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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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7,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,936
Reviews: 2,658
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 102
Gots: 525 | 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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Photo of smakawhat


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had hundreds of these over the years, but never reviewed it until now..

Copper/yellow color of a nice clear. Decent head when poured on tap and lots of lacing.

Smell is kind of closed, not much going on, but nothing offensive either, faint bread and some chew.

Taste though is much improved with a very good bread finish that is subtle. Really good finish on this beer giving just enough hops and malt/bread/biscuity chew to feel decent. Easily drinkable, with a good mouthfeel that isn't too wet and is considerably better on tap than from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 20:46:28 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

05-25-2014 12:47:16 | More by Latarnik
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear amber colour topped by a thin lace of white head. Moderate retention and stickage. The aroma consists of floral, citrus and spicy hops with a bit of biscuit and grain. The flavour is balanced on the hoppy, bitter side. Mild sweetness with some maltiness, but mostly citrus and spicy hops with a dominating bitterness. Dry finish with a firm bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Slightly crisp and acidic from the carbonation, but without having a coarse texture. This is a great session beer -- clean and full of flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2005 01:25:46 | More by DrJay
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from above the glass gives this a big white to off-white head that slowly recedes into a nice lacing above a clear rich golden ale.

This medium bodied beer has a rich fruity/citrusy and slight pine aroma.

Citrus-fruity-pine-grasses taste that has a slight sweet malt hidden in there.

A nice lightly dry aftertaste with some leftover citrus notes lingering on.

One of my favorite beers, I look for this when I dine out, love it with Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 16:49:13 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lynnwood Grill

Arrived a copper color with one finger of head and nice retention. Smell is pretty hoppy for a pale ale, very floral. Taste is also quite hoppy but does not overpower. Mild malts and floral, piney hops are extremely well balanced. Medium bodied with good carbonation; a little dry but very refreshing.

A great beer. One of my favorite pale ales.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 13:24:43 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-17-2013 08:42:22 | More by Kelp
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.35... shared with a coworker... my half poured into a Delirium tulip.

Short lasting white head... atop a crystal clear lite golden brew.

Aroma is perfect blend of pronounced citrus hops and pale malts.... with just a touch of yeast fruitiness.

Flavor is as good as a an APA can be... cascade hops... balanced pale toasty malts and bitterness.... finish is more cascades and a little fruitiness. Body is perfect medium/low with the right carbonation.

Really not anything somebody can say bad about Sierra Nevada pale... I really don't buy it much anymore unless I am at a gas station and this is the only micro they have.... but writing a review makes me think about just how quintessential this brew is.... a classic if there ever was one.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 07:59:06 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.
A darker golden color with nice foaming head that did lace.
Smell of hops and then some lemon and grass, maybe a pinch of ginger.
A good taste. Balanced (or should I say imbalanced) just right for a PA. Hops are the main note, with malt and lemon in the background for body. Nothing special on the mouthfeel, but that's good anyway.
Easy drinking, dangerous...can drink several without thinking of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 15:49:37 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Dark Horse Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with about a one finger head. Diminshes into a small layer of bubbles with not very much lacing.

This has a good floral smell with some of the bitters that are to come. Not as aromatic as some other APA's I've had, but certainly pretty nice.

This tastes pretty similar to how it smells. Some floral taste with a lot of the token Cascade bitter. Not a whole lot else going on, but what's done is done well.

Mouthfeel is alright, good carbonation and a pretty good thickness. Could be just a little thicker, although I may be expecting more of an IPA thickness than an APA. I'd wager that I'm not, but if I am then sue me.

This is a very drinkable beer. Goes down smooth with no unwanted aftertaste. The bitterness is expected and welcomed.

Overall if you haven't tried this, try it, but really who hasn't? It's a little better on tap than what I've had from the bottle - looks prettier and the flavors are a little more subdued and crisper. Definitely worth a try on tap if you've only had it from a bottle. If you've never tried it then definitely try it, be it from a tap or from a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 07:16:23 | More by glid02
Photo of sendbeer


5/5  rDev +23.8%

12-15-2012 06:08:19 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Gusler


4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It's with a certain amount of shame that I must admit, that I rarely drink my favorite beers like SNPA, as I'm to busy with all the new beers, or some over the top beer that has caught my fancy, its a shame when we forget our "Old Friends", whether it be beer or people, something I plan on rectifying in both cases.

