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
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#2,811
Reviews:
609
Ratings:
3,314
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 3,314 |  Reviews: 609
Photo of DT509er
1.09/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So disappointed in this beer I truly wonder if it really is an IPA, and to imagine that Lagunitas' Tony Magee wanted to sue over this!!??!!??

Flavor: Non-existent
Look: In the bottle or a glass matters not, it lacks.
Smell: Skynard would be greatly disappointed.
Feel: You mean the bottle or the label?
Overall: Not worthy!

I have a 12 pack, minus 3 beers...so that's 9 beers out to someone else!

The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale...one of the best there is among all beers. The Hop Hunter...what next?

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Photo of plumberman63
1.57/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

bitter beer, not my Idea of a good beer. Surprises me how many like bitter beer.

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Photo of MeanderingHermit
1.74/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Bland, typical Sierra Nevada. I really don't understand the good reviews.

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Photo of JohnnyLaw
1.8/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bitter. If you love this and don't think it's too bitter, then you have overdone your palette with over hopped beer.

As I went through a few of these I got used to the beer - but still bitter. Will NOT purchase this beer again, will drink it again if offered and nothing else left at the party.

Save your money and avoid.

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Photo of oneaday
1.87/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Half step more bitter than SNPA. Decent IPA but nothing to make trip to the pub for. At 60 IBU what did I expect?

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Photo of brighteyes868
2.02/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hop heads will live this, I did not.

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Photo of tomthewise
2.18/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nothing distinctive, run of the mill

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Photo of darth_punchbowl
2.22/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a 12 oz. bottle decanted into a pint glass. Firm rock white head that dissolced in 3 or 4 minutes. Really had to work for the aroma so I am suspecting a stale bottle. Mouthfeel was remarkably smooth and easy drinking, so props for that. Carbonation level wasnt light, but apptopriate, not bonkers. As for the flavor, I was severely underwhelmed. I couldn't make out any specific hop flavor or aromatics. It was a very flat tasting, but hoppy, beer. In fact it seemed like the caramel malt came out ahead of the hops. I will try it again in the future but if this is it, I have to say damn, I'm a little confused.

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Photo of tonydrinksbeer
2.32/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"Bitter" was my first impression. I drink Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA regularly, and Hop Hunter had none of the complexity or body or aroma I'd come to expect. It was a powerful blast of bitter hops up front with little body behind it. I did not crave another.

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Photo of Nichols33
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Wow, I guess I've just gone to far the snob route. This beer was below average. No aroma, no juiciness, no citrus, no dank. Basically on par with a home brew.

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Photo of Ser_Finn
2.47/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Average at best. Not terribly hoppy.

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Photo of Bierleichen
2.49/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

If you like hops you will love this...

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Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Love the idea of the hop oil but didnt love the execution on this one. Very bitter up front, I would have preferred if it was more balanced

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Photo of Golfer3Aces
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't have a chance to pour it into a glass because I was outside on a nice day drinking a beer. I didn't love the beer. But I didn't hate the beer. It was so intense on the hops that it didn't offer much else in the flavor department. I will go on record to say that just because a beer is hard to make, doesn't make it good. I applaud that they are trying to push the envelope on what an IPA can be and how it can be made, but I think this one should go back to the drawing board.
I will stick to Sierra Nevada's Celebration and Torpedo for their IPA options.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Smells awesome taste is ya basic IPA drinks well though

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Photo of Triple_Seven
2.64/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I love IPA's but I hate these Hop Hunters. Love pale ale and Torpedos, but these are awful. Maybe it's the whole hop oil thing, but I will not be buying these again.

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Photo of dahahnii
2.64/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tinny flavor with little after taste or aroma. Least favorite Sierra offering

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Photo of The_Black_Pearl
2.66/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Water feel and no grass flavor

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Photo of acostuhhh
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of the style, but this especially tastes piney, and not in a good way. Just not smooth or balanced whatsoever.

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Photo of jwolfe1311
2.71/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Other than the smell this beer is not good and one of the biggest let downs in a long time.

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Photo of PprBurke
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PReust
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I guess this ultimately betrays user reviews as relativistic absurdities. "Pine tree in a bottle, that will get you drunk" is where I am at on this.

So far, of course, because it comes in a six pack.

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Photo of troutmask96
2.79/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I'm a mega fan of Sierra Nevada's releases, but this one just didn't do it for me. When I read about SN's use of hop oils, I was cloyingly hoping for a hop wallop similar to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. But this beer looks thin, pours thin, and tastes thin. Refreshing enough, but this release falls short of SN's other epic releases...

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Photo of mhbarber
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be, but it seems contrived and 'fake'.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but just avg to me within the field of great ipas out there.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,314 ratings