11.5 °Plato
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

11.5 °Plato11.5 °Plato
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IPA - American
3.74 | pDev: 8.29%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
11.5 °Plato11.5 °Plato
Notes: The Plato scale is a measurement of the density of liquid. The number tells brewers how big or small a resulting beer will be—the larger the number the bigger the beer. We designed 11.5° Plato—a lower number on the beer scale—to give us just enough body to support a heavy heap of hops. The result is an easy-drinking session IPA which satisfies the thirst for hops, but urges you to have another round.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a burnt/bronzed golden orange to brown color with a finger and a half of concave fluffy white foamy head. The pace of dissipation was nice and even. Light rings of foam. The smell had bitter grapefruit rind with a light pulp/pith - like slick - ness to it. Light citrus hops bounce in for a decent balance. The flavor starts bitter and then becomes bittersweet. Semi-sticky aftertaste. Subtle dry sweet quick finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing hoppy bitterness to bite on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good session IPA. I would have again.

Jul 01, 2017
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 30 Sept 2016

Sierra Nevada tries their hand again at a session IPA and it turns out just as I would expect- a really solid beer with that characteristic Sierra Nevada hop profile but nothing that is going to shift worlds or anything. This is a decent beer, but as far as hoppy, lower ABV options go, I believe there are better available at this point.

Nov 20, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a very thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: grass and grain with a hint of citrus;

T: low to moderate bitterness from start to finish; flavor is subdued; what's there follows the nose;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not especially interesting, but nicely balanced for a session IPA;

Oct 06, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Light dull gold pour with white head that slowly fades, rings of lace. Grainy pilsnerish aroma. Taste is lightly toasted malt, some crisp grapefruit bitterness. More like a hoppy pilsner. Ok but there are much better session IPAs.

Aug 19, 2016
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Beejay from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow in color with a slight haze, and a large white head.

S: Lightly hoppy with the aroma of pine trees and autumn leaves blowing across the wind, and fresh bread cooling somewhere. I'm not getting a lot of citrus or tropical fruits, but it smells pretty tasty.

T: Found the citrus and tropical fruits. All in the flavor. Grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of pineapple. Light toasty bread flavor, and a long bitter earthy cling.

M: Light in body, carbonation is a touch lower than I would have expected, there is a nice sharp bite in the finish though.

O: Overall pretty good, but I'd take a SNPA over it any day of the week.

Aug 19, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a Plato in a mixed 12pck from Meijer's. It poured a clear golden with white head that left a very nice lace. The scent had hints of grapefruit and bitterness. The taste was evenly balanced and was easy to drink. Slight bitter citrus was present throughout. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Aug 06, 2016
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Zorro from California

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber gold colored ale with a small off white colored head.

Smells of roasted grain and woody hops. Faint pine and dank scents.

Starts out bone dry with a soda cracker malt flavor and a medium level of bitterness. Overall the flavor is pine wood.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a light dry IPA.

Jul 24, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold to amber color, light haze. Moderate head leaving small chunky spots on the glass for lace.

Hoppy but earthy. I get a bit of band aide in the background.

Relatively dry but not astringent. Moderate to high hop bite. Straight up black pepper. Moderate body with elevated carbonation. Moderate aftertaste.

Jul 23, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice and slightly hazed bright sunburst orange-gold with minimal white foam.

Biscuity toasted malt sweetness with a light floral and slightly spicy hop resinous aroma.

Grassy, slightly piney, citrusy, and herbal and resinous hop flavor overpowers a subtle toast like malt backbone.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, floral, bitter, dry.

Overall, this is certainly a session IPA. Floral, herbal, piney and citrusy hop bitterness finishes dry and lingers with minimal malt character. Easy drinking brew, but there are many others I'd prefer over this.

Jul 18, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and pale gold with a white head that lingers in a thin film throughout consumption and leaves bands of lacing. The smell is dank weed, pine, grapefruit pith and some yeast. The taste is slightly sweet at first and has some grapefruit but finishes with a nice bitter, herbal, hop taste. Nice and light session IPA that has the dankness and flavor that makes it enjoyable for a hops lover.

