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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 VarietalSierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Yakima #291 Hops

Added by lordofstarside on 02-16-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 633
Photo of ZionNation
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of rob4719
4.76/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i don't usually like single hop IPA's but this one is fantastic. the aroma is amazing, full of grapefruit notes and this 291 hop is certainly destined for bigger and better things. i can't wait to try the full series of these single hop ipa's from sierra nevada, once again, the standard bearer comes through with flying colors.

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Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous semi-cloudy golden amber color with a one finger white head that receded slowly and left abundant lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation rose up the mug. Quite appealing to look at, like a good ale should look. Scents of light breadiness, grassy hops, peach, blueberry, and light citrus and slight malt sweetness. A very good, fresh, and fruity aroma profile, with a bit of malt and bread to balance it. Very crisp and inviting, though quite light in aroma compared to other hop varities. I still like the fruity and grassy aromas of these Yakima #291 hops and hop that they stick around. Flavor begins with fruity flavors of fresh blueberry, malty sweetness, faint hints of black pepper in the background, moves into some citrus, slight pine resin and more abundant floral hop flavors alongside some further blueberry and caramel malt alongside more pepper in the middle and finish. Also some biscuit malt in the middle and finish, carrying into the aftertaste. Aftertaste also includes floral hop bitterness. Melon-like flavors also appear as it warms. While filled with good herbal, fruity and peppery hop flavors the overall level of hop bitterness is moderate and doesn't overpower the malt backbone. It is balanced and quite easy to drink with an intriguing and well done hop flavor profile courtesy of the #291 hops. I look forward to seeing these in more IPAs if this is what they add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation and a good resinous mouthfeel. A good, easily drinkable IPA mouthfeel, if not revolutionary. Overall this is an excellent IPA with a great unique aroma and flavor profile courtesy of a new variety of hops. The mouthfeel wasn't as different from other IPAs, but it was true to style and compliments the other aspects. It was unique from many of the other IPAs I've tried as a result and I recommend trying it if you can.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal has a medium, slightly off-white head, a semi-clear, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, with powdery, tan sediment suspended throughout, and a single, lacy residue left on the glass. Aroma is of sweet, white bread and a touch of mild hop oil and citrus. Taste is of the same things, and the bitterness is subdued and mellow. There is a black pepper aspect, as others have mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA- 291 Varietal finishes somewhat crisp and highly drinkable. Overall, this is an outstanding effort.


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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A monster head on this gal, the pour creates a head like you get from a root beer float. It's light and foamy and surges beyond the rim of the glass. The liquid is pale golden with an intense upward surge of carbonation. It looks clean and transparent. I like.

Are there berries in this?! It's really fruity, like artificial blueberry, which I say not in a demeaning way, but just that it's more potent and sweet than any blueberry I've smelled. I also get earth and grassy hops and some pale malt sweetness. The smell is nice and subtle and doesn't suggest a hop punch is coming.

As I drink this, I'm really impressed by how mellow and smooth it is. The fruity, berry like aroma continues on the tongue, but it's tasteful, measured, and suggests something besides an IPA. I can see how the hop lovers might criticize this, but for me, it's a revelation. I can sip this at a barbecue or in the park, or out of a paper bag. It doesn't matter. It's so damn tasty.

The mart profile is also low-key, sweet and balanced, adding just a hint of breadiness and toastiness. Similarly, the malt gives the beer a light creaminess and body, without interrupting it's easy-drinking nature.

I'm impressed by this beer. I love it. I need more. I only hope they throw this in six packs and make it a year round. The Yakima #291 hops are a real gem and I look forward to seeing them showcased more in other beers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Speigelau IPA glass.
6.5% ABV, PKG 02/04/14, "100-day IPA, drink fresh, don't store."

A - Carrying out it's design flawlessly, the glass generates strong carbonation that feeds the everlasting, clumpy white head which coats the bulbous part of the glass in thick lacing. Below the towering pile of foam rests a beautiful, faintly hazed golden honey beer.

S - Notes of sharp freshly ground black pepper corns make their way through the tall cap of foam and spicy, herbal overtones. The unique bouquet the hops bring forth includes honeydew melon, early summer freshly cut lawn, and a light kiss of pineapple juice, which wander over the smooth, slightly sweet malt base.

T - The bright and inviting bouquet of hops presented in the aroma, while not rambunctious in the first place, settles down in flavor, mellowing out to coexist with the smooth, elegantly sweet malt base as opposed to overthrow it. Earthy, herbal hops still offer delicate intricacies of pepper spice, tropical fruit juiciness, green cut lawn qualities, and a finish of bitter pine sap, which seem to cover all bases for hop flavor components in one varietal.

