Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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10,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,188
Reviews: 2,945
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 219
Gots: 2,037 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 10,188 | Reviews: 2,945
Photo of MikeMcCl
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fairly light bodied, maybe under carbed

Photo of toronadotornado
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

San Francisco, CA - can poured into a pint

Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review 4-18-15 (and 7-2-15). Sierra Nevada Pint Glass (then Pokal). Bottle dated 12/29/14 (then 3/24/15).

Appearance: Clear, bright copper w/ 1/4" bright white head. Active carbonation. Retains a thin white cap. Epic lacing. (Holy sediment!)

Aroma: Clean, malty, slight hoppiness. Kind of a let down after the last one I had in March; way less hoppy aroma (same in July review). Showing age (same in July review).

Taste: Leafy, malty arrival. Earthy, hoppy bitter mid-palate. Clean, hoppy, light finish. Fresh. (Same in July review)

Mouthfeel: Rich, midweight, actively carbonated. Semi-clean finish.

Overall: A perfect beer for any occasion. When the hops really die off, the ale esters stand out more. Even old, it tastes great.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A crisp, refreshing aroma. The flavor leans a little bit more on the wheat than it does the hops, which is a bit of a surprise. This is still a very fine pale ale, and a very approachable flagship brew.

Photo of K-Dog
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent pale ale, light and refreshing, not bad for a hot summer afternoon after cutting the grass.

Photo of Brandonttech
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's my goto at the bars. Its a beer for chilling

Photo of ScrewBud
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - slightly darker Amber
S - hops, soap
T - tastes like it smells
F - slight carbonation
O - tastes better than the Cardinal I had yesterday (more flavor anyway). A good beer, just hopeful there are better out there.

Photo of THoff94
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very refreshing PA. Not too light on hops.

Photo of mozart4898
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured to pint glass. Had it many times before, first time reviewing.

L - Deep golden color. Aggressive pour yields a 2 finger head which fades quickly to a ring around the pint glass. Slightly less than perfect clarity from a tiny bit of yeast from bottle conditioning.
S - Bit of caramel sweetness with floral hops in the background. Not overly distinctive in any one aroma.
T - Balance between malt and gentle hop bitterness with neither dominating. Again, hops show as more floral and possibly somewhat piney than the citrus usually associated with Cascade hops.
F - Mouthfeel is spot on for my expectation of the style - perfect moderate carbonation, not too thin yet refreshing.
O - SNPA probably seems underhopped to many hopheads today (myself included) but I can't fault a beer that's been around since I was born for staying true to its roots. Still a great choice for sessions as well as a great beer with many different types of food. Also doesn't hurt that you can find it pretty much anywhere. My go-to when I can't decide on something else or when choice is limited.

Photo of Hopitality
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my new go-to favorite, a little lighter than Torpedo and nicely hoppy.

Photo of Lahoi
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly my favorite beer. It's at least a contender. Smooth, yet bold. Citrusy, floral, grainy, but nothing overbearing regarding any of the above. Nice head, good lacing. I could drink this beer on a brutally hot summer day, a bitterly cold winter day, and anything in between.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at my nearest gas station. The packaged on date states it was packed two months ago. Poured right from the fridge into my Red Eye pint glass.

L: Pours a clear medium-amber with about two inches of eggshell head that sticks around for a bit and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Healthy visible carbonation, along with just a bit of particulate floating around.

S: Caramel malts and a touch of pine hop presence in the nose, but these are quite subdued. Perhaps just a suggestion of diacetyl buttery notes, as well.

T: Cracker malt flavor at the front, with just a touch of sweetness. A bit of a bright peppery quality there, too. The middle introduces some pine hop notes, along with just a bit of citrus zest, though they aren't what I would call assertive. I'm picking up just a hint of diacetyl butterscotch in the mix here. The back end is where the hops kick in--they're much more assertive as bittering agents. The back retains the cracker malt flavor, but there's a good deal of resinous hop bitterness at the back.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied. This one is bright, smooth, and bitter in turns. Very nice level of carbonation.

O: It's been a good long while since I've picked up a pack of SN Pale Ale. This seems to be--in the estimation of many of my fellow BAs--the benchmark for American pale ales. While I still enjoy this beer's flavor and drinkability, I have to say this it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it being. Now, this could be attributable to a bad bottle or my developing tastes, but I don't think this one has ever delivered the kind of bright and assertive hop flavors that I enjoy in this style. It's a very good beer, don't get me wrong. But when I hold this one up to some of my other favorite APAs (New Glarus Moon Man is one that immediately comes to mind) SNPA falls a bit short.

Photo of kitch
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a packaged date of 17th March 2015 and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an extremely clear copper colour with a two finger slightly off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving some stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly a piney smell along with some citrus lemon and grapefruit. Some bready malts also come through.

Taste: Pine hop taste along with some bread, biscuit and caramel malt. There’s also a hint of orange and some bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I’d drink this pale ale again, but I do prefer my pale ales with a slightly less pine, and more tropical fruit flavours instead.

Photo of JonAdams
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into standard pint glass. Clear golden copper, excellent lacing. Sparkling mouthfeel, light hops and a malt backbone, neat finish.

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada 'Pale Ale' @ 5.6% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml bottle's purchased for $14
A-pour is gold from the bottle to a clear golden amber in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-pine & citrus whole cone Cascade hops
T-crisp & clean tasting pale ale , very mild swallow
MF-ok lots of carbonation , good medium body
Ov-good beer , has a certain wow factor
prost LampertLand

Photo of johncopter
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My go-to at the bar when I don't know what to get.

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

You cant beat Sierra Nevada product. I prefer some of their other brews to this - but good overall.

Photo of stickydankhop
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good old APA you can find anywhere.

Photo of DrunkNFool
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been drinking this for ages now; since back when APA was the standard - not IPA. For me, this is THE benchmark to measure all other APA's. However, I recently picked up a 12-pack in the can variety and I must say that I am somewhat disappointed. The given scores are for the bottle variety; however, taste needs to include an asterisk for the canned variety. Everything looked good going in but it all fell apart at the taste; there is some off bitter taste - almost tinny. The taste shift drops the score by 1 point which makes it still a very good beer over-all. However, I recommend that you stick to the bottle - don't even try the can - unless you really need the convenience of a can - like "no glass allowed."

Photo of gardengurl71
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

really good full balanced beer

Photo of OKbrew89
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color with a good head that left lacing a quarter the way down the glass. Like many SN beers, the hop aroma was strong and dominated the smell. Balanced body of toasted malts and slightly bitter, piney hops with a really smooth and easy finish. Medium body with medium carbonation and no boozy aftertaste.
Very well done beer that is widely distributed and hasn't been watered down for national circulation. Good hop profile without being too bitter or crossing into IPA territory. Good example of the style.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 13, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Light amber and orange. Brilliant white foam collar, an inch or so with moderate retention. Mostly clear.

S – Orange marmalade and light pine. Perhaps some pomegranate? Light biscuit and bready malt.

T – Orange and light grapefruit. Crackery-grainy, biscuit malt. Moderate hop bitterness.

M – Moderate carbonation and fairly dry. Some juiciness up front. Medium-bodied.

O – The example against which all others are judged, this is notable now for being so restrained and yet still flavorful, complex, and interesting.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a huge pale ale fan but as far as they go this is very good.

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect session Pale Ale. Every other beer in this style should be judged against this beer. It is the standard of what a pale ale in America should be.

Photo of Pete_IV
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poura a crisp amber smells of pine. Still the classic piney ipa for me.

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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