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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 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 jellikit
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange. Clear. Medium head. Nice head.
S: Mango. Floral. Bubble gum.
T: Hoppy. Pine. Citrus. Bitter. But not unbearable. Goes away.
M: Sort of light. Dry'ish. Medium carbonation.
O: Another great beer by Sierra Nevada. Hop up front, midway, and at the end.

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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 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 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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Photo of gillagorilla
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (02704714)

A: A nice frothy head that was about 2 fingers high. Copper-tinged straw colored body that is hazy/cloudy. Decent lacing with just a bit of a lingering head.

S: Light and floral. (Sadly, I have a stuffy nose though, but there isn't too much here). Notes of peppercorn and blueberry honey.

T: Light body with a decent amount of piney hops. Not very complex, just an easy drinking IPA that is easy drinking and just a good amount of hops.

M: Nice level of carbonation that is slightly crisp. Nice bubbly effervescence that washes over your tongue.

O: I really wish their seasonal IPAs (Hemisphere series) in the big bottles would be put into 12 oz. bottles like Flying Dog does for their single hop series. At least it is cheap though.

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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 JednoPivoProsim
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. into a pint glass. PKGD 02/04/14. 2014 Harvest Single Hop IPA.

Appearance: Pours a robust pale orange body with a thick off white head.

Smell: Orange citrus and sweet candy. Smells nice, bright and juicy.

Taste: Strong peppery hop flavor. Very bitter upfront and throughout the aftertaste. Based upon the aroma, I expected this to be more fruity/citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light yet full bodied. If anything, a little thin compared to a standard Sierra Nevada IPA.

Overall: Unfortunately, very one-dimensional. Not the best showcase hop for a single hop IPA. Classic Sierra Nevada bitterness, but not a ton of flavor.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear yellow, nice carbonation, one finger sticky white head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Good deal of malt, wheat. Some lemon and citrus, floral.

T-Starts sweet with citrus and floral. Slight berry notes, nice bitterness and balance.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, some hop resins, velvety.

O-Interesting berry flavor, a good IPA, not as good as SN other harvest IPAs.

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Photo of McStagger
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Over aggressive pour gave me three fingers of white head. Beer itself is orange. Slightly hazy. Carbonation is moderate, with a constant stream of bubbles forming the head. Retention is moderate, lacing is stellar.

S: Malt is there, fairly grainy. Some breadiness, almost dough like. Hops component is peppery, as stated on the bottle. Very distinct. Not getting the blueberry that's also mentioned. Floral, lively. Almost like rose water. Not really juicy or citrusy.

T: Fruit comes out more in the taste. Big burst of pineapple up front. Mid palate brings on the berry flavor and this is almost immediately taken over by the peppery aspects of the beer. It never quite reaches spicy, but this beer definitely has the pepper notes. Finish is mostly dry, with the floral and pepper notes producing a slightly unpleasent sensation.

M: Fairly light for Sierra Nevada. Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate, but the tongue still prickles from the peppery notes found in this beer.

O: Very unique IPA. This hop has potential. Would pair wonderfully with a charbroiled steak.

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Photo of oberon
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 Zraly
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Light orange with a two finger head into a DFH snifter. Mild citrusy hop aroma.

Firm malt backbone layered with floral hop notes. The middle is fruity and a bit juicy, lending well to the semi-dry finish. Finish is black pepper, as indicated on the label. Blueberries are also mentioned but I do not discern that specifically; the fruitiness is general to me. Clean and crisp. Medium-bodied.

Solid IPA from one of the pioneers. As always, consistent and tasty. Good for early spring.

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Photo of Rope
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A burnished gold, fluffy white head, and a little hazy.

A slight sweetness, and the malt comes through with almost a lager tone.

I can see why the label mentions blueberries, it starts there and it gets a little spicy making way to a floral bitterness that is reminiscent of Stone IPA. I swear that is a lager taste in the background, which neither adds nor detracts.

Light and crispy.

A fun entry, especially to distinguish different hop flavor profiles. The first of five apparently, so I look forward to the rest.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color, quarter inch of white foam sticks around; glass covered with it all the way down. Smell: floral, berry, lemon zest, light white grape + nectarine. Taste: citrus peel, grassy, peppery, with sweet, mildly fruity back. Usual SN excellence with the feel. Interesting.

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

yakima #29

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy, off-white, bubbly head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a bright golden color.
s - floral hop aromas.
t - floral at first but become spicier in the finish.
m - medium and clean.
o - one of the better single hop IPAs i've had. looking forward to the rest of this series.

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Photo of J_Dub
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was yellow with a bit of orange. Thick white head with lots of lacing.

The smell was the strongest part for me. Hops. Floral and pine notes from the hops dominate. A bit of malt and some citrus aromas as well.

The taste was a bit of a letdown after the smell. Hops of course again but they are a bit of a letdown. Grapefruit. Some pine. A lot of bitterness. The taste falls flat very quickly and it leaves me with an unsatisfying end.

Mouthfeel was standard for this style of brew.

A bit of a letdown overall but still good. All of the flavors are excellent but I wish they persisted longer.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date: 4/3/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pours amber to orange in color with a fluffy white head. The carbonation is solid and clings to the glass with every sip. Nearly no viscosity.
Aromatics: A mild aroma to the beer that is floral hop. There are some mild sweet to bready yeasts.
Flavor: A lot of floral notes the beer seems to get more spicy as it warms. It's very sweet all the way through. A very enjoyable beer
Mouthfeel: Smooth, very little resin in the beer finishes with a little spice on the tongue.
Notes: Bottled 2/4/14

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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 VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep orange color. Relatively clear in body. A well formed head. Looks like most any Sierra Nevada brew - great.

