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 ChimRichels
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear pale orange body, bubbly off-white head that retains well and leaves spotty lacing.

S - Definitely getting a bit of berry with a mix of resinous twang. Smells a lot like a certain blueberry strain of ganja... from what I've heard. Other than that, a bit grassy.

T - Much like the nose. More resinous than fruity. Little to no malt to back up the hops

M - Really thin, missing a lot of body

O - It tastes good and I suppose it does a good job of showcasing the hop, but it seems lacking as a beer overall.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of HopHead_44
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Have not tried a single hop Yakima ipa style before i was very excited but a little let down by this beer. bottle says complementary notes of blueberry and black pepper. i got a little blueberry but i found the Yakima hop to be a very light tasting hop. almost had a pilsner aftertaste. overall it was interesting and now i know what the Yakima hop tastes like on its own but i would not seek it out again. just to into DIPA right now i guess.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a huge fan of Sierra Nevada's harvest ales, so I picked this one up. Date on the bottle neck reads Feb 4th and I'm drinking on March 7th, so its pretty fresh. The recipe seems to be in line with their other hop harvest ales--an IPA with a nice malt backbone and a thick white head that ticks around. Light copper in color and clear.

Smell is the weak point of this one. I'm not getting a lot of hop aromatics out of it--some mild citrus/pine notes but that's about it.

Taste is where this one shines--it's a single hop, which can often be a problem, but this hop is interesting enough to carry the beer. I definitely pick up berries straight away--amost a fake grape/blueberry flavor as you'd find in candy. Its subtle enough that it isn't a flaw, though. Malt is in the back throughout--just enough caramel sweetness to give it heft, but it stays well out of the way of the beer. The beer finishes intensely bitter, but clean.

I'm giving this one a boost on the overall score because its a solid base beer and the hops are unique. I prefer the northern/southern hemisphere hop harvest, but this is a fine beer and worth visiting if you're a hop head.

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Photo of delta490
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a clear gold with a thick creamy white head. Good retention leads to big sticky lacing on the glass

S- moderate citrus notes (grapefruit)

T- the characteristics of the single hop used comes through and it becomes clear why most places use more than one variety. It has a sharp flavor reminiscent of grapefruit and seems to be lacking in the malt depth I would hope for with such a powerful bittering hops.

M- a little thinner feeling (not watery) and not as resinous as is typical of American IPAs

O- it's not terrible and its interesting in providing a single flavor profile but unless you really like Yakima hops, it's a little bit more "one note" than I'd prefer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A monster head on this gal, the pour creates a head like you get from a root beer float. It's light and foamy and surges beyond the rim of the glass. The liquid is pale golden with an intense upward surge of carbonation. It looks clean and transparent. I like.

Are there berries in this?! It's really fruity, like artificial blueberry, which I say not in a demeaning way, but just that it's more potent and sweet than any blueberry I've smelled. I also get earth and grassy hops and some pale malt sweetness. The smell is nice and subtle and doesn't suggest a hop punch is coming.

As I drink this, I'm really impressed by how mellow and smooth it is. The fruity, berry like aroma continues on the tongue, but it's tasteful, measured, and suggests something besides an IPA. I can see how the hop lovers might criticize this, but for me, it's a revelation. I can sip this at a barbecue or in the park, or out of a paper bag. It doesn't matter. It's so damn tasty.

The mart profile is also low-key, sweet and balanced, adding just a hint of breadiness and toastiness. Similarly, the malt gives the beer a light creaminess and body, without interrupting it's easy-drinking nature.

I'm impressed by this beer. I love it. I need more. I only hope they throw this in six packs and make it a year round. The Yakima #291 hops are a real gem and I look forward to seeing them showcased more in other beers.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a super strong smell to it, but i get mostly lemon-citrus a lil orange, and maybe lime. The taste actually reminds me quite a bit of the lemon bits in Fruity Pebbles or Froot Loops. A tiny hint of marijuana, and pretty bitter. It needs to be noted the my girlfriend actually really likes this and she generally dislikes pretty much every IPA.

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Photo of DMc8ride
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DaltonC
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of mikerieder
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tigerbeer90
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 2/13/14...Fresh

A: golden straw color with a 2" fluffy white head made of very small bubbles. The head dissipates after a couple minutes.

S: Wow, actually get a lot of blueberry up front with plenty of piney/resinous smothering this. After a few minutes, like the head, the blueberry smell starts to fade quite a bit.

T: Initially has the piney/resinous/dank taste of a typical west coast IPA, however on the back of the palate I do get a quite vivid blueberry taste. This ends very dry and begs for another sip.

M: Pretty typical mouthfeel. Well executed, nothing of note here.

