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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

8,197 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,197
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 111
Gots: 650 | 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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shanny1981

Georgia

2/5  rDev -50.5%

06-01-2013 19:29:13 | More by shanny1981
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freditoj

Alabama

2/5  rDev -50.5%

11-24-2012 00:44:12 | More by freditoj
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WeisenForEisen

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -50.5%

08-17-2013 20:52:56 | More by WeisenForEisen
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Jerid

Florida

2/5  rDev -50.5%

08-27-2012 15:20:55 | More by Jerid
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JonBarley

California

2/5  rDev -50.5%

09-23-2012 21:23:39 | More by JonBarley
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scm2787

Texas

2/5  rDev -50.5%

08-22-2012 01:13:20 | More by scm2787
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Jdub983

California

2/5  rDev -50.5%

12-07-2011 21:55:23 | More by Jdub983
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StoutFest

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.5%

12-07-2011 05:13:01 | More by StoutFest
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Miami66

Nebraska

2/5  rDev -50.5%

05-03-2014 21:41:54 | More by Miami66
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Josiah


2/5  rDev -50.5%

03-11-2012 01:05:54 | More by Josiah
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Crank78


2/5  rDev -50.5%

10-23-2012 21:34:10 | More by Crank78
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BarelyLegal33


2/5  rDev -50.5%

06-09-2012 01:53:17 | More by BarelyLegal33
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hncowden50

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -50.5%

11-17-2011 18:05:13 | More by hncowden50
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Wsherry1

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.5%

10-03-2013 03:12:36 | More by Wsherry1
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -50.5%

04-08-2012 22:56:21 | More by biercycle
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JeremyDrinksBeer

California

2/5  rDev -50.5%

11-21-2011 07:12:12 | More by JeremyDrinksBeer
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Wogs

Alabama

2.03/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I think this beer is way over hyped.

A- Off white head, pretty good lacing and a amber color

S- Citrus smell to it

T- I did not enjoy the bitter after taste. The taste of it did not warrant the sharp bite.

M- Good carbonation and not too thick.

D- I can drink it but I would rather have something else.

* This is my first review hope its ok.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 02:08:41 | More by Wogs
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Kestrel452

Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

If you're relatively new to beer, I would highly recommend you steer clear of this brew. You will most likely find it way too bitter to drink, and maybe even so much so that you cannot even take another sip. Before you venture out into the realm that is known as pale ales, try some more balanced/milder beers like Honker's Ale before going for this. The beer was great except for the flavor, it was just sickeningly bitter.

I realize this is widely regarded as an excellent beer, but it is NOT something a beginner should drink. Pale ales are inherently pretty bitter, but this one is extra hoppy/bitter. You'll end up turning yourself off to pale ales and possibly ales in general by making this your first go at an ale.

If you want to get used to beer that employs a good amount of hops, drink Sam Adams Boston Lager. It's well balanced, but it also does have a substantial enough hop character to fit the bill. It's about as bitter of a beer that's enjoyable to me.

In time, you may develop a palate for extra bitter beers like SNPA. However, let me reiterate that this beer should be avoided when you're starting to try out different varieties of beer. Happy Drinking!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 19:48:58 | More by Kestrel452
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bvburnes

Nevada

2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

It may be I'm a beer philistine, but this beer was so bitter that my mouth and ass simultaneously pucked so badly that they met each other someplace in my body. Seriously, I couldn't taste anything but the bitter.

Liked everything about this beer except the flavor. And it goes without saying, I wouldn't, or couldn't attempt this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:20:47 | More by bvburnes
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gnoff

Sweden

2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

(350 ml bottle)

Clear golden color with a big lasting white to cream colored head.
Hoppy mixed with a sour acid scent.
Taste has the same acid in it, also a bit strange bitterness.
Could it be infected? Though I find that hard to believe. Perhaps it's just supposed to smell and taste this way?
High bitterness, gives it a dry and bitter after taste.
Medium, almost to the low watery side, mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 21:21:23 | More by gnoff
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Das_Reh

Florida

2.24/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

This is supposedly THE original APA, and one of America's first craft brews. I was eager to try it after seeing the high reviews on BA.

Appearance - A nice, deep coppery color with a decent cream colored head. Lively carbonation, almost no lacing, which was disappointing. I noticed "floaties" in the beer as I poured, which settled to the bottom of the glass like bits of backwash... very unappetizing.

Smell - practically nonexistent... some citrusy hops and not much else.

Taste - Good grief... why are the ratings so high? It's a 1-note acrid bitterness with virtually no maltiness. The citrus/pine hop flavors are barely present, and a sticky, tart bitterness overwhelms the palette... I know Pale's and IPA's are MEANT to be hoppy and bitter, but there's no balance here. It's just NOT good.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium, and frankly unmemorable.

Overall - A bitter, overhyped concoction of hops, hops and more hops. No balance, no complexity. This was my second one and I will not drink another. I'll stick to Two-Hearted.

NOTE: In retrospect I am under the impression that I may have been drinking bottles that were out of date. Will give this beer a proper re-review in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:48:26 | More by Das_Reh
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Razr86

New York

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

09-11-2012 02:55:51 | More by Razr86
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HxC90


2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

03-19-2012 22:51:51 | More by HxC90
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Klun

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

03-20-2013 16:48:51 | More by Klun
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mcss

New York

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%

11-03-2012 20:24:10 | More by mcss
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,197 ratings.