S-Moderate aromatic intensity. Semi-sweet hoppiness that is floral and citrusy. A fruity, yeasty scent as well.

T-A bit too sweet for my liking. The hops actually display some sweet characteristics. Fruity, yeast esters. Caramel. Finishes with a reinvigorated, herbal and floral hoppiness.

M-Medium body and carbonation. Lighter bitterness. Drinks pretty easily.

O/D-Good and somewhat unique.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24oz. Bottled 2/4/14 consumed 3/15/14, time to review.

I could smell the hops as soon as I pulled the cap off this Single hop offering from Sierra Nevada.
Really nice golden/orange color, great head as I pour into a 13oz tulip. The big head took about 3.5 minutes to settle, cant wait to taste!

Pretty balanced taste, not the usual West coast hop imbalance I really love. Second drink and Im enjoying the balance a little more, some pine coming through, really pickin up some pepper?

Good carbonation, minimal hop resin left in mouth.

I'd give this an 88.5 if I could. Very good effort by Sierra with this and remember; freshness matters so drink sooner than later.

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear yellow gold color with a huge foamy 2 finger white head that was full of small bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving craters as it dissipated and outstanding thick foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down – textbook IPA look and one of the best looking pours I’ve seen from Sierra Nevada…very well done.

Smells like lemon zest, floral hops, citrus, grapes, light caramel and grains. The lemon and citrus hop notes seem to be the strongest aroma’s, but this is softer smelling than I expected for a fresh hop brew from Sierra Nevada.

Tastes much like the nose, but more malt and grains and more bitterness; flavor is a mix of citrus, lemon, floral hops, grapes, honey, light caramel, faint fruity candy like Skittles, herbs, dry biscuit, hay, lightly roasted grains, pepper and other mild spices like coriander. Trails off with some piney notes and a bready sweetness that is almost dry, and finished like the Sorachi Ace hop essence.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light to average carbonation, a light body that’s like a lite beer and a slightly bitter but sweet and tasty finish that is clean with citrus and graham cracker. Complex and yet simple at the same time with a very smooth drinkability, this is easy to put down.

Overall this was a solid beer with good flavor, and one I would consider a session beer as it was very easy to drink and quite light and refreshing. I do have mixed feelings on this brew as I was a little disappointed in the one dimensional flavor and lack of hop punch, but perhaps that is the Yakima # 291 being a soft and timid hop; while I wish it had more of a hop blast, I did really enjoy how smooth and clean it drank and how great it looked after every pour from the bomber so I’ll recommend trying this as it was good.

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Photo of Pahn
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

24oz bottle into a red wine glas.

Appearance: Clear amber. Fluffy white head with great retention. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Earthy and musty, with a definite note of black pepper. Slight pine and white bread. Intoxicatingly complex, moreso than the flavor.

Taste: Very interesting... Soft feel up front, with a very malty, white-bready undercurrent throughout. Segues to a punch of bitterness that's punctured by lingering dank pungency through the dry finish. More refreshing than anything else.

There's subtlety, and complexity in the subtlety, but dominant flavor is the fresh bread malt backbone, sharp bitter/dry finish, and tinges of dankness. The more muted flavors are fruit up front (light strawberry flavor, definitely some other berry like notes, even blueberry), but so quiet that even if you hear them you may as well not have (if this metaphor makes sense).

Giving equal space to the undertones overstates their significance; on the whole this is a very straightforward, almost simplistic tasting beer. The flavors are good... maybe even great if the sun was beating down on me. But I want more from Sierra Nevada Harvest IPAs (and they usually give it).

Mouthfeel: Really great. Almost silky up front, or soft like a pillow. Big IPA slap, then very dry finish.

Overall: I'm liking these hints of black pepper, the overall emphasis on fresh malt, the (typically) spotlessly-clean fermentation of the yeast, and the insistent earthy pungency. As usual, a great mouthfeel makes a soso tasting beer an immediate winner for me as well.

Not blown away--in fact, I'm even disappointed in this beer. It's not that it isn't great: it *is* great. Not flawless (the subtler flavors are too subtle by orders of magnitude), but solidly great. I just feel teased when Sierra Nevada shows me an interesting hop and doesn't put on a "HERE are all the powerful flavors we can get out of hops!" show.

Final note, no points off for this, but the format of this beer is messed up. 24oz is a lot for a pompous taster like me who's staying in after a long day of work... but in the Summer, outdoors, 6packs of this would be very welcome.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 02/04/2014, about two months before the date of this tasting.

Pours a translucent gold, slightly hazy, with a head of fizzy white that fades fast. The nose is all hops, a lovely, complex blend of brisk black pepper, floral notes of fresh-cut grass and dandelion, and something sweeter – lemon pie and blueberry purée, mostly. The flavor and texture are soft and drinkable; that sharp bitterness of your typical west coast IPA is nowhere to be found. Instead, the palate is crisp, marked by a Noble-like hop flavor of zesty, rindy lemon, fleshy pineapple, and tart white grape and a backbone of fruity, wheat-forward grains. Finishes with a bright snap of dryness, with lingering fruit tastes like a light summertime ale. A beautiful showcase for Yakima 291, and a pleasure to drink on a warm spring day. Cheers!

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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 Apellonious
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from LilRobert's. Check it out if you are ever in Concord, NC, great place and beer selection.

a - ruby with golden highlights, one finger head

s - grapefruit, hops, pine. Fairly clear and crisp.

t -interestingly subdued, considering the smell. Some mild bitterness on the finish, with a hint of malts and bread.

m - moderate level of carbonation, very svelte.

O- High drinkability, not overly complex, but to me that is one of its strong points.

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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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