Hop Bullet | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.97/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jeff1973 on 07-12-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,713
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
802
pDev:
7.81%
 
 
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Photo of hopphead31415
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Double IPA packs a whopping 8% ABV, 60 IBU, and uses Magnum hops for bittering and finishes with Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Magnum, Crystal hops.

Look-This DIPA pours a crystal clear light yellow gold with sparse carbonation bubbles and a thin or almost nonexistent head.

Smell-The smell is complex and subdued so let me see if I can identify most of the aromas. I get lemon cakes with cream, almost like a lemon cream soda, and general citrus, pine, and floral notes.

Taste-The flavor is strong pine up front which fades into citrus notes focusing on orange peel zest, grapefruit rind, and lemon merengue pie. Floating high above these flavors are floral notes like rose petal, clove, and honey-suckle petals. I also get a grassiness that has some herbal spices to it like cracked pepper and maybe sage. They brew it with two-row Pale, Wheat, Dextrine, Chocolate, Acidulated malts that give the perfect complement to the hops. The mouthfeel is slick, wet, and medium-bodied. It isn’t as rich as I thought it would be for a DIPA which was a refreshing surprise.

Overall-This is a very juicy beer with a very easy drinking flavor profile. You don’t really get an overwhelmingly sweet or bitter flavor either way and the bite from the alcohol is very mild. It honestly drinks like a 6% IPA tops, but has plenty of delicious hop flavors.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/27/17....pours matted gold, light ring of white foam. Classic pine and citrus nose. Bright bold citrus front. Concentrated bitter that's cleverly balanced out,. Citrus close and finish.

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Photo of mush
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Actually found bottles in MA dated less than a month ago. Shocked!

Golden bronze hue with incredible clarity compared to what we see 8% DIPAs looking like around these parts. Moderate head that reacts to the strength of the pour and then fades to a thin cap.

Aroma is floral and piney with a citrus rind undertone. Toasted malt platform. Solid balance.

Taste is more subdued than the ABV suggests - balance of orange rind, grapefruit peel, pine and an herbal grassiness.

Dry with a touch of low alcohol warmth. Very crisp. Good brew.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steve8robin
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mwpfh
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RollDamnTide
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NicolasBird
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Bullet: Pours a golden yellow, beautiful look but not what I would expect from a double IPA. Smells very spring like; flowers, citrus, fresh. Taste is good, but slightly lacking. I expect some punch from a double IPA. Overall I think this is a good beer, but it is not a double IPA.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Lots of citrus and pine up front with a touch of bready malt. Some very light tropical fruit notes as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the piney hop notes and then goes into some citrus and fruity notes. Some light bready malt comes through, but the hops dominate. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering pine notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid DIPA that has a very classic West-coast flare. Hops definitely take center stage and never let up. A nice sipper and a good transition brew for the warmer weather ahead

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anakinhush
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kettle1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClePaul
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeswasgui
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle 6 pack. $9.99 for a double IPA.

Pours as a lively and clear, solid golden color. Light snow white fluffy top. The foam cover is clumpy but dissipates pretty quick to some minimal coverage and a solid ring. Minimal lacing.

The aroma has some nice fruity hop notes, sweet citrus edge, orange with tropical pineapple, red juice, peppery golden wheat, a heady, wild honey sweetness to the malt and slight dry herbs and spices. The sweet edge to the hops is very nice. Slight cinnemon and caramel at the end.

A very crispy, light golden malt bite hits home first, excellent golden grains and subtle sweetness makes the malty backbone really pop. The mega mix of hops brings in earthy tones first, dry leaves and wheat, and a low level bitterness. The fruity edge is sweet and slightly citric with big tones of pine...lupilin dust brings another level of hop flavor but the magnum certainly steals the show.

The hops are impressive but the balance of flavor's and malty side is the most impressive part. No way you would ever guess this was 8% abv. The complexity and density is a bit low for a DIPA, but the crushability is very high. The bittering and earthy tones is spot on 60 ibu. Pretty mellow for a Dipa. Highly enjoyable if you're looking for a more mellow approach to a bigger ipa.

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Photo of WingBolt73
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Bullet from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 802 ratings