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

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a huge foamy and frothy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some nice lace behind

S- bready and doughy malt aromas mixed with fruity hops

T- slightly toasted malt up front with some fruity and piney hops, slightly tangy fruity kick on the finish with some piney hop linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and frothy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- it's hard for me to distinguish the difference between session IPAs and pale ales most of the time, but it's impressive that they were able to pack this much hop bitterness into less than 5%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 5/5/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, tons of carbonation and a towering, bubbly white head! Lacing is fantastic!
Smell - some grass, citrus and pine. Tame, but noticeable.
Taste - lacks the flavor that I've come to expect from SN, however, very refreshing on a hot day.
Feel - initial sip has some hop bitterness, but the ho hum flavor and the light body drowns that out pretty quick.
Overall - love SN, but this is not what I expect from them.

Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-gold in color with a rocky, stable, slightly off white head. This beer is very drinkable and great for summer. It has a lot of grapefruit, orange peel, flower-like scents. Slight malt and sugar smells. The taste is similar to the smell. Very drinkable, with less bitterness than I expected. Somewhat light. Refreshing and clean.

Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Setting aside whether a 4.8 percent beer truly qualifies as "session" ...

Pours a beautiful gold in my glass with a big foamy white head that doesn't vanish. Lovely.

Earthy hop aromas mix with notes of bread.

This tastes like it is described: a lighter IPA. Quite bitter, but without the bigger malt flavors of a "regular" IPA. Doesn't taste weak, though, just dialed back. Lots of vegetable and citrus hops flavors in this one.

Body is heavier than I would expect; it's not watery.

Overall a fine beer and one to look for when you don't want all the alcohol of a typical IPA. Though at 4.8 percent this is far stronger than what I would consider session strength: below 4 percent.

Photo of BeerWizard
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've been very underwhelmed by every session IPA I've tried so far, and basically think it's a stupid trend that will hopefully go away soon. However, I've been digging on SN lately and was looking forward to trying theirs from the mix pack. Would this be the one that changed my mind?

Unfortunately, no. I will say this 4.8 abv session beer has good color, darker than most that I've seen, and had a huge head of foam, but my enjoyment of it stopped there. The bottle pledges citrus and grapefrut, but I found it to be rather skunky. I wondered about the freshness, but says bottled on 5/5, and I've had IPA's much further out than that taste fine. Taste impressions were watery, weak, more malt than hops, tastes more like a mediocre pale ale. I confess to not really caring for pale ales, which is why I drink IPA's, but this really had little to no hop character to speak of.

Bad bottle? I don't know. As I said I haven't had one of these session beers that I've liked so far but this was really bottom of the barrel for me. Pointless. I got through maybe half of it and actually poured it out. Two more in the mix pack. Will they be drunk? Maybe for sheer hydration, on a hot day, in the absence of any other liquid. Sorry, SN. Love everything else in the mix-pack, though!

Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the 12 pack purchased at Market Basket
Pours a deep straw color with a huge fluffy bone white head that persists forever and makes it difficult to pour. The aroma is odd here as it smells more like a pilsener than an ipa. Brady maltiness with hints of fruit and floral spice. The flavor is light watered down maltiness thats crackery and bready. Earthy spicy hop flavor is there to keep things in check. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a light resinous watery mouthfeel. Seems everyone is jumping on the "session" ipa bandwagon these days, I just don't get the appeal. I don't need a watery thin unbalanced brew to drink in the summer, and frankly I don't think it will be the next big thing like so many brewers are hoping.

Photo of TonyC
4.81/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Since Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite brewers, I had to pick up a 4 Way IPA variety pack when I saw it sitting behind the cooler glass.

A: An orange-amber color, with a very nice white head with very decent lace.

S: A nice citrusy grass hops aroma that is very pleasing.

T: A very balanced citrusy-grassy hops flavor that has a subtle spiciness to it. Not too big, but very flavorful.

M: Medium carbonation, with a thin, almost lager or wheat beer feel to it, but still gives a nice bitter tang.

O: I'm very partial to Sierra and this was another winner for me. The brewers always know how to create something special. All the flavors and aromas I like, but in a session beer. Not overpowering, but still holds a lot of nice flavor. I could drink this all day.

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 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 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 jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden orange. Head is fairly thick, two fingers, and white. Decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smell is mildly hoppy, with floral notes being predominant. Faint lemon zest as well.
T- Taste is somewhat herbal with a fruit flavor underneath here as well. I get the whole session thing, but it is worth noting that the malt profile is more or less not there. Letting the hops get some mileage.
M- Light body, holding to the session IPA concept. Found it rather light on the carbonation though.
O- It's tasty enough and a fine addition to a mixed pack. Wouldn't go out of my way for though.

Photo of silverking
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- rich, creamy pure white head atop a clear, deep straw colored liquid. Excellent head retention, and the lacing is equally impressive. There a lots of very fine, slow rising bubbles.

S- lightly toasted barley, herbal hops. It's delicate and balanced.

T- water crackers, grassy, really light bitterness. This could pass as a a pale ale, and a light one at that.

M- light, velvety carbonation. It's still somewhat crisp. Watery finish.

O- it's a "session IPA". It is really light, but very drinkable.

Photo of Mojo
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - medium gold, very clear with a foamy two inch head, great retention and great lacing. A constant stream of tiny bubbles can be observed rising from the bottom. Gotta love glasses with the nucleation points etched into them.

S - Nice smell that has an abundance of citrus, floral, fresh cut grass, and bready notes. A pleasure to the olfactory!!

T - A light but refreshing lemon citrus flavor greets the palate at first observation. The taste moves seamlessly into a bitter herbal hop finish. However this would not be considered to be a hop bomb.

