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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,517
Ratings:
3,634
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
Wants:
238
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281
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Reviews: 1,517 | Ratings: 3,634
Photo of WeisGuy
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Saucer in Raleigh.

a - pours a golden amber color, slightly lighter than the Celebration (that's what the girlfriend was drinking), smaller head with little retention and/or lacing, slightly hazy

s - lots and lots of citrusy and piney hops, sweet maltiness provides a nice backbone as well

t - the fresh hops in this one are great, sweetness up front with the hops then dominating the palate, as the nose suggested, there is a maltiness in there, but this brew is definitely about the fresh hops, finish has a nice bitterness and the alcohol is not really detectable

m - very smooth, medium-bodied, not much carbonation, slightly dry finish

d - very drinkable, the taste is very interesting and the abv is not too high

Great APA all-around. For me, this isn't quite on the level of GD Fresh Hop, but it's one of my favorite APAs.

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Photo of nickss
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House.

Poured a bright amber hue. Smallish head, which quickly diminishes to nothing.

Huge lemony-citric tones... fresh hops bite the nostrils... some grapefruit is evident, along with floral notes as the brew warms.

Fresh hops bring a large citrus flavour... Reminds me a lot of Great Divide's Fresh Hop Ale... I would love to do a side-by-side tasting.

Bittering hop bite on the tongue. Nice... could use with a bit less in the carbonation department.

Delicious, but sacrifices some drinkability due to the carbonation levels and hoppiness. That being said... I could certainly have my fair share of these over the course of a night.

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

I had this one on tap at the Elk Public House. Served in a pint glass ($4).

Pours a rich bronze/copper color and is clear. A modest white head forms, and disappears quickly to a heavy ring around the beer. There is a lot of lace for a small head,

The smell is very robust, with stron evergreen fragrances like an IPA.

The taste is sharp and bitter. There are some malt flavors, but a bitter citrus (grapefruit) flavor dominates.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer. I think i;'s more akin to the IPA style, except for the absence of the thick chunky head found in an IPA. I would have SN Harvest again. It's a slightly more bitter version of the SN Pale Ale.

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Photo of dutchbrew2
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at emmett's brew pub in Downers Grove. this is the first time ive seen it offered here.

color is amber red and is clear. it looks like the same color as their celebration ale. head is thick and creamy with a low level of carbonation.

smell is intense floral cascade hops. love the smell that must be from the fresh harvested dry hopping

tastes like celebration ale but not as intense bitterness but alcohol as stated by emmett's is the same 6.8. this is so smooth going down not sure if its from the low level of carbonation. its almost liek it was cask drawn.

all hops up front with their bitterness yet smooth mouthfeel with a malt finish. hops and malt back this beer up again like celebration ale.

this would be the perfect session beer although a bit expensive yet worth it

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 20oz pint glass at the Brick Store pub in suburban Atlanta. Poured a dark, golden amber hue, very pretty. A white head is present, about one finger in size. Generous lacing down the glass.

Aroma is typical APA. Nice and hoppy and malty as well. A little bit of straw and grass in the aroma. More than I care for. Caramel and biscuity malts support the light citrus hops. A bit of herbaceousness as well, which is off.

A bit too bitter for my liking in an APA. Lots of astringency and chalkiness and metallic flavors. Some lemon is involved and hardly any malt backs up the, in my opinion, overly bittered beer.

Not bad for an APA. I think the SN Pale ale is a better choice but this can stand its own. Worth a try, I says.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Vibrant pumpkin copper, clear with loads of bubbles swirling towards the top of the glass. Head is creamy with a subtle yellowish-green tint to it. The beer really reminds me of the color of fall leaves.

S: Watery orange, lemon peel with just a touch of cedar.

T: Begins lightly malty with subtle red fruit, crisp red apple and frozen orange juice concentrate. Pear, apricot and lemon pie filling also add to the flavors. Finishes very fruity with a very even bitterness.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: I really prefer the fresh version...these type of beers don't historically age well.

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Photo of shivtim
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper/red beer with a foamy off-white head. Lots of little bubbles and great lacing. Nose is hops and grains. Taste is lots of hops up front, then bits of malt, and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Could use more complexity. Mouthfeel is good, a bit foamy. Drinkability is good.

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

I had this on a recent trip to Chicago at Piece. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing orange coloration to the body. The head of the beer is creamy and foamy one finger high. The head resolved into a thin white film. The beer has very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The beers smell is dominated by pine hops. A compliment of citrus and earthy hops dances about the smell. The beer has plenty of sweet maltyness to break up the hops.

Taste: The beer has a very pronounced pine resin hoppyness with a brief kiss of citrus. The lightly toasted caramel maltyness gives great support to the hops. The maltyness gives way to grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. The hops have a slight oilyness that prolongs the flavor. I could have drank this one all night long. I want some more! Please bottle this one for the masses.

