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 Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Hop Leaf, Chicago
This beer is a clear amber color, and it has a surprisingly long tasting tan head, at least for a draught beer. There is a fresh, herbal, hoppy character to this beer, and there is a hint of caramel to the nose as well. The taste is sharp and herbal, but there is perhaps a bit more malt character than is in the Celebration, I get note of caramel and biscuits. Of course this beer is about the hops, the hoppiness is quite sharp, definitely with an herbal quality to it, and it is just pungent. The sweet caramel like flavors of the malt mix with and, accentuate the orange-bergamot notes from the hops. The finish is fairly bitter, though this is a mix of traditional bitterness, and a contribution from the herbal hoppiness that is found in this beer. This is quite tasty, though it is perhaps a bit too green and herbal, though of course this is what this beer is all about.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This had a copper body with about two fingers worth of white head. Head had decent retention and left some rings of lace around the glass. Aroma is full of hops with citric and grassy notes coming on strong. A good bit of malt is present as well to keep the balance. Taste comes across a bit hoppy with citric notes with balancing malt coming on almost as strong. Very well balanced and tasty brew that has a very clean crisp taste. Aftertaste is a bit hoppy with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a very crisp feel to it. Drinkability can be defined by this stuff. This could almost be overly drinkable. All around excellent beer that I wish they would bottle.

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Photo of IceAce
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium copper body topped with a single-finger of off-white rocky head. Lacing = 60%

Aroma: Well balanced nose with hops aplenty backed up nicely with a quality malt aroma

Taste: Medium hops hit first followed by a lingering multi-malt assault. Finishes hoppy...but not quite as piney or floral as Celebration

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing, but a tad thinner than the nose promised

Drinkability: Nice solid seasonal selection to usher in cooler autumn temperatures

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

Had on tap at 'bones last night. Had to give the appearance a 5, as this has got to be the shiniest, clearest beer I've ever's like a diamond, all sparkle and shine. Color is an auburn shade, with a low white head. The beer comes across tastewise as Celebrations kid sister...lower hops all around, but still that good Sierra flavor. One interesting aspect is that the malt follows the hops tastewise, as opposed to the other way around. Very tasty. Like when you want Celebration in a much mellower style.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint, this beer has a light orange-copper hue and a decent head of 1.5". Retention is somewhat better than average, and carbonation is ample. First thing about this beer: HOPS!!! The nose is very fresh, very green. Pine, some citrus. The taste is nice and clean, with a nice dry malt back and tons of fresh hop flavor. Very oily, very aromatic. Some orange flavors. This wasn't bitter, didn't have that grapefruit taste of some hop-monsters. Freshly hopped and nicely put together, this didn't weigh on the pallette or become boring. I'd give anything to find this on cask somewhere.

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Photo of Truh
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got out of school for a month to help on the farm with this one on 10/22/2004. 16-oz. pour at Bukowski’s, Boston location.

Downy, big plume of initial head that just seemed to stick around for a good, long time. Coppery brown hue and clear with just some light action. To nose, some hop bite and an undertone of caramel and sweet wine which lent it a tart aspect. Initial hop flavor to taste, not overwhelming by any means, followed by a slight cotton candy sweetness and a filtered smokiness, like oak chips. Very easy on the mouth, this one is completely drinkable and stuporous-inducing.

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

On-tap at The Flying Saucer in Addison, TX

Pours a deep clear red with a reddish-tan No lace evident. Smells bitter and floral hops.

A grainy bed for hops. Bitter and citrusy hops. Grainy malt and lightly sticky. Bitter finish. Lightly fruity. Mouth is alternately crisp and sticky sweet. Really good stuff, wish they bottled it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a sampling glass from a tap. Poured a nice amber color with a short head that quickly died off, but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very hoppy - citrus and pine aromas mostly. Very clean and fresh taste. Has a decent malt profile, but the hops take the main show, mostly citrus and grassy hops. Well-made beer, but I left this one wanting a little more. Not sure what, but it was slightly lacking in my book.

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Photo of oracle
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

20oz imperial pint.

