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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

8,748 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 8,748
Reviews: 2,695
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 920 | 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 DioS
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ninner00, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

2neardead, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Durb777, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All aboard for the hops flavor train!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is exuding floral hops form the nose, from the palate, and after taste, and maybe into the after life.

Pours a golden amber from a 12oz bottle. Carbonation is fair, and leaves one to wonder what it would be like if the cap weren't a twist off.

The next time I drink this Beer, I’m going to do a roast duck with an orange sauce, the two should pair up eminently.

Aromatics abound from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and you will be bound to try this marvelous brew again.

BeerBob, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but coded printing on label.

A-Pours a golden amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops.

T-Too bitter for an APA, but the malt presence became more noticeable as it warmed.

M-Very smooth but not quite enough malt presence.

D-A good APA, somewhat overrated in my opinion. Very easy drinking. Definitely improves as it warms, but I like to drink APAs cold and in large gulps to quench thirst on a hot summer day. Doesn't quite do it for me.

velosuds, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1%

sabitu, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Pug
4/5  rDev -1%

Pug, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

teraflx, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of CraftFan5
2.95/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely one of the classic american ales on the market, and I was glad to find a six-pack hidden on the shelf of my local supermarket. The pour revealed a nice amber/dark golden color. There was a thin head that disappeared after about a minute, but a nice lace remained until the last sip. The smell was a crisp, sharp one with some nice fruity(citrus??) hops. The first taste revealed more of those hops and a pleasant bitter taste that receded quickly and left a nice dry aftertaste. Overall a very good brew that I would recommend to anyone!

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of mnrider
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 8oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a semi clear golden orange color with a nice fluffy head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Strong hops and citric fruits with other grains.

T/M: So smooth and creamy. Hops stand tall with a citric semi fruity taste. Good blend of sweetness and bitterness. Overall greatly balanced, nice body and fine tasting brew.

D: One of the best APA's out. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet, since I've been drinking it for awhile now.

Cheers!!!

mnrider, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange-yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is equal parts malts and hops. Some very fainat citrus.
Taste is hops up front, with the malts coming out from underneith. Faint bitterness comes near the end. More faint light fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Great drinkability on this one. Another good beer to "session."

Parrotbeak, Apr 05, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

rkf1976, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

grimey68, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Bsetz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Bsetz, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of juju7
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got a hold of one of these. A little hard to come by round these parts. Happy to say it lived up to the hype. Soft grapefruity, citrus nose with lovely itching bitterness that fills the mouth. A sturdy caramel malt backbone as well in perfect balance with the hop flavours. Carbonation, malt, hops, bitterness all in line. Wish it was more available(and cheaper).

juju7, Aug 19, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bronzy color to this one. It left little or no head. the smell was somewhat sweet at first but became super hoppy.
This was an interesting beer. I found it to be rather meaty, if that is a word to describe beer. But I was sort of overwelmed. This is not normally like me. I can drink the hoppy brews with the best of them. I did like pale ale. It is something I will drink again, but I can't make this a daily drink. I'm a wierdo and a hippy.

CBFanWish, Oct 08, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. 12oz.

Appearance:
Golden with a little haziness. Clingy white lace.

Aroma:
Grain, spicy hops, cirtus, tangy

Taste:
Very smooth, tangy, a little spice, pine, sweet malty backbone. Bready, biscuity finish

Mouthfeel & Drinkability:
Very drinkable. I could have a few of these with some cheese. Mouthfeel is smooth and consistent.

Notes: I had one of these with some asiago, jack, and cheddar on sweetish, bready biscuits. The combo was fantastic.

BeerNemesis, Feb 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

visualmartyr, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of MJR
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale copper color with great clarity. What head it has comes in the form of a small cap. A few swirls of the glass increases it's size, but it shrinks right back down.

Smell: Aroma of bready malt and Cascade hops.

Taste: The malt/hop balance leans more to the hops, with grapefruit and citrus flavors in the forefront. The malt backbone is a bit thin, and is bready and slighty fruity.

Mouthfeel: The thickness is on the lighter side of medium, along with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This brew has saved me many a times when walking into a bar and seeing the usual macro crap, with this one buried in-between the swill.

All in all, a good (but not great) pale ale that is a good standby.

MJR, Mar 26, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

JohnnyK, Apr 27, 2014
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,748 ratings.