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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

9,668 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,668
Reviews: 2,798
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,460 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Jackjaffar
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thumperskibum
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LordofthePings
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A very nice, very clean beer. No off flavors, nice and simple without any bling. Hop flavor slightly more than other pale ales ive had. Very smooth.

Photo of Stezz420
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-hunter
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a clear amber with a two finger white head.

Smell- Sweet bready malt, lightly toasted.

Taste- Mild, sweet malt. less of a toasted quality as in the smell, and more of a fresh and sweet grainy malt base. The bitterness slowly picks up then lingers. This gives much balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium thin to medium in body. Active carbonation.

Overall- A sweet/bitter pale ale with great balance. A benchmark for the style. Clear and right to the point.

Photo of DoctorEvil
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nicely done pale ale...just bitter enough and trends more toward the traditional IPA profile. Great drink-ability and a California standard. Balanced...tasty...

Photo of fscottkey
3.31/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Looks like a Pale Ale should. Nice muted golden color. Forms 1 finger of white head. The head is tiny and tight on the sides but more fluffy and bubbly on top. The bottle lists the ABV (5.6%) and the packaged date 11/12/14.

S: [3.00] Mild malt smells. Nothing very prominent in the nose.

T: [3.25] The flavor is very neutral. A very mild bitter up front then a slight malt finish.

M: [3.50] Carbonation and mouth feel are right for the style.

O: [3.50] This is a beer you could transition someone from BMC to craft with. It has a mild taste but is slightly more complex with a little more bitter bite than a standard AAL. Most of the Sierra Nevada stuff I try I really love. This I only like. I just feel the beer is too neutral - no risks. No malty backbone. Barely above BMC.

Photo of speedball33
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Average beer. Ok taste. Wouldn't buy again

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Plasmafunk
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Need to buy more often. great beer

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvieE
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark orange, a little cloudy looking. A nice head about two fingers, settled quickly but left a nice lace.

S: Can smell the hops, which I love about any IPA. It has a nice citrus scent. A good smelling beer.

T: Outstanding taste. A good hop without being overpowering. A nice citrus finish.

F: Thick foamy feel. Even throughout the mouth. A nice bite on the front of the tongue that doesn't die down towards the back.

O: Would definitely drink again. This may be my new go to IPA.

Photo of BAM12
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brevbin
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a local spot. I usually really like pale ales but this one just didn't seem to hit the mark with me. Had great smell, but the taste seemed to fall short. Maybe it's just an old keg? Maybe It was too cold I'm not sure. I just wasn't a huge fan of this one.

Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdotson
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JLSIV
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DKinPA1
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of italianstallion
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not much to say about this that hasn't been said, this is a timeless classic. Super well rounded, clean finish, and the Sierra Nevada hoppy twist that is to be expected from them. Always has a place in my fridge.

Photo of bbanks
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,668 ratings.