Brew Review: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter

by Kelli H. on February 18, 2015


Beer: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter 
Date: 1-30-14
Location: Chico, CA
Price: $9.99/6 pack (Recently bought a 12-packs for $13.99!)
Alcohol: 6.2%
IBU: 60


“Hop Hunter IPA is the first beer to feature oil from wet hops steam distilled directly in the field, minutes after harvest. We use this pure, powerful hop essence in concert with whole-cone hops in our brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo to create the ultimate IPA experience” – Sierra Nevada

Appearance: Totally clear, tons of carbonation rising to the top from all over, good head retention, light golden color.

Aroma: SO much bitterness. Great pine aroma.

Body & Texture: Seems light bodied for an IPA but really it’s more of a full bodied beer. Clean flavors, very bitter, grapefruit taste shines through.

Aftertaste: Just clean hoppy goodness.

“Steam distilled hop oil, gathered right in the hop fields, gives a mighty boost to the floral and citrus notes of traditional whole-cone hops for intense, unmatched hop aromatics”. – Sierra Nevada


Overall Impression:
This beer has been getting so much hype lately, especially with Lagunitas suing Sierra Nevada over the label, which by the way, looks nothing like the Lagunitas label. I’m happy to report that this IPA lives up to the hype. I’m usually the type to think that once beers get a hype then they really aren’t that great. Ya know how it is, you hear a song and like it before everyone else and then it’s popular and you don’t like it anymore. That’s how I am about beer sometimes. This is so not the case. I don’t care how many people like this beer, in fact, I hope people love it so that Sierra Nevada continues to make it for a long time to come. 

I wasn’t the biggest Sierra Nevada fan when I first got into beer. In fact, I used to not even be able to drink their flagship Pale Ale. Times have sure changed because 2 out of 3 beers I’m loving right now are Sierra Nevada’s. If you like Lagunitas IPA there’s no way you won’t like Hop Hunter. I’m excited to do a side by side tasting. I think Hop Hunter is fitting my likings a tad more right now because it seems less sweet than Lagunitas IPA. If you haven’t already bought a six pack of Hop Hunter you’re missing out. It’s definitely a beer you should be keeping on hand. If you’re lucky like I was last weekend and spotted a 12 pack on sale for $13.99 you should be buying it! It won’t last long in your fridge, that is if David and I are over. So far I haven’t met anyone that’s tried it that doesn’t like it. It’s a winner in my book.


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David W. February 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

I have to say, this is my favorite beer right now. I LITERALLY can’t get enough of this. It’s tough to go the entire week without drinking one! Hope we can pick up another $13.99 12 pack. 🙂 (For those who don’t know, we don’t drink during the week. Yes, it’s rough.)


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