Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
34oz bottle at 41 F poured into a large mug. Bottle code is 020414C217 : 55.
Pours slightly cloudy golden with a big white head which fades slowly into big, fluffy clumps of pillows. Lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is piney and fresh, slightly floral and citrus.
Taste is lemony and piney (and therefore very clean tasting). Lots of thick bitterness. Mild honeysuckle sweetness.
Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly dry. Overall, very good.
06-28-2014 03:12:57 | More by snaotheus
2.51/5 rDev -34.3%
I'm suffering seasonal allergies, but I'm getting NOTHING in the head....maybe light grassy but very faint. Nice caramel start with a decent hops-pine finish. A little more in the flavor than the aroma, but still quite underwhelming. The beer just kinda exists...
06-18-2014 15:40:30 | More by EGreen
3.43/5 rDev -10.2%
The bottle is opened, and we pour a brew of golden sunshine into our Great Lakes pint glasses. The head is snowy white and glistening, despite a lack of overt carbonation. A chill haze cuts clarity, but otherwise no sediment is found. The aroma is hoppy and fruity, with apricot and strawberry, herbal and citric hoppiness, white rice and raw macaroni, cereal, caramel, and pale malts, metallics, and chemical lemon cleaner. The hops are sweet through the taste, bouncing nicely off the sweeter, and somewhat toasty, pale and caramel malt base. The aftertaste shows a bittering side of the hops, with soaps and chemicals abound. Other flavors are mixed in and only lightly contributory, with flashes of white sugar, lemon seed, red apple sweetness, and Graham crackers, mineral water, packing peanuts, sunscreen, and dried mango fruitiness. The feel is light in body and lacks creaminess, bordering on a bit watery. The mouth feels wet, tingly, and pressed with granular white sugar. Drinkability is fair, but not as smooth as some.
Overall, while releasing a single-hop series is an excitingly mouthwatering idea, we thought this one fell short. For one, the hops are not as bold as we would like. Yes, they meet the malts to balance just fine, but they are overly bittered, and lost in the wateriness of flavor, giving the impression of dullness and haphazardness. This kind of hoppy bitterness better suits a sweeter base, with thoughts of Victory’s Yakima Glory coming to mind. Secondly, we felt this one lacked character, and found the flavor profile, especially when it came to the malts, to be a bit “mass produced” and impersonal. This sits lower than its Northern and Southern Hemisphere kin in our book, but we’ve yet to try the other two in the “Harvest” series, and will remain eager to do so.
06-13-2014 01:15:43 | More by TheBrewo
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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