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:
3,208
Reviews:
581
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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173
Gots:
1,343
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Jacob17
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexManiacDrunkard
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NastyNorseman
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this interesting IPA. Pours golden with a ruddy center and white head that dissipates and rings out nicely hanging around throughout the brew. Wonderful hop aroma, resiny with citrus, grapefruit. Taste is more subtle than expected, light medium body not as overpowering though your palette is enveloped with oily hops flavor with yeasty malt as you mouth warms. It is what the name suggests it is. You will find your hops when you take a sniff and swig of this one.

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Photo of Pale_Horse
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DreDay
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tjb14
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlennWB
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dekkar
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nose of pine, resin, grapefruit, floral, dank, faint bready malt. Taste citrus, grapefruit, grassy, oily, hint sweet malt, slight spiciness, light-med body.

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Photo of nstygles
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herf
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I purchased this beer today based on the reviews here. Basically this beer taste strongly like the white pith of both grapefruit and oranges with grapefruit being the dominant flavor. It hits the tongue with a harsh entry and finishes off being extremely bitter. There is nothing mellow about this beer, not at all. Please do not even consider paring it with food because being so bitter it will not compliment any dish. It boast 6.2% ABV yet there was not a mellow buzz that usually accompany a beer in the same ABV percentile. I cannot say it was balanced because the strong grapefruit essence overpowered whatever flavor made up the mix. It was on sale for $8.99 today. I feel sad that I wasted my hard earned cash on a bottle filled with the bitter taste of grapefruit pith. I will not purchase this again and I wish it was a return policy for unfinished product.

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Photo of Nolster
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giantspace
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bellce0
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am not normally an IPA enthusiast, but this beer is leading me in that direction. My first sip was far different than expected, as I din't find the hops bitterness to be overpowering. Strong hops aroma? Definitely, but it is balanced by a taste that offers a moderate malt body. Very drinkable...

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpenske
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aqualad
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good hoppy and citrusy IPA. The hops are more apparent on the nose than the flavor but that doesn't take away from the beer. Very enjoyable and would have again.

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Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of qrazvan
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Intense and hazy yellow colour.
The smell immediately strikes you with the freshness of a well done, traditional ale (similar to an English one, but with much more aroma in). I could feel vanilla, grapes, apricots, citrus, cakes.
Feels creamy and pleasant when tasted, with a lot of hops inside (as expected), grapefruit and citrus and a lemon zest touch. Bitter, especially in the end.
It gave me the sensation of an extremely aromatic and fresh red ale.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 bluesyasian
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,208 ratings.
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