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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

8,526 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,526
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 120
Gots: 819 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.7%

Hops and cream and noticeable creamy head. Taste with an offsetting bitterness that I didn't care for or expect. Strong bitter mouthfeel Citrus floral and pine aroma. Inexpensive.
Had this 3 years later on-tap and this review is based on that, at Pizza Port Solena Beach Lace, a serviceable pale. AFter so many good pales, Sierra finds its way among the pack, but was sure a revalation when I first had it.

03-21-2004 03:06:38 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Have had this many times in the bottle as well as on tap over the past couple of years.

It pours an appropriate color for a pale ale. I say that because many times beers without color are beers without flavor barring of course belgian golden ales and tripels and some weissbiers. The foam dies off quickly which is alright with me because it doesn't taste much like the beer (the hops seem to stick out in the foam).

It has probably the best pale ale flavor I've had. It has a good amount of bitterness for a pale ale but that bitterness disapears quickly and becomes sweet and malty. Very drinkable and is well balanced.

I have always enjoyed this beer and always will.

08-20-2007 17:07:21 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a copper orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt and citrus zest. Taste is of sweet malt and citrus zest hops. There is a slightly soapy taste I am getting as well. This beer has good carbonation and is crisp and clean in the mouth. Slight hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Overall, this is a good pale ale and pretty much available everywhere in a pinch when there are no other good beers on the menu.

07-03-2011 01:57:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

12-02-2011 22:49:28 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%

On tap on the home kegerator. Works out quite well.

Pours a nice light copper color with a good white head and some pretty sticky lacing on the way down. The nose is all about the American C hops with some excellent citrus notes throughout. The taste is slightly-bitter citrus hops with a very mild malt presence in the background. Not excessively bitter, but does the job right. Drinkability is really high, as this is perhaps the most classic of all the craft beers.

10-25-2010 21:52:54 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-25-2011 18:14:13 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A: The beer is clear dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down and consistently left a thin film covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hops stand out in the overall taste, but these contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness that is kept in check by the underlying malts, which also contribute some hints of toasted malt flavors.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and is quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these at a time.

05-27-2011 01:38:21 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Quintessential amber with a blizzard of fine yeast suspended within. The beer is topped by a bone white crown that is rocky and pitting as it melts. Unfortunately, the lid didn't last very long. There's a decent amount of lace, though nothing too special. The nose is of average intensity and is primarily of citrusy hops.

The flavor profile is on the simple and straightforward side; not that that's a bad thing. Each mouthful starts out with a gently spicy-bitter push, backed by a solid underlay of malt. Things don't really change in character from start to finish or with warming.

Although SNBC uses Cascade hops (along with Magnum and Perle), grapefruit zest isn't bursting across the tongue. The mouthfeel is slightly more full than medium and has no rough edges whatsoever.

I expected very good things from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and was just a little let down in the end. It's not that it's bad beer, not by a long shot, but there are better versions out there. I'm sure I'll come back to it again since it's so widely available (and since my local hoppy options are so limited).

02-07-2004 19:46:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden body with a fluffy white head that displays good retention and lacing

Smell: Some grapefruit aroma, but not particularly overwhelming; slightly skunky with a touch of oxidation (may not be the freshest bottle)

Taste: Starts out with a nice bready taste that transforms, mid-palate, into a nice bitter citrusy flavor; well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: The go-to beer at so many bars; always a good choice but I'll need to take another look from time to time as this bottle wasn't tasting fresh

02-18-2006 23:14:00 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-11-2013 06:50:27 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

11-20-2011 21:55:29 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Draft: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is well balanced against some lightly sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a wonderfully mix of floral hops notes from West Coast hops with nice line and citrus notes though they are never overwhelming. Malt base is not too sweet and well balanced against the hops. Body is about average with good carbonation. This si one staple that I will never get tired of.

08-16-2012 20:28:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

One of my all time favorites;
Aroma: Extremely floral and spicy, but not to overtake the malts. Complex and refreshing, even to the nose.
Appearance: Deep golden, excited from the carbonation. Nice white head, containing loosely laced bubbles.
Taste: Floral and spicy nose. High hop flavoring pronounced in the body. Medium bodied, cut nicely by bittering. Leaving mouth nicely coated. Finishes a bit dry, but not to offend. High bittering at the end.
Aftertaste: All the pleasantries of the taste without complete drying, tackiness, or metalics.
Impression: Absolutely refreshing, a bold and exciting beer. One that can be drank from sun-up to sun-down and any time of the year. One to stock the fridge with.

06-06-2005 14:45:14 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a decent amber, with no head, and a bit of lacing, very clear. Smell is citrus hoppy, but not overly so. Slight spiceyness as well. Taste is very crisp, with a dry hop finish. Very citrus flavored, and a bit of grassy, piney flavor as well. This has always been one of my favs, always easy to get, and always drinkable. Pretty much my standard at restaurants that don't have much. Its no IPA, and is by no means the Celebration, But I have never turned one down.

11-17-2006 00:51:37 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: The pour is a hazy golden-orange color with some lively carbonation and a fluffy white head.

S: While there is certainly a caramel malt sweetness, this pale ale has a very pronounced citrus and pine hoppiness to it.

T: Up front, this has nice citrus hops with the malt taking the lead through the middle before the piney, bitter finish.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation which makes this a nice refreshing pale ale.

D: My fist craft beer and always a standby when out at a bar or restaurant. You can almost never go wrong with SNPA.

06-27-2009 18:02:22 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-05-2011 19:01:51 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

12-21-2011 19:57:56 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-29-2012 04:27:38 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-19-2013 20:36:46 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-31-2013 23:46:28 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

I know many of us are beer "fanatics" but something is to be said of beers that can both please the Bud Light drinkers and the Beer snobs. This beer is not the best in its category but it is a staple amongst beer drinkers and is as good bottled as on draft which is not always the case. It has an initial sharp flavor that fades quickly so as too not be overly offensive. A solid overall beer.

06-24-2011 00:48:26 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper body with a small, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: Grainy aroma with a small measure of caramel and a moderate citrus hop presence.

Taste: Sweet caramel maltiness mingles with the taste of toasted grains. Predominately citrus hops, but there is a pinch of pine in there, too. Medium bitterness leads into a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, a solid pale ale that's readily available and generally easy on the wallet.

12-10-2007 20:40:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1%

08-07-2013 04:14:51 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

The classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I remember sitting at the Keystone Pub when I ordered my first one back in 2007. It was probably one of my first pale ales. I can't recall having one prior to it. Anyway, it pours out as a lightly hazed yellowish gold color. The head is strong and leaves a good lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a really nice hop aroms on it mixed with some malts on the nose. The taste of the beer has a good bitterness to it with a dry hoppy aftertaste. When it comes to the mouthfeel it's a highly drinkable beer. It's got a good body to it and it's not overly heavy. Overall this beer is worth checking out if you haven't already, It's a pioneer pale ale, it really holds it's own again many competitors.

06-17-2011 19:22:45 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

It had been awhile since I had drank this beer so I had a pint the other night,pours a hazy deep orange with a pretty nice sticky head.The aroma is definently zesty hoppy and a little piney.Taste to me might be a little over the top hopwise very citruisy and dry,pretty good beer but would like a little more balance to this beer.It is a hop head classic though.

08-07-2003 14:35:13 | More by oberon
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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,526 ratings.