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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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Reviews: 133
Hads: 631
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 62 | 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:
Beer added by: lordofstarside on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Yakima #291 Hops
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, berry, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with this new hop providing citrus, berry, and floral qualities all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sierra nevada is a master of the hops, they do some of the most interesting and well made india pale ales out there, and this is no exception, although the experimental hop varietal shows some gaps in its profile and may perhaps not be the most viable, or certainly versatile, hop variety going, and may not proliferate particularly rapidly as a result of this brew, or it may, who knows. hazy pale copper color, dead sexy head on it rising above the rim of my wine glass and, bone white, and lasting the whole drink. a nose of distinctly pepper, black pepper, and a slight floral aromatic. the grain bill is sturdy enough for this to be a little filling, but the hops stay in front of it. on the taste, the hops bitter all the way through, and probably will be used in this role going forward if they make it into popular cultivation. the finish is pepper heavy again, with a decided freshness to it that makes it sing, but i don't love the flavor profile of it. the beer is near perfectly done, but the hops don't do anything for me really, not distinct enough, not high alpha enough, or just oddly mellow. maybe in other styles, but ipa does not seem to be the best platform to showcase them. i certainly am thankful to them for making it, allowing the masses to experience this hop, and making it affordable enough too (under 6 bucks a bottle), but lacking something is the varietal itself. still awesome beer worth drinking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The brewing world is coming around to the notion that less is more. The answer to captivating flavors are starting to shy away from "more malt", "more hops" and "more flavor additions" in favor of flavor simplification and easily understandable palate recognition. In this, Sierra Nevada's newest Harvest variation commits to the Yakima hop varietal.

As the ale pours like any well-made IPA would, its brazen gold body flirts with amber depths through its center. An abundance of bubble power its fluffy and regenerating cream-stained head. Its long retention and broken laces are all the tell-tale of an IPA done right.

Sharply piquant aromas from hops stand tall with tangy white grapefruit in truly Pacific Northwest attitude. With a backdrop of toasted barley and very light caramel or honey. But nothing stands in the way of those citrusy hops, which are also accompanied by lemon, shaved wood, under-ripened berries, and a peppery notion before first taste.

Its flavor is equally as tongue piercing as the beer's scant caramel and honey are no match for the hops. A glimmer of graham cracker teases the early palate, but the middle is all acute citrus, pine and pepper. Skipping over any finesse elements, the ale ushers in a quick finish with bitterness seemingly of white grapefruit rind, torn pine needles, peppercorn and herbal sassafras. The character of blackcurrant and ribes waft about as the beer warms and the palate acclimates to the hop onslaught.

Its body is light, crisp and mostly clean. The slightest of grain texture outlasts its malt sweetness and camouflages well behind the hop bitterness. Its late resinous bittering is throat gripping and reveals a moderate level of hop-derived astringency before exiting the palate refreshes and with echoes of pepper and wood.

The Yakima hop is a challenging taste all to itself. Though it has tremendous bittering power, it seems to lack the finesse needed for a smoother transition from early malt balance to its bracing bitterness to finish. Abrupt and bullyish, this Harvest ale is kind of a bull in a china shop. But its a very pretty bull and a very pretty shop.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

24oz bottle, another snazzy grab by doktorzee for my northern drinking pleasure. Ah, experimental hops in a commercial release - gotta love 'em, gotta hate 'em.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some attractive snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-acrid piney and floral hops right up front, followed by a bit of underripe melon and citrus notes, crackery pale malt, biscuity toast, some musty wood, and a faint black pepper aerosol character. The taste is rather sharp biscuity pale malt, a touch of trampled caramel, more bitter piney, floral, and grassy hops, a dried orange, melon, and muddled black berry fruitiness, a high-palate spicy black pepper tingling, and a certain musty, random forest-floor 'greenness'.

The carbonation is average for the most part, and yet pretty tight and edgy when noticed, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit too bracing from the hop bitterness to be considered all that smooth, though a soft airy creaminess seems to burble up through the mire. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness punching a hole in the cloak of bitterness, and the tepid malt happy to hitch its wagon to it.

