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

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to a tulip glass

A-pours an amber color with two finger white head great lacing even on the second pour

S-great aromas of hops, juicy orange citrus,pine,and sweet malt

T-flavor has a great floral citrus hops and resiney pine

M-juicy mouthfeel that is refreshing it start sweet and finishes with a great bitterness. Dry slickly oil on tongue. Very crisp medium body

O-great IPA I was quite impressed especially with the everlasting head. I can't wait to try the Southern Hemisphere harvest!

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Photo of Dmann
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is safe to say that this beer is a more palatable and less floral version of their Pale Ale. It looks allmost identical and feels quite the same as far as mouthfeel goes, but the big difference is in the taste. The hops are a bit more bitter in this beer and there are also some spicy characteristics to it that I cannot put my finger on. The malt sneaks in and gives a peek but this a hoppy beer for sure. I will definantly come back to this one if I see it on tap again.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label reads 12th release 2008.

Appearance: The head builds up tall, thick and firm from the slow pour. . It is light tan in color and has excellent retention. A nice small cap of foam hangs on until the last sip and as it slowly slides its way down the glass it makes lots of cool lacing that sticks to the glass. Under the head lies a beautiful deep amber colored body with just the slightest protein or chill haze.

Smell: The aroma has a piney resin like hop character with some citrus notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of estery/yeasty red apple skin notes as well as a touch of raw grain.

Taste/Palate: Like the Southern Hemisphere Harvest, this Harvest has a good sturdy base of bready malt sweetness with a touch raw grain. Hop flavor is also quit firm and assertive. The hop character is that of tasty piney hops with some resiny and juicy lemony/grapefruit citrus notes. The bitterness from the hops is more than equal to the malt sweetness and lasts well into the finish. The palate has a nice solid medium feel with plenty of lively carbonation.

Notes: Another outstanding selection from Sierra Nevada with big bold hop flavor and nice supporting malt.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz bottle.

A: Ruddy copper, rich, beautifully carmelly. A true tan head, a yellowish tint. Amazing lacing. Bourbon-like coloring. A good cap of head for the whole glass.

S: Fresh leafy piney hops. You pick up the malt carmel that makes it look so good. Grapefruit peel. It sends your olfactory sense into a bit of shock with the intensity, some of the bitterness seems to be imparted to the nose.

T: A perfect grapefruit based bitterness journeys up the tongue. Pine needles freshly pulled from a bough and thrust onto the back of your tongue and throat. In the mouth the malt is present in layers that keep things in check, just.

M: Good and substantial. Subtle carbonation.

D: All night, for the rest of my life. I'll buy at least two of these bombers every year.

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Photo of bbqwalt
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a case of 22oz bottles at Costco Chico after leaving the brewery. Death asterisks at Costco. which means it will be gone soon. I recommend checking the selection at Chico Costco before stopping by the brewery. They usually have four to five offerings from Sierra Nevada. I love it, should have bought 2 but unable to taste at the brewery. Wonderful beer and a great value compared to the Pliny the Elder that I purchased last Tuesday. Both great beers but the huge price gap.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, 6.7% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a copper/red color with an inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both excellent. Smells mostly like citrus (grapefruit) and herbal hops with a bit of caramel malt too, the aroma is very nice. The taste is very good. Herbal and grapefruit hops dominate, but there's enough malt to balance it out. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's creamy and a bit oily. Drinkability is very good too, it's easy to drink and has just the right amount of carbonation. Alcohol isn't noticable at all. I'm very impressed with this beer. I'll definitely have to pick up another bottle of this soon!

