Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cypressbob:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
350ml screw top bottle
Pours with a murky amber body, thick foamy head with good retention and lacing
Smell is hoppy, lavender and summer fruits, tons of cascade hop aroma
Taste is full of hops, nothing too powerful and mabye a little bland, limited, bit one dimensional compare to anchor liberty ale for example, but goes down well, great use of cascade hops. very cascady, very little else but still fantastic, some lemony bitterness
A great and refreshing session ale, very drinkable, fresh tasting even over here in ireland
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2004 20:03:45 | More by cypressbob
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 8,176 ratings.