In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

Aroma: “Bright pithy character, yet not overly juicy. Lemony citrus, with orange zest underneath, and just a hint of lime. Perfume esters and clean malt that approaches vanilla. Indistinct hops, but a light aura of grassiness.”

Flavor: “The orange-peel flavor is light and wedged somewhere between the malt and hops but doesn’t heighten either. The hops are grassy, floral, resinous, and bitter, and the malt is clean and bready. A little astringency in there, with a light, crisp body. Mildly soapy character, with a bit of bitterness in the finish.”

Overall: “A great brunch beer. Fresh and fruity, with orange and citrus, and some fruity flavors. Easy drinking and very sessionable. Would like to see more balance when it comes to the bitterness and the subdued flavors, as well as the lighter body.”