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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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9,804 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,804
Reviews: 2,833
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 194
Gots: 1,606 | 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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4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Semi-translucent orange with great carbonation and a creamy head. Laces well too. While I couldn't find any other people mentioning this, it almost looks unfiltered. Perhaps I had some yeast buildup from storing it sideways.

S- Slightly hoppy (considerably hoppy for a pale ale), with notes of grain and caramel.

T- Citrus and pine upfront. This brew balances hops and malt tremendously. After getting into craft beer I find this to have the level of flavor I want, but not much more. It doesn't disappoint, but doesn't impress too much at the same time.

M- Pretty creamy, but fairly thin. Carbonation was just right though.

D- Easy to drink, and good all around beer. Has everything I expect for a beer, but not much more. Still, for the price and availability, this beer is more or less the craft beer drinker's lifeboat.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is one of my favorite beers. Has a very hazy orange color to it. You can see the particals of yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head is fairly large and settles to a sticky lace around the glass. Smells hoppy with a little grain. Bitter spice, citrus,malts, and pine dominate the flavor. A very drinkable pale ale! I think it is the perfect session beer! In my opinion, Sierra Nevada Pale ale is truely a classic American beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brownish golden in color with a slight haze. Off-white head.
Aroma dominated by the hops. Mix of citrus and floral with a bit of pine as well. Pale malt underneath the hops.

Taste follows the nose. Healthy dose of hop bitterness throughout. Hop flavor is a mix of floral, citrus, and pine notes. Good caramel-tasting, pale malt base underneath that falls a bit short of really balancing this one. Enjoyable flavor.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good APA. It's relatively wide availability often makes it a welcome sight in an otherwise boring beer establishment.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally decided to review this beer after years of consumption of this fine brew. This one ranks on my all time favorites list- I am never sick of this stuff and it's always as refreshing as it was the first time I had it.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a burnt yellow/copper/orange color. No lacing- small amount of head- hints of malted barley and big hops- floral scents and even a hint of grapefruit.

This goes down as smooth as anything- as a reviewer said previously- not sessionable at 5.6% but there have also been many a nights where these beers have been consumed at a high volume by all parties involved.

This is a pale ale done just right.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,804 ratings.