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
sierranevada.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
Ratings:
3,637
Reviews:
1,518
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.62%
 
 
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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a fluffy white head. The foam settled out pretty quickly but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma has citrus and pine with a little malty sweetness. The hops are present but not as present as some other wet hop releases. Taste also has the citrusness and some pine from the hops but also a moderate caramely sweetness present as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, the flavors aren't overpowering making this a good drinking beer.

Overall for a beer that cost under $5 this was very good. Probably not my favorite wet hop beer but a great value.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Gorgeous head that leaves some sticky lace on the glass side. It features traditional pale ale golden hues without any cloudiness at all.

Fresh dry-hop aroma; inviting. Some pale malt presence as well.

Very high prickly hop--almost like pine needles. The swallow features a long lingering lip-puckering hop bitterness. The malt provides the delivery system for this. Solid skim milk-like body with a low level of carbonation.

What a wonderful offering--it looks great and tastes better. Some great hoppiness that lingers well into the aftertaste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served up a clear, amber-hued body with a ½ inch of lasting white foam that left sheer sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Citrusy hop nose smelling of pithy grapefruits and lemons accented by notable notes of caramel and toasted grains and a touch of spice.

Taste: A start of toasty pale malts with a lightly sweet touch of light caramel. Next, in rolls the pithy citrus character and hints of spiciness and florals from the Centennial and Cascade hops. Medium-plus bitterness, though it accumulates on the tongue, eventually overshadowing the malts. Drying, bitterish finish with a final note of grains.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Yet another decently drinkable, fairly enjoyable India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed orange peel with honey colored trim. I'm surprised that the beer is perfectly clear. Where's the haziness from the hop particles? The impressively bubbly cap, equal parts pale sandstone and pastel orange, is laying down lace as only a resin-filled fresh hop ale can. Forget the clarity, this is great looking beer.

Although the nose is wonderful, I expected more in terms of pure pungency. With this many fresh Centennial and Cascade hop cones on the loose, the aroma should be jumping out of the glass with reckless abandon. Edit: warming turns up the volume and allows me to grant the above score. The caramel malt is evident, as is the grapefruitiness of the C-hops.

I wish Sierra Nevada (and all brewers for that matter) could figure out a way to get 'fresh hop' flavor to last longer than a few months. Actually, a few months is probably pushing it. This bottle is an estimated six weeks of age and I'm sure it's lost a little in that time. It's still beautifully hoppy, although it's nowhere near scathingly hoppy. Assuming it ever was.

I like the specific recipe that Harvest Ale uses more than I like the recipes for Pale Ale and Anniversary Ale. It might be the freshness of the hops, but I have a feeling that it's the *Centennial* hops that make me love this APA as much as I do. The pale and caramel malt backbone is sturdy enough to stand up to the grapefruit and bitter orange pithiness and to give the beer some semblance of balance.

Things improve as each mouthful progresses because the malt sugars fade first, allowing the hops to slap the tongue around a little on the long, lingering finish. The mark of a great beer is that each mouthful is better than the one that came before. Harvest Ale is great beer. It's also compulsively drinkable beer, so I'm glad that it comes in a big, fat, 24-ounce bottle.

I'm not sure what else one could ask for in an APA mouthfeel. It didn't get my attention at first, but it definitely has it now. The beer is amazingly smooth and polished with a voluminous silkiness borne of a perfect amount of carbonation. Great job.

The single word that occurs to me when I think of Sierra Nevada is 'solid'. As it turns out, one of the original American craft breweries is also one of the best. Harvest Ale (11th Edition) is delicious beer that deserves to be released throughout the entire country, right alongside their standard lineup. Given its 'fresh hop' nature, I know that isn't possible, but it sure would make a lot of hopheads happy. This one included.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently scored a VERY fresh bottle of the 2016 iteration, so although this review will be buried under an avalanche of later reviews, I want to try to do justice to this beer. Today is W, 16 Nov 2016.

From the bottle: "Southern Hemisphere Harvest (R) spans the hop flavor spectrum from bold, earthy, green hop flavors to hints of citrus, fresh herbs and pine."; "Purest Ingredients[;] Finest Quality"; "Northern Hemisphere features hops from Yakima,WA, picked and shipped to our brewery within 24 hours to capture hop aroma and flavor when they're most profound. Northern Hemisphere is loaded with complex earthy, green flavors and notes of rose, grapefruit and pine."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & became a little overzealous on the pour, the result of several Left Hand Nitro beers. Loads of foaming, followed by a great pseudo-cascade and then slow settling. It finally settled into three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head that burbled & popped as I watched it slowly, oh, so slowly fall, leaving dense, sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was at once earthy & dank, but with a minty pine presence that immediately set my mouth to watering. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with button brightness. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really earthy, like my neighbor's vegetables picked right out of her garden, but it also had a sticky dankness like we had done the harvest out of my hydroponic garden in the basement. This was really a showcase for the hops as I was not getting much at all in the way of malt. I guess that such is a bit of a caveat - if you do not dig hoppy beers, leave this one for those of us that do. Finish was dry and hoppy, but not really at all bitter. Instead, it reminded me of making hop tea. It was very mellow, earthy, slightly citrusy and minty and lingered well past the swallow.

