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
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
633
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral and citrus tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, floral hops, some earthy tones, orange, and a moderate bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: a very easy to quaff beer. Simple yet satisfying. Worthy of a try.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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