Hop Hunter IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

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Hop Hunter IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)

printed on front label on the neck:

“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.”

on the back label:

“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.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Fruity tangerine oil citrus fruity malt gentle bitter hopped clean
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $16 (after 10% off) – 6×12 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely delicious

Visual: Pours clear golden orange without much head, thin ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, a few slow singular streams here and there.

Nose: bursting tangerine, passion fruit. Unbelievably fragrant. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, incoming bright bitterness

Mid-palate: bright (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) huge tangerine, toffee malts

Finish: gentle hoppy bitterness, citrus hop oil exhale.

Summary: Extremely tangerine citrusy but well-balanced in sweet maltiness and bitterness. Supremely drinkable and much more engageable than most other IPAs.