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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

7,338 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 7338
Reviews: 2623
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%


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

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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Auraan

Arizona

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear amber with a one finger white head that receded to a white ring leaving ample lacing. Pretty nice, very true to style. Scents of pine, citrus-zest, slight orange, biscuit-like malt, and floral hop notes. A nice balanced aroma profile of hops and malt, neither overwhelming the other. Very well executed and pleasant. Flavors of sweet malt, including caramel and toffee and some bready, nutty flavors, a moderate level of hop bitterness, with floral, pine resin and citrus zest hop flavors. The citrus zest comes through more on the finish. The finish is dry, with an almost woody flavor mingled with citrus zest and pine. Aftertaste it woody and modestly bitter. A very good, balanced flavor profiling combining hops and malt, with neither outshining the other. Very good. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate-light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink with the right body for a good session ale. Overall this is a classic craft beer. Its balanced in aroma and flavor, both of which are very well executed in their constituent elements. The nice, smooth mouthfeel contributes to the beers drinkability and combines with the flavor and aroma to make a classic session ale. One of the best easily available craft beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 06:09:27 | More by Auraan
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4.96/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Deep orange/amber body. Bright burnt orange when held to light. Off-white head with brown yeast swirled in is two-finger thick. Cascading lace. Near perfect, head could be thicker and/or last longer. Throw some glossy edging in there as well and the brew's appearance would be impeccable.

S-Pine, pine, pine! Caramel malt. Sweet. Musty. A natural funk that is acceptable in drink & food. Funky brown sugar. Citrusy. Orange upfront then lemons and limes follow.

T-Pine. Caramel malt. Bread. Citrus. Lemons and limes steal the show this time with orange supporting. Fresh hops. Some of the freshest you'll have in a beer. These hops bleed pine into the brew.

M-Medium body. The body tips towards a fluid feel rather than a chewy swish. Medium carbonation. The hops are of a medium spiced-pepper feel. The finish is a perfect bitter pine sensation.

O-Most likely the best pale ale around. Has been for decades. A pale ale explosion should occur in craft brewing so we can have super-multitudes to choose from like IPAs. But if not, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will continue to do just fine.

Serving type: bottle

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Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Golden/amber, hazy, with a fine suspended sediment. Very little effervescence. Moderate head, with moderate longevity.

Smell -
Fruity and refreshing aromas of pine, citrus, banana and honey.

Taste -
Overall a very bitter and hoppy beer. Sips reveal citrus and banana notes, with a dominant grapefruit flavour. Banana cake flavours become more prominent when swallowed. Finishes with a bitter, cut grass after-taste.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 7,338 ratings.