Hop Bullet - Magnum Edition
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Hop Bullet - Magnum EditionHop Bullet - Magnum Edition
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,341
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,628
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 6.86%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
114
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 03:40 PM
Added:
Dec 24, 2023
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  9
The mighty Magnum hop packs this edition of Hop Bullet with behemoth favors of grapefruit, orange rind, and pine resin. This thing’s a force, but it’s also fleeting. Stock up or miss out. 9.5% ABV | 48 IBU

Malts: Crystal, Oats, Two-row Pale, Wheat, White Wheat

Hops: Eureka, Helios, Idaho 7, Magnum
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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Other than the aroma, not much stands out with this one for me. There is nothing wrong with this, it just seems to taste like most other DIPA's, although, it does have a little bitterness that most modern beers lack.
Today at 03:40 PM
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can - nice and cold, poured into a hotel room glass in Miami, FL.
Nose is a common mish-mash of citrus rinds and steady pine.
Tastes like every other DIPA in the Beer Cave at American gas stations. Except for that hint of, like, bubble gum?
Aight then. Little bitterness.
Mouth is full, carbonation high end of midvale.
Overall, a common, way underwhelming, buzz bomb, glad I got a single and didn’t spring for a 6 pack.
Monday at 03:22 AM
 
Rated: 3.94 by jak from North Carolina

Monday at 02:51 AM
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Reviewed by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a 12oz can dated 11/29/23 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent yellowish orange with about one finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice ring of head. Moderate lacing.

Aromas of light citrus and pine.

Taste is more on the piney bitter side. Also getting a fair amount of alcohol.

Pretty sticky, full-bodied mouthfeel. Bitter, alcohol aftertaste.

So, I didn't love this one as much other folks. Certainly didn't hate it either. Alcohol was a little to prominent in the taste to give it a higher score.
Monday at 01:24 AM
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sunday at 08:12 PM
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Reviewed by DDiFran from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tried this after a Victory DirtWolf. Yesterday I had the Hop Bullet first
Today I like the Bullet better. Yesterday the DirtWolf was my choice. Thinking it’s the 9%+ ABV. Makes whatever I’m drinking taste better!
Both are awesome. Life is good
Sunday at 01:40 AM
 
Rated: 4.37 by Grupatre from Michigan

Saturday at 06:39 PM
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance -The beer pours clear golden color with a small head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time and leaving a moderate level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of a pine and herbal hop smell with some orange citrus and a bit of tropical fruits. Along with these smells comes notes of grapefruit and a bit of bready malt and some hay smells.
Taste – The taste begins with cracker and bready malt backbone flavor matched with a decent showing of herbal and pine hop. There is a bit of grapefruit there as well, with the flavor getting more intense as the taste advances. All the while, some light harvest and citrus sweet tastes that were up front, begin to fade, while a touch of booziness comes along. Toward the very end, comes a surge of pine and a bit of earth, and with a light straw flavor that develops, one is left with a nice, slightly more dank, and quite easy natured and dangerous taste (for the abv.) taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a moderate carbonation level. For the style and the tastes, the feel is well done and makes for a slow, but still easy drinking brew.
Overall – A rather nice, more dank, and very dangerously easy drinking brew with just a touch of abv. to warn you. Quite nice.
Feb 21, 2024
 
Rated: 4 by shigg85 from Japan

Feb 21, 2024
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 01/08/24. Been sitting out, in a cool place, so ~48F.

Almost-clear deep gold, with 3/8" of ivory head, that leaves a thin ring, and no appreciable lacing.

Smell is lemon,lime, orange rind, a bit of resinous pine, and slight spiciness. A bit of fresh, crackery malt is apparent from the open can.

Taste is mostly slightly-sweet orange rind, and a smooth, rounded, pine flavor. There are hints of grapefruit, cracker, bread crust, and spiciness. Moderate , lingering bitterness, that doesn't slap you upside the head, but slowly builds towards finish and beyond.

Feel is medium, smooth, lightly-slick, with light, very,very fine, soft carbonation tingle.

Overall , a nice old-school DIPA. I'd especially recommend it with a meal. By itself, there's a lingering, almost-too-old quality to the citrus, that reminds me of orange juice, that's not quite spoiled, but is getting close. (Yeah. I realize beer is fermented. ;) ) That element takes it down a tick for me, but despite that, it's still an enjoyable experience. Just have to sip it, or combine it with food. (I am. ;) ) . Ymmv.
Feb 21, 2024
 
Rated: 4.24 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Feb 21, 2024
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can pkgd 11/21/23 into a 12 oz mug.
L: SRM 3-4 Pours clear light honey caramel color with a thin white head, light retention, low carbonation, no lacing.
S: A trace of caramel malts, distant alcohol with warming. Almost non-expressive.
T: Light citrus, honey, a complex of sweet fruits, lime, a hint of alcohol, stone fruit, hard candy sweetness, very light yeast, a touch of pine, a distant bread note in the long finish.
F: Smooth medium-heavy bodied mouthfeel with a plush, slick center and a long lightly drying finish.
O: Smooth, slick and tasty. Medium-heavy yet an approachable higher ABV Ale. Sierra Nevada does it again! It is outstanding in its style.
Feb 20, 2024
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is a nice heavy hitter for the winter months.

It's a beautiful looking ale. Nice clear golden body with a linger head. Lacing. Nothing on the nose is special but it is typical of a west coast IPA. The taste is amazing. Classic. Nicely balanced despite the higher abv. Sweet and syrupy up front but finishes clean and bitter. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side which comes with the malt load required to reach such a high abv.

Overall, if you're into trying these higher ABV IPAs, i highly recommend.
Feb 19, 2024
 
Rated: 3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Feb 19, 2024
 
Rated: 4.29 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Feb 18, 2024
 
Rated: 4.28 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Feb 18, 2024
 
Rated: 4.25 by TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

Feb 18, 2024
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Feb 17, 2024
 
Rated: 3.5 by BabaBeer from California

Feb 17, 2024
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear gold with a thick white head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma is a mix of tropical and citrus fruits with a hint of pine. Flavor follows the nose, sweet up front and just enough bitterness in the finish. Feel is light bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer.
Feb 16, 2024
Hop Bullet - Magnum Edition from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 114 ratings