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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

583 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 583
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

nootch23, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ZionNation
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

ZionNation, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of SplitsAtoms
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SplitsAtoms, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

mscudder, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Lukass, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of hops202
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%

Bomber Poured into Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

After a big hype I was thoroughly let down by this beer. Appearence is OK. Smell is lacking. Taste is certainly sub par and leaves plenty to be desired. Not too much else to say. Thankfully it wasn't super pricey or there would be problems.

hops202, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

aasher, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Norseman, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

plumcrazyfx, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of Theogre83
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Theogre83, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of kirchy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kirchy, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of BEERschlitz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

BEERschlitz, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

richkrull, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Axnjxn, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of mjrex77
4/5  rDev +4.7%

mjrex77, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of MistyMountainHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MistyMountainHops, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddy21
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Beerbuddy21, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
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

rdilauro, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bnoise11, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

SanFranJake, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tobelerone, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DNICE555, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Greywulfken
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.

Greywulfken, Mar 09, 2014
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.