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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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8,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,748
Reviews: 2,695
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 920 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev -1%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

BreweryRun, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDM44, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

Erice78, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of ndekke39
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from a 12 oz. bottle with no bottling date. On a hard pour it has a nice white head. Clear golden-yellow color. Great retention. Soft aromas and tastes of lightly toasted malt and honey. Finishes cleanly with a brush of the hops. Tastes travel well. Light-bodied mouthfeel. Continuous carbonation adds to the head, although it doesn't bite the tongue. Not the most powerful flavors, but a well-balanced session beer. Great example of a Pale Ale!

ndekke39, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice light copper color. No head to speak of, I suspect it was due to a barkeep who doesn't know how to draw one correctly.

S-Nice floral and citrus notes with some spicy hops.

T-Smooth yet with a nice hoppy/bitter bite. A nice biscuity maltiness to it as well. Very nice, very well balanced.

M-Surprisingly smooth and creamy, but with a nice bite and dry finish.

D-Very, very drinkable. A great session brew to be sure!

Lerxst, Sep 26, 2009
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to it! This is my 100th Beer Review!

Light golden but cloudy body. White fluffy head. Doesn't look too carbonated as there are sporadic slow moving bubbles. 4

A chalky metallic smell of hops upfront. A little sweet and bitter as well. With the first scent, I thought I smelled vanilla but that seem to have diminished. 4

A very crisp taste, a little bitter, some pine and citrus in the beginning winding down to a buttery biscuit like taste. Interesting taste for sure, not sure if I like it, though. 3.5

The mouth is okay, nothing fantastic. Slightly acidic. It goes down very easy. 3.5

Despite the uncertainty of truly liking the taste of the beer and the okay mouth feel, this is a very drinkable beer. It's crisp, light, refreshing and easy to go down. 4.5

9InchNails, Feb 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gr0g, Nov 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Carpentiere, Jun 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MrBuckHigh, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ChrisinRI, Jun 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed this with huge expectations. I heard all this wonderful stuff but I was sorely dissapointed. It doesn't have a lot of character. It's rather run-of-the-mill. The exception being it didn't leave any aftertaste so it was readily drinkable with a meal. I feel like I should be at a farm when I have any pale.

packetknife, Apr 30, 2002
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

McStagger, Jan 12, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich copper color, fairly clear but not brilliantly so. Poured a fairly large head with creamy fine bubbles. Good head retention.

Nice hop aroma, green piney grass smelling. Some nice caramel malt smell beneath the hops.

Taste is simultaneous malt and hops, with a good piney hop flavor dominating. Bitterness is assertive but not overpowering, but definitely lingers into the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, with no astringency or warming.

Was amazed to see that I'd never reviewed this beer despite having consumed it for the last 15 years or so. Still holds up as a great, hop forward beer. Everything is perfectly in balance, and oh so drinkable.

mpyle, Sep 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a good beer if pale ale is your thing. It has a heck of a white foamy head on top of a knox blocks colored liquid. It smells heavily of hops. It's taste is of malt with a hint of grapefruit. The feel is a bit oily and a medium bodied beer. I'm not big on pale ales but this isn't bad and I would drink it again.

hdofu, Feb 27, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Perfect orange amber, slightly darker than average, capped by awesome clingy, creamy, fluffy, just off-white head, already sticks heavily

S: Fairly mild, malt is easy to pick up, nice breadiness, hops are there, but flavor nut super pronounced, floral and kind of grapefruit hops

T: Starts off wit ha nice bite of resiny and slightly grapefruit hops, have a lot of flavor packed in, but they don't kill you with too much bitter, there is also a nice biscuity malt counterpoint that is semi-sweet at first, the beer finishes bitter, and I wish the malt extended a little bit

M: Not real dry like an IPA, not too bitey either, not thin, almost didn't notice the mouthfeel

D: Good, but could be better, rivals some IPA's

Notes: A very good pale ale, that definitely finds its place under an IPA. It doesn't try to be an IPA like some do. It looks amazing and tastes good. Just a solid beer.

dpodratsky3, Feb 15, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Golden copper, looks a bit cloudy. Has a decent, foamy white head with average retention.

S - Big floral hop aroma mixed with citrus and sweet malts.

T - Roasted, bready malts up front, followed by grassy, floral hops. While well balanced, the hops are plentiful and provide a mild hop bite. The finish is rather dry with some bitterness, leaving a lingering citrus/malt flavor.

M - Crisp and smooth. Light-medium bodied.

D - Highly drinkable, making this an extremely sessionable ale. Bold, robust flavors for a pale ale. Everything seems to work well together. An all around great beer.

mooseo, Sep 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

loganburgh, Nov 25, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange yellowish crystal clear color. Large 2.5 finger head that leaves behind epic lacing and retains itself for a long time. Almost a reddish orange color with some yellow hues in it. Truely perfect.

Smell: Smells like extracted hop oils, grapefruit and has a orange zest/lemon zest oily aroma. Great fresh pinecone aroma, slightly woody, but has a nice balanced aroma and the hops arent too overpowering.

Taste: Tastes incredibly smooth and pure. you get a real sense of the craft beer industry when drinking this beer. Its got a homemade, earthy and rustic essence to it, yet it is remarkably consistant each batch. Good firm hops in the forefront and the palate is smoothed out by nice caramelly malts. The hops are sweet and slightly sticky. Grapefruit, wood, and a nice lemon peel component come through.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation. the beer finishes slightly dry which is great after the hops from the beer make you pucker up. completely balanced and smooth on the palate and in my opinion a style leader for sure.

Drinkability: this is the most sessionable and consistant pale ale out there. its one on its own and every other pale ale should strive to compete with this one because its setting the bar very high.

Augustiner719, Feb 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wiscokid920, Dec 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Allurex, Aug 28, 2014
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,748 ratings.