A pretty tasty and enjoyable offering, the well-rounded hoppiness surprising, coming as it does from a single varietal, but this is not exactly unheard of. I don't really get any truly specific blueberry essences as mentioned on the label, but the overall fruitiness does go a long way in balancing the hops' bitterness, rendering one pleasant and drinkable test tube of a west coast IPA.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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".

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks quite interesting, love to try the new experimental hops, even if they never live on. Bottled 2/04/14, slightly more than a month old.

Pours a quickly rising frothy semi thick creamy rich 1+ finger head that fades back at a med to slower pace, and lots of soapy lacing, crystal clear golden tan colored beer.

NOse is interesting, plenty of hops in there but really unique hop aroma, some resinous notes, little peppery hop, little grassy slight earthy, fairly floral with just a touch of pine and fruity note, and very light grapefruit rind. Hint of a malt underneath but barely.

Taste starts with more hops, interesting unique hops again, fairly floral with a hint of pine, but earthy just a touch of forest floor earth and pine, with a mild resin note as well. The hops bring a little fruity note, can't really label the fruit though, actually... late on the back end it's like blueberry... that's interesting, a little blueberry and green stem, as well as those mild peppery notes, and perhaps a touch of pear. Malts bring a little sweetness and little syrupy like note with hint of sweet malty flavor, and just a touch of crystal malt. Late the hops turn a bit spicy and chewy, finishing quite bitter and spicy, little more pine and earthy notes, little sticky malt as well but drier.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carbonation perhaps just a bit too much as it begins to get a little disctracting.

Overall an interesting beer for sure, the hops are quite unique with the fruity notes, blueberry, pear, pepper, etc, with that mild resin and pine notes, little earthy too. Malts bring just enough to keep the hops from getting too crazy bitter as they seem to try, nicely balanced, good all around beer as expected from SN.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Quite a tall head that has to melt for a long time before I can get a sip out of the tall glass. The foam does have a nice hoppy taste. Full of aromatics with a deep spiciness.

Some substance to the body. Starts out quite sweet at each sip. An unusual fruitiness that makes me think of blackberries with the bitter scrape of their seeds. I think this hop would be excellent if used sparingly in something like a Pilsner or an Amber. Here it is both sweetly flowery and alarmingly bitter at the finish. This is deeply and astoundingly bitter to my taste, but it may be a life-changer for the really twisted hop pervert.

Label says this is the first in the five 2014 fresh hop beers. From the 24 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I enjoyed this bottle in an Ipa glass chilled and savored gradually for a while.

The color is golden with hazed light amber hue w/ 3 fingers of cream after a vigorous pour with thick lace stickage. The smell is interesting with blueberry as mentioned in the description and spice with light dank herbal and slight floral hop aromas with mild grass notes and touch of hay with sweetness of malt in the aroma. The feel has good body with light sweetness and increasingly bitter feel with a bit of coarseness in the bitterness and moderate carbonation with mild astringency and mostly dry slightly warming finish.

The taste has lots of interesting hop flavors you actually can taste blueberry and pepper if you hold it in your mouth with the fruity aroma giving the floral aspect and berry w/ spice comes through in the hop flavor with light citrus compliment and mild grassy herbal element with light malt with a light caramel accent and nice amount of alcohol adding to the sweet and spicey finish. Overall I consider this interesting and a very good single hop IPA with enough compleity from the experimental hop -worthy of multiple tastes in a row.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage 1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with average label art and branded tan pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store a couple days ago and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. "Yakima #291 Hops."

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy airy consistency. Decent thickness. Nice frothiness. Head retention is excellent - about 10 minutes. Spotty but consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent yellow-copper of above average vibrance and excellent clarity. Very clean looking; there is no visible yeast sediment or lees.

