Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hop HunterHop Hunter

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

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.

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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 3,193
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 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 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 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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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this interesting IPA. Pours golden with a ruddy center and white head that dissipates and rings out nicely hanging around throughout the brew. Wonderful hop aroma, resiny with citrus, grapefruit. Taste is more subtle than expected, light medium body not as overpowering though your palette is enveloped with oily hops flavor with yeasty malt as you mouth warms. It is what the name suggests it is. You will find your hops when you take a sniff and swig of this one.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose of pine, resin, grapefruit, floral, dank, faint bready malt. Taste citrus, grapefruit, grassy, oily, hint sweet malt, slight spiciness, light-med body.

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Photo of Herf
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this beer today based on the reviews here. Basically this beer taste strongly like the white pith of both grapefruit and oranges with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. It hits the tongue with a harsh entry and finishes off being extremely bitter. There is nothing mellow about this beer, not at all. Please do not even consider paring it with food because being so bitter it will not compliment any dish. It boast 6.2% ABV yet there was not a mellow buzz that usually accompany a beer in the same ABV percentile. I cannot say it was balanced because the strong grapefruit essence overpowered whatever flavor made up the mix. It was on sale for $8.99 today. I feel sad that I wasted my hard earned cash on a bottle filled with the bitter taste of grapefruit pith. I will not purchase this again and I wish it was a return policy for unfinished product.

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Photo of bellce0
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not normally an IPA enthusiast, but this beer is leading me in that direction. My first sip was far different than expected, as I din't find the hops bitterness to be overpowering. Strong hops aroma? Definitely, but it is balanced by a taste that offers a moderate malt body. Very drinkable...

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Photo of andrewh995
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good hoppy and citrusy IPA. The hops are more apparent on the nose than the flavor but that doesn't take away from the beer. Very enjoyable and would have again.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Intense and hazy yellow colour.
The smell immediately strikes you with the freshness of a well done, traditional ale (similar to an English one, but with much more aroma in). I could feel vanilla, grapes, apricots, citrus, cakes.
Feels creamy and pleasant when tasted, with a lot of hops inside (as expected), grapefruit and citrus and a lemon zest touch. Bitter, especially in the end.
It gave me the sensation of an extremely aromatic and fresh red ale.
Highly recommended!

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

First impression: Wow, after doing a round of Ballast Point tasting, I'm impressed by how balanced Sierra Nevada is in comparison. It's clear they really care about balance because the first sip of this really impressed me.

Look: Classic Sierra Nevada bottle conditioning leaves this ale a cloudy pale orange. Pretty obvious to me that it's a Sierra Nevada brew.

Smell: Citrus, very light pine, hippy, and some malt.

Taste: Surprisingly malty for an IPA with a fair bit of sourness that adds some welcome bright character to it. Otherwise the classic west coast pale ale profile is behind it. Incredibly well balanced without one aspect overwhelming the others.

Feel: The brightness really helps it go down smoothly, leaving behind some good flavor on the tongue and not too much stickiness. To me there's a very clear lychee aftertaste, which gets me excited because as a person of Southeast Asian descent I grew up eating these.

Overall: Another flawless release by Sierra Nevada that really shows their carefulness and mastery. I love that Sierra Nevada always cares to balance their beers instead of getting into a bitterness and hops arms race like the other breweries. Malt and a lychee aftertaste leave me with a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-gold, with a creamy head and visibly active carbonation.

The smell delivers big, big hits of orange, grapefruit, pine, and powered sugar sweetness. Unfortunately, the hop oil doesn't seem to have lent much to the palette, which is rather washed out and thin. A solid option - but I wish that the promise of the aroma might have been delivered.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Light gold, and extremely clear. Forms a one-finger white head with fairly good retention, and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Tropical fruits, melon, and dank hops. A bit of cracker malt in the background.

T: Bright melon, grassy, and dank hops. Some grapefruit rind, along with tropical fruits that are more muted than the nose suggested. Crisp cracker malts add just a hint of sweetness. It ends with some more melon and citrus rind bitterness.