Jul 09, 2016
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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

12oz bottle, PKGD 05/16/16
A - persistent, fluffy off-white head caps a deep golden colored ale
S - familiar Sierra Nevada yeast, light caramel, pine, and citrus
T - nutty grain, caramel, bread crust, pine, mango, graepfruit & orange zest
M - light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, bitter piney finish
O - drinks like a pale ale, and probably could be called that. Either way it's pretty good and actually one of the better "session IPA"s I've had.

Jul 06, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

about what you would expect in something like this from sierra. back in the day, nooner was a session ipa, and this one reminds me a lot of that, quite bitter for what it is, still very much C hop driven, and a little more robustly flavored than the style standard that we are all used to. some spice to the hops, and a little richer crystal malt in here, although its nicely dried out in the end. ibus seem high to me for sure, and there is a lot of body to this. not as easy drinking as some, but quite flavorful. almost tastes like a lower alcohol version of their famous pale ale. not all that different in flavor alone. they were smart to carbonate this so well, and they were smart to keep it cheap. this really is the beer drinkers session beer, completely full flavored, cascade or centennial i would think, bitter but dry too. not as easy drinking as session ales probably should be, but a nice boost to the style that is loosing my interest very quickly. a good saturday morning drink this time of year...

Jun 29, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of malt, caramel and some pine. Very malty and bitter with a piney finish.

Jun 26, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

clear medium golden color, nice layer of white head that stays to the bottom of the glass. hop aroma is lemon citrus and grassy, earthy. minimal malt flavor, thinner bodied.

Jun 26, 2016
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matcris from Arizona

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Slightly hazy amber/orange. A finger of off white head that settles down fairly quickly to a ring. Leaves some mild lacing. Small amount of medium sized bubbles rising.
AROMA: Pineapple, grapefruit, minor pine.
TASTE: Citrus/grapefruit, mild tropical fruit.
FEEL: Nice, full carbonation, thin body, but not watery, and bone dry.
OVERALL: A nice alternative to All Day.

Jun 21, 2016
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden, with a nice head of off-white foam. Thin line of lace.

Aroma: Crisp tropical and citrus hops, with grapefruit, mango, and pineapple coming around.

Taste: Light and very drinkable, with plenty of bitterness at the finish. Definitely a solid and enjoyable session ale here.

Jun 21, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No surprise Sierra does session IPA almost as well as Founders or Carton or Stone.

A: Pours a deep golden color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades and leaves lots of streaky lacing.

S: Best part. Lots of citrus, floral, and fruity notes up front with a firm malt backbone and some spiciness.
T: Follows the smell. Starts with a abundant citrus, floral, and fruity notes that opens up to malt and a bready sweetness. Bitterness then prevails in clean finish with lingering citrus.

M: Light-thin bodied with moderate carbonation, but not watery.

O: A solid session IPA found in this year's (2016) summer pack. I would not seek it out especially otherwise.

Jun 19, 2016
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Gear54 from Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Really a nice looking beer. Pour is a crystal clear golden color with thick white foam about a finger width. Lace in the glass is everywhere and leaves great rings in the glass.

Smell is lemon, grass, and pine. Perhaps some citrus mixed in but very faint.

Taste is a nice balance of piney hops with lemon zest and an underlying malty sweetness. Really good job of making flavors play off of each other. Some session beers are not as well balanced.

Feel is great. heavy enough on flavor to taste like a serious IPA with no kick. This mouth feel could easily compete with a 6% beer any day.

Jun 15, 2016
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CNoj012 from New York

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a dense, rocky, 2 finger white head that sticks around forever. Lacing is awesome. Hanging webbed sheets all over the glass. Smell is very muddled and bland. Not much better than an AAL. Taste is similar. Mostly malt with a slight bit of citrus. Feel is light and crisp. Not watery at all like a lot of sessions. Overall, no. Worst beer I've had from SN and I normally rate their beers much higher than average. Look and feel are great, but smell and taste are much more important to me, and both of them are a pretty big let down. Muddled and bland are the two words I'd use to describe this beer.

