Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Pack in Cans

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  1. beer_me_phl

    beer_me_phl Initiate (76) Aug 26, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Most likely and as of Wednesday Kunda had two cases left so that may be gone as well.
     
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  2. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,787) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Right when I gave up on this pack, I stumbled across it. $23.99 (ouch) at Stone Bev in Fairmount. Paid it since I've been looking for it for so long. They still had several left. Only place in Philly proper that I've seen it at.
     
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  3. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Ugh our prices are awful. But good find! What are the dates on the package and cans?
     
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  4. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Poo-Bah (2,787) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Packaged 10/19. Cans are 10/12 and 10/13. So I guess the same canning run that the rest of the country has been drinking for a month now.
     
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  5. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Higher prices, behind the curve on dates...what is not to love about our system? :stuck_out_tongue:
     
  6. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,688) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Another reason to drink local?

    Cheers!
     
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  7. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    But even that is becoming less cost effective.
     
  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,688) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Depends on what you buy. For example Sly Fox is brewed locally and I can always find those beers fresh and priced reasonably (e.g., a 6-pack of Sly Fox Pikeland Pils for around 8 bucks). If you solely shop from breweries like Tired Hands then you are indeed out of luck as regards "cost effective".

    Cheers!
     
  9. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Where are you finding SF for $8.00? It is now $9.49 everywhere around me, sometimes more.
     
  10. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,688) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    That was my last purchase (a few months ago).
    Well, I suppose that is a case of inflation? I will have to check prices at my local Wegmans next time I go grocery shopping. I know that they recently lowered their prices for 6-packs of Bells Two Hearted so it is not just a case of only prices going up.

    Even at $9.49 the price for Sly Fox is not a case of not being "cost effective". Tired Hands prices of $14 - 25 for 4-packs of 16 ounce cans is something else altogether.

    Cheers!
     
  11. Giantspace

    Giantspace Champion (822) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Very few good locals that are sub $38 a case. Six packs, under $10 is rare. Anything not from a pretty large local brewery is even more. Neshaminy creek IPA is over $12 a six and over $40 a case with tax. I don't know how all these other states have $7-8 core six packs.

    I paid $14.99 ea for celebration and winter pack 12 packs in Delaware. Here it is around $20.

    Enjoy
     
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  12. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I feel that it is when you can get many other beers for close to the same price, and arguably better ones too. The draw of a brewery like Sly Fox was that they were local and cheap. But take away the cheap part... I am not knocking them because they do make some good stuff but their core lineup is solid overall but nothing special.

    Yeah check again when you are in Wegman's, you'll see that they have gone up. Whole Foods has been pricey for a while and their Sly Fox beers were always way higher than others.
     
  13. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Tis the season for miracles! Wegman's KOP had one pack, $20.99 so not a bad price around these here parts. Packaged on 11/02 and the DIPA was 10/19. That's the only one I have tried so far but enjoyed it, looking forward to the rest. Loving the cans!
     
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  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,688) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Well, it would appear that we have a difference of opinion here since I think their beers are more than solid. I just got back from visiting the brewpub (Phoenixville) and greatly enjoyed drinking a Kolsch, Saison and a Dunkel. I left with two 4-packs of their latest Hop Project - Keller Pils Tettnang.

    I guess since you are not a fan this means more Sly Fox for me!:slight_smile:

    Cheers to Sly Fox!!
     
  15. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    You mentioned everything but the core lineup. And where did I say I wasn't a fan? I am, Pikeland and their Helles are some of my favorites within that style. I love how they have been canning forever too. But 113 and Phoenix for example are average beers along with some of their others. Again, not knocking them but I think that they/retailers need to be cognizant of pricing, especially within our market.
     
  16. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Worked my way through the beers, solid pack. My thoughts for those interested:

    • The IPA was definitely the standout.
    • I liked the Session way more than I thought that I would, a lighter hoppy Lager ish type of beer. I usually dislike session IPAs but this one was enjoyable.
    • The DIPA was a bigger Celebration, reminded me of a Hop Devil.
    • Celebration, good but I have never understood why this beer has so much hype.
    • I wish the original plans for the IPL would have panned out, would have been interested in trying it.
    Will happily drink my way through the rest in the coming weeks.
     
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  17. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (374) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    I saw very few wet/fresh hop brews this season for some reason, but coming across this mix pack made up for it. Each can a charmer. And if session IPAs tended to be as full-bodied as this fresh hop version, I'd drink a lot more session IPAs.
     
  18. NathanBeets

    NathanBeets Aspirant (289) Nov 8, 2017 South Dakota
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    Looks great.
     
