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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPANorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA
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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 cvfish
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a deep copper color that produced a fluffy light tan that had good retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas of this beer had the pale and caramel malts that I would have expected from the color of the beer, and the citrus and pine hop was what I expected from IPA category

T - The taste of this beer was kind of how I expected, the hop component was a bit overwhelmed by the sweet pale and caramel malty taste, but it had enough citrus and pine taste on the back end of the beer, I would rate a moderate hop character

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light of moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was the 13th release of the beer was another home run from Sierra Nevada, I know this is for the 12th, but I will transfer it if they say that these are different beers

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

Served in a nonic pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear burnished copper/orange color with a ¼" off-white head that persists well. Sipping leaves sticky foam and lots of lacing. Even towards the end of the beer there is some sticky foam and leggy lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of spicy character with citrus, hints of pine, and floral notes all backed up by rich soft caramel from the malt backbone.

Taste: The clean crisp flavor pretty much matches the nose, with some citrus, and faint pine along with a spicy and floral character. The hops are supported by a nice caramel malty sweetness that balances and compliments the hops. There is just enough malt that the hops are showcased but do not dominate the mix.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with adequate persistent carbonation. The finish is fairly long and is a smooth as can be with malt and hops trailing of into the dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable APA that I'll definitely have again. I could easily have had a few more given the right time and circumstances. This beer was also a nice complement for the taco salad that arrived at the table about half way through the beer.

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

Poured from tap uber fresh at TJs in Paoli.

A: A medium amber orange with a one finger just off white head. Nice full glass lacing.

S: Spicy hops with hints of citrus, pine, floral notes and some malt sweetness.

T: Damn how I love this beer, just so solid. Hops flavors start with a citrus grassy piney flavor and a hint of some floral characteristics, coupled with a hefty bready malt sweetness that just balances this beer to the max. The hops are the show here, but since this is an APA they stay lighter and in check with the nice malt flavors. Finish is nice and smooth with minimal bitterness.

M: Nice, smooth, medium coating and no hint of alcohol.

D: High, enjoy em.

Again a really solid beer from SN. This is just so drinkable and enjoyable that it's crazy. It almost leans on an IPA, but the smoothness keeps it firmly planted as an APA. Well done.

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Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 24 oz. kind of stubby bomber that I bought at Heinen's for $5.49 two days ago. "2008 12th Release" is announced near the top of the label. It is possible that it was marked down since it was last year's release. It is also possible that this beer has lost some of its hop presence. Of that I cannot be sure.

A Medium brown body glows a vibrant orange in front of direct light under a robust, generous off white head that is meringue like as it clings to the inside of my Samuel Smith pint glass. Nice look. I like the huge head and it makes me think/wish/hope that it remains fresh. 3.5

S Hops but not strong grapefruit type hops that I get from Sierra Nevada some times. They are there but smell as if they may be well balanced by other ingredients in the beer. 3.5

T/M Like a basic brown ale with a big hop presence. The hops in this beer appear in the middle of my tongue and create an effervescent feel that I find refreshing. I suppose that it could be due to the "wet hop" nature of the brewing process. This is a very interesting beer that anyone should try at least once. As I continue to sip I perceive that it is a very special beer indeed. 4.5

D Very good indeed, maybe one of the most drinkable for a beer which features hops (an ingredient that I think can easily be overused). My first pint was gone before I finished typing this line, a good sign about its drinkability. 4.5

Notes: Interesting beer Sierra Nevada and one that every Beer Advocate should try.

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

24oz bottle from the fridge. 13th release of the Harvest Wet Hop Ale. Submitted here under the 12th release rather than adding a separate entry for an identical beer. $5.95 from Bert's Better Beers.

Pours clear copper with a half inch head of off white. A mostly solid skim coat remained on the surface for the duration of the glass, as well as plenty of streaks and dots of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with plenty of citrus-laden, piney, dank, resinous hops. Herbage aplenty with undertones of moss, kindbud, cut grass, and spruce bark. A clean, crisp malt foundation steps forward along with plenty of pungent, floral hoppage. Hints of toasted biscuits and candied resin follow through.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a slight chew.

Juicy, resinous hops start the palate with plump malt underneath. A firm, drying bitterness in tandem with plenty of citrus, pine, and mossy vines. Warming alcohol, but barely.

