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

10,186 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,186
Reviews: 2,944
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 218
Gots: 2,026 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001

Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU
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Ratings: 10,186 | Reviews: 2,944
Photo of gutbucket2
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

350ml. Pours amber/gold, with thick diminishing head. Fruit on the nose. Taste: fruit, a little caramel. Mouthfeel: tingly with gentle lingering hop. Overall: one of the best bottle-conditioned pale ales. Good quality control at brewery ensures consistency between batches.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; bottled on Mar 25 2015. This one finally became available for sale in the Ontario market sometime last week - and you can bet that I didn't waste any time in tracking it down. And now, let's see what all the fuss is about. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-amber hue, with visible flecks of hop particulate slowly hovering throughout the liquid. Roughly two fingers of head are produced, though it does not stick around terribly long. After a few minutes have passed, a bubbly film and foamy collar have taken its place, accompanied by some scant filaments of lace. The nose is largely dominated by the Cascade hops - plenty of pithy grapefruit, with lesser notes of lemon zest and orange. A light hint of pine resin is also noticeable, with suggestions of caramelized sugar, bready malt and toasted biscuit. Nothing too fancy, but it gets the job done.

In fact, the very same could be said of the flavour profile, too - it's well-made and tasty, but not the sort of pale ale that grabs your attention in any way whatsoever. The malt backbone is unassuming but reliably sturdy; a mild, caramelized sugar sweetness comes through, in addition to some nice toasted bread/biscuit flavours. Cascade hops take the reigns for the latter half of the sip, offering up familiar notes of grapefruit pith and orange zest. Finishes with a touch of resiny bitterness that lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give this pale ale a somewhat crisp mouthfeel. It goes down smoothly and effortlessly.

Final Grade: 4.05, a solid A-. I can't help but feel that my palate has become rather spoiled, given the explosion of hop-forward pale ales that have flooded the market over the last 10 years or so. Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale hails from a simpler time - and while it may not boast a particularly exotic flavour profile, or the ability to smash your head in with a sledgehammer constructed entirely of hops - you really can't deny this one's quality. It's just supremely drinkable and refreshing - a true staple, though at $15/sixer (in this market), the local guys probably don't have much to worry about yet.

Photo of 420Dude
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably my favorite pale ale. This was the beer that got me into IPAs.

Photo of Jasonboerner
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Not too strong. Citrus aftertaste but not overwhelming

Photo of m_hall
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint. Clear golden in hue, topped by a two-finger off-white head that falls slowly, leaving good lacing.

Aromas are biscuit and citrus fruits, with some pine and earthy hops.

On tasting the malts come up front, with the same biscuit promised by the nose, along with a mild sweetness and light fruity esters. Hop notes soon follow, grapefruit and spice. Finish is dry and slightly chalky (but not unpleasantly so) with just a hint of resinous aftertaste. A good choice if you want a hoppy ale if IPA's are a bit too much for you.

Body is medium, slightly chewy, with good carbonation for a bit of zest. Alcohol is just right for this to be a good anytime drinker.

One of the "grand old men," of US craft brewing (along with Anchor Steam, Stone Pale Ale, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, and a handful of others) the original American Pale Ale continues to live up to its reputation. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is solid in every respect... newer drinkers might wonder what all the genuflection is about with this one, but one has to realize that way back in the early 80's, this beer helped start a revolution in American brewcraft, along with providing a great showcase for US-grown hops from the Pacific Northwest. Every APA that's come after has followed the trail blazed here.

Photo of pianoguy
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Poured a golden body with a 1 inch off white head, good lacing

Sweet malts are fairly prominent with a slight pine hop scent

Malt at the start with a nice refreshing slightly bitter hop finish. Good mix !

Appropriate mouth feel for a pale ale.

When the weather is warm I'm a sucker for a good pale ale ! This one has a lot going for it !

Goes well with oysters .

Photo of alec24
4.9/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My new go to beer!

Photo of MNAle
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

1/2 inch slightly off-white head. Amber color with aggressive carbonation. Faint aroma that is pleasant, somewhat citrusy. Very mild taste, not highly hopped at all in either the initial taste, mid, or aftertaste. This surprised me. It was only about 10 weeks past its bottled date,. so hop fading should certainly not been an issue. Substantial mouth feel, especially for a pale ale. But, the overall taste is just so unremarkable. While I generally prefer beers that are not over-hopped, it is not just the lack of a hops bite that is surprising. It is just so ordinary. This is a very drinkable ale, but for all the hype about this being the prototypical American pale ale, I was expecting much more.

Photo of baile208
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark golden color and smell is semi-strong of hops and yeast. Taste is crisp and hoppy. Has a fresh undertone and isn't overbearing.

Photo of lowers87
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was my first IPA, still my favorite. Doesn't overwhelm you and that's good.

Photo of beerinchapelhill
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my current everyday beer. I am not sure why I like it so much, but I guess it is:
1. Great American Hops, still balanced with the malt
2. Bottle conditioned, not pasteurized. It has a live taste.
3. Brewed here in N.C. Fresh date, fresh N.C. mountain water, low carbon footprint.

Photo of Trex
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a standard for sure, just not up to snuff nowadays

Photo of DrinkyMcBeerFace
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My go to IPA. Always good.

Photo of 1ale_man
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an all day brew. Love SN.

Photo of fabian
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

will always like to drink it as there's a lot lot lot of history behind. enjoy this and drink beer history.

Photo of Seeker84
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The old school. Always a good standby in a pinch

Photo of sokol_1993
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very lively, not really pale color but a darker yellow. Hoppy taste and smell, good aftertaste. Some sweetness of malt.

Photo of 29mikoyan
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The classic American Pale Ale! A very solid ale with beautiful malt and hop background.

Photo of AirBob
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Notes from 12/19/14

A - 3 fingers of rolling white head. Great retention and lacing. Clear orange-golden body.

S - Grassy hops. Bready malt backbone. Citrus rind and some pine follows. Maybe a little white pepper.

T - Mild malt backbone with a bitter citrus bite and pine notes.

M - Relatively creamy for the style. Medium carb. Clean finish.

O - This bottle may have beer a little past its prime or my palate is off. A little too much malt for my liking, but still a great, easy to find refrigerator beer.

Photo of rrenjel
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

After Taste left something to desire

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Anxious for getting another of this exquisity

Photo of DocManza
2.13/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Somehow has an overpowering feel towards the end.

Photo of Good_Ale84
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice "anytime" pale ale.

Photo of kbeck001
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild, refreshing, and not too hoppy. Great pale ale!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 10,186 ratings.