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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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9,665 Ratings
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Ratings: 9,665
Reviews: 2,797
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,450 | 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
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Photo of THECPJ
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head that dissipates fast.

Smell: citrus, hops,

Taste: citrus, hops, caramel malts,

Mouthfeel: Dry bitter, mild carbonation, clean, crisp

Drinkability: very nice pale ale. I think this could be a game changer for the non craft beer drinkers.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of charlatan
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a simple, but good beer. There are no frills. The appearance (amber, medium head, a little lacing) is nothing special, and the smell is rather clean and slightly herbal. Hops are the focus here, and while the initial flavour may seem one dimensional, I have rarely found a better hop flavour (again it is very clean, herbal and fresh). The carbonation is good and the finish is pleasantly creamy with a hint of raisins coming through.

This is what run of the mill pale ales should be imitating. Good stuff!

Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no apparant freshness date. Pours a medium gold/slight amber with a 1 finger head that faded rather quickly and just OK lace. Nice grassy hop aromas mixed with a good amount of malt smells as well. Not as hoppy as I thought. Again a good hoppy grassy flavor, a bit citric but not as prominant as I had thought. Perhaps a bit watery. Nicely balanced. A good solid pale ale - nothing special, but solid.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper coloring, with a decent head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and hoppy.

T: Incredible amount of hops up front, especially for a pale ale. Strong floral and citrus taste as well.

M: Light to medium body with a nice crisp feel to it.

D: Easy to drink, and a great pale ale.

Photo of aravenel
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't already been said? While not one of the best beers I've ever had, it is nonetheless one of my favorites. Why? Very good taste, especially considering its wide availability and (relatively) low price. For what it is, and especially coming from what is essentially a macro-brewer, its damn good. It has a permanent space in my fridge.

Photo of akahn
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber golden color with lots of streaming bubbles. Off-white head of big bubbles. Sticky and lasts as an irregular skim. Some spotty lacing.

Mellow citric hop aroma, with a broad citric hop flavor. This beer has a serious hop bite, bitter, but not offensively so. Barely a hint of malt coming through, expressing itself as an underlying sweetness. This shows up more as the beer warms. Juicy, rather than dry.

Affirmative supporting carbonation that compliments the hops well, and a solid medium body.

Definitely drinkable, sessionable, but speaking from countless experiences this eventually leads to a sticky, unpleasant feeling in the mouth. But I guess that's a problem with lots of hoppy beers. This is probably THE beer that got me interested in beer, and returning to it after a long time was interesting. This beer is the same as I remember it, but I can appreciate it even more now. I'm glad to have a few in my fridge.

Edit: I'm having another one of these at considerably lower temperature. This allows a lot more pale malt and caramel malt flavors to come through. Also, I'm now noting the hops to be somewhat spicy.

Photo of mjn5036
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This one pours a golden, light orange color with a substantial head. The head is bone white and soapy, but lasts mere moments before fading away. Left behind is some sparse soap-scum lacing, which is quite appealing to the eyes.

Nose is a bouquet of delicate floral hops, rich malts and citrus.

Bready malts and fresh hops intrinsically work together in this beer. A great example of an American pale ale.

SNPA is medium body and oh so easy to drink. It is smooth and creamy on the palate with an abv slightly too high to justify it as a session beer. Sierra Nevada Pale is one of the quintessential beers that got me into craft brews.

Photo of noproduction
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of NHGrafx
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24oz brown bottle.

Pours a copper color with a decent head, which does not last long at all and minimal lacing.

This one has a lovely aroma. There are some nice floral aromas mixed with a nice citrus aroma which smells like grapefruit and mandarin orange slices. As it warms, aromas of yeast come through as well. Very pleasant.

Taste starts off citrusy which then yields to the bitterness from the hops. There is also some malt flavors in there as well, but they seemed hidden to me. The finish has some nice bitterness to it and is also very dry. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth. Moderately drinkable, for me anyway.

Overall this is very nice example of an American Pale Ale.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite "go-to" beers. Pours a light orange color with plenty of foamy head and some lacing.

Light aroma of grapefruit, yeast, some hoppy notes.

Flavor follows aroma with some nice citrus and hoppy tastes. Pretty much as expected for a pale ale. Not overpowing.

Solid mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation and very easy to drink. Great to have this so regularly as an option in most all areas I travel.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to tulip 03/21/2009. First taste of a legendary micro brew. Pours a slightly hazy orang/golden color. Moderate off-white head with decent lacing through finish. Aroma of cascade hops, citrus, and malts. Well-balanced beer with a good dry finish. Good representation of an APA. I kind of like a beer closer to home a bit better - Schlafly's APA. To me either one is good for a six-pack session with friends. Cheers!

