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Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada India Pale AleSierra Nevada India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

378 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks amazing. Sheets of beautiful lace, nice head. Smells ok, malty and hoppy.

Tastes nice. Earthy, grassy hops, clean bitterness. Nice malt backbone as well. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. Superbly drinkable for the ABV. Glad this has finally made it to Indy, another great beer from Sierra Nevada.

Sephiroth, Mar 21, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at my local hangout I had never seen this anywhere to be honest.Pours a deep orange with a soapy looking head,aroma is hops hops and more hops,very zesty and resiny.Taste as expected was full of hops but not crazy overpowering there was some malt base in there but still citriusy hop ruled the flavor.a better than average beer but nothing to seek out,worth a try.

oberon, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is a bright orange in color with a moderate head. The head showed great retention though and left some awesome lacing on the inside of my pint glass, so it gets high marks for that.

Smell – This is rotten pine resin with a bit of leafy bitterness to boot. It’s not overly pungent, but it reeks. There’s a lighter hop in the aroma as well that I can’t quite make out. Excellent complexity.

Taste – I’m picking up a light grain flavor at the taste but other than that it’s just the complex hops from the nose. The end is rank endive that may be a bit moldy.

Mouthfeel – This is very light for the style, I’d say definitely short of medium-bodied, with a stiff leafy bitterness at the end.

Drinkability – This is almost too bitter to be a good session beer, but it went down smoothly enough. The light body contrasted a bit with the large hoppy flavor.

RoyalT, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice, clear, pale beer with brite white head that slowly ades to layer and leaves thin, sticky laceing.

Aroma - Very light, soft and herbal, really ought to be more forceful

Taste- Bracing bitter sneaks pale malt sweetness through the back door, which turns bready and consumes everything for a bit. Hop taste is very herbal and floral with the piney/ resinous character lurking down in the depths, not at all what I was expecting from Sierra NEvada (which was a big sticky cascade bomb). Tart fruit notes emerge. Then bitter bite comes back in a sharp punch in the finish. Sounds kinda like a train wreck I'm sure, maybe it is, but I'm way more into this than I expected to be.

Mouthfeel- midwieght, slick, and a bit sticky from the bitter

Drinkability- While this is certainly not the best IPA I've had, it is one of the most drinkable, I could do few of these without getting worn out.

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this one on the shelves today. I love Sierra Nevada and can't help but get excited when I see a new, fresh brew from them. It pours from the bottle a lovely clear amber orange with a healthy frothy bubbly two finger head. Intricate lacing develops as it sits...quite nice! Aromas of some toasty, slightly nutty malts with a dash of caramel and a healthy helping of piney, earthy, herbal hops. Mellower candy-like citrus tones are there as well. Solid.

First sip brings a smooth, toasted malt upfront that has a underlying caramel sweetness. Roasted grains meld with a bit of nuttiness. This is followed by a nice earthy, herbal hop character, in which lurks some pine and citrus spice. It brings the image of fresh hop cones to my mind. Per the Sierra website they use Magnum early and then Goldings for the finishing and dry hop. Probably one of the tastiest English IPA's I've sampled. Simply another solid brew from SN.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with steady carbonation. This is tasty and supremely drinkable brew. I hope this stays in the SN rotation as I can see myself drinking large quantities of it. Even at 6.9%, I don't think I'd have much of a problem sitting down to a nice session. Now I'm just waiting for '06 Bigfoot to show up!

Music: Dub Taylor And Vital - Your Soul (Casino Royale Mix)

orbitalr0x, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now available in 12 oz six-packs in MD. The first time I had this IPA, I could not detect much difference between it and the famous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, so I decided to do a side-by-side comparison between the regular pale ale, and the IPA.

This IPA is only a slight shade darker than S.N.'s pale ale. The head pours 1 inch on both, but lasts longer on the IPA. The head on the IPA is also a bit darker than the PA. Maybe a bit tannish to the pale ale's bone-white head.

Scent is not as overpowering as I thought it might be. Kind of a more relaxed IPA, with even some malts detectable. In fact, in my comparison, the pale ale has the more outstanding scent.

The pale ale is definitely more balanced than the IPA. Whereas the PA has the character of the hops hitting you first, but then quickly following up with the malt, the IPA has a nice definitive hop character all the way through, from the start to finish.

This was a suprising IPA. For a Sierra Nevada product, and especially an IPA, I found this a very subtle and relaxed one.
There are no huge hop profiles to smack you in the face. This is more of a beer to concentrate on and sip very slowly. Really the hops of this IPA hit you more in the finish than at any other time. An IPA with the hops hiding in back? Interesting.

I've lost interest in IPAs over time, but this beer actually somewhat renewed it. Leave it to Sierra Nevada to do something interesting and innovative with their beers. I am positive I will be purchasing this again (especially if I spot it on tap).

chOAKbarrell, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thoroughly likable IPA. A clear amber color, with a thick sticky head. Pronounced floral aroma, some pine noticeable also. . Nicely hopped, but not overwhelming. I thought this beer showed a good balance, and could enjoy drinking more than one of these at a sitting. Another good Sierra Nevada product.

