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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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 633
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 release. Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit tulip. The beer is very clear in appearance and sports a coppery gold color. It has a sturdy 2 inches of head that dies slowly and leaves nice clumpy white lacing. The nose is very floral, grassy, and cedary with notes of lavender, sage, and lemon rind.

The beer has a light body and a very clean flavor which follows the nose well. Cracker-like maltiness up front. Herbal, stony dry hop character which balances the malt with a quinine-and-juniper berry-like bitterness. Perhaps a little lemon rind. Very simple profile. Just a little graininess, flowery hops, and white pepper. The finish is also stony dry and leaves a lingering herbal character.

I'm very grateful to SN for releasing beers like this. While they may not be top-shelf IPAs from a flavor standpoint, they do make interesting "beer exercises" for fans of the style.

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Photo of wedge
4.08/5  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.

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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.83/5  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.

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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 fox227
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz bottle that I believe cost $5.99. Color was more yellow than orange with a great head, Sierra Nevada seems to usually nail carbonation. Aroma was hoppy lemons. Flavor was also lemony with a clean maltiness. Extremely easy to drink, I'll have to grab another soon.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz bottle into SN imperial pint glass. Bottled 02/04/14.

A: Pours a clear medium-gold with a thick, frothy and dense off-white head that took forever to slowly fade into a rocky film that left chunks of sticky lace down the glass. Solid head retention.
S: This beer smells like no other ipa I’ve had before because this hop is like no hop I’ve had before. The bottle description says blueberries and black pepper. I don’t know about the pepper, at least on the nose, but this beer sure does smell like blueberries. There is a leafy aspect to the hop as well, and I get grainy notes of malt poking through as well. A tad soapy smelling too.
T: Not as fruity as the nose. Flavors are leafy and earthy, with hints of kitchen soap, mint, lemon verbena, and a touch of the black pepper they were talking about. I get a bit of citrus pith on the backend, but it’s something flavored more like a kumquat than a grapefruit. Blueberry comes through in the finish, and the aftertaste is leafy, green and spicy. The grainy malt just barely lends of bready and slightly caramely flavors.
M: Medium body, fairly substantial citrus rind bitterness on the mouthfeel, low and splashy carbonation is soft and almost creamy.
O: Definitely a unique and interesting hop. Not a bad flavored beer overall, but I think this profile would do better in a hop blend. Pretty enjoyable though, cheers.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24oz to a specialty ipa glass, bottled 2/04/14

Pours a vibrant golden orange with two fingers of eggshell white foam. Pretty high carbonation stemming from the bottom of the glass. Retention is pretty good, as is the lacing

Smell is of course upfront hops- strongest is blueberry followed by resiny pine, grapefruit, and other citrus. Backbone composed of spicy caramel and bready malts, finishes with a little bit of alcohol

Taste is more or less with the nose- strong blueberry, followed snappy pine resins and grapefruit along with a touch of lemon and other citrus. Malt also translates well, spicy caramel malts finish with a touch of alcohol

Feel is a light/medium body with a bit of a wet finish. Moderate bitterness, alcohol concealed well. Easy to drink

Overall a pretty interesting and unique ipa, lots of berry notes. Pretty good, standard SN ipa

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