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 Sabtos
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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…"

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Photo of HipCzech
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kd45-music
3.57/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of leantom
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of potownbill
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

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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 Hoptometrist
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 tillmac62
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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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 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 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 HoppyBastard
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Yackmo360
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of VALIS666
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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