In 1979, Ken Grossman began a small brewery in the town of Chico, California. His goal, to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is considered to be one of the premier craft breweries in the United States. While their flagship Pale Ale is often the standard other are measured by, the brewery offers over 16 different beers throughout the year. Dedicated to being “green,” powered by solar energy and using bio-diesel for their delivery trucks, Sierra Nevada was the Green Business of the Year in 2010.
Sidecar Orange Pale is a new addition to the Sierra Nevada year round collection. A hoppy pale brewed with a range of hops and fresh orange peels being added to the kettle and fermenter.
This beers a slightly hazy amber color with mild carbonation. A small one finger head forms leaving some lacing behind.
Aromas of hops with some light fruit notes, mostly orange and tangerine. Some maltiness in the background with some earthy pine notes to round it out.
Sidecar has a medium body with rounded balance of hops and malts. Some orange notes up front but fades to more of hoppiness pretty quick. The finish has a fruity sweetness to it before ending with a smooth acidity.
A nice change of pace from the standard Pale Ale, as the orange peels impact a nice flavor without being the main event. Enjoyable year round with a solid malt backbone for the chillier months with a citrus punch to enjoy when the weather warms up. This would pair well with a bacon cheeseburger, grilled fish or sharp and specialty cheeses.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5