Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sidecar Orange Pale AleSidecar Orange Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.7/5
637 Ratings
Sidecar Orange Pale AleSidecar Orange Pale Ale
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:
#28,124
Reviews:
168
Ratings:
637
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
152
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 637 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of Jesterr44
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was only an ok beer for me. I didn't get much in the way of hop flavour despite the description which includes the 3 varieties of hops used. Sure, there was a light orange in the aroma as well as the flavour, but there wasn't much more in the hops department than the traditional S.N Pale Ale. No unpleasant flavours, but then again, not as much flavour as I'd want in an APA either.

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

Photo of DavidR_9
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer many times but I finally came around to reviewing it.

This brew pours a clear copper-gold body with a healthy towering, soapy, slightly off-white head (2 and a half fingers settles to a quarter finger around the edges and the middle).

Smell isn't too strong but it follows the clean orange citrus quality you would expect. The flavor is pretty on point - orange peel, fruity oils, lots of cascade and mandarina hop frutiness and medium bitterness. The orange definitely lingers on the back of the tongue. Soft malt backbone supports the mild carbonation and almost creamy mouthfeel of the beer.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lance_Pearce
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattjp03
2.37/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bb-magic
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, packaged 07/24/17 0641... poured into a Belhaven pint glass)

L: perfectly crystal-clear, scotch-amber colored liquid; pinky-width head, compact foam, rolling contour, couple random fisheye bubbles... good amount of barnacle-y bands of lace

S: orange creamsicle or orange-iced cake, mellow hopping... fresh, green-leafy (chlorophyll) hops, shortbread maltiness... little alcohol presence, weak intensity of aromas overall

T: mild, English Bitter-like flavors with a richly-concentrated yet delicate orange peel flavor in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste... quite fragrant through the palate up into the backs of the nostrils... hops leave a pithy bitterness but very little spice; polished, clean, faintly toasty malt at its core

F: smooth, soft carbonation; clean, lovely, light viscosity... dry finish, with a mellow rug-burn warmth left over... not much to tweak here, excellent

O: subtle flavorings, not at all sweet or overdone, which is great... technically, a very well-made brew... pretty enjoyable, in spite of the fruit

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Photo of Bluepitt1010
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mbjb0720
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

RJT

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Photo of brymtb
2.06/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

.....I have read where the Hillary campaign manager was now making beer...well....Side Car was the first effort...BRUTAL...

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Photo of ledouge
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of keithcyrilbistodeau
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and feel of this beer. I was expecting to be overwhelmed with a sense of orange flavor but both the aroma and the taste was subtle, very nice balance of hops, nice coloring in the glass, and a very palatable beer. I would highly recommend having this beer with a nice burger or perhaps a steak as it would pair nicely. 3.75 out of 5.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lost_sailor
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, PKGD 05/23/17
A - frothy ivory colored head holds good retention atop an orangey colored pale ale
S - rather muted aroma with some earthy hops, faint citrus, and grain
T - caramel malt and grain pair well with earthy & piney hops along with orange zest and a tad of grapefruity hops in there as well
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-dry with lingering orange zest and pine
O - good utilization of the orange zest in this one, but I'm usually not a fan of the recent fad of fruit additions to all the hoppy beers.

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Photo of Tarheel219
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 637 ratings
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