Photo of iuhoosier336
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great beer because a good amount of bars, even ones that aren't into craft brews, carry it at least in bottle if not on tap. A stand by.

Poured from a tap into a pint glass its a nice evenly colored beer with a good head. The smell is of citrus and slight pine, the taste is flowery with a finish of minor hops. A beer that goes down well and also is a nice spacer in between some big IPAs.

Photo of DaveBar
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Token Lounge in Levoina MI. Served at 6deg C in a water glass

A- Opens well and pours a high head. Dark gold.

S- Pretty good hop base. Nice malt

T- Good blend but a bit turned down. Nice balance between hops and malt. Obvious winner

M- Pretty much the expected dry tongue

O- Nice beer. I always buy when it's on the menu and not much else

Food Pairing

Sorry didn't eat at the bar so no pairing

Enjoy

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, as required in Italy it states a best before 13 march 2013, which should probably be one year after bottling date

A- Nice amber/copper colour, perfectly transparent. 2 fingers white head, decent retention and nice amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass. Very attractive

S- Grainy malts aroma with some caramel notes. A delicate, refreshing herbal touch on the back of things, with some citric notes also showing up

T- Delicately crisp grainy/bready malts, with notes of caramel as the smell suggested. Not your face but still pretty distinct, clean, bitter feel shows up in both taste and aftertaste, bringing notes of mild citrus (lemon, orange peel) and pine. The slightest spicy hint brings a bit of life

M- Medium to light body, Average carbonation. Overall a nice, delicate crispy feel while still being quite smooth and easy

O- This beer has absolutely perfect balance as well as awesome drinkability. Highly enjoyable, still i was perhaps expecting something more impressive from a beer that is famous as a benchmark for it's style

Photo of Tom_O
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dawardster
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reillybrews
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of qchic
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Huffs
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice off white head which dissipated surprisingly quickly and had only some lacing. Appearance was a light amber with a slight haze. Aroma was light and of malt and grain. Taste had hints of caramel, grain and a sweetness on the finish. Mouthfeel was very full and nice with a clean, slightly sweet aftertaste.

Photo of rsquared59
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of guntherhophead
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clover honeyish amber. White head w/lacing, and light sediment dancing in the carbonation.
S-Sweet floral hops, citrus, honey, grain.
T-Clean and even--fresh grain, light citrus, flowery hops, and an excellent aftertaste.
M-Light-medium body w/good carbonation. Excellent harmony.
D-Sessionable and refreshing.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Head is quick to fade but leaves a thin covering, minimal lacing. Some small floaties in the glass.

S: Hops and sweet malts. A little hint of carmel. Not overpowering.

T: A wonderfully balanced brew. Has just enough hop to keep it interesting and enough malt to make it real drinkable.

M: Light on the palate with good carbonation. Certainly a session-able beer.

Overall a great standby that is widely distributed. The perfect intro to craft beer as I know it got me into them. Not sure if it has toned down since the days when there was sediment in the bottle, but isnt as impressive as it used to be.

Photo of appenzeller
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold, orange, good head that dissipates quickly. Smell is pungent with Cascade hops, I think, the taste follows as expected. Hops bite is moderate, not over the top, lingers through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good, ample enough to be substantive but not overwhelming or heavy.

Obviously an American classic. Ironically not my favorite Sierra Nevada beer, but a very respectable brew.

Photo of Blupoet03
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My favorite "every day" beer...

It pours golden amber into a pint glass with little head. The nose is hoppy with a hint of sweetness. Taste is sharp, bitter, and hops all the way. Carbonation is pleasant and not overpowering, it leaves a bitter aftertaste that makes you want more without taking away from the thirst quenching attributes of this beer.

This is a great summer and fall beer and cheap enough to have on a regular basis if you're on a budget. I've also heard it mentioned that this beer brought the pale ale style to America and shows off the Cascade hop variety beautifully.

Photo of matsputis
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with some orange

It smells like a big grapefruit. Also has bready-biscuit aroma - a nice balance of hops and malts.

A strong citrus taste with bitterness starts it off, followed by the malty presence and a nice crisp aftertaste. The bitterness stays for a little bit.

It has a very nice crispness to it. Clean flavors

I especially like the aftertaste, and the bitterness gives it a nice kick. The grapefruit flavor I can deal with, but it's a bit strong. I'm fine with just one.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,665 ratings.