Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.7/5
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688 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:
#30,039
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
688
pDev:
10.27%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 688 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of scottspencer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold with very good foam and lacing. Smells of a orange grove, very pleasant citrus aroma with hints of pine and of course hops. Taste is light and refreshing, good hops feel with orange dominating and a slight dryness. This is a very nice beer, would love to have a 12 pack during summer swimming, just a light and full flavored beer. I hope to see this remain in their lineup, really nice IPA.

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Photo of drh88
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendbeer
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange in color, mostly clear. Thin, bubbly head, minimal lacing. Aroma is bright citrus and orange blossom with light floral and fruit notes. Flavor is orange and caramel with hints of grass. Mild hops bitterness and a slight resinous finish. A decent beer overall

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yet unfiltered orange color. Lots of little floaties and what almost looks like pulp in the beer. Thick frothy white head dissipates steadily leaving lots of sticky lacing and a thin layer of white foam.

Smell is rather subdued but has some orange, orange juice, and some biscuit malt backbone coming through on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with some orange and orange juice flavors initially. Not much bitterness. The orange fades to a biscuit malt flavor that then ends with an orange flesh flavor and lingering mild bitterness on the tongue. The orange is pronounced, but not fake or overpowering. It still tastes like a beer, just where the orange flavors are more pronounced.

Feel is smooth, light, and easy drinking. Quenching with mild carbonation. Slightly dry finish on the tongue.

Overall another well crafted beer from Sierra Nevada. Really well done blending of the pale ale with orange while keeping the beer character.

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Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a half finger of head. The nose has subtle citrus notes. The flavor is a solid blend of SNPA, orange juice and some mildly amped up hops.

A true breakfast beer.

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Photo of dental
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orangish/amber color with a one finger white head. The head slowly dissipated leaving nice lacing. The smell reminds me of a pilsner with the malt backbone. There is a definite hop and orange presence. The taste is slightly bitter hops with orange coming through strong at the end. There is a piney, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and slightly dry. Overall a decent beer. Nice piney, malty taste with orange.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpd026
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - golden orange color with a slight head and lasting film. pretty transparent but some type of dirty sediment even though the beer was bottled less than a month ago.
Smell - lots of citrus and some orange
taste - doesn't really taste like a pale ale more of a hoppy lager with some orange
feel - medium body with some creaminess with medium carbonation
Overall - ok but I'll probably never get it again. Could be good during the summer time though when its hot.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this more then I thought. Nice crisp, fresh taste. The hint of citrus was nice. This needs to stay around for the spring and summer with their summerfest beer.

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Photo of dennisdrinks
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely transparent orange with a finger of off-white head. Lacing is splattered about the glass. Aroma opens hard with orange. Slight biscuit malt backbone bolstering the otherwise citrus soaked aroma. Flavor profile is smooth, with notes of orange, although less-so then the aroma. The biscuit malt really stands out here giving the beer a good foundation. Hop notes of citrus and a slight twinge of resin give this beer a slightly sticky, bitter finish. Alcohol aftertaste. Mouth feel has some particulate and graininess, with medium-thickness. Overall, a pleasant APA. Orange is certainly the focus.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sidecar Orange Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 688 ratings