Fresh Hop IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Fresh Hop IPAFresh Hop IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #562
ABV:
6.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,531
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 5.41%
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
128
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Fresh Hop IPAFresh Hop IPA
Notes: Featuring Amarillo Hops.
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Nephilium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brewnme
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of teromous
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really tasty stuff, this box was a joy to drink on even a few months after they were all brewed, it would have been awesome to try them fresher, but they are holding up really well for fresh hop beers. i thought this was a great expression of amarillo, the hop that i have seen used in wet hop beers more than any other this season for whatever reason. its fruity and oily with lemon and pine notes, not over the top, artificial, or cleaning product style, but quite pungent and bright, attractive in aroma and flavor, and with a relatively simple malt base that is robust enough to hold up the hops but stay more or less out of the way, light crystal maybe at the deepest, sweet for a flash with a honey note, but resolved pretty quickly. the hops arent too intense, this almost drinks like a balanced pale ale, easy down and all, and by the time i even look up from this, i am a few in, its that kind of beer. this box was a treat to drink on, even a few months old. i hope they do it again next year! the session was the winner for me, but all of them are excellent.

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy with three fingers of bone color head. Swaths of lace as the level drops.
Smell is slightly dank with floral hop note.
Taste is dank and floral hops. Malt level is proper for the style.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with just enough carbonation. The finish is mildly dry and bitter.
Overall a decent fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy golden. Short lived white head.
Tropical aroma.
Bright hoppiness. Bitterness up front. Grapefruit, and piney resinous lingers. No malt to notice, or bother the hops experience.
Nice wet hop IPA, but could use some balance.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy as all with soapy slightly off white head and nice lacing. Nose is somewhat dank, slightly metallic, and chalky. Flavors are chalky, juicy tropical notes, with a firm cracker-ish malt base. Bitterness is up front but lingers into the finish. Nice hop bumps on the finish very fresh/green. Nice brew.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque yellow-orange into the glass and forms an off white head that leaves behind moderate lacing. Sweet, tropical, and dank on the nose. Very dirty and dank on the tongue. I also pick up some melon and earthy tones. The bitterness is mild and doesn't stick around long. Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent IPA that differs from most SN offerings.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange golden body with fluffy head that quenches the taste buds and smell with juicy grapefruit, tangerine, pine, and grass. Nice and dank with a fistful of pine needles, tastes like an IPA should be, straight up delicious.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden pour with a dense white head. Big juicy citrus aroma with orange standing out. Taste is bitter with lots of citrus flavor…orange, tangerine, grapefruit and orange rind. Finishes with a strong lingering orange rind bitterness.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

S: earthy, caramel, and some pine;

T: earthy from start to finish; mild bitterness all the way through; bitterness is long lasting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: not especially interesting;

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned date of 10/17/17

Appearance - Pours hazy and dull orange in color with an off-white, one finger width head. Fair retention results in a solid layer of suds that build up thickly around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing with broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Leafy goodness, citrus, fresh pine, hints of passionfruit and mango.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fresh, green leaf and pine with a lot of citrus character; orange, light lemon and some grapefruit bitterness. Crackery malt backbone. Hints of passionfruit. Spice bite comes through in the finish before a mild orange pith bitterness dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with bitey carbonation. Smooth, easy drinker with a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - A really solid drinker, and a tasty little Fresh Hop IPA from SN. It's not the best I've had, but it's not far off.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is citrus, pine and Amarillo hops. The flavor is slightly sweet citrus, grapefruit, malts, tropical fruit and a spicy/bitter/somewhat dry finish.

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Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 128 ratings