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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
Ranking:
#2,570
Reviews:
599
Ratings:
3,271
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
178
Gots:
1,371
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 3,271 |  Reviews: 599
Photo of probert
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpyle
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely pale amber or dark gold, your decision. Quite clear for an IPA. Pours a tightly bubbled white head with decent retention.

Big hop nose with lots of pine and also some caramel malt sweetness.

Almost pure hoppy goodness in the flavor, just the slightest hint of a supporting malt backbone. Hop flavors of the earthy and piney variety. Nice to have a non-tropical IPA. Very clean - nothing interferes with the hop flavors. Bitterness is assertive but not overpowering, and finishes with a nice hop flavored bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency despite the hoppiness. Somewhat drying, but that isn't a flaw.

A nice clean drinking IPA with big hop flavor and aroma. Has a bit more of an "old school" pine hop vibe that I appreciate. So many of the newfangled hops are tropical fruit sweet. They have a place, but good to see a classic flavor profile executed to perfection.

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Photo of huthuty
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A deep gold with a small persistent head
This beer smells complexly hoppy and has a mostly floral and strong hops taste
Another slam dunk from Sierra Nevada

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Photo of BBM
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JavierGC
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kitekid
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Golfontap
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of adam36
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gvickery
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll skip straight to the taste. To me it has an almost chemical flavor, the intense hop flavor is there but something doesnt seem right. I would drink it again but not my favorite by a long shot. Distilled hop oil, really? Seems gimmicky to me.

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Photo of seanchai
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scudworth
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A solid effort from Sierra Nevada. A classic IPA with an extra infusion of hops.

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Photo of deniserat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cgrunin
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Got this in a variety 12 pack from SN Brewing Company. All of the ones I have tried from these guys have been very good. However, I think all of the ratings for their beers are a little higher than they should be.....just sayin'.

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Photo of Keeling
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iski100
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of benloho
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Spaniards, a 400 year old pub in North London. Lots of SN on tap today. Pours a washed out gold with a bit of haze and a small but firm head that leaves some lace. Nose is fresh W.coast hops as you'd expect with citrus and pine, but a more oily and dank twist. Taste had a good malt backbone to keep things balanced, but was certainly leaning toward the hop flavor. Caught a bit of onion on top of the citrus along with summer fruits and a grassy quality. Really well rounded flavor. Would have this over and over for sure.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a semi - transparent golden to bronzed yellow/orange color. A one finger white foamy head dissipates within about a minute leaving a lumpy looking wake of a head. Lacing was there but mostly all over the place. The smell had a big oily skin of green fresh hops, nice and dank with a fresh oily onion rolling under my nose. The taste was mainly spicy and dank oily, boy, that hop oil is good and laces a slight sweetness into the aftertaste into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed to be a bit smoothed out. Not as much sharpness as expected for an AIPA but hey I still dig this. Overall, a bit different on that mouthfeel/palate, coming across smoother tha expected. Still I’d have again.
 

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

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is nice golden color with a lot of carbonation. A foamy white head that thinned out. The beer has a strong pine and citrus smell. The hops have a nice floral flavor with a hint of citrus and pine. The beer has good carbonation.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,271 ratings
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