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:
599
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
144
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 599 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of 88caprice
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall it was ok, but not awesome.

On the darker end of pale. Orange tinged. Big pillowy head. Some orange peel or zest in the nose along with a funky scent similar to the twang of a bret sour. Less orange in the taste. Not sour at all. Hop bitterness up front. Falls a little flat in the middle. A prominent cracker like maltiness. Dry.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of adamjthompson00
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdclark81
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is as you'd expect, a little pale with an orange tint. The head mostly dissipated, but not completely. A small amount of lacing. The taste is very similar to their regular Pale Ale but with a hint of citrus. Not many surprises with this; it's basically exactly what you'd expect. A good beer.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tommy5
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Pens1967
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter. It is a clear dark orange with a 2 finger white head that fades slowly into a thick cap and leaves behind some very nice lacing. Aroma is very citrus with orange zest and a decent does of hops followed by some malt. Piney hops are up front in the flavor followed by a blend of orange peel and light caramel malt. It has a medium body with ample carbonation and a slight dry feel on the finish. I only paid $8.99 for a 12 pk, not remarkable, but solid APA from SN.

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Photo of Giggy
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cshaffer
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of brpendergast85
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O.K., I'll admit it - I love Sierra Nevada. Their Pale Ale was one of the first beers that got me hooked 15 years ago and I've always had an affinity for it even after all of these years. I don't drink a lot of their products now but when I got a bottle of this, I put it in my queue and even though it took a while, I pulled it out of my fridge and had it tonight. While it's not bad, it needed more body and balance in my eyes and seemed just a bit too one-dimensional for me...

As to be expected, the pour was the best aspect to this beer. Brassy, oily, and full of wonderful sediment that perfectly floated in the liquid, this seemed like amber in every sense of the word. It was a sight to behold and with sufficient head to boot, came across as quite pleasing. Not a lot of lacing was left behind aside from a thin ring along the top of my pint glass. Tons of tangerine, floral hops, and soap in the recessed nose as all of those were present in the taste as well. Some detergent and citrus juice emerged in the taste along with and adjunct-like malt base that dragged this down. I wouldn't say that this was a letdown but this felt like a mass-market beer although the label indicated otherwise...

...which stayed true to the last sip. Thankfully, the carbonation was light and so was the alcohol. Sure, cereal and rice grains can enhance certain styles of beer but not something like this. I doubt they were in here but it just had that feeling as the hops were in the background and this felt more like a Macro Lager than an American Pale Ale. Fine as a lawnmower beer but I had such high hopes for this, even though the date on the bottle was from 1/31 of this year. Older bottles in my fridge have tasted nicer - this was only worth a go once because it's summer....but I'm still convinced that Sierra Nevada could have done better than this offering.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paging12
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured hard into a Lagunitas half quart wide mouth Mason jar.
Beautiful, rich amber orange color.
Receding quickly, light bubbly head from half-inch to a yeasty 1/8 inch.
Fast bubbly effervescence slowing down.
Malty. Bitter.
A whiff of orange, maybe, potentially due to suggestion. More likely attributed to the type of citrus forward hops. Really, this is another pale ale leaning towards an American IPA. I did not want a Blue Moon as I wanted to taste the hoppy ale but this does not distinguish itself from other pales or IPAs by way of orange citrus flavor.
Pasteurized: No

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Photo of sephyrott
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of benloho
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaddoJay
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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