Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,184 | Reviews: 2,668 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Act25:
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sierra Nevada is so consistent, their Narwhal is as fine as any RIS, and their Pale Ale is perhaps the best pale ale for the price in the world, bested only by Stone or Dales Pale Ale (which is entirely different beast).
A: Perfect pour, lighter colored, hazed, and good head and lacing.
S: Nicely floral and spicy, complex craft, original, piney, and refreshing. Inviting. Gets really good at 50-55 degrees.
T: Follows the floral and spicy nose. Good hop flavoring pronounced in the mid-body.
MF: Medium to light bodied, cut nicely by bittering. Leaving mouth nice and dry and tingly. Lighter than sticky Stones, Dales, Troegs, or Left Hand.
O: This is one to buy by the case on sale. This is the go-to beer of all go-to beers. For example, I have found it for 12.99 a 24 vs 18.99 for 24 Dales. 4.25 for value.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 02:39:16 | More by Act25
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Serving Type: Bottle Poured into glass. I thought I would try it at room temperature for something different. (Although it was very good as always, I would recommend it moderately chilled to 40-45 F)
Appearance: A moderate to hefty pour produces a one finger, soapy white head with lively carbonation and decent retention that settles down to a small cap. Good lacing as well, but I'm not that serious about these kinds of things. Color is a nice copper-orange hue standard for a pale ale.
Smell: Sweet malts, with some citrus hops, floral and a bit of pine. Overall, what you would expect in a cascade-based pale ale, but it's executed very well. Normally I can get more out of this beer, but my smell isn't as sensitive today.
Taste: My taste is not so sharp right now either, but I'll give it my best. Starts pretty plain, but finishes with clean, moderate bitterness and a very noticeable (and delicious) citrus/orange flavor. Possibly some pine there too, but it could just be the bitterness.
Feel: Medium, not too interesting, but pale ales aren't known for mouthfeel. There is a decent amount of carbonation that makes it nice and lively, and adds a little bit of crispness that works well with the hops. Dry, dry finish.
Overall: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a well established benchmark for the American Pale Ale, and for good reasons. Everything is well-balanced, and you can kick back a few of them without hop overload. Someone with an IPA-warped palate will barely be able to notice the bitterness, but that makes it more approachable for non-BA's just starting out in craft beer. It's a solid, everyday pale ale at an affordable price.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:40:35 | More by enjambed
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,184 ratings.