Finishes with a lingering, smooth bitterness, skunky resins, and sweetish malt.

Yum, so tasty and fresh. A side by side with the Estate showed the Harvest to be a shade hoppier, as well as the added dank, resinous note from the wet hops. Otherwise the two beers are pretty identical. I prefer the Harvest though over the Estate.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like all of Sierra Nevada's beers but felt that they had not offered a great, highly hoppy beer that i've been crazy about. The pale ale is great and I love the stout and porter but their ipas have not been great.

This one, however, is very good and has a perfect balance of hops and malt. Darker than most ipas it has a great brown/copper color, intense hop flavor, good carbonation and intense aroma.

Very good.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a goblet.

Reddish chestnut under a nice layer of foamy light tan. Good retention and solid lacing.

In your face cascade aromas. Pine and citrus dominate but there is a nice malty sweetness underneath that keeps the hops in check. Very nice nose.

Hops again dominate the taste in a good way. This is what I want in a wet hop ale. The hop profile of a nice American barley wine, but without so much malt. Oh there is enough malt to keep this one far from one dimensional, but this one is geared to let the piney citrus goodness shine through.

Moderate mouth with some resins and dryness as it fades. Again, a couple steps down from a BW which is just right per style. The abv is just low enough for more drinking which just adds to a very tasty and well done brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber/copper color, with a decent head, and mild lacing. The best way to describe the aroma is Cascade hops on acid; super floral and citrus notes, which only became more potent in the flavor. Nice citrus and woodiness in the flavor, with a characteristic Sierra dry finish. Medium-bodied and decently carbonated. Fantastic sensation, spells a great session ipa. I will definitely be on the lookout for more 'wet-hop' ipa's.

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Photo of claminat420
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice transparent amber color. white to off white two finger head. nice medium lacing.

S- nice hops with chocolate???

T- maybe it's bacause this is a 08 batch but it's amazing. i can best describe it as a awesome chocolate stout made a baby with a nice hop ipa.

M- medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- i wish i had another!!!!

Overall- i think this is past it's prime but such a weird and amazing brew from it. sorry if this isn't helpfull but would recommend it. if you're an ipa fan and have a chance at a wet hopped ale i say go for it!

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

A: Clear copper bodied with a 1/2" white head
S: Grapefruit hits my nose from a foot away. Tons of fresh hop aromas. West coast hops galore.
T: Bitter grapefruit with enough malt to keep it from being too terribly bitter. some tobacco and pine in there as well
M: Medium light mouthfeel
D; I could really sit back and sip on this for a while.

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

24oz bottle poured into a pint, split with a friend

An orange/amber body sits beneath a huge rocky, ecru cap that rose a full two fingers and subsided slowly, leaving loads of spider web lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is good balance of caramel, toasted bready malt, flowers and pine. Pine and fresh flowers, light grapefruit, leafy tobacco, caramel and a toasted malt base round out the flavor profile. A nice balance all in all with the caramel adding to the sweetness of the hops and the bitterness is a pleasant little punch. Easily quaffable with the booze extremely well hidden within the medium body. Another winner from Sierra.

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a 20 oz beer mug.

A - Dark and very hazy amber with a slighty off-white head that goes down to about half an inch and just lingers forever. It doesn't even look like a healthy head, but it sticks around for a while. Leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S - A very mild, but very uninspiring aroma. Citrus and grapefruit are apparent with some slight pineapple sweetness and some toasted malt.

T - It seems the hops have diminished a bit; probably should have consumed this one sooner. Even so, I actually do like how the hop character has mellowed, coinciding with a lingering but still pretty mild hop bitterness. The malt is nice and rounded, adding good sweetness and balance of flavor. It's very uncharacteristic for a west coast IPA. It actually got a tad sweeter as I poured the last bit into my mug, which came with some of the sediment at the bottom. Very surprising. Also noticed a slight grassy undertone as I drank.

M - The body is slightly full and weighty, and the carbonation is mild.

D - One of the most drinkable IPA's I've had yet. The ABV is slightly high but the flavor is good and the bitterness is never strong enough to be a deal breaker.

Overall - It would seem this beer is good whether consumed fresh or aged a bit, only getting a little different as time goes by. I look forward to future iterations of this beer.

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Photo of mnrider
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz. Poured into pint glass. Label say's 2009 on it.

