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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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8,988 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,988
Reviews: 2,713
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 150
Gots: 1,034 | 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 Das_Reh
2.24/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

This is supposedly THE original APA, and one of America's first craft brews. I was eager to try it after seeing the high reviews on BA.

Appearance - A nice, deep coppery color with a decent cream colored head. Lively carbonation, almost no lacing, which was disappointing. I noticed "floaties" in the beer as I poured, which settled to the bottom of the glass like bits of backwash... very unappetizing.

Smell - practically nonexistent... some citrusy hops and not much else.

Taste - Good grief... why are the ratings so high? It's a 1-note acrid bitterness with virtually no maltiness. The citrus/pine hop flavors are barely present, and a sticky, tart bitterness overwhelms the palette... I know Pale's and IPA's are MEANT to be hoppy and bitter, but there's no balance here. It's just NOT good.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is medium, and frankly unmemorable.

Overall - A bitter, overhyped concoction of hops, hops and more hops. No balance, no complexity. This was my second one and I will not drink another. I'll stick to Two-Hearted.

NOTE: In retrospect I am under the impression that I may have been drinking bottles that were out of date. Will give this beer a proper re-review in the future.

Das_Reh, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of m_p_snyder
4/5  rDev -1%

m_p_snyder, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

SB_Brewmaster, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Valentno7
4/5  rDev -1%

Valentno7, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of JustinSparks
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

JustinSparks, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of vaughtex
4.08/5  rDev +1%

vaughtex, Sunday at 06:59 PM
Photo of Stephen63
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good head texture that lasted well down the glass, nice amber hued body.

S - Impressive hit of flowers and citrus.

T - Citrus taste dominate but in a smooth way, not acidic. Hoppiness evident in the aftertaste though very pleasant.

M - Felt really good with natural carbonation just at the right level.

D - One of these babies is not enough!

Yes this really is a classic pale ale and worthy of its reputation.

Stephen63, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of y2jrock60
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Great appearance. I love that you can see sediment floating in the beer

S- Excellent hoppy smell when the bottle is opened. However, this dissipates after a few minutes.

T- Starts out bitter then finishes smooth with a little crispness

M- On the lighter side

D- I could easily pound these down.

This is a fine Pale Ale. I usually prefer highly bitter IPAs. But if I wanted something with bitterness that was easy to drink, this would be one of my top choices.

y2jrock60, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ZX6Chris
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A=pretty dark for a pale ale, almost brown, nice carbonation and a rich creamy head.

S=A pleasant sweet smell. I've used Cascade hops and never got this smell myself. It's like a grape medication smell but in a good way. I really like it.

T=Tastes is milder but it is a pale ale. It's semi sweet but not in a sickening way, with a good malty flavor. I get alot of hop oils that add flavor but not too much bitterness.

M=Solid medium body, nothing light about this. It feels great in your mouth. Not dry at all.

D=This Pale Ale is delicious from a beautiful pour to a great finish. Easy drinking and flavorful. I didn't try this for a long time and now regret that. At $2.99 a bomber I'm gonna be drinking alot more of this.

ZX6Chris, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of dankster
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at falling rock tap house denver.

Appearance is a great copper tone with two fingers of head. smells like west coast hops all the way. have always loved this beer in bottles but i think on tap is a new fav. lots of pine and grapefruit noted. mouth is dry and a easy drinker. slick and wet on the palate. Overall top five Pales in the american market IMO. if you have not hade this on tap i say try it to tell the difference between the bottle and the tap! Just fantastic cheers

dankster, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of murphius1118
5/5  rDev +23.8%

murphius1118, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Chiefy770
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 fl oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on October 10th, 2013.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-gold body. Tall fluffy white head collapses and leaves a good amount of lace throughout.

Smell: Grains, bread, and citrus up front. Notes of spice break out in the hops.

Taste: The hops hit first; orange and grapefruit. The malts break things up very well. Bread and grains dominate the malts. This beer really finds its 'zen' when it hits optimum balance. The hops are tamed but not overridden by the malts. The hops return in the finish, straight citrus in flavor. Overall it is very smooth, goes down well, and has a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation, somewhat flat for my liking.

Overall: This one is commonly referred to as a "classic" and I would definitely have to agree.

Chiefy770, Feb 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

psmithmkt, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

durkle, Sep 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

RJ32S, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Simko1209
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Simko1209, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

WebGuyMike, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Honeybourne
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Honeybourne, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Tr0janSlay3r, Aug 02, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Highbury09, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of CGAR
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

CGAR, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of vanillacokaine
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

vanillacokaine, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of rfabian
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After years of thinking I didn't like pale ale I finally learned that the taste I had come to associate with it was that of a skunked beer. It's an association that still makes me leery of the style -- memories and associations laid down in the limbic lobes color one's emotions for life, and so it takes elaborate rituals of storage and the assurance of freshness for me to feel right about sampling one. Better yet to have the brew screened by a reliable taster.

Poured into a tumbler it produces a nice thick head with ample lacing. The appearance is light amber and clear. After prying it out of the hands of the taste tester, who just "wanted to be sure, dude," I pondered the aroma at length for evidence of skunk, but the smell is of nice citrus hops and a hint of malt. The taste is mainly sweet malt and mildly bitter. It is medium bodied with a clean finish.

I'm not worthy to pass judgment on this ale which has long stood as a symbol of uniquely American craft brewing. Let me just add my note of appreciation for this fine and delicious drink.

rfabian, Jun 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

Sixofsigmas, Nov 22, 2011
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,988 ratings.