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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox HopsSierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gillagorilla on 07-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 426
Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Equinox hops work here in some instances, and against in others. Some yellow grapefruit, some soap, ours out golden with small creamy head and clumpy lacing. Aroma is light, citrusy grapefruit, taste is more of the hops and some soapiness. Similar to a pale ale with the lighter hops.

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Photo of TedStrosser
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

More lager taste than an ipa. Had really high hopes given the ratings I reviewed ahead of the purchase. Just doesn't seem to live up to the hype in my opinion.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review taken late summer 2014.

24oz Fat Brown Sierra Nevada style bomber with their new Harvest artwork which I'm not a huge fan of as I loved the previous harvest labels. Poured into an imperial tulip pint glass.

A - bronze color with hints of dark golden orange. Frothy white head poured with incredible size leaving a ring of sticky lacing all over the glass.

S - earthy hops and slightly woody. Mild citrus and fruity with a base of floral sweetness and fresh green bell pepper.

T - floral hops up front that quickly shifted to more tropical and citrusy hop notes. The bell pepper not is pronounced even on the flavor the more this one warms. A lightly toasted bread malt with hints of cedar and pine balance very well in the back end.

M - medium bodied and a mellow texture. Thickness is still fairly good and it drinks very soft. Nothing over powering or massive. Just a good drinkable feel.

O - Sierra Nevada's single hop equinox is a nice offering and though it's nothing truly special it's a fantastic ipa to pour on a warm late summer evening as my experience was. I've always been able to really take in SN brews and enjoy the view of my nearby surroundings and this is by no means a bad bottling. I found it very enjoyable.

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Photo of Justindemino
2.82/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Idk if I got an old one??? I don't see how that could be tho.. This beer smells like milwaukeees best and has basically no hops flavor. Don't waste ur money. I don't even want to finish the bottle.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is moderately citrusy, resiny, and fairly savory, with notes of toasted malt and fresh cut grass adding intrigue.

Flavor is dank and resiny, with grapefruit and citrus pith at the base, along with toasted malt. The finish is fairly resiny and bitter, a touch biting. A bit more resiny, earthy, and bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is for the SN hop harvest Single hop with equinox, from the bottle.
It pours a tan gold with great foam. I get a pleasant hop aroma with honey dew and melon notes that come across. There's a drying dank note with a sticky melon flavor on this. It's different, interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 24 oz bottle.

Color is clear gold with a thick white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smell is grassy hops - almost pilsner-like. Taste is grassy hops and lemon rind bitterness. Maybe just a touch of malt. Finish is crisp, bitter and lingering. Body is medium with ample carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA and a nice example of profiling a single hop.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from a 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD 07/09/14 in Chico.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange with a very thick white head.

Smell: Grassy metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Light fruit flavor, slightly woody. Metallic, grassy hoppiness. Definitely an earthiness. Malt sweetness is very low. Fairly juicy, but the hops definitely taste dull overall.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Lingering lip-puckering bitterness.

Overall: Uncharacteristically light on the malt sweetness for a Sierra Nevada IPA. Unfortunately, I may have purchased this too late to really get the intended hop blast to the face. This is labeled a "100-DAY IPA" and I'm about 120 days out from bottling.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from an unusual 24 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark gold (darker than expected), but clear with a bit of chill haze. Forms a finger's worth of white head that fades quickly, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Grassy, vegetal and floral hops, more pilsner and less light cracker malts as well.

T: Hops up front, like wet fresh grass, some bitter lemon-lime and apple flavors with a malt bill of cracker and less pilsner than the aroma suggested. Some huskiness and a good amount of grassy and lemon bitterness in the hang.

M: Light body, moderate alcohol presence and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This was a unique and somewhat strange hop profile – it gives the beer almost a belgian pale ale feel with the bitter apple aspect. Not sure this Equinox is going to be my favorite hop, but I think it adds some interesting qualities to the beer. I think the malt bill could be less "pilsnery", and would make me like it better. Still, glad to have tried it.

