Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer has a pop of bright orange flavor that emphasizes the natural citrus-heavy character of Cascade, Equinox and Mandarina hops. Brewed with orange peel added directly to the kettle, and all the classic hop flavor you'd come to expect from our all-new take on the hop-forward fruit beer.

Added by gillagorilla on 07-18-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
593
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
142
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Ratings: 593 |  Reviews: 158
Reviews by BobbyOlson:
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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very nicely colored orange color with coppery hues and perhaps some golden/red tinges around the ring as well. The head is thin, but rather there is a super white ring that has formed with some outlying patches of bubbly goodness struggling to stick around. The carbonation appears to be fine and lumbering, and as for the lacing, it is modest with many stringy, small clumps of protein clinging to the side of the glass! Not bad overall!

S- A real medley of citrus and other assorted fruits make an immediate impact on the nostrils! Orange rind, grapefruit, mango, apricot, and peach are all present, along with some caramel sweetness from the barley and crisp refreshing hop bitterness on the finish....it smells very well balanced overall and a real hot weather kind of treat!

T- The flavors follow suit reasonably well.....better than anticipated! The citrus character does shine through on the palate, along with softening apricot/peach notes, very mild mango, candied caramel malt sweetness and a finish that doesn't overwhelm, but does contain the bittering hop presence and zest that one would and should expect from this West Coast style!

M/O- Nice crisp light bodied Ale with a fair bit of cleansing carbonation and the oily nature of the citrus really helps keep everything in balance! The alcohol is well hidden in this easy to drink social brew and I would purchase this one again.....great on a hot day while trying to get a tan!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.Nose is orange zest and light bready malts. The orange is definitely present on the taste. Orange peel follow by a lemon citrus and supported by a subtle, but present malt backbone. Clean, crisp mouthfeel. Good beer, but I'd prefer their traditional pale ale.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Smell is faint orange. Taste is bitter and orange. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall this is a good summer beer.

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Photo of ccheng9
2.29/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Smells and tastes slightly of budweiser. Overly bitter for the amount of hop flavor there is. There is a little bit of citrusy flavor, but it's mostly masked by the taste of budweiser. Can't think of many redeeming qualities in this beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i owe sierra nevada better than "mediocre at best" expectations, but when you jump on the citrus fruited ipa thing this late in the game, and you push it this hard, it almost comes across as another sam adams rebel ipa farce, forced and cheap and pseudo craft at best. however, the beer in the bottle is far better than its contrived public image, and i really did enjoy this one, nice and fresh, subtle in the right ways, and not at all overdone, which i feared. the beer has just a nice fresh and natural orange quality about it, but remains a bitter hoppy and rich malty pale, just like the flagship, but still light and easy enough drinking too, these guys pull that off as well as anyone, and they do it again here too. zesty and oily a little, bitter in its own right too, but its all behind the pale ale base, which i appreciate so much. the orange character is mostly in the finish, and this has a brightness about it, cleaning itself right up before the finish and with peppy carbonation. i expected something sweeter and lesser, but it really is about as well done as something like this can be, and i think it retains its appeal to real beer drinkers over fruit beer drinkers as such. not my favorite beer this summer, but it has a real attraction, i liked it quite a lot, and could really put the hurt on a sixer under the right conditions! i should trust these guys more than i have lately...

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Photo of CNoj012
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a two finger, rocky bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are hanging rings of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very strong, in your face orange (natural not artificial) with the slightest hint of pine and bready malt.

Taste is similar, but the pine presence is stronger. Orange is the strongest flavor though, and it clings to the palate well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, smooth and very crushable.

Overall a decent beer. Certainly does not do the regular pale ale justice though. I am pretty sure this is not marketed for a beer drinker like myself or many of the other BA's. It seems like this would be a good beer for someone who doesn't like hoppy beer. The orange doesn't just cut through the bitterness to balance it out, it completely overpowers the other flavors and dominates the palate.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Packaged 12/28/16. Pours a hazy orange color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Retention and lacing are both very good. There is some orange in the aroma but smells more of the grainy and corn-like aroma you get with a lager. Tastes more like a lager as well. There is some slight orange. I am definitely not impressed with this beer. There is some bitter hoppiness. I really hope this is not consistent with this beer. I will give it another try, but I am thoroughly disappointed.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Turbo
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pale ale first with some orange added. Could see this is as a summer quencher.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dditto2
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks light golden amber with a medium white foamy head. Smell is very sweet orange citrus dominant. Taste is OK, isn't too sweet, moderately hoppy noticable mostly in the bitterness over the taste. Citrus is noticable all around but not super sweet overpowering. The mouthfeel is fairly light. Easy to drink quickly. Overall it is a good beer. I feel like it would be better for warm weather and sunshine. Low alcohol and light body allows you too drink them quicker while they are still cold.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours pretty typical looking, slightly hazed, almond amber, leaves moderate ringed lacing

Def. some orange on the sniff

Tasty enough and easy drinking pale, moderate orangy note, and some resiny hops...better then decent sessioner.

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Photo of G_Shoe
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong and complex orange aroma. Taste is also driven by orange flavors, but it's not just the orange peel, as the Cascade, Equinox and wonderful Mandarina hops round it out. Some sweetness to the taste profile. Nicely carbonated, with a dry and clean finish. Sharp but not bitter. Very refreshing.

Part of me is unhappy that Sierra Nevada is jumping on this bandwagon, but the results here are fantastic.

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Photo of whiskey_slurpee
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gcuneen
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is great for what it is. Nice APA with a perfect infusion of orange - just enough to know it's there without impacting its identity as a beer. Awesome cold for summer drinking. Great head and nose hints of a kiss of orange peel. Real nice effort by SN.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a fingernail of dishwater white. Light lacing. The aroma is fresh citrus, tangerine, and pale malt. I'm tasting light citrus and pale malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and offer a light citrus burn to the tongue.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with a scent of orange and other citrus fruit. Upfront citrus scent of blood orange with orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon zest. Earthy hop scent of pine resin and grass. Pale malt with a scent of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. Slight hints of honey sweetness. A very nice juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop driven taste with notes of orange and other citrus fruit. Upfront taste of blood orange and orange peel along with some notes of grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Pale malt with notes of caramel, cracker, honey, and grains along with some yeast. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A really good twist on Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. Nice juicy orange and citrus flavor.

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Photo of bigal_96
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the shop at the NC brewery; served in a lager glass. Bottling date: 11/2015

Pours with a clear brown-amber body and a very large, durable, frothy, off-white head. No sediment.

This may say "amber ale" and have a corresponding appearance, but the hop dominated aroma suggests an APA or IPA. While the flavor has a higher malt/hop balance, it is still not what is expected in a typical "amber ale". Mildly bitter with a near medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: comes across as an English/American Red Pale Ale.

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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 593 ratings.
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