Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,246
Ranked #9,730
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with Ekuanot, Mosaic, Idaho 7, Columbus, Nelson Sauvin, and Neo-Mexicanus hops.

55 IBU
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is very good as is lacing. Nice, fresh tropical and piney resin aroma. Maybe some apple with a definite earthiness to it. Piney resin on the taste with some dank earthiness mixed with some tropical fruit in the middle. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice bitter aftertaste.

Yesterday at 10:12 PM
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm likin' this one, 12oz can poured into an Honest Weight pintglass. 7.4. No date, but fresh. Pours golden, and one of those aromatic brews that I love - smelled this 6 inches before I tasted it. For me this IPA tastes like weed, a taste I like. I suspect the Neo-Mexicanus. I think I remember Sierra having a 'Wild Hop' series and likin' the one hopped with Neo-Mexicanus.

I'm getting more.

Yesterday at 04:38 AM
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dankful indeed. Excellent crisp and bitter IPA. Too easy to drink for the abv and a classic flavor from a classic brewery. Think the ipas of the early 2ks. Nicely done Sierra

Beautiful golden beer with a monster of a pillowy white head.
Soft notes of tropical fruits and citrus with a wonderful pine note.
Taste is lead by bitter pine front and center, some of the softer fruity notes of modern aroma hops just massaging the edges. Lovely
Mouth feel is crisp.and light.

Saturday at 05:29 AM
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, dated 9/10/20. Pours slightly hazy orange gold with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel malt with minty fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is toasted malts with with a minty grassy bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a good west coast IPA. Would've like to see more resiny fruit and less toasted malt and mint.

Saturday at 04:00 AM
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty excited to give this one a shot, as it seems to be trending on BA right now, and the hop list is pretty nuts! Lots of new-school all-stars in there... but I'm also usually leery of "all-star" projects, at least when it comes to something like, say, music. Tons of talent, but no direction at times, am I right? Anyway, Dankful is an IPA that clocks in a bit higher than Torpedo on the ABV scale, but it also boasts significantly fewer IBUs than that beer. Perhaps this is a transition for SN into a more "aromatic," less "old-school" focus in their IPA oeuvre? Let's see...

Pours a hazier-than-expected (but still fairly-clear, all things considered) golden color with some burnished copper and orange-y highlights if held up to the light. Tons of hop particulate in the body, which has me excited. Head is sizeable and retentive, though it does eventually sink to a half-finger, leaving behind incredible legs and great lace. Some alright surface dynamics here, too. I never doubted SN when it comes to how their beers LOOK, though...

Nose is a bit rough and raw with a huge grassy component, some marijuana stems, pine, intense leafiness, and blonde tobacco-like (maybe?) earthiness mixed with a slight (but appreciable) vegetal note, likely from Equinox/Ekuanot. Some bright and expressive citrus running the gamut from grapefruit to mandarin orange, a hint of crystal (or maybe Vienna) malt, and a touch of light floral suggestions. Not bad at all. In fact, I actually like it quite a bit! The dry-hop feels adequate and fits most of the hops they chose.

Bright and snappy flavor profile with some real character... a hit of intense, oily citrus and floral/spicy elements right upfront followed by a touch of tannins (thanks Idaho 7!) and earthiness. Dankness in the mid-palate with some more spice and raw orange/tangerine complexity as the palate winds down after each sip. Strong bitterness without much linger. Light notes of white pepper and more tannins... almost has a "whiskey"-like element in the post-nasal, if I'm being honest. Spruce and more greenery with some hints of earthiness peeking out once again. Juicy and vivacious feel with low-medium carbonation and a heavier body that fits the ABV. Worth a drink for sure! Probably my favorite SN IPA in a while.

Friday at 10:13 PM
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RUSSRGR from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy pour from a can with a modest head. Fairly light piney/citrusy aroma. The flavor is a bit more outspoken than the aroma, but not overwhelming. Nice, medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Less "dankful" than I expected. Still, a decent IPA that hides the 7.4% ABV well.

Thursday at 06:34 AM
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morimech from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slight haze but otherwise a very good looking IPA. Has over a finger of dense head with heavy lacing left down the glass. Aroma is a bit of a let off. Just not much there besides faint fruit, citrus, and pine. Picks up in the flavor but I would not call it dank. To me it tastes herbal and grassy (not a MJ reference) and ends fruity. Bitterness is not that high so not really WC IPAs of yesteryear. Different mouthfeel from those glorious earlier IPAs. I wonder if they used some oats or other tricks to soften the mouthfeel. Not as good as the "C-hop" greats which we will probably never see a new one come out again. But it is more than fruit juice and berries.

