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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - New England
Ranked #2,902
Ranked #24,882
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Yesterday at 04:26 AM
Mar 12, 2021
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Notes: Drop into summertime, stocked with a Session Hazy IPA brewed for long days of play. Go anywhere with hoppy notes of mango and passion fruit, backed by smooth malt flavor.

Malt: Oats, Two-row Pale, Wheat
Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Comet, Mosaic, Simcoe, Strisselspalt

30 IBU
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2.95 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky on Yesterday at 04:26 AM
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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

Probably not worth a repeat as a low etoh beverage. Refreshing enough with a nice hoppy finish atop malt. This is an ok beer for a hot summer day, marginally. Cloudy and plenty carbonated, but a feeble head. The nose seems to open up a bit, but deserves no raves.

Tuesday at 12:27 AM
3.74 by einman from Minnesota on Jun 19, 2022
3.9 by cgrunin from Texas on Jun 10, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Session IPA
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $1.42
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: June 14, 2021
Consumed: June 18, 2021
Misc.: Canned on April 26, 2021 at 5:51 p.m. PT

Had Rachel pick me up this at Trader Joe’s with some other stuff. I’m always up to trying new Sierra Nevada beers. Online description read “Drop into summertime, stocked with a Session Hazy IPA brewed for long days of play. Go anywhere with hoppy notes of mango and passion fruit, backed by smooth malt flavor.” Mentioned hops were Chinook, Simcoe, Comet, Mosaic, Amarillo and Strisselspalt. Had never heard of Strisselspalt, which I looked up as “Pleasant continental-style aroma, herbal, floral, spicy, citrus and fruit.”

Poured a medium yellow hazy color with two fingers of frothy off-white head. Could see some bubbles creeping up along the sides of the glass. Good spotty, watery lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled that familiar Chico yeast right away. Also tangerine, passion fruit, mango, dank pine, citrus zest, grapefruit and floral. Not sure any specific hop stands out but really a nice balance. Grew on me as it went down. Even better from the can with passion fruit and mango standing out. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose but still pretty solid. Lots of flavor for such a small ABV beer. Got passion fruit, mango, tangerine, Skittles candy, grapefruit, citrus zest, pine, floral and just a touch of that good ‘ol Chico yeast. Looking at the mentioned hops, I could detect Mosaic, Amarillo and Simcoe. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Lively carbonation. Longer, clean finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Surprisingly a very good session IPA. I may have even undervalued it a tad. (Overall - 3.75)

3.85 | 87 | B+

Jun 07, 2022
4.18 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Jun 02, 2022
2.3 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on May 27, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RyanK252 from California

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours lightly hazy golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Citrus zest, pine, light tropical and stone fruit, a bit grassy, crackery slightly biscuity malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Bright, citrus zest, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and a tangerine, herbal pine, a bit grassy, underlying tropical and stone fruit, mango, apricot, passion fruit, and white peach, crackery biscuity malt, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: A touch on the lighter side of medium body, moderately prickly carbonation.

O: Really solid as a bright crushable summer session IPA. Obviously not as intense as a full strength IPA, but for what it is I'm all about it.

May 27, 2022
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

Single can

Nice and cloudy, which I like. Light on scent for an IPA, and the taste is sorta rusty: armpit, weed, pineapple

This replaced Summerfest?!

May 22, 2022
3.75 by chrishiker1409 from New York on May 22, 2022
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 22, 2022
3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on May 22, 2022
3.59 by tuowl74a from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2022
3.59 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on May 15, 2022
3.43 by benjaminsa from Vermont on May 15, 2022
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NickSMpls from Washington

Lightly hazy, thin head, trace of hops in the aroma. Taste is light of course. Hop flavors are present and there's even a modicum of malt as well. It's a well-constructed sessionable ale. Good mouthfeel of a more potent IPA.

We think it would be tastier if it was pulled from an ice filled bucket on a steamy hot afternoon and enjoyed while seated on a shaded porch.

May 10, 2022
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by barneyrubble from Colorado

Color is dull hazy yellow amber topped with sudsy off white head with good lace.

Apricot, sulfur, almost banana like yeast, light orange tickles the nose.

Salt water, orange / apricot, light sulfur in a good mango way. Some grassy spicy hops with very little bitterness.

Lots of fine refreshing carbonation with medium body that drinks lighter with a nice orange rind dry finish. Some slickness but not bothersome.

Wow, this soft minerally lightly citrus hazy is doing the right stuff. Well done!

May 08, 2022
3.71 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on May 05, 2022
3.81 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 27, 2022
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3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Iamaskier from Idaho

Slightly sour, biscuit malt, a bit of citrus on the nose. Taste generally follows, with an orange peel and mango backed citrus body complimenting biscuit malt and floral notes. There’s also a lingering piney bitterness. Finish is dry. Quite sessionable, though I’d definitely take some of SN’s other beers (pale ale, anybody?) over this if I wanted an easy summer crusher.

Apr 05, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Manta200 from Kentucky

Single can from Kroger Mix & Match shelf

Nov 06, 2021
3.71 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Oct 15, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Spike from England

12oz can. Hazy, pale orange with a loose head and spotty lacing. Orange squash (the English meaning, ie. diluted orange cordial) aroma. Taste follows the nose plus some tangerine. Light body with moderate carbonation and subtle bitterness. Not sure this qualifies as a NEIPA. Reckon it’s more a hazy, citrusy APA. Simple, refreshing and pretty much perfect on a lazy summer afternoon.

Oct 14, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

16 ounce serving on tap.

Frosted golden sunshine color with a sudsy white cap. Good retention and lacing.

Like it’s abv, it’s light across the board. Light fruit aromas, mango and citrus. Light cracker-like malt body with gentle hop nip.

It comes as advertised and was a spot hitter after walking off the beach.

Sep 18, 2021
3.83 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Sep 17, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Had this one at Puglioni's, Morgantown, 9/4/21. Citrus, a little on the skunky side lots of carbonation . It was nice and cold, so that was refreshing. Average here.

Sep 04, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: slight haze; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a skim cap; light lacing;

S: not especially aromatic; what's there is tangerine;

T: not a lot of flavor either; follows the nose from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking; better balance than many SIPAs; needs more aroma and flavor;

Sep 01, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Pours a pale orange body, with just a short white head. Some definite lacing, but not extensive.

S - Pungent hit of citrus, bright pine resin present.

T - Opens with faint pine and more forward citrus, but then hops deliver one of the strongest grape notes I've had in a beer, something thoroughly unexpected but quite delicious. The result is a champagne-like experience with beer clothing.

M - Prickly carbonation, moderate weight, slightly dry finish.

O - This is an interesting NEIPA. It shows real creativity, exploring what can be delivered by the style when using a significantly different hop profile that yields a very different flavor. Solid, refreshing easy drinker.

Aug 30, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a lightly hazy pale straw color a nice fluffy off white head falls slow desent lace.

Aroma is light malt sweetness and fruity hop notes, not bad for a lower abv beer.

Taste is like the nose, light sweetness tropical fruits light body not really hazy tasting but probably hard to do with the lower abv.

Mouthfeel is light about medium level of carbonation.

Overall a lightly hazy IPA not sure if a low abv hazy is possible a good attempt at it though.

Aug 26, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by secondtooth from Indiana

APPEARANCE: Light golden with a semi-hazy white foam and limited lace.

NOSE: Tropical fruit juicy hops here, with some stone fruit notes there, as well.

TASTE: Light body but hopped generously with juicy hops. No bitterness and an easy-flowing and enjoyable session IPA.

Aug 26, 2021
3.83 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Aug 25, 2021
3.38 by jwmoore from Iowa on Aug 15, 2021
4.5 by doctorgary from New York on Aug 15, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy light golden pour with big foamy white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Bread/malts and citrus hops.

T.F: Light... crackery grains and citrus. Picking up some grapefruit/rind and some light tropicals. Light bodied and well carbonated... low ABV. Citrus to finish.

O: A very solid hazy session IPA. Very crushable... and nice flavor for the low ABV. A rock solid summer/warm weather brew. Great for what it is.

Aug 12, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

This is literally weed in a sessionable hazy IPA. Hazy straw color with a sudsy white head that laces the glass nicely. Nose is weed and some mango, and that is the taste, too. Really good stuff from one of my favorite breweries.

Aug 11, 2021
4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Aug 07, 2021
2.5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 06, 2021
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