Overall, it's an above average appearance for an IPA. Not unique or special, but good looking. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Has a pleasant perfumey floral hop character, including wafts of dank cannabis. It's grassy and herbal. When I search for it, I definitely do pick up on the blueberry note mentioned on the label; I'd thought that was just a marketing gimmick, but it's actually present. Very intriguing. I don't find any black pepper (per the label), but I do pick up on a faint hint of soapiness, suggesting this may have spent too long in primary. Bubblegum. It's a diverse hop profile and I find it interesting, if not unique (insofar as the blueberry is involved).

As it warms, I also pick up on some white grapefruit.

The malt side is pretty standard - pale malts and clean barley. Though as it warms, I notice caramalt.

The aroma suggests a soft balanced brew with a unique hop profile. It's pleasant and mild in strength. It has me intrigued.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T: Caramalt, pale malt, a hint of graham cracker. I am noticing the pepper now too, but it doesn't feel like it's from the hops at all.

Speaking of which, the hop profile is very interesting, if not quite balanced. It's got diverse floral hop character, but luckily lacks the dank cannabis-esque notes I found on the aroma. A dash of bubblegum. And a generic berry note which I suppose leans towards blueberry more than any other obvious berry. Hints of white grapefruit. It also has some weird herbal character, which does flirt with medicinal territory - to the flavour profile's detriment.

Is it a balanced flavour profile? Not really. It does have fair cohesion, but it's far from gestalt. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

It has above average complexity for a single hop IPA - and trumps even many of Mikkel's single hop series - but it's by no means intricate or particularly subtle.

Mf: Lightly coarse. Scratchy on the palate. Lightly dry. It's the cool, smooth, wet, refreshing feel I usually hope for in an IPA, but here it kind of works. Kind of. It's somewhat soft, but could be far more so. I find it approachable and comforting, and it has a nice medium body and a moderate weight on the palate. Good presence. The dryness and coarseness do restrict drinkability, but overall this mouthfeel is a decent complement to the beer's taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle; it's a drinkable IPA. I'm not sure I'd want more than one in a night, but I'd probably order this again if I saw it on-draught, and I can't say that about a lot of Sierra Nevada's beers. I really dig the cool blueberry hop character, and I'd love to see this hop used more widely. As a beer meant to showcase this hop specifically, this beer is largely a success, but as an enduring IPA I'd want over and over, it's a bit lackluster.

That said, this is an above average IPA with a likable hop profile, but its scratchy rough mouthfeel holds it back.

Low B-

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Not much on the nose of note. Flavor is okay. Decent hop character with a somewhat earthy overall thing. Mild resin. Mild pine. I have to say that it's not really giving me a lot to work with. Kind of limp and uninspiring. A bit of an annoying tang. This beer is merely okay. Not sure if it's the hops or the blueprints for making the beer. Either way, I would hope for a good bit more out of this one.

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

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/4/2014. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of blueberry, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, bread, light honey, light pepper, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hops and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of blueberry, orange zest, lemon zest, orange rind, black pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/pepper bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, black pepper, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of unique citrus/blueberry hops with light-moderate malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fresh hop IPA! All around great complexity of bright hop flavors with light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the Yakima #291. It is the first in the series. I am guessing the name on BA will eventually be edited since they are going to have a series of these this year.

White head. Color is a clear gold. Leaves lace.

Flavor profile: Sticky, hop resiny goodness. It is very floral and a bit herbal. Has the blueberry flavor that the label suggests. It is fairly fruity and juicy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied. Ends with a layer of hops left on the palate. This thing is really in your face.

Overall, I thought this was a fun beer to drink and enjoyable. I had no problem with the 24 oz bomber and could have had more. Definitely worth the $5. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral and citrus tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, floral hops, some earthy tones, orange, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: a very easy to quaff beer. Simple yet satisfying. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau glass, First of 2014.

Insane looker. Deep faint bronze and shimmering orange crystal clear gold. Head forms with with white four finger thickness, and a giant retention cap that will not quit. Island clumps and a giant rising mountain in the middle that peaks with every top up of a pour. Perfect amount of slow rising and minimal carbonation. Yup, looks like a great IPA.

