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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale gold color with white head, full lacing.

S - Dank sour hops, with a hint of cracker malt.

T - Mild hop in the form of grass and pine, a touch of lemon, with malty notes following the nose with cracker and honey. Closes slightly bitter, but very quiet. Most of the IPA flavor elements are presented but muted.

M - Clean, crisp, very little drying. Very easy to drink.

O - A beer made to be knocked back, the epitome of a session beer, but as an IPA, this is something of a disappointment, with very few of the fruit or pine crescendos that I love.

Photo of scotorum
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/13/14. First bottle out of the new 4-Way IPA 12 pack I bought yesterday.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Clear dark gold with a huge white head which required an additional pour to keep from overflowing the 12 oz. glass. The head receded, but a thick surface foam remained into the last sip! Considerable patchy lacing too.

s: Pine and citrus.

t: Pretty strong piney hops forward over a light malt base. Some citrus notes later. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue. Citrus and occasionally a slightly metallic finish.

m: Light to moderate.

o: The hoppier of the two (Lagunitas Day Time being the other recently reviewed session IPA) session IPAs I've had in the past week. This one is new this year. Rivals Torpedo for hop presence and some flavor, although of course lower ABV. Good lunch beer for hopheads who either do not want to get particularly high on one, or like more than one with lunch.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 1/22/2014. Pours slightly hazy pale gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavors of bright citrus/grassy hops with moderate malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. Nice bright citrus/grassy hops with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of the three new IPA's in the new Sierra Nevada IPA sampler 12 pack.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light amber color with a huge head of pure white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a spider web motif of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a pine hop aroma with notes of some grass and herbal smells as well. A very light amount of a biscuit smell as well as some skunk smell (which I know is not due to age or light; as its birth date is 1/29/14 and it was keep in the dark as soon as removed from the 12-pack). A lighter level of a caramel and orange aroma are there as well, and even with the light skunk, the aroma is still OK.

Taste – The taste begins as a crisp cracker and biscuit flavor with a lighter level of a caramel sweetness and a bit of grassy hop. As the taste advances the caramel seems to fade, all while other hop flavors of an earthy and pine nature come to the tongue. These tastes take the taste to its end, at which point one is left with a very crisp and dry moderately bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super light in terms of its thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. The very thin body with the higher carbonation are good for the session style and dry and hopped tastes of the brew, making for a very crisp session IPA.

Overall – A quite crisp session IPA with an overall very dry feel. While a little more body sweetness may have made it even more easy drinking, it was decent overall.

Photo of Jmamay22
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nooner pours a clear amber with a fully frothed ecru colored head. Nice rings of foam cling to the glass with each sip. Scent is somewhat muted. And surprisingly so given the notes on the bottle proclaiming light body, but full aroma and flavor. Smell is mildly piney and a touch if citrus. A bready and doughy background that comes through better than the hops. I expected a stronger hop aroma even if it didn't rival stronger IPAs.

Flavor begins with a mildly sweet bread like flavor. It the. Progresses to a hoppy piney taste. Finishes crisp and cleanly bitter. Somewhat bland even given the lower alcohol content. Really lacks complexity and flavor I was looking for in a "session" IPA. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a moderate amount of lively carbonation.

I'm not sure if I'm being harsh, but this one fell a little flat for me. There are better examples of the new session IPA style.

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

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Earthy dank aroma with light a citrus aroma.

T - Very mellow flavor. Taste of light citrus notes, bready malts, and earthy hops. Finish is bitter piney hops with a touch of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Decent session beer. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, minimal 1/4 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Skunky, dank hops. Pine, grapefruit. A pale ale sort of malt profile comes out at the finish.

Taste - First sip is really malt heavy, lots of caramel, toasty and bready. Some grapefruit hops add a little bitter flavor. A little lemon note along with Bready malts are also present. A little pepper, spicy flavor shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets a lot of bready malts and some grapefruit hops. Palate gets more hops, and some spices. Aftertaste is piney, dry and a little peppery.

Overall - A good session ipa that unlike other ones, has a malt backbone. Tastes a lot like a mellower version of torpedo. Smooth, easy to drink, id for one would like to see this one bottled in 6'ers.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a thin level of bubbles. Some lace spotty lace on the glass. The liquid is dark gold with the mildest of hazes.

Smells like a pale ale with ample amount of pale malt nose. Good floral hop for balance.

Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. Light malt flavor with a peppery hop bite. Easy to drink but rather one-dimensional, basic beer. Flavorful from a bittering hop perspective but little else.

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 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 JamieDuncan
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My beer guru had picked this up as part of variety pack and saved me this one to sample. Not a great looking beer. Thin with only a little head, not what I want to see in a beer. Not much of a smell, good and clean but weak. Taste is pretty good but overall not a lot to offer. Not one I will look to get again.

