Esquire: Sierra Nevada New Hop Hunter IPA Is Like No Other Beer In Its Class

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  1. FutureJack

    FutureJack Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2007 California

    It just arrived to widespread availability in Southern California last week.
  2. 1eyed_jack

    1eyed_jack Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Illinois

    But SN IPAs are awesome IPAs. No shame in like Sierra Nevada! Screw the beer snobs!

    NO SHAME!!!!
  3. almostjay

    almostjay Initiate (0) May 24, 2008 Virginia

    Oh, I don't feel shame, I just don't want to be considered a glutton. "Hey man, you have access to so many great IPAs, what are you complaining about?!"
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  4. BillManley

    BillManley Pundit (803) Jul 2, 2008 North Carolina

    Cuz' quart bottles Suck(s)
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Well played sir!

    Cheers to Bill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    This did better than I expected in a blind DIPA/IPA tasting I did with 7 total beers. Aroma actually set it a part a bit. The mouthfeel and finish was very thin, dry, and thin yet again. It almost feels like a pilsner. I find the 6.2% very well hidden. Scary actually as it doesnt taste too sweet at all. The lack of mouthfeel may turn some off, but I liked it.. The beer itself has this biscuit like toasted taste that was distinguishable among all other samples (the only 1 I picked correct). This, and two local ipas (marble and La cumbre) may be all I need this spring and summer for my IPA fix.
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  7. Tbone2131

    Tbone2131 Pundit (866) Nov 17, 2014 Connecticut

    Had it last night on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT. To keep it simple, one of the best beers I've had!
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  8. Erikberglund

    Erikberglund Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2015 California

    Bold statement saying Portland is the land of awesome IPAs. Don't know about that claim.
  9. HoptimusMax1mus

    HoptimusMax1mus Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Got a 12 of Hunter and a 6 of Nooner yesterday. Good stuff. Hunter has a real nice fresh aroma and if you have a few a euphoric kinda buzz. Good stuff.
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  10. Telly13

    Telly13 Initiate (0) Jan 21, 2014 California

    Definitely enjoyed the Hunter the aromas were great
  11. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon

    Breakside, Laurelwood, Barley Browns, Block 15, and Boneyard IPAs can all go head to head with the best of San Diego or Vermont.
  12. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

  13. B-Ho

    B-Ho Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015 Minnesota

    "Hey, I live in Cali - a state that medicinal marijuana is legal. Hey, I also own a brewery - Sierra Nevada. Hey, I just watched this guy extract oil from his pot buds and its potent! Hey, mary jane and hops are botanical cousins. Hey, maybe I'll try it with hops. Hey, it worked!! Now I need a clever story about mint extract. Done. Hop oil!!"

    Potheads have been extracting oils from their bud for years and years. Pretty much over-looked genius. Now will there be a massive expansion into hydroponically grown hops - cross-pollinating, hybridization, gene-splicing, etc....?
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  14. larryarms847

    larryarms847 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2010 Illinois

    Decent IPA, but IMO it is nothing to write home about.
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  15. BillManley

    BillManley Pundit (803) Jul 2, 2008 North Carolina

    Potheads did not invent concentrated oil extraction. Food scientists and perfumers have been doing this for centuries. Cross-pollinating, hybridization, and intensive selective breeding have been common with hops for a long long time.
    albertq17, Genuine, Ranbot and 17 others like this.
  16. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    Finally had this both in bottle and on tap and IMHO it is amazing. As this is a year round beer, I can guarantee it will be year round in my fridge.
  17. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2010 Arizona

    You know Bill, there's gotta be one of "those guys" in every crowd. This beer is amazing and you guys rock. Keep doing what you do and keep churning out all the great stuff you guys come up with. You got me into craft all those years ago. You make it, I will drink it!
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  18. CraigP83

    CraigP83 Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2014 Minnesota

    Anybody seen hophunter in MN?
  19. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    "Sierra Nevada new Hop Hunter IPA is like no other beer in its class."

    That's very true. It is like no other beer in its class because I've never had this much trouble finding bottles of a nationally distributed year-round beer from a large craft brewer. I strongly suspect I'll find a 12 pack of 2015 Summerfest before I find any Hop Hunter.

