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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379 Ratings

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Ratings: 379
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and has a mild haze, nice white head, one finger, some retention, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is very hoppy, very piny and earthy.

Beer is medium in body thins out on the end and finishes really bitter, strongly piny, very bitter, way too bitter for an English IPA but a decent beer, it is a shame this is being retired, oh well.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice shade of amber with a smallish head that settles slowly. It has mellow woodsy citrusy aroma. The taste is even better than the smell with a nice smooth mouthfeel, not too carbonated. It does have a bit of a spicy hops bite but not as much as some. Overall another nice beer from Sierra Nevada.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a golden-amber color. About finger-length bright, white head. Head dissipates rather slowly leaving an admirable spider-web lacing. Little bit of carbonation visible.

S: Smells like malts/bread and caramel (malt). Piney/earthy hops smell is also there.

T: Kind of herbal and sweet. Also kind of a bread/biscuit taste. Quite reminiscent of a pale ale because the bitterness isn't as high as most other IPAs I've tried. Does have a bitter aftertaste however. Not too bad though.

M: Medium-bodied and smooth. Pretty satisfying.

O: Might not be satisfactory for IPA fans, which I do not consider myself. As others have mentioned, it does resemble a regular pale ale. The bready/biscuit/carmael malts/flavors actually blend surprisingly well with the light hops.
Not too bitter and is satisfying IMO.

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2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer just was not for me.

It arrived in a traditional beer pint glass with no head left on it, filled to the brim.

Nothing noticeable about the smell, frankly, less than 48 hours later I cannot tell you I smelled much of anything distinct other than the hint of pine hops and some malt.

This beer did not taste like an IPA should to me. No dominating hops, it actually reminded me more of a standard pale ale rather than an IPA. It was drinkable, but not nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped.

If this was the only IPA on the menu I would order it again, but otherwise no thank you.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another stellar offering from SN. I had the pleasure of picking this one up recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was typically for SN, rich dark amber with a towering head of white foam that only settles after putting up a hell of a fight, lol. Nice side lacing then drips down the glass. Aroma is mild, nice piney hops, hints of grass. Very herbal and chewy, even in the smell, but I was looking for more of that tea leave like hop note I like in a good english IPA. Nice mellow, well rounded flavor. Hit with the earthy hops first and these mellow out quiet nicely before jumping back with a mild biscuit like flvor that rounds it out quite well. Warming brings more grainy and bready properties out and the stellar carbonation really lets the flavor pop.

Overall another solid and very well recieved offering from a great, great brewery. Could do this one anyday.

Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.