Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Pours a lighter shade of amber-gold, quite clear. The head is thick and yellowed white. I'm excited to report that there's moderate lacing and decent head retention. Such excitement. Anywho, the aroma has more caramel-sweet malt than expected. Bit disappointing to get crystal malt upfront on a hop-focused IPA but it's pleasant enough, which I assume is the point. The hop aromas are a touch ho-hum. I'm getting a good dose of grass, some peppercorn spice, a little bit of lemon and pine, mixed berries, hay, juniper. It's alright, just not terribly exciting and not very strong. Even though I'm not loving the hop notes, I wish it was amped up. The lightly caramel and dough sweet malt isn't exactly wowing me. The taste has a bit more hop presence, but I'd still prefer more. The malt keeps things pleasant enough, though the hop spice does give the beer a little tingle. Moderately dry. Moderately bitter. Moderately interesting. The finish could be cleaned up some. A little much grain flavor lingers for my taste. Very grassy hop flavor throughout. Wish the berry flavor came through more, but it's pretty mild in the taste. Pleasant enough and easy enough to drink. Mouthfeel is a touch prickly from the hops, but it's a pretty gentle IPA, really. Normal carbonation, just in case you were wondering if SN started a Méthode Champenoise program without telling anyone. Due to random happenstance, I've had this beer twice previously on tap - random SF bars seem to have received kegs for their SN seasonal/special tap - and I was really hoping it would be a bit better out of a bottle. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Still, it's not bad. I just wish that it was a bit more refined, a bit more interesting, a bit more tasty, etc. This is one of the weaker new beers that I've had from SN in awhile.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 06:23:17 | More by popery
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