Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sidecar Orange Pale AleSidecar Orange Pale Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 735 |  Reviews: 195
Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada is solid gold, no matter what they make. This time they put (candied?) orange (peels?) into the wort, a bit more caramel malts and it all goes extremely well with your West Coast style Californian PA.
This is what they had to say about it:
"Adding tangy orange to the classic style we pioneered didn't come naturally to us. Our brewers argued over the perfect blend of bold hops and orange peel to create the best flavor and crisp, citrus bite. The result is a hop-forward beer that can stand alongside Pale Ale as a craft beer classic" and you can mark their word.
An instant classic!

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Photo of davidguydude
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

like the classic SNPA, with a hint of orange zest. Maybe slightly less bitter than SNPA.

delicious, summery, yet still very much a beer, not a fruit drink that resembles beer.

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Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Introduction: I was looking forward to this one for a while since 2017 is the year Sierra Nevada got serious about making a year-round fruit beer. They were caught a bit off-guard since the fruity IPA trend started without them leading it, so it's quite interesting to see what the biggest player in west coast craft has to answer.

Look: Slightly cloudy due to bottle conditioning like every Sierra Nevada Pale Ale does.

Smell: You can definitely smell the orange, but other than that it's not too different from a SNPA. It's not overpowering, rather it's subtle but definitely present.

Taste: Not much different from pale ale except a bit more sour and a little more sweet. Pale ale is perfect so it's not that big of an issue that it's not too different but the orange really does make it sweeter. If you were looking to be overcome by orange then you could be a little disappointed, but Sierra Nevada always tries to balance out their beers and I agree that they did a good job with this one.

Finish: Orange in the aftertaste makes the sourness and sweetness stay on your tongue. I didn't find it to be very bitter at all, if anything apparent bitterness is less than pale ale due to the increased sweetness and orange tempering it out. Orange is very sweet for a citrus fruit compared to lemon and grapefruit and the sweetness comes through without being ridiculously sticky like a double IPA. Seemed a little less fruity than pale ale, probably because the orange is the highlight.

Conclusion: Sierra Nevada always emphasizes balance, which I really appreciate with their IPAs since they don't get into an IBU arms race. With Orange Sidecar and Tropical Torpedo being their first foray into year-round fruit beers, they have shown that they really do take balance seriously and aren't trying to just dump fruit into beer because it sells. Orange in particular is an excellent choice because it's a citrus fruit that adds sweetness to a category that has been dominated by hops and bitterness wars. The biggest name in the citrus IPA game is Grapefruit Sculpin, and I think that Sierra Nevada did a better job complimenting their Pale Ale with orange than Ballast Point did with Sculpin. Both breweries had the challenge of tinkering with a formula that was already perfect, but Sierra Nevada in their cautiousness did a much better job. Orange Sidecar is a recipe that will probably do well with the mass market while still showing great attention to detail. That being said, if you're looking for a very fruity ale then you might still prefer Ballast Point.

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Photo of battlecryawesome
4.93/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EvoRich
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not overly complex. But for what it is it's executed well and just a perfect overall beer for spring and summer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sidecar has a thick, ivory head of foam, a hazy, orange-gold, bubbly appearance, and some glass lacing. Aroma is of orange, which quickly dies away, not to return, sweet, white bread crust, and the flavor is of fairly bold hops (for an almost 4-month-old ale), bitterness, hop oil, white bread, white bread crust, and maybe orange. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Sidecar finishes medium dry. Not a lot of orange, at all, but lots of pleasant flavor, nonetheless.


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Photo of MattSWall
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Did not know it was an "Orange" beer until I read description, but I definitely enjoyed the subtle but present citrus fragrance and taste. I suppose that since Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin is one of my favorites, this should be no surprise! This is a very well balanced beer....and it helps cure the scurvy!!

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Photo of hopsolute_bliss
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AnotherDisease
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SheaDawg
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HarrisonHartsough
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fallenshadow
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's got a two finger thick head, solid lacing, and a clear medium amber body.

Smells like a great blend of the hops normally used in this brew and the orange peel.

I taste a mild tartness at first, with the orange peel taste helping to mellow it out and make this very refreshing/easygoing.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll rate Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. with a 4.5.

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Photo of krowman2652
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I mix in a little fresh squeezed organic orange juice to enhance the flavor a little. Very good beer from a top rated brewery.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hes40
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RJLarse
4.41/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Sidecar Pale Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a bright gold color, clear, with a thick foamy head.

Smells of a hint of orange.

Taste is typical of a pale ale, well balanced with a good malt presence, hoppy with that sweet orange flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Overall a nice pale ale. I like it better than the regular Sierra Nevada Pale.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Packaged Dec 6th 2016.

Bright beaming pale amber body color with a real nice orange hue, and almost crystal clear body. Shiny with barely microscopic carbonation, and a real bright bleach white fluffy topped three finger head. Very good retention on this, clumpy almost with a little give, as some chunky lace and slight soapy texture runs down the glass. Great looking beer.

Impressive aroma. Light bodied malts and large amounts of pure orange zest and citrus oils. Hits towards almost perfume like aromas, a touch of citrus like hop possibly, but the added peel is definitely the star here and its mouthwatering.

Palate manages to get back to basics. Very nice malt depth, staying away from large sweetness but with a nice hint of mellow fruity character. Big bready finish and nice oily citrus flavors on the aftertaste, with just a touch of mild pine spicy hop action. Orange flavor is not as obvious on the palate as it is the nose, but much of the malt and hop quality is done real nicely.

Nice touch on a pale ale, love that zesty orange aroma.

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Photo of kitekid
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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 Merticois
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 ordybill
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma has a slightly soapy smell. The taste is mild hops. A good beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.30% This American Pale Ale pours out a golden amber color with a nice thick white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hops, citrus sweetness, grains and malts. Sidecar has the look and smell of most
Pale Ales on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops bitterness, earthly grains and malts. You do pick up some minor orange sweetness in this brew. The orange is a nice note to this brew, it doesn't overpower the pale ale at all. Was kinda hoping for more orange flavors, however it is nice. The mouth feel of Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is Crisp, Smooth, Clean, and Refreshing. This American Pale Ale has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I really enjoy how smooth this brew goes down. Overall I'm giving Sidecar Orange Pale Ale a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., did a real nice job with this pale ale.

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