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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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9,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,343
Reviews: 2,736
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,190 | 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 chocosushi
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz->Anchor Steam Pint
A ~ pours a perfectly pale honeyed-brown. Constant steady carb
with a bit of lacing.

S ~ Solid nose of grass, fresh barley, brewer's yeast & grass

T ~ Nice balance of crisp hops & pale malts...bit of
bread-crust, and a finish of their tasty house yeast.

M ~ Crisp & clean. Simple, with a nice balance.
I don't understand how some think this is too hoppy.

D ~ Just good...really good. It's a given
to buy this beer in 12-packs. The definition
of the (American) style. Not a big beer by any
means, just a solid one. We all started w/ this.

chocosushi, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Allurex, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of ZachRusk
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ZachRusk, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

joeseppy, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Steve_Oldrati, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

MNMike, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

SCanthony, Oct 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

JDeming, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden tone , small head, a little lacing.

Smell is faintly floral, citrusy.

Taste is primarily hoppiness , with some slight malty undertones.

Mouthfeel is light , with a crisp aftertaste. Carbonation is apparent.

A little high in the ABV department, but I have no trouble drinking 6 of these.

shroompod, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe it has taken me this long to review this beer, I've only been drinking it forever. Decent pour honey amber with a white head that actually creates lacing, surprising as I usually drink this out of the bottle. Aroma is kinda hoppy I guess, more bitter and grassy and vegitile. The flavor is of pale malt, and grassy whole leaf hops, some herbacious taste and a mite of floral woody hops. Regular body, nothing special, overall it is sierra nevada pale ale. Period.

pmlondrigan, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of dbarny76
4/5  rDev -1%

dbarny76, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MAUEX_MFA, May 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Brinks, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass. The Classic APA, I finally get to try it.

Light copper in colour, unfiltered. 1 inch head leaves lots of lace and subsides but never goes away. Carbonation is fairly high. Nose is very subdued but citric hops shine through. There's a bit of sour mustiness I can't put my finger on. Not offensive, just a little more low key than I was expecting.

Taste is like, what? That sip went down so fast and easy that I have to have another, then maybe another... It strikes a good balance between malt and hops, that's forsure. There's nothing outlandish here, just a very clean citric flavour and lots of earthy bittering hop character. The nutty malt is just enough to balance things out, there's a very mild caramel-like sweetness in the background, but nothing cloying to be sure. This is a very well-balanced and pleasing session beer. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not obnoxious, and the body is just perfect for the style. Aftertaste is bitter and finish is dry. Drinkability? This is almost the definition of drinkable, perfect for any time of the year and if I could buy it in Canada it just might be a constant in my fridge. Doesn't disappoint.

trevorwideman, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the tap, poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass on pint night.

A - Pours a clear, golden color with red highlights and good carbonation.

S - Powerful combination of pine & grassy hops. Nice citrus blend in the background.

T - Not as overly-hoppy as the aroma suggests. The piney/grassy flavors blend very well with the milder hops. I've heard people talk about the hoppiness of this beer, but it's definitely not too packed with hoppy goodness....instead, it's a very good blend of citrus malt and grassy hops. Sorry to ramble...

M - Medium body with very good carbonation.

D - Definitely one of the top APA's I've ever had and a great brew to keep on hand for an everyday selection.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 19, 2006
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

I2uss, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ejh06752, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of plfahey
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold in color, slight chill haze changes to brilliantly clear as beer warms. Moderate off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing.

Aroma-Fresh, grassy, floral hops with light notes of pine and citrus. A bit of toast, caramel, and bread from the malt shows through as well.

Flavor-Nice balance of malt and hops-neither steals the spotlight, but they both work in harmony. Some toast and bread notes from the malt, and fresh, green, woodsy, and slightly piney flavors from the hops. Moderately bitter finish is complemented by a slight mineral tang, making for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing.

The original American Pale Ale does not fail to please. This is a great beer with incredible drinkability, while still packing a fair amount of flavor and nuance into what can be a relatively boring style. Love it.

plfahey, Mar 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

tabascosigned, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

McBraniel, May 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BigGold, Feb 27, 2014
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,343 ratings.