A: Pours cloudy yellow orange with two finger off white head which lasts and has beautiful lacing.

S: Strong nose. Citrus of all kinds, with floral and spicy hops.

T/M: Very strong spicy hops with a floral after taste. A little bitter but the hops and malts mask it well.

D: Outstanding APA. The flavors are amazing and everything is represented. Malts and hops. It's also very smooth. I'll be getting this again I'm sure.


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Photo of beertunes
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on 9/5/09, I suspect this beer has not improved with a year on it. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear copper color, typical of IPAs. About 3/4 inch of fluffy , just off-white head had very good retention and decant lacing.

A subdued hop aroma greets the nose, not much malt apparent. A solid hop flavor is backed by, for this brewery, a solid malt foundation. I suspect that the hops have faded with age.
The body and drinkability are typical for the style. It is unfair that I'm reviewing this beer when it's a year old, this beer was almost certainly much better when fresh. I'm on record as thinking that SN is guilty of making a series of similar IPAs. This one seems like it may have been better than the usual SN IPA. I hope that I can try this years version and give this brew a higher score.

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

Poured straight out of the bottle...yo.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden amber color. Big two finger cloudy white (color) head that stuck around for what seemed like ages. Nice thick and sticky lacing left on the sides of the glass during the entire beer.

S- Nice upfront of citrus (orange and pineapple) and bitter (pine-tree) hops in the nose. There is a slight malt spiceyness to this beer. Almost smells a little roasting action going on with the's very light if at all really there.

T- This one kind of threw me for a slight loop to be honest. Nice mellow crisp citrus hop flavor right off the get go collides with a sweet malt underbody. This turns into a sweet malt middle crashing with a pleasant bitter hop bite in the back end of this beer. I couldn't be happier with the way this beer turned out with the flavor. Great beer!

M- I would have to say this is a medium mouthfeel to this beer. The carbonation helps with this beer but it seems a little chewy. This is not a bad thing but I think it is a little different than most IPA's in general. Left a semi-sweet bitter taste on the palate with oily hop resin slicking the tounge and teeth.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA. Kind of wish they made this year around and not had it be a seasonal. But this is a very nice beer to sit on the porch and welcome in the summer or fall with. Keeps you warm on a chilly spring or fall night.

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

Poured from bomber to pint glass an orange amber color with a bubbly light cream colored one inch head that reduces to heavy lacing and a solid sheen. Has a nice hoppy smell but does not overwhelm the malt backbone. Has a bitter hop flavor with a mild malt sweet finish. Sticky mouthfeel and very drinkable at 6.7 APV. This is one I will seek out again.

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Photo of KenOnBass
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer distributor in Patterson, NY. Poured from a growler.

A: Amber dark color, decent head and okay lacing

S: Very citrusy sweet smell, smells like oranges.

T: Very sweet and intense bitter taste. Weird and smooth like juice. I also had this at the end of the keg so not sure if this can be a fair assessment or not.

M: Really smooth, almost like juice. Too smooth.

D: I will have to try this again in from a bottle or on tap somewhere.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 12th release Harvest Wet Hop Ale.

A- Pours an amber copper color with a thick creamy off white foam head that leaves sticky lacing.

S- Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose with a very noticeable spicy malt.

T- Slight initial bitterness with some pine and floral flavors. A big malt backbone shines throughout and in the finish. Caramel, bread, toffee, spice, and sweet malt all roll into one to help balance the bitterness of the hops.

M- Medium body with good carbonation.

D- I realize that this brew is probably a bit old for an IPA. I think that some of the hop flavor may have faded a bit, but the malt has really begun to shine and it makes for a very interesting flavor.

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

Pours out of the bottle with a dark gold, slightly hazy appearance. Monster off-white hed that really lasts and sticks to the glass.

Powerful hop aroma with lots of citrusy notes and cut grass.

Excellent flavor. Naturally lots of hop bitterness but also hop flavor; probably cascade and centennial. Very fresh taste and good malt background. Not completely dry with just a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel is right on. The hop aftertaste linger for quite a while.
Good body but not exceptionally fizzy.

Very drinkable; I feel like having a couple more already.