Beer arrived beatifuly deep red/amber with small head. What little head there was quickly disappated to a thin film, but that thin film left huge amounts of lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was simply magnificent. Rich complex hops with fruit and a earthy oaken tone I usually associate with english ales. Simply outstanding

Taste was very good. Nice burst of fresh tasting hops, citrusy. Mild pine, citrus and plum in the middle and long long finish, which I personally like in an APA.

Mouthfeel was a little heavy. Sip this one slowly.

Very drinkable. I will enjoy ordering it again.

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

late october red with a tightly bubbled sticky tan head. crystal clear with small bubbles of carbonation. intensely green resinous hop aroma. wow, that is some fresh smelling beer. sturdy medium body, full and creamy while retaining some crispness. ample caramel malt backbone and bucketloads of cascade hop flavor. piney with orange peel and lemon notes. delicious and highly drinkable, if not very origninal, especially for SN. high marks for freshness.

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

On at at Mugs Ale House in brooklyn. Bright clear amber. Creamy off-white head is sticky and won’t leave the pint. Very approachable and attractive C-hops aroma is well complmented by caramelic malt. Foresty. This is indeed incredibly well done, superior balance. This is almost worth its reputation and puts a shame to the existence of SNPA. Bitterness is restrained, orangey, cascade-ish. Refreshing on the tongue, the ultimate green hops/malt combination, honey notes, very fresh. Of course it’s not incredibly complex, but among the style, this has to be close to my favorite. This has quality written all over it. The culminating point for me is the mouthfeel. First sip was shouting 5 for texture all over the place. This is perfectly creamy, very airy, smooth, round.. Yum Yum, easy quaffer even.

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

Sampled at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO.


Fresh, piney, citrusy hops accompanied well by a nice light fruitiness in the nose.

Piney, not grassy, hops like I was expecting. Fresh, sappy, piney notes along with underlying light fruit notes. This version avoided the grassy, herbal and medicinal qualities that usually turn me off with wet hopped beers. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled on draft at Lucky Baldwin’s, Pasadena, CA on Saturday 18th September during the Sierra Nevada Beer Festival and a mini-BA Gathering. Served in a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass, $3 for the Pint.

Generic Sierra Nevada Tap Handle that had a yellowy-orange tap handle with the words ‘Harvest Ale’ on it.

Appearance: Golden color with some orangey hints, though in the darkness of Lucky Baldwin’s, with the other SN brews, it was difficult at times to work out what the exact color was. Off-white head that didn’t seem to last long, it soon broke into a thin covering, never disappeared but left a thin covering. Good conditioning though.

Nose: Incredibly fresh nose, Harvest is indeed a great name for this brew, it certainly had many attributes that had me back in England at Harvest time. Freshly cut wheat, barley and some fresh grassy citric fruits as well.

Taste: Crisp, clean, fresh and slick. A nice mix of malt and a light but zesty hop profile lend a good balance to this one, and the hops have a neat sharpness with some acidic qualities – fresh and zingy.

Mouthfeel: Average feel, but the lack of any head and a fizzy over-carbonated feel tended to annoy a little and twice caught me with a ‘Harvest Burp’ as I took a good gulp of this one.

Drinkability: Easily dispatched, the Pint of Harvest was very middle-of-the-road and easy going in drinking terms. It presents little to prevent you from pounding this in warm surroundings actually, as I did.

Overall: Another new brew from Sierra Nevada and one that I enjoyed, but at this point of the night I am not sure if I could picked this one out from its taste from some of the other SN offerings. Felt like a mix between the SNPA and Best Bitter.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amber of ale of superb quality. Didn't look like much in the glass. Reddish with a weak head. But the second you get it near your face... Delicious.

Easily identifiable as a Sierra Nevada product, the hops are pronounced. Not out of balance, but they are in the start and the finish of the beer. Excellent caramel notes accent the hops and the finish is a lovely bittersweet harmony.

Though I feel as if Harvest Ale might be a little higher in alcohol than I first thought, I could drink a keg of this with out thinking.

