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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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8,748 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,748
Reviews: 2,695
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 136
Gots: 920 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

HairyToeKnuckles, May 14, 2012
Photo of WeissGary
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional beer! It features a fantastic amber colour, a somewhat grassy aroma, and complemented with a ’bitter but sweet’ taste. It feels like this has a lot going on in terms of its taste, body and aroma. In terms of drinking, this beer has sipping qualities; a very easy to drink yet rewarding and complex beer! I would absolutely suggest you pick this up if you get a chance, I know its quite well established in the USA but it seems to be picking up over in the UK today, if you spot it, give it a shot!

WeissGary, May 13, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from above the glass gives this a big white to off-white head that slowly recedes into a nice lacing above a clear rich golden ale.

This medium bodied beer has a rich fruity/citrusy and slight pine aroma.

Citrus-fruity-pine-grasses taste that has a slight sweet malt hidden in there.

A nice lightly dry aftertaste with some leftover citrus notes lingering on.

One of my favorite beers, I look for this when I dine out, love it with Mexican food.

LXIXME, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

sh00ky, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

rmw313, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

BeerNooB, May 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MightiestBeard, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

srw, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Blaze5445, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Piason, May 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

wil08son, May 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

prisoner1572, May 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Ryanc23, May 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

conradh, May 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

mikem0487, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Leschber, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

psuscott1, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

ThirstyTorpy, May 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

OtsegoHive, May 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

StevieDavie, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ycortez, May 08, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light amber. Pours with a nice carbonation. Head is bubbly, sticky, and loose. Drops to a thin cap and collar in short order. Some lacing. Cap lasts for the duration.

Smell: Biscuit malts and spicy/citrus hops. Almost earthy. Something akin to salt almost. Pith and dry, dusty bread crust. Some sweetness punches through. Raw grain and very floral.

Taste: More of the raw grain. Cracker crumbs and bread crust. Citrus comes through and layers over a slightly spicy, almost herbal base. Earthy at times. Mellow sweetness helps to balance things out. More bread than bread crust, but it's all there. Faint dusting of that same salty thing on the nose. Works well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the higher side of moderate and the body swings the other way. Lighter side of medium. Easily quaffable.

Overall: This is definitely the baseline for the APA style. Nice balance without ever overdoing it. Loses a little in the long run with the drying hop profile, but solid and always worth keeping around.

Goblinmunkey7, May 08, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 8,748 ratings.