Experimental Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Experimental Hop IPAExperimental Hop IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavy hops, light haziness
The new style in IPAs is to highlight heavy hop aroma without intense bitterness, and this lightly hazy IPA does just that. It features the native-grown FZMR2 hop varietal, known for its mango-forward flavors, as well as HBC598, 438, and NeoMexicanus. The result is a danky, juicy, citrusy IPA with big flavor and aroma and low bitterness.

Added by Bier82 on 01-27-2018

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Yancey82
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another Sierra Nevada Experimental brew that totally works and deserves attention.

It pours slightly deep yellow with massive head that lingers. The aroma is on the civilized side of pungent. The hopped bitter taste is accompanied by a bit of bite. A very satisfying brew.

Recommended, but will we ever see it?

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Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - sweet bready malts and a little fruit and resin.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with tropical fruit and a resiny hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice IPA.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy tangerine orange in color with a light white head.

S: Light pine, with grapefruit and tangerine, with perhaps a bit of fruity sparkling wine in the finish.

T: Tangerine and grapefruit, with light caramel, and perhaps a hint of mellon in the finish. Rather lovely.

M: Medium light, with moderate to aggressive carbonation, and a small bitter cling.

O: Overall a pretty tasty IPA. Fine work.

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Photo of teromous
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 010818C 10:18"

Appearance: The body is a light gold color and it is hazy. The head is medium sized, white, fluffy with ripples on top, and retains nicely.

Aroma: It has a very nice fruity and almost candy-like scent which smells a bit like tangerines and gummy worms. The aroma is of moderate strength and apparent freshness.

Taste: There is an interesting mix of what tastes like the edge of pineapple near the skin and grapefruit pulp. There is a bit of what tastes like flour or even a bit of biscuit character towards the end. After a while the beer started to pick up a bit of a lemon finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a moderate bitterness which is about average for what you would normally find in an IPA. It has a light body with a clean finish and good carbonation. It is a very easy beer to drink.

Overall: The beer is enjoyable to drink and I would both recommend it and drink it again. I found that, while drinking this beer, it developed more flavor closer to the bottom of the glass. It feels like the type of beer that a person would really want to have two or more of just to get the full experience.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nodder
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a thick white head that hangs around and leaves good lacing. The aroma is citrusy, the flavor is dank and citrusy as well. A touch sweet with some malt backbone. Nice feel and carbonation.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of slhuggy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Allurex
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tucquan
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-02-28 in Bolingbrook IL From a 12oz can

It's fine. Well made. Easy to drink and fairly generic.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The weird thing that I found with every one of these experimental beers in the variety pack is that they all have that lemon-lime kind of thing going for them. The commercial tug job seems to indicate these are lower bitterness than they are on the palate. I found the bitterness in them to be typical of Sierra Nevada's historical portfolio of hoppy beers.

This one pours a mostly golden and light amber color with a thin 1/3" white head. Aroma was mostly that lemon lime thing again. For pumping out words about aroma, this is just eh.

Taste, more of the lemon lime, mostly light bodied malt thing going on, very little if any crystal malt. Does showcase the experimental hop nature, but it really reveals that these experimental hops are better suited in their lighter bodied beers. Weird choice for a winter time release given the better beers in the pack are of a more warmer weather suitability. Good stuff, but I don't think this one competes with their other ipas so well.

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3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 1-8-18
Orange/peach color, somewhat hazy. 1" white head that retains very well @ 1/2 ".
Classic weedy, piney hop aroma. Funny to say classic when this is an experimental hop pack. Subtle sweet malt undertones.
Weedy, grassy, piney, herbal....mint (?) character. Not much citrus or fruit apparent. Dankness is apparent.
Bitterness is strong until mid-palate and then it fades away. Full bodied mouthfeel, a little prickly on the tongue.
Enjoyable, a little strong on the weedy dank character but overall good. I didn't perceive much new or experimental/different out of these hops.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada - Experimental Hop IPA
IPA - 6.7% abv
Canned 1/9/17 (46 days ago)

L - 3-finger fluffy, lasting head atop a translucent dark yellow body.

S - grass, herb, some citrus, some candy sweetness.

T - grassy. Dank. Meaty. Very unusual hop profile, but I dig it. Moderate bitterness. Low sweetness. Noticeable but restrained booziness.

F - Medium body and carb.

O - An unusual ipa, but it works. Very dank. This is a hop worth using again.

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Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy trying these experimental beers, especially in the mixed pack, so you can compare and contrast. This brew is hazy, light-orange in color, with a solid white head. The aroma is of musty, earthy hops. Meaty, fleshy fruit is underneath...ripe and juicy. The taste is bitter...crisp, grassy, and at times a little dank. Resin-like finish. Bitter...you have to search for the malt. Long lasting hop finish.

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Photo of Squire
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very attractive slightly hazy orange gold color with lasting white cap and lacing.

Somewhat muted aroma of piney citrus with some ripe fruit elements. Not bad, just not much.

Taste on entry is citrusy hop forward leaning toward a firmer sort of bitterness. Simple flavors that run parallel without merging, every time I think I'm finding some malt hops quickly overshadow the malt presence. Flavors are consistent throughout and last into the aftertaste.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Purchased as part of the experimental pack this is not the leader of the pack.

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Photo of calebc10410
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ahonky
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was a grower for me. Upon first whiff and taste, the full-on marijuana blast hit with a wide hand. I found it off-putting...but the more I sipped the bigger sips got, and before long I had put away my three cans. I NEVER DO THAT.

Nice looking beer. Clear, golden and with a pretty good head that left gorgeous lacing.

Insanely crisp with a real unique hop note, something honey-like in there too, dry, pointed and engaging.

Miles better than Torpedo, Tropical Torpedo and Hop Hunter. Left a big impression . Want more.

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Experimental Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 63 ratings