Sidecar® Orange Pale Ale

Single Hop Cascade IPA Tropical Torpedo®

Sidecar® Orange Pale Ale

A pale ale with a twist.

We love hops with a bright, citrus-heavy character. We always wondered what it would be like to punch up the citrus while maintaining a crisp hop bite and balance. The result is this new take on the hoppy pale ale brewed with Cascade, Equinox, and Mandarina hops with a hint of orange peel from additions in both the brew kettle and the fermenter that tweak the classic hop profile and add a zesty pop of bright orange flavor.

Overview

  • Alcohol Content 5.3% by volume
  • Beginning gravity 13.6° plato
  • Ending Gravity 3° plato
  • Bitterness Units 35

Ingredients

  • Yeast Ale yeast
  • Bittering Hops Magnum
  • Finishing Hops Cascade, Equinox, Mandarina
  • Malts Two-row Pale, Honey malt, Munich
  • Other Orange

Food Pairing

  • Cuisine Grilled Salmon, Indian Bhel Puri (puffed rice and herb) Salads, Orange Glazed chicken
  • Cheese Triple Cream / Brie. Rich cow’s milk cheese
  • Dessert Marmalade turnovers, Crème Brulee

Brewing is as much art as science, and all beer specifications and raw materials are subject to change at our brewers' creative discretion.

  • Sidecar Orange Pale Ale

  • Fruit in beer. Not on beer.

    When is putting fruit in a beer a good thing? When you’re answering the call for more intense citrus and tropical fruit character that is naturally found in hops. This new-wave of fruited, hop-forward beer is most decidedly a beer with fruit, rather than the fruit beer of old. With the explosion of craft beer—and specifically IPAs—fans have become more accustomed to big, bold flavors, and an addition of fruit can boost or mirror the hops we all love. For example, a hop varietal that is desirable for its grapefruit flavor might be accentuated further by adding actual grapefruit into the beer itself. The fruit additions are meant to emphasize and amplify the fruit-like character of the base beers themselves, and opens up and entirely new world of flavor exploration for brewers and beer lovers alike.

  • The American Style

    Worldwide, Americans have something of an outsized reputation. Bold, brash, and brazen. To some, that boldness is perceived as arrogance, but for us it’s just daring spirit and a thirst for adventure. The term “American” in brewing is not necessarily a sign of origin, but rather a brewing ethos and homage to that daring nature we love so much. In the early days of the craft brewing movement, there were far fewer beer styles and what was on record largely comprised the historical ales of the UK and the lagers of Germany. As American brewers began experimenting with homegrown ingredients and their own techniques, they inadvertently created beer so unique it defied conventional categories. Instead of a traditional pale ale, there all of a sudden was American pale ale—a new, rowdy hybrid of the older beer, intense with hop flavor and aroma. American-style beer is shorthand for the kind of brewing we do at Sierra Nevada—a reference to the use of a clean, crisp, and neutral yeast and a healthy dose of hops quite appropriate for the adventurer in us all.

  • Cascade Hops

    Every so often invention provokes revolution. Never was that truer than with the birth of the Cascade hop. Worldwide it was thought that European hops were—and had always been—superior to their New World counterparts. That changed in the late 1960s with the development of the Cascade. Born as the first successful example of the USDA Aroma Hop Program, Cascade proved that world-class hops can be grown in America. Its release in 1971 serendipitously aligned with the fledgling American craft brewing movement. These aspiring brewers were eager for something unique, bold, and distinctly American to use in their boundary-pushing beers. Cascade fit the bill. Its unique pine needle, grapefruit, and floral aromas were like nothing out of Europe and the bold aromas and flavors became the flag for the new American brewing upstarts. If one ingredient can be said to start a movement, it would be the Cascade hop—the plant that built craft beer.