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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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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 11
Gots: 49 | 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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Ratings: 616 | Reviews: 131
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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer, with a two-finger flat white, firm head, with great retention. Brew is a clear golden amber color, with tons of carbonation up the center, and nearly transparent. Lacing is fairly thick and layered.

From the bottle, I got a hint of a skunky aroma, which is odd for a beer exactly one month old. Thankfully, that aroma isn't present out of the glass.

Floral and honey notes are strongest, with a dry, earthy hoppiness following. Slight dankness as well, and some biscuity malts.

Flavor is similar to what you might expect: biscuit and honey, malt-dominant, with some earthy and peppery hop notes. Lasting aftertaste. Not overly sweet, but overall more non-fruity sweetness and subtlety than you might expect in an IPA.

Pretty drinkable, a little sticky mouthfeel but otherwise fairly light. Lively without any sting. Glad they kept the ABV relatively low.

I like this! It's a different take on an IPA. The new hop really brings something different to the table in terms of flavor profile, while giving you a nice, classic floral aroma. That said, I think a bomber is probably too much of this specific flavor profile; I like it, but I don't love it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice marshmallow-y head with good lacing. Deep gold in color.

Smell: Very nice on the nose. Grapefruit and a little mint.

Taste: Big citrus and resin on my first sip. It's got a certain sweetness that I don't attribute to the malt, sort of a red grapefruit, plus a good amount of spiciness. Blueberry undertones are definitely detectable and enjoyable, but I was pointed to these by the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Big mouthfeel for me on this one, feels a bit more like a DIPA to drink.

Overall: Definitely liked this one. Sierra Nevada did a great job showcasing this hop, and I hope to find more from this series.

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had a nice orange and golden color mix, left a really nice fluffy head from the pour, left lots of lacing on the glass, overall pretty solid appearance for this beer

S: I got a lot of pine, some black pepper, nice floral citrusy notes, and a slight hint of mixed berries, to be honest it smelled way better than I thought it would and I found it amazing to have a single hop produce all these different flavors and smells

T: Again this category surpassed my expectations, upfront I got a nice resiny pine flavor followed by some nice pepper spice and the finish was crisp citrus mixed with some sweet mixed berries, the berry flavor was a little feint but it was a good thing they were, might not have been a good combo if they were the predominant flavor, again very solid

M: This beer was very crisp, light, slightly oily, and very smooth, very easy to drink and would have made an excellent summer beer IMO

O: Extremely great beer for the price, definitely would recommend trying this one, it has a nice little twist to it

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this at the store and couldn't believe the $5 price for a bomber and I had to try it out.

A- Thick foamy head.

S- Blueberry and pine nose.

T- Blueberry start that sits on the front of the tongue followed by a piney finish that sits on the back. Nice but not too complex.

M- Thick IPA feel that takes a long time to settle on the tongue. Leaves a little bit of a very light blueberry aftertaste surrounded by a mouth of slightly bitter pine.

O- Pleasant beer. Fresh and sits nicely. A great balance of blueberry and pine.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Lovely color, dense white head that lingers

S. Not especially strong smell, but definitely hoppy. Pleasant but not powerful.

T. Pretty uncomplicated - strong flavor, nothing fruity, just lots of good body.

M.Crisp, clean, goes down smooth

O. A nice no BS brew. Straightforward beer taste, uncomplicated & refreshing. I'd like to drink this on tap. Good value for a 24 oz. bottle.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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