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

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
3,640 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 scottyshades
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a completely transparent pale gold color that produces a massive frothy white cap that retains exceptionally well and leaves a nice spotty lacing.

S: The nose is very bready, (I'm picking up peanut butter), and a really fresh smelling hop profile. Aromatic, yes, floral, yes, and I can assume I smell bittering hops as well. The malt profile is present, but not very well balanced.

T: Untamed hops are running rampant with hardly any balance. The malt profile is not nearly strong enough to support this hop profile, but good thing I like hops, so well done SN! Again, peanut butter, floral and aromatic hops (followed by slightly bittering hops), a quasi-solid malt profile, honey, and a very very minute alcohol character. NOTE: I'm not really sure what the hell this peanut butter aroma/taste is, but a fellow BA (that I am splitting this bottle with) picks it up too...eventually I have noticed that it fades away pretty quickly as the brew warms, so perhaps it was the glass I used, or perhaps not.

MF/D: Good carbonation, twangy/bitter aftertaste, with a distinct fresh-hop finish

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

got a 24 0z bomber at my go to store today..whoa !! this poured a beautiful copper color with sticky lacing and fresh looking 1/2 head i could smell this as soon as i opened it..the smell is pine needles grapefruit and toasted caramel malt this ale just smells of hop resins and a pine forest ..the taste is a hop showcase of pure delight bite however it is balanced very nicely with some sweet toasted malts...very drinkable leave it to SN to make a great wet hop at an affordable price this ale is great and highly recommended

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

Presentation: Bomber tried in pint and snifter.

Appearance: In its natural pint glass this APA pours with a massive 4 finger head. Which dissipates slowly into a rather white lacing that is a head in itself. The remainder Clings to the glass with a thick viscosity. You already know this is a hoppy beer. Beer pours perfectly clear. The color is dark amber with a hint of reddish hue. It gets a 5 this is just a fantastic thing to behold.

Smell: This is a pungent beer you can smell it right as the bottle is opened. A very pungent piney hop aroma, mixd with a citrus note of grape-fruit. A few spicey notes of alcohol and if you can across all the hopping its a really malty beer.

Taste: The first taste you pick up on are the oily hops. The hops are a pine, floral and grapefruit combination. The focus is heavy on the pine. As the beer warms up you should notice a fair amount pale malt. This is what makes this beer an APA rather then a IPA taste wise. When it warms up you get a faint alcoholic taste as it warms as well.

Mouthfeel: I'm not going to deny that this beer is a little bitter at 65-68 some odd ibus, but it doesn't dry your mouth out as much as some IPAS. It does finish dry. For an APA this beer has a very large body. Despite this it is very refreshing.

Drinkability: An APA that drinks almost like a heavier big IPA. Minus the bitterness and extreme citrus flavors. It is heavy and filling, but still refreshing so I say its very drinkable. Seek this out while it last. All fresh hop ales are slightly

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Photo of Bierman9
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's see... It's a weekday, during regular work hours. And I'm not on vacation. So, what could possess me to have a bier at the moment? Perhaps getting my walking papers after 22+ years on the job. Bastards! Oh well, it was tough working with idiots anyhow... ;-)

On to the bier... Lucky 13th, right? Poured about 3/4 of the 24oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. It's a clear, striking copper color, with patches of carbo here and there slowly rising up. Head is on the thin side, light tan, and quite finely bubbled. Lacing is fairly decent as well. Aroma is top-shelf, with a plethora of rindy, citrussy hops hitting the nostrils. Body is easily a medium, maybe medium-plus, and a dearth of carbo makes it glide easily over the tongue.

Flavor? Well, there is actually some light caramel maltiness evident here. Really! Not a whole heck of a lot, but it's present. That smidge of sweetness works well to offset the shitload (that's plethora for you Mensa people out there) of lupulins. They come at you in resiny, rindy, piney waves, coating the palate with an abundance of welcome bitterness. They are inundating but never overwhelming. In fact, I welcome them, heartily! This horde of hops really hits the spot. Verry nice, yes indeed. I feel better already!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another year, another wet hop brew from our pals in Chico! Grabbed this the day after it landed in my town. Just the facts, you say? Alright. I put this 24 ounce bottle twice into a Paulaner Weissbier glass because I'm cool and avant-garde like that.

A. Shockingly clear copper, GORGEOUS, fat, chunky, lacy, pitted, dense light tan head. Superb lacing and I can read the text on my monitor through the glass easily. Seriously, not sure how they do it.

