Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by stevenseg:
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I doubt anyone is here checking out beers at beeradvocate.com having not ever tasted a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. My beverage-loving buddies and I agree that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the gateway to more robust flavored beers. Considered a session, this Pale Ale from Chico, California is one of the biggest small-batch breweries in the nation. I honestly had only had the Pale Ale out of a bottle, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it on tap at MyBar, a little strip-mall joint just east of Sawmill Road on Rt. 161 in Dublin, Ohio (shout out to my hometown).
My brew was delivered as a full pint. As it is when I pour it at home, the color was a clear amber with a nice fluffy head, which dissipated after a few minutes into a nice sticky film with great lacing. I love lacing rings (rings of lacing that stick to the glass, which are visible after every drink) and I am always very careful as I drink to drink out of the same side of the glass to be sure to preserve them. SN's Pale Ale is so sticky that the rings are barely visible and the lacing coats the entire inside of the glass. A rarity and a testament to the density of the beer.
The nose of this pale ale had very little of that sweet maltiness. Instead it's very hoppy. If I can smell bitterness, it's bitter. Flowery, but my nose translates the smell of flowery hops to bitter, because that's what is coming.
I think Sierra Nevada calls this a pale ale so as not to scare off the newbies. This is a session beer after all and IPA's aren't typically sessions, but by all intents and purposes, the SN pale ale might as well be an IPA. It's subtle sweetness is no match for the dryness on the back end. This beer is all hops, which is a great trait for a session. The bitterness on the back end lingers pleasantly into the next sip.
SN's Pale Ale is a little syrupy. It's very thick and I could feel it on my lips. It's carbonation is done very well for a mass-produced beer. It is not creamy like and English Ale, nor is it a carbonated mess like American lagers. Instead it has a great consistency, much like a good IPA, and it surely doesn't taste cheap for being available at most supermarkets.
When I find a bar that serves Sierra Nevada, I'm a happy camper. I can slug down Guinness all night, but Sierra Nevada is a slow-sipping delicacy, a sipable evening treat.
The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a session beer for craft brew lovers. It's one of the hoppiest commercially available beers on the market, and that's what distinguishes it in my mind. If you are a Pale Ale lover, it's just a matter of time before you're tipping back on thicker IPA's and porters.
Serving type: on-tap
07-25-2009 00:04:58 | More by stevenseg
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4.16/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle into a tumbler. I really need to work on my glassware situation, but I feel like any glass is better than none. Last one from a 6 pack, enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It's a style I love, and pretty typical for it.
Pours a slightly hazy light amber/dark blonde with less than one finger of creamy off white head. Lacing isn't anything to write home about.
Sniffs Good. Subtle and hoppy, probably cascade. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and drinks smoothly. Would be a good beer in the summer, and is great right now late in the winter too. Tastes well balanced with plenty of hops. If you don't like hops this one is pretty approachable. (People should just drink what they like though.)
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 02:08:20 | More by DagenhamDavis
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 7,107 ratings.