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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: 170 | Ratings: 1,054
Photo of barnzy78
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1st 12oz bottle from the new 4-Way IPA case
L - golden with nice clarity; higher carbonation helping a persistent off-white head hold some retention
S - grapefruity citrus, caramel, toasted grain, a bit light struck for some reason
T - bitter grapefruit and pine dominate the palate, caramel and toasty grain don't provide much of a malt backbone; also seems a bit light struck in flavor.
F - lighter body, higher carbonation, finishes dry, sharp and pungently bitter. A little pilsener-esque.
O - I'm not crazy over these so called session IPA's. This one has some good hop flavors, but it needs more balance and body. Now I need a Torpedo to make things right again! I am also excited to try the other new IPAs from the case.

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Photo of lochef81
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of the new Sierra Nevada mixer 12 pack. It pours a nice golden color with a two finger white head that quickly subsides to a thin film and decent white lacing. The aroma is hoppy bitter but not in a good fresh way. More in the tired worn out attempt at being a hoppy session ale kind if way. It sips very light and smooth, definitely something that you could drink alot of.. .if you'd really want to. The flavor is pleasant but unremarkable just light with a slightly lemony citrus note. Its a good beer but not something that I have any desire to drink again.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a small amount of white head. The head does lace the sides of the glass after each sip.

Scent is an interesting mix of pine, citrus(lemon) and something that I cannot place.

Flavor is bitter with a large amount of pine up front with citrus after the first couple of sips. Bitterness lingers on the tongue for a long time after each sip.

For a session this is a hit with its lightness, but misses with the drinkability. It is very bitter and does not have a great amount of citrus and hop flavor that I was expecting.

Not bad, but not something that I will seek out any time soon.

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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 jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a creamy white head that stays and leaves lacing.

The smell is of lemongrass - musty.

The taste is of lemongrass and floral hops wrapped around a honey-like - towards caramel-ish sweetness. Finishes dry with a slight metallic tinge.

It is appropriately light-bodied (to be "sessionable").

I don't really get the hop-forward character I was hoping for, though does have a grass character. It is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My beer guru had picked this up as part of variety pack and saved me this one to sample. Not a great looking beer. Thin with only a little head, not what I want to see in a beer. Not much of a smell, good and clean but weak. Taste is pretty good but overall not a lot to offer. Not one I will look to get again.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 1/22. Poured into pint glass.

A: Nice, clear gold color with a thick white head. Lasts a long time. Pretty good looking, actually.

S: Lemon/grapefruit zest, grass on the nose. Notable biscuity malt also present. Bit of spiciness, as well.

T: Spicy, earthy hops up front. Shades of citrus zest, but nothing sweet. Pretty dry overall. Familiar SN yeast and malt profile. Bit more citrus and bitterness on the back end.

M: Appropriately easy drinking. Light body, medium carbonation...really easy to toss these back.

O: Lagunitas, Founders, Boulevard, Great Divide (you get the idea) have all done better session IPAs. This isn't bad by any means, but it's stacked up against hefty competition.

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden brass hue. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation, which looks excellent. Nice lacing, splotchy if light.

Smell: Faint grass, some bread, sweetness and faint fruit, hints of that odd "eraser shreds" rubbery smell I get from some american brews.

Taste: Nicely balanced, more malt than I'd have figured. Nice bitter bite of citrus hops up front, crisp edge of citrus and pine that rolls into warm but bitter bread flavor. Nice buttery malt outro with a remote hint of tropical fruit and nut.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body. Wouldn't mind a little more weight in the feel, but overall it's a nicely rounded mouthfeel. Alcohol presence is very faintly detectable if you pay close attention for it.

Overall: Pleasant brew. Nice balance, recognizably Sierra Nevada. A little more bitter than their classic Pale Ale, and I'd have another several with no complaint. Wouldn't travel to the next county to get it, but it's fine. (Aside: I still roll my eyes at the whole "session" thing we have going on in the just-rediscovered-beer US, where we forget that beer has ALWAYS been in the 3-4% range. If I can't drink a few without falling off my chair, that limits the intrinsic enjoyment I'll get right there.) /soapbox; decent brew, not a don't-miss, but if happenstance leads you to it, you're in good shape.

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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 Slatetank
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this in the 4way IPA mixed case, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is medium amber with very good clarity with fast rising carbonation visible with thick 2 finger off white cream which clings as lace with a fine bead. The smell is okay but has a slightly odd herbal aroma and an almost plastic phenolic yeast accent, but more of a piney overall hop scent dominates. The feel is very good with light body and semi-high carbonation with mild sweetness and semi-spicy hop presence with a light toasted malt texture in the background leading to a mostly dry finish.

The flavor is decent with some mild pine and herbal hops and slight malt with some light sweetness and toasted taste and mild citrus tinge toward the middle with some light yeast fruitiness adding to the generally balanced taste. Overall this is better than average with a hoppy flavor that is good but the dry nature of the beer makes the hopping seem a little too agressive for such a small beer in my opinion.

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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 Tsar_Riga
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear pale gold color with white head, full lacing.

S - Dank sour hops, with a hint of cracker malt.

T - Mild hop in the form of grass and pine, a touch of lemon, with malty notes following the nose with cracker and honey. Closes slightly bitter, but very quiet. Most of the IPA flavor elements are presented but muted.

M - Clean, crisp, very little drying. Very easy to drink.

O - A beer made to be knocked back, the epitome of a session beer, but as an IPA, this is something of a disappointment, with very few of the fruit or pine crescendos that I love.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a brilliant straw color with light orange hue, white frothy one finger head with various size bubbles, head dissipated to an ever present cap. Left a small amount of lacing, looks great.

