Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 8,469 | Reviews: 2,677 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Picked up a six pack of this at the store a little late in the game. For many, this is the beer that converts them to craft beer, or one of the first they try…..however for me, that was not the case. Three times I have tried to order this brew on tap and have been thwarted, in three different states! It seemed I would never sip this brew, who has quite the reputation. But finally I did.
Appearance – Pours a nice clear copper color with a respectable two finger head that sticks around for about half the beer. Leaves pretty respectable lacing!
Smell – Certainly pick up the floral hops, the orange peel, the fruits real quick. A good strong hop presence in the nose, I love it. Just what I want and expect out of a pale ale.
Taste – Very balanced beer, excellent taste. Well done by the crew at Sierra Nevada, this beer deserves its reputation. Follows the nose closely but brings a nice malt balance to the taste, making the beer multi-dimensional. Big pine, floral, and citrus all backed up by the malts. Impressive.
Mouthfeel – Light body, crisp, refreshing, perfect for any weather or really any situation.
Overall – This is a world class beer. I am highly impressed, and as I have said, this beer deserves its reputation. I could drink this in the middle of winter in front of the fire, at a summertime BBQ, tailgating at Arrowhead, whatever. Very sessionable, an excellent representation of the style. I could drink this beer anytime.
03-23-2012 03:24:06 | More by TheCondor
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
Canned on 01/30/12, poured into a pint glass. This is a beer that originally got me into craft beer. I haven't had a bottle of this in a while so I figured I'd grab a 12 pack of cans to revisit it.
A - Dark golden/amber body with rising carbonation. Fluffy 2 finger off-white head with a high level of lacing ad retention.
S - Lightly bitter with a balance of grapefruit and pine hop notes. A touch of bready malts towards the finish.
T - Similar to the nose. Great balance between piney and grapefruit hops. Slightly floral with caramel and bready malts. Lightly bitter finish that disappears quickly. Very clean and refreshing taste. Mouth feel seems a bit light for the style.
O - A classic. A really simple and clean pale ale that is highly approachable. In the future this will probably be my go to canned beer.
03-23-2012 00:59:12 | More by davey101
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
12 oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a clear copper gold, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a frothy richness, as a big dollop of foam stays behind and rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is bright feeling in the nose, with notes of leafy spice and fresh citrus flavor. Underneath sits the pale malts, which adhere to the citrus, really pushing it forward with an earthy twang in the nostrils.
The taste is fresh citric flavor and bitterness straight through the profile, which is smoothed out on the edges by herbal character and then buffered underneath by the bready sweetness of the malt, which like the nose, sticks to that green citrus character. A dry finish ends this with some leafy pith that sticks a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a softer creamy slickness in the mouth that flows very easily, allowing those hops to give this the crispness that it needs to stay quenching.
Wow, I love this in canned form, as I swear this is the freshest tasting that I’ve ever had this beer and that includes on draft as well. Just crisp, well balanced, and easy drinking as can be and now super portable as well! I’ll be drinking plenty this summer.
03-21-2012 14:28:06 | More by Kegatron
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
Appearance - Pours a clear, golden amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. The lace is decent.
Smell - Floral aroma, with some pine hop sitting beneath.
Taste - Sappy, pine hop. Only the faintest of citrus notes. Some malt sweetness, but gets overran by the hop. A bit of soapiness at times.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with nice carbonation and bite. Dry on the finish.
Overall - Never been a huge SN PA guy, and truth be told I thought I was going to give it a lower rating than I have. Just not a big fan of the flavor profile. Too much pine hop in the mix, and the balance is skewed toward hop, for sure.
03-21-2012 00:38:50 | More by TheSixthRing
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Slightly cloudy, orangish amber with a good two fingers of head and active carbonation. The head is steadily but slowly shrinking once poured. Delicious spicy, pine scent has me ready for a taste. Taste follows as advertised, with the addition of a light malt flavor. I'm favorably impressed.
Light hop bitterness, with hoppy flavors of pine and spice, complimented by a touch of malt = what i want in a pale ale. I think the end result adds up to more than the individual aspects, hence my overall rating being higher than the other ratings.
03-20-2012 23:26:16 | More by littlelorib
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,469 ratings.