonated, yet it feels alive and vibrant as I drank. Makes it extremely smooth. The soft yet delightful flavors along with this really low carbonation make it super drinkable. I dont mind a more carbonated beer, but man, this is about perfect for the flavor profile.

One extraordinary grapefruity-IPA, could probably be considered an American Pale Ale, not too bold but just very, very well done. Cannot be beat for the price!

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

Got a bottle from the local store and was very impressed with this beer. It cured my harvest beer blues after I was let down by Hop Trip.

A: Good solid deep amber color.
S: Excellent floral smell. You can pick up the freshness of the hops with some light grassy notes.
T: Very well balanced. Strong malty backbone that carries a good complex hop bitterness. The hop characteristics evolve as it sits in your mouth highlighted by an early floral bouquet down to its underlying bitter end notes.
M: Deep body and satisfying feel in your mouth.
D: Very good harvest style beer. Get it early while it last.

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Photo of baronofthebrew
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A rich, clear copper with a robust, ivory head. The head never diminished considerably but never dissolved. Even after I finished the beer (or beers, rather) there were inviting clumps of dense head scattered around my glass.

S - Grass and citrus dominate, with a noticeable resiny undertone and a hint of molasses.

T - Smooth. The taste does not immediately assert itself, but when it does you can tell the hops are there. The malt offsets the hops in some respects (to the detriment of the beer) and leaves a slightly sour aftertaste.

M - Carbonation levels are on the higher edge of acceptable and the beer has a smooth, slippery feel.

D - A great experience, but not a go-to beer. Demands focus and attention on the part of the drinker (not always a plus). On the other hand, I was very sorry to see it gone.

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Photo of hardy008
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber to copper color with a two finger off white head. Smells of grapefruit along with floral and pine hops. The taste has the previously mentioned hops flavors along with oranges, and a sweet malt backbone. The hops are bitter and oily, but not overwhelmingly bitter. I view this as a plus. Finishes dry and perfectly carbonated. This is a nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of swierczt
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2009, 13th Release. 24 oz. bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy copper color. Small off-white head, dissapated relatively quickly. Left behind some lacing on the glass.

S: Strong notes of pine and floral hops. Definitely all hops in the smell.

T: Nice bitterness, pine resin and a touch of floral hops. No citrus what so ever.

M: Medium body. Not too much carbonation. Nice tingle on your tongue.

D: Overall, Very drinkable IPA. The price is right as $3.49 for 24oz. Already bought a case of the Fresh Hop Ale earlier in the year. May also consider purchasing a case of the Wet Hop Ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada 13th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale

Appears a deep amber copper hue with a bright khaki off white head that forms thick and billows with cloudy texture above the rim of my imperial pint glass. I love these big 24 ounce Sierra Nevada offerings even the pale ale tastes great out of them. Lacing leaves behind big chunks of beautifully patterned head that clings to the class with each sip. This beer is a class act and at $3.49 a bottle it can't be beat, I bought three whilst shopping at the new Giant Eagle Market District this past Saturday.

Aroma is full of big raw herbaceous, resinous pine cone, citrus peel, and earthy bitterness from the fresh hop additions. Full on malt balance is achieved with a sweet caramelized glaze across the hop profile. There's nothing like fresh hopped beer, the hop nose is popping with character, each sniff makes you want to dive in.

The flavor draws you in even deeper with waves of hop flavor hitting you from every angle, any where from a slight vegetable freshness quality to floral, pine, earthy, and citric hop qualities slugging it out with one another. Amazingly complex and well constructed the value factor that this beer offers up is unbelievable, an OMG gold standard of fresh hopped ales. Sugar sprinkled grapefruit with some harsh fresh cut pine needle qualities, with herbaceous kind bud and earthy dirty hop oils. The malt balance is amazing sugar coated hops are awesome, caramelized brown sugar slightly toasted biscuits. Balanced flavorful wet hopped ale, they invented the wheel according to this beer label.

Mouthfeel is oily textured with resins that glide with each sip across the palate. Carbonation levels are so moderate and natural it's a smooth drinking experience for sure that I will revisit every season as long as they continue to this awesome tradition. I've been drinking the Wet Hopped Ale since circa 2000-2001.

Drinkability overall is killer something that you will want to hoard but an experience that you should definitely pass around to some close friends. Considering this type of experience could convert a fraction of the masses drinking mindlessly bland tasting American industrial lager.

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

We had this one back-to-back with a bomber of Leafer Madness. For my liking, the Sierra Nevada was the more balanced and tastier of the two wet hopped ales.

Poured a clear orange with a couple fingers of off-white head that showed good retention and laced well. Aroma of fresh leafy hops greets the nose with note of pine, grapefruit and tangerine. Underpinning this is a nice caramel malt base. This is an incredibly balanced IPA. Upfront there's a nice dose of caramel and pale malt, which sets the stage for a great range of hop flavours. Grapefruit and pine follow, before culminating in a floral, spicy grassiness (I feel like I've used all my hop descriptors in this sentence!). The body is fuller than usual for an IPA, and I like how its creaminess bulks up the flavour profile.

I wouldn't expect anything less from Sierra Nevada. This is an excellently balanced IPA, and a pleasure to drink. Thanks to Shawn for sharing.

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

Fourth beer at the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller. Paired with the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to demonstrate two extremes of hops flavor--this one being the all about hops example.

A: Amber colored, fantastic head
S: Slightly sour, but the bitterness of the hops is already coming through
T: A pale ale with a hearty hops flavor

This was the first time I had drank a wet hop beer. This particular brew involves picking the hops and getting them into the boil within a few hours, which is amazing to me. The result is not just a very hoppy beer, but one in which the hops taste almost raw and unrefined. Takes a few sips to get used to, and this isn't really a beer to enjoy for much longer than that, at least in one sitting, but even so this is a fantastic beer. Makes me proud to be an American.

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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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