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Photo of blackie
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: A generous off-white head grows from a moderate pour into a small snifter, falling very slowly and showing nice retention and good lacing. The beer is a deep amber in color. Not anything to fault here.

s: Straight awesome hop aromas upfront, striking resemblance to red grapefruit and pine, with a light-moderate caramel grain presence considerably concealed by the hops. Obviously very fresh, and quite clean/crisp. Smells very "Sierra Nevada"...maybe the Cascades.

m: Carbonation on the high side of medium and comprised of small bubbles, with a medium body. Very smooth and cleans up perfectly.

t: Great, seamless progression within each sip and swallow. A hop-tilted balance of clean but grainy caramel malt and tropical pine hops leads into a crisp, piney hop flavor and very pleasing moderate-high bitterness in the finish. Hops dominate throughout, expectedly of the piney grapefruit PacNW variety. Can't say exactly what the wet hopping does, but everything seems very fresh and crisp and the beer carries one of the more pleasing hop profiles I've come across. I would like more malt, but I can't hold it against SN, as this beer is designed to showcase the hops.

d: Very easy, each finish well preparing me for another sip. Thinking generally, I believe a very slight increase or variance in the malting is all this beer needs for some easy 5s. On the other hand, this particular beer may be best as is, glorious hops way forward. I will definitely be purchasing another.

bottle from Whole Foods Raleigh

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch, 1.5 pint bottle into New Belgium snifter

Appearance is a orange/copper with a thick almost soupy off-white head that has some massive clingage and stays around for over an hour! Smell is lots of oily hops, primarily of the grapefruit variety but also some pine. In the taste hop tastes emerge similar to the SN Pale Ale but much more intense. Lots of bitter grapefruit and a bit of resin. Malt is light tasting but fairly assertive. Mouthfeel is medium in body and carb and a bit thick, but not syrupy.

A very well balanced DIPA that is surprisingly understated allowing lots of hops but not in a way that challenges you to do anything but sip. Super hopheads may find this weak but this is perfect for me. An absolutely beautiful looking DIPA that I would have more than one of.

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Photo of berley31
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a large, white, thick and creamy head that had great lasting traits and excellent lacing in sheets on the sides of the glass. Body is a nice, copper color and very clear.

S: Awesome, citrusy smell that is also very strong in hops. Definitely has that 'wet hop' aroma that is so indicative.

T: Lots of citrus in the beginning, with a very bitter, enjoyable finish. Long duration for the flavor. Doesn't let up at all as you continue to sip on it, and the bitterness does not get tiresome at all.

M: Creamy texture, with a medium-to-full body and average-to-lively carbonation.

D: I haven't been let down by a Sierra Nevada beer yet, and this is no exception. In fact, I'd go as far to say it's my favorite SN beer to date.

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Photo of EPseja
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 24oz. fatboy bottle in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Glowing, hop-infused orange-amber with some viscosity and action in the glass. Pushes up a one-inch light cream colored head; fluffy and odd-bubbled. Head retention is good, never revealing the surface of the beer, and lacing is sticky, coming in sheets, webs and rings. Lovely!

S - Crispy west-coast hops. More pine than citrus. A honeyed underbelly of malts. Fairly obvious without anything unexpected.

T - Sweet and inviting with a perfectly toasted malt character that lingers well into the back of the throat, dancing with the bitterness that starts to push through as soon as the beer passes the middle of the tongue. An excellent balance. Dominating hoppiness rules the back of the throat and the swallow. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and slightly astringent, with an air of fir-like greenery.

M - Thick coming in, providing a very tingly tongue-feel that surprisingly doesn't numb very much. Frothy and creamy like home-made whipped cream (well, hops-infused whipped cream). Swallow is throat-coating and full of body without being gassy. Excellent!