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Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

24 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(7/9/14 born on date)

L: cloudy yellow-gold ... almost orange, no amber; thick, sticky 4/5-inch head of white foam that keeps a thick collar and decent skin of foam

S: very sweet citrusy ... seems like it wants to be caramel, but it's so bitter green hoppy that it's more like a candied orange; as it warms, the cloying sweet caramel shows up more

T: follows the nose but with a MASSIVE bitter bite ... it's so bitter, it's almost salty on top of the sweet citrus-orange-caramel taste

F: fantastic ... the beer feels very big but still light enough to be drinkable

O: it's better then the big caramel bomb DIPAs because it's bitter bite is fantastic with lots of green and citrus notes that knock back the cloying sweet flavors; the midrange ABV is also a big plus because while it's far from a session beer, you're also not playing with dynamite here. that's perfect because this thing is 100% drinkable ... no alcohol burn, no alcohol taste, light but bubbly full. good brew.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into an IPA glass, this is a slightly hazy gold in color with a two-finger head that condenses to a dense, thin layer of foam that leaves plenty of lacing down the glass.
The aroma is dank with citrus and lemon behind.
The taste is citrus and pine and some dankness with some caramel mid-taste and a lingering piney bite at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat sticky.
Another interesting and tasty single-hop IPA.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%

Pours a hazy light orange with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation. I love seeing lots of bubbles race towards the top. Smells fruity, citrus, a hint of orange, grapefruit. Taste packs much more of a punch than the nose. Mild pine, grapefruit, an excellent blend of sweet and bitter. This is a very crisp, drinkable IPA that still packs a ton of diverse flavors. I don't think I've ever had a beer brewed by Sierra Nevada that I didn't like. They continue to innovate and amaze.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, copper gold coloring with a fluffy, foamy, chunky, off-white head and a ton of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of honey, tropical fruits, pepper spice, subtle resin, and moss. Well balanced aromas. Flavors are roasted forward, with a tangy caramel backbone, peppery spiced and very resinous hops characteristic. Tangy and tart citrus and tropical fruit profile, and it's so strong that the tart feel lasts well into the aftertaste. Light, smooth bodied, with a grassy, mossy, and citrus aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slightly dry, and slightly effervesced.

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Photo of JAFoley
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Pale hazy yellow body with nice foamy white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Floral, citrus hop, and a malt aroma that reminds me of a pilsner

T - Extremely dry pine, floral, and citrus hop upfront. Toasted malt, spicy and smokey.

M - Medium body with moderate biting carbonation. Slick and refreshing.

O - I really enjoy this beer. Lots of great flavors, very drinkable, and not heavy or sticky.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at House of Brews. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Clear golden orange. Small white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Very musty hop aroma. A little citrusy. Grassy. Cracker malt.

Taste - It tastes spicier here. Toasty malt. Grassy and moves right into a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Just a bit of sweetness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Aggressive. I don't know if it's the hop, but I didn't dig it.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - poored into a paint glass with a big white frothy head. Beer has a fairly transparent golden color.
Smell - citrus hop smell, possibly lemon. Very earthy piny smell.
Taste - bitter, very hoppy, slight citrus taste.
Feel - good amount of carbonation with a light to medium body.
Overall - pretty good beer but I think it looks and smells better then it taste.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Lighter golden color. Nice hops presence. Not overly bitter, but not overly malty. Its a nicely balanced beer. I could drink a lot of these if I had the opportunity to do so, and if the price was right. That is where I am not so impressed with this one. It was not cheap. Not that it should be, but I know of really good beers in a similar taste profile that are much less in price. Nevertheless, I did enjoy trying this one. It had a nice balance of tropical/citrus fruit notes, floral, some honey in there, not too much malt sweetness, but enough to balance it out. If this one was $4 a bomber or $10 a six pack it would be totally worth checking out. But, I paid significantly more than that. And that would be my only downside.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an impy nonic a dull medium golden with a half finger quick to fade whaite head that left two borken rings of lace as it settles quickly.Pungent earthy hops with some leafiness and mild lemon,very English in the nose.More English attributes on the palate with it's earthy and leafy hops dominating,again the lemon is there but plays a secondary role,sweet biscuit malt flavors are big as well.Not bad it's something I would like to try on cask,to me it's very "English" in nature.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

24 ounce bottle at fridge temp poured into a large mug. Packaged on date was early July, but I don't remember the exact date.