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a good size pillowy orange-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is biscuity doughy malt with some grassy, slightly metallic, hops with a little fruitiness.

The flavor is sweet bready, slightly fruity, malts followed by a subdued grassy floral bitterness. It is medium bodied.

Overall a really subdued IPA. It's very similar to the regular pale ale, but I like this a tad better.

Beaver13, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of Duster72
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 bottle. Pours a clear medium amber into a tulip glass with no head and no lacing. Aroma is pleasant blend of carmel with floral and citrus hops. Taste is light malts, earthy hops and more bitter than anticipated. Rather thin mouthfeel. A little too bitter to be considered highly drinkable. Good average IPA.

Duster72, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Jason
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown stubby, no freshness date but the neck label has the year 2006 on it.

A- Hard three fingers of foam from a vigorous pour, sea foam crust latches on to the inside of the glass. Shiny pale copper hue.

S- A mix of fruity and citric children's vitamins or PEZ in the nose. Coarse hop aroma.

T&M- Sharp bitterness from the hops; herbal, stale tobacco. Graininess has a horse feed like quality. Medium body, crisp and smooth enough to get by. Touch of malt sweetness gets lost quick. Finishes with a harsh herbal hop.

D- This one just seems out of whack to me, the back-end is too clean and the graininess and hop bitterness runs amok.

Jason, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear, shimmering, medium orange body with a one finger offwhite head. Head retains well and deposits some moderate patch lace.
Aroma is both floral and earthy, with background notes of citrus and pine. Bready caramel is prominent, as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. A slight bite of alcohol and raw hop is felt.
The taste comes off as well balanced, overall. Hop bitterness is more prominent in the beginning, with a raw and earthy presence. Grapefruit and caramel come on strong as it warms but the finish is still slightly bitter.
Alcohol remains hidden for the most part and drinkability is quite good. Nicely executed example of the style but definitely a different brew from SNPA.

merlin48, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top and no freshness dating. Pours slighly orangish amber, clear, under a light tan minor head, that leaves a moderate amount of tiny bubble lacing. Nose is boldly of leafy hops. Nicely crafted Brit style IPA, non citric as so many of the Calif. IPAs tend to be, more grainy, resiny in character. Enjoyable, easy drinking ale. I love the SNPA, this is similar, just with an exta load of hops tossed in, Enjoy.

Billolick, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a clear , orange/amber. Head was a half inch , white , dissipated to a sudsy , lace leaving layer.

Smell: Nice hops are watermelon , floral , fair amount of malt in there.

Taste: Flavor starts out with a smooth mild cracker maltiness , then the hops come in and never leave, with floral and oily characters , slight melon , hops stick around for a long , slightly soapy and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: smooth , medium bodied.

Drinkability: A tasty and unique ipa with a nice kick. I like the melon character in the aroma , and it seems to have a nice balance. The hops are strong , but not in an 'in yo face' way.

Byeast, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear gold with a decent white head. Crystal malt and grassy aroma. But, this tasted just like a regular old Sierra Nevada pale ale. Crystal and caramel malt, tart citrus hops, and mineral water. Maybe if I had one at the same time as their "IPA" I might be able to tell the difference. Where are the hops? Not impressed.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap with lots of attitude. I'd recommend an opener on this one even with the twist-off.

Clear,copper color. Dense,rocky head about 2" thick,lots of very tiny particles floating around, a few tiny bubbles rising now and then. Lace curtians round and down the glass.

Moderate nose very piney,citrusy,somewhat of a metallic aroma.Faint carmell notes with burnt aromas throughout

Strong citrus/pine tastes,a bit of a sour grapefruit taste.Some notes of sweet carmell with some nuttieness. Starts to balance out a bit midway through,mostly on the hoppy side thruout. Finishes with a citrusy/grapefruitty taste that ends up crisp and clean.. Not much alcohol tastes for almost 7% maybe just a tinge,well hidden.

A bit on the thin side,even a bit watery. English style weaker than most american IPA's not bad though. Goes down easy,not really filling just wouldn't want to drink a lot of these. Not a bad IPA, just not something I would drink all the time.

jcdiflorio, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My fantasy was not to be. I hoped that this would be a bottled version of the tremendous Harvest Ale that I anticipate each fall. I should have realized from the clipper ship on the label that this would tend toward a more traditional English style IPA. Still it's an enjoyable glass of beer. Pours a crystal clear orangey pumpkin color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an even mix of caramelly malts and citrus hops, hinted with honey. Flavor is initially malty, changing to citrusy hops with nuances of ripe apple and pear. Finishes dry, crisp and clean, with a piney peppery linger. Even mouthfeel, smooth and full with a carbonation tingle in the finish.

far333, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of kpantz
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Executive Summary: Sierra Nevada delivers a very approachable, yet faithful interpretation of one of my favorite styles. It's probably an over-used analogy, but think SNPA with the hop flavor and bitterness dialed up.

