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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: 910
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 11
Gots: 92 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +24%

jongullotti, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kirchy, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Carl_R, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Cooper, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Troville1990, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of bennetj17
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%

Medium gold, thick white head with excellent retention and clingy lace. Active, bubbly carbonation. Signature whole cone Sierra Nevada hoppiness, with a pine-like freshness and touches of citrus. A hint of bready malt in the background.

The flavor has a great balance of dry, crackery malt with floral, piney hop resin. It's like a hoppy German Pils that's gone over the edge. I love how the mouthfeel still has enough thickness to carry a session brew like this as well. Finishes clean yet amazingly bitter.

This is an excellent session IPA. For comparison, I had this right after a Stone Go-To IPA and this one is far and away better. This beer just has a great balance, and is well-crafted all around. It has enough appeal to keep you coming back for more, which is the most essential part of a session brew. Top Notch!

bennetj17, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy light golden orange with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuit malt and grassy, almost metallic, hops. Like SN Pale.

The flavor is biscuity malts with pretty good sized grassy bitterness and a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, this tastes like what I remember SN Pale tasting like. Would be interesting to do a side by side since I haven't had the Pale in a while.

Beaver13, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 01 22 14 on the neck of the bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a dense mostly white head on top. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: As soon as you smell this beer you notice the floral and citrus hops. A bit of malt sweetness brings up the rear.

T: This beer packs some flavor and has quite a complex flavor for a low abv beer. Initially there is a solid bitter hop flavor that becomes the focal point as you work your way through the glass. That is quickly followed up with a mild malt intermediary and the beer finishes up with a lingering hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with a definitive session feel to the flavor. Already finished the pour while writing the above so I guess that is a good sign.

Overall this can be competitive with the other session IPA's that are and will be hitting the market this year. Great hop flavor, decent bitterness and easy drinking.

CloudStrife, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of caahare
4/5  rDev +10.2%

caahare, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

DMc8ride, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of budgood1
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

pours out a slightly dark shade of gold with a rocky snow white head. lots of fine bubbles prop up the froth with wisps of chunky lace left. the aroma is a bit subdued, making it hard to pick out any outstanding hop notes, but what is there is piney and a bit minty. the taste profile is definitely more frontal with the hopping. on top of a pale malt base, the hops come off less citrusy than i was expecting. i find that there is some slight pith, but there is also a good deal of pine cone and resin attributes. a good dose of bitterness is also present. a really delicately balanced IPA. medium to light bodied with a healthy mouthfeel. quite drinkable, and session IPA is an apt description.

overall this is a pretty nice beer. i wasn't too keen on it at first, but it is a fine tasting example of what a low ABV IPA can be. it certainly quenches and would make for a dandy summer offering.

budgood1, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RMoeNay, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of PicoPapa
3.74/5  rDev +3%

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent yellowish orange with a small ring of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is spicy and floral hops with some bready malts. The taste is more bready, doughy malts as well as some of the floral and spicy hops. More malt flavor upfront with the hops coming out near the end. Lightly bitter floral finish. Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation. Slightly oily finish. Very drinkable, obviously. Overall, its a decent Session IPA but with the recent run of this style by different breweries this one doesn't stand out too much. Good but nothing special.

PicoPapa, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of ber12
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ber12, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

BEERchitect, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Jordan444
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Jordan444, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a light copper with a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor is light on malt and decent on hops. As with most “session” IPAs, this offering is plain, thin and out of balance. I’m simply not sure what the attraction is with this new sub-style of beer.

57md, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Clear gold with some lumpy white frothiness on top. Smells clean and spicy...sort of Saaz-like with hay, flowers, and light husky grain. Some berries and soda upon a deeper sniff. Flavor is similarly spicy, though less rough around the edges, just a bit more cereal malt sweetness. Floral, lemony, grassy, with some earthy pine. Light and fairly crisp. Pretty good and at least different from the other "session IPAs" popping up. More spicy and mineral-like which does indeed make for a refreshing, session-able beverage.

wedge, Mar 06, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

1st 12oz bottle from the new 4-Way IPA case
L - golden with nice clarity; higher carbonation helping a persistent off-white head hold some retention
S - grapefruity citrus, caramel, toasted grain, a bit light struck for some reason
T - bitter grapefruit and pine dominate the palate, caramel and toasty grain don't provide much of a malt backbone; also seems a bit light struck in flavor.
F - lighter body, higher carbonation, finishes dry, sharp and pungently bitter. A little pilsener-esque.
O - I'm not crazy over these so called session IPA's. This one has some good hop flavors, but it needs more balance and body. Now I need a Torpedo to make things right again! I am also excited to try the other new IPAs from the case.

barnzy78, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PEIhop, Mar 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

jburd19, Mar 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

scootercrabb, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

LXIXME, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Nooner Session IPA last week in their new IPA variety pack. I like session IPA's and I'm interested to see what Sierra Nevada can do with the style, so lets see how it goes. I didn't even bother to decode the bottling date since I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty typical for Sierra Nevada and it's not too eye catching. It poured a pretty clear golden color that took on more of a darker gold and orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, watery, pale malt and some bread crust like aromas with a slight bit of doughy yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart and earthy and spicy hop aroma and the spicy aspect so prominent that it reminds me of the same spiciness that I get from Rye Beers and there's also a light skunky aroma.. This beer had an ok aroma, but the malts were pretty grainy, the hop profile wasn't that great and the skunky aroma wasn't wanted.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweeetness with hops being the first to show up this time and they impart the same as aspect as they did in the aroma with the spicy hops still sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the grainy and bready malts showing up the most with some sweet malts and light doughy yeast flavor showing up in the background. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that doesn't really linger and there's a grainy, pale malt, and a pretty bready aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but I thought it was pretty bland.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was a very average version of a Session IPA and I think this is a pretty much a text book example of that with none of the aspects sticking out as being well done. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, crisp, not too filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and I think one is enough for me, it's got the body of a session beer, but the flavor doesn't make me want to keeping drinking it so one would be enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, I thought they were both pretty good and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the hop profile it was pretty bland and it was a little to heavy on the spicy hops and the skunky aromas was unwanted. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't recommend it either, it's just not a stand out Session IPA. All in all I wasn't too into this beer, it was just boring overall and it's not hard to find a much better Session IPA. So far this might just be my least favorite Session IPA's and one of my least favorite Sierra Nevada beers. Better luck next time guys, I appreciate the effort, but this one just didn't work for me.

StoutHunter, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Tom_Gilman, Mar 04, 2014
Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.