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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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377 Ratings

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Ratings: 377
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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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
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber in colour, poured without a great deal of head.

faint citrus, pine and sweet caramel.

Not a great deal of hop flavour for an IPA. some piney hops come then the caramel malt flavour covers it.

reasonably sessionable, not overly carbonated.

Pleasant but a touch plain jane.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 04:50:49 | More by smithflipper
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was shopping for some bottles at Jessup Beverage and ducked in next door to their bar to see what was on. I settled on this. Arrived in a standard shaker glass a tad too cold. Appears a clear copper color with barely a finger of lingering, off white foam. Not much lacing to speak of. Smell and taste is dominated by notes of pine with bitter citrus (lemon), and bready malts playing backup. Medium in both body and carbonation. I'd probably look elsewhere for my IPA fix.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 12:47:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sac Brew Company's Sierra Nevada night.

A - Poured copper with a 1 fingered white head, which dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S/T - Notes of caramel, breadiness, light pine, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, very hop dominated and dry.

D - Not bad, but I expect much better from SN. Not their best effort.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2009 02:20:41 | More by MisterClean
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at a buffalo wild wings. start the jokes now.

amber clear coloring with a fluffy distictly lacing head. not bad, but pretty standard.

pukey sour smell, the hops fade weakly in the background.

slightly malty and floral flavor. creamy and very subdued on the hop flavor which is always discouraging walking into an ipa. I by no means like hop bombs, but at least a slight bang of hops would be nice.

creamy feel. full and not cloying.

easy to drink but keep your nose out of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 22:43:38 | More by cnally
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a transparent light copper. A 1/4 inch almost white head forms that reduces to a nice lacing.

The aroma was a bit unusual to me when comparing to other good IPAs. It has a very earthy tone with some background citrus and pine notes. The maltiness is readily present.

The taste was is similar to the aroma with some raw earth that is stronger than the hoppy goodness which is definitely present. The malt flavor is reasonable and it leaves a bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a light/medium body with a adequate level of carbonation. There is a dryness that lingers with the bitterness.

Overall, this is a fairly good beer but when comparing it to some of the better IPAs, it just fails to compete.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:03:43 | More by SykDoc
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I enjoy IPA's (especially Stone Brewing Co. and Lagunitas), but was quite disappointed with this one especially compared to other Sierra Nevada products that I've had over the years. It was a bit too bitter for my taste and not quite strong enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 06:56:51 | More by marc956
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada IPA is an amber ale with some tiny dust-like particles swarming around in it. It is topped with a small, frothy, off-white head that fades rather quickly but leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is of pine and citrus. Underneath that is straw, molasses, concord grapes and granny smith apples. The mouth feel is slippery and slick. It is light to medium bodied. The carbonation is soft. It has a softly numbing effect on the mouth. The flavor is of West Coast hops-- pine and citrus. The flavor sweetens a bit and ends up like cinnamon candy. This is like their pale ale with a little more oomf.
(rated Jul 17, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:39:38 | More by yesyouam
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 17:41:30 | More by magictrokini
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle (2007) into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy amber/orange color with a head of off-white foam.

S - Malty with hints of caramel and citrus/pine hops.

T - Slightly sweet up front followed by a slightly spicy hop bitterness.

MF&D - Nothing special. I don't think I would want to drink more that 1 or 2 of theses.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 09:35:47 | More by nasty15108
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear copper with a frothy off-white head and good lacing.

Aroma - Light malty smell with a little wet hay in the background.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with light carbonation.

Taste - Crisp and clean with pine and grapefruit domination the flavor.

Overall - A very nice IPA, of course most beers taste better on tap. I could drink a lot of these ; )

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2008 19:18:20 | More by praufs01
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2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another gracious bottle from what I thought was my best friend's fridge.
Glad I could be taking one for the team and alleviating his fridge of this goodliness.
Pours amber in color with a nice half inch head. Smell is some grassy, piney hops. Subdued hops, but they are there. Taste is pretty non-obtrusive IPA. Nothing to get excited about, and not enough hops to make it memorable. Easy drinking, slightly bittering. Decent beer, but will not drink again. Now where's my Two Hearted!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:51:51 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a thin white head that provided some lacing, but dissipated fairly quickly.

Smells hoppy, but not a strong as I'd expect from Sierra Nevada. Some other grain scents can be detected.

Nice hops flavor with some citrus tones and some malts. Nice finish, not bitter like others in the class.

Medium body and carbonation.

