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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 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 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 BucannonXC5
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: BevMo in Goleta, Calif.
Price: $13.99 for a variety 4-way 12-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: March 28, 2014
Consumed: March 31, 2014
Misc.: Packaged Jan. 29, 2014

Poured a honey golden clear color with three fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Good foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention all the way down.

Smelled resin hops, citrus hops and some light floral hops. Initially reminded me of a lighter version of the Torpedo IPA. Also pine, pinecone, caramel, more skunkiness and some slight vomit.

Tasted like what I thought it was going to taste like, a not as strong version of the Torpedo. Dry-hopped, resin hops, pine, soapy notes, caramel, very bitter, pinecone and honey.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Not anywhere as good as I was hoping. Nowhere as good as the other two session IPA’s that come to mind (Lagunitas Daytime IPA & Stone Go To IPA). A baby Torpedo IPA, which by the way I may have to rerate.

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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 plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop and soft sweetness.

The taste offered a trace hop and a light doughiness.

The mouthfeel was full for the ABV with a lazy carbonation.

Overall an underperforming session IPA. It doesn't stand up to the other market performers.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of SN's 4-way IPA case. Poured into Sam Adams glass. Looks clear straw yellow with nice carbonation and okay head. Smells like SN's Torpedo with presumably Citrus hops at the forefront. Tastes citrus with pale malt backbone. Feel is light and easy drinking. Bitterness is firm but not harsh. Overall, a decent "session" IPA that seems to be all the craze these days. Reminds me of a smaller, lighter Torpedo. For me, I'd take a Torpedo over this any day of the week.

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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 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 Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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 secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant clean yellow-amber, with prodigious head of white carbonation. Thick, layered, ornate lace.

Nose is subtle -- citrus hops and a touch of the floral. Nice.

Taste is bitter grapefruit, both fresh and tart. Finishes a wee bit dry and bitter. Well-done and certainly enjoyble, but not my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Spiegelau IPA glass.
4.8% ABV,

A - The IPA glass' hop etching at the bottom generates a ridiculous amount of carbonation, which streams through the clear golden-hued beer, feeding the tall and everlasting, lace machine of a head.

S - Mineral water and slight sulfur notes push past the hops for first dibs on the nostrils but those delicious green cones come quickly after and with aromatic force. American hops offer up a blended aroma of citrus and earth as lemon oil and bitter grapefruit peel mix with submissive pine resin and freshly cut grass. Nooner IPA is most definitely hop forward, blanketing the suggestions of caramel-drizzled toast, but not in-your-face about it.

T - Nooner maintains it's more relaxed hop profile in flavor but here the malt conquers the tongue. Notes of sweet caramel underscore the dry toasted bread and refreshingly grainy pale malt combinations but come across a little too strong for a "session IPA". Hops, however overshadowed, are still delicious with their inherent citrusy character.

M - At almost 5% it's no surprise this maltier beer feels like it has a bit more of a body to it than most of the style, and while the carbonation appears strong, it doesn't sparkle on the tongue. This session beer has a balanced entry leading into a moderately bitter, very dry finish which helps keep it refreshing but it's far from being a light, sessionable IPA.

O - Not only is it sort of peculiar it took so long for Sierra Nevada, the inventors of modern day hoppy beer, to take so long to get onto the "session IPA" train, it's even more peculiar that Nooner is their offering into this style. While a downright delicious pale ale in it's own right, Nooner drinks almost exactly like their iconic pale ale making it's existence seem completely redundant. Now that there's an increase in "sessionable IPA" (I keep using quotes because session IPA is almost a played out marketing misnomer anyway) offerings, people can afford to be picky. If I had the choice, Nooner wouldn't be my first, second, or third go-to for this style due to it's stronger malt flavor, slightly fuller body, and all-around lack of sessionability compared to others.

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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 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 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 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 wedge
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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 barczar
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium gold with copper highlights and a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Floral hops, resin, earthy, and slightly dank notes form the initial aroma. There's muted citrus character in there. Hints of onion.

Flavor reveals more pine and resin at the base, finishing bitter and earthy. Grapefruit is present, but overwhelmed easily by bittering hops. Floral notes add intrigue in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with moderate carbonation. The finish is somewhat harshly bitter.

I prefer flavoring to bittering hops, so not my favorite. Resin overwhelms.

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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 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'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 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 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 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 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 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 vkv822
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz : SN IPA Glass

Pours a fairly clear, golden with a billowy, thick white head.

Spicy, earthy, grassy hops with a solid malt backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A solid, well done IPA, with a surprisingly low ABV. Would love to see this in 6-packs!

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Sierra Nevada Nooner Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,055 ratings.
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