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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

8,172 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,172
Reviews: 2,668
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 632 | 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 jspruit:
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jspruit

Denmark

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at The Drink Store in Stoneybatter on Sierra Nevada special. It's been awhile since I had this-a few years at least I'd say and it is about time I gave it a review.

Pours a nice shade of copper and orange. Nice carbonation with a small off-white foamy head. Leaves some nice lacing going down.

Smells very nice. Floral with hops is the main note here-with some butter biscuit smells too.

Tastes alot like it smells with the hops the overwhelming note. A light malt backbone comes in too which is nice and then it finishes a bit dry. Some citrus notes join the floral aroma-but not too much.

This goes down pretty smooth for an APA and that's probably another reason it is so popular. Not heavy or light and leaves you wanting another.

This is my favorite style of beer, and although not my favorite of this type, I can see why it is so popular. Nice balance of hops, ABV, aroma, mouthfeel, etc. Overall a great beer and definitely something I would not turn down if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 17:48:18 | More by jspruit
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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.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,172 ratings.