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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

9,793 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,793
Reviews: 2,833
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 191
Gots: 1,596 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 9,793 | Reviews: 2,833 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AaronSprouse
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZBowden
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear orange copper small white head, smells of biscuit cracker malts slight spicy hops, tastes malty on front with warming hop bitterness, incredibly smooth mouthfeel with a fantastic finish.

Photo of Ultimate
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brainfock
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Randolph96
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chime
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of howardbr7
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Obviously I have had many SNPAs in the past, and in fact I would say Sierra Nevada was my gateway into craft beer, but I'm just now getting around to reviewing it myself. Sierra Nevada really fits the bill, setting the bar for other APAs with a beautiful, lustrous amber hue and two-finger, bubbly white head. The lacing sustains throughout. The aroma is floral and citrus with the hops coming through nicely, and the taste is not harsh at all, just enough bitterness to tease the tongue, and a nice hoppy finish (not overpowering). I've always admired the balance in this beer, and the carbonation is moderate but present. Overall, this is a standard for APAs, a really solid brew.

Photo of WS_Transplant
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbratt93
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tdenham
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -Rick
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALC82
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckslayer50
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank this right after the SA Rebel and loved this even more, looked and smelled amazing, had even more citrusy flavors than the previously mentioned rebel. I think these end up my gateway beer to loving all sorts of IPA's

Photo of forgedinmetal666
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmeGT
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a thick cap of foamy off-white head. Amazing retention. The aroma is light, with mild pine hops notes and hints of yeast and malt sweetness. The taste is also mild, but not lacking in flavor, with pine, spice, and floral notes and a nice bready quality from the malt bill. There is a solid carbonation to it and a bitter bite on the finish.

Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pagriley
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TSterbz
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maxson924
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

As far as "big craft beers" go, this is definitely not as good as Sam Adams. But it's fine, and I'll order one in a bar or restaurant if there's nothing better.

Photo of BB1980
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JMay419
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolo
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look-> Cloudy dark gold, really just spectacular. I got 1/2 finger of head that quickly disappeared and what was left was just a white layer that lasted till the end, nice carbonation too. Loved how the small sediment clouded the whole beer, final chug an amazing experience

Smell-> Really nice orangy, lemony, citrussy smell. Hops are just amazing, really an amazing floral smell. Not sure if i perceived pine, maybe someone else did.

Taste-> Truly amazing, hops are perfect. Not overpowering and not too low. I can easily have 3 or 4 of these.

Feel-> Defenitely a crispy one, really good to the palate. Smooth and creamy. You can actually have this one at different temperatures! Im not a big fan of warm Pale Ales but this one I can.

Overall-> Truly perfect, brewed to a perfection! Love Sierra Nevada.

Photo of R11415
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,793 ratings.