Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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10,193 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,193
Reviews: 2,945
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 219
Gots: 2,043 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,193 | Reviews: 2,945
Photo of Chuck6860
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada and IPAs go hand in hand. Right up there with Torpedo as a fine ale.

Photo of derekgw123
2.17/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Way too floral for me. Not my jam.

Photo of Mada2009
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smooth enjoy ice cold have to remember due to alcohol by volume slow down savor drink less

Photo of ryguy31
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

not bad as a pale ale

Photo of Lanypany88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good for sure. Good taste

Photo of Rabersutton
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of pingaelipa
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good starter beer for a PA beginning drinker.

Photo of winningwes91
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Another middle of the road pale

Photo of fps_dean
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of DownSouthGeorgiaBrew
3/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Photo of pnelting
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The standard by which all others are judged. I try and seek this one out in the SN variety packs to ensure I get it fresh.

Photo of smattyy
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent example of what an American pale ale should be. Crisp, ,flavorful, ,, drinkable, ,,, great beer

Photo of Wvwineguy
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth. I enjoy the mild hoppy flavor and crisp flavor.

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great pale ale with a middle of the road bitterness and high drinkability.

Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of dikebrewery
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So I'm definitely not a Apa aficionado but as far as they go this pioneer of the style is good

Photo of mhuber
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

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

Not sure how else to rate my favorite beer.

Photo of barleybadger64
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer in a pinch. Balanced, with nice hop aroma.

Photo of moundbz
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

balanced crisp brew solid taste

Photo of stucat
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 10,193 ratings.