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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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Photo of EGreen
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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...

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -21.9%

03/23/14 From bottle. I've been looking forward to these single hop brews. As someone that avoids overly hoppy beers, I'm interested in finding out which ones I like, what methods I like (wet or dry hopping), etc.

This is clearly labeled as a "100 day IPA". That's cool. But I had to get out the monocle & move into the sunlight to see if there was a date on it. 02/04/14 I think.

Must be correct as this definitely has freshness all over it. Pours kind of foamy. Settles into a seriously thick head & keeps up the effervescence as the flavor settles into a medium hoppy taste. Slight citrus. This is as high up the hop scale I get with comfort.

Didn't get the distinction of taste I was hoping for to characterize the yet to be named new breed Yakima #291 hop. Glad I tried it but I'm still looking.

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Photo of BB1313
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2/4/14. 24oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing golden with a subtle haze; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves awesome lacing and retention. This beer looks great, just like all of Sierra Nevada's beers. The aromas are very bready. Lots of cracker and malts. Some hints of grass too. Slightly floral. The flavors are extremely earthy. More fresh cut grass. Some pine notes. The hop bitterness is spot on, but there's really not much hop flavor going on. I can definitely notice that they used whole-cone hops, which Sierra Nevada likes to do. More crackers and fresh bread. Subtle hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Alcohol goes unnoticed. The mouthfeel is nice. It started off thin, but the more I drink the more the carbonation comes alive. It also gains a nice creamy fluffiness to it, which adds to the experience.

This is well crafted for sure, just like most Sierra Nevada beers, but I suppose this one just isn't for me. I enjoyed my time with it, but it's not something I'll be dreaming about or craving again. It's very similar to alot of Sierra Nevada beers, in my opinion. I feel like I've had this beer from them a bunch of times.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in shaker pint.

A: beautiful head, creamy; great carb action and lacing
S: very little aroma; what little there is comes off as eurolager
T: bitter finish, experimental; blueberry? huh? all hops, malt swallowed up in sweet bitterness
M: thin to medium body, but great carbonation

A nice beer overall, but nothing I'll return to.

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Photo of HopHead_44
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Have not tried a single hop Yakima ipa style before i was very excited but a little let down by this beer. bottle says complementary notes of blueberry and black pepper. i got a little blueberry but i found the Yakima hop to be a very light tasting hop. almost had a pilsner aftertaste. overall it was interesting and now i know what the Yakima hop tastes like on its own but i would not seek it out again. just to into DIPA right now i guess.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage 1 pint 8 fl oz brown glass bottle with average label art and branded tan pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local grocery store a couple days ago and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. "Yakima #291 Hops."

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a four finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy airy consistency. Decent thickness. Nice frothiness. Head retention is excellent - about 10 minutes. Spotty but consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent yellow-copper of above average vibrance and excellent clarity. Very clean looking; there is no visible yeast sediment or lees.

Overall, it's an above average appearance for an IPA. Not unique or special, but good looking. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Has a pleasant perfumey floral hop character, including wafts of dank cannabis. It's grassy and herbal. When I search for it, I definitely do pick up on the blueberry note mentioned on the label; I'd thought that was just a marketing gimmick, but it's actually present. Very intriguing. I don't find any black pepper (per the label), but I do pick up on a faint hint of soapiness, suggesting this may have spent too long in primary. Bubblegum. It's a diverse hop profile and I find it interesting, if not unique (insofar as the blueberry is involved).

As it warms, I also pick up on some white grapefruit.

The malt side is pretty standard - pale malts and clean barley. Though as it warms, I notice caramalt.

The aroma suggests a soft balanced brew with a unique hop profile. It's pleasant and mild in strength. It has me intrigued.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

T: Caramalt, pale malt, a hint of graham cracker. I am noticing the pepper now too, but it doesn't feel like it's from the hops at all.

Speaking of which, the hop profile is very interesting, if not quite balanced. It's got diverse floral hop character, but luckily lacks the dank cannabis-esque notes I found on the aroma. A dash of bubblegum. And a generic berry note which I suppose leans towards blueberry more than any other obvious berry. Hints of white grapefruit. It also has some weird herbal character, which does flirt with medicinal territory - to the flavour profile's detriment.

Is it a balanced flavour profile? Not really. It does have fair cohesion, but it's far from gestalt. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

It has above average complexity for a single hop IPA - and trumps even many of Mikkel's single hop series - but it's by no means intricate or particularly subtle.

