In this beer blog, we are going to get into one of five special IPA’s from Sierra Nevada. It is part of their Harvest Series that will be release through out the year. It is their Single Hop IPA. It is using a special hop, which is Yakima hop #291. If you read my earlier beer blog posts, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not read my earlier beer blog posts, please, read them to get to know Sierra Nevada Brewery. Let us get into this beer.
This India Pale Ale has a clear copper color with a nice creamy like white head on it. The aroma has a nice welcoming floral notes. The taste has a light carbonation and blueberry notes. The aftertaste has nice a nice hop bitter kick but hints of black pepper. It is kind of drinkable but more of a sipping India Pale Ale.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
The first in our 2014 Harvest series, this single hop IPA showcases newly developed hop 291’s intense, bright floral aromas and complementary notes of blueberry and black pepper.
We’re devoted to whole-cone hops, and we’re always on the hunt for rare and exciting hop flavors. By working directly with breeders and growers, we have access to fields of the latest hops new to brew kettles. The first in our five-bottle Harvest series is single hopped with newly developed 291 varietal and highlights its intense floral and berry-like aromas. Drink this IPA fresh and watch for the next releases that-explore diverse hopping methods: single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop.
Here is a description from their website (www.sierranevada.com):
Available February 2014.
Whole-cone hops, the whole time—our philosophy since the beginning. We use hops in their purest form, and we’re fortunate to get first crack at some of the rare and exciting varietals new to brew kettles. This single-hop IPA showcases newly developed hop 291’s fruity, berry-like aromas, complex floral character and hints of pepper. This intriguing varietal kicks off our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Ending, this was an awesome brew. Sierra Nevada, once again, has out did themselves. They put some thought and used the hop in the right way. I love the unique hop aroma and taste profile this beer kicks off. I was a little taking back on the notes from the aroma and taste. The aftertaste of black pepper and aroma of berry like notes is unique and different. I laugh at people saying this brewery is one trick pony. This is a pretty balance beer with a ton flavor. I really enjoying it and I highly highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser