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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop AleNorthern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale

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1,488 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,488
Hads: 3,488
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 214
Gots: 229 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jmatthew on 10-15-2001

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Photo of BobJude
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014, bottled on 9/24/14, served in a nucleated SN pint.
A - dark orange, almost light brown in color. Nice head and lacing.
S -not much to the nose. A little pine and mango.
T - initial piney, mango and earthy hop flavor. Quite a bit of bitterness on the back end. A little bit of alcohol as well.
F - a lot of carbonation, almost too much. Nice body and mouthfeel - standard SN grain bill.
O - good, solid wet hop IPA. Not quite as flavorful as other wet hop offerings out there, but very good.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

First of all this bottle says 16.8 ounces but it looks totally ginormous. Anyway, benign nose and taste is malt forward. Two strikes. However it kinda grew on me. Not great but not bad.

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Photo of beerbully
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into HF stemware

A-clear copper with 1/2 inch thick white head that leaves substantial lacing that clings to the glass forever (4.25)

S-aroma is faint.......some bready malts and mild hops (3.0)

T-bready malts followed by some dank piney hops with slight lemon peel finish.....grassy, cedar notes.............Pine is the dominate flavor (3.75)

M-Medium body......mild carbonation..........beer improves with each sip (3.75)

O-Decent beer not exactly what I was expecting so maybe thats throwing me off a bit

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

The beer is a caramel copper color with a thick cream colored head. It leaves a massive film upon recession, and patches of lacing remain on the glass.

In the nose I get spices, cedar, papery cardboard, and earthy hops.

The taste is much like the aroma. The cedar wood notes bring some spiciness, while the finish brings in some citrus and slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, this is pretty delicious and very easy to drink.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color. The head is a finger high with an off-white shade and respectable retention. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass. Like many SN beers, it's a very aesthetically pleasing product. (4.5)

Smell: In many aspects, it smells like a standard-issue IPA made by Sierra Nevada. There are nice amounts of piny, floral Cascade hops backed by light caramel malts. But then I pick up huge amounts of lime, raspberry, and lemon zest. Some faint tropical hints also appear (i.e. pineapple), helping to tie all the unique fruit notes together. Okay Sierra Nevada, you now have my attention... (4)

Taste: ...unfortunately, the complex fruitiness is less vibrant flavor-wise. Rather, it seems to focus on strong pine-laden flavors, backed by some lighter hints of grapefruit, pineapple, and flowers. Luckily, if I concentrate, I can still pick some of the lemon/lime zest hints near the back end. Even some herbal, spicy hop flavors to boot! Even at two months old (bottled 9/24/14), this still does a good job of invoking chewing on a pine cone. Oh yeah, the malt brings some mild caramel flavors too. At first, it was disappointing next to the nose, but the more I drink it, the more it grew on me. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: The general bitterness bites the tongue and doesn't let go. This creates the side effect of good drinkability, so I can't complain...too much. It doesn't really leave behind much lingering resin, either - however, it's more oily in texture than your typical IPA (because wet hops, natch). (3.75)

Overall: It starts off being a mild disappointment. Thankfully, it's a complex beer that offers plenty of varying hop flavor, so it gets far better as I drink it. As a beer that pulls no punches with the hop bitterness, IPA haters will probably detest this. Me, I totally dig it. (4)

3.89/5: Oh dear, I think I've fallen onto the wet hop bandwagon...

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are out of this world. Aroma not very strong but can discern a nice piney hop, floral components and slightly citric aroma. Maybe some slight caramel. Bready, malty taste, ending in a mod piney hop. The malt to hop transition is subtle and carries a decent caramel taste throughout. Strong, good bitter aftertaste. Decent beer, but not the best that Sierra Nevada has to offer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz. bottle (1 pint 8 fl oz.) with bottled on date 09/24/2014 printed on the back label. My bottle has a bit of a different label than the beer pictured; it has a ruby colored label and lists the beer as Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA. 6.70% abv confirmed. "Brewed with Northern Hemisphere hops".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - A semi-aggressive pour yields three fingers of frothy beige head on top of a brassy dark orange colored body. Lots of very fine sediment visible in the glass. A good craggly root beer float like head with lots of huge fluffy walls of lacing.

S - A fruity, floral, & herbal hop aroma. Notes of pine & citrus rinds. Some caramel bready malts.

T - Taste follows the nose - grassy, herbal, floral, and lightly grainy. Some good sweetened caramel malt backbone gives the beer a very nice balance. Lightly piney & citric.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy. Medium-light in body with good crisp carbonation.

Overall, another very excellent IPA in this series of Harvest ales from Sierra Nevada; definitely a beer I will be looking forward to trying again, amongst the other variants. Very recommended.

Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 11/10/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Ruby/Brown in color amber highlights when very well lit. Let's some light in but the beer is difficult to see through. Beige to off white carbonation with very good cling.
Aroma: Well toasted caramel malts, followed by more subdued fresh wet hop aromas. Slightly piney and citrusy (pineapple and lime). Even more malts squarely placing themselves in the breads and biscuits category.
Taste: The pine picks up in the flavor and the dryness presents itself through that pine flavor. Slightly pepper spiced in the finish the malt bill reminds me of a soft chewy lightly ryed bread.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Medium carbonation that is very soft and creamy on the tongue. Pretty nice balance in the hop bite between bitter and dry.

Notes: The beer really grows on you with each and every sip. But, like many have commented, I'd be more confident calling this a Wet hopped Amber.
Very accurately dated to 9/24/14 4:52.

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Photo of Frank_TX
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

This wet hop IPA is outstanding. The 1 PT. 8 FL. oz bottle states that it is a 100-day IPA, drink fresh and don't store. The IPA boasts an awesome hoppy flavor with some citrus and a slight pine finish. A bit more smooth than the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. I am definitely not sipping this one. I wish this was available in 12oz. bottles. Enjoy!

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Photo of hreb
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a couple of IPAs on a good deal at Costco today. Wasn't sure if it was going to be this one or Chasin' Freshies that I wanted to crack first, but the Bros did it in for me. Can this really be a 100 point IPA? 24oz of 2014 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA, served in a pint glass. Beer pours surprisingly dark amber in color, with a large paler amber head on top. Aroma provides all the requisite piny and citrusy West coast IPA notes. Oh, but the flavors are what really nail it. I feel like I can taste the individual corners of this pine cone and trace the curves of the grapefruit with my tongue. For such a high alpha, hoppy ale there's a really impressive depth and complexity here. The malt body of this beer does not disappoint, absolutely playing a secondary role, but it's not just there for filler -- it provides both balance and flavor.

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Photo of HopHead_
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from bottle into a big pilsner glass. Pours reddish with a large white head with good retention. Smells of sweet pine and toasted malts. Sweet pine taste with some notes of resin that linger. easy to drink. definitely picking up some more next release.

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Photo of Jnashed
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Tylertut
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter. Pours a beautiful amber color with a one finger, slightly off white head. Has great retention and lacing as well. Has a slightly sweet pine scent that wasn't as strong as I expected. The taste follows the scent but has some sweet caramel like characteristics to it. It was much more sweet than I expected and is very balanced. Overall a super tasty and drinkable fresh hop IPA by Sierra Neveda that I will definitely look forward to each year.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Pours a medium bronze amber with a fine one finger light khaki head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel, slightly toasty malt, citrus and pine hops. Flavor closely follows aroma, dominated by a rich caramel, lightly toasted malt, blended citrus and pine hops, lightly resinous. Medium bodied with light creaminess, nice mouth feel. A well balanced wet hop ale with a non-herbal, but flavorful hop component, almost reminiscent of a well hopped English IPA, although the hop varieties are typically Western US. Nice lingering resinous hop finish. Sierra Nevada IPAs never disappoint and this is a fine one. Not as intensely herbal hop flavored, but beautifully balanced and satisfying. Missed this Northern variant over the last few years. These don't sit on the shelf long.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

From a bomber, bottled 9/24/2014, into an imperial pint glass

A: burnished copper with a 2 finger fluffy khaki head. Great lacing.
S: candy sweet malt, a little breadiness behind that, piney hops, then floral hops
T: follows the nose but a lot more pungent. also get some citrus on the back end...a little grapefruit rind, I think...then some more piney-resin earthiness. Really hits a perfect spot after it warms just a bit above (my) refrigerated temperature.
M: medium body, medium carbonation...a little bit chewy, not too slick but the hop oils stick around.

Overall: Great quality, as expected. Doesn't disappoint. Wish there were more wet hop options in these parts.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, mango, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of juicy citrus/earthy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent wet hop IPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/24/14, barely a month old, which is nice for a beer like this as often you find them more than a month old already on the shelf.

Pours a nice fizzy slight creamy bubbly 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, nice soapy notched lacing, a very clear amber slight rosy reddish-orange color.

Nose explodes out of the gate! Lots of fresh hops, plenty fruity, with some citrus and grapefruit, with plenty of floral hops as well, a little pine and grassy notes too, with some fresh wet hop resin and hop oils. Also a sweet toasty reddish almost caramel candy like malt underneath, but mostly hops, and even dank.

Taste brings malts out front actually, a sweet candy malt, toffee, caramel and even a touch of a toasted brown sugar like, but not too sweet, just thick and chewy sweet malts, it tastes kinda like a brown ale actually. Then hops kick in, plenty of them too, with some grassy earthy notes out front, then quickly into a mild spicy and piney flavor. Pine eventually seems to dominate, bringing a mild dankness, and some resin, fresh wet hop oil and resin, mild grapefruit and citrus rind in there too. Fluffy malts finish it off as it dries a bit on the finish, little sticky but pretty dry, quite bitter too as it wasn't too bitter to start, a bit more pine and spicy hop notes lingering, a touch of resin and dankness, and a little candy malt toffee caramel flavor.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, nice fluffy full malt feel, with nice carb.

