Sidecar Orange Pale Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
597
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
143
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 597 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of baklo
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a two finger, rocky bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are hanging rings of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is very strong, in your face orange (natural not artificial) with the slightest hint of pine and bready malt.

Taste is similar, but the pine presence is stronger. Orange is the strongest flavor though, and it clings to the palate well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, smooth and very crushable.

Overall a decent beer. Certainly does not do the regular pale ale justice though. I am pretty sure this is not marketed for a beer drinker like myself or many of the other BA's. It seems like this would be a good beer for someone who doesn't like hoppy beer. The orange doesn't just cut through the bitterness to balance it out, it completely overpowers the other flavors and dominates the palate.

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Photo of nodder
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12/29....pours reddish amber with white foam lid and lacing. Tasty toasty malt nose, slight hop pokes through. Bready toasty malt flavor, light bitter creeps in and then closes out. Fast finish. Simple. Good beer, certainly not the most dynamic SNBC offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the shop at the NC brewery; served in a lager glass. Bottling date: 11/2015

Pours with a clear brown-amber body and a very large, durable, frothy, off-white head. No sediment.

This may say "amber ale" and have a corresponding appearance, but the hop dominated aroma suggests an APA or IPA. While the flavor has a higher malt/hop balance, it is still not what is expected in a typical "amber ale". Mildly bitter with a near medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: comes across as an English/American Red Pale Ale.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Scored at the SN bottle/gift shop in Chico.

Nice red appearance, a little brown in there. Aroma was c hops and minimal sweet red malt, stays away from that peat bullshit.

Taste was smooth, prolly only 35 ibu, mild hops, floral, citrusy. Another good red ale from Sierra Nevada.

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3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of exonthebottle
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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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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