1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Raiders Of The Lost Hops - Beer Camp #58 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Raiders Of The Lost Hops - Beer Camp #58
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
86
very good

11 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Raiders of the Last Hops is an adventurous take on an Imperial Red Ale style. Using 100% estate-grown Chinook hops grown on-site in Sierra's hop yard adjacent to the brewery and aged on toasted wood from a lemon tree. This beer has an intense earth hop-forward flavor, a medium body and a touch of Woody tannins at the finish. Bravo, Chinook, and Nelson Sauvin hops were used to make the beer along with pale & caramel malts.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 12-01-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Doppelbockulus:
Photo of Doppelbockulus
Doppelbockulus

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -29.6%

One of the guys who went to this beer camp and participated in this project frequents The Broken Barrel Tavern here in Palm Bay, Florida, and he chose this as his location as one of the exclusive debut locations. It was served on tap.

It pours a coppery amber color and smells lightly of hops. The smell is very faint, possibly due to a combination of the beer being cold and my nose a bit stuffy.

Taste is a little bitter, but the hops seem mild considering the style and the fact that it is Sierra Nevada, and there is a faint malt character. I don't seem to find much going on here in terms of flavor.

It does feel comfortable, not too fizzy.

Overall I still don't get the American obsession with hops, and on that note I guess i like this beer more than your typical hoppy brew because it was mildly hoppy.

01-15-2012 21:18:49 | More by Doppelbockulus
More User Reviews:
Photo of TKEbeerman
TKEbeerman

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Disclaimer: I am a personal friend of the brewer, Jason.

A: This brew pours a bold autumn orange, with little head (due to pour). Some lacing is left on the glass as this brew quickly disappears.

S: The aroma is rather maulty, notes of caramel, and notes of the classic sierra nevada hop treatment. When the word "Hop" is in the name, I do expect a lot more hoppy aroma in the nose.

T: The flavor is very smooth, maulty caramel is mixed well with the bittering hops. If you took the hops of Nugget Nectar and cut them in half, you basically have a similar beer. In my opinion the mault profile of this brew is a little more well thought out, leading to a better mouthfeel.

MF:The mouthfeel on this brew is right where any good beer should be. Full with smooth carbonation. Hops do not destroy the pallet.

Overall, congrats on this beer Jason. It met the mark, now set the bar higher

02-24-2012 23:36:09 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of JohnBender
JohnBender

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-24-2012 23:57:14 | More by JohnBender
Photo of CGMLS3
CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

01-22-2012 22:14:44 | More by CGMLS3
Photo of MarkVegas
MarkVegas

Nevada

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-02-2011 17:38:13 | More by MarkVegas
Photo of jaidenjb
jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-17-2012 02:34:37 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of 2dogbrew
2dogbrew

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-07-2011 02:37:47 | More by 2dogbrew
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%

"Raiders of the Last Hops is an adventurous take on an Imperial Red Ale style. Using 100% estate-grown Chinook hops grown on-site in Sierra's hop yard adjacent to the brewery and aged on toasted wood from a lemon tree. This beer has an intense earth hop-forward flavor, a medium body and a touch of Woody tannins at the finish. Bravo, Chinook, and Nelson Sauvin hops were used to make the beer along with pale & caramel malts."

Had on tap tonight at FireWorks in Arlington, VA at their Sierra Nevada Steal the Pint Night/Raiders of the Lost Hops launch party. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky, dark reddish brown color with two inches of light tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, wood, burnt malts, light citrus hops, and light fruit. Not very hoppy at all, and a ton of malts.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, light citrus hops, light caramel malts. More fruit than the nose and a tiny bit more hops, but still not a lot. A tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an above average, slightly hoppy red ale. Given the name I was expecting more hops, but the malts dominate here. Worth checking out, would probably give it another shot if I wanted a red ale.

12-01-2011 00:06:40 | More by mdfb79
Photo of DapperGrowler
DapperGrowler

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

I had the opportunity to try this beer at Fireworks Pizza in Arlington, VA. This is from my notes of the review in December 2011. One of the owners of the restaurant attended beer cap and decided to share it with her customers. The beer was served on tap in a glass.

A: the beer was copper in color and cloudy with a decent head.

S: The beer did not smell that hoppy, but more floral and citrus like

T: The beer had a great hops taste and a nice malt taste on the back.

M: This was a smooth beer. The beer was well balanced.

I enjoyed it a lot and wish i could have attended beer camp!

02-07-2012 03:27:24 | More by DapperGrowler
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
TrickkyGangsta

Florida

5/5  rDev +25.6%

01-12-2012 13:16:08 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of greid
greid

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-27-2011 15:59:40 | More by greid
Raiders Of The Lost Hops - Beer Camp #58 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.