Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter

Posted: June 4, 2015 in American IPA, Reviews, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

This was a beer that Val picked up for me awhile ago. Sierra Nevada is a brewery that I think gets passed over because they have been around for so long and although they put out solid brews, they don’t get as much press as the newer breweries coming out. This beer has been compared to some of the whales in the style, so let’s see if it holds up.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Intense wet hop flavor year round. Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle, makes for an incredible IPA experience.”

Random: Home Depot was selling hop plants. I should have bought one.

This brew poured with a two finger, fluffy white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a straw-yellow color with high carbonation visible. This new technique with the hop oil definitely created an intense nose. Lots of dank pine and juniper came out. The taste started with the same dank pine with juniper as well. After a minutes, grapefruit was present with some lightly toasted malt to finish up the sip. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation on the tongue. The finish was lengthy with herbal hops and pine needles. This was $1.67 a bottle, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. For that price, you get a really affordable, incredibly tasty, well-done IPA. This is just an outstanding beer that I would strongly encourage you to check out.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


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