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
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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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Ratings: 634 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Srecko
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently in Totowa, hoping that this would be as good as other Sierra Nevada beers that I love but just different enough that I didn't feel that I was buying the same thing in a different bottle. That's exactly what this turned out to be, as it was enjoyable enough to drink quickly but distinctive at the same time, and good enough to wonder if I'd ever have another beer with as strong a pepper presence!

Good golden pour to this, with a fairly robust head that didn't last long and a good amount of lacing to match. The appearance was a bit thinner and not as waxy as Sierra Nevada's other offerings. Some black pepper in the nose and a lot of blueberry juice in the taste. That led to a thin mouthfeel but there was a good amount of carbonation to keep this lively and not too spicy. The hops were earthy but not metallic or too strong in the citrus department, with just some orange and floral notes underneath the main flavors.

Booze? It was somewhere here too but you wouldn't know it after downing this whole bottle. Even though I split it with a friend, it would have been easy to open up another and enjoy it. Props to Sierra Nevada to going outside of their comfort zone a bit on this and the fruit balanced out the zing in this beer pretty nicely. Toss in a mild, West Coast Hoppiness and the result was a beer making me wonder what other big bottles will be available down the road from these guys.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale, goldish amber color with a thick cap of white foam that tops out above the glass, but retains its shape and hangs around for a long time eventually leaving a thick coat of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Slightly mild hop aroma - lower level than I expected, a bit spicy, a bit skunky, lightly herbal, fruity and floral...lots of hoppy stuff going on here. Label mentions black pepper from the hops and it certainly delivers that too becoming one of the more potent aromas in the beer. Label also mentions blueberries, which I don't get directly (and probably wouldn't at all if I wasn't looking for it) but get what I would call wild blueberry honey-like in aroma - very mild. Mildly sweet, subtle base malt presence.

T - A bit earthy up front with a mid-level bitterness that comes across much stronger than the aroma would indicate - starts clean and moves to a bit over-sharp and harsh at the finish with a lingering medicine character. Hop flavors are muted behind the bitterness a fair amount with complexity level and nuancing suffering from this. Floral, spicy, a touch fruity.

M - Lightish, medium body with a finely bubbled prickly carbonation, a touch of yeastiness, pretty dry with only hints of malt sweetness. Sharply bitter finish. As it warms, the blueberry-ish character comes thru a bit more on the inhale/exhale than truly coming thru in the liquid itself.

O - Solid IPA with some interesting hop aromas and some subtle hop flavoring/aroma including blueberry, which is a new one for me from hops. This gives an overall fruity and estery impression offset slightly negatively by a rather harsh bitterness. I love bitter IPA's but some of these hop varieties come across as a slap to the palate that is a bit undesirable to me - perhaps they are just lacking complementary hop flavors to give a pleasant bitter impression. Solid and interesting, but a bit of a hit and miss for me.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rob4719
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i don't usually like single hop IPA's but this one is fantastic. the aroma is amazing, full of grapefruit notes and this 291 hop is certainly destined for bigger and better things. i can't wait to try the full series of these single hop ipa's from sierra nevada, once again, the standard bearer comes through with flying colors.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

02-04-14 package date, #291 Yakima

A: hazy dirty yellow, with some pattern surface head, and medium edge head that leaves significant lacing.
S: funky smell, the most recognizable scent being grapefruit. As the nose fades with the beer warming, I can maybe note the blueberry the label mentions, but it may be the power of suggestion.
T/M: the opening is dry with a light brown sugar sweetness underneath a bitterness that resembles the nose. I get blueberry hints more in the taste as the beer comes to temp, mixed with undetermined herbal notes. The ending envelops the mouth with a grassy dryness that tingles and fades into a lingering taste similar to the opening notes.
O: a little strange in taste, but the play on the tongue is quite interesting. I'm not sure I completely enjoy the flavors, but they aren't off-putting and are different enough to me to rate it worthy of another try should I have the chance.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow gold body, hazy with bright center, steady carbonation streams, topped by five fingers of pure white big bubbly foam. Drippy lace coats the glass.

Big inviting aroma of fresh flowers.

Rich semi-sweet malty beginning. Fresh flowery hops, spring has arrived ( finally!). Mildly bitter, with a gentle rise.

Light smooth mouthfeel.

No surprise, a damn tasty fresh hop from Sierra Nevada. Seek it out.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle. Pours a translucent yellowish amber color with an inch of frothy, thick head. Tons of lacing. The aroma is floral, piney, herbal and spicy hops with some light blueberry hints. The taste is piney and spicy hops upfront followed by the floral notes. More hints of blueberry, very interesting. Floral, spicy bitterness at the finish with some lightly toasted malts. Light bitterness throughout. Slightly oily mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. This is a really interesting hop that I wouldn't mind seeing paired with some others. The blueberry notes are something I don't think I've experienced before from hops. Overall, pretty floral IPA that I'd look for again.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale amber nearly golden in color with a good one finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is really nice. There are some really great fruity aromas forward. Lots of stone fruit upfront slight with some vibrant orang be atoma that work really nicely together. Some very faint herbal grassy hop aromas near the end.

Taste is great follows the nose with some fresh bright orange and Herbal hop aromas with tons of hop oils and resin. Bitterness is mild and let the hops shine. More orange hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light to medium body with lots of crisp oils and mild bitterness. Highly drinkable and very refreshing.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

24oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged 02/04/14.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a dense white head sitting on top. As the head slowly dissipates it leaves loads of lacing on the sides of the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Nice fruity hop aroma on this one that really focuses on the blueberry characteristic. Very impressive they got that much berry aroma from simply the hops. Sweet malt backbone brings up the backend.

T: Solid IPA with loads of hop flavor, a great bitterness and decent malt backing. Starts off with that blueberry fruitiness that was found in the the aroma which is by no means fake or imitation tasting. Bitterness takes the middle of the mix before a bit of sweet malts rounds out the flavor profile.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Hops give it a bit of dryness that compliments the crisp finish. Alcohol is well hidden in the bitterness.

Overall really digging the Yakima #291 hop with its intense blueberry profile. A very interesting addition that makes for a fantastic IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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