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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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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Ranking:
#2,830
Reviews:
1,543
Ratings:
3,725
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 3,725 |  Reviews: 1,543
Photo of jkrich
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful deep amber to garnet with a vanilla hued, foamy head. I certainly did not expect a pour like this for an American IPA. Indeed, this is the prettiest ale I have seen in a long while.

While the aroma was not hugely distinct for a wet hop ale, the fantastic flavor more that made up for mild deficiencies. The flavor begins with a balanced dose of piney hops as well as some excellent caramel flavor from the roasted malt. As the ale warms in the glass, the malt and hop balance becomes more prominent. Some may criticize this, for after all, this is an ale to showcase hops. To me, it is superb. Despite the label mentioning "grapefruit", I hardly detect any at all. It is somewhat earthy, and I swear I detected the faint taste of licorice.

The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with restrained carbonation. The slightly sweet and pine hop bitterness pleasantly coats the palate.

An excellent and surprising IPA that I seek out again. One more surprise was finding this in six packs; the ale normally is sold in single pint size bottles.

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

Photo of petrusek23
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of y2jrock60
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper orange and forms an off white head that vigorously laces. Sweet on the nose with unique spicy, earthy, and floral notes. Thick on the tongue with a spicy hop profile. The bitterness is sharp but balances well with the caramel malt profile. It doesn't resemble what I consider a wet hop IPA to be, but it's not bad.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, PKGD 09/21/17
Deep cooper colored ale with a frothy beige head that eventually settles into a foam. Pine and citrus with bready caramel malt for aroma. Flavors yield a bold sticky fresh hop presence with notes of pine resin, grapefruit & orange zest, bread crust, toasty grain, caramel, and a bit of earthy herbal tea; along with Sierra Nevada's familiar house yeast. Fuller body, sticky and resinous hop oils coat the palate with pungent bitterness, finishing bitter and dry with pine lingering. It's been a long time since I had this. I remember it being good, but this is great!

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

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goofster
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sisterofba
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of brighteyes868
2.22/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danmullens1
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice smoke from the bottle!

The look of this beer matches the copper bottle cap, with a thin head of medium and fine bubbles, and sparse, slow floating bubbles rising lazy.

The scent is sweet malt tinged with pumpkin and West Coast IPA fruit-pine, lurking faint.

Light to medium carbonation. Somewhat crisp, rather creamy and bordering overly sour. An IPA calibrated for pumpkin pie and leftover stuffing, I should imagine. Pungent aftertaste.
Overall cozy yet wistful, nicely done.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpaethJam
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glf60
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heymikew
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G_Shoe
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, frothy head. Grassy hop aroma, rose hip, lavender. Taste is a little heavier - oily, grapefruit rind, certainly more on the bitter side, finishes pretty strong too, wish it was as subtle as the aroma

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Photo of BB1313
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/21/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours amber with awesome clarity and transparency; huge chunky light khaki head that falls very slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are have hints of caramel and apple. It kind of smells like a "Red IPA". Malts are there. The flavors are very crisp. Hints of pine and fresh grass. Some citrus in the mix. More caramel. Nice hop bitterness. Malts are there, but the hop bitterness shines. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part although it finishes with a mild warmth. Mouthfeel is great. It's medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is a pretty solid IPA. It has that classic Sierra Nevada craftsmanship. It's clean, crisp, refreshing and fun to drink.

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 3,725 ratings