Fresh Hop Session IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,761
Ranked #11,922
3.96 | pDev: 6.06%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Featuring Fresh Strata Hops.
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Bright gold, with a mild haze. Forms about a finger's worth of white head with fantastic retention atop a decent amount of visible carbonation. Very pretty for sure.

S: Not a huge aroma but nice enough. Grassy, tropical fruits, and a bit dank. Mild melon and herbal hops as well. A light cracker and two-row malt bill.

T: Herbal and dank, tropical fruit and melon hops. A modest but definite grassiness here as well, and a bit of lemony citrus rind. Cracker malt body; some sips suggest pilsner malts as well, but I don’t get it on others. It finishes with more grassy, dank, and melon bitterness, with a bit of a tinny alpha bitterness I don’t dig.

M: A light body, but as expected for a “session” IPA. Low alcohol presence, and good carbonation sensation.

O: I’m not crazy about this malt bill – I still think there’s some pilsner malt here giving a bit of sulfurous character, but I’m not completely convinced it’s not something coming from the hops. And the Strata hops...this may be the first beer I’ve had with Strata as a prominent component (at least that I’ve been aware of), and based on this one I’m not in love with the flavors. The mildly tinny bitterness I could do without, and it doesn’t seem to have the heavy dry-hopping I was hoping for on the session IPA. It’s fine, but nothing I'd actively look for again.

Aug 03, 2019
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Humanusfermentum from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden-amber pour with a foamy, creamy white head, dissipating to a lingering soapy ring. Layered, soapy lacing. Nice.
S- Surprisingly complex nose of pine, floral hops, tangerine, and a soft, underlying earthiness.
T- Nicely balanced with a cracker malt base, strong piney notes, some floral hop and a bit of citrus.
M- Crisp, almost zippy, and incredibly refreshing.
O- Probably my favorite session IPA so far. Full of flavor and utterly crushable. Fridge-stocker fav...

Jun 27, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades rather slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is a nice blend of pine and earthy hops with a little bit of a citrus smell. Along with these aromas comes some notes of tangerine and orange and a little bit of grass.
Taste – The taste begins with a cracker malt taste with some citrus hop and a little bit of fruit flavors of tangerine and harvest fruit. The dank hop are slightly lighter upfront, but get more pronounced as the flavor advances all while the sweeter fruit fades. The dank hop are mainly of a pine and herb nature with a little bit of an earthy hop flavor as well, which with the transitions that occurred, leave one with a lightly sweet, and nicely danked and lightly citrus hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is fairly high. For the session style and the hop flavor profile being a mix of dank and citrus, the feel is rather fantastic and makes for an easy drinking brew.
Overall – This is a rather tasty and flavorful IPA with an easy drinking feel and nice hop blend.

Apr 25, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. Smelled floral and fruity with a touch of pine. Sweet citrus, toasted caramel and a hint of piney bitterness.

Feb 16, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - light orangish copper color with a big lasting white head and sticky lacing
Smell - Very herbal slight dank a little bit of citrus and grass
Taste - Very Herbal like the scent a little bitter citrus pine taste
Feel - medium light body with a crisp carbanation
Overall - REally good session IPA. This new Strata hop is interesting and would like to see it in another one of there beers to check it out.

Jan 10, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild grassy hop aroma, pours a clear amber with a full white head. Light bodied, mild pop of citrus, which fades out to a mild bitter finish. Light and easy drinking beer.

Jan 04, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: crisp herbal almost sharp floral hop, fresh finish. Dry hop nose. Pale gold, mostly clear, refined white foam head and ring lace. Medium light body. Good for summer. 41 IBUs

Jul 18, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "PKGD 101717C05:20"

Appearance: The head is large and white with good retention. The beer has a medium-light gold body with just a bit of haze.

Aroma: The beer has a very strong hop oil aroma, similar to the residue (not the lupulin) that collects on the outside of hop bines. It also has a soap-like wildflower aroma that develops in the beer. In the background there is a very light bit of tangerine that is perceptible. It has a very interesting aroma that is fun to keep smelling.

Taste; The aromatic characters transfer heavily into the flavor of the beer. It has that hop bine oil character that is a bit earthy and raw without being vegital or grassy. There is a bit of a flour flavor to the beer giving it just a light touch of bread character. It's a pretty awesome tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: It's very clean and refreshing. The beer is just enjoyable to drink. It has low bitterness but it pokes you just enough to give you that bitter satisfaction that can only come from hops. The beer finishes off-dry but never feeling sweet.

