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 #1,508
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,755
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 8.52%
Ratings:
71
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 10:45 PM
Added:
Dec 24, 2021
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  6
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.
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Ratings by jkblr:
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz can PKGD 120221 M 18:07 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7.7% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright light honey amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Web like lacing covers the glass as the head retreats. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring tropical and citrus notes. The taste is semisweet tropical fruit salad with a hint of pale malt. Moderate bitterness with a watery finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, ok. Sierra Nevada does their best work with C hops and caramel malt and this is not it.

Dec 25, 2021
More User Ratings:
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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jjweems

Great seasonal DIPA from Sierra Nevada. Very similar to Torpedo, my standard by which to measure all others, but slightly lighter in color, a bit more crisp with slightly more bite at the end. Very clean. Classic Sierra Nevada resin with no burnt bitterness. Like spruce aroma going down the slopes!

Yesterday at 10:45 PM
 
4.06 by peachy-tay from California on Yesterday at 04:28 AM
 
4 by kuhndog from New York on Yesterday at 02:34 AM
 
 
3.9 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Sunday at 10:56 PM
Photo of Act25
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

SN does it well run after run, over and over again.
a) Pours clear bronze with dense finger of lacing and lasting white head.
s) Plenty of aroma to cut through the slopes and cold, pine, medicine cabinet, cedar wood.
t) Follow the smell, with fresh flowers added to the pine and cedar base.
f) Crisp, turpentine like, astringent.
o) Nothing mass about S/N's big craft. Bravo. Salute.

Sunday at 02:11 AM
 
4.12 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Sunday at 01:43 AM
 
3.77 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Saturday at 09:52 PM
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Saturday at 08:57 PM
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a golden bronze color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Citrus and pine up front along with some stone fruit. Quite balanced

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of pine, citrus, and stone fruit. Picks up some melon and light floral notes. Backed by some caramel maltiness. Finishes with lingering citrus and pine

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid DDH IPA that is very easy to drink and we’ll balanced. Not super complex, but that’s how SN does it from an approachability aspect. Worth a drink

Saturday at 08:29 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

I had this on tap at a World of Beer in Tampa. Our daughter took us there, but she stuck with the ciders.
The beer is a clear brassy color with a small white head and some lacing.
Aroma of citrus and pine
Taste of orange and pine, over a malt background.
A very easy to drink beer.

Saturday at 07:39 PM
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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

It is funny how names of beers can influence our perception of what to expect. Reading the name "powder day" - for some reason I just assumed this would be a hazy IPA, but it is not! It pours a mostly clear bright bronze color. Nice effervescence in my glass feeds a thin sudsy white head. Head lingers, but does gradually dissipate leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer. Aroma has notes of orange, clementine, citrus, with some light pine and green hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of orange, clementine, citrus, pine and a nice malty backbone. there is a mild bitterness that is nicely balanced. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, with mild carbonation.

Overall it's a really nice DDH IPA - I would drink this any day.

Saturday at 06:14 PM
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2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can, dated 12/15/21. Pours slightly hazy amber orange with a huge rocky white head that retains well a leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet tropical fruit with some resiny hops.

The flavor is some sweet wheat malt with a little lemoney fruit and a grassy slightly astringent, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, looks and smells good, but it's thin and subdued in the flavors.

Saturday at 04:34 AM
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4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by crisis1290 from South Carolina

Very nice offering from one of the OG's in the craft world. Great taste. As in most Sierra offerings, this beer also, has great balance. The alcohol is well hidden for a 7.7 % abv.

Saturday at 01:03 AM
 
4.54 by ChuckTom from Arizona on Saturday at 01:02 AM
 
4.2 by lic217 from Connecticut on Friday at 08:11 PM
Photo of StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

CAN
Pale amber with a stack of fluffy head; candied orange, fresh hop leaf + dried pineapple on the nose; tangerine juice, mango, cantaloupe, apricots, touches of lemon boiled sweets + mint, weedy edge, and light pine to end; salty, clean, light bitterness

4 4.25 4 4 4

Amarillo, Chinook, Comet, Citra, Herkules, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Polaris

Dec 2nd canning - just passed 6 weeks old, which is pretty fresh for a Transatlantic import.
And it shows: there’s a ton of hop stuff going on here. (Not sure why you’d need 8 of ‘em, but I won’t question the outcome.)
There’s a ton of fruit without ever cloying or even slowing you down, the IBUs are restrained for something Cali, odd speckles of Polaris oil, Comet lemongrass, and I7 wildness keep it interesting, there’s zero sign of 7.7%, and underneath is the clean drinkability that is Chico yeast.
The most impressive thing is there’s no one dominating note: yes, there’s citrus - it’s Sierra - but it doesn’t lead; Mosaic mango yet you wouldn’t call it tropical - this is a true fruit salad beer.

Loved Atomic Torpedo, too - SN are knocking it out of the park lately.

Friday at 11:58 AM
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4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Dustin015 from Maryland

L- Crystal clear straw color surprising for a double hopped beer

S- Melon, candy, slight citrus, pleasant hop aroma

T- Subtle front bitter, strong back bitter. candy fruit with sticky malt sweetness.

