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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 arizcards
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 24 oz bottle today from Total Wine for $5.99. Bottled on 2/4/14; best before 100 days.

Beer poured golden with a nice fluffy head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of bready malts and faint floral hops.

Taste is liquid bread initially but the bitter peppery resiny hop overtakes the malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, decently carbonated, and fairly smooth.

Overall i like the liquid bread characteristic of this brew the best. The hop variety used does the job bittering wise but does not lend any special characteristics.

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Photo of far333
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden honey colored with a thick beige head of dimpled foam that lingers long. Low aroma of floral hops and berries.

Flavors of hard-edged citrus upfront, some orange rind pith, with notes of honey, vanilla, fresh flowers and berries. The hops are a little rough, and I'm not sure the accompanying flavor notes complement well.

Even mouthfeel, moderately full, finishes tingly.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of DeFaz
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This pours a cloudy straw color--definitely lighter than your average ipa. Lacing is very nice. The smell has some grain, bread, and pine, suggesting that there's going to be some malt balance here. As others have said, the taste really is earthy with that bread coming through too, and this really is more malty than I expected, but I do like the balance, although I was looking for more of a hop bomb. Anyway, this is a good IPA and definitely an unusual one. It's very drinkable, going down nice and easy, but it didn't have the hoppiness that I was looking for.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle dated 2/4/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a two-finger head
S: Somewhat light but a balance of grapefruit, earth and malt
T: Earthy, a bit of a hop bite, a bit of malt but lacks any distinct notes. Just has a generic IPA flavor
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, pleasant carbonation
O: Not a bad brew and I always enjoy trying unique components but in this case I think the normal blend of hops adds complexities this particular bottling is missing

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, fluffy dense head. Raw hop aromas of leaves and earth, flowers, citrus, and blueberries,. Not a fruity beer, but rather evokes memories of Redwood forests of Northern California. On the palate, ginger-bread like malt sweetness with just a touch of bitterness. Light-medium body. Beautiful balance, very drinkable. Good level of carbonation provides a very silky mouthfeel. I like this beer very much. Not sure why people are rating this so low; perhaps because they prefer a more tropical or generous profile. I think this is a great example of a Norcal IPA, perhaps a bit rustic, but crisp, complex, and wonderfully rounded.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint. Pours a dull, orange-gold with a semi-translucent clarity and a fluffy, 1.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a half inch, rocky cap. Thick, textured clusters of lacing adhere to the shoulders during the tasting. Nose is very subtle - some citrus and floral/piney notes, but nothing really stands out. Taste is a bit dull - earthly/herbal/piney, but lacking any brightness or dominant flavors. I also get a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, not a bad IPA, but as a single-hop showcasing a varietal, it's a bit lacking.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau glass, First of 2014.

Insane looker. Deep faint bronze and shimmering orange crystal clear gold. Head forms with with white four finger thickness, and a giant retention cap that will not quit. Island clumps and a giant rising mountain in the middle that peaks with every top up of a pour. Perfect amount of slow rising and minimal carbonation. Yup, looks like a great IPA.

Interesting hop angle. Noticeable woody sense, and green garden quality, but a definite mix of fruit and hinting towards tropical notes of orange. Slightly mushy fruit as well., matching with some bready malts and white toast. Just great smelling.

Palate is an IPA fun blast but gives some other hints of flavor. Pine aftertaste and a real crackling biscuit dry quality emphasized by the hop blast. Lots of dry pine earth in the mid palate for first sip, with some good juiced tropics to match. Spicy. Crisp. Strangely orange and mint in the aftertaste, almost cough drop menthol. Palate hints at almost light crisp body towards pilsner crackling quality, which is fun with this style in contrast.

Overall a real fun blast and this hop varietal just seems all over the place. This is one heck of a tiger to wrestle and tame, but it sure makes for a great drinking experience.

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Photo of mttaylor1066
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Something between a session ale and an American IPA. A pleasant beer that is not one thing nor the other.

Pours a clear orange with a persistent fine-foamed head. Beautiful.

A light, pleasant hop nose. Maybe too benign for my taste. Might be welcoming on a warm day.

The taste has some bite to it that quickly fades to a lighter bitterness. The carbonation is very fine and champagne-like. There isn't anything strong in this beer, which gives it a slightly watery feeling.

The mouthfeel is great despite the dryness on the finish.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store. Poured into my Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange. HUGE seafoam head erupts, like a volcano, 5 inches or so. This head sticks around until the bottom of the glass, crazy. Sheets of lacing cover the glass, some of the most comprehensive lacing I've ever seen in a beer.

