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IPA - American
Ranked #6,475
Ranked #39,949
3.67 | pDev: 9.54%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Notes: Heading into the backcountry, it’s helpful to have a few things on hand. A solid fishing rod (of course), a sturdy pack, and some great beer help the day run smoothly. This session ale is the perfect choice for a day away from it all—golden, easy drinking, and full of citrusy and piney hop flavor

Malts: Pilsner, CaraRed, Perla Negra, Wheat
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Magnum, Simcoe, Mosaic, Loral
Yeast: Ale Yeast
Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 154 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75


Info: PCKGD 2/3/2020, 12 oz. glass bottle, 50*F, sea level, pint glass

L: Pale brown straw. Light haze. Finger of white, foamy head. Light lacing. Persistent.
S: Pine. Pineapple, orange. Mild funk.
T: Lemon, pine. Grassy. Funky.
F: Very light. Bite on the back end.

Overall: A little bit seltzer-y for my taste. One of the better light craft beers I've had, though; still, it tastes like a light beer, especially in the very light mouthfeel and pinesol-y taste. Surprised by the funk, grass notes, and haze.

Sep 09, 2020
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Citrus, floral.

Taste: Mild sweetness, moderate citrus bitterness, light body without being watery.

Overall: One from the SN mix pack. I'm not a big fan of session IPAs but this one isn't bad. Gives some pretty good flavor without being too watery. Sometimes session IPAs are too hoppy without enough body to carry it, but this has decent balance.

Jul 24, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale straw color with a one finger white head. Minima lacing. Light citrus and pine nose with a hint of pineapple. Balanced light citrus and malt flavor with a weak pine finish. Light moderate feel and carbonation. Just ok in my book.

May 25, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Session IPA
Glass: Firestone 14-oz. Teku glass
Price: $25.99 for a variety 24-pack
From: Costco in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: March 31, 2020
Consumed: April 3, 2020
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 10, 2020 at 5:29 p.m. PT

Not exactly the freshest can, but times are tough. And this was fresher than the other three 6-packs in the case - Toronado, Tropical Toronado and Hop Bullet. Had never heard of this beer, but I’m always in for trying a new Sierra Nevada beer. The online description called it, “Heading into the backcountry, it’s helpful to have a few things on hand. A solid fishing rod (of course), a sturdy pack, and some great beer help the day run smoothly. This session ale is the perfect choice for a day away from it all—golden, easy drinking, and full of citrusy and piney hop flavor.” Hops mentioned were Cascade, Citra, Magnum, Simcoe, Mosaic and Loral.

Poured an amber clear color with 6-to-7 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the class. World-class uneven foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled Cascade, Citra, Loral, caramel, brown bread, honey, pine and grapefruit peel. More hop flavor in the nose. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was a little bit different than the nose, getting some different hops. Not that impressed initially. In order got Cascade, pine, Simcoe, black pepper, Magnum, grapefruit peel, dry brown bread, caramel and herbal. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Dry, bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

This was good, but nothing I would need to try again. (Overall - 3.50)

3.58 | 81 | B

May 17, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3 Weight has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and heavy glass lacing. The aroma is of citrusy hop oils. Taste is of thinned-out white bread, citrus, & a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and 3 Weight finishes medium dry. RJT

May 09, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: light malt with a little citrus and floral;

T: not much flavor; follows the nose from start to finish; doesn't last long; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

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

O: disappointing; OK, but I expect more from Sierra Nevada;

Apr 24, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

3 Weight pours a copper color, with a huge, long lasting lacing head. Almost no aroma, some light hints of grain. Flavor is very light, a bright crisp malt, but not much else. Good body and feel. Overall, its not bad, its not offensive, but there isn't much here.

Apr 22, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed twelve of SN, kind of old school. This looks good in body and pour but is a bit grainy in the nose, without the real hop bite you're searching for. The flavor is a bit more determined, and does bring some basic citrus hops over the line amid medium malt balance. The aftertaste is actually pretty satisfying. For an day drinking type beer, the flavor is fine. The texture is smooth and not too thin, making these very easy to slam, if one was so incined.

Apr 18, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home due to the ongoing pandemic and the fact that you can not get a proper pint.
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appears to be golden, clear, nice foamy white head and lacing, that dropped to a small cap.
Smells citrusy and piney, lightly malty.
Taste follows the nose, definitely hop forward.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a very nice example of a session ale, I would definitely order again.

Apr 14, 2020
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I would rate this as one of Sierra's Best IPAs so far. Medium sweetness, Nice build of hop flavor. Characteristics of Orange and Tangerine. Good Malt backbone really hits it out of the park. The body is slightly thin, as to be expected with Sierra Nevada. Overall pretty satisfied.

Apr 13, 2020
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entheos from California

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little harsh for a light beer, but overall a good flavor. Aftertaste is roasted goodness with a refreshing feel. When craving something that tastes strong without the ABV, this is pretty good.

Apr 11, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This whole Session IPA thing is just damn confusing to me. Like, I might be better off smoking a bowl and watching Mulholland Drive and having a better idea with that than I do with Session IPA’s. That being said, I guess I’ll dive into this one like it’s the middle of summer and I’m taking a dip.

There’s actually an aroma - which is nice. I’ve actually noticed less from normal IPA’s, so big up to 3 Weight on that one. Appearance looks a bit light like Taylor Swift, but you’d be crazy to complain about that. Taste... well, there is some and it’s not off putting. As far as a Session IPA’s go, I think it’s a pretty big success.

