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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 VarietalSierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal

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BA SCORE
86
very good

542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Yakima #291 Hops

(Beer added by: lordofstarside on 02-16-2014)
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HideYaBeer

Florida

5/5  rDev +30.9%

06-14-2014 18:22:48 | More by HideYaBeer
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ZionNation

Arizona

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I reconsidered this beer. upon my first experience with it I felt it was just OK or even kind of lackluster. however I detected that this is a kind of "table beer," which to me implies that it goes well with food. last night I bought some sushi grade salmon to sear, with steamed rice and kale salad. I opened a second bottle of this single hop IPA and it seemed to work much better for me.

I would not call this the most complex IPA, it seems sort of one dimensional, simple almost, elemental. but that one dimension, it's really good, it's not a slam you in the head kind of beer, it's subtle, it's refreshing, it's characteristically Sierra Nevada. this beer is damn well crafted, and I revise my score from ordinary to exceptional and bordering on a cult beer.

I am going with 5 stars with this one. I wish more beers would focus on balance and quality of brew and less on being as extreme as possible.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:21:30 | More by ZionNation
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Et2brewte

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.9%

03-18-2014 14:00:21 | More by Et2brewte
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rob4719

California

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i don't usually like single hop IPA's but this one is fantastic. the aroma is amazing, full of grapefruit notes and this 291 hop is certainly destined for bigger and better things. i can't wait to try the full series of these single hop ipa's from sierra nevada, once again, the standard bearer comes through with flying colors.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 14:26:23 | More by rob4719
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DaltonC

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

03-06-2014 06:47:13 | More by DaltonC
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

05-21-2014 02:27:12 | More by ToddGingerich
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Auraan

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 06:04:37 | More by Auraan
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-27-2014 04:29:19 | More by Tiernan
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RDW

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-02-2014 01:19:55 | More by RDW
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m0unds

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-15-2014 01:54:49 | More by m0unds
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal has a medium, slightly off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, with powdery, tan sediment suspended throughout, and a single, lacy residue left on the glass. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and a touch of mild hop oil and citrus. Taste is of the same things, and the bitterness is subdued and mellow. There is a black pepper aspect, as others have mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal finishes somewhat crisp and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding effort.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 13:35:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-19-2014 04:55:15 | More by WritersBlock
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Voja

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-16-2014 05:37:50 | More by Voja
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david18

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-27-2014 15:52:19 | More by david18
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jpd026

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-14-2014 01:27:07 | More by jpd026
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-15-2014 22:19:23 | More by superdoopersauce
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jl2414

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-23-2014 01:14:10 | More by jl2414
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Ronw

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-02-2014 21:32:25 | More by Ronw
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-25-2014 00:05:54 | More by spedprof
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-15-2014 20:41:48 | More by milkbone_underwear
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Bushwood

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-14-2014 18:25:31 | More by Bushwood
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Tyecko

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

07-25-2014 19:09:49 | More by Tyecko
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jerrytodd

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

03-23-2014 01:02:09 | More by jerrytodd
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

05-21-2014 03:21:07 | More by BeerNoobNC
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A monster head on this gal, the pour creates a head like you get from a root beer float. It's light and foamy and surges beyond the rim of the glass. The liquid is pale golden with an intense upward surge of carbonation. It looks clean and transparent. I like.

Are there berries in this?! It's really fruity, like artificial blueberry, which I say not in a demeaning way, but just that it's more potent and sweet than any blueberry I've smelled. I also get earth and grassy hops and some pale malt sweetness. The smell is nice and subtle and doesn't suggest a hop punch is coming.

As I drink this, I'm really impressed by how mellow and smooth it is. The fruity, berry like aroma continues on the tongue, but it's tasteful, measured, and suggests something besides an IPA. I can see how the hop lovers might criticize this, but for me, it's a revelation. I can sip this at a barbecue or in the park, or out of a paper bag. It doesn't matter. It's so damn tasty.

The mart profile is also low-key, sweet and balanced, adding just a hint of breadiness and toastiness. Similarly, the malt gives the beer a light creaminess and body, without interrupting it's easy-drinking nature.

I'm impressed by this beer. I love it. I need more. I only hope they throw this in six packs and make it a year round. The Yakima #291 hops are a real gem and I look forward to seeing them showcased more in other beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 04:31:47 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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