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

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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1,499
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3,548
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

13th release. 24oz bottle poured into O'Douls pint glass.

Orange-brown brew, 2-fingers of taupe lacy head. Lots of lace on the glass. Promising combination of intense hop and malt aromas, very aromatic... grass, pine, and dark sugars most prominent. Taste is much drier than the smell, really dominated by complex hop flavors... bitter orange (which is huge), grass, pine, lemon. Orange and pine linger long in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate, a little on the thin side. Finish is very dry in a good, hoppy, way.

I'd like to see more malt backing up these awesome hops. It is a bit on the thin side, especially for a fall release. This type of body would be more appropriate for spring/summer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A large foamy head, which is characteristic oval. Quite dark for an IPA. With a fair amount of small bubbles.

Smells is relatively light, with notes of sweet grapes and herbs, in addition to the expected hops.

As with the smell, this is fairly subtle for a harvest IPA. Carbonation is on the high end, and the bitterness definitely comes across - especially in the aftertaste. The taste of pines makes an appearance as well. Generally speaking, this was surprisingly dry and bitter for a harvest IPA.

I've really grown to love the style as it fits my preference in IPA's perfectly, but this falls well short of expectations for me. Not bad by any means, just not the type of beer that I'm into.

"It's not the beer, it's me"

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Northern Hemisphere pours a dark copper color with a huge lacing head. Big hoppy aroma, with spicy earthy notes. Taste is same, big hop flavor, with lots of spicy earthy notes. Good body and feel. Overall, big full beer, nice hop flavors, but a little too earthy.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

drank at home on Halloween 10.31.08. poured from bottle into a wide mouth glass.

appearance was a great looking beer, pours a super clear reddish copper color. huge 2 finger head, nice foamy and off white. stuck around a while and left a great lacing on the glass. the smell was soft, oily and hoppy. mild on the smell, but nice, nothing overpowering with a watered down malt taste in the background.

the taste was soft and hoppy. almost a slippery taste, leaves quite a hoppy lingering aftertaste, but wasn't too bad. soft on the palate. For some reason I expected a little bit more from SN and this harvest ale.

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Photo of mbunje
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all...24oz, Bottle is a great idea. Pay attention craft brewers.

Medium hard pour yields 2 inches of off white head which disappates slowly and leaves nice lacing. It's a rich golden to bronze color, very clear.

Smell is great for a regular beer. But this is the Fresh Hop 2007 Harvest and I am not smelling the hoppiness. It's there but just ordinary. Not much different than a regular SNPA. Could be the type of hops, but the citrus is missing

Taste is good, but not particularly remarkable. It is like a SNPA but a tad smoother and bit fruitier.

Mouthfeel is good. A little carbonation, but not too much. Feels nice on the tongue and throat as it goes down. Probably the best trait of this beer. Was hoping for a bit more hop oil in this given the "Wet" Hops but it is missing.

Because the mouthfeel is good, ABV is moderate, and it doesn't go overboard on the hops, I could drink quite a few of these.

I'm not sure SN has hit what they are advertising. I expected a Dub IPA like beer and that isn't what I got. It's a nice beer. I would label a SNPA + a little better than the standard green label from SN. Worth a shot and I will buy it again.

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Photo of Nicked
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught pour into Boulevard tumbler pint

A: Amber hue, little/no head, sticky curtains of lace chase my beer down the glass

S: scent is elusive at first - hints of toasted malt. Some grapefruit and piney hop notes.

T: wow - very well balanced. Toasted caramel malt, pine/citrus hops. Love the toasty flavors balancing the peppery hops.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing shocking here.

O: very tasty IPA. This one I would seek out again!

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Photo of Buckmaister
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees
Appearance:
a huge 5-finger head which stays around for a while. Color is a medium amber (slightly darker than apple juice) . A decent amount of lacing left over.

Smell:
The odor of hops is clearly evident but not much else strong enough to pick up on.

Taste:
Hmm...intriguing. I can't really pin-point anything in particular. No bitterness or fruity flavors. It's still enjoyable to drink, but a bit on the bland side. You certainly can't taste the extra alcohol in it (6.7%) though.
Mouthfeel:
This beverage is pleasant on the tongue. The wet hops make it extraordinarily smooth.