All this being said, grasping at the idea of this style is still a bit bewildering to your main man.


Apr 08, 2020
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear golden, with a thick white head and minor lace.

Aroma: Brisk citrus hops. Nice.

Taste: Citrus hops, light body but no bitterness, just a pleasant fruity hop goodness. Solid and enjoyable modern session IPA.

Mar 24, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light golden yellow body, clear and bright, moderate white head and a big cap that persists. Extensive and varied lacing.

S - A front of citrus, an undercurrent of hop and resin.

T - Flesh of the orange, beneath is a crackery malt profile, a bit of hop peppery spice, then a moderately bitter bite to close it out.

M - Quite light, prickly, with a sharp dry close.

O - A solid session IPA, with a good flavor profile and decent nose. Ultimately, does not escape from the session IPA's main flaw - it feels a bit slight.

Mar 08, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very pale, foamy white head recedes quickly to a thin film, slight lacing; The aroma is mild, fruity, doesn't smell like an IPA; Sparkly and smooth feeling; Flavor is mild, as one would expect from a session beer. The first sip was more IPAish than the aroma suggested, but then it calmed down. My prejudice is that Session IPA is to IPA as a light beer is to its beer namesake. This session IPA isn't bad. Eat your heart out, Bud Light.

Feb 20, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a nonic glass.

Pours light gold and slightly hazed with a nice fluffy white head. Good retention. Lacing is limited, but not unexpectedly so.

Aromas of white grapefruit, resin, and caramel malts.

The flavor follow the nose, although in reverse order. Caramel malt on the tip of the tongue, followed by simple white grapefruit and resin.

The brew delivers a nice crisp medium-light feel and finish with good carbonation.

A very drinkable but equally forgettable session IPA. It isn't a bad beer at all, it just doesn't distinguish.

Feb 16, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour with moderate head. A scent of pine and some floral/fruit. Taste is equally balanced between citrus and hops. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste.

Feb 08, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Beaming clear and bright body, with a lemon brass colored shine in the glass. Reams of carbonation, reaches to a real nice fine fluffy bright white and three finger tall head. Lots of staying power on this, and very creamy looking top. Great looking beer.

Very nice hop aroma. Hits with a sense of soft pine quality, and touches with a hint of little caramel and honey like malt sweetness. Fruity hints of light grapefruit make an appearance as well nicely.

Palate comes with a classic light session body in mouthfeel. Mid palate hits with a sense of light juice and slight fruit of orange to grapefruit flavors. Palate improves with subsequent sips, providing a hint of chewy malt that often lacks from most session IPAs. Fruity and bold, but also light like a session.

A pretty solid session IPA.

Feb 05, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can dated 10/24/19. Sampled on Jan 30, 2020.

The appearance is golden with a slight cloud and a modest white head that laces and fades.

Pleasing aromas of floral, citrus, and pine hops with a modest breaded or cereal grain sensation.

Light mouthfeel.

Easy drinking with a breaded character evolving to a clean, crisp, hopped finale.

Jan 30, 2020
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hophead723 from California

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a contradictory style. An IPA must have the attributes of an IPA (meaning a certain strength and that is, of course, 6%-7.5%) or else it isn't an IPA. So if you make a very light beer with an unbalanced amount of hops it is simply a "hoppy light beer" and not anything "session". Again, to make an IPA sessionable it doesn't have to be weak, it just has to be easy drinking. So I would say that Torpedo IPA is a session beer, it goes down like creme soda. Therefore any and all "session IPAs" are actually an abomination.

Look: Lightly hazed gold. The head lingers at a pinky thickness with light lacing. The carbonation lazily rises upwards, almost acting like it would rather be in a different beer.

Smell: Fruity and tropical hops tease the nose, with an underlying honeysuckle malt. The aroma is weak and flimsy.

Taste/Feel: Fruity and tropical hops, light bitterness, balanced well with the equally light malt background. This is a session IPA so it was never going to blow my socks off in the first place. The body is light and a little watery. At 4% this is appropriate.

Overall: I'm glad there were only two of these in this pack.

Jan 23, 2020
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2020-01-19 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 3 month old 12 oz bottle at Caliente Pizza.

Decent tasting, not unlike Founders All Day IPA with a bit more spice. The low 4% ABV was nice since I was driving. Would have it again.

Jan 19, 2020
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Riff from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, golden color with a fluffy white head. Smells of a little citrus, grass, and hint of grain. Taste is citrus, lemon, grass, touch of malt towards the end. Solid note of bitterness. Crisp and clean finish. For a session IPA its solid and pleasant.

Jan 13, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a brown bottle, this brew is a light-golden color with a bit of haze and plenty of effervescence. The head it tall and puffy-white. The aroma is dryish, with a musty-hop tone, along with a little underlying grain and malt. The taste is balanced, if not just slightly dry, with a firm bitterness. Medium body, and quite drinkable.

Jan 12, 2020
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Turbo from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As numerous reviews note, this is a lighter flavored well balanced IPA (only 4.0 percent) that is very drinkable. Just don't expect big bold flavors in this one. Overall, a nicely flavored beer.

Jan 05, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours clear yellow with a white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has a spicy, citrus and grassy aroma. There is a very low grainy sweetness in the background.

Taste: There are some spicy and citrus flavors. The malt is highly cracker flavors at the end.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a malt aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting ale that starts very hoppy but fades to malty at the end.

Jan 03, 2020
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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 154 ratings