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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: 920
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 95 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014)
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Photo of gonzo000
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a. beer is clear, bronze in color with a 2 finger head on the pour that lasts quite well. The head is fluffy in nature. Lacing on glass.

s. Smell is of wheat beer, like bud, nothing reminding me of an IPA.

t. Taste is good. Just good. Not great. Not terribly hoppy maybe a bit in the finish. Ordinary, but good.

m. Gritty, not as smooth as I would like. Little to no body

o. This might be the works SN beer I have had. Disappointed. Will only drink more because I have the 4 IPA Case.

gonzo000, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of AMCimpi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

AMCimpi, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of abkayak
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

abkayak, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of FIN
3/5  rDev -17.4%

FIN, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of nrbw23
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

nrbw23, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of cwreay90
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

cwreay90, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of unclekeith
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

unclekeith, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +37.7%

MaddDogg84, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BigMike, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Spiegelau IPA glass.
4.8% ABV,

A - The IPA glass' hop etching at the bottom generates a ridiculous amount of carbonation, which streams through the clear golden-hued beer, feeding the tall and everlasting, lace machine of a head.

S - Mineral water and slight sulfur notes push past the hops for first dibs on the nostrils but those delicious green cones come quickly after and with aromatic force. American hops offer up a blended aroma of citrus and earth as lemon oil and bitter grapefruit peel mix with submissive pine resin and freshly cut grass. Nooner IPA is most definitely hop forward, blanketing the suggestions of caramel-drizzled toast, but not in-your-face about it.

T - Nooner maintains it's more relaxed hop profile in flavor but here the malt conquers the tongue. Notes of sweet caramel underscore the dry toasted bread and refreshingly grainy pale malt combinations but come across a little too strong for a "session IPA". Hops, however overshadowed, are still delicious with their inherent citrusy character.

M - At almost 5% it's no surprise this maltier beer feels like it has a bit more of a body to it than most of the style, and while the carbonation appears strong, it doesn't sparkle on the tongue. This session beer has a balanced entry leading into a moderately bitter, very dry finish which helps keep it refreshing but it's far from being a light, sessionable IPA.

O - Not only is it sort of peculiar it took so long for Sierra Nevada, the inventors of modern day hoppy beer, to take so long to get onto the "session IPA" train, it's even more peculiar that Nooner is their offering into this style. While a downright delicious pale ale in it's own right, Nooner drinks almost exactly like their iconic pale ale making it's existence seem completely redundant. Now that there's an increase in "sessionable IPA" (I keep using quotes because session IPA is almost a played out marketing misnomer anyway) offerings, people can afford to be picky. If I had the choice, Nooner wouldn't be my first, second, or third go-to for this style due to it's stronger malt flavor, slightly fuller body, and all-around lack of sessionability compared to others.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of SlickestWilly
4/5  rDev +10.2%

SlickestWilly, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold body, topped by a softball of sticky just-slightly-off-white rocky foam. Terrific lacing. Looks marvelous in a SN Ionic pint glass.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Soft, mildly sweet base slides down the tongue. Sweetness builds. Some floral notes. Bitter bite at the swallow. Short finish.

Light and smooth mouthfeel.

It's ok, but it's not only light for an IPA, it's light compared to SNPA. Alright as a nooner for sure, but not a beer SN needs in the regular line-up.

RonfromJersey, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with lots of powdery, white sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of subdued pineapple, hop resin, and white bread, and the flavor is of the same things. Bitterness is noticeable, but limited. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and mellow.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Fatehunter, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ScaryEd, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

cmq103, Apr 15, 2014
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of ericlawton007
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

ericlawton007, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label and silver branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sierra Nevada variety IPA 12-pack a couple weeks ago and served into a Pinthouse Pizza conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. 4.8% ABV per the label.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess, okay thickness, and decent frothiness. No lacing. Head retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Slightly weak looking. Clean; no yeast particles or hop sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's standard fare for an IPA or pale ale. There's nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Sweet bready malts dominate the aroma. Pale malts. Rosemary. There's some hop character too: floral notes, vague fruit, some slightly dank and resinous notes. But the malts dominate, which is flat-out wrong for an IPA or pale. It comes off more like an English IPA, and it's a bit off-putting. The sweetness is weird. There are off-notes too: light buttery diacetyl and soapiness.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

It's an underwhelming aroma of mild strength.

T: Sweet bready malts, pale malts, some caramalt. The hop notes feel like an afterthought: soapiness indicative that this spent too long in primary, floral character, some unevocative fruit. I'm not finding the citrusy or grapefruit notes mentioned on the label. I do find buttery diacetyl, which drags the flavour profile down.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Overall, this is a very generic underwhelming build for an IPA, and lacks balance. The malty sweetness edges out the hop bitterness, which makes this a fundamentally unsatisfying beer in its style. It has some loose cohesion, but really lacks focus; it's not a gestalt brew by any means and I'd heavily reconsider the ingredients selected. Pretty shallow in terms of depth of flavour. Below average flavour duration and intensity. Subpar amplitude.

This really needs more complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It's just not bringing much to the table, and in this style you really need to stand out. I'm pretty disappointed. It's not even that pleasant to drink.

Mf: Too heavy and thick on the palate for the lack of evocative and/or diverse flavours. The weight of the mouthfeel also doesn't match the "session IPA" vibe they're going for. I'd even say this has too much heft for a pale ale, at least relative to how much (i.e. how little) flavour there is. Okay presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Slightly oily. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing; it's too sweet. Not as fresh, clean, or soft as would be ideal.

Ultimately, this texture just doesn't suit the style or the taste all that well. Subpar execution.

Not gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, rough, or biting.

Dr: A forgettable attempt at a fad style from Sierra Nevada, Nooner deserves to be left on the shelf. It feels like a beer that originated in the marketing department, not in the passion of a brewer. I wouldn't pick it up again and I hope they discontinue it after they've made their buck. That said, it does a decent job of hiding its ABV and I'm sure it will have its defenders (most of whom are probably well-intentioned megafans of the brewery, but I digress). Sure, it's drinkable, but it's hard to really enjoy. Hop fans would do well to avoid this; it brings less hop flavour to the table than even the pale ale from your local mediocre brewpub. Meh.

High D+

kojevergas, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

HalfFull, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ADTaber, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

ColForbinBC, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of kwkurdziel
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

kwkurdziel, Apr 14, 2014
Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 920 ratings.