F- Mild carbonation. smooth drink with strong bitter and sticky finish.

O- Very good imperial. would buy again.

Friday at 04:24 AM
 
4.22 by swalter from New Jersey on Friday at 01:53 AM
 
3.94 by Monkeyknife from Missouri on Thursday at 10:26 PM
 
3.93 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on Thursday at 10:14 PM
 
3.78 by Ricelikesbeer from Colorado on Thursday at 09:47 PM
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & better lacing

S: Oranges, lemons

T: Oranges, passion fruit, guava, plus Kiwi Fruit up front, plus a little dryness. Orange, lime & bready dryness as this warms, plus grassy notes. Finishes with a flourish of citrus, grassyness & little bit of grassy hops

MF: Medium body, pretty firm carbonation, good balance

Great drinkability, interest hops combo, not great, but good, would consider buying again

Thursday at 02:37 AM
Photo of Khocolate
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by Khocolate from Tennessee

Great Double IPA!

Thursday at 02:27 AM
Photo of 57md
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose has notes of both citrus and pine. The flavor profile follows the nose with a pretty potent piney bitterness on the finish. The body is not quite hearty but it's certainly burlier than average for this style.

Jan 19, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Powder Dry pours a smooth color and a fine head. Smells like a beer fart. Originally. I called it funky butt, but it tastes some funky but it grows on you so give it a chance. Have at least two. I liked it after a while but that's not unusual for IPAs. I'd give Sierra-Nevada the benefit of the doubt and buy a six pack. I did and I'm glad I did. Try some Powder Day IPA.

Jan 19, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

January - March 2022 Seasonal Release - 6 pack
12 oz. can dated 120721 (12/07/21) - 7.7% ABV / 45 IBU
Brewed and canned in Mills River, NC
Poured into a Bell's branded pub pint glass

Look - Pours a dense and fluffy, gold-tinged white head that clings to the glass. Clear, golden amber appearance with a decent amount of streaming bubbles.
Smell - Getting a lot of citrus, mostly tangerine, in the scent. Also picking up some faint pineapple and roasted hop aromas like pine and floral.
Taste - The taste follows the nose with citrus dominating throughout, and ending with a subtle piney bitterness that lingers. Tasting more melon flavors as the beer warms. No alcohol taste.
Feel - Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and finishes with minimal dryness.
Overall - Nice citrus and melon hop flavors with minimal bitterness. Has a good mouthfeel that really ups the drinkability.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz can dated 11/24/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a translucent golden yellow with a bout three fingers of white head. Several steady streams of bubbles rise from the bottom. Incredible retention. moderate lacing

Smells mainly of pine, dank earth, light onions and herbals.

Some sweet citrus in the taste. Pine and earth also present. Bitterness throughout.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Maybe just a bit thin bodied. Bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

This is a very enjoyable brew and quite different than SN's other IPAs. Winner.

Jan 18, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Bought at Liquor Shed, canned December 4th 2021.

It pours a clear gold with an excellent and long lasting head of foam.

Grapefruit and some piney hops notes with a definite smell of dry hopping.

Nice grapefruit bitterness in the taste. Hints of tropical fruit, cracker malt, dry hopped for sure. When I mentioned bitterness, it isn't very bitter at all, very smooth blend of tastes.

Good mouthfeel, very good IPA.

Jan 17, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by wuthrichj15 from Indiana

L- Pours a nice golden color. Lingering white head with good lacing on the glass.
S- Big citrus, melon, stonefruit
T- Lots of citrus upfront, slight maltiness on the back end. Leaves a classic IPA bitterness in your mouth
F- Slightly creamy, full mouthfeel
O- Worth a try, will be a hit for some and a miss for others

Jan 17, 2022
 
3.98 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 17, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

Pours a beautiful golden color with the slightest bit of suspended hop haze and a clingy, substantial oatmeal colored head. This is the classic old school WCIPA look that I love. Dank citrus nose, at least for me because I’m drawn to those aromas, and there’s also the stone fruit and melon mentioned in the description of this beer.

The citrus is forward on the taste, with my palate picking up tangerine and grapefruit flavors, and there’s also a substantial berry note, which is absolutely delicious, and the melon and some malt sweetness at the back of the palate for balance.

The mouthfeel is medium, fairly bright, and very dry, perfect for the WCIPA style. There’s a lot going on with this beer, but at its core, it’s a full bodied, flavorful WCIPA that I’ll keep in my beer fridge on the regular if it’s added to the SN lineup on a regular basis.

Jan 17, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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
 
3.77 by bankboy66 from New Jersey on Jan 16, 2022
 
3.99 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Jan 16, 2022
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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Can from Market Basket
Brilliant deep gold in color with a bubbly off white head that persists. Earthy citrus stone fruit and melon with a solid bready light caramel malt to back it up.

Jan 16, 2022
 
4 by Nunya from Ohio on Jan 15, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Really, really classic ipa. And absolutely no flaws. SN is talented with classic, clean beer. No particular rating point is mind blowing but overall the quality and lack of flaws really makes this beer a stellar 4.5 (if not maybe better).

It's eerily similiar to SNPA with how perfectly it represents the style.

Jan 15, 2022
 
4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Jan 15, 2022
Powder Day IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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