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

Unbelievable if you don't like this beer go drink some more bud.

One of the best ipas I've had. I'd put it up there with Pliny

Love it I'll be buying more

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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 wa6itd
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really LOVED this one...one of the best IPAsI have ever tasted!
A great balance between a smooth creamy flavor that sits well on your tongue and a potent but not overpowering hop finish.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. PKGD 02/25/15 in Chico - less than three weeks old!

Look: Pours a pilsner pale golden body with a slim bright white head. Calm carbonation and significant sediment.

Smell: AN ABSOLUTE GRAND SLAM! The most pungent beer I have ever smelled. Extreme pine notes balanced by the lemony tartness of the Simcoe hops. The closest thing a beer has come to smelling like hops directly out of the bag. Wow, tremendous, the hype is well deserved, if not completely undersold.

Taste: A direct competitor to Stone Enjoy By, Lagunitas Sucks, and Victory DirtWolf. This beer brings the Simcoe hops to the forefront, but with the classic Sierra Nevada IPA spicy bitterness. Nice pine flavor. This is the first Sierra Nevada IPA where the malt does not get in the way.

Feel: A crisp spicy beer that prickles the tongue. Thin mouthfeel, but not watery, this beer is very drinkable.

Overall: Sierra Nevada is definitely bringing it in 2015! I thought a found my daily drinker in Nooner Pilsner, but Nooner is going to have to share fridge space with Hop Hunter. This beer is modeled after the three aforementioned beers (Enjoy By, Sucks, and Dirtwolf), but blows them all away in terms of value...and Hop Hunter just may be my favorite.

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Photo of Flani
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing hop aroma upon the pour. Less malt than other IPA's, the flavor is beautifully balanced, again, the aroma, highly sessionable even with an ABV of 6.2.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From XXXII. In Teku glass. Watching Son of Anarchy 4x07. Amazing nose. Very bitter but also very tasty. Even after finishing it, it is a pleasure to smell the empty glass.

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Photo of 50marathons
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA. AFTER I READ YHE DESCRIPTION FOR THIS BEER I WAS PREPARED FORE SOMETHING GOOD BUT THIS OUTPERFORMED. I encourage everyone to try this. I tried this on a day when I had brewed an IPA of my own. Great aroma. Even better taste. Outstanding!!!

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Photo of JDaV
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer.
This is a great beer.
Buy this beer.
Poured from bottle to pint; perfectly clear with practically no head but carbonation that leaves the beer pretty and bubbly.
Smells like a dream. Resiny. Fruity. Flowery. Everything pleasant that can be smelled can be smelled in this beer. Like GOTDAM this beer smells good.
Taste is pretty much same as the smell. For whatever reason passionfruit comes to mind for me. Or melon. Also taste extremely floral.
Carbonated, but pleasantly so. Its an IPA definitely, but it doesn't drink like one. I took down like four of these in a sitting just based off of taste and simply how easy it is to drink. GREAT BEER.
All I have to say is if you're considering it, get it. This beer is crazy good. I personally like it more than Torpedo when it comes to Sierra Nevada (and I love Torpedo).

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huge smells of grapefruit pine resin and an oily hop smell that honestly I would be pointing out if they didnt say it was brewed with distilled hop oil. You get that same taste but with the cracker malts coming through. The piney whole cone hop bitterness builds as you drink the beer and as it warms a bit which really makes it a great IPA. Tastes more bitter than 60 ibus. The only thing is the mouthfeel is sort of thin at the beginning but becomes thicker towards the end. I'm assuming because they really wanted to showcase the hops they used lighter malts then usual which is fine because the hops and hop oils are awesome in this beer.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another great American IPA from Sierra Nevada. This is very similar to their Celebration in its hop aroma. Spot on. But it also carries the spicy hop character that I find in Ruthless Rye. Best of both worlds? Possibly. Hop Hunter seems much drier than both so I think that is where I find the distinct character of this IPA to stand out among the two.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this because it was on sale - then noticed it was a sierra nevada brew I'd yet to sample:

A pours a beautiful deep amber hue. Ultra clarity. better than 2 fingers of clamshell white head, settles with equisite lacing to a rich film.

