Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPASierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours copper with frothy white head. Smell is hops and a subtle earthiness. Flavor is fresh, floral hops with a clean, not too bitter finish. Honestly, this reminds me why Sierra Nevada was the first craft beer (no etymology wars please :) ) I tried and liked. And it reminds me, although I am a die-hard Belgian ale fan, I was first a fan of IPA's. Mouthfeel is light and soft. Overall, this is a really nice, really approachable version of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous clear light amber with slight golden highlights when held to light with three fingers of nice, fluffy white head. A very pretty looking beer, especially for its style. Scents of tropical fruit, peach, orange flesh, some grassy and floral hops and lemon peel with an underlying, yeasty, bready aroma balancing the hops. A fairly nice aroma showcasing typical West Coast hop aromas, though not as intensely as many of the other session IPAs. The malt presence is also higher in the aroma. Taste begins hoppy, with medium-high bitterness and notes of orange flesh, tropical fruit, melon, some bready malt and slight citrus peel. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of grapefruit peel, and hints of grapefruit flesh. Finish is dry with strong notes of grapefruit peel and a hint of grainy malt. Aftertaste is grainy malt and bitter grapefruit peel. A good overall flavor profile that is quite hoppy, though not as much as Stone's session IPA. The flavor profile here is more balanced between bitter hop flavors and sweeter fruity notes with malt leading into more bitterness as the sip progresses. A good overall flavor profile and quite drinkable as a result. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Quite the drinkable beer as a result. Overall this is a nice attempt at a session IPA that aims to be both flavorful, yet balanced. It has big hoppy flavors but balances them with a slight, yet present breadiness and sweetness. The aroma also reflects this balance, being less hop forward than some other examples of the style. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink and all this combines to make quite the nice session ale.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA fits the bill of a sessionable IPA.
In a pint glass it was gold in color. There was a white head with a little bit of lace.

Floral aroma with a little touch of sweet malt.

Flowery, piney taste. Again there was some malt, more bready than anything else.

On the hoppy side.

Fairly good beer, one you can drink a few of.

Photo of Beaver13
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy light golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuit malt and grassy, almost metallic, hops. Like SN Pale.

The flavor is biscuity malts with pretty good sized grassy bitterness and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this tastes like what I remember SN Pale tasting like. Would be interesting to do a side by side since I haven't had the Pale in a while.

Photo of bsp77
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold with thick, sustained, frothy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, berry and apple.

Taste: Dried out malts with light tea and cracker. Grapefruit, tropical notes, berry and spicy notes contribute to the fairly complex hops. Finish is bitter, especially for a "Session IPA".

Feel: Light body with ample carbonation. Extremely dry finish, bordering on tart.

Overall: Great example of a Session IPA, or American Bitter as I like to call them. Kind of ironic that my biggest gripe is that it is too bitter, when I usually think the style could use a little more bitterness.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and fairly earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hop hints with some grass and pine. Pale malt background with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty nice IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus and grass. Upfront floral and earthy hop presence with notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready pale malt backing with notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid session IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a session IPA. Good hop taste with a light smooth body.

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Navada Nooner

What a name . . . pfff !

Poured into pint glass

A: Nice, typical lookin' ipa

S: Like this one. Pine and sunshine. Yes, I can smell the sunshine (maybe just wishful thinking)

T: Piney, Yummy hops and a bitter finish

M: Smooth drinkable summer style sessionable ipa with good carbination

O: Good job S.N. ! Put this in a can and I'll buy more

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged on 1/29/14 here goes a highly anticipated beer for myself...I'm a big fan of hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada. I got a call from wvsabbath to pick up his reserved case of this new to Pittsburgh offering, I said without hesitation yeah I can split that case with you. Pours a light pale copper hue with a big billowing off white head, forms a rocky dimpled textured head that floats well above the rim of the glass. Lacing is chunky and sporadic what a great looking beer out of Chico, CA. Aroma light grassy, heavy vegetal hop notes green onion/garlic combo for me in this one with pungent whole leaf hop herbal/dank qualities. As it warms a bit more light tropical hops hit the nares in a good way. Flavor has enough biscuit malt/bready character to stand up to the big hop additions. At 4.8% abv I could definitely get used to this beer as a regular in my rotation. Hops hit with a wave of bitterness and settles into a mix of cereal malts and hop dank bitterness, the earthy herbal notes come out with a bit of mary jane dank hop flavor but finishes dry and pretty clean. The magnificent malts show up with flavor more so than in other recently released California session IPAs. Well balanced hop up session IPA I'm ready for some more and I'm pissed to only have one more, I had to water one of my favorite local bartenders...Heath from Mad Mex earned himself a 3 way IPA sampler in the form of Nooner, Snow Wit, and Blindfold IPAs. Texture is moderately carbonated light to medium bodied, flows nicely slick but not oily textured. The beer drinks way to easily, this is great warm weather drinking IPA. Overall, I can't wait to try more of this year's Sierra Nevada releases, with the fresh hop series adding two new beers different from Estate, Northern Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere IPAs.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 01 22 14 on the neck of the bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a dense mostly white head on top. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: As soon as you smell this beer you notice the floral and citrus hops. A bit of malt sweetness brings up the rear.

