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Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter

Rating: 3.65

My tenth Sierra Nevada offering now and another IPA from the American brewery, this one being a bottle that I managed to sample at Bryon Hamburgers in Glasgow recently. The bottle is one that I only became aware of recently when in Barcelona and I spotted it in a number of different supermarket but this is the first time that I’ve stumbled across it in the UK and it was an easy choice when ordering. The beer will be my first one from the brewery since I reviewed and quite enjoyed their Nooner Pilsner back in April. I was expecting big things from this one going in and part of me was imagining a reworking of their Torpedo IPA that I first tried here a number of years ago now. I’ve not had as many new offerings from this brewery as I’d have liked in recent years but hopefully this one will inspire me to hunt down a few more going forward now.

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter

Appearance (3/5): This one poured a bright and very clear golden colour that had the odd bubble rising to the surface but look surprisingly disappointing given the lack of anything resembling a decent head. There was a few thin traces of white lacing towards on end of the beers surface but even that disappeared pretty quickly after pouring; poor stuff on the eye and definitely not the best from Sierra Nevada so far.
Aroma (7/10): Things thankfully improved with the nose with some pleasant tropical fruits and pine coming through early on, there was some grapefruit and apricot in there too alongside some fainter mango notes. The beer was quite a fresh one on the nose with a little pineapple and some stronger orange notes towards the middle giving the beer quite a fresh and lively smell before some citrus makes an appearance nearer the end. The aroma isn’t quite as strong on the nose as I’d expected but it was a nice one nonetheless and certainly a lot beer than the appearance of the beer.
Taste (8/10): Fresh and quite a lively beer with a lot of citrus and orange flavours to open things up alongside some background spice that’s much fainter but noticeable nonetheless. There was some nice tropical fruits that carried on well from the nose with plenty of pine, mango and apricot coming through in the early going and some peach not too far behind. There was some of the promised hop oils towards the end of the beer that added to the bitterness and a couple of bread malts featured as well but it was definitely a fruity, hop-heavy offering.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and very fresh, this one had quite a zesty feel to it with a lot of citrus tang and lively carbonation as well. There was a nice balance between the tropical fruits with none of them overpowering the rest but beyond that there wasn’t too much else to the beer but it was an enjoyable and bitter one that had a crisp feel and a fairly dry finish too.

Overall (15/20): Quite an enjoyable Sierra Nevada offering all things considered, the beer did get off to quite a rocky start with the appearance being somewhat underwhelming but things soon picked up with the nose coming through with a lot of tropical fruits and bitterness before the taste continued on with more of the same. It definitely wasn’t the most complex or varied IPA out there but it was an enjoyable one with a lot of oranges and citrus giving it a zesty, dry feel and the tropical flavours adding some sweetness and giving it a refreshing feel too; nice stuff and one I’d happily try again.

Brewed In: Chico, California, United States of America
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Full Name: Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale
First Brewed: 2014
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.2%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: Byron Hamburgers, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.75

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