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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 | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 170 | Ratings: 1,053
Photo of MarkQ617
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. This is the 7th Sierra Nevada offering over reviewed on here. Probably the best session beer I've ever had. I do feel with most session IPAs you sacrifice a little bit on flavor in favor of being able to drink it all day. Not the case here. Big hoppy flavor, nice citrus, not a ton of booze. If you're a hop fan and are looking for something to drink all afternoon, you've found it.

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Photo of wspscott
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

rating this as a "session IPA" vs an IPA

A: Dark gold, thin white head, more lace than I expected
S: Citrus and pine, reminds me of a dry-hopped version of SNPA
T: Good American hop burst up front, followed by a subtle malty/caramel sweetness.
M: Somewhat thin, but not surprising given the "session IPA" category, lots of carbonation
O: One of the better session IPAs I have had, but I am not sure I would pick this up vs. SNPA. If they could keep it close to this but shave off another .5% alcohol, then this would be a winner. Glad I tried it, but I think I would prefer a dryhopped version of the PA vs. this even with the extra alcohol.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with earthy, ever so slightly floral hops. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.

Taste: much like the aroma, although there's a little bit more graininess to the malt and a little bit of an astringency.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess for a session IPA.

Overall: this beer isn't bad, but it really doesn't excite me.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4-finger off-white head over a body of cloudy gold/amber, moderate amount of visible carbonation

S - citrus, light malts, fruity and floral notes, peppery spice

T - light malts, lemon, pepper, slight caramel sweetness, grassy/floral notes, balanced with a dry finish

M - chewy medium body, medium/high carbonation, fairly dry

O - Nooner is a nice brew in general, but many other IPAs on the market are more interesting.

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Photo of qchic
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pulled from the 4-way pack. Session IPA, and I'm wondering if this beer is all that necessary when good 'ol SNPA isn't much stronger than this. Gold color with modest head. Tangy citrus nose. The flavor impresses me with a nice grainy balance. Plenty of spicy hops to satisfy. I like this one better than most of the other session ipa's out there because the bitterness doesn't seem out of whack. Nice, I'd buy it on its own.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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. By using intense, whole-cone American hops in our Hop Torpedo we pack this small beer with a hefty hop punch. Nooner IPA is light in body but big in hop aroma and flavor. This session IPA delivers a dose of citrusy and grapefruit hop character from the use of whole-cone American hops." Brewed in the style of an American Session , released in 12 oz. bottles and limited draft. Available within the 4 Way IPA Variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off white head of a frothy foam consistency over a medium hazy amber body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Cracker malts and lightly toasted caramel malts with a fruity, grassy and floral nose, lightly peppery, grainy. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker malt with a touch of grainy caramel body. Hops generate a peppery, lemony herbal tea and floral finish with a moderate bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is peppery, faintly husky, mildly dry. Carbonation generates a soft froth for a modest carbonation. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even, with a slightly prevailing bitterness over a moderately sweet body. Alcohol presence is low, and off characters are minimal. 3.75

(Overall) A very tasty session ale from Sierra Nevada with a lot of hop flavor and a decent hop bite. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Nooner Session IPA

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Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.46/5  rDev -6%
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 juanny
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, golden color with lacy carbonation and a small white foamy head. The nose was a gentle combination of hops, a bit grassy and piney, but the grapefruit-citrus is in there too. Real nice taste, Initial notes of maltiness are quickly overcome by the grassy hop flavors with a gentle spicy bit to them and finally a finale of fruity hops, I'd say grapefruit, but it's not that obvious. This IPA has a real light feel, just above water with an above average crisp carbonation.

Overall, a fine respectable IPA, balanced and mixed hops define the light ale. Nothing you would go way out of your way for, but its a session ale, and is a real easy yummy drink I would never refuse.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden, carbonation bubbles constantly feeding to the top. .5 finger of bright white head, retained for over 15 minutes while I explored this beer and never went away...it's seriously unreal how long it is staying without shrinking at all. Lots of lacing, lays on really thick and sticks. This is a VERY nice looking beer, possibly one of the sexiest IPAs I've seen in a while.

S: Spicy, floral, hoppy, a little citrus

T: I still can't get quite on board with the session IPAs. Earthy hops, not a lot of malt backbone. A little bit of grapefruit rind in the back. Bitter, but not very balanced.

M: A little denser than most session beers, nice carbonation, foam from the head grazes your tongue once in a while.

O: Looks sexier than it tastes. Not awful, but needs more balance.

