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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

7,942 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 7,942
Reviews: 2,659
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 102
Gots: 526 | 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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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep gold. It holds a one and a half finger head of crisp, tight white bubbles, showing nice retention. Sheets and patterns of lacing are left as it goes, with a thick film left across the top of the liquid. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives pale, lightly wheaty, and metallic adjuncty malts alongside citric and sweetly nectary hops. Vanilla sweetness, raw honey, toast, faint pine cone earthiness, and turkey meatiness come out with warmth. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nicely hopped, with a hearty and classically “pale ale” base. As we sip, lemon zest, sweaty pale malts, soured adjuncts, baker’s yeast, gingerbread sweetness, and orangey citric hop sugars start things off. The middle peaks with pale muddiness, coriander and cinnamon depth, German lager malts, green grassiness, and mossy tree bark. The finishing wash shows mineral water, gravel, spicy earthy hops, white sugars, continued grassy hops, sesame seediness, and a revival of bitterly drying pale malts. The aftertaste breathes of lightly wet wheatiness, grassy and citric rind hoppiness, flashes of white sugars, red cherry skins, sweaty saltiness, and adjuncty coin. The body is medium, and carbonation is light to medium. The mouths is cooled and coated with an oily film. This eventually dries into a softer astringency. Each sip gives okay slurp and smack, with lesser froth or cream. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its drinkability. This guy is a staple for the style, as well as for the craft beer revolution as we know it. The hops are robust and biting, while the aroma is decently fresh, mildly warming, and inviting. The flavor retains its strength with each sip, and invigorates the palate with its blend. This is a classic sipping beer, and something every beer enthusiast should be familiar with.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:35:04 | More by TheBrewo
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SmokeyDaVillain

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-02-2013 00:37:16 | More by SmokeyDaVillain
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Swanson

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 21:07:11 | More by Swanson
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sunny289

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 21:05:25 | More by sunny289
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BrianSherry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-01-2013 20:52:31 | More by BrianSherry
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GregS1

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

05-01-2013 17:54:37 | More by GregS1
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1%

05-01-2013 14:28:24 | More by smutty33
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nothunder

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-30-2013 23:40:46 | More by nothunder
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HeadFishDog3030

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

04-30-2013 23:08:06 | More by HeadFishDog3030
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tbunting75

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

04-30-2013 21:15:09 | More by tbunting75
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BDF2000

Virginia

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-30-2013 20:03:02 | More by BDF2000
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

04-30-2013 01:34:37 | More by TKEbeerman
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stoney1031

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-30-2013 00:32:45 | More by stoney1031
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Mleblanc25

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

04-30-2013 00:25:29 | More by Mleblanc25
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hsus0225

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

04-29-2013 14:37:55 | More by hsus0225
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-28-2013 23:33:33 | More by dexterk1
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corwindamber

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-28-2013 21:17:08 | More by corwindamber
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, pale, coppery color. Lighter than SA-Boston Lager, but darker than a simple ale or lager. Small amount of carbonation; decent, 1 1/2 finger head, nice lacing.

S - Clean, slight pine, slightly citrus. Nothing overpowers, nothing stands out. Gives the impression of a very drinkable beer (which is spot on). Hoppy.

T - More pine and hops than a non-IPA has any right. A hint of citrus, but no strong individual citrus flavors. Not super-complex, and almost no sense of malts, but lovely and forward. The more I drink, the more a subtle sweetness creeps in. Did I mention pine?

M - This ale drinks more like a lager than any other. It goes down very easy, very smooth. The alcohol and carbonation content allows you to drink it as slow or fast as you desire. Try as I might, I can't quite decide to swirl it around much, preferring to just swallow it down.

O - This can easily, easily be a daily drinker type of beer. It's far more complex and bitter than a BMC offering; it's brighter and hoppier than Boston Lager (it's most obvious contemporary, for me); yet it still goes down very easy. It offers something new, whether you're new to the craft brew scene, or just revisiting an old friend. It may not be the most complex beer around, but it certainly has some interesting characteristics.

Heck, if you're reading reviews about SNPA, what are you doing? Go out there and drink one!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:42:53 | More by Roguer
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +23.8%

04-28-2013 03:27:21 | More by maclean25
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-28-2013 02:39:23 | More by salthemonster
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a nice light orange amber color with a soild pale white head with great retention and tons of lacing. Smell: Citrus hops dominate the aroma. Taste: Great, crisp, refreshing, good cascade hop flavor. Piney and refreshing and finishes with some grapefruit. Great mouthfeel and overall a great, crisp refreshing pale ale. One of the best as far as pale ales go that I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 22:53:32 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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FetMule

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-27-2013 18:56:43 | More by FetMule
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

04-27-2013 16:40:31 | More by Jason1337
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likesbeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

04-26-2013 04:55:40 | More by likesbeer
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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

04-26-2013 02:24:36 | More by Braz
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 7,942 ratings.