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American IPA
Ranked #6,381
Ranked #40,106
3.6 | pDev: 10.28%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Grassy, citrusy, and floral hops up front along with some light earthiness and grain

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the citrus, floral, and grassy hops and then picks up the earthy notes and light malt sweetness. Finishes with lingering floral hops and some pine

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid session ale that is super easy to drink. Good balance. Check it out

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Photo of LarryV
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a wispy ring of froth, no head to speak of, nose is light and hoppy. Taste is on the citrusy side with a good dose of grapefruit and a slight bit of acridness from the hops. Mouth feel is thin and though it looks lifeless in the glass, there's a prickly carbonation when drinking it. Overall, not a bad session beer. It came in a mixed pack, otherwise not something I would seek out.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look - as expected, light yellow copper color with a slight film around the edges
smell - lots of citrus a slight caramel malt backbone
Taste - a lot like the scent but less citrus than the smell
feel - medium light body with a fizzy carbonation
Overall - pretty good for a session IPA

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this beer from a mixed 15pck that I bought at my local Costco. It poured a slightly hazy golden with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with dry bitter citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Session IPA"? Indeed...

I think I could drink a case of this in one sitting and never feel a thing - at 4% ABV, it is very, very tame. Otherwise, the brew looks like a watered down IPA, smells delicious (very citrusy), and has a nice hoppy punch to the tongue. Mouthfeel is also-ran, but overall I would definitely look for this in serious quantities when I just want to drink (fishing or whatnot) without getting blitz...

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a subtle piney bitterness.

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Photo of MetalHead7734
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: A lighter shade of gold
Smell: Not much aroma. Just a slight amount of hops.
Taste: A bit watery to be honest. Only moderately hoppy. What really pulls this beer through for me is the pine note.
Overall: I would be quick to dismiss this beer as underwhelming if it wasn't for that pine note that re as lily does it for me. I actually kind of this this one.
Feel: It's got a strong kick from the carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent, straw gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head. Nose is expectedly subdued - some hints of citrus and cracker malts. Taste is fairly flavorless. Some more dull citrus and herbal notes; however, malt profile is more prevalent. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild acidity and a carbonation shy of lively. Overall, pretty lackluster.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty average in my honest opinion. Nothing special, it’s fine but I wouldn’t choose it if I had other options. Everything about it is average and I stand by it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Modestly hazy, light thinned yellow with a medium-small, white head and active effervescence.

Smell: Softly citrusy, mild pine with some restrained resiny, floral hints. Mildly malty, just some aromatic pops of baguette, gentle grain.

Taste: Fairly dry from the get-go, there's some slight breadiness, crisped wheat and a noted crackery quality. A fair range of hop flavors, though they're on the subtler side. Citrus, florals, herb and resiny pine - all pretty light. Finishes crisply sudsy and a quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-soft body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's nice and light, though boosted and bolstered by the inclusion of wheat and some nice sudsiness. The sustained, persistent dryness throughout and ample effervescence gives it some flirtations with the Brut IPA.

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Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pale yellow, slightly hazy with a white head.

S: grapefruit, peach, and orange peel. Perhaps something earthy in the finish.

T: peach and grapefruit up front, citrus peel in the finish, and something at the very end that makes me wonder what yeast was used. Almost a lager, or perhaps champaign thing going on.

M: light and crisp, dry finish with a little bite.

O: overall, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of VABA
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a yellow golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with lemongrass and citrus flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent IPA

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Photo of IronLover
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow in color with a light haze. Poured with a moderate, soapy, bright white foam with medium retention. Aromas of light citrus, lemongrass and light malt. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Soft citrus and lemongrass hop flavors with medium light malt and medium piney hop bitterness. Pine hop and malty flavors carry to the end. Finished semi-dryly with lingering hop bitterness. Light, tasty, and very easy-drinking. A bit more bitter than most session IPAs.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated 8/13/19 (6weeks ago), great right out the bottle! I will pour it out, but this is clearly meant to be enjoyed in the can or bottle while doing outdoor stuff - like grilling, after a hot day of activity.
Looks a little cloudy, pale straw yellow, white head, bubbles rising...
Smells fairly neutral, with a slight hop and citrus rainfall aroma
Sparkly, crackery very dry and a good neutral non-fruity beer! Well done!
Prickly feel, enhances the dryness, almost champagne -like feel.
Nice bitter and dry clean finishing brew! Slammer at 4% abv, so yeah, have several.
I might get this again, it's made for a hot day

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Photo of Nass
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