The beer disembogues the stubby brown 12-ounce bottle a slightly hazy amber color, the head portly and off white in color with the left over lace a fine velum like sheet, that obscures the glass. Oh what a wonderful nose, malt, citrus crisp, hop floral, and just plain sniffable, with the start rich in malt and somewhat sweet, top is middling in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops wonderfully spicy and the aftertaste desert bone dry. Sorry "Old Friend" if I have ignored you lately, it was not intentional.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 19:39:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of beertunes


2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured 1/2 inch of bright, white head that left a medium amount of lacing. Bright, light orange/deep yellow color. Not much malt in the nose, but solid hop presence. Flavor matches aroma closely. The lack of body is noticed right away. Very drinkable, but the flavors becomes unnoticeable quickly. This is a solid go-to beer that never lets you down, but rarely thrills the drinker. I have long maintained that, due to the prominence of hops and lack of malt body, this should be called an IPA, not a pale ale. I seem to be in a very small minority in this view.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 21:55:58 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/yellow color. Decent head with little retention and little lacing. Smells strongly of hops. Fits the pale ale style quite nicely. Strong bitterness of hops with average carbonation. Could have a little more flavor, but overall very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 01:36:24 | More by Tone
Photo of PEIhop


4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-19-2011 18:57:15 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Brad007


3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light amber color. There's a faint aroma of hops and not much else. The beer tastes kind of hoppy at first but then fades into a sweet malty backbone. From what I gather about pale ales, they should never be too hoppy or too malty.This one is well balanced but I would think that it would taste better straight from a tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 23:04:37 | More by Brad007
Photo of THECPJ


3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: golden orange with 2 finger white head that dissipates fast.

Smell: citrus, hops,

Taste: citrus, hops, caramel malts,

Mouthfeel: Dry bitter, mild carbonation, clean, crisp

Drinkability: very nice pale ale. I think this could be a game changer for the non craft beer drinkers.


Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 19:05:31 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Pacific Northwest Pale Ale that defined the style. Certainly more subtle than newly developed products.

A: Golden bronze with a little head, no lace.

S: Nice American hop citrous.

T: Citrousy, biscuity malt.

M: Light-to-moderate body, fairly high carbonation.

D: Suitable for a wide range of beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 22:47:37 | More by Derek
Photo of zestar


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-11-2013 06:50:27 | More by zestar
Photo of billab914


3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find I haven't ever reviewed this one, so I picked one up the other day specifically for this review. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It had a really nice golden amber color to it with a thin but frothy head to it.

The aroma has a nice balance of American hops and pale malts. There is some good citrus notes to it, along with a little pine. The pale, bready malts give it a nice base.

The taste shows off the Cascade hops nicely. It's got notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and a little pine to it. Again the pale, bready malts give it a nice base and provide a good balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a classic version of the style and probably the benchmark for all other versions. Sure, there are newer beers in the style I like better, but sometimes revisiting a classic is just as enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:12:15 | More by billab914
Photo of dirtylou


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single

an old favorite...as is the norm, one of the first "micros" i ever had when i was 16ish, probably purchased off a hippie lot vender!

appearance: pours a hazy pale amber color with a slight beige head and spotted lacing

smell: floral hoppage, sweet malt, grainy, citrus fruit aromas, earthy and natural

taste: great balance...i haven't sat down and analyzed one of these probably ever. a nice floral hop profile matched by some solid sweet and toasty malts...a dry spicy finish and a sweet and bready taste overall

mouthfeel: bready medium body, dry and spicy finish

drinkability: webster defines session beer as SNPA

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 03:05:34 | More by dirtylou
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this so many times, it's bizarre I've never rated it yet. Tonight I had it on tap with dinner in Mountain View, CA. Nice clear orange color with 2-3 finger thick white foam. Good light aroma of hops, nice APA aroma. Flavor is also light, on the hoppy side. Excellent drinkability, a very nice session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 04:09:53 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of dmorgan310


4/5  rDev -1%

02-03-2012 10:04:03 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of afsdan


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

03-22-2014 21:41:51 | More by afsdan
Photo of xnicknj


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Pours clear golden orange with plenty of carbonation. Somewhat thin head fades to film with some nice wavy lacing.

S - Piny hops, citrus, a touch of malt sweetness.

T - Begins with some pine hops and a bit of citrusy oil. Not overly bitter or overwhelming as the beer strikes a nice balance. Malt base holds its own, but allows a touch of sweetness in the middle. Clean finish with some dryness.

M - Very bubbly, somewhat creamy, little lingering feel.

D - The smooth creamy touch makes these even more drinkable than it would be otherwise.

A solid, go-to beer. Hard to go wrong with this one, although it's not particularly exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:59:11 | More by xnicknj
Photo of harpus


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-09-2014 20:45:00 | More by harpus
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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