M - Soft malty sweetness carries through the beer from the tip of the tongue with smoothness to the swallow with balancing characteristics that off-set the hop's delicate drying bitterness for a medium-bodied feel that works very nicely.

O - Sierra Nevada's single hop Harvest IPA has an open but delicate, complex and alluring aroma that might suggest it's been extensively dry-hopped because it's presence in the flavor is much more succumbing to the malt sweetness. A beautiful beer regardless, this experimental single hop IPA showcases a versatile hop that manages to pack multiple flavor profiles found in a host of other varieties into one type of hop. Delicious!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yakima #291
24 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Gold with 1 finger of tight-laced head. Excellent clarity with low-medium carbonation.

Dank florals, passion fruit, pineapple, bubblegum, and mango.

Dank, lush greenery. Sweaty pineapple, mango, and passion fruit. Hints of lemon and lime. Clean caramel and honey maltiness balances everything very well. Finishes with black pepper and pine resin. The label has persuaded me that there is a blueberry essence. Ah, the power of suggestion.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

Sierra Nevada strikes again! #291 is an awesome hop.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh beer, gently handled is an amazing thing.

This pours a crisp straw gold with thin cap of white foam.

Delicately hopped with a … blueberry note? In contract to the citrus and pine character I expected I get a wonderful berry burst which carries over as I sip. It’s delicately hopped, and lightly bitter, with a great drying finish. This was fantastic.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't understand why this isn't tasted higher. I love this beer. I love this hop. Super bitter bite up front, piney as its going down, and sweet citrus aftertaste. Best of all worlds, this might be the perfect hop.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, fluffy dense head. Raw hop aromas of leaves and earth, flowers, citrus, and blueberries,. Not a fruity beer, but rather evokes memories of Redwood forests of Northern California. On the palate, ginger-bread like malt sweetness with just a touch of bitterness. Light-medium body. Beautiful balance, very drinkable. Good level of carbonation provides a very silky mouthfeel. I like this beer very much. Not sure why people are rating this so low; perhaps because they prefer a more tropical or generous profile. I think this is a great example of a Norcal IPA, perhaps a bit rustic, but crisp, complex, and wonderfully rounded.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 3/16

Pours light gold with thick white foam that laces everywhere. Patchy. Bright outdoorsy nose. Floral. Soft malt, oily bitter hop that pops through, blends with citrus. Smooth and subtle bitter. Tastes fresh and bold. Solid IPA.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, bright golden orange color with a three finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks and sheets of soapy lacing coating the glass on the way down.

Dank floral hop aroma with some earthy pine resins, grass and spruce tip countered citrus/tropical fruit and pale malt. Very inviting and complex with earthy, sweet citrus and pale malt notes bouncing off of each other. Lots of melon and tropical fruit along with some juicy berries. Fresh cut grass and straw along with pineapple, mango dark berries, melon and stone fruit. Pale malt presence with bread and biscuit. The melon and dank hop really notes stand out. Nice.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hops that linger over sweeter fruit notes and a pale malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Dry and bitter up front with piney hops, grass and resinous oils along with straw and spruce tip. These earthier notes are countered by strong tropical fruit sweetness with hints of citrus peel, dark berries, orange peel and juicy melon. I'm picking up honeydew and berry along with ruby red grapefruit, orange peel and mango. Faint malt backbone but just enough for balance with bread, biscuit and subtle caramel. Well rounded and excellently balance. Very easy to drink but packs a lot of flavor. ABV isn't too high but it's nicely masked with no heat whatsoever. Another solid entry in this series from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On my palate, Sierra Nevada limited release IPAs can do no wrong, this one isn't any different.

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head, exceptional retention and nice concentric circles of lacing.

Smell is very nice, if not in your face. Definitely a familiar grainy note and a good clean hop scent; a little grassy.

Tastes fantastic- floral citrus hops up front, steady floral hops throughout, a little toasted grain in the middle and a nice long floral finish. Mmm.

