Hop Bullet Double IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hop Bullet Double IPAHop Bullet Double IPA

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

Style: American Double / 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.

ENDING GRAVITY: 2.4° plato
YEAST: Ale yeast
FINISHING HOPS: Centennial, Cascade, Chinook, Magnum, Crystal
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Dextrine, Chocolate, Acidulated

Added by jeff1973 on 07-12-2017

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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada "Hop Bullet Double IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKGD 12/13/17 0850"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: "...Magnum hops and lupulin dust..." Interesting. I'm not sure what they mean by lupulin "dust" but I'm curious. Also, this is a spring seasonal. Hmmm. OK, so it's poured a slightly hazy golden body beneath a good sized head of pillowy off-white foam that's slowly dropped to become creamy. Sheets of broken lace cover the entire area where the head originally was. On to the aroma... I'm not finding it very bold. In fact, without having one in front of me, I might guess that their standard pale ale has more aroma, or at the very least the same amount. It's floral, slightly piney, just mildly citrusy, and a touch herbal. There's some nice, lightly sweet malt to it as well. The flavor is probably much fuller though with a solid 8.0% ABV so let's see... hmmmm, yes and no. Yes, it's certainly fuller than the aroma suggests, and there's a nice note of orange in there as well, but no because it's not really that much fuller. In fact, this is one of the softest double IPAs I've ever had, which is actually a good thing. It doesn't have that hop bite you sometimes get - it's remarkably smooth. I could drink a lot of this, to my own detriment - dangerous beer! It doesn't even seem that bitter although I see that it's got 60 IBUs to it, but that makes sense as a lot of standard IPAs are 60 to 70 and this has more of a malt component to it. Wow, pretty nice. Sometimes DIPAs are also sweet at the same time, balanced by a fuller bitterness but kind of like a see-saw and that's not the case here, the sweetish malt is balanced right off of the bat. It's medium bodied with a light dextrinous edge, and gently crisp with a moderate carbonation. Again, really easy to drink. The alcohol does appear though, showing it's strength in the finish, so you know you're not just drinking a malty pale ale. I'm impressed, it's very refined, a bit of a "velvet hammer" if you will. For fans of double IPA where the malt is just as important as the hops, and a big slap of hops isn't necessary to open your eyes, this one's a winner.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StrangerTides
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - not much exposition necessary here, other than to say that I am really looking forward to this one! Oh, and it still amuses me to no end that they feel the need to print 'use bottle opener' on the cap.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar wafting cloud form lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of dank pine resin, bready and grainy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, and further leafy, herbal, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some blood orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus flesh, a hint of house yeast, and more zippy leafy, floral, and resinous pine verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a swell time at the moment. It finishes trending dry, the malt faltering, while the mixed hop bitters mill about, as if looking for a place to happen.

Overall - this 'hop bullet' seems to be more of the rubber variety, i.e. it gets the point across, but doesn't exactly kill, if you get my drift. Not bad, and it sports its 16-proof booze quotient well, but there's just something lacking, and I'm at a loss as to what it is.

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

Photo of Winzlow
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good DIPA and yet another killer SN offering. When I found it - there was one 12er left! MINE! Publix - $18. Not as in your face as Torpedo (my fav SN IPA) ...which is a surprise with the advertised slugging of Magnum hops. A bit more mello - even with the ABV bump. Wish this was a year round brew...this is a winner.

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Photo of HopsnScotch987
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a slight orange hue, one finger white head, thick ring of lacing, fair retention. Smell is freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, resin, a bit of pine and mild caramel and sugar sweetness. Flavour brings more of the caramel and sugar out to play, with a bit less of the grapefruit character which is still aplenty. Fair bit of resin and pine too, classic bitterness out of the Sierra Nevada playbook. Chico yeast and minerals. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriate for the style, good carbonation, moderate bitterness on the backend, but not too sweet.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 120717

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clean dark golden orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), nice pine note. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit), pretty nice pineyness. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of southerner2
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Citrusy and sharp, clean taste up front. My taste buds aren't what they were once (another story). Lasting lace from a inch head. I can't put my finger on the prevailing flavor. It's not what I expected but good nonetheless.

