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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 WeedKing4
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper amber colour with a decent amount of head in the sam adams perfect pint glass. It has a slight malt caramal like taste, but I kinda taste rust like features in the finish. Not a lot of bitterness, and the hops aren't too noticable. Its very bland and not impressive to be honest. Haven't found too much from this brewery that I have enjoyed so far.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

AROMA: strong hops, grains, light citrus.
LOOK: Medium brown, a little cloudy with a thick white creamy head.
TASTE: hops and grains all the way. Bready, thick. Got tedious and a bit sour near the end , but a good beer nonetheless.
FEEL: full bodied.


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

(24oz, Long Beach) bottled on 9/22/15, tasting on 12/10/15, a bit complicated but fairly balanced nevertheless. A very sturdy beer if you will. Hard to classify this one in any style.

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Photo of cbutova
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a perfectly clear dark coppery orange, almost amber color with a head that resides at about one finger. The head is very frothy and has a light tan hue. The retention is great and lacing about a millimeter thick starts to be left as the head dies down. The lacing does start to let off as I get further down the glass. Certainly a good looking beer. The first thing I have to say is the hops are less aggressive than I thought they would be. In the nose I get a huge malty, grain smell that reminds me exactly of the smell of the kettle when boiling up some homebrew. I get a tiny bit of hops in there too. The nose has a good strength but is a bit bland for me. The pale malt extract nose makes me want more out of this, especially the wet hops they mentioned. The taste improves a bit on the nose. The same pale malt/homebrew grain notes are found in the taste along with some nice hops. The hops are rather weak though and seem to only be used for bittering. I get a nice bitter finish on this one and some earthy hop flavor. Once again, I want more of the hops. The mouthfeel is fairly appropriate for an IPA. I would like it to have a little more body but it is not overly watery as it is. There is some creaminess to it and no alcohol warming or taste whatsoever. The carbonation is also a bit low for this style. The DB of this one is the best thing next to the appearance. This one definitely drinks well and goes down nice and smoothly. I want more out of the nose and taste but at $4 a 24oz bottle I am drinking something that was worth the money. Sierra Nevada is good at making session beers.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mine pours with a huge, five finger explosion of a head, probably from mishandling of the bottle during shipping. Body is an APA if I've ever seen one - deep copper amber. Despite the head explosion, is maintains some thick lacing.

Smell: I'm sad to say I think this one has past its limit, but I don't think that's much of a surprise considering it's a) a wet hop beer b) it was bottled in late September of 2007 and, most importantly, c) I'm drinking it in early February 2008. Time does not do these sorts of beers good, and it unfortunately shows. Still, there is a strong grassy hop presence here, with some back-end caramel and pale malts.

Taste: Taste improves things a bit - some juiciness here, although definitely has the volume knob turned down a few notches. Pine on the back end, citrus, grassiness again, and even some floral. A nice bittering on the mouth. Really, quite good here, but just shy of a "good" rating, considering I was expectig more - it's about as nuanced as regular Sierra Nevada PA fresh on-tap.

Mouthfeel: Far too flat, but I blame my bottle. Still, has the juiciness one would expect from a wet hopped brew.

Drinkability: Intensely drinkable.

Again, I blame my disappointment on the time this has spent on my local store's shelf and an under-carbonated bottle.

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Photo of horshack7
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Out of a 24 ounce bottle it pours a mohgany red with a rocky thick head slightly copper around the edges.

Aromas: Light citrusy aromas and a big hop aroma. Very mild malt scents.

Taste: Well this one starts off with a fairly smooth mouthfeel along with decent hopiness not as hoppy as I thought it was going to be. But none the less still tasty.

Notes: It is certainly a very drinkable beer if I had another bottle I would have another without a doubt.Cheers

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Photo of LieutenantWort
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours very nicely, forming a generous creamy head (two+ fingers) with lots of lacing and variation. Color is a bright, coppery orange. Held up to the light, it looks almost pumpkin-bright.

Nose is subtle, light scents of pine and faint citrus.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin without being too watery. Taste is very subtle too, though -- there are some faint bitter & piney notes, but no malt to speak of. You know the malt is there, because otherwise the beer couldn't be as sweet as it is, but there are no burnt/woody/nutty/caramel flavors to tip it off. It's going incognito.

After finishing the bottle, I continued to be puzzled by how subtle the flavors were in this brew. Very drinkable, but it slips almost apologetically by the palate, like it's afraid of drawing attention to itself.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange copper colored with an average lasting whitish head. No lacing.

S - Piny & citrusy hops with a touch of caramel and bready malts. Moderate apple-like esters.

