Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.49/5 rDev -8.6%
I was more intrigued about this beer with the hop being used ( Yakima #291 Hops ). I felt like it was some secret ingredient.
It pours like a light lager. Not much in color and with a small white head, which disappeared very quickly.
There was a big nose in terms of pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, all what you expect from a hoppy IPA. But yet there was something more.
The taste was clean and crsip, not nearly as hoppy as the nose had shown. It really wasnt big or full, but on the aftertaste, there was a taste that I had a hard time to identify.
I dont know if it came from the type of hop being used.
Overall, a lighter fare
03-10-2014 02:14:21 | More by rdilauro
4/5 rDev +4.7%
A: crystal clear medium gold beer, fluffy bright white head with nice lace
S: grassy and piney and dank; suggesting wet fields and mushrooms
T: hops from the nose transfer to the palate, accompanied by clean malts and mild sweetness, like tropical fruits cut with musty herbs and spice; earthy and grain-rich flavors throughout
M: slick and medium-bodied, slight tingle of spice, ample carbonation fuzz
O: another fine offering from Sierra Nevada, perfect for fans of the featured Yakima hops, pale ales and IPAs - super drinkability.
03-09-2014 15:37:05 | More by Greywulfken
4.06/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-09-2014 13:01:16 | More by Bitterbill
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
limited time 24oz bottle that looks like a 32oz'er. about a month old, review from notes.
after popping the bottle i smell the smoke, good god does it smell good. look is clear, looks like an ipa, very small chunks. smell is less impressive in the glass. malt isn't really there, the hop is very vegetal and peppery. i can barely pick up on the blueberry they tout. almost a pepper beer.
with so many hop varieties, why pick this one?
03-09-2014 07:36:14 | More by jimmah120
3.38/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
03-09-2014 06:23:17 | More by popery
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
A- Pours a deep reddish gold hue with a 2 finger head.
S- Deep notes of resiny pine.
T- Pine needles flow into a deep bitterness that lingers on the tongue.
M- Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
D- Extremely drinkable. I seem to disagree with the masses here. Better than average IPA.
03-09-2014 05:01:51 | More by Lothore
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Yakima #291 hops if that is relevant at all.
A- Poured from the 24oz bottle to a large chalice with a fairly clear, golden body. Head rises to about two fingers high with a thick, creamy texture. Head retention is quite good and lace begins as soon as the head starts to fall. Thick webs of lace all around.
S- Dank herbal hops rule the aroma, they are even a bit skunky. Hop forward but maybe not quite as pungent as some IPAs. Some tropical fruit feel and floral notes but very dank overall. Light malts and yeast bread after the hops.
T- Follows the nose with a focus on hops. Certainly one of the more interesting hop varietals I can think of in a while. Dank skunky herbs, tropical fruits, slight citrus rind/juice and floral notes come to mind. Light cracked grains and slight American yeast influence to balance.
MF- Light bodied with a crisp, slightly creamy and smooth texture. Carbonation at a high level to accentuate those hop volatiles. Finishes with a medium bitterness.
Interesting for a single hop beer to say the least. The dank and skunkiness of the hop reminds me of something else and makes for a solid overall IPA.
03-09-2014 03:50:12 | More by cbutova
4.23/5 rDev +10.7%
On my palate, Sierra Nevada limited release IPAs can do no wrong, this one isn't any different.
Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head, exceptional retention and nice concentric circles of lacing.
Smell is very nice, if not in your face. Definitely a familiar grainy note and a good clean hop scent; a little grassy.
Tastes fantastic- floral citrus hops up front, steady floral hops throughout, a little toasted grain in the middle and a nice long floral finish. Mmm.
Feels very nice and bright on the palate- medium light body, crisp carbonation and a touch of sticky resin. Get this beer, especially because it's only five bucks for a bomber.
03-09-2014 02:50:51 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.94/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
03-09-2014 01:59:25 | More by jlindros
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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