Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA will feature hop oil from distilled hops. The idea, which Sierra Nevada hasn't fully revealed, will extract pure hop oil from mature cones, to create an IPA that smells unlike any other IPA you've had. Aroma is key. Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA should finish at 6.2% ABV, 60 IBUs.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 12-01-2014

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#2,635
Reviews:
603
Ratings:
3,289
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewnme
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbankovs
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arseel
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, very hoppy I’m both smell and taste. If you are hunting for hops, you may find them here. One finger head which disappated quickly. Mostly clear, light gold with medium carbonation. Hops dominate the taste with pine/citrus undertones and notable sweetness at the end.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, PKGD 09/11/17 ... poured into a fat tulip)

L: fairly-clear, pale yellow-gold colored liquid; 2-finger tall, open-spongy mountain of white foam, craggy and lacing in thick, crusty webs... doesn't end up holding an unbroken cap for long

S: pineapple, lemon zest, hints of candied ginger... soft notes of pepper and fresh-cut grass... undercurrent of fresh navel orange flesh... rather typical fragrance of citrus/tropical hops, but very vibrant, with a bit of round dimension... maybe a very subtle undertone of yeasty-bready malt, but quite light

T: layers of hops are somehow apparent upon first sip, interwoven with the bready malt, finishing with some notes of subtly toasty, leafy whole cone flowers; also, notably dry in the aftertaste ... second sip reveals some emerging leafy bitterness with a tinge of a dried citrus peels - again, very little (malt) sweetness, but certainly some of its toasty, grainy husk ... little bit of spice late in the aftertaste, with a vague phenolic tinge

F: classic, dependable SA dryness, and with a short snap-off at the end; the onset carries an enlivening gassy tingle, while the flow-through has a delicate powdery texture... mellow spice from hops and alcohol leave a lovely warm hum on the palate... if only it had a nip less frothiness

O: surely a bit past its prime, but still full of bold, layered (hop) aromas and flavors (if none unique)... what makes this worthy of repeat visits (like most SA beers) is its seldom-paralleled taut, streamlined construct - fantastic!... will seek out a fresher sixer in the near future

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needs a deeper follow-through for a higher overall score

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow orange, not a whole lot of hear. Smell is nice citrus, taste is more hoppy piney. Medium mouthfeel, a bit of lasting bitterness. Overall a decent solid IPA, more piney and less juicy.

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3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LoganMc
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BucBasil
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a pure gold color with a pure white foamy head that speckles lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is dominated by citrusy hops, especially pineapple and orange. Really to as strong as I was expecting for the killing point of being "the most aromatic hop experience." Pretty normal to me actually.

T: Same as the taste. It is not super hoppy, but very fruity actually. There is a juiciness to the taste that seems bit mor fruity than normal, but overall this seems like a regular IPA. Finishes slightly dry but not puckeringly so.

F: Smooth with a bit of carbonation all the way through.

Overall: This feels like a normal IPA with a unique marketing catch. The "steam-distilled" hops seem to give a similar character to the beer as a regular IPA. I guess I maybe expected a more "extreme" flavor, but the effect was more subtle than expected. The beer was very fruity in a way and had a bit more fresh citrus character than a normal IPA. But overall, pretty average I would say.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omahawk
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color. Light carbonation- less than a typical American style ale. Smell is pine, tangerine and clean malt. Taste is clean bitterness- light malt touch with firm, well balanced hop bitterness. Hop flavor throughout from start to finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Small head dissipates quickly. A very solid and balanced hop-forward IPA offering.

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4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hsvhughes
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like dry, hoppy, bitter ales and beers. I do NOT like sweet, heavy beers.
Hop Hunter hits the spot dead on with a good variety of hoppy goodness along with just enough malt to carry it. It has a nice dry finish with no discernible after taste. Having a final gravity of 2.8, this is my "go to" IPA when the hops cravings come along.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,289 ratings
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