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 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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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago
One of the beers I wish was available here in Arizona in the bottle, not because I don’t like the draught version, I’m a greedy old fart who wants to have this spectacular beer in my stash, I want it all darn it!

The beer as it’s drawn from the tap pours a deep amber to copper color, the head modest in size and the texture frothy with the lace a concealing sheet. Nose is malt dominated with a nice underlying hop floral spiciness, crisp, fresh and a treat to the senses. Malt also controls the start, the top middling in feel, finish is walloping in its acidity, spanking in its hop spicy bite with the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding appearance... deep copper body with a thin pollen-yellow head. Nice lacing. Name is very appropriate to the "look" of this beer.
Intense hop nose, flowery, IPA-like... wait: SN-like!
Big SN fresh, oily (in a nice way) hop taste, crisp, citrus, malt finally pokes through before a refreshing dry, slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is classic dry pale (or even IPA) ale.
A very drinkable brew... think I'll order another... god, I love the fall!

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

Served on tap at RFD in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange color with a nice sized head. Retention is helped by the active carbonation. Throws out lace better than an Irish grandmother (or whatever ethnicity would have grandmothers that make lace).

Smell: Pronounce spruce smell with a good backing of citrus hop aromas (balanced between orange and grapefruit).

Taste: Nice bitter, piney hop taste with some good pale malt backing. Lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, and slightly astringent.

Drinkability: A nice aggressive pale ale, but not mad crazy insane or anything. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold brown color. Small head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied pale ale, Malts are nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Fruity. It has the sweetness of a barley wine balance with the hop bite of a pale ale. Interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of kbub6f
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh keg of the 2003 at the Dog & Duck, Austin. (I've been pestering them every couple of days since mid-September).

The beer is a gorgeous, amber/brown. Deep and clear, with tiny little bubbles of carbonation following each other up to the dense, creamy, cream-colored head. Very nice looking. Nose is full of citrus and flowery hops, with a sweet undertone: almost sugary, but definitely malty. Grapefruit and floral tidal wave in the front. Man that's hoppy! But the sweet caramel malt kicks in immediately for great balance. Middle is very creamy, very smooth, sweet and fruity. Hops retake the stage for the finish, but share the limelight with some nice toasted grains. Almost nutty.

This is a fantastic, fresh, hoppy, creamy, sweet, malty, nutty joy of a beer.

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Photo of far333
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan:
Wow, this is the best SN I've had. Copper color with a thick and foamy 1/2 inch beige head that corks the top of the glass. Light smell of citrus and hops belies the powerful flavor that lies beneath. The flavor hits the tongue all at once with a flourish of bright hops, citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly. Big, fat flavor rolls all the way over the tongue and leaves a lingering hop bitter. I ripped through this pint because I needed to have that flavor constantly hitting my tastebuds. Why is this only a seasonal?

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Photo of jcalabre
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally sampled on 26 October 2002. Sierra Nevada's harvest ale has a harvest gold/red color (imagine that). The flavor has lots of up front hops. However, it finishes very smoothly. It's a shame that they don't sell it year round in bottles. It is an exceptional beer. It's extremely drinkable.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice coppery color with a minimal pale-white head.

The nose was all hops, with a little malt in the background. It was very citrusy and i suspect they used mostly cascade hops like most of their brews.

The hops in this beer were a blunt attack on the tounge, but a welcome attack. There wasnt much maltyness to balance it but for a hophead this is a very agreeable beer.

The drinkability is good here. Like all other SN offerings, this one is a class act.

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

Amber colored with an adequately sized, off-white frothy head. Aroma is mainly malty but with a crisp fruity hop presence. Medium bodied in the mouth with a *very* fresh hop presence throughout. A bit of biscuity malt struggles to make itself notices, but the overwhelming flavor is a grassy, citric Cascade hop flavor. Finish is dry, with a long lasting acidic aftertaste. Quite a treat!

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

Had on draft on numerous occassions from 10/1/02 to 1/11/03. Wet hopping of the freshest hops available in the hands of craftsmen, like the SN brewers, makes this brew a "hopheads delight." Lacin was minimal. A clear, amber appearence with a small off-white head is present. The nose is this unmistakable hoppy bouquet. There is this refreshing mouthful of a this piney, but slighly critic taste this is immediately evident. However, the mild malty finish enhances the overall drinkabilty of this brew. A seasonal brew that should be and only be available on draft.

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

Pours a great copper color with a slightly off white head that holds pretty well, and leaves significant lace. Overwhealming aroma of hops(thats not a bad thing). At first, I was waiting for the finish, a little more malt was expected. It wasn't there. Good hop finish, but not what I was expecting. I think I went into this with high expectations. I love everything from Sierra. Still, a good ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

6.3% ABV as indicated by the keg cap. Clear, copper in color with a very creamy and dense, 1/4" tight-bubbled tan head that holds really well and leaves very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is like opening a bag of fresh whole leaf hops! Stunning. Slightly sweet Cascades. It's hard to find the malt through the hop aroma. The body is medium with a very fine carbonation, giving a zesty mouthfeel that becomes creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a rich, lightly sweet, somewhat biscuity and brightly caramel malt entwined with restrained, grassy & lightly citrusy hop flavors. The hops are all in the nose! And that's not easy to do - very well brewed! Nor is the bitterness overdone. Very well balanced allowing malt and hop flavors to come through unhindered! An extremely nice and incredibly enjoyable beer that is absolutely worth seeking out. Draft only.

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

Great deep copper color in the glass with a respectable head which left a nice lacy residue on the sides of the glass marking each consecutive sip. Earthy on the nose. The hops take front row in the flavor, as could be expected. Underlying the hops is an earthy warmth with a touch of citrus to balance out the experience. Full mouthfeel, plenty of body, and a good long finish. Somewhat pungent at first sip but still quite drinkable. Good fall quencher.

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Photo of John
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This is hopped up for 2001! Beautiful, deep reddish color. Superbly balanced. Far better than any previous years, IMHO.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,694 ratings