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

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

24 oz bottle poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass

a - poured amber with an off-white head that dissipated slowly with nice lacing

s - a sweet piny citrus smell with noticeable, but balanced hops

t - awesome spicy hops taste with a sweet malty backbone. notes of citrus and peach

m - medium bodied for such a full flavor

d - good drinkabilty, I finished the 24oz bottle no problem and could have drank more.

this was recommended to me after I expressed disappointment with the anniversary ale. This is my favorite Sierra Nevada to date

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

Notes from tasting 10/25/07.

Appearance: Quite red in colour, more amber though. Clear with a slightly off white head leaving loads of lace. Great retention.

Aroma: Sweet citrus, pine and more fruit, grass. Quite balanced, not an overload on hops as I was expecting.

Taste: Very well balanced. Orange rind and peach flavours, a tad spicy with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and resiny, dry finish. Medium bodied and highly drinkable.

Final Statement: A very very good beer. Surprisngly balanced, fresh smelling, and amazingly different mouthfeel.

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

resinous palatte
tastes of autumn grass funk
under a pine tree
next to small
citrus stump

pours a deep amber
with very clear view

smells of the grasses
hopy oils are there to

mouthfeel is rich
with a bit of a sting
from the spice resins:

malt sweet
balances things

all in all
good stuff
the wet hops
with many nuances
dry hops don't create

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

a: Clear and copper colored. Big foamy head with a gentle pour, lots of lacing.

s: Fresh hops dominate. Smell is very nice, but not a lot else to be detected

t: A very fresh hop profile dominates here also. Robust and piney. Againnot a lot here other than hops.

m: Tingly and oily. The hops are almost chewable.

d: I split the two liters with a buddy and was glad for the help, though I would not have minded a bit more.

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

This beer poured a nice amber/copper hue with a thick dense tan head that was a full three fingers worth. The head had good retention and left a decent amount of lacing on my imperial pint glass. This is one of the best smelling APA's I've ever smelled. Strong scents of grapefruit and pine with slight grassy overtones. The scent is very pleasant and never leaves throughout the entire beer. The taste is just like the nose.Good malty backbone that balances out the hops very well and doesn't let them overpower the beer. It is a well balanced beer that finished very smooth with very little bittering. The mouthfeel is very smooth and almost a little creamy. It coats the mouth very well and overall is very quaff able. Drinkability also holds very high for this beer. It's fresh, tasty, and it leaves you wanting another one. Well done.

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Photo of jp32
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent auburn color with decent head retention. Outstanding lacings coat the inside of the glass throughout the session. The aroma is of pungent oily hops. Very piney, fresh-hop smell. The taste is magnificent. There is a wonderful hop flavor that is different on the palate than the usual dry-hopped beers. Using the fresh undried hops really seems to make quite a difference. This is one of the best beers I have tasted in a while, probably the most satisfying of the fall season so far. Very impressed with this offering, as I generally am with most Sierra Nevada brews. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Roguester
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass, very clear light bronze coloration, medium thick head. Smell was not as overpowering as I was expecting. Very hoppy, but not particularly floral or citrusy. Taste was a bit yeasty, quite hoppy, but not really what I was expecting. Leaves your mouth with a very bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer, and a bargain at 4 dollars versus 5.50+ for most fresh hop ales from other brewers. Nothing extraordinary in my opinion, but very solid indeed. Just what you might expect from Sierra, very hoppy and fresh, always a good bet at a party.

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Photo of breadnerd
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carmel/Amber in color, pours a thick head with excellent head retention.
Aromas of citrus are very forward, followed by something that I can only describe as something found only in a Sierra Nevada beer. Aroma overall, a letdown...
No surprise, the crispness and citrus aromas carry over into the beer flavor as well. Big on hops, but great malt character as well. Toasty, biscuity.
Enough body to help those hops cling to the tongue.
Sip by sip, swig by swig, a great beer, but far from perfect.
I'll be looking for the 12th edition, though. ....and the 13th, the 14th, 15th....