S HOME RUN> super piney hops

T nice bite of classic IPA hopiness - lingers long after the swallow

M maybe a bit "oily" - or maybe Im just letting the bottle desciption get to me.

D VERY AWESOME. not a session beer, but indeed a fine brew.

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Photo of Dave97
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poor - from a 12oz bottle - a beautiful poor. With an aggressive poor we get a 6 finger head. Nice sea foam head, very sticky. Head very slowly settles down. Very nice lacing.

Appearance - 18k gold/dark straw, medium amber, beautiful golden color. Lots of sediment , light haze.

Nose - Very nice; loads of sugary cascade and Crystal hop. Citrus, Pine, Resin. Mostly Orange/Tangerine, a little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Light, almost no fizz. Watery, very easy drinking.

Taste - Very light pilsner malt. Almost no malt that is distinctive. But the Caramel is there a little adding to a nice sweet backbone. A very strong orange/tangerine presence, litght grapefruit. A little spicy; a little ginger, clove, cardamon. Light piney, resiny.

Finish - Nice lasting finish. Nothing too much on the sides of the tongue though. At 60 ibu's, this isn't an over the top bitter/sour bomb. Nice light sourness on the back of the tongue. Actually a very nice tasting finish. Very sweet citrus.

Final thoughts - A very very nice lighter drinking west coast IPA. Probably my favorite Sierra Nevada expression. Very nice medium bitterness. Nice light citrus flavor profile. Definitely a keeper. Very nice any time a day/sessionable ale.

Out of the box - I prefer this over the Torpedo. I prefer hop over malt. This is exactly what I've been waiting for from Sierra Nevada for a very long time. Definitely one of my favorite American IPA's. Thank you SN!! If you like west coast, citrus, hoppy, resin, pine IPA's but want an easier lighter drinker... then this is your ale. The advent of West Coast citrus hops has created a whole new flavor profile for beer. I believe that SN has capitalized on this genera perfectly, but with this particular offering hasn't taken it to the extreme like Hoptimum. I'm not a big fan of double IPA's. They are a little over the top for me. A little too thick. But this is a great lighter IPA that really brings the nose and taste of a great DIPA but with less body and punch.

Food pairings - Lemon, Sesame and Generals Chicken, Texas Brisket, Salmon, Stuffed Red Pepper, Yellow Curry, Fajita's and most especially, definitely mussels in garlic and red pepper sauce... yummm....

This is almost a perfect beer for me... the only thing I would like would be slightly, just a tinge more malt.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like this beer very much, in fact I like it a lot. Just had one bottle so far and am looking to buy a keg for a more in-depth review. Initial impact is of a very hoppy fragrant IPA, close to Gubna, Palate Wrecker but it backs off very quickly into a smoother mouthfeel. Great smell, very aromatic hops. A little oily, or is that just from the media I read about it? I have thought Gubna was oily too. Anyway, better review when I get a keg, this is a strong recommend to a must try beer.

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Photo of SpenCycle
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a revolutionary beer. With 60 ibus, this is one of the freshest, happiest beers I've ever had. Huge surprise. Not a whole lot surprises me in the IPA category these days, but this is one to remember. A new favorite. You owe it to yourself to try one or a six pack.

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Photo of tommykimchi
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Appearance : Pale straw with strong head retention and lacing.

Aroma : Closest experience to an actual hop-rub I've had from a beer. Strong grapefruit pith aroma with a touch of pine.

Taste : Dry, crisp and light. For all the incredible hop aroma this packs, there is a distinct lack of overwhelming bitterness. A true showcase of balance between hop flavor and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate carbonation with no lingering bitterness or sweetness.

Overall: It is hard to believe that this will be a year-round/readily available beer. I think it will truly surprise some people.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice head at first, dissipated fairly quick to a small lacing. Bright, gold. Smells great! Dank, fruit, citrus, maybe a little pine cattiness. Great bouquet of smells. Taste is the same but cleaner. Great firm bitterness. Overall a really great beer. I look forward to 12 packs of this!

