Sierra Nevada ‘Hop Hunter’ IPA


12186773_450006051850212_2913173766528741253_o“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.”

Served in an IPA glass. From the pour we gaze upon this bright amber hue with fine suspended sediment laced through. The modest finger of head doesn’t take long to recede, eventually settling to a light filmy overlay. Some spotted lacing is being omitted as we imbibe. The nose is delivering a strong initial scent of refreshing piney hops and tropical fruits. The method the brewers used to extract the hop oil is evident as it does offer a somewhat resinous/oily character. Brilliantly balanced though, the subtle citrus fruits fuse together really well with the subtle biscuity/grainy malt backdrop. Maybe a pinch of white pepper creeping in too. Overall it’s an outstanding aroma. This IPA is very welcoming on the palate. The 60 IBU provides a light bitterness while the texture as a whole is smooth and silky. The 6.2% ABV is very well disguised. We’re absolutely loving this crisp and super refreshing flavour profile. So clean and piney upfront with a dash of citrus and an assertive bitterness punching through. Grapefruit notes develop midway as does a hint of dry, spicy pepper that leads in to a well drawn out and slightly bitter finish. Wow. It’s been a while since we’ve been blown away by a Sierra Nevada beer but this one has surely hit the mark. Absolutely delicious! Clean, refreshing, balanced, super sessional and quite avant garde as well. Hats off boys this is a cracker of an IPA.