Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hop HunterHop Hunter

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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle in Bryon Hamburgers, Glasgow (£4.75):
Enjoyable stuff all things considered, it got off to a rocky start with a poor appearance & not much of a head to it but the tropical fruits in the nose & taste soon turned things around. There was a lot of peach, mango, apricot & pine but the orange & citrus flavours seemed strongest at times. Not the most complex IPA out there but very enjoyable with a refreshing & highly drinkable feel to it. One that I'd happily have again.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh not the best ipa but not the worst.
Simply not complex enough for me, you get some citrus flavors mainly.. orange peel some pine ... and that's it.
Doesn't even touch the torpedo from sierra nevada which has got me grabbing more of there beers cause I love that beer so much. Allso the maiden the shade is delicious also.

Yeah when you go raving on about other beers while you're supposed to be reviewing this beer it probably means this beer isn't that great..

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Photo of MacMalt
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a golden honey color with 1-finger of snow white head and lacing. It smells of malt, grapefruit, orange peel, pine needles, and floral hops. The primary taste is bitter hops, cracker, and grapefruit. It's quite bitter at the finish. This ale is light in body, moderate in carbonation, and with an ABV of 6.2% it's very drinkable. Overall, it's crisp, dry, and refreshing but a little bland.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh...for me see SN's "Torpedo" IPA: It's an attractive and palatable IPA that
I wouldn't mind occasionally having, but I wouldn't stock it as part of my normal
rotation. The hop oil does add a more intense twist or a somewhat different
accompanying note, but again, not a home run for me personally, likely due
to the absence of a more pronounced malt or a sweeter backbone component.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden straw color with a foamy white head that lingered. Big aromas of mainly pine, but also orange, bread, and earth tones. Taste follows but I get more citrus up front, with complex tastes of pine, earth, and malt. Dry finish and well-balanced.

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Photo of moofthedog
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Basic, golden beer color.
Aroma: Malty? Smells sweet, yet dank. Elements of citrus, pine.
Taste: A wonderful blend of hop flavors balanced out with malts. Not boozy at all. Really wishing I had some cheese to eat with this.
Mouth: Somehow, the cutting bitterness doesn't stick on my tongue like some other IPA's

Overall: This beer is made from 6 different kinds of hops. It's selling point is that it uses distilled hop oils, which seems to work well in my opinion. Fun fact, it also uses flaked oats as an adjunct, which is commonly used in darker beers like porters and stouts. This likely accounts for why the mouthfeel isn't so cutting and is more "smooth". Overall, great beer. Give this one a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle, poured into a snifter.

Look: clear light golden color, very thin white head, small amount of lacing
Smell: smells good but is rather weak; bitter hops & malt overcome anything else in the nose
Taste: on the bitter side, but not overwhelmingly so; hops, citrus (mostly grapefruit), faint hints of malt and pine. very delicious. bitter/malt aftertaste that disappears quickly.
Feel: pretty thin for an IPA, but the smoothness of this beer overcomes any issues here

Overall: definitely an enjoyable and above average IPA, although not quite a top tier beer. I'll probably end up buying a 6 pack if I see it again.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's thin feeling. The aroma is excellent as was intended. Ultimately, it winds up being one of those hoppy-for-hoppiness- sake beers. Still, I drank my six pack.

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Photo of heymikew
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The guys at Sierra really know what they're doing. This is a great IPA. The hop oil enhances not only the aroma but imparts a wonderful flavor as well. The 6.2 abv puts it on the lower end of the sale for an IPA which I appreciate since I'll probably have more than one.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: golden body with a touch of copper; medium frothy head, long lasting

Smell: sweet malts overwhelmed with citrusy/piney US hops. True to style, but not as appealing to me.

Taste: straight, upfront hit with astringent, piney hops; overwhelms the other flavors; finishes with dry hoppiness

Mouthfeel: on the thin side of medium body; smooth though

Remarks: not my favorite style or hops, but it's not a bad brew.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.14/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Meh. The hop taste is mild and mostly aromatic. Not much mouth feel. Not complex.... really simplistic brew. It's pee yellow which is the neatest thing about this mediocre brew.

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Photo of JDazzle95
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has a very nice hoppy aroma, smells like the perfect IPA. Like many other Sierra Nevada beers the taste is hoppy with very slight citrus notes. For those that have tasted the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Hop Hunter tastes a lot like the Torpedo but lighter and less bitter, while retaining much of the hoppy flavor. Overall an amazing beer, especially if your looking for a hoppy beer that isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color gold, perhaps a shade more coppery than plain gold. White and relatively stiff foam head. Nose strongly hoppy: acrid, bitter (in a good hoppy way), piney, with some fruity smell as well, but the fruit is significantly less strong than the resinous notes. Taste was more malty in front than I had guessed it would be given the nose. Hops wrap around the flavor and escort it out, leaving a typical hoppy IPA aftertaste, but they are not as dominant as the nose might indicate - which is actually good. The malt is not totally forgotten: there's an effort to balance the flavor here. Mouthfeel surprisingly creamy; would the hop oil have anything to do with that? Also somewhat foamy.

Poured from bottle into glass. Label stamp reads "PKGD 01/27/16 1115"

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Photo of Squire123
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear, clean light yellow with thick fluffy cap and even lacing.

