Hop Bullet
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,934
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,628
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 7.79%
Reviews:
333
Ratings:
1,016
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  260
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hop BulletHop Bullet
Notes: Brewed with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust.

Hops are the name of the game with a Double IPA, but we knew we had to take it one step further. With Hop Bullet, we’re using a new technique, hitting the beer with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—pure, concentrated hop flavor—directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops.

BEGINNING GRAVITY: 17.6° plato
ENDING GRAVITY: 2.4° plato
BITTERNESS UNITS: 60
YEAST: Ale yeast
BITTERING HOPS: Magnum
FINISHING HOPS: Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Magnum, Crystal
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Dextrine, Chocolate, Acidulated
Reviews: 333 | Ratings: 1,016 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Tomstrees from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good quality beer from Sierra Nevada, better than some of their other IPAs IMO. Their Torpedo was overly bitter for quite a while before they changed the formula. This one has a better hoppy quality than Torpedo. I don't need cold beer, the quality stands on its own whether cooled or room temp..

Monday at 01:53 AM
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber with a hint of orange and a two finger brilliant white head. Heavy lacing is present. Citrus and hop nose. Heavy hop forward flavor with a bit of cracker and citrus. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Moderate body and carbonation.

May 29, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite style of beer, so I'll come in high on my rating. That said, this is one of the better ones. Hop delivery for sure, but within a nicely balanced delivery. I hope it remains available.

May 11, 2020
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dogchasecats from Georgia

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Double iPAs are not really my thing but it came in the sampler pack of bottles. This is a good example of the genre. Big hop burst of flavor that sticks around on your tongue for a long time. I call double double IPAs ‘tongue bombs’ as you won’t be able to taste anything subtle for half an hour at least. You only need one of these, but you will enjoy it and the flavor won’t disappear by the time you get to the bottom of the glass.

May 10, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date. But the mix-pack it came from was packaged in April 2020. Sampled May 9, 2020.

Golden pour bubbling up to a modest, lacing-leaving white head. Decent clarity.

The aroma is mainly floral and herbal. Some breaded malts. Nothing overpowering.

Smooth around medium body.

A grainy sweetness begins the taste experience but then there is a mild to moderate bitter end. It is well-balanced and decently done but nothing that makes me want more. It does the trick you might say.

May 09, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that I can not get a proper pint any where.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears golden yellow with a really beautiful foamy head that lasted for awhile and fell into a nice cap.
Smells citrusy orange, grapefruit, piney.
Taste follows the nose, definitely hop forward with a light crackery taste.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall, a very nice West Coast DIPA that I would definitely order again.

Apr 18, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great tasting IPA. Very Bright Hop flavor. Ultimately, I'v had way better IPAs than this. For a double IPA its full flavored but lacks body. Not impressed. However it is smooth. I say its a top contender but falls short of Lagunitas Maximus or Hop Stupid.

Apr 13, 2020
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entheos from California

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing how smooth the bullet feels in your mouth and throat! This is one beer to celebrate because it has the taste you want and the alcohol you need! Celebrate away!

Apr 06, 2020
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clocking in at 8.0%. Pure goodness. Goes down nice and clean for the ABV. This is SN's answer to Pliney the Elder. It has many of the same characteristic flavors even if the body is a little lighter. Straight forward West Coast IPA. Grapefruit, pine, tangerine. On the hoppy side with just a slight sugary maltiness to balance it out. This IPA is incredible and well worth the price.

Apr 05, 2020
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Andreaming

4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow WTF..I hit the Jackpot with this sheeeeeet !!! I loved Sierra Nevada for their Alaskan Amber back u the dayz
But this beer is a hidden gem! If you like HOPPY..FLAVORFUL and sexy...you will drink this right Up! Top contender in my eyes

Mar 27, 2020
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10BenBrewReview

4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There is really nothing to not like.
Look: The amber/golden color with a perfect white head.
Smell: Piney hop, slight bitterness
Taste: The lupulin dust must be the magic ingredient. Might be the MSG for hop beers. You get all the hop, but without the bitterness. Fantastic!
Feel: Starts off slippery then a nice amount of carbonation. No burn despite the high ABV.
Overall: Again, what is not to like. This is an underrated beer that should get more love.

Mar 25, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy, light amber, orange, gold.
Dense white head.
Smells of pineapple, orange rind, Christmas tree, light bro n sugar.
Tastes follows, malts are sweet enough to mask the 60 ibu. Mouthfeel is rich, lots of substance.
I’ve been shying away from ipas lately and going this on a whim. So glad I did, absolutely amazing.
Caution: it’s 8% and will F’ you up.

Mar 09, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Whole Foods Market on December 5, 2019. Brewed with Magnum, Centennial, Cascade, Chinook and Crystal hops. Notes of citrus fruit and pine.

Mar 07, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with a fluffy white head that recedes fairly quickly to a nice cap; Nice mild hop aroma; Pleasant full-bodied flavor, not strong or bitter; Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, pleasant. A pretty good beer.