I would love to try a homebrew clone version of this excellent beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I grabbed a growler of this at Pawling Beer Distributer in Dutchess County, NY.
A- Muddy brown color, opaque with a decent head and some lace.
S- Fruity, sweet scent.
T- It should be noted that this came of a keg that was kicked after serving. It had an intense taste, very bitter with a banana kind of taste. Slight balance of wheat to it.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a tasting session with a buddy a while back. Poured a cloudy amber color with foamy butter head that faded slow and left good lacing. Smelled of malts and earthy hops. Tasted toasty with earthy hops, grass, and malt. Smooth but slightly bitter finish. Like the large bottle.

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

Pours a gorgeous clear dark amber, topped by shaving cream-thick, beige head that recedes rapidly to a thick cap with a beautiful half inch thick ring of almost unbroken lace persisting on my goblet.

Nose is an amazingly light perfume of mellow orange, sweet piney notes, hints of florals, even lighter hints of herbs and grain, tinged with a subtle spiciness, and even lighter fragrances of herbs.

The taste. I didn't know what to expect, but the flavor of this is astoundingly good. If all you like are citrus and pine megaton explosions upon impact, then this beer won't be that. It, however, is one of those beers that really gets you at first sip. What an elusive massage of flavor upon the tongue. It is thick and strong, full of expected citrus and flowers, pine, riding in on dark breadiness. What's unexpected is it cradles the tongue, unlike too many others of this very varied style which can be liquid sledgehammers (I love liquid sledgehammers, actually). The complexity is a function of the mouthfeel, it is creamy and light to the extreme, giving it the elusiveness encountered on first sip, but also giving it a clarity that makes the flavors intense in a more subdued way, really excellently. The flavor is amazingly blended, clear, wonderfully balanced, and I have the feeling I haven't tasted something like this before, though the flavors all are old friends.

Mouthfeel? Perfect, Sierra Nevada I fucking love you. Please send the Estate stuff here.

Drinkability? Off the charts. See this at your store? Buy this. Lucky you. This was the last one at my local guy. On second thought maybe that's a good thing, I'd probably crack it next.

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Photo of cdpike
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with really good clarity, big thick lasting foam. Nose is mostly of hops with a bit of malty sweetness but not too citrusy. Fairly heavy bodied and pretty creamy and smooth - not very carbonated. Mostly American hoppy APA bitterness at first but actually finishes very chewy, almost like a brown ale - big caramel flavor. Lasting subtle finish of Pacific Northwest hops. Unique and quite hearty, I'll be getting this one again! Probably best for the fall/winter seasons. I haven't really had one quite like this. Why don't I drink other Sierra Nevadas (besides the Pale Ale) more often???

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Photo of BierWolff
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A great beer I hope to see more often in stores!

A= copper color typical of a thick IPA - frothy, lingering head when poured into a pint glass

S= little aroma, but not bad - faint whisp of hops and grapefruit

T= there is a definite kick that eludes to the brew's strength, but the alcohol content in no way overpowers this brew. The "harvest" name is not far off since it encompasses a thick hoppy taste with clove and tangerine accents

M= this is a thicker beer, at least for this type of brew, but not the thickets out there - it lingers for a while after the sip

D= this is a very drinkable beer. as noted, it has a nice little kick to it

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dacrza1
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, this one caught me by surprise, and I am glad to see others rating this as highly as I did. (Usually) not swayed by gimmicky labels or elaborate descriptions of brewing processes, I nonetheless pronounce a simple amen after finishing the glass.... opens with a tremendously aromatic fragrance with a floral, buttery smoothness... beautiful orange-brown body in an oversized Hop Devil snifter; two-finger foam leaves wonderful lacing, the look of a limited release... medium to full-bodied, with a crunch that reverberates--a smoothness early that balances well with the grit betweent the teeth... not at all my expectations: no big Christmas tree suck of pine cone explosion, no cascade of Cascade--mellow, almost laidback to the point of sharing common ties with the creamier, more balanced English pales... start to finish, a crowning achievement... an excellent spring nightcap to a day of work, but in most (any?) settings this would work well, well enough to finish the 24oz. bottle and wish for a second...I get more of the citrus as the glass drains, but this may be misadvertised as a hophead's "wet" dream , due to the fact that the pleasure of drinking this beer is its bouquet and its flavor balance... I had to buy brother Jer a bottle before the 4th, just to share the triumph with someone...

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,690 ratings