Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,515 | Reviews: 2,681 | Display Reviews Only:
2.03/5 rDev -49.8%
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.
01-31-2009 02:08:41 | More by Wogs
2.05/5 rDev -49.3%
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!
09-23-2010 19:48:58 | More by Kestrel452
2.05/5 rDev -49.3%
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.
01-10-2009 22:20:47 | More by bvburnes
2.05/5 rDev -49.3%
(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.
08-21-2006 21:21:23 | More by gnoff
2.24/5 rDev -44.6%
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.
11-17-2013 23:48:26 | More by Das_Reh
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,515 ratings.