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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
Ranking:
#29,218
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
665
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
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Ratings: 665 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Texasfan549
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit beer sure ain't what it used to be. While the brewers at Sierra Nevada flirt with this hop and that hop, they recognize that the flavors that those hops are immulating resembles citrus, herb and melon character. So why not amplify those natural hop flavors and aromas with actual additions of those fruits to exacerbate their character.

Bright gold and gleaming with bold effervescence, Sierra Nevada's Sidecar carries a creamy off white head that fuels a fruit forward scent of citrus, grass, pepper and herb. Its taste is crisp with a caramel and honey togetherness that intertwines like granola on the early palate.

Its bold orange character trends from aroma toward taste as the caramels fade and the fruity hops begin to command the taste. Tangerine, red grapefruit, and kiwi all allow for a clean and varying taste that trails into long bitter taste with citrus oil and pine shavings close to heart.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer's dryness is firm but also restrained. Those sharp citrus flavors follow with a pleasantly dank, sharp and characterful taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - nice to see these less common Sierra Nevada brews making their way up to Alberta!

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some pleasant defrosting windshield pattern lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of musty orange peel, gritty and grainy pale malt, further grapefruit, lemon, and tangerine citrus notes, a bit of indistinct earthy spice, and some understated leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, orange, lemon, and white grapefruit rind, a still hard to define spicy character, and more earthy, grassy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly average in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, perhaps a bit of citrus zest getting stuck in one of my various ravenous palates. It finishes off-dry, but trending toward the latter, as that orange flavour shows some sea legs.

Overall, this is an enjoyable enough fruity brew, the big citrus essences (from fruit and hop alike) playing nice with the base pale ale. Worthy of putting back a few on a sunny summer day, I would imagine, even as I watch the snowbanks melt around here in the middle of February.

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3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 12/6/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, oranges, and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, oranges, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop/fruit astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, fairly crisp, and slightly rindy/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, orangs, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very bright/juicy on hop and orange flavors; great malt backbone without feeling too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "Sidecar Orange Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle
$2 @ Giant, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: This is not my first Sidecar, and I guess it won't be my last, except for this season - I'm done, I'm hanging it up and putting away the fruity beers. Not to say it's not good, because it is, but I'm ready for fall and more beers that are just malt & hop, and what's let me to that conclusion is actually the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I had the day before yesterday. I've been buying things like Tropical torpedo and this and ignoring the regular beers. So let me make this quick...
Look: Clear deep golden/amber body beneath a frothy head of white. Very good head retention and even better lacing.
Smell: Citrusy with orange, and grainy malt. Background hops. It's not bold but it's clear.
Taste: Orange and grainy malt. Perhaps some other citrus as well (lemon/lime in the lingering finish?). Nicely balanced. Stiff bitterness. Dry finish with a drop of honey and some citrusy, spicy, and lightly piney hops lingering.
Feel: Medium-bodied with a median carbonation. Gently crisp then smooth.
Overall: A nice change of pace, and really well-done, balanced, and rounded.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy + pale malts with light to moderate aromas of orange citrus + floral orange blossom and just a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy + pale malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of orange citrus + floral orange blossom. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable. An enjoyable addition of orange to a more traditional West Coast Pale Ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/22/2017 at Jillian’s Sports Pub & Grill in Somerset, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains oranges, light caramelized malts and some grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of oranges and caramel. Then a mild hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better choices available within the style.

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3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 665 ratings
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