M - medium thickness with average carbonation.

O - This is a nice session ale. It drinks easily and is a refreshing offering.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I believe bottled on 02-21-14.

A: a hazy orangey hue brew. some conditioning providing the haze. bright white frothy head. decent retention. lacing not so much.

S: a lot of pine, but not over the top. very herbal aroma. earthy even. not finding that citrus aroma discussed on the neck label.

T: a soft citrus flavor and more of that herbal hoppiness. definitely has some biscuit malt toast flavor to it. not a ton. bitterness into the finish, but fleeting. I think this thing is on the verge of oxidation, but not quite yet.

M: moderate amount of carb. light/medium bodied.

D: overall, a pretty easy drinking, hoppy, but light ale. a good brew, but it definitely left me wanting a littlee more. maybe a little brighter hop character, a little more malt character. certainly not bad by any means, just want more of everything.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1/22/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of a lager
Head average (3.5 cm), off white, creamy with some rocks, rapidly diminishing to a partial layer 4 mm thick
Lacing very good, festooned across the majority of the open glass, with mostly fine to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts with citrus, quickly diminishes to a slight bitterness, not unpleasant. No alcohol, no diacetyl, slight but noticeable malt presence.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

At four months, this “session” IPA is showing its age. Hops are still present but very weak. The malt is beginning to come through. It is still passable but not desirable.

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a good session IPA. Light amber orange tint with a solid inch of fluffy head. Great lacing.
S - Huh not very hoppy it actually smells like torpedo IPA which is also mild on the hops. Malts smell good rather sweet.
T - It's good it does however remind me of their Pale ale but with a touch more hops. Quite smooth hop profile more malty than anything. Really a session pale if you ask me.
M - Light to medium a bit heavy for sesssion. Drinks like a full beer.

Overall it's an OK session ale. Pretty much just got all of these since they were the latest thing SN put out. I have had better session ales though.

Photo of JRed
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Late afternoon in body with a bubbly white head that sticks. Subtle aroma grass, mint candy, and humidity and trees. Flavors of wet grass, citrus sweet and tangy, light mint, light hop bitterness. Light in body with light carbonation. I expected a better session from the kings of session pale. The sweetness here doesn't mesh well with the hop flavors and bitter qualities.

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light grapefruit, lemons, and grassy tones are mild.

Taste: grapefruit and grass are up front, with some softer orange, lemon, and green apples. Bitterness is mild but is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a light dryness arriving late. Very refreshing.

Overall: a super easy to drink IPA that is more citrus focused than on the bitterness.

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

A: poured into an IPA glass to a light gold with three fingers of dense white head that has excellent staying power and lacing
S: smells of grapefruit and pale malt with some honey like sweetness on the aroma
T: taste is grapefruit, citrus, some clean pale malt sweetness with a good dose of underlying bitterness. Swallow provides a bit of pine and more citrus
M: this beer is on the lighter side of the scale but avoids being watery. carbonation is adequate but falls short of being prickly and the beer has a refreshing finish
O: This definitely brings IPA flavor into a lighter realm and could indeed be sessionable. Well worth a try and well executed.

Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Packaged on 1/22/14.

Pours golden amber with a big head which dissipates slowly. Lots of carbonation. Clear. Smell is mild, fresh, lemony.

Taste is straw, slow pine bitterness, lemon.

Mouthfeel is light, thin. Overall, it's not bad. There are some session IPAs I would prefer over this.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as pale amber in the light. Rings of perforated sheeting make up most of the lacing.

Nose- Mostly fruit esters and mostly citrus. Lemon, orange, and maybe some grapefruit. Touches of cherry and peaches around the edges. Slight tropical fruits. Tiny hints of matchstick, pine, and resin. Maybe a little bit of pepper. Swirling doesn't add anything to the aroma.

Taste- Starts off with the citrus notes of the aroma but with a much bigger presence from the grapefruit. The other fruit esters aren't really present. Moves into a good amount of pine and resin, some matchstick. Light tropical fruits with pepper. Other spices- maybe some coriander. Tiny bits of earwax on the linger but not much. This beer does give you much of the hop punch of a regular IPA but it will be a little tame for a hophead. I'm fine with the balance that it strikes but it does seem a little boring to me. I think a little bit more malt would give it enough backbone to give it some complexity. An above average beer with slight hints of being good. Definitely, my least favorite beer from the 4-Way IPA pack but the other beers are good enough to make up for this one. Not that this one is bad; it's just less interesting.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with easy carbonation and a nice dry finish. Works really well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability- This beer is definitely pretty sessionable and while I might have called it a little boring, it does have enough punch and spice at the end to keep interesting. I would definitely buy this variety pack again but I would pass over this as a six-pack.

Overall- Above average to good beer but closer to good. Worth a try because the 4-Way IPA is worth it. Good beer for a style that I don't really get.

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a nice orange, with a fluffy 2 inch head, that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell is papaya, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose, very well balanced with grapefruit in the finish.

Body is almost medium, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and so easy drinking.

Overall one of the best session IPAs I have had, if not the best.

Photo of greentam2
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is what it says it is; an ipa, and a session beer. Goes down very smoothly, but clearly has enough hoppy bite to let you know this is an ipa of substance. If you need an ipa with a session quality, this one does the trick! I recommend this beer for anytime consumption; beyond the noon, as it were.

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow orange in the glass. One finger head.

S-Not much of a hop presence, good deal of malt as well.

T-Just like the nose. The hops are not really there what is present is a grassy like note, but at the end of the day just malt.

M-Medium in body and some carbonation.

O-The session part took out all of the flavors, the beer was bland and boring. Easily the worst out of the pack.

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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