Interesting hop angle. Noticeable woody sense, and green garden quality, but a definite mix of fruit and hinting towards tropical notes of orange. Slightly mushy fruit as well., matching with some bready malts and white toast. Just great smelling.

Palate is an IPA fun blast but gives some other hints of flavor. Pine aftertaste and a real crackling biscuit dry quality emphasized by the hop blast. Lots of dry pine earth in the mid palate for first sip, with some good juiced tropics to match. Spicy. Crisp. Strangely orange and mint in the aftertaste, almost cough drop menthol. Palate hints at almost light crisp body towards pilsner crackling quality, which is fun with this style in contrast.

Overall a real fun blast and this hop varietal just seems all over the place. This is one heck of a tiger to wrestle and tame, but it sure makes for a great drinking experience.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Big white head. Thick collar and beautiful lacing. Never really dissipates.

Smell - Bready malts. It is genuinely peppery, as the label states. Floral and a little tropical. Some grassy notes.

Taste - Tropical fruit hops. Toasty malt. Grassy bitterness and a peppery finish. Non-standard flavors for an IPA, but it's nice.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Bready with a bit of sweetness, but drinks easily. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Got better as it warmed and I ended up really enjoy in it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours just shy of clear, a medium golden color with a huge frothy white head that slowly recedes to a cap and leaves lots of stickies on the side of the glass. The aroma is earthy herbal pine with a hint of mint and a light bready malt character in the background. Flavor is bready and light caramel maltiness with some earthy herbal spicy hop flavor. Moderate level of hop bitterness with a lingering bite. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice IPA, I love it when brewers showcase new hops by themselves. That being said, imho this hop needs another hop to support its flavor here. This could use a bit of fruit or citrus to balance a bit here especially in the flavor. Cascade or crystal and citra at 20 minutes.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, golden-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, big bubbled, white head that remains clingy and chunky as you drink. Great lacing left behind as you go, too. Aromas are abundant, with pepper notes detectable from over a foot away. A little deeper, and you pick up pungent green grass, moss, pine tassel, and some floral notes. Flavors are spiced forward, with a bitter green blast highlighted by black pepper, followed by very tart fruit notes and a deep, rich, resinous character. This gets a heavy dose of pine pitch by the end of the palate. Wow. Very bitter. The body is light, and ends up with a slightly sharp end-feel due to the carbonation. Tangy sweet and bitter aftertaste, leading into a bitter, dry finish. Interesting brew, and a good first entry into this year long opus. Looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this Howler from Liquor Shed in Casper. $8.99

The pour reveals a 24K brew that produces about an inch of foam with not many small bubbles rising to the top. The lacing, as usual for Sierra Nevada beers, is outstanding.

I'm getting some nice notes of pine and grass from the hops..they smell super fresh and have a spicy like aroma to them. Deep whiffs, and I do mean deep, bring out a mild malt sweetness.

Taste wise, I cannot complain. Spiciness of the hops is even more prevalent here than in the smell. Pine and grass notes added with the spiciness make for a quite a bitter brew but like the spice, the hint of caramel malt has a stronger presence and adds just a bit of balance which I think helps.

Medium bodied with perfect carbonation, the mouthfeel is kind of slick but satisfying.

This is a very good single hop IPA to my tastes. There's nothing timid about this one at all.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.13.14

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a fluffy, off-white head with good retention.

S - Skunky - dank, pine, floral.

T - LIght, pine, dank.

D - Light-watery body with good carbonation.

O - Light and crisp, a bit thin and watery, dank.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not many wet hop beers this year so I am glad I found this for $5.95 at my local House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - Mildly hazy bright amber yellow with a bouquet of head well over a full inch. Makes for perfect lacing.
S - Fresh citrus rind, biscuit malt, some bread mostly mild but it's really not the sent I love it's the taste.
T - Much more piney hops than I expected. Clings to the palate hard. Almost soapy I have not experienced such an intensity since "Green Flash West Coast IPA" Yakima hops I don't enjoy apparently but in this beer it's pretty balanced with the malts. Still very biting like mouthing a fresh grapefruit. A hop lovers dream.
M - It's on par with the style light to medium but I can't seem to do more than sip.

