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 bernie879
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearence: Glissining med-dark copper with some redness brightening the beer. A dense off white head sat upon the beer for a good 5 min. before settling down at about .5cm leaving behind ample lacing.

Aroma: Piney hops jump right out and are mellowed out by more of a floral note. Also seemed to pick up some rye sourness and sweet bready notes, he later of which was relativly faint.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and on the higherside of carbonated. Bitterness was also pretty high, but not to high to distract from the other elements in the ale, resulting in a decent crispness.

Taste: For as much as hops highlight the beer there was a nice malt ratio which meet the hops. This is especially noticed as the beer warms up which is suprising as my general experience seems to result in a beer with this level of bitterness to only get more bitter as it warms up.

Overall: This is a pretty well crafted beer, not something I can drink all the time, but it is enjoyable. The color and aroma are very much enviting and the drinkablility doesn't let me down. If there was any complaint it was that the initial bitterness was more harsh than I would have liked but in the end it really mellowed out.

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Photo of cdpike
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel color with really good clarity, big thick lasting foam. Nose is mostly of hops with a bit of malty sweetness but not too citrusy. Fairly heavy bodied and pretty creamy and smooth - not very carbonated. Mostly American hoppy APA bitterness at first but actually finishes very chewy, almost like a brown ale - big caramel flavor. Lasting subtle finish of Pacific Northwest hops. Unique and quite hearty, I'll be getting this one again! Probably best for the fall/winter seasons. I haven't really had one quite like this. Why don't I drink other Sierra Nevadas (besides the Pale Ale) more often???

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Photo of HombreWing
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz bottle

Eyes: A beautiful orange ...bright ..tiny bubbles continuously swimming "north"
Nose: Hops so citrusy's spicy !
Tongue: A beautiful profile of malt and hops. They dance together w/ nary a one stepping on each others feet. Balanced
Texture: While the malt balances nicely, there is some sticky/sandy feel from lots of hop oils
Mouth happinesss: tastes like more !

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

Poured from 24oz bottle with a nice thick head. Color was a little lighter than expected, almost more red than amber. Smell to the nose was just perfect, nice and and hoppy. Very smooth taste, left me wishing I had a second bottle.

Everything you'd expect from an top-notch IPA, all around a good beer, not much more what you could ask for.

Probably my favorite of these special releases from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Tulip

A: Great color with this one. A huuuge head that holds really well.

S: I get piney notes with this beer that I love, not the biggest smell in the world but still solid

T: I'm seriously enjoying this one. Hoppy enough to be a great IPA and stand out from the pack.

M: Great carbonation and with a decent alcohol level without going over the top.

O: I enjoyed this beer. Overall it was well above average and for the $5 price it was hard to beat. I'll be picking up another as long as they are out

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Photo of berliner07
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. Wow. This beer is just in another category. Such a great concept, but the actual beer lives up to it. A MASSIVE rush of hop character on the nose. A bit more pine flavor and less citrus flavor than i would have expected, but excellent. When you drink this beer, you can almost imagine fresh hops going down your throat. It coats your palate with hop flavor. The malt character is perfect. Just enough to back up the hops, but not too much to hide them. This beer is damn near perfect.

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

Golden red color with a lively initial head settling to a nice white ring around the glass

Light malts, some grassiness and some citrus, perhaps a touch of pine resin

A very complex taste, there's a lot going on here. Theres a lively light sweetness to begin with, followed by some earthy notes in the middle and a very full but not overpowering bitterness on the finish. Not as bold a hop profile as some of Sierra Nevada's heavily hopped beers but it really suits this beer, it's perfectly balanced start to finish

Medium body, medium carbonation. Coats the mouth well with flavour

A fantastic savouring beer, a beautifully balanced, full flavoured beer but with that characteristic American hop profile. Wonderful.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great deep copper color in the glass with a respectable head which left a nice lacy residue on the sides of the glass marking each consecutive sip. Earthy on the nose. The hops take front row in the flavor, as could be expected. Underlying the hops is an earthy warmth with a touch of citrus to balance out the experience. Full mouthfeel, plenty of body, and a good long finish. Somewhat pungent at first sip but still quite drinkable. Good fall quencher.

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Photo of 0tt0
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 oz. bottle, decanted into my trusty Duvel glass...

Marvelously clear. Color is like bourbon-spiked iced tea. Kinda amber, nice, large bubbled head. Tiny carbonation bubbles floating up from the etched 'd.' Amazing. Scent is big, fat floral hops and citrus. Very clean scent. Now for the sip-- without a doubt, I've had nothing like this before. So clean, crisp, with a nice malt presence. Caramely. Hops are oily, flowery. Its bitter, but not rip your tongue out bitter. Nice lingering mellow hop tingle. I was expecting this to be way less drinkable than it actually is. I need to review this one later. I'm at a loss for words. A truly surprising beer.

