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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: 1,001
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 137 | 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:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dreichus
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Slay40
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GFD400
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 baklo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sparty78
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

Photo of scott2269
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TucsonTom
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great hop fix with a low ABV.

I'm on a search for very tasty beers with an ABV of <=5%. Nooner fits the bill.

The Centennial and Chinook give it that Northwest U.S. hop bite, and the use of the Torpedo ramps the taste up beyond what the beer's 40 IBU level would suggest.

Sierra Nevada says that it contains wheat and chocolate malts, which surprised me. It doesn't come through to me in the nose or the taste. But perhaps they contribute to a mouthfeel that is better than you'd expect from a 4.8% beer.

And to buy the 4-Way IPA 12-pack for $11.99 was most excellent! Thanks to Sierra Nevada for continuing to provide us with very good beer at fair prices! Today's upward price creep in craft beer is slowly losing me.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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