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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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9,803 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,803
Reviews: 2,833
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 194
Gots: 1,604 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mevett89
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: tall frothy head and golden hued.

Aroma: a delicious interplay of hops and malt.

Taste: same as aroma. Citrusy hops with a pleasant bitterness over a bed of malty goodness.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a nice level of carbonation.

Overall: easy to see why this is a classic. It's balanced, drinkable and delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of jascott2112
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to buy this classic again, this time a 12-pack of cans with a packaged on date of 4/6/14. I do not normally write reviews, but I felt like I had to for this one.

Wow! I've enjoyed this beer before from a bottle, bomber, and on-tap...but the canned version really shines. Maybe it's just the relative freshness, but my guess is that canning really is the future of craft beer distribution.

I poured my first one into a standard pint glass and proceeded to enjoy every sip. So much has already been said about the beer itself, so I'll just sum it up with this: do yourself a favor and pick up a canned 12-pack of this stuff if you're looking for one of the best combinations of flavor and affordability available.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of caseyrobertson
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an amazing beer at a pretty cheap price ($10/6 at my local BD). The beer pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. The smell is overwhelming with citrus (mostly clementine). The taste is primarilly grapefruit, with a balanced amount of hop bitterness (this is hoppy for a pale ale, but not bitter enough for an IPA, this beer sits somewhere in between). The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Perfect beer if you're not looking for something too intense, but still want a great tasting beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber colour, thick white head which clears quickly but the lacing is great

S - Subtle aroma, floral notes and slight hop.

T - spicy floral bite with a smooth malty aftertaste

M - Crisp to begin but smooth at the end with a touch of dryness.

O - Great beer, drinkable all year round and still enjoyable. Definitely one of my old favorites.

Serving type: bottle

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3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color is a dark, golden bronze-ish brown. It has a very light smell, not over powering at all. There are some fruit notes coming through. The citrus tones are definitely apparent. Definitely can taste the hops, and I'm surprised it doesn't smell a little more hoppy. Still isn't overbearing hop in the taste. It has a very clean finish. Easy to drink, and crisp. Very good!!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,803 ratings.