Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox HopsSierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: gillagorilla on 07-18-2014

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a dull medium golden with a half finger quick to fade whaite head that left two borken rings of lace as it settles quickly.Pungent earthy hops with some leafiness and mild lemon,very English in the nose.More English attributes on the palate with it's earthy and leafy hops dominating,again the lemon is there but plays a secondary role,sweet biscuit malt flavors are big as well.Not bad it's something I would like to try on cask,to me it's very "English" in nature.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into an IPA glass, this is a slightly hazy gold in color with a two-finger head that condenses to a dense, thin layer of foam that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
The aroma is dank with citrus and lemon behind.
The taste is citrus and pine and some dankness with some caramel mid-taste and a lingering piney bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky.
Another interesting and tasty single-hop IPA.

Photo of bsp77
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance (4.25): Clear, burnished gold with frothy white head and decent lacing.

Smell (3.75): Floral and herbal notes, some light citrus. Seems to be some wet wood aroma as well.

Taste (3.5): Very focused on the hops, with mostly herbal and spicy flavors. Some citrus. That wet wood note comes back in the taste. The malts are pretty light and soft. The finish is very bitter without much lingering flavor.

Feel (4): Medium, oily body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall (3.5): Seemed interesting at first, but the bitterness turned this into a substandard IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, spicy, and earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus, peppers, and pine. Citrus hop esters with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, mango, melon, and pineapple. Earthy hops with hints of pine resin and damp grass. Spicy hints of peppers as well. Soft malt background with hints of caramel, grains, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A very good dank hop forward aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, herbal, and spicy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus, pine, and peppers. Juicy and ripe citrus presence with notes of orange rind, grapefruit, mango, lemon, melon, and pineapple. Herbal and earthy hop notes with some pine resin and grass. Noticeable notes of pepper spice from the Equinox. Solid background presence of malt with notes of grains, caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy, spicy, and bitter with a drying finish.

Overall: Another very good IPA in this Harvest series. The Equinox gives the citrus and pine with a unique twist of pepper spicing.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%

Fresh (about 6 weeks old) 24 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Excellent appearance including a very good head and lacing.
Good complexity for a single hop ale. Controlled bitterness with pleanty of hop flavor. Excellent feel is crisp and lively.

Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured a wonderful clear amber orange with one finger of fluffy white head that receded slowly. Quite nice looking. Scents of cedar wood, pine resin, fresh red bell pepper, vegetal hop aromas and a slight hint of sweet pale malt and very faint notes of bright citrus. A very nice aroma profile that is quite unique and very intriguing. The resiny pine and dry cedar aromas mingle well with the fruity bell pepper and vegetal hop aromas to create a beguiling aroma. Flavor begins with a vegetal hop flavor, notes of grapefruit peel, a bit of spicy hop flavors and hints of pine resin with moderate bitterness and a bit of malt sweetness. This moves into a middle with stronger notes of pine resin mingling with cedar wood flavors and a bit of grapefruit and grapefruit peel, some fruitiness and hints of alcohol. Finish is dry with strong notes of cedar wood, pine resin, grapefruit and grapefruit peel with notes of alcohol and hints of sweet malt. Aftertaste is pine resin and biscuity malt with high, lingering bitterness. A well done flavor profile, quite hop-forward and very resinous, with pine and cedar taking a prominent role, balanced by grapefruit flavors and hints of malt and alcohol. A very nice profile that is bright and crisp, but just a hint too standard in its overall flavor profile to standout. Still quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, dry, faintly resinous and sticky feel. A very nice mouthfeel that is smooth, resinous and yet still refreshing. Very nice. Overall this is an excellent IPA. It has a wonderfully unique aroma and a very good, though very normal flavor and an excellent mouthfeel. A very good experiment that showcases the single hop variety used and still turns out to be a very good IPA.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap in a fluted glass.
Smells earthy like an old attic or antique furniture.
Peach, orange, and grapefruit notes from the hops with smooth malt background.
Very dry mineral finish.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A- copper/orange body with great clarity and trickles of carbonation. The head is foamy, pale white and has a certain fluff to it. It persists well and leaves enormous amounts of lace.

S- The nose is extremely sweet and floral, but it's a smell I associate with many SN beers. There's an earthy quality there and underpinnings of slight citrus, pine and sharp spiciness.

T- Here I get a cedar-like, earthy and floral flavor. The sweetness from the nose remains present almost throughout. The beer reminds me much more of the mellowed English IPAs than an AIPA. I don't get the wealth of flavors from this one hop that I'd like, but it's not bad by any means.