Feb 17, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding in every way. Pours a clear golden color with moderate head. Scent is of hops and obvious alcohol. Taste follows, you know this a kicked up IPA. Still very enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste dominated by hops

Feb 08, 2020
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hophead723 from California

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was included in the Sampler 12 Pack I got. It turns out this is the best one in the pack, but only because it is the freshest.

Look: Hazed gold with choppy white head and good retention.

Smell: Citrus rind, honeysuckle, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, kumquat, and clover honey.

Taste/Feel: Citrus rind, orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple, kumquat, hops; clover honey, cracker, and honeysuckle malts. Excellently quaffable and medium-bodied, the perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! For it to be so good when it is nearly 3 months old is impressive. They got me with the old "put-12-slightly-stale-beers-into-a-sample-12-pack-and-sell-it-with-a-more-recent-date-printed-on-the-box" gag so what can you do. I will choke down every last one of the stale ones without enjoying them and that what these greedy cocksuckers want. Its OK, we can't all be winners.

Jan 23, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml Can from Beerhawk online shop (£3.99):
Medium amber with a slight haze & a 0.5cm bubbly white head. It's mildly hoppy smelling with a pine bitterness & a fruity sweetness; sSome honey & tropical fruits show in the background with faint caramel & candy sugars too. The taste is bitter with lots of pine hops, slightly less tropical fruits & plenty caramel following on behind. It's medium bodied and quite smooth, not a bad IPA on the whole. 

Jan 16, 2020
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Turbo from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is an 8 percent double IPA. Sierra Nevada did a nice job balancing the flavors of this beer - feels like an IPA not a DIPA. When the alcohol content gets this high, it can often be over whelming, I didn't feel that way with this beer. Overall, a nice mix of citrus and pine flavors that did a great job hiding the 8 percent ABV.

Jan 04, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold with thin head. Smells of malt with some dankness, citrus and pine. Flavor is dankneas, malt, and orange with a strong soapy bitterness. Decent amount of booze. Not as strong hop flavor as expected. Quite sweet. Medium mouthfeel.

Jan 01, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and very clear with white head. Head retention is low.

Smell: It has a bit of dankness in the aroma.There are some pine and floral elements as well.

Taste: The dankness is very strong in the flavor with pine and floral. There is a sweet grainy element in support of the hops.

Feel: It is medium bodied with a more sweet than bitter finish.

Overall, the sweetness does work with the hops making the presentation overall enjoyable.

Dec 24, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not getting much of an aroma from this one. Pours a honey colored yellow with a sticky, minimal head. Hop bitterness is the first thing to hit my palate and it explodes over my tongue like spilled beer. Reminiscent of some grapefruit sprinkled with a little sugar. Medium mouthfeel with a slight carbonation. Overall, a decent beer but I'm not sure I would seek this out on it's own. This was part of a SN mixed pack. YMMV.

Dec 01, 2019
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a big fan of Torpedo from these guys. I have to say, that I like this one even better. A bit more ABV and a bit less IBUs. I know this is seasonal but I hope that changes. Only way I could get this was a variety 12 pack. Almost tastes and feels like a batch of Torpedo and Pale Ale were mixed together with a great happy medium. However, I'm grading it as a "Double IPA" and when compared to many others, while very good, the ABV falls short for me.

Nov 18, 2019
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jernjawn

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

clear light gold pour with a nice white fluffy head. some lacing.
fresh and piney smell
nicely hopped, slight bitterness hits early on and then resurfaces in the aftertaste. there's a candy-like sweetness that shows up in the middle to nicely complement that first hit of bitter. No single hop flavor dominates, the piney and citrusy mix well.
surprisingly lighter bodied than I would expect. only the slightest bit sticky later on.
took most of a 12oz pour for me to make up my mind but i like it. it's not the hoppiest you'll ever have but there's enough to satisfy and there's an assortment of hops in there that work well together.

Nov 17, 2019
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bret27 from California

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper clear fluffy head good retention. Nice lacing.
Resiny citrusy grapefruity west coast hop scent. (There’s 6 different hops in here)
Strong hop presence but with strong sweet malt profile as well.
Medium to heavy bodied. Strong taste and feel. Kind of difficult to drink after first few sips but then gets easier as you go along. Not one of these ipas where it “drinks like a much lower abv”.
As with most Sierra Nevada products, they seem to range from ok to really good but not amazing.

Nov 09, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear gold body with a constant lace sheath down the glass. Aroma is clean with citric hops present ("very present"). Smooth, earthy, oily, dank, smidge of sticky malt and grapefruit sweetness in the background. Beer has a medium body and a good amount of citric hoppiness and while not complex is an easy to drink IPA. The lupulin dust didn't seem to matter in this beer (at least mine), but it could've been a key factor in how smooth and easy it is to drink this beer.

Oct 31, 2019
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