Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Premo88:
3.8/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
L: clear gold; solid 1/4- 1/2-inch head and the lacing is nuts.
S: citrusy, hoppy at first. it fades into a weak grain smell at times, but the citrus still lingers, too.
T: solid hop bite with a good malt balance; sweetens out in the finish in a quite wonderful way. but every sip starts with bitter hops in a refreshing way.
F: lots of carbonation, solid weight.
O: such a great middle of the road pale ale -- neither the super hop-bomb American IPA/DIPA nor the malt-shake English pale ale. it's really the best of both worlds, achieving a balance I wish more American pale ales went for. it's in my Top 10 of go-to beers: when in doubt, this one is guaranteed to hit the spot everytime.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 07:29:59 | More by Premo88
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 8,180 ratings.