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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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9,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,020
Reviews: 2,717
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,043 | 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 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 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 mrosenfeld32
4/5  rDev -1%

mrosenfeld32, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

visualmartyr, Apr 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

DCgolfpro, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

sabitu, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

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

hsus0225, Apr 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Hockey_Fan, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

zestd, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Johnroby, Mar 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Arch578, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

JohnnyK, Apr 27, 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
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4/5  rDev -1%

Buttermilk, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

yokken, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

vma, Mar 26, 2014
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,020 ratings.