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Photo of JayQue
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was worth the effort looking for it!!! Looks like a magazine beer ad. Beautiful clear, light, orange-amber color. Huge white head that hangs in there for a long time. Excellent lacing. Smell is fairly impressive, mostly hops but milder than Celebration Ale or Bigfoot, as befits an APA. Taste is very good. Hoppy but not over-the-top. Good enough for a hophead but not something that would put off any fan of beers with taste. (i.e. anyone but Coors Lite fans).

Mouthfeel is enhanced by the coating this beer leaves on the tongue, the first taste would be a bit on the light side...the rest of the experience is fine.

This beer is highly drinkable. 6.2 don't qualify as a session beer for most, but if I had an opportunity to do pitchers of this stuff, I would have no problem slowing down and making it a longer session. This is highly swillable and a great beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Edition:

Pours bright orange amber. A fairly thick head settles to a foamy cover.

The smell is citric, floral with graininess and the tasty SN yeast-strain stamp on it.

This one is hoppy, spicy, citric fruitiness with a firm malt backbone. Caramelish/toffeeish (almost towards cocoa-ish?) sweetness intermingles with the bitter hoppiness. Fresh, slightly oily hop texture and malty texture intermingle magnificently. Finishes long and dry. Full, rich and pretty chewy.

This has a basic taste that reminds me of this brewery's pale ale, anniversary ale and something similar to the celebration. If you like those beers (which I do), then you will like this one, too! Complexities give it an enjoyability, as does the intermingling of the malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Well-done!

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

Pours a bright, clear golden amber color with a fantastic fluffy white head that dissipated quite slowly leaving a wall of lacing on the glass. The smell is fainter than I expected but still good. The aroma is of grassy and piney hops. The taste is very buddy and grassy and has a moderate malt base. The hops dominate the flavor profile. The feel is moderate and has a creamy texture. It finishes with a solid bitter twang. A very hoppy and fresh APA and definitely worth a purchase. Very drinkable for a hoppy brew.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 11th Edition, 2007 version of Harvest Fresh hop Ale, poured to a pint glass from a 24 oz. bottle.

A: Glugged effortlessly from the bottle, settling a crystal-clear auburn with few rising carbonation bubbles. What sell me on this is the massive head; dusty tan and nearly 3-fingers high, slowly ebbing away to a dense cream, but all the while looking like a pillowy sponge and leaving sticky gobs of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Wow, big fresh hop and caramel/sugar laden aroma pours from this one. Flowers and lots of juicy citrus, fresh and 'wet' smelling. Grassy and herbal, too. Fills the air with fresh hops and sweetness from several feet away.

T: For a stunning aroma, this one didn't blow me away taste-wise, but it's still exquisite. Brilliantly balanced between hops and caramel/sugary maltiness. Lots of orange/citrus hopping and a fresh-cut-grass bittering, that's earthy, yet faintly floral. Malts are a little bready and toasty, drying towards being cracker-y in the finish. Did I mention brilliant balance? I did? Well, this one has it...

M: A little oily and sticky, a smooth and medium-bodied mouthfeel overall. Hardly any carbonation, more an intrusive velvetiness that grabs lightly to the tongue and sticks on the lips.

D: A moderate ABV makes this easy to drink; outstanding flavors, aroma and balance make it even easier. Definitely one of the finest, most-drinkable APAs I've enjoyed in quite a while. SNBC has a winner here...

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Photo of phisig137
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- one of the nicest looking pale ales I've ever seen. Pours a brilliantly clear rich amber color, with a 3 finger head. Great retention, and tons of delicate lace lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. Textbook definition of a gorgeous beer.

S- Big, green, and hoppy. Bright citrus hop aromas, with a slight amount of grassiness.

F- Hops from front to back, with just enough malt to balance. Hop flavors are massive, green and fresh. Flavor is a bit more pine like, with a little less citrus. For as hoppy as it is, it's quite well balanced and tame. Firmly bitter finish, but doesn't linger too long.

M- Creamy, smooth, and a bit sticky. Average carbonation.

D- great.... each sip begs for another.

Fantastic brew, and I am SO happy to see them bottling this now. I used to look forward to this on tap each year, and now I can enjoy it at home. As much as I like seeing this in bottles, I'd love to have this on cask someday... I bet it would do quite well.

