Nooner Session IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Nooner Session IPANooner Session IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
1,062
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  26
Gots
  180
SCORE
82
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Nooner Session IPANooner Session IPA
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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 1,062 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by fuzzbalz:
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fuzzbalz from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 17, 2014
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Auraan from Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous clear light amber with slight golden highlights when held to light with three fingers of nice, fluffy white head. A very pretty looking beer, especially for its style. Scents of tropical fruit, peach, orange flesh, some grassy and floral hops and lemon peel with an underlying, yeasty, bready aroma balancing the hops. A fairly nice aroma showcasing typical West Coast hop aromas, though not as intensely as many of the other session IPAs. The malt presence is also higher in the aroma. Taste begins hoppy, with medium-high bitterness and notes of orange flesh, tropical fruit, melon, some bready malt and slight citrus peel. This moves into a more bitter middle with notes of grapefruit peel, and hints of grapefruit flesh. Finish is dry with strong notes of grapefruit peel and a hint of grainy malt. Aftertaste is grainy malt and bitter grapefruit peel. A good overall flavor profile that is quite hoppy, though not as much as Stone's session IPA. The flavor profile here is more balanced between bitter hop flavors and sweeter fruity notes with malt leading into more bitterness as the sip progresses. A good overall flavor profile and quite drinkable as a result. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Quite the drinkable beer as a result. Overall this is a nice attempt at a session IPA that aims to be both flavorful, yet balanced. It has big hoppy flavors but balances them with a slight, yet present breadiness and sweetness. The aroma also reflects this balance, being less hop forward than some other examples of the style. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink and all this combines to make quite the nice session ale.

Jul 22, 2014
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

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.

Apr 15, 2014
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abcramer from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Feb 27, 2014
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JohnBender from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Oct 26, 2014
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dankjohn from Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Jun 14, 2014
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Gcompton30

4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clear smooth crisp well bodied beer

Feb 28, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light herbal and citrus hops followed by pale and toasted malts.

Taste: More toasted and pale malts in the Taste than the hops. Mild bitterness in the rear too. Chewier and breading than most other sessions.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, a little bitterness, and chewy.

Overall: I've had other light IPA'S and this one holds up well compared to others.

Jul 03, 2014
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Blaze5445 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

May 10, 2014
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Green1981 from Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -38%

Aug 02, 2014
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Joskater from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

Oct 20, 2014
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Suds from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-gold in color with a rocky, stable, slightly off white head. This beer is very drinkable and great for summer. It has a lot of grapefruit, orange peel, flower-like scents. Slight malt and sugar smells. The taste is similar to the smell. Very drinkable, with less bitterness than I expected. Somewhat light. Refreshing and clean.

Jun 20, 2014
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Apr 01, 2014
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Apr 13, 2014
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Cooker_stp from New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Apr 13, 2014
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WestHam973 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Oct 27, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 4-Way IPA 12 pack box. Recycled bottle as there's 2 sets of number stamped. One indicating a 2013 bottling, the other, darker stamp, showing a Feb 8, 2014 bottling.

It pours a slightly hazy straw yellow colour that sets in with about an inch of foam.

I get a lot of pine and grass along with a berry like sweetness..no one's mentioned that from what I've read. ;^) Rounded out with a good presence of a buiscuty malt.

The taste matches the nose minus the fruity aspect. Nice tasty level of hop bitterness from the pine and grass backed up by that biscuit like malt flavour, and I have another tasty enjoyable Sierra Nevada beer that just happens to be under 5% abv.

On the high end of light bodied with lively carbonation, but not too much...very drinkable and a pleasure for me to drink. A well made brew, imho.

Mar 14, 2014
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Rick778 from California

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Sep 13, 2014
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JimGlonke from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Apr 21, 2014
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nine000 from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Oct 12, 2014
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T1i1m1 from California

4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

Nov 05, 2014
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

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.

Mar 18, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow orange in the glass. One finger head.

S-Not much of a hop presence, good deal of malt as well.

T-Just like the nose. The hops are not really there what is present is a grassy like note, but at the end of the day just malt.

M-Medium in body and some carbonation.

O-The session part took out all of the flavors, the beer was bland and boring. Easily the worst out of the pack.

May 10, 2014
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gutbuster from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Jul 19, 2014
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EB1 from California

3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 12, 2015
Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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