Feels very nice and bright on the palate- medium light body, crisp carbonation and a touch of sticky resin. Get this beer, especially because it's only five bucks for a bomber.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a clear golden amber color with a large two-finger creamy and foamy white head that has good retention, good lacing left behind

S- big emphasis on floral hop with some berry-like sweetness, toasted bread malt with a hint of pine

T- floral hops are emphasized in the flavor as well, fruity berry-like notes with peach and melon, clean toasted malt on the finish with more fruity notes on the linger

M- medium body and medium prickly carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- really liked this hop variety, the floral and berry notes are noticeable throughout

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Gorgeous. Glowing gold with an astonishingly large, rocky, white head. Decent bit of carbonation and fantastic lacing. Probably one of the best beers I've ever seen.

S: Sadly my nose is stuffy and I can barely smell a thing. I will rate the smell as not to affect the overall average.

T: The hop bitterness, pine, and (surprisingly) booze hit you up front and linger for a good while. Underneath the slight singe there is a hint of sweet biscuit malt. Somewhere in the middle there's citrus hidden. Maybe orange? Everything is kind of vague about this one.

M: Smooth and medium bodied. Not too much carbonation. Easy to drink and leaves a slickness about the mouth.

O: Not bad. Not my favorite. West Coast IPA's aren't very complex but are still pretty good. Really just tried it based on how rarely it comes out and it's by a superb brewery. It was decently bitter as an IPA should be and drank like one should. But to be fair, this is one of the better looking beers I've seen. Check it out while it's still around!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale amber nearly golden in color with a good one finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is really nice. There are some really great fruity aromas forward. Lots of stone fruit upfront slight with some vibrant orang be atoma that work really nicely together. Some very faint herbal grassy hop aromas near the end.

Taste is great follows the nose with some fresh bright orange and Herbal hop aromas with tons of hop oils and resin. Bitterness is mild and let the hops shine. More orange hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium body with lots of crisp oils and mild bitterness. Highly drinkable and very refreshing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold body, hazy with bright center, steady carbonation streams, topped by five fingers of pure white big bubbly foam. Drippy lace coats the glass.

Big inviting aroma of fresh flowers.

Rich semi-sweet malty beginning. Fresh flowery hops, spring has arrived ( finally!). Mildly bitter, with a gentle rise.

Light smooth mouthfeel.

No surprise, a damn tasty fresh hop from Sierra Nevada. Seek it out.

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Photo of trentbent
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- The usual bubbly SN pomp with massive head that tastes buttery and great and doesn't want to go down. How often is the fuzz so nice?

S- It's a mild smell on this one. This candle does burn like the wind of a hop field, but not the hop concentrate.

T- I don't think this beer would work as a simple 12 oz bottle, and the flavor is why. I kid you not I wasn't crazy about this beer when I first got into it, but EVERY sip gets better (maybe it's the buzz). This is a most delicate hop, with light lemony and pepper taste with a bittery finish that fades quickly. It becomes more distinct as the expectation of that grapefruit we've been getting so much of goes away.

M- Delicate and floral, I'm saying this in the sense that the nose is the brain the heart is the tongue and the mouthfeel is the mind, okay? It's like drinking a cloud and the colors (yes, colors) I get are light blue and yellow. It's nice because where else do you get this than from a single hop beer.

I was disappointed in this beer at first but I think I wanted a hop bomb, but this is a subtle beer. I was wondering how beer was gonna go. Like Beerchitect said, it's not about screaming now, more like cooing. Can you hear this?

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Photo of Strix
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge frothy head that hangs around and leaves gobs of lace.

Fairly standard citrus and pine in the nose.

Pineapple, blueberry, lemon notes atop a nice citrus hop and malt base.

Slightly viscous, very smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation.

This was an easy drinker, and quite delicious. Quite impressed.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Poured into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange. HUGE seafoam head erupts, like a volcano, 5 inches or so. This head sticks around until the bottom of the glass, crazy. Sheets of lacing cover the glass, some of the most comprehensive lacing I've ever seen in a beer.

The aroma contains blueberry, grape, pine, and grass.

The great blueberry aroma translates to the flavor, but not quite as strongly. The flavor is stronger on pine, grass, and other earthy flavors. Definitely feels like a dirty IPA, rather than a crisp clean one, due to the hops used. Slightly catty flavors as well, with some mild pine, black pepper, and orange as well. Between the grass, pine, and pepper flavors, this tastes like it's spiced with something, but it's clearly not, much like Celebration. Sierra Nevada knows how to wring some cool flavors out of hops.

Medium body, somewhat dry finish. Well carbonated. Fairly drinkable.

A great IPA from Sierra Nevada, but could be a little cleaner. A lot of "dirty" flavors that would be great if they were reigned in a little bit.

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Photo of MattTastrophee
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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