Sierra Nevada Harvest: Single Hop IPA – Equinox Hops

Sierra Nevada Harvest: Equinox Single Hop IPA (Equinox #366 Hops)

Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: American, Single Hop
  • Limited: July – August
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBU: 55

Notes: Third of five in 2014 “Harvest Series.”

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Our history with Equinox hops stretches back well before this newly developed varietal ever had a name. We were the first brewery in the world to get our hands on the intense and nuanced hop. We fell in love with the complex aromas ranging from bright and citrusy to herbal and woody, with a top note of fruity, garden-fresh bell pepper.

Hops: Equinox (HBC 366 CV.)

Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel

Additional: Ale Yeast

More Single Hop IPA – Equinox 366 Images

First Impressions

Artwork: Follows the new Sierra Nevada Harvest Series label template, with tan background.

Color: Vibrant bronze.

Aroma: Earthy hops. On the mild side, with hint of floral sweetness.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 24 oz. Bottle

Served in: Official Sierra Nevada IPA glasses

Just to recap, this year we are reviewing all 5 of Sierra Nevada’s expanded Harvest Series. First up was Yakima 291 (berry-ish), second was Southern Hemisphere (sweeter hops), and we have now arrived at another Single Hop, Equinox.

We will make this easy for you, in case you have a short attention span. Harvest Single Hop IPA – Equinox Hops was the best of the bunch so far. If you care to learn why, by all means keep reading…

Equinox, Equinox 366, or its official name Equinox™(HBC 366 CV.), is an emerging hop, known more for aroma. It’s starting to get some play in craft brewing, and will probably end up being the new “sexy” hop, like Citra and Simcoe have been recently.

Harvest Single Hop IPA – Equinox Hops foamed up more than adequately, into a few fingers thick of wispy foam, and kept a nice coat of froth the rest of the way. Surprise, surprise, another Sierra Nevada IPA with great retention…

Despite its lively carbonation, Equinox seemed to drink a bit flat, yet still managed to create an airy mouthfeel. It was very smooth bodied, and lighter consistency for an India Pale Ale. Sierra was smart to release this one during the peak of summer heat.

Equinox opened with floral flavor that quickly transitioned to tropical notes. Even though the hops were on the mellow side, it still gave that bitter tinge (albeit a small one) in the finish you look for in IPAs.

After you swallowed your sip, there was a residual hint of cedar left on the palate as well. Not like you want to drink a warm IPA, but the flavors became more pronounced after the beer started to warm at the end of glass.

The Sierra Nevada 2014 Harvest Series power rankings so far:

  1. Single Hop IPA – Equinox Hops
  2. Fresh Hop IPA – Southern Hemisphere Harvest
  3. Harvest Single Hop IPA – Yakima 291
Final Score: 3.5/5

3 Stars

Harvest Single Hop IPA – Equinox Hops was a perfect marriage of fruity and floral hops. Where the beer truly succeeded was you could not decide which profile was more dominant, but it tasted so good you didn’t really care either way.

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