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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

7,350 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 7350
Reviews: 2624
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%


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 jlandis:
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour sometimes produces 4 or 5 fingers of white head, so I poured it nice and easy this time so it was only about 1 fingers worth. The beer is a crystal clear deep golden yellow. Nice bright yet subtle grapefruit aroma with a sweet malty backbone. A solid bitterness hits the palate right away with a blast of grapefruit and malt sweetness. The body is light and refreshing with solid carbonation.

In my book this is one of the classic American Craft beers. Simple enough to be enjoyed by the masses, yet creative enough to stay interesting. This was one of my early craft beers, and still one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 19:44:15 | More by jlandis
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A-Deep orange/amber body. Bright burnt orange when held to light. Off-white head with brown yeast swirled in is two-finger thick. Cascading lace. Near perfect, head could be thicker and/or last longer. Throw some glossy edging in there as well and the brew's appearance would be impeccable.

S-Pine, pine, pine! Caramel malt. Sweet. Musty. A natural funk that is acceptable in drink & food. Funky brown sugar. Citrusy. Orange upfront then lemons and limes follow.

T-Pine. Caramel malt. Bread. Citrus. Lemons and limes steal the show this time with orange supporting. Fresh hops. Some of the freshest you'll have in a beer. These hops bleed pine into the brew.

M-Medium body. The body tips towards a fluid feel rather than a chewy swish. Medium carbonation. The hops are of a medium spiced-pepper feel. The finish is a perfect bitter pine sensation.

O-Most likely the best pale ale around. Has been for decades. A pale ale explosion should occur in craft brewing so we can have super-multitudes to choose from like IPAs. But if not, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale will continue to do just fine.

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Bottled beer served in a glass.

Appearance -
Golden/amber, hazy, with a fine suspended sediment. Very little effervescence. Moderate head, with moderate longevity.

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Fruity and refreshing aromas of pine, citrus, banana and honey.

Taste -
Overall a very bitter and hoppy beer. Sips reveal citrus and banana notes, with a dominant grapefruit flavour. Banana cake flavours become more prominent when swallowed. Finishes with a bitter, cut grass after-taste.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 7,350 ratings.