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.

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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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