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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
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8,519 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,519
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 814 | 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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GRPunk

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

24 oz. bottle in an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber color with a medium off-white head. It had medium carbonation and decent lacing.

S- Lots of floral and piney hops with some sweeter malt tones to bring it a little closer to balance.

T- Definite hop flavor is present, but it doesn't overpower the bready tones. More in balance than the aroma lets on.

M- There's a bit of a bite and tingle from the carbonation and hop flavor.

D- I could definitely drink more than one of these in a sitting. I had a 24 oz. bottle and wouldn't mind putting back another 12oz.

Overall- I consider this a good representation of the style. With the availability as it is, it isn't something I need to seek out, but it's a good "go-to" beer especially when options may run thin.

09-01-2007 02:56:14 | More by GRPunk
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janubio

Spain

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

330 ml bottle, copper-amber colour with a thin head with not much retention and not much lace. Smell of hops, something like cheese rind and pine. Medium boyd, it holds well in the mouth, where I feel hops, citrus, spices (pepper?) and caramel. It's the first Sierra Nevada I have a chance to taste and I can say I'm not dissappointed at all, I wouldn't mind to drink some of them any day.

01-25-2011 22:28:22 | More by janubio
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DarrellK66

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer would be better named Centennial IPA light. Not as heavy, piney, florally, oily, or fruity as Founders Centennial IPA, therefore making it an excellent everyday drinker. This beer was available years before most other crafts available today yet still one of the best. Kinda like the Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin of beers, it's old, it's stinky but will hold with the new stuff and whoop your butt!

06-11-2014 00:47:09 | More by DarrellK66
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance:
Pours out a clear amber orange body with a light though creamy off-white head. Retains head for a short while then falls to more of a film and ring which leaves lots of lace behind. Don't know if it is the norm, but there are a few floaters which eventually settle to the bottom (really the only visual detraction IMO).

Smell:
Light maltiness and a nose full of hops. Much more hops than I would have expected from a straight up PA, more like a EPA or IPA.

Taste:
Again, light maltiness or biscuit and mostly citrusy hops. Finishes cleanly with a moderate amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Smooth and dry finish.

Drinkability:
Not typically into pale ales (or higher) but this one is very well done. If it fit my palate, I'm sure I'd have multiples of this one around.

Comment:
This is only my second brew from SN and I was a bit gun-shy (so shy in fact that not until a neighbor gave me this one did I venture forth...). The first was Bigfoot, which was not a welcome brew as it was more like biting into a grapefruit rind then getting punched in the back of the head. This beer is much more reasonable and I'm now willing to try more from SN.

01-24-2010 23:07:37 | More by CRichardsMN
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

A- pours a hazy gold/orange with a white head that slowly dissipates leaving some lacing. Tons of floaties, which I don't ever remember really seeing in the bottle.

S-Citrussy hows, some malt, and alcohol sweetness

T-Nice sharp hop bitterness and a strong malt back bone. Malts seem pretty prevalent.

M-very carbonated. If you drink this straight from the can its extremely carbonated.

D-through the roof. I could drink this all day long. Great taste and smooth!

Overall, one of my favorite go to beers. I will never, ever in my life turn down a SNPA.

04-18-2012 02:19:16 | More by thegodfather2701
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rodrot

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer, along with Sam Adams lager, has been my old standby for many years when the pickings were slim at a bar or restaurant.
That's exactly what happened last night when I visited one of the many boring sports bars in Charlotte where the number of TV's outnumbers the selection of beers. The beer pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color with a pillowy one inch head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity with plenty of citrusy smells too. The taste is that wonderful flavor of Cascade hops, grapefruity and lemony, with a nice thirstquenching bitterness backed up with the solid sweetness of malt. This beer has never disappointed me and I have never had a bad bottle or a bad pint of this stuff. I'll take this any day over most macros.

02-19-2006 14:47:13 | More by rodrot
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Merkur

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Beer pours a nice amber color with a bit of off white foamy head.

Beer smells very hoppy. Slightly grassy and very citrusy in nose.

Beer tastes very crisp and refreshing. The initial taste is sweet citrus hops, followed by quite a bit of bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

Beer is slightly carbonated but very balanced and drinkable.

Very solid Pale Ale.

02-25-2012 15:35:19 | More by Merkur
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A clear golden orange with some tiny suspended particles and only a few bubbles but a long lasting thumbs width of head that leaves several rings of lace well down the glass

S some citric and floral hops with some caramel malt

T a little bready and lemon rind on top of what I smell, good example of the style

M much thicker then expected and much more bubbles then one would guess from so few visible bubbles in the glass, right on in this area

O no complaints with this one it would be in my regular rotation if I could get it around here

not a bad way to get a hop fix without getting smashed, this is about the best thing I could find on the Vegas Strip pretty solid stuff though

10-06-2011 21:46:27 | More by wordemupg
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cretemixer

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours a beautiful deep golden hue with a thick off-white head. Head dissapates to a thin layer after a minute or so and leaves a fine white lace. Aroma is nicely balanced with a slight floral odor which is very pleasing. Really clean balanced taste as well with a slight spicy/sweet hop bitterness. Well carbonated and refreshing. A fine example of American pale ale.

