Hop Hunter | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hop HunterHop Hunter
BA SCORE
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4.06 w/ 3,249 Ratings
Hop HunterHop Hunter
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:
#2,460
Reviews:
594
Ratings:
3,249
Liked:
2,824
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
8.87%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
173
Gots:
1,367
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,249 |  Reviews: 594
Photo of wlynch
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schematix
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling an example bottled less than 6 weeks ago.

A: Brilliant crystal clear yellow. Was expecting yeast floaties given this is a SN brew. This is obviously filtered and not bottle conditioned. Pleasantly surprised.

S: Fresh danky piney Cascade hops. Wow this is uniquely fresh.

T: Well balanced. Bitterness is mild. Hop flavor and aroma are big. Obviously Cascade.

M: A little thin. Could benefit from a little more creamy mouth feel.

O: Almost too perfectly balanced of a beer.

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Photo of Malacant
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best ipa yet.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

out of bottle no glassware, very tasty standard IPA, not super hoppy or piney with great balance, on the session side of things, a great drinker. well made a great standard.

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

Photo of RRB328
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cnealc
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Masonpp85
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold color with excellent clarity, white head almost one inch. Pretty beer. Aroma was hoppy, has that hearty blend of Sierra Nevada hops, nothing tropical fruit really, more into the older school pine and lesser grapefruit on this one.

Taste, hop oil bangs without heaviness, light malt bill compared to other hoppy offerings (or even SNPA for that matter, this seems to have less caramel flavors/viscosity to it). Solid year round offering here. Solid bitterness that isn't high just for the sake of quoting a 3 bill ibu number. These guys know how to do hops for sure.

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Photo of kitch
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle with a packaged date of 10th August 2015 and poured into a short stemmed wine glass.

Appearance: It poured a nice slightly hazy golden colour with lots of nice upward streaming bubbles and a one finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Fruity tropical aromas of peach, pineapple and mango. In the background, there is a bready, grainy maltiness.

Taste: Starts bitter, piney, with some citrus lemon and grapefruit and a nice lemon tea finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very nice IPA that I could drink over and over again. Hopefully it will officially make an appearance in Hong Kong soon.

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Photo of riderwbd
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MispeledStalion
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterRigger
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bissel328
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shanty76
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerfan41506
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PretzelCity
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Bottle.

A: Big, fresh, Piney, citrusy hop aroma.

A: Golden color, quite clear with a thin white head that lingers. Some lacing is noticeable.

T: Piney and earthy, followed by citrusy hop flavors, with a light malt presence. The beer is crisp and finishes dry with moderate hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid; the hop oil provides a clean, fresh piney-citrusy hop character in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of slusk
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a clear golden with a thin white head.

S: Bright fresh hop aroma. Pine dominates with a grapefruit background.

T: Pine and grapefruit with a light malt background. Citrus strikes a nice balance.

F: medium body with low carbonation.

O: This is a Very nice IPA. Great fresh hop flavor and aroma. not too bitter, balanced just right. definitely a winner.

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

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

Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86.9% out of 100 with 3,249 ratings
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