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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. I believe bottled on 02-21-14.

A: a hazy orangey hue brew. some conditioning providing the haze. bright white frothy head. decent retention. lacing not so much.

S: a lot of pine, but not over the top. very herbal aroma. earthy even. not finding that citrus aroma discussed on the neck label.

T: a soft citrus flavor and more of that herbal hoppiness. definitely has some biscuit malt toast flavor to it. not a ton. bitterness into the finish, but fleeting. I think this thing is on the verge of oxidation, but not quite yet.

M: moderate amount of carb. light/medium bodied.

D: overall, a pretty easy drinking, hoppy, but light ale. a good brew, but it definitely left me wanting a littlee more. maybe a little brighter hop character, a little more malt character. certainly not bad by any means, just want more of everything.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 1/22/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of a lager
Head average (3.5 cm), off white, creamy with some rocks, rapidly diminishing to a partial layer 4 mm thick
Lacing very good, festooned across the majority of the open glass, with mostly fine to small bubbles
Body medium yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts with citrus, quickly diminishes to a slight bitterness, not unpleasant. No alcohol, no diacetyl, slight but noticeable malt presence.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

At four months, this “session” IPA is showing its age. Hops are still present but very weak. The malt is beginning to come through. It is still passable but not desirable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains fruity citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of grassy hops bitterness. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in. The malt character is on the thin side even for a “session IPA” but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style and even within the niche-style that I would choose first.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a good session IPA. Light amber orange tint with a solid inch of fluffy head. Great lacing.
S - Huh not very hoppy it actually smells like torpedo IPA which is also mild on the hops. Malts smell good rather sweet.
T - It's good it does however remind me of their Pale ale but with a touch more hops. Quite smooth hop profile more malty than anything. Really a session pale if you ask me.
M - Light to medium a bit heavy for sesssion. Drinks like a full beer.

Overall it's an OK session ale. Pretty much just got all of these since they were the latest thing SN put out. I have had better session ales though.

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Photo of drtth
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a lightly hazed yellow-orange color with a 1" ivory head that slowly recedes to a thin island of film on the surface and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves some long slender legs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some malt, some citrus and a bit of citrus zest as well.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with some sweetness from the malt well balanced with the citrus, zest, and just a bit of herbal hop bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice crispness from the active carbonation.

Overall an OK IPA that I would not turn down if offered another. That said I'll not be seeking out more of it given that there are some fine locally brewed IPAs that I enjoy a bit more.

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Photo of JRed
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Late afternoon in body with a bubbly white head that sticks. Subtle aroma grass, mint candy, and humidity and trees. Flavors of wet grass, citrus sweet and tangy, light mint, light hop bitterness. Light in body with light carbonation. I expected a better session from the kings of session pale. The sweetness here doesn't mesh well with the hop flavors and bitter qualities.

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Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a golden yellow / light orange color with a short 1/2" head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light grapefruit, lemons, and grassy tones are mild.

Taste: grapefruit and grass are up front, with some softer orange, lemon, and green apples. Bitterness is mild but is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with a light dryness arriving late. Very refreshing.

Overall: a super easy to drink IPA that is more citrus focused than on the bitterness.

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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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Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Packaged on 1/22/14.

Pours golden amber with a big head which dissipates slowly. Lots of carbonation. Clear. Smell is mild, fresh, lemony.

Taste is straw, slow pine bitterness, lemon.

Mouthfeel is light, thin. Overall, it's not bad. There are some session IPAs I would prefer over this.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have decent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as pale amber in the light. Rings of perforated sheeting make up most of the lacing.

Nose- Mostly fruit esters and mostly citrus. Lemon, orange, and maybe some grapefruit. Touches of cherry and peaches around the edges. Slight tropical fruits. Tiny hints of matchstick, pine, and resin. Maybe a little bit of pepper. Swirling doesn't add anything to the aroma.

Taste- Starts off with the citrus notes of the aroma but with a much bigger presence from the grapefruit. The other fruit esters aren't really present. Moves into a good amount of pine and resin, some matchstick. Light tropical fruits with pepper. Other spices- maybe some coriander. Tiny bits of earwax on the linger but not much. This beer does give you much of the hop punch of a regular IPA but it will be a little tame for a hophead. I'm fine with the balance that it strikes but it does seem a little boring to me. I think a little bit more malt would give it enough backbone to give it some complexity. An above average beer with slight hints of being good. Definitely, my least favorite beer from the 4-Way IPA pack but the other beers are good enough to make up for this one. Not that this one is bad; it's just less interesting.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with easy carbonation and a nice dry finish. Works really well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability- This beer is definitely pretty sessionable and while I might have called it a little boring, it does have enough punch and spice at the end to keep interesting. I would definitely buy this variety pack again but I would pass over this as a six-pack.

Overall- Above average to good beer but closer to good. Worth a try because the 4-Way IPA is worth it. Good beer for a style that I don't really get.

