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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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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Ratings: 1,059 |  Reviews: 172
Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/16

Pours medium bronze with fluffy patchy white foam. Hazy. Floral nose, very light grassy pine. Mild taste, balanced, small bitter. Citrus taste spread throughout. Grapefruit. Like the concept - the flavor of an I{PA, but balanced and sessionable.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into SN hop glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear deep straw color with a huge, thick, whipped egg white (but airier and more delicate) bright white head that took forever to collapse into a thick rocky film that left a complex network of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Light notes of bready malt, citrus hops, earthy vegetable hops, lemon, and tea.
T: Mellow flavors of tea, lemon, and herbal hops follows the nose. The finish is bready and lightly sweet, and aftertaste is quick and easy. Not much citrus, more herbal, tea, vegetal, and earthy.
M: Very light bitterness, light mouthfeel, low carbonation, soft and creamy mouthfeel.
O: Light and easy, but not my favorite hop profile. Good but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Spiegelau IPA glass.
4.8% ABV,

A - The IPA glass' hop etching at the bottom generates a ridiculous amount of carbonation, which streams through the clear golden-hued beer, feeding the tall and everlasting, lace machine of a head.

S - Mineral water and slight sulfur notes push past the hops for first dibs on the nostrils but those delicious green cones come quickly after and with aromatic force. American hops offer up a blended aroma of citrus and earth as lemon oil and bitter grapefruit peel mix with submissive pine resin and freshly cut grass. Nooner IPA is most definitely hop forward, blanketing the suggestions of caramel-drizzled toast, but not in-your-face about it.

T - Nooner maintains it's more relaxed hop profile in flavor but here the malt conquers the tongue. Notes of sweet caramel underscore the dry toasted bread and refreshingly grainy pale malt combinations but come across a little too strong for a "session IPA". Hops, however overshadowed, are still delicious with their inherent citrusy character.

M - At almost 5% it's no surprise this maltier beer feels like it has a bit more of a body to it than most of the style, and while the carbonation appears strong, it doesn't sparkle on the tongue. This session beer has a balanced entry leading into a moderately bitter, very dry finish which helps keep it refreshing but it's far from being a light, sessionable IPA.

O - Not only is it sort of peculiar it took so long for Sierra Nevada, the inventors of modern day hoppy beer, to take so long to get onto the "session IPA" train, it's even more peculiar that Nooner is their offering into this style. While a downright delicious pale ale in it's own right, Nooner drinks almost exactly like their iconic pale ale making it's existence seem completely redundant. Now that there's an increase in "sessionable IPA" (I keep using quotes because session IPA is almost a played out marketing misnomer anyway) offerings, people can afford to be picky. If I had the choice, Nooner wouldn't be my first, second, or third go-to for this style due to it's stronger malt flavor, slightly fuller body, and all-around lack of sessionability compared to others.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Patches826
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear yellow gold color with a big 2 finger foamy off white head that was full of big bubbles and faded slowly leaving good spotty lacing.

Smells of pine hops, earthy notes, herbs, spices, lemon zest, light coriander, pepper, grains and bread or biscuit; earthy dry hops come to mind and the malt adds enough balance to make it smell good, just not overly hoppy.

Tastes more spicy and like rye up front, followed by piney hops, earthy notes, lemon zest, herbs like dry pot, coriander, pepper, grains, biscuit, grapefruit, dry grass, earthy notes and malt that like the nose adds enough balance to make it taste good, flow down easy and not weigh you down since it’s just not overly hoppy tasting either but flavorful enough to be a good daytime drinker beer and appropriately named as “Nooner”.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery with a light body and very mild carbonation, leading to a slightly bitter aftertaste that is malty and hoppy and sort of clean. Very nice session IPA that may not be the hoppiest, but it is extremely easy to drink, refreshing and overall an above average IPA so it's a big success as a Session IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA has a thin-to-medium, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with lots of powdery, white sediment suspended throughout. The aroma is of subdued pineapple, hop resin, and white bread, and the flavor is of the same things. Bitterness is noticeable, but limited. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA finishes mostly dry, easy drinking, and mellow.


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Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with some lumpy white frothiness on top. Smells clean and spicy...sort of Saaz-like with hay, flowers, and light husky grain. Some berries and soda upon a deeper sniff. Flavor is similarly spicy, though less rough around the edges, just a bit more cereal malt sweetness. Floral, lemony, grassy, with some earthy pine. Light and fairly crisp. Pretty good and at least different from the other "session IPAs" popping up. More spicy and mineral-like which does indeed make for a refreshing, session-able beverage.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: BevMo in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 4-way 12-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 31, 2014
Misc.: Packaged Jan. 29, 2014

Poured a honey golden clear color with three fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Good foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention all the way down.

Smelled resin hops, citrus hops and some light floral hops. Initially reminded me of a lighter version of the Torpedo IPA. Also pine, pinecone, caramel, more skunkiness and some slight vomit.

Tasted like what I thought it was going to taste like, a not as strong version of the Torpedo. Dry-hopped, resin hops, pine, soapy notes, caramel, very bitter, pinecone and honey.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Not anywhere as good as I was hoping. Nowhere as good as the other two session IPA’s that come to mind (Lagunitas Daytime IPA & Stone Go To IPA). A baby Torpedo IPA, which by the way I may have to rerate.

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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.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings