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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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9,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,313
Reviews: 2,733
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,173 | 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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3/5  rDev -25.7%

vma, Mar 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Bromine, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

LMH88, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

casapy, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a clear light orange with a small off-white head. Sporadic lacing.

S - Citrus, caramel malt, club soda, and some floral notes.

T - Starts a bit sweet with malt and grapefruit. Bittering hops follow, but the sweetness never gives way completely. Balanced and delicious pale ale.

M - Light-medium body with light, tingly carbonation.

O - Great citrus flavor with perfectly balanced sweet and bitter. This is one of my favorite session beers and I like to keep it in the fridge regularly.

NoLeafClover44, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

prock180, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of obywan59
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden to orange-amber with a 2 finger whitish head that settles rather quickly leaving a ring around the glass and a smattering of lacing ,

Light spice and grassiness of hops with a bit of citrus in the aroma with some rich malt in the background.

I noticed some light sweetness and plenty of tart citrus upfront. The rising bitterness, however, will not be outdone. Light toasted malt in the end.

A bit on the light side of medium bodied. Almost fizzy at times and drying on the tongue with a burn in the throat.

I first tried this beer a few years ago, but it was skunked, in fact I had a string of skunked SN brews. Last week I bought it again, deciding to give it another chance. Saturday, I drank 3 of them, and though it wasn't skunked, I wasn't impressed. An off bitterness, and not much else. Perhaps my taste was off, because tonight, I finally see what everyone is talking about. A well-rounded, full-flavored brew. A greatt summer ale. I'll definitely buy this again.

obywan59, Sep 05, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is THE staple beer in my fridge and I am a little disappointed in myself that it has taken me so long to review this one. A 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Nice pillowy white head of about an inch. A welcomed layer of white retention and great lacing. Transparent light copper color with some visible rising carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Sierra Nevada classic hop profile. You can almost use this as an adjective these days as it has become a cornerstone in hoppy beer. Citrus, floral, pine, dank, etc...this one brings forth all of the best adjectives in such great harmony and balance. Quite hoppy for an APA, but don't get me wrong, there is still great balance from some caramel malt.

The taste is so good and so Sierra Nevada. They are the brewery that set the benchmark on pale ales and here is your flagship. Similar characteristic to what I described in taste.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carbonation and easy drinking with a light to medium body. The pleasant Sierra Nevada hop profile lingers making you back for more and more.

This is the pale ale that all other pale ales are graded against. I have yet to find one better.

ibbjamin, Aug 30, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice orange gold color with a lovely head that lingers.

The aroma is hoppy and piney with a little hint of caramel hop.

The flavor is at first sweet with some caramel hints and finishes with a nice hop bitter bite.

The mouthfeel is medium and beer is well bodied.

Overall this is a wonderful session beer. It is refreshing and not to radical in any one direction.

LeeryLeprechaun, Oct 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

mrosenfeld32, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SDG1070, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

hsus0225, Apr 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a pale copper with a finger of off-white head.

S - Smells hoppy and a bit grainy. Citrus and pine hops are present.

T - Plenty of hop bitterness and a bit of grainy dryness. A little bit of grassyness and some underlying sweetness.

M - Just right. Medium body, just enough carbonation. A little bit dry in the finish and a bit cloying in the back of the throat, keeping this from getting highest marks.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Goes down easy and refreshing. Very tasty. Perhaps the best widely available beer around.

greenmonstah, Jan 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

zestd, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

n2pux, Mar 05, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a warm, peachy orange colour, with an creamy white head. Retention was average, lacing was decent.

As expected, huge floral aromas. Fruity and zesty.

Taste was citrus, tangy and reminiscent of mangos. Very sweet but balanced with a good amount of hop bitterness. Left an astringent feel on the palate in a good way. Very tasty. A classic APA. Finishes dry. Smooth, moderate mouthfeel. Quaffable as hell.

baiser, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of alkemy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and copper pour with a fluffy white head. Hops are certainly apparent, but pretty tame. Scent mostly dominated by citrus, specifically orange peel. You also get some sweet caramel malt aromas. It's pretty refreshing. A nice session beer for sure. The citrus hops are most noticeable just as in the scent. Caramel, bready malts come in toward the back. Finish is crisp and clean.

alkemy, Apr 03, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Light brown with a white head about two fingers thick that slowly fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer

Aroma: Slight hint of piney and citrus hops breaking through the malty background.

Taste: Moderate hopping provides a hint of citrus and a bitter finish, but the taste is mostly malty and toffee like.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation dry finish and easy to drink. Enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall: It’s a good beer. It’s affordable, available, and tasty. This is my go too beer if we’re having people over for a party because I can grab a bunch for guest and myself. It’s also often the only craft beer at a BMC bar besides SA and I don’t always want a lager.

jamescain, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
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.

Jesse13713, Feb 17, 2011
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 9,313 ratings.