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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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 3,193
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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Photo of mnj21655
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very pale gold in color with a finger of white head with good retention. Nice aroma, very piney with some citrus. Lots of pine in the taste with some citrus in the background, finishes bitter. Light-medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer, enough flavors to keep it interesting but not overwhelming.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was surprisingly light...a translucent golden color. Flavor and aroma were very piney, almost too much so. Finish was not particularly clean, deep pine definitely lingered. The mouthfeel was pretty clean, pretty good. Bit overrated.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm a bit betwixt and between on this bar. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I can't tell if it's really good or just fine. On the con side, the look is a bit light, the feel a little under-carbonated, and the taste almost too smooth at times. But the smell is floral, and when enough sips are had in a row the piney flavor really adds up to something tasty. As with some of the other Sierra Nevada IPAs (not all, but some) the hop flavor is almost too subtle and comes and goes. This creates a certain inconsistency in flavor based on how quickly you're drinking it. I also am uncertain about the distilled hop oil. I can't tell if I love it or if it is a beer version of MSG.

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Photo of gandres
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce glass poured to glass, package on 01/05/2016
Appearance : Dark Yellow, light amber some haziness, small head, some lacing
Aroma: Hoppy
Taste: good not a lot of taste
Overall: Good beer, fragrant
Drank on March 5, 2016

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours - golden color this white head some lacing.

Smell - Piney smell some grapefruit also getting a little bit of citrus.

Taste - Great hop flavor very piney hints of grapefruit as well.

Fell - Lighter side of medium good feel little bite from the hops.

Overall - Great beer I would have again.

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Photo of jpro
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz (Bottled 12-07-15) into SN IPA glass... Pours bright gold, with a thin white head of foam. Tropical fruit, citrus rind and light pine resin dominate the aroma. Taste is hoppy with minimal malt... Orange rind and pithy bitterness, with a touch of canned fruit cocktail syrup. A bit of a thin feel, with moderate carbonation. An easy drinking IPA.

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

Nice orange/Amber/straw color pour ( if there is such a color) laces the glass nicely. Hops hit you first of course. Almost has the fresh smell of a wet hopped beer and the use of hop oil plays into that. Citrus, grassy hop flavor low on malt profile and perhaps that's why this one feel a bit light on mouthfeel but none the less I enjoyed it and gave it high marks for it being refresshing. A beer I enjoyed

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Photo of drmeto
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden with a small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-visible particle floaties
-lemon,honey,sweet tangerines,oranges,passionfruit,slightly piney,slightly resiny
-lemon,piney,grapefruit,honey,bready,oranges,fruit candy
-medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light body
I dont know if its the Hop oil, but this held up surprisingly well (bottled 8 months ago).
Very good one.

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Photo of carlborch
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with 1-inch creamy head. The ale appears to have modest to high carbonation. The nose is sweet cream and hops with good amount of malt.Medium-light body. Sweet on the palate with a noticeable bitter hop finish and lingering. Repeated sips establish it as moreish but not very complex. Sweet malt and bitter notes that linger. There are not a great many layers of aroma and flavor. It is quite fine.

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Photo of HenryThoreau
3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was surprised to see so much praise for this beer (90/100 on 513 reviews at the time of this review). I tried this in their 4-Way IPA Seasonal Sampler. Bottled 12/22/15. Consumed 2/22/16.

The sweet floral/piney aroma was fair but the flavor quickly gave way to a bitterness that lingered too strongly and too long on the tongue for my liking. Underneath the bitter, the beer had a good residual malty sweetness. As for appearance, it was light in golden color. There were particulates suspended in the glass, perhaps a function of the hop oil or additional dry hopping. Sierra Nevada doesn't get carried away with filtering, so I wasn't concerned with its presence. Overall, it is a fair IPA, but one I would not seek out again.

Good drinking to you!

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden straw with a thin, white head.
Smells of citrus hop, grapefruit and pine.
A nice piney hop taste with light citrus tones. The pine resonates, and a nice balance with malt, yet the resin dominates.
The hops brig out an oily type mouthfeel in an otherwise lite mouthfeel.
Another solid SN product!

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada has done a bang up job with this brew. I've yet to have an IPA quite like this one.

It's not all that amazing in the glass and even in the nose.

It's a darker SNPA, with similar aroma, but the flavor of the hops - without extra bitterness - has been turned up to 11.

Instantly one of my favorite IPAs.

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

Pours a beautiful straw color with an ever so slight copper. Very light head that quickly disappears. Nice moderated carbonation. Nice hoppy smell and what you would expect from an IPA. Hints of pine and citrus. Some resin and hop oils detected at taste.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled back on 2/11/16 with a good friend. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage "Michelob" flute glass.