This was a 2009 vintage, their 13th iteration, according to the label.

Despite being a year old, this has held up well. My pour created a finger of tawny head with good retention. Its color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Nose had a very earthy quality underlain with a dry spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hop bite on the tongue. Finish was quite grassy, a bit malty, but it had held up really well. It speaks well for refrigeration.

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

thrilled to see this one on tap tonight at mezzaluna i went straigh/t at it for my first beer. served cold an in a pint glass, consumed on 10/09/2010

really just a fantastic pour, exactly what i would have expected with a deep copper color and a rich head of two fingers high coating the sides of the glass throughout.

aroma is deep piney hops. fresh and clean with a pronounced bitterness to it. warming does nothing but bring this out to the forefront even more. really just an amazingly complex hop aroma. clean, crisp and ever refreshing the resin filled flavor coats the palate and leaves you looking for more the second that dry finish hits your lips.

overall simply a stunning example of quality.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

I appreciate Warriorhbt for giving me the first opportunity to taste this ale - I had to get a second taste since this is an intriguing beer probably only the 4th or 5th wet hop beer I have ever drank and I found this to be as worthy as the first magical Wet hopped experience.
Poured chilled from the 24oz into my Bass trademark glass and mug
A - A dark amber the color of a maple leaf. The 2.5 finger head is an ecru shade like eggnog that stands proudly above the glass rim and settles to 1/2 inch and appears like a fluffy cloud w/ creamy smoothness and excellent thick lace

S - An interesting herbal and toasted aroma which has a creamy malty note and slight nutty/biscuit essence w/ a mild vanilla/caraway seed element

M - The feel is 'green' supple, interesting w/ a mild vegetal /tea/spice and mild pine resinous and faintly astringent hoppy texture. The malt is pristine w/ a creamy and grainy dryness the ale seems to resonate on the tongue

T - A mild carbonation level carries the huge and fresh hop flavors in the place where taste buds react ecstatically. The malt has a flavor that does nothing but compliment the excellent fresh picked flavor w/ a touch of green tea and mild cooking herb flavors. The taste even has some toasted almond notes - the taste seems to emphasize a mild alcohol taste as it warms-(1/2 hour in) with a mild grassy flavor/texture but ever so slight. A great taste 1st to last sip

D - Phenomenal brew by a pioneer in the realm of American craft brewing. The beer is nuanced and makes great use of the fresh hops in the overall flavor and I truly appreciate the utilization of the fresh earthly humulus lupus. This ale went great with my Chicken parm!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/26/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller during its Wet Hop event.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, soap, and light fruity malts.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, and light fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid wet hop beer. WOuld certainly drink again.

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

Served on-tap at The Fridge into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber orange with a nice two finger tall white head leaving concentric rings down the entire glass.

S - Smells of toasted caramel malt, citric and grassy hops, and some dulled citric fruit. This one is pretty malty already and it doesn't seem to be dieing down...

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweet caramel malt slowly giving way to a mix of dulled citric hops, light fruit, and some light spice. The sweetness is really starting to take over but the hops are still trying to hold on. The finish is a mix of sweetness and light hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter, malt that clings to the pallet.

O - I have always enjoyed this beer but when it goes down hill it goes down quick. Luckily this one was still teetering off the cliff so it was still pretty good. It is still a little too sweet for me but, when fresh, it is a very good beer.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Been dancing around this one for years, figured it was time to finally take it down. It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a finger of lightly sandy cream-white foam. The nose comprises pine needles, caramel, sweet toffee, and a bit of lemon zest. This isn't to say that it smelled old or anything, but rather it smelled more balanced than I imagined a wet hop from SN to be. The taste holds notes of pine resin, light cedar, mild caramel, light menthol, and a kiss of spearmint. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice wet hop, one that maintains a healthy balance without disregarding or canceling out the wet hop addition. Still, it is a bit one-sided in terms of hop flavor, but this isn't a total negative, as it works well with it.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 3,637 ratings.
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