Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.46/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-09-2014 04:25:11 | More by TheMirrorOwl
3.53/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date 02/13/2014. Another new proclaimed 'session IPA' acquired as part of the 4 IPA twelve pack.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a light golden yellow-orange colored body with three and a half fingers of big billowy white head. Very good head retention. Leaves behind fluffy rings of lacing. Good clarity with light sediment floating around in the glass. Looks very nice.
S - Smell is comprised of light grass, lemons, herbal hops, and light citrus. Light malt body in the background to give it some balance. Reminds me a lot of Founders Pale Ale, so far.
T - Taste is mostly honeyed / bready malt forward with a touch of lemongrass, grapefruit, and piney herbal hop presence.
M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Minimal piney bitterness on the palate. Light-bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, it's decent, but it is more akin to a pale ale, than a 'session IPA' I would say. Lower on the hops, the flavor, and the alcohol - it's a pale ale to me. Would I have it again? Sure thing. Would it be my first choice? Probably not. I will surely be drinking this in the summer though.
Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA ---3.5/5
04-07-2014 17:56:49 | More by mfnmbvp
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
12oz : SN IPA Glass
Pours a fairly clear, golden with a billowy, thick white head.
Spicy, earthy, grassy hops with a solid malt backbone.
Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.
A solid, well done IPA, with a surprisingly low ABV. Would love to see this in 6-packs!
04-07-2014 08:40:19 | More by vkv822
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: BevMo in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 4-way 12-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 31, 2014
Misc.: Packaged Jan. 29, 2014
Poured a honey golden clear color with three fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Good foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention all the way down.
Smelled resin hops, citrus hops and some light floral hops. Initially reminded me of a lighter version of the Torpedo IPA. Also pine, pinecone, caramel, more skunkiness and some slight vomit.
Tasted like what I thought it was going to taste like, a not as strong version of the Torpedo. Dry-hopped, resin hops, pine, soapy notes, caramel, very bitter, pinecone and honey.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.
Not anywhere as good as I was hoping. Nowhere as good as the other two session IPA’s that come to mind (Lagunitas Daytime IPA & Stone Go To IPA). A baby Torpedo IPA, which by the way I may have to rerate.
04-07-2014 04:45:44 | More by BucannonXC5
4/5 rDev +10.2%
Appearance: Almost perfectly clear honey gold. Head is super creamy, off-white, and dense. Lively carbonation keeps head retention high. Quality Sierra Nevada.
Smell: Bready pale malts at the forefront. A touch of toasted cereal grain. Very mild backing sweetness. Hops run typical for Sierra Nevada. A touch earthy with some backing hints of citrus. A bit milder than their average. A touch of something almost tropical (peachish) layered through the back. Some herbal and floral and slightly bitter finishes. Chico yeast adds the nice clean yeast finish with some slight fruity esters.
Taste: Straight Sierra Nevada. Yeast up front with some fruity esters and that silly clean finish. Something akin to almost sweat in there. Malts are toasted bread with some pale malt sweetness. Hits almost lager like with clean malt profile. Hops are decidedly floral with the bitter edge expected. A touch herbal with some citrus (grapefruit) rind thrown in for good measure. Bitterness lingers. Some earthy finishes as well. Nicely balanced as to be expected. A bit of leafy hop.
Mouthfeel: Light bordering on medium with a crisp moderate carbonation. Slick up front with a creamy middle mouthfeel. Finishes a touch dry.
Overall: Give me my summer beer now!
I really hope this gets a release outside the mix pack. It's Sierra Nevada doing what they do best. It's hoppy and drinkable with little risk of tongue fatigue. Crush 'em and come back for more. Also, I refuse to really look at this as an IPA.
04-06-2014 17:11:34 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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