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 dbankovs
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arseel
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes, very hoppy I’m both smell and taste. If you are hunting for hops, you may find them here. One finger head which disappated quickly. Mostly clear, light gold with medium carbonation. Hops dominate the taste with pine/citrus undertones and notable sweetness at the end.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, PKGD 09/11/17 ... poured into a fat tulip)

L: fairly-clear, pale yellow-gold colored liquid; 2-finger tall, open-spongy mountain of white foam, craggy and lacing in thick, crusty webs... doesn't end up holding an unbroken cap for long

S: pineapple, lemon zest, hints of candied ginger... soft notes of pepper and fresh-cut grass... undercurrent of fresh navel orange flesh... rather typical fragrance of citrus/tropical hops, but very vibrant, with a bit of round dimension... maybe a very subtle undertone of yeasty-bready malt, but quite light

T: layers of hops are somehow apparent upon first sip, interwoven with the bready malt, finishing with some notes of subtly toasty, leafy whole cone flowers; also, notably dry in the aftertaste ... second sip reveals some emerging leafy bitterness with a tinge of a dried citrus peels - again, very little (malt) sweetness, but certainly some of its toasty, grainy husk ... little bit of spice late in the aftertaste, with a vague phenolic tinge

F: classic, dependable SA dryness, and with a short snap-off at the end; the onset carries an enlivening gassy tingle, while the flow-through has a delicate powdery texture... mellow spice from hops and alcohol leave a lovely warm hum on the palate... if only it had a nip less frothiness

O: surely a bit past its prime, but still full of bold, layered (hop) aromas and flavors (if none unique)... what makes this worthy of repeat visits (like most SA beers) is its seldom-paralleled taut, streamlined construct - fantastic!... will seek out a fresher sixer in the near future

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Photo of Josmurf
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Needs a deeper follow-through for a higher overall score

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

Pours clear yellow orange, not a whole lot of head. Smell is nice citrus, taste is more hoppy piney. Medium mouthfeel, a bit of lasting bitterness. Overall a decent solid IPA, more piney and less juicy.

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Photo of cwd
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BucBasil
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from the 330mL bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a pure gold color with a pure white foamy head that speckles lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is dominated by citrusy hops, especially pineapple and orange. Really to as strong as I was expecting for the killing point of being "the most aromatic hop experience." Pretty normal to me actually.

T: Same as the taste. It is not super hoppy, but very fruity actually. There is a juiciness to the taste that seems bit mor fruity than normal, but overall this seems like a regular IPA. Finishes slightly dry but not puckeringly so.

F: Smooth with a bit of carbonation all the way through.

Overall: This feels like a normal IPA with a unique marketing catch. The "steam-distilled" hops seem to give a similar character to the beer as a regular IPA. I guess I maybe expected a more "extreme" flavor, but the effect was more subtle than expected. The beer was very fruity in a way and had a bit more fresh citrus character than a normal IPA. But overall, pretty average I would say.

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

Photo of JoeyJellico
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derdtheterd
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gspeer711
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omahawk
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color. Light carbonation- less than a typical American style ale. Smell is pine, tangerine and clean malt. Taste is clean bitterness- light malt touch with firm, well balanced hop bitterness. Hop flavor throughout from start to finish of pine, grapefruit, and citrus. Small head dissipates quickly. A very solid and balanced hop-forward IPA offering.

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

Photo of hsvhughes
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like dry, hoppy, bitter ales and beers. I do NOT like sweet, heavy beers.
Hop Hunter hits the spot dead on with a good variety of hoppy goodness along with just enough malt to carry it. It has a nice dry finish with no discernible after taste. Having a final gravity of 2.8, this is my "go to" IPA when the hops cravings come along.

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

Photo of insouciantx
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Nice initial citrusy aroma with notes of fresh oranges, pine, grapefruit, caramels and flowers.
Flavor with notes of pine, grapefruit, resin, lemon peel, mild caramel malt, a bit of mango and melon. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste with a long finish, without bitter spikes though.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
The distilled hop oil indeed gave a hoppy pine and citrusy boost to this brew and made this very assertive with somewhat lower hop complexity. Perfect execution, though.

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

Photo of PineappleBoss
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

very delicious

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dextermcgurk
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmashPants
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Format: a stumpy little 355mL brown bottle with a pretty awesome label. Plenty of repetitions about the steam distilled hops. Let's see what it's all about.

Appearance: pours out dark orange with a heavy body. A fantastic rise of egg-shell white finger of head rises up and hangs about for a good, long time. A great lace down the side of the glass during the session.

Aroma: big notes of the American-style grapefruit citrus and pine hops in good proportions. There is a faint aroma of some spices behind, but I can't pick it.

Taste: the flavour profile pretty much follows the nose - goes down very easily for a reasonably high ABV. A good combination of the citrus and pine hops. Some sweet malts behind to round it out.

Aftertaste: lingering hop flavours without too much bitterness. Nice.

Mouth feel: a light-to-medium feel with low carbonation. Fairly crisp and easy to put away.

Overall: another great beer from Sierra Nevada. A very good example of the American IPA style, with plenty of citrus and pine hops that resolve very nicely. The malt sweetness works brilliantly. A bit pricy at AU$94 for a case of 24 x 355mL bottles, but it's worth it.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,306 ratings