01-03-2003 05:01:27 | More by cretemixer
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tsbuttry

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

One of the standard bearers of the craft beer movement, Sierra Nevada is a solid Pale Ale that is always enjoyable.

Appearance: Excellent amber color and head that retains well while leaving a nice lacing down the side of your glass.

Smell: Do I detect some cascade hops? (Intentional understatement) There's also an unappreciated malt aroma to this beer, picking up a lot of caramel malts on this one.

Taste: Quite good. The malts don't quite stand up to the hopiness, but it's not overwhelming. It has a good, clean finish, too.

Mouthfeel: No aftertaste, washes clean over the palate and nice heavy, but not too heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: If you have too many of these, it sits like a rock in your digestive tract. However, it's dry profile lets it go well with many foods and it's always fun to enjoy one or two during a ballgame.

01-17-2008 21:12:19 | More by tsbuttry
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BeefyMee

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Orangey-yellow with a pillowy head that left nice lacing.

Smell: Very hoppy for a pale ale. The hop aroma isn't all that strong but it is the only thing I can smell.

Taste: Interesting. The hops hit upfront but are not abrasive and even less powerful than the smell. A subtle bready malt flavor follows in the aftertaste. Gets addicting.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly substantial. Those little bubbles tingle on your tongue so nicely.

Drinkability: I wish I bought a sixer.

Beef Notes: I like this beer more and more every time I drink it. It's quickly becoming a favorite as I develop a taste for hops. I will be buying more.

02-07-2004 03:48:18 | More by BeefyMee
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Roman5150

Spain

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

can into tulip

appearance: orange/amber, unfiltered with some particles, thick and bubbly 1 finger white head, not much lacing

smell: piney, floral, bready notes, apple, citrus

taste: very floral and pine oriented, sweet and sharp herbal bitterness that coats your tongue with a sweet malt presence. Also getting some bready notes on the forefront, with some citrus and lemon and apple notes as well. Easy to session, satisfies your thirst very well.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, medium to full bodied for a pale ale

overall: A great benchmark Pale Ale, although not my favorite, I typically find myself comparing most pale ales I drink to this classic brew. Everything is greatly balanced, not too much of any one thing, very refreshing. I personally think it tastes better in a can, but that's just me.

06-18-2013 05:42:03 | More by Roman5150
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cbl2

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance:

A slightly hazy peach/yellow with about a quarter inch of white head.

Smell:

Cascade hops prevail, but there is the promise of some hops lurking beneath. Promises to be hoppy, but balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

As the nose indicated, this is mostly hops. Nice and fresh, strong floral/herbal quality, but malts are there. Very well balanced, and thoroughly enjoyable. Easy to see why this is considered by many to be the gateway beer into craft beverages.

06-22-2004 19:33:05 | More by cbl2
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Being my first time trying this brew or anything from Sierra Nevada I didnt know what to expect.The appearence didnt do much but the smell and flavor is what got me.A great hop and citrus taste accompanied this clear light yellowish orange Ale.It has a high drinkability percent ,but i'd wish it was ust a bit more maltier.

12-21-2002 10:09:10 | More by kelticblood
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This a standard pale that gets alot of praise and comparison. I was impressed with it, but I have to go with a paler pale for this style. This was a little to hoppy, but overall this is a great taster. Good balanced fresh hops with a bit of citrus and finishes dry and piney. This was actually hard to pin down as far as taste for me due to the finish happened to fast and I was feeling and wanting more. I still thought it was good but something was missing for me on the overall taste. Malt was present. Color was fine for a pale, kinda coppery yellow, with a nice floral aroma with good strong hop presence. I almost liked the smell more then the taste by just a bit. Solid pale, I can see why alot of folks like this stuff. This is a drinkable pale, very good, but needed something for me to really enjoy it fully. I kept a puzzled look on my face after every sip. Why? I'm not sure. Good to great, but not awesome.

03-17-2003 10:12:31 | More by tavernjef
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This isn't a regular beer for me, despite it being readily available. On this occasion, the office picked up a few 6-packs for an after-work party so I grabbed an extra 12oz. (brought it home to drink/review...). Coded "7082X", but no visible expiration/best by date.

A: Warm golden-yellow & crystal clear. A little rising carbonation but mostly still. Poured with a huge 3-finger head, slightly off-white. Its consistency was crackling and rocky, finally settling to about 1/4" of bubbly cream. Nice sticky splotches of lace and rings down the glass.

S: Pleasantly malty, a little biscuity, a touch sourdough. Hops are clean and grassy/citrusy.

T: Grain maltiness is blanketed in spicy & lemony hops. Very well-balanced flavors, melding sourdough bread maltiness with zesty bittering hops. A well done APA...

M: Found this to be just a little thin and lacking in carbonation in the mouth. Perhaps its a freshness issue or perhaps that's just how this beer is made (I really can't remember the last time I had a SNPA). Crisp and finishes dry and clean...

