Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bsp77:
3.34/5 rDev -12.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.
Appearance: Clear, light orange with initial, frothy white head that disappears fairly quickly.
Smell: Floral and herbal notes, citrus and berry. Nice aroma at first, but almost completely vanishes after a couple minutes.
Taste: Very focused on the hops, with mostly herbal and spicy flavors. Some light grapefruit, lemon and berry. The malts are pretty light and soft. The finish is very bitter without much lingering flavor.
Feel: Medium, oily body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.
Overall: Very bitter IPA without enough flavor or aroma to back it up. It seems that Yakima is not a ideal candidate for a single hop beer.
03-08-2014 04:23:35 | More by bsp77
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3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours into an impy nonic a muddled burnt orange color with a tightly formed sticky 1/2 finger shite head atop,good form to the head.Aromas are a bit lighter than expected with some floral and mild citric hops along with a dryer malt base.Flavors start out dry and almost nutty with the citrusy hops coming late and into the finish,the hops are not big but provide some citric life to the beer wich otherwise is pretty tame.Not bad but not for a hophead looking for something a little "more".
04-07-2014 00:22:37 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Packaged 02/04/14.
Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell: A bright, earthy, and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of pine and citrus. Big upfront mix of floral, earthy, and herbal hops with hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Fruity citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Also some good hints of berries. Crisp pale malt background with hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. Light hints of pepper. A very good and dank hoppy IPA aroma.
Taste: Like the aroma suggests, an earthy, spicy, and juicy hop forward taste with good notes of grass, pine, citrus, and spice. Upfront earthy and floral hops with good notes of grass. Spicy and dank notes of pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and mango. Notes of berries and some spicy pepper. Pale malt with some bready notes of biscuit, cracker, grains, and yeast. A very good hoppy taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, oily, and pretty drying. Pretty smooth.
Overall: A very good take on a IPA. Good mix of earthy and juicy hops with a nice unique note of berries.
03-12-2014 07:02:35 | More by MattyG85
3.31/5 rDev -13.4%
Clear golden honey colored with a thick beige head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Low aroma of floral hops and berries.
Flavors of hard-edged citrus upfront, some orange rind pith, with notes of honey, vanilla, fresh flowers and berries. The hops are a little rough, and I'm not sure the accompanying flavor notes complement well.
Even mouthfeel, moderately full, finishes tingly.
03-29-2014 13:03:25 | More by far333
4.53/5 rDev +18.6%
Poured a gorgeous semi-cloudy golden amber color with a one finger white head that receded slowly and left abundant lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation rose up the mug. Quite appealing to look at, like a good ale should look. Scents of light breadiness, grassy hops, peach, blueberry, and light citrus and slight malt sweetness. A very good, fresh, and fruity aroma profile, with a bit of malt and bread to balance it. Very crisp and inviting, though quite light in aroma compared to other hop varities. I still like the fruity and grassy aromas of these Yakima #291 hops and hop that they stick around. Flavor begins with fruity flavors of fresh blueberry, malty sweetness, faint hints of black pepper in the background, moves into some citrus, slight pine resin and more abundant floral hop flavors alongside some further blueberry and caramel malt alongside more pepper in the middle and finish. Also some biscuit malt in the middle and finish, carrying into the aftertaste. Aftertaste also includes floral hop bitterness. Melon-like flavors also appear as it warms. While filled with good herbal, fruity and peppery hop flavors the overall level of hop bitterness is moderate and doesn't overpower the malt backbone. It is balanced and quite easy to drink with an intriguing and well done hop flavor profile courtesy of the #291 hops. I look forward to seeing these in more IPAs if this is what they add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation and a good resinous mouthfeel. A good, easily drinkable IPA mouthfeel, if not revolutionary. Overall this is an excellent IPA with a great unique aroma and flavor profile courtesy of a new variety of hops. The mouthfeel wasn't as different from other IPAs, but it was true to style and compliments the other aspects. It was unique from many of the other IPAs I've tried as a result and I recommend trying it if you can.
03-22-2014 06:04:37 | More by Auraan
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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