Fresh Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
4.05 | pDev: 5.68%
Mar 01, 2020
Nov 03, 2017
Notes: Featuring Amarillo Hops.
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4.09 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Mar 01, 2020
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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Hooded from Texas

Notes from 11/26/2019.
From a bottle into a tulip.
L is amber, hazy, and with white foam with good retention.

S is mild. Hops with tropical fruit.
T Citrus and pine ending in moderate bitterness.
F is medium.
O It's gd. I prefer a stronger aroma in an IPA.

Nov 29, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass. Consumed on 11/5/17.

A: Modestly hazy gold, and forms a one-finger white head with good retention. Average level of visible carbonation. Nicely pretty beer.

S: Grassy, orange and grapefruit citrus up front. Tropical fruits and a touch of melon and pineapple. Biscuity malt body. A nice enough aroma though not a huge one.

T: Fleshy grapefruit and orange peel. Grassy and a bit herbal. Biscuit malts add a touch of sweetness but no caramel. Some more grassiness, light dankness, and more grapefruit pith bitterness at the end. Overall, a modest amount of bitterness at and after the swallow.

M: A medium body for style. Good carbonation sensation, alcohol presence seems about average.

O: Not bad - but I think I’ve learned now that the flavors I was hoping to find here (and were lacking) was what Sierra Nevada would have called “wet hop”. Those intense grassy and fresh-hoppy flavors just aren’t here to be found in the way I was hoping for. This is a solid offering, but really not something I would have specifically selected from the crowded glut of hoppy offerings on the shelf. You could certainly do worse if you found a fresh can hanging around though.

Aug 03, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a quite hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a god level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a tone of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a citrus grapefruit hop and sweeter orange and tangerine aroma. There are some other smells of tropical fruits with some pineapple and mango. Along with these smells comes some very light yeast, bread, and grain.
Taste – The taste begins as one may expect from the nose, with a good bready base and some flavors of sweet and hoppy citrus. After the start of the taste the hop increases a bit as well as the tangerine, light tropical, and grapefruit getting slightly stronger in intensity and are joined by a doughy taste. Toward the very end, some of the hop dwindles a little bit but is still very present, leaving one with a nice, semi-sweet and flavorful taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side for its abv/style and is a little bit lower in carbonation. For the citrus hop and sweet, the sorta doughy taste, and moderate sweetness the feel is great and for keeping it easy drinking but yet still very flavorful.
Overall – This was one tasty, more citrusy IPA, that has a nice balance and a great overall flavor. Nice, clean, and flavorful.

Apr 26, 2019
3.87 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2019
4.14 by nedro from New York on Mar 16, 2019
4.15 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts on Mar 13, 2019
4.35 by Navin-Johnson from Texas on Feb 21, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of citrus, pine and toasted caramel. Good classic bitter IPA. Citrus, pine and sweet caramel maltiness.

Feb 20, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce can poured into a snulip glass.

L---Hazed orange gold color. Thick white head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S---Hoppy. Citrus (grapefruit & orange), and tropical (pineapple, mango) fruits.

T---Grapefruit is dominant. Orange and pineapple follow from the nose. Some bready maltiness comes through as well giving it a nice balance.

F---Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Not as juicy as I was expecting.

O---A damn fine effort from a damn fine brewery. I expect quality from Sierra Nevada, and they deliver it.

Feb 16, 2019
4 by jkn09 from Texas on Feb 11, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HoppyBastard from Nebraska

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD" date "102518".

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, straw color with one-finger, off-white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, heavy lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet pineapple citrus and bread then an earthy note.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet pineapple citrus and bread then an earthy taste.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a decent beer but I'm not a fan of the single hop Amarillo beers, to me this is a complimentary hop but not great when standing alone because of the earthy note.

Feb 07, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Interesting that Fresh Hop features Amarillo hops, yet I found it significantly better and more nuanced than Sierra Single Hop Amarillo IPA. I guess freshness counts. Really nice lively flavor. An IPA with a little extra.

Jan 18, 2019
4.45 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 16, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

look - hazy yellow tan copper color with a big lasting white head and sticky lacing
Smell - sweet grapefruit orange scent
Taste - Bold bitter grapefruit slight orange
Feel - medium body very light carbonation
Overall - Pretty good IPA

Jan 08, 2019
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Nephilium from Ohio

Big grapefruit aroma, pours a hazy amber with a thin dusting of white head. Clean hop flavors, with grapefruit notes coming through strongly. There's enough caramel and malt notes to keep it from being overpowering. Overall, another solid IPA from a brewery that's known for them.

Dec 26, 2018
4.18 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana on Dec 21, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewnme from Maine

Pours a clear golden color with adequate white head which leaves good lacing. Mouth follows nose with a well balanced blend of hoppy fruit flavor with a touch of malt leaving a nice bitterness on the tongue.

Weird it says below that this beer is retired and no longer brewed however this is 12/4/2018 and my can is stamped 10/25/18.