Jun 15, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A sessionable IPA offering from SN - unfortunately, I am not a fan.

Great look and an even better smell out of the bottle - orangy hue to match a sweet orange/grapefruit scent off the top of the pint glass. And that's about it for me. The beer tastes like an also ran in terms of way too much carbonation and not enough of the orange or grapefruit comes out past the strong hoppy flavor. I still rated it pretty decent overall - nice try, just not good enough for me.

Jun 14, 2016
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OldSwampy from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"PKGD 05/02/16" & consumed 13 June.

Gold ale with a slightly yellowish white head. The head is big, fluffy, and durable, still going to the last sip in the glass. Nose is a pleasant hops blend of piney and citrus notes, with mild malt background. The taste is what the smell suggests it would be, nicely blended IPA-style hops over malt. Bitterness is obvious but does not exclude some other flavors, and this is what many "session" IPAs seem to miss. This beer doesn't. The explanation on the label that the name "11.5 Plato" refers to the effort to give the beer enough body makes sense, because this beer does seem to have enough - and yet still be in some ways light and sessionable. Mouthfeel slightly creamy, slight bitter aftertaste, nothing out of line.

Jun 13, 2016
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hopphead31415 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This session IPA by Sierra Nevada has 4.5% ABV and 35 IBUs. The name comes from the scale used to measure the density of the liquid.

Look-It pours a clear golden yellow with a smooth foamy white head. The lacing is thick and persistent.

Smell-The aroma is delicate yet pleasant. I get a light honey-suckle malt aroma with some pine and grapefruit. The
malts are almost cracker-like and the hop smell is subtle.

Taste-The hops pop out first with their refined pine flavor being a bit more noticeable than the grapefruit. Although there is a grapefruit rind flavor that lingers after each sip. The malts take backstage here which is interesting, because the aroma indicated strong malts. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, thin, crisp, and easy to drink. The carbonation is pleasantly fizzy.

Overall-This is a refreshing beer to drink any time. I really like the hop profile and how refined it is. These go down quickly as a result.

Jun 11, 2016
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McStagger from California

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale orange. Clearer than most SN offerings. Bleached khaki head. Large bubbles, but maintains a fairly good retention. Sticky lacing on the glass. Carbonation is subtle, with large bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: Pretty typical SN, if not a bit under done. Grapefruit, pine, citrus. Malt is thin, cracker like.

T: Pops with a moderate bitterness in the front. Again, fairly straight shooter. Citrus, pine, slightly resinous. Little malt presence (no surprise) and the finish is more of the same resiny pine notes.

M: Thin, but not overly so. Seems to be pretty par for the course with this style. Carbonation is on the lighter side, even in the palate. Maybe a little too light.

O: Eh, it's another example of a style I still can't bring myself to love. Has it's place, though. Would make a great beach beer.

Jun 10, 2016
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TheMirrorOwl from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a willi glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice bright brassy gold. Fluffy, billowy, frothy white head, high retention. Clear as a bell; you could see for miles through this beer. Energetic carbonation visible.

Smell: Fruit pith, grass, lemon. Some dark tangerine and sweet malty biscuit.

Taste: Beautiful balance! Gentle hop spice, bready malt, lemon zest, earthy herbal warmth rolls into grapefruit and bready biscuity malt that lingers all the way through.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, pleasant effervescence from the perfectly balanced carbing. Pleasantly dry.

Overall: I'm a big fan. "Session IPAs" are basically the new Pale Ale, since for some reason we Americans think IPAs are somehow more "crafty" a moniker. Anyway, this is a great, honest, flavorful, well-balanced Pale Ale if I've ever tasted one. Would hang out and drink these all day.

Jun 07, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Straw-blonde with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Grapefruit, honey, caramel, pine, florals, and tangerine.

Firm biscuity malts with a honey sweetness. Grapefruit, bright florals, and pine sap. Touches of papaya and mango.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and off-dry with a medium bitterness.

Goes down easy. Nicely balanced.

Jun 06, 2016
11.5 °Plato from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 175 ratings