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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.7/5
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656 Ratings
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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:
#28,716
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
656
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 656 |  Reviews: 174
Photo of whiskey_slurpee
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggtriksta
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured mostly golden in color with some bubbles streaming up. Thin layer of white head on top. Almost resembles apple juice. Entirely clear with a lot of light coming through.

S: Nice citrus on the nose. Zesty. Not much in the way of hoppiness.

T: Decent balance between malts, hops, and citrus flavors. Leans a bit on the side of the fruitiness with a bit of bready quality. Not bad, not amazing.

F: Very sticky, thick, and chewy. Bubbly in the front from the carbonation. I'm getting no alcohol whatsoever. The mouth reminds me of a pilsner.

O: I wish they had increased the hoppiness and let it get higher in ABV. The flavors are well-balanced, but it's just missing something. Overall, this is a nice, light beer that reminds me of late spring/summer.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was way more skeptical of this than the concurrently-released Tropical Torpedo, so I shied away from grabbing even a single one of these for a few days (even though I had no real reason to; this isn't going to break the bank, after all). Earlier today, I decided to grab a single to see what was up with it, as reviews seem to indicate that it's pretty decent and, best of all, doesn't feel artificial or cheap. Not that I expect that from Sierra Nevada at all, but with some breweries (who will not be named) suddenly up and adding tons of bizarre flavors to their beer, it pays to be a bit cynical. Anyway...

Pour is just gorgeous... a light orange-copper beer crowned with a towering head of pure-white foam that sinks down to a solid finger after a few minutes. Body has a little bit of haze to it, with some very fine suspended solids, and the lace is really attractive and consistent. As usual, SN has given us a beer that looks very nice poured into a glass. No real complaints here.

The nose initially seems really weird to me; almost a little off... but soon enough, I seem to come around to it. It's pretty charming, to be honest, with orange essence surrounded by grapefruity hops, fresh-cut grass and lemongrass-like florals. A bit of crackery pale malt pops out after a few minutes in my glass. This isn't mindblowing at all, but seems pretty solid for what it's worth.

Flavor starts a bit malty, with saltine crackers and biscuity sweetness, though it very quickly changes gears with some nice orange oil, light honey and floral notes with a slight bitterness towards the finish. A bit herbal. Nothing complex, nothing crazy or over-the-top... just a solid pale ale base with some interesting citrusy flavors. I, like many others here, appreciate that they didn't take this too far. There's something to be said for restraint in modern brewing, especially when keeping up with trends, and this is successful in that regard.

Feel is slick and oily for sure, with a light-medium body and solid carbonation. The malt backbone and overall balance here is on-point, and I like the inclusion of hop elements that help out with the orange flavor instead of trying to do too much. This really does nail the essence of orange flavor in a compact, easy-drinking beer. I enjoy it and would be glad to have more.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbrandt22
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HermitDan
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJCarnell
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Clear orange/gold color with a great foamy head. Aroma is all orange, flavor is not as strong. Very refreshing and crisp. Overall a nice beer. Could drink several.

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Photo of Prager62
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 12/06/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip.

Look- Pours a brilliant light orange color leaving a small finger of soapy white foam. It quickly settles revealing moderate lacing.

Smell- Orange zest, some floral notes and malt.

Taste- Orange zest, grapefruit and some floral up front followed by some cereal/malt in the finish.

Feel- Light, crisp and refreshing with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- A light easy drinker with refreshing citrus notes. The orange zest is prominent but not overpowering or artificial tasting. I'd appreciate this more if I was drinking it on a sunny warm day after mowing the lawn. Maybe one day brewers will get their marketing straight? Still a really good beer and worth checking out.

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Photo of fx20736
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 12/20/2016 printed on the back label. Grabbed this six pack of this one from the local beer shop the other day "Orange Pale Ale". I'm in.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware.

A - Pours a crisp golden pale ale type body, with a finger or so of frothy draft-like white head. Apt streaming carbonation. Some nice strands of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma bursts with bright juicy orange zest & fresh-squeezed orange juice. Beneath the waves of citrus, notes of yeasty, bready, "beer" type smells emerge. Very pleasant smelling stuff.

T - Taste follows the nose: good juicy, earthy, citrusy orange zest flavor, coupled with pale, dry, bready, yeasty beer malts.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Light-bodied & easy drinking stuff. Semi-dry, bready finish.

Overall, a decent 'Orange Pale Ale'. Will please the discerning, every day social drinker, to be damn sure. A crowd-pleaser, if you will.

Sierra Nevada Sidecar Orange Pale Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dditto2
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks light golden amber with a medium white foamy head. Smell is very sweet orange citrus dominant. Taste is OK, isn't too sweet, moderately hoppy noticable mostly in the bitterness over the taste. Citrus is noticable all around but not super sweet overpowering. The mouthfeel is fairly light. Easy to drink quickly. Overall it is a good beer. I feel like it would be better for warm weather and sunshine. Low alcohol and light body allows you too drink them quicker while they are still cold.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper gold appearance, thin head

Smells of orange blossoms (think....orchard during bloom).

Citrus is prevalent in the taste...well balanced with the classic piney character of SNPA

Has a pleasant astringency, not sweet or syrupy.

Very pleased that this is "natural" tasting....it's not an artificial, sweet, orange creamsicle. I was skeptical at first, but this is pretty enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of 1mrbeer
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of broadway848
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another solid product from Sierra Nevada. Side Car is a nice amber(ish) color off the pour. A solid citrus smell for sure followed by a very well balanced citrusy taste ! I am tasting all kinds of citrus flavors but orange peel/zest, seems to be the king here. Not very bitter at all ! Simply, Side Car is a very nice low ibu , low abv product,

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Photo of Reamorama
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Little too fruity for my taste

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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 656 ratings
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