Drinkability:
This ale is really easy to drink. It has very little carbonation and due to its lack of distinct flavors this should appeal greatly to the average beer drinker who enjoys ordinary American lagers.

Thoughts:
This is a good beer, but not bold enough to really be anything special.

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Photo of velosuds
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Paid $5.99 at Whole Foods.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops were far more subdued than I expected. No where near robust enough for a wet hop IPA. Kind of a waste of fresh hops IMO.

T-Not hoppy enough for an IPA. What's there is musty and only vaguely piney and citrusy. The malt presence was more biscuit like than sweet.

M-Very smooth, medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-A decent IPA, but not an especially good wet hop ale. This beer seems to lack initiative in that it seems the brewer was unwilling to risk creating something exceptional. Is Sierra Nevada getting too big?

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

24oz bottle. 2007 harvest.

pours a gorgeous crystal clear orangey amber colour with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops very slowly and leaves lots of chunky lace behind.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. bit of grapefruit. earthy hops. bit of floral character too. has a bit of kolsch-like aroma to it too that makes it more interesting. light alcohol.

taste is great. just above medium bitterness level, which seems to be a bit much and out of balance. big chewy bread and cracker malts. bit of biscuit. grapefruit. bit of resiny pine. light earthy character. that lager-like flavour is here too, brightening it up and making it a little more interesting. light alcohol. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is ok. lingering clingy bitterness. hint of astringency. medium body.

drinkability is ok. this is one that i think needs some time for the bitterness to mellow. right now it's a little unbalanced and the bitterness lingers long after you taste it. the alcohol and malt backing are nice, and i can see this being great a year down the road.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes

Pours a bright copper with a creamy golden tinted head of two fat fingers. Very frothy and thick. Huge sheets of lacing forming nice rings as they settle.
Smells of some sweet malt with piney, spicy, floral, and grapefruit hop notes-- the grapefruit is less than I'd expected and hoped for. The floral and spicy are too predominant.
Sweet caramel malts with a light lingering bitterness appear on the flavor. Little citrus hop note hits, but then the spicey and floral notes take over.
As far as this goes, this is more drinkable than I had expected-- but it is just not good enough for the pricetag.
Feel is solid-- great carbonation. I was hoping this would be a little more bitter, but oh well.

As it warms, I get notes of toffee.

Overall-- this is a nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz. bottle into a pint glass. Brown in color. Nice head with some lacing. Fresh smelling, piny and floral hops, that aren't as overpowering in the nose that I thought they would. Flavor has the same hop thing going as the aroma, but with a sweet, biscuity, malt background. Mouthfeel is relatively thick, but not overly so. I could drink a lot of this beer, but it doesn't quite stick out.

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Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color with a smallish head and lots of lacing. Aroma is medium sweet with strong grapefruit and caramel to a lesser extent. The flavor is nicely bitter and more pine shines through than does in the aroma. Full-bodied, crisp texture. Long dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a four finger billowy head on top of a pale amber body

Aromas of citrus and pine fill my nose

Flavors of hops, pine and citrus with a little sweetness in the end

Mild mouthfeel good carbonation

Good drinkability on this one but the 24oz's is enough for one sitting, not a bad APA in all

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Photo of speter
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves amazing lacing.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Pine and citrus both in abundant quantities.

T: Bracingly bitter with enough malt to balance, but rather uncomplex, in that there isn't really much development across the palate. The citrus aspects of the hops are much more dominant in the taste (as opposed to more pine notes in the nose).

M: Medium body and good carbonation to spread around all the nice hop oils. The hops nicely coat the tongue after a short time.

D: A wonderfully drinkable beer from SN.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$3.99 for a big 24oz bottle seemed reasonable, so I gave it a shot.

Hazy amber in color with a big rocky cream colored head. Excellent retention. Great clumpy lacing as it settled.

Strong woodsy pine and some bittersweet citrus rind in the nose.