Overall it's a well crafted beer Yakima done perfect but it's not my cup of tea. For the record I love everything this brewery does so keep it craft!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Speigelau IPA glass.
6.5% ABV, PKG 02/04/14, "100-day IPA, drink fresh, don't store."

A - Carrying out it's design flawlessly, the glass generates strong carbonation that feeds the everlasting, clumpy white head which coats the bulbous part of the glass in thick lacing. Below the towering pile of foam rests a beautiful, faintly hazed golden honey beer.

S - Notes of sharp freshly ground black pepper corns make their way through the tall cap of foam and spicy, herbal overtones. The unique bouquet the hops bring forth includes honeydew melon, early summer freshly cut lawn, and a light kiss of pineapple juice, which wander over the smooth, slightly sweet malt base.

T - The bright and inviting bouquet of hops presented in the aroma, while not rambunctious in the first place, settles down in flavor, mellowing out to coexist with the smooth, elegantly sweet malt base as opposed to overthrow it. Earthy, herbal hops still offer delicate intricacies of pepper spice, tropical fruit juiciness, green cut lawn qualities, and a finish of bitter pine sap, which seem to cover all bases for hop flavor components in one varietal.

M - Soft malty sweetness carries through the beer from the tip of the tongue with smoothness to the swallow with balancing characteristics that off-set the hop's delicate drying bitterness for a medium-bodied feel that works very nicely.

O - Sierra Nevada's single hop Harvest IPA has an open but delicate, complex and alluring aroma that might suggest it's been extensively dry-hopped because it's presence in the flavor is much more succumbing to the malt sweetness. A beautiful beer regardless, this experimental single hop IPA showcases a versatile hop that manages to pack multiple flavor profiles found in a host of other varieties into one type of hop. Delicious!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep orange color. Relatively clear in body. A well formed head. Looks like most any Sierra Nevada brew - great.

S-Moderate aromatic intensity. Semi-sweet hoppiness that is floral and citrusy. A fruity, yeasty scent as well.

T-A bit too sweet for my liking. The hops actually display some sweet characteristics. Fruity, yeast esters. Caramel. Finishes with a reinvigorated, herbal and floral hoppiness.

M-Medium body and carbonation. Lighter bitterness. Drinks pretty easily.

O/D-Good and somewhat unique.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint. Pours a dull, orange-gold with a semi-translucent clarity and a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a half inch, rocky cap. Thick, textured clusters of lacing adhere to the shoulders during the tasting. Nose is very subtle - some citrus and floral/piney notes, but nothing really stands out. Taste is a bit dull - earthly/herbal/piney, but lacking any brightness or dominant flavors. I also get a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, not a bad IPA, but as a single-hop showcasing a varietal, it's a bit lacking.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Poured into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange. HUGE seafoam head erupts, like a volcano, 5 inches or so. This head sticks around until the bottom of the glass, crazy. Sheets of lacing cover the glass, some of the most comprehensive lacing I've ever seen in a beer.

The aroma contains blueberry, grape, pine, and grass.

The great blueberry aroma translates to the flavor, but not quite as strongly. The flavor is stronger on pine, grass, and other earthy flavors. Definitely feels like a dirty IPA, rather than a crisp clean one, due to the hops used. Slightly catty flavors as well, with some mild pine, black pepper, and orange as well. Between the grass, pine, and pepper flavors, this tastes like it's spiced with something, but it's clearly not, much like Celebration. Sierra Nevada knows how to wring some cool flavors out of hops.

Medium body, somewhat dry finish. Well carbonated. Fairly drinkable.

A great IPA from Sierra Nevada, but could be a little cleaner. A lot of "dirty" flavors that would be great if they were reigned in a little bit.

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Photo of popery
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.