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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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8,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,559
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 122
Gots: 831 | 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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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but coded printing on label.

A-Pours a golden amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops.

T-Too bitter for an APA, but the malt presence became more noticeable as it warmed.

M-Very smooth but not quite enough malt presence.

D-A good APA, somewhat overrated in my opinion. Very easy drinking. Definitely improves as it warms, but I like to drink APAs cold and in large gulps to quench thirst on a hot summer day. Doesn't quite do it for me.

08-09-2009 01:19:10 | More by velosuds
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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Orange-yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is equal parts malts and hops. Some very fainat citrus.
Taste is hops up front, with the malts coming out from underneith. Faint bitterness comes near the end. More faint light fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Great drinkability on this one. Another good beer to "session."

04-04-2010 23:31:41 | More by Parrotbeak
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-08-2012 21:36:42 | More by mquinn919
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A: pours a murky orange yellow. Two fingers if rocky white head. Awesome lacing. Good retention.

S: pretty malty beast with some citrus and floral peeking through.

T: again with the good malt presence. Hops are muted compared to some of the west coast pales ive had. Citrus pops up in the end with a bitterness coming through to keep it balanced.

M: Great mouthfeel. Full bodied.

O: the quintessential west coast brew. One of the very original. This is my go to in bars that don't have a great selection of beer.

01-12-2012 06:45:33 | More by McStagger
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally got a hold of one of these. A little hard to come by round these parts. Happy to say it lived up to the hype. Soft grapefruity, citrus nose with lovely itching bitterness that fills the mouth. A sturdy caramel malt backbone as well in perfect balance with the hop flavours. Carbonation, malt, hops, bitterness all in line. Wish it was more available(and cheaper).

08-19-2009 08:53:24 | More by juju7
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

1 pint 8oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a semi clear golden orange color with a nice fluffy head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Strong hops and citric fruits with other grains.

T/M: So smooth and creamy. Hops stand tall with a citric semi fruity taste. Good blend of sweetness and bitterness. Overall greatly balanced, nice body and fine tasting brew.

D: One of the best APA's out. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet, since I've been drinking it for awhile now.


03-09-2011 03:07:44 | More by mnrider
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

01-09-2013 02:46:54 | More by DCgolfpro
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

12-20-2013 04:14:26 | More by SpasmWaiter
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

A bronzy color to this one. It left little or no head. the smell was somewhat sweet at first but became super hoppy.
This was an interesting beer. I found it to be rather meaty, if that is a word to describe beer. But I was sort of overwelmed. This is not normally like me. I can drink the hoppy brews with the best of them. I did like pale ale. It is something I will drink again, but I can't make this a daily drink. I'm a wierdo and a hippy.

10-07-2003 23:30:23 | More by CBFanWish
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-04-2011 16:14:46 | More by josefnewsong
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 12oz.

Golden with a little haziness. Clingy white lace.

Grain, spicy hops, cirtus, tangy

Very smooth, tangy, a little spice, pine, sweet malty backbone. Bready, biscuity finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Very drinkable. I could have a few of these with some cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth and consistent.

Notes: I had one of these with some asiago, jack, and cheddar on sweetish, bready biscuits. The combo was fantastic.

02-19-2010 20:33:55 | More by BeerNemesis
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4.08/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color with great clarity. What head it has comes in the form of a small cap. A few swirls of the glass increases it's size, but it shrinks right back down.

Smell: Aroma of bready malt and Cascade hops.

Taste: The malt/hop balance leans more to the hops, with grapefruit and citrus flavors in the forefront. The malt backbone is a bit thin, and is bready and slighty fruity.

Mouthfeel: The thickness is on the lighter side of medium, along with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This brew has saved me many a times when walking into a bar and seeing the usual macro crap, with this one buried in-between the swill.

All in all, a good (but not great) pale ale that is a good standby.

03-26-2003 18:02:31 | More by MJR
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

04-06-2013 13:58:40 | More by irish01980
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-02-2013 01:55:01 | More by ThisMoonlife
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

12-24-2013 23:21:59 | More by jaemeno3
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours golden orange with a sizable head and ample lacing

smell is citrustastic but nothing other than that lemon and orange peel

taste is also quite tart, not like a sour but just dominated by citrus hops, a nice buiscuit like finish

mouthfeel is smooth

A very drinkable, classic tasting American pale ale a wonderful staple session beer. One of the first craft beers i ever had years ago and Its still a very nice brew

12-31-2009 04:06:31 | More by benclimbs
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4.78/5  rDev +18.3%

an old standby i haven't visited in years! let's see what i remember and see if my palate has refined due to being bush-hogged by barrel-proof bourbons this winter...

a-that deep golden color that suggests orangey-green. i love it. a beautiful head that diminishes a bit quickly, but not too much so...sporadic lacing that doesn't cling for long.

s-so fresh, crisp, better than i remember. i probably didn't if smell it on purpose last time (that was 1989, i think....). i catch a perfect whiff of malty-hoppiness. what schmaltzy-happiness!

t-my goodness, this is really a fundamentally premiere stellar top notch pedigree american pale ale...it has a nice bitter, but subtle fade out, but it's hard to get to that point due to taking another swallow before too much time passes...the hops are right up front, but there's an obvious depth to it as well as (is this oxymoronic?) being subtley assertive. i love the way the maltiness weaves and pirouettes on the margins.

m-as it should be. as you would expect from this classic. chew it, inhale, you catch ethereal textures, nice continued hopscotch play of hops and malt...even catching somthing herbal, a hint...not sure what that is, but it's a bonus.

d-very very quaffable. an ultimate session brew for me.

this simply blows the quite admirable SN ESB 2009 out of the water. and yes, that itself is a fine brew.

02-28-2009 23:35:43 | More by mempath
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

02-16-2012 02:28:19 | More by DocJitsu
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

I've been drinking this for years and have always marvelled at how such a widely available beer can be so consistently tasty. But it is the mouthfeel and taste which really capture me. That citrus chewy oily hoppy quality once the beer hits the tongue never fails to activate even the most stubborn taste buds. Sure it isn't a 240 hour IPA but the balanced lingering bitterness and reasonable alcohol gives the brewer no where to hide faults. Just as well that I've never found any worth mentioning apart from the fact that it is hard to have just one. So easy to find and enjoy and so rewarding. The consensus is growing but I still don't think it gets the respect it deserves.

08-21-2010 22:56:46 | More by Zimbo
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-10-2012 00:41:35 | More by BryanK
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

09-28-2012 23:57:30 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

07-03-2012 04:20:02 | More by caverog
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-26-2013 21:25:19 | More by tabascosigned
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-29-2012 23:26:11 | More by cwreay90
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-07-2013 03:49:34 | More by SpongeRuiner
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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