Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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Ratings: 10,191
Reviews: 2,945
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 219
Gots: 2,041 | FT: 2
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
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Photo of rrski198
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big fluffy white head with decent lacing. Huge round slow rising bubbles highlight the golden yellow colored ale. Looks delicious.

S: Bready malt and big time hops. Perfectly pair and balanced scent. mild alcohol rounds out the scent. Smells like its a hoppy pale ale but solid.

T: Wow, very nice. This is a hoppy pale ale and thet are definitely showcased here but the malt is PERFECTLY balanced. sweet, buttery, earthy, spicy; this beer hits on all cylinders.

M: Thick, full, oily, spicy, and the carbonation level makes it all really pop.

O: one of the best pale ales ive ever had. This is perfectly done and very well balanced. Might be too hoppy for some, but for me, this is a staple in my fridge and a perfect session beer.

Photo of AriRock
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always thought the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was quite good from the bottle, but then I tried it from the can and found the flavor far superior. This is one of the best beers on the market for its price, and it is easy to find. Very hoppy for a pale ale, with grapefruit, lemon, and piney notes and lots of small bubbles. Just enough malt to counter any slight bitterness from the hops, but this is a hop-forward, crisp, refreshing beer.

Photo of legatovibrato24
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has been my standby for quite a while, just now getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a medium amber color, with a great head that laces the glass with enthusiasm. Taking a whiff of this beer yields a nose full of hops and yeast. The bouquet is complex enough to entice the seasoned craft beer drinker, but lacks the intimidation to make a novice cringe. Great balance.

The first thing you are hit with once sipped is a full plate of hops. At times there is almost a citrus flavor coming through the hops, although nowhere near what is found in the Torpedo IPA, with its inclusion of the citra hop. A slight malt flavor can be had, but the dominating notes are those of hops and caramel.

Although there is plenty of flavor, the beer itself does not have a heavy body. I would classify it as a medium bodied hoppy beer.

This is an easy beer to fall in love with. It's medium bodied nature lends itself to great sessions, as does it's low ABV of 5.6%, as compared to other hoppy pale ales and IPA's. A great beer overall and I highly recommend picking up a six or twelve to enjoy during the coming summer months.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did click had but this beer deserves a full review

this is one of THE bench mark beers
not only for American craft brewing but also as a world class beer.

Pours a delicious almost lemon yellow golden body with a huge Bolshie white frothy head that settles down put stays the course.

The bite of the hops is unrestrained in the aroma backed up with malt biscuity notes and sea breeze.

The flavour of this beer just lands on the tongue to perfection, a big hop hit without overpowering the floral tones and peppery bites.

Perfect, I mean perfect carbonation.

Glorious if you don't like this classic beer then you don't like classic beer.

Photo of ChrisQ
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring Pale Ale into a glass, one will see an amber liquid with a half inch of bone colored creamy foam that lasts about a minute. The view of looking into the glass gives the viewer thoughts about clarity and character: a brew that isn't hiding anything and can stand up for itself.

Smelling your freshly poured drink reveals a light floral smell that invites you to taste. One's tongue is given a bath in clean flavors with a light bitterness that sticks around until your next sip. Subsequent sips cause the front clean flavors to blend with the initial sharp aftertaste, causing the taste of bitterness to mellow which creates a cooperation of flavors that keeps your mouth from getting bored.

This is definitely a drink that can be enjoyed in multiples due to its building flavors on top of itself, so I look forward to my next trip to the store.

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice gold orange color off white one inch head held fairly well with a moderate lacing. smell is apple, peach, lemon, citrus, i catch a bit of each. taste bready malt with hint of caramel up front and lemongrass citrus finish but without that bitter rind taste. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is ok. easy drinker, good session beer.

Photo of Shamgar
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a main stay for me.

appearance: Pale orangy (if that's a word) color. Nice head, Nice retention, average lacing

smell: citrisy pine. hint a lemon peel. Hops are definetly up front. Faint malt in the background.

taste: Hops a prevelent. Great citris characteristics. Slight bitterness in the finish that is attributed to those wonderful cascade hops. Very flavoful Pale Ale and well balanced

mouthfeel: light/medium bodied. Good carbination, smooth and clean in the finish.

drinkability: yes! Could stay with this all night.

Photo of nasty15108
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic American Micro-Brew. This ale was poured from the classic brown 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - The ale poured a golden amber color, with a thin head of white foam. Lots of carbonation and lacing.

S - Hoppy and fruity with hints of flowers.

T - Crisp, light and refreshing with lots of hoppy punch in the finish.

MF/D - Clean and refreshing taste. Lots of bubbles and pleanty of dry flavor. A classic American Pale Ale. One of the best out there. If you haven't tried this classic, get out there and find one.