  19. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (258) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Anyone see this at all in the NYC/LI area? I haven't.
     
  20. Spaceman_Jer

    Spaceman_Jer Defender (692) Jan 27, 2015 Colorado

    I finally found some in CO this past week. Canning dates ranged from 10/12-10/17 and I felt like Sierra knocked it out of the park generally speaking. I had quite a few fresh hop IPAs this year and all of those were consumed within 3 weeks of canning. This Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop IPA was either my favorite or second-favorite of this entire season even when tasting it at 6-7 weeks old.

    I personally thought the DIPA tasted more like an Old Ale (even when compared to some of the "first-wave" DIPAs I thought the color and malt presence was much stronger than is typical), but if taken in that context it is a very good beer.
     
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  21. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,947) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Nailed it with that description
     
  22. cello

    cello Initiate (87) Oct 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    meanwhile here in NE PA ....? where the hell is it?
     
  23. WIexile

    WIexile Initiate (87) Jul 20, 2017 Michigan

    Feel your pain. We still don't even have regular sixer's of Celebration ale here yet let alone the pack. Not sure whats up with distro this year but this is terrible. On the bright side I did finally see some hop hunter again on the shelf..... pkgd date of 2015.... WTH? @sierranevadabill
     
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  24. emannths

    emannths Aspirant (231) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

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  25. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (223) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    Been checking the website every day smh, seems like the pack is getting further away from South Jersey not closer. Damn, really wanted this for Christmas eve
     
  26. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (238) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    I never got the fresh hop pack as it took longer than I expected and I Just stopped caring. I wont expect this one to hit the triangle for a few weeks after release so I don't burn out again.
     
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  27. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (496) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Wegman's in Wikes-Bare has/had it.
     
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  28. WIexile

    WIexile Initiate (87) Jul 20, 2017 Michigan

  29. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Poo-Bah (1,784) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Not in SEPA either. I would still pick it up if we payed what everyone else did if I saw it but we know it will be at least $10 more a case and 3 months old when it lands.
     
  30. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (270) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Dickson city Wegmans had it today, $20.99
     
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  31. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,089) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    OK, I was wrong - my apologies. This "Fresh" Hop pack hit my local store this week (via, I assume, Kramer which took over Hub City) - so my prediction above was off by two weeks. "Packed" on 10/27 but the cans were all filled on 12th or 13th - so, it took 2 months for it to reach the consumer - so new to the store that it was "not in the system" when the cashier tried scanning it. (Maybe I even got it a bit cheaper since I was then charged the "Sierra Nevada Seasonal 12 pack" price?)

    Sure 2 months isn't that old (and I did buy a case) but by SN's own criteria of "up to 150 days when stored under optimal conditions" that's 40% of it's suggested shelf life and, needless to say, the cases I found were on the floor at room temp, so not exactly "optimal conditions". Still "fresher" that the 2017 Bigfoot that first hit the shelf of the same store late October.:astonished:
     
  32. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,947) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Let us know how it drinks, it just landed at my local Total Wine, I had some last month that was just under a month
     
  33. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Devotee (458) Dec 6, 2010 California
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    I drank the last beer out of the pack last night, the Session IPA, and it tasted fine.
     
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  34. pro45

    pro45 Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2016 New York

    Any New Yorkers seen this 12 pack?? I'm in the Bronx but travel up to the Albany area quite often. Thanks in advance for any heads up.
     
  35. wasatchback

    wasatchback Disciple (374) Jan 12, 2014 Bahamas
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    For me the Session was the standout. Bought a pack when I was visiting my folks for Thanksgiving. Back here now and just had the last can last night. The session might be one of the better examples of the style I’ve had. Now a big fan of Strata hops. Got some to brew with when I get home.
     
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  36. intotherfd

    intotherfd Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2014 Nebraska

    Bought this at a Hyvee for $14.99 on sale. Date on the box was 11/2. All the beers had a canned date between 10/12 and 10/17 on the bottom... so a couple weeks older than the box. IPA was the standout for me and I thought the DIPA was extremely malt forward. Almost reminded me of a fresh barley wine that still has a hoppy bite.



    I made a video review... feel free to check it out if your into that.
     
  37. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,124) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    @SierraTerence, sorry if you already answered this elsewhere. Can you give us an idea on the release date for this years Fresh Hop Pack? I assume in the next 2 weeks but figured to ask, thank you.
    Cheers
     
  38. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,363) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    He read your mind and answered in this thread. :wink:
     
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  39. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,124) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    LOL I searched for this and all that came up was 2017 :stuck_out_tongue: Thanks for the link, that answers my question.
    Cheers
     
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  40. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (337) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

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