Appearance: Clear, deep golden color with a barely off-white head that hangs around at about half a finger thick.

Smell: Piney hops, with just a touch of citrus in there.

Taste: Good piney hop flavor quickly overtakes what minute sweetness you get from the malt. That good piney hop flavor is then overtaken by a significant hop bitterness that I actually haven't tasted in a while...even in some DIPAs. Great tiered hop profile here. Aftertaste is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Great for the style. Light and only a little sticky. Perfect carbonation level keeps this brew lively on the tongue, yet allows for the complex flavors to shine through.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable in this warm weather. It's light and very hoppy. Very interesting flavor profile, and I don't think I'll get tired of it.

kpantz, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange into a pint glass, thin white head. I'm not picking up much aroma, some fruits and hop aroma. This is a very, very bitter beer. I notice some malts peeking out from behind the bitterness, and maybe some fruitiness, but the bitterness really dominates the flavor. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

I remembered liking this beer more on tap, but from the bottle I'm not very impressed.

Dizzy, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright orangey bronze appearance with a good rocky head that rises to 3/4 of an inch on a hard pour. Lots of patches of lace on the pint glass. Nice aroma, sweet citrus with some underlying malt, not overbearing in impact. Mouthfeel is not quite medium, carbonation is prickly but not overly gassy. This beer is actually fairly well-balanced for an American IPA, leans to a juicy hop that's most apparent early but with some caramel backing going for it. Moves to a more herbaceous tone close to the finish. For me, this is a nice middle-of-the-road IPA, nicely drinkable but not too heavy-handed in execution. Some of its main differences with a Celebration run is the lack of as much hop at the finish and a dryer flowery tone.

ADR, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer sampled on tap at Fathead's in da Southside. Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber with a full creamy tan head with a nice coating of lacing. Aroma: Citrus within a barrage of west coast cascade hops with notes of a malty backbone, let's get things straight the hops are up front here. Taste: Piney hops nice hop resin oil glides along the palate with each sip, some rich malt caramel playing second fiddle to this magnificant hopped up Sierra Neveda Brew. The hops kick you in your teeth and don't ever really let up but despite this IPA lacking some balance compared to some of the other great ones, it's still oh so good. Mouthfeel: Chewy texture sticky and full body great sensations for the palate. Drinkability: Some may find it a bit cloying due to the pure dominance of the hops, but I have yet to find a beer that's too hoppy. This was a true find in fact I never recalled ever seeing it before, so if you hunt it down give it a try.

WVbeergeek, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark golden orange crystal clear body with a creamy oatmeal colored head that last and last. The carbonation is a nice gentle net of bubbles.

S- The hops are smooth and earthy with some faint pine notes. There is a faint pale malt note as it warms a bit.

T- The taste of juicy hops have notes of citrus and pine with a faint lemon and pineapple in the background. The lemon note starts to come through the more it warms. After I adjusted to the hops I notice the nice soft pale malt flavor in the background. The beer finishes with a soft gentle bitterness that is gone pretty quickly but the juicy hop flavor hangs on the breath.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.

D- This beer has good complexity in the hop flavor but the lemon flavors were a bit to sharp. I would have been nice to taste a bit more grain to give the hops some backbone.

rhoadsrage, May 06, 2006
Photo of rye_so_serious
3/5  rDev -18.5%

rye_so_serious, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived with a good head sitting on top of a light brown tone with hints of orange. It left a substantial and good-looking lace as well.

This was much more balanced than I expected. The taste is very good, and the hop kick was snappy but not at all overwhelming. It feels good in the mouth and it goes down pretty easily. Unique flavor, and well done!

watermelonman, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of IntriqKen
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed this on tap several months ago at the brewery and was not impressed...possibly because I was reviewing it against SN's other extensive lineup.
This time in a bottle, the brew is impressive.
Not overly hopped, yet the hops are fresh and clean....balancing out some wonderfully sweet malts.
I'm reminded of an English IPA by how very balanced this one is.yet still very flavorful and hoppy like an American.
Very good...I'll be looking for more of this one in the future.

IntriqKen, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.15/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sierra Nevada- IPA

Appearance- Light golden orange with a small moderate lacing head.
Smell- Metallic. Bitter hops, not the grapefruit rind I was hoping.
Taste- Very metallic. Bitter. Very green unripe hop flavor but mostly a metallic bitter twang.
Mouthfeel- Light and hoppy up front but becoming quite a mess.

Overall- Highly disappointed with this one! I drank the other five only after I polished off a 4 pack of Rasputin Imperial stout ( to help numb my tongue/ mouth)

At all costs buy every Sierra Nevada offering except this!

NJpadreFan, Feb 05, 2007
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Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.