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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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8,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,973
Reviews: 2,711
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 149
Gots: 1,026 | 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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Photo of TommyW
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slight chill haze in the golden body. Thin white head sticks well to the sides.

S- Some sweet malt undertones with some grassy, citric hop aromas on top.

T- Semi sweet, bready malt base holds everything together. Grassy and citrus notes from the hops jump in on the malt base. Finish is a touch dry with a some final sweet citrus coming in.

M- Smooth feel with a crisp finish and good carbonation level.

D- Really great session beer; goes down smooth and crisp. Would recommend this one for sure.

TommyW, May 26, 2009
Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev -1%

roodie, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Michigan
4/5  rDev -1%

Michigan, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

j0hnc2468, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Jon
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer that essentially led me here. SNPA is perhaps my all-time favorite old standby, and for good reason... I just don't know why it's taken me so long to review it. The pour is a light copper with a nice sized bubbly off-white head. The smell is great and features lots of hops, citrus and some yeasty notes. The taste is huge on the hops at first, especially for an APA. This beer is fairly carbonated for the style, and it shows in the mouthfeel, which is rather prickly. To me, this is a very easy drinker and is the trendsetter in the APA style.

Jon, Sep 22, 2002
Photo of callmescraps
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to review a classic:

Appearance - An light orangish-copper color. A pretty decent inch of chunky head that laces the top nicely.

Smell - Lots of grapefruit. Very strong citrus with a little hop kicker.

Taste - Lots of grapefruit up-front, with some hop bitterness coming in on the follow. The finish is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel - A nice balanced body. Not too thin, nice carbonation. It's a good, very crisp.

Drinkability - Pretty decent, although it's kind of hard to drink too much with all the citrus followed by the hop bitterness.

A classic of the style. Sometimes I forget how good these old reliables really are.

callmescraps, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of ineva
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ineva, Nov 18, 2011
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev -1%

mcorwin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev -1%

Pug, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of MmmIPA
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last of the "Sierra Nevadathon" Ive had this beer plenty of times but never reviewed it.

Orangish body with a thick pillowly white head.Nice lacing is left after the head falls down.It looks like more of a IPA then a APA.Small mosels of carbonation.

Cascade smell (very fruity and citrusy)

Bittering taste then some malt.Piney hops with some dank hop taste in the aftertaste.Bready like malts and some tea like hops also.

Mouthfeel is good and easy going.I like it,its the easiest out of the SN familly.

I can remember buying a case of this stuff a year and some change ago and being very overwhelmed by the bitterness.Now it is a shadow of its self in my eyes.See what time does?This is a beer that I would drink if there wasnt any other type of craft beer there.Not because it sucks but just because its not moving me anymore.There are plenty of hoppier beers out there that overpower this.I dont know how to say that without dogging the beer.

MmmIPA, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of pburland23
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking SN Pale Ale for as long as I've been drinking craft beer, but had never reviewed it....until now.

On tap at Old Ebbit Grill in Washington, DC.

Pours a golden orange amber. Very clear. About a finger and a half of nice, white head. Pleasing head retention and lacing throughout the pint.

Smell is strong with floral hops and some grainy malt sweetness. Nice smelling pint.

Taste follows suit. I picked up lots of floral hops, some grapefruit and perhaps a little peach as well. There is just enough malt, slightly bready, to balance out each sip.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is on the light side, bit doesn't disrupt the overall taste of the beer.

SN Pale Ale is one of the classic of American craft brewing. These days, it's probably overshadowed by bigger, bolder beers. But, if you're looking for a well-made craft beer that has withstood the test of time, this is one to seek out.

pburland23, May 29, 2011
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +23.8%

troegaarden, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jmmy3
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jmmy3, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of visualmartyr
4/5  rDev -1%

visualmartyr, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Jesse13713
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very whipped cream-like head with poor lacing. Pours a pale orangish yellow, almost a clear urine color.

Smell - Slight hop notes, but not much else is going on here.

Taste - Slight bitterness turns over to a sweet and smooth aftertaste. A delicious caramelized pine note that has a very smooth hoppy aftertaste. A well balanced lemon-squeeze aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Well balanced and smooth. Quite easily drinkable; so much so that I could easily drink a six pack in a night. I guess I would call this my 'go-to" beer.

Verdict - Defintely a tasty and delicious beer. When I'm just in the mood to have a beer in general, this is what I reach for. I have had it several times; bottled and on tap.

Jesse13713, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of jsisko01
5/5  rDev +23.8%

jsisko01, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -25.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hsus0225, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of chefbigjon
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

chefbigjon, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold in color, clear, with dense white foamy head at about 1/4" but receded quickly to not much more than a fluffy ring.

S: Citrus hops are prominant on the nose, similar to a an IPA but not as pungent. A little agitation reveals more floral notes with the faintest bit of light malt.

T: This sure tastes like an IPA! A nice complexity of hops dominate the palate. Malts come in second, a distant second, this being a relatively dry brew. The finish quick and clean with just nothing but hop bitter lingering to the end.

M&D: A rather light and dry brew. Carbonation is fine but brisk and the brew has a smooth disposition. A fantastic beverage but I might have considered it an IPA. Especially if you like hops, grab one of these!

SIRIUS2, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of gkunkle
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours darker than I expected for a pale ale, its a transparent light copper color with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing. Smells of citrus and pine hops, very crisp and fresh smelling. Taste is great, starts with citrus and pine hops followed by understated sweet malts. I know its bitter, but it doesn't taste that bitter, quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is perfect, carbonation is just right too. I usually buy 12oz bottles when I try beers, today I got the large bottle (I think it was 24oz) and it was gone before I knew it.

gkunkle, Sep 25, 2010
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,973 ratings.