Aroma: Very clean hop aroma, strong yet restrained, very sophisticated. There's a rich fullness to the hop aroma without being aggressive in any way

Taste: Malt present yet not really malty, a supporting role for the main actor which is hops. Malt remains through to the finish without ever breaking out of it's confined space. Hops sing throughout but with a limited range. I won't say there is just one hop flavor, rather a well integrated hop flavor.

Overall: Certainly a beer worth drinking and worth buying again. Whether this will replace your regular IPA depends on how much one likes the hop profile, which is different from other IPAs I've tried.

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

Overall I liked it. Drank from a bottle so I couldn't tell you what it looked like (it certainly didn't glow). I kind of liked the beer and its one I could drink again.

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Photo of gr8ful
2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

ehhhh....not a keeper.
has the taste, look and feel of a mass-produced macro-brew. The hops seem to be just bitter for the sake of bitterness, but they miss on that, too at a relatively low IBU = 60.
pale yellow, reminiscent of a Miller Lite. head was mostly non existent. To me, very astringent mouth feel. Smell was noticeable but not aromatic.
My expectations for SN are appropriate for what they are, but I won't try this one again. My "everyday" beer is often SN Pale Ale.
this was poured from 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Umdrunner
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured clear straw yellow with small white head that faded quick. The initial scent was strong with notes of citrus and pine, though oddly faded quickly. Flavor had a bitter punch to begin, then transformed into floral flavors with citrus and pine, balance by smooth malt. The flavor rounds back to a bitter citrus punch to finish up. Moderate carbonation adds to the crisp effect this beer provides. Not Sierra Nevadas best IPA, but I think this new distilled hop oil technique has potential!

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

The final offering from the SN IPA mixed twelve. I remember having this in Oakland last summer on vacation but had a bit of a blotto night and don't remember it distinctly, yet fondly. Pure golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a half inch white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is heavy on the pine and fresh herbal notes.

Taste is fresh and surprisingly sweet and juicy. The hops are in the house but bitterness is surprisingly low. Far more understated than I would expect considering the name but complex and refreshing. A bit surprising but I definitely like it. Mouthfeel complements the taste nicely and the finish is mellow and very clean. Some hop resin in the aftertaste but nothing out of control. I could do with a touch less carbonation initially.

Definitely tighter and more efficient all around than the Five Hop, which was only okay by SN standards to me. Would have again.

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Photo of Lunchbox171717
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was pretty good, but not great. For the price, it's well worth a try. I find it to be quite similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale, which is a good thing. It's not perfect, but it's again worth its asking cost.

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

Poured from bottle into Tulip. No much head. Golden orange color. Well carbonated. Fresh piney scent. Nice hops on front and middle, finishes dey with just a taste in the upper palate. Not too bitter. Nice, but I like their torpedo a bit better.

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

Dark gold color, a little hazy. Highly carbonated. Thick bright white rocky head.

Lots of citrus hops, lemon zest, some sweetness from the malt.

Bright, citrus, lemony, pineapple, herbal-spicy, a little resiny. Sweet malty backbone, just a hint of honey. Finish is semi-dry. Medium-light bodied, crisp, a little oily, smooth.

It's a very good American IPA.

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Photo of zshaft
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours nice clear off orange with nice pine scent. very subtile though. tastes nice with not much on the front palate but end palate yields nice soft spruce needles with some white melon notes in there as well. rather light mouthfeel but does not take away from the brew. nice beer with good bitterness and flavor. a go to if you need to drink a lot at only 6 percent.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Teku glass. Bottled 21 December 2015.
Clearish gold with light head and sticky lace.
It smells powerfully and delightfully hoppy. Fragrant pine and earth, dry and spicy, with a hint of grapefruit peel.
Strangely light-bodied for such a potent smelling brew, but considerably less obnoxious than other hop-oil beers I've had (say, Hop Stoopid). It's a pretty straightforward AIPA, and I don't know that I would have noticed the fresh hops aside from a pleasant mild earthiness that acts as a pleasant counterpoint to the more obvious hoppy topnotes.
Light and dry.
A solid, pleasant IPA. Recommended!

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

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter: in case regular Sierra Nevada wasn't squeaky-clean enough for you. Quite the gimmick. I'm pretty sure "distilled" hop oil is what Miller uses in their beers, too…

12 oz bottle served in a can glass. Beer pours brilliant golden yellow with a medium white head, and perfectly clear, of course. Aroma is deliciously floral and fresh smelling. Obviously nothing was lost for want of dry-hopping with whole cone hops. Initial flavor is aggressively bitter on the front of the palate. More piney. Astringent, even. However the middle of the palate and the finish are much cleaner and more standard for single American IPA proportions. Possibly my favorite from this particular Sierra Nevada variety pack.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a hop pak with Hop Hunter, Five Hops, Ruthless and Torpedo. Let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a classic smell of grapefruit and pine, this is almost like pine tree sap. Pours to a bright yellow with a huge foamy head that recedes lacing with big bubbles. On the taste this brew has the pine tree sapping and a very tart grapefruit bite. Tartness overrides sweet malt but it is evident and starts to emerge near the end when a slight bitterness of an aftertaste emerges. This is a brew for the hop lover hence hop hunter, and it does not disappoint. Great mouthfeel syrupy but not overly. Head holds up to the last sip, or did I just drink it that fast?

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,192 ratings.
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