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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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376 Ratings

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Ratings: 376
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-07-2012 16:21:01 | More by fatbatcat
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

07-06-2012 02:46:06 | More by MikalMick
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-30-2012 18:23:06 | More by nheinzie57
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 17:54:38 | More by drabmuh
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-25-2012 00:01:19 | More by Cattafin
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-08-2012 03:44:48 | More by Nate
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-20-2012 23:43:10 | More by mechanicalprints
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-29-2012 04:25:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-18-2012 21:01:03 | More by TrojanWheels
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-11-2012 21:20:35 | More by bonbini26
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-10-2012 03:02:41 | More by ahbaggins
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-03-2012 06:09:18 | More by Gregwa
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-07-2011 02:31:38 | More by rab53
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-05-2011 06:52:32 | More by twelveinches
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-23-2011 00:49:51 | More by RoryOMoore
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 03:02:35 | More by MacStinson
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 19:51:49 | More by litheum94
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 04:11:35 | More by schmidlove
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-14-2011 20:22:00 | More by rrryanc
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 21:07:40 | More by dlbrockmiller
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 06:02:14 | More by echoes
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 17:18:08 | More by phiberoptik
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 22:05:48 | More by mikesgroove
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A polished copper with big foamy head. Nice lacings all the way down.

Oddly enough, not a whole lot of hops in the aroma. Malt is a good deal more noticeable, with nice toffee and caramel notes.

Again, malt is surprisingly front and centre for an American IPA. Loads of sweet juicy malt with a strong toffee presence. Hops come a bit late to the party, but provide a pretty long lasting bitter finish.

It's not a bad beer, but a bit too subtle for the style. A bit of an English feel to this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:19:49 | More by CanuckRover
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber pour, with a thin head & not much lacing. Aroma was dominated by woody/citrus notes, and not much hop bitterness. The flavor affirmed this, but it was even a little more subtle. Medium-bodied, fair carbonation, and a nice dry finish. Certainly sessionable, but it just doesn't have that hop kick that most people have gotten accustomed to, even for an English-style ipa. I was surprised that the Cascade presence, which is Sierra's calling card, was less than anticipated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 05:35:44 | More by donniecuffs
Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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