S. Reeks of sweet toasty malt and dank, resiny, pine hops. I actually smelled this as soon as the cap was popped. Pungent and dry, citrusy and orange-ish, this is firing on all cylinders. Brown sugar and I'll be, a hint of vanilla in there, too. A bit o' booze as well. I like this lots.

T. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the wondrous "wet" hop. This beer is wonderful. Rich malt gives way deferentially to the real star, the green and earthy hop! Pine tree sappy, dry and "green", bitter (but not medicinal), and in well-nigh perfect balance with the light caramel and toasty sugar malt. There's a lot going on here, but this review is taking up valuable drinking time. Apparently Sierra used only Cascade and Centennial here, but boy do they shine. Shine on, you crazy hops.

M / D. Full, pervasive carbonation avoids being sharp or fluffy, letting you put this one back with ease. Medium body, finishes quite deliciously hoppy and a bit dry, with only touches of alcohol here and there. Drinking all 24 ounces was really not a problem... okay, in fact it was too easy.

Man, these Sierra beers just keep getting better and better. The 13th Wet Hop Harvest is marvelous, and a steal at the $4 price going at my local beer-pusher. This is one of the best buys of 2009. Buy it soon, drink it fresh!

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich dark amber with frothy root beer float like head that leaves massive lacing lines.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, spices and toasted malt.

Taste: Mix of pine, toasted malt, tropical notes, citrus and spice. The best part about the beer is that it doesn't begin malty and then turn hoppy or vice versa; just a nice mix throughout, although nothing really stands out. Leaves a long bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat smooth medium body, nice dry finish.

Overall: Very nice Wet Hop.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How many breweries put in the effort to produce such a crystal clear fresh beer?

This thing is amber, clear, and sparkling. If those hops are so special then why the hell is it so clear? Why not leave in some sediment?

Lace clinging well. Smells nondescript, but that doesn't mean much.

Tastes like an IPA muted down a bit. Hops are well expressed & balanced with the malt. Grapefruits. Mild gateway bottle to people getting into IPAs. Lingering "resins" of the hop give it an intense bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.

This one tries to showcase the fine nuances of fresh ingredients and I think it accomplishes that. However, I'm concerned that once these sit on the shelf too long no one will like them.

Well priced, adequate percent alcohol, and good size make this a easily consumable delight.

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Photo of jbhuxley
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 24oz bomber into a shaped pint glass.

Pours crystal clear golden copper in color with 1 1/2" of chunky, almost white head. Good retention. Leaves behind webby lacing.

The pine smell is not only dominant but almost overwhelming. The citrus is there but it is barely detectable behind all of the pine. The citrus provides a bit of sweetness, but not much.

I don't think I've ever had a beer this piney with so little bitterness. It has the pine presence of a big DIPA, but lacks the bitterness. It is very herbaceous and dry with a long finish. The taste is unfamiliar but quite likable. Overall, this is a very fresh twist on an APA.

Quite a lot of carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and almost oily.

This brew has some qualities that I would expect to find in a big beer, however the relatively low ABV allows room for more than one.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bomber into an english pint glass.

A - Nice deep amber with a 2 finger off white head.

S - Hops, pine, citrus, some fruit.

T - Another solid harvest ale from sierra nevada. Crisp, hoppy, piney, sweet towards the end. Such a nice beer.

M - So crisp, so smooth, just the right amount of carbonation to it.

D - Such a spot on beer, everything is so right about it. I get excited for all their harvest ale releases.

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange amber color with a light off-white head that quickly subsides to a light ring and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is very strong with notes of spicy, earthy hops upfront, along with a clear scent of citrus and just a touch of pine at the back.

Taste starts off with a citrus burst of fresh lemon and grapefruit. The piney hops make their presence known shortly after and light spices are present throughout, right into the aftertaste. A little caramel can also be detected.

Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Another solid offering from SN and I have no complaints. I'll be coming back for more.

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

A=Deep amber copper color, with a nice "glow". Ample thick tan head that dissipates to a nice crown

S=nice pine and pineapple notes with some alcohol and malts creeping in on the back end.

T=crisp pine flavors with gentle sugar sweetness on the back

M=light oily feel, with crisp light carbonation, nice warming

D=greatly drinkable, could easily drink 3 or 4 not overpowering in any aspect but nicely flavorful in most.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful dark copper with an oily consistency and a nice dense off white head that is retained for a while. It recedes to a thick mat.

