Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,088 | Reviews: 2,664 | Display Reviews Only:
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #24 of the ones I've reviewed here.
This is another American craft beer classic -- while it never really got as big/mainstream as Sam Adams, it did start up around the same time and is widely available in the US (particularly in Cities).
This is probably my favorite large American brewery, and their flagship beer, the pale ale, is excellent. The color is amazing, pretty close to the Platonic ideal of a pale ale: with a nice head that's lingers satisfyingly. A nose of flowery, spicy hops, quite pleasant. That's more or less matched in the flavors, although I'd appreciate the hops a bit more forward here, it's a bit too restrained for my taste. I do like the bitter hop finish, which is lasting, and I also like the mouthfeel -- this is an example to me of a beer that's brewed with just the right amount of body.
Ranks with Brooklyn Lager as a great session beer. Enjoyable in most situations/constructions. A step above the Budweiser/Coors/Miller sort of thing but not unapproachable. Really a classic all around, really enthusiastically recommended.
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2013 22:30:14 | More by dougbassett
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.
12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.
A- clear amber.
S- Similar to taste.
T- Nice balance of subtle malts and subtle hops. All the flavors one would expect in an APA are there, but nothing really pops. Similar to the Abita Restoration Pale Ale, but with a bit more intensity overall.
M- No notes on mouthfeel.
O- American Pale Ale standard creator and bearer, and for good reason Out of a total of 14 pale ales in the blind tasting, this ale got 8th on my list, and ended up at 8th on the collaborative list.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2013 21:27:43 | More by ElijahRivera
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,088 ratings.