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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 greentam2
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is what it says it is; an ipa, and a session beer. Goes down very smoothly, but clearly has enough hoppy bite to let you know this is an ipa of substance. If you need an ipa with a session quality, this one does the trick! I recommend this beer for anytime consumption; beyond the noon, as it were.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow orange in the glass. One finger head.

S-Not much of a hop presence, good deal of malt as well.

T-Just like the nose. The hops are not really there what is present is a grassy like note, but at the end of the day just malt.

M-Medium in body and some carbonation.

O-The session part took out all of the flavors, the beer was bland and boring. Easily the worst out of the pack.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appealing golden color. Crisp, grassy hops on the nose, along with some clean pilsner malt. Tangy noble hops and sharp, clean malt characterize the palate. The light body provides a dry finish. Almost more like a hoppy pilsner than an IPA or ISA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head that settles in at a nice half inch. Loose lacing left behind as you drink. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and a toasted backbone, with subtle resinous and spice highlights. Flavors are toasted forward, with a smooth tropical fruit backbone, resinous and slightly bitter highlights, pepper and char notes, and a tangy sweet tail-end that goes into the sweet, bitter, and slightly dry aftertaste. Light, smooth, slightly dry body, with a tangy linger on an otherwise bitter, smooth finish. Not a bad brew, and definitely carries a high level of drinkability.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. From the twelve pack mixer, bottled 1/29/14

A - Gold, with orange and copper highlights. One and half finger fluffy white head.

S - Mild grapefruit and citrus, pine

T - The hops are there but faint, but I have to imagine they lost some of their legs sitting in the twelve pack box for three months (which based on the yeast on top of the bottle and the bottle cap of the Wit, was stored upside down). Bread and biscuits are the main flavors, with some pine.

M - Pretty smooth, has a tinge of sharpness to it, especially on the top of tongue. Carbonation is medium.

O - Seems OK for a session IPA, and its drinkable, but I would really like to try it again a little close to the born on date.

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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 BeerDocT
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a translucent, coppery, light golden. Great head (1") slowly faded to a 1/4". Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Gorgeous, big bouquet. Yeasty, with big hits of piney & citrusy hops. Lots of other appealing scents floating around in this brew, also.

Taste 3.75: Front is dry and features an alkaline hit of hops. Middle is slightly watery, with more of the hop bitterness. I say "hop bitterness" because that's all I can detect: no citrus, pine, etc. Finish is light and features a very nice floral hop taste. Aftertaste is short, but nice: more of the floral hops and a delicious malt flavor.

Mouthfeel 3.5: A bit "big" in the mouth for a purposefully "session" ale. Still, it is light in various levels as well. Too watery at certain points.

Overall 3.75: It says something about a brewery when they intentionally aim low and still hit one out of the park. This beer is big (almost 5%) but is wonderfully balanced and refreshing. It could have done with a bit more tartness to balance out the malt profile, IMHO. Still, this is a gourmet lawnmower beer if there ever was one. Definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of Kendo
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear dark golden with a small whitish head on top, which leaves behind some lacing.

S: Mild nose - some cat pee, some citrusy hops and some green onions/garlic. Not my cup of tea, nose-wise.

T: Modest fruity foundation, then the hops hit: garlicky, grassy and with a touch of lemony bitterness. Lingering bitterness on the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium in heft, modest carbonation.

O: A decent Session IPA, but nothing earth-shattering.

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Photo of BWED
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Dull gold, just a slight haze. White head is light but holds.

S- Floral hop. Some grain, slight toast. Aromatic, but light and subtle.

T- Pine, evergreen with a floral grassy hop note. The grain shows slightly in the background.

M- Light body. Easy drink. Decent bitterness. Gives this enough flavor while pounding it.

O- Decent. I like the drinkability of these new session IPAs.

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

a well made ipa, everything sierra nevada does is, but its lacking compared to some of the other major players in this new session ipa game. of course, founders all day remains the standard, and if thats what these are judged against, this beer takes a mid B. its clean and light, golden brass in color, with an inch of fading white fluff. a nose of pale malt and mildly citrusy hops, everything simple, everything fresh, but no distinguishing element for me. great carbonation but a body a little larger than i need in this style, three or four of them would be fine, but six or eight would fill me up. some pleasant bitterness on the finish, but its all a bit drawn out, not crispy and snappy like others. lacks some of the refreshment factor for that reason. i do like the hop flavors though, a little understated and could possibly ramped up a little to make this one a little more memorable, but i like it well enough, especially on a hot lazy afternoon.

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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 arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 MadCat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden yellow, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Herbal, citrus, and floral hops, a nice bouquet

Taste: A nice, not too bitter hop profile that includes herbal, citrus, and floral hops. Bready malts. Nice balance for a session IPA

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Pretty good overall, would gladly pick up more

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,057 ratings.
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