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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Ratings: 3,315 |  Reviews: 609
Photo of TequilaVoodoo
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whamola333
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDaV
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer.
This is a great beer.
Buy this beer.
Poured from bottle to pint; perfectly clear with practically no head but carbonation that leaves the beer pretty and bubbly.
Smells like a dream. Resiny. Fruity. Flowery. Everything pleasant that can be smelled can be smelled in this beer. Like GOTDAM this beer smells good.
Taste is pretty much same as the smell. For whatever reason passionfruit comes to mind for me. Or melon. Also taste extremely floral.
Carbonated, but pleasantly so. Its an IPA definitely, but it doesn't drink like one. I took down like four of these in a sitting just based off of taste and simply how easy it is to drink. GREAT BEER.
All I have to say is if you're considering it, get it. This beer is crazy good. I personally like it more than Torpedo when it comes to Sierra Nevada (and I love Torpedo).

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Photo of JDW4195
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of womara
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jpeach70
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- Yellow and clear, it looks lighter than it tastes.

Smell- Floral hops.

Taste- The initial taste isn't anything special, again just floral hops. However this beer has one of the best aftertastes I'v ever tasted in an IPA. This beer leaves your mouth coated with a layer of pure hops! It really is remarkable.

Feel- Full bodied, oily, good carbonation. Pleasant to drink.

This is another good brew by Sierra Nevada. I could drink it all day long and never get tired of the delicious aftertaste.

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Photo of ucmike11
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LuckyJohn
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chefduff2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/22/15.
LOOKS: Very clear amber-orange. Good finger of foamy white head. Dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top of the beer. Very small, sparse bubbles streaming up the glass. Slight bit of lacing left down the glass.
AROMA: Lots of sweet pine and citrus notes. Very nice, hoppy aroma to this beer.
TASTE: Pine and citrus rind. Not much else really. Well, it is HOP Hunter, after all.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium light mouthfeel, fairly dry all the way through the sip. Adequately carbed.
OVERALL: To me, the aroma is nice, very piney and lots of citrus. The flavor is kind of two note, again, pine and citrus. Definitely not a bad beer and above lots of other IPAs I've had, but not my favorite.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color into a typical pint with plenty of frothy head. Very good carbonation as well. Smells slightly hoppy, but mostly citrusy. Initial taste very pleasant and smooth, much milder than their torpedo. Just a mildly bitter aftertaste too. Overall I think that this is a very light, crisp feeling brew, even more mellow than their pale ale. Very drinkable, could definitely drink more.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice lighter side IPA (session?) Clear golden with small white creamy head. Faint hoppy aroma let’s malt backbone shine through. Taste brings light happiness, very faint resinous finish. Tasty and mild.

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Photo of princessbay710
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breardon1776
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a west coast IPA vibe.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gonna start off by just announcing its a Great beer. Poured from a bottle into a simple (pint?) glass, I see a couple markings on the bottle that would signal it being made last July.. maybe I'm reading the wrong things, and I will double check when I'm home, but it seems like I got a six month old beer on my hands. Was sitting in my local HEB's singles section.

Small foam head that dissipates rather quickly, immediately getting a clean, unique, resinous smell - dank but quite reservedly so. It is indeed unlike any others in the character, not the quality. The smell isn't big and in your face, but it certainly stands on its own. Taste is as if they'd turned up all the good qualities of the Torpedo and threw in a little something extra. Hoppy, but with plenty of zest that I can't put my finger on. It may be hoppy, but it is not bitter at all to me.

By Hop Hunter, they are referring to the hops that are less commonly used, IMO. And I am a big fan of the selection. Wish I knew more so I could throw out some names, but damn is it a clean and refreshing choice. Absolutely no unpleasant tastes or smells to be had. Would love to get a six. Edit: and then I did! Cheers! Best served cold.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 12/1/16

A bright golden yellow with lots of suspended particles being moved around by some fast moving bubbles that keep a finger of foam round ong enough to leave a couple partial rings

S peachy, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple juice, has a hop candy thing going on but not overly sweet, some pine and caramel

T much more pine and lemon rinds strong, the tropical flesh is mild compared to the nose but still there, tasty but the nose easily takes it

M bitter and gritty, medium bodied and the bubbles cream it up, heavy piney rind finish just keeps going

O has a bite to it but still drinkable, solid IPA start to finish but I'm not sure how the distilled fresh hop oil really makes it stand out

Good all around but a little something holding it back from true greatness, at well over 20$ a 6 pack I'm just not sure if I'll pull the trigger again even though its rather enjoyable

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

On tap in the Stagecoach Lodge at Heavenly. Tasted great after many runs. Just enough hop bitterness to satisfy, but very clean and refreshing. Honestly, does Sierra Nevada ever disappoint?

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Photo of cts309
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of colonia25
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roby923
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Noticeably light gold pour. Fresh hop scents. Clean and crisp but a little underwhelming relative to the other offering from Sierra.

Definitely in the realm of the wet hops brews with the cones being steam distilled directly after harvest, per the bottle. A commendable 'experimental' brew.

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Photo of PortLargo
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hop Hunter from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,315 ratings