Mf: Lightly coarse. Scratchy on the palate. Lightly dry. It's the cool, smooth, wet, refreshing feel I usually hope for in an IPA, but here it kind of works. Kind of. It's somewhat soft, but could be far more so. I find it approachable and comforting, and it has a nice medium body and a moderate weight on the palate. Good presence. The dryness and coarseness do restrict drinkability, but overall this mouthfeel is a decent complement to the beer's taste.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle; it's a drinkable IPA. I'm not sure I'd want more than one in a night, but I'd probably order this again if I saw it on-draught, and I can't say that about a lot of Sierra Nevada's beers. I really dig the cool blueberry hop character, and I'd love to see this hop used more widely. As a beer meant to showcase this hop specifically, this beer is largely a success, but as an enduring IPA I'd want over and over, it's a bit lackluster.

That said, this is an above average IPA with a likable hop profile, but its scratchy rough mouthfeel holds it back.

Low B-

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Photo of far333
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden honey colored with a thick beige head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Low aroma of floral hops and berries.

Flavors of hard-edged citrus upfront, some orange rind pith, with notes of honey, vanilla, fresh flowers and berries. The hops are a little rough, and I'm not sure the accompanying flavor notes complement well.

Even mouthfeel, moderately full, finishes tingly.

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Photo of bsp77
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear, light orange with initial, frothy white head that disappears fairly quickly.

Smell: Floral and herbal notes, citrus and berry. Nice aroma at first, but almost completely vanishes after a couple minutes.

Taste: Very focused on the hops, with mostly herbal and spicy flavors. Some light grapefruit, lemon and berry. The malts are pretty light and soft. The finish is very bitter without much lingering flavor.

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

Overall: Very bitter IPA without enough flavor or aroma to back it up. It seems that Yakima is not a ideal candidate for a single hop beer.

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Photo of popery
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lighter shade of amber-gold, quite clear. The head is thick and yellowed white. I'm excited to report that there's moderate lacing and decent head retention. Such excitement. Anywho, the aroma has more caramel-sweet malt than expected. Bit disappointing to get crystal malt upfront on a hop-focused IPA but it's pleasant enough, which I assume is the point. The hop aromas are a touch ho-hum. I'm getting a good dose of grass, some peppercorn spice, a little bit of lemon and pine, mixed berries, hay, juniper. It's alright, just not terribly exciting and not very strong. Even though I'm not loving the hop notes, I wish it was amped up. The lightly caramel and dough sweet malt isn't exactly wowing me. The taste has a bit more hop presence, but I'd still prefer more. The malt keeps things pleasant enough, though the hop spice does give the beer a little tingle. Moderately dry. Moderately bitter. Moderately interesting. The finish could be cleaned up some. A little much grain flavor lingers for my taste. Very grassy hop flavor throughout. Wish the berry flavor came through more, but it's pretty mild in the taste. Pleasant enough and easy enough to drink. Mouthfeel is a touch prickly from the hops, but it's a pretty gentle IPA, really. Normal carbonation, just in case you were wondering if SN started a Méthode Champenoise program without telling anyone. Due to random happenstance, I've had this beer twice previously on tap - random SF bars seem to have received kegs for their SN seasonal/special tap - and I was really hoping it would be a bit better out of a bottle. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. Still, it's not bad. I just wish that it was a bit more refined, a bit more interesting, a bit more tasty, etc. This is one of the weaker new beers that I've had from SN in awhile.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden/amber colored beer with a thick one finger head.

The beer has a nice piney hop aroma with no other perceptible hop presence.

Taste has an immediate bitterness upfront that is rather sharp. The malt level is not overly evident.

Mouthfeel is well paired with the piney hops, having a relatively high level of carbonation.

Overall, this is decent beer, but seems to be a bit too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear gold with a thick white head.

S- Pretty mellow. Mostly just some faint hops.

T- Also pretty mellow. Yakima hops aren't exactly the headiest hops apparently.

M- It is a tad slick on the tongue, medium body with decent carbonation.

O- I love that Sierra Nevada is always doing something different and pump out tons of limited specialty beers. I'm excited for the rest in the series, but this one is just ok.

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Photo of JayQue
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A so-so beer. Looks good. Pours a fairly clear dark gold color with a big frothy white head and good lacing. Head retention is pretty good.

Nose is weak, a little floral hops and thats it.

Taste is pleasant enough but very mild. A little floral hops, sort of ok bitterness and not much else.

Mouthfeel is rich enough but lacks a good hops bite.

I have had better SN hoppy beers. looks like Yakima #291 is not a hop that can carry the show in a single-hop IPA.

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Photo of hops202
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber Poured into Dogfish Spiegelau glass.