S -very intense hop aroma, floral, piney and resinous, with some slight earthy tones. Slight malt notes, peppery.

T - taste is actually a much different experience than the aroma. The aroma was more floral and piney. The taste is very much an earthy and herbal flavor. Ample bitterness in the end. Malt is not sufficient and leaves a gap in the flavor profile. I understand its a session IPA but its a little weak in the body as well as the hop flavor, I've had other examples of the style that had a more intense hop flavor.

M - highly carbonated and crisp, finishes very clean. A little on the watery side. Enjoyable and easy drinking nonetheless.

O - overall a decent beer, enjoyable, refreshing, but a little lacking in the hop flavor, although the aroma is great. I have a hard time thinking of something at 4.8% as a session beer, to me it's just a weak IPA. I enjoy this as part of the 4 way IPA mix pack, but would pass over purchasing this on its own.

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Photo of mothman
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Flavor profile: Pale malts, earthy and citrusy hops. Kind of piney. Grapefruit and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, an easy drinking ipa. I can see how they call this a session ipa if that is a thing. Not over the top bitterness and hop bomb.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pilsner. Color is a light amber, slightly hazy, fair off-white head, very nice lacing. Aroma is light citrus hops, not really grapefruit, and the slightest bit of pine. Flavor is a dissapointment compared to Tirpedo. This is a mild hops flavor with some malty sweetness and a piney aftertaste, mild bitterness at the end like you are chewing on a grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is medium thin. Overall this is a good IPA, especially good to try if you don't really like IPAs--this is an IPA on training wheels. Maybe they call it Nooner because you could go back to work after lunch without really strong breath. I guess it's called a Sesssion IPA because it has a lower alcohol content, and you could drink more of them. This one is not for me. Less richness of flavor, less enjoyment, less of a memorable experience. I will stick with Torpedo, Celebration Ale, and Bigfoot, when I can find it.

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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 hail_seitan
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pine glass

A - Straw colored body with a foam white head. Crystal clear with no sediment.

S - Pollen, lemon, and slight acidic smell.

T - Immediately hit by a wave of lemon and dandelion. Then a cracker flavor from the malt, with minimal sweetness. The finish is very dry and bitter.

M - Surprisingly robust mouthfeel for a beer less than 5% ABV. Appropriately carbonated as well.

O - This is my first session IPA, so I don't have other examples of the style to compare to. However, without much malt character to counteract the bitter and lemon flavors of the beer, the beer came across as unbalanced. However, not a bad beer for sitting on the porch on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1/29/14.

Hazy, bright brass with a white head and decent lacing.

Pine and grapefruit in the nose, but not very floral or pungent. A hint of biscuit malt follows through.

Light bodied with a very dry mouth feel.

Light malt and a drying bitterness start the palate with a wave of pine and grapefruit.

Finishes with a lingering dryness and fading hops.

Tasty beer but falls short of the hopping levels for even a "session IPA" . The aroma in particular could use a big boost.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very clear gold beer, white finely foamy head with nice retention. Not much for lace save a few spots here and there. Aroma is lager-like with spicy hops. Dank, dark, piney, and some citrus. Pilsener meets ale I suppose with added dryness and more pine. Taste is alike with zesty spice, pine, and a hint of orange and maybe grapefruit pulp. Dry crispy bitterness through the finish. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable/sessionable. This is a fun spin on an IPA. By default I think sessionable IPAs tend to be a lot more like a regular pale ale. Some wiht a more interesting hop profile than others, but never overwhelming.

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

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date 02/13/2014. Another new proclaimed 'session IPA' acquired as part of the 4 IPA twelve pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a light golden yellow-orange colored body with three and a half fingers of big billowy white head. Very good head retention. Leaves behind fluffy rings of lacing. Good clarity with light sediment floating around in the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of light grass, lemons, herbal hops, and light citrus. Light malt body in the background to give it some balance. Reminds me a lot of Founders Pale Ale, so far.

T - Taste is mostly honeyed / bready malt forward with a touch of lemongrass, grapefruit, and piney herbal hop presence.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Minimal piney bitterness on the palate. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it's decent, but it is more akin to a pale ale, than a 'session IPA' I would say. Lower on the hops, the flavor, and the alcohol - it's a pale ale to me. Would I have it again? Sure thing. Would it be my first choice? Probably not. I will surely be drinking this in the summer though.

Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA ---3.5/5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a white head and webbed lacing. Aroma is earthy and hoppy. In the taste, pine and rind. A bit thin in the body but there is a crisp hop bite and finishes dry. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, what you would expect as a session ipa. Overall, a nice lighter offering.

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A - Light golden color, with a fluffy two-finger head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of grapefruit, grass, and biscuit malt. Almost a pilsner type aroma at times.

T - Grapefruit, hop resin, a hint of spruce and white cracker. Hops are fruity and juicy, but the overall flavors are a little muted (much like I expected they would be). Honestly, tastes closer to a good pilsner.

M - Medium bodied, with prickly carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

O - I don't really know if I'm a big fan of the whole, "session IPA" movement. If I want an IPA I usually want something full flavored; that said this beer is a decent attempt. Nice balance and the right hop choices were used. Just a little weak for my tastes.

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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 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 smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a thin level of bubbles. Some lace spotty lace on the glass. The liquid is dark gold with the mildest of hazes.

Smells like a pale ale with ample amount of pale malt nose. Good floral hop for balance.

Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation. Light malt flavor with a peppery hop bite. Easy to drink but rather one-dimensional, basic beer. Flavorful from a bittering hop perspective but little else.

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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