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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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2,861 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,861
Hads: 10,435
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 238
Gots: 2,286 | 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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Reviews: 2,861 | Hads: 10,435
Photo of GFM
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber color with one finger of thin lacing. Ample carbonation and streaky, clinging lacing. Mild pungent hop scent with a grainy, earthy undertone. Don't sense much of a citrus aroma. Medium bodied feel; carbonation gives it some bite. Some hop bitterness but also an earthy taste and an occasional sweet undertone. A very balanced beer. This is the true embodiment of an American Pale Ale. I would choose it over many average IPAs but not over the better ones. (8.5)

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Looks pretty, with an amber-copper color with a thick, bubbly head and carbonation bubbles continuously rising from the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately, not much in the way of an aroma, mostly just yeastiness. Smells like a lager. The taste makes up for it though, with nice piney and citrusy flavors for a cheap, canned pale ale. It's always been one of the most accessible and cheap beers that actually tastes good. The feel is crisp and smooth. Overall, a nice solid beer for anytime drinking. Not much fanfare or excitement, but a solid drink.

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Photo of MikeyLegend
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice head with almost no lacing. First thing I noticed was the light copper color. She looks beautiful as the slight carbonation bubbles to the top. As with some of the lighter pale ales it's a little difficult to pick up a smell at first. Eventually you can pick up the citrusy yeast smell though its rather light. It's got great drinkability and at 7.99 is a great value.

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Photo of Rabersutton
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A standard pale ale for craft beer, Sierra Nevada's pale ale is hoppy, yet with a juicy, citrusy sweetness that doesn't leave your mouth dry. Piney refreshing taste makes this classic a must have for hop heads.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper color with little head that disapears quickly.

There's a feint smell of piney hops.

Tastes piney hops balanced with some caramel and some grainy malts. Very well balanced and with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very tasty and smooth, and exactly what a hoppy Pale Ale should be!

I would picking this one up if you haven't already. Sierra Nevada is pretty much the original microbrew, and the Pale Ale has earned itself as a staple in their lineup. It makes a great session beer for hop lovers, as it has enough hops to satisfy IPA fans but with a lower alcohol content so you can drink these all day.

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Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

World Class....Well, not in my world. LOOK: Honey colored with 1inch of bubble bath-like foam, and there was decent lacing. Smell: very mellow aroma of hops and piney. Taste: A malt presence up front, followed by a very mild hops and mellow bitterness. Feel: Mild carbonation and smooth...very drinkable. Overall, it was ok.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may be one of the hoppiest pale ales I have ever had, but dang it is delicious! Top pick when it comes to pale ales.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours in to an IPA tulip with a honey-golden hue and a hint of amber. The bottle-conditioned brew leaves large pieces of sediment gently drifting to the bottom, while the finer particles stay suspended. The otherwise translucent appearance of the beer really highlights the unfiltered nature of this one. Adorning the liquid is a massive, fluffy head that mounds over the top. In time it settles to a rocky layer of white foam, with impressive staying power. In its wake, mottled lacing clings to the glass. A sweet Hawaiian roll aroma beckons, with some tropical fruit in the nose. Faint caramel malt flavors dance with some pale malt varieties and a complimentary orange citrus hop bitterness. There's a little toasted grain and dryness in the finish. After a few sips, a pleasant bready yeast flavor lingers on the tongue. Nice juicy body with adequate carbonation. Perfectly balanced. Everything is apparent, but in moderation. This is an artful example of how the sum of a beer's parts can be much greater than the whole (or in this case, the whole cone hops!). This one is easy to quaff and entices you to take the next sip. They don't call it a stylistic standard because it's ordinary. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale sets the bar pretty high.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that completely dissolved away into an extremely thin lacing of foam that only partly covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting aromas of sourdough bread, English muffins and French baguettes, followed by some floral, piney hops. I also get notes of caramel, black pepper, honeysuckle and clover.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting bready flavors of sourdough bread and English muffins, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, a good amount of black pepper, and a touch of coriander. The beer finishes with some beautifully balanced, piney, slightly bitter hops. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: What a great, fantastic, awesome, American Pale Ale! So beautifully balanced and so delicious!

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely my go to pale ale when a wider selection of craft beers is limited. The quintessential American Pale Ale. Perfect balance of citrus fruits, pine and earthy flavor with just the right bite.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of the best Pale ales I've had. Great taste, nice bite to it and smoother than other pale ales I've had. This is the type of beer other pale ales should strive to be.

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Photo of mhuber
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slightly cloudy, caramel color. Almost no head. There's a hint of a smoky aroma. Like most pale ales, starts with a citrusy flavor which gives way to the bitterness of the hops. This one is nicely balanced. Kind of a woody aftertaste. One of the best pale ales I've ever had. Great beer!

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Photo of stucat
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp delicious pale ale. There are some better but for price, complexity, and pure deliciousness this is a great go to ale. It's moderate abv makes it fairly sessionable so this is great at parties and other gatherings.

