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:
#2,882
Reviews:
609
Ratings:
3,319
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 3,319 |  Reviews: 609
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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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OzmanBey
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iandw
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my new favorite IPA. The hop bitterness comes on strong and lingers for miles! Like no other IPA I've tried yet, but now I'm looking forward to trying other wet hopped IPAs. Aroma is decent, citrus and floral notes. Again the hop flavors just stay on your tongue from start to finish. This is a must try for IPA fans.

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Photo of metacog42
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of vinicole
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Gold colour. Slight haze. Thick frothy head.
Mild citrus fruit and pine aroma. Some caramel.
A big improvement on tasting as the hops unfold revealing greater complexity. Just the right amount of bitterness at the end.
Medium body. Somewhat oily.
Came through in the end.

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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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Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,319 ratings