Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop Idaho 7 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop Idaho 7Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop Idaho 7

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RBassSFHOPit2ME on 03-04-2015

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Ratings: 297 |  Reviews: 76
Reviews by IanMcGuire:
Photo of IanMcGuire
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1 PT. 8 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD on 02/23/15 in Chico.

Look: Pours a light clear orange body with a fluffy white head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: This beer displays almost a skunky/grassy/metallic Euro lager aroma. Light biscuity malts. This beer smells thin.

Taste: The taste is also a bit thin. Watery black tea flavor.

Feel: Just a thin, watery IPA all around with a slightly harsh back-of-the-tongue aftertaste.

Overall: I am usually a fan of Sierra Nevada's IPA ventures (and anything Sierra Nevada, at that), but not this time around.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours the color of a gold coin with a massive three-finger, rocky, white head. Large rings of lacing.

S - Very mild aroma of white flour, orange peel, grass.

T - Grass and hard to define fruitiness (if you try real hard you can identify apricot and apple) supported by light pale cracker-like malt. Tastes closer to a hoppy Pilsner than an IPA. Herbal, tea like finish. Not very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Bone dry finish.

O - Not a big fan of this one. The malt and hop bills just didn't seem to support each other very well.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bomber. Pours a clear light medium amber (copper gold). World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very weak aroma, although complex, of apricot and orange over biscuit.

Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is fairly intense, rather complex and very well balanced. The nice hop flavor is unique - I can't think of anything to compare it to. It begins with a blend of orange and apricot that separate in that order. The middle brings a rind like mild bitterness over a biscuit sweetness that just manages to balance. As it progresses towards the finish, a final orange note materializes over a bitterness that is flavor shifting towards bitter black tea - a rather nice complex trick, actually. The finish is an effervescent burst of light black tea bitterness that lingers over a receding biscuit sweetness that is somewhat dry.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"On our never-ending quest for exciting hop flavors we stumbled upon a pioneering hop grower in western Idaho working with a handful of new and interesting varietals. One of these captivating hops, Idaho 7, headlines the first of five bottles in our 2015 edition of the Harvest series. Complex fruity aromas of orange and apricot mesh with hints of black tea-like character and a pleasant fresh herbal bouquet. This IPA kicks off our 2015 series exploring diverse hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop and wild hop." Brewed in the style of an American IPA featuring Idaho 7 hops. Available in 24 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy froth head of a cream white color over a medium hazy honey amber tone with light, fine sediment and limited carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) The Idaho 7 varietal generates forward notes of mild citrus and tropical fruit, moderate grass, some peppery spiciness, delicate herbal characters atop a lightly malted body of pale and mild biscuit malts. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The hop profile generates big flavor and modest bitterness, with significant tropical and summer fruit character, lemongrass and herbal tea. Bitterness is light and the malt profile is fairly transparent with simple pale malt base and a touch of crystal malt for body. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, moderately slick, clean and medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) The Idaho 7 hop generates a wide range of middle fruit flavor along with a grassy, herbal backbone, but not much bitterness to craft a balanced IPA. It works for this beer in particular as the malt profile is simple and not too sweet, but in a more assertively-bodied IPA, it may need to be paired with a stronger bittering hop. I really enjoyed the potential that this hop creates and look forward to seeing it debut as a promising session IPA hop candidate. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Harvest Single Hop IPA: Brewed with Idaho 7 Hops

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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Aroma: Tea-like hop aromas with a bready malt base. Clean fermentation character. Musk melon notes and other stone fruit as the beer warms up and is swirled.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with golden edging. Low white head with good retention. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Bitter earthy flavors. Tea like hop flavors with mild muskmelon notes. Balance is bitter. Aftertaste lingers with a peppery bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. The peppery spiciness persists long after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: A light, fairly unsubstantial IPA. I was hoping for more. Nothing off and always well crafted. Just pretty forgettable.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing.

Smell: A juicy, floral, and spicy hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront hoppy scent of citrus fruit with hints of orange peel, grapefruit, apricot, lemon zest, mango, passion fruit, and melon. Spicy hints of pine resin as well as some grassy and floral hints. Pale malt with hints of caramel, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very nice hoppy aroma.

Taste: As dank as it smells. A juicy, spicy, and floral hop driven taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Big juicy taste of citrus upfront with notes of orange peel, apricot, lemon zest, grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, and melon. Spicy hop notes of pine along with some floral and grassy notes. Backing presence of pale malt with notes of caramel, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Juicy, oily, and drying on the finish.

Overall: Another really nice IPA in this single hop series. Good juicy citrus flavor with some nice spicy notes.