Note: I drank this as my "control" beer along with many Belgian ales. The Sierra Nevada, while not as exotic, definately stood up to the imports. In fact, it might have stood a little taller.

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

I was happy to see this on-tap at my local ... and when I asked the barkeep if this particular offering from Sierra Nevada was good, he answered with a comical "It tastes like Sierra Nevada". I can understand that, most of SN's lighter offerings do have a similarity in taste. Still, I am more than ready and willing to dive right in.

SN Harvest pours out a beautiful scarlett-ruby with a huge froth head that settles down to a respectable 1/4". There was an amazingly sturdy patch of yeast that traced each sip. I could've sworn this baby was a nitro-beer both by the silky smoothness of the mouthfeel and the laser-sharp lacing all around and through the glass.

The aroma from this ale inspired a blissful sense of hop-hunger. There is an amazingly rich "wet" floral aroma that reminded me of picking out a bouquette of roses. There is also a nice maltiness in the background.

I was amazed to find that this is one of the sweetest SN products i've encountered. I expected major bitterness along the lines of their Celebration, but instead there is a major malt presence here. The hoppiness hits you about midway through and finishes huge.

I couldn't help being reminded of chewing on cannabis stems in the middle, after the malt tones calmed down and before the hops fired up. The mouthfeel here is amazing - even better than celebration.

Like the bartender said, this is definetely a Sierra Nevada product. But there is enough difference here to keep any beer fan interested. It has the Pale ale's hop-structure and the Celebration's big hoppiness, but it doesn't taste like a simple blend. This beer is in a class of its own.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn.
The beer is a burnt orange color, kind of like ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie, topped with a thin ivory head. The head diminishes to a thin film after sitting for a few minutes. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass unevenly. Attractive color.
The aroma is pretty much like a sierra nevada pale ale taking vitamin supplements. Strong citric cascade hops, with a solid grapefruit scent. A bit rind-like, with very faint appley esters and some floral notes. Enough toasted malt comes through to back it up, but allows the hops free reign.
The flavor starts with moderate toasted malt, a touch of caramel and a bit of biscuit. Not as malty as I was hoping, but it's enough to stand up to the hops, which come in almost immediately. A light floral estery flavor breezes through the middle, ushering in a citric hop bitterness in the finish. Considerable grapefruit flavor, with a little bit of herbal hoppiness. The hops aren't overwhelming at all, but you can't really taste much malt. Very clean flavor, characteristic of Sierra Nevada. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth mouthfeel.
Tasty, but not quite what I was hoping for. I've never seen this beer in CT, so I wanted to try it. With everything else on the tap list, I would have made another selection, but it was certainly a good pint. I'd get it again as a session, were it to make a local guest appearance.

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

A clear, dark amber colored beer. Pours a fine light tan head that rises up after the pour, and leaves a decent amount of lace. The aroma is all hops, mostly citrus. Damn smooth, very drinkable. Fresh hops dominate the flavor, but are not overpowering. This is a damn good beer.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boy, that is one marvelous-looking pint, I thought. The huge, foamy, pillowy, tanned head was overflowing quite artfully. The lacing was quite distinctive; each time I took a swallow the head left a ring around the glass. There was quite a bit of this lacing left at the end.

When I first brought the pint to my nose the smell caught me quite off-guard. I briefly thought of licorice but the smell was far, far more astringent than that. Several sniffs yielded nothing more than vague images of bitter green plants in my mind. I gave up trying to identify the smell, hoping that the taste would provide some olfactory hindsight.

The taste was so bitter as to bring the words "sharp" and "biting" repeatedly to mind. Deeply woody and hoppy, this bitterness reminded me strongly of sage. If any beer I've ever drunk deserves to be called "astringent", it's this one. Not having much experience with IPAs and the like, I didn't associate that extreme bitterness with hops - at least not completely. Fortunately I was able to call upon the gastronomic resources of the contract brewer sitting next to me. He took a taste and confirmed that it was, in fact, just very hoppy. So now I've had my hop horizons expanded.

