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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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7,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,933
Reviews: 2,658
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 102
Gots: 523 | 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 Jim_DemonDeacon

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-10-2012 20:39:30 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Photo of Flashyspoons


3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-14-2013 05:55:01 | More by Flashyspoons
Photo of woodchipper


3/5  rDev -25.7%

10-26-2013 20:38:25 | More by woodchipper
Photo of jdklks


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- amber golden with a soft white head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

S- citrus fruits and hops. one of the better smelling APAs ive had.

T- again, citrus fruits and hops. the aroma tells of the taste, and it is more than satisfactory. a nice finish that leaves you reaching for more.

M- light to medium bodied. about exactly what an APA should be. extremely smooth.

D- i drink this all the time. it is my "go-to" beer after i have had my chosen beer of the night, and it never stops flowing. it will accompany you to bed, begging you to just take one more sip.

im not all that into APAs, but, aside from deschutes' "hop trip", this is my favorite pale ale. it is delicious and comes highly recommended if only for its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 08:26:13 | More by jdklks
Photo of thespaceman


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

Poured from a 12 oz stubby bottle into my Otter Creek pint glass

Appearance: A nice gold hue, a nice head that entered into a small wisp of lacing, nice retention and good glass lacing.

Smell: Citrus fruit pop out in a big hop profile, passion fruit, grapfruit, pear and a tinge of esters make this one a nice beer to smell. A nice floral aroma takes over.

Taste: Good blend of hoppy flavors to an excellent carmelized profile. This beer has a mellow alcohol backdrop that is muted yet begging to pop out. Citrus notes from the nose play a big part in this finish.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated to make the hops nice and bitter in the finish, keeps a nice balance and doesn't lose it's body on the tongue.

Drinkability: An excellent beer from SN that will continue to get praise. Behind Celebration Ale, this is the best dose of good hops I've had in a while. A creeper beer that is highly recommended in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 06:01:52 | More by thespaceman
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-22-2011 19:56:48 | More by JSkone09
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

04-01-2014 01:15:36 | More by WuBByG999
Photo of umustdrink


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

A - Clear orange-yellow color. Pours a thick head, fades to an eighth inch. Average lace.

S - Bitter hops, slightly piny, with an earthy malt balance.

T - Clean balance of bitter hops with sweet brown sugary malts, hints of cinnamon and pepper. For a pale ale this is very hoppy.

M - Very smooth but with some carbonation to give it a little bite.

D - One of my favorite everyday beers, easy drinking, high sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 02:28:57 | More by umustdrink
Photo of wnh


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright golden amber, full of suspended yeasty sediment but still clear, capped by a thick, foamy, pristine white head.

Typical Sierra Nevada hop notes on the nose--pithy underripe citrus zest and pine resin--with a touch of leafiness. A nice toasty, biscuity malt backbone holds up the hops.

Sweeter on the palate than the nose indicates, with a fruitiness that suggests yeast rather than malt. A fleeting note of caramel-like malty sweetness shows up mid-palate, then fades into a bitter but faintly sweet underripe citrus note. Finishes clean but mildly yeasty, with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

Light to medium in body and relatively soft; very quaffable, perhaps the most quaffable pale ale I've had. There seem to be two extremes in pale ales: those that rely almost solely on the hops (Lagunitas, for example), and those whose hops are all muddled up in the rest of the beer. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale manages to land right between those two paths, with hops that make themselves clear but don't dominate the beer.

Worthy of its place in the American craft beer pantheon.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 19:09:46 | More by wnh
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-28-2011 21:23:08 | More by akinsja
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-29-2014 03:29:37 | More by Matthewpakula
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

09-18-2013 11:11:45 | More by nootch23
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -1%

06-08-2012 22:02:05 | More by Pelicanrocks
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

03-02-2014 18:49:37 | More by Ewhite2121
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

theres not alot i can say abou this beer that hasnt already been said. one of the very best all round session beers going around in the world, let alone the US. its the sort of beer youd be proud to have in your fridge as your standard beer.

theres nothing different in the appearance of this brew from the hundereds of other pale ales out there, and its not the most complex brew going around. nevertheless SN pale goes by the old english beer philosophy of less is more. simple grapefruit zest smell/taste, with a hint of cut grass and sneaky malt in the mix. pleasing hops presence, its floral on the nose, bitter on the palate, and goes down the hatch with a fine zing as it hits the spot. an absolute delight to drink anytime ,anywhere.

all i can say is its a pity you cant just head down your local in australia and pick this up whenever you like, coz its a pearler of a brew

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 13:05:06 | More by diablo14
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3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown glass bottle

Appearance: Small white head over a deep amber-orange body.

Smell: Overpowering hops. I can't smell anything past it.

Taste: The malt shows up here, barely. Slightly sweet, bready. Then the hops kick in and wipes the floor with the malt. The hops are bitey, citric, high-acid. It's a dry, bitter, tough finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average.

Drinkability: Tough on the senses. The hops are too much for me. I had to rate it a little above average because it has a respectable power and bite.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 03:46:08 | More by mjc410
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4/5  rDev -1%

01-22-2013 05:22:50 | More by Amerikon
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Warming amber colour, with a nice white fluffy head. Seems highly carbonic.

S - Rich hoppiness, with earthy tones. There is also a hint of sweet malts on the nose.

T - Dry, refreshing and bitter from the get go. The flavours are clearly controlled by the hops, which delivers a grassy bitterness. There are slight citrus flavours towards the end, along with what tastes like apples.

M - Quite light on the palete, with a dry feel.

D - A nice beer, and very drinkable. Light and refreshing enough to be a solid summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:39:49 | More by PartyBear
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

05-28-2012 21:43:11 | More by Harkrank
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4/5  rDev -1%

05-27-2014 21:09:58 | More by CasanovaCummins
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-18-2012 23:46:25 | More by Pat316
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-07-2013 21:21:51 | More by JT99125
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden color with a tight off white head on top. Great head retention turning to a nice lace until the bottom of my glass. The aroma is all hops with hints of malt in the back round, very nice. The taste is all out hops with a hint of citrus and a nice mix with the malt. This is a crisp, refreshing beer. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Now I understand all the hype of Sierra Nevada brews, cant wait to try the others!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 10:39:20 | More by Stubbie1
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good beer-yes. A cult beer-I can see that, as most of us in the US don't dare reach out much beyond this anyway. It's at whole foods-yipee-I'm a cool, way-out kind of beer drinker--too cool dude. Hey, is this organic?Good, fresh brew, with malty richness and a nice bitter hop balance. Perhaps the coolest beer on the planet for those just stepping up from butt-wiper. An above "good" pale ale that gets way to much hooplah for what it is. Sorry frat boys and girls who think they have found the holy "pale."

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 03:13:01 | More by moulefrite
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Delirum Snifter

A-Pours a light golden color with little head and almost no lacing other than right at the edge
S-Very hoppy with a slight citrus hint
T-the hops come across immediatly with a very subtle citrus flavor leaves a very good flavor in the finish.
M-Extremly smooth with a very good level of carbonation.
D-Very easy to drink i could easily see myself having them on a regular basis

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 18:41:33 | More by SpecialK088
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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