Poured clear yellow golden with a huge beige had and lots of carbonation. Smell is grassy and clean.

Taste is very bitter, in a way I'm not sure how to describe. Some lemon zest. Very crisp. Very long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is quite dry. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of hophugger
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color with bubbles running to the top in a frantic search for the escape route!. Smell is pine, resin and touch of citrus rind. Head is good with amazing lacing that clings on for dear life, lol. Taste is hop bitterness up front and then some citrus, resin and more citrus. Aftertaste is quite nice with the hop flavor hanging in there and leaving a great feel on the palate. Cant wait to try the others in this series......

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle with a packaged on date of 7/9/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - clear, gold with a swirling tornado of carbonation bubbles! Builds a foaming, vanilla white head. Lacing is a sticky sheet running down the glass!
Smell - the description on the label is accurate; citrus, cedar and fruity, garden-fresh bell pepper. Unique, complex, very enjoyable!
Taste - begins with hops wanting to take off, but enough malt strength to pull on the reins. Tastes somewhat like a Torpedo light, if that makes sense.
Feel - comes off too light for 6.5%, and a bit flat. The hop bitterness is classic Sierra Nevada, and saves this from a much lower score.
Overall - this beer has classic SN features, which I love, so I really enjoy; however, it really just leaves me wishing I was drinking a Torpedo.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Love this stuff! Poured with a large, off-white, long-lived head, lots of lace, and a clear amber color color. Aroma is fresh hops that are neither too resin nor too citrus - just very pleasing. Flavor's like aroma and very well balanced between the 3 main characteristics - sweet, tart, bitter. Man, they nailed it. Perfect body. This is just so drinkable. Definitely illegal to sell within 200 yards of a school ground.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A mostly clear burnt orange body under a cream colored head. Nice thick lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued notes of cedar, pine, and citrus.

Taste: Very crisp and vibrant pine and grapefruit rind. Some spicy cedar comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very dry.

Overall: Really solid, a bit too dry at times.

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Photo of Jnashed
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

First time trying Equinox hop as far I know.

A). Slightly cloudy golden as most good IPA. Firm white head that dissipated to an expected heavy film on top.

S) interesting pine and citrus. Unlike others I've smelled though. Not entirely pleasant actually

T). Much better. Initially a lot of malt actually. Bready but that gave way to a nice bitter finish. Nice balance. Slight citrus but really mostly earthy and pine like taste. Nice and spicy too.

M) appropriate IPA retention

O: the smell thankfully gives way to a nice balanced IPA. The standard malt base from SN is set off nicely by the bitter hop flavor. Really a nice tasting beer but the nose to me I did care for. This hop to me is a great battering hop that would do well in combo with a better aroma hop. Liked the flavor though.


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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color, almost orange like. Tight pure white head that quickly settled into a sparse cap. Good webby lacing.

The aroma is very herbal with hints of pink grapefruit and pine. Perhaps there are some tropical fruit notes but I can't really pin point a specific fruit, not pineapple though. Definitely a different hop aroma. Kinda like it.

The taste is of a solid bready malt base, very much reminds me of the same malt base as SNPA. The hop flavor doesn't bash you over the head and provides moderate bitterness. A bit more pine shows through in the taste but its not that aggressive. General fruitiness, again I am thinking pink grapefruit. Perhaps a hint of orange.

The feel is moderate with active carbonation. Real nice balance with this beer. Fairly neutral malt sweetness with a slight hoppy bitterness that continues into the finish. Perhaps a touch chalky.

An interesting IPA. A bit malty for an AIPA. The equinox hops are different but they are good. Seems to blend light herbal and pine with a fruity grapefruit. I didn't know this series existed, need to find the others.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop IPA - Equinox Hops from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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