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Photo of dino213aa
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Edition

I've really tried hard to review this with consideration to the style. I am not a big fan of pale ale's- especially Sierra Nevada's. However, this years SN Harvest Ale really asks me to reconsider my prejudices against this style.

A: Clear, deep amber with no gradation in color. Pours with minimal head but lots of intricate lacing in ~1-inch tiers.

S: Slightly toasty with whispers of lavender and citrus.

T&M: Personally I dislike pale ales because of bitter hops. That's it. However, this brew is incredibly balanced between bitterness and underlying character. There is a floral quality that reminds me of lavender, clover, grain with a touch of citrus reminiscent of plums or wild strawberries (as opposed to lemon). I can't imagine a pale ale tasting better than this, and by that measure I rate this brew as exceptional. Mouthfeel is crisp yet enduring.

D: Highly drinkable. I'd give this a 5 if I liked hops more.

Rarely does a beer invoke the kind of imagery and sensations as this brew has for me. Perfectly balanced and complex, this brew tantalizes the imagination and beckons me to drink more.

Very highly recommend.

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

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle. It has a nice aged copper color with a substantial head that laces down the glass. I enjoyed the smell, which was hoppy yet different than other beers presumably because of it being wet-hopped. The taste was fantastic. It was both sweet and smooth in the bitterness and citrus flavors of the hops. It was a big beer in taste and weight, but eminently drinkable and enjoyable. The 6.7 % ABV does get to you and this beer quickly goes down.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with a light tan head which remains for several minutes and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Roasted grain, sweet malts, and some piney hop aroma. Nothing overwhelming, but definitely inviting.

T: A nice blend of moderate hop bitterness, roasted grain, and some residual sweetness. In addition, finishes with some pine and resin, really an interesting profile.

M: A moderate body with low carbonation.

D: Going to finish the 24oz bottle, and that would be about all I could manage.

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Photo of mmclaughlin38
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber, with a frothy, creamy 2 finger head. Great, citrus, hoppy aroma. Mild malty backbone. Well balanced and delicious. Very smooth, drinkable with a light mouthfeel. It's a dangerous 6.7%, but drinks easier. Overall, really pleased.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a purchased bottle into a pint glass

A) red hued with a two to three finger head and good retention.

S). Piney sweetness. Malt in back gives a bread note. Similar to many SN pale ales the pone notes are prominent

T) nice full hop flavor especially the grassy pines in the background. Light on citrus but resin is noted. Balanced nicely with the malt.

M) really medium to full body. With lots of carbonation holding on .

O) well put together beer. Very balanced. Not as sweet as other "harvest" ales out there but I assume that is the hops used. Likable and quaffable beer. I like it.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite brews from SN. There is a brewery that really puts out a fine array, quality across the board. This one stands out among their lineup. Brewed with fresh hops at harvest time, it has a wonderful floral aroma and rich, full malty body to carry the substantial but smooth herbal hop character. Part of the magic is that the hopping isn't wildly out of balance as you see in products from Stone where they like to use hops as a weapon. I just wish it could be put out year round. This is unquestionably a must-have for hop lovers.

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Photo of sudz42
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first fresh hops ale, I give this a 5 because this ale rules. As others note, "pine" and "oily" are pretty good descriptions. Drinkable beyond all belief. It's a little strong but I guess the malt had to get beefed up to support the hop factory.

After you drink this you'll long for fresh green-bud sticky hop resin year-round.

I'm going out to get some more bottles as they probably move fast.

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

From the first sip to the last this beer was an absolute delight to drink. I thought I had missed out on both this and the Anniversary Ale but thanks to Big C liquors a few miles west from here on State Road 50, over in Winter Park, I managed to grab both these two on a trip over there this weekend (plus their last bottle of Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, but that's another story).

The hops are truely fantastic in this beer, but it's so much more than that. It's an overall beautifully crafted, well balanced beer. For some reason, I just kept on coming up with the thought of Avery's Maharaja when I was drinking this beer. Now I must go out and buy some to investigate why that was. Oh poor me, such an onerous task!

Don't pass this one by. Buy it, and get as much as your budget will allow. In fact, sod it, just overspend and report an exception.

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

24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber color with a white, fluffy head. Pour got a little out of control and head hung on for quite some time. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Nice citrsy hops. Distinct grapefruit smell with a touch of pine.

