Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPASierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 172 | Ratings: 1,057
Photo of TonyC
4.81/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Since Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite brewers, I had to pick up a 4 Way IPA variety pack when I saw it sitting behind the cooler glass.

A: An orange-amber color, with a very nice white head with very decent lace.

S: A nice citrusy grass hops aroma that is very pleasing.

T: A very balanced citrusy-grassy hops flavor that has a subtle spiciness to it. Not too big, but very flavorful.

M: Medium carbonation, with a thin, almost lager or wheat beer feel to it, but still gives a nice bitter tang.

O: I'm very partial to Sierra and this was another winner for me. The brewers always know how to create something special. All the flavors and aromas I like, but in a session beer. Not overpowering, but still holds a lot of nice flavor. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice big smell of whole cone grapefruit hops and they smell herbal as well. I can always tell a beer brewed with whole cone hops as opposed to pellet hops. Very smooth up front with a bready malt and then evolving to the grapefruit herbal taste and has a nice herbal bitterness to finish.

The bitterness stays for a bit and for a 4.8 percent beer the mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Not too watery but you can tell its a lower alcohol beer. They had to make it a lighter malt beer to bring the hops out more but its not just all hops which makes it a better low alcohol IPA than a real bitter one that just covers up everything.

All around a great session beer that I buy if they made in 6 packs.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured golden colored into a pint glass. Thick foamy head that quickly dissipates. Very good amount of lacing on side of glass. Has a piney, citrusy aroma. Slight malty taste at the beginning, followed by a strong piney hoppy taste. You can taste the grapefruit at the end. I am not a big fan of grapefruit flavored IPAs, but this one was decent. Would definitely be one I could drink a 6 pack of one night.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold, thick white head with excellent retention and clingy lace. Active, bubbly carbonation. Signature whole cone Sierra Nevada hoppiness, with a pine-like freshness and touches of citrus. A hint of bready malt in the background.

The flavor has a great balance of dry, crackery malt with floral, piney hop resin. It's like a hoppy German Pils that's gone over the edge. I love how the mouthfeel still has enough thickness to carry a session brew like this as well. Finishes clean yet amazingly bitter.

This is an excellent session IPA. For comparison, I had this right after a Stone Go-To IPA and this one is far and away better. This beer just has a great balance, and is well-crafted all around. It has enough appeal to keep you coming back for more, which is the most essential part of a session brew. Top Notch!

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Photo of JackDempsy
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a strong hoppy beer. I was expecting a strong hop flavor to this and it was hoppy, but balanced. I as very pleasantly surprised. It was hoppy, with great mouth feel and aroma. It was an very easy beer to drink. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone for an "everyday" beer. Only 4.8% ABV - again another pleasant surprise (everyone wants the high ABV, but sometimes a low ABV is great).

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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

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Photo of Hergestridge
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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)

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Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass
bottled on: 1/22/14

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw yellow with just over 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Citrus rind, pine and floral hops. Subtle malt backbone.

T: A very hop profile; piney, floral, citrus. Surprising degree of bitterness. Subtle malts in the backdrop all the hop bitterness to since. Very tasty.

M/D: Full bodied, a bit dry, very smooth for the style, carbonation is appropriate, and drinkability is great. Wonderful mouthfeel.

O: Sierra Nevada is awesome. Another really nice beer here. Certainly something I would add to the regular rotation if it becomes a SN year long regular offering.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a lightly amber-tan in color with big soapy bubbles.

I get just enough of a dry, almost toasted grass aroma. Reminds me of a lighter version of some other SN brews. The hop bitterness is present when I taste it, with a bit of that dried grass character. Finish is thin, with a twist of piney bitterness. As with other session IPAs it lacks a certain something; the idea, of course, is that is the trade-off for a lower ABV. After working through the sampler pack it has grown on me.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with an attractive head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Hoppy aroma of citrus and floral hops. Slightly toasted malt note separates this from other session IPAs.

I really dig the malt profile in this beer. Lightly toasted and musty gives a solid foundation for the hops. To me the hops are very floral. Touches of citrus and earth as well. Plenty of hop flavor for the level of bitterness.

Light body and like all Sierra Nevada beers, expertly carbonated. Easy drinking just like it should be.

A different malt bill from what I have been exposed to in this sub category of IPAs. I dig it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 4-Way IPA 12 pack.

A- Huge three finger fluffy white head. Copper-colored beer with steady carbonation and a clean, filtered look.

S- Citrusy and grassy hops, sweet malt. The aroma is pungent and resinous and there's some grapefruit or orange peel in there.

T- Earthy, grassy and floral hops, grapefruit peel, the beer is slightly fruity with very little malt taste.

M- Light and crisp like a pilsner, bitter and dry, but there's a slight sweetness and creaminess.

Well, I could make a habit of drinking these; they're very light, refreshing and easy-drinking, yet there's a ton of aroma and a damn good flavor.

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Photo of cbutova
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A- 12oz bottle poured to a pint glass with a clear, pale golden body. A creamy white head builds to about two fingers. Eventually the cap falls to a thick, frothy ring and nice pillows in the middle. Lacing starts with a thin, spotty ring but massively thick rings follow down the glass.

S- Somewhere right between Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Torpedo for me, just less pungent than those. Very similar in both the malt and hop aromas. Citrus and floral hops with a bit of cracked grains and yeast bread backing it.

T- Citrus hops are the most prevalent with a grapefruit, orange and slightly lemony feel. Zesty and juicy with floral, pine, stone fruit and spicy tones joining that. Malt feel is very similar to other SN IPAs and Pales I have had. Fresh cracked grain with just a touch of caramel and sweetness. Light yeast bread but mostly clean is the American Ale yeast.

MF- Light end bodied but the creaminess of the beer is fairly chewy which keeps it from feeling thin and watery. Carbonation at a fairly high level with that IPA crispiness that is needed. Moderate bitterness which some other "session" IPAs lack.

One thing that sets this apart from the other lower-ABV "session" IPAs I have had in the new craze is the body and bitterness. This brew delivers both as a lot of the comparable brews feel thin and less chewy. This reminds me of both Torpedo and SNPA which is never a problem and I would buy a six/twelve of this again without blinking. Balance does not mean bad in IPAs.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and fairly earthy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy and floral hop hints with some grass and pine. Pale malt background with hints of grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty nice IPA aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with good notes of citrus and grass. Upfront floral and earthy hop presence with notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and pineapple. Bready pale malt backing with notes of grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid session IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and slightly oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A solid take on a session IPA. Good hop taste with a light smooth body.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A good capped four to three finger tall and quite soapy shampoo like head, but still manages a big island cap of retention. Thickness is matched with pill and bacteria soap like shaped lacing on the edges. Body color is apricot orange amber with a very pale brass yellow to the bottom, and slightly cloudy.

Great nose. Hints of garden and floral aromatics, hints of spice and grapefruit to match with it a real nice subtle aromatic hop angle for a light IPA. Smells very inviting.

As per usual, light bodied mouthfeel, but not as wet as most session IPAs I've had, a little bit of ashen sweetness to go. Hop angle matches the nose, sort of coming out all varied in hints of citrus, tropics, herb and earth. The spice angle comes out mostly with almost a peppery notes strangely, with a fruit sweetness that while the bottle mentions grapefruit, doesn't seem that distinct or obvious.

Overall a solid Sierra brew and one expected from these guys.

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Photo of bsp77
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Clear, light gold with thick, sustained, frothy white head and nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, berry and apple.

Taste: Dried out malts with light tea and cracker. Grapefruit, tropical notes, berry and spicy notes contribute to the fairly complex hops. Finish is bitter, especially for a "Session IPA".

Feel: Light body with ample carbonation. Extremely dry finish, bordering on tart.

Overall: Great example of a Session IPA, or American Bitter as I like to call them. Kind of ironic that my biggest gripe is that it is too bitter, when I usually think the style could use a little more bitterness.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up from the 4-way IPA back and was most excited for this one. It was light in color, light in flavor with a decent medium body and bitterness. It carried a strong pilsner-malt, pilsner-hop quality to it. Mostly breadiness with some light citrus notes, mostly classic Sierra Nevada hop profiles.

All in all, in no way an "IPA" a "Session IPA", or even a "Pale Ale". This drinks and was built just like a pils but without the lager yeast.

Definitely tasty though. Better than the Blindfold Black.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a nice orange, with a fluffy 2 inch head, that leaves plenty of lace.

Smell is papaya, tangerine, pine, and grapefruit.

Taste follows the nose, very well balanced with grapefruit in the finish.

Body is almost medium, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and so easy drinking.

Overall one of the best session IPAs I have had, if not the best.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into an IPA glass to a light gold with three fingers of dense white head that has excellent staying power and lacing
S: smells of grapefruit and pale malt with some honey like sweetness on the aroma
T: taste is grapefruit, citrus, some clean pale malt sweetness with a good dose of underlying bitterness. Swallow provides a bit of pine and more citrus
M: this beer is on the lighter side of the scale but avoids being watery. carbonation is adequate but falls short of being prickly and the beer has a refreshing finish
O: This definitely brings IPA flavor into a lighter realm and could indeed be sessionable. Well worth a try and well executed.

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