Nooner Session IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Nooner Session IPANooner Session IPA
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IPA - American
3.63 | pDev: 11.02%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Nooner Session IPANooner Session IPA
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dang time to knock out a review from yesteryear. March 2016 it appears.

Pours a massively clear golden color with 3/4" white head. I mean, as far as looks go, this is top notch and about as near perfection as you can get. Perhaps the lighter color is a turn off, but its to style, this isn't a giant malt bomb. Grassy aromatics in addition to a slight hint of grain/barley.

Good bitterness, ample carbonation in the mouth feel. Still pushes a hearty degree of dry pine bitterness despite its small stature. Hint of lemon like bitterness to it, like they flirted with a neomexicanus hop. Old school Cascade like grapefruit throughout the entire drinking experience. Its kind of similar to SNPA but without as much hopping and way less crystal like malt feels (about the only time I dig on that is SNPA). Its just a nice simple Cascade/Magnum(?) like hopping on a smaller scale, and its one that works in the right setting (weekdays).

Nov 13, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sparkling gold, nearly champagne-esque, with a thin bubbly white blanket and clingy, thin curtains of lace.

Smell is floral with corn and grass.

Taste is clean and bitter grass and grains.

Crisp and semi-dry.

Mar 28, 2017
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear and golden-hued, active carbonation, large and sturdy inch-high head, bright and white, taking it's sweet time drifting down, leaving lace.

Aroma: spills out of the glass, vibrant tropical fruit and citrus, piney notes just below. Lovely stuff.

Taste: Fresh, fierce and powerful on the palate. This IPA loads the mouth with a pleasantly bitter, pungently citric hop attack, and the malt body is light and crisp, the alcohol level low for easy drinking. I could put back a half dozen in a night, if I had to. Persistently pleasing flavor, makes a session IPA done right.

What's the official word: "Nooner IPA is light in body but big in hop flavor. This session IPA delivers a huge dose of citrusy and grapefruit hop character from the use of whole-cone American hops." that's from the box. From the label: "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…blah, blah, blah…same stuff…"

Apr 08, 2015
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HipCzech from Texas

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

On tap at Bistro Menil, poured into a nonic pint glass. Crystal clear, bright gold yellow with a frothy white head. Crisp, grassy, slight citrus and spicy hops along with light malt in both nose and flavor. Moderate body and carbonation. Clean, dry and pleasantly bitter finish. Drinkable, refreshing and nicely balanced.

Mar 16, 2015
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hosehead83 from Ohio

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.

Feb 10, 2015
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kd45-music from Tennessee

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i'm partial ti pilsners, and this is a decent one. It holds its head for a decent length of time. It has a peasant hoppy smell and the taste is not overpowering. The feel is fairly full bodied. Overall, this is a decent pilsner. Apparently it is now retired; I hope SN will bring it back.

Feb 04, 2015
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leantom from Indiana

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.

Jan 16, 2015
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potownbill from New York

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Overall, good in 3 of the 5 categories, but falls woefully short in the taste category.
This is a fine looking beer. Golden yellow, perfectly clear, with a nice white head.
Aroma is spot on for a pilsner. Bready, crisp, with subtle hops.
Mouthfeel is fine, with a moderate amount of carbonation
Taste is sub-par. The first taste was old root vegetables. There was a lemony aftertaste, but what lingered was staleness.
Overall impression was not positive, based on the taste.
Not sure if this was a bad bottle. I bought it from a place that has the highest reputation for quality.

Jan 06, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tarnished gold with pocked, crusting off white froth. 4
Crusty, doughy fresh loaf with soap, leaf, and lemon oil hops - mild but fragrant. 3.75
Toasty grain with big juicy orange sneaking in early and turning more oily tangerine and salty grapefruit hops. 3.75
Slight white melon finish and pop of numbing linger.
Only just past light, slick, slightest chew. 3.5

-- Juicy little hit of citrus and real IBUs - not many but they’re there. It being SN, there’s malt still no matter how many hops, but in this case it might be a bit much: it pushes it towards being a punchy English-style pale. Combine that with a greasy yet slightly thin body, and - nice though it is - I’m not sure this hits the concept of a beer I want to session. 3.75

SN, with their size + skill, could’ve made All Day. They didn’t.

Dec 16, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +5%

On tap at The Top in Gainesville. Pours slightly hazy golden with a small fluffy white head. Not a huge aroma here but some nicely floral hop aromatics with a hint of hay and light fruits. Flavor is lightly bitter, crisp, with a nice mix of grass, light citrus, and floral notes, and of course some of that characteristic SN flavor in there that I can’t describe. Light bodied with plus carbonation. Nice beer.

Nov 01, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

The nooner session is decent but not as good as others....e.g. Founders All Day. The beer pours a nice golden color with thin white head. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering but not the best.

Oct 31, 2014
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Spikester from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Hazy pale gold with a large amount of suspended particles. Decent white head with good lacing. Smell is mostly floral hops. Taste is floral light grapefruit hops with minor malt for backing. Mouthfeel is light to medium and adequete carbonation. Overall a decent "light" IPA. Bottled on date is 1-29-14 so take that into account . I would rather they bump this up to about 5.5% to get a bigger flavor profile.

