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Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 12-01-2014

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Packaged 1/23/15.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and slight pine needle flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of citrus and earthy hop qualities that are fairly potent without being super bitter.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

interesting this is finally out, and a cool method, trying to preserve that wet hop character we all love so much. i think its largely successful too, the beer smells and tastes as fresh as any, wet and oily, fresh as can be, citrus and wet lawn and all the resinous dankness there could be really. pale beer, nice head, bright in the glass, and the aroma is all hops. not sure the exact chemistry on distilling this stuff, but it seems to work. the taste is right on too, similar to other hoppy beers they make, but seemingly more fresh and pungent, more heavily dosed on the hops. the one thing i dont like it the mouthfeel. i like the sticky honey textured thing you get from all the wet hop oils, it really gives the beer a signature weight and feel, and its totally absent here. it seems almost thin for how big its flavors are, and while carbonation is just fine, the beer seems off, or confused rather. love the nose and taste, that part is true to wet hops, but the mouthfeel exposes it a little. a reasonable facsimile of a wet hop beer other than that though, and for an all year around brew, ill take it. fairly priced helps a lot too. well done on the whole, but ill still look forward to real wet hop season with just the same enthusiasm i always have...

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Photo of spycow
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of djrn2
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear deep golden yellow and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface along with some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of piney hops and has a moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has lots of aromas and flavors of piney hops, but there's no resin-like smell or taste that you would normally expect, particularly in the finish. I'm assuming this has something to do with the use of distilled hops in lieu of whole hops or hop pellets.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With it's strong celebration of new ways to capture hop character, Sierra Nevada describes their new IPA a being borne of "distilled hop oils" for a unique taste to evoke salavation from hop heads near and far. They sell high, but...

The deep camel amber hue is bright and sparkling. Only the faintest of haze denotes any unabridged late hop character. Its nose is surely juicy of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon, grass and pine but is just as vibrant with caramel and graham cracker for a balanced attack.

While the taste is malty early and soon succumbs to the hop rebuttal. Those citrus components do little to exceed the lingering malty backbone; rendering the middle palate balanced and firm. As the finish looms, the caramel, biscuit and cakey malts are reluctant to any respectable fade and the hops and gentle as a pup to keep the beer stagnant late.

Its firm bodied taste and textures are medium and malty-dry. Those stubborn malt tendencies begin to detract from that technology and methodology that the "distilled hop" character is supposed to exploit. In the end, the taste of their classic Pale Ale is front and center and in more vivid display. But as a game changing IPA, it is not.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - hmmm...distilled hop oil, eh? Nice to try another one actually made with it, as opposed to adjoined to it, like Phillips' 13th anniversary brew.

The beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with one fat finger of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of streaky and smeared lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of tart, reduced citrus rind, pungent, slightly dank pine resin, a twinge of generic tropical fruit, and a very hard to pin down crackery caramel malt. The taste is more zesty orange and white grapefruit pith, fruitier tropicals, oily (natch) pine tree resin, bready caramel malt, and further mildly bitter, leafy and herbal florals.

The carbonation is adequately strong enough to keep me from scraping my tongue, what with its lightly cutting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and smooth, sure, but the cracks in the hop-hold are starting to show. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness of the hops and the workaday malt keeping this thing between the ditches.

Perhaps my lupulin tolerance has reached a near practical limit, as I didn't find this one particularly bitter, but I guess that might be the whole point here. Lots of varied hoppy flavour, from the citrus and pine, to the tropical and herbal, but nothing that invokes that bitter beer face (even the good, craft beer kind).

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great sessionable IPA.
Bright golden orange with a steady plume of ever present carbonation. A ton of sticky lacing and long lasting head retention. Looks great.

Pungent aroma with a hint of the dank, resiny greens, chive.

Melon or cantaloupe flavors minus the sweetness, toasted popcorn kernels, light bitterness. This is all about the hop flavor. Light to medium bodied without the sticky sweetness or harsh bitterness of some IPAs. Even keel and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that leaves some splashes of lacing

Smell: Very bright and pithy, with pine tones as well

Taste: Shortbread malt, up front, with pith flavors building; a more assertive, pine flavor arrives in the middle and the malts reassert in the finish to balance out the bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nicely balanced IPA with an enjoyable hop bill; nothing mind-blowing but an appealing middle of the road IPA

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of light floral hops with some citrus notes. Taste is mostly dominated by dry caramel malt notes with some citrus hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but doesn’t stand out as much as I had expected and can’t really tell the difference between this hop oil and the regular hopping process.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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