    Luckily for me, we just started getting Deschutes Fresh Squeezed in my neck of the woods. I guess the beer gods never close a door without opening a window.
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  20. 31Sam13

    31Sam13 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2014 New Hampshire

    I traded some of my own maple syrup for some with a friend near Chico....
  21. Jeffwildcat

    Jeffwildcat Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2013 Arizona

    Its a good beer but you really have to try Sam Adams Rebal taste more like Sucks or Maximus then Hop Hunter.
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  22. tasterschoice62

    tasterschoice62 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,511) May 14, 2014 Rhode Island
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    State liquors park ave worcester
  23. mactrail

    mactrail Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,843) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
    Super Mod Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    I'm waiting for the fresh hop taste from New Zealand-- Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Wai-iti
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  24. lilsquiggz

    lilsquiggz Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2015 Texas

    Pro tip: You can use the same extraction method for coffee. Don't try it at home though
  25. Phocion

    Phocion Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2005 Minnesota

    Funny enough, I've seen it in SE Minnesota but not the Metro. Maybe I just haven't looked hard though.
  26. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    You might not realize that hops—one of four necessary ingredients in beer—are only fresh, or “ripe,” for a 6- to 8-week window every year. That’s usually from mid-August until mid-September

    I don't know if anyone else point this out but mid-August to mid-September is about 4 weeks, far short of 6-8 weeks.
  27. mudbug

    mudbug Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Not out here on the coast either!
  28. G_Z_a

    G_Z_a Zealot (591) Feb 2, 2015 Oregon

    I've seen and had it on tap at a few locations. Apex has it right now. Bottles are also readily available at most of the bottle shops. I love it. Very well balanced and super drinkable.
  29. D-Nice

    D-Nice Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 Illinois

    Finally tried this, and absolutely love it. First, this is not for the extreme hop heads. It's not in any way extreme or daring.

    It's just, a solid, flavorful, crisp, sessionable IPA.

    The smell is fantastic and the front is all moderately bitter, fresh hops. But, the middle and finish is relatively dry, which surprised me. No big bang of hops on the end, or that sometimes syrupy sweetness that is there in some big-alcohol, high IBU IPAs.

    IMO, it was like if a fantastic, but not adventurous IPA mixed with a crisp lager. I LOVE it. Great session beer.

    I may like it more than SNPA - though I'm probably particularly enamored with it because it's new to me, and SNPA is very easy to take for granted. SNPA may actually have more "bite" than this.

    So, again, this serves a terrific purpose - when you want flavor, crispness, but nothing extreme or high alcohol. There are other beers for my more adventurous, extreme side.
  30. mudbug

    mudbug Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Just finished off my first sixer, and the thought "Pliny Light" keeps coming to me, now if we could just get some for sale out here on the Oregon Coast I'd be happy
  31. MarkLinton1

    MarkLinton1 Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2015 West Virginia

    Just bought a six pack this afternoon. Can't wait to give it a try.
  32. LuskusDelph

    LuskusDelph Initiate (0) May 1, 2008 New Jersey

    I haven't seen it anywhere in NJ yet but am definitely on the lookout for it. Sierra's products are consistently top-drawer and this one sounds like another winner.
    Based on the descriptions I've read, Hop Hunter sounds an awful lot like the IPA I was enjoying a lot of during my college days some 45 years ago.
  33. CassinoNorth

    CassinoNorth Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2013 New Jersey

    It's out there as of Thursday. You should see 6's and 12's in Essex, (some of) Morris, Union and Hudson counties.
  34. westlaunboy

    westlaunboy Pundit (834) Mar 31, 2010 Washington

    I'm guessing you're on the west side of the state? First time I've heard of SE Mich getting something before you guys. Hope Fresh Squeezed makes it over here soon though (or any Deschutes, for that matter.)
  35. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    I got the Fresh Squeezed at McNeil St. Market in Shiawassee county (between Lansing and Flint).
  36. dank203

    dank203 Initiate (0) May 21, 2012 New Jersey

    just tasted this today at a local retail tasting. very nice citrusy aromas. the ounce and 1/2 I had were good but I've had other beers lately that were right up there with it
  37. humuloner22

    humuloner22 Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 North Carolina

    Pretty easy to find around here. I have seen it in a lot of shops, although I have not purchased any yet, because I have so damn much beer. I guess living in NC has its perks occasionally! Gotta love Mills River!
  38. rrock44

    rrock44 Maven (1,481) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    Both beers are enjoyable. HH sixer rings in around $8 and FS around $10 in my parts, so both are a great value. I found that hop hunter and fresh squeezed smell very similar, but fresh squeezed taste better, and is the overall better beer (so I think you are ok).
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  39. Hophead21

    Hophead21 Initiate (0) Sep 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I really did not find Hop Hunter to be anything more than average
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  40. JoeSpartaNJ

    JoeSpartaNJ Zealot (625) Feb 5, 2008 New Jersey

    I have been looking for it since it was announced. My wife found it for me today in Morris County and bought me a case.
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