Hop flavor is potent, yet somewhat soft and citric. Not as dry or puckering as I was expecting. Actually just a touch of tea-like dryness in the finish, with a light malt sweetness that tries to assert itself, but begins to fade slowly before it quite breaks through. What's left is a little residual bitterness on the tongue.

Feel is a bit thin, but smooth with very subtle carbonation.

Overall not bad; malt is a little weak, but hops are flavorful without being obnoxious. I had no problem finishing it and could've easily done another.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

This beer is clear and appears a sunburst orange / amber color. The head is approximately an inch thick, and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas of hops, citrus, pine. The flavor could be bigger / bolder. There is enough of a malt presence to balance out the hop profile. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a good beer and one worth trying.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - deep amber, almost saison-like, with about two fingers of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - nice hoppy aroma with floral essences.

Taste and Mouthfeel - hoppy flavor, possibly Cascade, but not too strong. Interesting flavor as the tasting goes on, but I can't quite narrow it down. Bitter aftertaste, but it fades fairly quickly. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - interesting brew. Although not a taste/flavor that I love, I do appreciate the subtitles here.

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Photo of Philousa
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark pale, nearly amber in appearance, clear with a dense, rocky slate head with ridiculous lacing. Really strong barley aroma: wheat bread with some caramel and a little bit of rye spiciness. Hops are slightly citric, mostly piney and dank. Hop and malt aroma are balanced. Not the typical hop-centric aroma of a West Coast IPA, but I like it. The flavor is malt driven. Mostly wheat bread crust and woody, root and bark bitterness. This is like a red with a slight rye spice flavor. Feel is slightly thick, finish is dry. 

I like it, but the aroma could be more hop centric. It was more malty than a typical SN IPA. Perhaps my expectations of an IPA preceded this too much, but shouldn't you showcase the hops in a wet hop ale?

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Photo of paigertx
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered a pitcher about a month ago at Bar Coastal UES(NYC) and now drinking a pint poured from a chubby bomber. Similar taste from bottle as from tap. Pours a deep amber and smell is sweeter than the taste. Taste is smooth with malty overtones while not too much hop bite. Very drinkable and could be a session beer for those looking for flavor without the high alcohol content.

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Photo of Rast
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber style while watching Iowa St. dismantle Notre Dame in March Madness 2013.

The appearance intrigues. Copper colouration with a majestically thick, lacy head. I see this beer. I want this beer. Furthermore, not only do carbon bubbles ascend, but some sorts of fragments descend. Hops? Unsure. The mouthfeel also intrigues. Initial carbonation gives way quickly to smooth silkiness, even when gulped rather than sipped. The nose is much as the taste: bright, nutty malt matched with subtle hop over/unders. Complexity abounds. No. Hemis. Wet Hop demands digestion of both the mind and stomach. All-important aftertaste leaves one satisfied, but desiring a bit more. Intriguing.

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Photo of Atricapilla
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rusty orange color; beer is bit translucent. Has a thin head that laces away, but the lace stays for a long time...Aroma is of hops and pine. Has a slight sweetness to the taste, but I get a little distracted by the higher degree of carbonation....has piney aftertones and left a bit of an oily feel in my mouth.

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Photo of bierguru
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -
Golden amber slight carbonation thick foamy head
you can see the hop oils sitting on the top

S -
very rich hop character slight smell of some nuts and some sweetness

T -
malt up front middle is fairlt hopy and on the backend you get some fruitiness

M -
typical ipa feel however this one does carry an oily waxy feel

D -
drinkable statisfies a hops craving even though i would have liked a more hop character

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Pours a nice copper red with a very fluffy off white head. Great lacing that lasts the entire beer. Has a aroma of hops and a little yeast and cirtus, but nothing that really stand out, mostly the hops. As for the taste there is hops and citrus. Nice smooth beer that is medium bodied with just a hint of bitterness to it. Great session beer. I did think that it would be better but wasn't that bad.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale is a darker IPA that emphasises the darker tobacco flavour of the hop. It's different, but I didn't love it.

A: Brown-orange colour and an excellent 1 cm head and excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Grassy hops with some chlorine. 3.5

T: Malty with woody hops. The finish is very earthy with some bitter tobacco flavours. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.
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