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

Oh my, I think I'm in love. The hops are big, but are so perfectly balanced that I could drink this all night. I mean damn, lots of beers can throw tons of hops at you without making a great beer (I'm thinking of Weyerbacher's Hops Infusion). Other hoppy beers just don't feel right on the tongue, being too sticky or oily or sharp. But the 2007 Harvest is right on the money with big, complex citrus flavors rolling all over your mouth, all while being wonderfully drinkable.

2008 UPDATE: There's an intense citrus and pine hops hit at firsy, but it quickly fades to mellower grapefruit flavors. Still a great beer, but I found last year's beer to have a fuller hop flavor. Still worth a try. Very tasty.

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

A - Two fingers of off white foam leaves good lace. The dark copper body is crystal clear.

S - Smells like hops (surprise). Strong floral/citrus hop aroma and a barely discernible malty note in the background. Really reminiscent of raw (unboiled) hops.

T - Aggressive hoppiness, mostly in the flavor area. There is also a powerful malt note in this beer and while it never eclipses the hops it is absolutely essential to keep them from overwhelming the palate. Elements of citrus, pine, and non-specific spiciness. Bitterness only really shows up in the finish and it is admirably restrained.

M - Medium to slightly heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slight astringency.

D - I am somewhat surprised to say that this beer is highly drinkable. I am always a bit wary of hop-centric beers, especially from west coast brewers, as they can easily become over the top abuses of the virtues of the hop bine. However, SNV Harvest is a strong reminder that many brewers are capable of centering a beer around hops while maintaining balance and bringing out all of the best characteristics of the hops. I think that one of the reasons that this beer is so successful is its somewhat restrained bitterness. By aiming their hops more at aroma and flavor than bittering they have achieved a level of hop complexity far beyond that of beers that shoot for shock-value IBU numbers.

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

This poured a pretty yellow gold into a pint glass with a glorious head of pillowy foam, which remained all the way down the glass and left lacing clinging from top to bottom.

Wonderful aromas of fresh cut grass with some fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Flavor is nice as well. Slightly bitter flavor with not much of a malt presence, No doubt about the hops here!

Mouthfeel is relatively light with a very slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, an excellent beer and one which I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ccrida
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint, Harvest Ale is a clear copper with a large, fluffy, rocky, olive-tinged light khaki head that is long lasting, leaving chunks of foam on the sides of the glass.

Smell is piny, oily fresh hops (e.g. softer, not as pungent as dried), with a sweet, caramel malt backbone, maybe a hint of gingerbread like spice.

Taste is also pretty may with plenty of soft, oily hops and a very firm bitter backbone. I was hoping for more hop flavor, but it's mostly aromatics and bitterness. I also find the malt to be a bit to rich and heavy, with a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not bad by any stretch, but with the high score it has, I expected more. As it warms, the subtly of the hops round it out and make it more enjoyable. My favorite wet hop this year is still Bridgeport's, which also has some dried hops to keep it sharp. Of all time, I'd have to go with East End brewery's.

Moutfheel is pretty thick chewy. I was never to clear on what other reviewers meant by that, but now I understand!

Drinkability is average. Honestly, I could have used more hop flavor and less bitterness. The softness of the wet hops coupled with the sweetness of malt reminded me of an aged IPA.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The harvest with the fresh hops is a keeper. It pours a light amber color with a nice foam head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of oily hops and the flavor is malt up front with the hop kicker. Out of the fresh hop beers I have tried this is the chewiest. Overall the alcohol is more prevalent in the taste but it has a nice balance to the brew. I would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I've had this years, so I'm excited!

2007 offering pours a an effervescent copper/amber with 4+ fingers of fluffed up sand colored head.

S: Some piney hops & a little bit of caramel & breadyness as this warms. Very good lacing, loads of spots & clumps of bubbles stuck to the side & above average head retention

T: Breadyness with piney & grapefruitty hops up front. A bit of baker's chocolate as this warms along with leafy & piney hops. Finishes with grapefruitty & piney hops, plus some honey sweetness & a whisper of grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, a little oily with moderate carbonation & very good balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty good celebration of the hop, not perfect by any means. I recall this being better on draft, but I usually find that to be the case. Needs more aromatic hops to make me really happy. Just ecstatic to find it down here!

