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: 1,042
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 27
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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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: 1,042 | Reviews: 183
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head that settles in at a nice half inch. Loose lacing left behind as you drink. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and a toasted backbone, with subtle resinous and spice highlights. Flavors are toasted forward, with a smooth tropical fruit backbone, resinous and slightly bitter highlights, pepper and char notes, and a tangy sweet tail-end that goes into the sweet, bitter, and slightly dry aftertaste. Light, smooth, slightly dry body, with a tangy linger on an otherwise bitter, smooth finish. Not a bad brew, and definitely carries a high level of drinkability.

Photo of Rbroccoli
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden, carbonation bubbles constantly feeding to the top. .5 finger of bright white head, retained for over 15 minutes while I explored this beer and never went's seriously unreal how long it is staying without shrinking at all. Lots of lacing, lays on really thick and sticks. This is a VERY nice looking beer, possibly one of the sexiest IPAs I've seen in a while.

S: Spicy, floral, hoppy, a little citrus

T: I still can't get quite on board with the session IPAs. Earthy hops, not a lot of malt backbone. A little bit of grapefruit rind in the back. Bitter, but not very balanced.

M: A little denser than most session beers, nice carbonation, foam from the head grazes your tongue once in a while.

O: Looks sexier than it tastes. Not awful, but needs more balance.

Photo of greentam2
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is what it says it is; an ipa, and a session beer. Goes down very smoothly, but clearly has enough hoppy bite to let you know this is an ipa of substance. If you need an ipa with a session quality, this one does the trick! I recommend this beer for anytime consumption; beyond the noon, as it were.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a well made ipa, everything sierra nevada does is, but its lacking compared to some of the other major players in this new session ipa game. of course, founders all day remains the standard, and if thats what these are judged against, this beer takes a mid B. its clean and light, golden brass in color, with an inch of fading white fluff. a nose of pale malt and mildly citrusy hops, everything simple, everything fresh, but no distinguishing element for me. great carbonation but a body a little larger than i need in this style, three or four of them would be fine, but six or eight would fill me up. some pleasant bitterness on the finish, but its all a bit drawn out, not crispy and snappy like others. lacks some of the refreshment factor for that reason. i do like the hop flavors though, a little understated and could possibly ramped up a little to make this one a little more memorable, but i like it well enough, especially on a hot lazy afternoon.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"There's no better way to start a lazy afternoon than with a group of friends and a few beers. Nooner IPA is a session beer that's light in body yet big in hop flavor. By using intense, whole-cone American hops in our Hop Torpedo we pack this small beer with a hefty hop punch. Nooner IPA is light in body but big in hop aroma and flavor. This session IPA delivers a dose of citrusy and grapefruit hop character from the use of whole-cone American hops." Brewed in the style of an American Session , released in 12 oz. bottles and limited draft. Available within the 4 Way IPA Variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off white head of a frothy foam consistency over a medium hazy amber body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Cracker malts and lightly toasted caramel malts with a fruity, grassy and floral nose, lightly peppery, grainy. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker malt with a touch of grainy caramel body. Hops generate a peppery, lemony herbal tea and floral finish with a moderate bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is peppery, faintly husky, mildly dry. Carbonation generates a soft froth for a modest carbonation. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even, with a slightly prevailing bitterness over a moderately sweet body. Alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A very tasty session ale from Sierra Nevada with a lot of hop flavor and a decent hop bite. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Nooner Session IPA

Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold in color, with a bright white cap of foam.
Aroma-Pale malt,fruity with a spicy hop note
Taste-Spicy hops, floral, crisp and sessionable. Would make a great beer to have at the ballpark.

Photo of Jimmys
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I believe bottled on 02-21-14.

A: a hazy orangey hue brew. some conditioning providing the haze. bright white frothy head. decent retention. lacing not so much.

S: a lot of pine, but not over the top. very herbal aroma. earthy even. not finding that citrus aroma discussed on the neck label.

T: a soft citrus flavor and more of that herbal hoppiness. definitely has some biscuit malt toast flavor to it. not a ton. bitterness into the finish, but fleeting. I think this thing is on the verge of oxidation, but not quite yet.

M: moderate amount of carb. light/medium bodied.

D: overall, a pretty easy drinking, hoppy, but light ale. a good brew, but it definitely left me wanting a littlee more. maybe a little brighter hop character, a little more malt character. certainly not bad by any means, just want more of everything.

Photo of vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of leantom
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm admittedly reviewing a very old bottle of SA Nooner IPA. Here goes:

A: Still looks good. Pours a huge head that leaves a ton of lacing. However, the carbonation in the glass is somewhat lacking (I attribute this fact to age more than anything).

S: Smells good, but rather simple. Lots of floral spice, lemongrass, citrus, and white pepper. Some biscuity malt as well.

T: Follows the nose. Very floral with a back-up of biscuit.

F: Only really bad part about the beer. Very light and watery. Perhaps this is because of the lack of malt sugars, but I've found other session beers that have been able to supply a full mouthfeel to their low-abv bodies.

O: Good, but not great.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 5/5/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, tons of carbonation and a towering, bubbly white head! Lacing is fantastic!
Smell - some grass, citrus and pine. Tame, but noticeable.
Taste - lacks the flavor that I've come to expect from SN, however, very refreshing on a hot day.
Feel - initial sip has some hop bitterness, but the ho hum flavor and the light body drowns that out pretty quick.
Overall - love SN, but this is not what I expect from them.

Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields two fingers worth of slightly late to develop fluffy light khaki colored froth comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Really good retention gives way to a mostly full thick whipped froth with a bit of a rocky top... The color is a medium golden bronze... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... Gobs of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A nice aromatic nose that can be detected well away from the glass... Their is a pilseresque malt presence... The hops are muted but present... They take on a mix of mostly citrus and grapefruit with a hint of floral mixed in... A light flaky white dough malt presence lingers a bit beneath the surface... Quite pleasant...

T - A light malty presence to starts with biscuit and the aforementioned pilsner quality... Next comes a rush of grapefruit that continues to intensify throughout... Some faint lemon zest notes as well... The use of whole cone hops adds a certain aggressiveness to the palate the last throughout each and every sip... Simple straight forward and rather effective...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Clean and crisp... A light carbonated bite throughout... A slightly astringent dry finish...

D - A very good Session IPA and a pretty good all around American IPA... I'm not a huge fan of the session IPA craze, so I'm not sure I would drink this with regularity, but it's not a bad brew by any means... It's what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada - solidly above average with no real flaws... This one fits that description perfectly...

Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a huge foamy and frothy white head that retains long after the pour, eventually leaving some nice lace behind

S- bready and doughy malt aromas mixed with fruity hops

T- slightly toasted malt up front with some fruity and piney hops, slightly tangy fruity kick on the finish with some piney hop linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy and frothy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- it's hard for me to distinguish the difference between session IPAs and pale ales most of the time, but it's impressive that they were able to pack this much hop bitterness into less than 5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side even for a “session IPA” but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style and even within the niche-style that I would choose first.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Earthy dank aroma with light a citrus aroma.

T - Very mellow flavor. Taste of light citrus notes, bready malts, and earthy hops. Finish is bitter piney hops with a touch of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Decent session beer. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy again.

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 Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear dark golden with a small whitish head on top, which leaves behind some lacing.

S: Mild nose - some cat pee, some citrusy hops and some green onions/garlic. Not my cup of tea, nose-wise.

T: Modest fruity foundation, then the hops hit: garlicky, grassy and with a touch of lemony bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in heft, modest carbonation.

O: A decent Session IPA, but nothing earth-shattering.

Photo of lordofstarside
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz to a pint glass

Pours a pale gold with hues of straw and yellow, with a finger of white head. Moderate carbonation stems from the sides of the glass, lacing's okay, retention died down sort of quick

Smell's pretty balanced between the hops and malts. Citrus hops with some pine resin along with a pale bready malt with notes of caramel

Taste is close with the nose, again pretty balanced between the two flavor profiles. Mild citrus hoppiness with that Sierra Nevada cone resin, coupled with a very light pale bready malt

Feel is a bit light as is expected. Dry, sticky finish. No alcohol, pretty drinkable

Overall I guess everyone's hopping on the session ipa train, Sierra Nevada being no exception. Probably one of the weaker representations I've had though. That said, it's an okay beer

Photo of Roguer
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice head, 2 fingers from an aggressive pour, firm, snow white, with good retention. Brew is very pale amber, translucent yet hazy, and extremely lively. Excellent fluffy lacing.

Pine and resin hop aroma, with a noticeable biscuit and pale malt backbone. Just a hint of floral and honey notes. Not a particularly aggressive aroma.

Flavor profile mostly follows the nose. Slightly less piney than SNPA, with more of a floral hint, and some earthy hops, but the pine definitely comes behind with a nice finish.

Medium-light, fuller bodied than you might guess. Sticky oily coating gives it a long finish. Decent sting and lively, makes it a slower drinking beer than "session" might imply.

This is a decent beer, solid and enjoyable, but I hardly think it qualifies as a session IPA. The balance is reminiscent of an APA or EPA, if anything. It definitely occupies the niche between SNPA and Torpedo; what I'm not 100% sure of is whether or not that was a niche that needed to be filled.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a good session IPA. Light amber orange tint with a solid inch of fluffy head. Great lacing.
S - Huh not very hoppy it actually smells like torpedo IPA which is also mild on the hops. Malts smell good rather sweet.
T - It's good it does however remind me of their Pale ale but with a touch more hops. Quite smooth hop profile more malty than anything. Really a session pale if you ask me.
M - Light to medium a bit heavy for sesssion. Drinks like a full beer.

Overall it's an OK session ale. Pretty much just got all of these since they were the latest thing SN put out. I have had better session ales though.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.
Look - bobbley, pretty clear, gold color, slight head.
Smell - grassy pine hope smell
Taste - medium bodied with a slight session taste but also has a good hop to it as well.
Feel - crisp w a carbonation.
Overall - decent beer. It's a good balance between session and ipa if you are a hop fan. Honestly the best way I can describe this beer is torpedo lite.

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light grapefruit, lemons, and grassy tones are mild.

Taste: grapefruit and grass are up front, with some softer orange, lemon, and green apples. Bitterness is mild but is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a light dryness arriving late. Very refreshing.

Overall: a super easy to drink IPA that is more citrus focused than on the bitterness.

Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up as part of the 4-Way IPA 12 Pack back in early March for $12.99. Bottled on 1-22-14.

Beer poured gold with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of floral and citrus hops.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit, and pine over a light malt body.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonating, somewhat refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty good session IPA. Conceptually this "style" of brew should be canned for those outdoor activities where cans are necessary or convenient. Definitely a bargain especially from SN as their Camp and other specialty 12 packs cost is usually 33% higher in the Sonoran desert.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.