F/M - Slight toffe/caramel malt sweetness. Piny and citrusy hops with a moderately firm bitterness. Slight astringency in the otherwise dry and clean finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slight piny aftertaste.

D - Good. Clean, bitter, refreshing, dry and flavorful. Quite quaffable, but the bitterness gets to be a little much after a few pints.

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

A: Pours a rather deep copper color with a foamy one finger, tan colored head on top. Decent retention and moderate lacing. A pretty good looking beer.

S: Very resiny with a good dose of pine and some light citrus. Very fresh, smells like hop cones in my glass. Just a little bit of underlying caramel.

T: Certainly hoppy with bitterness and pine, and again very resiny. Some caramel on the finish.

M: A little heavy for an IPA, low to medium carbonation.

O: Liked it, but didn't love it. While it was fresh, it still came off a little too resiny/dank for me.

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

Pours a orange amber color with a thick off white head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells of sweet hops. Tastes of very sweet malts and citrus hops. Goes down very smooth, with no hop bite. Mouthfeel is good, slight bitterness towards the end. Drinkability is decent, couldn't have more than a 24 oz.

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

I had this on tap at Hollingshead.

A - a sunset amber color with a smallish head that went down as i imbibed. Darker than i would expect, but nice.
S - Piney hops with citris hit your nose, a bit punchy.
T - a pleasant bittery hop with a nice subtle malt backbone, finishes a bit dry.

Overall a solid pale ale and nice drinkable brew. I just cannot ascertain much of a difference between the harvest and celebration. Subtley different.

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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 Shannon
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a bottle of this into a pint glass. Nice head and overall color. Looked very promising. However, I was a little disappointed by the taste and smell of the beer. The smell was more subtle than I was expecting, even when the beer warmed up a little. The taste also was not as full - very hoppy, of course, but more sharpness than flavor. The maltiness of the beer was well done in contast to the hops, however. The mouthfeel was good despite the feel of carbonation.

A good beer, overall.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice.

Unremarkable. An above average brew that I will not seek out again.

A – Pours a clear dark amber with a one-finger off-white rocky head. Very nice lacing.

S – Some piney aroma but generally lacking.

T – Malty with resin-like bitterness, but not a hop bomb. A very herbal tasting IPA.

MF – Crisp, medium bodied with a dry finish.

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

Appearance: Poured with a foamy off white head that dissipated leaving some sticky lacing down the glass. The beer is orangish amber clear color.

Smell: A lot of sweet malt, slight cinnamon spice, not much hop character.

Taste: Pine hops, roasted malt, nutty flavor resembling peanuts, spicy cinnamon, finishes with dry bitter hop and slightly soapy.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick bodied, leaves mouth with a bitter dry feeling.

Overall: Decent drinkability, not a lot of hop character. The flavors are good up front but end with an unfavorable bitter soapy taste. The smell is pretty bland, with a slight spiciness but mostly sweet caramel.

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Photo of bark
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber with a tint of red. The large warm with airy head builds a crater before it slowly sinks down, leaving massive amounts of lacing.

The smell is hoppy, but not as robustly citric or bitter as many other American IPAs. I found notes of butter, dough, minerals and a mild hint of beef.

The taste is... The mouthfeel is very odd: Lots of taste in the front of the mouth and in the throat, but none in the centre of the cavity. Um, did anyone get that? Anyway, the first taste is bitter and clean. Then, buttery notes of white bread and bitter-tart citric fruits take over. There are also some earthy and yeasty flavours. The aftertaste is hoppy and medium bitter with some dry notes of dough and chalk. That odd feeling in the mouth is still there.

The carbonation is mild with lots of small bubbles. The liquid is dry and a little light.

A different beer with lots of unusual hoppy flavours. But the strange mouthfeel ruins much of the experience.

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Photo of mweso2000
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a deep rich amber color with a thick three finger head. Lacy white head clings to the glass throughout the session. Fresh hoppy pine smell with a hint of malt. My first reaction is wow! Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness but there is slight amount sweetness that gives it a nice finish. The mouth feel is of medium body, nice carbonation, and feels fresh. Very drinkable beer, lots of flavor. Goes down nice and easy. At $5 a bottle well worth it.

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

2014- Rich amber body with huge fluffy head, light hoppy aroma. Hops dominate the taste, although some nice malt backbone is evident also. Dry mouthfeel and finish. Tasty (3.8). 2015 - knocked 1 off on appearance, slightly metallic finish (3.5)

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Photo of zdk9
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- The liquid is a light orange color toned as canned manderin syrup. Head is about 2 fingers of fluffy uneven foam. Loads of lacing coat the glass- sheets on some parts and bands on others.

S- Very hoppy on the aroma. Earthy, like rich compost, claylike, some dried grass, or even straw. Orange tinted shortcake.