My bottle says that my beer is almost 2 months old. I like the bottle label artwork, it possesses a great use of color. The pour is similar to the color of lemonade in my nucleated IPA glass. The aroma is louder than I expected i'm getting some pine, some grapefruit & some guava. The taste is quite similar to the aroma along with a little bit of a corn character & on the backend the bitterness is starting to manifest itself. For a beer that's calling itself sessionable, I do not see myself wanting to session this beer matter of fact to date I don't think that I've any so called session IPA that I would want to actually sit down, bullshit, & session. I don't know what kind of hops their using for this beer but it's not doing the trick, this beer is too bitter & the malt is not traceable. The beer leaves a lot of twang on the backend. Cheers! C

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Photo of PMakowski
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - very light yellow color, small foam head and minimal lacing. A little cloudy.
Smell - basic IPA aroma, grassy hops, and sweetness. Some lemon pepper.
Taste - quite bitter, not what i expected. It lacks balance and it is grainy. Hops are earthy, with some slight pine. Orange rind bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is medium-high. Like eating a bowl of hops.

Overall, quite displeased with this as it isn't a session in my opinion. I absolutely will not drink more than one of these, too bitter, despite the lighter body than most IPA's. Grade is a B-

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last summer when I was in Chico, at the source. Took it camping. Twas hot and hit the spot.

Pours one of the lightest color SRMs I've ever seen in a Sierra Nevada beer. 1/2" white head on it, good clarity, professional looking as always from these guys. The aroma was a grassy tree like hop with a dab of grapefruit, seemed like maybe Centennial/Cascade.

Taste brought out a little more, the beer is sprinkled with like 6 different hop varieties, but the old school C ones along with bittering charges from Simcoe and Magnum push along the ibus. Citra, Loral and Mosaic seem to be used sparingly, its cool to list those hops I guess, but they aren't really pushing much weight here. Yeah just a weird diverse amount of hops for something so light and sessionable, tend to get more play out of a more simple smash like formula at this strength, but this was still an enjoyable beer to say the least. The body is similar to the hops, there's a bunch of different malts but it really comes off just like pilsner and wheat. CaraRed and Negra must have been like 2 grams worth or something.

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Photo of teromous
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the back of the bottle "PKGD 07/29/19 0904"

Appearance: The body is slightly hazy and gold. It has a short fluffy white head that has very good retention; even though the cap remains short it covers the surface nicely. There is a nice bit of lacing.

Aroma: There is a light but pleasant scent of mango and wild flowers. A garlic note underpins the aroma.

Taste: The beer has a light cracker flavor with a bit of an herbal hop flavor, tasting a bit like bay, thyme, and scallions. There is a bit of a mint and lemon character.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light and has a mild bitterness. It has a bit of a texture so it doesn't feel crisp and clean but rather a bit dusty. That odd texture works well with the light body of the beer because it seems to give it more presence making it more pleasant to drink.

Overall: It is an easy drinking beer with nice flavors and aromas which are pleasant. The flavors and aromas, while pleasant, aren't something I would end up wanting to drink often. The beer I had was in a bottle but in a can (as depicted on the site) this would be a nice beer to take on the occasional camping or hiking trip. I would drink it again on occasion and I would recommend at least trying it.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with white foamy cap and subtle pine notes. Light drinking summer session IPA. Good hop balance with reduced alcohol (session) - sort of like a “lite” IPA and served best ice cold. Had it again and tasted a but metallic and bitter - lowered my taste rating.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My last beer on my vacation in California before my dad and I return home to Cleveland tomorrow. Poured out of a 12 oz. can into a clear, plastic pint glass cup, this beer is a clear, medium golden color with a white head that's about 2/3 inch thick when first poured. Settles to a very thick cluster swirl layer of surface foam with a pretty thick lining the inside of the cup and excellent lacing. Aromas of some slightly bready, almost wheaty, malts with a bit of zest and citrus, floral hops. A very similar flavor profile of course, with some bready, biscuity malts with just the faintest trace of sweetness. Also a bit of zest that's followed by citrus, grapefruit, and floral hop flavors that balance the bready malt nicely. Just the right amount of bitterness here for the flavor profile. The flavor profile overall is fairly light all around, which no doubt is part of the reason this is labeled a session IPA. And my tastebuds can understand why. This is an excellent hot weather, summer time beer, but I do wish it had a bit more flavor overall. Has a mostly crisp, also smooth and frothy, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean, slightly dry finish with a slightly citrusy hoppy after taste.


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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $25.99
Light floral scent
Slightly hazy golden amber tinged color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Thin tasting, like a IPA that was poured over ice and meted
Overall not good. Would not buy again.

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Photo of huthuty
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium head, extremely light amber for an IPA.
Smell is very lightly sweet with heavy grapefruit driven hops.
The taste is a unique (to me) heavily hopped ale but with minimal malt. A truly hoppy brew that's light but will weed out the weaker links due to a relative lack of malt/sweetness. Really good. Though the aftertaste could be improved maybe

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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 68 ratings