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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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9,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,508
Reviews: 2,757
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 169
Gots: 1,276 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Clear golden tone , small head, a little lacing.

Smell is faintly floral, citrusy.

Taste is primarily hoppiness , with some slight malty undertones.

Mouthfeel is light , with a crisp aftertaste. Carbonation is apparent.

A little high in the ABV department, but I have no trouble drinking 6 of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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2/5  rDev -50.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Glass. The Classic APA, I finally get to try it.

Light copper in colour, unfiltered. 1 inch head leaves lots of lace and subsides but never goes away. Carbonation is fairly high. Nose is very subdued but citric hops shine through. There's a bit of sour mustiness I can't put my finger on. Not offensive, just a little more low key than I was expecting.

Taste is like, what? That sip went down so fast and easy that I have to have another, then maybe another... It strikes a good balance between malt and hops, that's forsure. There's nothing outlandish here, just a very clean citric flavour and lots of earthy bittering hop character. The nutty malt is just enough to balance things out, there's a very mild caramel-like sweetness in the background, but nothing cloying to be sure. This is a very well-balanced and pleasing session beer. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but not obnoxious, and the body is just perfect for the style. Aftertaste is bitter and finish is dry. Drinkability? This is almost the definition of drinkable, perfect for any time of the year and if I could buy it in Canada it just might be a constant in my fridge. Doesn't disappoint.

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

A- Nice clear gold with a decent head.

S- Ahh, great smell. Fantastic use of Cascade hops gives this beer that great characteristic grapefruit aroma. A substantial malt sweetness backs the hops up nicely.

T- Tart citrus from the hops predominates and is backed by a nice grainy malt. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness and a slight honey-like sweetness. Quite refreshing.

M- Light to medium body with a good carbonation level. No complaints.

D- The ABV is a little too high for this to be a session beer. Still, I can easily drink a couple of these at a time, maybe more if I feel like it.

Pretty much the quintessential American pale ale. There's hardly any denying that. There may be better examples out there, but no beer that I've had so far embodies the characteristics of a classic APA like this one. Always a great fallback beer to boot, as many places with so-so beer selections will have this. If you haven't tried it yet, you obviously need to do so.

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the tap, poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass on pint night.

A - Pours a clear, golden color with red highlights and good carbonation.

S - Powerful combination of pine & grassy hops. Nice citrus blend in the background.

T - Not as overly-hoppy as the aroma suggests. The piney/grassy flavors blend very well with the milder hops. I've heard people talk about the hoppiness of this beer, but it's definitely not too packed with hoppy goodness....instead, it's a very good blend of citrus malt and grassy hops. Sorry to ramble...

M - Medium body with very good carbonation.

D - Definitely one of the top APA's I've ever had and a great brew to keep on hand for an everyday selection.

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep gold in color, slight chill haze changes to brilliantly clear as beer warms. Moderate off-white head with moderate retention and good lacing.

Aroma-Fresh, grassy, floral hops with light notes of pine and citrus. A bit of toast, caramel, and bread from the malt shows through as well.

Flavor-Nice balance of malt and hops-neither steals the spotlight, but they both work in harmony. Some toast and bread notes from the malt, and fresh, green, woodsy, and slightly piney flavors from the hops. Moderately bitter finish is complemented by a slight mineral tang, making for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing.

The original American Pale Ale does not fail to please. This is a great beer with incredible drinkability, while still packing a fair amount of flavor and nuance into what can be a relatively boring style. Love it.

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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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4/5  rDev -1%

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,508 ratings.