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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: 1,013
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 149 | 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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Ratings: 1,013 | Reviews: 178
Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile: Pale malts, earthy and citrusy hops. Kind of piney. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, an easy drinking ipa. I can see how they call this a session ipa if that is a thing. Not over the top bitterness and hop bomb.

Photo of Emnmarko
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/22/14 enjoyed 3/18/14

A- Pours golden amber and clear. A soapy one finger white head develops then recedes quickly leaving a light halo. Ample carbonation bubbles stream to the top of my glass. The lacing clings more than expected from such a light halo.

S- Dank pine zest, citrus notes, grass. Spicy floral aroma.

T- Starts sweet and dry but a spicy hop bitterness that the nose suggests joins in and quickly overpowers the malt sweetness. Pine, lemon, slight grapefruit. This continues to the end where a spicy black pepper aftertaste dryly finishes things off.

M- Extra light or nearly medium bodied, however you like it. Goes down smooth dry and easy.

O- This is my first go at this session IPA and I have to say that I like it. Sierra Nevada usually puts out some great brews and this is no exception. Great flavors and aromas accompany this well put together beer to make an enjoyable experience.

Photo of baxter94
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brianmandell
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass - musty.

The taste is of lemongrass and floral hops wrapped around a honey-like - towards caramel-ish sweetness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic tinge.

It is appropriately light-bodied (to be "sessionable").

I don't really get the hop-forward character I was hoping for, though does have a grass character. It is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of BryanK
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packaged on 1/29/14 here goes a highly anticipated beer for myself...I'm a big fan of hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada. I got a call from wvsabbath to pick up his reserved case of this new to Pittsburgh offering, I said without hesitation yeah I can split that case with you. Pours a light pale copper hue with a big billowing off white head, forms a rocky dimpled textured head that floats well above the rim of the glass. Lacing is chunky and sporadic what a great looking beer out of Chico, CA. Aroma light grassy, heavy vegetal hop notes green onion/garlic combo for me in this one with pungent whole leaf hop herbal/dank qualities. As it warms a bit more light tropical hops hit the nares in a good way. Flavor has enough biscuit malt/bready character to stand up to the big hop additions. At 4.8% abv I could definitely get used to this beer as a regular in my rotation. Hops hit with a wave of bitterness and settles into a mix of cereal malts and hop dank bitterness, the earthy herbal notes come out with a bit of mary jane dank hop flavor but finishes dry and pretty clean. The magnificent malts show up with flavor more so than in other recently released California session IPAs. Well balanced hop up session IPA I'm ready for some more and I'm pissed to only have one more, I had to water one of my favorite local bartenders...Heath from Mad Mex earned himself a 3 way IPA sampler in the form of Nooner, Snow Wit, and Blindfold IPAs. Texture is moderately carbonated light to medium bodied, flows nicely slick but not oily textured. The beer drinks way to easily, this is great warm weather drinking IPA. Overall, I can't wait to try more of this year's Sierra Nevada releases, with the fresh hop series adding two new beers different from Estate, Northern Hemisphere, and Southern Hemisphere IPAs.

Photo of rick0776
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Jas45678
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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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).

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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