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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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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%

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Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a fairly thin cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: A good balance of malt and hops, with some piney and earthy notes and a light cereal sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some earthy hop notes, followed by the pine and light cereal sweetness. Some breadiness comes through as well, followed by some light bitterness. Finishes with more pine notes and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A well-balanced session IPA with some nice hop flavor as well as a decent amount of bitterness. Easy to drink and a good part of the mixed 12-pack

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Photo of rawfish
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours light amber into a globe glass with copious amounts of head, three fingers at the pinnacle with pretty good retention and a nice coating of lace.

Initial whiff is honey grains and yeast. Very much like Sierra Nevada Pale with less citrus and pine hops. Hops are a bit floral with some pine mixed in but overall very poor showing for an IPA.

Pale malt base is bready with honey sweetness and some raw grainy notes, pilsner-like. Hops flow in herbal and with pine showing up late in the drink and carrying on through the aftertaste. Lingering medium bitterness with chives, pine and bready dough to finish.

Crisp carbonation with a perfectly sessionable body. Alcohol is not a factor and the lingering bitterness gives off the impression of drying. A clean easy feel.

Well, this beer sure is easy to drink but so are pilsners and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which have an identity unlike this beer which dabbles in IPA bitterness, pilsner/amber malt and not enough flavor or aroma hops. I generally like what this brewery pumps out but falls off the mark.

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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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 BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit with a touch of dank.
The taste is assertive moderate lemon bitterness with some honey sweetness in the background.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a wonderful sessionable IPA. Great flavor and drinkable for the long haul.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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