Hoppy Lager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
3.84 | pDev: 7.81%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, amber color. Thick off-white head that lasts a long time. Nice looking beer. Pleasant aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and violet on the nose. Strong grapefruit and floral notes on the front palate, pleasant foresty finish. Medium feel, nice coating of the palate on the finish.

Oct 19, 2017
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Misanthropy_Sipping from Nebraska

4.91/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't remember if I did a review of the original release through their Beer Camp series. If I did, that would be cool because I remember loving it then and would like to see my scoring differences. Anyway. When I saw the party pack box, in the back of my head when i saw hoppy lager I was dreaming it might be the same deal, redone. Didn't think it would be, but low and behold, it was... the label says so! Very excited. It's like having nostalgia and having it satisfied and brought back to life for a while.

Down to business...
Look: A rich orange/gold hue, honey-like. The head is level at the top, sticks around a bit but remains as a slowly and ever retreating thin sheath on the top as you drink.
Smell: Ripe citrus, orange foremost, a fair amount of lemon, and then a pinch of bitter grapefruit. Has bready and floral notes going on behind this. Not incredibly intense smell. But it is quite nice.
Taste: Really great bitter orange and grapefruit that is not to intense at all. A warm, wet stone kind of scent. A bit of a minerally sort of thing happening as well. Lightly bready, maybe a touch of caramel on the end. Has a floral presence. Ends in a bitterness that hangs about the mouth,
Mouthfeel is fantastic. Perfectly creamy, light to medium body. Has a juiciness in the front but then ends a bit sticky and dry. Has a bit of warmth from the higher abv for a lager.
Overall: I really like this beer and would totally be buying this in six packs if they made it a regular. I feel pretty fortunate to have enjoyed two sixers when it was released for Beer Camp. There are rarely beers you have that you taste and styles and types go right out the door. When you can say, it doesn't matter what kind of beer this is, doesn't matter the brewer, it's just a well done beer. This is one of those for me.

Sep 24, 2017
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

For a lager, this has great head retention, and an oily, hoppy nose. Not overpowering, but manages to be mellow but still deliver the citrus and medicinal hops. Very solid, IPA like lace on the goblet after the head retreats as well.

The hops are fresh and juicy throughout and face crystal cereals for balance at the crest of the sip. Great complexity for a lager and lighter in texture than most ales. I always like SN, but this is pretty impressive.

Sep 09, 2017
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McStagger from California

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


A: Slightly orange straw color. Vigorous carbonation with tiny bubbles racing to the surface. Finger or so off white head. Moderate dissipation.

S: Cracker like malt. Hops are decidedly new world. Big citrus, slight tropical.

T: Again, new world hoppiness dominates. Forward of delicate malt with light cereal tones. Mid palate is enveloped by big new world hoppiness. Dank tropical fruits, bursting citrus. Mango, pineapple, orange, starfruit and hints of grapefruit. Not much in the way of pine. Finish takes on a more bitter pith aspect of said fruits.

M: Beautiful. Clocks in at 7% which really helps to coat the mouth. However, it's not unctuous. Amble carbonation does a great job of scrubbing the palate between sips.

O: Damn good. Even at a skosh over four months old the hoppiness is lively. Great flavor and killer mouthfeel.

Aug 27, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For my next trick, a bottle, courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. His drop-offs are legendary & I am always excited to set something up.

From the bottle: "Purest Ingredients [-] Finest Quality"; "Crisp and Hoppy"; "This hop-forward beer combines the intense aromatics of an American IPA with the crisp drinkability of a German-inspired lager. Originally brewed as part of our first Beer Camp Across America pack, this beer features bold grapefruit and floral hop notes accentuated by the light body of a classic blonde lager."; "We brew in Chico, CA and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a moderately heavy-handed pour since it was a nice, fresh bottle. I wound up with just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon. Nose had a citrusiness accompanied by the clean, sweet, malty smell of a lager. This should be interesting! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for a lager. The taste was like Baby Bear's beer - not too hoppy for a lager, not so malty as to be cloying, but just right! Jeez-O, man, but it was f**king smooth! I sucked down half of it before I glanced down & was reminded that it was 7.0% ABV! Wowee kazowee! Let them put this bad boy in a CAN & see what happens ... I would be a whole lot curious to know what hops were employed here. It was mildly citrusy with a tanginess, but unlike anything that I was used to from my fellow Americans. The malt gave it a slightly smoky nuttiness which was also unusual. I could not stop drinking in in great draughts. Finish was semi-dry, but I won't argue with their assessment of "Crisp". It was a really easy-drinking lager that really blew me away.

Aug 26, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: grapefruit with a bit of floral;

T: not very intense up front; what's there follows the nose; grapefruit gets stronger just before the middle and increases through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

Aug 15, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright gold with a large head. The aroma is bright and citrusy, with lemon peel, nectarine, clove, cantaloupe, and toasty malts. The flavor starts with the slightly sweet toasted malts, then some caramel, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, basil, sweet corn, pineapple, apricot, it is a host of subtle but beautiful intermingling characteristics. The mouthfeel is medium to full with fluffy carbonation. Overall I was surprised by just how good this is - I should not be, coming from masters like Sierra Nevada, but this is an incredibly well done beer.

Aug 11, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear gold with an enormous pillowy head. Near perfect retention and lacing.

S: Pine, orange zest, grass, a little bit of unripe pineapple, a lot of crisp biscuit malt.

T: Very grassy and piney, with some pithy orange and orange zest. Hints of pineapple throughout. A large biscuit malt backbone. Crisp and mostly clean, slightly metallic, semi-dry, with some lingering grass and pine notes.

F: Medium-ish, medium carbonation, smooth and crisp.

O: A solid hoppy lager.

Aug 09, 2017
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a permanent white head that lasts and laces well. Hazy light gold/yellow. Aroma is hoppy/grassy/floral and light clean malts. Flavor is crisp and lagery with a nice aggressive hop flavor finish. Great stuff.

Aug 02, 2017
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8444dodgers01 from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear appearance. Copper color. Bubbley white head that collapses into a nice collar. Head receeded rather quickly. Caramelly, malty aromas. There is a hint of floral and citrusey aromas. There is a hoppy bite to it and follows through the finish. Giving me a stickey, dry mouthfeel. There is a slight sweetness to it. This is a enjoyable beer thanks brenn!!

Jul 26, 2017
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 5th. Darn it.
Sierra Nevada foam does its usual thing..being impressive. The beer is a clear gold.
Grassy piney hop nose with malt aromas of caramel and grain.
At this stage in the life of this beer, the taste is more malt forward. Caramel sweetness and grain dominate but there's still a taste of what it was like fresh. Grassy with pine. Enough of that to leave an impression on me that fresh, it could have been outstanding. As is, it's a very tasty brew. I hope it comes around again.

Jul 25, 2017
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NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Born on date: 3 weeks to today. Real nice beer, as always, I wish it were a bit less boozy and bold. But, that is just personal preference, understanding the "Hoppy" part ;)

Jul 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy yet somewhat transparent color. A nice semi - thick three finger white foamy head sustained for at least a good minute. Ringy lacing graces around the glass. The smell had a good sweetly spiced bitter hoppiness running about it. The taste pretty much copied the smell leading into a slight sweet malty to sweet citrusy and somewhat spicy aftertaste. The finish is mainly dry. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. It’s nicely carbonated and sticks nicely to its style. Overall, I say this was a pretty good sessionable IPL. There’s nothing wrong with this beer.

Jul 01, 2017
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- light yellow color that is clear with a one half finger head. Foamy and nice mountainous lacing.

S- citrus and floral hops with light bready maltiness

F- dominant floral hops with a bready malt finish

M- dry and hoppy for a lager but smooth

O- not bad and different. Its light and goes down with ease on a summer day.

Jun 30, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of/04/13/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and pure golden in color with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads to a thin, broken layer of surface suds and a fair ring around the edges. Lacing consists of some broken sheeting, but mostly spotting.

Smell - Bright and citrusy, with lesser notes of floral hoppiness. Hints of spice. Light caramel and bready undertone.

Taste - The predominant flavors are certainly hoppy, but not excessively so. Floral character with faint notes of mild lemon citrus and pink grapefruit. Firm, spicy bite. Malty backbone delivers a nice, complimentary caramel sweetness with a hint of grainy bread. Lingering citrus sweetness and pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall - I'm assuming this is the same beer as the '15 Beer Camp sixer. If so, I must have been in a funny mood the day I first reviewed it. Not that I gave it a bad review, but this is a fantastic hopped-up lager. Floral, citrusy hops with the crisp, easy drinking body of a lager. It's one of the better IPL's I've had, frankly speaking.

Jun 26, 2017
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought a Sierra Nevada sampler with three bottles of this. Bottle date 4/14/17.