Overall pretty nice but not great, it has some good hops that come through nicely on the aroma but are quite lacking on the flavor, malts are nice but hard to see that in an IPA, more like an amber or even brown ale, nice bitterness, great mouth feel, but just lacking that hop profile on the flavor to really kick this up.

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Photo of seedyone
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Nov'14. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Upped the rating as this is truly a superlative brew. I don'th think Sierra Nevada get enough credit as one of the true leaders in American brewing. Hats off.

From bottle at home. This years model. As one who has a very small tolerance for hoppy brews I live in hope that there are those that can create hop forwards IPAs or, as in this case, can showcase that which makes hops so very popular, and appeal to dogs of my ilk.

They say to not judge a book by the cover, but I've found the sturdier the head & intricate the lacing, the more balanced the brew. This gets high marks in both, which supports my theory.

Balance is always the key for me & this is a great example of well thought out & executed balances on every level.

The first sip hit me with a serious resin-like flavor that took a moment to adjust to. There is no bite whatsoever. The bitter is right where I like it.

A comfortable & inviting experience.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a plump layer of frothy white foam.

Biscuits, pine, orange zest, and some spice.

Tons of herbal and pines notes, kinda like grass, some citrus, and some toast-like notes to add as well, very good!

Mouthfeel is soft and gentle for an IPA. Enough citrusy/piney bite from the hops balanced perfectly with a gentle malt backbone.

In my opinion, definitely in the top 10 wet hopped ales.

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Photo of vkv822
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24oz : SN IPA Glass
bottled on 09/24/14

Pours a clear, dark amber read with a huge, foamy off white head that leaves a billowy top and thick, spotty lacing.

Big, resiny, citric hops. Light caramel malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done IPA. Big, fresh hop character with just enough malt to keep it balanced.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: Beautiful amber. Excellent frothy head with great retention.
Smell: Pine, light citrus, and some sweetness.
Taste: Pine, malt, bitter and sweet.

Wow. This was unbelievably great. The smell was good, but it was the smooth taste that stole the show. The pine is met with a honey/sweet malty sweetness that just makes you smile. The citrus is more subtle, but it plays a nice role. I'm still blown away by how frothy the head remained. I would drink this every day.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Notes:

Appearance: clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

Smell: somewhat muted; caramel malt is there, with pine behind that;

Taste: caramel malt and earthy/herbal hops; a little grapefruit at the finish; mildly bitter from mid-palate to the finish;

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

Overall: not as hop forward as I would have liked, but very well balanced and enjoyable to drink;

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave Wine & Liquors, packaged on 09/24/2014, poured into my NEBCo Gandhi-Bot snifter, drank over an hour or so

A: 2/3 - deep amber-brown coloration, initial khaki head settles into a 1/4 finger coating that persists throughout drinking; high clarity (can both see and read through); moderate alcohol legs

A: 7/12 - muted grapefruit, orange and pine notes over a moderate malt bready/biscuity aroma; some alcohol; no diacetyl, no DMS

T: 11/20 - mild bitterness on the front of the tongue; mid-palate is followed by grapefruit, pine and tangerine that is followed and quickly overtaken by malts - toast, biscuit and cracker; some mild alcohol on the back of the palate; finishes dry with little aftertaste

M: 3/5 - moderate carbonation; some hop oils and alcohol fullness coat the tongue

O: 7/10 - decent IPA but an another disappointing harvest ale - other than the novelty of the fresh/whole cone experience, I just don't understand the appeal - with the exception of Troegs Hop Knife, which used their Hop Cyclone, all harvest ales are light on hop aroma/flavor in favor of malts, which is usually boring profile (lots of 2-row and little else); it's not a bad beer but, for me, is no 93 and your money is much better spent elsewhere

TOTAL - 30/50

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Photo of ShipCanalBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

2014 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA. Packaged 9/24/14
Pours beautiful mahogany w/off white head. Head lingers and laces nicely.
Earthy, faintly vegetal nose, hints of citrus and crystal malts.
Medium to full bodied.
Nice round citrus, spice hops up front, finishes with a beautiful balanced malt finish.
Overall, not as hoppy as previous vintages, however wet hop beers tend to be a little subtle compared to normal 100ibu hop bombs. A beautiful example of the Wet Hop IPA. I would buy it again.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Golden on pour, with a huge head that dissipates slowly. Hoppy, well balanced with malt and fruit aromas. Bitterness at start, then sweet, then finishes bitter. Fairly dry palate, but with a long finish.

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Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.