M- It's got a good body and a spirited carbonation feel, and a blast of bitterness at the finish. As already mentioned though, it has a good element of sweetness and floralness. It's clean and has no alcohol feel, but there is some dryness at the finish as well.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/9
Consumed 7/22

About as fresh as it's going to get.

This beer is gorgeous. Golden-Copper color with excellent clarity, frothy head and head retention, and very activated in the tulip. Classic SN Style.

Smells of fresh raw hops, classic house SN Profile. Shocker. Haha. No doubt after first whiff that this is a SN Brew. Woody, mildly, again, MILDLY fruity. Clean and crisp, but nothing to write home about.

Taste is a wee bit below the nose. Because it's so fresh, the clean and crispness is impressive, but the bland cedar (and Peanut Oil flavor?) overwhelm the fruitiness of the hop.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Again, typical house SN mouthfeel at this ABV.

Overall, I bought this because of the impressive freshness. Glad I can sample any IPA this fresh. No regrets. But this is par for the course.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, brilliant golden orange with an off-white 2-finger head. Good retention, leaving a fair layer of surface suds and some clingy, soapy strands of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Herbal quality and spice abound. Black Pepper and, like the descriptor on the bottle, bell pepper character makes it's presence known. Touches on dank and faint citrus.

Taste - Follows the nose. Black pepper spice and a bit of bell pepper herbal sweetness. Some woody dankness peaks through mid-taste, then finishes with a fair amount of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, almost silky, and stupid drinkable. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a nice, mellow IPA, but don't mistake mellow for lack of flavor. This exhibits a multi-layered complexity that's well constructed, yet goes down with brilliant smoothness. Sierra Nevada doesn't often wow me with their beers, but this one is methodically seductive, and quite original. I digs it. I digs it a lot!

Photo of Roguer
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer: solid, flat white head, great retention, and ridiculous amounts of lacing. Clear, almost perfectly transparent light gold brew.

Very green hoppy aroma, mingling with a bit of toasty malt. Herbal, bitter, with a bit of caramel and honey.

Surprisingly sweet flavor, with a huge green hop finish. Sweet grains and wildflower honey, washed away on the back-end by grassy, herbal, dank hops, with a bit of pine resin. Quite bitter, but balanced.

Long wet, bitter finish. Very drinkable; slightly syrupy.

Very solid beer, but both too sweet and syrupy for my tastes. The intensely fresh and herbal, grassy hops are a very nice, interesting touch.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Very musty hop aroma. A little citrusy. Grassy. Cracker malt.

Taste - It tastes spicier here. Toasty malt. Grassy and moves right into a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Aggressive. I don't know if it's the hop, but I didn't dig it.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a chill hazed bronze with a thumb eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent, stellar lacing
& head retention (5.0)

S: Grassyness, wet hay, wet grain, slight sulfur notes (3.5)

T: Floral, herbal, & sweet grainy notes up front. Slight caramel sweetness, a little pear, then
pineyness, & sulphur as this warms, herbal bitterness& faint grapefruit rind too. Finishes
grassy, with slight astringency, plus herbal hops, & more grapefruit (3.75)

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty good balance, crisp (4.0)

Drinks easy, not my favorite, but interesting (3.75)

Photo of hophugger
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with bubbles running to the top in a frantic search for the escape route!. Smell is pine, resin and touch of citrus rind. Head is good with amazing lacing that clings on for dear life, lol. Taste is hop bitterness up front and then some citrus, resin and more citrus. Aftertaste is quite nice with the hop flavor hanging in there and leaving a great feel on the palate. Cant wait to try the others in this series......

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a orange and golden yellow with a very buoyant three finger head.

Pine, citrus, spice, and very refreshing.

Piney and citrusy hops are accompanied by a sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and piney.

Overall another great brew from SA.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color, almost orange like. Tight pure white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap. Good webby lacing.

The aroma is very herbal with hints of pink grapefruit and pine. Perhaps there are some tropical fruit notes but I can't really pin point a specific fruit, not pineapple though. Definitely a different hop aroma. Kinda like it.

The taste is of a solid bready malt base, very much reminds me of the same malt base as SNPA. The hop flavor doesn't bash you over the head and provides moderate bitterness. A bit more pine shows through in the taste but its not that aggressive. General fruitiness, again I am thinking pink grapefruit. Perhaps a hint of orange.

The feel is moderate with active carbonation. Real nice balance with this beer. Fairly neutral malt sweetness with a slight hoppy bitterness that continues into the finish. Perhaps a touch chalky.