Photo of jspruit
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at The Drink Store in Stoneybatter on Sierra Nevada special. It's been awhile since I had this-a few years at least I'd say and it is about time I gave it a review.

Pours a nice shade of copper and orange. Nice carbonation with a small off-white foamy head. Leaves some nice lacing going down.

Smells very nice. Floral with hops is the main note here-with some butter biscuit smells too.

Tastes alot like it smells with the hops the overwhelming note. A light malt backbone comes in too which is nice and then it finishes a bit dry. Some citrus notes join the floral aroma-but not too much.

This goes down pretty smooth for an APA and that's probably another reason it is so popular. Not heavy or light and leaves you wanting another.

This is my favorite style of beer, and although not my favorite of this type, I can see why it is so popular. Nice balance of hops, ABV, aroma, mouthfeel, etc. Overall a great beer and definitely something I would not turn down if given the chance.

Photo of flyingv63
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours golden amber color, has a decent head that doesn't dissapate right away.

S- Smells kind of floral with a hint of carmel.

T- Good bitterness, nice balanced malty flavor

M- Bitter at first but smooth as silk going down very little aftertaste

D- I could easily drink two or there before starting to feel full although this is a very filling beer.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Miller's Ale House, Levittown, NY.

L - clear, amber color with a short white head that fell to a thin layer.

S - sweet malt and citrus hop aroma.

T - great balance of malts and hops.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - easy drinking brew.

Photo of mickstepp
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's hard to believe that I'm just now getting around to reviewing this beer. This was the first American Pale Ale I ever tried and it was an epiphany. I still consider it one of the best and the benchmark for the style. Nice golden color and a decent head and lacing. That wonderful citric hop aroma and the crisp grapefruity taste. Just tart enough and with a nice supple mouthfeel. I could drink this stuff all day. There are hoppier pale ales and there are more complex ones but there are none that are consistently better.

Photo of Braudog
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I’m ever stranded on a desert island and am given the opportunity to choose one and only one beer to live with for the rest of my days, SN Pale Ale has to be on the candidate list. Is it the best beer I’ve ever had ... well, no. But it is perhaps the best EVERY DAY beer I’ve ever had. I could drink gallons of this, like a fish-tank full, and never get tired of it. It has the pentultimate balance of malt and hops with an awesome bouquet of ... well, everything. If some day I ever have the guts it takes to start my own brewery, I only hope my flagship brew is as good as this. Or, if I start my dream tavern some day, there will ALWAYS be a tap reserved for SN Pale Ale.

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This light amber brew throws out dense white head that clings nicely to the glass as I drink. Wonderful blast of hops on the nose. Tasting this is a treat. Great hop character. And great understated bitterness. Underlying malt is sufficient. Pretty clean tasting for an ale. A very quaffable brew. One of my favorite Pale Ales.

Photo of BryanCarey
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is medium bodied, with a golden/orange color. The aroma of the beer grabs your attention immediately, with a mixture of spice, hops, and citrus, and floral overtones greeting the nose. Foaminess is average. As you drink a glass of this beer, it leaves a pattern of lace on the sides of your glass and it is common to find a thin layer of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a distinct hopped flavor. This beer is brewed using two- row barley malt, caramel malt, ale yeast, Perle and Cascade Hops. The taste of the Cascade hops is obvious, but this ale also manages to have a slightly malty taste, which helps keep the beer from becoming too bitter. There is a somewhat creamy texture, with a citrus and spice accented body. The finish of the beer is bitter.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a classic American Pale Ale. It may not be the best pale ale in America, but it's still very good and it stands as a benchmark to the American Pale Ale style. The citrus hop profile and the malty backbone make this a beer worth seeking out.

Photo of Jra1985
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed straight from the bottle.

A-Since I drank it from the bottle I have little to report on appearance but it looks exceptional.

S-Smell of hops and other grains. Maybe some slight pine aromas.

T-Great tasting beer. A little hoppy and maybe some piny tastes.

M-Great carbonation light bodied. Extremely smooth.

O-This is a great beer to bridge into the world of craft beer. Extremely drinkable and readily available. This beer is decently priced as well.

Photo of swooshjtb
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my "go-to" beers. I can enjoy this beer all year long. The appearance is on par with most other pale ales. However, the taste is, in my opinion, much better. This beer is always seems fresh with a great mouthfeel and a bold taste. If you are someone that like sweeter beers, this may not be the one for you. If you are looking to try a good pale ale to get introduced to the style, then this is a great place to start. You'll be hooked.

