IMO, it's tough to find lower ABV IPA's that fit what I'm looking for.Yes. I'm an All Day IPA hater because I think the high hops with absolutely no malt flavor is just awful. For me the name is ironic because despite wanting to like it I just didn't want a second.
So true. A good IPA should have a solid (but not overdone) malt backbone (actually, a proper IPA should also be aged for a good length of time, but that's for another thread...and besides, everyone is damned tired of my old rant on that issue ).
For freshness freaks (the ones who will look at the date and say "...yes, but what time was it brewed??"), I'd say that based on my experience with aromatic distilled hop-oil brews, this one should retain a very good hop profile over time.
I haven't seen Hop Hunter around NJ yet, but am quite anxious to give it a try. I'll generally take anything Sierra Nevada makes over all of the mostly lackluster beers brewed in my home state to begin with...but this one especially has good potential as a "winner".