S - Nice flowery hop smell, pines and some sweet malt hints, caramel maybe. Mild grapefruit sweetness and citrus feel, very mild.

T - Malt sweetness initially with some mild caramel hints a bit roasted. Then a perfectly balanced but still SN style hop character comes in and overtakes the mouth with pines and some grapefruit sweetness and also citrus hints. Very attractive and warming beer.

M - Oily and smooth, medium bodied with nice CO2

D - Warming and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light brown with a wispy white head. The 13th Release has a fresh northwestern hop smell, similar to the regular SN Pale Ale, but more intense. Refreshing! Flavor is a nice balance of bready malt and pine hops.'s there too. Bready bitterness perfected. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated just right.

Overall - Inspiring beer! Really, close to, if not as good of APA as you're going to find out there.

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Photo of twigfarm
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not going to get into a detailed review here - just my impressions. Please see other entries for more in-depth write-ups.

We just got the 13th Release of this ale in on Thursday,10/08/09, in 24oz. bottles (I work at a large liquor store with a great beer department in CT) so my sample is about as fresh a bottle as I'm going to see out here on the east coast. Poured into a typical straight-sided, slightly flared pint glass (which happened to be branded Sierra Nevada), this ale had a very attractive orangery hue with a nice, firm, three-finger head when poured not-too-aggressively. Head retention was decent but would probably have been better had I used a 20 oz. tulip-shaped glass - my favorite vessel for seriously tasting & drinking beer.

Right away my initial impression was that this was a much better balanced IPA than their Torpedo offering which in my opinion is ALL grapefruit and very little else. The Wet Hop Ale had a very well-balanced citrus/grapefruit taste with a really nice hint of mandarin giving it that extra something. Much more complex than the Torpedo, it reminded me more of an English-style IPA than of an American, depending on your definition of the two. This ale had great "bounce" in the mouth with a wonderful mouth-feel that may have been due - in part or in whole - to the use of wet hops. This is one of my first "wet hop" ales so I'm not entirely sure this is a result of their use.
I love all things hops & IPA and the Harvest Wet Hop Ale is a winner in my book. It's interesting, keeps your interest and in my opinion definitely merits a strong "A", especially considering the price/performance ratio (24oz. bottle retails for $4.29 in our shop).

Is there a downside to this brew? Absolutely not!. Pick up a bottle & enjoy!


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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 16 oz nonic..

A: Pours an amber color brew with a rocky head that dissipates very very slowly. also leaving some good lacing

S: earthy hops bringing forth aromas of pine and sweet candied citrus.

T: follows the nose. begins with sweet oranges, pine, and some spice. finishes with oranges, lemon, spice, and an earthy quality

M: a medium bodied beer with a refreshing light carbonation. also not near as astringent as other examples of this style. finishes off-dry

Overall, this beer exudes freshness. I have never held an actual hop so I don't have an idea of what a freshly picked hop would smell like, but I got an idea that this is pretty close. My favorite thing about this beer was the earthy notes in the aroma and taste

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 13th Edition

Pours out a deep ruby red with a thick white head. Great lacing all the way down. The scent is barely apparent with my terrible nose. The taste has a very nice hop bite upfront. The freshness of the hops is very evident and much appreciated. The mouthfeel is great, very smooth and just the right amount of carbonation. Sierra Nevada does it again with another great Wet Hop Beer.

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Photo of wd40
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clarity if this beer is impeccable. It pours a honey colored amber with a thick lingering foam that leaves a lot of lace on the glass. The smell is herbal hoppiness mixed with a little sweet maple syrup. The taste is pleasantly bitter with a very dry finish. The hop profile is unmistakably Sierra Nevada, but there is less pine smell and flavor than in their standard APA. Mouthfeel is just about perfect and the overall drinkability is great.

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Photo of Docer
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a couple bottles at The BeerMongers in SE Portland. Great prices!

- Dark ruby amber clear ale... creamy off-white head, down to a thin layer of lace-maker.

- A rather rich caramel profile, some bitter pine spice... hops, and more noticeably buried hops.. something I have notices with wet-hopped brews... the flavor is in the taste and aftertaste.. doesn't show up so much in the scent.

- Rich caramel malt, and chewy pine hops in abundance.. fruity citrus layer underneath. Love the bitterness in this brew. Wonderful floral and citrus notes in the belch.. that is where most of the hops are hiding...

- Chewy and teeth grinding bitterness... and good!

- All around, SN makes some of the best Harvest Ales around in my opinion, and this one doesn't disappoint. The Estate was great, and so is this.. in it's own way.