D - Dare I say that this beer smokes regular SNPA? Yes, I do. It's got it where it counts in all categories, and it's a breeze to continue sipping without stop; full of flavor and character. Well done, Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of orfeu
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny, crystalline amber. Steady, driving streams of carbonation. Ecru foam, all fat, chunky, pock-marked and sticky. Floral, citrus, and pine aromas are fresh and fully present, yet more understated than brash dry-hopping would produce. Bitter grapefruit pith and lemongrass. Slightly sugary background. Lightly toasted bread in the aftertaste, with grassy, piney, raw hop burps. Fuller mouthfeel than expected, with a medium-heavy slickness to it. Most certainly a fresh-hopped brew to be reckoned with, and by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Love the 24-ounce overgrown stubby bottle, too.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't planning on buying this today, but $4.99 for a 24 oz. bottle from a great brewery is a good deal to me. For those Rhode Islanders reading this review, Bottles on the East Side has it.

Pours a clear copper with a healthy half inch of head. Quickly reduces to a thin layer. Smells piney more than anything, but also very floral/citrusy. Very well balanced flavor - the pine/floral/citrus notes come out with a solid carbonated bite. Crisp. Good lingering hop bitterness. The bitterness is not overpowering though - quite easy to drink for a seasoned IPA drinker like myself.

Interested in trying other wet hop ales. Founders Harvest is up next - this one is a tough act to follow.

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Photo of shawnsmith1
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours slightly hazy, rich copper into tulip. Nice two finger tan head with impressive retention and lacing.

S: Spice. White pepper laced caramel. Just a touch of pine. The "fresh" wet hops attributes have definitely become subdued over the past year, allowing other attributes to take the forefront as the beer develops in the bottle.

T: Malt forward. Bread crust and sweet caramel on a firm backbone of grapefruity bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, nice creamy carbonation. A touch resinous in mouthfeel, but even this seems to have mellowed over the past year. On the finish, cocoa nibs, toffee, cayenne and white pepper eventually fade, leaving a nice bitterness that lingers long.

O: Very enjoyable! This beer has in no way diminished with a little age. The aromatics and the resinous mouthfeel imparted by the wet hops have clearly faded, but only to give way to other characteristics which are equally enjoyable. Would be worthwhile tasting this against a fresh 2011 vintage.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large 24 oz brown sierra Nevada style bottle. Poured into tulip balloon style glass.

A - a gorgeous off white head sits on top. Very thick and fluffy with amazing lace. This head and lace are maybe the best I've ever seen. Simply world class.

S - well balanced aroma. Bready and grainy like scents with a good amount of fresh hops. Has a woodsy appeal to it. The wet hop aroma is very much there, but isn't a knock you out overpowering bite like some IPAs I've had. Hints of sweet caramel whiffs as well.

T - lots of pine and nice grapefruit like notes that give it some somewhat bitterness. Much more malt flavors compared to other citrusy IPAs which isn't a bad thing. A touch of caramel just before the finish. The finish was a bit overly bitter and seemed to linger, but the spices are nice.

M - upper medium to heavy bodied brew with a perfect dose of carbonation. Left my mouth wanting more.

O - id like to thank my local craft guru, Bob W, for pointing this one out to me, and to Sierra Nevada for shipping this seasonal to my area. This was a very good beer. It's more of a well balanced hybrid of sorts, but has enough hop character as the highlight to be considered an IPA. This brew really surprised me in the sense that I'll buy another one of these this autumn season. I rarely ever drink IPAs in the fall. A real winner here. Everything anyone could ask for in a good IPA. Wouldn't expect anything different from SN.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 709ml bottle (!) into a pint glass. This is the 2012 release.

Reveals a deep amber color, a large fluffy head, and in my view, looks kind of like a SN pale ale on steroids except with less carbonation. Looks exciting!

There are huge pine needle notes, fruity yeastiness, as well as a zesty aroma that is thoroughly present. Slightly malty, yet hop oil oozes through this thing. Sugary, and caramel and honeycomb aromas make it warm and vibrant.

Far yeastier than expected, yet SN really nailed making a semi imperial IPA here, if that's what they were going for. The yeasty astringency makes it wild and fully-flavored, and the hop aromas range from grapefruit to oranges to apricot tarts. There's a thick, juicy flavor throughout that gives the impression that this is not really beer but some kind of juice/hop nectar. Excellent, unnoticeable carbonation, although the alcohol really starts to kick in faster than expected.

