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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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9,664 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,664
Reviews: 2,796
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 178
Gots: 1,448 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About as well balanced as an ale can be. Along with Liberty Ale, about as good of an example of a classic American micro-ale. Pours a nice,
golden-to-amber color, foamy head, good retention. Nice lace throughout. Wonderfully fruity, hoppy aroma and taste. Not overly dry, despite the obvious hop presence. At 5.6% ABV, packs a decent little punch (the hops are noticeable, also) but quite drinkable. I have nothing negative to say about this beer at all.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer that created the APA style. Hazy peach color with a persistant lace, slightly sweet cascade hop aroma, and a crisp sweet / bitter balance. I love that I can find this beer just about anywhere... a wonderful, refreshing ale, and a true classic!

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me a crystal clear golden yellow color that was teaming with tons of dancing bubbles of carbonation. The head that was produces was exactly 1 inch thick, pure white in color and was thick and creamy in nature. The head seemed to last a good way down the glass and produced a sheet like lace at the top and delicately designed lace as it traveled down the inside of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were of citrus hops, bitter hops, citrus fruit (lemons, grapefruit), and some sweet malts. The tastes that were produced were creamy in nature, good carbonation and the flavors that came out were of sweet malts, citrus hops, floral hops, fresh fruit (grapefruit), grass, and more hops. The combination of the sweet malt and the hops seemed to keep each other in good balance. It was crisp the whole way through and ended with slight hop dryness. It is a good beer and is a good choice if it is available and a good get when there is nothing good on tap at the local bar.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Token Lounge in Levoina MI. Served at 6deg C in a water glass

A- Opens well and pours a high head. Dark gold.

S- Pretty good hop base. Nice malt

T- Good blend but a bit turned down. Nice balance between hops and malt. Obvious winner

M- Pretty much the expected dry tongue

O- Nice beer. I always buy when it's on the menu and not much else

Food Pairing

Sorry didn't eat at the bar so no pairing


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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Ram's Head Tavern in Savage, MD.

A- Poured a nice gold in color with a beautiful white head.

S- Very flowery, nice and hoppy.

T- Nice and clean, very hoppy, with a nice dry finish.

M- Nice, not too fizzy, done very well.

D- A good everyday beer, a perfect example of the American Pale Ale style.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,664 ratings.