Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter® IPA

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Intense wet hop flavor year round.

From the Brewer – “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 and makes for an incredible IPA experience.

Hop Oil

Sierra Nevada is famous for its love of hops, and the heavy-handed showcasing of hop flavor and aroma has become known worldwide as the “American” style. Most hop aroma comes from naturally occurring essential oils found in the lupulin glands of the hop plant. When and how the hops are used in the brewing process affects how much hop oil—and with it hop aroma—appears in the finished beer. We use techniques such as dry hopping and torpedoing (our revolutionary technique of re-circulating beer out of a fermenter and through a column of hops) to increase the hop oil concentration in our beers. We often choose hop varietals based on their oil content, preferring high-oil varietals as choices for highly hopped beers. With Hop Hunter IPA we’re experimenting with a method of steam distilling wet, un-dried hops fresh from the field to harvest the hop essence. This method collects the pure essential oils which are added post-fermentation and captures the intense hop aroma for use year-round.

Great with hamburger and Blue Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper, Wood-grilled salmon, Barbecue Beef Brisket. Also with cheeses like Stilton or other intense Bleu Cheese.

Hops: Bravo, Cascade, Crystal, Simcoe
Malts:  Two-row Pale, Caramel, Flaked Oats
Yeast: Ale yeast
Original Gravity: 14.7° Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 60
Alcohol by volume: 6.2%
Format: 6 Packs
Seasonality: Year Round

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