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Photo of dertyd
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a crystal clear golden color, with 1 finger of white head------------------ the aromas are of dank weed, citrus, pine and tropical fruit-------------- the flavors are of resinous pine, passion fruit, peach syrup and over ripe tropical fruit, the beer has a medium slick mouthfeel with a pithy bitterness----------------- overall this beer was nice, it's your typical Sierra Nevada ipa with big dank and pine flavors followed by some nice tropical fruit flavors, it's not mind blowing but it's a solid west coast ipa

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


One of two new SN IPAs. A more affordable replacement for Hoptimum, which is now billed as a Triple? Anyway, a DIPA for $10/6 sounds good to me.

a: Clear orange with a finger thick white head which receded to patchy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Mild pine resin.

t; Follows the nose with fairly strong bitterness over a light to medium bready malt base. Dry finish with lingering bitterness.

m; Lighter side of medium, ok body and good carbonation tingle.

o; Seems like a slightly lightweight West Coast style IPA, although the last pour did cloud and thicken it up a bit. 8% ABV seems fairly well covered, but not a whole lot of especially appealing flavor here. The combination of Magnum hops and hop powder doesn't seem to do this brew much of a favor. Local brews at the same pricepoint or $1 more, or other nationally distributed craft brands such as Lagunitas Sucks for $1-2 more a sixpack, are favored over this. Still, for a reasonably priced warm weather double, you could do worse.

UPDATE 2/11/18: Had a second bottle and it seemed to have more flavor and was a more pleasant experience, Saw no reason to raise my ratings as much as is allowed, but four more to go.

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Photo of matcris
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOKS: A pretty clear, deep golden with a small white cap, medium bubbles rising. and decent lacing.
AROMA: Citrus fruits and rind. Bready notes, mild pineapple, and a little melon.
TASTE: Nice blend of hops and malt with a mild bitterness towards the finish. Mostly citrus fruit-orange, grapefruit, lemon. A little of the melon, as well.
FEEL: Well carbed, medium body, and dry.
OVERALL: Very nice brew, SN!

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Photo of Davidstan
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid SN IPA. Nice little alcohol burn going down and i say that in a positive way. No complexity and not sure they were looking for that. I get the mandarin tangerine type hint and crisp after taste. Good brew, still like Torpedo more.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle.

Pours clear gold with a chill haze. Moderate retention and decent lacing. Mild notes of candied grapefruit with earthy pines. A hint of pear skins follows through. Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. A blast of aggressive bitterness and pithy hops start the palate. Grapefruit and pine with the classic Sierra Nevada gypsum bite. Finishes fairly dry with some balancing malt and quite bitter.

A very bitter IPA with not enough hops in the nose. Very aggressive and a bit rough.

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Photo of prototypic
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with less than a half finger of head. The nose has nice notes of tropical fruits and hops. The body is light and the flavor is muted for a DIPA. This is a nice effort but left me wanting so much more.

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Photo of Radome
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Northern CA.

L - Color is light gold with great clarity. The head is white, fluffy, thick and sticky. It's a great-looking beer.

S - Aromas are a balanced blend of sweet malt and piney, citrusy hops. The citrus has a bitter, astringent impression, like orange rind. The hops also have an earthy, funky note that reminds me of English Fuggles.

T - Hops bitterness and orange/pine flavors hit first. Bready malt is in the background, but moves closer to the foreground late in the palate. Again there is a lingering hops funkiness like Fuggles.

F - Thin to medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Strong, sharp hops bitterness that blends into slight sweetness in the finish, but not cloying. Low alcohol warmth.

O - This is a good DIPA with some subtleties and finesse, but I'd give it higher marks if it had more of a malt presence to balance the hops.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop Bullet Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 714 ratings