The aroma contains blueberry, grape, pine, and grass.

The great blueberry aroma translates to the flavor, but not quite as strongly. The flavor is stronger on pine, grass, and other earthy flavors. Definitely feels like a dirty IPA, rather than a crisp clean one, due to the hops used. Slightly catty flavors as well, with some mild pine, black pepper, and orange as well. Between the grass, pine, and pepper flavors, this tastes like it's spiced with something, but it's clearly not, much like Celebration. Sierra Nevada knows how to wring some cool flavors out of hops.

Medium body, somewhat dry finish. Well carbonated. Fairly drinkable.

A great IPA from Sierra Nevada, but could be a little cleaner. A lot of "dirty" flavors that would be great if they were reigned in a little bit.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Quite a tall head that has to melt for a long time before I can get a sip out of the tall glass. The foam does have a nice hoppy taste. Full of aromatics with a deep spiciness.

Some substance to the body. Starts out quite sweet at each sip. An unusual fruitiness that makes me think of blackberries with the bitter scrape of their seeds. I think this hop would be excellent if used sparingly in something like a Pilsner or an Amber. Here it is both sweetly flowery and alarmingly bitter at the finish. This is deeply and astoundingly bitter to my taste, but it may be a life-changer for the really twisted hop pervert.

Label says this is the first in the five 2014 fresh hop beers. From the 24 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of fresh floral hops, berries, some citrus and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice floral hops, slight citrus, some berries, light peppr and some bready/toasty malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into SN IPA glass.
Yakima. 020414
Nice pleasant soft spice, light fruit, fresh, a little grass, but overall very pleasant aroma. Later a bit of a roasted/cooked aroma to the hops. Like browned in a good way.
Huge head and very clear body. Golden amber.
More grassy in the flavor, but a nice mix of grass type flavors. Good solid streak of bitterness mid and finish that fades nicely into the memory. Malt sweetness has been kept down and the malt profile overall is background and blends nicely.
Lighter body and amply carbonated.
Good and solid. As for the hops the aroma is pleasant and the bitterness is nice. The shortness is in the flavor. Good way to learn about different hops.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a clear gold with a thick white head.

S- Pretty mellow. Mostly just some faint hops.

T- Also pretty mellow. Yakima hops aren't exactly the headiest hops apparently.

M- It is a tad slick on the tongue, medium body with decent carbonation.

O- I love that Sierra Nevada is always doing something different and pump out tons of limited specialty beers. I'm excited for the rest in the series, but this one is just ok.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: golden orange body, finger head, solid lacing

S: mild orange, lemon peel, light malt, hay

T: mild citrus hops, biscuit/straw malt, mild honey, hint of
ripe berries, mild grassy/pine bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, sticky/oily mouth

O: Nice SN on-tap offering. Chosen upon
recommendation from Tallgrass Brewery beer rep.
SN is quite solid. Respect + enjoy breweries who
expand horizons/take challenges.


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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly chill hazed and a nice orange with a half finger of white foam.

Nice berry aroma with citrusy orange and grapefruit notes with a slight lemony note.

Orange, lemon, grassy, kind of falls off in flavor.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, piney, slightly resinous.

Overall, with how pleased I've been with others in the Single Hop series this was definitely not up to par.

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Photo of lsummers
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep gold with a hint of orange. Appealing overall.

Smell is interesting. Fresh cut hay with slight tropical notes. There's a doughnut like sweetness there.

Taste has some very unique dark berry note, something like a gooseberry jam. Bitter hops are very apparent but doesn't take over. Lots of malty sweetness akin to something of a biscuit with honey.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thicker than your average ipa. I feel like a more viscous feel helps pull out those unique hop, sweet biscuit and jam notes.

Overall a solid try if you can. If this were to be released year round I would ask that the smell be a better rep of the taste.

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Photo of DrStiffington
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Excited to try this one on "new beer Sunday" while watching college basketball. Beautiful pour. Lots of thick, creamy white foam on top. Not much to the smell. I get a little dank, earthy grass smell. Taste is nice. Kind of fruity, grassy, herbal, not overpowering, but crisp. Mouthfeel standard for an IPA. Not too thick or thin. Overall a tasty IPA. I'll try each one in their series. I love that Sierra Nevada is constantly making new brews in addition to their usual solid lineup.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't do the full review as I didn't take any notes when I split a bomber with my father-in-law this afternoon. Poured a dark golden color with a long lasting, tall, white head. Lots of lacing on the glasses on the drink down. The aroma was faintly citrus, riding on the strong hops. What can I say about the taste? Powerful hop in a complex melange with light citrus and floral notes. Substantial mouth-feel, medium body. This is a serious IPA for the serious beer-lover.

