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:
3,221
Reviews:
585
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
1,349
For Trade:
4
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Photo of PizzaFreak
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding IPA!!!! I think I have found a new best friend.

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Photo of Crusin1228
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer

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Photo of Shambles75
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppy as fk, but light in the texture....

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

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

Photo of hollywoodaubie86
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is amazing. Great flavor but deliciously smooth

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

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

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

Light and refreshing IPA, love the bread taste finish. SOLID IPA, different, but amazing!

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Photo of James_Bond_007
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Distilled hop oil. Awesome from start to finish.

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

I can't say enough good things about this beer, it is my favorite readily available selection. I would love to see more hop oil extracts in use.

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

Like Christmas in my mouth!

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

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

Heard the hype, tried this beer and believe the hype. I love this beer. It is a perfect ipa in my opinion

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

This is Jesus' favorite IPA.

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

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Bottle from OBriens off licence in Lucan just outside Dublin. A little different but still a lovely IPA.

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

D-licious. My new favorite beer

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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 dbs3268
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just.... awesome. Must try this.

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Photo of DukeRanger17
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer, hoppy with good flavor and not over powering. Highly recommend!!!

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,221 ratings.
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