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: 171 | Ratings: 1,055
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 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 philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A standard pour yields two fingers worth of slightly late to develop fluffy light khaki colored froth comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles... Really good retention gives way to a mostly full thick whipped froth with a bit of a rocky top... The color is a medium golden bronze... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... Gobs of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A nice aromatic nose that can be detected well away from the glass... Their is a pilseresque malt presence... The hops are muted but present... They take on a mix of mostly citrus and grapefruit with a hint of floral mixed in... A light flaky white dough malt presence lingers a bit beneath the surface... Quite pleasant...

T - A light malty presence to starts with biscuit and the aforementioned pilsner quality... Next comes a rush of grapefruit that continues to intensify throughout... Some faint lemon zest notes as well... The use of whole cone hops adds a certain aggressiveness to the palate the last throughout each and every sip... Simple straight forward and rather effective...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Clean and crisp... A light carbonated bite throughout... A slightly astringent dry finish...

D - A very good Session IPA and a pretty good all around American IPA... I'm not a huge fan of the session IPA craze, so I'm not sure I would drink this with regularity, but it's not a bad brew by any means... It's what I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada - solidly above average with no real flaws... This one fits that description perfectly...

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with a finger of head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor is light on malt and decent on hops. As with most “session” IPAs, this offering is plain, thin and out of balance. I’m simply not sure what the attraction is with this new sub-style of beer.

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

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear golden orange with a near 2 finger, off-white head. Good retention, resulting in a thin layer of surface suds. Lots of lacing around the glass

Smell - Light grain and toasted bread notes of malt with some citrus and pine hoppiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light grain and slightly bready malt backbone highlighted by citrus hops and moderate pine notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with fair carbonation. Goes down with fair smoothness.

Overall - Hmm, tastes like a hybrid of their Pale / Torpedo. Not bad, but nothing innovative or new, either. As far as session IPA's, there are much better options out there on the market right now.

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

A - Pours a golden yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Earthy dank aroma with light a citrus aroma.

T - Very mellow flavor. Taste of light citrus notes, bready malts, and earthy hops. Finish is bitter piney hops with a touch of pepper.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Dry mouthfeel.

O - Decent session beer. Glad I was able to try it, but probably wouldn't buy again.

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

12oz bottle, bottled 1/22/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange color, just shy of a one-finger head
S: Lemon, grapefruit, some light malt
T: More malt, again the lemon/grapefruit from the hops and a hint of florals
M: Light-bodied but quite crisp
O: A decent session beer but comes across a bit light, I probably wouldn't buy it packaged by itself

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

12oz to a pint glass

Pours a pale gold with hues of straw and yellow, with a finger of white head. Moderate carbonation stems from the sides of the glass, lacing's okay, retention died down sort of quick

Smell's pretty balanced between the hops and malts. Citrus hops with some pine resin along with a pale bready malt with notes of caramel

Taste is close with the nose, again pretty balanced between the two flavor profiles. Mild citrus hoppiness with that Sierra Nevada cone resin, coupled with a very light pale bready malt

Feel is a bit light as is expected. Dry, sticky finish. No alcohol, pretty drinkable

Overall I guess everyone's hopping on the session ipa train, Sierra Nevada being no exception. Probably one of the weaker representations I've had though. That said, it's an okay beer

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

Nice head, 2 fingers from an aggressive pour, firm, snow white, with good retention. Brew is very pale amber, translucent yet hazy, and extremely lively. Excellent fluffy lacing.

Pine and resin hop aroma, with a noticeable biscuit and pale malt backbone. Just a hint of floral and honey notes. Not a particularly aggressive aroma.

Flavor profile mostly follows the nose. Slightly less piney than SNPA, with more of a floral hint, and some earthy hops, but the pine definitely comes behind with a nice finish.

Medium-light, fuller bodied than you might guess. Sticky oily coating gives it a long finish. Decent sting and lively, makes it a slower drinking beer than "session" might imply.

This is a decent beer, solid and enjoyable, but I hardly think it qualifies as a session IPA. The balance is reminiscent of an APA or EPA, if anything. It definitely occupies the niche between SNPA and Torpedo; what I'm not 100% sure of is whether or not that was a niche that needed to be filled.

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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 drdiesel9483
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.
Look - bobbley, pretty clear, gold color, slight head.
Smell - grassy pine hope smell
Taste - medium bodied with a slight session taste but also has a good hop to it as well.
Feel - crisp w a carbonation.
Overall - decent beer. It's a good balance between session and ipa if you are a hop fan. Honestly the best way I can describe this beer is torpedo lite.

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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 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 RonfromJersey
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow gold body, topped by a softball of sticky just-slightly-off-white rocky foam. Terrific lacing. Looks marvelous in a SN Ionic pint glass.

Big fresh grass/hay aroma.

Soft, mildly sweet base slides down the tongue. Sweetness builds. Some floral notes. Bitter bite at the swallow. Short finish.

Light and smooth mouthfeel.

It's ok, but it's not only light for an IPA, it's light compared to SNPA. Alright as a nooner for sure, but not a beer SN needs in the regular line-up.

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale orange, golden and yellow that is ever so slightly hazed, 1 finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Juicy tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, orange, subtle floral aroma.

Taste - Juicy sweeter citrus right at first, orange, pineapple, mango. The middle brings forth a bitter grapefruit, and subtle zest of lemon, orange, and grapefruit combined. The end flavor is piny and retains the initial bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Bought this as a single bottle with a few other IPA offerings from Sierra Nevada. Glad I tried it but it has not become my favorite session IPA.

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Photo of Cozuma
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear Golden body with a mother of pearl creamy head that remains strong like a good wheat.

S: Definitely hoppy, light, and citrusy.

T: Good smooth IPA that rolls into a bitter punch

M: Not a thick beer by any stretch this is easy to drink

O: A good easy drinking IPA , when you want the bitterness to smack you a little but don't want it to hit your gut like a brick I'd go for one of these.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent yellowish orange with a small ring of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is spicy and floral hops with some bready malts. The taste is more bready, doughy malts as well as some of the floral and spicy hops. More malt flavor upfront with the hops coming out near the end. Lightly bitter floral finish. Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation. Slightly oily finish. Very drinkable, obviously. Overall, its a decent Session IPA but with the recent run of this style by different breweries this one doesn't stand out too much. Good but nothing special.

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

Poured chilled in shaker pint glass

A: clear amber; great carbonation; excellent head and lacing--faultless really
S: bready and yeasty; hints of the aroma you get from eurolagers (not great)
T: the entire flavor is centered in a complex hop bloom; bittering and finishing hops are detectable; hints of orange atop the expected grass, pine, grapefruit dominance; underlying malt is unremarkable; very interesting flavor overall, complementing the sub-5 ABV level

Great beer.

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