Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.7/5
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686 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:
#29,974
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
686
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 686 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of DavidST
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of claire363
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mintzmeet
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not bad! Bubbly. Nice orange zestiness. Bold hops. Alcoholic aftertaste. Don't know why, but it tastes bucolic. Surprisingly frothy. Out the bottle. Good w grilled cheese.

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Photo of billybob
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours amber in color no head to speak of and a wispy light lace. smells of orange and citrus. taste was ok could have used a little more carbonation light mouthfeel and no after taste. only had the one beer to try so have not made up my mind yet.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kcrumle18
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +35.1%
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 Kuges
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BcCraft710
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigGold
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped, "PKGD 07/28/17," into nonic pint. Apparently this began with SNPA, with the hops adjusted to complement the orange peel. Whatever, it goes great with cheesecake.

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

Photo of twax
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ltdsaint
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keeganfrank
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JWT3
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange forward, still has trademark bitterness of a Sierra Nevada product. Semi sweet, fruity citrus, caramel malt. Sweet bitter and orange tinged. Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. It's decent but forgettable.

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Photo of rdoggg
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evostudios12
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack from Foodland $7.99
Very faint orange smell
Golden color with an orange tinge
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Some bitterness from hops, very faint orange taste that probably wouldn't even notice if not for the name, was expecting a more pronounced orange taste based upon the name and the label
Overall disappointed as it doesn't not deliver on its name. Would not buy again.

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

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single serve bottle into a pub glass.

Pours apricot gold with a two-finger head that quickly subsides. Little if any lacing--just a skim of foam here and there. Nice big, inviting bubbles persist throughout however. The brew has a "shimmery" quality that is inviting.

An interesting group of aromas all show up for the party. Citrus--more as a "flesh" than "rind" quality, mixed with herby/grassy notes and honey. A floral note brings up the rear. Overall, the aromas are fine, but rather subdued. I just want more of them.

The flavor is rather sweet and honey-forward. The citrus is there, but rather heavily masked. The base brew has a nice malty backbone, with some nice hop flavors going for it. The orange and honey notes pull it out of balance toward the sweet end of the spectrum. The promise of herb and grass notes on the nose fall a little flat on the tongue. Still, not a bad brew from a flavor standpoint.

The mouthfeel is the star of this brew. A pale fruit beer should be crisp, light, and sessionable by its very nature, and this one delivers on that note. This would be a fine brew (or two or three) on a hot afternoon. The hops in the base brew deliver on this.

Overall, this is a solid brew, but not a spectacular one. I've had much better in the "fruity pale ale" category.

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Photo of einman
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of jkblr
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 7/27/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.3% ABV. The beer pours a little hazy and yellow orange in colord with sticky off white head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is caramel malt first with a little citrus. The taste is caramel first with the citrus coming in later to transition into a nice finishing bitterness. More citrus peel than fruit. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and little grainy and dry. Overall, good. I prefer this to SNPA only as it's more balanced to me. The fruit addition is unneeded in my opinion.

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

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 686 ratings
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