T- Much grassier on the tongue than the nose. And also much maltier. Other flavors include some bitter orange pith, borderline grapefruit, and some bready sweet syrupyness.

M- Pretty bitter for my tastes. I understand it but I don't really like it.

D- Good, tasty. Complex enough. Not a knock you off your socks kind of beer but one I'm glad I drank.

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Photo of illidurit
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant orangey-copper into a pint glass. The head is fluffy and tan, and is maintaining it's 1 finger of height remarkably well. It's been 5 minutes since pouring and the foam is just about as high as ever.

Aroma is very underwhelming for a fresh hop beer. Where usually in this style there would be a bright bouquet of fruity, floral hops, there's only a raw leafiness.

Flavor is ok, surprisingly malty considering SN's track record with pale ales (overhopped messes), but not all that tasty. A little bit of pepperiness in the finish.

This beer is a little thick in body for the style, but the carbonation cuts through well. Finish isn't really crisp enough to be refreshing.

Another overrated beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of TheTot
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

Pours a beautiful, hazy, amber color with a perfect off white head that is slow to fade away but as it does leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass. With the initial smell I get a fruity, soapy smell with a finish of sweetness. With the first taste I notice the crispness and the freshness of this beer. There is not as much flavor as I would like but as it sits on your tongue the flavors start to erupt. Very similarly to FFF Broo Doo and Harvest Ale from Founders it has a heavy fruit flavor that is nice, but unlike the other two this one's is hard to find. I would put this as my 3rd favorite Wet Hopped Ale behind the two I have already mentioned. If I had not had those others before this, this beer would be exceptional but since I have something to compare it to it does not hold up. Still a great beer and for $5.49 here it is a great steal.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from notes:

uhhh ehhh

im going to go out on a limb here. i agree with most of the comments i've read from my beer reviewin' pals.. earthy, grassy.. yes. lemon pith? yep. mos def. woody? oh fo' sho. my take.. one dimensional? si, senor. probably my biggest complaint here, and the factor that puts this beer decidedly into the just above average realm.

first off, let me say i've had SN harvest in its draft-only incarnation the past couple of years, and had a much more enthusiastic reaction. granted, expanding the production by 500% is going to dull the final product a bit.. but the fruity, oily freshness doesn't seem to speak as loudly in the bottled product as does an overabundance of the acidic effect of any hop, fresh or not. yes, it's bitter.. and yes, it has a really grassy tone.. but so do many NON-wet ipa's that strive for C-ness.

i will have no problem consuming the 72 oz of harvest ale that i purchased today for $12. i even feel that i made out like a bandit price-wise. i just don't feel like this beer lives up to the hype of previous years.. nor does it live up to the hype i've read here.

this should have stayed a draft specialty, with focus on maintaining a freshness level that bottling kills.. at least in perception.

i'd reach for a fresh celebration just as fast as i reach for this beer. recommended, just don't expect what you've had in the past to show up in the bottle.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sammy A Perfect Pint 2010 release

A:Pours a see thru copper a fluffy two fingers worth of head that slowly declines
down. Nice lacing is left down the glass.

S:Smells of a mix of citrus, piney hops, and pale malts. Fairly fresh smelling but not be to overpowering on the hop side but seems to be more balanced out

T:Pretty smooth tasting with the malts up front and then a small kick of the hops
on the backend leaving a resiny hop coat on the palate. Very well balanced.

M:Medium mouthfeel with solid carbonation throughout

D:Overall a pretty average harvest ale. A little too balanced out then I would of thought it would have been, was expecting a little stronger hop presence on it. Other than that it was a average easy drink which was flavorful but not as much as I would have wanted from a harvest ale.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada
Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale
Look 6/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 33/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 12/20

Overall 75/100

I kept wanting to like this, as it is perceived well. I just keep picking up soap and caramel. Has a funky after taste. I wonder if its old maybe? A revisit is in order next year~

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Photo of Prager62
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single bottle purchased for $2.49 at my local place that was selling it that way. A bottle date of 9/28/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip glass.

Look- Pours a deep amber color with a fat finger of light tan lingering foam. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Smell- Heavy pine, a rye-like spice and some floral notes. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar appear in the back.

Taste- Resiny pine and bitter grapefruit take center stage. Some floral notes are next and are quickly extinguished by a healthy dose of caramel malt. A bit if toffee comes out in the finish.

Feel- It begins resiny and turns quite bitter with a very dry finish.

Overall- My store did me a favor selling this by the single bottle. As wet hop ales go, this one is down the food chain. A bitter spicy profile that quickly turns to a caramel malt mess. Nothing to see here, move on to Celebration!

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,603 ratings.
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