Brew pours a clear golden-yellow in color with a 1-finger foamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of floral hops, pine with citrus zest. The taste pretty much follows the nose for this one. NOT too hoppy for the finish at all, just a bit. Very drinkable and one of the better IPA style brews in my opinion. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. American IPA's don't seem to be as 'hoppy' as the regular British IPA's but don't know that for sure. Overall, I would try this again.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Clear in appearance, light golden in color
Smell - Pine, grapefruit, dank, some citrus
Taste - Super dank/super resinous, grapefruit, pine, citrus peel

Overall - My favorite SN IPA.....one of my favorite SN beers overall. Jam packed with flavor and extremely crushable.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled. packaged 12/21/15.

A: bright blonde. very clear. white frothy head with good retention and lacing. so far so good.

S: pine, some citrus, and hop resins. honestly, I was hoping for a little more umph in this aroma.

T: hop flavor follows the aroma, pine, citrus, and an artificial hop resin. that's just hop oil's though, they have a oddly artificial taste to me.

M: drinks like water. moderate carb.

D: good, not great. nice to see a big time brewery like SN messing around with hop oils, however I think this misses the mark and I wouldn't be surprised if this brand fizzles out for them in a couple years.

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Photo of Kuzi_86
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle (Case of 6)

At first pop of the bottle, you immediately get hit with that strong hop oil aroma. Which is very nice. At pour, a dark blonde color with faint cloudy visability in glass. Cream color Head. About 1 finger height with small carbonation.
Upon first smell, a strong, explosive scent of hops. Definitely one of the boldest aromas offered out of the Sierra Nevada lineup. So far I see Hop Hunter is not just a clever name.
Now for the Taste. Again, need I say one more time. Hops! Particularly, the distilled hop oil advertised. It has a very distinct aroma, smell, taste, even a long lasting after taste that continues to last well after your first drink. The flavor of the oil is a bit overwhelming for the beer. It definitely over powers any other flavor Sierra Nevada tried pairing this recipe with, but.. It still leads to one of the most flavorful, hop enriched delights I have tasted.
All in all, it's definitely a great beer. Packed full of flavors, Grains, Hop oil. A must try. My only complaint would be that the hop oil somewhat drowns out that traditional IPA Flavor that we've all grown to love. So maybe less would of been more in this regard. However pair this with some spicy food, and promise you'll be in heaven. Cheers!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh pine and tropical lemony citrus with a biscuity cracker like malt. Tastes like fresh pine with a cracker biscuity malt, some bitter citrus and passion fruit, almost mango with a dank herbal finish. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice crisp and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bought this because it was on sale - then noticed it was a sierra nevada brew I'd yet to sample:

A pours a beautiful deep amber hue. Ultra clarity. better than 2 fingers of clamshell white head, settles with equisite lacing to a rich film.

S HOME RUN> super piney hops

T nice bite of classic IPA hopiness - lingers long after the swallow

M maybe a bit "oily" - or maybe Im just letting the bottle desciption get to me.

D VERY AWESOME. not a session beer, but indeed a fine brew.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature from 355ml bottle into American nonic pint glass.

S) I'm doing smell first ! Strong juicy hops, pineapple in there, maybe orange too. So nice.

L) Light golden colour, slight hazy, lots of fine bubbles. 1cm dense white head.

T) Fresh cascade hop flavour right there at the front, juicy and not too bitter.

F) Light carbonation, easy drinking and no bitter aftertaste dragging it back.

O) Very nice, not the hop bomb I was maybe unreasonably expecting, it is a hoppy but balanced IPA. Not sure I could distinguish it from Torpedo with my ill-educated American IPA tastebuds.

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Photo of kevINSIGHT
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An aroma and taste I expect from a good IPA. It pours a fairly light, clear gold. Its got a tremendous evergreen aroma! The white foamy head dissipated fairly quickly though the fizz still persisted to the tongue throughout drinking it. Some citrus and a little peach, but more evergreen to the taste. Reminds me of Chinookie (Full Pint) which I like a lot.

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

Look - poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. clear darker shade of old with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing
Smell - piney, lots of hops as to be expected
Taste - Again, very hop forward. Would have said pretty one-dimensional, but then it warmed up a bit, and some tropical sweetness comes thru as well.But mainly a lot of hops.
Feel - Medium body, light carbonation
Overall - a solid IPA. Nothing that stands out, but definitely a safe bet for an IPA fan or hophead

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Photo of LAp
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clear, pale, lighter-than-straw yellow, with a rapidly rising and receding 3 finger head. Nose is piney hops, with some subtle, hard-to-place citrus undertones. Hops lead on the palate too; bitter, but not astringent. The biting nature of may hoppy beers is reigned in here, leaving a very smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a solid IPA, if perhaps a little one-dimensional. Good, drinkable, and a great value.

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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 3,193 ratings.
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