O: Overall, this one ends up as a typical west coast IPA, but definitely a superbly crafted one. However, the blueberry notes were very interesting, and I really like what SN is trying to do with this. Bringing out a new hop strain in a single hop format is an excellent way to fully appreciate such an accomplishment. For the experimental experience and the price, it doesn't get much better.

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Photo of Roguer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful beer, with a two-finger flat white, firm head, with great retention. Brew is a clear golden amber color, with tons of carbonation up the center, and nearly transparent. Lacing is fairly thick and layered.

From the bottle, I got a hint of a skunky aroma, which is odd for a beer exactly one month old. Thankfully, that aroma isn't present out of the glass.

Floral and honey notes are strongest, with a dry, earthy hoppiness following. Slight dankness as well, and some biscuity malts.

Flavor is similar to what you might expect: biscuit and honey, malt-dominant, with some earthy and peppery hop notes. Lasting aftertaste. Not overly sweet, but overall more non-fruity sweetness and subtlety than you might expect in an IPA.

Pretty drinkable, a little sticky mouthfeel but otherwise fairly light. Lively without any sting. Glad they kept the ABV relatively low.

I like this! It's a different take on an IPA. The new hop really brings something different to the table in terms of flavor profile, while giving you a nice, classic floral aroma. That said, I think a bomber is probably too much of this specific flavor profile; I like it, but I don't love it.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The brewing world is coming around to the notion that less is more. The answer to captivating flavors are starting to shy away from "more malt", "more hops" and "more flavor additions" in favor of flavor simplification and easily understandable palate recognition. In this, Sierra Nevada's newest Harvest variation commits to the Yakima hop varietal.

As the ale pours like any well-made IPA would, its brazen gold body flirts with amber depths through its center. An abundance of bubble power its fluffy and regenerating cream-stained head. Its long retention and broken laces are all the tell-tale of an IPA done right.

Sharply piquant aromas from hops stand tall with tangy white grapefruit in truly Pacific Northwest attitude. With a backdrop of toasted barley and very light caramel or honey. But nothing stands in the way of those citrusy hops, which are also accompanied by lemon, shaved wood, under-ripened berries, and a peppery notion before first taste.

Its flavor is equally as tongue piercing as the beer's scant caramel and honey are no match for the hops. A glimmer of graham cracker teases the early palate, but the middle is all acute citrus, pine and pepper. Skipping over any finesse elements, the ale ushers in a quick finish with bitterness seemingly of white grapefruit rind, torn pine needles, peppercorn and herbal sassafras. The character of blackcurrant and ribes waft about as the beer warms and the palate acclimates to the hop onslaught.

Its body is light, crisp and mostly clean. The slightest of grain texture outlasts its malt sweetness and camouflages well behind the hop bitterness. Its late resinous bittering is throat gripping and reveals a moderate level of hop-derived astringency before exiting the palate refreshes and with echoes of pepper and wood.

The Yakima hop is a challenging taste all to itself. Though it has tremendous bittering power, it seems to lack the finesse needed for a smoother transition from early malt balance to its bracing bitterness to finish. Abrupt and bullyish, this Harvest ale is kind of a bull in a china shop. But its a very pretty bull and a very pretty shop.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MattTastrophee
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice marshmallow-y head with good lacing. Deep gold in color.

Smell: Very nice on the nose. Grapefruit and a little mint.

Taste: Big citrus and resin on my first sip. It's got a certain sweetness that I don't attribute to the malt, sort of a red grapefruit, plus a good amount of spiciness. Blueberry undertones are definitely detectable and enjoyable, but I was pointed to these by the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Big mouthfeel for me on this one, feels a bit more like a DIPA to drink.

Overall: Definitely liked this one. Sierra Nevada did a great job showcasing this hop, and I hope to find more from this series.

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

A: Had a nice orange and golden color mix, left a really nice fluffy head from the pour, left lots of lacing on the glass, overall pretty solid appearance for this beer

S: I got a lot of pine, some black pepper, nice floral citrusy notes, and a slight hint of mixed berries, to be honest it smelled way better than I thought it would and I found it amazing to have a single hop produce all these different flavors and smells

T: Again this category surpassed my expectations, upfront I got a nice resiny pine flavor followed by some nice pepper spice and the finish was crisp citrus mixed with some sweet mixed berries, the berry flavor was a little feint but it was a good thing they were, might not have been a good combo if they were the predominant flavor, again very solid

M: This beer was very crisp, light, slightly oily, and very smooth, very easy to drink and would have made an excellent summer beer IMO

O: Extremely great beer for the price, definitely would recommend trying this one, it has a nice little twist to it

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - 291 Varietal from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 634 ratings