Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,208
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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173
Gots:
1,343
For Trade:
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Photo of AmitC
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gracient
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Martine
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SCproUA
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JBrasca
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hoppy, piney, citrus grapefruit/ with sweet malt undertones; bitter up front balanced with sweet malt but still very smooth and not too bitter.. easy to drink!

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Photo of monkist
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moondawggg69
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is one of my favs. really good hoppy beer.

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Photo of Momon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gamblebc
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skrat45
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonterman
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hawkssb04
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 40.00 (Including tax)/case ($ 0.139/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA.
Packaged 11/06/16. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – flower and citrus hops with some onion dankness.
Head – large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), white low density soapy foam with average retention which diminishes to a very irregular thick three to ten mm frothy ring with drag marks and small thick islands of froth sticking to the walls of the glass.
Lacing – not much. A few small islands and drag marks of tiny to medium bubbles but no partial or complete rings or curtains.
Body – yellow/gold, clear.
Flavor – Hops! Lovely hops! Bitter and flowery with a dank after taste. The citrus from the nose doesn’t make it to the taste. When allowed to warm in my mouth, the onion dankness comes through and hangs around after swallowing. The hard part is holding and swishing in my mouth – I want to swallow the hoppy goodness. Alcohol is not noticeable until warming in my mouth. No malt, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Brew_ski
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale gold with a large dense uniform white head.

Smell is lemon-lime, kiwi and light cannabis.

This is a super soft, light and drinkable beer featuring cracker, lemon-lime and light woodiness.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter glass. Clear crisp amber appearance with thinner head retention. Very piney and sweet in the nose. The hop bitterness really comes through with a citrus, grapefruit flavor and dry finish with warm alcohol tone. Full mouthfeel. Good drier IPA.

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Photo of Jodio
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hazedandconfused13
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.Packaged on 02/01/17.

Soapy white head that stands 1 finger tall with good retention and a sticky lacing.Golden colored body with medium / clarity and small hints of sediment.No carbonation from what I can tell.

On the nose I get piney and citrus hops,balanced by some sweet malts.Grapefruit and oranges are the citrus notes I am picking up.Also picking up hints of floral hops.

The palate follows the nose with bitter pine hops and grapefruit up front,floral hops in the middle,and sweet malts combined with citrus and pine on the finish.

The mouth feel is medium / thin with a sticky texture.Minimum oxidation on the tongue with a dry finish.

This is a pretty good IPA,good mixture of bitter pine and citrus hops,balanced by some sweet tasting malts.I would recommend at least trying,and would drink it again.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So they steam distill hops and add the oil to an IPA. But I don’t really get what that does to the beer. It tastes no different than Torpedo.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A gold color with a small white head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving a bit of lace.
Nice aroma of citrus and flowers.
Taste didn't quite live up to the aroma. Grapefruit, some caramel.
Less hoppy than I expected.

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Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NightINgale
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Surprisingly clear and crystal, but with a polite piss color, with a 1/2 finger of bubbly creamy head.

Aroma is all hop. Freshly opened hop pellets. Some oils. Just hop hop hop. Zero points for complexity, but plenty of them for smelling exactly like hops alone.

Flavor is like hop water basically, with some onion-y flavors, slight garlic, some piss.

Feel is oily and resinous, with some good carbonation backing it up.

Overall, too one-noted and not diverse enough to make for an interesting beer. This is all hop though, so if you want hop tea or hop water, this is what you're looking for.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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