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Photo of Knecht
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a tulip pint glass. Pours a beautiful two-finger head that is white and even, and lasts for a while. The beer is a lively, dark copper color that has me salivating before I've even tried it. The aroma is dominated by floral hops, but also has some traces of pine and maybe even a bit of citrus.

On first taste, I am overwhelmed by fresh, spicy, floral hops that linger on the palate long after I have swallowed the beer. The hop flavor is about as fresh as I've ever tasted in a beer, which seems to validate the painstaking "wet hop" process Sierra Nevada undergoes to brew this ale. This is a real hop bomb. However, do not take that to mean that it is unbalanced; there are some very nice malt undertones that hold the bitterness in check, while still allowing the hops to take center stage. The beer is slightly heavier than medium-bodied, has nice carbonation, and is crisp and fresh. Truly outstanding.

I could drink this beer all night long. It was definitely brewed for hop-heads (which I most certainly am) but it maintains excellent balance as well, making it all that much more enjoyable. This is an exceptional beer, and for the price (I found the 24 ounce bottles for $3.69 each), you should go out right now and pick yourself up enough to last you until the 14th release next fall.

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Photo of northaustin
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a schnifter. pours a dark amber/copper color with two fingers of fairly even white head which disappears nice and slow and leaves a nice thick even lacing all around. looks great.

smell: hop glory!! very crisp and fresh. a nice mixture of pine and citrus with a noticeable sweet malt bill tucked in the background.

taste: very smooth. the hops dont make as big of an appearance as they do in the smell but it does round off with a nice oily note in the end. what im getting is a nice balance of malt and hops when i was kind of hoping for a mostly hop taste.

mouthfeel: goes down smooth in the beginning and leaves a nice dryness in the back of the throat. very pleasant.

drinkability: very sessionable, very affordable and damn good tasting.

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Photo of BeerNuggets
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a glass

A- Dark almost burnt orange coloring with a strong head

S- citrusy with cut grass and with a strong smell of malt

T- more malty than I had expected with some crisp citrus flavors . more lemony than grapefruit

M- very heavy on the tongue

D - This is a steady beer that I could continue to drink. Not one of my top harvest ales, but I would not kick it out of bed.

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

Appearance: Orange-amber-copper with a decent foamy head

Smell: Hops, citrus with toasted malt and a hint of oats

Taste: Carmel oats and toasted malt with subdued hop citrus and pine; it actually tasted like a liquid nutter-butter

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with a lingering bitter finish

Drinkability: Complex but not robust, the other flavors tend to mask the overall hoppiness. An interesting brew but not the typical flavors one would associate with a Sierra Nevada.

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

A- Clear amber color with a large beige head. Head has some nice legs and leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Mild aroma of pine hops with a malt and caramel undertone.

T- Bitter bite of hops from beginning to end balanced on the back of the malt and caramel flavors. The bitterness of the hops builds slowly until the finish which is dry and clean.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation. Such a nice, clean finish.

D- Oh, so drinkable with no hint of the 6.2% ABV. I could session this and then regret it the next morning.

A nice solid beer, should be easy to find and try and it is worth it.

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

I guess the 13th Release reviews go here.... 24oz bottle into a tall mug (in pieces).

A - Crystal clear copper/ruby body with super-carbonation rising from the bottom. A full 2 finger thick tan head forms from the tightest of bubbles fades slowly in clumps.

S - Fresh cut grass, pine needles, and grapefruit hops aroma. Some sweet fruity pineapple and molasses are followed by a very faint bread note. Mouthwatering.

T - Stiff bitterness up front opens up into piney resinous hops. Grassy, bitter citrus, and thick oily hop flavors galore. There is a caramel sweetness present from the malt, but this brew is a green hop bomb. Excellent.

M - Medium body and excellent carbonation combine to make one smooth drinking IPA.

D - For an IPA, this is high marks. Not palate (or judgment) destroying, but a nice kick in the pants.

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

A: This beer pours a clear deep copper color with a 1 1/2 inch of white head that recedes slowly. Sheets of lacing coat the glass the whole way down.

S: Nose is of pale malts caramel malts, and some citrusy hops.

T: Taste is high in citrus hops up front, some carmel malts fill out the middle with a bit of a floral bite in the finish.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation, crisp clean feel, goes down easily, nice balance

D: This is easily one to sit with for a bit, goes down easily, nicely balanced a touch maltier than other versions of this style, but still worth a try.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,640 ratings
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