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.

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Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of Satsuma
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz bottle dated 02/04/17. Sampled on June 26, 2017.

The pour is fairly attractive with its orange-amber tone, slight haze, and a lingering, soft off-white head.

I pick up a kind of orange cream aroma on the nose along with something that is a little herbal. Some white bread notes too.

The body is mostly in the medium range.

The taste has an orange-sweetness that is worth recognizing but it does not propel my senses to the sky. It could be that the bottle is over 4 months old. But if they wanted to bring out orange - they succeeded.

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

Photo of mds1101
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a fingernail of dishwater white. Light lacing. The aroma is fresh citrus, tangerine, and pale malt. I'm tasting light citrus and pale malt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and offer a light citrus burn to the tongue.

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewale4me
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance : Clear golden color with a fluffy white head.
Aroma : Citrus hop forward, with oranges leading the grape fruit in the hop charge. Biscuit malt in the back ground.
Taste : Citrus notes come forward with pine lingering in the back ground with the biscuit after taste.
Mouth Feel : Light bodied with an effervescent charge of carbonation.
My Overall impression : Another good offering from Sierra Nevada. Nice Session Beer.

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Photo of 8444dodgers01
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear appearance with a pillowy, white head that falls into a thick, bubbley sheet. Constallation lacing. Aroma is orange peel, vanilla and salted peanuts. Mouthfeel is sticky. Starts off with the sweetness of an orange and finishes slightly bitter. The bitterness lingers well after the drink. Good beer but not great.

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Photo of Zach122
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My unplanned SN horizontal is nearing its conclusion with this beer as its penultimate. I had a few SNs in The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody, but when I scored an Around the World 12-pack, I dove right in! If this beer has even a modicum of the intrigue of those beers, I will be in 7th heaven!

From the bottle: "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."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once it was sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised nearly three fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, tawny (dare I say "orange-ish") head with modest retention, wilting in the face of today's heat & humidity. It is not even officially summer yet & already, the days are as sticky as a mix of honey & molasses. Ugh. Nose was definitely filled with oranges, but I would have guessed tangerines. No matter. It smelled really nice! Was it here that I recently reminisced on my childhood birthday cakes? Duncan Hines Lemon Cake with Orange icing or Orange Cake with Lemon icing. When I took HomeEc in high school, we learned about citrus fruit zest & I began adding it to anything & everything that I could. I began to find bars of Zest soap in my kitchen cabinet, not as a statement on my bathing habits, but on my new moniker of Mr. Zest. Ha! The smell of zest as the peel gets grated is one to be packaged (or put into beer). Maybe they could distill this beer into air freshener or a candle since I cannot seem to take my schnozz away from it! Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was marvelous, with the orange giving the hoppy bitterness of the base beer a light, ethereal, ephemeral quality. Here's what you do: take an orange firmly in your grasp, get your face really close to it & cut in with a sharp knife. The ensuing spray will give you an idea of this beer's taste. Light and citrusy, cooling yet bitter, a study not in contrasts, but in complimentary angles. Yes, I could still taste the base beer of the venerable SNPA, but the orange flavor lent the beer a heretofore unknown quality. Finish was dry with a bitter tang that showcased all of its inherent components. At 5.3%, that is not so outrageous that it could not be taken to the beach, if they put it in CANs.

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Photo of hopsolute_bliss
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

12oz bottle dated 4/25/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale orange with a one-finger head
S: Tons of orange, a bit of wheat and pine
T: Matches the nose
M: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, bitter
O: This is a nice summer deck beer - tasty but not too much alcohol or complexity

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear medium golden pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Citrus and orange.. piney hops.

T/F: Cereal grains form the backbone, followed by a classic Sierra Nevada hop profile. Lots of citrus flavor.. orange for sure, with grapefruit and tangerine. A bit of pine/resin in the background... reasonable bitterness, and a crisp/clean drink. Lingering citrus in the aftertaste.

O: A very identifiable Sierra Nevada beer. Good citrus notes melded into a fairly mild IPA. Easy drinking and a quality brew.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tee76
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Very tasty. Very serviceable as a pale ale. Will seek out again.

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Photo of gcuneen
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is great for what it is. Nice APA with a perfect infusion of orange - just enough to know it's there without impacting its identity as a beer. Awesome cold for summer drinking. Great head and nose hints of a kiss of orange peel. Real nice effort by SN.

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Photo of beergoot
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-hued body; lots of yeast flocculation; thin, foamy, white head. Nice, balanced blend of orange and hop resin aromas. Excellent blend of cereal grain flavors with a sharp hop bitterness; mild citrus notes. Heavy body; crisp and biting on the palate; dry finish.

An interesting and thoroughly enjoyable APA with an subtle orange presence.

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Photo of davidguydude
5/5  rDev +34%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 597 ratings.
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