Easy drinking, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 19:25:01 | More by AgingWarrior
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served an 8 ounce sampler from a keg at a Blues festival in eastern Washington.

A: It poured a bright orange body with a modest white head. The head retained well and supported a layered lacing down the side of the glass.

S: It emitted the aroma of pine and citrusy hops with a background of toasted malts.

T: It had a dominant hop profile that was well balanced by sweet toasted malts. The hops were piney and citrusy and the malts were creamy and sweet.

M: It was light to medium bodied with a bitter aftertaste. It was moderately carbonated.

D: It was a bit overhopped for my taste. However, there was an effort to present a balance, but, the brew fell just short.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 12:01:58 | More by dnichols
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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice rich copper color with a small head and very little lacing.

S- Very light and small amount of hops here. Pretty mild comparing to other IPA's I've had.

T- Not terrible pretty mild for an IPA though. Still a little better than the smell indicated. Some sharp spices, hoppiness and also some light fruit hints here.

M- Very little carbonation and felt very light.

D- Not too bad just like my IPA's with more bite to them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2008 00:51:59 | More by nrbw23
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally reviewed on Feb. 21, 2007)

Red/orange with a tinge of caramel; crystal clear and a moderate inch head which took some aggressive pouring to reach; head subsided quickly and there's a steady, minimal stream of carbonation bubbles.

Smells of hops and bready malts. Nothing big hopwise here, which was both surprising and disappointing. It almost displays more malt presence than hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nice crisp and clean flavor, which a good bite of hops all the way through, though not over the top like an American version would be. Light-to-medium body. The hops are balanced nicely by a subtle malt backbone. Even though the predominant flavor is hops, it's still not as hoppy as one would expect from Sierra Nevada, but to be fair, they were going for an English style IPA. Compared to Sierra's other IPA, Celebration Ale, this isn't as striking, balanced, or tasty. It's not a bad beer, but is fairly weak for an IPA.

It's a tasty beer for sure, but not one I would seek out again and again. I've had many other IPAs which stand out much more than this one. This is just too weak for an IPA, especially from Sierra Nevada. I will gladly stick with their Celebration Ale when it's in season. Otherwise, their Pale Ale is just as enjoyable, if not more so, than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 15:56:25 | More by JEdmund
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4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with good light tan head. It had a mild scent of wild hops and a bit of malt. It tasted surprisingly mild with a great hops flavor and a bit of malt balance. Perhaps some of the most delicious hops I've had (up there with the Dogfish Head 90 Minute). It was smooth and oily with no carbonation, and had an aftertaste that started small but built into a nice bitterness. Overall this was very easy to drink but also very flavorful. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:54:15 | More by Pencible
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4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle identifies it as 2007 vintage. Beyond that, "7005A0844" is as cryptic as anything that I have ever seen. Oh well.

Poured with about a finger's worth of off-tan head with little retention. Nose was pine-y, citrus-y, and resin-y, absolutely an American IPA! Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber with a lot of effervescence. Mouthfeel was full and bubbly with an outrageous burst of hops on the tongue that almost made me cough. After a week of Ukrainian whatevers, this was such a welcome change. Oh man, I felt like a junkie who has been trying to kick with methadone for a week and finally gives up, taking a solid mainline hit into his favorite vein (not that I'd know anything about any of that, being such a straight arrow and all). The finish was hops, hops, and more hops. Tell you what - keep the malty stuff and just keep feeding me this kind of thing. Say, did anyone else hear a monkey chattering in the background the last few days? It's no matter. He seems to have shut up now. Where can I get some more of this? It was much needed.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 22:42:12 | More by woodychandler
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4.93/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review for BA, so I should make my viewpoint known. I am pretty new to craft, micro brews and ales in general. I took an interest in ales only two years ago.

It seems to me that there are two ways of evaluating an IPA. An IPA can be tasted fresh and soon after the bottling date, or it can be evaluated after six months of cellaring. I believe that the true test of any IPA must be made after a minimum of six months of bottle aging: the true test of a beer that was originally formulated to be consumed after an unrefrigerated voyage of six months duration from the British Isles to the Indian subcontinent.

I enjoyed the February 2007 bottling of Sierra Nevada IPA fresh. I also enjoy another SN IPA as a fresh IPA: Celebration Ale.

For this review I have notes for Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale (with the dark green schooner label) bottled 70058 (February 27, 2007). This evaluation was enjoyed in September of 2007, when the IPA was six months old. It was cellared without refrigeration in my garage stored dark and covered in a cool northern corner on slab concrete.