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

22oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint.
Poured a crystal clear gold/pale copper. Low white head.
Plenty of American hops in the nose. Also some caramel malt.
Medium body. Lots of bright hop bitterness. Good malt backbone.
Long dry hoppy finish. This is a great warm up for Celebration season.
It's good to see this widely available.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.26/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Deep copper hue. Slightly hazed. Rocky eggshell colored head sits on top. The retenion is better than average and lace patterns are quite full and intricate. Nice hop aroma, but not as heavy as I was expecting from this wet hopped beer. It contains all the usual suspects on the nose. Grapefruit, canabis, pine resin and citrus. Just not that strong for the style. This beer is pretty thick. Full bodied and heavy. Carbonation is pretty light. The malt base of this beer is caramel and toffee based. The bitterness does linger, but it's more of an astringent kind of bitterness. The hoppiness is pretty subdued for a wet hopped beer. Not sure what happened here, but it's really not what I was expecting. Celebration has a lot more juicy hop flavors than this. Maybe the Town Hall's Fresh Hop beer has me spoiled now, but this really is pretty average.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer Review #100 (!!!)- 24oz bottle, 2007 Vintage (11th Edition), poured into a Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours a striking red/orange hue with limited visibility, head is three fingers of off-white creamy goodness with good retention, big thick lacing left all over the glass, wonderful!
S- Nose is (of course) full of oily, resinous, fresh hops that are complex and refreshing, citrus (grapefruit-heavy) and pine dominate the olfactories, some balancing bread and biscuit malts float in the background, freshness is dominant
T- Initial taste is dominated by a rising crescendo of fresh hops with a primarily grapefruit and pine taste profile, followed by some floral/herbal tones and spice, a touch of caramel and bready malts arrive in the midpoint, and the finish is subtle hop dryness with a hint of sweetness
M- Medium-bodied ale with oily and creamy texture, coats the tongue and mouth fully, lively carbonation
D- I am used to hoppy ales driving up the abv, but at just over 6% this is definitely a sessionable beer; a truly unique and complex Pale Ale dominated by fresh, delicious hop flavor that doesn't trample over your senses, this is the best I've had from Sierra Nevada and a very worthy ale for my 100th review! I can only recommend that you snatch up this beer in large quantities if at all possible. . .
Buy Again? Absolutely (stocking up this weekend)
Personal Score- 94/100

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

poured a clear copper with a one finger froathy head. moderate lacing. beads of carbonation rushing to the surface.

Grapefruit and pine on the nose sweet resiny with some light phenols.

grapefruit and pine with a nice malt profile to balance, dry finish.

super smooth mouthfeel. medium bodied a decent amount of carbonation, not a lot but what is there makes it's presences felt.

I like this beer alot though I do remember it being even better on tap...

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

A- Thick off white head on a pretty clear golden copper body. Nice thick lacing that sticks to side of glass.
S- Huge hop aroma. Smells like pure hop juice. Grapefruit and pine come through with some spice. Just a hint of caramel.
T- Like the aroma. Just tons of wet hops. The grapefruit and some grass flavors just stick all over the mouth like sticky hop juice. Just a little caramel to help balance it out just a little bit. Leaves a big bitterness all over the tongue.
M- Medium body which feels a bit thicker from the tons of sticky hops. Medium/low carbonation.
D- It is probably the best fresh hopped beer I have had. Just excellent and wish you could get it year round in regular 6-packs.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this beer from the new 24oz bottled and poured it into my new Sam Adams Glass.

This beer pours a clear golden amber with a frothy just off white head that holds nicely and laces well. The smell is full of fresh cascade and centennial hops with a touch of malty sweetness. The taste also bursts forth with the hop flavor and finishes with a slight malty sweet and toastiness. The mouthfeel is very nice for the style with even carbonation. Overall, very nice beer, one of the best sierra nevada has. very drinkable.

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