Know Good IPA

American IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Know Good IPA, an American IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Know Good IPA is an American IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.


The IPA pours a lightly cloudy golden orange and is topped by a thick cap of puffy white foam that shows excellent retention. A smattering of lace clings to the glass.


The aroma is bright and hoppy with a scent that’s floral and piney. There’s a slight sweetness of tropical fruit.


Hops are front and center beginning with a light lemon and white grapefruit that crests to stronger notes of grass and pine that linger through the finish. Lightly toasted bread on the draw with oats appearing in the middle.


The feel is relatively smooth with a body that’s just under medium, moderately carbonated. It’s dry with a mildly astringent finish.


Feels slightly thin on the draw but that light backbone allows those hops to really pop. And pop they do. Plenty of bite for hopheads to enjoy. So easy to drink. Pleasant aroma. Clean palate with such a good hoppy flavor. Light and dry for easy drinking. Not perfect but the Know Good IPA is pretty darn good.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Know Good IPA: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, seared flank steak with garlic butter, and ginger spiced carrot cake.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.