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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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very good

583 Ratings
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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%

WebMan, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

tdmccarthy, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of dfecteau
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dfecteau, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shining gold covered with a dense, creamy head that eventually comes to rest as a soft, compact covering on the surface. Sheets of lacing absolutely covering the glass by the end. Interesting blueberry-like, peppery, spicy hop aromas with a certain floral odor. Fresh hop flavor featuring cracked pepper once again, flowers, slight berries, and grass with some nice grain on the back end. Medium bodied and a little creamy, but ultimately drying. Pretty good and interesting. This one will probably confuse the youngsters, what with their new-school crazy tropical fruit salad pale ales. This is not one of those. Super fresh and spicy. I think this could be a cool hop to mix with others to add complexity and depth of flavor, but it's works well on its own if you have the skill of Sierra Nevada.

wedge, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

KolbMarley, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Alron
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Alron, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Slatetank, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of bcunning82
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

bcunning82, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty, clear, light amber color under a very nice white head. Lots of sheety lace is present and to stay. Aroma is entering funky village and pleasantly entertaining. Blueberry and cracked pepper over farmy flowers. Floral, baked in the sun with fun extras. Stinky and fun extras. The blueberry fits well and the pepper excites it up with spiciness. Taste is sweet, spicy, floral, farmy, Wih subtle blueberry. It hits differently than the smell but also is very nice. Bitterness is perky and there's some nice dryness through the finish. Tasty crispy mouthfeel with a grimy finish. This is a very likable beer.

tastybeer, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Buick222, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ChrisKayler, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

warnerry, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, I think it was bottled on 2/10/14. Pours a light orange with a one inch stick white head that leaves behind so nice lace. Smell is blueberry, tangerine, pine, flowers, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, really interesting how blueberry is a big part of it and it works well and the grapefruit blueberry finish, lingers and makes me crave the next sip. The body is medium, lots of life, not dry, and goes down easily. I am liking this and can't wait to try all the others.

SawDog505, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

gashmoney, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MattSlem, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Buckeye982, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

BeernDrum, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of fox227
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the single hop IPA with Yakima #291 hops. Beer is yellow, golden, with a thin but retentive head composed of microscopic bubbles, with good lacing. Smell is grassy, earthy, citrus/orange/grapefruit and maybe a touch of floral. Taste follows the nose but the featured hop contributes a nice resiny, dank touch, and I detect an unripened musk melon flavor; this rounds out in a toasted bread and slight caramel backbone. Mouth feel is medium to high bitterness, medium body, and finishes semi dry.

Overall, fans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale should like this a lot. This beer really has that "house" character that I get in a lot of their beers, which means that it's basically more of the same with a new hop bringing in a few differing elements. It's a good beer but nothing to get excited over.

fox227, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

irish01980, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dwtyler, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MrBeige, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

WanderingFool, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

kvgomps, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

sonofliberty2, Feb 21, 2014
Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.