Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.68/5
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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:
#34,519
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
735
pDev:
10.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of RyanK252
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy egg shell white head that settles to a firm layer and laces lightly.

S: Fresh orange, zest, and citrus blossoms dominate, with some faint fruity notes, a bit grassy, and light malt.

T: Citrus, lots of fresh zesty orange, lemon lime, floral orange blossom, a bit grassy, pine, subtle fruity notes, peach, pineapple, light malt, and a little sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Orange really runs the show. That's not a bad thing, but it feels like it could use something else to round out the flavor. Hops don't shine through quite enough.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SheaDawg
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 12/6/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops, oranges, and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, honey, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, papaya, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, honey, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, oranges, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop/fruit astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/sticky, fairly crisp, and slightly rindy/resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical hops, orangs, and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Very bright/juicy on hop and orange flavors; great malt backbone without feeling too sweet. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodyxc9
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rjvanston
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Feel_the_Darkness
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Packaged Dec 6th 2016.

Bright beaming pale amber body color with a real nice orange hue, and almost crystal clear body. Shiny with barely microscopic carbonation, and a real bright bleach white fluffy topped three finger head. Very good retention on this, clumpy almost with a little give, as some chunky lace and slight soapy texture runs down the glass. Great looking beer.

Impressive aroma. Light bodied malts and large amounts of pure orange zest and citrus oils. Hits towards almost perfume like aromas, a touch of citrus like hop possibly, but the added peel is definitely the star here and its mouthwatering.

Palate manages to get back to basics. Very nice malt depth, staying away from large sweetness but with a nice hint of mellow fruity character. Big bready finish and nice oily citrus flavors on the aftertaste, with just a touch of mild pine spicy hop action. Orange flavor is not as obvious on the palate as it is the nose, but much of the malt and hop quality is done real nicely.

Nice touch on a pale ale, love that zesty orange aroma.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, got the sixer for $7.99. Clear orange, bright, good lacing, not a huge head. Aroma is mild oranges and cracker malts. The flavor is unmistakable orange, subtle but juicy with a crisp finish. Extremely easy to drink and a nice addition that sits well next to their classic pale ale.

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Photo of Yancey82
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden honey orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy + pale malts with light to moderate aromas of orange citrus + floral orange blossom and just a hint of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of grainy + pale malts with a light amount of honey sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of orange citrus + floral orange blossom. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of citrus/orange rind and pine hops which impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable. An enjoyable addition of orange to a more traditional West Coast Pale Ale.

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Photo of Bearshawks85
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebooyakid
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mojo
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pour with nice head, color & carbonation. Aroma is a touch on the bland side, really just some grassy hops / hay / chaff smell. Very standard flavor profile, pretty much identical to SN's traditional pale ale - I really struggled to pick-up any orange / citrus at all...if you really strain you can get a little orange zest but that is about it. Now, I don't want my "flavored" beers to smack me upside the head with whatever adjunct they have slapped on the label, but I don't want to have to search for it like a needle in a haystack either. It is by no means a bad beer, just go buy regular pale ale and throw some orange zest in it.

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

A close relative to the Tropical Torpedo IPA. Bright amber pour and modest head. The nose has the citrus notes, of course, then more malt and beer. Tastes dry and light, with nice carbonation. As with its cousin, we'd prefer this on a nice warm spring afternoon instead of the depths of winter, but it's good.

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Photo of kell50
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justintcoons
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity with light carbonation.

Nose
Candied orange, caramel, honey, grapefruit, and blood orange.

Taste
Firm caramel and honey maltiness. Blood orange, Fruity Pebbles, orange zest, and grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Decent but I feel the time of the Fruited IPA/Pale Ale is coming to an end.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Miami66
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 735 ratings