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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #3,471
Ranked #25,312
3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Jan 06, 2023
Jan 08, 2018
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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
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Rated: 3.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
12oz can
thanks to Eric for giving me a can to try
L: hazy yellow-golden body; tall, rocky white head leaves frothy chunks on the glass
S: earthy pine, citrus pith, pale malt
T: pine, lemongrass, grapefruit, pale grain, wheat perhaps in there as well
F: watery and thin, somewhat resinous, semi-dry and modestly bitter finish
O: refreshing but didn’t really do it for me
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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
Rated: 3 by WJL2112 from Georgia

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 04, 2020
Rated: 4 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 3.59 by Jeez from Massachusetts

Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 3.23 by z_21 from Pennsylvania

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 4 by BrinkingDeer from California

Jun 13, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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
Rated: 3.81 by DuncanBishop24 from Vermont

May 22, 2020
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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
Rated: 3.83 by gefinley from California

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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
Rated: 3.72 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

May 09, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by grahuba from Connecticut

May 06, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
pours clear not much of a head good hoppy taste - I have had a lot better beers from this brewery
May 06, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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
Rated: 3.81 by dripa8 from Kansas

Apr 23, 2020
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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
Rated: 3.47 by 61Fergus from Maryland

Apr 21, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Reviewed by Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.98/5  rDev +36.1%
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
Rated: 3.77 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by R11415 from New York

Apr 12, 2020
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Reviewed by entheos from California

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Rated by txun from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Part of a Costco variety pack. Not disappointing.
Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts

Apr 02, 2020
Rated: 3.78 by AWA from California

Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by evostudios12 from Florida

Mar 28, 2020
Rated: 3.63 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Mar 26, 2020
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 156 ratings