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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

9,786 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,786
Reviews: 2,830
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 190
Gots: 1,594 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Cycle69
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Philousa
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold, clear, with one finger sticky head. The rocky foam clings to the glass and laces well for a pale. The tart yeast aroma is clearly evident upon opening the bottle, but disappears soon after. I get sweet, sticky pale malt, toasted biscuit made with honey. Piney fresh hops sit atop, wafting easily to your nose. The initial sweet malt flavor is fleeting as bitter hops and yeast flavors take over quickly. The yeast starts tart and serves as a smooth transition to the bitter piney, earthy hop flavors. This is about as full bodied as a Pale Ale can get, with middling mouthfeel and a medium finish.

I'll make no claim that I am currently an acolyte of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. I'll tell you a secret, though: I hated it when I first had it in college. I was into nutty, watery beers (read: Newcastle), and this tasted like soap to me. I didn't always get along with hoppy flavors, it seems. Now I can't imagine a better stand by, go to beer in a jam. Thank you, Sierra Nevada, for making such a palatable, robust ale that is available nearly anywhere that a boring tasteless InBev product is served. Cheers!

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

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really tastes like an APA should. Plenty of grassness in the flavor with an acceptable consistency.

Photo of aquatonex
2.74/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected more from this Pale Ale, perhaps it was the batch that was the problem. Pours light amber. Smells a lot of hops and alcohol, kinda skunky. Tastes rather bitter with a generous portion of hops, alcohol, and skunk that stays with your tongue until your next sip. I was not impressed at all.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small glass, no freshness date on bottle.

A: Light amber orange body full of small bubbles rising to a white creamy head that laces all over the place.

S: Picking up some moderately fresh hops over some subtle malts.

T: This beer has all the usual suspects for pale ale that is leaning towards an IPA. A variety of semi-fresh hops swirl and cascade over the top of a foundation of sweet toasty malts. All this smooths out with a slightly more bitter finish than I was expecting. The aftertaste lingers shorter than expected, but is a good one.

M: Smooth but fresh with a nice balance of carbonation. The body is on the lighter side, but that lends to the drinkability nicely.

D: A very drinkable and pleasing APA. Not over-powering, and because of this it can be a fine session beer for the hop-seeker that doesn't want to blister his palate with one of the many American hop-bombs.

Overall: Arguably, this beer is (in my opinion) one of the "Big Three" beers that facilitates the conversion of great number of Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers into craft drinkers (the other two being Sam Adams Boston Lager and Guinness Draught). I wonder how many hoppy APAs and IPAs exist today because of the success of this beer. Regardless, it is a reliable, widespread, well-crafted pale ale that can be used as a benchmark to rate others against. This beer promotes beer advocacy, and on that note... it is a great beer!

Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BBP
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Semi-translucent orange with great carbonation and a creamy head. Laces well too. While I couldn't find any other people mentioning this, it almost looks unfiltered. Perhaps I had some yeast buildup from storing it sideways.

S- Slightly hoppy (considerably hoppy for a pale ale), with notes of grain and caramel.

T- Citrus and pine upfront. This brew balances hops and malt tremendously. After getting into craft beer I find this to have the level of flavor I want, but not much more. It doesn't disappoint, but doesn't impress too much at the same time.

M- Pretty creamy, but fairly thin. Carbonation was just right though.

D- Easy to drink, and good all around beer. Has everything I expect for a beer, but not much more. Still, for the price and availability, this beer is more or less the craft beer drinker's lifeboat.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Luigi
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is one of my favorite beers. Has a very hazy orange color to it. You can see the particals of yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head is fairly large and settles to a sticky lace around the glass. Smells hoppy with a little grain. Bitter spice, citrus,malts, and pine dominate the flavor. A very drinkable pale ale! I think it is the perfect session beer! In my opinion, Sierra Nevada Pale ale is truely a classic American beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,786 ratings.