Oct 18, 2014
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burnerfinger from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

bought tnis on sale at a market street:
had it after a power outage (just before work)
A huge clamshell white head - clear lemon colored brew - pretty lacing

s light trace of hops

t solid hopiness! liking this, never had such a lite beer with so much umph

m thin and watery

d WAY drinkalbe, guzzle on down

Oct 03, 2014
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a semi-hazy dark orane color with frothy off-white head that left glass coating lace.

S- Citric, herbal, some seltzer notes, but a lighter aroma.

T- Prominent citric hop notes, some herbal, and piney hop character, light malt backbone, and seltzer flavor.

M- Pretty smooth, prickly carbonation, and lighter bodied.

O- A pretty good amount of hop character for a session IPA and definitely on the lighter side.

Sep 28, 2014
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mjurney from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Dark gold color, touch of haze. Lots of small bubbles rising. Thick bright white head.

Citrus, hop oil, leafy, some sweetness.

Citrus, grapefruit, a little pine and leafy. Some malt sweetness in the background. Finish very crisp, a little bitter. Body is light , refreshing, crisp, a little oily, dry.

An excellent Session IPA.

Sep 21, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.2%

BOD 5/5/14. Almost clear golden pour with an amber note. Very good head, lacing and retention. The nose is mostly tropical, although there are hints of grapefruit, over a biscuit sweetness. Heavy light body with only a hint of smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. Very nice balanced flavor profile with a complex mix of hop flavors, moderate bittering and subtle sweetness. It begins with the tropicals, flows to mild grapefruit rind bitterness and a light biscuit sweetness is noted underneath. The finish leaves you with a pleasant rind like bitterness. An outstanding flavorful session IPA.

Sep 04, 2014
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured a golden color with just a hint of rust color. The hop smell is very subtle and the taste is citrusy to begin with the malt coming in later and a surprisingly nice bitter finish. The mouth feel and carbonation are excellent. For a session type beer this one packs a lot of flavor without a mind numbing ABV level.

I got this as part of a sample pack and hope that it goes into regular production.

Aug 31, 2014
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goochpunch from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

Pours out a light orange-amber. Nose is mild: citrus hop and toasted malt. Tastes like SNPA Jr. Caramel malts with a light touch of toast. Citrus rind/oil hops. Dry and clean finish. Mildly seltzer-like. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Delicious. Reminds me of Torpedo/SNPA but lighter.

Aug 30, 2014
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows spicy and herbal hops in abundance. Some floral and grassy note too. A hint of straw underneath is the only sign of malt.
Similar flavours: floral, spicy and grassy hops leap out with some light clean malt revealed later followed by a very refreshing bitter finish.
Carbonation is too aggressive.

Aug 28, 2014
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Hergestridge from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

This Beer is excellent. It proves that you do NOT have to have Big ABV to have and Excellent IPA.
The Smell .. sublime.. Fruity/Citrus overtones, crisp and bittersweet ( more Sweet than Bitter)... The colour is gold and orange, the head is full and lacing is muted but not understated. I LOVE Sierra Nevada and this entry from a graft pack is a perfect match with the Torpedo Anchor!! Can't wait to taste the rest.. Ok.. Don't mind if I do, BA!
~Carry On Citizens!!!~ (c)

Aug 14, 2014
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD 6/25/14".

APPEARANCE: pours a somewhat hazy copper color with some visible sediments floating about, 1 finger off-white head with good retention and medium carbonation, the head eventually dissipated into a thin unbroken layer of bubbles with a good amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, pine, citrus, there is a floral aroma present as well.

TASTE: initially caramel sweet malts and grapefruit then a pleasant piney hop blast that lingered in a good way, the 4.8% ABV is imperceptible.

PALATE: creamy with medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: This is a nice traditional IPA. Sierra Nevada is a top notch brewer and I would not hesitate to buy this again.

Aug 11, 2014
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roblowther from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours copper with frothy white head. Smell is hops and a subtle earthiness. Flavor is fresh, floral hops with a clean, not too bitter finish. Honestly, this reminds me why Sierra Nevada was the first craft beer (no etymology wars please :) ) I tried and liked. And it reminds me, although I am a die-hard Belgian ale fan, I was first a fan of IPA's. Mouthfeel is light and soft. Overall, this is a really nice, really approachable version of the style.

Aug 01, 2014
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Yackmo360 from California

3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice looking beer with a decent head. Seemed kind of, I don't know, dry (?) in my mouth. Has some good fruit at the front of the mouth, but after it sits there it doesn't have a nice hoppy bitterness, it just seems odd. I'll drink it, but it's not my favorite.

Jul 27, 2014
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not big on the idea of session beers in the first place, but I did just come home from jogging, this was cold in the fridge, seemed ideal for the situation. Sweet, watery, corn smell with faint hops. Not as bad as that sounds but not a robust smell, either. Medium straw color, lots of lace. Mildly sweet taste, small hops presence, little after taste. Best served as a cold beer on a hot day.

Jul 26, 2014
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color, not much for head, small bits of lacing on the glass, fair amount of bubbles clinging to the glass within the liquid though.

Smell has a grassy hay aroma with a fairly strong sweet malt backing.

Taste starts out with a grassy hop flavor, body seems a bit thin though and kind of seltzer water like, decent malt backing for balance, I can see this as a session style beer with nothing too overwhelming.

Jul 26, 2014
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