Thursday at 01:00 AM
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jonphisher from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/amberish color, not crystal clear, has a nice big head after initial pour. Some nice lacing remains behind after initial head settles out.
The aroma on this is very nice, it cuts through very strong, in a way that I enjoy. I get mostly pine and maybe some orange. I go against calling this dank, sure it has a potent smell, but unless it smells like weed I don't like calling things dank.
The flavor is very enjoyable, mostly pine with some nice malt sweetness to balance the whole thing out very nicely.
Mouthfeel is also very good, nice pretty clean drinking IPA along with the bitterness that I crave in a hoppy beer. I forgot to review this when I was drinking and unfortunately drank through my six pack already, so I'm going off a week or two of memory for this review. Overall this is exactly what I want in an IPA , zero complaints here. If it was year round I'd gladly through it in my IPA rotation.

Oct 19, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright orange color, nice thick head, clings to the glass. Aroma of citrus and pine resin. This IPA is very balanced malty with a great hop bite, Delicious like all of their IPA's.

Oct 18, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a nice frothy 3 finger head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of dank hops and citrus. Faint but pleasant.

Tastes mimics with dank hops up front and finishes with a very distinctive Ekuanot hop bite which I really enjoy.

Super smooth, medium bodied beer with ample carbonation.

Although not great, this is very good. Pretty crushable and I love Ekuanot hops so I enjoyed this one.

Oct 18, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here comes a good old fashioned (!) AIPA, all balanced and civilized compared to much of what is new in 2020. It's aptly named, with a weedy dankness.

It pours a nice rich orange with fine head. The aroma has a dankness from excellent finishing hops and tons of hops on the brew - and a nice mix of them. The taste is a nice balance of lots of malts and lots of bittering hops, making for a big mouthfeel (mouthful).

Highly recommended. I hope they make this for a while but if not, I'll just be glad I get to enjoy one now.

Oct 15, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 09/10/20

Appearance - Pours mostly clear, with a bright copper hue. Off-white, frothy near two-finger width head that hangs fair before devolving to a thin, mostly consistent surface of suds, sloping around the edges to a thick ring. Good lacing, with broken webbing, splotches, lines and small spots found around along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrus, slightly floral and with a sweet maltiness backing it up. Lesser pine riding beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrus and toffe hit the buds first, then some mild but filling floral character. Touch of pine mid-taste, but finishes firmly with that citrus and toffee combination in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a smooth finish.

Overall - I'm thankful it's not as 'dankful' as the name would imply. It's a really nice, even keeled IPA, IMO. I prefer it over Torpedo for sure.

Oct 12, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Initially this pours a somewhat hazed burnished orange color. Eventually it clears up and is in fact crystal clear. nice two finger off-white sudsy head slowly dissipates until just a partial layer of splotchy suds covers the top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of dank pine, pine needles, grapefruit, orange marmalade, and some earthy spiciness.

Taste follows the nose with a really nice notes of pine, sap, dank herbal notes with an almost woodsy quality to it. Light fruity notes come through with a light grapefruit and marmalade like quality. Caramel malts provide the backbone for the beer. Its pretty bitter but very pleasant given the old school west cost IPA profile here. As I'm working through the second can of this though, I am really noticing a warming alcohol sensation.

Feel is slick and oil, medium bodied. Bright carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is a really good west coast IPA - I absolutely enjoyed drinking this. My only small complaint was that alcohol burn that I started to pick up on.

Oct 11, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 9/10/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with some clarity; big fluffy, rocky and chunky off-white head that falls very slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are on the mild side, but aren't too faint. Some tropical and citrus fruit. Some crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors have more tropical notes which seems to outweigh the citrus. Watermelon leads the way. Hints of orange and lemon. Some pine in the mix. It's slightly sticky along with some resin. Mild hints of caramel. Subtle sweetness. Solid bitterness. Solid hop flavors. Malts do their thing. Finishes on the juicier side. Mild alcohol flavors in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slick and smooth.

This is a solid IPA. The hop profile makes this one a little different from most Sierra Nevada IPAs. It might not be anything super crazy, but it's simply enjoyable and fun to drink. Not bad at all. Nice use of hops. I like it.

Oct 11, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for having all these different hops in it, i didnt find this all that unique in draft form, i mean, its excellent ipa, but very sierra nevada in that there is some crystal malt heft to it, and there is also plenty of bitterness, both hallmarks of their classic ipa types. a light copper color to this, average white head that struggles to stick. aroma of pine sap, fresh grapefruit, bright green grapes, and something lush like aloe or even ripe avocado or something, seems extremely fresh overall and pretty oily, with just a little bready malt in behind all the hops, balanced and appealing. the flavor is nice too, more pine, some curious red pepper character or something, that must be the neomexicanus hops, but the pine is the lead note from the hops, and its got some neat nuance as it warms up a little, melon and green grape, pear, and orange, moderately high alpha acid and attendant bitterness, but clean on the ferment, not too heavy from the malt, and i actually appreciate the little bit of grain sweetness to give the hops some counterpoint. i was hoping overall that this would be a little more different, with some of the special hops in here and all, but at the end of the day its professionally done ipa of excellent quality and the freshness is on point. really enjoyed this with some mango habanero chicken wings, a little sweet heat seemed perfect with this brew. a hearty and appropriate ipa for fall, dank as the name suggests, and with more and more of the nelson coming through as it warms. i am also surprised to see its as strong as it is, doesnt drink boozy even a little bit.

Oct 10, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can stamped "packaged 091120" to a Nonic at about 50F.
Aroma is musty/sweet kind of like nice compost or loam (if you compost wort grain).
Taste is a resin fest with malt quickly sensed near the end of a sip before a really dry after taste.
Mouthfeel is appropriate for style, medium to light with a hint of oiliness,
Overall this beer is exactly as advertised. No surprise from Sierra Nevada.

Oct 10, 2020
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even though I barely consider this Brewer to be true "craft" anymore given their size, they make some really nice beers and this is a good example .... Just enough "dank" to justify its name and still appeal to the masses ... Yummy and a solid thumbs up!

Oct 10, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium copper hue with a wonderful chalk white rocky head. Great lacing and retention.
Nose is pine, resin, berry, citrus rind
Taste follows. Citrus rind, pine, resin, a touch of berry, a bit of ‘juice’ supported by a subtle caramel/toffee malt backbone. Solid bitterness. Excellent beer.
Easy drinking. Great beer.

Oct 10, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid offering from sierra nevada. i'm not doing cartwheels but i'm enjoying my beer. packaged 9/11/20, consumed 10/9/20 so thanks ot my local monger for getting it to Philly quickly.
L: drinking from the can and the can is nicely done.
S: for me the nose is a lot of soft pine. maybe a bit of bitter orange.
T: follows through on the nose. pine, bitter citrus. unlike some others, i don't get any neipa juiciness at all. it's tasty.
F: smooth mouthfeel. very pleasant.
O: solid, not outstanding, beer. interesting flavor profile that likely reflects the combo of not-so-well-known (to me) hop varieties.

Oct 10, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not super approachable on the stomach, just not much there except slight pine. However, the taste awakens the senses. A beautiful, but not overpowering, bite, lemon peel, pine and ever so subtle peach. Nicely done. Enjoyed at the bar, 10/8/20, Marilyn's, Morgantown.

Oct 09, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 8/28/20, so about 6 weeks old.

Looks excellent in the glass. Amber copper colored body. Big white head which persists in good form throughout, leaving outstanding lacing.

Pine, resin, pepper and herb aromas. Very interesting

On tasting, the flavors follow the nose. Kind of a dry herbal piney taste. A little bitterness wanders in and out. Decent hoppiness. Enjoying this one.

Mouth mouth closer to full than medium. A little bitey. Finish herbal resin bitterness.

Overall, really liked this beer. The name is a bit misleading, since it's not really dank. But since that's not my favorite taste anyway, I couldn't care less. Thankful for this excellent brew, and that I have 5 more in the fridge to enjoy.

Oct 09, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a clear light copper pour from a tap into a plain old pint glass, still the best way to drink a beer. Although its head is less than remarkable, the abundant glass lacing is solid proof this one has some body. Not much odor, but what is there is sweet and dankly hoppy. Quite a smooth and balanced flavor, devoid of the sweet stickiness of some beers exploring the dank side of AIPAs. So much so, that those looking for those qualities may be disappointed.

Oct 08, 2020
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Stooven from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Some persnickity reviews for a $10 six-pack, but that's not a surprise. The gripe that Dankful isn't truly dank may be warranted but also dramatic. You get pine, you get citrus, you get not enough for $10. I get that it's not a totally satisfying throwback to pre-NEIPA days, but for the price and the time saved wondering Is it hazy? Is it NE? it's worth the bob.

Oct 08, 2020
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

OMG, what's dank about this beer? It almost tastes like an boring NE IPA I don't even know if it's as good as some of those. Ok, it's not, this beer fucking stinks. On rye. I am so done with the state of boring craft beer this year, wait, I'm starting to get a little bite, wait ... I'll check the can date. thank goodness I only bought the one for $2.50 not the entire 6 pak for $14.

Here's hoping this year's Celebration (my first craft beer ever, a long time ago) is up to par. ridiculous.

Oct 05, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent head production; OK retention and lacing. Almost crystal clear dark orange and coppery body; you can read through thinner portions of a glass.

Surprisingly sweet on the nose, with notes of honey, caramel, and flowers leading the way, complemented by tones of white grape, melon, mango, pineapple, coconut, and orange. Despite the advertising, it's not incredibly hoppy; just gentle, sweet, and floral.

Similar presentation on the palate: it's extremely smooth and easy. Tons of flavor, both from hops and malt, but nothing hits you over the head. Moderate bitterness; crisp finish. Slick mouthfeel. Flavors of honey, cracker, orange, pineapple, white grape, peach, brown sugar.

This is a really well balanced and modern take on the WC IPA style. It's actually quite impressive. I was expecting to be blown away with massive hop tones (including a lot of dank herbal notes, naturally), but instead, I found it gentle, easy, and smooth. This would be a wonderful IPA to have readily available.

Oct 05, 2020
Dankful from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 86 ratings