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

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, floral, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, berry, and floral flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with this new hop providing citrus, berry, and floral qualities all around.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

sierra nevada is a master of the hops, they do some of the most interesting and well made india pale ales out there, and this is no exception, although the experimental hop varietal shows some gaps in its profile and may perhaps not be the most viable, or certainly versatile, hop variety going, and may not proliferate particularly rapidly as a result of this brew, or it may, who knows. hazy pale copper color, dead sexy head on it rising above the rim of my wine glass and, bone white, and lasting the whole drink. a nose of distinctly pepper, black pepper, and a slight floral aromatic. the grain bill is sturdy enough for this to be a little filling, but the hops stay in front of it. on the taste, the hops bitter all the way through, and probably will be used in this role going forward if they make it into popular cultivation. the finish is pepper heavy again, with a decided freshness to it that makes it sing, but i don't love the flavor profile of it. the beer is near perfectly done, but the hops don't do anything for me really, not distinct enough, not high alpha enough, or just oddly mellow. maybe in other styles, but ipa does not seem to be the best platform to showcase them. i certainly am thankful to them for making it, allowing the masses to experience this hop, and making it affordable enough too (under 6 bucks a bottle), but lacking something is the varietal itself. still awesome beer worth drinking.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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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4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

24oz bottle, another snazzy grab by doktorzee for my northern drinking pleasure. Ah, experimental hops in a commercial release - gotta love 'em, gotta hate 'em.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some attractive snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-acrid piney and floral hops right up front, followed by a bit of underripe melon and citrus notes, crackery pale malt, biscuity toast, some musty wood, and a faint black pepper aerosol character. The taste is rather sharp biscuity pale malt, a touch of trampled caramel, more bitter piney, floral, and grassy hops, a dried orange, melon, and muddled black berry fruitiness, a high-palate spicy black pepper tingling, and a certain musty, random forest-floor 'greenness'.

The carbonation is average for the most part, and yet pretty tight and edgy when noticed, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit too bracing from the hop bitterness to be considered all that smooth, though a soft airy creaminess seems to burble up through the mire. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness punching a hole in the cloak of bitterness, and the tepid malt happy to hitch its wagon to it.

A pretty tasty and enjoyable offering, the well-rounded hoppiness surprising, coming as it does from a single varietal, but this is not exactly unheard of. I don't really get any truly specific blueberry essences as mentioned on the label, but the overall fruitiness does go a long way in balancing the hops' bitterness, rendering one pleasant and drinkable test tube of a west coast IPA.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the Yakima #291. It is the first in the series. I am guessing the name on BA will eventually be edited since they are going to have a series of these this year.

White head. Color is a clear gold. Leaves lace.

Flavor profile: Sticky, hop resiny goodness. It is very floral and a bit herbal. Has the blueberry flavor that the label suggests. It is fairly fruity and juicy.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and bitter. Medium bodied. Ends with a layer of hops left on the palate. This thing is really in your face.

Overall, I thought this was a fun beer to drink and enjoyable. I had no problem with the 24 oz bomber and could have had more. Definitely worth the $5. I highly recommend this one.

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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an impy nonic a muddled burnt orange color with a tightly formed sticky 1/2 finger shite head atop,good form to the head.Aromas are a bit lighter than expected with some floral and mild citric hops along with a dryer malt base.Flavors start out dry and almost nutty with the citrusy hops coming late and into the finish,the hops are not big but provide some citric life to the beer wich otherwise is pretty tame.Not bad but not for a hophead looking for something a little "more".

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This looks quite interesting, love to try the new experimental hops, even if they never live on. Bottled 2/04/14, slightly more than a month old.

Pours a quickly rising frothy semi thick creamy rich 1+ finger head that fades back at a med to slower pace, and lots of soapy lacing, crystal clear golden tan colored beer.

NOse is interesting, plenty of hops in there but really unique hop aroma, some resinous notes, little peppery hop, little grassy slight earthy, fairly floral with just a touch of pine and fruity note, and very light grapefruit rind. Hint of a malt underneath but barely.

Taste starts with more hops, interesting unique hops again, fairly floral with a hint of pine, but earthy just a touch of forest floor earth and pine, with a mild resin note as well. The hops bring a little fruity note, can't really label the fruit though, actually... late on the back end it's like blueberry... that's interesting, a little blueberry and green stem, as well as those mild peppery notes, and perhaps a touch of pear. Malts bring a little sweetness and little syrupy like note with hint of sweet malty flavor, and just a touch of crystal malt. Late the hops turn a bit spicy and chewy, finishing quite bitter and spicy, little more pine and earthy notes, little sticky malt as well but drier.

Mouth is med bod, lots of fluffy carbonation perhaps just a bit too much as it begins to get a little disctracting.

Overall an interesting beer for sure, the hops are quite unique with the fruity notes, blueberry, pear, pepper, etc, with that mild resin and pine notes, little earthy too. Malts bring just enough to keep the hops from getting too crazy bitter as they seem to try, nicely balanced, good all around beer as expected from SN.

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