Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The beer poured a nice golden/brassy colour. A half finger creamy off white head formed then melted. The mildlycarbonated ale produced thin lacings.
Pleasing floral and citrus hop aromas present on top of biscuity but nutty malts.
The biscuity but nutty malts are there, finishing with an orange citrus flavour initially mellowed by grassy notes.
This is a very well balanced and refreshing medium bodied pale ale. Substantial enough in lightly roasted malts, but especially so with the hops.
This is an enjoyable pale ale to drink. It would easily make a great session or crossover brew, for someone looking to start appreciating hoppier beers. This is something i will drink again. Its nice summer refreshment with just enough body to enjoy the whole year.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2006 01:31:07 | More by demcorhip
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 8,178 ratings.