T: This beer packs some flavor and has quite a complex flavor for a low abv beer. Initially there is a solid bitter hop flavor that becomes the focal point as you work your way through the glass. That is quickly followed up with a mild malt intermediary and the beer finishes up with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with a definitive session feel to the flavor. Already finished the pour while writing the above so I guess that is a good sign.

Overall this can be competitive with the other session IPA's that are and will be hitting the market this year. Great hop flavor, decent bitterness and easy drinking.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 4-Way IPA 12 pack.

A- Huge three finger fluffy white head. Copper-colored beer with steady carbonation and a clean, filtered look.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, sweet malt. The aroma is pungent and resinous and there's some grapefruit or orange peel in there.

T- Earthy, grassy and floral hops, grapefruit peel, the beer is slightly fruity with very little malt taste.

M- Light and crisp like a pilsner, bitter and dry, but there's a slight sweetness and creaminess.

Well, I could make a habit of drinking these; they're very light, refreshing and easy-drinking, yet there's a ton of aroma and a damn good flavor.

Photo of tastybeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear gold beer, white finely foamy head with nice retention. Not much for lace save a few spots here and there. Aroma is lager-like with spicy hops. Dank, dark, piney, and some citrus. Pilsener meets ale I suppose with added dryness and more pine. Taste is alike with zesty spice, pine, and a hint of orange and maybe grapefruit pulp. Dry crispy bitterness through the finish. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable/sessionable. This is a fun spin on an IPA. By default I think sessionable IPAs tend to be a lot more like a regular pale ale. Some wiht a more interesting hop profile than others, but never overwhelming.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden orange with a near 2 finger, off-white head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds. Lots of lacing around the glass

Smell - Light grain and toasted bread notes of malt with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light grain and slightly bready malt backbone highlighted by citrus hops and moderate pine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with fair carbonation. Goes down with fair smoothness.

Overall - Hmm, tastes like a hybrid of their Pale / Torpedo. Not bad, but nothing innovative or new, either. As far as session IPA's, there are much better options out there on the market right now.

Photo of Retroman40
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured a golden color with just a hint of rust color. The hop smell is very subtle and the taste is citrusy to begin with the malt coming in later and a surprisingly nice bitter finish. The mouth feel and carbonation are excellent. For a session type beer this one packs a lot of flavor without a mind numbing ABV level.

I got this as part of a sample pack and hope that it goes into regular production.

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant clean yellow-amber, with prodigious head of white carbonation. Thick, layered, ornate lace.

Nose is subtle -- citrus hops and a touch of the floral. Nice.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, both fresh and tart. Finishes a wee bit dry and bitter. Well-done and certainly enjoyble, but not my favorite session IPA.

Photo of ElGordo
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appealing golden color. Crisp, grassy hops on the nose, along with some clean pilsner malt. Tangy noble hops and sharp, clean malt characterize the palate. The light body provides a dry finish. Almost more like a hoppy pilsner than an IPA or ISA.

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head, 2 fingers from an aggressive pour, firm, snow white, with good retention. Brew is very pale amber, translucent yet hazy, and extremely lively. Excellent fluffy lacing.

Pine and resin hop aroma, with a noticeable biscuit and pale malt backbone. Just a hint of floral and honey notes. Not a particularly aggressive aroma.

Flavor profile mostly follows the nose. Slightly less piney than SNPA, with more of a floral hint, and some earthy hops, but the pine definitely comes behind with a nice finish.

Medium-light, fuller bodied than you might guess. Sticky oily coating gives it a long finish. Decent sting and lively, makes it a slower drinking beer than "session" might imply.