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

Photo of GOBLIN
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice and refreshing ipa. Different than most ipa's in the flavors. Isn't really tropical, citrusy or even malty . . . kinda reminds me of Alpine's Duet and Victory's Hop Ranch. Overall, not much impressed but still another nice ipa from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of gothkitty322
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 24oz bottle with no bottled on date into a pint glass.

Appearance –– A gentle pour produces a huge thick, white, airy head which dissipates gradually, leaving sticky thick cobweb strands on the glass. Beer is a clearish translucent yellow-orange.

Smell –– Not getting much here. Barely aromatic. Disappointing.

Taste –– A pilsner like IPA, well balanced in that respect but not anything particularly special. Perhaps mine could have been fresher?

Mouthfeel –– Crisp with a pleasant amount of carbonation for the style

Overall –– A good beer that is only average in a world where you're spoiled for choice – as I am. Sierra Nevada has a plethora of worthy offerings and although this didn't amaze me, it was far from bad and the price was right. I feel like this brew toes the line between lager and IPA too much; a more decisive flavor profile would be welcome.

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Photo of Auraan
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous semi-clear amber body with two fingers of thick white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect IPA, nothing wrong. Scents of apricot at high levels and moderate hints of orange peel layered with notes of vegetal hops, a light, sweet perfume-like quality and moderate levels of black tea in the background and soft biscuit-like malt on the end. Overall impression of aroma is of a fruity IPA that gains a degree of depth through layering the fruit aromas with notes of tea and vegetal hops. Pleasant, and somewhat unique. Flavor begins modestly bitter with notes of peach, tart apricot, light notes of orange flesh and a pleasant undercurrent of fresh brewed black tea. Middle continues flavors of black tea, apricot and peach, but picks up a moderate level of hop bitterness. Finish is bitter, with notes of apricot and black tea mingling with medium-high levels of hop bitterness and a light warming alcohol presence with a malt backbone that is grainy and biscuity. Aftertaste is grainy and biscuity malt with moderate hop bitterness continuing. Throughout there is a light tartness and breadiness that has been present in the entire series. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather pleasant IPA with some new flavors on display from the Idaho 7 hop that are quite nice. It's just a shame they are not more prominent, as the malt, yeast and alcohol character that has been common to this entire series of beers overshadows them slightly. Still an above average IPA, but not all it could be. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a slick, oily feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA, nothing out of the ordinary. Overall this is a nice IPA for $6 a bomber. It has a fairly unique aroma and initial flavor from the single hop used, that is unfortunately a tad bit overshadowed by the base Harvest recipe. But it's not bad, in fact it's well above average as far as IPAs go and has a nice flavor and mouthfeel making it quite pleasant to drink. Worth trying if you're curious.

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

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bomber into a 20-ounce nonic glass, which seems ideal for this brew because the frothy head is ridiculous. The head on this reminds me of a video for Bigfoot I saw a couple of years back with the froth spitting from the sides of a mash tun.

The smell is the sweet floral nose, piney bite and sweet malt characteristic of most Sierra Nevada IPAs. It's a good smell, but I'm beginning to agree with the folks that feel like all of SN's IPAs smell the same. Let's see if the taste is any different.

Awite then. The taste offers some surprises. The hop flavor here is tough to pin down but definitely lends a taste different from other SN IPAs. I keep thinking herbal and lemony, almost tea-like. For a moment I even thought of chamomile. The thing is the hops seem very faint or simply not very potent, because there's not a ton of flavor here. It's good, but faint. The malt is assertive and gives a good sweetness to the flavor.

The finish is potently bitter, the body is medium but drinks lighter like a session ale and there's moderate sweetness.

Not sure what to make of this hop, but based off of this brew, it's not my favorite.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Having this beer the very same day that it went on draft at the source in Chico sure helps it's cause.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours fairly clear and golden in color with an off-white, near 2 finger width head. Fair retention, giving way to a thin layer of suds and a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing to boot, with various spotty chunks hanging sporadically around the sides.

Smell - Fairly balanced aroma, teetering the hop and malt characters with a see-saw like battle. Not as citrusy as the label describes, instead more floral and bready notes upfront as light orange and a faint tea-like character round out the bouquet.

Taste - Follows the nose. Flavors are reserved, but layered. There's a definite mellow tea character, highlighted by touches of orange peel and a solid bready backbone. Finish evokes more bread and tea notes, with a hint of black pepper spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, silky and entirely drinkable; goes down smooth as glass. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Not the most aggressive IPA out there, but it's smooth and drinkable approach is strengthened by its mellowed, though complex flavor profile. A lot of off-beat, unique characteristics which I can appreciate. Almost sessionable. Others might overlook it's subtle, unique qualities and write it off, but this one should not be overlooked, if only for the experience.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Sierra Nevada Harvest Single Hop Idaho 7 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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