After a big hype I was thoroughly let down by this beer. Appearence is OK. Smell is lacking. Taste is certainly sub par and leaves plenty to be desired. Not too much else to say. Thankfully it wasn't super pricey or there would be problems.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 8pz
IME snifter

A: Clear piss yellow. Bright white head. Frothy lacing. Sticks to glass.

S: Definitely a strange nose. Melon like almost.

T: Light bitterness on tip of the tongue. Grainy. Cereal like. Hops definitely giving off some berry notes. Dry finish. Light bitterness.

M: Lighter side of medium.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light orange/pale with frothy head that lingers a bit.

S: Grainy malt sweetness kinda smells like a Helles to me. Floral and herbal notes, citrus, and light berry. Nothing too prominent.

T: Herbal and spicy flavors. Some pine and blueberry. The malts are pretty light and soft. Again reminds me of a Helles but more bitter.

F: Medium, dry, crisp, and easy to drink.

O: Decently bitter and more on the malty side on the aroma and flavor. Not too hoppy besides the light bitterness. Cant really get any real characteristics of this new hop breed.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was more intrigued about this beer with the hop being used ( Yakima #291 Hops ). I felt like it was some secret ingredient.
It pours like a light lager. Not much in color and with a small white head, which disappeared very quickly.
There was a big nose in terms of pine, resin, grapefruit, citrus, all what you expect from a hoppy IPA. But yet there was something more.

The taste was clean and crsip, not nearly as hoppy as the nose had shown. It really wasnt big or full, but on the aftertaste, there was a taste that I had a hard time to identify.
I dont know if it came from the type of hop being used.

Overall, a lighter fare

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Bright hazy orange. Big white head. Thick collar and beautiful lacing. Never really dissipates.

Smell - Bready malts. It is genuinely peppery, as the label states. Floral and a little tropical. Some grassy notes.

Taste - Tropical fruit hops. Toasty malt. Grassy bitterness and a peppery finish. Non-standard flavors for an IPA, but it's nice.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Bready with a bit of sweetness, but drinks easily. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Got better as it warmed and I ended up really enjoy in it.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As a lover of Sierra Nevada I try just about any of their product I can find. This has been one of my least favorites. This is my first single hopped beer with the Yakima hop. It pours a golden orange with a light cream head. Smell is a little weak, a little fruity/citrus. I don't know if my palate isn't developed enough but it just kinda shocks my taste buds. I feel like the after taste is better then the initial drink. Overall it's good but nothing that blows me away.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a super strong smell to it, but i get mostly lemon-citrus a lil orange, and maybe lime. The taste actually reminds me quite a bit of the lemon bits in Fruity Pebbles or Froot Loops. A tiny hint of marijuana, and pretty bitter. It needs to be noted the my girlfriend actually really likes this and she generally dislikes pretty much every IPA.

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Photo of Growlerguzzler
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a nice IPA glass. Nice color and sticky lacing.

Aroma was hard to pick up at first, I let it get a bit too cold.

Typical Sierra Nevada bitterness (not necessarily a bad thing) peppery, one dimensional and reminded me, as oddly as this sounds, like my memory of what beer tasted like when I would sneak a sip from my dads Budweiser. It was really hard to get a good profile for the taste of this beer.

Once this beer warmed up, it opened up quite a bit. More fruit in the aroma and taste- maybe cherry?

Overall, I liked it but found it hard to 'get' . I think I'll give it a second go, maybe letting it warm up more before trying it to see how it hits me. For under $5 for the bomber, it's worth another taste.

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Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear gold with a thick creamy white head. Good retention leads to big sticky lacing on the glass

S- moderate citrus notes (grapefruit)

T- the characteristics of the single hop used comes through and it becomes clear why most places use more than one variety. It has a sharp flavor reminiscent of grapefruit and seems to be lacking in the malt depth I would hope for with such a powerful bittering hops.

M- a little thinner feeling (not watery) and not as resinous as is typical of American IPAs

O- it's not terrible and its interesting in providing a single flavor profile but unless you really like Yakima hops, it's a little bit more "one note" than I'd prefer.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

You can definitely tell that this beer was hopped differently than your run of the mill brews. Wet hops give this beer a different character. That being said, it's a bit disappointing. It tastes like a hybrid pilsner/IPA, and notice I put pilsner first. It's sort of like a pilsner with the bitterness of an IPA. If you were looking for a pilsner you might be impressed, I'm not.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Not much on the nose of note. Flavor is okay. Decent hop character with a somewhat earthy overall thing. Mild resin. Mild pine. I have to say that it's not really giving me a lot to work with. Kind of limp and uninspiring. A bit of an annoying tang. This beer is merely okay. Not sure if it's the hops or the blueprints for making the beer. Either way, I would hope for a good bit more out of this one.

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