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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 allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

SN gets on the hoppy session beer bandwagon. This example from them is a medium-gold colored beer with a small but thick head, and nice streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is disappointingly faint, with a very light touch of malt overlaid with hops, too light to get a sense of the variety. Fortunately, it's much better tasting, with nice bitterness and very citrusy hops, typical for SN. It's not just hops, though. The malt is better than many of the session IPAs I've had, though it is a tad grainy. Still, though it's light bodied, it's got a substantial non-watery feel to it that makes it satisfying to drink. This is a darn pleasant beer to put back several of.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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 DenverHopHead
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 5/5/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold, tons of carbonation and a towering, bubbly white head! Lacing is fantastic!
Smell - some grass, citrus and pine. Tame, but noticeable.
Taste - lacks the flavor that I've come to expect from SN, however, very refreshing on a hot day.
Feel - initial sip has some hop bitterness, but the ho hum flavor and the light body drowns that out pretty quick.
Overall - love SN, but this is not what I expect from them.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Setting aside whether a 4.8 percent beer truly qualifies as "session" ...

Pours a beautiful gold in my glass with a big foamy white head that doesn't vanish. Lovely.

Earthy hop aromas mix with notes of bread.

This tastes like it is described: a lighter IPA. Quite bitter, but without the bigger malt flavors of a "regular" IPA. Doesn't taste weak, though, just dialed back. Lots of vegetable and citrus hops flavors in this one.

Body is heavier than I would expect; it's not watery.

Overall a fine beer and one to look for when you don't want all the alcohol of a typical IPA. Though at 4.8 percent this is far stronger than what I would consider session strength: below 4 percent.

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Photo of BeerWizard
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I've been very underwhelmed by every session IPA I've tried so far, and basically think it's a stupid trend that will hopefully go away soon. However, I've been digging on SN lately and was looking forward to trying theirs from the mix pack. Would this be the one that changed my mind?

Unfortunately, no. I will say this 4.8 abv session beer has good color, darker than most that I've seen, and had a huge head of foam, but my enjoyment of it stopped there. The bottle pledges citrus and grapefrut, but I found it to be rather skunky. I wondered about the freshness, but says bottled on 5/5, and I've had IPA's much further out than that taste fine. Taste impressions were watery, weak, more malt than hops, tastes more like a mediocre pale ale. I confess to not really caring for pale ales, which is why I drink IPA's, but this really had little to no hop character to speak of.

Bad bottle? I don't know. As I said I haven't had one of these session beers that I've liked so far but this was really bottom of the barrel for me. Pointless. I got through maybe half of it and actually poured it out. Two more in the mix pack. Will they be drunk? Maybe for sheer hydration, on a hot day, in the absence of any other liquid. Sorry, SN. Love everything else in the mix-pack, though!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the 12 pack purchased at Market Basket
Pours a deep straw color with a huge fluffy bone white head that persists forever and makes it difficult to pour. The aroma is odd here as it smells more like a pilsener than an ipa. Brady maltiness with hints of fruit and floral spice. The flavor is light watered down maltiness thats crackery and bready. Earthy spicy hop flavor is there to keep things in check. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a light resinous watery mouthfeel. Seems everyone is jumping on the "session" ipa bandwagon these days, I just don't get the appeal. I don't need a watery thin unbalanced brew to drink in the summer, and frankly I don't think it will be the next big thing like so many brewers are hoping.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear goldenstraw; an impressive, rocky head caps the liquid and leaves some nice lacing action

Smell: Slightly herbal, pithy and grassy

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with lemon, pith and a dash of herbal tones building through the middle; dry, but slightly soapy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the best session IPA out there but a pleasant drinker

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Photo of jsprain1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden orange. Head is fairly thick, two fingers, and white. Decent retention. Some lacing.
S- Smell is mildly hoppy, with floral notes being predominant. Faint lemon zest as well.
T- Taste is somewhat herbal with a fruit flavor underneath here as well. I get the whole session thing, but it is worth noting that the malt profile is more or less not there. Letting the hops get some mileage.
M- Light body, holding to the session IPA concept. Found it rather light on the carbonation though.
O- It's tasty enough and a fine addition to a mixed pack. Wouldn't go out of my way for though.

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Photo of silverking
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- rich, creamy pure white head atop a clear, deep straw colored liquid. Excellent head retention, and the lacing is equally impressive. There a lots of very fine, slow rising bubbles.

S- lightly toasted barley, herbal hops. It's delicate and balanced.

T- water crackers, grassy, really light bitterness. This could pass as a a pale ale, and a light one at that.

M- light, velvety carbonation. It's still somewhat crisp. Watery finish.

O- it's a "session IPA". It is really light, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Mojo
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - medium gold, very clear with a foamy two inch head, great retention and great lacing. A constant stream of tiny bubbles can be observed rising from the bottom. Gotta love glasses with the nucleation points etched into them.

S - Nice smell that has an abundance of citrus, floral, fresh cut grass, and bready notes. A pleasure to the olfactory!!

T - A light but refreshing lemon citrus flavor greets the palate at first observation. The taste moves seamlessly into a bitter herbal hop finish. However this would not be considered to be a hop bomb.

M - medium thickness with average carbonation.

O - This is a nice session ale. It drinks easily and is a refreshing offering.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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