Photo of LarryKemp
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a long time since I have tried this pale ale. I had forgotten what a well made beer it really is. The beer poured a deep golden with a firm tan head. The head faded fast and is probably the least impressive aspect of this beer. The aroma of hops comes through but with each sip the smell of the malt gets stronger. What a joy. The hops on the tongue are not overpowering and the chocolaty, malty taste comes through very strong. The mouthfeel is medium with a tingle of carbonation that lasts throughout the beer. This is a delightful beer that is a joy to drink. No aspect of it rules which makes it a pleasure to sip with a meal or while typing a review. I will most certainly be buying more of these for the fridge.

Photo of ironlung
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Amici's pizza on Lombard in S.F.

A: Light amber. No-head. Nice lacing.

S: Very faint (I'm in a place that cooks pizza's on the open flame so no suprise that's all I really smell)! Pine hops are all I can detect.

T: Crisp. Snappy. A great hoppy pale ale. Perfect bitterness for the style IMO.

M: Light. Palate cleansing. Great beer to enjoy with a meal because it's not overpowering.

D: Super high! My go-to beer, and breakfest drink of choice!

Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a yellowish orange, nice creamy head with great retention. Smells of grapefruit rind, orange, other tropical fruits, light breadiness. Tastes of semi-bitter grapefruit rind with a nice subtle bready undertone. More citrus fruits in the finish ending fairly clean. Great carbonation cuts through the perfect medium mouthfeel.

The classic American pale ale, as great as its always been.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally could get some. Bought it in New York in June 2009. Brought back to Quebec, almost confiscated by the canadian customs (argh!!).

Tasted on June 5th, 2009.

A: Pours as a copper color with a good head. Nice cloudy looking foam forms the head. Slightly clings to the glass.
S: Average intensity of hops. I mainly get piny hops maybe some citrus but very light.
T: Piny hops
M: Very dry finish. Hops oil cover the inside of the mouth which makes it feel very good...
D: So easy to drink.

Wow, I'm glad I've tasted it. Next time I have to bring a 6-pack to Quebec. This pale ale is more hoppy than some IPA from down here. A saying on the west coast love for hops!!

Photo of jpeterman
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

--Poured from a 12 ounce, brown snub-nose bottle into a shaker pint glass. No drink-by date visible on bottle.--

Appearance- A hard pour yields a sizable, fluffy, off-white 2 finger head, likable to a pillow. Light golden-amber liquid, perfectly clear with no haze whatsoever. (I poured the sediment in, so it is visible, creating a bit of a blur at the bottom of the glass.) Head stays around for about 3 minutes, leaving a nice sticky web of lacing as it goes. A spectacular looking APA.

Smell- Floral hops and pine hit the nose hard at first. A fresh, sweet-yet-sharp grassy scent is dominant, also. Comparison: A perfect summer day. In the background are light malts, and a smidgen of sharp sourdough bread as it warms a bit. Yeast is also prevalent, and some fresh fruits come about with every other whiff or so. Overall an irresistible aroma.

Taste- Just as with the nose, the sharp hop bite comes first; piney and very crisp. A light, sweet malt catches the back of the tongue, along with the yeast. More malt comes in as it warms. A near perfect balance for an APA. Extremely well constructed. My only qualm is that the finish is a bit slick. However, it is by no means drastic.

Body/ Mouth-Feel- Light and crisp, with perfect carbonation and just enough weight on the tongue to keep me interested. Again, a bit slick, but nothing to really complain about.

Drinkability- Easily a session beer. A 6 pack on any evening would be an absolute treat. In my opinion, this is a perfect example of an APA, along with being a classic!

Photo of beyah
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 oz bottle to a US Tumbler , 1 finger of head.

Color - golden with a slight cloudiness, white lacing hangs in there for a long, long time.

Smell - Very nice hoppiness, slight maltiness in the background.

Taste - Smooth very drinkable, there is a slight citrus taste to the beer. Not too bitter just perfect in the hop department.

Mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, for this style beer.

I used to be a great fan of Bass Pale Ale, but now I have a new favorite Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im have always lov ed this beer but hadn't had one in ages. Just picked up a sixer and am remembering why I am so fond of sierra nevada. Nice orange/tan body with a decent head. The aroma and taste are a wondeful balance of gentle hops and solid malts. This is still the best APA for me.

Photo of thecarster1
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger bubbly head, nice retention, good bit of carbonation, nice orangey brown color, great lacing.

s- bright, floral hops, sweet caramel malt.

t- wonderful balance, sweet and floral, tang of lemony, grapefruity hops, more hoppy than most apas almost ipa territory, little bit of dryness on the finish, mmm.

m- nice medium body.

d- wonderful, sessionable, one of the best apas i've had, when people talk about apa balance, this is what their talking about, this is my go to case of pale ale, so tasty.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 10,191 ratings.