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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

8,180 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,180
Reviews: 2,668
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 639 | 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)
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Reviews by jizdepski:
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jizdepski

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a english pint sized bass glass. nice looking ale, honey gold in color with a creamy textured tan collar. head retained well. floral hop bouquet with an earthy mustiness on the nose. tastes floral and herbal up front. not too hoppy, some graininess balances it out with a nice malt presense. not shy with hops, but not too hoppy especially if you are looking for them. feels oily slick going down (resiny, hoppy oil) and has a fullish, creamy medium body. just a little "bite" from carbonation but for the most part quite smooth. drinkability spot on. one of the better examples of an american pale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 23:30:09 | More by jizdepski
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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.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,180 ratings.