A truly a sensational, flavorful beer, and proof that SN really knows what they're doing when they overload their hops. This is bound to become one of my favorite releases from any notable craft brewery.

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Photo of AmitC
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So excited to open this, and that too on a friday night.

Poured from the 1pt 8 fl oz bottle into my large snifter.

Clear red amberish color. One finger thick off-white head that dissipates and turns into a thin persisting head. Excellent lacing. Quite a large number of bubbles. Very clear reddish ruby tint. Perfect.

Aroma: Citrus upfront. Grassy and fresh hoppy aroma. Pine notes are abundant as well. Good, rich and complex aroma that fills your nose with aplomb. Malts take a backseat.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront. Very clear wet hopping. Malt just lessens the effect of hops and otherwise is non-existent. Dry bitter finish. Should not be very high on IBUs but is delicious. Lingering hop taste in the mouth that is very distinct from dry hopping. Some grapefruit after taste.

Mouth feel :Medium bodied. Oily feel. Very resiny and extremely smooth finish. Moderate carbonation.

This is a phenomenal beer. With SN, you never are disappointed. Good bang for the bucks. I just love it.

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Photo of caminiti
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange with a nice white head
S- Hops that jump right out at if. If you love hops, and I do, you will love this.
T- Hops up the wazzoo with a little bit of a fruit taste as well.
D- Excellent! Goes down smooth, alcohol content is the only thing that kept me from chugging it!
An exceptional value, drink it fresh while you can get it!

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

I was really surprised to find bottles of this beer at my local East Boston Kappy's, just more proof that popularity of good beer is still on the rise.

24oz brown bottle. Tarnish copper penny color, good clarity and the lacing is out of this world. Smells of green hops cut right off of the vine, a little vegetable and woody. Mild fruity esters and toasted grain in the nose as well. So damn smooth and creamy, a perfect level of carbonation in this solid medium bodied brew. Big fresh cut grass and oily hop character to start, bitterness is there but not harsh at all. Maltiness is bready with undertones of crust and caramel. Faint fruitiness from the alcohol and hops, finishes a little bitter with a broad flavor of fresh hop oil.

I'll be heading back to the store to get a few more bottles as this easily cured my hop fix. I look forward to this beer every year for at least the past few years.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks very appealing. Thick and patchy lacing on top over a very solid reddish-brown tinted ale.

S: Smells *unbelievably* good. I have rarely had an ale that has had this strong of scent right off the bat. Very fruity yet not overly done smell. Can't wait for this!

T: Just as expected: delicious. Has that fully textured Sierra Nevada vibe while adding some new hints of taste to the mix. Can definitely taste a stronger ABV in it but it is masked very well by a small fruity-piney flavor that lingers in the mouth for long after each sip.

M: Demands your attention right away, in a good way. Very nice! As previously mentions, lingers in the mouth for a good while before dissipating fully and smoothly.

D: This is an ale that you should take in full, long mouthfuls rather than quick sips over and over. The higher % of alcohol can be sensed more when not enough care is given to each sip.

Overall: Probably my favorite Sierra Nevada brew of all time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the original stuff. It's even better!

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

This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had....

The look is clear copper-orange. Little bubbles shoot up like tiny elevators. Three enormous fingers of fluffy heads. Rings of thick lace like a redwood; ice cream float head on top. It's got it all.

The hops in the nose are a complex blend of major oily citrus. Sweet flowery perfume, but a tiny, slight resiny pine. Beautiful. Some burnt firewood.

The taste is a bitter perfume; sweet, but with a bite on the back end. Roasted caramel malts are crucial. It's about the perfect IPA. There is a triumphant triumverate of sweet hops, bitter citrus hops, and roasted malts. [In flavor, it is very similar to Stone Ruination and Flying Dog Double Dog.]

