Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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90
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10,173 Ratings
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91
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Ratings: 10,173
Reviews: 2,938
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 218
Gots: 2,016 | 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: 10,173 | Reviews: 2,938
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!

Photo of hopphead31415
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a standard "go-to" beer for Sierra Nevada. I really like this brewery, but this variety isn't their best. I'll discuss each aspect of the beer below.

A: It pours a pretty clear deep golden yellow whose shade depends on the ambient lighting. I was in a relatively dim room so it might be a lighter shade than I perceived. Nice foamy head that results from a good pour, but make it a vigorous pour so that you can get the little head that it has to offer.

S: The smell is nice with a toasty cracker base and hints of piney hops and mango citrus.

T: The taste starts with the malty toasty flavor and then a mild hop character that gives way into the citrus mango. It leaves a coating on the tongue that begs for another sip. It is quite delicious when chilled down real good.

F: The mouthfeel is pretty standard. Smooth crisp with carbonation that is a mild level of effervescence. Fine lacing on the glass and the head lasts until the last sip.

O: Overall, I think this is a nice beer for any day of the year, but if you want a strong hoppy beer, then move on to their Torpedo Extra IPA. The Pale Ales are good, but should be reserved for those days when you want to switch it up.

Photo of DietzCoke
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity Taste - a real session ale

Photo of ARoman
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The beer is a clear orange gold with a decent amount of sediment floating around in it and is topped by a floating, soapy white head that has a light retention and a light lace. The aroma is a bright tropical and citrus note with a touch of pine and a subtle bread toast undertone. The taste is a balanced, medium bittersweet. The texture is oily with a foamy carbonation to help it go down smooth. The medium body is flavored much like the aroma - citrus, pineapple, mango, and pine. It finishes with a waxy, bitter grapefruit and pine that turns lightly cloying and astringent, but mostly clean, with an aftertaste of bread toast.

Photo of MikeDL
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first thing I did on my 21st birthday was skateboard down to the store and buy a 12 pack of these. Sipped on them the whole day, these beers taste great. You have to try them!

Photo of Boccu
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent full flavored beer Very easy to drink

Photo of Pseudamon
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strangely... I was disappointed... Reviews are so positive but alas not one I would try again...

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 10,173 ratings.