This is a good beer and I'll bet it would be killer with a sandwich, but it'd have to one heroic sandwich. The smell of the hops alone would make lesser sandwiches soil themselves and run screaming back to the deli. I enjoyed this pint in an only slightly masochistic way, but I can't credit it with too much drinkability.

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

A nice cross between Pale and Celebration. Sweet with a spicy bite near the end, paired nicely with the Eggplant Rollitini I was having. Don't ever see this in bottles so I was thrilled to be able to have this one. Another fine brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Dmann
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is safe to say that this beer is a more palatable and less floral version of their Pale Ale. It looks allmost identical and feels quite the same as far as mouthfeel goes, but the big difference is in the taste. The hops are a bit more bitter in this beer and there are also some spicy characteristics to it that I cannot put my finger on. The malt sneaks in and gives a peek but this a hoppy beer for sure. I will definantly come back to this one if I see it on tap again.

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

On tap at the Capital Ale House.

Poured a clear, deep amber color with a frothy, rocky head that was all billowy and sticky on the glass. Large amounts of raw, hoppy aromas, with citrus (orange and lemon rinds) dominating. Mixed in were a mixture of spices: cinnamon, coriander. Flavor is wonderful. Leafy hop flavor that, while intense, was not as "in-your-face" as some more aggressively-hopped beers out there. Lots of spicy zip to this. Finishes dry with just a touch of sweetness at the very end of the bitter aftertaste. Very tight carbonation and "spicy"-ness makes for a great mouthfeel. Drinkablity is off the charts. Such a great combination of flavors. I see this being a great beer for the fall football season, sitting outside of "The Shoe" at Ohio State University...enjoying a tailgate party and throwing the football around before the game. So different from the other O-fests and seasonals, and so very much better.

Now....if this were only bottled, I'd be in heaven.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper, excellent clarity, typically puffy fluffy Sierra Nevada head. On the nose was heaps of spicy hops. Spice is the order of the day here, but not really your winter ale style spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc) more of peppery/citrus spice (black pepper, orange peel, raw hop spice) Excellent nose!

Taste was loaded with hop flavor, aroma, bitterness and spice. Backing up the hop dominance was some toasted malt, just full enough to balance the ale out nicely. Finishes with that back of the throat, back of the tongue hop dryness and more of this peppery spice.

Overall - Another excellent use of hops by Sierra. They really do it well. Most of their ales exhibit near perfect hop flavors and bitterness. This one is no exception. Picture this - 50 degrees and sunny. Farm tractor rumbling in the distance, fresh cut hay nearby, and your quaffing this tasty brew in quantity, while catching some late mid autumn rays.

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

A copper colored brew with an amber tint to it. It is covered in a mid-sized white head. As it dies, lace is all over the glass. The nose is very floral with hops and a delicious aroma of orange peels.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Lots more flavor than their regular pale ale, and it is also a bit more spicy. This brew has a mild maltiness to it, but the hoppiness is the real story here. It is not by any means overpowering, but just has a nice pleasant bite to it. It is a bit refreshing, and the drinkability is excellent. This is a very solid drinker, and many people could enjoy a few at a sitting.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, poured out of my growler into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of off-white foam. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very hoppy with grassy and floral notes. The taste is only a little malty up front before the hops come rolling in. It has a good hop bite and is fairly grassy. It is very well balanced. The mouthfeel is very heavy on the tongue for a pale ale, very nice. The drinkability is also really good. If only Sierra Nevada bottled this one, I'd be in heaven.

A year later almost, and another growler is here. It just keeps getting better and better. I am in love with this brew (but don't tell my wonderful girlfriend, I still love her more anyways!)

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Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. The color was a dark amber, with good head. The smell was quite hoppy. The taste was very nicely hopped, with a caramel malt base to it. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could drink these all day long!

I originally called this the "Oktoberfest Pale Ale" and it seems somewhat fitting. A simply fantastic beer, and unlike the bunch of cookie-cutter Oktoberfests out there, a unique take on a seasonal beer, and I can't wait for next year for this one!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,689 ratings