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Photo of ruleof72
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Nice dark caramel color, very creamy head, good lacing

S-Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy smell but with enough malt/sweetness to make it very good-like sticking your head in a bag of hops.

T-very hop forward with all the grassy/citrus flavors along with semi sweet flavors

M-good body and carbonation

D-goes down easy

I really liked this beer. The smell and flavors were all there, like a bag of fresh hops in a glass. Bring on the next harvest!

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

Got this on tap at Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA.

A reddish copper with hints of red and gold, slick head with good retention and excellent lacing. The balance of malt and hops in this APA in my opinion gives the perfect array of sweet and bitter.

Drinkability is high as this beer just goes down fast.

If I could find this in bottles, I'd be all over it.

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

Purchased at Tyler's Taproon in Durham, NC-via shaker pint. Glowing warm orangy-red color, and pretty, white sticky head. Nice lace sheets dance around my glass. Aroma is mouth-wateringly fresh. Smell is full of delicious candy-like citrus, cascade hops (among others). The wet hopping is apparent in this very delightful beer. Not to mention delicious hoppy burps follow. Although this is one substantially hoppy beer it is quite well malted too, both in the nose and taste. There is a subtly balanced smoothness to it and a great fine grittiness to the texture. Awesome and I wish I could get this in stores. Looks like I'm going to be searching for the fresh/wet hopped beers during the Fall season from now on, in opposition to the traditional Oktoberfest style beers. Drinkability is the best.

Great beer. Go find it before you miss out.

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

Man, this is one fresh hoppy beer. Served to me at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC in a standard shaker pint glass. Clear, pure orange color - the head leaves rings of lace on the glass and settles to a fine white velum sheet for the remainder of the beer. Smells of fresh citrus hops - candied and very sticky with oily lupulin goodness. Taste follows the smell very well...a big mouthfull of sticky fresh hops with some residual sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Solid bitterness and medium mouthfeel. Mmmm-mmm good...did I mention fresh? Glad I got to try this!

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

It pours a slightly hazy orange amber, looking smoked and carbonated. A finger of tight-bubbled off-white head dwindles soon to frothy islets. Lacing is liberal and textured.

The aroma slaps the olfactory mechanism with the pine resin pungence of blazingly fresh hops, citrusy and floral as well. A backbeat of slight malt sweetness lurks underneath, establishing a fair presence.

Upon tasting, a first flash of toothy malt sweetness careens in, carrying berry and caramel, then is mitigated by a juicy hop onslaught, with pine resin, pine needles, and crisply dry grapefruit citrus. A mild biscuit note comes through from a re-assertion of the malt, as well as a more floral character from the hops, before they melt away to a crisp and refreshing lingering bitterness. The wet-hopping works magic here, with a sassy freshness and impressive balance combining to blend into a fine, delightful flavor.

Between light and medium bodied, the oily, resinous hops join the sweet malt to lay softly but utterly on the palate.

This is about as balanced a highly hopped APA as I've had the pleasure to experience. The malt distributes just enough sweetness and fruit to counterbalance the energizing bite of wonderfully fresh hops. It's so damned good that I defy any hophead to have just one. This is a sessionable pleasure, a step above so much of what SN offers, and that's not to slight the others, but rather to extol the virtues of this pleasing, refreshing, edgy concotion. I often think scarcity is a big factor in making some beers as good as they seem, but this one would be as good no matter how available, so I say, bottle it now!

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

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fiarlawn, OH - 10/28/06

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a modest head that left moderate lacing.

S: Big smell of resin, pine, and citruic hops.

T: Like the smell with a strong, but gentle bitterness. Very similar to SNPA, but with a fuller and more intense flavor.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, lingering flavor.

D: Quite a fine beer. If only this was as readily available as SNPA. Awesome.

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

Balanced and smooth. Good understated piney, bitterness, grapefruity and fruity. Brownish, Some lacing,Hmm, the carbonation Perhaps their gas combination detract. Drying finish though Full mouthfeel and satisfying.
2007 bottle, dry but hoppy. Understated IPA, viz. pale. Lots of good head.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh yeah, not overly hoppy, but thoroughly hoppy from start to finish - just barely enough malt backbone to support this freshly piney, cedar tasting/ smelling beer. Reddish color, like an ESB or Red. It's a shame that "fresh-hop" or "wet-hop" style beers can't be made year 'round, but I guess that is the joy of it. This style of beer is the prime example of why America is not wrong in evolving their own style of beers that showcase the considerable flavor/ aroma additions beers can benefit from with more aggressive hopping regimes. I generally tend to drink more malt accented beers, but when the depth of juicy dank fresh hops is present on the beginning, middle, and finish of the beer without seeming bitter or overly sticky, or unbalanced, then I have to stand at attention and salute.

