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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

9,075 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,075
Reviews: 2,719
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 151
Gots: 1,064 | 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:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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4/5  rDev -1%

MikieV, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jdubified, Jul 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rootimus88, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MudHobbit, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

hansenme, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

pitch31, Jul 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

trocketsauced, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MathNut, Jul 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ssjkyle, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

ChadA83, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

DavidHamilton, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to find I haven't ever reviewed this one, so I picked one up the other day specifically for this review. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It had a really nice golden amber color to it with a thin but frothy head to it.

The aroma has a nice balance of American hops and pale malts. There is some good citrus notes to it, along with a little pine. The pale, bready malts give it a nice base.

The taste shows off the Cascade hops nicely. It's got notes of grapefruit, lemon zest and a little pine to it. Again the pale, bready malts give it a nice base and provide a good balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it's a classic version of the style and probably the benchmark for all other versions. Sure, there are newer beers in the style I like better, but sometimes revisiting a classic is just as enjoyable.

billab914, Jul 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

wilson32294, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

JVan, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Gavilan
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had it in awhile but is great to visit with an old friend. It has been probably 25 years since I first tasted this brew that started my pale ale/IPA obsession.
A= Great golden appearance

S= That Sierra Nevada smell that I have grown to love over the years....

T= slightly sweet with c hops on the back of my throat

M= Just a I remember it!

O= Still a solid brew after all these years even better on a warm summer afternoon.

Gavilan, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

colbster92, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Theheroguy, Jul 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Badfeesh, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

HarleyCorps, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bdridge, Jul 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Jmick28, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

stogirelli, Jul 12, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear caramel/copper. Near white small head leaves fast. Lots of cling lace.

S - Mostly, very light maltiness. Light hops there too. Perhaps too cold.

T - One of my ATF go to beers. Medium caramel with nice hop response.

M - Medium body, great balance and carb.

D - This screams session.

srandycarter, Jul 12, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 9,075 ratings.