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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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8,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,184
Reviews: 2,668
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 642 | 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:
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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Reviews by JTahoe:
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My old friend with whom I have spent many an evening over the years--perhaps my entree to the world of craft beer. But these days I tend to pass my old friend by more often than not, but I know that I can always count on this beer. An especially good fall-back due to its ubiquity.

A - Rich clear copper color with white lacey cap that clings to the sides.

S - Grains and malt with lots of hops on the nose with a spicy, floral, and distinctly earthy aroma which occasionally strikes me just slightly wrong for some reason... but it doesn't by any means ruin the enjoyment of the beer for me, just makes the smell slightly less pleasing.

T - Bready malts and biscuit flavors create a rich and solid foundation for the sharp, floral hoppy flavors to dance and weave through. Citrus, minerals, pine, fruit, flowers, and grass flavors all commingle--a bit muddled, but the it works.

M - Smooth, medium body, light carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

D - Always a great drink--the APA that sets the bar for all others. Sessions!

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 06:45:42 | More by JTahoe
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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.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,184 ratings.