Fresh Hop Session IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #1,650
Ranked #13,483
3.95 | pDev: 6.08%
Nov 27, 2021
Oct 30, 2017
Very Good
Notes: Featuring Fresh Strata Hops.
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4.24 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 27, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by macrosmatic from Florida

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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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

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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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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
3.79 by DOCRW from Washington on Apr 07, 2019
3.82 by nedro from New York on Mar 29, 2019
4.08 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Mar 27, 2019
3.73 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Mar 20, 2019
3.99 by Hurl4bru from Massachusetts on Mar 13, 2019
4.02 by Navin-Johnson from Texas on Feb 21, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
4 by jkn09 from Texas on Jan 29, 2019
4.21 by RDW from Nebraska on Jan 26, 2019
4.15 by RBorsato from Virginia on Jan 15, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
4.15 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana on Jan 06, 2019
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3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Nephilium from Ohio

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
3.74 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jan 01, 2019
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2.96/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by teromous from Virginia

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
3.99 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Apr 04, 2018
3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Mar 07, 2018
3.76 by Wookieboy1 from Texas on Feb 25, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

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
3.72 by Bark0707 from Ohio on Feb 13, 2018
4.04 by InfernoBoss from California on Feb 05, 2018
4 by jtransel from Illinois on Feb 04, 2018
4 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2018
3.96 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jan 25, 2018
4.32 by mikerieder from South Dakota on Jan 24, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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
3.58 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 12, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gavage from Nevada

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
3.65 by pirmannt1 from Illinois on Jan 05, 2018
4.12 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia on Jan 05, 2018
4 by godawgs from Louisiana on Jan 01, 2018
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

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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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ocalafox from Florida

This guy is a little light in body but hop forward in flavor. It's a great "go between" beer to fit in between a couple DIPA's.

Dec 31, 2017
3.38 by corywalston from North Dakota on Dec 28, 2017
3.24 by Sambo57 from Indiana on Dec 27, 2017
Fresh Hop Session IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 122 ratings