Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JoeCeez:
4.22/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: slightly hazy copper, with two fingers of bright white head that leaves decent lacing
S: lots of citrus and pine hops with a hint of grainy malt
T: like pure white grapefruit juice, some pine, a nice mild caramel sweetness to balance the firm bitterness
M: nice and crisp, not overly carbonated, smooth not oily at all
D: This is my standby session beer I can drink these all night and sometimes I do, my only problem is that sometimes after 5 or 6 I develop some mild heartburn that seems to only happen with this beer
This is one of the beers that made me realize that I love hops, I remember being 13 and going to my yuppie aunt and uncle's house for holidays and they would always have this in the fridge, needless to say it was love at first sip.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2008 22:09:46 | More by JoeCeez
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 8,174 ratings.