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Photo of LordofthePings
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A very nice, very clean beer. No off flavors, nice and simple without any bling. Hop flavor slightly more than other pale ales ive had. Very smooth.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Pours a clear amber with a two finger white head.

Smell- Sweet bready malt, lightly toasted.

Taste- Mild, sweet malt. less of a toasted quality as in the smell, and more of a fresh and sweet grainy malt base. The bitterness slowly picks up then lingers. This gives much balance.

Mouthfeel- Medium thin to medium in body. Active carbonation.

Overall- A sweet/bitter pale ale with great balance. A benchmark for the style. Clear and right to the point.

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Photo of DoctorEvil
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A nicely done pale ale...just bitter enough and trends more toward the traditional IPA profile. Great drink-ability and a California standard. Balanced...tasty...

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Photo of fscottkey
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Looks like a Pale Ale should. Nice muted golden color. Forms 1 finger of white head. The head is tiny and tight on the sides but more fluffy and bubbly on top. The bottle lists the ABV (5.6%) and the packaged date 11/12/14.

S: [3.00] Mild malt smells. Nothing very prominent in the nose.

T: [3.25] The flavor is very neutral. A very mild bitter up front then a slight malt finish.

M: [3.50] Carbonation and mouth feel are right for the style.

O: [3.50] This is a beer you could transition someone from BMC to craft with. It has a mild taste but is slightly more complex with a little more bitter bite than a standard AAL. Most of the Sierra Nevada stuff I try I really love. This I only like. I just feel the beer is too neutral - no risks. No malty backbone. Barely above BMC.

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Photo of EvieE
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark orange, a little cloudy looking. A nice head about two fingers, settled quickly but left a nice lace.

S: Can smell the hops, which I love about any IPA. It has a nice citrus scent. A good smelling beer.

T: Outstanding taste. A good hop without being overpowering. A nice citrus finish.

F: Thick foamy feel. Even throughout the mouth. A nice bite on the front of the tongue that doesn't die down towards the back.

O: Would definitely drink again. This may be my new go to IPA.

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Photo of Brevbin
3.07/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at a local spot. I usually really like pale ales but this one just didn't seem to hit the mark with me. Had great smell, but the taste seemed to fall short. Maybe it's just an old keg? Maybe It was too cold I'm not sure. I just wasn't a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not much to say about this that hasn't been said, this is a timeless classic. Super well rounded, clean finish, and the Sierra Nevada hoppy twist that is to be expected from them. Always has a place in my fridge.

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Photo of MaddenDalyBrokaw
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid brew I've been going to for a long time. Light, clear golden amber. Substantial lace. Aromas of malt and biscuit and a wee hint of citrus. Citrusy hops are the first flavor out of the gate, followed by a medium-bodied biscuity, malty foundation mixed with well-placed hoppy bitterness, which gets handed the reins holds them for a remarkably long time after the swallow.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Cloudy copper with a nice soapy, white head.

S: Bit of malt followed by a nice piney, floral hop at the end. Really nice!

T: Mild and well-rounded; full of biscuity malts and light, floral hops with a tiny bit of piney resit at the end. Not much bitterness. Small amount of tangerine peel up front.

F: Light, bubbly and crisp.

O: I totally understand the hype. It's a solid, refreshing brew. There are some that turn their noses up, but I think it's grand. Very drinkable, which is a good thing sometimes!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review taken from my notes.
August 7, 2014
Serving Type: 16 oz Draught

A- Pours a deep Golden hue but with a slight tinge of Amber that makes for a beautiful looking ale. Topped with 1 1/2 fingers of head

S- Fruity, Floral, Slight spiciness. Some citrus notes. Wonderful smelling Ale.

T- Taste is similar to the aroma in its floral and fruity characters. Slight bitterness that imparts great flavour near the finish.

M- Medium Carbonation and Medium body. Top notch drinkability.

O- One of the best Pale Ales that I've had. Extremely tasty and fragrant. I am fortunate to have had this one on tap. Unfortunately, Sierra Nevada doesn't distribute to New Brunswick :'(. I recommend this to anyone who can access it!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a deep golden with a touch of amber. Comes up to a one finger head dissipating down to about a 1/3 finger head. Lacing is whispy but definitely remains present on the walls of the glass for the entire experience.
S - A little hop/citrus presence, a very earthy quality, like grass, pine and rain water, very refreshing to smell.
T - So good. Had just an ever so slight hoppy and bitter taste profile, but goes down extremely easy. VERY sessionable pale ale.
O - Makes my top 10 pale ales list, I highly recommend it, would go great as a pace changer during an IPA session as well.
V - Good value.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour with white clingy head. Smells of fruit and slight pine. Crisp and slight bite initiallly with a smooth, semi-sweet (amazing) middle, and clean finish. Drinkable in quantity!

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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