SN India Pale Ale is poured into a glass stein. Aroma is hoppy, fruity and pungent without the slightest trace of skunking. A raisin scent is noticed immediately. The head is quick to form, modest in height, dense, sandy off-white in color and laces well. Carbonation is lively and long lasting. The color is dark amber with burnished gold highlights. This IPA poured with a medium clarity owing to suspended yeast that accumulated on the bottom ½ inch of the bottle during six months of aging. Plenty of yeast stayed put on the bottom of the bottle.

The taste displayed a sharp but not overly powerful hops bite that lingered as the predominant aftertaste. The malt and fruitiness of the Goldings hops combined harmoniously as only single hop ale can: toasty, mellow malt with depth and a rich caramelized sweetness. The dark raisin and toffee taste was a welcome surprise. Substantial, but medium feel in the mouth but refreshing. Not bad in the summer. Robust hops bitterness aside: this is the sweetest IPA I have yet to taste.

I’ll offer another review of this ale in March 2008, after the brew has bottle aged for a year.

Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale is a beautifully balanced bottled IPA. I’m asking the brewery to do another bottled run in February 2008. I hope they listen. Pack it in 12-pack boxes so we can lay it up for six months or more.

I’m looking forward to tasting SN Celebration Ale late this summer. I’ve laid up several 12-packs low in the boat so they will be ready to enjoy at anchor in the heat of August.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 04:10:26 | More by yzer
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I want to say that I appreciate the fact that SN labels this as the 2007 IPA. I personally feel more brewers should use dates for their beers.

Pours a very slightly fogged amber. Small cream head. Nose is pine hops. Flavor is nice and thick, malty, and mature. Exemplifies the style. Nothing Showy. Just well made. Smooth but a bit thin on the liquid. Nice carbonation. Very drinkable. Could have many of these for sure. For SN to still be putting out a quality product like this after being in the biz for so long...well...it almost makes a man weepy. Almost. Thanks for not selling out SN.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 17:42:37 | More by RblWthACoz
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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange amber with half an inch of dense creamy foam, plenty of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit hops. Tastes hoppy with a bitter finish. Very full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall a very average beer, not a bad beer, I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 22:23:51 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold brew with a golden tan head.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops, sweet malt.

Taste: Nice hop bite with a sweet malt undercurrent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly acidic with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Great, balanced flavor. The sweet malt really tones down the hops and reduces their bite.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 07:43:59 | More by SargeC
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a one finger white head with good retention and lacing. Body was a slightly hazed deep gold/orange.

S: Aroma of sweet malts & citrus.

T: The sweet caramel malt backbone was chased away by bitter, citric hops. Seemed somewhat less balanced (and less enjoyable) than the SNPA - yet was still not a big IPA.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Lasting finish that stayed true to the taste.

D: Goes down easily. Not a bad brew by any means, but from SN, I'd prefer the Harvest, Pale, Anniversary, Celebration, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 05:21:25 | More by OKCNittany
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try this one, but couldn't find it anywhere. By luck I was in South Dakota for the weekend for Thanksgiving and found a couple of these in a "build your own 6-pack" section of a liquor store.

Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass

Appearance: Amber, orange color w/ a nice 1/4 inch head that lasts for quite a while. A little bit of haze noted.

Smell: Not an overpowering aroma, but is interesting w/ nice mild citrusy hops and a slight toffee aroma to back them up.

Taste: Solid IPA flavors w/ nice bitterness that lasts to the next drink. Definite spicey, citrusy flavors as one expects from SN. What makes this one different is a stronger malt character w/ some toffee flavors as well as some diacetyl butteriness.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than west coast IPAs, but lighter than most English IPAs. Medium bodied. It is somewhat smooth, but crisp enough to make you remember this is an IPA.

Drinkability: This is a pretty damn good IPA. Not my favorite in the world, but better than most. I think if I had to choose, I would probably go for the Celebration Ale and the Anniversary Ale before hitting this one again. I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 03:30:04 | More by brewdoc75
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass. This beer pours a clear copper/orange color. The head is about 1/4 inch thick when poured. It quickly settles to a fairly thin surface layer with a nice white ring lining the inside of the glass. Not too much lacing. Aromas of hops and citrus/grapefruit are present along with some caramel. Taste is a lot like the smell. Hoppy upfront along with grapefruit flavor followed by some sweet caramel. Not the most complex IPA, but pretty tasty! Has a nice crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, pretty easy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 04:30:13 | More by neenerzig
Sierra Nevada India Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.