M: A light crisp body with average carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is quite well-hidden.

O: This was really good, especially taking into consideration format (12 oz. bottles) and the wide distribution/availability. I enjoyed the second bottle every bit as much as the first. Solid shelf option.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent not overly hoppy or bitter IPA. Pours a nice orange with a slightly off white head. I use a tulip class for all IPAs, so I can judge them equally. There is some lacing left on the glass. Overall a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of donspublic
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, nice 1 finger cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Bright clear golden in the glass. When first poured I was hit with a burst of dank hops, perhaps the strongest I have ever picked up from an IPA, as it sits and warms the citrus and pine start to come thru, nice complex smells going on here. Taste is citrus and pine/pineapple on the front, semi sweet in the middle and a mild bitter semi sweet finish. Not too complex a malt bill on this one, it is all about the hops. Nice mouthfeel, a little on the lighter side.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden color, mostly clear. Creamy, tan head with streak lacing. The aroma is light tropical fruit and herbs. Some biscuit malt as well. The flavor is pine and grass with citrus and floral notes. A bit on the watery side, but still well balanced enough and quite drinkable. A good beer overall, but not what I look for in an IPA.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 12oz glass. The head is lacy with a bubbly, suprisingly pale, golden body. The aroma is basic yet pleasant with hints of citrus and hops.the mouthfeel is very light and refreshing but not very bitter. The feel is light and slightly oily. This is a great beer for a nice summer night, but definitely not what I expected. It feels very light for its abv but very crisp and refreshing. Overall I feel that it lacks the characteristics I have come to enjoy in American ipas, but in itself it is a great beer and I would drink it again

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Photo of janubio
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden colour, with a medium head and retention. Good lace. Aroma is citrusy, tangerines, resines, fruits. MEdium body, ok carbonation. Oily texture. Taste of citrus, tangerines, resines, fruits. Good and refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single twelve ounce bottle copped at Total Wine and More. Pours an amber, copper hue with moderate frothing. Aroma is dominated by whole cone, fresh hops. The smell is really what characterizes this beer. Strong pine flavor with bitter grapefruit as well. Not bad.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter pours a clear light gold color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes into decent enough lacing. The aroma is somewhat light, but there are enough piney, and citrusy notes to keep things interesting. The taste is similar to the aroma in both profile and intensity. The mouthfeel is quite light for the style with a watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, this beer profiles more like a session IPA than an actual IPA. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a slightly hazey golden colour with a good eggshell coloured head.
Aroma citrus, tropical fruit, dank.
Taste was expecting more here very light tropical, mango, grapefruit. Very crushable.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours Amber body with a white head with nice retention and lacing
S: subtle, citrusy/earthy hop notes with some toffee notes
T: earthy hop notes with a dry aftertaste; hints of toffee
M: crisp and medium bodied; refreshing
D: excellent mouthfeel a me taste combo; nice drinking beer

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (bottled on 6/29/16, poured 7/29/16) into a Spiegleau IPA glass. Pours deep gold, maybe very light orange color with a 3 finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of pretty lacing throughout. Smell is about all it's cracked up to be. A bouquet of hops. Grassy, piney, and a very citrusy. Not too complex an aroma, but a strong one. The tast is almost, but not quite, the same. A little more subdued with some sweetness from the malts, and less bitterness than expected. Feel is pretty standard, light to medium body, medium carbonation, and well drinkable. Did not disappoint for something I've seen all over and for a modest price. I'd like to see a doubled variation or something a little more "sock you in the face!" but objectively speaking, very solid and very pleasing.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know what to expect of this one, as I'm not too educated on the hops vs hop oil differences. There was no date on the bottle but the aroma and flavors suggested relative freshness. Orangeish color and a relatively small head, albeit with decent retention. Citrusy hop aroma and a fairly complex flavor that did not strike me as bitter as the 60 IBUs would suggest. Surprisingly balanced. I'd buy it again if I come across it.

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