Look: clear golden color with a couple fingers of white head that disappears quickly. Thin white lacing remains as the glass is emptied.
Smell: very faint scent, but I notice a hint of citrus
Taste: the first things I noticed were malt & pine, followed by a faint citrus flavor, and ending with a bitter aftertaste
Feel: medium body, lightly carbonated. Juicy.

Overall: not Sierra Nevada's best work. Still enjoyable, but I definitely won't be getting a 6 pack of just this beer.

Jun 18, 2017
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88caprice from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall, an excellent brew in appearance, smell, taste and feel. Definitely walks fine line between an APL and the hoppiness/body of an IPA. A zinger without being unpleasantly bitter.

Jun 12, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid and usual great offering from SNBCO.... really good. Got this as a sample 12-pack and I have not been disappointed with any of these so far.

Jun 08, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden color with a little bit of chill haze. There is a huge, sudsy white head that sticks around for quite a while and leaves sticky webs of lacing all over the glass.

The smell is very bright citrus, pine, perfume, a touch of earthiness and some lager yeast.

Taste is the same. Citrus flavors are the star of the show, but the pine, perfume and earthiness come across very dank and help round out the beer. It is very hoppy, but not so much that you can't tell that it is still a lager and not an IPA.

Feel is medium bodied and resinous. Also slightly under carbonated.

Overall this is a very good beer. Excellent hop flavors without losing the taste of the lager. I think it would be very interesting if Sierra Nevada brewed an IPA using this same exact recipe, but obviously using their Chico yeast. I'd love to do a side by side.

Jun 01, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 4/14/17 poured into a SN tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7% ABV. The beer pours a bright golden color with sticky off white head that persists and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is orange and grapefruit. The taste is citrus with warm malt undertones. The mouthfeel is soft, perfectly carbonated and dry on the finish, with the exception of a bit of hop oil. Overall, very good. This is a great beer. I have enjoyed it in all of it's lives and hope that SN continues to bring it back.

May 29, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a medium sized off-white colored head. The aroma is full of malt with some hops in the background. The taste is flipped from the aroma with hops leading the way. An excellent beer.

May 29, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A pale golden body, with a persistent white head and a very sticky tight bubble lacing.

S - Clean, pine, with a hint of orange zest and grapefruit flesh.

T - Bright open, grapefruit and pith, resin and pine, and a bit of hop spicy notes. Close is bitter.

M - Brisk feel, very clean, with a hint of dryness in the close.

O - A pleasant but not very deep lager. Drinkable, and pleasant, with a good bitter kick in the close.

May 28, 2017
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HaoleBoy from California

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle from the 2017 "Party Pack" variety 12-pack
- amber gold with a creamy white head
-bright, floral and slightly sweet on the nose
-citrusy, pronounced hop taste (it's right there in the name) and a nice subtly sweet finish
-sharp on the tongue, moderately carbonated
-my first impression was not so favorable but by the time I had finished the first and started my second I quite liked the beer

May 28, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PKGD 05/05/17 Opened on 5/25/17 12 oz. Bottle.

A totally clear gold color. A very relaxed look with a bubbly white foam tower, comes down fast and leaves plenty of covering and lace.

The nose has a fine array of sweet and fruity hops, very floral. Mild citrus tones underneath with an ever so slight, buttery malt smell.

Starts out crisp and light bodied with a big, bitter kick from the hops. The German malty effect kick in pretty fast, giving it a long, slick, buttery feel and flavor. Prrhaps a bit too long and slick with a bit of a cloying feel going down. It dries out pretty fast with bitter-herbal and earthy hop tones. Grapefruit and herbs is a nice way to explain the ending hop flavor.

Love the idea of a hoppy German-like lager. Balance seems about right, big alpha and bitter hop with a serious malty golden lager edge. I dig what it's trying to do, I feel the hops become a bit too leafy and bitter and the malt goes just a bit too far with it's slick body. 7% abv is pretty hefty for a German lager. Even if it does have a big hop signature. The heat also maximizes the bitter hop.

May 25, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: A good looking, deep golden, nice heady, beer

S: Crisp granny smith apples, tartness, hop presence is detectable, fresh cut grass, spring like, not juicy or tropical but a nice bitter hop aroma

T: A light tasting lager with a flavor that leaves quickly, the great aromas that I was picking up in the beginning just disappear when it comes to taste. Disappointing

F: Body just drops off, very strange, starts off with good carb but becomes almost watery

O: A good try but this beer just didn't do it for me. Very sessionable but would not be a first choice for me. The body and taste dropped the ball. Not terrible but not too good.

May 20, 2017
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 169 ratings