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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #3,886
Ranked #26,253
3.66 | pDev: 9.56%
Mar 28, 2021
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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Photo of barnzy78
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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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3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by RDWHAHB_Tom from Maryland


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
3 by WJL2112 from Georgia on Aug 18, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 04, 2020
4 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Aug 02, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Mdog from Minnesota

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
3.59 by Jeez from Massachusetts on Jul 18, 2020
3.23 by z_21 from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2020
4 by BrinkingDeer from California on Jun 13, 2020
3.73 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2020
3.69 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Jun 03, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

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
3.81 by DuncanBishop24 from Vermont on May 22, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BucannonXC5 from California

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
3.83 by gefinley from California on May 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

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
3.72 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on May 09, 2020
3.53 by grahuba from Connecticut on May 06, 2020
Photo of Captain69
2.79/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by Captain69 from Illinois

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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3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

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
3.81 by dripa8 from Kansas on Apr 23, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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
3.47 by 61Fergus from Maryland on Apr 21, 2020
3.5 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Apr 19, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by daliandragon from Maryland

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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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

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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4.98/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Bsimpson91 from Georgia

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
3.77 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Apr 12, 2020
3.5 by R11415 from New York on Apr 12, 2020
Photo of entheos
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by entheos from California

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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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

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
Photo of txun
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by txun from Texas

Part of a Costco variety pack. Not disappointing.

Apr 06, 2020
4.18 by wip998001 from Massachusetts on Apr 05, 2020
3.88 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Apr 03, 2020
3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2020
3.78 by AWA from California on Mar 29, 2020
4 by evostudios12 from Florida on Mar 28, 2020
3.63 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Mar 26, 2020
Photo of secondtooth
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by secondtooth from Indiana

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
4.06 by lic217 from Connecticut on Mar 23, 2020
3 Weight from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 155 ratings