Today I will be checking out a new American IPA from Sierra Nevada called Harvest Single Hops IPA Yakima #291, which features a recently developed strain of hops. According to the Sierra Nevada website Harvest Yakima #291 “kicks off our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.”
Sierra Nevada Harvest Yakima #291 is a crystal clear, deep golden into amber colored beer, sporting a voluminous cream colored head. Lacing remains behind with a new line after each sip.
The nose isn’t too powerful, but is fairly evenly split between pale malts and a spicy and fruity hop.
Pale malts start things off in the taste, but remain in the background, allowing the hops to take center stage. The new variety imparts peppery spice, citrus and hints of berries. Clean fermentation with a neutral yeast. The mouth is a touch lighter than medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
We live in a time of great hop development and exploration, and it is a good time indeed. 10 years ago, most American Pale Ales and IPAs had a fairly similar hop profile, but that is no longer the case. Sierra Nevada Harvest Yakima #291 features a new variety that works quite well as a single hop IPA. Nice tasty brew that is worth a look.
Sierra Nevada Harvest Yakima #291 : B+
Sierra Nevada Harvest Yakima #291 Specs
OG: 15.7 Plato
FG: 3.8 Plato
Malts: 2-row, Caramel
Hops: 291 Experimental Hop
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz