Powder Day IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Powder Day IPAPowder Day IPA
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,531
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,883
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 8.08%
Ratings:
216
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 01:37 PM
Added:
Dec 24, 2021
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Powder Day IPAPowder Day IPA
Notes: Powder Day Double Dry-Hopped IPA. We started dry-hopping, and it snowballed into a full-on powder day. Notes of citrus, stone fruit, and melon pile high in a blizzard of lupulin powder.

Malt: Munich, Two-row Pale, Wheat
Hops: Amarillo, Chinook, Comet, Citra, Herkules, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Polaris
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Ratings by defunksta:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium deep orange color with a moderate white head. SRM of 11. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of orange and tangerine upfront. Then there's dank melon and herbs. Mosaic melon/berry mixes with the dank herbs and grass on the end.

Flavor: Strong flavors of orange, tangerine, and herbal and dank grassy notes mixed with honeydew melon. Smooth and somewhat malty and sweet finish to cleanse the bitterness. Mild bitterness.

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Hazy Little Thing 1/16/22: Pours a darker color. Milder aromas. More dank herbs/grass, tangerine, and honeydew melon. Less lemon citrus, pine, and pine flower & soap notes.

Compared to 56 Brewing SSippi Squeeze IPA 1/20/22: Pours a darker and clearer color. Stronger head. Stronger aromas. More resinous orange, tangerine, melon, and dank grassy notes. Bigger and sweeter.

Compared to Lagunitas Super Cluster 2/13/22: Pours a similar color with a slightly stronger head. Stronger aromas. More lemon/lime citrus, herbal notes, and green melon.

Compared to Lagunitas Stereo Hopic V4 3/16/22: Pours a darker color, similar aromas. More earthy pine and caramel. Less orange and yellow peaches.

to New Belgium Agent 77 IPA 4/14/22: Pours darker. Stronger aromas. More orange, nectarine, SN orange-pine soap. Less green melon, kiwi, coconut.

to Badger Hill Traitor IPA 4/27/22: Pours similar, larger head. Milder aromas. More earthy malt and resinous citrus pine soap. (hard to compare due to PD age)

to Earth Rider Caribou Lake IPA 5/2/22: Pours darker, milder head. Milder aromas. More orange and nectarine soap. Less tropical berry and earthy pine.

to Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA 5/10/22: Pours slightly darker. Stronger aromas. More orange citrus and pine. Less resinous tangerine and berry. Larger bodied, sweeter.

Overall: A pretty good and flavorful IPA here. Nice tangerine, but then a definitely herbal and earthy dank note that is the flagship of this beer. It dissolves away as the beer warms. The tangerine and balance of "green and brown" which is a mix of tropical tangerine and honeydew mixed with green herbs and dank earth. Both of these combine into this beer to make it a nice winter IPA. I usually don't think of winter IPAs as a thing, but this is that. (Final Rating: 3.90)

Jan 16, 2022
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz can. Pours deep golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of herbal piney hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

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3.94 by Cfitty from New York on May 06, 2022
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3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by champ103 from Texas

A: Pours with slightly hazy, that clears up after a minute, a bronze/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Plenty of citrus and pine. A bit resin like, and some sweetness in there. Fairly similar to their Pale Ale, which isn't a bad thing, just doesn't distinguish itself.
T: Like the nose, plenty of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Resin like, with a hefty does of malty sweetness, and lingering bitterness.
M/O: A medium body with good carbonation. Crisp and smooth at the same time, that finishes clean. Which makes this easy enough to drink. I can definitely come back to this.

This is a nice IPA, and spot on for a Sierra Nevada offering. Though thats the thing for me, its almost toooo spot on for a Sierra Nevada, as I probably couldn't tell the difference between this and their regular Pale Ale. This might have a bit more pronounced bitterness, but thats about it. I love Pale Ale, and get it all the time. So, as I do enjoy this, and can see why others really like it, it doesn't justify itself to me when I prefer Pale Ale. But thats like my opinion, and slight preference. Nothing more, people should be enjoying this as well. Even if I find it slightly less than Pale Ale.

May 03, 2022
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Pours a pale orange body, clear, with a short white head, decent lacing.

S - Pungent pine with citrus notes below, grass and resin, and a bit of zest and pith.

T - Follows the nose, but with a subtle limestone earthiness, and a dry pith-oriented bitterness in the finish.

M - Decent carbonation, dry drinker, and a subtle build of resin on the tongue.

O - Lovely dry drinker, fun IPA that sticks a good balance between fruit and bitterness.

May 01, 2022
Photo of izraelc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours a clear bronze. Thick foam. Hoppy aroma. Kind of flat. Its hoppy but i dont get a dominant flavor throughout. Finishes slightly bitter sweet. Its good but its definitely missing something.

Apr 30, 2022
 
3.81 by oberon from North Carolina on Apr 28, 2022
 
4 by steverx8 from England on Apr 28, 2022
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Throwing every hop variety available toward the brew kettle, its easy to think that Sierra Nevada has nothing left in their tank. But reserving just enough for a double dry hopping regimen to the conditioning phase gives their strong, but not imperial strength, IPA all the hoppy goodness that we'd ever want.

Hazy and milky straw, Powder Day takes on proportions of hazier IPA, equipped with a rich and white meringue. A radiant bouquet of tangy, under ripened and nearly teeth churning tropical aromas roll from the rim while a creamy sweetness of cereal, agave and floral honeysuckle coat the tongue.

Rife with fruit flavors, the middle palate dominates with the racy taste of lemon, lime, pink grapefruit, orange and a hint of cream candy for a balanced and rounded attack of the tastebuds. A quick followup of passionfruit, papaya, white peach and guava offer hints of both stone fruit and tropical varieties in a tropical punch kind of way. Wrapped in a soft juiciness of honeydew and cream, the late taste remains rounded with succulent fruit while trending spicy with fresh spruce, green tea, verbena, sassafras and mint with botanical gin-like warmth.

Medium bodied but creamy and rounded, the beer's bold strength still allows for a high sense of refreshment, drinkability and flavor impact with a medium-long aftertaste of cereal and spruce.

Apr 21, 2022
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GatorCoop from California

Very smooth nice tasting ipa.

Apr 20, 2022
 
3 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on Apr 13, 2022
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3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

A nice IPA that tastes lighter than its 7.7% ABV.

Apr 08, 2022
Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mactrail from Washington

Attractive amber brew with generous white foam in the Troubadour tulip. Spritzy and mellow on the tongue. Crisp and tangy but not acidic. Abundant aromatics with light citrus and something tropical. "Double dry hopped," says the label, and whatever hop it is, rules. Just enough sweetness, cereal malt flavor, mango, and a kiss of pine. Just enough bitterness and more than enough friendliness.

I got a six pack of the 12 oz cans and have been working through it for weeks, having too many oddities to taste, and but I look forward every time to opening a Powder Day. I should just get a six of these SN seasonals every time I see one and at least have an antidote to the snakebite IPAs that infest these parts. Dated 12/17/21.

Apr 07, 2022
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3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of orange citrus are present in the nose along with hints of honeydew melon.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of melon are stronger and there are additional hints of stone fruit. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer has a nice complexity between the different flavors.

Serving type: can

Apr 03, 2022
 
4.21 by cozmo from New York on Apr 02, 2022
 
3 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Apr 01, 2022
 
4.02 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Mar 29, 2022
 
3.39 by Resistance88 from California on Mar 29, 2022
 
4 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 27, 2022
 
3.33 by Seantronz3030 from Washington on Mar 27, 2022
 
3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Mar 26, 2022
 
3.87 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2022
 
4.35 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Mar 23, 2022
Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from the Woodman's in Onalaska, Wisconsin just outside of La Crosse. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had fresh floral and fruit hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bright fruit !nd subtle pine presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.

Mar 22, 2022
Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a bright, clear amber, with a decent white and some nice lacing. Very aromatic, citrus, orange rind and some grapefruit and hint of pine. Citrus leads the way on flavor, some sweet malt in the middle, mildly hoppy finish. I expected more. Medium bodied, lingering carbonation. Nice beer, but I prefer Torpedo.

Mar 21, 2022
Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1723
Powder Day IPA
Sierra Nevada
Date: 12/17/2021
Many years ago, I tried the SNPA and thought, holy shit, this mother is hoppy. Looking back, I realized my baptism into the hop world. I started with the OG Ruination then moved to SNPA; both are the gold standard. The beer is 42 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour created a frothy and airy off-white head with excellent retention. The slow dissipation left gobs of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 10, amber with golden yellow hues. The clarity is clear with a few carbonation bubbles dancing lazily.
Light pine, grapefruit, orange peels, earthiness, and floral esters make up the initial whiff of the beer. Nosing the glass further, I detect bready sweet malts, a lightly toasted bread, and a subtle pineapple. The hops and the malt are just about balanced in the aromas.
The hop profile is grassy, floral esters, pineapple, mangos, a hint of herbal, mandarin oranges, and a touch of floral. The malts are lightly toasted with biscuit and bready (probably from the yeast).
The mouthfeel is somewhat tannic and bitter. The body is medium, medium carbonation, and quick finish.
I feel the dry-hop was not potent enough to elevate this beer to excellence. I prefer SNPA to this beer.

Mar 20, 2022
 
3.94 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Mar 19, 2022
 
4.06 by coopdog1000 from Florida on Mar 18, 2022
Photo of JohnniEMc
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It arrived in a nearly full clear pint glass, just after being drawn from a tap. A tidy just off-white head on top seems to be enduring. The color is a bright light copper-amber that's not very opaque. In short, it has the classic IPA look. For having some wheat in the wort, the look is promising, as there's no fluffy starched white head. There's also plenty of malt to the aroma, along with the hops. The taste and mouthfeel run dry and it's missing a little of the malt backbone that helps make a great IPA. That may be the dry hopping, or the additional lupulin. A substantial amount of thorough glass lacing is now evident. With the hops present from the onset through the finish, this one drinks consistently rather than exercising the taste buds with changes. The hops are omnipresent, but also somewhat tempered. In a unique way, they're pronounced without being overly bitter. They're neither fruity, nor piney and they finish cleanly. This is obviously a well-crafted and good tasting brew, but it doesn't bring much character.

Mar 17, 2022
 
 
3.5 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 14, 2022
 
4.03 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 14, 2022
Photo of JamFuel
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a fairly clear amber with thick, soft head.

Smell is fruity and a bit sweet with notes of orange, mango, caramel and pine.

Taste is fruity and a bit sweet with a solid bitterness. Clean and crip with well hidden alcohol and notes of pine, citrus and peach.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy with good carbonation.

Overall, a very well made, balanced IPA.

Mar 12, 2022
Photo of gamepete
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by gamepete from California

The ABV % does me in before I'm satisfied .

Mar 11, 2022
 
3.61 by hophugger from Virginia on Mar 11, 2022
Photo of Captain69
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

light hoppy ipa not as great as their oiginal ipa but great alll day beer

Mar 11, 2022
Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jwc215 from Arizona

12 oz. can:

Pours golden with a creamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of light citrus, kiwi, red grapefruit with a whiff of freshed-cut grass.

The taste is of citrus, melon, grass. Like the aroma, the taste is relatively soft until the crisp, bitter bite in the finish.

A refreshing IPA. Very smooth. The alcohol is well-integrated.

A hop-forward beer with enough malt backbone to keep it smooth. A nice IPA.

Mar 11, 2022
Photo of RedStickPhil
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RedStickPhil from New Mexico

I like this one. Rich color, thick and stable head, pretty lacing. The nose was a little more subtle than I expected, but conveyed a mountain meadow vibe. Nice balance on the palate between hops and sweet. Worth getting into the rotation.

Mar 11, 2022
 
3.94 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Mar 11, 2022
Powder Day IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 216 ratings