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Photo of roan22
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited about getting this fresh harvest ale the day it was tapped in Exton, PA. It was slightly more resin-y or oil-y than I remember it being last year. It tasted more alcohol-y as well. So I had a pint of the 2005 version (which the Drafting Room had as well) to compare, and I liked the 2005 version better. Aging this beer a year makes the taste improve remarkably.

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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden brown color with a light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a mild sweet malt aroma. A pleasent floral hop aroma is present. Some slight citrus notes are also present. The fresh hop aroma is very pleasent.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral and citrus hop flavors dominate. It has a mild sweet malt flavor also. This beer is not bitter, just very hoppy in a subtle way.

This beer is crisp. It goes down refreshingly smooth, leaving a citrus hop aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is very good, and not overly aggressive.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer. Usually, I am a little unsatisfied with Sierra Nevada. This is definately an exception. If you see this beer, drink it. Outstanding.

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

Oh, yeah baby. Just came out on tap today at the brewery. Pours a robust dark copper color, small firm head and nice looking lacing. Nose is full of freshly broken-up hop flowers in their full glory. Really bitter bite, accompanied by a full body like most other SN ales. Fruity and piney but the bitterness predominates. Hops galore. Unique because all the hops punch you in the mouth at first, but fade away before the aftertaste kicks in. Big hearty body reminiscent of fresh baked bread. Nothing overly astringent or assertive, just resins and oils and bitterness and full flavor. Beautiful. Perfectly balanced. The finest beer Sierra Nevada makes.

Seek this out now. I don't want to see any of those bad mid-summer next year reviews, this MUST be consumed fresh. Put this on your must-drink list today. Cheers!

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Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa..

Pine needles, grapefruit, and a good amount of citrus aroma.
More bitter than expected, with plenty of hop bite, a creamy mouthfeel, and great lingering hop bitterness.

Overall, this is like a very tasty middle ground between the SNPA & their Celebration Ale. This never seems to be available anywhere in my area, so I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of scottoale
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, a 1/2 inch off-white foam head sits atop an irridescent orange-amber ale of beauty. Nice lacing throughout the pint.

Nice malty nose with some citrus and earthy hop notes pulling through. t has a balance of not too sweet nor overpowering of piney fresh hops. More subtle than I anticipated.

Oh the flavor, nice rich malt upfront with some citrus filling in, only to be overtaken by some earthy and very bitter hops. A very tasty brew that keeps Sierra Nevada in my book of favorites. The aftertaste is a pleasant bitterness of evergreen...damn bitter!

Nice mouthfeel and a hefty medium body, my guess for the ABV would be around 6%. This stuff is a pleasure to drink fresh on tap, it's got my vote!

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

Discovered on tap at the Ginger Man Houston. Well, well.

An almost luminous quality emanates from the crystal-clear orange-copper body of this most pleasing SN seasonal. Fruity, perfumy hop-derived aromas waft up from the generous head, with a mild evergreen quality developing later on. The flavor begins with soft malt and a fleeting sweetness that interact with the flavor of fresh hops. This quickly gives way to a bracing bitterness that flashes across the tongue before lessening abruptly into a medium finish. The finish contains a bitterness that borders on astringency without becoming unpleasant.

Rare enough and downright good enough that you shouldn't pass it up if the opportunity should arise.

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Photo of carln26
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in New York. It poured a deep copper color with a tan fluffy head. The head left a nice delicate lace as I sipped the beer. The nose has a lot of citrus hop aroma, a little bit of hop flower with mild caramel. Citrus and floral taste. Nice mild caramel back. I have the Celebration Ale in the bottle, and this is a more subtle beer. Fresher taste (I realize a fresh tap should be that way), but I really like the way the hop flavor comes across without a huge amount of bitterness.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep red with a creamy off-white head. Immediately as itÂ’s poured, hops aroma hits me. Spicy, floral/piney, and especially hoppy aroma is refreshing... Maybe hints of apple. Spicy flavor fills mouth with bitter hops and notes of pine. Nice bitter finish lingers. Alcohol is subdued but noticable. Malt characteristics barely noticable but present. Finishes very bitter. Extensive lacing through whole beer as head diminishes slowly. Very lightly carbonated. Excellent and refreshing beer. Light moutfeel but not watery.

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

I was very surprised to see this at one of our locals I had never seen it anyway in Georgia. This beer has a nice hoppy aroma with pine and orange. I couldn't really tell that this was brewed with "green hops". The aroma was very similar to Celebration, but not as hoppy. There was excellent lacing and a nice, firm head. The body was clear with a nice amber.orange color. There was moderate hop bitterness initially that became stronger. There was more of a malty smell and flavor than Celebration. The finish was long. It has a medium dry mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

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