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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: 1,001
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/22/14.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw; an impressive, rocky head caps the liquid and leaves some nice lacing action

Smell: Slightly herbal, pithy and grassy

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with lemon, pith and a dash of herbal tones building through the middle; dry, but slightly soapy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the best session IPA out there but a pleasant drinker

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So, what'cha goin'a do? Its barely after breakfast and lunch is looming. Your buddy calls you out for a samich over some talk. Your taste buds cry for an IPA but those are over seven-plus percent. You still got stuff to do today- what's a guy to do?! Never fear- Nooner (Session IPA) is here!

Its lightly haze, golden appearance is like a back-lit honeycomb as the beer simply gleams in its glass. Its creamy structured head flows with a gentle swirl, releasing a highly intricate system of collars and trails along the glass. It's simply a beauty!

And its that classic Sierra Nevada combination of dry maltiness- eerily of graham crackers- along with those spicy and citrusy hops that provide a waft of white grapefruit, dried Curacao-type orange peel, grass and pine heading into taste.

Its flavor opens right up as the caramel, barley and malt taste provides a creamy nuttiness of cashew and spicy husk- allowing a rye taste to venture in. Its delicious but simple grain taste stems into the middle palate where the hops lurk- grapefruit, orange peel, goosenbery, lime and verbena all reassure a fruity tone. Its trailing spice, pine, verbena and chivy taste is bitter, crisp, and ultra-clean.

All this taste and aroma has transpired without talking about that's lacking in the beer- and that would be its body. Where the flavor and aroma of IPA are all intact, its body is removed. As the carbonation separates from the malt sweetness, both dissolve with a clean and crisp fade that leaves dry malt structure behind in order to capture the hop resins, dryness and alcohol warmth, even as its fruit-stem bitterness trails in aftertaste.

Nooner is simply all the taste that you'd want in IPA in the middle of the day, but its light body and alcohol content makes the ale comfortable for a second half-day of chores. Though concessions are made, the palate will never know!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a well made ipa, everything sierra nevada does is, but its lacking compared to some of the other major players in this new session ipa game. of course, founders all day remains the standard, and if thats what these are judged against, this beer takes a mid B. its clean and light, golden brass in color, with an inch of fading white fluff. a nose of pale malt and mildly citrusy hops, everything simple, everything fresh, but no distinguishing element for me. great carbonation but a body a little larger than i need in this style, three or four of them would be fine, but six or eight would fill me up. some pleasant bitterness on the finish, but its all a bit drawn out, not crispy and snappy like others. lacks some of the refreshment factor for that reason. i do like the hop flavors though, a little understated and could possibly ramped up a little to make this one a little more memorable, but i like it well enough, especially on a hot lazy afternoon.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side even for a “session IPA” but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style and even within the niche-style that I would choose first.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Well this beer looks great. Unfortunately that is the highlight here. The nose smells like dead grass, or something as equally interesting. Flavor is just...bland. No punch. Nothing interesting. Kind of a out of whack mix of malts and not enough hops. This is definitely a miss. Haven't had a beer this bad/lame from SN ever, from what I can recall.

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

yay IPA season, and a 12-pack of awesome IPA sampler pack for about $13, how can you beat that?! Bottled on 1/22/14, couple months old but still pretty fresh.

Pours nice fizzy fluffy like almost creamy almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with tons of soapy lacing that almost makes it looks as if the head is still at it's tallest point, quite clear lighter golden honey colored.

Nose whoa, a really interesting citrusy tropical hop note I wasn't expecting, a punch of like grapefruit and this really pungent stinky hop like a grapefruit-mint and marijuana aroma, little sticky resin, as well as a little earthy pine, again like a marijuana nugget, and mild fruity note. there is a little toasty malt underneath with hint of biscuit, not much else.

Taste... sorry, hockey right interruption, Bruins and Avs. Ok, back to the beer, fresh hops and very sessionable, light but big hop punch. Brings some mild sweet malts, little toasty, little straw almost pilsner malt. Hops are dominant though, starting light but quickly increasing, again starting fruity, generic fruit, into a little grapefruit rind and clementine like mild citrus, little almost apricot, and then into a mild grassy floral component with a hint of earthy pine, and a little sticky resin too. The hops start to increase and get a little earthy spicy like, and a touch of herbal tea. Finish is fairly crisp and dry, mild gritty hop resin and more light pine light citrusy hops, with a touch more earthy herbal flavors.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, very drinkable IPA with a nice hop pop and decent malt base. With the really interesting aromas I was expecting a bit more on the flavor, but still very nice.

Photo of Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in the 4way IPA mixed case, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is medium amber with very good clarity with fast rising carbonation visible with thick 2 finger off white cream which clings as lace with a fine bead. The smell is okay but has a slightly odd herbal aroma and an almost plastic phenolic yeast accent, but more of a piney overall hop scent dominates. The feel is very good with light body and semi-high carbonation with mild sweetness and semi-spicy hop presence with a light toasted malt texture in the background leading to a mostly dry finish.

The flavor is decent with some mild pine and herbal hops and slight malt with some light sweetness and toasted taste and mild citrus tinge toward the middle with some light yeast fruitiness adding to the generally balanced taste. Overall this is better than average with a hoppy flavor that is good but the dry nature of the beer makes the hopping seem a little too agressive for such a small beer in my opinion.

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

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.