Overall: It's a really impressive beer. I would challenge anyone who isn't a fan of the Session IPA to give this a shot. It is a bit high on the ABV scale for a Session IPA ("ALC. 4.8% BY VOL." as indicated by the can) but as a whole the beer simply works. I would drink it again and I would highly recommend it.

Apr 21, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve pack variety pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a golden effervescent hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

Feb 13, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Today is the occasion of my Happy New Sour/Sierra/Sara Nevada Nac Sunday (Week 673) & having accomplished the Sour & Saranac portions of today's madness, I am now turning my full attention towards Sierra Nevada, especially in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Fresh hop flavor from field to CAN"; "Family owned, operated & argued over".

I read some reviews that mentioned a haziness while others did not so following the Crack!, I went with a gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I am not necessarily a stickler for clarity, but I prefer to create & maintain it when I CAN as opposed to having a gloppy mess in my glass. I was able to empty the entire CANtents with nary a sign of haziness so I chalk that up as a success. An in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention that left behind some nice lacing as it fell to wisps. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5), bringing forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus who were licking their wounds as their beloved Black & Gold fell to JAX today in a classic example of hubris. Nose had a citrusiness like grapefruit and lemons along with a biscuit malt presence. Mouthfeel was a little thin, not watery, but I expect more in an AIPA. Once again, I think that Session IPAs should have their own separate style since they do not stack up well, IMHO, against some/many other AIPAs. The taste was decent, loads of grapefruit & lemon, but just not as pronounced as on the nose. It just lacked the Ooomph! that makes AIPAs so attractive to me. Finish was dry, almost powdery, making me think that it was close to saturation. If so, that is even sadder since it was lacking in terms of its overall flavor.

Jan 15, 2018
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Gavage from Nevada

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

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head.

Smell: some citrus and floral tones are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, grass, and a floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some dryness at the finish. Refreshing.

Overall: a real easy to drink beer and one of the more flavorful session IPAs I have had.

Jan 06, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4-pack sampler of the fresh hop series from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 11-24-17 for $5.99 - thanks for building the pack Allen! Canned on 10-13-17.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that is leaving a layer of lacing with each sip.

Nose is fresh lemon and grapefruit, quite nice!

Taste is grapefruit forward over a light malt bill. Finish is a touch of rind.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a pretty solid session IPA.

Dec 31, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my favorite beer from this exciting mixed box, and like the others in it, i wish the beer was fresher, i am sure they have died out a little in the months since they were brand new, but this one more than any of the others is still tasting exceptional, and i really got into it, definitely my favorite one in the pack. lighter in grain than the others, clearish pale golden with a tall white head and lots of frantic carbonation, looks light and refreshing, and it certainly is. i dont know hardly anything about strata hops, but after this one, i sure want to see more of them. a neat mix in aroma and flavor of fresh meyer lemon, cut grass, and canned tropical fruit from when i was a kid. its not oily or rich or honey forward or intense really, its quick and clean, extremely fresh and lively, lemongrass and herbal verbena and white tea, i love it, lemon to finish, almost no bitterness at all, and no grain sweetness at all. this is beer i would buy all the time if i could, and one that has me very excited about strata hops. very unique and agreeable complexion. yum! a total crusher too...

Dec 25, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep gold with three fingers of white head that lasts about five minutes. Nice lacing as the head drops.
Smell is dank and floral hops.
Taste is fruity grapefruit hops with just enough malt for the style.
The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. The finish is lightly dry and moderately bitter.
Overall one of the best of these session IPAs.

Dec 20, 2017
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The IPA pours a lightly hazy, straw yellow in color with dense white foam that falls smoothly to a full, even ring. I love the smell of a fresh-hopped IPA: grassy, leafy, smooth pine, a god bit of grapefruit fill the nose. The IPA hits quickly with a pungent, fresh hop character comprised of pine and grapefruit. The hop bitterness has a solid bite, peaking nicely before fading. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and light bodied with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Dec 16, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: herbal and pine;

T: herbal and pine for a moment, then it's all herbal to the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: much better balance than most SIPAs;

Dec 14, 2017
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surfcaster from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite (other than Celebration) from the Fresh Hop Pack

Pours light yellow clear and with a 1/2 in head.

Bright citrus aroma and super crisp bite.

Finishes super clean. Really like this one. One of the best "sessions" I've had.

