Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

American Pale Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sidecar Orange Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a tulip pint glass from a bottle.


The pale pours a clear marigold hue and is topped by a thin cap of white foam that persists briefly.


The aroma is faint, consisting primarily of orange and malt.


The palate is initially quite sweet with caramel and ripe oranges. But as the beer warms, the pale finds a better balance from its trio of hops.


Its feel has a medium body and moderate carbonation.


The Sidecar is another well-made brew from Sierra Nevada, but as a Pale Ale, it clearly stands in the shadow of its big brother.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their Sidecar Orange Pale Ale: grilled Salmon, Indian Bhel Puri salads, orange glazed chicken; cheeses of triple cream, brie, and rich cow’s milk cheese; sweets of marmalade turnovers and crème brûlée.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.