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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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9,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,066
Reviews: 2,719
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,057 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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

vma, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

zestd, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

prock180, Oct 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Arch578, Aug 05, 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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Baab200, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

TTripp725, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Boca-X
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a shaker. Wonderful white, foamy heady, decent lacing throughout review.. A foggy, golden, honey hue.

Hops, citrus and pine on the nose. Lightly floral.

Smooth on the tongue, perfect carbonation. Slightly sweet up front with hints of honey and citrus. Finishes off with a lightly dry, bitter, hoppy mix of grapefruit and pine. The dry/bitterness doesn't last long and then the honey seems to comes full circle, leaving a very pleasant sweet note behind.

This is a very smooth and refreshing brew. Not complex, just very complete. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. The hoppy finish is quick, cleansing your taste buds and in return beckons for another swallow...and then another...and another. Great everyday pale ale...Salud!

Boca-X, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of CBlack85
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a ever so slightly hazy copper/light amber color. An aggressive pour produces about three fingers worth of creamy white-ish head that slowly recedes leaving behind sheets of lacing that nearly cover the glass.

The aroma is of grassy piney hops, followed by the light scent of orange zest and lemons. The malt is moderately noticable, giving off a biscuity and grainy character.

Lots of citrusy hops, with the piney/grassy hops taking a backseat. Quite well balanced with the biscuity/bready malt backbone always being present but never outdoing the hops. Slightly sweet. The carbination give it a sharp quality on the tounge. Medium bodied and finishes relatively dry. Very drinkable

In many ways this was one of the beers that turned me on to craft beer, and I always seem to have some in my beer fridge. Just a terrific go to beer. I pulled some out today to watch the Colts game and figured that I would check out how I reviewed it to see how my opinion of it had changed; and to my surprise I had never taken the time to review this great beer. Can't go wrong with SNPA

CBlack85, Sep 12, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I was shocked to discover today that I had never done a review of this beer, which gave me the perfect excuse to run out and immediately buy a six-pack. Research purposes and all...

A: Dark, golden beer with a finger's width of head that has a decent retention time and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: You can smell the cascade hops as soon as you pour it. Closer inspection yields a sweet malty backbone and a touch of grains, but not a whole lot else.

T: Sweet, grainy malts up front would would be potentially cloying if not for the solid thump of bitter hops with floral and grapefruit notes. The finish is quite dry, but the sweetness is still present on the back of the throat.

M: Moderately heavy body, almost chewy, with quite a bit of carbonation.

O: It's hard to be objective at this point, having had it so many times, and having tasted this exact same flavor profile in every Sierra Nevada brew. That being said, there's a reason that it's a classic. It brings big flavors, but keeps them balanced. The hops are tasty, and it goes down smooth.

DaveBlack, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BWH999, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

JDM44, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Kingcurio, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Buttstallion, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of sacfly
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6091 stamped on the side, whatever that means. Just put the freakin date please.
Pours a shade of yellow/orange with particles in suspension. Head is thick and off white with large bubbles. Aroma is light pine. Taste is a nice mix of pine with a touch of mint and a lemon citrus finish. Lightly bitter aftertaste. Very east to drink.
Used to be a go to Pale ale, but now there are just too many other solid Pale ales and IPA’s out there for this one to stand out like it did in the past. Still a solid pale ale.

sacfly, Sep 02, 2006
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 9,066 ratings.