My FIA mainly drinks BMC products, but at Christmas he discovered a craft he really enjoyed and actually purchased on multiple occasions, Leinie Hoppin' Helles. Not a top rated brew, but a move in the right direction, none-the-less. I'd tried to convert him in the past with dark ales and the like, but I think I've found the key with IPAs and the like. I shall make him one of us yet!

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

Golden yellow in color with an amber hue and a slight haze. Poured with a thick, billowy white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Earthy herbal and floral aroma with biscuity malt notes at the end. Smooth, delicate, creamy feel, that leans to the fuller bodied side with its rich carbonation. Floral and pine hop flavors up front that slowly intensify through the middle. Floral flavors transitioned to spicy flavors and pine hop bitterness that intensifiedo from the middle to the finish. Finished with a heavy, lingering, earthy floral and pine hop bitterness. Pilsner-like hop character ...although intense for a pilsner...very interesting aroms, feel, and favor.

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear pale copper color w/ a nicy frothy white head.

Aroma is clean citrus and pine hops with an underlying sweetness.

Taste is pale biscuity malt and spicy, citrusy hops. Juicy and tropical. Nice sharp bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean, classic Sierra Nevada balance and clarity.

Overall a tasty IPA that features the profile of this unique hop variety.

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Photo of DavidBart
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

You can definitely tell that this beer was hopped differently than your run of the mill brews. Wet hops give this beer a different character. That being said, it's a bit disappointing. It tastes like a hybrid pilsner/IPA, and notice I put pilsner first. It's sort of like a pilsner with the bitterness of an IPA. If you were looking for a pilsner you might be impressed, I'm not.

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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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Photo of Auraan
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous semi-cloudy golden amber color with a one finger white head that receded slowly and left abundant lacing. Small bubbles of carbonation rose up the mug. Quite appealing to look at, like a good ale should look. Scents of light breadiness, grassy hops, peach, blueberry, and light citrus and slight malt sweetness. A very good, fresh, and fruity aroma profile, with a bit of malt and bread to balance it. Very crisp and inviting, though quite light in aroma compared to other hop varities. I still like the fruity and grassy aromas of these Yakima #291 hops and hop that they stick around. Flavor begins with fruity flavors of fresh blueberry, malty sweetness, faint hints of black pepper in the background, moves into some citrus, slight pine resin and more abundant floral hop flavors alongside some further blueberry and caramel malt alongside more pepper in the middle and finish. Also some biscuit malt in the middle and finish, carrying into the aftertaste. Aftertaste also includes floral hop bitterness. Melon-like flavors also appear as it warms. While filled with good herbal, fruity and peppery hop flavors the overall level of hop bitterness is moderate and doesn't overpower the malt backbone. It is balanced and quite easy to drink with an intriguing and well done hop flavor profile courtesy of the #291 hops. I look forward to seeing these in more IPAs if this is what they add to the flavor. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with low carbonation and a good resinous mouthfeel. A good, easily drinkable IPA mouthfeel, if not revolutionary. Overall this is an excellent IPA with a great unique aroma and flavor profile courtesy of a new variety of hops. The mouthfeel wasn't as different from other IPAs, but it was true to style and compliments the other aspects. It was unique from many of the other IPAs I've tried as a result and I recommend trying it if you can.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-03-21 and 2014-12-06 in Columbia, PA

A - Mostly-clear, light gold with a 2.5-finger white head that sticks around and leaves very nice lace.

S - Mild rising bread, light orange, peach, blueberry, light malt. Nice but subdued.

T - Very nice, new flavor from the single hop that is a bit hard to categorize. It's got some blueberry, orange flesh, melon pith, quite a bit of pepper and light-moderate biscuit malt. Finishes dry, spicy, astringent and bitter.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Not as thick as the other Harvest brews but certainly not watery. More prickle than the Northern Harvest.

O - Doesn't attain the lofty heights that Northern Hemisphere Harvest hits for me. This beer is quite different from Northern or Southern, aside from the different hop profile, it is less malty/caramel sweet. I like it but don't need a case of it.

Notes: When I had another glass 8 months later from the same, 2014 Spring batch; it still tasted quite good. The hops had mellowed and more of the fruit flavors were present. I also like it with some age on it.

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