D: Very drinkable, understandable why this has the reputation it does and is a staple in so many beer fridges. I really enjoyed rediscovering it and will make it a point to drink more often. Recommended as a solid, flavorful & sessionable 'everyday' beer. Thanks, Elizabeth, for picking it up...

05-10-2007 04:08:55 | More by msubulldog25
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hermesch

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

This is a highly respectable beer. You find it everywhere, and while it's not going to blow your socks off, it's going to go down crisp and appreciated each time.

It's a pale ale bordering on India, and finds a nice balance between malt and hops. Drink this one frosty cold, as for when it warms it tends to taste a little stale.

This beer is perrenial. Enjoy!

09-15-2006 20:34:44 | More by hermesch
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

A crystal clear golden orange blend. One third of an inch white colored head retained about a minute. Only a handful of small carbonation bubbles. Thin sticky lacing ribbons.

A super sweet malt aroma lies right on top of the hops scents. Light citric blend of hops aromas comes and goes. A decent blend, with surprising grain scents in the style.

Strong hops right up front in the taste. A definite citrus sense to the hops with a faint pine note underneath. Malty sweet flavors of brown bread are subdued but noticeable.

An average thickness to the body which clings on the sides. Carbonation pop in the finish.

A very nice choice in the style. Great beer to go with a sandwich. A solid choice to always keep on hand. If you like your taste buds, treat them to one of these.

08-12-2007 05:56:37 | More by RedChrome
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a clear light orange with a small off-white head. Sporadic lacing.

S - Citrus, caramel malt, club soda, and some floral notes.

T - Starts a bit sweet with malt and grapefruit. Bittering hops follow, but the sweetness never gives way completely. Balanced and delicious pale ale.

M - Light-medium body with light, tingly carbonation.

O - Great citrus flavor with perfectly balanced sweet and bitter. This is one of my favorite session beers and I like to keep it in the fridge regularly.

05-24-2012 02:07:29 | More by NoLeafClover44
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp bubbly orange with a thin barely there head. Aroma was the same crisp citrus hops I expect in a Sierra Nevada brew along with some crisp sweet malts. The taste is a nice balance of citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation, smooth and refreshing. This one certainly lives up to its status as a textbook American pale ale.

08-31-2010 03:17:25 | More by atsprings
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dankster

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

On tap at falling rock tap house denver.

Appearance is a great copper tone with two fingers of head. smells like west coast hops all the way. have always loved this beer in bottles but i think on tap is a new fav. lots of pine and grapefruit noted. mouth is dry and a easy drinker. slick and wet on the palate. Overall top five Pales in the american market IMO. if you have not hade this on tap i say try it to tell the difference between the bottle and the tap! Just fantastic cheers

11-04-2011 17:54:12 | More by dankster
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PapaEugene

Netherlands

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Bought this beer from Mitra van Bergen in Eindhoven, mainly because of my memories being in San Diego. Shared it with BA member rvdoorn.

A: Copper yellow color and a head not worth mentioning.

S: Grapefruit, floral honey and something grassy.

T: Grains, hops, grapefruit and some laurel hints.

M: Low carbonation and thin body.

D: A good beer and still a special one to me. At the time it was the most "unique" beer in the conference center that I stayed.

11-02-2009 20:37:09 | More by PapaEugene
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paulginva

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a foamy off-white 1" head that dissipated quickly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a hazy amber body.

AROMA: Moderately piney hops were quite prominent along with lighter resin and grapefruit. Also a light grainy malt aroma.

TASTE: Moderate pine and light grapefruit, lemon and orange hops, together with a bit of grainy malt and just a hint of yeast.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and good body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was lightly bitter with a moderately bitter finish that lasted for a long time, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: Probably the best mass market APA that I've seen (don't get me wrong -- Zombie Dust is the best APA I've ever tasted, but it's not exactly mass market). Well balanced, but quite hop-forward. An excellent session beer that I'll drink and serve again and again. It has an excellent price point and it's easy to drink -- what's not to like?

03-13-2012 18:38:00 | More by paulginva
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Tschnab

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

A- a golden color with a one inch head and some sticky lacing on the glass.

S- resiny cascade, grapefruit and pine, a touch of fruity malt.

T- grapefruit and orange rind, splash of lemon, and then mostly piney hops. The malt is there enough to give a bready background to this clearly hop-forward pale.

O- a really solid beer, there is a reason it is held in such a high regard. It is an incredible session beer, one of the best hop-forward session beers around for the price.

01-23-2012 20:59:59 | More by Tschnab
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jtfest

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Somewhat hazy, more orange than yellow, with a smallish off-white head. Light, pleasant, sorta' floral aroma. The mouthfeel was full and consistent. The taste begins very smooth and almost sweet, then blends into a nice mellow hoppy finish for a drinking experience that was far more enjoyable than the appearance promised. I would enjoy this for a session.

02-03-2004 04:29:45 | More by jtfest
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,519 ratings.