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

12oz to a pint glass

Pours a pale gold with hues of straw and yellow, with a finger of white head. Moderate carbonation stems from the sides of the glass, lacing's okay, retention died down sort of quick

Smell's pretty balanced between the hops and malts. Citrus hops with some pine resin along with a pale bready malt with notes of caramel

Taste is close with the nose, again pretty balanced between the two flavor profiles. Mild citrus hoppiness with that Sierra Nevada cone resin, coupled with a very light pale bready malt

Feel is a bit light as is expected. Dry, sticky finish. No alcohol, pretty drinkable

Overall I guess everyone's hopping on the session ipa train, Sierra Nevada being no exception. Probably one of the weaker representations I've had though. That said, it's an okay beer

Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile: Pale malts, earthy and citrusy hops. Kind of piney. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, an easy drinking ipa. I can see how they call this a session ipa if that is a thing. Not over the top bitterness and hop bomb.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/22/14 enjoyed 3/18/14

A- Pours golden amber and clear. A soapy one finger white head develops then recedes quickly leaving a light halo. Ample carbonation bubbles stream to the top of my glass. The lacing clings more than expected from such a light halo.

S- Dank pine zest, citrus notes, grass. Spicy floral aroma.

T- Starts sweet and dry but a spicy hop bitterness that the nose suggests joins in and quickly overpowers the malt sweetness. Pine, lemon, slight grapefruit. This continues to the end where a spicy black pepper aftertaste dryly finishes things off.

M- Extra light or nearly medium bodied, however you like it. Goes down smooth dry and easy.

O- This is my first go at this session IPA and I have to say that I like it. Sierra Nevada usually puts out some great brews and this is no exception. Great flavors and aromas accompany this well put together beer to make an enjoyable experience.

Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass - musty.

The taste is of lemongrass and floral hops wrapped around a honey-like - towards caramel-ish sweetness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic tinge.

It is appropriately light-bodied (to be "sessionable").

I don't really get the hop-forward character I was hoping for, though does have a grass character. It is pretty easy to drink.

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 Immortale25
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says PKGD 01/22/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before eventually falling to an 1/8 inch. Resilient lacing leaves a thick foamy ring behind.

S- Classic Cascade aroma with a bit of bready malt trailing behind. Smells a lot like Torpedo. Some hop mustiness.

T- Tastes a lot like Torpedo with that grassy, earthy hop character and firm yet manageable bitterness. A little bit less malt presence but there's plenty of flavor to go around.

M- Slightly oily with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- So, I get the concept of a session IPA: beers packed with hop flavor and aroma that aren't as strong so you can enjoy the hoppiness over a longer period of time without getting too swilly. However, I am one of those people who equates ABV with price (except, of course with lambics, Belgians, wild ales, etc.) so, if I were to see a 6-pack of Nooner sitting right next to a 6-pack of Torpedo and they were the same price and both were just about as fresh, I would pick the Torpedo. It's basically the same beer, just with a difference of ABV, hence the loss of points in the taste category.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold, good head of foam and lacing, slight carbonation.

Smell: Grains, light citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Biscuit, citrus and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry, with signature hop bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Well balanced and tasty. They managed to cut back on the alcohol without cutting back on any of the flavor. I could see this replacing Bud Light as the default go-to beer at the local watering hole (if they ever offered craft beer).

Photo of brewandbbq
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1/29/14.

Hazy, bright brass with a white head and decent lacing.

Pine and grapefruit in the nose, but not very floral or pungent. A hint of biscuit malt follows through.

Light bodied with a very dry mouth feel.

Light malt and a drying bitterness start the palate with a wave of pine and grapefruit.

Finishes with a lingering dryness and fading hops.

Tasty beer but falls short of the hopping levels for even a "session IPA" . The aroma in particular could use a big boost.

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

12oz bottle, bottled 1/22/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange color, just shy of a one-finger head
S: Lemon, grapefruit, some light malt
T: More malt, again the lemon/grapefruit from the hops and a hint of florals
M: Light-bodied but quite crisp
O: A decent session beer but comes across a bit light, I probably wouldn't buy it packaged by itself

Photo of micromaniac129
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I didn't much like this one in pretty much all facets of this tasting.
It pours a hazy golden color. The head is white and frothy in structure but in general looks unappealing.
The aroma is dank earthy hops that borderline stink then being earthy in smell. Light malts pull up the rear.
A dense flowing but bitter beer. Tastes more like a malt beverage of some sort. As the beer warmed there was a slight lemony aftertaste but it's barely worth mentioning.
Sierra Nevada makes good beer, this is not one of them.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange color with a frothy white head that leaves good sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of grassy and pine hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops with some light malt touches. Hops lead off with grassy notes coupled with citrus and pine. Fruity notes come through with berries and apple. Malt sweetness comes through next with a little sweetness along with some grain and cracker. Finishes with some sweetness and a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA which manages to have plenty of flavor even with lower alcohol.

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.