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Six pack dated 10/22/15

Looks beautiful like a quality IPA should.

Smells amazing. Like a bouquet at a flower shop. I would put the up there with my favorite IPA, hop hash.

Taste is very well balanced considering the hop infusion. Not overly bitter, but not for the faint hop hearted.

Great mouth feel, but I don't think I care much about this category.

Overall amazing. I paid 8.99 for a six pack. Sierra Nevada blows other macro crafter's out of the water. Super fresh tasting beer. My all-time favorite in this category is hop hash by Sweet water brewing. This is close to that and much easier to get. Don't pass this up.

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Photo of JDazzle95
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has a very nice hoppy aroma, smells like the perfect IPA. Like many other Sierra Nevada beers the taste is hoppy with very slight citrus notes. For those that have tasted the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Hop Hunter tastes a lot like the Torpedo but lighter and less bitter, while retaining much of the hoppy flavor. Overall an amazing beer, especially if your looking for a hoppy beer that isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of SaintAlphonzo
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Ordered the sole decent beer at a tavern in Exeter only to find out that it was just "kicked." They would be switching over the kegs and the new one was Sierra Nevada's Hop Hunter IPA. Insane aroma. It was overwhelming in that we could clearly detect the hopful redolence, literally pouring into our noses from the table. Very interesting and crisp new flavors.

Recently sampled in bottle form from a six pack and was less impressed. Curious to see how this fairs in the long run. Aging and light could be a problem for this upcoming style.

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Photo of Fetusonfire
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a snifter- on draft at Torpedo Room Berkeley.

Appearance: Clear, Golden. Billowy foam head, great retention and lacing. Exactly what I look for in a west coast IPA. 4.5

Aroma: No caramel malt in the nose (unusual for SN). ALL HOPS! Aroma reminicent of a wet hopped beer. Grapefruit rind literally jumping out of the glass. 4.75

Taste: Malt and hop bitterness working in perfect harmony. YAY. Hop forward flavor to say the least. Ruby red grapefruit flavor. Finish is dry (accentuates the hops nicely). 4.75

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. Light-medium bodied. Dry finish leaves only hop flavor lingering on the palette. 4.5

Overall: I'm VERY happy SN is putting out a beer like this year round. The hops REALLY shine through here. The lack of specialty malt is unusual for SN, and for me, is a very welcome change. Year round wet hop IPA anyone? 5

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Photo of fuzzbalz
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very clear, and light a little darker than a macro lager. Aroma is off the chain pine and some citrus. The bitterness is very clean and bright grapefruit and citrus and more pine. Goes down very easy, may be my fav SN year round.

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Photo of Pete_2112
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, this beer has the best aroma of any IPA I've smelled thus far. The look of the beer is golden with a white fluffy head. Bubbles streaming up nicely from the bottom of the glass. The smell is the best part of this beer: spicy, floral, and some pine scent. It is so good. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. Just a really delicious spicy flavor that is really crisp and smooth. The bitterness on this IPA is not much honestly. It is there, but not like other IPA's where you can really detect it the whole time. The mouthfeel is light/light-medium, making it easy drinking. Carbonation is just right from the bottle. Overall, Hop Hunter is a must try for any hop loving enthusiast. You will LOVE the smell of this beer. I will drink this one over and over. Well done Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Strong, piney, floral aroma. WOW!! Nice piney hop, citrus malts. Good malt to hop transition. Very minimal soapy aftertaste. Light bodied. Very good beer.

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Photo of Beglane
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a great beer! This beer needs to be served at 50° to be appreciated.it's a really sweet beer when served at this temperature. When it's ice cold it actually seems a little too bitter and the sweetness of the malt it's completely diminished. Try it warm, you will not be disappointed

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Photo of Etherjet
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer. Great aroma and hop flavor, really enjoyed this growler fill! I would buy this regularly but I do not believe it will be available very often at my local beer store. When they have it--I'll grab some!

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,197 ratings.
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