Hop Bullet Double IPA

American Double IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hop Bullet Double IPA, an American Double IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Hop Bullet Double IPA is an American Double IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a clear gold; topped by a thick stack of soapy white foam that shows fine retention. An aggressive pour yields the best results. Small patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is fragrant with hoppy notes of pine and citrus.

Flavor

The palate begins with cracker malt, followed by mellow pine, and rises to a mild bite of grapefruit and spicy hops. The finish mellows with a taste of tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is relatively smooth but grainy on the finish. It has a medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and astringent.

Overall

The Hop Bullet Double IPA has an excellent appearance and a pleasant aroma. Its palate is well balanced but hopheads would probably appreciate more bite. Nice flavor but the taste doesn’t quite have the complexity or intensity of a better Double IPA. But it does feel far lighter than it really is and is so easily quaffed. Enjoyable and don’t be surprised when the glass is suddenly empty.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Hop Bullet Double IPA: grilled salmon, lemon glazed chicken, triple cream cheese, brie, rich cow’s milk cheese, marmalade turnovers, and Crème Brulee.

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About the American Double IPA

Also known as an Imperial IPA, the American Double IPA is a stronger and higher hopped version of the American IPA. The style originated in the 1990s when craft breweries wanted to provide a more intense offering to hopheads. The DIPA has more hop bitterness than Strong Ales and Barleywines but has less alcohol.