This is a decent beer, solid and enjoyable, but I hardly think it qualifies as a session IPA. The balance is reminiscent of an APA or EPA, if anything. It definitely occupies the niche between SNPA and Torpedo; what I'm not 100% sure of is whether or not that was a niche that needed to be filled.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

The nooner session is decent but not as good as others....e.g. Founders All Day. The beer pours a nice golden color with thin white head. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering but not the best.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit with a touch of dank.
The taste is assertive moderate lemon bitterness with some honey sweetness in the background.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a wonderful sessionable IPA. Great flavor and drinkable for the long haul.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Stays effervescent throughout & insane lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, leafy hops & lemon zest

T: Follows the nose, slight breadyness underneath as well up front. More grassiness & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes crisp with some leafy hops

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, pretty good balance

Easy to drink, but nothing to get too excited about. Better session IPAs out there. They make about 5 hoppy beers I like better. Solid IPA, none the less

Photo of HalfFull
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. The Nooner pours a deep golden after allowing for some warming time, perhaps a light copper aside of the light. An inch of soapy foam settles slowly and tosses of some sticky lace on the way down.

The Nooner offers a hoppy aroma from the get go. Quite spicy in nature with a lemony/orange citrus note. Yet you need to stick your nose into it to gather it up. Tough of garlic at times, though reaching.

Taste follows; light and bland for an IPA yet a bit thin for an APA and quite typical for this heralded 'session ipa' nonsense. At least for me, for it seems that every brewery of note has added a session ipa to their standard lineup and they seem to be doing well. So perhaps I'm wrong for I have been before.

Alas, If I want more than a few, give me a more balanced SNPA anyday.

Photo of wspscott
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

rating this as a "session IPA" vs an IPA

A: Dark gold, thin white head, more lace than I expected
S: Citrus and pine, reminds me of a dry-hopped version of SNPA
T: Good American hop burst up front, followed by a subtle malty/caramel sweetness.
M: Somewhat thin, but not surprising given the "session IPA" category, lots of carbonation
O: One of the better session IPAs I have had, but I am not sure I would pick this up vs. SNPA. If they could keep it close to this but shave off another .5% alcohol, then this would be a winner. Glad I tried it, but I think I would prefer a dryhopped version of the PA vs. this even with the extra alcohol.

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with an attractive head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and floral hops. Slightly toasted malt note separates this from other session IPAs.

I really dig the malt profile in this beer. Lightly toasted and musty gives a solid foundation for the hops. To me the hops are very floral. Touches of citrus and earth as well. Plenty of hop flavor for the level of bitterness.

Light body and like all Sierra Nevada beers, expertly carbonated. Easy drinking just like it should be.

A different malt bill from what I have been exposed to in this sub category of IPAs. I dig it.

Photo of Flopjack
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, golden and yellow that is ever so slightly hazed, 1 finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, orange, subtle floral aroma.

Taste - Juicy sweeter citrus right at first, orange, pineapple, mango. The middle brings forth a bitter grapefruit, and subtle zest of lemon, orange, and grapefruit combined. The end flavor is piny and retains the initial bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Bought this as a single bottle with a few other IPA offerings from Sierra Nevada. Glad I tried it but it has not become my favorite session IPA.

Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/16

Pours medium bronze with fluffy patchy white foam. Hazy. Floral nose, very light grassy pine. Mild taste, balanced, small bitter. Citrus taste spread throughout. Grapefruit. Like the concept - the flavor of an I{PA, but balanced and sessionable.

Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden brass hue. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation, which looks excellent. Nice lacing, splotchy if light.

Smell: Faint grass, some bread, sweetness and faint fruit, hints of that odd "eraser shreds" rubbery smell I get from some american brews.

Taste: Nicely balanced, more malt than I'd have figured. Nice bitter bite of citrus hops up front, crisp edge of citrus and pine that rolls into warm but bitter bread flavor. Nice buttery malt outro with a remote hint of tropical fruit and nut.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body. Wouldn't mind a little more weight in the feel, but overall it's a nicely rounded mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is very faintly detectable if you pay close attention for it.

Overall: Pleasant brew. Nice balance, recognizably Sierra Nevada. A little more bitter than their classic Pale Ale, and I'd have another several with no complaint. Wouldn't travel to the next county to get it, but it's fine. (Aside: I still roll my eyes at the whole "session" thing we have going on in the just-rediscovered-beer US, where we forget that beer has ALWAYS been in the 3-4% range. If I can't drink a few without falling off my chair, that limits the intrinsic enjoyment I'll get right there.) /soapbox; decent brew, not a don't-miss, but if happenstance leads you to it, you're in good shape.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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