1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

8,185 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,185
Reviews: 2,669
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 643 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 8,185 | Reviews: 2,669 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Steveosupemeo:
Photo of Steveosupemeo


5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know what the hell you all expect in a beer but this little mofo just rocked me! This beer is my new favorite! I just had one bottle from a sample case of many that I received for my birthday and DAMN! I just found my new favorite! My old favorite was Newcastle but now I think I found my true love! I haven't checked the price of this beer yet, but I hope I can afford it! The head stayed moderate throughout the enjoyment of this beer. It smelled a little piney and woodsy and I didn't want to drink the last damn drop knowing that this is the only bottle I had of it. What a teaser! It's kinda like the first good piece of a@@ you ever got. You feel like you want to savor the flavor but get greedy and say screw it, I'm going all the way....It's like that! Dudes, if you haven't tried SN, try it! You won't regret it! My fridge will forever be stocked with Sierra Nev. until my next love comes along...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 05:30:27 | More by Steveosupemeo
More User Reviews:
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great drinking beer. The appearance is a light orange with a nice white head. The smell is full of hops but does have some more earthy smells in it as well. The taste is great with a burst of hop flavor in the beginning that fades into a toasty malt flavor that finishes the beer well. I can definitely see how this one is a popular beer today.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 14:02:04 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of Joestradamus91

New York

4/5  rDev -1%

07-30-2014 00:21:56 | More by Joestradamus91
Photo of JayKay412


4/5  rDev -1%

07-29-2014 23:05:18 | More by JayKay412
Photo of Morecuamanyc

3/5  rDev -25.7%

07-29-2014 18:43:53 | More by Morecuamanyc
Photo of DCocco86


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-29-2014 18:33:52 | More by DCocco86
Photo of JustinSparks


2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

07-29-2014 15:48:02 | More by JustinSparks
Photo of BlueAndBrew


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-29-2014 11:42:57 | More by BlueAndBrew
Photo of Buttstallion


4/5  rDev -1%

07-29-2014 05:16:42 | More by Buttstallion
Photo of GapingMcNulty

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-29-2014 05:16:20 | More by GapingMcNulty
Photo of AlvinLin

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2014 20:42:48 | More by AlvinLin
Photo of Beerguy15

4/5  rDev -1%

07-28-2014 20:36:32 | More by Beerguy15
Photo of agilmour11


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-28-2014 16:45:23 | More by agilmour11
Photo of twinshen

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2014 16:32:44 | More by twinshen
Photo of Leiermann


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2014 14:49:53 | More by Leiermann
Photo of melza

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

07-28-2014 14:19:38 | More by melza
Photo of Robyn

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-28-2014 12:34:01 | More by Robyn
Photo of Mutton_Mammoth


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2014 12:01:09 | More by Mutton_Mammoth
Photo of dannykay79

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

07-28-2014 08:40:50 | More by dannykay79
Photo of Optcynbassist

5/5  rDev +23.8%

07-28-2014 07:50:38 | More by Optcynbassist
Photo of Tahaelmagbri

4/5  rDev -1%

07-28-2014 07:46:52 | More by Tahaelmagbri
Photo of Troublebar


4/5  rDev -1%

07-28-2014 06:57:57 | More by Troublebar
Photo of Smelo79

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

07-28-2014 06:21:11 | More by Smelo79
Photo of enjambed


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
Photo of snotster

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-28-2014 03:22:34 | More by snotster
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,185 ratings.