T: Smooth and balanced, but with big spicy hop flavor. This brew is all about the hops and does a wonderful job showcasing them without letting them overpower.

M: Just a touch oily, which is perfect for a medium bodied pale ale.

D: Bottle says 6.7% ABV. Not a session beer, but all 24oz. went down like it was. I'll definitely pick up another before they are gone for the season.

Overall: An excellent Pale Ale. A good choice to start an evening or to enjoy with dinner. A seasonal upgrade over SNPA that is worth the extra cost.

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

Bomber of the 13th Release (2009).

Pour reveals an orange/copper/almost-pink tinted body with a frothy, slightly reddish-brown off-white head. Really like the color of the body, reminds me of nugget nectar. It almost glows. Head slowly shrinks, leaving some nice lacing behind.

Smell immediately makes me think summer for some reason. It has that grapefruit hop smell I love so much. The smell is well defined and strong, but also delicate. It doesnt smack me in the face the way some IPAs do. Very inviting. Smells like something I would like to wake up to...

Taste is very nice. Not over the top, but definitely relying heavily on the hops. It is somewhat bitter, but not in a harsh sort of way, kind of sweet from the malt and the fruitiness in the hops, and overall satisfying. The taste is much like the smell in that it is not what I would call balanced (the hops do the heavy lifting here), but is by no means over the top or in your face.

Mouthfeel is near-perfect. Lowly carbonated, yet it feels alive and vibrant as I drank. Makes it extremely smooth. The soft yet delightful flavors along with this really low carbonation make it super drinkable. I dont mind a more carbonated beer, but man, this is about perfect for the flavor profile.

One extraordinary grapefruity-IPA, could probably be considered an American Pale Ale, not too bold but just very, very well done. Cannot be beat for the price!

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

Fourth beer at the "Why Is There Beer?" tasting on Oct. 27, 2009 at Brickskeller. Paired with the St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition to demonstrate two extremes of hops flavor--this one being the all about hops example.

A: Amber colored, fantastic head
S: Slightly sour, but the bitterness of the hops is already coming through
T: A pale ale with a hearty hops flavor

This was the first time I had drank a wet hop beer. This particular brew involves picking the hops and getting them into the boil within a few hours, which is amazing to me. The result is not just a very hoppy beer, but one in which the hops taste almost raw and unrefined. Takes a few sips to get used to, and this isn't really a beer to enjoy for much longer than that, at least in one sitting, but even so this is a fantastic beer. Makes me proud to be an American.

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

I usually dont like IPA's all that much but I went to the local Fresh market and one of the employees passed by and said I must try it

Poured an amber copper color into a pint glass with off white head, It smelled wonderful to me, lots of citrus and pine, nice grapefruit. The carbonation was nice and It tasted of the most fresh hops that I have ever had in an IPA, well I dont drink that many. Very hoppy citrus flavor well balanced. Mouth feel was right in the middle, I could drink this all night, wasnt overly hoppy like most i have tried. Overall for an IPA this is the best I have had.

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Photo of tangentrider
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber beer with three fingers of light amber foam reducing to one finger and very nice lacing.

S- Beautiful sweet, flowers, grass aromas

T- Grapefruit, superb bitterness with an underlying sweetness.

MF- Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation

D- I will definitely have this one again. It's a beer to be drunk slowly and savored.

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Photo of TonyT
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zembies, Dwntn HBG

A- Poured dark gold/copper one finger head with consistent hanging lacing.

S- Citrusy and hop, nothing blowing you away but you know it's there.

T- Very good. Hops hit you from the beginning and keep going. Nice citrusy taste and the malt balance are right on.

M- Hops hang for the ride, and the malts hitch on half way through and continue to the end. Nice mellow dryness.

D- Very drinkable.

I will definitely have this again.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a lively pour, a great head forms and lingers atop an amber body of ale. The hoppy nose, consisting of piney, earthy and a little citrus, is a delight and is reminiscent of the aroma of their torpedo extra ipa.

The flavor is very hoppy, with resinous overtones and notes of citrus, more on the grapefruit side than lemon. Can't help but think how well this would go with brown spicy mustard.

This is a great wet hop ale and at 6.7 abv it can begin to hit sooner than expected. I strongly recommend this ale to any hophead who is looking for something new to try.

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

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into a pint glass. A light amber color with a slight haze. A good inch of head that last a long time.

The aroma is rather light. citrus and hops. A hint of sweetness.

Tastes very good. Hops and malt, almost a rye flavor to it. It reminds me of Founders red eye only sweeter. Hints of carmel and citrus linger.

It feels heavier in the mouth than it appears in the glass. Leaves the mouth feeling clean.

Very good beer.

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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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