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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

8,086 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,086
Reviews: 2,663
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 110
Gots: 591 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a heavy finger of fluffy off-white head over a clear dark straw liquid. Smells sharp grapefruit pithy, mild pine, some orange. With searching I get bubblegum, lemon, and a woody grassiness (like EKGoldings hops).

Tastes much like the flavor. Nice cohumulone grassy edginess gives girth to the flavor profile. This is very hoppy for a pale ale. Apricot and pear esters, mild biscuity malt base. Flavorful, but not a complex monster that would turn this easy drinker into something disjointed or ponderous. Hop flavors are really well integrated. Oranges, mild baby aspirin, grapefruit pithy. Ptihy is drying in the finish and helps clean the tongue in the aftertaste. Heavy carbonation stings in the aftertaste, but is somehow fine-bubbled and creamy when liquid is in the mouth. Md-light viscosity is somehow a bit creamy, too. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 03:03:38 | More by mentor
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,086 ratings.