The feel is strangely bubbly and fizzy with a bite on the way down. Though this beer is really bitter, it's beautifully balanced. A superior Harvest/IPA. Dynamite in a glass.

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Photo of prg1976
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, with a frothy white head. Lots of lacing.

Smells super fruity. Citrus, a little pine in there too.

Tastes a dry but slightly sweet citrus flavor. Bitter, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is good, but the bitterness could get to you after a while.

Very drinkable, gets a little tastier as it warms up.

Overall, a very good brew.

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

2007, 11th Edition, drank on May 1, 2008

Toasted cranberry red with a 1/4" head--very appealing and rich color, appearing much more like an IPA; some lacing left behind

Despite sitting in a bottle in room temp for a number of months now, the fresh hops are still alive and well; they're the same hop bill as Celebration Ale (which is great), but much fresher and 'wetter' in aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel
From the first luscious sip I was hooked. It's remarkably balanced for being such a hop-forward ale. The hops are juicy, rich, and spicy, but kept in balance by the hearty two-row pale and caramel malts. The texture is oily (must be from those freshly picked hop cones) and silky, and medium-bodied, making it a standout attribute of the beer. This beer is so full of flavor it's hard to accept its classification as simply a pale ale; I'd definitely say it's an IPA as it has just as many IBUs and similar ABV as Celebration.

This is quite possibly as good as Celebration Ale, which is hard for me to believe. Celebration seems to possess a more pronounced hoppiness, but this has the unique vibrancy of freshly harvested hops, making it incredibly delectable and unique. I can only imagine how this is even more impressive within the first month of it being bottled, though this by no means tasted like it had aged at all.

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

Eleventh Edition 2007 Harvest Fresh Hop Ale.

Came in a 24 oz. bomber; served in a pint glass.

This beer pours a very nice clear copper color with reddish hues. The thick, white, long-lasting three-finger head must be noted. It lasted forever! And it left some sticky lace at the botton half of the glass. It smells earthy and grainy, of course--it's Harvest Ale! The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but more nutty and slighty burnt. It's fairly thick on the palate. I find this beer very drinkable.

Well, long time, no see, Beer Advocate! This is my first beer review since January 2005. I was still drinking while I was away, of course, I just wasn't coming here to report it.
Anyway, let's continue:
I just realized that they are selling this stuff in bottles now. I always knew about the Harvest Ale--since I'm a big fan of Sierra Nevada, and I'm aware of what they make--and I thought it was exclusively sold on-tap at the Sierra Nevada brewery. So, when I saw this I picked it up with the quickness. And I'm glad I did. Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and drinking this beer reminds me of the season. It just tastes like autumn. I love it. I had the pleasure of having this beer with my Thanksgiving meal, and it was a great pairing. 'Twas a great way to begin the holiday season. Especially at $2.99!

This was my first time having this beer, and I must say that it is another fabulous beer by Sierrra Nevada!

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle (2007 edition) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful copper color with a thick off-white head. Excellent head retention throughout as well as great lacing.

S: Lots of oily piney hops. It smells fresh and clean with lots of incredibly fresh earthly flavors.

T: A flat-out delicious beer. It's very different than any other beer that I've ever had but it's exceptional. The burst of fresh hops in the mouth is hard to describe. Some of the flavors found include orange, grapefruit, pine and this is expertly balanced with some biscuity malts. It's ever so slightly sweet just the right amount of dry and hoppy bitterness. If you love hops you will undoubtedly love this beer. It's an explosion of fresh hops to the palate.

M: The mouthfeel could be the best part. The beer coats the mouth in tons of fresh hop oils which contributes to an incredibly creamy mouthfeel.

D: I loved this beer. I was really looking forward to this beer after watching the video on Sierra Nevada's website about how they truck the fresh hops down to Chico and brew the beer within 36 hours. It did not disappoint whatsoever.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,635 ratings.
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