Dec 04, 2018
3.75 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Nov 30, 2018
3.96 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Nov 24, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

The bottom of the can says: "PKGD 101717C10:14"

Appearance: The beer has a very large fluffy white head with amazing head retention. The body is opaque with a light golden-orange color. The beer leaves nice lines of lace on the glass.

Aroma: As soon as the can is cracked open it emits this wonderfully fresh hop aroma. Closer to the glass there is a lot of tropical character that hits the nose at first. It is like a mix of mango and tangerine. The aroma is very strong. It fades in and out with a bit of an onion scent. The aroma is simply massive as it hits you right in the face when you get close to the glass and it is very enticing. While the beer sits in the glass it starts to pick up a bit of a wildflower scent. There is a lot going on in the nose of this beer.

Taste: There is this punch up front, which is just packed with hop flavor. It has a bit of grassy and herbal flavor with just a touch of a spicy pepper finish. There is a light bit of pine and some mint towards the end. It might sound a bit cliche, given that the name of the beer is "Fresh Hop IPA" but the beer really has this fresh hop flavor. It is a tad green but it works well with the sheer abundance of flavor. There isn't a lot of malt character to speak of save for a touch of this biscuit flavor that comes in at the end along with this minty hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice mild bitterness that gives you just what you want without an once more. The body is smooth and easy to drink with a wet finish. Carbonation is good.

Overall: The beer is, simply put, awesome. I'm really impressed with what Sierra Nevada has put in this can. It's packed with aroma and flavor; it truly has earned its namesake as a "Fresh Hop IPA." I would buy this beer regularly and I highly recommend it.

Apr 19, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a can from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 11-24-17 for $1.50. Packaged on 10-12-17 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden orange with the trademark SNBC head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is surprisingly still pungent of fresh bright grapefruit and orange.

Taste is grapefruit forward with a touch of orange over a medium malt body. Finish is a good dose of pine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth and refreshing. A little heavy for the abv.

Overall this is a very nice IPA that has held up very well over five plus months. Nice job Sierra Nevada!

Mar 23, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Twelve pack variety pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a deep golden hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

Feb 13, 2018
4 by Bark0707 from Ohio on Feb 13, 2018
3.99 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Feb 06, 2018
4 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Feb 04, 2018
4.09 by InfernoBoss from California on Feb 03, 2018
4.13 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2018
3.92 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jan 25, 2018
3.73 by buckyp from South Carolina on Jan 25, 2018
4.47 by mikerieder from South Dakota on Jan 24, 2018
4.07 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Jan 17, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Today is the occasion of my Happy New Sour/Sierra/Sara Nevada Nac Sunday (Week 673) & having accomplished the Sour & Saranac portions of today's madness, I am now turning my full attention towards Sierra Nevada, especially in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Fresh hop flavor from field to CAN"; "Family owned, operated & argued over".

I Crack!ed the CAN open & I began with a very gentle Glug, but when it became obvious that there was going to be some haze, I switched my tactics to an inverted Glug. No worries as it quickly jumped up and formed three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention that left great lacing in its wake. Color was a hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = >5, < 7). Nose smelled like my dealer had just dropped off a bag of fresh, sticky weed! For those joining us late, hops are in the same family as CANnibis & something like this was a clear illustration thereof. Dank, sticky, resinous, earthy, all apply here. Wow! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was equally sticky & resinous! Jeez-O, man. If I CAN score another CAN of this, I'll use it for the liquid in my bong. Better yet, I'll CANvert my spent CAN into a one-hitter. Dang! I missed out on the Fresh Hop Double IPA, but if it was double this, I coulda been in real trouble. This had that earthy tang of when we used to get nickel buds & spend the time to break them up & de-seed them. The resins would get on our fingers & the room would smell like this tastes. I have not indulged in many years, but boy howdy, did this bring back memories. Finish was amusing. Oh, no, wait, that's not right. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. It had a resinous earthiness that lingered well after the swallow. Man, I may need to lie down. I see that my score is 4.19. 8=( How do I get it to a more precise 4.20?

Jan 15, 2018
3.91 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on Jan 12, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

This pours a clear golden-tan with a billowy top that slowly dissipates. Light aroma, with a pleasing melon-y hop character and a smooth, creamy body. This is a good one.

Jan 11, 2018
3.61 by Can_has_beer from Texas on Jan 08, 2018
4.06 by Pete9094 from Pennsylvania on Jan 07, 2018
4.19 by buzzarooski from Massachusetts on Jan 06, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gavage from Nevada

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a 2" head that falls to a thick foam. Nice lace develops.

Smell: orange and some floral tones are detectable.

Taste: caramel, grass, orange, with some floral and earthy bitterness. Some light cracked pepper spiciness also hits the tongue.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a mild dry finish.

Overall: a really enjoyable beer and superbly balanced.

Jan 06, 2018
4.11 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia on Jan 06, 2018
Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 130 ratings