An interesting IPA. A bit malty for an AIPA. The equinox hops are different but they are good. Seems to blend light herbal and pine with a fruity grapefruit. I didn't know this series existed, need to find the others.

Photo of richj1970
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from 24 oz bomber into tulip glass. Bottle date is 7/8/2014.

A: Pours a light honey yellow with two finger foamy white head with some decent spotty lacing.

S: Pine cones, grassy hops mixed with some herbal spiciness.

T: Earthy herbal hop bitterness and a touch of citrus. Orange peel. A little sweet malt at the end. The label talks about fresh green bell pepper at one point, and although I don't pick up on that specifically, there is something unique about the flavors here.

M: Fairly light body with average carbonation. Finish is quite bitter.

O: Interesting brew. Certainly not my favorite IPA. I tend to like them more citrus forward, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of goochpunch
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours out a clear brass. Equinox hops are very aromatic, fruity, almost vinous (in a white wine way). Flavor is a mix of citrus, tropical and stone fruits, white grape. Nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderate in weight. Delicious.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of fruity and citrusy hops is quite pleasant. Taste is dominated by citrusy and herbal hops notes with light fruity undertones with a lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable with great drinkability and interesting hops to discover.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a soapy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of herbal, and woody hops.

Tastes of the herbal hops with a solid malt base. Hops lead off with herbal and woody characteristics along with a bit of pine. Moderately bitter. Malts come next and add some caramel sweetness and toasted bread. Fairly balanced with a slight hop tilt. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA. The malt base features the equinox hops well.

Photo of smakawhat
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredibly woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

Photo of wedge
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden orange with a small, pillowy head of white foam on the surface. Smells peppery and leafy joined by cedar, light citrus, and an herbal dankness. Flavor is much the same with peppery, slightly wooden, hops that give way to some rindy citrus and earthy hops. Dry, snappy, and moderately bitter. Pretty good all around...nice and refreshing, if not particularly exciting. I was a bigger fan of the other single-hop Harvest release earlier in the year.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of pale and light biscuit malt, citrus and mildly piney hops with a hint of dankness; tropical fruit and citrus juice. Flavor follows with pale malt with a light biscuit note, piney, grassy and citrus hops, light elements of tropical fruit, citrus rind, spicy. Finishes with a big dose of alpha hop bitterness, more intense than expected from the hops flavors. Medium bodied with light creaminess. One of the better malt bases for exhibiting a single hop, the biscuit is very understated, letting the hops take the fore. The Equinox hops have a nice flavor with piney resin, citrus and haylike grassiness, none of which really dominate the flavor. Great resiny bitterness in the finish. This was quite tasty for a standard IPA and a good introduction to this hop.

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says PKGD 07/09/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains very well before slowly reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Getting a lot of celery from the hop nose. I don't know if it's how some hop varietals work with SN's house yeast, but I get the same thing from Ruthless Rye. Also some herbal woodiness as the bottleneck label indicates. Slight alcohol fume. Musty.

T- The bitterness is quite high as the celery notes continue. Decent malt backbone brings some bready quality to the table. The bitterness lingers a good while but it's certainly welcome since the flavors are there to complement. Very drinkable but assertive.

M- Very sharp and oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- These new Equinox hops are pretty tasty. Great for someone looking for a strong bitterness as well as a good amount of character in the flavor.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +4.2%

24 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/09/2014 printed on the back label. Another new IPA creation from Sierra Nevada, this one brewed with Equinox hops, not a variety I am familiar with at all. These guys sure have been busy lately.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a beautiful bright golden colored body with three big fluffy fingers of white head that leaves behind good solid lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice indeed. 4

S - The aroma is pleasant and inviting - fresh, herbal, vegetal, grassy. Lots of pine and notes of woodsy cedar are surely invoked here. The label describes it as fresh bell pepper, but I think vegetal is a better descriptor. A very fresh and appealing smell. 4

T - The taste follows the nose - lots of pine / cedar / grass, and a nice earthy / herbal / woodsy quality. Not overly dank or bitter like some hop varieties can be; in my opinion, this one works extremely well. A light biscuity malt backbone keeps things in check. 4

M - The feel is creamy & smooth, lightly piney / grassy on the finish, but not what I would describe as 'bitter' especially when compared to some of the other ridiculous hop bomb IPA's that exist nowadays. 4

Overall, a very nicely crafted IPA with a unique hop varietal from Sierra Nevada. I have to say I was impressed with this one, and I definitely would not mind having access to this one again. Well done.

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA (Equinox Hops) -----4/5.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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