Dec 14, 2017
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y2jrock60 from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a glass hazy yellow, the head frothy and white. The aroma is brisk and reeking of wet hops, very impressive. Wet hop goodness covers the tongue which mellows out then finally ends with a pleasant bitter bite. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is mild. Not your typical cascade rich Sierra Nevada beer. I'm very impressed by their harvest series of beers. Wish I could find this by itself rather than in a mixed pack.

Dec 12, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear light golden pour with a large dense white head and lots of lacing. Spicy hop and earthy aroma. Taste follows the nose with a big spicy hop flavor initially. Can also taste a good bit of grass, pine and bread. Feels fuller than a typical session IPA.

Dec 06, 2017
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a can dated 10/13/17 to a tulip.
Pours to a light gold, subtle haze, borders on clear but not quite. Significant head, but it does fade to lacing and surface head after a few minutes.
Aroma is wet old grass. This is dank, but with a mild bite that I can't describe.
Taste is pretty awesome for a session, starts mild, hop "bite" comes on full at the back end.
Mouth feel is light but acceptable for a session. Carbonation seems appropriate.
Overall -what great 4.8% beer.

Dec 03, 2017
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TheSixthRing from California

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on date of 10/17/17

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and a pale, golden yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is good, with broken sheeting, lines and spotting.

Smell - The aroma fills the room as this guy gets poured into the glass. Fresh, leafy aroma with a bit of citrus, stonefruit pit nuttiness and some dank. Hints of lightly toasted bread.

Taste - Follows the nose. Notes of leaf, mild lemon and a slight dank and spicy bite. Distant, lightly toasted bread makes up the malt profile. Spice bite intensifies in the finish before rolling back, leaving a leafy oily hop impression in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - One of the best session IPA's I've had, and I've no doubt it's due to the fresh hops used. This Fresh Hop pack offering from SN is one of the best variety packs they've offered in years.

Nov 30, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear light golden color. Frothy white head dissipates leaving some sticky white lacing and a thin partial layer of white foam. Lots of lacing is left on the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is has some notes of orange, lemon, rather dank and somewhat catty. Hints of cracker malt. Overall its somewhat subdued as you'd expect from a session ale.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, lemon, fresh cut grass, a slight cattiness and a strong and prominent cracker malt backbone. The flavors are very dank - however they are quite prominent in spite of this being a session ale.

Feel is surprisingly thick for a session ale. Its easy drinking, but it coats the mouth and certainly carries itself. Mild carbonation.

As session ales go, this is one of the more flavorful ones you'll come across. I'd drink this over almost any other session ale.

Nov 27, 2017
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada - Fresh Hop Session IPA
4.8% abv
Canned 10/13/17 (44 days ago)

L - 3-finger dense white head sticks around forever. Just like Celebration! Body is translucent yellow. Lager-ish in appearance.

S - Bready malt. Spicy hop.

T - Spicy hop at first. Bready malt hits next. Corn. Fairly bitter.

F - light body. High carb.

O - I'm unclear as to the effect of the fresh hops here. Reminds me of pretty much every other session ipa I've tried. Light body with muted taste and smell. A perfect beer to grab when your taste buds are shot but you still want another.

Nov 26, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can from the Fresh hop SN Variety Pack.

A: Slightly hazy gold with 1-finger off-white tightly bubbled head with decent retention and prodigious lacing.

S: Weedy as in weeds in your lawn hop aroma (not that other weed guy) with pine cones and resin with a hint of grapefruit and floral. Malt is crackery pale malt character. No yeast character.

T: Flavor is more complex than the nose with a barely sweet pale malt base layer with resiny, dank, grassy hops flavor that leaps onto your taste buds. Bitterness is high (-) with no yeast character. It is verging on that diesel hops character but stops just short.

M: Very oily and slick with medium carbonation and light body.

O: Exceptional session IPA. I would not want this all the time but every so often this is a hit.

Nov 26, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy very light golden color with 3 finger, dense, creamy, bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are lots of thin rings of lacing left on the glass. Lots of active carbonation too.

Smell is very subdued. Light pine, faint citrus and herbal earthiness with a touch of bready malts.

The taste is more flavorful, but also pretty one dimensional. It is straight up dank weedy herbalness with just a hint of the bready malts.

Feel is kind of weird. It is definitely thin and slightly watery, but then in the finish it comes across slightly bigger. I'm not sure if it is the prickliness of the carbonation or what, but once you get to the back end the body feels slightly beefed up as though there was some wheat present.

Overall this is a decent beer. Too thin for me personally, but it packs a lot of flavor. Definitely my least favorite of the Fresh Hop pack, but not bad by any means.

Nov 26, 2017
Fresh Hop Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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