California IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,925
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,956
Avg:
3.48 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
12
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  2
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: Piney with big citrus flavor. Power packed medley of Simcoe, Crystal, and Chinook hops. Variant of 3 Weight Session IPA.

35 IBU
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 12 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of shambeano
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml can, date on the bottom is the 28/08, poured into a tulip.
Look: a hazy gold colour with about an inch of fluffy white head. Leaves some nice lacing all the way down.
Smell: I'm getting hops straight up, piney, orange and citrus, perhaps a little grassiness towards the end. Not much on the malts though.
Taste: fruitier than on the nose, orange zest, a little bit of pine, and some malty sweetness near the end, not too much bitterness. Pleasant, if a little reserved.
Feel: A little on the lighter side, but with some prickly carbonation, but not much length of flavour.
Overall: It's quite a nice beer for a session ale, though I think the hop profile could be upgraded to make it truly a session IPA and not just another pale ale.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looking forward to this. Looks good, maybe a bit low on the head. Aroma amazingly top notch.

Great initially, but missing out on the depth of flavour and bitterness I was expecting. Quite disapointed, the usual Sierra Nevada is much better!

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Photo of Spike
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a 355ml can. US size can but all reviews are European. Is this export only?
Whatever it is, this is a pretty tame brew. It's part of the trend for super juicy pale ales but it's lightweight in terms of both taste and aroma. It looks great - hazy & golden with a massive foaming head - and it has just the right level of carbonation with a perfectly dry finish, but the tropical fruit flavours are muted and one-dimensional. Not a bad bbq beer but otherwise uninteresting. Definitely not an IPA, despite the marketing blurb.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

De OkasionalBeer. En copa teku. En cena, con sopa de fideos con garbanzos. Suavementee citrica y con buen amargor, pero como suele suceder en las sierra nevada modernas, plana y falta de intensidad en sabor y aroma.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml Can from Tesco (£1.80):
Quite a pale yellow to lemon tinged amber with a clear body & a thin, bubbly white head that settles as a fine lacing around the circumference soon after. The nose is quite light & faint, it has some lemon & background citrus showing with a little pepper & a tiny hop bitterness but again it's quite light. The taste is a touch fresher but not much stronger, some lemon & pine hops open things with some muted citrus & grassy hops bit it's far too weak, even for a session offering. It's a light to medium bodied beer, quite clean & comes through with a slight tang but remains easy to drink without being particularly flavoursome really; there’s some bitter hops rounding things off at least but it’s not a classic from the brewery sadly.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Duke of Argyll pub, Soho London yesterday.

Faintly hazy yellow body with decent white head leaving some lacing.

Slight fruity whiff, an even fainter hop aroma.

IPA lite. Which is what the beer is brewed to be. Lightly citrus and non citrus tastes, with the faintest of hop bites. Clean tasting as well.

Mouth closer to thin than medium, finish clean and a little fruity.

Overall. A decent stab at a sessionable low abv ipa. Though I think I might tire of it during a session.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can, Tesco, 4.2%.

pours hazy straw, small head that dies quick.

pineapple and mango nose.

taste similar, bit of bitterness, not much in malt.

nice body and carb.

decent enough

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Canned in a crafty craft can
Pours a slightly hazy lemon jello body with big foaming white head that retreats to the rim of the glass
Aroma is grapefruit & pineapple soda
There is some exotic fruit in the flavour but it’s fairly muted

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at P Mac’s; Dublin.
Hazy pale straw with chunky foam; vague orchard fruit; lemon zest + melon rind; thin.

4 3.5 3.75 3.75 3.5

Sierra - so where’s the hops? Weak even at 4.3%? The slightest of the big brewery session IPAs.

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California IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 12 ratings